Happy Monday!

Hobbiters, if this isn’t a hobbit house, I don’t know what is. Agreed?

Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? I was in Los Angeles on a wedding dress shopping trip (not for me, don’t get excited). But I made sure to bring The Casual Vacancy to read in my down time. I’m really into it, but can’t make myself read it quickly; I’m actually savoring it. I hear the end is very unexpected, so I’m prolonging it and deepening my suspense. I’ve also been reading The Hobbit, of course, and it is SUCH a delightful read. I swear, I blink and five chapters go by. Also trying to take that one slowly (as slowly as I can) to savor it and have it fresh in my head for each week’s discussion. It is hard to read slowly though – it’s SO GOOD.

What have you been reading since we last talked?

11 thoughts on “Happy Monday!

  1. I can’t think of a more perfect hobbit house! Love it. I am very much enjoying the book too.

    I just finished Winter of the World by Ken Follet, the sequel to his Fall of Giants. They may just be two of the best books I have ever read. He is such an amazing writer. Have you ever read anything by him? I also highly recommend his Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Life changers. (Does anyone else read books that change their lives or is that just me??)

    I just started Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I can tell I’m really going to enjoy it. Absolutely love a good historical fic.

    • Pillars of the Earth is on my top 5 list! I haven’t read World Without End yet, but mostly because my expectations are so high that I’m afraid I’ve ruined it already for myself, ha! Interested to hear how Pillars changed your life. I certainly enjoyed it very much.

      I have never read any Geraldine Brooks, but own March and Caleb’s Crossing. I hear Year of Wonders is excellent! Let me know what you think.

      • Pillars wasn’t necessarily life changing for me, although it was a fabulous read. Probably in my top 5 also. The first two of Follet’s century trilogy though, were life-changers. I may be slightly dramatic in wording it that way, but I guess they are books that I just learned so much from. Books that started a cascade of googling, lol. The kind of book where I have a hard time starting another book because I am just sure it will never live up to what I just finished. I was always aware of the subject matter of these books, but he just has a way of writing and making them so real and touching. “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Outlander” did this to me also. :) I know more about the Tudors and Scottish Highlanders and Bonnie Prince Charlie than I ever thought I’d know! :)

        • Oh my gosh – I totally know what you mean. With certain books I feel like I’m doing more research than reading (in a good way)! With Wolf Hall, I was researching like mad and it also started me watching the Tudors on Showtime, so I was inundated with that time period. I probably know the family tree better than they did, ha!

  2. I finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay this past weekend. I’m not normally one to gravitate to YA, and I was super late the to bandwagon, but I LOVED them! I also read January First, a nonfiction about a father whose daughter develops schizophrenia at an extremely young age. It’s heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. And, of course, I’ve been reading The Hobbit!

    • I STILL haven’t finished that series. doh! But I ate up Hunger Games, and paused after Catching Fire because I got distracted by something – now I can’t remember what happened, so not sure I could pick up Mockingjay without being confused. What do you think?

      Wow – I haven’t heard of January First, I’ll have to look into that. Sounds fascinating!

      • I might read a Cliff Notes version of Hunger Games and Catching Fire just to brush up on the plot before diving into Mockingjay. It’s not too complicated, but a refresher would probably help.

        January First is a really easy read, but very good. I finished it in two days and I’m a pretty slow reader. If you like memoir and are interested in psychology I’d highly recommend it.

        • Ok, thanks for the rec. And I AM interested in psychology so I’ll definitely look into that book. Have just been sent a copy of Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire and am dying to read it for this reason (also a memoir… Girl, Interrupted style.)

  3. That Hobbit house is the most adorable! I want to make one in my yard :)

    I haven’t gotten around to Casual Vacancy yet but I’m sure I will at some point. The Hobbit, ohhh The HOBBIT! Such a great book! Good luck reading it slowly, that’s a tall order.

    I just started Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan last night. So far, so good :)

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