Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday! So I’m writing this from my phone – forgive me if it turns out ill formatted! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was very, very wet but still lovely (I love the rain).

I finished Just Kids by Patti Smith, and completely fell in love. Short review coming soon. I am so inspired by her. I cried at the end (it was sad) and mourned the characters. Partly because the book was over and partly because the time (that I was reading about) was over.

I decided to pick up something totally different, as to not try to compete with Patti’s story, and chose Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling. She had me laughing out loud by the second page; I’m halfway through and started it Sunday morning.

What did you finish this past week, or what are you working your way through? Pick up anything new this weekend?

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18 thoughts on “Happy Monday!

  1. I have just arrived home after 2 weeks holiday in Thailand :-) I took with me a book about World War II, “La Storia” (History) by Elsa Morante. At first I thought I had the worst idea, since the subject was so different from my travel, but after a few pages I couldn’t stop, it was a blast! I heard that when you travel you enjoy better a reading that has nothing to do with the experience you are living. I agree … what do you think ?
    “Just Kids” is next on my list! I kept it waiting for too long!

    • I TOTALLY agree with you, but have never thought of that until now. I usually do the opposite, but sometimes find that I get bored (possibly because actually seeing the things instead of reading about them is more engaging). Now that I think of it, I think the best time to read about something is either right before you go (so you can make notes on what you want to see) or right after (so you have a better reference for what you’re reading). Thanks for the tip!

  2. I’m definitely going to be looking for that Patti Smith book. I loved Kaling’s book as well, super funny!

    I’m in the middle of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison right now. It’s wonderful!

  3. I need to read Just Kids and the Kaling book – the both sound sooo good! I swear you are on a reading roll with all your great choices ;) I’m barely finishing Norwegian Wood (I tried to take my time with it, because it is sooo good!). Not sure what I’m going to read next. Hmmmm. Too many good choices! Love it! HAPPY MONDAY, WALLACE!!!

    • Do you watch Kaling’s show? (If not you HAVE to… it’s so great, and it’s basically catered to our demographic, Nadia.) I think you’d breeze through the book quickly.

      I also think Just Kids might inspire you too – it’s one that made me excited about the fact that my life is (somewhat) a blank canvas, that I have so many opportunities to do what I want to do if I just MAKE myself do it!

  4. I listened to the Mindy Kaling book on my commute to work and she is hilarious! Definitely did some laughing alone in the car ;)

  5. This week I picked up and am currently reading Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Thin Man’ which so far is a somewhat comic detective novel mainly to the sheer volume of alcohol consumed by one the two main protagonists, Nick Charles, who is with his co-dectectiving wife Nora, and their banter/repartee dominates the text, so your usual Hammettastic goodness but with a lighter toned touch than his other works.

    • I’ve never read Dashiell Hammett. I once was looking at staying in San Francisco for an extended period of time, and one of the apartments that was for short term lease was an apartment he lived and wrote in… I always think of that when I hear his name.

  6. My favorite Rock and Roller. I read the book as soon as it came out and Patti Smith can tell a story. I saw her in October in Austin, TX where she did readings from the book, a few stories, and acoustic songs with Tony Shanahan.

  7. Plugging away at Les Mis….some parts move really fast and some parts I have to read 2 or 3 times before they really make sense. I’m really enjoying it though.

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