It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/1/17)

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Those International thrillers I was digging into last week were hit and miss…and now I’m trying to read all my May ARCs before the middle of the month so I can hopefully include a few more titles on my 2017 Summer Reading Guide!

I also briefly tried a couple books that I didn’t even read long enough to put in my usual “I tried, but wasn’t feeling…” section. I couldn’t connect with the writing style of No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts and I kept zoning out while reading Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait.

Finally, my commentary on the May Book of the Month Club selections is now up! I wasn’t super impressed with this month’s selections…mainly because I DNF’d one and didn’t love another that I’d already read. But, there are some awesome special deals this month!

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I finished reading…

Based on a True Story, The Dry by Jane Harper

Based on a True Story
 by Delphine de Vigan (May 9, 2017)
I’m still trying to think through how I feel about this book. What I do know is it’s a complete mindf*uck! It’s emotionally tense, ambiguous, and there is a lot to figure out. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it is a book that begs to be discussed after you finish it, making it a great book club selection. Spoiler discussion to come.
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The Dry by Jane Harper (January 10, 2017)
People seem to love this Australian mystery and the beginning stood out to me as a mystery that A) lacked the usual cheesy cop banter of police novels and B) had strong character development (both good things in my book!). Sadly, the ending was all kinds of mystery cliche and made the overall book just okay for me. Not sure what all the hype is about here.

I’m currently reading…

Woman No 17 by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17
 by Edan Lepucki (May 9, 2017)
I’m about 60% through this “sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles” (Goodreads) and I’m not sure the blurb is an accurate description. I’m not seeing the “sinister, sexy noir” or the “female friendship” elements. And, I’m still unclear what the book is truly about. 

Upcoming reading plans…

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The Fact of a Body
 by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May 16, 2017)
I’ve been SO psyched to read this true crime memoir! Celeste Ng (author of Everything I Never Told You and the upcoming Little Fires Everywhere) said it was “equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth.” Plus, it’s been recommended for fans of the Serial podcast and Making A Murderer. This one sounds 100% up my alley. I’m now praying it lives up to the hype I’ve created in my head.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: The Expatriates broke a reading slump!

Two Years Ago: I’d just finished a book blogger darling and was reading my first 5 star short story collection.

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  1. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Sounds like you had a mixed bag of books today. I hope this coming week brings all winners. Come see my week here. Have a great week!

    Posted 5.1.17 Reply
  2. Yay! You’re going to do a discussion on Based on a True Story. It definitely begs for one! I’m at 35% now on Woman No. 17 and still really like it.

    Posted 5.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So you’re probably done with Woman No 17 now – interested to hear what you think of it once you finish!

      Posted 5.3.17 Reply
  3. I’m still stuck in my Syrian memoir. There was a lot of history to get through, and now the real story has begun. I’m pretty sure the library will suck it back out of my iPad before I get through it.

    Posted 5.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      That sounds like a tough one – not what I’m in the mood for at the moment.

      Posted 5.3.17 Reply
  4. So, so good to see The Dry up here on your book list this week. I loved this book, a solid five star rating. I’m so looking forward to Jane’s next book in September.

    Enjoy your books this week and happy reading!
    Amanda @ Mrs B’s Book Reviews

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  5. The Fact of a Body sounds outstanding!

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  6. I couldn’t stop reading Woman No. 17, but I don’t know that I would describe it as a “sinister, sexy noir,” but it was definitely full of unlikable characters. But, I tell myself, that’s LA!

    I’m curious about Based on a True Story.

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

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  7. Michelle wrote:

    I am SO far behind in my galley reads. I still have five or six April ones, so now I have to read them in order of when they expire. I need a good week or two of nothing on the family schedule as well as a quiet work schedule in order to get caught up, I fear. I aim to try though!

    You still have me intrigued by Based on a True Story. You know how I like a good mindf*ck!

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  8. Beth F wrote:

    The Dry and Fact of a Body are already on my list. Based on a True Story — I guess I”d better read it!

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  9. Melinda wrote:

    I was toying with selecting “Woman No. 17” for my book of the month book, and now I’m now I’m glad I chose something else!

    Posted 5.1.17 Reply
  10. I still need to crack open California. Saturday was my the junior to cadette bridging ceremony in San Francisco. My daughter and I are sore and sunburnt from our adventure but we had fun. Come see what I’m reading.

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  11. Greg wrote:

    The Dry looks good, that one is new to me. Sorry it didn’t quite live up to hype. Hope Woman No 17 gets better too. It’s tough when a blurb is not exactly accurate and then you’re trying to figure out as you go what the book is about!

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