quick lit – next page, please {july 2018}

Books and Books

*Per usual, I am linking up wiht Modern Mrs. Darcy’s (MMD) Quick Lit. If you are here because you clicked over, all I can say is thank you.  And let me know about it in the comments below.

My reading life this month has taken a back seat to other things that are going on in my world.  You will have to read my next What I’m Into Post to see what that’s all about it.  While I have made no progress in my (MMD) Reading Challenge 2018, I am working on completing the Millennium Series and have just read another favof the summer.  So, despite the low read count (only three?), it was a good reading month.


  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium #3) by Stieg Larsson. Per last Quick Lit post, I finished reading this one and moved on.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz. This is the fourth book in the Millennium series and it was not written by Stieg Larsson. He tragically passed away. I think that David Lagercrantz did a decent job with carrying on the story – I definitely enjoyed finding out more about Lisbeth. I have always loved continuing stories.  When I was little and we finished watching a movie, I would lay awake at night and create a continuing story. I might be one of the few people that absolutely LOVES movie sequels although if the box office is any indication, what I just said was a lie.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller. Finally got this one off the Hold list at my local library. I have been excited about it since reading her debut Song of Achilles a couple of months ago. Her take on Circe’s character and personality was very eye-opening; for example, why was she turning the men into pigs? You will have to read it to find out.

Currently Reading

  • The Girl Who Takes and Eye for and Eye by David Lagercrantz. For some reason, this one isn’t quite a page turner. But I am only on page 139. Plus, I had to read Circe before it had to go back to the library.
  • Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton. That is what is strange – the friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is a time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened.” This pretty much sums up my life right now.
  • The Odyssey by Homer. Translated by Emily Wilson. I loved The Illiad since my first World Literature class and after reading Circe, I did some research on Madeline Miller. I came across an interview that was done by Emily Wilson and Madeline at the New York Public Library and Madeline mentioned that she was very happy to read Emily’s translation of The Odyssey, the first translation done by a woman. I read a couple of articles about it and knew I had to read it. SIDEBAR: Isn’t it about time that we stop staying “the first woman” for things? Frankly, I am sick of it.

Abandoned Reading – Temporarily

  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön. Since I’m reading Journal of a Solitude I have put this one aside until I finish.

Last month, I stated that I only have three categories left in the 2018 MMD Reading Challenge: (1) a classic you’ve been meaning to read – I’m thinking A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or To Kill a Mockingbird; (2) a banned book – I want to reread a college fav, Their Eyes Were Watching God; and (3) book nominated for an award. I need some help with selecting this third one.  Any suggestions?

Pic is a bookself in the indie bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. Look closely and you’ll see one of my reads this month.

What have you been reading this month?

enjoy life…

6 thoughts on “quick lit – next page, please {july 2018}

  1. haitiruth says:

    Circe is on my list, and I loved the new translation of the Odyssey. Visiting from Modern Mrs. Darcy! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  2. CAROL GOODMAN says:

    Circe intrigues me. I have taught The Odyssey for too many years (and I don’t miss it,) so I am ready for a new angle. I am always looking for interesting reads. I’d like to be notified when you have a list of books that you have read during the month.

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      Carol, I am honored that you are interested in what I’m reading. If you enter your email address from my home page, you will know when I post something new. Specifically, however, I post my Quick Lit reviews of books around the 15th of each month so please check back around that time. Oh! And let me know if you check out “Circe.” Thank you for commenting.

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      Thanks for commenting Linda. No, really, Linda, this translation by Emily Wilson is very readable. I plan on discussing it in-depth at next month’s Quick Lit when I am finished. But if you have ever wanted to tackle “The Odyssey”, this is the one to try.

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