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

What I’m Reading Now (10/16/17)

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Oh man…my library holds are rolling in (don’t you love how they all invariably come in at the same time?!) and I’m hoping I can get through them before Nonfiction November starts!

On that note, join us for a month celebrating the often pushed-to-the-backburner genre of Nonfiction! There will be themed link-ups, a book swap, an Instagram challenge, and lots of nonfiction reading…learn more here.

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I finished reading…

Sing Unburied Sing, Daring to Drive
Sing, Unburied, Sing
 by Jesmyn Ward (September 5, 2017)

I felt the same about this National Book Award Finalist as I did about A Gentleman in Moscow and Exit West. Full review to come later this week.
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Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif (June 13, 2017)
This is one eye-opening, heart-breaking, and enraging read. And al-Sharif is one brave woman. She started the campaign for women to drive in Saudi Arabia and this book is the story of her life as well as a stark portrayal of the oppression women face in Saudi Arabia. Perfect for anyone who loved The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg (my review) and excellent on audio.

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Ranger Games by Ben Blum


Ranger Games
by Ben Blum (September 12, 2017)
This is one crazy story (a couple U.S. Army Rangers rob a bank). A bit overly long (not not even close to the point where I’m dying for it to be over), but entertaining and has some interesting insights to chew on. I’m almost finished with it. And, keep this one in your back pocket as a great “Dad” gift for the holidays!
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Upcoming reading plans…

Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne


The Heart’s Invisible Furies
by John Boyne (August 22, 2017)
This hefty novel has been getting raves from bloggers I trust and my library hold finally came in! I’m trying, but failing, to keep my expectations at a reasonable level. Who am I kidding…I actually think this is my last hope for a clear Best Book of 2017.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I finished reading one of my favorites of 2016…and was about to start another!

Two Years Ago: I was in a bit of a slump…kind of like right now!

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What I’m Reading Now (10/9/17)

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I’m seeing so many people on social media talk about how they’re thrilled Fall weather is finally coming…well, don’t count me among them! I’m loving this Indian Summer and will gladly wear shorts a bit longer. My reading is looking up a bit…I think. I’m on the precipice and it could go either way.

Last week, I started a new Instagram series. I love the first lines of books and agree with authors Doug Brunt and Pat Conroy (and I’m sure many others) who say the good ones tell you almost everything you need to know about the book. So, I’ll be sharing favorite first lines from my reading on Instagram. Follow me at sarahsbookshelves!

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I finished reading…

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit


Fear
 by Dirk Kurbjuweit (October 3, 2017)

Whew – first book I’ve confidently liked since August! It’s got a Herman Koch vibe (more Dear Mr. M than The Dinner). Mini review to come.
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Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward


Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward (September 5, 2017)

I’m almost finished this National Book Award Finalist and I can totally see why it’s racking up critical accolades. The writing is raw and vivid and the story is a sad portrait of hard lives. Yet…I keep zoning out. This is becoming a pattern for me with certain types of books.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Seven Days of Us
 by Francesca Hornak (October 17, 2017)
DNF at 27%. This one was so-so and an easy read. It would’ve been easy to keep going, but I didn’t want to waste my time on yet another easy, but forgettable book. On another note, it’s the 3rd book that got lots of buzz at this year’s Book Expo America that has bombed for me. Hmm…maybe a recommendation source to ignore in the future?

Upcoming reading plans…

Ranger Games by Ben Blum


Ranger Games
by Ben Blum (September 12, 2017)
I was planning to save this true story about a seemingly normal Army Ranger who up and robs a bank for Nonfiction November, but I desperately need a change of pace. So, I’m starting early.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of my favorites of 2016…I was also on a reading hot streak!

Two Years Ago: I read one of my go-to recovery books!

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What I’m Reading Now (10/2/17)

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Fall books are still proving tough for me, but I’ve now found at least a few I actually enjoyed! Usually, at least one of my Top 3 books of the year comes from the Fall release crop, but I’m thinking that may not happen this year. On a better note, I started watching USA’s The Sinner and am totally hooked! It’s dark, twisty, demented…and perfect!

