It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/14/17)

Happy belated Mother’s Day! Every Mother’s Day, my one request is a full morning of alone time / peace and quiet. I go to breakfast by myself (with my Kindle, of course) and then find somewhere pleasant to read for the rest of the morning. It’s heavenly. After this year’s breakfast, I got a 30 minute foot and calf massage (while reading, obviously).

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I finished reading…

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt, Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett


Trophy Son
 by Douglas Brunt (May 30, 2017)
Awesome light read! Bonus if you’re a tennis fan, but not necessary. Mini review coming closer to pub date. 
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Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (March 7, 2017)
It’s rare that I read novels that I’d describe as charming, delightful, and sweet, but Rabbit Cake is exactly that! If you like endearing child narrators (a la Scout Finch) or are looking for a “happy” book, Rabbit Cake is for you!

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I’m currently reading…

White Fur by Jardine Libaire


White Fur
 by Jardine Libaire (May 30, 2017)
Ya’ll, I’m reading a love story and loving it! I normally steer clear of these because most feel cheesy to me, but this one is gritty, raw, and uncomfortable. Plus, the writing is absolutely gorgeous!
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Upcoming reading plans…

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel


One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel (March 14, 2017)
My library hold for this novel about three boys and their father starting over after their parents divorce finally came in! I hear it’s a pretty emotionally brutal read, but Susie at Novel Visits loved it. Plus, brutally emotional books don’t generally bother me.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a delightful little gem of a novel.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a pretty awesome debut novel!

How was your reading week?

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27 Comments

  1. So glad you’re enjoying White Fur! I’m hoping it will be a good summer weekend read.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m as we speak debating on whether it’s going on my Summer Reading Guide. It’s on the heavier side for summer reading, but not by much.

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  2. I really liked One of the Boys but it’s a tough read. I grabbed Trophy Son off netgalley and hope to get to it soon.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Just started One of the Boys. And I have a nice, light read on deck to follow it up with!

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  3. Kay wrote:

    Your Mother’s Day sounds lovely! A foot and calf massage. Great!

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It was!

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  4. Beth F wrote:

    One of the Boys was good. I guess I should add White Fur to my list.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  5. Your Mother’s Day sounds perfect. (Very smart!)

    I’m so excited to read White Fur. Think I’ll get to it next.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ll be interested to hear what you think! I finished it this morning and am now waffling over my rating. I’ll land somewhere between 4-5.

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  6. Majanka wrote:

    One of the Boys looks interesting. I hope you enjoy reading this week.

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  7. I’m reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I’m still in the early stages, but it’s good so far! We’ll see if it holds up to The Girl on the Train.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts! I’m hearing mixed reviews. I have it on hold at the library.

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  8. Kathy Martin wrote:

    All of your reading choices are new to me. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  9. Oh yes, let’s hear it for brutally raw emotional books! Today I am reading The World to Come by Dara Horn. Brutal and beautiful at the same time!

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Haha! I guess we’re masochists!

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  10. I’ve been on the fence about White Fur…but now I’m sold. I like the idea of “gritty, raw, and uncomfortable.” Gorgeous writing tipped the scales.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I hope you love it!

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  11. Michelle wrote:

    My family has taken to leaving me alone all day long on Mother’s Day. I get breakfast in bed – by myself. And then that’s it. I don’t see them or hear them for the rest of the day. I have never decided if this is a good way to celebrate or not. I was rather lonely yesterday, so I’m thinking not. A few hours sounds perfect though!

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Alone time sounds divine! That’s all I want for Mother’s Day too…and I don’t see myself getting lonely 🙂

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  12. My husband’s on a business trip, so I couldn’t ask for the time alone option this year. Instead, I took my kids the movies. Come see what I’m reading now.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      A creative way to sneak some alone time in my book!

      Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  13. I like the idea of looking back at what you were reading one or two years ago! I should remember that for my next month in review.

    I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow for my upcoming town book club, which I can recommend if you haven’t read it already.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ve enjoyed looking back! I never did before adding this section to my weekly updates.

      And I’ve read A Gentleman in Moscow….unfortunately I was one of the few that didn’t love it.

      Posted 5.16.17 Reply
      • I liked it, but it won’t be one of my top books of the year. Mostly I’m interested to see what the group will choose to discuss about it.

        Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  14. Catherine wrote:

    I love your Mother’s Day! Good for you.

    I started Women No 17. but between your thoughts and Susie’s I feel like I’m headed toward disappointment so am going to set it aside and try Chemistry and Rich People’s Problems. I know I’ll love at least one of these!

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It was just what I wanted!

      And I kept thinking I’d start to like Woman No 17, but they never sustained themselves.

      Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  15. Kate Elkins wrote:

    I just finished Ernest J. Gaines’ heartbreaking, beautiful novel “A Lesson Before Dying.” A book that will “stay” with me forever. Now, I am back to Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises.” Tackling aging with biting humor. But, I have a question. Have you ever heard of the genre mentioned in this quote (page 89): “She is now working on deceased-wife’s-sister fiction, a sensational genre and peculiarly fascinating, she assures people, once you get into it.” Is Drabble just having fun with the reader?

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply

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