Category: It’s Monday! What are you reading?

What I’m Reading Now (3/25/19)

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I think I’m officially over my Daisy Jones & the Six fiction hangover. So, hooray for that!

And, I cut a major step out of my podcast editing process and I already feel like I can breathe again. My March reading has returned to usual levels (quantity-wise) and I feel like I can live life a bit more. That being said, I’m still planning to go to a bi-weekly podcast schedule for the summer given my family travels a lot on the weekends, but this reduced editing process makes me more confident that I’ll be able to return to a weekly schedule after the summer.

Giveaway

I teamed up with @TBRetc @BeyondtheBookends @perpetualpageturner & @pingel_sisters to give one person a 30 BOOKS…including Daisy Jones and the Six, The Hunting Game, Once Upon a River, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Sadie, and CirceEnter on my Instagram through 3/27!

Podcast

Episode 12, featuring Hannah from @BookNerdNative, where we talk about moving her book collection and shares her three 2019 reading goals!

Episode 13, the Spring 2019 Book Preview with Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Daisy Jones & the Six Review…the best book I’ve read so far this year!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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The Editor by Steven Rowley

 

The Editorby Steven Rowley (April 2, 2019)
Solid brain candy that’s an intriguing mix of the publishing world and a dysfunctional family novel with some star power thrown in. Mini review to come.
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Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

Normal Peopleby Sally Rooney (April 16, 2019)
Y’all, this book is slightly weird (it’s not for everyone), but I’m 100% riveted! I read the first half in a day and could’ve finished the whole thing that same day if I had a big chunk of time to devote to it. It’s reminding me a bit of White Fur by Jardine Libaire (my review) and Tender by Brenda McKeon (my review).
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

 

On the Come Upby Angie Thomas (February 5, 2019)
DNF at 12%
I loved The Hate U Give despite the fact that YA isn’t generally my thing. But, On the Come Up felt too YA for me. The high school lingo made me feel old. I just couldn’t settle in with it.

Upcoming reading plans…

 

Cape Mayby Chip Cheek (April 30, 2019)
This debut novel has gotten next to no press, but Tyler Goodson rated it 4 stars, so I’m giving it a try. A newlywed couple from Georgia honeymoons in a Cape May, New Jersey in the 1950’s and falls in with a group of cosmopolitan socialites.

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What I’m Reading Now (3/18/19)

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Welcome to my first post-Daisy Jones reading week and the hangover (at least for fiction) is real. I read a great recovery book that was nonfiction…good call going for something totally different. But, now I’m having trouble settling into fiction.

Thanks so much to all of you who completed the 2019 Reader Survey! I’m going through the results now and will be sharing them in a post in the next month or so.

Podcast

Episode 11, featuring Katharine from @ReadWithKat, where we talk about her experience living with cystic fibrosis and her real life book club that’s been going strong for 10 years, came out last week! Of course, it came out on the day of the Instagram/Facebook outage, so give it a listen if you missed it!

Episode 12, featuring Hannah from @BookNerdNative, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • March 2019 Books to Read (and Skip)…I’ve got some of both this month, but I’ve also got what has a great chance of being my #1 book of 2019!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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I Miss You When I Blinkby Mary Laura Philpott (April 2, 2019)
I loved this one! Very relatable for me and an excellent book to recover from my Daisy Jones hangover (since it was so different). If you like Anna Quindlen’s nonfiction and Kelly Corrigan, keep this one on your radar! Mini review coming.
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Columbineby Dave Cullen (March 1, 2009) – AUDIOBOOK
It took me forever to listen to this one (it’s 16 hours), but it was well worth the time. Sue Klebold’s memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning, resurrected my interest in the Columbine shooting and Columbine was an excellent companion listen. Especially fascinating was the detail he shared about the shooters’ histories prior to the shooting, the media’s response and inaccuracies, and a police cover-up. Meticulously researched and an iconic true crime book.
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The Editor by Steven Rowley

 

The Editorby Steven Rowley (April 2, 2019)
I just started this novel about an up and coming author whose debut novel is acquired for publication by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. So far, I really like the writing…smart brain candy. PS – Rowley’s debut novel, Lily and the Octopus, was a big hit. The Editor is Rowley’s sophomore novel.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

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White Elephantby Julie Langsdorf (March 26, 2019)
DNF at 19%
It was fine, but it needed to be more than fine for me to continue. I didn’t care much about what was going to happen. Also, it immediately followed Daisy Jones & the Six, which is a terrible position to be in.

