Monday, February 22, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I've seen this round-up on other book blogs, but I'm participating for the first time.  For a links to the other posts, visit The Book Date.

It's Monday, February 22nd, and this is what I am reading...

 My audiobook is William Boyd's Any Human Heart.
I purchased Any Human Heart as an Audible Deal of the Day because it was well-reviewed.  The novel is beautifully narrated by Simon Vance.  The story of Logan Mountstuart, as told through his journals, is interesting but almost too interesting as his life intersects with Pollock, Picasso, Hemingway, members of the royal family, and other famous artists, authors, and historical figures.  I've enjoyed it well enough, though now that Logan is middle-aged and working through some strange (to me) sexual stuff, I am losing patience.  I don't think I'll regret having listened to it, but I am ready to move on to my on-deck audiobook:  Be Frank With Me.

 My ebook is The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington.
The Monk Downstairs was an ebook deal a couple of months ago.  I'm only about 20% in, but I like the premise of a former monk (fresh out of monastery) living downstairs from a single mom and her daughter.

My book book is My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
So excited when my library hold for this book came in!  I adored Olive Kitteridge, but skipped The Burgess Boys because it sounded kind of harrowing.  This book reminds me of how gifted Strout is and makes me think I should try The Burgess Boys, knowing that I will be in good (expert, even) hands, no matter the subject matter.

What are you reading this Monday?


  1. The Monk Downstairs looks good to me.

    ENJOY the rest of this reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  2. I fear I was the one that led you away from The Burgess Boys, so I'll be glad to check out this newest one.

  3. A Goodreads friends commented about My Name is Lucy Barton: "You will cry." So, of course, I haven't cracked the spine since. I will overcome my wimpiness and return to it though. Realizing that I have never read any of the pre-Olive Kitteridge novels. Have you?