It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 6, 2016)


Oops.  What is it, like, two weeks after I promised that I wouldn’t disappear on you for a week, and then I did it again?  I’m sorry, you guys.  Things have been nuts.  I have a lot to tell you guys already, and the summer’s just started.  If these first few weeks are any indication, it’s going to be a fabulous summer for going places and doing things, but a bit spotty when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and checking in here.  I do promise to do better, such that I can.  I’m already behind on recapping adventures – I owe you a big picture-filled post about our Memorial Day weekend travels, and that’s coming.  And this weekend didn’t exactly help when it comes to catching up, because I was on the go again.  Every year my firm sends a group of attorneys from my group to a conference in Lake George, and it’s one of the most popular trips of the working year.  Last year I couldn’t go because I was on maternity leave, and the year before I had another commitment, so this year I was really committed to making the trip to the Adirondacks with my colleagues.  It was great – the conference was interesting, all of my favorite co-workers were there, and I squeezed in an afternoon and evening of fun with a dear college friend.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if my family had been able to join me – well, maybe next time.  I’ll have a big recap to show you all the lake fun, but you’ll have to wait for next week – tease!

the romanovs good behaviour

With all this running around and lake hopping and picture snapping, guess what I haven’t been doing much of (relatively speaking)?  Reading.  It’s not that I don’t want to read or that I’m not interested in the books on my library stack, but there just doesn’t seem to be much time lately.  You’d think there would be more, what with the long light evenings, but not so much.  I’ve got a baby who thinks he should get to stay up later because the sun is staying up later (dream on, little guy) and a big personal project that is consuming a lot of head space right now, and I’m just having a hard time getting through books.  Last weekend, on the way to Albany for Memorial Day, I finished Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour – the story of an Irish aristocratic family in decline – and unfortunately didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.  Then I excitedly picked up The Romanovs 1613 to 1918, the newest nonfiction doorstopper about my favorite doomed monarchy.  I’ve been reading it little by little for a week now (it’s already overdue from the library – sigh) and while it is dense, I’m really enjoying it.  When I make the time to read it.  Which is not often enough, but that’s life in the summer, I guess.  And that’s why I’m not going to tell you what’s on deck next – it’s going to be all Romanovs, all the time, for a bit longer around here.

This week on the blog, I promise content – no disappearing if I can help it!  Look for my May reading round-up on Wednesday and a belated recap of our Memorial Day weekend travels on Friday.

How was your weekend?  What are you reading?

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