It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (8/10/15)

Ya’ll…I didn’t finish a single book last week! What?! Instead of finishing a book, I started and stopped two before feeling like I was heading into a slump. I tried to preempt the slump by abandoning my reading plan for a book I’ve been so excited about ever since BEA. I’m not sure yet whether it was a good move…

I also spent a lot of last week watching the FINA World Swimming Championships…where the U.S., well, didn’t really look fantastic. One shining exception was brand new high school grad Katie Ledecky, who won every single race she entered (4 individual golds and 1 relay gold). She also broke a couple world records and made history by being the first swimmer to win the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle events in a major competition for good measure. This young lady is a total badass!

I’m currently reading…

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies
 by Lauren Groff (September 15, 2015)
I’m almost two thirds of the way through this one and I honestly don’t know what to say about it other than I’m conflicted…so conflicted. 

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Everybody Rise, Best Boy

Everybody Rise
 by Stephanie Clifford (August 18, 2015)
I gave this one until 25% to get to a point and it didn’t get there. I also like witty social commentary when reading about the habits of the wealthy and that was missing from this book.

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb (August 24, 2015)
This one isn’t a definite DNF yet. The first few pages just didn’t hit the spot and I really wanted to turn things around after abandoning Everybody Rise. So, I might give Best Boy another go.

Next up, are…

Fall of Princes, Drylands

The Fall of Princes
 by Robert Goolrick (August 25, 2015)
I’m a sucker for books about Wall Streeters’ hedonistic highs and subsequent falls from grace…this one highlights the 1980’s.

Dryland by Sara Jaffe (September 1, 2015)
Shannon at River City Reading
had good reports on this debut about a fifteen year old girl who takes up competitive swimming in the early 1990’s to find her brother. Plus, I was a competitive swimmer in the early 1990’s, so it’s kind of perfect!

Sprint Triathlon Training

I just finished my last week of hard training (yay!) and this week will be all about resting up for my race on Sunday. I have a few light workouts and some transition work planned.

  • Last week kicked off with the hardest workout of my entire training plan: the 55 min bike/30 min run brick. The biking portion went great…an average mph of 16.2, just slightly below my previous best mph of 16.3 (which was for a much shorter distance).
  • Then, I felt really good during the first mile of my run ([8:55] pace). But, the brickiness of the brick hit me in mile 2 (a very painful [9:02]). I was able to finish with an [8:47] and a total 5K time of [27:37], which I was actually pretty happy with. BUT, it was so very, very painful. Lesson learned…do not go out faster than [9:10]-[9:15] for the run no matter how my legs feel! Glad I learned this lesson in training and not on race day 🙂
  • I ran twice more last week: one day of 400 sprints and one other fast 5K plus warm-up/warm-down ([27:04] with much better pacing: [9:09], [8:53], [8:10]).
  • I combined two 20 min swims into one 40 min workout…because who wants to wake up at [5:45] AM twice in one week to swim for only 20 minutes?!!

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  1. Such a bummer when nothing seems to stick! I keep going back and forth over Fates and Furies, so I just put it on hold at the library. Hoping Dryland works for you!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I know, right? I’m almost done with F&F and it’s taken a glorious turn…and I know a couple other people have really liked it. It did take me a really long time to get into it…and I’m still noodling over whether the end is good enough to overcome such a long, slow start. Looking forward to Dryland!

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  2. Diane wrote:

    I hate when I hit a reading slump, it’s like I look for projects and other distraction and reasons not to have to focus on a story:) hope your slump is temporary

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Ha! Yes, I guess projects were watching the swimming and trashy reality TV!

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  3. Kay wrote:

    Ah, the dreaded reading slump. We all have them, but aren’t they awful? And I have also done all kinds of things to keep one from occurring. LOL

    I’ve got several of your books above on my ‘maybe’ list. Will see what you and others think about them or maybe just put them on hold at the library.

    Good luck with your race! Have enjoyed reading about your training. 🙂

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I guess we have to have slumps to make the hot streaks all the more exciting!

      Thank you very much – I’ll recap it in next Monday’s post!

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  4. Sorry nothing was sticking. Up until Friday, I hadn’t finished a SINGLE book so far this month. And it’s not like I wasn’t reading… I guess I was just reading SLOWWWWW. I have Best Boy coming up for me too, so we’ll see how it goes.

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Ugh – I feel your pain. Isn’t it the worst?! I’m going to give Best Boy another shot, then make a final call. I’ve only read one review so far and it wasn’t a good one 🙁

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  5. Best of luck with your big race on Sunday! That will be an amazing accomplishment. As for books, I haven’t read any of these yet, but a few interest me. My list is on my blog. 🙂

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Thank you! I’ll check out your list.

