It’s Monday, June 22nd. What Are You Reading?


I was so glad to see a call put out for a #flashreadathon this weekend—it was much needed. Between a stack of library books and some great bookmail, I had a ton of books eyeballing me and waiting to be read. I was able to finish up:

I also spent some time reading The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock, which is wonderful, but also incredibly heartbreaking. And I’m just about to start Jonathan Evison’s This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! I absolutely loved The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, so I’m ridiculously excited about this.

The reading was also a good escape after the heartbreaking news of the shooting in Charleston last week, but I do think it’s important to keep talking about it. If you’re a person who turns to books in times like these, I can’t recommend Claudia Rankine’s Citizen enough.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Care

    You do have eclectic reading tastes! LOVE it

  • Rankine’s talk here couldn’t have come at a better time—I’m hoping to get a post up about it soon.

    Glad you got so much out of the #flashreadathon, and I hope you continue enjoying your reads this week. :)

  • I’m curious about The Blue Girl and The Last Pilot! And, every day I pick up the newspaper, the Charleston shooting gets sadder and more horrifying. Each piece of info released just makes it more and more awful. I can’t believe people like that (shooter) still exist in this world.

  • It looks like you had a great reading week! The #flashreadathon was just the excuse I needed to hide behind a book all weekend. I definitely need to track down a copy of The Last Pilot. (And I so agree that Citizen is necessary reading.)

  • I would have loved to have more #FlashReadathon time, but alas, it was a working weekend for me! You’ve got a few books I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about :)

  • Jonathan Evison is new to me – I’ll have to look him up. I am finally reading The Signature of All Thnigs, and I’m loving it!

  • I don’t read much NF, but I just went and got The Perfection of the Paperclip my kindle from the library!

    • Ohhh, it’s super fascinating (especially if you’re addicted to office supplies like I am!)

      • I’m a former teacher, so of course I love office supplies! The back to school sale flyers make me drool!

  • I wish I had been able to readathon a bit more but I had a busy, family-filled weekend :D

    The Blue Girl sounds like a quirky little piece of business that I need to look into.

  • YESSS. I want to shout about Citizen from the rooftops. So timely, so necessary. I’m glad the #flashreadathon was good for ya!

  • Yes, books are definitely a nice escape from the harshness of reality. The book I’m finishing up now, Boo by Neil Smith, involves a shooting, but it has still been a nice reprieve from real life. I’m really enjoying it.

    • Oh, I read that one! We’re going to be chatting about it soon for Socratic Salon.

      • Exciting! Do you know when that discussion will be? I saw the schedule for June, but not for July/August.

        • Pretty sure it will be the second or third week in July!

          • Great! I’ll look out for it. I’m hoping to have a review of it on my blog either by the end of this week or the beginning of next (depending on how much time I have for blogging).

  • I’m a person who turns to books in 100% of all situations. On Thursday I used my lunch hour to go check out as many books as I could carry about Liberia and the Portuguese colonial empire, and that’s what I’ve been reading ever since. This happens a lot after something horrible occurs — I want to read something enormous and serious-looking. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is my go-to book for when someone dies. It is long and looks serious, but actually it’s it easy reading. It’s a trick.

    (I also buy notebooks when bad things happened. I have too many notebooks.)

  • I really needed the #flashreadathon this weekend, too. It was a great excuse to just let myself get the rest & relaxation I was craving. I had a busy week and usually I don’t stop until I drop. I finished Everything, Everything this week and it was so, so good. Did you read Are You There God for #BlumeAlong? I want to read it eventually myself.

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    I have got to get on Twitter once of these days! I keep missing stuff like the flash readathon. Glad you had a good time. Maybe next time I’ll be able to read along! :)

  • I just got Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret from the library so I can read it for #BlumeALong

  • Oh, my gosh…I can’t wait to find out what you thought of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret! I missed the call out for the flash readathon, but I was too busy buying a house, anyway – ha! I’ve got This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance and I’m excited to read that one, too! I’m currently finishing up Summer Secrets by Jane Green; I’ve enjoyed it.

  • Amanda

    I’m excited for This is Your Life Harriet Chance! I am looking forward to seeing what you think about that one.

  • Um, can we talk about how pretty all of these book covers are? I’ve never heard of The Blue Girl and I’m very curious.

  • Must read the Blume book. Have never read it…

  • I’m reading a beach kind of read this week … with Tiny Little Thing. Summer is here! Enjoy your books.

  • It’s Wednesday… and I’m reading Josh Ruxin’s Thousand Hills to Heaven. It thought it would have centered more on their restaurant, but it’s more about Rwanda so far. Still good!

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