It’s Monday, August 24th. What Are You Reading?


Well, it’s definitely been a crazy week over here, starting with a stuffy summer cold. Yesterday was pretty rough, so I’m hoping that was the worst of it and from now on I’ll be on the up and up. My husband and I also met with a real estate agent to take some baby steps toward selling our house and buying something new. We don’t have any particular, desperate need to move, other than taking advantage of the market in our neighborhood right now, so this is a good thing…but it still feels a little stressful.

With the sickness and swirly house thoughts, I had a really hard time settling in on new reads this week. Well, aside from Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family, which I absolutely devoured and loved. I picked up and set down a few other library books and ARCs until I landed on Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder. I’m still early into both, but so far so good.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I have a Holocaust book on my IMWAYR list this week too.
    My last month has also been dominated by moving house and a (winter) cold, so I feel for you.
    The Atticus Lish seems to be everywhere right now, I’ll be curious to see what you think.

  • Yay! I’m so glad you loved Did You Ever Have a Family. I was floored by how beautiful it is.

    Good luck with all things house related!

  • Kay

    Summer colds are the worst. Hope you feel better soon. I’m interested in Did You Ever Have A Family. Read a bit about it somewhere and have wondered.

  • Ugh – I hate summer colds & had one last week as well – glad you’re feeling better! I’m so glad to hear you loved Did You Ever Have a Family…I have a hard copy ARC staring at me and am trying to decide whether to read my first hard copy book in years or wait until 9/8 to buy the e-book (I know…odd dilemma, but such is my reliance on e-books!). I’ve heard such good things about it from a number of people now.

    • Maybe request it on EW or NG with a message that you have the paper copy already but prefer reading a digital?

  • I hope your cold is on the wane. Good luck with the real estate biz!

    I’m glad you loved Did You Ever Have a Family! It’s such a wonderful book.

  • Just did a quick catch up on all your posts since being away. I loved your recommendation post based on The Shore. I’m still itching to read it, but my library still does not have it. Sigh…
    Did You Ever Have a Family is now on the list, as well!
    Feel better soon!

    • Hopefully The Shore comes by your path soon! Did You Ever Have a Family was so great, I’d definitely keep it on your radar.

  • Yuck. Summer colds are the worst. I hope you feel better soon!

    Good luck with selling your house and finding something you love! I think selling and buying houses, while stressful, are also a ton of fun where there is no pressure to do so. Enjoy!

    • It definitely feels like it will be a much more enjoyable process this time around when we’re not up against the deadline of a rental agreement. Crossing our fingers!

  • What a name! Atticus Lish? With a name like that, he’s bound to be a great author, right?!! Thanks for the recommendation on Did You Ever Have a Family; I’ll check that one out. I’m in the middle of Fortune Smiles (ahhh…loving it!) and also reading A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan; they are totally different so I can keep them going together for a bit. Hope you feel better soon; I’ve got a couple of running friends who are struggling with this same problem – ugh!

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    Sorry about the cold! Hope today finds you feeling better. Congratulations on the house hunting! It can be stressful, but also fun. Very happy to hear you also loved Family. It really blew my socks off.

    • It was SO good. And I was thinking about your question and feel like I have to lean towards Silas.

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        Oh, interesting pick! For me it was Luke, who felt like the one character caught up in everyone else’s life decisions/acts. This is going to be a good discussion. :)

  • I hope you feel better, and nothing cures a cold better than curling up with a book. It looks as if you have a cold-curing list going, too.

  • Sad to hear you got the nasty summer cold… always so much worse than a winter cold. Here’s to hoping it fades soon! I’m pretty excited to get to my copy of Did You Ever Have a Family… I’ve heard nothing but rave review so far. Happy house hunting/selling!

  • Real estate things! Very very good luck to y’all! I hope everything goes smoothly like on HGTV when the whole process is extremely smooth and great.

    • I’m sure we’ll wind up with three perfect choices and will waver between two to leave audiences on the edge!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I keep hearing about Did You Ever Have a Family. The description alone isn’t doing it for me, but I feel like I should give it a try since everyone is loving it!

  • Ick to summer colds and real estate things, but yay for getting a new house! Even with all the stress, that’s definitely an exciting change.

    It sounds like Black Earth is doing it for you after all—can’t wait to hear what you think of it! As a half-Jew, I feel like I ought to learn more about the Holocaust.

  • I’m looking forward to starting DYEHAF as well after hearing some great buzz. Hope you feel better soon and all that house talk I’ve been mentioning is what you are going through as well. We did a little remodeling over the summer and put our home on the market in July. It IS very stressful but stay strong and hope to hear that you find your perfect home!

  • Since I’m getting to blog posts belatedly, I’m hoping you’re feeling better already! Get well soon :)