I’m Fine and Neither Are Youby Camille Pagan (April 2, 2019)
DNF at 50%
I loved Pagan’s last two novels (Forever is the Worst Long Time and Woman Last Seen in her Thirties)…and she was on her way to becoming a go-to brain candy author for me. But, her latest book was run-of-the-mill. What I loved her previous books was that she took familiar tropes to unique places, but this one was shaping up to be just the familiar trope…without the unique spin on it. A disappointment for sure.

Upcoming reading plans…

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

 

On the Come Upby Angie Thomas (February 5, 2019)
The author of The Hate U Give‘s sophomore novel just came in from the library and I’ve been hearing good things. Although, I’m nervous because it’s set in the world of hip-hop music, which I’m not interested in at all. Then again, I wasn’t interested in 1970’s rock n’roll either and I loved Daisy Jones & the Six, so I’m going to give it a try (also, I loved The Hate U Give).

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What I’m Reading Now (3/11/19)

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My reading has been really good overall this year…I’ve finished very few books I didn’t like (although two were this month) and I haven’t even DNF’d all that many books (only 3 so far this year, which is not many for me). But, there haven’t been many books that have truly blown me away either. Last week, I finally had the “blow me away” reading experience I’d been missing. I was so enthralled in a book that I pushed a lot of other stuff aside to read and finished it in two days.

Last week, I shared that, though I love doing the podcast and it’s gotten a great response, maintaining my current pace of running the blog and producing the podcast weekly without extra childcare was probably unsustainable over the long-term. I floated the idea of moving to a bi-weekly podcast schedule for the summer and no one freaked out. So, that’s probably what I’ll do starting in late May. I’ve also just made another change to my editing process (which is the part of the podcast that takes the most time), so we’ll see if that helps as well. Thanks for all your feedback and support!

Podcast

Episode 10 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast, featuring Kelly from The Well-Read Runner, where we talk about Marie Kondo’ing your TBR list and your physical book collection, came out last week!

Episode 11, featuring Katharine from @ReadWithKat, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Why I Start a New TBR List Every Single Year – companion post to podcast Episode 10!
  • If you’re missing Pat Conroy, check out these two books!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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Before She Knew Himby Peter Swanson (March 5, 2019)
Ugh. I was lukewarm liking this thriller (even though I definitely had some issues with it) up until the end, but the ending completely jumped the shark, which is my major beef with psychological thrillers in general. Mini review coming.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (March 5, 2019)
Y’all, I almost didn’t read this book because music isn’t really my thing. DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE!! I read it in 2 days, was utterly mesmerized, and it’s my favorite book of 2019 by far. Full review coming.
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White Elephant

 

White Elephantby Julie Langsdorf (March 26, 2019)
I’m about 10% into this suburban neighborhood drama and it’s fine/average so far. The writing is decent, especially for brain candy, but it’s on coming on the heels of Daisy Jones & the Six, which is a tough act to follow. This book needs to find a purpose for me to continue…I’m going to give it 25% to find that purpose.

Upcoming reading plans…

I Miss You When I Blink

 

I Miss You When I Blinkby Mary Laura Philpott (April 2, 2019)
This memoir/essay collection about women “having it all,” yet not being happy, is getting tons of rave reviews from people I trust (Annie Jones, Tyler Goodson, Ann Patchett, and Ashley Spivey). And, you know how much I love “women who get women” memoirs. So, I have high hopes for this one. I’ve actually already read the first two essays because it was my Kindle book while I was reading Daisy Jones & the Six in hardcover and they’re good!

