What I’m Reading Now (2/10/20)

what I'm reading now


Whew! I did some heavy reading (topic-wise) last week! I’m reading some lighter books this week to recover and am heading out for a long weekend this week, so I’m thinking my lighter reading will continue (probably some Summer Reading Guide possibilities!).



Episode 45, featuring Liz Moore (author of Long Bright River) aired last week.

And, a mini episode featuring Aubree Cheadle (@mnreadingmama) will air this Wednesday.

AND, I released the first episode of a NEW MONTHLY BONUS PODCAST SERIES for Patrons! Every month, I will share my own picks in the book recommendations portion of the regular show. So, I’ll share:

  • 2 Old Books I Love
  • 2 New Books I Love
  • 1 Book I Didn’t Love 
  • 1 Upcoming Release I’m Excited About

These are solo episodes (i.e. no co-host). If you’d like to get access to these bonus episodes (plus other bonus content), you can support the podcast for $5/month on Patreon.

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (March 10, 2020)
So messed up, but so riveting. Made me incredibly uncomfortable, but I also think it’s a beautifully written cautionary tale. There is some controversy surrounding it (explained well here). Mini review coming.

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Know My Name by Chanel Miller (September 24, 2019) – AUDIOBOOK
Quite the audiobook to be listening to while reading My Dark Vanessa in print. Chanel Miller can write. And, the huge takeaway for me from her story is how broken the justice system is for victims of assault. The narration is super slow, so I listened to it on 1.75x speed. Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (April 2, 2019)
This blockbuster memoir about a psychologist’s experiences with her patients and with her own therapy isn’t what I expected…it’s much better! It reads really quickly and feels like part memoir, part self-help, and part behind-the-scenes of the psychology industry. Loving it so far (just over halfway through!).

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Upcoming reading plans…

Glass Hotel


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (March 24, 2020)
One of my most anticipated books of 2020 from the author of Station Eleven! As Catherine and I discussed on the Winter 2020 Book Preview podcast episode, the plot seems super weird, but we feel like, if anyone can do it right, it’s Mandel. Plus, I’ve been hearing good reports from readers I trust (Annie Jones, Hunter @shelfbyshelf, and Anne Bogel).

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  1. Reading My Dark Vanessa and Know My Name at the same time is quite the feat. Both are so dark in their own ways. I had to speed up Know My Name, too, but not quite as fast as you went!

    I tried to read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone…twice, and just couldn’t get into it. I know I’m in the minority on that one.

    Have a fun weekend!

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  2. Wendy wrote:

    Loved ‘Know My Name”, but it was heavy reading! It probably wasn’t wise to follow it with “American Dirt”, but it was a library hold that came in. So I’m reading it. I can only read so much and then I have to take a break. It’s intense. I’m going to need something light after this. I’m thinking chick-lit…

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    Yay for a new Emily St. John Mandel

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  4. Tina wrote:

    I really should read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I work in psychology- I feel like I’d really enjoy it!

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I can understand wanting a few lighter titles after those books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  6. The Glass Hotel looks good. I’m putting it on my wishlist. My weekly update

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  7. It is so difficult to explain the plot of The Glass Hotel and why I liked it so much, but suffice to say it’s a great read! I think it will appeal to a wide variety of readers too.

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply
  8. Debi Morton wrote:

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is the next book in my audiobook queue, so I’ll probably start it tomorrow. Based on your review and others, I’m looking forward to it.

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply
  9. Catherine wrote:

    My reading is finally showing signs of life! I really enjoyed a simple story in The Women in Black and am immersed in The Sun Down Motel.

    Posted 2.12.20 Reply
  10. susan wrote:

    Having Liz Moore on your podcast was great. What a thoughtful author. I’m on the library wait list for the Gottlieb book which I’m curious about. Just finished The Holdout … what a crazy ending but I liked it up until then. Still pretty good.

    Posted 2.12.20 Reply

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