It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 February 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Not the greatest reading week for me. The books were fantastic. The pace at which I read and the amount of time I was able to read was not. No wonder the week ended with me feeling a bit depressed.

How was your week? Did you read anything fabulous?


The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s collection of short stories is everything I wanted it to be and more – and this is coming from someone who really does not like short stories. They show the everyday lives of people who fled war-torn Vietnam, their children, and how their experiences influenced the rest of their lives. None of the stories are flashy; neither are the characters. However, there is an earthiness to these stories that allows them to loudly resonate. Timely and important.

John Darnielle’s debut novel is powerful stuff as well, but it is in a much more subdued Midwestern way. In fact, if you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Midwesterner, this book is it. Its story of loss and its impact is subtle and matter-of-fact but almost poetic in the need to read every word carefully. I know a lot of readers are going to find it strange and seemingly aimless. I personally loved it.


The Shimmering Road by Hester Young


Shrill by Lindy West

So, I might not have actually started listening to this one just yet, but it is next on my listening queue. I promise!


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

I cannot wait to get to this one; I sort of just want to lock myself in a room and devour all of its pages without interruption.

So, what are you reading?

10 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 February 2017
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    February 6, 2017 | 6:47 AM

    Hmm. I’ve had my eye on Universal Harvester, but I’m not sure “strange and seemingly aimless” isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ve been getting frustrated with books like that lately.

    • Michelle
      February 6, 2017 | 8:45 AM

      It definitely is not a novel for everyone. There are a lot of “WTF is happening” moments, but I found it a beautifully-told story. Perhaps you could read the first chapter on Amazon or something and see what you think?

  2. Kailana
    February 7, 2017 | 8:08 AM

    I finished Shrill last week. Great stuff! I read it, not listened, but I bet it would be a great audio!

    • Michelle
      February 8, 2017 | 8:28 AM

      I will get around to starting it eventually. Maybe this weekend…

  3. Brandie
    February 7, 2017 | 1:10 PM

    I haven’t seen that Hester Young book…I think I have another book by that author on my Kindle. Hope you’re enjoying it!

    I haven’t had any time to read the past several days and it’s really pissing me off. I hope to fix that tonight/tomorrow!

    • Michelle
      February 8, 2017 | 8:46 AM

      Her first book was Gates of Evangeline if that helps. This is apparently the sequel to that. I had no idea it was a series. The first stands alone by itself really well. I haven’t had time to eat much less read this week. That is severely pissing me off. I don’t mind being busy but so busy that I cannot even take 15 minutes to grab a bite to eat is ridiculous.

  4. Lisa
    February 7, 2017 | 8:01 PM

    I’m reading a lot of poetry right now. I have several books going, not really like me. I’m going to look for The Regugees because I loved The Sympathizer–one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

    • Michelle
      February 8, 2017 | 8:49 AM

      I still need to read The Sympathizer, but if his prose is anything like that in the short stories within The Refugees I can only imagine how great it is.

  5. susan
    February 9, 2017 | 4:35 PM

    I just finished The Dry — it’s not too action packed but it’s a nice mystery. I liked Shrill — she’s bold and funny too.

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