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What I’m Reading Now (3/4/19)

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Well, I took another weekend away. This time a one-nighter with high school friends. It’s always so great to spend time with old friends, but I’m starting to realize something.

Each time I do this I fall really far behind with podcast work. Basically, I can manage the blog and the podcast in the time I have available without extra childcare if I essentially don’t live life. If I want to live life (including seeing friends on a weekend or going away for a weekend), I can’t keep up with the blog and a weekly podcast. So, I’m kicking around some ways to make this more sustainable over the long-term (ex: try out a bi-weekly schedule for the podcast this summer…or sooner). And, I’d certainly love to hear your suggestions (share them in the comments section or email me at sarahsbookshelves@gmail.com)!

Podcast

Episode 9 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast, featuring Gayle and Nicole from The Readerly Report Podcast came out last week! And, The Readerly Report Podcast is one of my favorite bookish podcasts, so give it a listen if you haven’t tried it yet!

Episode 10, featuring Kelly from The Well-Read Runner, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • March Book of the Month picks are due on Wednesday…I’ve got commentary on all the books plus and updated Judges Guide reflected the structural change BOTM made in February 2018.
  • 2019 Reader Survey…If you haven’t completed the reader survey yet, I’d love your feedback!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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A Woman is No Manby Etaf Rum (March 5, 2019)
As promised, this novel is, in fact, an emotionally tough read. These women were in an impossible situation. But, I’m glad I read it because I learned about a different culture, even if it’s horrifying. And, I rooted hard for the women in this book. Mini Review coming.
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Maidby Stephanie Land (January 22, 2019) – AUDIOBOOK
I was interested in Land’s story of her experience falling into poverty after an unplanned pregnancy and her experience working as a maid while participating in numerous government programs. It certainly opened my eyes to her experience, but I also had some issues with it. Mini review coming in an audiobook round-up.
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Before She Knew Him

 

Before She Knew Himby Peter Swanson (March 5, 2019)
I read Swanson’s thriller The Kind Worth Killing in December and I’m picky about my thrillers. So, I was excited that I actually liked it! This one is about a psychologically unstable suburban housewife who has suspicions about her neighbor. I’m just starting it, so don’t have any thoughts yet.

Upcoming reading plans…

If Daisy Jones & the Six doesn’t come in from the library…

White Elephant

 

White Elephantby Julie Langsdorf (March 26, 2019)
This suburban neighborhood drama has a Desperate Housewives vibe and was blurbed by Meg Wolitzer and Cristina Alger (author of The Banker’s Wife).

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What I’m Reading Now (2/25/19) – A Double Shot

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We took a long weekend over President’s Day to see friends from our old town and it was fantastic. I didn’t touch my computer and also avoided my phone a lot more than usual. I read a bit, but mostly hung out with people I love, but don’t get to see as often as I’d like. And, I felt rejuvenated afterwards.

Even though I’m always a stress case right before we leave on a trip (i.e. pre-scheduling the podcast, pre-scheduling blog posts, packing for 3 people, doing laundry, planning for having groceries in the house when we get back, etc), I feel like the time and space away from the churn of daily life is so important to avoiding burnout. And, in the case of this trip, to maintaining these friendships from afar.

Podcast

Episode 7 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast, featuring Ashley Spivey, former Bachelor contestant and founder of #SpiveysClub Facebook Group came out two weeks ago! It’s my most downloaded episode yet, so give it a listen if you haven’t already! 

And, Episode 8 came out last week! Carla of @happiestwhenreading (one of my reading twins!) and I talked fitting in reading amongst our mom activities, reading goals, and tracking your reading!

