When Breath Becomes Air

It’s Monday, February 8th. What Are You Reading?

February 8th Reading

You guys, I’m so glad last week is over! Every possible deadline on Friday + three (count them: three!) botched Ikea deliveries had me crawling to the finish line, but it looks like things are clear on the horizon. Plus, I had an amazing bookish slumber party with Kerry, Kristen, and Rachel that was exactly what I needed. We explored Kerry’s adorable city, which included sharing some amazing food, books, and movies.

We popped into a fabulous bookstore called the Curious Iguana and I couldn’t leave without a few books, including When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, which I just jumped into. I’m also reading Tessa Hadley’s The Past and still digging into Paradise Now by Chris Jennings. Fingers crossed one of these does some serious sticking and improves the rather so-so reading year I’ve had so far.


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • Sounds like a fun gathering! And I remember you saying the same thing about your reading this time last year – hopefully things will look up! After I good Jan, I’m now in a slump…

  • I’ve heard good things about When Breath Becomes Air, so I’m hoping you’ll have good luck with that one!
    Sounds like you had a fun bookish weekend. :)

  • I keep hearing about When Breath Becomes Air, and am not sure if it’s for me… I’ll be interested to hear what you think! Here’s your hoping this week is a better one, and your reading starts to dress to impress.

    • I wasn’t really sure if it would work for me either, but it’s being compared to Being Mortal, which I really enjoyed, so fingers crossed!

  • Unbelievably jealous of your bookish slumber party. :) I’m glad you were able to close out what sounds like a crappy week with something so fun!

    Still mentally sending you all the good book vibes.

  • I hope you’ll like When Breath Becomes Air. Every review I’ve read so far has raved about it.

  • Ciska van der Lans

    Three Ikea mess ups..!! Hope all is solved now and you got what you ordered. A bookish slumber party sounds great. Have a good week with less problems/deadlines.

  • You know, I’ve had very so-so reading this year, too. I really hope it picks up soon because I’m starting to wonder if it is me, not the books!

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    A gal at the bookstore recommended The Past to me when I asked what she was pushing these days. I didn’t buy it, but it looks interesting. Will await your thoughts. Also on Breath, not sure where I land on that one. Does it seem that books like this are a thing these days? Maybe I’m just noticing more. I am starting Mr. Splitfoot today in tree book form, my ebook is The Children’s Home, which is wonderfully weird, but I’m not sure where the hell it’s going so can’t recommend or not just yet, and I just started The Residence on audio, which I think is going to be a fantastic, voyeuristic look behind the scenes at the White House.

    Sorry for the IKEA seventh circle of hell. Hope things are shaping up around the new abode!

    • It does seem like there’s a bit of a bubble in this type of memoir/nonfiction, but I’m hoping this one will be worthy of all its praise! LOVE all your book choices and can’t wait to hear what you think.

  • A bookish slumber party sounds amazing and very enjoyable!

  • It sounds like you had a great time and much needed after the Ikea debacle. I’m reading two of those this week, too! Great minds….

  • Three botched IKEA deliveries? How can THAT be? That is way too high a number! Were they suitably apologetic for inconveniencing you?

    • I knowwww! And no, they tried to CHARGE me more until I got a little snappy over the fact that I had already paid and just didn’t have the right product.

  • Oh Ikea.

    I don’t know if I can read When Breath Becomes Air. I followed along with this story when it was happening, to a point, and I was incredibly sad when he passed (weirdly convoluted, I used to follow Cup of Jo blog, and her twin sister was married to Paul Kalanithi). I suspect it will be really good, I read one of the articles he wrote about the process and he was an excellent writer. But, damn, mortality.

    • It’s definitely heavy, but I’m nearly finished and loving it. Could be rougher when it gets to the weepy end ;)

  • A bookish slumber party sounds like the best kind of slumber party!

  • My reading has been so-so as well this year but if I remember correctly, my reading picked up in March last year, so I’m hopeful. I really want to read Breath but will have to be in the right frame of mind. I LOVED Being Mortal and it left such an impact. I think it’s in the same vein? Have a great week.

  • Citizen Reader

    I’ve seen so much about the “Breath Becomes Air” book–looking forward to reading your review of it! Evidently “thoughts on mortality” books are supposed to be the IT nonfiction titles of 2016. Cheery!

    • It really does seem like it’s almost a new genre! It reminded me quite a bit of Being Mortal, but more toward the memoir side (obviously) – very good!

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  • I hope you enjoy The Past! I thought Hadley’s writing was beautiful (even though it isn’t the type of book I typically like). I’m reading A Man Called Ove this week.