It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (3/14/16)

March 14, 2016 It's Monday! What are you reading? 29

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I’m not going to say I’ve fully broken free of my slump, but I feel like I’m back in my regular reading groove. Books are at least sticking (i.e. I’m not bailing out of multiple books at 10% before finally settling on something).

Maybe it has to do with the awesome weather we had last week (above 60 for most of the week, 70+ for a few glorious days) or maybe it’s because I’ve finally ironed out some life stressors that were taking up a bunch of my brain space. Whatever the reason, I’ll take it! Now, I just need to get my review writing motivation/inspiration firing again…

I finished reading…

Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan


The Association of Small Bombs
 by Karan Mahajan (March 22, 2016)
Great start, meandering middle, and an odd, but somewhat thought-provoking ending. I’m still processing what to make of it overall. Review to come.

I’m currently reading…

Never Open Desert Diner, Girls and Sex


The Never Open Desert Diner
 by James Anderson (March 22, 2016)
I’m about 40% through and things are getting interesting. I really have no idea where the story is going and have long since forgotten what the blurb said, so I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me!

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (March 29, 2016)
This nonfiction about how high school and college girls are navigating today’s sexual landscape is sort of a must read for me since I have a young daughter. I’m reading little bits at a time OF AN ACTUAL HARD COPY BOOK (if you know me, you know that I’m strictly an e-reader!), so this one will likely hang around for awhile.

Upcoming reading plans…

As Close to Us As Breathing, High Dive


As Close to Us As Breathing
by Elizabeth Poliner (March 15, 2016)
Ever since I loved Tender from the new Lee Boudreaux Books imprint, I’ve been looking forward to this multi-generational family saga (I’m a sucker for these!!) set in a 1940’s Jewish vacation community.

High Dive by Jonathan Lee (March 8, 2016)
This debut novel about the 1984 assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher hits my “fiction based on true crime” hot button.




29 Responses to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (3/14/16)”

  1. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’ve been curious about Orenstein’s new book and As Close to Us As Breathing looks wonderful. Can’t resist a good multi-generational saga! Glad to hear you’re coming out of the reading slump.

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)

    Girls and Sex sounds like a great book. I brewed with a bunch of young women yesterday and I was kind of shocked by the way they talked – it was so different from the women of my generation and, to be honest, I’m not sure it’s all good.

    • admin

      It’s so different! My brother is 9 years younger than I am and I was stunned to hear some of the stuff that was going on in high school only 9 years after I went through.

  3. Kathy @ Kathy Reads Fiction

    I’m still looking forward to As Close to Us as Breathing sometime this year. I’m just not sure when it will be. High Dive is really gaining some momentum in the book buzz. I hope it works for you. And, welcome to the hardcover world!

    • admin

      Oooh – glad to hear that about High Dive! I seem to have missed all the buzz!

  4. Kym

    Interesting reading list – I’d want to know more about The Never Open Desert Diner. The title and cover got my attention.

  5. Judy

    Last week I read The Merchant of Venice and Crime and Punishment (the way back machine), then Shylock is My Name. Many deep and heavy topics. Today I am finally finishing Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector, a book I started months ago and almost DNF. A weird symmetry has been achieved.

  6. Naomi

    All these sound like they have good potential. It’s always fun when you have no idea where something is going to go.
    As Close To Us As Breathing appeals to me the most out of all these, but I’ll also be interested to hear more about Girls & Sex (for the same reason as you)!

    • admin

      I’m not too far in yet, but I’ll keep you posted! So far, nothing earth shattering.

  7. Amanda

    I’m really curious to hear about Girls and Sex. I am determined to read Cinderella Ate My Daughter first, I just can never make myself read it. I will look forward to your thoughts on this one.

  8. Becca

    I think it is kind of fun sometimes to just read without checking back to what the blurb says. It’s a little more exciting!

    • admin

      I normally agree, but I’m not over 50% through and still have no idea and kind of want some hook. Throw me a bone here!

    • admin

      I’ve heard such mixed things about The Vegetarian, so haven’t picked it up yet. I think your opinion will be a good one to trust on this one, so I’ll wait to see what you think! I sampled High Dive and wasn’t too into the sample, so I’m going to sit on it for now. May come back later.

  9. Whitney @ Imaginary Book Club

    I have really been wanting to read The Association of Small Bombs! I think I came across it last year, and it sounded fantastic, but never got around to reading it!

    I’m currently almost finished with our Imaginary Book Club pick for this month – Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, which is amazing.

    • admin

      Small Bombs is coming out on 3/22, so it might be a diff book from what you saw last year? Anyway – I ended up with mixed feelings about it, but my review is going up tomorrow.

      I still haven’t read any Ishiguro, which I need to remedy!

    • admin

      Isn’t it amazing how quickly things have changed?? I was graduating high school 20 years ago & we didn’t even have cell phones or email accounts (they existed obviously, just weren’t widely used by high schoolers at that point).

  10. Athira

    I guess I will add Girls and Sex to my list too. Interesting that you read most ebooks now. I am mostly in the same boat as well, ever since I had a baby. If I have a print book going, it will be ages before I finish it.

    • admin

      Exactly my issue. Virtually impossible for me to actually get through a print book in any normal amount of time these days!

  11. Julianne @ Outlandish Lit

    Ooooh there are some arcs of Association of Small Bombs at the bookstore. Should I grab one?? Also the Never Open Desert Diner is such a good title. I look forward to hearing what you think!

    • admin

      Yep- definitely grab one of those arcs! It wasn’t perfect for me, but much more good than bad. And Desert Diner was super disappointing 🙁

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