It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 18, 2016)


Hello, hello, hello.  That sneaky Monday is back again.  I feel like I say this every week, but – we were so busy this weekend (and all last week, really).  I worked late twice last week, getting home after 10:00 p.m. one evening and working on the couch until 8:30 another, and was going nonstop all day, every day.  This weekend we really needed to get a lot done around the house, and we knew it was one of those weekends where we were going to have to divide up tasks if we had any hope of getting it all done – because of mischief like you see in the picture above (Nugget is not supposed to climb behind the nightstand), which makes it hard to get much done when the kids are around.  As it happened, I lucked out with kid duty both days, which meant I got to go out and have fun (although make no mistake, wrangling two kids is work) while Steve worked  around the house.  On Saturday I took both kids out for a long walk in East Aurora, where we stocked up on tea at Elm Street Bakery and spent a gift card I had to the local yarn store (on some gorgeous orange and green Madelinetosh – now I just need to find time to make something).  On Sunday we were even more adventurous – leaving Daddy at home to do more work while we headed to the zoo.  (Make no mistake, I am not insane enough to take two kids to the zoo by myself.  The morning was possible only because Aunt Grace joined us – and we all four had a ball.)

jane prudence homegoing belgravia

I say this every week too, but somewhere in the midst of all this running around at work and at home and with kids, I squeezed a surprising amount of reading in.  First I picked up my second Barbara Pym.  Although I was unexpectedly lukewarm on the first Pym I read – Excellent Women – I fell hard for Jane and Prudence.  (And now I want to revisit Excellent Women, because I remember having a headache the whole time I read it and I wonder if that might have negatively impacted my enjoyment of the book.)  Then I picked up Homegoing, the acclaimed debut by Ghanian-American author Yaa Gyasi, and tore through it – it was one of those searing, wrenching, absolutely un-put-down-able books and I wandered around with my nose in it for two days.  After Homegoing, as you can imagine if you know the subject matter, I needed something lighter – a palate cleanser, if you will – so I picked up the recent hardcover release of Belgravia, a dishy, soapy historical epic by the creator of Downton Abbey.  I’m only a couple of chapters in but it’s making for the perfect palate cleanser after a very intense read.

After Belgravia I’ve only got two library books left before I’m down to Inbox Zero at the library – the finish line is in sight!  One is a fun boarding school murder mystery and the other is Barkskins, the new (700 page!) tome by Annie Proulx.  I think I’m going to read the murder mystery.

Coming up on the blog this week – my top ten books of the year so far (only a few weeks late!) on Wednesday, and then I’m finally letting the cat out of the bag on that big secret family project I keep mysteriously mentioning on Friday.  And no, it’s not a baby.  Check back, and have a great week!

What are you reading this week, friends?

2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 18, 2016)

  1. I’m so curious about both Homecoming and Belgravia! I’m reading The Atomic Weight of Love, which is gorgeous, and Between the World and Me, which is powerful. I did not love Excellent Women either, but maybe I’ll give Jane and Prudence a try!

    • I think you’d like Jane and Prudence – it reminded me of a Fairacre book, a little bit, if the Fairacre books just focused on the adults and not the kids. Although I don’t know what the deal is with Pym’s need to give her men ridiculous names. Jane’s husband was quite refreshingly named Nicholas, but the village rake that Jane targets as a match with Prudence is “Fabian Driver.” Good grief.

      I will have to check out The Atomic Weight of Love. I read Between the World and Me last year and I agree with your take – incredibly powerful. And an important piece of the listening that we are trying to do…

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