It’s Monday, February 29th. What Are You Reading?

Laing The Lonely City

I’m back in action this week and it feels pretty good. Even though it was great to be with my family last week, traveling kind of sucked up all of my energy and it took a bit of a disconnected, relaxing weekend to get it back. One perk of the (extended) travel? My flight from Chicago back to Richmond was overbooked, so I volunteered to take a voucher and hop on a later flight. Looks like someone’s flying to BEA for free this year! I had a laptop and tons of books, so the few extra hours were totally worth it.

I’m still sticking with (and even finishing) the books I pick up. Progress! I started and wrapped up Peggy Orenstein’s upcoming book Girls & Sex while I was living at the airport. It was just the kind of incredibly readable, interesting nonfiction I needed to get me through that extended time in uncomfortable chairs. Now I’m moving on to The Lonely City by Olivia Laing and a short story collection by Patrick Dacey called We’ve Already Gone This Far. I’m just turning the first few pages of both, but hoping they’ll help make March a great reading month.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Way to turn lemons into lemonaid! I hope you have a great time at BEA this year and enjoy your books this week.

  • Words for Worms

    You really cannot beat a free flight to BEA!

  • Nice work on the free flight! And – I have Girls & Sex in hard copy (which you know if always tough for me!), so was waiting to hear your thoughts! Sounds like it might be worth it?! Especially since I have a young daughter…
    And – Dacey is a Richmonder, right? I just heard about him last week…will be interested in your thoughts on that one as well!

    • You might be a little terrified by Girls & Sex, but definitely go for it.
      I didn’t know Dacey was a Richmonder! I have to check that out.

  • Way to go on the flight and yes to BEA! I’m happy you’re back, too. I really have a love/hate relationship with coming to see what you’re reading; I want, I want, I want some more of what I see, knowing I won’t get to them.

  • Girls and Sex sounds intriguing. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it!

  • So glad to hear Girls & Sex is good! Sarah and I have been talking about it so with your stamp of approval it’s now a must read!

  • Kailana

    I hope March is a great reading month for you!

  • Heather

    The Lonely City sounds amazing. I think you can be alone but not lonely, but you can be around people all the time who make you feel lonely. Loneliness is a weird thing. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on this one.
    Happy reading!

  • I just finished Pamela Newkirk’s Spectacle. It was — as depressing as I was imagining, except actually even more depressing, because it turns out that in the end, Ota Benga figured out he was never going to make it back to Africa, and he killed himself. Great work, American racism. :(

    So. Next I will need to read something a bit more cheering, I think.

  • How are you so good at finding books I’ve never heard of?? Also I’m still ecstatic about your free flight. SO GOOD.

  • I hope to make it to BEA this year. Great job on getting a free flight. I hope to use points to get there. Right now I’m going to try out a novel called The North Water and listening to Between the World and Me on audio. Enjoy your books.

  • During my run this morning, I listened to yesterday’s episode of Fresh Air; after an interview with Rebecca Traister (All the Single Ladies, which I’m reading right now!), there was a review of The Lonely City. It sounds intriguing; all dark and artsy. I’m excited to read Girls & Sex; so delighted you enjoyed it!

  • Yay for free BEA travel! I’m dying of jealousy of everyone going and getting to hang out and meet each other! Hopefully everyone will feel the same about BEA 2017!!! (It’s not appropriate to strap a newborn on myself and come anyways… right?… right?)