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What I’m Reading Now (9/18/17)

September 18, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 13

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)

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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 (8/28/17)

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Many of y’all know I’ve been in the process of moving. The week before last was a full “unpack the boxes” push. We’re now at a point where, while we still have a lot to do, the house is functional…so, this past week I got back to somewhat of a regular routine (i.e. exercise, trying to take care of my back, errands other than unpacking boxes, etc.).

The highlight of the week was that I got convinced to try a Deep H2O workout class. I was told it would help my injuries, but I was resistant because I’d always considered “water aerobics” the workout for people who don’t really want to work out. Well…it was legitimately hard (I didn’t wear the floatation belt) and I actually liked it! Consider me officially 70 years old because I’m going back this week!

Finally, I posted a list of my favorite campus novels last week. And, man, y’all came back with so many recommendations for me…my campus novels TBR list is exploding! These looked especially appealing:

#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.

This was a winning week for the library collection! I got not one, but two, new books and they were both thoughtful gifts! Susie at Novel Visits (one of my favorite book bloggers…if you don’t read her blog, you should!) mailed me A Little Life (my review) and my mother-in-law gave me Gone with the Wind from her own shelves. I never in a million years expected an outcome of this library project being that people would give me books! It’s pretty awesome!

Books 3 & 4 in the #buildsarahsbookshelves (where I’m slowly accumulating a very selective collection of beloved books to live on my first set of built-in bookshelves!) series are here! And, they were both gifts! A totally unexpected outcome of sharing how I’m filling my bookshelves is that people have been sending me books to put on them. How awesome is that?! Thanks to all these gifts, my spend total for my 4 book library is still only $2!! _ A LITTLE LIFE by @hanyayanagihara emotionally wrecked most readers (me included) and was one of my top 3 books of 2015! Huge thanks to Susie @novelvisits (one of my favorite fellow book bloggers) for mailing me this one! @alittlelifebook @doubledaybooks Link to my full review in profile. _ And, GONE WITH THE WIND is one of my favorite classics! My mother-in-law gifted me this one from her own shelves! @scribnerbooks _ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #bookshelvesofonstagram #bookworm #bookshelf #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover

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I finished reading…

Resurrection of Joan Ashby, What Made Maddy Run


The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (August 29, 2017)

The only reason I manage to finish this doorstop this week is that I skimmed a good portion of the second half. I loved/hated this book because, well, stories within stories. Discussion post coming soon.
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What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan (August 1, 2017)
This true story about a star student-athlete who seemed to have everything going for her on the surface, yet committed suicide her freshman year of college is a must-read for parents in general, but particularly parents of young athletes. It was great on audio.

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I’m currently reading…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I’m about 30% through his novel that’s gotten a lot of buzz this year…and, I’m pretty blown away by the searing writing so far. I’m OK with the magical realism now, but we’ll see how things progress.

Upcoming reading plans…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
I loved Sloan’s quirky novel about bookstores, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (my review), and now he’s writing about food! Admittedly, I can’t begin to figure out what about food this book is actually about (you try deciphering this blurb!). But, I’ll take Robin Sloan and food together in any way!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading the latest Herman Koch novel.

Two Years Ago: I had just finished a fantastic Southern, Gothic mystery!

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What I’m Reading Now (8/21/17)

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Whew! Last week was moving week…and things were obviously chaotic! I spent almost all day every day unpacking boxes (I now understand that it can take a full 1.5 days to unpack a kitchen) and did not do a ton of reading. However, podcasts made all that unpacking much more enjoyable!

Thankfully, we were able to take a break from all the moving nonsense with a quick family trip to the Chesapeake Bay area last weekend. Let me tell you, it was much needed!

#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.

I didn’t acquire any new books for my new shelves last week, but I’ll do you one better…I actually got to see my shelves live and (almost) finished for the first time! You’ll see more in my upcoming post, but I’m leaning towards turning to Havenly for some free shelf styling advice.

My new babies…anxiously awaiting their books! @gates.interiors #buildsarahsbookshelves #bookstagram #bookshelves #bookshelvesofinstagram

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I finished reading…

Hate U Give, Getaway Car


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)

High readable, super compelling, and heart-breaking. An “issue” book that happens to also be, at its heart, a flat-out great story about a family. I can see why people are buzzing about this one. Also, an excellent choice for book clubs.
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The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (August 25, 2011)
This slim little book (or, essay is probably a better term as it’s only 45 pages long) is Patchett’s thoughts and advice on writing. I’m not an aspiring writer, but Patchett’s advice and outlook on life and work is down to earth and applicable beyond writing. Without the benefit of being a writer myself, I suspect this is a must read for anyone that is!

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I’m currently reading…

Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas


The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (August 29, 2017)
This debut novel about a woman’s view of work and marriage was a last minute Netgalley request…before I realized it was over 500 pages long! I’m about 25% through and enjoying it…Joan’s struggle between achieving her professional goals and being a wife and mother is real.

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South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby


South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (July 4, 2017)
I read about 10% of this one…it was fine, but wasn’t blowing me away. And, since it was a library hold, I wasn’t feeling any pressure to continue with something that didn’t blow me away.

