Monday, August 4, 2014

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

It's the the first Monday in August, and I'm posting again on this meme hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney.

Last week on the blog, I posted my list of the Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From as part of Top Ten Tuesday. You can see my list here.

I also posted my review of this book:

You can read my review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah here.

Here are the books I have been reading in the past week:

Michelle Lovric's The True and Splendid History of The Harristown Sisters , set in 19th century Ireland, is a novel about a set of seven sisters, known for hair that cascades down to their ankles, who take to the stage as a way to escape their impoverished background. It will be released August 12, and I'll post my review later this week. I have been listening to the audiobook of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, but I've decided it just isn't working for me as listening material, and I'm going to read the rest of the book on my kindle. There is nothing wrong with the narration, and I do like the book. Possibly audiobooks just aren't a good fit for me in the last month of summer; maybe I'll try another one in the fall.

This week, I deviated from my usual reading material (which is almost always fiction), and delved into some non-fiction with Todd Decker's upcoming book Who Should Sing Ol Man River? The Lives of an American Song. It will be released in November, so I'll post a review closer to the release date. Reading this book lead me to Decker's previous work, Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical. Both of these books interested me because the musical "Show Boat" and its place in American cultural history has always held a certain fascination for me.

What have you been reading? I wish everyone another nice week of summer!


  1. Sometimes when a book is beautifully written or very literary, I like to reread sentences, reconsider thoughts, etc. That type of book doesn't work as well on audio for me. Sounds like that might be part of the problem with Burial Rites?

    1. Yes, I think that IS the problem! I'm reading Burial Rites now, and it's working so much better for me. I think I need a lighter--but still engaging--book for an audiobook. Maybe the new Liane Moriarty.....