Have you ever had a period of your life that was characterized by doing the same thing day in and day out? Monotony doesn't bother me in the least. I find comfort in it and find very mundane tasks particularly relaxing. (I was an AWESOME administrative temp in college for this reason. Need to organize thousands of batteries by country of origin? I'm your girl.)
Edith Wharton's novella Bunner Sisters (do you italicize the title of a novella?) is a story of how a pair of sisters with a small shop change up their monotonous lives with disastrous results. I have written before about how amazed I am that I hadn't read any Edith Wharton until beginning this project, and this novella yet again made me realize what a brilliant writer she was. The whole picture of the sisters, their sad little lives, their sad little shop, just drawn so perfectly - and then just turned on its head as their circumstances change. I really enjoyed this one.