It’s Monday, April 20! What Are You Reading?

Posted April 20, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 32 Comments

Monday April 20

Happy Monday, booklings! And happy birthday to me! (Is it okay to wish myself a happy birthday?) I’m 25 today, and I’m pretty excited to have survived an entire quarter century. I haven’t fallen off a cliff or gotten run over by a car or ANYTHING. I celebrated with some friends on Saturday night, and the boyfriend and I are heading to one of our favorite bars for the FANCIEST cocktails (see for yourself!) and pizza tonight.

You might have noticed the blog was pretty quiet last week. As in, I didn’t publish a single post. I had a serious case of ennui (unrelated to my birthday), for which I blame Kim. It seriously is contagious. I couldn’t squeeze any blog posts out of my mind grapes, so I decided to just take a break. No guilt!

Recent Reads

Now, of course, I have two weeks of books to write about! Last week, I LOVED Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and was kind of let down by The Listener by Rachel Basch. This week, I buried my nose in Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick, which was even more wonderful than I had expected. It was seriously thought-provoking. I haven’t kept a journal in years, but I actually went out and bought a new one because this book made me think and feel so many things that I NEEDED to write down. Currently, I’m midway through The Given World by Marian Palaia, which is really lovely and fantastic. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

New Books

I have been pretty good about not buying ALL THE BOOKS lately, but I may have relapsed this week. I got a copy of We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the mail, which is so tiny and adorable that I can’t stop petting it. I also picked up Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion and The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, both of which I have been wanting to read for years. I think the Didion will make a good readathon choice, and I’m slowly reading a few pages of the Plath before bed every night.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair 2015

Finally, I attended the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair on Saturday! This is one of my favorite annual events here; dozens of small presses, booksellers, artists, and zinesters gather in the gorgeous Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum to share their love of the literary arts and buy and sell bookish goods. (See my posts about the 2012 and 2013 fairs!) I had a nice time wandering around the floor, attending a few 10-minute readings, and buying two books: Repairable Men by John Carr Walker, from Sunnyoutside, which is one of my favorite indie publishers; and Giving Up by Mike Steeves, which was pitched to me as Woody Allen meets Alfred Hitchcock, from Book Thug.

This week, I’m looking forward to reading The Shore by Sarah Taylor! Shannon has been saying great things about it, so I’m super excited to dig in! I’m also eagerly anticipating Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this weekend! I’ll be posting about my book stack later in the week.

What have you been reading?

  • Good for you for just shutting things down for a week! Less writing means more reading, which is never a bad thing! I’m SO excited to read The Shore (it’s waiting for me on my Kindle)….as I got married in a tiny town on the Virginia Eastern Shore…right on the Chesapeake Bay and very similar to the setting of the book. We spend time there every summer and actually call it the shore. I was psyched to hear Shannon enjoyed it b/c I more or less requested it solely based on the setting.

    • Funnily enough, I did very little reading last week! It was just one of those weird weeks.

      It’s so cool that you have a personal connection to the Virginia shore!

  • Happy Birthday! I love fun cocktails, and I love the menu you shared! It sounds like a week off did you wonders!

  • Amy Sachs

    Happy birthday!! It looks like you had a great break 🙂 Enjoy the drinks!

  • Happy Birthday! Wishing you lots of awesome reading (and cocktails).

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Happy Birthday, Leah! Mine is coming up this weekend. (All the best birthdays are in April, right?)

    I think when you resist buying books for a while, the books you do buy seem even more special!

    • Happy early birthday! (April babies really are the best.)

      Exactly! I’ve been trying to only buy books when I’m going to read them, which definitely makes purchases more special. No more library sale binges that clutter my shelf with books I’m only semi-interested in!

  • Happy Birthday! You sound completely refreshed after your week off. I’m looking forward to hearing more about Spinster and The Given World. Enjoy your cocktails!

  • Happy Birthday! Isn’t it great to “unplug” for a bit? Looks like you got some great reading and activities in!

  • Love your photos of the book fair. That looks like so much fun. Happy Birthday! Hope you are enjoying your special day!

  • Good to hear you were able to take some time off and recharge! You’re encouraging me to pick up The Given World…I’m so interested in it, but I have an e-galley and I just hatteee reading on my e-reader. Maybe I’ll grab a paper copy from the library instead 😉

  • Happy Birthday! I’m so jelly I won’t be about to join you all for the readathon! 🙁 Shannon also has me super intrigued by “The Shore,” so I’m interested to hear what you think!

  • Ohhhh a small press book fair sounds so amazing!! Glad you got to attend!

    • It’s so great! Buffalo doesn’t get many big authors, so it’s nice to see what a vibrant literary community we have!

  • Welcome back and happy belated birthday! The Given World sounds so good. And I was thinking of Play It As It Lays for readathon, too! Also, that book fair looks amazing. Why aren’t there cooler things in Chicago??

    • Woo, readathon twinsies!

      Do you even hear yourself?! I believe BEA is coming to Chicago next year, so you have that going for you 😉

      • wait wait wait REALLY?? NOBODY TOLD ME! I assumed it was always in new york forever

        • Julianne, this is not new news! Get it together. (It’s always been in NY, but it’s moving to Chicago for 2016. I’m not sure where it will be beyond then, though?)

          • omg I’m going to turn my apartment into a book blogger hostel. imagine the wild parties.

          • Ain’t no party like a book blogger party ’cause at a book blogger party, everyone is too introverted to talk to each other. (Just kidding. Kind of.)

  • Happy birthday! Those cocktails look amazing (as did the one you shared on IG), and I love the idea of a small press book fair! You’ve added some new-to-me titles to my list(s), such as they are.

    • Oh my goodness, the cocktails were so good! And Buffalo may not be a hub for major author visits, but the small press book fair is always fun!

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  • Happy (very, oops) belated birthday! Which amazing cocktail did you end up with?

    That book fair looks like such fun! I wonder if anything similar happens near me…