I posted less than usual on the blog last week, but it was because I was working hard on my Ultimate Guide to the Book of the Month Club JUDGES, where I compiled every BOTM judge’s selection track record into an easy-to-use guide (and Excel template) that will help you find the judges that are most compatible with your reading taste! October selections are out…check out my commentary on all the books and the judges guide (including free template) to help you choose the perfect book for your taste!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

Round 1 of my shelves is complete and, last week, I shared the “blue books” shelf! This just includes my “A List” books…I’ll be adding more books and some decorative things for Round 2.

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I finished reading…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
A pretty good read, though not perfect. I think this one would make a great book club selection. Mini review to come.
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Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit


Fear
 by Dirk Kurbjuweit (October 3, 2017)

Finally, something is working for me! Herman Koch (author of one of my favorites, The Dinner) recommended this German thriller and it surprisingly does remind me of the tone of Koch’s books. It’s rare that an author’s blurb actually pans out like this! I’m almost halfway through and, so far, it’s more story of a family rather than thriller, but there is definitely a good amount of suspense.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Manhattan Beach, Lie to Me

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October 3, 2017)
Despite all the awards and the fact that this book is an October Book of the Month Club selection, I thought it was slow and introduced too many characters too quickly, causing me to glaze over. Some trusted blogger friends who read farther than I did also said it was a slog. DNF at 9%.

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison (September 5, 2017)
Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy said this psychological thriller was “best in class” for “domestic noir,” so I gave it a shot despite my general hesitancy about this genre. But, through the first 9%, I thought it was pretty standard psych thriller fare and put it down.

Upcoming reading plans…

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Seven Days of Us
 by Francesca Hornak (October 17, 2017)
This debut novel features a family cooped up together over the holidays and is supposed to be “warm, wry, and sharply observed.” Kind of reminds me of This Is Where I Leave You or the movie Christmas Vacation. Those are the fantastic examples…I’ve also found that a lot of books like this fall flat. Hopefully, this will be one of the winners!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was having a letdown following two 5 star books in a row.

Two Years Ago: I read one of my top 3 books of 2015!

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What I’m Reading Now (9/25/17)

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Last week, it was such a relief to read something easy and fast-moving following a couple sloggy September books…even if I didn’t think the book was that great. And, I’m now onto a book I think might pull me out of this awful reading slump.

On a logistical note, I’m investigating switching from Boardbooster to Tailwind for scheduling pins. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

My latest acquisition contained a little surprise. I ordered a hardcover of Black Chalk (one of my favorite books of 2014 and a book I still recommend all the time) from Amazon. The hardcover I ordered arrived signed by the author! And, little did I know that Black Chalk never came out in hardcover in the US, so I’d received the UK version. After a little Instagram chat, Christopher J. Yates (the author) informed me that he was fairly shocked I’d received an autographed copy, as he’d only signed hardcovers for one independent bookstore (and it was in the UK). A little bookish serendipity.

The latest book for my #buildsarahsbookshelves project (where I’m accumulating a very selective collection of beloved books to live on my first set of built-in bookshelves) arrived with a surprise! It was autographed…how fun and the author happens to be a delight on Twitter! _ BLACK CHALK was one of my favorite books of 2014…and here we are 3 years later and I still recommend it to people all. the. time! If you liked THE SECRET HISTORY or this year’s IF WE WERE VILLAINS, BLACK CHALK is your next book! PS – @christopherjyates has a new book (GRIST MILL ROAD) coming out in January! @picador _ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #bookshelvesofonstagram #bookworm #bookshelf #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover #booklovers

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Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
Pretty standard Nelson DeMille. New main character, but it’s essentially the personality of John Corey with a different name and background. Now that I’ve been reading DeMille for a long time, his recent books have started to repeat themselves.

I’m currently reading…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
I plowed through a quarter of this story about a beloved high school teacher who gets accused of sexual misconduct in an hour of morning reading. I’m interested to see where it goes.

Upcoming reading plans…

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan


Manhattan Beach
 by Jennifer Egan (October 3, 2017)
The author of A Visit from the Goon Squad (which I haven’t read yet) is back with some historical fiction set in NYC during the Great Depression. It’s already been long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award…let’s see if it lives up to that honor!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was involved with lots of hugely popular books at one time!

Two Years Ago: I was reading two books I remember almost nothing about.

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What I’m Reading Now (9/18/17)

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And my September reading continues to be choppy and unfulfilling. I spent last week desperately trying to finish a book I thought I’d love, but ended up getting sick of. Over the next few weeks, I need to get my hands around our new school/activity routines and how to fit in some good reading.

