It’s Monday, May 23rd. What Are You Reading?

Shrill Happy Family

So, it’s Monday and the post-BEA funk is real. It’s still raining, I have too many to do lists hanging over my head, this election is driving me batty, and the bookternet (which usually gives me warm fuzzies) seems extra prickly/passive-aggressive. Maybe I’m just feeling that because I’m in a funk. Either way, it all makes me want to curl up and hide out, so that’s about all I’ve done this week.

I read a bunch. Well, compared to what I’ve been reading. I put off several things I hoped to get done (because that’s going to help, right?) and picked up some books. Lindy West’s Shrill showed up in my mailbox last week and it was exactly the type of funny, engaging read I needed. I also wrapped up Alyson Foster’s new short story collection, Heart Attack Watch, which added another notch to the Short Story Month belt. Now I’m digging back into Wise Blood (I completely forgot about starting it just before leaving for BEA) and picking up Happy Family by Tracy Barone. The sun is supposed to come out this week and I’m one week closer to some downtime in June, so everything’s looking up.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • TheShrinkette

    Sorry you’re in a funk, and hope it gets better soon, and I’m glad you’re at least able to find some comfort in the books. Sometimes you just have to be in avoidance mode, ya know? Sending happy thoughts and sunny weather vibes your way <3

  • Amanda

    I’m going to pick up Happy Family too! I hope we both love it.

  • I’ll be interested to hear about Happy Family! It’s on my list of books to get to sometime this summer. Glad Shrill worked for you!

  • I feel like I’ve managed to avoid seeing too much in the way of bookternet drama, but either way, nothing wrong with taking a step back. I’m glad it seems like you’ve managed to do some good reading, at least – I know it’s been a struggle to sink into your books this year.

    Here’s hoping for some sun today!

  • Meg @ ebooksandcooks

    I’m actually reading Shrill right now! I’m not very far in but enjoying it a lot. I finished Relief Map last night, which was weird-good.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’ve got Shrill on my wish list… sounds good. Hope you see a little sunshine this week!

  • Kristen C.

    Crossing my fingers for some sunshine, friend! Glad you found some good pages to retreat into. <3

  • Kailana

    I wish the sun would come out here. It has been a rainy weekend! Hope you read some great books!

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    I’m going to try and go see Lindy tomorrow at Book Passage, if’n I can muster the gumption (and make myself miss a playoff basketball game). All of these covers speak to me, so I’mma have to go check ’em out. I’m reading Alligator Candy, which is great, but a gut-churner. Also still wading through Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are or whatever that thing is called. Did you ever read/start it? Good, but loooong.

  • Happy Family sounds awesome. That sounds exactly what I would love!! I also retreated from the drizzly gross weather by hiding with a cozy cat mystery – The Christie Curse. It was absolute bliss, and kept me from a downward spiral into bleh-mopey land. I finished it fast though, so now I have to pick something new… TBD.

  • I’m hoping to get to Happy Family this week too. Sun for you… rain all week for me, sadly. Hopefully you’ll de-funkify soon, but I totally get in those moods too which seem to affect just about everything.

  • Happy Family sounds good, but I know so many people reading it and I’m so backlogged I’m going to let you tell me how it is! Yes, I’m that lazy.

    Sorry about the funk. It is different to be home rather than in the midst of all that noise and excitement.

  • Aw yeah, it seems like the book blogging community has a bit of a BEA hangover and is consequently getting a little snappy with each other. I’m glad Shrill was good! I’m really looking forward to reading it when it comes out properly (wait is it already out?).

  • Happy Family has been on my most anticipated releases list for months, and *rant* my library doesn’t have it! Ugh. I’m not sure I could find the time to read it right now, but I sure do want to. Shrill is another one I’m looking forward to, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.

  • I like rain, but this is just too much of a good thing. My poor strawberries are rotting before they’re ripe. Anyway, it is perfect weather for reading indoors. I just finished a YA novel called A Passing Phase. I’m not sure what I’m going to read next.

  • Hope your funk turns around. I’ve gone less and less on social media because of drama you mention and it really helps. I want to stay informed but at the same time stay in the dark. Shrill sounds really good and I must check out Heart Attack Watch.

  • olduvai

    What gorgeous covers. I’ve been attracted to the Happy Family one since I saw it somewhere else but those others are new to me.

    Now if only you could transfer some rain over here. I miss the rain so much.

  • Reading always makes it better! Just finished THE LIE TREE and LOST AND GONE FOREVER. Now reading THE ESSEX SERPENT and A MAN OF GENIUS.

  • I’m so excited for Shrill, so I’m glad to hear you liked it!

  • Oooh, sounds like I need to look for Heart Attack Watch! And, I’ve already mentioned that I’m now super-excited about Shrill; thank you!

  • I definitely agree with your comment about the Bookternet. I don’t know what has gotten into people lately, but I miss the all the happy that I used to feel when scrolling through my various feeds. Hopefully, everyone will just chill out over the weekend and come back calmer.

  • I’m so behind on my feed!! I don’t know what I was reading on May 23rd but I’m reading the Helen Grace detective series right now!