Upcoming reading plans…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I’ve been shying away from this critical darling because I’m not a fan of magical realism, but finally put it on hold at the library after reading the first few pages at a bookstore (the writing is great!) and seeing Susie at Novel Visits mention it’s a good choice for readers who think they don’t like magical realism.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was on vacation and didn’t post a Monday update!

Two Years Ago: I had just finished my first Sprint Triathlon!

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What I’m Reading Now (8/7/17)

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Last week was an awesome reading week…things are definitely back on track in that department! 

I also shared my first #buildsarahsbookshelves library acquisition! 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.

For the bargain price of $2.00 courtesy of the Larchmont Public Library‘s sale cart, my first acquisition is…

For the first time in a decade, I’m going to have my very own built-in bookshelves! The only problem is I don’t have much to fill them with since I read almost exclusively on my Kindle. Yes, I am a book blogger with no books 📚! ______________ So, I need to assemble a library. I don’t have a ton of space on my built-ins, so this library will be very selective. And, my goal is to purchase all the books at bargain prices. I’ll be tracking all my purchases right here under the hashtag #buildsarahsbookshelves! ______________ My first purchase is THE MOTHERS by @britrbennett. It was one of my top 3 books of 2016 and the writing is just gorgeous. And, thanks to the Larchmont Public Library’s sale cart, I picked up this beauty for just $2.00! ______________ Stay tuned to see what else makes the shelves! #bookstagram #amreading #library #librarybooks @riverheadbooks

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And, I have to share an awesome and totally unexpected side benefit of this project…after seeing my Instagram post, a friend commented that they wanted to contribute a book to my library! What a fun surprise!

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I finished reading…

Shadow of the Lions, Emma in the Night


Shadow of the Lions
 by Christopher Swann (August 1, 2017)
A solid, 4 star campus mystery! Mini review coming.
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Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (August 8, 2017)
Best psychological thriller I’ve read since Gone Girl! But, do not mistake this as a comparison to Gone Girl…they’re different books. What I mean is that this is the first time since Gone Girl that I’ve read a psychological thriller that is equally satisfying. If you’re going on one last vacation in August, grab this book for your beach bag! You won’t regret it.

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I’m currently reading…

The Heirs by Susan Rieger


The Heirs
 by Susan Rieger (May 23, 2017)
I’m almost finished with this story about a wealthy family in Manhattan (shocking that I’m reading this kind of book, right?! Ha!) by the author of The Divorce Papers…and this one couldn’t be more different from The Divorce Papers! It’s a nice, easy read with good, if not overly elaborate writing. 

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Upcoming reading plans…

Unless one of my library holds comes in, I’m going to continue with August releases!

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (August 22, 2017)
This debut about a Nigerian married couple who reconsider polygamy after the wife has trouble getting pregnant. It’s been compared to Fates and Furies and Margaret Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale) has apparently been supporting it on Twitter, but a blogger I trust was recently underwhelmed by it. I’m going in with tempered expectations. 

was reading…

One Year Ago: I read an awesome page turner that was a late addition to last year’s Summer Reading Guide!

Two Years Ago: I was reading one of the big books of BEA 2015…and it was a total stinker.

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What I’m Reading Now (7/31/17)

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After a nasty spat with DNFs, I feel like I’m back on track with my reading! It took jumping on a September release really early, but I’m glad I did!

In other exciting news, I’m going to finally have some nice built-in bookshelves for the first time in a decade! And, oddly, I don’t really have any books to fill them with since I read almost exclusively on my Kindle. So…I need to assemble a library and I. Can’t. Wait!

I don’t have a ton of shelf space, so I’m planning to be very selective about what makes the cut. I’m attempting to acquire the books for bargain prices (i.e. library sales, gently used hardcovers, etc), so it will take me awhile to get everything together. And, I’m going to share the process with all of you! Each time I acquire a new book for my library, I’m going to share it on Instagram! I might even ask for some recommendations and advice along the way. Follow me on Instagram at @sarahsbookshelves to keep track of the library building (#buildsarahsbookshelves)!

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I finished reading…

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Little Fires Everywhere
 by Celeste Ng (September 12, 2017)
This is probably the book I’ve been most anticipating all year…and, to my relief, it’s really good! It’s got a bit more action than Everything I Never Told You (my review) and I think will have an even broader appeal. Review to come closer to publication, but I recommend pre-ordering it or putting in an early hold at your library if you can!
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I’m currently reading…

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann


Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (August 1, 2017)
I’m a little over halfway through this mystery/boarding school novel (for my fellow Virginians, it’s set at a fictional version of Woodberry Forest School, the author’s alma mater) and the story has been gradually picking up speed. I’m totally into it! And fellow St. C grads, our alma mater gets name-checked a time or two!
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Upcoming reading plans…

Unless one of my library holds comes in, I’m going to continue with August releases!

Emma in the night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (August 8, 2017)
Walker’s last novel, All is Not Forgotten, kind of drove me crazy, but I also couldn’t stop reading and got a great Spoiler Discussion post out of it. So, I’m willing to give her latest thriller a chance. This time around, she writes about “two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…”. 

