In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as much as time permits. Here’s a little more about It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? from the current proprietor, Book Date:
“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!”
Although I wasn’t officially planning on it, I took last week off from blogging. My sister and her three children came down to visit for Memorial Day weekend. I enjoyed my time with them. My nieces and nephew are readers and it warmed my heart to watch them enjoy my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
They ended up staying an extra night because Meridith’s car developed brake problems just as she was leaving town. It gave her an extra night to continue beating me at cards. I loved every extra minute. The rest of last week was focused on my oldest daughter’s dance recital. She had a dress rehearsal Wednesday and Thursday nights. Then we spent most of the day Saturday at the recital itself. What a week!
I did get some reading done. I started and finished The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart in print. I’ll be reviewing it later this month, but it made for a nice, summer read.
I had a good book mail week as well.
I bought Margaret the First and requested The Children. The rest are my #ArmchairBEA prizes.
This brings me to what I’m currently reading:
I ended up DNFing America’s First Daughter for now. Cassandra Campbell’s narration was wonderful as usual, but early American historical fiction just doesn’t always work for me. I need to be in the right mood. I was not, apparently, in the right mood. I then picked up Maestra for a Litsy book club. That book was a major turn off full of body shaming. Roxane Gay’s Goodreads review says it all. I then started The Girls by Emma Cline. It’s narrated by Cady McClain. The story is interesting, but the narration is a bit measured. I’ve enjoyed it more after I discovered that Cady McClain is an actress from one of my soap operas. Her narration very much matches her approach to acting. I suppose that made me more comfortable.
I just finished The New Neighbor Saturday evening. It gave me a taste for summer reads, so I picked up If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton. This novel interested me when it was pitched because it is about a wife and mother with manic depression who wants to have a “normal” summer with her family. My guess is that it doesn’t go well. Parenting and marriage are hard enough without having mental health issues. I also can’t imagine how it must be to grow up with a parent who has such intense highs and lows. I also admit that the cover was also appealing and part of why I requested it. I can very much imagine myself reading on that orange deck chair. I’m hoping this is a good summer read with a little bit of an edge.
I’m also reading Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth. This book attracted me because it’s a month by month look at the year I was born. When it arrived I intended to just read the introduction, but I soon found myself half way through February. It’s already prompted me to download and listen to Carole King’s Tapestry, an album I’d never before listened to all the way through. It’s fantastic. I’ve enjoyed learning more about bands and artists I’m familiar with as well as those that are new to me. This is a wonderful book to pick up and read in sections.