It’s Monday, January 23rd. What Are You Reading?

So…that was a bit of a weekend. I’m not the biggest fan of huge crowds and wasn’t sure what last week was going to be like, so I didn’t initially make plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington. But, thankfully, a last minute trip with a group of classmates came together and we headed up for the day on Saturday. Especially after the emotional drain of Friday, it was so encouraging to be surrounded by so many strong, determined people. Reading what many others have written about the day has also been a good reminder that it is just a dot in a far-reaching timeline (both backward and forward) of activism and resistance. I’m glad I was there (for more reasons than this).

True to last semester’s form, classes started last week and I promptly stopped reading anything on paper. I have to thank the universe for audiobooks, which seems to be the only way I can squeeze in a book or two, and allowed me to (finally) read Hamilton: The Revolution last week. I also got started on Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven, which is a Tournament of Books title, and I’m pretty curious to see where it goes.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • BethFishReads

    Glad you were able to go to the march. Thank god for audiobooks, cause they are often my savior.

  • Thank the Lord for audiobooks, right (sometimes)?! They’ve made me way less averse to doing chores around the house.

    I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on the Millet. I tried her a few years back (now can’t even remember the title), but ended up bailing on it…even though some of her sentences were razor sharp, spot-on, withering, social commentary.

  • Loved seeing those photos pop up on my Twitter feed :)

  • I’m so glad you were able to go to the march. What a wonderful life experience!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I loved seeing all the photos in my instagram feed from marches around the world! So glad you were able to attend.

  • Lauren

    I think the good from my march experience wore off in about three hours, but I’m still super glad I did it. I just started the Hamilton audio and am torn on Hargitay as narrator. She has a nice voice, but it seems constantly apparent she’s reading and it is a bit irksome. I’ll be curious to hear what you think of Lamb, it’s been on and off my list.

  • Ti Reed

    I haven’t read either of those books yet. I am currently reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel. It’s interesting how it’s playing out but I only just started.

  • Elena

    I was so happy to see so many American women coming together to stand for equal rights. I have to admit I cried behind my laptop screen from Spain. Glad to hear it made you feel better. We have a similar situation in Spain (we’re on the stupid president’s second term actually) and it drains you. Take care xxx

  • I’m so glad you were able to attend; several of my running friends in the DC/VA area were there and one of them FaceTime-ed me during the march. What an incredible experience! There was a march here, in Little Rock, which was well-attended (there were definitely more people there than I’d expected!), and I was thankful for the opportunity to join other like-minded individuals, even if for just a few hours. I’m currently listening to Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson; powerful.

  • Yay for marching! I didn’t get to go to one, but I felt energized knowing how many people were out to make the statement that we aren’t going to stand for this. Like you, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that a lot of these people stay on their feet — we’re going to need all the help we can get over the next couple of years to keep this country from, like, sinking into fascism. (but srsly I am terrified)

  • I’m glad you went to the DC March! Wow what a terrific day across the World! So uplifting! I went to the March in Denver, which I wrote a little about on my blog. I’m still so pumped by the whole thing. I can’t even think straight with Trump, so far I despise everything. Not sure I can take 4 years of this ….

  • Kailana

    What an experience to be able to go to the DC March! I live in Canada and there were a few marches in my province, but I wasn’t able to go. I enjoyed seeing everything about them, though!

  • I participated in one of the sister marches (in Reykjavik)! I’m waiting to get Hamilton from the library, but at the moment I’m reading Les Miserables (although it’s going a bit slow) and a crime novel set in Sweden.

  • Christy

    I was there at the D.C. march as well! It was so encouraging and energizing. I went with fellow book bloggers Teresa and Leslie. Love that photo of you with Cheryl Strayed. :)

  • Good for you! I went to the march in San Jose and finding out that some friends were going it what made me finally commit to going. I’m glad I went, because I found it encouraging too :)