It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 17 April 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!

 I was hoping to finish more books with my free evenings last week, but that’s okay. I can’t win them all!


It's Up to the Women by Eleanor RooseveltIf We Were Villains by M. L. RioFive Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Written in 1933, it is amazing how much of what Eleanor Roosevelt has to say still has relevance. I would happily recommend this gem to everyone.

M. L. Rio’s Shakespeare-filled mystery is amazing but not for everyone. If the Bard fills you with dread or gives you flashbacks to nightmarish high school English classes, this book might not be for you.

Finally having finished Sheri Fink’s expose, I now get why everyone raves about it. So much great food for thought but absolutely horrifying at the same time.

The latest Lidia Yuknavitch is…interesting. It is going to take me a few days to really formulate an opinion about it.


The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

I know that this is not going to be as good as The Historian, but I have a soft spot for Ms. Kostova because she wrote what is one of my all-time favorite books.


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

If ever I needed to re-read this horrifying tale, now is that time.


Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

So, what are you reading?

7 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 17 April 2017
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    April 17, 2017 | 6:26 AM

    Yay – you finished Five Days at Memorial!

    And – once I realized that you could absolutely skim the Shakespeare stuff and still not lose parts of the story, I was golden! That’s what I’ve been telling everyone I’ve recommended it to.

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 4:00 PM

      I think you cannot completely discount the Shakespeare sections. Some of it is necessary to understand why the characters feel the way they do. The end scene in particular requires being able to interpret the passage in order to understand why Oliver is so hopeful. Plus, if you don’t know King Lear, that whole section will be weird. I put a caution in my review and haven’t been wildly recommending it because of that.

  2. Brandie
    April 17, 2017 | 11:21 AM

    Well, I bought a copy of Rio’s book, so I will have to at least try it. Seeing Sarah’s comment above gives me hope that I’ll still be able to read it and enjoy it, even if the Shakespeare stuff gets to me. Great reading for a week!

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 4:01 PM

      There is a lot of Shakespeare, and I do think understanding some of it is necessary to understand the characters’ actions and motivations. It is such a part of who they are that to skim any of the Shakespeare parts means you are ignoring that part of their character development. All I can say is good luck!

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End
    April 18, 2017 | 6:23 PM

    Ooh, I’m excited to hear more about the Boylan book! I’ve read two of her three memoirs and thought they were just great, but I’ve read not a word of her fiction so far.

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