It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (2/13/17)

February 13, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 56

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I think I’m getting my reading mojo back! I branched way out of my comfort zone last week with two genres I don’t normally read: psychological thrillers and sci-fi. Both were page turners and set me up nicely to return to something more in my comfort zone. I guess it pays to shake things up sometimes!

Also, my husband and I took a night away from the kids last weekend, which is always much appreciated and provided some good reading time in the hotel spa’s relaxation room.

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I finished reading…

Behind Her Eyes, Dark Matter

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (January 31, 2017)

I’ve been somewhat burned out by the psychological thriller genre and this book reminded me why. And – #WTFthatending is definitely a love it or hate it kind of thing. I’ll be sharing all my thoughts in an upcoming Spoiler Discussion post.
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Dark Matter by Black Crouch (July 26, 2016)
This was a library hold that unexpectedly came in…which is proving to be a good way to force myself to read the 2016 Books I Missed (this is the 4th book I’ve read from that list so far). Man, was this a page turner. It was completely out of my usual wheelhouse (I guess it’s technically sci-fi, but in the same accessible way The Martian is) and I had no idea what was going on for awhile, but not one bone in my body wanted to stop turning the pages.
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I’m currently reading…

A Separation, Katie Mitamura

A Separation
 by Katie Kitamura (February 7, 2017)
I’m about 25% through this one and had lowered my expectations after reading some underwhelming Amazon reviews. But, I immediately loved the writing style and tone. I think this one will work for me…despite those haters on Amazon.

Upcoming reading plans…

Everything Belongs to Us, Yoojin Grace Wuertz

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (February 28, 2017)
This debut novel about two South Korean women navigating their country’s economic revolution has been recommended for readers of Anthony Marra (author of The Tsar of Love and Techno).

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was trying desperately to get out of a reading slump.

Two Years Ago: I was reading some just-OK books, but was about to pick up a massive winner!

How was your reading week?

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56 Responses to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (2/13/17)”

  1. Beth F

    I’m going to add Dark Matter to my list. And I am really looking forward to your thoughts on Behind Her Eyes! Yay for spoilery posts.

  2. Angela

    I recently read Dark Matter, too – I was a little unsure going in because I’m not a big sci-fi reader, but I could not stop reading it! It was so great.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Totally agree! A perfect sci-fi for people that don’t normally like sci-fi. B/c it was really about the people and big life questions. The sci-fi just enabled it.

  3. Susie | Novel Visits

    A Separation….I’m over halfway in and still not loving it. It’s true that I’m also not crazy about the narrator, but am trying to keep that separate from the actual story. We’ll see, but so far I’m underwhelmed!

    I’ve had absolutely no interest in Dark Matter, but now you’ve made me curious!

    I love the “I was reading” that you’ve added to the end. What a great idea! Are you going to give us titles next time?

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I didn’t think I was interested in Dark Matter either…but it really was great…as a total page turner. You don’t read it for the writing 🙂

      And – click on the links of the “I was reading” section for titles 🙂 Should I change the link text for next time? Put titles instead?

  4. Kay

    Wow! We had a 2-book overlap this week! Must be a record! I will so look forward to your spoiler discussion of BEHIND HER EYES. So many are reading it and I’m commenting about my experience with it, while trying not to say much of anything. LOL

    DARK MATTER was a lot of fun. I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t pick it up for a movie or TV event.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Haha – def a record! I think Behind Her Eyes is a hard one to comment on without revealing much.

      And – I read somewhere that the film rights to Dark Matter have been purchased…maybe for over $1M?

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I dismissed it for awhile too…but one blogger whose taste I generally agree with loved it. That tipped the scales for me. It’s a good sci-fi for people that don’t normally like sci-fi.

  5. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    Glad you are getting out of your reading slump, I love psychological thrillers but don’t really red sci-fi. After a blogging slump in January, I rocked the reading and read 6 that I’m back to blogging, I am struggling to finish 1 book in February. Clearly I need to do better balancing!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Haha – it’s so hard to balance it all! But glad you’re getting out of your reading slump.

  6. Michelle

    I’m SO glad you enjoyed Dark Matter; I know too many people who dismissed it last year. For me, it was one of my favorite reads of 2016!

  7. KatieMcD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Glad to hear good things about Dark Matter, as well as A Separation. Both of those I’ve been keeping my eye on. We’ll see when they make it onto my stack. Lately I’ve been finding myself yearning for some backlist, but am currently focusing on a few more Tournament reads first. So glad you and your hubs were able to get away for a night, we just did that ourselves for the first time ever, and SLEEEEEEP, what a luxury 🙂

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Sometimes backlist is just what you need! I’ve been reading more backlist than usual this year so far – I think putting backlists on hold at the library has been forcing me to make time for them when they come in.

      And so glad you got a night away – it’s so necessary every now and then!

  8. Kathy Martin

    I’ve been on the fence about Dark Matter fearing that it wouldn’t be enough Science Fiction for me. I read a lot of that genre. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Well, it was definitely non-sci-if enough to appeal to me, so you could be onto something. But, as a person that doesn’t generally love sci-if, I’m probably not the best person to ask.

  9. Rebecca

    Great list. I really enjoyed Dark Matter but I am a SFF reader in general. I try to force myself to read other things so that I don’t pigeonhole myself into just SFF 24/7. I liked that Dark Matter was a good read for anyone. You don’t have to be a scifi junkie to enjoy that one. It was a cool concept!
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    • Sarah Dickinson

      It was definitely a good read for everyone – probably why it appealed to me…haha!

