It’s Monday, July 20th. What Are You Reading?



So, maybe lying a little bit, because I’m not actually here right now. It’s really Sunday and I’m getting myself together to head to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, so by the time you read this I’ll either be in the car with a cranky dog or plunked in the sun on the beach. I haven’t read all the books in the image yet, but I’m bringing them with me: Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel, The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt, The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil, Landfalls by Naomi J. Williams, and In the Country by Mia Alvar. We’ll see what comes back read.

After reading The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel by Margaret A. Oppenheimer I finished Go Set a Watchman in a bit of a fever dream on Friday. While I’m still gathering all my thoughts and probably won’t say much until our Socratic Salon discussion next month, I absolutely agree with everything Thomas at Hogglestock says in this great post—it will answer your big questions with no spoilers if you’re still on the fence.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Thank you for the link to Thomas’s article – it’s very helpful! Enjoy your vacation, looks like a great stack of books and a wonderful destination!!

    • I think he did a great job touching on what’s important about Watchman without spoiling – much better than I could do!

  • I meant to ask you – where on the Eastern Shore are you staying? We go to Cape Charles…the first town over the Bay Bridge Tunnel. Enjoy!!!
    And – I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on the Mandel…I’ve been thinking about reading something from her backlist.

    • We stayed in Exmore, about 20 min north of Cape Charles, but stopped there for a bit and it was so cute!

      • I’ve been to Exmore! I hope you enjoyed your vacation! It’s a gorgeous area and we’re hoping to get back to CC again in August.

  • Oooh In the Country… I want to read that one. I think I’m going to skip Go Set a Watchman. TKAM was brilliant, of course, but I just don’t have that romanticized view of Atticus like everyone does. I also kind of just want to let it lie in my reading past, know what I mean? It was good as a stand-alone for me.

  • I really want to read Last .night in Montreal. Hope it’s good. Have a nice break. Emma

  • I hope you have a great vacation! And thanks for sharing the article about Go Set A Watchman; I’ve pretty much decided against reading GSAW, but I’ve been too afraid to read any reviews/posts because of spoilers in case I DO decide to read it.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Have a great trip! Last Night in Montreal has been on my list ever since I finished Station Eleven.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I love that you are reading a backlist Mandel. I am so interested to see what you think of it!

    Have a great vacation! I hope it is really relaxing. :)

  • Yay vacation! I leave next Sunday for a short one and I can’t wait. Enjoy reading on the beach. I’ll be curious to hear your opinion on Landfalls.

    • I didn’t end up getting to Landfalls this time, but hoping to pick it up over the next few days so I’ll keep you updated!

  • Like several others have mentioned, looks like I, too, am happy that you’re our guinea pig on the Mandel choice – ha! Can’t wait to hear what you think, as well, and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful vacation!

  • I hope you are comfy on the beach by now! With your many books! I’m reading Uprooted this Monday, at last, after reading so many glowing reviews of it. It’s fun so far, and I’m coming up on the climax, so looking forward to seeing how it goes.

  • Enjoy your beach trip & books. Currently I’m reading nonfiction — Kathleen Winter’s Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage … which makes the heat feel cool, imaging the far north right about now

  • Malcolm Avenue Review

    Yay for vacation and the beach! That is a sure bet to uncrank the pup. I had to leave mine behind, our first separation. Not happy! :) Have a grand time, hope all your reads are stellar.

  • Enjoy your time at the shore and read, read, read!

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    Enjoy your time away! I’m always afraid I’ll run out of reading material on vacation. I brought 7 books on my last vacation and only read 2 1/2 of them. But it’s always better to have too many books than too few! :)

  • I’ll be interested to hear what you think about Last Night In Montreal! Have a fun trip!

  • Have a great vacation! Can’t wait to hear about some of these books! I still have my eye on In the Country, and should look into getting it from the library. I’ll wait for your word, to see if I should squeeze it in soon, or if it can wait :)

  • Happy holidays :-)

  • Ti Reed

    I just picked up The Nakeds but haven’t started it yet. I am in the middle of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Liking it a lot. It’s reminding me of several fave books (Bernadette, Fan Girl, etc.) It’s got a quirky thing going on. Still reading Atlas Shrugged for the read along as well. Gotta balance that one out with other reads or I’ll read it too fast!

    • I’ve heard great things about Kitchens of the Great Midwest! I really liked The Nakeds – it was a different, really fast read for me.

  • I hope you’re having an amazing vacation, even with a grumpy pup. I’m glad to see you’ve packed enough books for the trip! ;)

  • I hope you have an utterly fantastic vacation and get tons of reading in, despite the heat and the cranky dog.

  • Yay for vacation!! I’m (kind of) on vacation too, and I packed The Handmaid’s Tale, The Rosie Project, Our Dried Voices, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, and just got permission for The Heart Goes Last this afternoon. I don’t know how you read as much as you do, because I certainly won’t get to all of those, but I feel better when I overpack! I hope you have a really great time with your pup!!!

    • I’m totally with you on feeling better about overpacking. I finished two and made it halfway through two more – that was with no internet and a TON of reading time ;)