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

What I’m Reading Now (11/13/17)

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You’re getting 2 weeks worth of updates today since I skipped last Monday to host the Nonfiction November (get all the details here!) Fiction / Nonfiction Pairings Link-Up. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this focus on nonfiction reading that I tend to neglect throughout the year!

I also got to meet Tara from Running N Reading, one of my favorite book (and running) bloggers, in person for the first time! She was visiting my town to run our local Half Marathon, so we grabbed tea/cider and froze while we caught up outdoors. She is just as darling in person as she is online and I was so happy to put a name with a face. PS – if you like my book recommendations, you’ll also love hers and should follow her blog!

#Nonficnov Instagram Challenge

I’ve been participating in the #nonficnov Instagram Challenge at least a couple times a week, spotlighting some of my favorite nonfiction in a number of categories. And, let’s be honest, the nonfiction I happen to have in physical book form! Follow me (at sarahsbookshelves) and the #nonficnov hashtag on Instagram to follow along!

The winning post so far is…

Nonfiction November Instagram Challenge Day 2: Favorite Recent Nonfiction⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Does last year count as recent?! Hope so… Hillbilly Elegy was one of my favorite nonfiction books of last year AND one of my overall favorites of 2016! I read it well before it blew up following the election (and accumulated a ton of backlash), so had a cleaner slate going in. I thoroughly enjoyed it as the straightforward memoir it is. And, who doesn’t love a bada$$, trash-talking grandma?!⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookgram #booktography #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #bookblogger #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #goodreads #nonficnov @kimthedork @doingdewey @catchmybookbreath @harperbooks

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I finished reading…

Forty Autumns, After the Eclipse, Dear Fahrenheit 451


Forty Autumns
by Nina Willner (October 4, 2016)
This memoir about Willner’s German family being torn apart by the Berlin Wall is fantastic. It’s highly readable and the story reminded me a bit of We Were the Lucky Ones, just during a different war. Mini review to come.

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After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry (September 26, 2017)
This memoir is a bit true crime and a bit The Glass Castle. It’s a powerful book, but unnecessarily long. Mini review to come.

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (September 26, 2017)
A welcome delightful and funny read following the intensity of Forty Autumns and After the Eclipse! Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen


How Reading Changed My Life
by Anna Quindlen (January 1, 1998)
I’m over halfway through this 98 page rumination on the reading life. I adore Anna Quindlen and generally love her ruminations on anything, but this one isn’t working for me. It feels like she wrote it for some term paper…

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul


My Life with Bob
by Pamela Paul (June 13, 2017)
DNF at 42%. I loved the beginning where she focuses on her reading life. However, she started moving more into straight memoir and talking less about books and reading. I started to lose interest and got annoyed by her increasing lapses into intellectual snobbery.

Upcoming reading plans…

Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan (September 26, 2017)
I’ve been seeing this story about the Biltmore castle in Asheville, NC around a lot lately and rarely turn my nose up at some “behind the scenes of rich people” reading!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a long, but fast paced book about Hurricane Katrina.

Two Years Ago: I finished an eye-opening nonfiction about women in Afghanistan.

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What I’m Reading Now (10/30/17)

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Nonfiction November officially starts today! Get all the details here! I got a bit of a headstart on my Nonfiction November reading last week, which is a welcome change of pace from all the fiction I’ve been ingesting this Fall.

Housekeeping item regarding Amazon Smile and purchasing through Amazon affiliate links

A reader raised a great question impacting Amazon Smile (where Amazon donates a % of your purchase value to your favorite charity) users: when a Smile user purchases something through my Amazon affiliate links, do I still receive my commission for her purchases? The short answer is NO, unless I create a special affiliate link just for Amazon Smile users. But, I have a work-around.

It doesn’t make sense to create two Amazon Affiliate links for every item I link to, but did you know that if you click one of my affiliate links and end up buying something different than the item I linked to, I still get the commission? So, I will include one Amazon Smile affiliate link in the disclosure section of every post (see below for example). Using that link (rather than the regular affiliate links throughout the post) to make purchases will ensure Smile users donate to their charity and that commission on their purchases gets to me (all at no additional cost to them).

Let me say this one more time to make sure we’re clear: my general Amazon Smile link will take you to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but you can search for whatever you actually want to buy and I still get the commission on your purchase. So, don’t be alarmed when the Smile link doesn’t take you directly to the item you want to purchase!

