What I’m Reading Now (3/5/18)

Well, we survived the random windstorm this past weekend! We only lost power for one night and managed to only lose small branches around our house…could’ve been way worse. Our neighbors lost a huge Pine, roots and all, but luckily it fell away from their house.

And, it looks like I read a ton of books last week, but it’s kind of deceiving. I was almost done with one book and a second audiobook at the start of the week, then read a third. Also, I’m slowly working my way through Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris. It’s over 700 pages, but is written in short vignettes and I read about one a night. So, this one will take me awhile. So far, I’m learning a ton about Health (the first section) and have already picked up one exercise that’s really made my back feel better.

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March Book of the Month selections are here! I hadn’t heard of any of these picks before, but after doing some research, I’m definitely interested in a couple! Judging by the collective reactions to last month’s picks (people thought they were uninteresting and too well-known), they might be happier this time around since these seem to be lesser known titles.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ For those of you who lamented the judges’ disappearance in last month’s picks, I have semi-good news for you! The judges are back…kind of. There won’t be a 5 judge panel like we’re used to, but we will see judges make appearances mixed in with “editorial team [members], brand ambassadors, members, and members of our Readers Committee.” Kind of annoying for those of us who have been following specific judges for awhile and know who our Go-To Judges are, but we’ll have to see how things go…⠀ _⠀ ⠀ I’ve got commentary on all the selections 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⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #botm #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #bookblogger #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction @bookofthemonth

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I finished reading…

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Laura and Emma, Endurance
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
 by Erika L. Sanchez (October 17, 2017)
I ended up liking this one even though I could really feel the YA-ness in the ending. I do think it would be an important and helpful book for young girls to read. Mini Review to come.
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Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead (March 13, 2018)
I really liked this debut mother/daughter novel set in 80’s – 90’s NYC. Laura, the mother is somewhat of an offbeat character and I liked the voice. It’s been compared to Gilmore Girls, which I can see in the premise, but not in the characters or style. Mini Review to come.

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Enduranceby Scott Kelly (October 17, 2017) – Audiobook
It took me the entire month of February to listen to this 12 hour audiobook! It’s Astronaut Scott Kelly’s (Former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford‘s brother-in-law) story of his year on the International Space Station. Hearing about what it’s like to live on the Space Station was mostly really interesting, though the book could have been shorter. Would make a great “Dad” book and is going on my Books for Guys list.

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I’m currently reading…

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

by Christine Mangan (March 20, 2018)
This debut novel about a female friendship set in 1950’s Morocco comes recommended by one of my Go-To Recommendation Sources (Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast and was a Library Reads March pick). I’ve literally just read the first few pages so far.

Upcoming reading plans…

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Alternate Side
 by Anna Quindlen (March 20, 2018)
I absolutely adore Anna Quindlen (Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake and Every Last One), but I’ve heard her new novel may not be among her best. I’m still going to give it a shot. After all, average Quindlen is still a lot better than many other authors’ best work. 

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading my first 5 star book of 2017!

Two Years Ago: I was in the middle of a string of books I wish I hadn’t read.

How was your reading week?

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  1. Wendy wrote:

    More books for my to-read list. Meanwhile, I’m still plowing through my pile of training books for next week’s book club post. I just read the most awful training book–now, how to post a kind review?

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Or maybe an honest one?

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  2. I can hardly wait to hear what you think of Tangerine. It was on my winter debuts list, but sadly I never got approved for a review copy. I’ll plan on reading it after it comes out if I get the thumbs up from you. I have the Quindlen coming up, too, but want to read one of her others first.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Good plan with Quindlen!

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  3. Angela wrote:

    If you liked Endurance, you might enjoy Ask an Astronaut, by Tim Peake. He’s a British astronaut who answers all sorts of questions about space training and life on the ISS. Short, quick nonfiction!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I haven’t heard of that one!

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice variety of books. All are new to me. I agree that 12 listening hours about a year on the space station sounds just a little long. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  5. Beth F wrote:

    I just got a copy of Laura & Emma, so that’s high on my list. Glad you ended up liking I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. I guess I expected it to be YA so that’s how I read it.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I didn’t really feel the YA-ness until the end. But, I’m also not normally a fan of YA, so I like the ones that read less like that genre.

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  6. I always love Anna Quindlen, even those books described as “not her best.” I have this book…and also have Not That I Could Tell and Other People’s Houses.

    Mine are e-books, however, so they don’t pile up so nicely…sigh.

    I am curious about Laura & Emma…and the Gilmore Girls reference made me perk up a little.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Well – it doesn’t FEEL like Gilmore Girls when you read it. Just the plot description.

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  7. Tara wrote:

    I am laughing out loud after reading your Quindlen comment; I couldn’t agree more! I hope Tangerine works out well for you; it’s definitely getting a lot of buzz!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  8. Angela wrote:

    Laura & Emma sounds like a great book. I’m looking forward to your review.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  9. renee wrote:

    I just got a copy of Tangerine so I’m really anxious to hear your thoughts!!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  10. We had lots of rain here and even some snow nearby. The distant mountains got feet of snow — well needed. Come see what I’ve read.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  11. My parents (in Maryland) lost power for nearly three days in the windstorm. I like the sound of Laura and Emma. I’ll be interested to see what you think of Tangerine as well.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  12. Madeline wrote:

    I have high hopes for Tangerine. If nothing else, I love the cover! I’m 10 on 36 copies so shouldn’t be long now!

    Posted 3.8.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      The cover is deceiving! Makes you think it will read like historical fiction and it’s not like that at all!

      Posted 3.14.18 Reply
  13. Octavio wrote:

    Sarah Dickinson, thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

    Posted 3.10.18 Reply

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