Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Sunday Post #114

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.

On The Blog Last Week

On The Blog This Week

  • On Monday I review Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
  • On Tuesday I show you what I’m going to read this fall.
  • On Wednesday I review Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In My Reading Life

Unpopular opinion time: I DNFed Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Basically, I’m really picky about my nonfiction. I only like narrative nonfiction. The writing style in Hidden Figures is dry and distant. I wanted to read about badass lady mathematicians, but it felt like I was reading a student’s American history essay.

On a positive note, I finished The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Then I read A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh and We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly. Right now, I’m reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlyn Doughty.

In The Rest Of My Life

Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. It’s actually cold outside! I can run without dying from heatstroke.
  2. Speaking of running without dying, the smoke from the wildfires seems to be gone. I’m not sure if all the fires are out or if the smoke is just blowing in another direction.
  3. The leaves are changing colors! And there’s Halloween stuff in stores! (Can you tell I’m excited for fall?)
  4. There are no more books from 2016 on my TBR shelf. All my unread books were acquired this year.
  5. For the first time in months, I’m caught up on emails. If I owe you an email, check your inbox. My reply should be there. Sorry about my never-ending email crisis.

Take care of yourselves and be kind to each other! See you around the blogosphere!


  1. I also DNF Hidden Figures! I felt bad because I'm fascinated by the story and I adored the movie...but nonfiction is difficult for me to get through. I also found the writing style just a tad bit too dry to get through.
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  2. Congrats on catching up with those tbrs! I'm jealous! *cries in despair* I'm excited about the change of weather too. It is cooler here which means breaking out the winter furry jacket and nights of tv and books!

  3. As Anna mentioned, there's a movie for Hidden Figures. It was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

  4. Note to self not pick up Hidden Figures. I can't do dry nonfiction. I wish it would get a bit cooler here. I want to wear long sleeves. Have a great week!

  5. I'm so excited that fall is coming! We had a brief break in the summer weather, but it seems to have come back the last couple days. It seems so early for the leaves to be changing, although I've seen some around here.

    I'm reading Rebecca right now, so interested to hear your thoughts. I read We Are Unprepared last year and wasn't crazy about it.

  6. Hidden Figures is on my TBR, but I'm wondering if i should skip the book, and just watch the movie. Have a great week :)

  7. Ooh I'll look for your Treasure Island review, that sounds fun. I still need to read it. And the leaves just started really turning here too this week- yay! Bring on fall!

  8. I can't wait for fall--I think it arrives here around January 1 (and spring starts the next week)

  9. The 19th Wife sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy reading your books this week.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  10. I had listened to part of the Hidden Figures audiobook. The beginning was so strong and inspiring. I shed tears! But, just as you said, it because too focused on the history, and I am NOT a huge non-fiction fan. I think this was one of 2 I tried this year (the other was a memoire). I love science and thought it would be a good fit. Maybe if I read it, I would have been more into it(?). Oh, I am jealous that it is cool where you are. It's been humid and in the 80s by me, and I really want summer to vamoose.

  11. All your 2016 TBR books are read??!!!!!??? Impressive.

  12. Glad to hear the smoke is gone. YAY for fall and Halloween! After summer fall is my fav season! Great job with yoru TBR and emails.Totally agree about Hidden Figures. It was a DNF for me too. Same resaons!

  13. The 19th Wife sounds really interesting. I picked up Hidden Figures too and DNF. I totally agree with your assessment of it. I don't read much non-fiction anyway but wanted to see what the hype was about.

  14. I haven't even tried to read Hidden Figures (loved the movie!), so I think I'll pass, too. I hate dry writing styles...we get enough of that without choosing it.

    Thanks for sharing...glad you are having cooler are we! But ours will turn hot again before the dying gasp of summer.


  15. I have Hidden Figures on my Kindle. Looks like it will be sitting unread. I am also picky when it comes to nonfiction. Congratulations on finishing 2016 books. I'm still working on 2009. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  16. I love this recap! Surprised by Hidden Figures since the movie got raves but I totally feel the same about my non-fiction- has to have a good storyline as narrative for me!

  17. Sorry that I am so late with my comment. I am so ready for cooler weather but it suddenly feels like summer again. I have wondered if I would enjoy Hidden Figures but I am pretty sure that I wouldn't after seeing what you thought of it. I loved Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and can't wait to read your review for that book.