It bestills my heart that one of my readers cares enough about making sure I’m getting the appropriate commissions from her purchases to email me with this issue. Thank you, Becky! And, please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions.

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

Here’s my hodgepodge pile…where I try to blend blue, green, and rainbow into something that actually goes together! Someone with a better design eye will have to tell me if I succeeded…

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I finished reading…

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid (June 13, 2017)
Perfect follow-up to The Heart’s Invisible Furies! It’s definitely in my top echelon of brain candy books. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul


My Life with Bob
by Pamela Paul (June 13, 2017)
I’m about 40% through this memoir by the editor of the New York Times Book Review. I loved the beginning where she focuses on her reading life. However, she’s now moving more into straight memoir and talking less about books and reading. I’m starting to lose interest and getting annoyed by her occasional lapses into intellectual snobbery. We’ll see how much farther I continue…

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Artemis by Andy Weir


Artemis
 by Andy Weir (November 14, 2017)
I loved The Martian. I was psyched Weir had a new book coming out. Alas…I made it about 5%. The dialogue and jokey banter was not endearing like it was in The Martian…just flat out annoying. I don’t think I could stand reading a whole 384 pages of it.

Upcoming reading plans…

Forty Autumns by Nina Millner


Forty Autumns
by Nina Willner (October 4, 2016)
I’ve already kind of started this memoir about Willner’s German family being torn apart by the Berlin Wall and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a couple books others loved, but I didn’t.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a raunchily hilarious AND heart-breaking memoir.

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What I’m Reading Now (10/23/17)

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Y’all, I’ve never hauled a$$ through a book faster in my life! I realized I had 3 days to finish The Heart’s Invisible Furies before it was due back to the library and I was only halfway through it’s 582 pages. I put aside everything else during my free time to get this done…and I did it!

I also started running again for the first time since my injury in June. I’m taking baby steps and doing run/walk intervals, but it feels good and hard to get back out there. I’d sort of forgotten how running isn’t that fun when you’re out of running shape.

Don’t forget Nonfiction November is starting a week from today! Get all the details here and get your Nonfiction TBR lists ready!

And, in case you missed my most recent Favorite First Lines Instagram post, it’s one of my very favorites I’ve read lately! Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves for more of my favorite first lines.

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I finished reading…

Ranger Games, Reading People, Heart's Invisible Furies


Ranger Games
by Ben Blum (September 12, 2017)
This is one crazy story (a couple U.S. Army Rangers rob a bank). A bit overly long (not not even close to the point where I’m dying for it to be over), but entertaining and has some interesting insights to chew on. And, keep this one in your back pocket as a great “Dad” gift for the holidays!
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Reading Peopleby Anne Bogel (September 19, 2017)
If you’re interested in personality types such as the Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, etc and how to your personality types to your own life, Reading People is an approachable place to start. It doesn’t go deep into any of these types, but it’s a good overview that can help you decide where you might like to go deep. I listened to it on audio, but recommend either coupling that with the paperback or e-book or just reading it so you can spend more time determining which personality types apply to you.

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The Heart’s Invisible Furiesby John Boyne (August 22, 2017)
THIS BOOK! It’s the big, immersive novel I’ve been looking for all year and it’s absolutely fantastic! In the top echelon of 2017 books for sure. It’s heartfelt, unexpectedly funny, and powerful. It’s one of those rare novels that will stick with you for a very long time. Review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid (June 13, 2017)
Taylor Jenkins Reid is not an author I normally turn to, but I’ve been hearing such raves about Evelyn Hugo. Plus, I suspect it’s exactly the recovery book I need following The Heart’s Invisible Furies.

Upcoming reading plans…

Switching gears to Nonfiction November!

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul


My Life with Bob
by Pamela Paul (June 13, 2017)
The editor of the New York Times Book Review talks about “Bob,” her book of books where she recorded every book she read for years. She talks about how the books she read shaped her own life.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading the books in my last installment of Alcohol & Advil!

Two Years Ago: I was reading a book I wanted to throw across the room by the end…and one I’m still angry I wasted so much time on.

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What I’m Reading Now (10/16/17)

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Oh man…my library holds are rolling in (don’t you love how they all invariably come in at the same time?!) and I’m hoping I can get through them before Nonfiction November starts!

On that note, join us for a month celebrating the often pushed-to-the-backburner genre of Nonfiction! There will be themed link-ups, a book swap, an Instagram challenge, and lots of nonfiction reading…learn more here.

