It’s Monday, July 18th. What Are You Reading?

I’m actually in a bit of a panic because I just realized we’re now pushing into late July and where did the summer go!?!

The husband and I were trying to plan a quick little vacation for before my classes start (you know, planning we should have done weeks ago), but suddenly we’re limited to a handful of available days. I’m really hoping we can whip some kind of last minute trip together because I’m desperate. If anyone has a favorite, affordable spot that’s within a hop, skip, and a jump of Virginia, throw it my way.


As for the books, I’ve been focused on the way I read this week and it’s led to some positive changes (I’ll talk about it a bit more in depth tomorrow!). I had an amazing time finishing up Marrow Island and have been working my way through the pieces in Charleston Syllabus, which is really good for slow, purposeful reading. I also gobbled up Evie Wyld’s lovely graphic memoir, Everything is Teeth, and now I’m digging into Amy Parker’s short story collection, Beasts & Children.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I get you about running out of available days. We wanted to plan a little road trip, but it was such a pain finding free days that I think we’re just going to skip it this year and relax at home instead!

  • TheShrinkette

    Oh man, all spring I told myself I would take myself away from the city for a vacation for myself and now it is nearly the end of July and I’m going to leave the country soon so unsurprisingly that vacation is not happening. A friend of mine JUST picked up Everything Is Teeth yesterday so I’m definitely borrowing it from them. Other than that, I’m working through Evicted, A Little Life, and re-reading Between The World And Me with Kerry because I’m continuing to lean into the dark, dark headspace. I hope you manage to salvage a getaway!

  • Both of these look interesting. I usually don’t read short story collections but this one looks like a good one. Happy Reading!

  • Adore the cover of Beasts and Children. Hope you find somewhere lovely for your holiday!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Everything is Teeth sounds good, and I’m curious about the title. Hope you come up with a great vacation idea!

  • I like your new blog design! Very clean, yet still recognizable as you with your fun header. Looking forward to tomorrow’s “way you read post”.

    And – for vacation….what about Cape Charles, Va on the Eastern Shore (if you’re a water person) or somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains? I also love Wrightsville Beach, NC….that’s a little farther drive.

    • Thanks! I was getting frustrated by how cluttered the homepage felt on the old theme and I couldn’t make changes I wanted to without changing the theme itself. There are still some tweaks to go, we’ll see!
      We’re trying to do somewhere we haven’t done before, so I may have to look into Wrightsville Beach!

  • Christina T

    This summer is just flying by! I can’t believe we’re in the end stretch already. I’ve seen some stores putting out the fall decorations (the weekend of 4th of July–so sad).

    I hope you get a chance to go on vacation somewhere fun. I am hoping to visit Williamsburg, Virginia this fall. I’ve been there once before but didn’t really get to explore Colonial Williamsburg.

    • I hate that they put out school supplies like the week kids get out of school!!
      It’s crazy, but we still haven’t been to Colonial Williamsburg and we live like 45 minutes away :D

      • Personally, I think Williamsburg would be perfect for just a quick getaway of a few days.

  • Short vacations can be wonderful. We just got back from a weekend to Washington, D.C. Maybe consider a city not too far from you and book a hotel for a night and just explore the city?

    • DC is so fun! We’re definitely consider some nearby cities (though we’ve been to a ton already!) and trying to decide whether or not we should do a little vacation now or a bigger one later next year.

  • Jennine G.

    I had the same desperate realization about summer so close to ending. Looked at the calendar and was like, Oh shit! School starts in like three weeks! Teachers go back, then students come in, and week after I start my doctorate classes. So I’m pushing to finish renovations get moved in by first weekend of August. The summer literally slipped away.

  • Ti Reed

    I got an email telling me that 8th grade registration is 8/3 and that shook me up! Where did the summer go? I am trying to pack as much as I can into my weekends because well, that’s all I have at the moment.

    What am I reading? I am reading Before the Fall, which is very good and a super fast read. I am also wading through The City of Mirrors. It’s just long.

    • It seems like every year school ends later and starts earlier, doesn’t it??
      I’ve been going back and forth over reading City of Mirrors…it seems like it isn’t winning a ton of people over, but I’m super curious!

      • Ti Reed

        There is a lot of set-up in the beginning. Mostly to remind you of what happened in book 2. Even with the reminder, I am still having trouble remembering all of the players and how it ended for them in book 2. I feel slightly disconnected from the story although the writing is the same. I think too much time passed. I am only about 20% in so I have a lot more to get through before I can call it.

  • re: vacation. The Hubs and I got married in the Outerbanks (NC) and really enjoyed the area. SO many different beach houses for rent, and some decent hotels as well. Decent food, and chill atmosphere, plus THE BEACH.

    Also, sounds like you enjoyed both Marrow and Teeth?

    • We’ve wanted to go for so long, it’s probably time to give it a shot!
      I did love both! You’re a mater and the recommendations.

  • Given how awful the weather is right now (I’m in Maryland), vacation sounds like absolute bliss! There is nothing more perfect than getting out of town right before the year kicks into full gear in the fall!

    • It sounds like something I neeeeed. It’s been either constant rain or sweltering here and I could use a few days of change!

  • Perhaps the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Outerbanks? Chincoteague? Or if the weather is intolerable: fly thee to Bermuda. You must get a vaca in before your classes start. Go.

  • I agree on the Outerbanks, or you could come to Gatlinburg and stay in a secluded chalet while having a ton of activity right at your doorstep. I can’t believe I go back to work in just a couple of weeks. Eeek! Summer was way too short.

  • It’s Monday and I assuaged my tired heart by rereading one of the Emily of New Moon books. It was everything I wanted, and then I went back to A Darker Shade of Magic and got halfway through it before admitting to myself that I just wasn’t that into it. Next up, either this series about time-traveling academics OR The Regional Office Is Under Attack (at last!).

    • Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about Emily of New Moon! And a series about time-traveling academics sounds pretty fab to me.

  • I hope you can find yourself a spot for a quick getaway!

    I’m so happy to hear that your reading is looking up after such a lackluster first half of the year.

  • I’m in Virginia Beach glad to find someone close to me! Savannah Ga or Charleston are driveable and I love Savannah. You can go for 3 days and have a blast.

  • Kailana

    I was thinking how crazy time was flying, too! And my reading is so slow on top of it. It is depressing. lol Hope you enjoy your getaway!

  • Oooh…Riverine looks good. Beasts & Children wasn’t on my radar, but is now!