What I’m Reading Now (11/25/19)

what I'm reading now


Well, my annual month of backlist reading didn’t get off to a great start. I DNF’d my first book and then got distracted by the arrival of one of my most anticipated books of 2020!

Don’t worry, I’ll switch back to backlist after I finish my current read!


Mini episode 39, Southern Books & Character-Driven Dramas featuring Lindsay Creech (@littlelindsreads), aired last Wednesday! 

And, the final episode of 2019 featuring Byrd Leavell (Literary Agent at United Talent Agency) will air this Wednesday!

Finally, the regular podcast will be going on break for the month of December, but BONUS EPISODES for Patrons will NOT be going on break! I’m releasing two fun year-end type episodes for Patrons (2019 Wrap-Up with Susie from Novel Visits and Goodreads Choice Awards Breakdown with Carla from Happiest When Reading). Support the show on Patreon for $5/month to get access to these bonus episodes!

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I finished reading…

Long Bright River


Long Bright River by Liz Moore (January 7, 2020) – UPDATE
My first 2020 release was a success! This is a literary mystery / character-driven police procedural set in the world of opioid addiction. But, ignore the comparison to The Girl on the Train…not accurate and I’m glad it wasn’t! An excellent start to 2020! Mini review coming.

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I’m currently reading…

American Dirt


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (January 21, 2020)
This 2020 novel is getting all the hype and I hadn’t been able to get my hands on an ARC until I finally won one in a giveaway (thanks, @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf!)! I’m about 100 pages in and the hype is real! It’s a page turner, but the writing is really good too! 

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Tell the Wolves I'm Home


Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (June 19, 2012)
DNF at 34%

So many people loved this book and, at times, I thought I would too. The writing is gorgeous, but it’s really slow and I couldn’t see where the story was going. I also thought the nature of June’s feelings toward her Uncle Finn ventured into creepy and not realistic. Living in her head was a weird place to be and, at many points, I forgot she was 14 years old (she seemed much younger until she’d attend a party with her older sister, which jolted me back to reality). I did appreciate the portrayal of the shame surround AIDS in the 80’s, but felt that wasn’t at the forefront of the portion of the novel I made it through and wish it had been.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Unless a library hold comes in…

Mystic River


Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (February 1, 2001)
I loved Lehane’s Since We Fell (my review) and Angie Kim recommended Mystic River on Ep. 22 of the podcast…and, in this article, she talks about how it inspired Miracle Creek (which I also love).

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  1. I’m dying to read American Dirt but don’t want to get to it too early. I’m glad to see the hype is real.

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  2. It’s always such a tug of war between new and ‘old’

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  3. Dennis Lehane is a master writer. Mystic River and Shutter Island were both excellent novels. Not at all what I normally read but I loved them both!

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  4. Based on your enthusiasm, I’m putting American Dirt on my wishlist. My weekly update

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  5. I’m looking forward to both American Dirt and Long Bright River! I have a copy of American Dirt but am trying to save it until closer to pub date.

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  6. I had both Long Bright River and American Dirt on my radar. Glad to hear they are both living up to the hype.

    Posted 11.27.19 Reply
  7. Donna wrote:

    I like the cover of Tell the Wolves I’m Home. See what I’ve been reading at Girl Who Reads

    Posted 11.27.19 Reply

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