What I’m Reading Now (11/26/18)

I hope everyone had a great (and food-filled) Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (Food! And, a lot less work than all the gift purchasing of Christmas) and this year my cousin made the most delicious turkey I’ve ever tasted…no lie. And, I’m not even a turkey girl…Thanksgiving is usually all about the stuffing and pie (or pumpkin cheesecake) for me. So, I’ve spent the past few days recovering…watching my team (UVA) blow yet another big football game and reading (went better than football did).

I’ve officially finished my Nonfiction November reading and will share my mini reviews (and favorite book of Nonfiction November) later this week. I’m also wrapping up 2018 books and will read all backlist for the next few weeks until I start on January 2019 releases.

And, I have to apologize…I haven’t responded to my blog comments in a really long time. Tis’ the season for busyness and having to cut a few corners. At this point, I’m kind of overwhelmed at the thought of going back and answering them all. So, I might just start a clean slate moving forward. I generally try to be pretty good at responding to comments, so this kind of pains me, but I hope you all understand!

2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker

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. 

Only 2 more days to get the new and improved 2019 tracker for last year’s price of $11.99. The price will go up to $14.99 on Wednesday. Get more details here!

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Nonfiction November Day 22: A fitting topic for this Thanksgiving holiday…the one most devoted to…FOOD! I used to read tons of foodie memoirs, but haven’t read many lately, which I’d like to change. ⠀ _⠀ ⠀ 📖 Heat – the author goes to work in the kitchen of Babbo, Mario Batali’s flagship New York restaurant⠀ 📖 Service Included – the memoir of the first female captain at the famous New York City restaurant, Per Se⠀ 📖 Kitchen Confidential – the granddaddy of them all. RIP Anthony Bourdain.⠀ 📖 My Life in France – Julia Child’s memoir of her time in France with her husband, Paul…and one of the books that inspired the movie Julie & Julia⠀ 📖 The Making of a Chef – the author’s account of his time at Culinary Institute of America, the U.S.’s premier culinary school⠀ 📖 The Pat Conroy Cookbook – stories and recipes from my all-time favorite authors⠀ 📖 The Reach of a Chef – Michael Ruhlman looks at culinary trends through a number of high-profile restaurants⠀ ⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Do you read foodie books? What are some of your favorites? And, what is best thing you ate this Thanksgiving?!⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #igreads #booksofinstagram #badassbookbabes #nonficnov #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #foodmemoirs #anthonybourdain @michaelruhlman #patconroy #juliachild ⠀

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (June 5, 2018)
An easy read…not one of the best ones, not one of the worst ones. A bit heavy on the ridiculous Greenwich housewife types, but salty Emily Charlton helped balance them out.
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Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam (May 29, 2018) – AUDIOBOOK
I didn’t really learn anything earth-shattering in this book (a lot seemed like common sense to me), but it’s definitely a good primer for those interested in improving their time management. Would make a great companion read to The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck…both address choosing where to devote your time and cutting out the fluff.
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American Radical by Tamer Elnoury (October 23, 2017) – AUDIOBOOK
Pretty chilling. The most interesting part about it for me was the exploration of Elnoury’s version of Islam and how he feels about those that practice the radicalized version of his religion. Great Dad gift for the holidays!
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I’m currently reading…

The Ensemble


The Ensembleby Aja Gabel (May 15, 2018)
Y’all…I’m so glad I made time for this one! I’d had the galley sitting around since May and kept seeing mixed reviews. Plus, it’s about a classical music quartet and I’m not a music person at all…especially classical. But, it’s one of those character-driven novels I got completely engrossed in and will end my 2018 books on a 5 star note…assuming it doesn’t fly off the rails in the 13% I have remaining to read!
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Upcoming reading plans…

Starting my annual end of year backlist reading…

This Must Be the Place


This Must Be the Placeby Maggie O’Farrell (May 17, 2016)
I adored O’Farrell’s essay collection (I Am, I Am, I Am) earlier this year, so have been itching to try some of her fiction. I picked up this family / marital drama on a Kindle deal earlier this year on the recommendation of Anne Bogel and can’t wait to finally dig in!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading an unsettling novel that ended up on this year’s summer reading guide.

Two Years Ago: I read Pat Conroy’s last book.

How was your reading week?

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  1. I’m starting to feel the holiday pressure now too. Just the cover of The Ensemble makes me happy. Have a great week!

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
  2. I’m with you on all the Christmas shopping, but I still love it! I can highly recommend another Maggie O’Farrell book, The Hand That First Held Mine. It’s from 2009 and is a dual timeline story that I just loved. I haven’t read This Must Be the Place, so should try hat one, too.

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
    • Ooh – have to try that one!!

      Posted 11.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Adding it to the list – thanks!

      Posted 12.5.18 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    I really liked Instructions for a Heat Wave …

    And just start over with comments. Life is too crazy this time of year to try to go back.

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Ha – thank you – I did! Starting over with this post!

      And adding Heat Wave to the list…would definitely like to read more of her!

      Posted 12.5.18 Reply
  4. I loved This Must Be the Place…in fact, I haven’t found a BAD choice from O’Farrell…ever.

    Enjoy your week and wrapping up the year.


    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So far, I’m 2 for 2 with her!

      Posted 12.5.18 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Our turkey was great too. The sides however weren’t. We’re trying again today with our leftover turkey. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
  6. I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving! Keeping up with blog comments is hard. Whenever I get busy, comments are the first thing to get pushed aside. Have a great week!

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Ha – me too and then I feel like a jerk! Oh well – such is life.

      Posted 12.5.18 Reply
  7. The Must Be the Place sounds like my kind of book. My weekly update

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
  8. I recently added The Ensemble to my list but I somehow missed that it’s about a chamber music ensemble/classical music. Now it’s going straight to the top of the TBR!

    Posted 11.27.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yep – up your alley! Will be interested to hear if she nailed that perspective…since I know nothing about that world.

      Posted 12.5.18 Reply
  9. I’m about halfway through The Ensemble right now and am really intrigued by it! I also am reading Beloved by Toni Morrison for the first time. It’s interesting and not what I thought it was about, but good so far.

    Posted 11.27.18 Reply
  10. Jan wrote:

    I was on the fence with The Ensemble too, and for the same reason. I will have to take a second look at it now.

    No problem and no guilt. We all have to eliminate some things when life gets busy.

    I’m curious about your SIL’s turkey. I started loving turkey when I began using Nom Nom Paleo’s spatchcocked turkey recipe. So tender and moist! Plus it cooks quicker, freeing up the oven for the sides.

    Posted 11.27.18 Reply
  11. Sorry to hear Off the Clock wasn’t more helpful! I remember liking 168 Hours pretty well – although I can’t say it changed my life – but I was hopeful about Off the Clock 🙂

    Posted 12.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It would certainly be helpful to some people! I guess it just all seemed obvious to me. I’d read a book about carefully choosing how to spend your time before and I also was a competitive swimmer as a kid, training sometimes 5 hours a day, so I was forced to be really good at time management from a young age. If I hadn’t had that experience, Off the Clock probably wouldn’t have seemed so obvious to me.

      Posted 12.15.18 Reply

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