It’s Monday, April 11th. What Are You Reading?

Gunning of American North Water

I have absolutely no idea where this week went. Spring always seems to get busy with work as students move toward testing and this week was no exception. I’d usually use the weekend to do…not much, but my husband and I decided to tackle our dining room this time around. We spent two days painting and stenciling with little sponges and I’m pretty sure standing on my tiptoes on a ladder will come back to get me over the next few days.

That meant there wasn’t much time for reading, so I’m still working my way through The Gunning of America, but it’s fantastic. I’m underlining a ridiculous amount and I’m still pretty early in. I’m also going for some dark, historical whaling with The North Water, which has made me think quite a bit about my weird pull toward some polar opposites in fiction.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I hope you’ll explore this polar opposite thing because it sounds fascinating. I’m totally envious of your paint job. It looks slightly harrowing but totally gorgeous.

  • I love books that take place at sea, so The North Water is already on my list! It seems like there’s been quite a lot of whaling books out lately, or is it just me?
    Your paint job looks amazing!

    • It does seem like there have been a bunch of whaling/ship boats lately! I don’t know why I like them so much!!

  • I saw your painting on Instagram and I’m SO impressed! It looks very professional! Looking forward to your polar opposites post!

    • Haha, thank you! I think we went a little crazy trying to do it, so maybe we’re not as professional as we appear ;)

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    The Gunning of America sounds so interesting… your stenciling looks amazing!!

  • The North Water looks super interesting! I think I’ve been on a bit of a pendulum swing lately – swinging back and forth between really different genres. It does make for an interesting reading history, and I’m reading a lot that I don’t know I would normally be reading. Can’t wait for the post on polar opposites!

    • I’ve definitely been reading more nonfiction than I normally would and maybe that’s highlighting some of the inconsistencies in my fiction – it’s been a super odd year for me!

  • I’m so glad you’re taking on The North Water. It’s on my list and I’m half jazzed for it (murderers on a boat!) and half no way (not into whaling). Thank you for taking the hit and filling me in. :)

    Paint is fabulous. I would offer to come build you something in exchange for a paint job, but your dad can kick my ass in the woodworking department. So I got nothin’.

    • Ha! My dad is up in Michigan completely redoing the moldings/floorboards on his whole house right now – blows my mind. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve with all that wood in your house ;)

      • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

        Egads that’s a big project. I am building a platform bed (similar to a case study platform bed). Trying to figure out where to build it without having to spend time sleeping on the floor. And crossing my fingers I can get it done in a day/weekend. Ha. Best laid plans.

  • “The Gunning of America” sounds fascinating, but I think it might be one of those books I’d have to be in the right headspace to read….

  • The North Water sounds right up my alley, I really enjoy historical fiction.

  • Myra Garces Bacsal

    The North Water looks really interesting. Like Jane, I have a thing for historical fiction, so will check that one out. :)

  • The North Water is new to me but looks interesting, especially if it’s making you think about your choices in fiction.

  • I’ve been meaning to pick up The Gunning of America, but then I read what happened to Will Smith (the football player–he dated my roommate in college and they have a son together; we met once, maybe twice. He was a nice guy.) and since we were facebook friends I’ve been seeing his face all weekend in my feed. April 11 is already a bad day for me and I’m just so demoralized I don’t know if I can read a book about guns. It feels hopeless. Sorry for the ramble.

  • Yesterday I finally finished reading the book about the colonization of Liberia that I’ve had checked out of my university library since, um, June. (DON’T LOOK AT ME.) Which makes it a very successful reading Monday to my mind, even if I am still between books in terms of my regular (non-academic-y-scholarly-research-y) reading.