it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Every so often I am able to join in!

This weekend I started reading Dear Life by Alice Munro. I won a First Reads Giveaway copy from Goodreads a couple of weeks ago, and it recently arrived in the mail. I don’t normally read short stories, so this is a fairly new experience for me.

I’ve only read the first two chapters so far, and it started out very slowly for me. I had trouble getting into the first chapter, but the second (after another slow start) became more interesting. It appears these stories are linked by their Canadian settings, and both stories involve characters riding trains. I’m curious if the train will be a connecting thread. The first two stories feature a young female protagonist, taking a risk for love (or what they think might be love)… it’s good but not thrilling me (yet…?).

Otherwise, I have been checking out what reading challenges I want to join for 2013. I definitely want to tackle Roof Beam Reader’s 2013 TBR Pile Challenge—I have waaaay too many books on my shelves I have put off for far too long. I’m also contemplating Book’d Out’s 2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge. It looks great and I’m up for trying out new genres, but I will need to research a list for myself before I can commit to that one. For sure I am going to do the Kansas City Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program again! I had fun with it last year, and I really like this year’s theme: “While the City Sleeps.” I have a couple of the books on the suggested reading list for that one already on my shelves. Could count for the TBR challenge, too!

That’s it for reading for me this week. Last Friday I saw PROJECT Trio in concert (review coming Wednesday), had a lovely birthday weekend relaxing and celebrating, and tomorrow night I’m going to hear New York Polyphony perform. I only have one holiday concert to play this year (on Saturday), which is unusual! This can be a very stressful and busy time of year for musicians, so I admit to feeling relieved.

What are you reading this week?

6 thoughts on “it’s monday! what are you reading?

  1. I love these Monday posts. They make me feel a bit more organized than usual 😉 I haven’t read that Munro, I’ll be curious to see what you think of it at the end. I’m doing Adam’s challenge too and that *should* be the only one I do this year darn it! 😉

    • Yeah, I wish I was a faster reader—I don’t feel like I can partake every single Monday. Usually I’m still reading the same book I was the previous Monday! “Dear Life” is brand new, just released, and I like to make sure I get to giveaway books as soon as I can. It’s good, very calming prose. Does that make sense?

      I’m going to try to combine the challenges as much as allowable by the rules. This weekend I’m going to make some lists!

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