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  6. Sarah, I can tell you that Everybody Rise does get better but not necessarily in the way I might have expected; I’m almost finished and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t really want to put it down. I *think* I’m looking forward to Fates and Furies?? 😉 You’re comments have me curious, for sure! Congrats on your training; you’re going to do great this weekend! Jonathan has a “super sprint” triathlon this weekend; I told him I’d be missing this one, since it’s so short and I have a 13 mile run to do. I really want to get it over with – ha!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Glad Everybody Rise got better…I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on it! And, I’m almost done with F&F…I need to think over how I feel about it overall. Definitely a very slow start for me, but a pretty awesome back third or so and I do feel like it will stick with me. But I seriously almost put it down multiple times in the first half and would have had I not been so excited about it going in.

      Good luck to Jonathan in the SS! There’s one here in Sept that I’ve been considering doing without really continuing my training past this weekend’s sprint. A few friends are doing the Olympic distance of the same race and they’ve been hounding me (not to do the Olympic…that’s not happening at this point!!).

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  7. Oh noooo, Best Boy! I first heard about that book here on your site and I was hoping it would end up being excellent. Sadness. Maybe if you try it again things will shape up!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I know 🙁 But, I’m going to give it another try. I think I was in a weird reading place when I picked it up.

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  8. AmberBug wrote:

    Everybody Rise… I tried twice with that one. I know the pain. I don’t know why but I haven’t gotten too excited about any of the books I picked up at BEA. I keep finding myself heading to the library and picking my own stuff. Maybe I’m just rebelling from feeling “pushed” to read what “they” want me to read. That is more likely. Maybe you need to break and go for a “tried and true” back-list favorite… that always gets me out of the funk. Although, the two you have picked to be next sound pretty great… plus 80’s & 90’s (my favorite).

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Ha! I didn’t think about the 80’s/90’s line-up I had planned! I kind of like the symmetry of that 🙂

      But, yes, I think after those two I’m going to need a free range book or two, which will line up quite nicely with my vacation plans. But, I am overloaded with early Sept releases, so there’s that too…so many books, so little time!

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  9. Carmen wrote:

    Too bad you hit a slump. I hate when that happens! I am reading super slowly these days; I have spent ten days on a book and have gotten just to 32%, but I had it coming because it is science and non-fiction, so what was I expecting?!
    I hope the other two books are very good to great. I saw The Wolf of Wall Street and couldn’t believe there are people who actually behave like that, so I’ll wait to your post to see what you think of The Fall of Princes.
    You have been doing great this summer with the training. I hope the race goes according to plan and you make good times.

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I read The Wolf of Wall Street years ago and, yes, it’s definitely appalling!

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  10. I’m sorry to hear nothing’s really sticking. Despite all the buzz the publisher is trying to generate for Everybody Rise, most of the coverage I’ve seen has been pretty negative or ambivalent. I hope Fates and Furies picks up for you!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I haven’t seen a review of Everybody Rise yet, weirdly enough. Maybe that says it all 🙂 And, F&F has picked up! I’ll probably finish it tonight.

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  11. Congrats with your training! Good job.
    I am currently taking a break from reading but still reading and commenting on other blogs. I don’t know what’s wrong. I picked up a few books that I know I would enjoy, so it’s not so much the content but my weird mood that is keeping me from sticking with my reading. Hope we both have a better week ahead!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  12. Anita wrote:

    I’m still reading Saint Mazie, and it’s very good but I just wasn’t reading so much last week. I hate when I begin an anticipated book and it doesn’t move me. Hoping to finish this book and begin something fun. Jennifer Weiner has a new book out tomorrow. 🙂

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  13. Trish wrote:

    Wow–hope your race goes well on Sunday! I’m so impressed by all of those numbers. I always miss working out (hard) when I’m pregnant…but then baby comes and I’m too tired to get back into it. Need to be better this time around.

    And sometimes it’s OK not to finish a book in a week! Sometimes I’ll read like crazy and sometimes I don’t even want to touch a book. Hard when nothing is grabbing your attention. Hope something finally sticks for you! I’m slowly reading Sense and Sensibility and it’s been a nice break from some of the newer fiction I’ve been reading.

    Posted 8.12.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Haha – you know what…I’m coming to terms with that (not finishing a book last week)…on the bright side, I did cross 2 books off my review list (by DNFing them).

      And – my lord, the whole coming back to hard workouts after having a baby is so tough!! I remember just trying to take it one day at a time and putting walking intervals into my runs and gradually decreasing the walking intervals. But, man, was it painful!

      Posted 8.13.15 Reply

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