What I’m Reading Now (10/2/17)

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

 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!

How was your reading week?

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  1. Renee wrote:

    Bummer that Lie to Me didn’t work for you! I also DNFed Manhattan Beach and The Best Kind of People didn’t work for me either. I’m not having the best of luck with my Fall ARCS at the moment! I may have to try The Sinner and take a reading break!

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Ugh – add you to the Fall ARC slump list! That makes 4 of us now. I just have a few more Oct books, then I’m going to read some nonfiction and wait for library holds to come in.

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply
  2. Fall books have been a huge disappointment for sure! I hadn’t even heard of Fear. Let me know if I should read it. I really wish I hadn’t read Manhattan Beach, but I did, so I wrote a review….it’s not pretty! Started Seven Days last night. So far it’s okay.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    Your bookshelves are coming along! I’ve had a hit or miss fall too.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  4. I look forward to your thoughts on The Best Kind of People – my book club needs new recommendations.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I like the way your bookshelves look. I have seen a number of your books on other people’s stacks but none of them appeal to me. I hope you find some that you love. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  6. Love the look of your shelves!

    I think I’ll pass on Manhattan Beach. I enjoyed Egan’s earlier books, but really didn’t like A Visit from the Goon Squad.

    I have Lie To Me, but haven’t read it yet. I am still hopeful.

    Seven Days of Us looks promising to me.

    Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  7. I’m reading The Best Kind Of People right now too and share your viewpoint on it. It’s growing on me but somehow is still lacking a bit.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Agreed – it was decent and engaging, but definitely didn’t knock it out of the park or anything.

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply
  8. Sorry a lot of your books didn’t pan out! Seven Days of Us looks hopeful though.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m almost 25% through and it’s fine..but nothing more than that at this point.

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply
  9. Soon I’ll be organizing my shelves again as the books come out of storage. Come see what I’m reading

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Good luck!

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply
  10. SEVEN DAYS OF US is very popular.

    I LOVE the cover on FEAR….perfect for the title because that does look frightening,

    LIE TO ME looks good as well.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  11. Catherine wrote:

    I finally fell in love with a fall book! Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic was absolutely divine. Now I’m afraid to start anything else.

    Your bookshelves are gorgeous. Is that a seagrass wall paper on the back? Or a textured paint? It all looks so chic.

    Posted 10.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m so glad you finally found something you love!! I’m now due – haha!

      The wallpaper is vinyl that looks like grasscloth, but is much more low maintenance. You can just wipe it down with a wet paper towel…good for kids. I love the real grass cloth, but it didn’t make sense for me with the kids…especially in the eating area. My kids eat like zoo animals!

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply

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