It’s Monday, October 24th. What Are You Reading?


It’s been a bit, friends, but I’m back from a fantastic trip! I hoped to get a post up before leaving, but sadly it wasn’t in the cards. Thankfully, I was able to escape to New York for a few days, catch an incredible performance of Hamilton (I won’t bore any non-Hamfans with the gory details, but ask and you shall receive), and hop all around the city for my husband. Okay, we didn’t actually hop, we walked so much that my feet are in serious revolt today. I stuck by my plans to leave my work behind and even had time to read on the train, so all in all it was a wonderful few days. Now I’m snuggled back up with my pup and as ready as I can be to jump back into the second half of the semester.

While I was bummed to miss Saturday’s Readathon, I read more than usual this week. I finished up We Were Feminists Once and The Red Car, which were both great. So nice to finally find books that are sticking. I also started Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, which isn’t out until January, but I was totally sucked in by the first few pages. And I’m picking up the copy of Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett Ichecked out from the library, since it sounds like the type of book I’d love. Bonus points for matching covers?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Kailana

    Glad you had a great time away! Have a great week!

  • Haha – the first thing I noticed about this post was the matching covers! And I’m glad to hear Idaho is sticking with you – it’s on the list of books that caught my interest from the 2017 catalogs.
    Glad you enjoyed NYC and Hamilton – where’d you end up eating?! Since NYC food is like my favorite thing ever…

    • We ate SO much, but mostly just whatever we ran into as we happened to be hungry. We walked SO much, I don’t even remember half of what we did/ate, but it was all delicious!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Yes, those! I’m not familiar with either book, so will look for your thoughts. I love NYC! Good walking shoes are key. Glad you had a great trip.

  • I have Pond and had every intention of reading it during the readathon, and, well, you know how that goes! lol I really want to check out The Red Car. It sounds awesome.

  • Oh! I’m so envious that you got to see Hamilton. I’ll gladly take all the gory details! Love the matching covers. I recently finished The Red Car and have a review up tomorrow. Good luck with the second half of the semester!

    • Let’s see if I tag @lindseystefan:disqus and @disqus_jgj7yNch6D:disqus here, hopefully I can kill three Hamilton birds with one stone ;)
      We bought our tickets a year ago, hoping that some of the OBC would still be in the show but not necessarily expecting it. I was still a little worried that I would be somewhat let down just because I’ve listened to the cast album so much, but the new cast was AMAZING – here’s a pic of who we saw: We actually ended up seeing the alternate Hamilton (not Javier Muñoz) and he was fabulous, so was the new Burr. The only person I was really, truly bummed about missing was Daveed Diggs, but that’s just because I adore him (but I knew I wouldn’t be seeing him going in). Staging/lighting blew my mind. I sobbed at the end. It was brilliant.

      • Thank you so much! You’ve upped my interest level even more! My sister and I keep talking about a trip back to NYC….love that city. I think we definitely need to get on it.

  • We want the gory details! How were the new Hamilton cast members??

    I’m glad you had a great trip, Shannon!

  • I want details about Hamilton – please, share! Sounds like you had such a good time :) I have Idaho on my TBR and it does sound really good. I’ve heard great things about Pond, but wasn’t so sure about it – I’ll wait to see what you think of it. And, I do love the matching covers. Have a great week!!

  • So glad you had such a nice trip!
    Great covers – I want to read those based on the covers alone!

  • BethFishReads

    Those covers are GORGEOUS

  • Bonus points for matching covers and one-word titles! Glad to hear your NYC visit was great. I’m curious about the novel The Red Car …. really good?? What did you think?

    • I really enjoyed The Red Car, but it definitely has some quirk to its style. The writing reminded me a bit of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, if you’ve read that. Worth checking out, for sure!

  • Okay I have peered at your below answers to other commenters and am glad to hear that you had a wonderful Hamilton experience — I would expect no less! I’m glad my old stomping grounds treated you well, and just sad that I wasn’t still around in the city to share a meal with you. I miss all the walking I used to do in New York, even though it’s nice to be able to run errands in a shorter period of time than, like, minimum an hour for a single errand. CARS: A blessing and a curse.

    • As much as I love *visiting* New York, I could never, ever live there. I definitely don’t have the patience. I’ve only been in the warmer months and I can’t even imagine how much of a cluster it must be in the winter.