What I’m Reading Now (11/12/18) – A Double Shot

I’ve been knee deep in Nonfiction November (#nonficnov) reading and it’s been fantastic so far! I’ve liked every book I’ve read and listened to so far…and I’ve gotten through my entire TBR list. So, I’m going to sneak in a novel after I finish my current book…I’m ready for some fiction.

Y’all know how I’ve been using my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” all year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are? Well, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! I know this is because I started paying attention to who my best and worst recommendation sources are. And, the new and improved 2019 tracker will go on sale on Wednesday! 

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Nonfiction November Day 9: True Crime…I’ve always loved true crime. Since way before I started Sarah’s Book Shelves (I wrote my junior year term paper on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood in high school!) and way before the prevalence of true crime podcasts brought the genre back in vogue. I’m not sure what that says about my psyche, though 🤣⠀ _⠀ ⠀ A murderer’s row of my favorites…⠀ ⠀ 📖 One Day in September – the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics…and the Israeli retaliation mission.⠀ 📖 The Stranger Beside Me – Ted Bundy.⠀ 📖 The Monster of Florence – the most infamous double murders in Italian history.⠀ 📖 Justice – crimes of the rich and famous (including O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, and Michael Skakel).⠀ 📖 Fatal Charms and Mansions of Limbo – more crimes of the rich and famous.⠀ 📖 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – the Savannah murder of Billy Hanson and trial of well-known antiques dealer Jim Williams.⠀ 📖 The Devil in the White City – Dr. Henry H. Holmes terrorizes the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.⠀ 📖 I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (not included in this picture because I only had it on Kindle!) – the East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer.⠀ ⠀ Do you read true crime?! What are some of your favorites?⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #nonficnov #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #truecrime #truecrimeaddict ⠀

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (January 1, 1994)
This was my maiden voyage with Anne Lamott and I had some pre-conceived notions about her because she often writes about faith. I thought she’d be wise and heartfelt…and serious. But, she totally surprised me with that last one! Mini review coming at the end of the month.
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The Fifth Riskby Michael Lewis (October 2, 2018)
Totally fascinating, but his overall purpose felt muddled to me. But, the fascinating elements made it all worth it! Mini review coming at the end of the month.
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Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Timesby Mark Leibovich (September 4, 2018)
Leibovich writes with dry, sarcastic wit and I loved how he essentially made fun of all the self-important people that run the NFL. And, that’s what this book is about far more than actual football. Mini review coming at the end of the month.
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I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friendsby Kelsey Miller (October 23, 2018) – AUDIOBOOK
One big nostalgia trip about Friends…and a bit of enlightenment on how parts of the show are problematic when viewed through today’s lens. Upon finishing the audiobook, I immediately started binge watching Friends on Netflix…from the beginning! Mini review coming at the end of the month.
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I’m currently reading…



Dopesick by Beth Macy (August 7, 2018)
Y’all, this book is absolutely terrifying…especially for a parent. I’m over halfway done and am astounded how little I knew about the opioid crisis, especially in my home state.
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Upcoming reading plans…

I need a little breather from nonfiction…

My sister the serial killer


My Sister, the Serial Killerby Oyinkan Braithwaite (November 20, 2018)
I mean, the title alone of this one made my ears perk up. But, Susie at Novel Visits also liked it. And, it’s about exactly what the title says.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I took a week off!

Two Years Ago: I read Pat Conroy’s memoir about his reading life.

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  1. I’ve read some about the opioid crisis but sure there is plenty I don’t know. They just raided a bunch of pain centers here. Dopesick sounds like a must read.

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  2. Wow! You are really plowing through the nonfiction. I’ll be There For You sounds like a really fun one. I need to take a look at that one before the end of the month. Let me know what you think of My Sister and have a great week, Sarah.

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  3. Angela wrote:

    Congrats on finishing your nonfiction TBR for this month! I still have a couple more to go, but considering the month isn’t even half over, I think I’m doing ok!

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  4. renee wrote:

    You always have such good nonfiction recs! I’m getting my dad the NFL one which I hadn’t heard of and I downloaded I’ll Be There for You from Hoopla so thanks!!

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  5. Glad your nonfiction reading has been so successful this month. I’ve really enjoyed my selections, too. Dopesick is on my list and it sounds amazing… yet so scary!

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  6. I love Dominick Dunne’s books…and Dopesick is one I must check out.

    Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  7. Bird by Bird is truly an excellent read for everybody, I think. I’m impressed by all your nonfiction reading–I usually need a fluffy novel to read alongside my nonfiction. 🙂

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  8. Bird by Bird is on my wishlist. My weekly updates

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  9. I’m glad that Nonfiction November is going well. The opioid crisis is scary. Heroin and painkillers are a huge problem where I live. A few of my family members and pretty much all of my former high school friends have been addicted to them at some point. I’ve heard good things about My Sister, the Serial Killer. Have a great week!

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  10. Jan wrote:

    I recently finished Dopesick – so well done!

    I haven’t read this particular Anne Lamott book but my favorite is Traveling Mercies. Some of her essays in tat one are laugh out loud funny. It’s on my keeper shelf. She’s a hoot.

    Just the title alone is enough for me to pick up My Sister The Serial Killer! I’m going to check out your other recs. I love to listen to nonfiction on audio.

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  11. Lisa Swope wrote:

    I am reading a Fiction, but it’s really a non fiction if that makes sense. It’s a medical thriller based on Alzheimer’s. It covers the patients, the research, the pharmaceutical side and the legal aspects. Not to mention the care givers as well.It’s called Race for the Mind, it’s by Daniel Welch. To make it even better, he is donating all the proceeds from the book to research and the cause. Pretty cool!

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  12. Tina wrote:

    Haha I love that your “break” reading will be My Sister The Serial Killer.

    Posted 11.17.18 Reply
  13. Wow, you’ve read so much nonfiction already this month! I can’t wait for your reviews, because they all sound fascinating.

    Posted 11.18.18 Reply

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