It’s Monday, October 12. What Are You Reading?

(Subtitled: Where Have You Been?)

It’s been a really rough summer / start to fall around here, just a slew of not-so-great things happening one after another after another. I wanted to read, but always seemed to be distracted. A combination of not wanting to turn on my computer and not having much to post about anyhow have made for very infrequent posts. Which I’m okay with, but I miss reading everyone else’s posts, too.

On the bright side, I found a new hobby that keeps me feeling calm and relaxed—crochet! You can see all the things I’ve been making over on my Instagram; bookmarks, coasters, a Nyan cat scarf, hats. I like the repetition and the counting, and it’s really neat to see something pretty/useful/fun come out of a long string of yarn. If this keeps up, I’m going to need to look into my library’s selection of audiobooks.

Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last perked me up a bit—we’re talking about that on The Socratic Salon today. If you’ve read it, please come discuss with us!

I’m about halfway through A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. but set it aside because I needed to read Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies for book club. I have about 130 pages left in Fates and Furies, but wow…I think this one is my favorite read of the year so far.

I had three library holds come in at once, so I’ll probably reach for one of those next: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, and Speak by Louisa Hall. If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought!


  • I’m sorry things have been rough lately, but glad to see you back! I’m looking forward to the F&F discussion on Socratic Salon…I had mixed feelings about it, but I think it will make for a great discussion!

  • Welcome back, and I hope things pick up for you. I’ve about 100 pages left in Fates and Furies and have LOVED what I’ve read so far. Ohhhh, my Lotto! I’m trying my best to hold everything in until I can discuss it openly with those who’ve read it.

  • Sending you happy thoughts, Monika! Glad you’re back 🙂 I’m looking forward to the The Heart Goes Last discussion!

  • Oh, gosh; I’m so delighted to hear another rave review of Fates and Furies! I’m on the list at my local library and I’m getting excited! I need to head over to The Socratic Salon; thanks for the reminder!!

  • Love seeing all the crocheting. I’m a knitter and crochet always baffled me…and made me jealous because it seems so much faster!

  • I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having a rough time lately. I hope things improve soon! I’ve been considering Fates and Furies. It looks amazing.

  • I hate that things have been rough lately. I’ve been seeing on IG your crocheted items. I wish I had the talent! I have been blogging, but I’m stepping back a bit from social media. Lately I feel like I’ve been on it way too much. I think sometimes we just need to step back from things, and that’s totally okay!