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a recent Oprah’s Book Club selection that I thought was alright, but not mind-blowing.

Two Years Ago: I read an awesome Grit Lit thriller that was one of my favorite books of 2015!

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What I’m Reading Now (7/24/17)

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Apparently, last week was the week of DNFs…ugh. And, I wish I’d DNF’d the one book I did finish. So, in an effort to jolt myself out of this reading slump, I picked up a September release that I’ve been anticipating all year long. I loved the author’s 2015 debut and had already heard great things about her sophomore effort from a source who has steered me right multiple times this year (Annie B. Jones of From the Front Porch podcast)!

In other news, I finally have some clarity about my back injury. It’s not actually a back injury at all! I have inflammation in both my SI joints and some tendonitis in my right abductor. All this is putting pressure on my lower back. I’m visiting yet another doctor about possibly getting a cortisone shot next week. I’m still not allowed to run or swim…but have been riding my bike and doing strength work instead.

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I finished reading…

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


See What I Have Done
 by Sarah Schmidt (August 1, 2017)
I didn’t DNF this one, but I kind of wish I had. I quickly got bored with the story. Mini review to come.

I’m currently reading…

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Little Fires Everywhere
 by Celeste Ng (September 12, 2017)

Yep, I’m already reading a September release! I figured Ng’s sophomore effort following her runaway hit debut, Everything I Never Told You (my review), was a safe bet for jolting me out of my reading slump. I’m about 40% into this story about a family and the community of Shaker Heights and am engrossed! At first, I didn’t know what direction it would take other than “family novel” (I admittedly didn’t read the blurb very carefully), but it’s taken an interesting turn!
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

The Lauras by Sara Taylor, Careers for Women by Joanna Scott


The Lauras
 by Sara Taylor (August 1, 2017)
I made it through 28% of this novel before getting bored with the story. It’s a shame because the writing is good and I really liked her debut, The Shore (my review).

Careers for Women by Joanna Scott (July 25, 2017)
This Mad Men-esque novel had gotten excellent reviews and I initially loved the writing, but I couldn’t see the point of the story by 32%. There were two storylines that felt far away from each other with no signs of intersecting anytime soon.

Upcoming reading plans…

Unless one of my library holds comes in, I’m going to continue with August releases!

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann


Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (August 1, 2017)
This campus coming of age story was recommended (and blurbed) by Ed Tarkington (author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, one of my favorite books of last year). Y’all know I’m a sucker for these types of books, so I hope this works out. Fellow Virginians – I peeked at the first few pages and thought the school in the book sounded familiar (my guess was Woodberry Forest School in Orange, VA). Turns out the author is a WFS grad, so I’m guessing the school in the book is a thinly veiled WFS! Should be interesting…

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading one of my favorite summer books of last year!

Two Years Ago: I was reading one of the big stinkers of 2015.

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What I’m Reading Now (7/17/17)

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I was at a wedding this weekend in Colorado, which was absolutely gorgeous. I had some solo travel time, so I got a fair amount of reading done. And bonus…I spotted Bachelor Ben Higgins in the Denver airport!

I’ve been on a hot streak with books about crime lately…both fiction and nonfiction. So, I’ll be doing a crime books round-up soon!

I also finished Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco on audio and I highly recommend it if you’re interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the White House (and on the campaign trail). Though Mastromonaco was an Obama staffer, the book is not political at all from an issues standpoint. I haven’t gotten too far into another audiobook because I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately…and the comments section of my recent podcast round-up just generated even more for me to try!

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I finished reading…

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito, American fire by Monica Hesse


Quicksand
 by Malin Persson Giolito
 (March 7, 2017)
5 star good! Squarely in my dark, twisty, demented high schoolers wheelhouse. I was completely engrossed and the 500 pages flew by. Mini review to come and I’ll be adding this to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide.

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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse (July 11, 2017)
If you haven’t read much true crime and think you might want to try some, American Fire is the perfect gateway book! It’s a well-told story about a crime, a unique community, and a doomed relationship. I loved it! Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

The Lauras by Sara Taylor


The Lauras
 by Sara Taylor (August 1, 2017)
This story of a mother/daughter road trip where they explore the mother’s past is Taylor’s sophomore novel (her debut, The Shore (my review), was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize and, after finally getting my head around the structure, I loved it!). I’m about 20% into The Lauras and not really into it at this point. I’ll probably give it a little longer before deciding whether to move on.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Ill Will by Dan Chaon


Ill Will
 by Dan Chaon (March 7, 2017)
I’d had this novel about two unsolved crimes (one past and one present) on hold at the library for awhile now. Unfortunately, after initially intriguing me, I got bored and realized I didn’t care what happened to the characters. DNF at 13%.

Upcoming reading plans…

Unless one of my library holds comes in, I’m going to continue with August releases!

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


See What I Have Done
 by Sarah Schmidt (August 1, 2017)
Continuing with my crime book theme, this debut novel is a fictional recounting of the famous Lizzie Borden murders of 1892. Sounds promising!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a delightful foodie/friendship memoir and was mentioned on The Book Riot Podcast!

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

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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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I’m currently reading…

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!

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