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It's Monday 11/13! What Are You Reading?

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Not much to report here because my chronic illness is still flared up. I did see a friend for a walk on Tuesday, which was wonderful and long-overdue but was definitely too much for me. Otherwise, I spent the week and weekend “aggressively resting.” That’s my oxymoron term for what’s needed in my disease when we “crash” like this. So, I spent lots of time flat on the couch, but we did have lovely fall weather last week. It’s been cooler but sunny and beautiful, so I spent as much time as possible in my reclining chair out on the back deck. Being outdoors always lifts my spirits! Here are some of my various views from the deck last week.

Enjoying the sunshine

Early but beautiful sunset

Lovely fall day on the deck!


On the Blog

 TV Tuesday: The Lincoln Lawyer - another excellent TV adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novels

Middle-Grade Review: Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith and Boulet – fabulous graphic novel based on the classic – clever, smart, funny!


On Video

Nonfiction November 2023 – a short video with my “pile of possibilities” for nonfiction reads this month.

Friday Reads 11-12-23 – my weekly recap of what I am currently reading.


 What We’re Reading


I did it! I finally finished The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a book I bought years ago and started in January. My slowness was no reflection of the book; I was trying to read it at the same time as novels, and that just doesn’t work for me! I’m a huge fan of her podcast, Happier, and enjoyed the book very much. She spent a year focusing on improving her happiness, one small step at a time, with each month focused on a different aspect of her life. It’s intriguing, entertaining, and inspirational, with lots of food for thought.

I am now reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, a book I’ve been meaning to read since its release in 2007. I’d heard great things about this nonfiction book back then, so when I spotted it in a Little Free Library last year, I grabbed it (even though I was only supposed to be dropping off!).  It’s the true story of a husband and wife who ran a zoo in Warsaw, Poland, and saved hundreds of people from the Nazis during WWII. I’ve only just started it, but I’m already enjoying the descriptions of the zoo and its unique animals (the author used a lot of primary sources like diaries and letters).

I’m also reading another graphic memoir, Dreamer by Akim Alui, Greg Anderson Elysee, and Karen de la Vega (illustrator). Akim is one of very few Black professional hockey players, and this is his memoir of his childhood, which is fascinating. His mother is Ukrainian, his father is Nigerian, and they lived in both places but neither was very welcoming to a biracial family. They moved to Canada to provide better opportunities for Akim and his brother. It’s excellent so far. You don’t often see the phrase Nigerian-Ukrainian-Canadian, and I’m extra-interested since my family is Ukrainian, too.

I’m still listening to the memoir How to Forget by Kate Mulgrew, an actress famous for her roles as Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager and as Red in Orange is the New Black. This is her second memoir, this one focusing on being with and caring for her parents, as her father died of cancer and her mother was lost in dementia. This one has been tough for me at times, as my dad died of cancer eight years ago, and we cared for my father-in-law with dementia until he died last year. It’s excellent so far–moving, warm, and funny–and she reads it herself in that familiar voice.

My husband, Ken, is also reading for Nonfiction November, starting with a book I gave him for Father’s Day, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. This is a big one (obviously), and he is enjoying it, reading interesting facts out loud to me. 


Our son, 29, has been rereading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. He finished book 1, The Final Empire, and is now rereading book 2, For his birthday last year, I signed him up for Sanderson’s big Kickstarter, so he just received the fourth book from that, The Sunlight Man, which is set in the Mistborn world. He is very much looking forward to diving into the new book. 


What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, so head over and check out her blog and join the Monday fun! You can also participate in a kid/teen/YA version hosted by Unleashing Readers.

You can follow me on Twitter at @SueBookByBook or on Facebook on my blog’s page

What are you and your family reading this week? 



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