  10. Tara

    Ahh, like Susie said I love the new “I was reading” at the end; I’ve thought about doing this, so I may give it a try. I often forget how long I’ve been blogging – ha! I’ve heard such good things about Dark Matter; I may need to add it to my list, Sarah; you had me at “not one bone in my body!”

    • Sarah Dickinson


      And – I do think you’d like Dark Matter! Give it a shot when you need something you can just fly through!

  11. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have been eyeing Dark Matter…and I was enjoying Behind Her Eyes…until that ending. What a disappointment! I need to visit that spoiler post you’re going to write.

    I had to take a break from thrillers for the rest of last week…but now I’m reading another. However, it’s different. (My Husband’s Wife). I will lower my expectations, and maybe it will work.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  12. Taryn

    I need to read Behind Her Eyes, if only because I want to read everyone’s thoughts on it! Dark Matter was such a blast to read. I woke up at 4am to finish it, which is not a thing I’m usually willing to do. 😀

    I’m reading Everything Belongs to Us right now. I’m liking it (some characters more than others), but I wish they hadn’t compared it to Anthony Marra. Invoking his name made me expect something extra–and some humor.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      That’s exactly the reason I read it 🙂

      Glad to know that about Everything…will definitely lower my expectations which is a good thing.

  13. Gina

    I was recently on vacation and saw someone reading Every Thing Belongs to Us. By the time I got back to where they were once sitting, they were gone so I couldn’t ask if they were enjoying it. Dark Matter has been on my list for a long time. How do you think it would be in an audio version?

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Dang it! And that would’ve been fun to see why he/she was reading it since it’s not out yet!

      I normally don’t like fiction on audio, but DM was so action packed that I think it would be one of the only types of fiction that could work for me on audio. It reads a little like a movie script.

  14. Care

    I ordered Dark Matter after reading a great review and that was before it made the TOB Long list. And now that it didn’t make the short list, I’ll have to read it “later”. But I will!

  15. Lindsey

    I’ve been thinking of picking up Behind Her Eyes, but I’m also kind of a wimp when it comes to creepy stories. I need to gauge if it is more suspenseful or if it’s going to keep me up at night!

    Have a great week!

  16. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    I’m currently reading Everything Belongs to Us. It’s a tad slow in places (for me), but not bad. I am wait listed for the audio of Dark Matters, it should be coming up in the next couple weeks. Have a great week!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m hearing some not so great rumblings about Everything…ugh. I’ll go in with lower expectations.

  17. Eva @ The Paperback Princess

    Oh I’m glad you enjoyed Dark Matter. I so know what you mean about not being able to stop turning pages. That was one of the craziest reading experiences I had last year. Definitely not my usual genre but glad I gave it a shot!

  18. Catherine

    I saw dark Matter at BEA but did not take a copy. Gah! Now I wish I would have. Adding it to my library holds because who doesn’t need can’t-put-down reading?!

    I just finished Lincoln in the Bardo. LOVED it. I’ve been thinking about it for you. I know it may not be your normal thing but Saunders is so inventive, which I know you appreciate. Maybe the audiobook? I heard it has a massive cast of celebrities, which makes sense because there are over 100 voices in the book.

    I think I’m going to let you vet Everything. It sounds like something I’d love but hearing mixed feelings about it.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      It’s bananas…definitely a good choice when you’re looking for something you can just fly through.

      I’ve been hesitant about Bardo. I heard Saunders is really into magical realism, which is a no go for me and then someone else mentioned Bardo was a bit tedious. Also not what I’m looking for right now.

      I’m hearing mixed things about Everything too…I’ll vet it for you…at least some of it 🙂

  19. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Ooh, I can’t wait to hear about the ending of the Pinborough book. I always get excited and nosy when people say they want to talk about a controversial ending. READING THE END IS THE BEST WAY TO BE.

  20. Julia @ Vivacious Reads

    What a great reading week! I so wish I could start over, and read Dark Matter for the first time again! Oh well, I still have Behind Her Eyes to look forward too. I just picked up a copy over the weekend!! Hope you have another great week!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Isn’t that the best – when you want to read a book again for the first time?! And also frustrating…

  21. Greg

    I really enjoyed Dark Matter, it was sci fi but more like a thriller. and definitely a page turner! And that’s good to know about Behind Her Eyes- I’ve seen a few reviews now and I’m not sure if I want to read it? I like psych thrillers but have read a lot of them lately…

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I mean – it’s a quick read if you want to be able to be in the conversation or are curious what’s behind that hashtag. I don’t regret reading it, but it’s possible it was more of a hate-read for me.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Totally agree! They’re one of my go-to slump busters. Hope you get to Dark Matter!

  22. Kathy @ Kathy Reads Fiction

    Oh, gosh. I had plans to read Dark Matter back in September and never did. *palm slaps self* I’d forgotten about it. I need to push it back up on my list. I FINALLY got my copy of Behind Her Eyes in the mail, so I hope to start it this coming weekend or early next week.

    I’m not sure on the setting for Everything Belongs to Us. I like the synopsis, but the setting has me in reservation about it. I hope it’s a good one for you, though.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Finish Behind Her Eyes soon so we can discuss – I’ve now posted that spoiler discussion I mentioned!

      I ended up bailing on Everything Belongs to Us 🙁 Just couldn’t get into it…kept zoning out.

  23. Andi

    Totally LOLed at #WTFthatending! If I hear even a whiff of that about a book, I am OUT! I keep seeing DARK MATTER pop up everywhere and I neeeeds it!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I absolutely should have crawled into your brain before I read this one! Although I can’t say I regret reading it…sometimes hate-reading is more fun than meh-reading.

      I do think you should try Dark Matter..when you need a page turner you can just fly through without a ton of thought.

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