Episode 9, featuring Gayle and Nicole from The Readerly Report Podcast, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • 2019 Reader Survey…If you haven’t completed the reader survey yet, I’d love your feedback!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you expecting a list of sappy love stories?! You know me better than that…⠀ _⠀ ⠀ There are a couple of those on my list of More Unconventional Love Stories for People Who Don’t Like Romance, but most of the books on this list are not your average love story. We’ve got twisted, sad, and unexpected on this list!⠀ LINK IN PROFILE WITH FULL LIST⠀ _⠀ ⠀ How do you feel about romances? Do you prefer the traditional or unconventional type?⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #valentinesday2019 #lovestories #romancebooks #bookofthemonth @bookofthemonth⠀

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The Last Romanticsby Tara Conklin (February 5, 2019)
Loved! Favorite book of 2019 so far! Mini review here.
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The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroyby Michael Mewshaw (February 26, 2019)
This view of Conroy is from a very close friend and provides a different perspective than all the laudatory pieces you read in the media (and in Our Prince of Scribes). It shows both the good and bad and was certainly hard to read at times, but I’m glad I did. Mini review coming soon.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
This collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author, is a celebration of him and his work mostly by people who knew him through the literary world (other writers, people that work in publishing, journalists, and a few from the film world). It provides a really different perspective than The Lost Prince and was the perfect book to read alongside it. Mini review coming soon.
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Tomorrow There Will Be Sunby Dana Reinhardt (March 12, 2019)
I was hoping for a vacation book along the lines of Siracusa (which it was compared to), but this one was very much average. It was an easy read, so I finished it, but I felt like I’d read it before. Mini review coming in mid-March.
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Inheritanceby Dani Shapiro (January 15, 2019)
This memoir about Shapiro’s experience discovering her father was not her biological father through an online DNA test was emotional and an interesting look into a new phenomenon brought on by the simple and cheap online DNA test. It went places I wasn’t expecting (good!), but did go over the top with theological and philosophical theory at times. Still, it’s 4 stars and would make an excellent book club pick. I’m definitely interested in reading her previous memoir about marriage, Hourglass.
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A Woman is No Man

 

A Woman is No Manby Etaf Rum (March 5, 2019)
This debut novel from the woman behind @booksandbeans was my February Book of the Month pick and is getting lots of love over on Instagram. I heard it’s an emotionally tough read, though. I’m literally just starting it, so don’t have much to say yet.
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Before She Knew Him

 

Before She Knew Himby Peter Swanson (March 5, 2019)
I read Swanson’s thriller The Kind Worth Killing in December and I’m picky about my thrillers. So, I was excited that I actually liked it! This one is about a psychologically unstable suburban housewife who has suspicions about her neighbor. Fingers crossed I’ll like this one too.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I first read one of my now go-to favorite brain candy authors.

Two Years Ago: I read two slim novels that I rated 5 stars, but that haven’t stuck with me all that much.

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What I’m Reading Now (2/11/19)

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Y’all, we had 70 degree weather for multiple days last week! It was so nice to exercise outside for a couple days and actually sweat! On the downside, the winter illnesses are still around. We got hit by the stomach bug last week as well…

Podcast

Episode 6 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Tara of Running N Reading talked her job as a clinical chaplain, finding the right listening material for long runs, and a bit about The Bachelor…plus, book recommendations!

Episode 7, featuring Ashley Spivey, former Bachelor contestant and founder of #SpiveysClub Facebook Group is coming on Wednesday!

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My @bookofthemonth picks arrived! And I haven’t been this excited about a month’s picks in awhile! I’ve already read and loved THE AGE OF LIGHT (in e-galley form), so that one is going on my shelves. And, I can’t wait to start A MAN IS NO WOMAN. I peeked at the first paragraph and was immediately drawn in… #affiliate⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Have you read either of these yet? What did you think?⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #botm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes @bookofthemonth @wscharer @etafrum

