It’s Monday, January 9th. What Are You Reading?

Hello from inside an ice cube! We got snow like 90% of the U.S., but now it’s incredibly cold and our little Southern home just can’t with single digit temps. Neither can my fingers, which are freezing as I’m typing this. On the plus side all of this means schools and the university are closed tomorrow, so I get a bonus day of snuggling and reading tacked on to my weekend.

I had an amazing reading experience with Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream (one of those gobble it up in a day experiences!) and I can’t wait to share more about it later this week. Now I’m moving to a book on a topic I never thought I’d willingly read, but I’m actually really enjoying Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil. I also picked up Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, which is my book club’s pick this month and the last of her novels I’ve yet to read. I keep wanting to preserve it forever, but I’m also desperately excited about finally getting to it.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I can’t believe the Richmond temps! That’s even cold for us up in NY…and Richmond just isn’t prepared for that kind of stuff. Hope it warms up soon :)
    And will be interested to hear your thoughts on Weapons…I’ve had my eye on that one, but hadn’t come across anyone I follow that’s actually read it…till now.

  • Kailana

    It is chilly here, too, and we got a lot of snow. I guess not as much as we were supposed to according to the radio this morning, though! Hope you enjoy your extra day off!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I picked up Purple Hibiscus as a kindle daily deal last month… looking forward to it. Stay warm!!

  • Enjoy your freebie day! Snow days are the BEST. Sadly I don’t get to enjoy them ever anymore because I work at a hospital, and you pretty much just have to be there. Period. In bookish news, I LOVED Purple Hibiscus. It’s the only Adichie I’ve read so far, which is terrible, and I’ve heard her stuff only gets better, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think, since you’ve read everything else and are reading her first last. I wish my book club a) was still functioning, b) would have been open to reading the good books your book club always seems to be reading. :)

    • Eeee, I’m so excited to hear you loved Purple Hibiscus! You DEFINITELY need to read Americanah – it’s my FAVE.

  • TheShrinkette

    Snow days are the best. You get to stay in PJs and drink hot beverages and snuggle up with all the books….unless you went to my grad school in which case you bundled up in eleventy billion layers, froze your ass/face off in public transport, and attended class because in Chicago a snow day is just like any other day (I’m not bitter about this at all). I’m so glad you did get the extra day of reading, which we know can be so crucial while you’re trying to finish up all your required reading for school. Weapons of Math Destruction sounds super interesting so I will be picking that up. Anything Adichie writes is just gold. Looking forward to your thoughts on Fever Dream. Happy reading!

    • Janani, it snowed on Friday and the kids still don’t have school TOMORROW (Wednesday). This is insanity and you have every right to be bitter.

  • The cold is pretty brutal. We finally got our basement insulated, but our heating still can’t quite keep up with these cold days!

    I think Purple Hibiscus might be the last Adichie book I need to read, as well. Hope you and your book club enjoy it!

    • Oh man, we totally need some good insulation. It seems like things are getting a little warmer later this week, though!

  • Karen

    ive felt the same about Half a Yellow Sun as you do about Purple Hibiscus. i dont want to read it because then it will be gone and there is nothing more – yet….

  • I am slugging through The Bone People, a 1985 Booker Prize winner by Keri Hulme. A friend recommended it and warned that it “sagged in the middle.” Well, I have hit the middle and am trudging along to get back to the good part because I NEED to know how it turns out.
    My brother texted pictures from near Lynchburg (Sutherland, Va.) with the caption “10 inches and still snowing.” My heart is with you as our thermometer almost hit 78 today. This is one time I don’t want to be carried back to Ole’ Virginny…

  • Brrrrrr, stay warm! Weapons of Math Destruction is one that I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about but I’ve been leery of reading it because the title is sooooo cutesy. I know that’s not like the world’s greatest reason to avoid a book though, particularly one that’s as relevant to my interests as that one is. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you finish!

    • I’m a little over halfway through and it’s definitely working for me. Not so mathy, more just pointing out ways that systems use algorithms that sound nice and helpful to deny individuals/groups things, which is pretty damn interesting.

  • I’m feeling like it’s tragic that I’ve only read one thing by Adichie so far (We Should All Be Feminists…that was such a TSS discussion!).

  • Oh, I would LOVE to read Weapons of Math Destruction! I listened to an interview with the author recently; I need to take a look at the audiobook version and see if she narrates it because that might be a good option. I hope things are beginning to thaw out over there!

    • I bet the audio would be great! She has a pretty conversational style, so it would be similar to listening to a podcast, I imagine.

  • I’m so excited to pick up Weapons of Math Destruction! I’m currently on my library waiting list though, so I’ll just have to experience it vicariously when you do a review :)

  • Yeah I enjoyed Adichie’s Americanah but I need to read her early novels still. I gave you a shout-out on my site about your post of Idaho which I got from the library.