Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Monday . . . What Are You Reading?

Another summer Monday, and another post on the bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I hope everyone is finding time for some summer relaxation with great reading material.

I will be taking the next few days off from blogging this week; it's time for some family fun. I will NOT be taking a break from reading, of course! I will post an update in about a week.

Last week on the blog, I posted reviews of these books:

You can read my review of The Vacationers by Emma Straub here. For me, it was a quick and light read, suitable for a poolside afternoon, but I had been hoping for more depth. I also reviewed Susan Coll's entertaining dark comedy The Stager, and you can read my review of that new novel here. And here you can read my review of Lily King's wonderful novel Euphoria, about a love triangle of anthropologists in the 1930s (sounds intriguing, right?).

Last week I also posted my Top Ten Favorite Classic Books. Yes, I was more than a week late on this Top Ten Tuesday list! Oh well, it's such a terrific topic that I decided to post my list anyway, under the "better late than never" theory. You can read my list here.

Here is a piece of good blogging news. I was asked to be a tour host for a blog tour for the first time. On August 13, I will be hosting a tour stop on TLC Book Tours. Here is the book I'll be reading:

Jon Enfield's The New Men, published in May of this year by Wayzgoose Press, sounds like a very interesting piece of historical fiction about a man working for the Ford Motor Company at the start of the twentieth century. I'm looking forward to diving into it, and to posting my first review as part of a blog tour. Thanks so much to TLC Book Tours for inviting me to serve as tour host.

I am currently reading ...

Chris Bohjalian's latest novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. Bohjalian is a favorite writer of mine, and I have been waiting with great anticipation for this!

I hope everyone has a terrific week of reading! As I said, I will be taking a week off from blogging, but I will be back next week.


  1. I love Chris Bohjalian too, and I am looking forward to Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. I am also intrigued by Euphoria.

    1. Euphoria really is so interesting--give it a try! Bohjalian's newest is starting off very well.

  2. Enjoy your week off!

    Have a great reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Sorry to hear Vacationers was a little light. I must be off to see your list of classics!

    Here's my It's Monday!

  4. Congratulations on the first tour! They can be a lot of fun! Euphoria sounds amazing and I haven't heard of it yet, so I'm going to check out your review! Great bunch of books :) Thanks for sharing
    My Monday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. I enjoyed TransSister Radio but haven't read more by ChrisB. Going to check out your Top Ten classic list.

  6. Enjoy your time off. All of the books you list are new to me. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Ii's been a few years since I read Chris Bohjalian, but his new book sounds so good - enjoy! I really want to read Euphoria, too.

    1. I think his books keep getting better & better. Sandcastle girls is very, very powerful. The Light in the Ruins is great, too. I appreciate how his books are often quite different from one another. I love it when novelists are willing to try something completely unlike their previous work.