What I’m Reading Now (10/23/17)

October 23, 2017 It's Monday! What are you reading? 26

Y’all, I’ve never hauled a$$ through a book faster in my life! I realized I had 3 days to finish The Heart’s Invisible Furies before it was due back to the library and I was only halfway through it’s 582 pages. I put aside everything else during my free time to get this done…and I did it!

I also started running again for the first time since my injury in June. I’m taking baby steps and doing run/walk intervals, but it feels good and hard to get back out there. I’d sort of forgotten how running isn’t that fun when you’re out of running shape.

Don’t forget Nonfiction November is starting a week from today! Get all the details here and get your Nonfiction TBR lists ready!

And, in case you missed my most recent Favorite First Lines Instagram post, it’s one of my very favorites I’ve read lately! Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves for more of my favorite first lines.

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I finished reading…

Ranger Games, Reading People, Heart's Invisible Furies


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. And, keep this one in your back pocket as a great “Dad” gift for the holidays!
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Reading Peopleby Anne Bogel (September 19, 2017)
If you’re interested in personality types such as the Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, etc and how to your personality types to your own life, Reading People is an approachable place to start. It doesn’t go deep into any of these types, but it’s a good overview that can help you decide where you might like to go deep. I listened to it on audio, but recommend either coupling that with the paperback or e-book or just reading it so you can spend more time determining which personality types apply to you.

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The Heart’s Invisible Furiesby John Boyne (August 22, 2017)
THIS BOOK! It’s the big, immersive novel I’ve been looking for all year and it’s absolutely fantastic! In the top echelon of 2017 books for sure. It’s heartfelt, unexpectedly funny, and powerful. It’s one of those rare novels that will stick with you for a very long time. Review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid (June 13, 2017)
Taylor Jenkins Reid is not an author I normally turn to, but I’ve been hearing such raves about Evelyn Hugo. Plus, I suspect it’s exactly the recovery book I need following The Heart’s Invisible Furies.

Upcoming reading plans…

Switching gears to Nonfiction November!

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul


My Life with Bob
by Pamela Paul (June 13, 2017)
The editor of the New York Times Book Review talks about “Bob,” her book of books where she recorded every book she read for years. She talks about how the books she read shaped her own life.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading the books in my last installment of Alcohol & Advil!

Two Years Ago: I was reading a book I wanted to throw across the room by the end…and one I’m still angry I wasted so much time on.

How was your reading week?

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What I'm Reading Now (10/23/17): Finally! I found the long, immersive novel I've been looking for (The Heart's Invisible Furies) and it's one of my favorites of this year! I also finished Ranger Games and Reading People on audio (@modernmrsdarcy) and started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. #reading #book #bookish #bookworms #booklovers

26 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now (10/23/17)”

  1. renee

    Yay, so happy you loved Heart’s!! Wasn’t it the best?? I still think about it and I suspect it’s going to take a special book to come along and wow me as much as that one did. Probably won’t be this year:( Great news about your running, congrats on that

    • Sarah Dickinson

      The last book where I had a somewhat similar reading experience was A Little Life…and that was a few years back. So, I agree it might take another few for the next one.

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    I knew you’d love Heart’s. Such a perfect mix of history, humor, and drama. I’d forgotten about My Life With Bob. I’ll let you read it first and see what you think. I hope you enjoy Evelyn Hugo. I liked it a lot, but it’s one I listened to and the narrators were excellent.

    So nice you can get back to running!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Yes – it had everything! As close to perfect as you can get! And I’m enjoying Evelyn so far…perfect follow-up to Heart’s.

  3. Beth F

    Yay on finding a winner!!!! I’ll have to be sure to read Heart’s Invisible Furies. I always love nonfiction November, though I don’t often participate.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I guess I need to get my hands on The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I love a powerful book, and one that I will remember long after. This one sounds like it delivers on both counts.

    Thanks for sharing…and I love those first lines.

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  5. Kathy Martin

    Nice variety of books. As soon as you mentioned over 500 pages I decided to give the book a pass. That’s a bit too long for me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I usually pass on those too, but this one didn’t feel as long as it was. I felt like I could’ve read it forever.

  6. Michelle

    At the rate I’m going, I should get around to read the latest John Boyne novel in November. Your reaction makes me very excited to keep plowing through my review copy TBR to get to it!

  7. Kate @ Parchment Girl

    I’m so glad you loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies! It’s on my TBR stack and this makes me more excited to read it. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is one of my favorite books, so I expect only great things from John Boyne. I’m also glad to hear that you enjoyed Anne Bogel’s book! I agree that it’s a great place to start with personality typing.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Now I of course want to go back and read everything he ever wrote, so glad to hear Striped Pajamas is great!

  8. Tanya Patrice

    Yay – I just started back up running again too (run / walk intervals like you). And I’m hoping I stay consistent with it through the end of the year – and even sign up for some races next year.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      That’s awesome! Hope you get to race at some point! I’d like to again too, we’ll see how things go.

  9. Lindsey

    Yay! There’s something amazing about diving into a giant book and just living in it for a few days.

    I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Hope you do too!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Yes! And it’s been so long since I’ve really been able to do that…little kids and having to read in little snippets makes that hard.

  10. Lindsay

    I was just putting together a list of 2017 releases I really want to read by the end of the year, and “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” and “Evelyn Hugo” were both on it! Maybe I’ll read them in the order you did — all I know of John Boyne is the movie version of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” which utterly wrecked me, so I’m pretty sure I’ll need a recovery book, too!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      They were both on my version of that list too, so I’m glad I could knock them out. And now I want to read Striped Pajamas of course.

  11. Madeline

    I’m at 63% of Heart’s Invisible Furies and loving it. I’ve got 7 days left before the library snatches it back, which should be plenty. But I am behind on my reading. I’ve suspended a bunch of holds but still have 5 to get going on!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      So glad you loved it! I did too obviously 🙂

      And I need to be better about monitoring my holds…let a few slip earlier.

  12. Lisa

    Seven Husbands looks good – I’ll be excited to see what you think of it. I’m so tempted to add it to my toppling TBR pile. Glad you’re back to running!! I was somewhat running several years ago and quit then I picked it up again only to be graced with a stress fracture last year. That was it for me! I’m a Zumba girl now 🙂

    • Sarah Dickinson

      UGH – sorry about your stress fracture. That’s frustrating.

      And I loved 7 Husbands! Was the perfect recovery book.

  13. Annie Romero

    I think I need to find more time to read, some of these recs seem really good and I haven’t heard of them yet! So thanks. I am reading a series at the moment called Tooth is Stranger than Fiction. It’s basically a memoir of a dentist. It’s so funny and clever that I can’t put it down. Dr. Carroll James is the author, drcarrolljames.com for his info. It’s a great series, the books are really very good.

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