What I’m Reading Now (12/18/17)

December 18, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 22

I spent last week dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s for Christmas preparations, but I’m finally in a spot where I can relax a bit. Shopping is done, gifts are organized (but not yet wrapped), Christmas cards are finally sent (no thanks to Tiny Prints, whose post-Shutterfly purchase system was beyond annoying), and school activities are over. I’m hoping to get some good reading in this week and enjoy the holidays!

If you’ve still got some holiday shopping to do, check out my Best Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers 2017! I’ve got you covered with book recommendations, the gift for book lovers that keeps on giving, and bookish gifts that aren’t books. Best of all, you can get all this stuff without leaving your couch!

Finally, I posted my Best Books (hint: they’re different than the literary critics’ picks) and Best Debuts of 2017 lists and have one more coming (Best Audiobooks I Listened to in 2017). I also have Which Best Books of 2017 Lists Do You Agree With? coming on Tuesday…with a free download to help you find your Go-To and No-Go Bookish Media Sources!

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I finished reading…

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J Yates


Grist Mill Road
 by Christopher J. Yates (January 9, 2018)
You know those books that you have structural issues with, but you still can’t put down? Well, Grist Mill Road was one of those. Also, once you realize what the cover means, it’s absolutely chilling. Mini review coming.
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I’m currently reading…

The Party by Elizabeth Day


The Party
 by Elizabeth Day (August 15, 2017)
I’m about 70% through this psychological story (notice I didn’t say thriller…it’s definitely not one) about two British, school friends that culminates at one of their 40th birthday parties. It’s decent, but I’m not dying to get back to it. However, I am intrigued enough to want to see how it ends.

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Upcoming reading plans…

It’s the time of year when I’m alternating between backlist books and 2018 new releases…unless library holds throw a wrench in my plans. I’d planned to read The Virgin Suicides last week, but library holds did throw a wrench, so I’ll try to fit it in after my next 2018 release…

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan


Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan (January 9, 2018)
This essay collection by the author of Glitter and Glue comes recommended by Annie Jones at From the Front Porch podcast, one of my Go-To Recommendation Sources.

was reading…

One Year Ago: It was the day after Christmas!

Two Years Ago: I finally read The Handmaid’s Tale!

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Weekly Reading Update (12/18/17): I'm alternating between 2018 releases and backlists or library books. Grist Mill Road was a page-turning start to 2018 books and The Party was decent, but didn't not particularly memorable.

22 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now (12/18/17)”

  1. Renee

    Looking forward to your best audiobooks list! I need to spend an entire day working on my best of posts, I’m so behind but life has been busy lately. Grist Mill Road fell apart for me in many ways but I’m glad to hear it worked for you. I hadn’t heard of Tell Me More but it sounds right up my alley so I’ve already went to net galley and put in a request. Hope you get a lot of relaxing reading in this week!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I hear ya on Grist Mill…I wouldn’t say it fell about for me b/c I still couldn’t put it down, but I was noticing structural issues as I was reading. It was a solid story, though…just wish it had been told a little differently.

      I’m almost halfway thr Tell Me More and it’s great! Very much a “speaks to me” kind of memoir.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Keep going…I promise, it’ll pick up! That pick-up will kind of smack you in the face!

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    I’ve been wondering about Tell Me More, so will look forward to your thoughts. I can’t wait to see your post tomorrow! I want to see how you broke down different “Best of” list into something people can use. (Like me! I seem to largely disagree with many of them.)

    Isn’t it great to have all the Christmas shopping done? Have a great week and I hope you get lots of reading time in.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m almost halfway through and it’s great so far – she’s speaking to me!

      And the Best of post is scheduled – check in tomorrow!

  3. Tara

    YAY for Christmas shopping being complete; the wrapping is (finally) done for me, but I tend to procrastinate the longest on that one – ha! I do not really enjoy wrapping; I’m not creative and it seems so time-consuming. Oh, well; I hope you get tons of reading time this week!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Ugh – I know. I feel like it’s an utter waste of time…and I’m terrible at it. I don’t use ribbon (because why?) and it looks like my kids wrapped their own presents! Plus, I have to find a big time window when my kids are out of the house.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I enjoyed Glitter and Glue, so I may have to read Tell Me More.

    Grist Mill Road sounded good…until you mentioned “structural issues.” I might have a problem with those.

    I’m curious about The Party.

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy your holidays…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    • Sarah Dickinson

      You know, the GMR story was a great one and I seriously couldn’t put it down. But, I was picking out flaws as I read.

  5. Beth F

    I don’t think I’m going to do any best-of lists this year … but we’ll see. My review index only goes to February 2017! I think I’ll work on that instead. LOL

  6. Kathy Martin

    Sounds like you are organized for Christmas. I am starting to be. I have been concentrating on reading 2018 releases because, like an idiot, I stacked about 30 that release in January and February. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Kathryn Trask

    You are certainly well organised for Christmas. I always enjoy seeing what readers deemed their best reads in a year. A couple of yours are on my want to read list so always good to see another reader has loved them.

  8. Kate @ Parchment Girl

    I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace the last few weeks, but right now I’m most of the way through What Happened by Hillary Clinton and I just started Just Mercy. I’m also about halfway through The Natural Way of Things, but I got distracted and kind of dropped it for a while. It’s good, but really intense. Not the sort of book I would normally go for at Christmastime.

  9. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Well done getting your shopping finished! Mine is as well, although I’ve had to do a couple of last-minute things to replace gifts that didn’t work out, and now all that’s left is to make a very large amount of Christmas cookies. Then I’ll be all set and I can relax and read through New Year’s!

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