On a better note, I re-started physical therapy for my back/SI joints/abductor injury after aggravating it a bit unpacking boxes during our move. I tried a new-to-me therapy called dry needling that involves inserting a needle into my pain points and jigging it around to release the muscles. Sounds awful, but it’s doing wonders.

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

So many new books are coming in every day now for the bookshelves! I’m now starting to think about how to organize the shelves and am sifting through all the advice I’ve received. The Havenly has a simple guide for “styling” your bookshelves (I kind of hate this term, but it’s apparently what interior designers use) that recommends arranging your books by color. I have a pretty awesome red pile coming together…

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I finished reading…

Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson


The Twelve-Mile Straight
 by Eleanor Henderson (September 12, 2017)
Man. This book. I think I could’ve loved it, but it took me so long to read it that I just wanted to be finished by the end. More to come in a discussion post.
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I’m currently reading…

Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
I’m about 25% through DeMille’s latest novel about the Cuban Thaw, which also debuts a new main character (Mac McCormick). So far, McCormick is pretty similar to DeMille’s old main character (John Corey) and The Cuban Affair is pretty standard DeMille. We’ll see how things progress.

Upcoming reading plans…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
I’ve already peeked at the first few pages of this novel about a well-liked prep school teacher who gets accused of “sexual impropriety” and the initial writing drew me in! I’m hoping it can save my September reading.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of the biggest hits of 2016, but it was kind of a slog for me.

Two Years Ago: I summed up my Labor Day vacation reading.

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What I’m Reading Now (9/11/17)

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Every year the first week of school is crushingly busy. And, every year I forget just how crazy it is. Figuring out new routines, getting set up on all the different online systems for each child, all the forms, all the forms, all the forms…

This year was no different and I barely had time to read. I don’t think I’ve had a week all year when I’ve read less. I made it 30% through one book this week. I’m LOVING the book…I just need some good chunks of time to sit down with it. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you love a book, but aren’t getting to focus on it?!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

The books are going to start arriving fast and furious now…I just ordered a bunch from Amazon so we can take a first pass at getting the shelves organized in the next couple weeks. This week’s addition is The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (my review) one of my favorite books of 2015…it’s a great choice if you love Southern literature and/or badass female characters!

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I finished reading…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Sourdough
 by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
Aaah. This book. I could have absolutely adored it. But, it jumped the shark in a couple places. I’m still glad I read it, but it wasn’t as delightful as it could have been. I’ll be discussing it more in an upcoming post about questionable editorial decisions.
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I’m currently reading…

Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson


The Twelve-Mile Straight
 by Eleanor Henderson (September 12, 2017)
This is a long, immersive, multi-generational family saga set in 1930’s Georgia. It’s SO good and reminds me of Mudbound. I just wish I had hours and hours of uninterrupted reading time to devote to it. It’s been slow going (I’m around 30% through) only because of my schedule. I’m hoping to really dig in this week.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Burning Girl by Claire Messud

 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29, 2017)
DNF at 20%. The story hadn’t gone anywhere by that point and that was too long for me.

Upcoming reading plans…

Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
DeMille was one of my favorite authors awhile back. His latest books (Radiant Angel, my review) didn’t live up to his older stuff for me, but I’m hoping his debut of a new lead character (Mac McCormick) will shake things up. 

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was on vacation!

Two Years Ago: And vacation again!

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What I’m Reading Now (9/4/17)

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Happy Labor Day, y’all! We had a low key weekend, which we desperately needed. Recharged the batteries (well, partially anyway) and got the kids organized for the first day of school tomorrow.

My reading got a bit more focused again after the chaos of moving. Don’t get me wrong, the chaos isn’t over yet, it’s just lessened slightly. Now I just need some books that 100% hit the spot!

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I finished reading…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I really loved parts of this hyped novel, but thought others were kind of meh. The writing was searingly gorgeous and Hamid particularly cut to the bone when talking about the violence. But, my interest faded once Saeed and Nadia left their hometown and I felt like the story petered out a bit towards the end. Surprisingly, the magical realism that I was so hesitant about didn’t bother me too much.

I’m currently reading…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Sourdough
 by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
I’m almost finished with this one and I have mixed feelings about it. It’s definitely quirky and delightful in some ways, but some other elements take things a bit too far. PS – Sourdough is a September Book of the Month Club selection (my thoughts on all the selections)!

