Tag: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

What I’m Reading Now (6/26/17)

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I actually finished two books and one audiobook last week…I’m shocked! I’m sure it’s because my kids finally finished school for the year and because both books were only around 200 pages. And, the audiobook I finished was My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman, which I really enjoyed!

I went to the doctor for my back and hip pain and will be getting an MRI this week. The good news is she didn’t think it was disc related. The bad news is she thinks I might have a tear or a strain in my glute connectors/attachments, which can also cause pain in the lower back area. We’ll see what the MRI says, but in the meantime, no running or swimming. I can ride my bike and do strength training, though…silver linings!

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I finished reading…

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong


What We Lose
 by Zinzi Clemmons (July 11, 2017)

There were flashes of brilliance in this debut novel, but it was overall really jumpy and I had trouble getting into it. Mini review to come.

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (July 11, 2017)
A sweet novel about a young girl who goes home to help take care of her Dad, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I adored Ruth’s (the narrator and main character) voice! Mini review to come.
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Final Girls by Riley Sager


Final Girls by Riley Sager
 (July 11, 2017)
Y’all know I’m skittish about thrillers, but Stephen King called this one “the first great thriller of 2017.” So, I’m giving it a shot. However, he also said you’d like this if you liked Gone Girl, which caused me to immediately lose a tiny bit of respect for him. Mr. King, you are too good to stoop to a Gone Girl comparison! 

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Outer Cape by Patrick Dacey, Who is Rich by Matthew Klam


The Outer Cape
 by Patrick Dacey
 (June 27, 2017)
DNF at 16%. One of the main characters is just insufferable and I couldn’t deal any longer…even though dislikable characters don’t generally bother me.

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam (July 4, 2017)
DNF at 5%. Meg Wolitzer (who I adore) called this novel “funny, dark, big, and bold,” but there was a massive rundown of characters right out of the gates and I got bored. However, given Wolitzer’s endorsement, I’d be willing to give this one another shot if another blogger I trust likes it.

Upcoming reading plans…

Unless one of my library holds comes in…

Tornado Weather by Deborah Kennedy


Tornado Weather
 by Deborah E. Kennedy
 (July 11, 2017)
This debut novel about a young girl who goes missing in a small town has been compared to Everything I Never Told You, which I loved. It sounds like it could be one of those books that includes a crime, but
the story is about much more than the crime, which I also love. 

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a disappointing book by an author whose previous book I loved.

Two Years Ago: I was on vacation and not writing blog posts!

How was your reading week?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (6/19/17)

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And the June weather nonsense continues where I live…we got a few nice days last week, but now it’s back to chilly rain and should continue that way through the middle of next week. Where is summer?!

I’d been doing well with rehabbing my back injury, but I swam last week thinking it would be great for my back (people say swimming is great for back injuries) and how wrong I was. It absolutely killed and I’ve also been fighting some hip pain, so I’m going to an actual doctor next week to figure out what’s wrong. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Personalized Book Recommendation free trial, which is now officially over. I fulfilled 74 recommendation requests…whew…and I hope you enjoyed the book recommendations you got! I’m still in the process of sending out feedback surveys, but once those are complete, I’ll do a summary post sharing what I learned (which was a lot)!

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I finished reading…

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen


One True Thing
 by Anna Quindlen (August 30, 1994)
Anna Quindlen served the purpose I’d hoped she would (pulling me out of an epic June reading slump)! Though I didn’t love One True Thing quite as much as Every Last One (my review), it was still a solid 4 star read and I reveled in Quindlen’s “yes, that’s exactly how it is” writing about life. Mini review to come.

I’m currently reading…

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane


Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
 (May 9, 2017)
I’m almost finished with this psychological thriller and it’s the first one I’ve really enjoyed in a long time (maybe because it reads more like literary fiction, especially in the first half, than like a thriller)! It will definitely be going on my 2017 Summer Reading Guide!

Upcoming reading plans…

Outer Cape by Patrick Dacey


The Outer Cape
 by Patrick Dacey
 (June 27, 2017)
The Outer Cape is Dacey’s follow-up novel to his short story collection, We’ve Already Gone This Far, and is set in the same fictional town. It’s a story of family and small town life and sounds generally up my alley.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a book that ended up on my Best Books of 2016 (So Far) list and did my first Sprint Triathlon of last year.

Two Years Ago: I’d just finished a totally demented book that ended up on my Best Books of 2015 list!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (6/12/17)

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Oh my gosh, y’all! June weather, June busyness, and June books…they’ve all stunk! This past weekend was really the first time we’ve had summer weather where we live. I was in jeans and long sleeves last week, but finally got some great beach time in this weekend. The schools are just crushing us with inconsequential tasks, events to attend, and early dismissals, so life has been pretty chaotic.

