It’s Monday! What I’m Reading – June 12th

It’s Monday! What are You Reading? is a weekly meme to update you, my readers, on what I’m currently reading, what I’ve read and what reading is on the horizon (and of course to get more suggestions for books to add to your ever-growing TBR list). Please join in and check out what everyone else.

My reading life has not picked up since my last What I’m Reading and to be perfectly honest it’s slowed down to the where it’s almost nonexistent. I was sick twice and the latest was with a bad case of bronchitis. It snuck up on me and hit me like. . .  Well, see below👇

Needless to say, I didn’t care for reading. And unfortunately, I didn’t get the Christmas in July post up. My apologies to those who wanted to participate. I’m thinking about doing something else though so stay tuned and I didn’t do a very good job of promoting my book giveaway, so I’ll probably repost it later.

Anyway, on to What I’m reading.

Currently Reading and Books I Need To Finish

Unfortunately, this list has grown. I started reading The Screwtape Letters and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man before I got sick with bronchitis, but because of it didn’t finish and missed both book clubs.

And since I have so many books I need to finish I’ve decided to focus on those rather than starting anything new.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie – I don’t know what happened with this short little book. I stalled a couple of times. The book isn’t boring. It reads pretty fast and it’s well written, but for some reason, I just haven’t been able to pull it together to finish. Maybe it’s the subject of re-education. I don’t know. Hopefully, I can get it read over the long Memorial Day weekend.

A Fable by William Faulkner – I’m not a Faulkner fan, but this was a book club read. I read a few reviews that said it wasn’t like his other novels (i.e As I Lay Dying or The Sound and the Fury) so I was excited. Well, well, well it may not be like his others but it’s still a chore.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes is a reread and part of my Back to Classics reading challenge. I wanted to reread this to see if I still feel the same way I felt some 20 years ago when I initially read it in college and for the most part, I do. I still have a love/hate relationship with Janie, which I will get into more when I finish and do my review.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis – This is an upcoming book club read. I’ve wanted to read more C. S. Lewis. Something beyond the Chronicles of Narnia series. So, for a book club I co-organizer I said, ‘What the heck. I’m doin’ it.’

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce – This is an upcoming book club read. I say this is when Joyce’s writings were still normal. You know before Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake.


I have a bunch of ARC’s that I need to get to:

  • The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

Upcoming July Reads

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami – I’ll be reading this for book club next month. Fingers crossed. I don’t get sick again. 🤞🤞


6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What I’m Reading – June 12th

  1. BookerTalk June 15, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Hope you are back on the path to good health and can pick up where you left off with Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. And yes, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man is more easily readable than the later Joyce outpourings


    • The Broken Spine June 23, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Sorry for the delayed reply. These past few weeks have been pretty hectic. I’m hoping to get back to Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress too and everything else I’ve left unfinished and get back on track.

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  2. Tanya Patrice June 13, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I hope you’re reading picks up soon. I was in a reading slump all of May and am just starting to come out of it. I left a ton of books half read and kinda moved on to what .I was feeling. The Thirst by Nesbo is one of those books – I just started the audio


    • The Broken Spine June 23, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      Hi Tanya, sorry for taking so long to respond. It’s good to hear that you’re out of your reading slump. I completely understand about moving on to what you’re feeling. The thing is I want to read the books that are half read, but for some reason haven’t been motivated to finish.

      How is/was The Thirst? I really want to jump to it. Have you read any of the previous books in the series?


  3. Pussreboots June 12, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ages ago. The move is really happening. We have temporary housing squared away and most of our home library in storage now. Come see what I’m reading this week.


    • The Broken Spine June 23, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Hopefully the move goes well and you’lll get your books out of storage soon. I know how that is. When I moved from Maryland to Colorado I left a few boxes of books at my parents house. I was so glad to finally get them out to Colorado.


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