Monday, August 25, 2014

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

Good morning! I am back from a family trip, and posting again on this weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I hope everyone had a terrific late summer week in reading last week.

I really have to confess that I didn't get a lot of reading done last week! Our trip was to Maine, and we were busy exploring and hiking most of the week. I thought we'd have more poolside relaxation time--which would have given me reading time--but instead we were constantly on the go. As a consolation, I got to see great views like this:

One bookish place I visited in Maine was so, so cute-- I have to add a picture of this as well. This is Pushcart Press & Bookstore in Sedgwick, Maine, which calls itself "the world's smallest bookstore." It has an eclectic mix of new and used fiction and non-fiction, and it operates on the honor system most of the time; you leave your cash in a cookie tin!

I did manage to finish reading this book....

Helen Oyeyemi's latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, was not a big winner for me. I will write a review in the next few days and try to express why. But at least reading it allowed me to complete my Summer TBR list.

I have started reading this book:

Audrey Magee's The Undertaking was a finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction earlier this year, and it will be released in the U.S. on September 2.

Have a great week in reading!


  1. I get so excited when I see that Boy, Snow, Bird was not a big winner for people besides myself. I was SO LET DOWN once section 2 kicked in. Hoping to have better luck with White is for Witching.

    1. Oof, I thought the premise sounded so good, but the book left me cold. I'm not sure I'm ready to try another Oyeyemi anytime soon.... I'll look forward to what you think about White is for Witching.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful trip! We went to Maine last summer, mainly Acadia. We just got back from 2 weeks in NH and VT. Also very active but still plenty of reading time :)

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

    1. We spent much of our time in Acadia, but also went to Campobello Island, Canada and Deer Isle. NH/VT sounds wonderful, as well!

  3. Oh my goodness! What a cool bookstore. Bookstores are so unique, aren't they??

    1. Yeah . .. you know, I used to really bemoan the demise of Borders. But their closing has pushed me toward independent bookstores . . . which usually have more interesting choices and recommendations that suit my reading tastes better than the big chains anyway!

  4. That bookstore is adorable. I love it. Sounds like you had a fun trip.

    I have Boy, Snow, Bird to review...darn it wasn't that good. It sounded good.

    The Undertaking looks wonderful. The cover is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what it is about.

    ENJOY your week, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. Maybe you would like Boy, Snow, Bird more than I did . . . I am still trying to piece my thoughts together about why it didn't work for me. It seems like a book I should have loved!

    2. Perhaps.

      Thanks for your thoughts, though.

  5. What a delightful bookstore, and a fabulous view!

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out