And, the icing on the cake has been that almost all my June review books have left a lot to be desired. I think I’ve sampled and/or DNF’d more books than I’ve actually finished this month. I guess this is payback for my epic May

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I finished reading…

Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses


Small Hours
 by Jennifer Kitses (June 13, 2017)
I probably made a mistake reading this book about marriage right after another book about marriage (Standard Deviation). The writing didn’t stick with me as much and it just seemed ho-hum compared to Standard Deviation.

I’m currently reading…

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen


One True Thing
 by Anna Quindlen (August 30, 1994)
Anna Quindlen is fast becoming a go-to author for me (though, I realize I’m super late to this party). She truly gets life and that shines through in this emotional gut-wrencher about a daughter going home to care for her mother while she’s dying of cancer. It’s exactly what I needed to pull me out of this epic June slump.

PS – I also just listened to her essay collection Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake and it was like seeing a therapist. She just has such a grounded, practical outlook on life that really puts things in perspective for me. Highly recommend for anyone craving a “life wisdom” type read!

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (June 6, 2017)
I’d heard so many great things about this memoir prior to publication (even a comparison to When Breath Becomes Air), but the writing was uneven for me. There were poignant sections about Riggs’ illness, but then she’d go off on fairly boring philosophical tangents about various works of literature and authors. DNF’d at 14%.

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash (June 6, 2017)
I’ve had fantastic luck with sports fiction lately (Trophy SonBeartown), but three times was not the charm. The protagonist in this novel was downright painful to listen to….I couldn’t even make it through the sample. It’s got a ton of 5 star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Not sure what’s going on there or whether I didn’t give it enough of a chance. Have any of you read it?

Upcoming reading plans…

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane


Since We Fell
 by Dennis Lehane
 (May 9, 2017)
This psychological thriller was a Book of the Month Club May selection and my library hold has finally come in! I’m hoping it will make a good addition to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a thriller that ended up on my 2016 Summer Reading Guide.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a 5 star thriller (a rarity for me!).

How was your reading week?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (6/5/17)

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Whew! Last week was super crazy with personal stuff, which led to lots of jumping around with my reading. I had some child-free travel (including a 7 hour train ride!), so I expected to get a ton of reading done, but things didn’t really pan out that way. I finally settled on one book, but am also mixing in an essay from Double Bind: Women on Ambition by Robin Romm here and there. 

I was also planning to read The Animators last week, but just couldn’t concentrate on it. It’s definitely a book I’ll be coming back to at a better time thanks to recommendations from Susie at Novel Visits and Tara at Running N Reading.

If you’d like to join Book of the Month Club this month, tomorrow is your last day to get the June selections. Go here for my thoughts on the June picks and to sign up! One of my favorite books I read in May is a June selection!

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I finished reading…

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny 

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (May 23, 2017)
I really enjoyed this look at a not perfect, but not completely dysfunctional either marriage between an introvert and an extreme extravert. Lots of “yes, that’s exactly how it is” writing! Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses


Small Hours
 by Jennifer Kitses (June 13, 2017)
I’m about 40% through this debut novel about a marriage told 24-style (hour by hour over the course of a single day) and the jury is still out. The first quarter was a little slow, but it’s picked up since then. Will have to see where it goes from here.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Brain Defense by Kevin Davis


The Brain Defense by Kevin Davis (February 28, 2017)
Parts of this book (the individual case studies) were super interesting, but others (the historical aspects of neuroscience) were less so. I had trouble sustaining my concentration and put it down after 38%.

Upcoming reading plans…

I’m not quite sure yet, but probably one of these June 6 releases.

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (June 6, 2017)
This memoir is being compared to When Breath Becomes Air and even has a blurb from Lucy Kalanithi (Paul Kalanithi of When Breath Becomes Air‘s widow). I have to make sure I’m emotionally ready before reading this one.

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash (June 6, 2017)
I’ve been on a super hot run with sports fiction lately (Trophy SonBeartown) and so I figure let’s keep the streak alive with some wrestling. This debut novel has a bit of a John Irving ring to it and Hanya Yanigahara (author of A Little Life, one of my favorite books of 2015) called it “a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity.”

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of my favorite books of last year…foodie fiction!

Two Years Ago: I was reading a quintessential New York City novels and participated in a 10K trail run.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/29/17)

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Happy Memorial Day, ya’ll! And my thanks to everyone who gave their lives for our country, is serving our country, or has served in the past.

