It’s Monday, November 21st. What Are You Reading?


Hey, is this thing on? I’m just going to slide right in here and try my best after a bit away. The election still has me feeling very…heavy? Maybe that’s the right word. I alternate between bouts of determination and dread, mostly because so much is up in the air, with an existential crisis over “wasting time” in school thrown in here and there. But taking a step away from this space gave me some good perspective and solidified the feelings I shared last week, especially in terms of how I want to use it when I have the time to be here.

I’ve read a grand total of one book this month and have a boatload of stuff due over the next two weeks, so I’m guaranteed to be stress eating a solo pumpkin pie in front of my computer by Friday night. I really need to to focus on writing (so much writing) and may not be here much until the end of the semester, but I do have a few books that I’m trying to read. I finally (finally!) picked up a copy of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted and it’s just as amazing as everyone has said. I’m also diving into Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories, Difficult Women, which hits shelves early next year. We’ll see how it goes!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Good luck balancing everything with school – it’s tough for sure! And nothing wrong with pumpkin pie…one of my faves.

  • BethFishReads

    I haven’t been doing much reading lately either. :(

  • Sometimes life just gets in the way of reading – enjoy the pumpkin pie as you write!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Good luck finding a balance over the next few weeks. I’m planning to read Evicted soon.

  • TheShrinkette

    DIFFICULT WOMEN is SO good and difficult. Roxane Gay slays again. Goddamn existential crises get the best of all of us. Pumpkin pie + writing sounds like I good time. Also, can’t wait for your thoughts on Evicted when you finish!

  • Pie sounds yum – enjoy it and good luck with the writing :) I have Evicted on my kindle and can’t wait to read it. As for Gay’s book, I’ve read half and I’m just not that into it for some reason. Normally, I’m a big fan. I’m putting it aside for now and plan on going back to it later. I don’t think I’m in the right mindset for it. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Kailana

    I hope you can find a balance in life soon! But, pie is not a terrible idea. :)

  • re: the election : I still feel bouts of sheer dread and then also sheer disappointment. How can people face it? Sometimes feel like fighting yet other times hiding. It’s best to hole up in your house with the pie & work on school stuff. Good luck

  • I didn’t even know that Roxane Gay had a new short story collection out! I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • I am so, so glad you’re reading Evicted. Hang in there, be good to yourself, and enjoy that pumpkin pie!

  • Sending hugs to you madam! The holidays are always a stressful time, even if you don’t factor in school things and the results of the worst election ever(tm), so definitely do not beat yourself up about feeling stressed. Like you I keep cycling between dread and determination, and I think both of those two emotions are taking it out of me — I’ve been exhausted lately, even though I have been getting plenty of sleep. Anyway. Good news is, my e-hold on Zadie Smith’s new book got in today, so I have that ahead of me!

    (I am also reading a book about the psychological factors that make people participants in committing genocide, which uh, reassuring, I guess? That I do not have any of the requisite traits? But also worrying as I look at the country.)

  • I hope the workload slows down soon, although pumpkin pie is a pretty good remedy for stress!

    I’m excited to read Difficult Women too. :)

  • Hang in there, lady. Hope your solo pie takes the edge off! Good luck with all your writing projects!

  • Elena

    I haven’t read much during this month either. Hang in there, we’ll get over this. We’ll get out of this.

    Also, thanks for reminding me of Gay’s upcoming book.

  • I have no way of verbalizing it either, but it feels as if my brain has been fried. I think I’m coping, but nothing but the lightest, fast-read fiction is working for me. I can’t imagine being in school and needing to focus. Sending you a big (((hug))).