What I’m Reading Now (1/28/19)

January 28, 2019 It's Monday! What are you reading? 18

I’m almost through my February books and….they haven’t been quite what I was hoping. But, I’ve got two more to go and fingers crossed they pan out better. I’m still on the lookout for my first 5 star book of 2019!


Episode 4 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast came out last week! Tina of TBR, Etc. shared her book recommendations, we discussed #bookstagram and compared our reading tastes.

Episode 5, featuring Renee from It’s Book Talk (Mystery / Thriller Recommendations) is coming on Wednesday!

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Two of my very favorite things (and it’s not the snow!). While my kids learned to ski today, I read and generally acted like a sloth. I’m considering skiing tomorrow…considering.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ I’m about halfway through American Pop by Snowden Wright (out Feb 5 from @williammorrowbooks) – a family drama loosely inspired by the Coca-Cola family. Can’t wait to google the story of the real Coke family once I’m done!⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #readeverywhere

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American Popby Snowden Wright (February 5, 2019)
This one was hit and miss, but overall more hit than miss. He packed A LOT into this story and I think it could’ve used some more editing. But, I was definitely interested in what was going to happen with this family…and a lot does happen. Mini Review to come.
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Operating Instructionsby Anne Lamott (May 1, 1993) – Audiobook
When I posted about how I loved Lamott’s Bird by Bird, a blog reader recommended her memoir of her first year as a single mother with her son. It’s raw and honest and a great listen for anyone who doesn’t think motherhood is easy (i.e. me!).
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what I'm reading now


The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girlsby Anissa Gray (February 19, 2019)
I’m halfway through this debut novel and it’s so far more The Mothers than An American Marriage (the two books it’s been compared to). If it continues at its current pace, it’ll be a 4 star read for me.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
I’m slowly working my way through this collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author. I read one essay every night and I just love hearing as much as I can about him. Plus, it’s a nice, comforting way to end the day. I’ll be reading this one for awhile.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Age of Light by Whitney Scharer


The Age of Lightby Whitney Scharer (February 5, 2019)
Georgia Hunter (author of We Were the Lucky Ones) recommended this debut historical fiction about the real life relationship between model turned photographer Lee Miller and the artist Man Ray in Episode 1 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast….and she blurbed it! I love stories about real life couples where the woman is looking for an identity of her own and this The Age of Light apparently addresses those themes.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I’d just read one of my favorite books of last year!

Two Years Ago: I was in a bit of a slump.

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18 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now (1/28/19)”

  1. Tina

    I’m looking forward to The Care and Feeding and The Age of Light! And Renee’s episode- who doesn’t need more mystery/thriller recs

  2. renee

    I’m still waiting on my first 5 star new release read too! I really haven’t had anything come close yet which is pretty disappointing. My Feb is packed so I’m really hoping there’s some winners in there. Looking forward to hearing the episode…I forget which books we on my list haha

    • Sarah Dickinson

      My February has been packed too and I’ve read some good books, but nothing blowing me away yet!

  3. Susie | Novel Visits

    The Age of Light just might be your first 5 star read. It’s my top book so far this year. I’m a little disappointed to hear that The Care and Feeding isn’t going to be a five star read. I was really hoping for that. Depending on who narrates, I may listen to that one.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      YES! So glad to hear that! Hmm – Care and Feeding is definitely quieter…wonder if that would work for you on audio?

  4. Kathy Martin

    All of your books are new to me and a few sound intriguing. I can understand setting a book aside because it wasn’t what you were in the mood for. I’m in the mood for a re-read and thus am finding what I’m currently reading less than intriguing. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Beth F

    Care and Feeding are on my list for February. One of these days I’m going have to skip a month and start reading ahead … or just continue to scramble to keep up. 🙂

  6. Kelly

    Becoming was a 5 Star read for me. And now I’m reading Inheritance by Dani Shapiro – a memoir that I’m finding absolutely riveting! I think it’ll be a 5 Star read – I’ll definitely be ordering it for my store which is how I measure! I’ve actually read The Age of Light – super interesting but quite racey in parts, which bothering me a bit. Be prepared for it and you don’t mind that I think you’ll love it.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m trying to fit in Inheritance as soon as possible! I need to finish up Feb books and my March is pretty light, so I’ll work it in then.

  7. Torrie @ To Love and To Learn

    I had heard such rave reviews about Operating Instructions that I eagerly picked it up soon after the birth of my second (back in June), and I actually had to abandon it. The humor was a bit too dark for me, and her view of motherhood didn’t really match up with mine, which was okay, but just not for me. It did make me want to be better about journaling in my little Motherhood Diaries Google Doc thing I do on occasion! (I should note that I also loved her Bird by Bird, though!)

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Yeah – I do think it won’t appeal to certain people with a unicorns and rainbows view of parenthood. But, I definitely didn’t have that and 100% appreciated her honesty in talking about a viewpoint of motherhood that society frowns upon sometimes.

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