I discovered that, after plowing through lots of ARCs and lighter books to potentially include in my 2017 Summer Reading Guide, I needed a break from both. For once, library holds cooperated with my timing and three came in last week. I read about 10 pages of Into the Water (Paula Hawkins’s follow-up to The Girl on the Train) before abandoning it and lasted just a tad longer with Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy.

After all that book-hopping, I finally landed on one of my favorite books of the year so far!

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I finished reading…

Beartown by Fredrick Backman 

Beartown by Fredrick Backman (April 25, 2017)
I absolutely adored (5 star adored) this story about a small hockey town, despite DNF’ing Backman’s earlier hit, A Man Called Ove. Beartown has a Friday Night Lights vibe (which you know gets me every time!) and was completely engrossing. I’ll be adding it to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide.

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I’m currently reading…

Brain Defense by Kevin Davis


The Brain Defense
 by Kevin Davis (February 28, 2017)
I needed something very different after finishing Beartown, so I’m attempting this nonfiction about the use of neuroscience as a defense in criminal trials. I’m only 11% through so far, but am fascinated by the particular case Davis chose to use to illustrate this phenomenon.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (March 28, 2017)

Given my burnout from WWII novels, I’m not surprised that I got bored with this one fairly quickly and sent it back to the library.

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder (June 6, 2017)
I read 18% of this light read and it was fine, but wasn’t really holding my interest. I realized I needed a bit of a break from reading so many light books for my Summer Reading Guide…plus library holds started coming in…so I put it aside. I may go back to it, though.

Upcoming reading plans…

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (January 31, 2017)
I actually started this novel about female friendship right before my library hold of Beartown came in, so I’m planning to go back to it. Susie at Novel Visits recommended it months ago and I’ve been meaning to get to it ever since.

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a so-so book about demented high school students.

Two Years Ago: I was re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird, which was the only good thing to come out of the publication of Go Set A Watchman.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/22/17)

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I posted my 2017 Summer Reading Guide last week, so check it out if you haven’t already! There’s a variety of types of beach reading on there…not just super fluffy novels with covers featuring women in beach chairs. And, I’ll continue adding books to my Summer Reading Guide for the next two months, so keep checking back!

And, now that I’m done plowing through review books to consider for the Summer Reading Guide, I’ve got a bit of time to read some other things I’ve had on my list. And, my library holds are actually cooperating for once by coming in when I actually have time to read them!

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I finished reading…

White Fur, One of the Boys, Do Not Become Alarmed


White Fur
 by Jardine Libaire (May 30, 2017)

Most gorgeously written thing I’ve read in awhile and one of my favorite books of the year so far! Mini review coming soon.
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One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel (March 14, 2017)
This book is short (176 pages), but absolutely brutal. It’s well written and went in a different direction than I expected, which I was happy about. My big hiccup was an Epilogue that made no sense and was completely unnecessary. But, 4 stars overall.

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Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (June 6, 2017)
This page-turner about two American couples whose children go missing while on a cruise through Central America is perfect for the beach if you’re looking for something fast-paced! I flew through it and will be adding it to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide.

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I’m currently reading…

Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck


The Women in the Castle
 by Jessica Shattuck (March 28, 2017)

Ya’ll probably know I’m a little burned out of WWII novels, but Georgia Hunter’s recent debut (We Were the Lucky Ones) opened my mind back up to them. So, I’m giving this one a shot. It’s a library hold, so I’ll likely abandon it quickly if it’s not working for me.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro


The Gypsy Moth Summer
 by Julia Fierro (June 6, 2017)
This novel by the author of Cutting Teeth started off with one of the most intriguing first lines I’ve read in awhile (“Before that summer of ’92, when the gypsy moths swarmed Avalon Island and Leslie Day Marshall, golden-headed prodigal daughter, returned with her black husband and brown children to claim her seat as First Lady, the island’s crimes were minor.”). Unfortunately, I got bored with the pretty much nothing that happened after that and gave up at 17%. However, I’m willing to give it another shot if someone tells me it’s great.

Upcoming reading plans…

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder


The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder (June 6, 2017)

I have to admit, this book solely caught my eye because of its fantastic title. Then, I realized the premise seemed similar to Seating Arrangements (my review), which I loved, and it was blurbed by Jennifer Close (author of The Hopefuls). This is one of those books that could either be glorious or atrocious. I’m going to find out. 

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I read one of the most hyped books of Summer 2016.

Two Years Ago: I read one of my favorite debuts of 2015!

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

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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!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (5/8/17)

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Last week was particularly hectic in my personal life and I felt fairly distracted with my reading until things settled down late in the week. I’ve switched gears to some lighter books, which are better matches for the life craziness right now!

