It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (10/26/15)

Hosted by The Book Date.

My husband and I went to a fun wedding this weekend and saw lots of friends we hadn’t seen in awhile. And, it was a weekend away from the kids including some child-free air travel…aka great reading time! Our hotel room also had the perfect reading balcony with rocking chairs and this view…

Cashiers Balcony

Well…a lot of these books probably look familiar. I spent most of last week reading the same book, but I get a pass because it’s such a doorstop! But, it’s now time to move on to Nonfiction November

I finished reading…

City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg

City on Fire
 by Garth Risk Hallberg (October 13, 2015)
I finished it!! Do I get a medal? I kind of feel like I deserve one! Review to come later this week.

I’m currently reading…

Home is Burning, Dan Marshall

Home is Burning
 by Dan Marshall (October 20, 2015)
I’m over halfway through this one and it’s an incredibly sad story told in a humorous tone…which is totally up my alley!

Next up is…Nonfiction November

Underground Girls of Kabul, Three-Year Swim Club

The Underground Girls of Kabul
 by Jenny Nordberg (September 16, 2014)
This story about girls raised as boys in Afghanistan was a darling of last year’s Nonfiction November and I was sad to have missed the boat! Catching up this year.

The Three-Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway (October 27, 2015)
This book couldn’t be more perfect for me! Nonfiction about a school teacher who trained three underprivileged children to swim (I was a swimmer growing up) in the 1940 Olympics (I’m obsessed with the Summer Olympics) for fans of Laura Hillenbrand (love!) and The Boys in the Boat (love!). Now, let’s just hope it lives up to all those expectations!

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  1. I just want to jump right into that picture of your hotel balcony! Can’t wait for your thoughts about City on Fire… I am so torn about whether to read it or not. The subject appeals, but the length…

    I’m looking forward to Nonfiction November, too 🙂

    Posted 10.26.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’ll be posting my City on Fire review on Thursday, but it wasn’t worth the time for me…even though I do think there was a great book buried in there!

      Posted 10.26.15 Reply
  2. Your weekend sounds terrific! Happy reading!

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  3. Love the balcony view. It sounds like a perfect weekend. The Underground Girls of Kabul sounds interesting. Enjoy all of your books and have a great week.

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  4. Carmen wrote:

    Great on the weekend away and free reading time! I’m glad that you are over with City on Fire; I so want to read your thoughts on it. Looking forward to your posts on the rest of Non-fiction November books.

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  5. I do love the look of that balcony! I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I hope you love them all.


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  6. carrie wrote:

    non-fiction november…i like that! i might have to hop on the bandwagon. i’m eager to hear what you think of city on fire. and yes, in my opinion finishing it is definitly deserving of a medal!

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  7. Kay wrote:

    Nice that you guys got some time away. The ‘reading spot’ looks great! I’m very curious about City On Fire. Will look forward to your thoughts.

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  8. That really is a great view!
    I’m looking forward to Nonfiction November. Not sure how much I’ll participate on my own since my sis is having surgery, but I’m jumping into the fun a bit through Socratic Salon.

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    • admin wrote:

      Glad to hear Socratic Salon will be participating in some way! And – I’m sorry to hear about your sister…I hope the surgery goes well.

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  9. Stefanie wrote:

    How lovely to get in adult time. Rocking chairs on a balcony? That is splendid. What a great spot to read.

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  10. Kathryn wrote:

    Always to be appreciated some adult time to be away, enjoy a wedding and some quiet for reading. Your NF reading looks very enticing.

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  11. Love your reading spot. The view is beautiful.

    ENJOY your non-fiction November.

    Have a terrific week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

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  12. Wow! That must be a new record for that many pages in a week. I’d STILL be reading City on Fire and probably into the next month. lol I can’t wait to see what you think about Home and just let me say that the view is gorgeous; I wouldn’t come away from that place and am completely jealous that you were able to be barefoot.

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    • admin wrote:

      Ha – I felt like I was pushing myself to read every waking second b/c I knew it would take me forever to get through City. Plus, a couple child-free airplane flights helped out 🙂

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  13. Glad to hear good things about Home is Burning! I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it based on the synopsis, but if it finds the right tone, it sounds like it could be great.

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    • admin wrote:

      I’ve really been enjoying Home is Burning, but I also appreciate really inappropriate humor…even at serious times. I suspect it will rub a lot of people the wrong way, but I appreciated his willingness to say things that I’m sure a lot of people think, but don’t say b/c they know verbalizing will make them look like selfish pricks! I do think it will resonate with anyone who has put their life on hold to care for an ailing relative for a long period of time.

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  14. Catherine wrote:

    You do deserve a medal for reading all the way through City on Fire in one stretch. I had to put it down for almost two weeks before I picked it up again. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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  15. Woo! I’m excited you’ll be joining us for Nonfiction November and I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about both of your nonfiction reads 🙂

    Posted 10.27.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Looking forward to it – so much so that I started in early October – ha!

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  16. Michelle wrote:

    I can’t wait to see what you think of the Hallberg novel. I still have to write my review for it. A novel that long deserves a careful review, so it might take me some time to get to it.

    Posted 10.27.15 Reply

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