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It’s Monday, June 22. What Are You Reading?

The title of this post feels similar to the title of the book I just reread for #BlumeALong, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. I have to hold in all the feels until Friday for the review, but I was scared to revisit it after loving it as a tween almost 30 years ago. I shouldn’t have worried. It held up beautifully.

After last week’s Monday post, I asked you all for suggestions from a library stack I brought home. I’m always hoping to get through them but sometimes (often times) I have to return books I’ve waited weeks for because I just can’t get to them all. And you know how they all come in at once.

Girl at War  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  Citizen: An American Lyric


I decided to start with Girl at War by Sara Novic. Thanks everyone!

I also downloaded the audio of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book might be a DNF for me. I don’t know yet. I can’t decide if it’s purely comical and mental or really useful. We’ll see.

Lastly, I downloaded the audio of Citizen by Claudia Rankine after hearing so much love for it. This might need a readalong with text for me. It’s stunning and heartbreaking to listen to but I feel like I need to see the words, if that makes sense. Linger over them a bit.

And then hopefully also get to some others from the library stack.

What are you all reading this week?


20 thoughts on “It’s Monday, June 22. What Are You Reading?

  1. I think the “tidying up” book is one that a few of my friends have actually found useful…
    I’m taking this week to try and finish up the Louisa May Alcott I started earlier in the Month (A Long Fatal Love Chase) and also read some books I haven’t read since I was much younger: The Westing Game (by Ellen Raskin), and Sweetgrass (by Jan Hudson)

  2. Wow, what an uplifting reading week you have going on! Yikes, those are two powerful works you’re reading in tandem, but both so well done. Citizen blew me away and yes, I know exactly what you mean by needing to see the words and I agree. There is something to the structure that adds to the pieces.

    I also have the tidying up book, but haven’t started it yet. Now you have me curious!

  3. I love that you can’t decide if Marie Kondo is purely comical and mental or really useful. I haven’t picked up this book, and I think it’s because I feel the same way, based on what I’ve read.

    I think reading Citizen while listening to the audio is a great idea. I totally understand wanting to see the words — there are some poems where form is important — and the book also has some artwork that is really worth seeing.

    • Seriously, some parts of Tidying are super helpful but then parts feel comical…like finding joy in each item in your home. I find my inner snark coming out. And good call on the artwork in Citizen. If I didn’t pick up the book I would have missed it.

  4. I just finished Girl at War and will be so interested to see what you think!

    We’re moving in 4 days and my brain is so fried that I’m going for light reading with Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell. I really need it to be good and escapist!

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