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

Charleston Marrow Island

So, that was an unintentional nearly-week long break from blogging that we need to blame on my disordered brain. I was diagnosed with migraines when I was 12, and they’re pretty well managed now, but this was the first time everything I usually do failed and a three-day migraine sent me to urgent care. Thankfully, after an IV with some fluids and drugs (they were some good drugs, y’all), I was feeling somewhat human. I’ve been rattled with a bit of a headache hangover that stuck around for the weekend and still feels like it’s nagging, but I’m hoping things are on the up and up again.

My reading was actually on a roll until about halfway through the week, but haven’t picked up too much since. I finished up Lab Girl and felt like it was a little too one-note for me in the end, though I loved it to start with. That could be more me loosing my focus on reading than the book, too. I also set down Christodora, though I think I’ll revisit it. I just know picking up a long book is a bad idea right now.

I finally hopped back on the library wagon and picked up a bunch of holds, including Alexis M. Smith’s Marrow Island, which I’ve heard awesome things about. I’m just a few pages in, but the prologue is super intriguing. And after coming out of my migraine haze to all the awful news out of Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas, I decided to pick up the copy of Charleston Syllabus that I’ve had set aside since BEA.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Sorry to hear about your migraines…I’ve heard they’re terrible. And I’ve also heard wonderful things about Marrow Island, but I’m trying to decide if it’s up my alley or not before giving it a shot. Hope this week turns around for you!

  • I’m glad your head is feeling better! That must be so frustrating (and painful).

    I have to pick up Marrow Island from the library today. My hold just came in! :)

  • Kay

    So sorry about your miserable week with pain. However, glad you were able to get some relief. I saw something about MARROW ISLAND recently and thought it looked like a book I’d like to try. Look forward to hearing what you think about it.

  • Ugh, migraines are the worst, and I’m so sad to hear you ended up in UC. I’ve had about 5 in my life – tend to get one biggie every 3 years or so – and can’t imagine getting them any more frequent than that. Hope you’re on the up and up. AND YAY, MARROW ISLAND!!! DM when you’re done, would love to chat about it!

  • Kailana

    Sorry to hear you were unwell! Hope that doesn’t happen again for a long, long time. Or hopefully just never again!

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    I just got the audio of Lab Girl last night from the library. Listened on my walk this morning and returned it to the library when I got home. Even at 1.25 speed, just wasn’t doing it for me. I am in the middle of Blood Wedding by my twisted boyfriend Pierre Lemaitre, which is great. Not sure which audio I’ll pick up now. I would tell you my ebook read, but I can’t remember the name. :) Hope you’re feeling better!

  • I’m glad to hear that your headache is mostly gone! Migraines are no joke. I’ve been to the hospital a few times for kidney stones, and I was always amazed at how well (and quickly) the drugs worked. Three cheers for intravenous medicine!

    Sorry to hear about Lab Girl, especially since it’s received such raves elsewhere. I’m thrilled by both of your reading choices this week and can’t wait to hear more about them! I’ve got Marrow Island on standby.

  • Oomph, that sounds like a rough week. I’m glad you’re on the mend!

  • I’m so sorry to hear you weren’t well. Migraines are awful. I was interested in Lab Girl until I saw the author’s twitter feed and website url. Maybe she’s joking, but her attitude in both (at least at first glance) came across as a little too haughty for my taste. It made me think I wouldn’t like her book much.

    • It was pretty interesting to get a peek into her life in academia and I liked learning about her research, but yeah…it was all just a little too much for me.

  • Amanda

    I’m glad the IV did the job – but poor you! I hope it is a much better week, for you and all around. Marrow Island sounds really intriguing! I will look forward to your thoughts when you’re done.

  • Sorry you didn’t enjoy Lab Girl as much as you hoped you would. Marrow Island is near the top of my TBR list for this summer!

  • I’m so sorry you’ve been suffering from migraines. They are a beast! I wish Lab Girl had been better for you, but I think you’ll hit a home run with Marrow Island.

  • Oh no! I’m so sorry your migraines attacked you so viciously, and glad you’re doing a little better! I’m coping with all the shitty things that are happening by, of course, checking too many books out of the library. I got a book at my library about the way racial discourse in this country shifted in the twentieth-century to criminalize blackness (it is called The Condemnation of Blackness), and I look forward to being wiser and more sensible soon.

  • Brandie Cone

    Shannon, have you tried going gluten-free? I too have had migraines since childhood, but when I went GF a few years ago, I went from 3-4 migraines per week to 1 per month (almost always after eating something with hidden gluten). It was like flipping a light switch.

    • I’ve heard it’s really helpful for people! I don’t get many anymore (just one every month or two), but this one totally knocked me out!

  • Ugh, so sorry to hear about the migraine! I’ve had exactly two in my life and, both times, I thought I was dying. I have great sympathy for those who get them more often. But then, yay for the good drugs!

    • They’re pretty terrible! Thankfully, I don’t get them anywhere near as much as I used to – this one was just super rough.

  • I hope you are feeling better. What a drag. It sounds like the urgent care did the trick; take your time & a breather! I finished the spooky Girls novel and now am thinking about Lily & the Octopus. I’m liking the audio of Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Eligible. That’s a fun one; right when I needed a few laughs.

  • I haven’t had a full-blown migraine in so long. Do. Not. Miss. Them. Sure hope this one occurrence means it’s done and over…for a long time!! Glad the drugs were good! Marrow Island seems a bit too creepy for me. I’m into Middlemarch this week to catch-up with Bex’s Read-Along. (I knew it would be a ‘challenge’ for me to keep up, but want to read this classic. I’m determined, if nothing else!) :)