It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/23/16)

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Last week was a reading winner! I had more time than normal to read and wasn’t distracted with chaos at home. I finished and really liked The Mother (mini review) and started a final push of potential selections for my annual 2016 Summer Reading Guide, which will be coming out on Thursday (May 26). 

Triathlon Training:
Last week was the start of the final two weeks of heavy training, before starting to recover for race day (June 12). I had my longest bike ride yet (80 min, just over 20 miles) and will do it once more this week. I’ll also be doing my full bike (13.9 miles)/run (5K) brick workout. 

I finished reading…

The After Party, Anton DiSclafani


The After Party
 by Anton DiSclafani (May 17, 2016)
A decent, but not earth-shattering “wealthy people behaving badly” read. An ending that was surprising without being nonsensical earned it an extra half star.

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I’m currently reading…

Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman


Girls on Fire
 by Robin Wasserman (May 17, 2016)
Though I’m only 15% in, I think this 1990’s era high school drama is one of the few books that actually does remind me of the work of the author whose blurb made the book’s cover (Megan Abbott, author of The Fever). If things continue in this vein, it will definitely make an appearance on my 2016 Summer Reading Guide (coming on Thursday).

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Upcoming reading plans…

Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler


Sweetbitter
 by Stephanie Danler (May 24, 2016)
This debut coming of age novel set in the NYC foodie/restaurant scene is 100% up my alley and has already earned raves from two bloggers whose opinions I trust.




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36 Comments

  1. I’m definitely looking forward to Sweetbitter, so can’t wait to hear what you think!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  2. I’ve already got The After Party on hold at the library and am looking forward to Sweetbitter, too!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  3. Kathy Martin wrote:

    These all sound good. I haven’t heard of any of them or ever read anything by these authors though. Here’s my week. Happy reading!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  4. Gosh, you are doing some great reading! I’m looking forward to Sweetbitter and The After Party!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  5. Peyton wrote:

    I have seen Girls on Fire around.. I think I am going to pick this one up for myself as well. It seems interesting 🙂 Happy Reading!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It’s pretty good so far..I’m only 35% in, but hope to make a dent in it tonight!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  6. I am curious about Girls On Fire. All of your books look good. Have a great week Sarah and good luck with your triathlon training.

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ll keep you posted! So far, very teen angst high school with some Satanic cult stuff thrown in, which I’m not sure how I feel about.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  7. Lindsey wrote:

    I am impressed when authors manage to surprise me too. It can certainly bump a so-so book up to a good one!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yes and I think it’s so hard to do well! Some plot twists are so out there that I don’t even enjoy them and some are so obvious. I love it when an author surprises me, but the ending still makes sense in hindsight. Gone Girl comes to mind.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  8. I’ve heard Girls on Fire is intense so I’m really looking forward to reading it.

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Hope you get to it soon!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  9. Sweetbitter is on my list for audio. I’m excited about it. Thank you for your thoughts on The After Party. That’s pretty much how I felt about her first book. As much as I love the cover, I think I’ll pass.

    Here’s hoping your week is full of reading like last week!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I remember you saying that! It was fine and not a bad read if you’re just looking for something easy, but not a star by any means.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  10. Amanda wrote:

    I need to review both Girls on Fire and Sweetbitter desperately! I can’t wait to see people reading Sweetbitter!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m DYING to start it. I need to finish Girls on Fire, which I hope to do in the next few days. Then on to Sweetbitter.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  11. Lisa wrote:

    Love to know what your think of Girls on Fire…I want to get my hands on it.

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ll keep you posted…will have finished it by next week’s Monday update.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  12. All three of these titles are on my radar, so can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them. Good luck with the continued training!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thanks!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  13. Athira wrote:

    Woohoo – so glad for an awesome reading week! Also, Girls on Fire sounds intriguing. I love reading high school era books as long as it is not very YA-ish, if that makes sense?

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I know exactly what you mean and feel the same way. So far, so good on this one.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  14. I’m first in the list for Sweetbitter at the library, and I’m excited!

    I was wondering about Girls on Fire. I’m going to keep an eye out for it now.

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yay! I’m downloading it tomorrow, but probably won’t get to it for a few more days.

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  15. Sweetbitter looks good… somehow it was not on my radar! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts and decide if it’s worthy going onto my library list 🙂

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Catherine, Tara and Amanda all loved it, so I’m hoping for good things!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  16. Shaina wrote:

    So looking forward to your reading list!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thanks much!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  17. Kathryn wrote:

    All your books look engaging, the one that draws me by the cover and your words is The After Party. Enjoy your reading this week.

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It was decent, but nothing earth shattering. Good if you’re looking for something light and easy…which I was when I read it!

      Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  18. Great picks this week. I’m curious about both. Enjoy!

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  19. I’m interested to see what you think of Sweetbitter. The After Party is one that I returned unread to my library because I just don’t have the time. I had three weeks to keep it, but I knew I wouldn’t get to it. 🙁

    Posted 5.23.16 Reply
  20. Andi wrote:

    Sweetbitter is popping up all over, and I hope to get my hands on it! As for your triathlon training GO, SARAH, GO!

    Posted 5.24.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Just downloaded it…whomp whomp! I’ll take food books any day!

      Posted 5.24.16 Reply
  21. Michelle wrote:

    I just read a fantastic review for Sweetbitter so I hope you enjoy it too.

    Good luck with the rest of your training!

    Posted 5.26.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So far, so good!

      Posted 5.27.16 Reply

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