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Monday Reading — My Birthday Edition

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll
girl and mother on sky lift in 1969

This was the summer when I was 7. Clarksville, the town just south of Louisiana on the Mississippi, had a sky lift up to a bluff with an amazing view and a cheesy fake Western town. I wish I had that dress!

Today’s my birthday! My brother and family are taking us out tonight. Today will be a lovely quiet day with reading.

The Mother’s Day / birthday combination was always fun when my mother was living, rather bittersweet since she died. For a change, I didn’t attempt to ignore Mother’s Day and posted a photo of us in my Sunday Salon.

I was thinking about my mother when I wrote my Readers’ Workouts post last week, too, and ended up reflecting on how Title IX gave me a different attitude toward exercise.

I attended a real-life author event on Friday night — check out the photos of Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass, Danielle Paige, and Kimberly Derting.


Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

Quicksilver means mercury.

I finally finished Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. It took me 5 days less than three months to read this 900-page novel about science, politics, and life in the late 1600s.

I finished Changeless by Gail Carriger, too, and have moved on to the next in the Parasol Protectorate series.


Sugar In The Blood by Andrea Stuart

This month’s Diversity Book Club selection

I’m putting off the decision about whether to read the next book in Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle by focusing on this week’s book club selection. I’m really getting in to the history of Barbados and the New World in Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart, but I’m glad that our discussion leader told us that it’s not quick to read. I think I allowed enough time to get it finished by Thursday night.

On my phone, I’m reading Blameless by Gail Carriger. It looks like we’re headed off to 19th-century Italy. That should be fun!

Will Read

After Sugar in the Blood, I think I’ll read The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick, covering in nonfiction some of the same events that were in Quicksilver. I’m going to read Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, based on recommendations by book bloggers that I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Meme Graphic

It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.

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