I haven’t talked much about my back injury lately…but I’ve been plugging away. I’m still in physical therapy twice a week and am gradually increasing the intensity of my workouts. They still aren’t anywhere close to what I was doing pre-injury, but I feel like I’m making baby steps progress. Last week, I ran a whole mile without a walk interval for the first time since the injury – so yay? I’m also learning to accept that it now takes a lot more to loosen my muscles than it did before this happened. So, the time I’m spending on stretching, foam rolling, and doing Jasyoga has dramatically increased.

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I finished reading…

Woman No 17, The Fact of a Body


Woman No. 17
 by Edan Lepucki (May 9, 2017)
My feelings about this book didn’t change during the last 40% (i.e. where I left you last week). I never really got the “sinister, sexy noir” or the “female friendship” elements…or figured out what the book is truly about. Mini review to come.

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May 16, 2017)
My thoughts about this part memoir / part true crime are all over the place. I’m not sure what I expected, but it definitely wasn’t quite what I got. I found it a bit tedious and clunky initially, but ended up appreciating how the two stories linked up by the end. Warning: this one is an emotional gut-wrencher. Mini Review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt


Trophy Son
 by Douglas Brunt (May 30, 2017)
I’m almost done with this novel about a young tennis prodigy with an overbearing sports father and it’s exactly the type of book I need right now! It’s a unique spin on a coming of age story and I’m flying through it. Bonus if you’re a tennis fan, but that’s not necessary to enjoy it! 

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Upcoming reading plans…

I’m not quite sure! I’ve been powering through May ARC’s for the last few weeks and I might try to fit in something from my “must try before the end of the year” list. Or, I might tackle my one remaining May ARC.

Rabbit Cake, White Fur

 

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (March 7, 2017)
Susie at Novel Visits recently put this debut novel featuring a lovable twelve year old girl narrator on my radar and since then I’ve been hearing a lot of great buzz about it.

White Fur by Jardine Libaire (May 30, 2017)
Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea raved about this 1980’s NYC love story. I normally avoid books about romance, but I hear this one is untraditional and gritty, which is much more up my alley. This is the aforementioned “one remaining May ARC.”

I was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of last year’s buzziest books.

Two Years Ago: I was reading one of the few YA novels I read last year.

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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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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/24/17)

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Last week, I dug into May releases…with some hits and misses. I also read my first hardcover book (Startup) in at least a year and was reminded that reading hardcovers is completely cumbersome and doesn’t fit my current read-on-the-go lifestyle! Miraculously, I still really enjoyed the book.

And, I’ve apparently become so disenchanted by American thrillers (I’ve been craving a great one and keep getting disappointed) that I’ve now gone abroad. I’m attempting French and Australian thrillers this week. If these work, I might never come home…

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I finished reading…

The Takedown, Startup


The Takedown by Corrie Wang (April 11, 2017)
This is the first YA novel I’ve enjoyed in years…it’s unique, fun, juicy, and provides an interesting/terrifying look at where technology and social media could go! Look for it on my 2017 Summer Reading Guide (coming in mid-May).
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Startup by Doree Shafrir (April 25, 2017)
Startup was my second book in a row involving the technology world and was a fun, easy read with biting social commentary, which I always love.

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I’m currently reading…

Based on a True Story, Delphine de Vigan


Based on a True Story
 by Delphine de Vigan (May 9, 2017)
I’m about halfway through this French (it’s sold 500,000 copies in France!) psychological thriller about an author and a toxic friendship that is, like the title says, based on a true story. Man, is it creepy! I’m dying to know how this all plays out.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

The Leavers, No One Can Pronounce my Name
The Goodreads reviews for both these books are generally positive, so there’s a chance I could go back to them if someone I trust raves about them. But, based on their openings, I decided not to be the guinea pig.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (May 2, 2017)
I thought I would enjoy this highly anticipated debut about a boy who grows up with white parents after his biological mother (an undocumented Chinese immigrant) goes missing, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters and kept zoning out. DNF at 13%.

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (May 2, 2017)
This novel about a community of Indian Americans living in Cleveland was billed as being funny, but I didn’t get that at all. Granted, I didn’t make it very far, but I also kept zoning out as I was reading…never a good sign.

Upcoming reading plans…

The Dry, Jane Harper


The Dry
 by Jane Harper (January 10, 2017)
After months and months, my library hold finally came in for this Australian mystery that’s gotten tons of buzz…just in time to possibly be included in my Summer Reading Guide!

I was reading…

One Year Ago: Yikes! A bunch of blah books and general flailing!

Two Years Ago: Read what might end up being one of my all-time favorite books!

How was your reading week?

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