It’s Monday, Mar. 2! What Are You Reading?

Posted March 2, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 20 Comments

Monday, March 2

Happy Monday, booklings! I am so happy that February is finally over. It is the worst month of the year, in my opinion. Although winter is still far from over, I am taking SO much comfort in knowing (hoping?) that the weather will finally start to thaw this month. The temperature is actually supposed to rise above freezing toward the middle of this week, and I am absurdly excited.

It’s been a pretty slow reading week. I finished up Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Feb. 10, Harper) which I looooooved, and I’m about halfway through The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (Mar. 3, Hogarth). I’ve been really excited about this one, but I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. It seems a bit slow to start out, and it’s narrated by a ghostly chorus. It’s an interesting technique, but I’m curious to find out how necessary it is to telling the story. However, the writing is beautiful, and I’m enjoying it despite the slow pace.

I think The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber (Feb. 17, St. Martin’s Press) will be up next! I love a good book about ladies breaking the rules throughout history, so I’m really looking forward to this fictionalized account of the life Lucy Ann Lobdell, a 19th century woman who lived her life as a man. (Plus, Allison of The Book Wheel raved about this book when it was first published in 2013.)

What have you been reading?

  • My reading took a bit of a nosedive this month. Mostly, I think, because of busy work stuff and an “off” schedule from our snow and ice days. We’ll see if things improve in March as Readathon planning kicks off! Looks like you’ve got some good stuff on the go!

  • I hope you thaw out soon. It’s been a ridiculous winter. Boo! I really liked Lucy Ann too 😀 Really cool story, I hope you enjoy it 😀 Have a great week!

  • I’ve heard similar things about The World Before Us, which is a bummer because it sounds so promising. I hope whatever you get into next gets you going again!

    • I have heard surprisingly little about The World Before Us, considering how many people wanted to read it a few months ago.

  • UGH – I’m so ready for winter to go. Of course we got like 6 inches of snow yesterday 🙂 But, it’s above freezing and sunny today – good weather comparatively! The Rebellion of Miss Lucy sounds really interesting…sort of like parts of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy?

    • Gross. We have 4 foot snow drifts along the side of my road, and it’s terrible. It must be nice to have the temp above freezing! I’m so excited for that to happen here in a few days.

      I’m hoping Lucy Ann will scratch that same itch!

  • Woo hoo Readathon!! I have The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter. Even started reading it. But like you say, it’s slow to start off. I put it off for when I’m not feeling so impatient. Which, may be awhile. LOL

  • I will be looking forward to your review of The World Before Us when you finish it. It’s a slow start and I’m not totally sure that it was worth the work. I really liked the idea of the “ghostly chorus” as you so aptly put it.

    • I have 50 pages left now, and I’m still feeling pretty “meh” about it. I don’t usually mind slow, but it just doesn’t have the tension I was hoping for.

  • Oooh! Oooh! Lobdell! I’m so excited! His book got such great reviews that it’s been relaunched by one of the biggies so I hope it makes it into the hands of more people !

  • February is tough, but I tend to hate March more. Minnesota always tricks me into thinking spring is here, then follows up with a blizzard. It’s too inconsistent!

    • Oh, I KNOW there will still be nasty weather, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The little spark of hope that the end of the month will be warmer than the beginning is what gets me through.

    • I know that Minnesota life. It’s brutal! Winter’s over in May, basically.

  • Thank god for March! I’d never heard of The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell. I hope it’s everything you want it to be!

    • It was first published by a small press in (I think) 2013, and it got fantastic reviews. Now it’s been picked up by St. Martin’s Press!