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I finished reading…

Sing Unburied Sing, Daring to Drive
Sing, Unburied, Sing
 by Jesmyn Ward (September 5, 2017)

I felt the same about this National Book Award Finalist as I did about A Gentleman in Moscow and Exit West. Full review to come later this week.
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Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif (June 13, 2017)
This is one eye-opening, heart-breaking, and enraging read. And al-Sharif is one brave woman. She started the campaign for women to drive in Saudi Arabia and this book is the story of her life as well as a stark portrayal of the oppression women face in Saudi Arabia. Perfect for anyone who loved The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg (my review) and excellent on audio.

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I’m currently reading…

Ranger Games by Ben Blum


Ranger Games
by Ben Blum (September 12, 2017)
This is one crazy story (a couple U.S. Army Rangers rob a bank). A bit overly long (not not even close to the point where I’m dying for it to be over), but entertaining and has some interesting insights to chew on. I’m almost finished with it. And, keep this one in your back pocket as a great “Dad” gift for the holidays!
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Upcoming reading plans…

Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne


The Heart’s Invisible Furies
by John Boyne (August 22, 2017)
This hefty novel has been getting raves from bloggers I trust and my library hold finally came in! I’m trying, but failing, to keep my expectations at a reasonable level. Who am I kidding…I actually think this is my last hope for a clear Best Book of 2017.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I finished reading one of my favorites of 2016…and was about to start another!

Two Years Ago: I was in a bit of a slump…kind of like right now!

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What I’m Reading Now (10/9/17)

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I’m seeing so many people on social media talk about how they’re thrilled Fall weather is finally coming…well, don’t count me among them! I’m loving this Indian Summer and will gladly wear shorts a bit longer. My reading is looking up a bit…I think. I’m on the precipice and it could go either way.

Last week, I started a new Instagram series. I love the first lines of books and agree with authors Doug Brunt and Pat Conroy (and I’m sure many others) who say the good ones tell you almost everything you need to know about the book. So, I’ll be sharing favorite first lines from my reading on Instagram. Follow me at sarahsbookshelves!

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I finished reading…

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit


Fear
 by Dirk Kurbjuweit (October 3, 2017)

Whew – first book I’ve confidently liked since August! It’s got a Herman Koch vibe (more Dear Mr. M than The Dinner). Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward


Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward (September 5, 2017)

I’m almost finished this National Book Award Finalist and I can totally see why it’s racking up critical accolades. The writing is raw and vivid and the story is a sad portrait of hard lives. Yet…I keep zoning out. This is becoming a pattern for me with certain types of books.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Seven Days of Us
 by Francesca Hornak (October 17, 2017)
DNF at 27%. This one was so-so and an easy read. It would’ve been easy to keep going, but I didn’t want to waste my time on yet another easy, but forgettable book. On another note, it’s the 3rd book that got lots of buzz at this year’s Book Expo America that has bombed for me. Hmm…maybe a recommendation source to ignore in the future?

Upcoming reading plans…

Ranger Games by Ben Blum


Ranger Games
by Ben Blum (September 12, 2017)
I was planning to save this true story about a seemingly normal Army Ranger who up and robs a bank for Nonfiction November, but I desperately need a change of pace. So, I’m starting early.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of my favorites of 2016…I was also on a reading hot streak!

Two Years Ago: I read one of my go-to recovery books!

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What I’m Reading Now (10/2/17)

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Fall books are still proving tough for me, but I’ve now found at least a few I actually enjoyed! Usually, at least one of my Top 3 books of the year comes from the Fall release crop, but I’m thinking that may not happen this year. On a better note, I started watching USA’s The Sinner and am totally hooked! It’s dark, twisty, demented…and perfect!

I posted less than usual on the blog last week, but it was because I was working hard on my Ultimate Guide to the Book of the Month Club JUDGES, where I compiled every BOTM judge’s selection track record into an easy-to-use guide (and Excel template) that will help you find the judges that are most compatible with your reading taste! October selections are out…check out my commentary on all the books and the judges guide (including free template) to help you choose the perfect book for your taste!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

Round 1 of my shelves is complete and, last week, I shared the “blue books” shelf! This just includes my “A List” books…I’ll be adding more books and some decorative things for Round 2.

