Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Greetings, fellow Book Lovers! The weekly "It's Monday" meme is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I'm going to be taking some time off from the blog while on a family vacation. In fact, I scheduled this post to run today while I'm away, so hopefully we are off having a fun and relaxing time while you read this. When you go on vacation, do you get a lot of reading done? For me, it depends on the kind of vacation . . . sometimes I'm able to read a great deal, but other times we're so busy doing activities with the kids that the main reading time I get is during travel time. I will bring plenty of books along, but I'm not sure how much time I'll actually have to read on this trip.

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

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas is a debut novel generating lots of buzz. It's an intense saga about a New York family facing a colossal struggle; it will be published on August 19th. My review is here.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, the latest novel from Chris Bohjalian, is the moving story of a teenage girl who runs away in the wake of a nuclear meltdown near her home in Northeast Vermont. You can read my review here.

Jon Enfield's The New Men is about an Italian immigrant working for the Ford Motor Company in early part of the twentieth century. My review is here. I was a tour host for the first time on the virtual book tour for The New Men, and it was quite enjoyable to read all the other reviews as the tour moved along from blog to blog. You can check out the official TLC Book Tour site for the tour here.

Here is what I'm reading right now:

Ha--what a funny set of books to be reading all at once! On the surface of it, these three novels appear to have nothing in common. I did not expect to discover any connections among them, but interestingly, they all address, to some extent, the lies we tell ourselves and others and the meaning of truth. Hmm, I wonder if I'll find any other connections . . . .

I will be back to blogging sometime next week when we get back into town. Hope everyone has another great summer reading week!


  1. Have a great vacation! Big Little Lies should be coming soon from the library... looking forward to reading it.

  2. I hope your vacation is great. Since I do mainly "staycations" I get a lot of reading done. You can see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday. I never get as much time as I hope to read when with my family, the kids keep us too busy,

  4. Hope you have a great vacation! I don't always get a lot of reading done on vacation either- guess it depends on what we're doing. If we're running around a lot then sometimes I hardly get any reading done! Nice review of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands- this is the second good review I've read of this and I may have to try it. Big Little Lies sounds very interesting too...

  5. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing vacation! We just got back from 2 trips. I read a lot when we are camping, though I can't read in the car.

    I really want to read Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - I always enjoy Bohjalian's books.

    Have fun and enjoy your trip!


    Book By Book

  6. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands has been on my want-to-read list for a while. Have a great week!