It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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

boysnowbird Persuasion annaandthefrenchkiss

Boy, Snow, Bird was not what I expected, and it sounds like a lot of people share this thought. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I think the author tried to do too much at the end when there just wasn’t room for it. I also don’t think she managed to properly explain herself with a serious topic, so that was frustrating. I try not to spoil things on these Monday posts, so I’ll leave it at that. Three stars.

Persuasion was just as lovely as I remember it. It took a lot longer than expected to get through, but I attribute that to being incredibly tired all week. I still love the main duo as much as I did before, and I still roll my eyes at Anne’s family… possibly more than the first time I read it. Five stars.

Anna and the French Kiss, I admit, is not the type of book I would normally read. I don’t mean the YA aspect because I am now a fan of YA overall. I think it’s the focus on romance that would normally keep me away. That being said, I gave it a try, and I was not disappointed. The way the main love interest was handled near the end wasn’t my favorite, but I loved the characters and felt them all realistic to their age. Also, the Paris references were perfection. Everyone really does flock to Jim Morrison’s grave, and Shakespeare & Company is a gem of a bookstore. Four stars.

Currently Reading

room

I didn’t get to this book until last night so it’s carrying over into this week. Can’t wait to make a bigger dent in it and see if I agree with all the praise.

Coming Up This Week

I’m not going to include pictures of everything for this week. I have 10 books outside of Room on a list for the Bout of Books readathon. More info on that can be found here.

The List:
1. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
2. A Jane Austen Education by Willian Deresiewicz
3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henríquez
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
6. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
7. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
8. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
9. A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
10. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Matilda reads

Other Life Stuff

My reading goals were a little off last week for various reasons. I ended up making a few sets of plans last minute, and my grandma is back in the hospital so I went to visit her an hour out of town with my dad. She’ll be pleased to know that we raided her garden and are making good use of her vegetables with cucumber salad, salsa, and rhubarb cinnamon muffins, but naturally we’d prefer it that she be the one making use of them.

To end on a more positive note, I have book club on Saturday, and I might go see Dark Places now that I’ve finished reading the book. Other than that and work I hope to make the week all about Bout of Books. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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

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

  1. Oh no, I hope your grandma gets out of the hospital soon! I agree that Anne’s family in Persuasion were a bunch of drama queens. How did that poor girl survive? I tried reading Anna and the French Kiss, but struggled with the story. I like to dabble, but I’m not sure if YA is for me.

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    • Understandable! I wasn’t into YA for the longest time. Now I’m able to find some that intrigue me enough to read that I end up enjoying. I’d say 85% of it isn’t for me, but there are definitely some gems in the genre.

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      • Usually with YA, if it has a promising storyline and enough people have vouched for it I’m willing to give it a try. I think I finally caved on Anna because I just got back from Paris in June. Also, so many of my friends recommended it. Sometimes it’s hard to turn down multiple recommends. I mean, at the end of the day, we know what we like. No point in wasting time on something that sounds awful. So if it doesn’t sound like your kind of read, I never want to encourage people to read it. So many other options out there. 🙂

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  2. I never tire of Persuasion (& yes it is one of Austen’s longest novels).
    I dabble in YA too and find the occasional gem, but also many stories that make me go ‘ meh’.

    Good luck with your reading week.

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    • I feel the same about YA. I finally gave it and chance overall and have been happy, but that’s because I know what I like. I try not to spend time reading something that doesn’t sound super appealing.

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    • Thank you! I was trying to be super vague about the book, but the ending really didn’t work… not even a little bit. I considered giving it two stars, but other parts of the novel worked so well for me that I couldn’t just straight up dislike it.

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  3. Anna and the French Kiss does sound like fun; Persuasion is always a good read and Anne’s family always makes me grind my teeth.

    I really enjoyed A Jane Austen Education–hope you do as well.

    Happy reading!

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