It’s Monday, December 14th. What Are You Reading?

mondayHappy Monday! I peeking out from behind the boxes that are quickly filling the house and closing me in. All but a select few of my books are packed and I’m not quite sure where anything else is. I would really love to time travel to mid-January, but it looks like I have to suck it up and go through this moving thing.

I’m glad to have some reading encouragement in the form of The Twelve Books of Christmas, hosted by Shaina Reads, with the goal of getting through twelve books in December. I take reading challenges with a million and one grains of salt, but they can be a good push. I’m four books in this month and moving on to One Child by Sarah Conly, which presents a pretty interesting argument for the morality of limiting procreation. On the total opposite end of the spectrum, my book club met and exchanged gifts over the weekend, and I got a copy of Lauren Redniss’s Thunder & Lightning. It is absolutely gorgeous, so I’m reading it right away.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Before we had children, my husband and I discussed at length how many kids we should have – he being in the one-child camp and me in the other. There are good reasons for both, of course (practical reasons as well as emotional). I would love to hear more about this book (even though it is obviously too late for us!).

    • Don’t worry, the author talks about how it’s too late for her and her kids, too ;) It’s pretty interesting!

  • Thunder and Lightning looks so good! I’m always impressed by writers who can teach us something without resorting to a dry, traditionally written book.

    Hang in there – those few weeks before moving are so frustrating!

  • One child…I probably should have read that 3 kids ago. Ha ha. Really though, it makes a lot of sense and I bet I’d find it interesting reading!

  • Tea Time with Marce

    One Child……… hmmm now that looks interesting.

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    Wow, both of those look really interesting. Also: You book club knows you well. :) I’m hearing you on the packing/moving malaise. My movers came Saturday, B and I are now living out of bags and boxes for a while. And despite my reading funk I did bring a bag of good stuff with me. We shall see how far I get into that. Shaina’s push is helping me, too. I just finished Only Love Can Break Your Heart last night, and while I adored the first half the second took a bit of a dive on me. Still enjoyed it, but not as much overall as I was hoping.

    • Ugh, the living out of boxes thing kills me. How much longer do you have until everything will be settled?

      • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

        I really have no idea. Maybe one month, maybe two, depending on how long the slab repair takes and how long the new surface has to cure before I can put new flooring on it. And how well I can schedule contractors to come in and do the work on somewhat short notice. Baby steps. Can’t wait to see pics of your new abode. I somehow missed the new find, I’m really excited for you guys.

  • Both books sound interesting. And also interesting to see China change their policy ever so slightly!

    • Yeah, it’s really interesting – the author of this book isn’t advocating quite for what China was doing…she makes some clear distinctions. Kind of curious where all of her points are going.

  • Thunder and Lightning really is beautiful. That cover is heads above most of…everything!

  • Glad I could help encourage you to read a possibly unhealthy amount. ;)

    That weather book looks so pretty! Is it nonfiction?

    Best of luck with the move. It will all be over soon. <3

  • Twelve books in December? I think I have two down and will be lucky to hit four for the month. lol So much for my hope to catch up on my backlog this month.

    • Haha, I hear you – it’s definitely going to be a push for me…maybe some cheating with small books going on.

  • Heather

    ‘One Child’ looks so interesting. I think I’ll have to try and get it at the library.

    Hope the packing is going well for the most part. I personally don’t mind packing – it’s the unpacking that I hate.

  • Aaa, yay for the Lauren Redniss book! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. I loved her previous book about the Curies. She’s such a cool writer and illustrator.

  • Moving is a really great way to cull! I have always said I should have to move every 3-5 years! The worst was when my ex and I moved from a big old farmhouse where we had raised our children for almost 15 years. You could not believe the amount of stuff we hauled off and/or donated! Yikes! But, I did survive, and I’m sure you will, also, and hopefully, you’ll be happier as a result! :) Shaina’s Twelve Books of “December” (as I have annointed it!) is a motivator, for sure! I’ve started the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and suspect the remainder of that series will complete my 12 for the month! I have read 3 books for this so far. The weather book looks fascinating. It is now on my TBR list. I agree that the One Child book is interesting, in the light of China’s recent change to their own policy. I was an only child and always wished for siblings.

    • Oh gosh, I’m SUCH a purger when I move…I just want to throw everything away. I just have to cross my fingers and hope I don’t get rid of anything too important because I definitely don’t want to bring it with me.