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I finished reading…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
A pretty good read, though not perfect. I think this one would make a great book club selection. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit


Fear
 by Dirk Kurbjuweit (October 3, 2017)

Finally, something is working for me! Herman Koch (author of one of my favorites, The Dinner) recommended this German thriller and it surprisingly does remind me of the tone of Koch’s books. It’s rare that an author’s blurb actually pans out like this! I’m almost halfway through and, so far, it’s more story of a family rather than thriller, but there is definitely a good amount of suspense.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Manhattan Beach, Lie to Me

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October 3, 2017)
Despite all the awards and the fact that this book is an October Book of the Month Club selection, I thought it was slow and introduced too many characters too quickly, causing me to glaze over. Some trusted blogger friends who read farther than I did also said it was a slog. DNF at 9%.

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison (September 5, 2017)
Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy said this psychological thriller was “best in class” for “domestic noir,” so I gave it a shot despite my general hesitancy about this genre. But, through the first 9%, I thought it was pretty standard psych thriller fare and put it down.

Upcoming reading plans…

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Seven Days of Us
 by Francesca Hornak (October 17, 2017)
This debut novel features a family cooped up together over the holidays and is supposed to be “warm, wry, and sharply observed.” Kind of reminds me of This Is Where I Leave You or the movie Christmas Vacation. Those are the fantastic examples…I’ve also found that a lot of books like this fall flat. Hopefully, this will be one of the winners!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was having a letdown following two 5 star books in a row.

Two Years Ago: I read one of my top 3 books of 2015!

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What I’m Reading Now (9/25/17)

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Last week, it was such a relief to read something easy and fast-moving following a couple sloggy September books…even if I didn’t think the book was that great. And, I’m now onto a book I think might pull me out of this awful reading slump.

On a logistical note, I’m investigating switching from Boardbooster to Tailwind for scheduling pins. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

My latest acquisition contained a little surprise. I ordered a hardcover of Black Chalk (one of my favorite books of 2014 and a book I still recommend all the time) from Amazon. The hardcover I ordered arrived signed by the author! And, little did I know that Black Chalk never came out in hardcover in the US, so I’d received the UK version. After a little Instagram chat, Christopher J. Yates (the author) informed me that he was fairly shocked I’d received an autographed copy, as he’d only signed hardcovers for one independent bookstore (and it was in the UK). A little bookish serendipity.

The latest book for my #buildsarahsbookshelves project (where I’m accumulating a very selective collection of beloved books to live on my first set of built-in bookshelves) arrived with a surprise! It was autographed…how fun and the author happens to be a delight on Twitter! _ BLACK CHALK was one of my favorite books of 2014…and here we are 3 years later and I still recommend it to people all. the. time! If you liked THE SECRET HISTORY or this year’s IF WE WERE VILLAINS, BLACK CHALK is your next book! PS – @christopherjyates has a new book (GRIST MILL ROAD) coming out in January! @picador _ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #bookshelvesofonstagram #bookworm #bookshelf #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover #booklovers

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Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
Pretty standard Nelson DeMille. New main character, but it’s essentially the personality of John Corey with a different name and background. Now that I’ve been reading DeMille for a long time, his recent books have started to repeat themselves.

I’m currently reading…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
I plowed through a quarter of this story about a beloved high school teacher who gets accused of sexual misconduct in an hour of morning reading. I’m interested to see where it goes.

Upcoming reading plans…

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan


Manhattan Beach
 by Jennifer Egan (October 3, 2017)
The author of A Visit from the Goon Squad (which I haven’t read yet) is back with some historical fiction set in NYC during the Great Depression. It’s already been long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award…let’s see if it lives up to that honor!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was involved with lots of hugely popular books at one time!

Two Years Ago: I was reading two books I remember almost nothing about.

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What I’m Reading Now (9/18/17)

September 18, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 29

And my September reading continues to be choppy and unfulfilling. I spent last week desperately trying to finish a book I thought I’d love, but ended up getting sick of. Over the next few weeks, I need to get my hands around our new school/activity routines and how to fit in some good reading.

On a better note, I re-started physical therapy for my back/SI joints/abductor injury after aggravating it a bit unpacking boxes during our move. I tried a new-to-me therapy called dry needling that involves inserting a needle into my pain points and jigging it around to release the muscles. Sounds awful, but it’s doing wonders.

