What I’m Reading Now (6/10/19)

June 10, 2019 It's Monday! What are you reading? 11

what I'm reading now


Whew – last week was a busy one for life…which meant I didn’t get a ton of reading or blogging/podcasting done. 

And, I’d been having some pain along the pinky side of my left hand and finally saw the doctor last week. Turns out I’ve irritated a nerve along that side…most likely from editing my podcast! My bi-weekly summer podcast airing schedule should help, but I’ll have to see how the hand heals over the next few months. So frustrating…

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Book Club Recommendations That Are Great for Summer

June 6, 2019 Book Lists 6

Book Club Recommendations that are great for summer


I don’t know about you, but my reading goes in a slightly different direction in the summer. And, I imagine the types of books your book club is in the mood for do too. That’s why I put together this Book Club Recommendations That Are Great for Summer list!

In the summer, I like books you can fly through, books you don’t have to work too hard on, and books you can get easily immersed in. But, I also want my summer books to have some substance. The books you’ll find on this list are all highly readable and don’t require a ton of concentration, but still have lots of juicy meat for a book club discussion.

As with all my book lists, I’ll continue adding new books to this list moving forward, so save it to your favorites!

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Why I DNF Over 30 Books A Year

June 4, 2019 Discussions 40

Why I DNF Over 30 Books a Year


My regular readers / podcast listeners (my podcast is Sarah’s Book Shelves Live) know that I’m an unapologetic DNF’er of books. And, that I wouldn’t have it any other way. But, I recently realized that not all my readers / listeners understand why I DNF over 30 books a year (so far this year, I’ve DNF’d 18 books, 32% of the books I’ve attempted).

Given this feedback, I thought it would be helpful if I laid out exactly why I DNF so many books. Keep in mind, the reasons below work for me and may not work for you…and that’s OK! But, if you were to ask me the single best tip for jumpstarting your reading life…I’d tell you to DNF more books.

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Book of the Month June 2019 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

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Book of the Month June 2019 Selections

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Welcome to my monthly feature “Book of the Month Selections: What Book Should You Choose?”! Every month, I provide commentary on the books that are chosen as that month’s Book of the Month selections that will hopefully help you choose your pick, and tell you which book(s) I’m going to choose. AND, I provide you with the most up to date version of my Ultimate Guide to the Book of the Month Judges with free, downloadable template (below).

After a slight hiccup in May, I’m back to loving this month’s selections! I’ve read two…I 5 star loved one and really liked the second. And, I’m interested in a third. The final two picks are from repeat authors…a topic which I’m dying to get more information about.

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Podcast Episode 21: Mary Laura Philpott (Author of I Miss You When I Blink)

May 29, 2019 Podcast 3

Episode 21, Mary Laura Philpott, Author of I Miss You When I Blink


In Episode 21, Mary Laura Philpott (author of I Miss You When I Blink) talks about women’s identity crises, how she pitched her book to publishers, her job at Parnassus Books…and shares “women who get women” book recommendations.

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What I’m Reading Now (5/27/19)

May 27, 2019 It's Monday! What are you reading? 15

what I'm reading now


Happy Memorial Day, Y’all! Summer is non-officially here (summer starts Memorial Day in my head) and that means my 2019 Summer Reading Guide is also here! I’ve got 26 awesome beach reads in 4 categories and will continue adding new books throughout the summer.

And, since my Summer Reading Guide is done, I’m now doing some free range reading. I’m working on July books and have a couple books that should come in from the library soon.

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