What I’m Reading Now (10/16/17)

October 16, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 30

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!

How was your reading week?

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Weekly Reading Update (10/16/17): Picking up some nonfiction (Ranger Games and Daring to Drive) brought a welcome change of pace! #book #bookish #bookworms #booklovers #reading

30 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now (10/16/17)”

  1. Beth F

    So funny, I had three library holds come through last week too. And this was the week I had no time to read. OF COURSE! I’m not quite sure what my top read of the year is going to be.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I know, of course! I’m now frantically trying to finish Heart’s Invisible Furies before it’s due back. It’s a long book and I have 5 days left.

  2. Renee

    I’m so glad you mentioned that Ranger Games would be a great Dad gift…I always buy my dad nonfiction books for Christmas and that’s going on the list!! My fingers are so tightly crossed that you love Heart’s:)

    • Sarah Dickinson

      The writing is just fantastic. I think you’ll love it based on the 22% I’ve read so far!

  3. Susie | Novel Visits

    I’m so glad you liked Daring to Drive. That is my favorite nonfiction so far this year. (Not that I read a lot of nonfiction!) I hope you love The Hearts Invisible Furies as much as I did. I know it will be very high on my end of year list. Have a great week!

  4. Kathy Martin

    These all sound good. I don’t read nonfiction often and want it to be a five-star book when I do. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Hmm…I didn’t actually enjoy it that much. More I could rationally see why it’s getting praise, but didn’t actually enjoy reading it. Hope it’s better for you!

  5. Tara

    Oh, no! Sounds like things did not go well for you with Sing, Unburied, Sing, based on your comparison; I’ll be curious to read your thoughts. I’m feeing pumped about your early comments on Heart’s, though…maybe some redemption? I’m nearly finished with The Rules of Magic and I have really enjoyed it.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Yes and yes! Catherine was telling me how much she loved Magic, but I’m just not into magical realism so am nervous about trying it.

  6. Novels And Nonfiction

    The Underground Girls Of Kabul is on sale today on kindle and I just scooped it up to add to my Women’s Rights in the Middle East book list, which also includes Daring To Drive (I already read it and found it a really important read).

  7. Ann Marie

    I’m trying to convince myself to read one nonfiction book in November. It’s so good to hear that you and so many others enjoyed Daring to Drive. I was thinking of heading in the direction of true crime but I’m leaning toward this one now!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      That’s a tough one! I love true crime as well! But, Daring to Drive is really fantastic!

  8. Sarah R

    I’m finishing After the Eclipse, which was my October BOTM pick. It’s such hard material but extremely well written. Sarah Perry has her MFA in non-fiction and I will absolutely read her next books.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Thrilled to hear that! I haven’t gotten to it yet, but it was my BOTM pick. Planning to read it during Nonfiction November!

  9. Kristen @ High Shelf Esteem

    The Heart’s Invisible Furies is on my TBR stack, too. I just need my stepmother to finish it quicker!
    I always mean to read more non-fiction but get distracted by all the enticing fiction out there. I’ll definitely try to read more so I can participate in the Non-fiction November fun!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Haha! It’s a long one! I’m annoyed that I’m having to speed through it before it has to go back to the library.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      It’s SO amazing so far! If it keeps up like this, it will be in my top for the year for sure. I’m at 22% as of now.

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