It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 11 December 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 think my streak is at an end. The two books I finished were mediocre at best. I skimmed the last two books this week because they were not good enough to warrant close reading. I am hoping Mira Grant and Andy Weir can bring my reading back up to par though!


The Good People by Hannah Kent Immortal Life by Stanley Bing Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

Whereas Hannah Kent’s first novel was dark but atmospheric, her second novel is just dark. She tries for a similar tone, but the mix of myth, religion, jealousy, anger, and poverty prove to be too much for the story to overcome.

Stanley Bing’s novel was all over the place. Part satire, part warning, part science manual, the novel raced from scene to scene without adequate explanation or setup. The science felt sloppy, and there was nothing about any of the characters that made me care how the story ended. Disappointing.

I am not certain what Jessica Keener’s novel is. It sort of feels like a love letter to Budapest, but there are enough negatives mentioned about the city that it is a cautionary love letter. Plus, I struggled with some of the inaccuracies Keener mentions – like the popularity and frequent use of cell phones in 1995. Also, the mystery was rather boring, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. I wanted to like this more than I did.


There probably should have been two listed this week, but I am too stubborn to admit defeat.


Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant


Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper


Artemis by Andy Weir

So, what are you reading?

7 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 11 December 2017
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    December 11, 2017 | 6:38 AM

    I’ve been hearing some mediocre things about The Good People. I think I have an ARC of it, but may end up skipping it.

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of Artemis.

    • Michelle
      December 11, 2017 | 1:20 PM

      It was SO depressing. I mean, Burial Rites was not exactly a cheery novel, but I think she takes it to a whole new level with this one. I can’t say I enjoyed it at all, but I was strangely compelled to finish it. There is a point where the story could go in a very different direction, and I was hoping it would do that so I kept reading.

  2. Brandie
    December 11, 2017 | 7:43 AM

    I’m sorry to hear your last few books were duds. I hope this week is a much better reading week!

    • Michelle
      December 11, 2017 | 1:26 PM

      So far, so good! I love Mira Grant and have not heard anything bad about her latest novel. I’m a fraction into it and loving every minute. Spooky, gory, awesome aka my kind of novel!

  3. Patty
    December 11, 2017 | 1:58 PM

    Good luck with these new ones…I love Mira Grant…hopefully you will, too!

    • Michelle
      December 12, 2017 | 8:15 AM

      I do love Mira Grant. Her latest novel is exactly what I needed to remove that bad taste in my mouth from my last two books!

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