Monday, November 26, 2018

It's Monday 11/26! What Are You Reading?

Happy Cyber Monday! I will be focused on getting my shopping done today, so I may not have time for blog visits until later this week, but I look forward to seeing what everyone has been reading!

I hope all those in the U.S. had a nice Thanksgiving. I did improve enough from my recent 6-week long relapse (of my chronic illness) to make the trip to my hometown - but just barely. It was extra-exhausting, with different family gatherings each day, and a 7-hour drive each way (though the long days in the car were the easy part). Of course, it was wonderful to see all of my family, though. I'm just happy to be in my quiet house and back on the couch today!

We didn't have a lot of reading time this weekend (I can only manage some light magazine browsing in the car), but here are the books we've been reading this past week:
  • I finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, which has been on my bookshelf for decades. It's a true crime story set in Savannah, GA, with vivid descriptions of Savannah and its very quirky citizens. There's a murder at the heart of the book, but it is also very amusing. I enjoyed it and am glad to have finally read it!
  • Now, I am reading one last nonfiction for the month: The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, and Amanda Pressner. The subtitle is pretty self-explanatory - it's a memoir with chapters written by the three authors about the year they spent traveling around the world. The travel is fascinating, but I am also intrigued because they all work in magazines/freelance writing (which is what I do, though on a much smaller scale), so it's been interesting so far.
  • On audio, I am still listening to Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old by John Leland. The author, a reporter, spent a year interviewing seven elderly people (ages 85 to over 100) and wrote about their lives and what he learned. It's fascinating, especially since my father-in-law is 93, and as someone living with chronic illness, I can personally relate to some of the struggles of the elderly. I'm really loving it.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading a book I gave to him for his birthday, The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad, a thriller by an author he hadn't tried yet.
  •  Jamie, our 24-year old son, is back to his favorite Wheel of Time series and is now reading the final book #13, Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
Just one blog post last week before we left:
Movie Monday: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - a fun Harry Potter-themed fantasy set in 1920's New York

What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, so head over and check out her blog and join the Monday fun! You can also participate in a kid/teen/YA version hosted by Unleashing Readers.

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What are you and your family reading this week? 

Time for me to get shopping! 


  1. I never get any reading done when we visit family -- just too much going on!

  2. Your travels do sound exhausting but enjoyable too. I don't miss my four hour each way drives to be with family for holidays - usually with bad weather for at least one leg of the trip. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Those Thanksgiving days sound exhausting for someone in tiptop health! Glad you are home in quiet again. The Happiness is a Choice book would be really interesting and inspiring I think.

  4. Glad you are feeling better Sue. I manage to knit in the car while listening to audiobooks, but I take a half of an anti nausea pill just before we head off.
    Happy reading this week.

  5. I love coming to the quiet of our flat and I do not have to go out much at all!!!

  6. Wow, your Thanksgiving sounds exhausting. I hope it was fun, though. Good luck with getting your shopping done. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. I'm going to have to look into Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old -- to see if we have a copy in our area. This sounds so intriguing (and important!). So glad you were able to make it to your home town and enjoy family time!

  8. I am so sorry to hear that you haven't been doing well.
    I hope you did some great cyber shopping. I haven't done any yet!
    The books look like good ones, and all are unfamiliar to me. I love how you always introduce me to new books!

  9. I've heard good things about In the Garden of Good and Evil, but never read it. I just finished The Nightingale and... wow!

  10. I listened to The Garden of Good and Evil years ago. It was narrated by someone with a lovely Southern Drawl and I enjoyed it immensely. How does the saying go? "Truth is stranger than fiction."