It’s Monday, August 10th. What Are You Reading?


I mentioned not too long ago that I tend to read more when I feel crummy, and it looks like this past week was no exception. Even with time spent in front of the TV watching movies, Netflix (Top of the Lake), and letting my husband rope me into Rocket League, I couldn’t motivate myself to do much else but read. I don’t know why, especially when it was such a gorgeous (read: not as humid) weekend, but I hope that settling back into the routine of work will make this a short-lived funk.

I gobbled up Kent Haruf’s wonderful final book, Our Souls at Night before reading Sea Lovers, a short story collection by Valerie Martin, and All That Followed by Gabriel Urza. Right now, I’m head over heels in love with the writing in Kathleen Alcott’s Infinite Home and just getting started with The Incarnations by Susan Barker.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Glad you’re enjoying Infinite Home! I’ve been eyeing that one a bit…might give it a shot. I’ll also be interested to hear your thoughts on All That Followed…that one’s caught my eye lately as well! And – I’m changing my main subscription too…moving over from Feedburner to Mailchimp (most likely) so I can have a weekly delivery option.

    • I have a review for All That Followed coming up this week, and I’m definitely loving Infinite Home. It’s not heavy on plot, but the writing is just wonderful.

  • Sea Lovers peaked my interest, but I’ve been waiting to hear some things about it first… so looking forward to your thoughts. I’ll be starting on The Incarnations probably this week, and am hoping it holds up to what I have in mind. I feel like I’ve been reading SO slow this month, I guess after my crazy million books read last month. Up until Friday I hadn’t even finished one book!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I always tease my husband that we could have much worse vices than filling our house with books. I suppose, in the same way, it’s not too bad to get through a tough week by tackling your tbr list!

    All That Follows looks really interesting. I’m off to check it out!

  • A bunch of funks in my Monday reading Feedly posts today. :( Hope yours clears up soon. If you’re anything like me, a more regular work schedule will definitely help.

    But yay for books! I’m seeing so much good Infinite Home buzz.

    This week I’m polishing off Pride & Prejudice for #AustenInAugust and thoroughly marinating in the wonder that is Station Eleven. I’m about a third of the way through now, and I’m nervous about speeding through it. There’s only a little over 300 pages of it!

  • The cover for Sea Lovers is GORGE. And I’ve had Our Souls at Night on my radar for a bit—saw it randomly at the library a few weeks ago and have been thinking about borrowing it eventually. Looking forward to seeing what you think!

    • Malcolm Avenue Review

      I’m butting and I don’t even know what you like to read, but I will testify about Our Souls. Beautiful work.

    • Lauren is right, Our Souls at Night is WONDERFUL.

    • Butting in too :) Sea Lovers is GORRRRRGGGEE.

  • I hope you’re feeling better, Shannon; that’s crummy but, on the bright side, lots of reading time – ha! I’ve just finished Everybody Rise and I’m starting The Beautiful Bureaucrat; I’m also anticipating the release of Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner tomorrow. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Malcolm Avenue Review

    I hear you on the malaise front. I think I’m entering one right now. Waking up to all the news and state of the world just makes me want to go back to bed, pull the covers over my head and dream up that little tiny house away from it all. But I digress. Cover nerd me loves all of the above. I’ve never heard of Sea Lovers, but that cover is simply gorgeous. But it sounds like magical realism and that’s usually not my bag, so I hope you’ll share some thoughts on that one. You know how I feel about my beloved Kent Haruf and Souls was one of his best, I thought. Infinite Home is the one of these I’m most looking forward to so I’m glad you’re finding it a winner. Hope your week is better (but you get just as much reading in!)

    • I think you’re definitely better off with Infinite Home than Sea Lovers – I liked it, but I think Infinite Home is much more your style and it’s just SO GOOD.

  • Vasilly

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. It sounds like you got a lot of good reading done though.

  • I hope your funk clears up soon… but at least you’ve been reading some great books?

  • Some great sounding books but really like sound of Sea Lovers because am quite into the short story at the moment.

  • Sea Lovers went onto my wishlist this weekend, so I’m glad to know you gobbled it up. I’ve been wishy washy about trying out Haruf’s book. I’m not sure if I should start with this one or elsewhere. What do you think? :)

    • I liked Our Souls at Night much more than the last book I read by him – I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a quick read, too!

  • It’s Monday and I’m frantically trying to finish Crooked Heart before Overdrive takes it back from me. It’s a dear of a book so far!

  • And sorry for the double post but KATHLEEN ALCOTT! It just clicked. I didn’t love The Dangerous of Proximal Alphabets (it was just ok), but I’m definitely interested in reading more of her stuff.

  • I hope this week is much better for you. You have some great reads to help pull you out of that funk.

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    Lots of reading always makes everything better. Hope it works for you, too! :)

  • Eek I am so excited you are reading The Incarnations!!!!

  • Heather

    I can’t wait to see what you think of The Incarnations. I requested it on NetGalley but didn’t get approved – I was ok with it though as it was a book I was only kind of enthusiastic about. I’ve never heard of Our Souls At Night, but it sounds amazing; I’ll definitely be checking it out at some point.