It’s Monday, June 15th. What Are You Reading?


It’s been about eleventy million degrees outside the past few days, but even though I’ve been safe in the air conditioning, I didn’t get a ton of reading done this weekend. I spent a major part of the day Saturday switching up my blog design on a total whim, then ended up with a bit of a headache that made reading a no-go. I did, however, finish up what I started last week and got a good start on two great books. Secessia is the second novel by Kent Wascom, which I’ve been anxiously waiting for since I read his debut in 2013, and it’s off to a fantastic start. I’m also about halfway through Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green, a Richmond journalist, which is about segregation in Virginia schools after the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

And today marks the start of the #BlumeAlong! I have a copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret waiting for me at the library, so as soon as I’m finished with one of these, I’m jumping in on my very first Judy Blume (crazy, I know).

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I heard Richmond was a sauna this wkd! And – I’m impressed you redesigned your blog on your own…I would definitely run into trouble if I tried that! I’ve never read a single Judy Blume either…unless you count the sample of In the Unlikely Event – weird, I know!

    • So, so hot and it doesn’t seem to be getting any cooler for the foreseeable future. Looks like I’m huddling up with some books for the week.

  • LOVING the new design – it looks great! I honestly can’t believe you’ve never read Judy Blume – no shame, just shock! I truly can’t wait to see how you and others feel about it, not having that nostalgia factor (which can be extremely powerful!).

    • I’m really curious how I’ll like it, too – I know I didn’t love the Baby-Sitters Club book I went back to read quite as much, so this one might have a tough road ;)

  • Ooh, your redesign is nice. When I say nice you have to imagine that I’m drawing the word out in a very impressed way ;) Lookin’ good, girl.

    I’ll be eagerly awaiting your verdict on Prince Edward. It was a DNF for me. But I’ve been having issues with memoirs lately. I want some solid nonfiction, darn it. I’m annoyed with authors putting their own spin on events and making these books into memoirs. Meh. I’m grumpy about it, pay no attention to me. ;)

    Happy Monday, have a great week, happy reading!

    • I totally get what you mean about the memoir thing…and it does bother me that it seems like “the thing” right now. At the same time, I think I have a soft spot for this one since it’s basically set in Richmond. She’s doing a good job with the balance, not too much memoir – I’m enjoying it.

  • AnnabelSmith

    I’m sorry, WHAT? Did you say your FIRST Judy Blume? You must be too young to have read her first time around – when I was a tween everyone was reading her. Deenie was my fave, I think because it was the most romantic. Right now, I’ve just started The Crimson Petal & the White.

  • Secessia has a gorgeous cover.

    ENJOY your week.

  • *raises hand sheepishly* I’ve never read Judy Blume, either. I think I was reading about Dirk Pitt when all the other girls were reading about Margaret. :)

    Had to laugh, I followed the link to Wascom’s first book as I’d not heard of it or the series. Saw “sweeping historical novel” and came right back here. Prince Edward County does sound right up my alley, however, so can’t wait to hear more about that.

    I’m reading two fantastic books (kind of love/hate when that happens at the same time). Tree is Irene, middle entry in Pierre LeMaitre’s fabulous French crime trilogy. Ebook is The Hand That Feeds You, which is so compelling I hated to interrupt it, but Irene is due back at the library.

    I loved your old blog design, it was just YOU to me, so this one is a big change! I like it, very bold and i adore that color palette. Nice work!

    • I actually was kind of thinking you would love Kent Wascom – even though it’s historical fiction, it’s super gritty and his writing is amazing.

      And I loved my old blog, too, but it was starting to feel so claustrophobic and cluttered to me…I wanted something clean!

      • It was the “sweeping” that got me, it made it sound looong. But now you’ve gone and thrown “gritty” into the mix, and damn you, Shannon! :)

        I hear you on the nice feeling of having a clean look. I didn’t get the sense of clutter from the old one, but I wasn’t working with it every day. I think this one is clean yet still very snazzy.

  • Great design! Have fun with the Blume books! It makes me wonder what I would think of them all these years later. Let us know what you think!

  • I love the new look! Secessia and Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County both sound fantastic. I’ll be reading my first Blume this week, too!

  • Shannon, I LOVE the new blog design – kudos! I have a tendency to tinker around with mine, too; it’s fun, but I hate that it gave you a headache! I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews on Something Must Be Done; I hope it pans out for you! I’m finishing up Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde; it’s been better than I’d expected. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Thanks for the heads up on #BlumeAlong! Somehow I had missed this one! I like the new design!

  • I still can’t believe you’ve never read Judy Blume. You’re starting with a great one though!

  • I haven’t read a lot of Blume, but I absolutely adored Summer Sisters! So I may join in, still debating on it today. Maybe go for it…?

    • You should absolutely join! My copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is waiting for me at the library.

  • I saw you and Rebecca tweeting about Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County. Curious to know more!

  • I haven’t read any Judy Blume either. I’m listening to The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser while I’m waiting to get my copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret from the library.

  • Oh, that is my favorite Blume book! You are breaking into Blumedom with a good one. I love the new design on your blog, too!

  • Looks lovely! Remodeling of the blog is always in the back of my mind but then I get easily frustrated. I’m long overdue. Looking forward to BlumeALong as well.

  • Ever since checking out its Goodreads blurb, I’m dying to read Prince Edward County. It sounds infuriating and right up my alley. I hope you review it—I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Ti Reed

    I am trying to choose a summery read at the moment. Something I can read quickly because this week is a little busy for me but I want to get another book in before my Atlas Shrugged read along next month.

  • The Kristen Green book looks really interesting, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I was reading about it just yesterday, actually! Today I am reading a Brazilian novel about a guy who’s trying to track down his grandfather’s long-ago murderers; picked it up on a total whim at the library, still trying to work out whether I like it or not.

  • Said this before, but I LOVE the blog design. Did you do it yourself?
    I need to get my hands on Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County. I can’t remember what podcast I heard about it on (maybe something Book Riot related?) but it sounds so good.