It’s Monday, March 28th. What Are You Reading?

dear committee members everyday sexism

It’s time for Spring Break Backyard 2016! I have most of the week off with the local school systems, so I have big plans to work in the yard and go to some type of home improvement store too many times. I’m hoping there’s a little time for something fun in there, too, or at least some time for lazing about with books.

I got a bit of a head start on that end over the weekend. I finished up (and really enjoyed) Shelter, but I’m not quite sure where I’m sitting with Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday right now. I set it aside after not really feeling the urge to keep reading by 70 pages, but it did seem a little premature. I started and finished Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher, which was a quick read for my book club, and dove into Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. Now I’m planning to pick up Broken Three Times by Joan Kaufman and will have to decide whether I’ll give Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday another shot or grab something else.

Just a heads up that one of my favorite events, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, is coming up at the end of next month and signups are now open for anyone interested in reading for all (or part of) April 23rd!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • TheShrinkette

    Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
    Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

    Totally signed up for Dewey’s- it’s my first time and I’m so stoked!

  • I just started Sunday’s on the Phone yesterday and am only 10% in, but I can’t decide if I like the writing style or not. Interesting that you put it aside. And I’m also interesting in Shelter…might pick that up in April since I’m light on review books for the month.

    • The style of the book wasn’t really grabbing me, but I feel like the book is supposed to be about the children and they hadn’t made it to the story by pg. 70, which has me a little worried that I dropped it too soon.
      I think you’d *LOVE* Shelter. It reminds me a bit of Did You Ever Have a Family, but much suspenseful.

      • Courtney Aguilar

        I really liked Sunday’s! The daughters are such interesting characters. I would give it another shot if you have the time. The ending is the best part.

  • Gina

    Dear Committee Members, while contrived feeling at times, made me laugh on numerous occasions, and brought a [gulp] at another. I liked it!

    • That’s exactly it! It was such a fun, quick read that I totally didn’t expect it to get me that way at the end.

  • Rachel Rooney

    I really enjoyed Dear Committee Members. It wasn’t great fiction, but it was very enjoyable, and I still think about it sometimes, specifically the fate of advanced studies in liberal arts.

  • Rebecca Foster

    How’d you like the Schumacher? It cracked me up!

  • I’ll be interested to see what you think about Broken Three Times! It was an option for our book club, but it was passed over. Happy reading!

    • Ooo, I love another book club that reads nonfiction (it seems like they’re pretty rare). I haven’t started it quite yet – planning to sit down with it in a few minutes – but will definitely update.

  • Thanks for the Readathon plug! And I’m interested to know what you thought of Dear Committee Members. I’ve had people tell me for ages that I should give that one a go.

  • ‘Broken Three Times’ sounds interesting. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. :)

  • I have a race on the morning of April 23, and it’s out of town, so I’m really torn; I may try to get some reading done later that day and “unofficially” participate. I really enjoyed being a cheerleader last October! Kudos to you for picking up Broken Three Times; I think it will just make me angry, so I’m on the fence about it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think!

    • It can be so hard to schedule a Saturday away, but it would be great if you could hop in somehow. I’m going to wish you an early good luck on your race!

  • I can’t believe that the Readathon is next month!

  • Someday, when I don’t have a 4-year-old to chase, I’d love to do the readathon. Le sigh. Hope you have good weather for backyard projects!

  • Yay for the readathon! Do you have any idea what you will be reading yet?

  • Oh what’d you think of Dear Committee Members? It reminded me too much of episodes from my real life, and I got really angry reading it and thinking WHY ARE YOU MAKING EVERYONE’S LIFE HARDER.

    • I thought it was really funny, but definitely hit close to home and wouldn’t be funny at all if it were real life :)

  • Dear Committee Members onto the TBR list. And how had I missed Broken Three Times? Very interested in that one! Ditto Everyday Sexism! That sounds remarkable! And since I just read My Life on the Road (Steinem), perhaps a nice follow-up to that one.

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  • So glad you’re reading Everyday Sexism. But it along with Broken Three Times sounds like some pretty heavy reading. Good thing Dear Committee members is funny.