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The Age of Lightby Whitney Scharer (February 5, 2019)
I was totally engrossed in this based on real life love story set in 1930’s Paris. Mini review coming on Thursday!
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This Will Only Hurt a Littleby Busy Phillips (October 16, 2018) – AUDIOBOOK
Actress Busy Phillips is raw, honest, down-to-earth, hilarious, and unafraid to share some experiences from her childhood that many people would feel uncomfortable talking about. A fun listen!
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The Last Romanticsby Tara Conklin (February 5, 2019)
I almost bypassed this book and I’m so glad I didn’t! It’s been compared to Commonwealth (one of my favorite books of 2016!) and Allison from Mind Joggle and Carla from Happiest When Reading both loved it! I’m about halfway through and it’s one of those character-driven novels I can’t put down…I feel my first 5 star book of 2019 coming as long as things don’t go off the rails in the second half!
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
I’m slowly working my way through this collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author. I read one essay every night and I just love hearing as much as I can about him. Plus, it’s a nice, comforting way to end the day. I’m now about 70% through! Should be done by next week.
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Upcoming reading plans…

I meant to start this last week, but snuck in The Last Romantics instead…

Lost Prince by Michael Mewshaw

 

The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroyby Michael Mewshaw (February 26, 2019)
The true story of Mewshaw’s friendship with Pat Conroy…then their subsequent falling out and reconciliation. I talked about this book on my Winter 2019 Book Preview podcast and am a little nervous to read it just because I don’t want my image of him to be tainted!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a necessary nonfiction pairing: a daytime read and a nighttime read.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a 5 star book that many other people didn’t like.

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What I’m Reading Now (2/4/19)

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Even though Pat Conroy is no longer with us and I don’t have any of his work left to read for the first time, I can read about Conroy and I seem to be doing a lot of that lately! And, it’s almost as good as reading Conroy’s own words.

I also was recently a guest on The Lisa Clark Valentine radio show talking about 2019 books and how to achieve your reading goals. Listen here if you’re interested!

Podcast

Episode 5 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Renee of It’s Book Talk shared her mystery/ thriller book recommendations!

Episode 6, featuring Tara from Running N Reading is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Book of the Month February picks are due on Wednesday…I’ve got commentary on all the picks and am choosing 2 for myself this month!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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February Book of the Month selections are here! And, for the first time in awhile, I love these picks! I’ve read the beginning of one and am loving it so far (and it comes highly recommended from 2 trusted recommendation sources @georgiahunter @novelvisits)! And, a second one wasn’t on my radar at all, but the Goodreads reviews are so outstanding that I’m now super interested! Check out my blog post for my picks… _ I’ve got commentary on all the selections (including my personal thoughts on the one I’ve read) AND my ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB JUDGES to help you choose the right book for your reading taste. LINKS IN PROFILE #affiliate _ What will you choose as your BOTM February selection? * * * * * * #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #botm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes @bookofthemonth

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Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

 

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girlsby Anissa Gray (February 19, 2019)
I liked it…but, I think it suffered from my incredibly high expectations. Mini review to come.
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Age of Light, Our Prince of Scribes

 

The Age of Lightby Whitney Scharer (February 5, 2019)
I’m about halfway through this debut historical fiction about the real-life relationship between model Lee Miller and artist Man Ray and I’m loving it so far! It’s transporting me to 1930’s Paris and I’m engrossed in their love affair.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
I’m slowly working my way through this collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author. I read one essay every night and I just love hearing as much as I can about him. Plus, it’s a nice, comforting way to end the day. I’m now about 70% through! Should be done by next week.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Lost Prince by Michael Mewshaw

 

The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroyby Michael Mewshaw (February 26, 2019)
The true story of Mewshaw’s friendship with Pat Conroy…then their subsequent falling out and reconciliation. I talked about this book on my Winter 2019 Book Preview podcast and am a little nervous to read it just because I don’t want my image of him to be tainted!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a slow burn thriller that I loved!

Two Years Ago: I read a hugely popular family story that was one of my favorite books of 2017.

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What I’m Reading Now (1/28/19)

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I’m almost through my February books and….they haven’t been quite what I was hoping. But, I’ve got two more to go and fingers crossed they pan out better. I’m still on the lookout for my first 5 star book of 2019!

