It’s Monday, August 31st. What Are You Reading?


Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like this past week absolutely flew by. The real estate game went from zero to sixty after we found a house we’re more than a little in love with. Now we’re getting things in place to list our house, which means a bunch of closet de-cluttering (it’s hard to make 100 year old closets look big), random Craigslist selling, and fixes we’ve been meaning to tackle since we moved in. My brain is being pulled in a thousand directions, but I keep trying to settle it down with a book or two.

Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth is pretty incredible, but it’s also super dense and very long, so you’ll likely be seeing it here for a few more weeks. I’m also reading A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor, which is for an upcoming book club meeting, and Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman. The library holds haven’t been slowing down, so here’s hoping I can keep working my way through.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • I hate it when all the great books I put on hold at the library come in at once.

    • Jancee Wright

      Agreed. It’s the best…but also the worst. To top it off, they always come in at the most inconvenient time!

  • So glad you found a house so quickly, that’s pretty amazing! Boo to home improvement activities – definitely been there, and it’s certainly worth it, but a pain in the butt for sure. Happy Tim-the-tool-man-Taylor-ing :)

    • We’re so nervous – have to get our house on the market before we can put in an offer, so I just keep hoping no one else snatches it!

  • Congratulations on finding a house you love! Are you staying in the same area of town? And – I cannot even think about the de-cluttering I’ll have on my hands when it’s time for us to move. Glad you’ve got a few books to get you through! Have a great holiday weekend!

    • This house is just about 15 minutes away, but still in the city (right by the river!). I can’t believe how much stuff we managed to pile up in just five years – it’s crazy!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Good luck with all the house stuff! There is just so much to be done when moving is on the horizon!
    I’m so impressed that you can juggle multiple non-fiction reads. I usually have to temper mine with some fiction or short stories. :)

    • I don’t usually read three at a time, but Black Earth is so slow-going I had to throw something else in the mix. I’m managing for now, but I’m trying not to make it a habit ;)

  • That is so exciting!! I hope your house sells quickly so you can get that house you love!

  • Malcolm Avenue Review

    Wow, that was fast, but when you know, you know, right? Hope it all works out for you guys. Black Earth totally intrigues me but don’t think it’s in the stars. That Cinder Bottom cover creeps me out a bit. I’ve never even heard of that one, will be curious to see what it’s all about. I’m still working my way through the Big Bad Book of Bill Murray (fabulous, trying to make it last), Satellites in the High Country (e), Furiously Happy (tree) and Mort(e) (audio). My father is turning in his urn over me having this many books going at the same time. I used to give him shit for it. I was a monogamist forever. I still prefer one at a time, but what’re you gonna do?

    • Ohhh, I’ve been curious about Mort(e) – heard some great things. I don’t usually read more than two at a time, so having three going is a big leap for me, too.

      • Malcolm Avenue Review

        I’m all in for an animal rebellion story. Strangely, saw it on the library shelf a few months ago, brought it home and barely opened it. Then it was an audible deal of the day and I thought I’d give it another try. Bronson Pinchot is the narrator and he’s always great. I haven’t heard much about it, so I’m glad you’ve heard good. So far, I’m enjoying it. Cats standing on two legs using shotguns, what’s not to like I ask you?

        I really only count my substantive reads as two. My tree book is always my main read unless I’ve got an egalley going. Audio is always just filler and Bill Murray is just fun. I couldn’t do three if I really had to pay “review attention” to them.

  • Moving, or more the packing I guess, is what prevents me from selling my house and buying a condo. I don’t envy you at all but am glad you found a house you love. A Hanging at Cinder Bottom is one that really looks interesting, and am I wrong to really like that cover?

    • Ugh, I don’t even want to think about the packing/unpacking (especially all these books!).

      I kind of love the cover of Cinder Bottom, too…it definitely stands out!

  • Congrats on finding a house you like. Moving is always a huge thing. Hope it works out well.

  • Congratulations on the new house! With this and grad school applications, you have so many stressful but exciting things going on. Here’s hoping your books help you weather the worst of it! :)

  • Yay for the new house! I’m amazed you’re getting any reading done at all in the midst of all that! I finished up The Sisters Brothers this morning and am settling down to finish Sorcerer to the Crown as well, which I have been enjoying so much I didn’t want it to end. But I do actually need to review it pretty soon. :p

  • Good luck with the house! It all sounds very exciting, but also more than a little bit stressful. I hope your books are helping settle your mind!