It’s (Late) Monday, January 16th | What Are You Reading?

I’ve been book hopping like a mofo lately. I got into a bit of a funk waiting around for the ToB short list, and have since abandoned everything I *was* reading either to DNF-land or later-land. I’m starting to get back on track. Whew.

I’m a ways into The Underground Railroad audiobook, and so far so good. I’m taking a quick detour to listen to My Name Is Lucy Barton, since my ticket came up at the library, and it’s short at only four hours. I’m getting the feeling Elizabeth Strout and I just don’t get on well, because I can’t bring myself to care one iota about any of the characters. (Which is the same problem I had when I listened to The Burgess Boys). So you had a rough childhood, so you and your mom have been estranged, so you’re sick… meh.

In print I’ve just started reading All The Birds In The Sky, and it’s definitely too early to tell. The story is intriguing so far, but the writing feels a little stilted. We’ll see how we get on once I’m into it a bit more.

At the last minute, I was invited by my bestie to a bookish event at my favorite local indie bookstore, and I’m so glad I went! Clinton Kelly, after releasing many “lifestyle” books, has recently come out with a book of personal essays entitled I Hate Everyone, Except You. I haven’t read it yet, but thought it would still be fun to go see him, especially since What Not To Wear got me through my college years (even though it sounds like he didn’t really love being on that show all that much, and I can certainly agree that the show has problematic features). I managed not be *too* terribly awkward during the book-signing-and-photo situation.

This past week also brought us Obama’s farewell speech… anyone else cry like a baby? I know I can’t be the only one. The only time he let the audience go on and on in a fantastical display of clapping and cheering, was for Michelle. What a guy.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • Kate

    Hmmm… I love Elizabeth Strout – there’s a straightforwardness AND delicacy to her words and I suspect she’s better read than listened to (although I’m fairly new to audiobooks so can’t really say).

    • And I’ve only ever listened, never read in the traditional sense, any of her books… so maybe there’s something to be said for that.

  • Oooh – I love the title “I Hate Everyone Except You” – must check that out!

    And – I loved Lucy Barton, but it was more because the writing (esp in the second half) so beautifully captured certain slices of life. It’s such a quiet book, I think I’d have trouble with it on audio, but I have trouble with fiction on audio in general.

    • There are have been some excellent sentences, that if I were reading traditionally I would bookmark, so I’ll give her that. We’ll see how it fares… it’s fine, just not blowing me away.

  • My mum had to read an Elizabeth Strout book for her book club (it wasn’t this one, it was Olive Kitteridge I think!), and she absolutely hated it. Every time she brought it up, she was just overcome with rage over how much she disliked the book, and I enjoyed her fury immensely. So people disliking Elizabeth Strout always makes me smile. :p

    • I haven’t read Olive Kitteridge, but I know my in-laws LOVED it. So who’s to say… I also enjoy a good rant, so props to your mom! 🙂

  • I am SO with you on Elizabeth Strout. I felt the same about Burgess Boys and MAN did I hate Lucy Barton (but totally a good way to knock out a quick ToB book!)

    • I’m not *hating* it, I just don’t see what the fuss is about. It’s fine, and I will likely forget all about it the second it’s over. I have about 45 minutes or less left.