It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly blog meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It allows readers to wrap up the previous week of reading and talk about books for the week ahead.

Last Week

dark places Northanger Abbey nimona kitchens of the great midwest

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn kept me busy through Friday due to work and other plans. I really enjoyed this read, though not quite as much as Gone Girl. I didn’t predict the ending, so Flynn wins this round. I hope to see the movie this weekend with a friend, provided she finishes the book on time. Four stars.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a love of mine, and I loved it just as much as the first time reading it a few years ago. The story of a woman who lets the stories she reads get to her and make her a tad bit paranoid… like we haven’t all been down that road before. Again, my original review can be found here. Five stars.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a damn treat! I knew nothing about it going in, and I did not expect her to be the sort of sidekick she ended up being. I love the relationship between Blackheart and and Goldenloin as well, not to mention their names. Also, apparently Nimona starts with pink hair, not red. I swore she was a ginger. Either way, great story. Five stars.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Strandal uncovers the real Midwest through food. It has just the right amount of “teasing” (we wouldn’t call it a “jab” around these parts) with the mannerisms and language that comes from living in small town Minnesota. I enjoyed Eva’s journey through the eyes of those she meets and the food she creates along the way. Books like this remind me of how connected we all are. I want to go on a culinary adventure with Strandal. Five stars.

Currently Reading


I’ve had this book on a few readathon lists to no avail and decided it was time to finally read it for real. I haven’t read many fairy tale retellings before, but I’m excited about this one. The description calls it a “story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.” Well, I’m sold. Time to get reading!

Coming Up This Week

annaandthefrenchkiss Persuasion room

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins has been recommended to me by several friends. It’s always been one of those “I’ll buy it when it shows up at the bookstore” books, because apparently that means I need to read it at that time. Well, I finally spotted it the other day, so now is the time to read it.

Persuasion by Jane Austen is one of my two favorite Austen reads. (Yes, the other is Pride and Prejudice. Third is Northanger Abbey, in case you’re wondering.) I’m rereading it for Austen in August. I expect to love it just as much as the first time around. If not, send sympathy cookies, please and thank you. (Click for previous review)

Room by Emma Donoghue is yet another book-to-movie that must be read before seen. I’ve owned this book for a few years now. Leave it to the movie version to motivate me to finally read a book, per usual. Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about with this one.


The above gif is in honor of simply not understanding how people can read as much as I do, blog, have a job, be married or in a relationship, and/or have pets and/or children. It truly does baffle me. I still enjoy being single (for now), but I applaud such individuals all the same for managing it all. So, well done to pretty much everyone.


Seriously, what is this secret to the read/write/relationship/pets/kids life? I want to know… you know, for future reference… five or so years from now.

I have no big plans this week so I’ll leave it at that. Happy Monday to you all!

What are you reading this week? Any big plans outside of reading?


16 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Boy, Snow, Bird is one of those books that was on EVERY list last year… and I just don’t get it. I reeeealllly disliked it, but seem to be one of the only ones! So don’t take my word for it, and hopefully you like it as much as everyone else seems to! I also really need to get around to reading “Room” one of these days.

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    • Boy, Snow, Bird only has 3.29 stars on Goodreads. I don’t know why that seems low, but it does for some reason. So you’re definitely not alone in disliking it! All the same, I’ve owned it for a while now so I figured it was time to finally read it. We’ll see how it goes! And thanks for the feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I enjoyed Room for being a “soft” confronting readโ€”lots to think about and discuss in that one. I was curious about Boy Snow Bird when it was hitting all those “best-of” lists, but not sure it’s for me; a re-imagined fairy tale doesn’t pique my interest so much. I’d be interested to read what you think when you’re finished!

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  3. I recently finished Kitchens of the Great Midwest as well….and I thought I was going to absolutely love it in the beginning, then I got frustrated with the fact that Eva was missing from large chunks of the middle of the book. It ended up being so-so for me despite such a strong start.

    And – as to your question of how to balance it all…I’m a stay at home mom with 2 young kids (2 and 4). They’re in preschool for a couple hours in the morning and then have afternoon nap/quiet time. I do most of my reading/blogging during their afternoon naps and some at night…and try to fit in little snippets of reading whenever/wherever I can (while stretching at the gym, waiting for preschool pick-up, standing in line at a store, pushing my daughter on the swing). Reading on a Kindle is a must for me…much more convenient with all this reading in weird places I do! I rarely have large blocks of time to sit down and read…usually an hour tops. If you love reading as much as I’m sure you do (otherwise, you wouldn’t have a book blog!), you’ll make the time to read no matter what…in whatever way works best for you.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing, both your book review and the “how do you do it” question. I might have to invest in an eReader when the kids thing happens… if it happens. I’m clearly still very much undecided.

      And the Eva being missing thing did bother me, but by the time it all connected later I was OK with it. I definitely preferred her scenes. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Man, you’re really jumping on the Austen train this month. And here I was feeling all smug that I’d finished one! I hope they continue to live up to your memories.

    And I’ve considered ending my relationship and quitting my job to get in more reading time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But really, it’s all about the balance. We’re both more on the introverted side, so it isn’t a problem for us to ignore each other for hours at a time while we do our own things. For me, that’s generally books!

    As for the bloggers with kids, yeah, I got nothin’.

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    • Introverts unite! (Separately… away from other people.) I definitely need a introvert boyfriend when I decide I want to regularly put up with another human. Thanks for the tip on balance! I need dat.


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