fact of a body

It’s Monday, May 15th. What Are You Reading?

fact of a body

Wow. Ok, so that month-long absence was unanticipated. I wish I had oodles of books to tell you about, but I’ve been in a sad cycle of starting and abandoning audiobooks for the past month. I was all in on a super demanding semester that drained my energy and filled my brain with theory and methodology and plans, but did manage to work my way through a few books:

Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Parker, Willie

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett

Marlena by Julie Buntin

And right now I’m nearly finished with The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, which I am LOVING.

Work keeps going, but I have a week until summer classes start back up and I’m really hoping to get a few afternoons of lazy reading. Without days in classrooms collecting data, summer means more project development and manuscript writing, which should also be a bit more book friendly. I’ve been swimming in literature on teacher perceptions of teacher-child relationships and have some research ideas brewing, which is the best feeling. So, I’m also assigning myself a ton of articles and processing time to really let things take off.

Though I haven’t been reading as much, there are a few books I really want to chat about. I’m hoping for the focus to sit down and gather my thoughts sometime soon.

Tell me all about what you’ve been reading and loving lately!


  • Meaghan Walsh Gerard

    I also loved THE FACT OF A BODY. I will be posting a review soon. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Kay

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy, busy semester. Hope you get a bit more ‘pleasure’ reading time this summer. Noticed that you’re reading THE RADIUM GIRLS. I’m interested in that one. Take care!

  • I’m currently enjoying The Fact Of A Body too – and The Radium Girls is on my Wish List!

  • Ti Reed

    I had a very weird week and weekend and because of it my reading took a backseat. I am finishing up Murakami’s new story collection. I really needed to review it last week but it didn’t happen. I am also reading Homegoing for book club and it’s not grabbing me. I am supposed to be done with The Thirst, the new Nesbo and guess what? Yep. Not done. I guess I am not the reading inspiration you needed today but I can relate to your absence because even though I was physically on the blog, mentally I was elsewhere.

    • Hope you’re feeling better soon! I didn’t even realize Murakami had a new collection out, but now I’m super curious.

  • Hey you! I’m glad you get a little bit of a break to read things that you want to! Sounds like school is going really well for you too!

    Ever since I saw The Fact of a Body on your Goodreads, I’ve been SO curious about it! I’m glad that you are enjoying it.

    I’ve been finding reading really difficult lately and I really don’t know what to do about it. I’m sure the mojo will come back but it’s frustrating not finding the joy in something I love.

    • Sounds like everyone having a tough time with the books lately :(
      I think you’d LOVE The Fact of a Body – definitely a quick, super engrossing read.

  • Welcome back and glad you’re getting a little mini break! I recently read Fact of a Body and, after a rocky start (things felt a bit clunky for a bit), I ended up getting super into it the farther I read. It was far more emotionally gut-wrenching than I expected.
    I just finished White Fur by Jardine Libaire and it was so unexpected and gorgeously written. A gritty, raw love story in 80’s NYC/New Haven.

  • It is so good to hear from you, lady! I can’t wait to hear more in-depth about some of what you’ve been reading. I have many angry feelings about the author of The Fact of the Body, as I feel she has done my people wrong, but I haven’t read the book so I want to hear your thoughts on it. :)

  • As much as I want to hear about the great books you’ve been reading, I’m a tad more curious about your teacher-child relationship findings. :) I’m back in school taking some Middle School/Adolescent Development classes and they are fascinating! The last great book I read was an audio of A Separation. I really loved it even though the reviews were surprisingly low. I think the meditative/reflective style turned some off.