What I’m Reading Monday, June 29

I feel like for the last few months, my What I’m Reading posts have alternated between “I read ALL the books” and “I spent my week binging on Mad Men/Sex and the City/Gilmore Girls and didn’t do any reading.” It’s been all or nothing around here. The trend continues; since last week’s post, in which I wrote about three read-in-one-sitting books, I have read about 50 pages. Despite good news on a few fronts this week (three cheers for marriage equality!) I have felt distracted and lethargic.

I’ve picked up a few books, read a dozen pages, and set them aside. I haven’t been able to muster the motivation to do any blogging. I’ve been writing in this space for long enough that I no longer feel guilty for taking a short break, but I miss that spark of enthusiasm! I’m sure it will be back soon, but I hate being stuck in the doldrums.

Although I haven’t done much reading in the last week, there are two books that I thoroughly enjoyed: The Artful Mandala Coloring Book by Cher Kauffman and Sweet, Savory & Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes by Alison Riede, both of which were kindly sent to me by Countryman Press. Coloring is so soothing (and it gave me a great excuse to have Gilmore Girls on in the background), and I loved the variety of designs in the coloring book. And the cupcake book is everything I’ve ever wanted. I made jalapeno cornbread cupcakes with honey butter frosting early in the week, and the margarita cupcakes with tequila lime buttercream frosting proved the perfect snack for girls’ night over the weekend.

I’m also re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for the first time since ninth grade! I remember feeling pretty ambivalent about the book when I read it at age 14, so I’m excited to read it as an adult with more interest in its significance.

What are you reading this week?

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21 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Monday, June 29

  1. I totally know what you mean about all-or-nothingβ€”that kind of describes my entire life, much as I hate to admit it! Reading, blogging, exercising, you name it.

    But I think that coloring is a fabulous activity for when you’re feeling unmotivated. I’ve been meaning to order a set of colored pencils and one of Johanna Basford’s books for a while now, but, again, I worry that with my all-or-nothing mentality, it’s just going to collect dust. πŸ˜›

    I hope you break out of this funk soon! I bet a few more boozy cupcakes could do the trick. πŸ˜‰

  2. Presently I’m updating my history about the leaders of the allied countries and am reading a book about Stalin.

  3. Oh my goodness, those cupcakes sounds amazing. Coloring while watching tv has been a longstanding tradition for my sisters and me. It’s the best way to do it! πŸ™‚

  4. My husband is away for a few days, so I’m flying solo and I was just going to pull out some colored pencils this afternoon…it definitely sounds like a nice way to relax. And I’m planning to pick up Mockingbird very soon, too…curious to hear how it will go for you!

  5. So funny, I am also in a stage of all or nothing. My TV marathon-ing has been with Parks and Rec and Friday Night Lights. I watched the first two season on FNL back in the day but then got distracted so I’m starting over. Can’t wait to reread TKaM!!

  6. Yes, three cheers for marriage equality! I don’t think the institution of marriage is quite as profound as Justice Kennedy seems to think it is (“In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were”), but it’s absolutely the correct result under the US Constitution. I’m thrilled.

    I hope you’re enjoying your re-read of To Kill A Mockingbird. I re-read it as part of a read-along a few years ago. It’s one of those novels that’s had a significant impact on me.

    As for what I’m reading, I’m finally getting around to the biography of Louis XVI that I had planned to start last week (but didn’t).

  7. Been there, done that. Sometimes you just need to do things other than reading. I adore Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City. Have yet to watch Mad Men. I was drawn to your gif of Michel. πŸ™‚

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