It’s Monday, September 26th. What Are You Reading?


I don’t want to jinx anything, but I feel like I’m starting to hit a groove with school. That doesn’t mean I have much more time, but I guess I know what to expect in terms of managing it and the work I need to get done. I’m sure there are still some crushing deadlines ahead, I just don’t feel as out of whack with them as I did a few weeks ago. Plus, it’s officially Fall, which is a massive mood booster for me. I’m ready to wrap myself in a permanent pair of leggings.

I finally finished up The Nix earlier this week, which left some room for a new audiobook just as My Name is Lucy Barton popped up from the library. It was a super quick listen at just four hours, but boy did I feel every second. I didn’t love Strout’s last novel either, so it could just be I’m not a fan, but it seems I’m not alone when it comes to the audio version. Thankfully, The Mothers is making up for that mess. I’m LOVING it. I wish I had more time to dedicate because it’s wonderful. I do have time for another audiobook, though, and now that I’m through most of Parks and Recreation I’m finally giving Yes Please a shot.

I mentioned Litsy last week, but it’s now available for everyone on Android! I’m doing little reviews over there (at rivercityreading) and the community is great if you’re interested in joining.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I’m so glad you’re listening to Yes Please! I LOVED the audiobook. Enjoy!

  • It’s so nice to hear you’re loving The Mothers. I can’t wait to read it!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Elizabeth Strout is a favorite and while Lucy Barton was very different from her earlier novels, I still loved it. You’re not the first person to dislike the audio version. Since it’s so short, I’m almost curious enough to compare it with the print version. Isn’t Litsy great!? Love the community over there.

  • So glad to hear The Mothers is great – I can’t wait to read it when it comes out!

    And I loved Lucy Barton and can’t imagine listening to it on audio. It’s the kind of quiet book with beautiful writing that I would think would lose its luster on audio. Also the kind of book that doesn’t usually work for me on audio. Maybe you’ll have time for it in print at some point if you haven’t been too turned off.

  • It’s good to hear you’re finding your groove at school. Fall is invigorating, isn’t it?
    I’m happy to hear you like The Mothers, so far – it will be arriving here at some point, although it might be a month or so before I can get to it.

  • Elena

    So happy to hear you’re finding your groove at school! It’s been one of my biggest challenges ever: How to meet deadlines while still find time to read.

    Let us know what you think about Yes, Please because my ex-boyfriend gave it to me just before I broke up with him, and although Amy has nothing to do with the break-up I still feel something incredibly weird when picking up the book. As I were travelling back in time to my unhappiness and anxiety back then.

    • It would be tough to have that connection to a book, for sure, but (based on what I’ve read so far) it’s definitely a good one to get you through that feeling :)

  • I recently gave in and added The Mothers to my tbr because it was everywhere. I’m so glad to hear you are loving it!

    Hooray for fall weather! Long live leggings and boots! :)

  • Finally!! Very curious to try out Litsy. As for school….phew, glad I don’t have to think about assignments anymore! :)

  • Nope, not every audiobook is created equal! I tend to have an easier time with nonfiction rather than fiction…even though I love the IDEA of fiction on audio. Just depends on the narrator and how well the book lends itself to being read? Heavy prose books are tough for me. But YES! PLEASE!!! is fantastic on audio–and I listened before watching any Parks and Rec so you should enjoy it even more. ;) Glad you’re finding a groove with school!

    • I always struggled with anything other than nonfiction, but loved The Nix so thought maybe I was over that hump…seems like the heavy prose thing is definitely a consideration, too. But I’m loving Yes Please!!

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    I just started reading a poetry book – “No Matter The Wreckage” by Sarah Kay, and I’m listening to “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, which I’m enjoying more than I expected to! Glad you found your groove at school and I’ll keep an eye out for you on Litsy!

    • Oooo, the poetry sounds beautiful! And I bet H is for Hawk is great on audio!

      • Ceillie Simkiss

        Both are wonderful! You can look up Sarah Kay on youtube, because she started with spoken word poetry. My favorite of hers is Hands!

  • Hmm. I’ll have to check out The Mothers. You snagged an advanced copy it appears. Sounds good!

  • Amanda Barrett

    Yes please looks like a fun read. I hope you enjoy it and the rest of your books this week.
    Have a lovely reading week.
    Amanda @ Mrs B’s Book Reviews

  • Kailana

    I am very excited to have Litsy! So far I have been following along with a photo a day list to get my bearings. I am excited to fit it into my reading routine. :)

  • Oh I am SO excited for fall. It’s still pretty hot here, but highs are below 90 for most of this week and the air in the morning is cool and refreshing, so I’m calling it a win. I have been throwing yearning gazes at my favorite purple coat. Soon it will be time for me to wear it again, my lovely lovely coat, the best coat in all the land.

    Excellent news about The Mothers! It’s one of my big anticipated books for fall, so yay, I am happy it’s impressing you!

  • I’ve got to get on The Mothers STAT. I took it off the shelf, so that’s the first step, right?

  • I’ve just started a new job and I’m still working on finding my groove. I recognize that won’t make extra time for me either, but figuring out how I want to prioritize blogging and reading with other life things in the time I have will make me feel less stressed out, I think :)