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

Shelter The Song Machine

Oh, you guys, it’s been quite a week. I’m a huge political junkie, but even I’m starting to feel worn out and stressed by this election cycle. I wish I could say that the weekend’s Trump craziness pushed me to turn off the news and crack open a few extra books, but I seem to be glued to all of it, no matter how much it makes me lose it. Please be sure to send help if my tweets just turn into a random series of letters.

I did manage a little reading between the madness. After finishing up last week’s books, I picked up and finished Christian Kiefer’s tiny little novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide in a single sitting over the weekend, which was the perfect way to set a good reading groove. Now I’m digging into The Song Machine by John Seabrook, my book club’s pick for March, and Shelter by Jung Yun. I’ve been really struggling to love fiction this year, so I’m hoping Shelter will suck me in and finally get things going.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Shelter…the premise of that one has my attention. And – how was the Kiefer?! I’ve had it on my dining room table forever…and just rediscovered it under a pile of mail. Is it worth me reading in hard copy version (you know how hard that is for me!)?
    Glad you’re finding your reading groove again.

    • Christian Kiefer’s writing is gorgeous as always! The story is very different from The Animals…much more experimental. I’d give it a shot, it’s super short, and you’ll know right away if it works for you.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’m pretty distracted by politics lately, too… so much craziness! Shelter sounds good… will be curious to hear what you think.

  • I keep trying to turn a deaf ear to all the political mumbo jumbo these days, but I find myself drawn into all the drama. It’s like a train wreck; I just can’t look past it. This year’s election terrifies me with the direction it has taken. I do hope Shelter pulls you back into the fiction realm.

    • It’s a TOTAL trainwreck. I’m usually drawn to it, but I’m pulled in in an unhealthy way this year, even when it makes me angry.

  • IfyoucanreadthisBina

    Eh, I’m in Germany and I’m still worn out but the US election circus ;) The Song Machine sounds fascinating, I’ll have to check it out! Happy reading :)

  • The US election talk is a big thing up here, so I can only imagine how it must be taking over down there. Ugh. It’ll be nice when it’s over (as long as the outcome isn’t too terrifying!).

    • Rebecca Foster

      Same here in the UK! (Though my husband and father-in-law are big into politics.)

    • This is me making a swoony face over sweet, sweet Trudeau and wishing you would share.

      • :)

      • I’m happy to share! Or, just come on up! :)

  • Rebecca Foster

    I had no idea Christian Kiefer had a new novella coming out! That’s exciting. You and I both loved The Animals last year, as I recall. I’m hoping to start Shelter soon too.

  • Blerf. I’m mostly sticking my head under a pillow when it comes to this cycle.

    I hope you find your fiction gem soon! I think I’ve been having more luck with nonfiction so far, too.

  • I too have been having trouble just sitting down and reading for many a reason. And, like you, have struggled through many of my books this year… just haven’t found the right ones (or vice versa) yet, which makes it even harder to get going/keep going. Fates & Furies is my only 5-star read so far this year… which is kind of disappointing. Hopefully we can both find our mojo :)

    • I want this year to turn around already! I keep reading books that are good/very good, but so few that are GREAT. Is it a symptom of being spoiled? Ugh.

  • I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction lately. I just finished Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and now I’m reading Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale.

  • I’ve never heard of Shelter-the cover is lovely, though. It definitely looks like something I would pick up!

  • I’m also glued to the political madness even though it just makes me mad. Reminding my Chicago friends to go out and vote today so I actually feel useful haha. Idk why, but I really haven’t been reading. Going to go to the library today to just sit down and finish an overdue book (sorry this is getting very stream of consciousness, I’m at work right now with nothing to do). ANYWAY I hope Shelter is great. I was very excited to see our copy this morning. If you like it, I’ll read it probs.

  • You know, Naomi, there might be quite a few of us house hunting in Canada after this hideous most ridiculous version of a Presidential race we are enduring here in the U.S. Just sayin’…keep your eyes open for available housing. You might even want to get a Real Estate license, there might be quite an influx of people (those who are sane) over the southern border! :) Canada may look good to me even if I’ve always said my next move would be much further south into more temperate climes, but really…well, enough of my plans! :) Shelter looks good, though I admit the mention of violence makes me a bit reluctant to think I may want to read it, so will look forward to your thoughts when you’ve finished.

  • God this election cycle is killing me. I am so scared for what our country will become if Trump becomes the president. He can’t, right? RIGHT?

    Anyway, I’m still trying to settle down to whatever my next read is going to be. I’m having a hard time getting into The Whites, and my sociological sci-fi novel’s sequel is so excellent that I’m trying to make it last as long as possible. So we’ll see what happens.

  • As a “foreigner” (hello from Canada!) watching the American election coverage was humourous at first, but now it’s just downright upsetting, with so much anger and hatred being spewed by candidates and voters alike. Plus, your electoral system is confusing as all anything, I can barely wrap my head around it! But like you say, the more ridiculous it is, the harder it is to look away!

  • You are always reading the most interesting books! I hope you find your fiction mojo again soon.