It’s Monday, December 19th. What Are You Reading?

Yes, I’m actually here and reading! I finished up the semester last week, so I have until the first week of January before I head back to work and classes don’t start until the middle of the month. It feels pretty amazing, but I almost don’t know what to do with myself. School was so unexpectedly consuming (I say unexpectedly because I almost feel like I worked more this semester than my whole master’s program) that it kind of seems odd to just turn that off. But I’m trying! There’s been a whole bunch of lounging going on.

I did feel a bit of panic over what I’m going to read now that I know this time is so precious. Thankfully, I was near the end of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, so I started there. SO DUMB of me not to read it sooner. I bounced between audio and print and plan to do the same thing with The Year of the Flood soon. I also picked up Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which comes out early next year. I grabbed it at BEA, but set it aside for a moment just like this and it was a great decision.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Glad you’re getting some downtime and can fill it with books!

    I’ve been trying to decide what my next Atwood should be – read The Handmaid’s Tale last year and would like to fit in another one this year. Recommendations?

    • I really loved her last short story collection, Stone Mattress, but I think those tend to be tough for you? Oryx and Crake was amazing, kind of predicting an alternate future, but much different than Handmaid’s Tale and part of a trilogy. I’ve only read a few others, so I’m still working my way through the rest!

  • I’ve been curious about Oryx and Crake. Sounds like you’re really liking it and I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on it I’ve been up and down with Atwood and now feel a little reluctant to read her.

    Enjoy your break!

  • Kailana

    I really enjoyed Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. I still have not read the third book. I would probably need to reread in order to remember anything and I am a terrible rereader. I may just give it a try and see how it goes. lol

    • It’s worth a shot! From what I’ve heard they’re all kind of parallel stories, so you may not need a re-read after all :)

  • I am really looking forward to reading George Saunders’ novel. I had bypassed it at BEA but managed to snag an e-galley the other week. I keep hearing great things about it, so I am glad I did.

    Enjoy your time off! It sounds like you definitely deserve it!

    • It’s VERY different from his short short stories, but totally unique and still has a bit of his cheeky humor. I’m definitely enjoying it!

  • How are you liking the Saunders book? I would like to get it. Right now I’m just going to start Brit Bennett’s novel The Mothers. I liked Oryx and Crake but havent read the others yet. I hope you enjoy your time off!

  • You lounge the hell out of that vacation, Shannon! YOU HAVE EARNED IT. It sounds like you have mahvelous reading choices, whereas I keep finding myself wrapped up in a blanket in my comfy chair staring blankly at my many books and so overcome with inertia that I can’t even reach my hand out and pick one up. There’s a metaphor here, I just know it.

    • I wish I could PUSH myself to read more. I have very good intentions, but I think my brain is still a little frozen, so I feel you on that comfy chair thing.

  • I absolutely adored Atwood’s trilogy on audio! Here’s to a relaxing time off. :)

    • The audio is TOTALLY working for me! I never thought I’d learn to enjoy fiction on audio the way I have recently.

      • It’s been a recently developed love for me as well. I’m glad though because it allows me to find time to read so much more than I would without audios.

  • Yay for reading time and breaks!! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Saunders; I am a huge fan of his short stories! Enjoy, Shannon!

    • It’s VERY different from his short stories so far, but I’m loving it anyway. So, so unique!

      • Okay, well that is enough to keep me interested in trying it out, Shannon; thank you! Eeek! That’s exciting!