It’s Monday, August 29th. What Are You Reading?


Well, after a week of some fear-instilling orientations, today is my first day of classes. The work of my assistantship will be fairly similar to the work I’ve been doing, so that consistency is nice, but I won’t really know what everything else will be like until I see my academic workload. I’m ready to get some kind of routine going and hope that will include at least a little bit of free time.

Thankfully, I had a nice relaxing weekend with plenty of time to read (and watch some movies, too). I finished up the books I started last week along with Emotional Agility by Susan David. Now I’m getting started on Ann Patchett’s new novel, Commonwealth, which I’ve been hearing pretty amazing things about. I’m also planning to pick up We Gon’ Be Alright by Jeff Chang, a great little surprise that showed up in my mailbox last week. Let’s cross our fingers and hope it’s possible to get through two this week!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • hillary roberts

    all three books sound right up my alley!

  • Karen

    Im hoping to get to Commonwealth but may be quite some time because of a backlog of other stuff

  • Good luck with school. Can’t wait to hear more about it and the classes you’re taking. What’s an assistantship?

    • Thanks, Marisa! Assistantships can vary, but I work 20 hours a week as a research assistant while taking classes full time and in return I get a stipend and my tuition covered. It’s kind of saving my life and making it possible for me to do this ;)

  • Good luck with your first day of school! And I can’t wait for Commonwealth…loved State of Wonder and also have been hearing great things about this one. Hope it works for you!

  • Kailana

    Hope the first week goes well for you! Enjoy your reading!

  • I hope your classes and assistant work go really well, Shannon!

    Can’t wait to hear about Commonwealth. Yay Ann Patchett!

  • Good luck with school! Hope you have a great first week :) And you are going to enjoy the new Patchett – its so good!

  • We Gon’ Be Alright is one I’d like to get to as well. Good luck with all your new endeavors, and hopefully there’s at least a little time to squeeze in some “you time” for whatever you choose to fill it with. :)

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    I hadn’t heard of the Jeff Chang title (I’ve been a bit under radar and out of touch as of late), but it sounds right up my alley. I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts. Good luck with school!

  • I can’t wait to read Commonwealth. I love Ann Patchett. Enjoy!

  • I started reading Face Value, which is about how women perceive and use and generally interact with makeup and beauty culture. So far (I’m only a little ways in) it’s blowing my expectations out of the water — the author is wonderfully insightful and doesn’t fall into easy answers, which I think is very easy to do when you’re talking about a topic like beauty culture and feminism, about which there is a lot of received wisdom. Hoping it continues to be great!

  • Cheryl Malandrinos

    I haven’t heard of these books. Thanks for sharing them. Right now I’m in the middle of Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman. Not sure what is up next.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.

  • Wahoo, you made it back to school! I hope you get yourself into a groove that includes time for yourself. If you’re anything like me, you might forget that last part in all the busyness and excitement. ;)

    How was Emotional Agility? I could use some of that, especially in this transitional period.

    I’m off to investigate the Chang title, because it sounds right in my wheelhouse.

    • That was totally my thinking re: Emotional Agility and it was a good pick! She references a bunch of studies that I was already familiar with, but I think that’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to pop psych. Overall, I liked the way she framed everything and there were definitely some good takeaways.

  • Commonwealth is sitting on my bookshelf as I speak, willing me to start reading it. Ann Patchett is one of those authors I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t read yet.

    • State of Wonder is my favorite of hers so far and this is off to a very different start, but she’s just able to write real people so well!

  • Commonwealth is high on my list of books to request once my library has re-opened. I have read most of her books, and have liked them all. I hope it’s going well!

    • Ah, I forgot about the dreaded closing of the library! (it sounded so great when you were able to check out so many books at one time!)

      • It did, didn’t it? :)