It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/17/17)

April 17, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 18

I was visiting family last week in Virginia and we got some gloriously warm weather! It reminded me how much I miss Spring (we haven’t really had a true Spring the last few years where I live). We did some Easter egg hunting, my son played a ton of basketball (his new obsession) and I got some good reading in.

Right now, I’m trying to cram in a final few possibilities for the Summer Reading Guide (which will be coming out in mid-May), so I’m focused on lighter books.

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I finished reading…

If We Were Villains, Anything is Possible

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (April 11, 2017)

If you loved The Secret History and/or Black Chalk, buy this book immediately! It’s the dark campus novel I’ve been craving ever since reading Black Chalk a couple years ago (bonus if you love Shakespeare, but not necessary at all to love this book). Review to come.
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Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (April 25, 2017)
This companion book to My Name Is Lucy Barton grew on me the farther I read and reminded me how much I enjoy the beautiful simplicity of Strout’s writing. A great pick for fan’s of Lucy Barton, but you do not need to have read Lucy Barton to enjoy these stories! Also a great choice for someone who is new to short stories.

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I’m currently reading…

The Takedown, Corrie Wang

The Takedown by Corrie Wang (April 11, 2017)
This is the first YA novel I’ve read in ages and it’s totally addictive! I’d categorize it as demented high school students set in the near future with a focus on social media and technology.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Startup, Doree Shafrir

 by Doree Shafrir (April 25, 2017)
This tech world satire was my April Book of the Month selection and I’m hoping it will make a good addition to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was smack in the middle of a reading slump.

Two Years Ago: I’d just finished the very looong sequel to Greg Iles’ Natchez Burning.

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I'm reading The Takedown, If We Were Villains, and Anything is Possible

18 Responses to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/17/17)”

  1. Kathy Martin

    The Takedown sounds good to me. I haven’t heard of it before. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    I’m so glad you liked Villains! Since reading Catherine’s review I’ve been really curious about The Takedown. I usually avoid YA, but this may be one I need to consider. The demented part really appeals to me!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I usually run for the hills from YA, but this one was pretty awesome. The whole tech world she created was fascinating/scary.

  3. Michelle

    The Takedown sounds like one I would love. Startup was one of my BOTM choices this month as well. It sounds great, and I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Melinda

    If We Were Villains looks fantastic! I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist now!

  5. Judy Krueger

    I had a good reading week. I finished the new Joyce Carol Oates, A Book of American Martyrs. I thought it was astonishing! I read an old Arthur C Clarke book, Glide Path, from my 1963 reading list. Yesterday I read in its entirety Scrapper by Matt Bell. Dark, psychological, disturbing and great.

  6. Tara

    EEEK! I’m trying to decide if I might prefer to read The Takedown or The Wanderers on my trip later this week (will travel from Arkansas to Seattle, so I’ll have some time to kill!); they both sound so intriguing!

  7. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    I don’t read a lot of YA, but The Takedown has been on my radar. I may get a copy for my daughter to read this summer and then conveniently borrow it. I’m probably going to skip the Strout, as I’m one of the few who didn’t enjoy Lucy Barton.

  8. Greg

    It finally got warm here so it feels like spring, it’s nice to go outside and not freeze or get rained on constantly! Glad you had nice weather in VA as well.

    The Takedown does sound really interesting with that description!

  9. Catherine

    I’m still waiting on Villains from the library (Netgalley is ignoring me), but could use another suspenseful novel.

    I’m reading A Line Made by Walking and am thinking it is absolutely the WRONG time for me. The story of a twenty-something artist who has lost her way and is basically clinically depressed. Reading her thoughts is making me depressed. Great writing, but not for right now.

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