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

So many new books are coming in every day now for the bookshelves! I’m now starting to think about how to organize the shelves and am sifting through all the advice I’ve received. The Havenly has a simple guide for “styling” your bookshelves (I kind of hate this term, but it’s apparently what interior designers use) that recommends arranging your books by color. I have a pretty awesome red pile coming together…

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I finished reading…

Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson


The Twelve-Mile Straight
 by Eleanor Henderson (September 12, 2017)
Man. This book. I think I could’ve loved it, but it took me so long to read it that I just wanted to be finished by the end. More to come in a discussion post.
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I’m currently reading…

Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
I’m about 25% through DeMille’s latest novel about the Cuban Thaw, which also debuts a new main character (Mac McCormick). So far, McCormick is pretty similar to DeMille’s old main character (John Corey) and The Cuban Affair is pretty standard DeMille. We’ll see how things progress.

Upcoming reading plans…

Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


The Best Kind of People
 by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
I’ve already peeked at the first few pages of this novel about a well-liked prep school teacher who gets accused of “sexual impropriety” and the initial writing drew me in! I’m hoping it can save my September reading.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of the biggest hits of 2016, but it was kind of a slog for me.

Two Years Ago: I summed up my Labor Day vacation reading.

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What I’m Reading Now (9/11/17)

September 11, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 15

Every year the first week of school is crushingly busy. And, every year I forget just how crazy it is. Figuring out new routines, getting set up on all the different online systems for each child, all the forms, all the forms, all the forms…

This year was no different and I barely had time to read. I don’t think I’ve had a week all year when I’ve read less. I made it 30% through one book this week. I’m LOVING the book…I just need some good chunks of time to sit down with it. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you love a book, but aren’t getting to focus on it?!

#Buildsarahsbookshelves Library Update

I’m putting together a very selective library for my new (but small) built-in bookshelves and am sharing each book I acquire on Instagram (follow me at sarahsbookshelves)! And, I’m trying to acquire all these new books at rock bottom prices.

The books are going to start arriving fast and furious now…I just ordered a bunch from Amazon so we can take a first pass at getting the shelves organized in the next couple weeks. This week’s addition is The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (my review) one of my favorite books of 2015…it’s a great choice if you love Southern literature and/or badass female characters!

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I finished reading…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Sourdough
 by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
Aaah. This book. I could have absolutely adored it. But, it jumped the shark in a couple places. I’m still glad I read it, but it wasn’t as delightful as it could have been. I’ll be discussing it more in an upcoming post about questionable editorial decisions.
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I’m currently reading…

Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson


The Twelve-Mile Straight
 by Eleanor Henderson (September 12, 2017)
This is a long, immersive, multi-generational family saga set in 1930’s Georgia. It’s SO good and reminds me of Mudbound. I just wish I had hours and hours of uninterrupted reading time to devote to it. It’s been slow going (I’m around 30% through) only because of my schedule. I’m hoping to really dig in this week.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Burning Girl by Claire Messud

 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29, 2017)
DNF at 20%. The story hadn’t gone anywhere by that point and that was too long for me.

Upcoming reading plans…

Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The Cuban Affair
 by Nelson DeMille (September 19, 2017)
DeMille was one of my favorite authors awhile back. His latest books (Radiant Angel, my review) didn’t live up to his older stuff for me, but I’m hoping his debut of a new lead character (Mac McCormick) will shake things up. 

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was on vacation!

Two Years Ago: And vacation again!

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What I’m Reading Now (9/4/17)

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Happy Labor Day, y’all! We had a low key weekend, which we desperately needed. Recharged the batteries (well, partially anyway) and got the kids organized for the first day of school tomorrow.

My reading got a bit more focused again after the chaos of moving. Don’t get me wrong, the chaos isn’t over yet, it’s just lessened slightly. Now I just need some books that 100% hit the spot!

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I finished reading…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I really loved parts of this hyped novel, but thought others were kind of meh. The writing was searingly gorgeous and Hamid particularly cut to the bone when talking about the violence. But, my interest faded once Saeed and Nadia left their hometown and I felt like the story petered out a bit towards the end. Surprisingly, the magical realism that I was so hesitant about didn’t bother me too much.

I’m currently reading…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Sourdough
 by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
I’m almost finished with this one and I have mixed feelings about it. It’s definitely quirky and delightful in some ways, but some other elements take things a bit too far. PS – Sourdough is a September Book of the Month Club selection (my thoughts on all the selections)!

Upcoming reading plans…

Burning Girl by Claire Messud

 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29, 2017)
I was first on the pre-release library hold list for Messud’s coming of age novel about two best friends. I read The Emperor’s Children years ago and don’t remember much about it, but lots of readers I trust have been buzzing about Messud’s latest!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a book about the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Two Years Ago: I had just finished one of my favorite debuts of 2015!

How was your reading week?

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