It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 5 February 2018

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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!

This was an insane week. The only time I found time to read was before bed, and by then I was so tired I don’t even think I lasted five pages before I couldn’t keep open my eyes. I’m hoping the weekend and adjusting to this new schedule will mean being less tired next week so I can read again!


Mrs. by Caitlin Macy Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

I read one write-up that said the Caitlin Macy novel was similar to The House of Mirth. I think that is the only reason why I finished it. I have many issues with this novel, the least of which is the lack of interesting characters. In hindsight, this is one I should have set aside. I will stop being so stubborn about that one of these days!

The Carter Wilson novel was MUCH better. He got the idea from the Slenderman killing here in Wisconsin but told from the victim’s perspective. Quite fascinating and an intense read. I devoured it.


I should have DNF’d the one that took me all week to read.


The One by John Marrs 


White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Ugh. I need to get back to this, but with the pup, I lost what little listening time I did have.


February Review Copies:
The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

That’s right, folks. This is the last February review copy I have. This makes me SO excited!

So, what are you reading?

9 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 5 February 2018
  1. Kay
    February 5, 2018 | 7:02 AM

    OK, say this with me 3 times – it’s OK to stop reading a book that isn’t working for me…it’s OK…you get the picture. Ha! Hope your week includes a little more reading time!

    • Michelle
      February 6, 2018 | 4:07 PM

      I know! I know! I still struggle in this area. I have gotten better. I at least will stop reading a book I detest. That was not happening as recently as a few years ago. So I am still working on this.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves
    February 5, 2018 | 7:12 AM

    The Atomic City Girls?!! Is this different from The Girls of Atomic City from a few years back?! Why, oh why, can’t publishers write more differentiated titles?!

    And I’m on my last Feb review book as well! Great feeling…

    • Michelle
      February 6, 2018 | 4:11 PM

      It is different. I think. This one was written by Janet Beard and is fiction. I believe the one you mention is nonfiction. Yes, it is very confusing at times. I always get a chuckle when I go to update my archives and find I have already read at least one novel named X. It makes me realize how little creativity there is in naming novels.

  3. Brandie
    February 5, 2018 | 8:52 AM

    Look at you catching up on your review copies! That’s awesome. I had to learn a long time ago to DNF books. If I’m not loving it by about 25% in, then I set it aside. I may revisit it when I’m in the right mood, and I have picked up a book a second time and ended up loving it. Too many good books out there to waste on ones that are just blah.

    • Michelle
      February 6, 2018 | 4:15 PM

      It doesn’t make me happy to DNF any book. I think this is because I have always held a fondness for classic literature, and if I gave most of those novels an arbitrary 25 percent or 100 pages, I would have never read a single one of them. The books I love take a long time to set up, which is why I love them. It is also why I am more inclined to stick with a book rather than give up on it.

  4. susan
    February 6, 2018 | 4:24 PM

    Too bad about the Mrs. book, ugh. I’m reading a thriller called Need to Know now by Karen Cleveland — too early into it to say if it’ll be good. Is yours another novel about the Atomic Girls? cheers.

    • Michelle
      February 6, 2018 | 4:29 PM

      This is a fiction novel about girls working in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project, even though they don’t know it. I believe there was a nonfiction book about the same subject a few years ago.

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