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This last week I didn’t finish a SINGLE book. That’s very rare for me, but sometimes life just gets in the way. I was able to spend a really fun evening with friends one night and then had a long hair appointment another, and Halloween took up still another night. Also, Friday was the last day of the quarter and grades are due on Monday, plus my Montana grandkids and their parents arrive on Wednesday for a visit. Add to that the fact that I read 147 pages of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb and after having no desire to even pick it up for two days, decided to call it quits…again. I don’t know why I can’t get into this memoir that so many others loved. Anyway, I hope to get a little more reading time in this week, but with those sweet grandbabies around, it’s probably going to be another slow one. I hope your reading is progressing better than mine!
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- I have about 4 hours left in the audiobook of The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I’d been listening to a lot of nonfiction and needed a bit of a palate cleanser and The Wife Between Us has been perfect for that. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.
- Just as I was struggling with whether or not to give up on Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, my Libby hold came in for If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman. That made the decision for me. At about 40%, I’m more or less enjoying this story of two sisters and their mom holding big resentments and big secrets from each other. It’s light and easy for me at this hectic time.
Likely to Read Next
- After reading She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (my review), I’ve craved more of the same. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow uncovers the lengths individuals and companies have gone to to cover up abuses of power in the workplace. It seems like the perfect companion to She Said, so I’ll be getting back on track for Nonfiction November by listening to this one next.
- My reading life seems to be guided by Libby holds at this time of year and Libby says that Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson will be available “in a few days.” I didn’t really care for his last book, The Family Fang, so was going to skip this one, but so many people liked it, I felt I at least needed to give it a try. Since it’s not an ARC, there’s no pressure to continue if it doesn’t work for me, but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
I think having your grandkids around is a great reason not to get any reading done! Enjoy their visit!
Thanks, Angela. I will.
Sara Burnette says
Are you planning to read The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes? I’d love to read your review on it! It’s starting off slow for me but I’m trying to hang in there!
This may sound odd, but I’ve never read Jojo Moyes before and hadn’t really planned on reading The Giver of Stars because that era just doesn’t usually appeal to me. Now with all the controversy around it, I’m not quite sure if that makes me more or less interested.
Sara Burnette says
It’s not odd at all! I have liked many of her books but the era doesn’t really appeal to me either. I did read a bit about the controversy. I think I’ll return it to the library and maybe try it this summer when I have more reading time (I’m a teacher too). Enjoy your grandkids!
Well that is so reassuring that I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t get into Maybe You Shpuld Talk to Someone!! I had such high Hope’s, but actually it feels like a reprieve. I do admit that my life sounds so wonderfully normal now though! I am still in a bit of book hangover since listening to Daisy Jones and the Six. My audio of NF How to Bake Pi was hard to listen to on my commute as there were too many math equations that flew over my 4th grade teacher brain so I gave that up. Now what?? Glad you got grandkids visits. What a delicious use of your time!
I’m happy to hear from someone else who didn’t like Maybe…I was beginning to feel like the only one. Daisy Jones gave me a hangover twice this year, first in print and then on audio. I have my son listening to it now and he loves it, too. I’m a middle school math teacher, but don’t think I could handle listening to a book about math! Have a great week.
JoAnn @ Gulfside Musing says
Too bad about Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I loved it, but it sounds like you gave it more than a fair shot. I think you were right to set it aside (again)… life it to short to read books you aren’t enjoying!
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says
I think it’s okay if you set down Maybe You Should Talk to Someone…Not every book is for every person.
I’ve heard fabulous things about Nothing to See Here. I’m trying to focus on nonfiction this month, but it is one I am considering.
Enjoy your visit with your people!
I planned to focus on nonfiction this month, too, but fiction library holds keep coming in. my timing seems to be off.
Kathy Martin says
Your week sounds wonderful despite not finishing a book. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
The time spent with your grandchildren is precious. Books can wait to be read, children grow up too fast to put them on hold.
Well said. I can hardly wait until they get here.
Allison | Mind Joggle says
I have If Only I Could Tell You on my list, but it keeps getting bumped down in favor of library holds. A lot of them are kind of intense, so that might be good recovery reading around the holidays. Glad to know it seems to be a decent light read!
I’ll be curious to hear if Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow is a worthy read. I understand when life gets away & there is little reading time. No worries!
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out says
Enjoy the time with your grandkids 🙂
Catch and Kill sounds like it would pair well with The Whisper Network for this week’s NonFicNov prompt.
Wishing you a great reading week
Christie Kline says
I just finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and enjoyed it enough, but felt it needed another BIG edit. I always find that so disappointing because I feel like the editor let the book down, not the author.
I’m glad to know that at least one of my trusted readers also didn’t care for it.