Podcast

Episode 4 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Tina of TBR, Etc. shared her book recommendations, we discussed #bookstagram and compared our reading tastes.

Episode 5, featuring Renee from It’s Book Talk (Mystery / Thriller Recommendations) is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Readers Recommend: Anne from Canada…and her “didn’t love” is a VERY popular book!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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Two of my very favorite things (and it’s not the snow!). While my kids learned to ski today, I read and generally acted like a sloth. I’m considering skiing tomorrow…considering.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ I’m about halfway through American Pop by Snowden Wright (out Feb 5 from @williammorrowbooks) – a family drama loosely inspired by the Coca-Cola family. Can’t wait to google the story of the real Coke family once I’m done!⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #readeverywhere

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now

 

American Popby Snowden Wright (February 5, 2019)
This one was hit and miss, but overall more hit than miss. He packed A LOT into this story and I think it could’ve used some more editing. But, I was definitely interested in what was going to happen with this family…and a lot does happen. Mini Review to come.
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Operating Instructionsby Anne Lamott (May 1, 1993) – Audiobook
When I posted about how I loved Lamott’s Bird by Bird, a blog reader recommended her memoir of her first year as a single mother with her son. It’s raw and honest and a great listen for anyone who doesn’t think motherhood is easy (i.e. me!).
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I’m currently reading…

what I'm reading now

 

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girlsby Anissa Gray (February 19, 2019)
I’m halfway through this debut novel and it’s so far more The Mothers than An American Marriage (the two books it’s been compared to). If it continues at its current pace, it’ll be a 4 star read for me.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
I’m slowly working my way through this collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author. I read one essay every night and I just love hearing as much as I can about him. Plus, it’s a nice, comforting way to end the day. I’ll be reading this one for awhile.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

 

The Age of Lightby Whitney Scharer (February 5, 2019)
Georgia Hunter (author of We Were the Lucky Ones) recommended this debut historical fiction about the real life relationship between model turned photographer Lee Miller and the artist Man Ray in Episode 1 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast….and she blurbed it! I love stories about real life couples where the woman is looking for an identity of her own and this The Age of Light apparently addresses those themes.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I’d just read one of my favorite books of last year!

Two Years Ago: I was in a bit of a slump.

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What I’m Reading Now (1/21/19)

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We took our kids skiing for the first time over the weekend…and I think they liked it? I know they liked apres ski at least (consisting of hot chocolate and hot tub). I mean, I can kind of understand.

I skied a little, but hadn’t skied in 10 years so it was definitely leisurely. I did spend almost a whole day relaxing and reading while my kids were in ski school, though!

Podcast

Episode 3 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Susie of Novel Visits shared her fiction audiobook recommendations and we talk audiobooks in general.

Episode 4, featuring Tina from TBR, Etc. is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • January 2019 Books to Read (and Skip) – my rundown of what January books to read (and not to read)
  • An Anonymous Girl Spoiler Discussion – have you read the latest from the authors of The Wife Between Us? Let’s discuss!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐// [Thanks to #partner @stmartinspress for e-galley] I’m super finicky about psychological thrillers…too many of them rely on outlandish plot twists or endings to drive the story. But, I’ve figured out I DO like psychological thrillers that feature an actual psychiatrist or psychologist and that rely on the question of “who can you trust?” to drive the story. And, that’s why An Anonymous Girl worked for me!⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Jessica Farris signs up for a supposedly anonymous study only to find that Dr. Shields (the psychiatrist conducting the study) seems to be able to get into her head in a much deeper way than she imagined.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Have you read this one yet? Come join my Spoiler Discussion (LINK IN PROFILE) and help me figure out the ending!⠀ ⠀ Recommendation Sources: @bookofthemonth, @notesonbookmarks from @currentlyreadingpodcast, @janbel37 (Thank you!)⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #ananonymousgirl #pageturner #psychologicalthriller @sarahpekkanen @greer.hendricks @stmartinspress @bookofthemonth #bookofthemonth

