Monday, December 02, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts for inviting us all to participate in It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Visit her blog to catch up on everyone's reading this week.

So, I had a few hours free last week to browse Barnes and Noble. I haven't had time for book browsing in months and I forgot how much I love just looking at all that is new on the shelves. During my browsing, I realized how little Adult Fiction I've read lately.  I did read The Light Between Oceans: A Novel , which I loved, but not much else in 2013. I realized, as I was browsing, that I like my life much better when I am reading adult fiction. I love children's books, I love my professional reading and I love YA. But I also love adult fiction and I've let that part of my reading life go. So, even though I am not making this a #nerdlution, I am thinking I want to make more time for adult fiction in my reading life for 2014.  So, today's "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" post is dedicated to adult nonfiction and books I am hoping to read in the near future.

I picked up Barbara Kingsolver's book, Flight Behavior: A Novel . I love her books and haven't read enough of them.  I am not sure how long this one will take me to read as I am reading for CYBILS and for a few other committees.  But I bought it and I have many adult fiction books on my TBR list. Here are some that looked good to me during my browsing.  I took photos so I would remember the covers and the titles.  I'm not sure I'll read all of these or if I'll read any of these, but I do want to get back to reading adult fiction more regularly.  This book browsing reminded me how much I am missing it!

Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (I actually have 2 by this title that I want to read-they sound very different but equally good--Life After Life: A Novel



The Husband's Secret ,  The Outcasts: A Novel , The Light in the Ruins



Let the Great World Spin: A Novel (I've been meaning to read this one!) and Flight Behavior: A Novel .



And, Samantha Bennett always has great books to recommend. They are always a bit long but I can trust her when I say, "Tell me the ONE adult fiction title I need to read."  This time, she recommended The Goldfinch so I've added that one to my list too!

17 comments:

  1. I just read Tara's post and she was also missing adult books--too funny! I love Barbara Kingsolver, but when I have time to get lost, Jhumpa Lahiri's newest book is topping my list. Have a great week, Franki!

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    1. Oh, I need to check out her new one too!

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  2. Yea for adult fiction! I try to read every other, YA/JFic and adult fiction. This way I get a good mix of both.
    I just finished Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech and LOVED it. Now I am reading Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.
    Happy reading!

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    1. I love YA too and need to add that back t in after a few adult titles I think.

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  3. Interesting that also Tara, and I too wrote about missing adult books, some of which I have already, & need to read! I read Let The Great World Spin a few years ago-beautiful book, Franki. Hope you enjoy this new reading!

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    1. I keep hearing about Let the Great World Spin--on my list!

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  4. Ah, adult books! Let the Great World Spin is a masterpiece - such an inventive writer.

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  5. LOVED this post! I too, love browsing bookstores in town whenever I get the opportunity. I rarely read adult as wekk,but now that the best books of the year lists have been (mostly) published, I am using them to find adult books that I ought to read. Life After Life is on my TBR list too. Right now I am reading Rachel Kushner's NBA finalist novel The Flamethrowers which is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks--I'll check that one out!

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  6. Great post, Franki. I loved A Light Between Two Oceans. I want my book club to read it. Being in a book club helps me with my adult reading.

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    1. Light Between Oceans was HEARTBREAKING--warn them of that if you read it. I had no idea until I was too far in! Loved it though.

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  7. I am reading The Joy of Planning. Just got 15 copies in the mail today to use with my 3rd and 4th grade teachers during lesson study next week. It confirms the work we have been doing with our collaborative planning, but it also will help to inspire. Can't wait to share it with them.

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    1. Thanks, Jason! That's a lot of copies--hope they like it:-) Still working to visit your school sometime!

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  8. I love this post. I have been making a conscious effort to sprinkle in adult titles this year because I noticed last year that there weren't many in my list. I have been really intrigued by the Life After Life cover for a long time and I love Barbara Kingsolver too. Thanks for some new titles to add to the TBR. Also, thanks for the inspiration for #nerdlution

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  9. Life after Life is amazing! Definitely read that one.

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  10. I love Barbara Kingsolver's novels - it's the first I'm hearing of this one. I miss reading adult novels every once inawhile. :) Doesn't happen often, admittedly, but it's still there. And I have entire bookshelves of adult novels waiting for me to get to them soonest. :)

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