What I’m Reading Now (10/5/20)

what I'm reading now


I didn’t have much time to read this week (I seem to start every weekly update with a version of this statement…grr!) and I didn’t finish a single book. But, I’m almost done with one and spent some reading time on a couple of books that ended up being DNF’s, so it’s not quite as bad as it looks.



In last week’s episode, Kelly Jensen joined me to discuss libraries & COVID-19. 

There is no new podcast this week.

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I finished reading…


I’m currently reading…

Goodnight Beautiful


Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy (October 13, 2020)
I’m able to concentrate on this psychological thriller / domestic suspense with an interesting premise (listening in on all of a therapist’s sessions through a vent). I’m almost finished and a couple plot elements rubbed me the wrong way, but it is keeping my interest (which is the bar for success these days). We’ll see how she wraps things up…
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

what I'm reading now


Group by Christie Tate (October 27, 2020)
DNF at 22%
I was really excited about this “therapy nonfiction” (as I referred to it on the Fall 2020 Book Preview), but there was more focus than I wanted on other group members and I didn’t care as much about their stories. I was also creeped out by the therapist’s weird sexual comments and questions. 
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The Searcher by Tana French (October 6, 2020)
DNF at 9%
The Witch Elm, started slowly (I almost DNF’d it in the first 10%), but I ended up loving it. So I really tried to make it past 10% of The Searcher, but I couldn’t read more than a few pages at a time. It was that slow and there were an overwhelming amount of details about the main character’s house renovation. I’d be willing to pick this one up again if people I trust end up loving it, so I guess I could call this a “maybe DNF / maybe put down for now.”
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Upcoming reading plans…



Memorial by Bryan Washington (October 27, 2020)
I was really surprised this wasn’t an October Book of the Month pick! It’s a story about a gay couple who are at a crossroads in their relationship…then one of the men leaves to visit his ailing father and his mother-in-law stays with his partner. It’s being billed as a “dramedy.”
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  1. I have The Searcher coming up, a DNF isn’t promising

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Posted 10.5.20 Reply
  2. Oh, no! You didn’t care for Group. Do you think it might have worked better on audio?

    Posted 10.5.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      My particular issues with it wouldn’t have been fixed through audio.

      Posted 10.8.20 Reply
  3. Tina wrote:

    I’m really excited for Memorial. I HATED The Witch House- and I rarely say that- so it’s going to take some convincing for me to pick up The Searcher. Group sounded good to me and my background is in counseling, so we’ll see if I have a different take!

    Posted 10.5.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Will be so interested to see your take on Group! I know it’s controversial. That’s not why it didn’t work for me…was just grossed out by the therapist and muddled with too many people’s stories.

      Posted 10.8.20 Reply
    • I’m right there with you on the struggling for reading time! It seems like you’re doing a really great job keeping up with your blog though. I always enjoy your posts and the podcast

      Sorry to hear you didn’t like Group! I’m probably going to pick it to, but I’ll be paying attention to see if I have the same problems with it that you did.

      Posted 10.8.20 Reply
  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Some weeks are like that. I don’t think I could keep reading if a book starts too slowly. I seem to need immediate gratification this year. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 10.5.20 Reply
  5. Donna wrote:

    I had a good reading week last week but I feel like I can’t really concentrate this week even though I’m really enjoying the book I’m reading.

    Posted 10.5.20 Reply

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