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Talk to Me, Helter Skelter

 

Talk to Meby John Kenney (January 15, 2019)
Reviewed last week.
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Helter Skelterby Vincent Bugliosi (1974) – Audiobook
I FINISHED IT! This audiobook is 26+ hours…more than double my previous longest audiobook I’ve ever listened to. And, it was super interesting…the Manson murders story is absolutely truth is stranger than fiction and I learned a lot about the story that I didn’t know. However, there Bugliosi definitely could’ve cut back on the details a bit.
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I’m currently reading…

American Pop, Our Prince of Scribes

 

American Popby Snowden Wright (February 5, 2019)
I’m about halfway through this novel loosely inspired by the Coca-Cola family and it’s a juicy family saga so far. The writing is a little hit and miss, but more hit than miss.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
I’m slowly working my way through this collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author. I read one essay every night and I just love hearing as much as I can about him. Plus, it’s a nice, comforting way to end the day.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

 

Bowlawayby Elizabeth McCracken (February 5, 2019)
DNF at 8%
I just couldn’t get past the language…it felt really old-timey and required more concentration than I felt like devoting.

Upcoming reading plans…

Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

 

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girlsby Anissa Gray (February 19, 2019)
This novel about an African-American family whose eldest sister and her husband are arrested out of the blue is being compared to An American Marriage and The Mothers, which would normally make me incredibly nervous. But, I’ve read the beginning and was immediately sucked in. This was also the book coming out this Winter I said I was the most excited about in Episode 2 of the podcast!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of my favorite novels of 2018!

Two Years Ago: I was having an existential crisis about where to take the blog.

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What I’m Reading Now (1/14/19)

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I’m pretty much done with January books (although I will slide in one short memoir when it releases tomorrow) and it was a surprising reading month. The books that worked for me were not my usual fare. You’ll hear more in tomorrow’s January 2019 Books to Read (and Skip) post.

I’m excited to dig into February releases since there are a lot of books coming out in February that I’m excited about!

Podcast

Episode 2 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Catherine of Gilmore Guide to Books and I share 18 books we’re excited about in our Winter 2019 Book Preview (more details here).

Episode 3, Fiction Audiobook Recommendations with Susie of Novel Visits, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • My Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2019 – includes lots of books I didn’t talk about on the podcast (and a few I did).
  • My 2018 Reading and Blogging Stats – including why I’m not setting a 2019 quantity goal and what goal I’m setting instead.
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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Better late than never with my #bestnine2018! Is it really bizarre that only one of these posts is of actual books?! At least it’s my top post 😉 _ See those 2 podcasts posts in there?! Those make me happy because…in case you haven’t heard…I have a new podcast called Sarah’s Book Shelves Live! Episode 1 featuring bestselling author of #weweretheluckyones @georgiahunter is available now wherever you listen to podcasts! * * * * * #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #podcasts #bookpodcast #bookpodcasts #sarahsbookshelveslivepodcast

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I finished reading…

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

 

The Suspectby Fiona Barton (January 22, 2019)
A solid straight-up mystery partially set in Thailand. Mini review coming tomorrow.
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I’m currently reading…

Talk to Me by John Kenney

 

Talk to Meby John Kenney (January 15, 2019)
I’m almost finished with this Brain Candy about a newscaster who falls from grace and it’s a fun meditation on today’s media climate. Smartly written and snarky. Mini review coming tomorrow.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

 

Sugar Runby Mesha Maren (January 8, 2019)
DNF at 18%
I was really excited about this one…the premise seemed right up my alley. But, I ended up feeling really disconnected from the characters and felt like too large a percentage of the writing described scenery and surroundings rather than focused on the characters.

Upcoming reading plans…

Joy Enough

 

Joy Enoughby Sarah McColl (January 15, 2019)
Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast loved this memoir from a grown daughter caring for her mother who has cancer. And, I talked about it on my Winter 2019 Book Preview podcast episode.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I took a week off.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a string of dark books.

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