It’s Monday, September 28th. What Are You Reading?


Well, we’re struggling with the Paradox of Choice a bit here, ladies and gents. Like I mentioned in my Library Checkout post (which is open for link-ups if you’d like to join!), I’ve been hit by a wave of sudden library holds combined with upcoming dates on several ARCs I’d like to get to. The lull in my reading recently means I won’t get to everything, so the choice is plaguing me a little more than it usually does.

Right now, I’m torn between $2.00 a Day by Kathryn J. Edin, The War Between the Tates by Alison Lurie, After the Parade by Lori Ostlund, and Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt. I don’t even know what I want to read the most because everything’s sounding appealing. At least I did settle on one book: Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson, which I’ve been itching to pick up for months. So far, it’s exactly what I’d hoped for.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Lindsey Stefan

    It’s nice to have choices…sort of. I tend to try and pick two really different books, so personally I would start with the one farthest away in tone and topic from your current read!

    Hooray for libraries!

    • I tend to read that way, too! Bats of the Republic is pretty out there, so some straight nonfiction is probably the furthest.

  • After the Parade looks good, but I’m interested to hear about the marriage and the children in The War Between the Tates; does it have anything new to offer?

    • It’s actually from the 70’s (a book club books), so I’m a little curious how it will compare to today’s writing.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’m in the same boat with library holds at the moment… WHY do they always comet once??

    Loving Did You Ever Have a Family at the Moment, with Fates and Furies waiting in the wings. Alison Lurie has a new book? Good luck choosing.

    • The Alison Lurie book is actually an old one (for book club) – I haven’t read her before, but it sounds good!

  • Overwhelming number of choices = occasional paralysis…at least for me! I diverted from my plan last week as well. Hope something starts calling out to you soon and glad Bats of the Republic is working.

  • I will read anything DeWitt writes. I was so wonderfully surprised by The Sisters Brothers, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  • Isn’t that always how it works…all your holds come in at once! Sigh!

  • I feel this so hard! All of my piles (own, ARC, library) are being neglected right now. I was happy to get to a library book last week, but all bets are off this week.

    Scurrying off to see your Library Checkout post!

    • I actually heavy sighed when I got the e-mail letting me know all the books were in…that’s not how it’s supposed to go!

  • I hear you, sister. I’ve hardly read anything over the past week since house issues piled on my reading malaise. The next couple volumes of Saga came in on my library hold and those have helped. Easy to read when things are a bit messy and great to boot. I have DeWitt’s new one and I was so excited to get it and still can’t wait to dig in, but not in the right space yet. Pick the one you feel in your gut when you look at it.

    • I’m not feeling in the right space for DeWitt, either…hoping I can balance the wackiness of Bats with some good nonfiction.

  • Yes to all of this. I’ve had such a hard time choosing that I decided I needed a break and started rewatching Buffy. When I’m ready, I can’t wait to dig in to Patrick deWitt’s new one.

  • Oo, lots of good choices! I am reading a big book about the Jeffrey MacDonald case that is strangely mesmerizing (short chapters!), finishing up Orhan’s Inheritance, and still plugging away at Amitav Ghosh’s latest. (It’s good but dense.) Many good books on the docket for this week!

  • Amanda

    At least you settled on one book! I hope its fantastic.

  • Vasilly

    I’m putting $2.00 a Day on my tbr list! I keep meaning to read something by Edin, but haven’t yet. There are so many good-looking books being released right now and so many older books to get to. Whatever you read, I hope you enjoy it.

  • $2.00 A Day sounds amazing; I encounter situations like this so often in the hospital and it is heartbreaking. The fact that all of your choices sound appealing to you seems like a fantastic (yet daunting) scenario and I can’t wait to hear what you decide to read!

  • Heather

    I just finished reading Undermajordomo Minor and I basically want to shove it into the hands of everyone I know. Sooooo good.

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Bats of the Republic. I really want to read it.