Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekend reads and reading this weekend...

This weekend I'm reading The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell, a charming novel about the only living descendant of the Bront├źs.

Samantha, in her 20s, is at Oxford to study postmodern literature when she gets sucked into exploring her family's famous past. Sam is snarky and funny, and I'm having a little vicarious escape imagining myself studying at Oxford. (This book also has me pondering genre and publishing trends; I'm curious as to why this book isn't considered New Adult since it seems to have all the hallmarks of the genre. Anyway...)

I'm off to New York City tomorrow to meet up with my brother, who is there for a few days for work. We're hoping to get to a few toddler-friendly sites there -- maybe the zoo and the Brooklyn Children's Museum -- and I'm sure we'll work one literary stop in as well. If you have any recommendations for kid-friendly stops and/or great restaurants, let me know!

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. I hope you have a great time in NYC.

  2. Oh! I hope you had/are presently having a nice time in New York! I always think the transit museum is a fun one for kids -- at the bottom they have a whole bunch of train cars from different eras that you can go look at. Plus, a cat lives in the train cars, and you will probably see it at some point!

  3. A toddler already! What fun! You have made me want to take a look at The Madwoman Upstairs, although I had thought I wouldn't be interested when I heard about it before. The cover doesn't make one think New Adult, either. Maybe they thought calling it New Adult would scare off a lot of older readers.

  4. Ohhhh...I feel like the odd one out with The Madwoman Upstairs. I loved being transported to Oxford, but I had some problems with the characters and plot. Just didn't work for me, but I'm glad if it does for you!

    1. I'm feeling a little less enchanted as I read on -- our heroine is starting to grate. We'll see if I make it thru or end up DNFing!