Weekend reads: OOM edition

Lia Zneimer  //  Nov 25, 2013

Weekend reads: OOM edition

Last week, inspired by Grub Street's "Grub Street Diet" series (which features a name of note answering the question, "What did you eat this week?") we took to the hallways of Scholastic to ask employees a similar question: "What three things did you read this weekend?" The answers were great. (You can check them out here.)

Today, I polled my fellow OOMers to see what three things they read this weekend. (Spoiler alert: it looks like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is super popular!) Chime in below-- we'd love to hear what you read this weekend! 


  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, which has been on my list for a while!
  • Too much BuzzFeed, as always.
  • The dinner menu at La Nacional Tapas Restaurant & Bar.


  • I read three recipes for my prep work for Thanksgiving.
  • A catch-up email from my best friend, who lives too far away.
  • Descriptions for yoga gear as I consider upgrading some items.


  • I read a review of the Balthus exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I saw the exhibit over the weekend -- and should have read the review first!).
  • I continued reading Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, which coincidentally has a plot point involving the Met.
  • I read my Twitter feed right after watching The Walking Dead. I like to see how people react to the episodes! 


  • The handwritten recipe for my grandma’s delicious sugar cookies.
  • The SoulCycle schedule for this week. (I need to plan when I am going to burn off all of those delicious cookies!)
  • The first few chapters of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt—I am loving it so far!


  • I started The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman. Everyone and their mother is recommending this book, so I thought I'd give it a go.
  • I read my friends' wedding website (rather frantically because they're getting married in early December and I'm behind on planning! Luckily it was very thorough and their "how we met" story made me cry).
  • I subscribe to Poets.org's Poem-a-Day (they email you a poem every day. It's lovely). Saturday's was "Austerity" by Janet Loxley Lewis and Sunday's was "Montparnasse" by Ernest Hemingway.


  • The list of sessions being offered ("Connecting Literature to Photography and Science” versus “Addressing Multiple Diversities in Literacy Teaching,” for example) at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Boston. 
  • The plaque affixed to 88 Mt. Vernon Street on Beacon Hill, where Robert Frost lived (1938-41) while teaching poetry at Harvard.
  • The breakdown of state, city, and occupancy taxes on my hotel bill. Ouch.


  • The Dead and Buried, a YA mystery novel by Kim Harrington.
  • Music on the juke box (artists included Ace of Base and Madonna)!
  • am New York, specifically the horoscope section.


  • Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen (to the girls*)
  • "Death of a Professor" on Slate.com (not to the girls)
  • And I started The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro.

*"The girls" are Jessica's adorable twin daughters

My Reads:

  • A few sections of my NaNoWriMo novel -- I promised myself I wouldn't dwell on edits yet, but it's so hard not to!
  • This NPR review of the film adaptation of Catching Fire. (I saw an advance screening last week and wanted to hold off before reading any reviews.)
  • The first few chapters of Divergent by Veronica Roth (late to the game, I know).

Photo: OOM'er Megan Kaesshaefer took this great photo at the Morgan Library and Musuem a few weekends ago!