Upcoming reading plans…

Burning Girl by Claire Messud

 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29, 2017)
I was first on the pre-release library hold list for Messud’s coming of age novel about two best friends. I read The Emperor’s Children years ago and don’t remember much about it, but lots of readers I trust have been buzzing about Messud’s latest!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a book about the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Two Years Ago: I had just finished one of my favorite debuts of 2015!

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What I’m Reading Now (8/28/17)

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Many of y’all know I’ve been in the process of moving. The week before last was a full “unpack the boxes” push. We’re now at a point where, while we still have a lot to do, the house is functional…so, this past week I got back to somewhat of a regular routine (i.e. exercise, trying to take care of my back, errands other than unpacking boxes, etc.).

The highlight of the week was that I got convinced to try a Deep H2O workout class. I was told it would help my injuries, but I was resistant because I’d always considered “water aerobics” the workout for people who don’t really want to work out. Well…it was legitimately hard (I didn’t wear the floatation belt) and I actually liked it! Consider me officially 70 years old because I’m going back this week!

Finally, I posted a list of my favorite campus novels last week. And, man, y’all came back with so many recommendations for me…my campus novels TBR list is exploding! These looked especially appealing:

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

This was a winning week for the library collection! I got not one, but two, new books and they were both thoughtful gifts! Susie at Novel Visits (one of my favorite book bloggers…if you don’t read her blog, you should!) mailed me A Little Life (my review) and my mother-in-law gave me Gone with the Wind from her own shelves. I never in a million years expected an outcome of this library project being that people would give me books! It’s pretty awesome!

Books 3 & 4 in the #buildsarahsbookshelves (where I’m slowly accumulating a very selective collection of beloved books to live on my first set of built-in bookshelves!) series are here! And, they were both gifts! A totally unexpected outcome of sharing how I’m filling my bookshelves is that people have been sending me books to put on them. How awesome is that?! Thanks to all these gifts, my spend total for my 4 book library is still only $2!! _ A LITTLE LIFE by @hanyayanagihara emotionally wrecked most readers (me included) and was one of my top 3 books of 2015! Huge thanks to Susie @novelvisits (one of my favorite fellow book bloggers) for mailing me this one! @alittlelifebook @doubledaybooks Link to my full review in profile. _ And, GONE WITH THE WIND is one of my favorite classics! My mother-in-law gifted me this one from her own shelves! @scribnerbooks _ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #bookshelvesofonstagram #bookworm #bookshelf #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover

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Resurrection of Joan Ashby, What Made Maddy Run


The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (August 29, 2017)

The only reason I manage to finish this doorstop this week is that I skimmed a good portion of the second half. I loved/hated this book because, well, stories within stories. Discussion post coming soon.
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What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan (August 1, 2017)
This true story about a star student-athlete who seemed to have everything going for her on the surface, yet committed suicide her freshman year of college is a must-read for parents in general, but particularly parents of young athletes. It was great on audio.

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I’m currently reading…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I’m about 30% through his novel that’s gotten a lot of buzz this year…and, I’m pretty blown away by the searing writing so far. I’m OK with the magical realism now, but we’ll see how things progress.

Upcoming reading plans…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
I loved Sloan’s quirky novel about bookstores, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (my review), and now he’s writing about food! Admittedly, I can’t begin to figure out what about food this book is actually about (you try deciphering this blurb!). But, I’ll take Robin Sloan and food together in any way!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading the latest Herman Koch novel.

Two Years Ago: I had just finished a fantastic Southern, Gothic mystery!

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What I’m Reading Now (8/21/17)

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Whew! Last week was moving week…and things were obviously chaotic! I spent almost all day every day unpacking boxes (I now understand that it can take a full 1.5 days to unpack a kitchen) and did not do a ton of reading. However, podcasts made all that unpacking much more enjoyable!

Thankfully, we were able to take a break from all the moving nonsense with a quick family trip to the Chesapeake Bay area last weekend. Let me tell you, it was much needed!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

I didn’t acquire any new books for my new shelves last week, but I’ll do you one better…I actually got to see my shelves live and (almost) finished for the first time! You’ll see more in my upcoming post, but I’m leaning towards turning to Havenly for some free shelf styling advice.

