It’s Monday, November 23rd. What Are You Reading?


It really is a happy Monday this time around—things are falling into place house-wise and it looks like we’ll be on the move at the start of the New Year. Unless anything disastrous, that means we’ll be spending the holidays packing and tying up loose ends, but I’m so ready to get going that I’m not even bothered.

I’m still less than a third through Sarah Helm’s Ravensbruck, but it’s really incredible. The story is just so dense (and the book is so heavy!) that my reading spurts end up being much shorter than usual. I also started and finished Part of Our Lives by Wayne A. Wiegand this week, which was actually pretty great to pair with the weightiness of Ravensbruck. While it’s not necessarily a light book, its focus on the feel-good value of public libraries was a good pick me up. Now I’m on to Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan in a last ditch effort to get to a few novels I really want to read before the end of the year. I started this one a few months ago, but set it down when things got a little hectic and I couldn’t give it the attention it deserved. I’ve heard it’s amazing, thought, so I’m hoping I can dig in over Thanksgiving.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • A lot of heavy reading so I can understand the small spurts but good you are enjoying. Sounds exciting to be packing up and moving.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’m adding Ravensbruck to my list, but can see where it might be best in small doses…

  • Part Of Our Lives sounds great. I mean, really, what do book people want to read about more than libraries?

  • Glad you found something to read! And congrats on the house news!

  • Congratulations on the house. We moved not so long ago so know what a relief it is when everything starts falling into place…though don’t envy you having to pack over the holidays. Love the sound of all three books here. Lots to get your teeth into. Have a good week.

  • Amanda

    Yay for house news! 3 great sounding books. I hope you get lots of Thanksgiving reading time!

  • RAnn

    Congrats on the house! I started Ravensbrook, but it was just too heavy for my mood.

  • WOW! That cover on Beauty Is a Wound, right?!! Part of Our Lives definitely sounds like it would be an interesting read, for me; I wish I’d known about it earlier in Nonfiction November, although I’ve had plenty to keep me occupied! Hope your Monday is going well, Shannon!

  • Yay for the house!! I know you’re ready to put that behind you. Beauty of a Wound looks good, and I love the cover!

  • Congratulations on the house!

  • Myra Garces Bacsal

    Beauty is a Wound sounds like my kind of read – hope we have that in our library here. Have a great reading week!

  • Have a happy Thanksgiving. Ravensbruck seems pretty monumental. I look forward to the review. I’m finally reading Sweetland this week and Painted Horses.

  • I started Beauty Is a Wound and found it slightly overwhelming, so I thought I’d try the other, shorter book by this author. Still learning about Indonesian literature! Just in a slightly shorter form. :p

  • I am very anxious to see what your final thoughts on Ravensbrueck are once you finish it. I have a slight obsession with that particular period in history and find it such a fascinating psychological and sociological study.

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