It’s Monday, October 5th. What Are You Reading?

mondayMany of you have been cheering on Fall for the past few weeks, which had me feeling a little left out here in Virginia. But it looks like Fall is finally here, and bringing with it days and days of rain. The weather is perfect for cuddling up with a book, but not so perfect for house hunting…which is what we’re doing. After a series of unfortunate events, we’re back at square one—our house is back on the market and we’re looking for something else. It was all just a little too easy that first time around, huh?

I did manage to squeeze in some reading, though, mostly while waiting for people to poke around the house over the last few days. I’m still working my way through Bats of the Republic, which is a bit of a chunkster, but quite enjoyable and incredibly unique. And after a whirlwind read of $2.00 a Day by Kathryn J. Edin and Luke Shaefer, I’m getting started on Anthony Marra’s new story collection, The Tsar of Love and Techno.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Oh no! So sorry to hear about the house hunting.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Boo. I’m so sorry things didn’t work out with that first place!

    I hope you are loving the new Marra. I’m excited to dig in soon!

  • Ugh – I’m sorry things fell through with Round 1 of housing changes! So frustrating when that happens. I hope things turn around. And – I need to give Anthony Marra a try, but think I’ll probably start with his other novel since it’s rare that short stories work for me (Nickolas Butler being the only exception so far).

  • Oh no! Sorry to here about your house hunting. If it makes you feel any better, that happened to us a couple of times when we were looking for a house, but it ended in us finding the perfect house in the perfect neighbourhood (perfect for us). Looking back, we are so glad the other houses fell through. So, hopefully, the same thing will happen to you!

    • I keep trying to remind myself that! The same thing actually happened to us with this house when we bought it, too, and we were much happier with our decision…so here’s hoping!

  • Sorry to hear that the first offer fell through! At least you got a nice silver lining of reading time.

    I am so, so curious about Bats of the Republic! I can’t wait to hear what you think.

    • I’m loving it so far! I wish I had a little bit more focus for it, but it’s a really beautiful book (physically) and great read.

  • Oh, damn it, so sorry about the house situation. But I’m a firm believer that you will end up in the right place and the right house for you. Fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than later.

    Curious to hear about all of the above. Well, other than Bats, which I hope you don’t love because long.

  • I just finished Marra’s new book and one of the best things I can say about it is that it wasn’t a let down compared to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which is one of my favorite books ever. I thought the writing was just a perfect :)

  • Bummer, Shannon! I hate to hear this about the house…ugh. I guess that would’ve been just a little too easy, right? :) I hope you enjoyed $2.00 a Day; thinking it might make a great audiobook selection. I’m currently listening to Missoula by Jon Krakauer and reading City on Fire; loving them both. Hope your week is off to a good start (and less rain!).

    • I really loved $2.00 a Day and definitely recommend it – hoping to get a review together for later this week!

  • Elena

    I am staring ‘A God in Ruins’ by Kate Atkinson tonight and I’m super excited about it.

    I hope you find the perfect house soon xx

  • Sorry about the house biz, but stick with it. I too picked Anthony Marra’s book as my Oct. pick. I will be interested to see if it lives up to it.

  • RAnn

    $2.00 a Day looks interesting.

  • Look what a gorgeous cover on Bats of the Republic! I just finished an enormous chunkster myself and tried to celebrate by moving on to a mass market paperback. But the book in question is unfortunately not that good so far, and I’m trying to decide if I want to DNF it or not. :/

  • Hate that you’re back to square one, but I’m glad you can find some time to read. As Jenny said, Bats of the Republic is gorgeous. You know I love a cover. Fall weather seems to be making its way to Texas, too! No rain, but I do love the crisp mornings.

  • Heather

    I hope the house stuff works out soon – just waiting is incredibly tedious, but at least it’s given you a little reading time.
    I wanted to get Bats of Republic this week when it was officially released but it’s not out in Australia yet (we’re a bit backwards apparently), so I think I’ll get it from Book Depository next pay. I ended up getting the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which is completely amazing. It’s like reading Harry Potter for the first time all over again.