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[TBR Check-In] What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? Is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, a great place to meet up and share your reading plans for the week. I love finding new blogs and new books – so a link-up that helps me do both? Sign me up!

Happy Monday, friends! Living in Houston, TX, the last week has been a crazy ride. Between constant rain followed by flooding, followed by sunshine, and then even MORE rain… why can’t the weather just pick a theme and stick with it? Oh well, it gave me a great excuse to stay in this weekend, cooking up a storm and finishing some long overdue reading. At the end of the day Sunday, I probably spent a total of 6 hours in the kitchen after slow cooking BBQ ribs, making pasta salad, and meal prepping for the week – it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

I also had plenty of time to finish reading The Ballroom by Anna Hope, be it a little forced. I was so excited for this one! A romance set in an insane asylum during the Edwardian Era on the moors of England, it couldn’t be more intriguing, but instead I found an improbable romance between two under developed characters, both controlled by a doctor slowly going insane over his obsession with eugenics. Quite a different story, indeed. Nonetheless, the novel raised some interesting questions over an often overlooked topic of history. I also finished several audio books over the  week, including Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I loved the narrators for both, but especially Eileen Stevens for Dumplin‘! She really brought the character to life for me.

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This week I’ll be reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien and The Solace of Monsters by Laurie Blauner. I haven’t read a summary for either yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for Thien’s novel – which no surprise there, as it was long listed for the Man Booker Prize last year.

What are you reading?

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