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!

Moving has completely taken over my life this month, which totally sucks. Also, our internet was shut down on Thursday so I can only squeeze in checking on fun webby stuff during downtimes/lunch at work. It’s been slow going and annoying and boring, to say the least. Typical moving!

The book I’ve been reading pretty much this whole month is Atonement by Ian McEwan. It’s one for my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge. The first third was sloooooooooow and very tough for me to get through, but after about 175 pages it finally picked up. I’m into Part Two now and it’s just all right. Nothing amazing for me. I’m sure my impressions have much more to do with my current situation than the quality of the story. I’ve had zero to little time for reading at all, and the writing is dense and all the action is internal so with all these big breaks between reading I’m losing steam and interest in the story.

So the house we’re temporarily staying at will not have an internet connection and I actually feel okay about this. Outside of work hours I can bring my laptop to a coffeeshop or the library, or if it’s just a quick email I can check that on my brand new iPad mini 3G! Otherwise, I’m going to use that free time off the computer to read, workout, and practice bass, and maybe get out of the house more in general. Hopefully without the internet constantly available I’ll even go to bed earlier. It’s been a stressful, too-busy month and I need some rest!

What are you reading this week?

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

  1. I had to read Atonement for school a little while ago, and I completely agree with your review of it! It moves incredibly slow, making it difficult to read. I didn’t manage to finish it, but did actually read the summaries online, and the end of the novel actually sounds very interesting. My plan is to finish it at some point. So hang in there and I assure you that it will definitely get better!

    • I think if Atonement weren’t on my TBR challenge and I hadn’t heard all the praise for it from people whose opinions I trust, I’d probably have put this one down a while ago. I do have a feeling the payoff at the end will be worth it, so I’m sticking with it! Thanks for reading my blog 🙂

  2. I adore Atonement, but yes, if you’re not in a position to sit for long periods through that dense prose, I can totally see how it would be a tough read for you. I hope the rest of your moving goes well! Right now I’m reading How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. Enjoying it more than I thought I would (I usually have some trouble with classics).

    • I have trouble with classics, too. I have had Wuthering Heights on my shelf for years and haven’t made myself get to it yet—more contemporary works just seem to grab my attention better. Thanks for the good vibes on the move! This weekend is the last of it; can’t wait to be done.

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