January 16th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Yup, I’m definitely in a reading, slump. I’ve been dipping in and out of books that I know are really good, but am unable to lose myself in any of them. It’s not fun, and after struggling and failing to force myself to finish them for #DAReadathon, I gave up, read a few comics, and am leaning into it- which means reading humor, YA, romance or any combination of these. Slumps are n0t at all fun especially in the beginning of the year, where everyone’s reading juices are flowing and they’re flying through books. I also plan to enjoy 24in48 which is happening this weekend, so I’m hoping to kick whatever this nonsense slump is by then. 

I did however, manage to finish Hope In The Dark for Social Justice Book Club (which I’ll review at the end of the month in a wrap-up post), and am actually enjoying the discussions on Slack more than the book itself. Also, since Book Riot ran that awesome post about us, we’ve been flooded with sign-ups, which means so many great discussions are happening, and also means so many different political perspectives that are definitely testing my skills as a co-host. So far, so good, I think? I also read 3 by Hannah Moskowitz, which is a delightful contemporary romance featuring a polyamorous relationship.

On the roster this week:

Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not was one of the most gut-wrenching YA books I read last year, so it’s safe to say I’ll be reading his new book the day it comes out. Just the premise sounds promising, and I’ve been super jealous of everyone that got to read an ARC and say how this book wrecked them, so I’m totally ready to be wrecked come Tuesday. I also plan to catch up on podcasts this week, since I’m finally getting my ass back in the gym after the holidays. I started Luvvie Ajayi’s book last night and I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried already more than once. Hidden Figures is ridiculously fascinating, and I’m happy to take my time reading it, now that DAReadathon is over and the pressure to finish is off. 

Another thing I’ve been good about is spending less time on Twitter. It was really messing with my mental health, which has been having some ups and downs lately. I was caught in that vicious cycle of anxiety because of twitter-anxiety because of twitter FOMO, so I deleted the app on my phone and can only check it a few times a day on my laptop. There’s so much crap on there everyday especially with WoC constantly being harassed, but I need some distance from it. 

Alright booknerds, I’m about to put on this glorious new Lush face mask I got yesterday and settle in for some quiet reading time. What are y’all reading? 






Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

8 thoughts on “January 16th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

  1. Gaahhh, I wish I had the strength to delete Twitter from my phone. >.< Maybe one day.
    History Is All You Left Me Comes out tomorrow (in my timezone) omgggg!! I've been waiting for this day for months. I can't wait to hold that precious book and read it and cry and read it again probably </3

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  2. Slumps are the worst, and Twitter definitely can be the WORST. You do what you have to do for yourself and your health, that’s what’s most important. Twitter will twit on, and it’s okay to step out when needed. I try to only look a couple times per day, if that. It’s too much sometimes. Hope this week turns around for you reading wise, and you can bust that slump!

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  3. I’m super glad that you’re taking care of yourself re: Twitter. I worry about you overextending yourself! Self-care is sooooo important and social media breaks can be exactly what you need.

    I am trying to figure out what to read next! I just finished a mystery about Martha’s Vineyard and the Kashmir, which was v. exciting and twisty-turny, and a YA novel called Enter Title Here that has one of the most unabashedly unlikeable heroines I’ve ever encountered in YA (in a good way). I’m thinking I’ll carry on with Gail Simone’s Batgirl next? Hop on the DC train at last?

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    1. Sigh, I have not yet read Batgirl either, and I hear it’s excellent. I binged on Giant Days last week which was the most fun. I also REALLY want to read The Unstoppable Wasp (hello girl scientist hero is my JAM). I will now look for this YA novel you speak of, godammit Jenny my poor unread stack of books.


  4. Glad to hear spending less time in Twitter is helping. Take care of yourself, friend, hugs!!💜
    I’m also reading Hidden Figures and taking my time with it since I have a few weeks before the film is showing here. It’s brilliant! Hope you can get out of the slump soon just in time for probably 3/4 of my TL to bawl over History is ..😁👍
    Ooooh and I need to sign up for SJ bookclub with everyone else. Also, test drive Slack. Have a great week!

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