My new babies…anxiously awaiting their books! @gates.interiors #buildsarahsbookshelves #bookstagram #bookshelves #bookshelvesofinstagram

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Hate U Give, Getaway Car


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)

High readable, super compelling, and heart-breaking. An “issue” book that happens to also be, at its heart, a flat-out great story about a family. I can see why people are buzzing about this one. Also, an excellent choice for book clubs.
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The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (August 25, 2011)
This slim little book (or, essay is probably a better term as it’s only 45 pages long) is Patchett’s thoughts and advice on writing. I’m not an aspiring writer, but Patchett’s advice and outlook on life and work is down to earth and applicable beyond writing. Without the benefit of being a writer myself, I suspect this is a must read for anyone that is!

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I’m currently reading…

Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas


The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (August 29, 2017)
This debut novel about a woman’s view of work and marriage was a last minute Netgalley request…before I realized it was over 500 pages long! I’m about 25% through and enjoying it…Joan’s struggle between achieving her professional goals and being a wife and mother is real.

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South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby


South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (July 4, 2017)
I read about 10% of this one…it was fine, but wasn’t blowing me away. And, since it was a library hold, I wasn’t feeling any pressure to continue with something that didn’t blow me away.

Upcoming reading plans…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I’ve been shying away from this critical darling because I’m not a fan of magical realism, but finally put it on hold at the library after reading the first few pages at a bookstore (the writing is great!) and seeing Susie at Novel Visits mention it’s a good choice for readers who think they don’t like magical realism.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was on vacation and didn’t post a Monday update!

Two Years Ago: I had just finished my first Sprint Triathlon!

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What I’m Reading Now (8/14/17)

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I did a lot of reading last week, but it’s probably the last time this summer that you’ll see that out of me! We’re moving into our new house next week and life is about to get disorganized and hectic. I’ve got some posts pre-scheduled for this week, but the last couple weeks of August might be on the quieter side.

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

Absolutely free via a gift certificate to Larchmont’s Anderson’s Book Shop (bringing my to date spending on this project to $2.00…pretty dang good for 2 hard cover novels!), my second acquisition is:

Book 2 in the #buildsarahsbookshelves (where I’m slowly accumulating a very selective collection of beloved books to live on my first set of built-in bookshelves!) series is here! _ IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio is one of my favorite books so far this year! It’s a dark, twisty campus thriller that takes me back to older favorites THE SECRET HISTORY and BLACK CHALK. @sureasmel @flatiron_books Link to my full review in profile. _ And, this addition to my library was basically free via a gift certificate to @andersonsbooks in Larchmont from my good friend (thanks, @marblong). And its local Larchmont roots inspired the location for this picture…Manor Park, the most gorgeous spot in Larchmont! _ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #indiebookstore #bookloversday

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I finished reading…

The Heirs, Young Jane Young


The Heirs
 by Susan Rieger (May 23, 2017)
It’s a nice, easy read with good, if not overly elaborate writing. But, very different from The Divorce Papers (her debut novel).
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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 22, 2017)
I. Have. Thoughts. You’ll hear them on Thursday. Just know that they firmly hit opposite ends of the spectrum.

I’m currently reading…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
My library hold for this one finally came in after months and months of waiting. But, it’s been well worth it! I flew through the first 100 pages when I couldn’t fall asleep the other night. High readable, super compelling, and heart-breaking. I can see why people are buzzing about this one. 

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Stay with Me, My Absolute Darling

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (August 22, 2017)

I had high hopes for this debut…and so does the publishing industry. Sadly, the writing style wasn’t for me. DNF at 5%. Yup, 5%.

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (August 29, 2017)
Another debut that has gotten some serious buzz. And it’s really tough to read at times (just horrible things happen to the 14 year old female main character), but that wasn’t why it didn’t work for me. I didn’t click with the writing style (yet again)…it’s too stream-of-conciousness for me and there is too much description of surroundings. I got interested when Turtle meets Jacob and Brett, but that interest waned again quickly. DNF at 37%.

Upcoming reading plans…

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby


South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (July 4, 2017)
Of course a couple of my library holds came in all at one time! I was excited about this book right when it came out, but haven’t heard much about it since. I’m going to give it a try if my hold hasn’t expired by the time I finish The Hate U Give. It’ll probably be one of those “if it doesn’t grab me literally immediately, I’m moving on” types of “tries.”

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a quintessential NYC author.

Two Years Ago: I was reading one of 2015’s biggest books…that I was conflicted about.

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