It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Another week, you guys. This summer is flying by. FYI, it’s a full moon today. I haven’t participated in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? in a long time, but it feels like the perfect way to begin the week. Thanks to Kathryn at The Book Date for hosting the meme.

Recently Finished:

18869970Last night I finished Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel. I LOVED it. I think I might even like it more than her novel Rebecca. It’s a masterful portrait of obsessive love and suspicion. It’s a Classic Club pick, so hopefully I’ll write more about it soon.

Currently Reading:

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. This is a book that I started reading aloud to my son, and then he512pU9y4B+L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_ went and finished it on his own, so now I have to find out what happens! It’s really funny and I think it has great appeal for adults as well as children. It’s about a new kid in town who wants to be his new school’s top prankster, an identity he cultivated at his old school. Little does he know that he’s about to meet a stealthy prankster from whom he can learn a thing or two.

What’s Next:

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott. Comparisons to Erma Bombeck, Nora Ephron, and Laurie Colwin all sound appealing. From the Goodreads blurb:

417tPo7IpzL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife; reassures us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary; and advises that if you’re going to faint, you should get low to the ground first. Most of all, Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don’t have to burn it all down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). 

Bookish Conversation: My son and I visited a local independent bookstore weekend before last in search of Father’s Day gifts. I was proud of myself for not buying anything for me! My son said that I didn’t need to buy anything for myself because I already had so many books at home “that fill up our entire bookshelf.” I counted my unread books and told him that I only had 57 unread books in the house. He said, incredulously, “57?! You don’t need to buy any more books until you read at least 5 books you already have!” So that’s my plan, folks. Gotta read five of my own books before I can purchase any more. (Note: this does NOT include anything pre-ordered, i.e., the new Kate Atkinson!)

Have a great week!

 

 

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28 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Heh, your son cracks me up! Also, I love that you have to finish reading The Terrible Two on your own because your son finished it by himself. Sounds like you are raising a good reader!

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    1. He is such a good reader, I’m thrilled. He is reading the second in the Terrible Two series now on his own! The other day he came to visit me at the library and he got some books and said, “I’m lucky to have a mom who’s a librarian.” It was the sweetest thing.

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    1. Ha ha! Yes, I suspect my husband, what with the state of our bookshelves and all. Or maybe he’s just much more practical than I am – why WOULD I keep buying more books when I have all those on the shelf?!? It seems like madness, right? 😉

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  2. Out of the mouths of babes. I need your son in my ear. Between employee appreciation, BookCon, and traversing my favorite used bookshops I’ve bought entirely too many books over the past couple of weeks.

    Anyway, a lot of kids have been coming in to the bookstore asking for The Terrible Two. Well, I should say boys in particular. Hmm, what’s the correlation?

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    1. I should hire him out for a cold dose of reality to all bookworms, eh? 😉 That’s great that The Terrible Two is so popular. He told me tonight he’s finished the second book. Gotta get the third for him now!

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      1. I think there’s also a production of Jamaica Inn, IIRC: I seem to remember that it was hauntingly beautiful in terms of scenery, and morose and sombre (but so determinedly compelling – the kind of thing, thought, that one might find very slow if not in the right mood).

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  3. You liked My Cousin Rachel BETTER than Rebecca? This is very surprising news! I liked My Cousin Rachel fine, but Rebecca is where it’s at for me, Du Maurier-wise. They’re both wonderfully creepy and claustrophobic though — she has that down to an art.

    Seems to me like your son was needlessly judgmental, and I’m not just saying that because I have more than 57 unread books at my house and I bought four more over the weekend. (I read one of them right away, though! Like right right RIGHT away, and it was amazing, so I regret nothing.) I’m trying to read fifteen or more of my own damn books this year, though, and I’m making excellent progress on it so far.

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    1. That is wonderful to hear, Jenny – progress is good! I can’t remember the last time I bought a book and read it right away. Although when the new Kate Atkinson arrives in the mail I think I’ll want to put anything else down and read that!

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  4. I absolutely loved Rebecca, but have been putting off reading anything else by du Maurier in case it didn’t measure up. Your review has reassured me though – I’ll definitely be putting My Cousin Rachel on my list! 📕MP📖 X

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  5. Hahahah. I found parenting (step-parenting) very useful for forcing myself to develop habits that I might not have troubled with living as a single childfree person. For instance, I stopped eating sugar after three o’clock, started going to bed earlier to get the proper number of hours rest, learned not to mind when bugs landed on me, and adopted fruit as a legit snack. Of course, I also took up drinking wine! Good luck with your read-before-buying-more plan!

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  6. Better than Rebecca? I want to read My Cousin Rachel too but didn’t get to it a month or so ago because I had to return it to the library.

    Your son makes me laugh, he sounds like my husband when I day I want to go to the bookstore.

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