What I’m Reading Now (2/24/20) – A Double Shot

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I was out of town for President’s Day (a beach vacation with a lot of reading!), so I have lots to catch you up on this week. I read some library holds and some March releases (which were a bit all over the place) and one of the best celebrity memoirs I’ve ever read / listened to!



Episode 47, featuring Caroline Zancan (author of We Wish You Luck) aired last week.

And, a mini episode featuring Genevieve Trono (@genthebookworm) 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…

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (April 2, 2019)
I really loved this book! It read quickly and felt like part memoir, part self-help, and part behind-the-scenes of the psychology industry. It also helped me self-reflect and felt a bit like getting a little bit of therapy.

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (March 24, 2020)
My thoughts about this highly anticipated novel are…complicated. The novel is perplexing and I really liked parts (but, didn’t like other parts). I’m going to talk in more detail about this on an upcoming bonus podcast episode for Patrons (subscribe to support the podcast on Patreon for $5/month if you’d like access to this episode and more bonus goodies!) and will have a full review coming closer to publication date.

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Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven (October 11, 2016)
Jordan from @jordys.book.club shared this backlist horror novel (yes…I actually read a horror novel!) on Episode 43 of the podcast and I flew through it in just over a day on the beach. A fictional journalist deconstructs what went down in an amusement park that’s hit by a hurricane and the structure is reminiscent of an oral history (which I loved). Highly recommend for readers that don’t normally read horror! Mini review to come.

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Writers & Lovers by Lily King (March 3, 2020)
I was kind of meh about this one. Slow start, annoying main character in the beginning, but things did improve the farther I read…but not enough to save the book for me. Mini review to come.

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Open Book by Jessica Simpson (February 4, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
I like to listen to celebrity memoirs on audio and this is one of the best I’ve ever listened to! I loved Newlyweds back in the day and, in her memoir, Simpson reminded me why I liked her then! She’s candid and raw…and I loved hearing more about her clothing empire. Mini review coming.

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I’m currently reading…

Familiar Dark


The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel (March 31, 2020)
I literally just started this murder mystery by the author of The Roanoke Girls (my review), so I don’t have much to share yet. Stay tuned!

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Upcoming reading plans…

Code Name Helene


Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (March 31, 2020)
Are y’all as shocked as I am that I’m giving this book a chance? It’s a WWII historical fiction, which I’m burned out on, but I loved Lawhon’s The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress (my review) awhile back (even though I didn’t love Flight of Dreams) and the premise of Code Name Helene (based on the real life socialite spy Nancy Wake) sounds interesting.

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  1. My sister said the same thing about the new Mandel. I guess I need to get the Jessica Simpson book.

    Posted 2.24.20 Reply
  2. I am shacked that you’re going to read Code Name Helene. I passed on it, so will be curious to hear what you think. As you know I loved Writers & Lovers and would love to talk more about it with you sometime. I’m very much looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on The Glass Hotel.

    Posted 2.24.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yes – I know! I seem to be the outlier on this one.

      Posted 2.24.20 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    Maybe I’ll make Glass Hotel my next book. I’ve heard such mixed reactions, I think I need to get it.

    Posted 2.24.20 Reply
  4. Tina wrote:

    Yesss I’m loving the love for the JS memoir. It sounds like you had a really good couple of reading weeks! I’m curious about Writers and Lovers… I’ve never read the author but I believe it was Catherine on your podcast who mentioned it and made me add it to my list.

    Posted 2.24.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I think Catherine shared it in the Winter Preview episode? I’m so pumped for JS…way to write a dang good memoir! So candid!

      Posted 2.24.20 Reply
  5. Lisa notes wrote:

    I’ve had “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” on my hold list at the library for so many weeks. But I think I’m getting closer now! About two more weeks and it should finally be my turn. 🙂 I’m currently reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking to Strangers.”

    Posted 2.24.20 Reply
  6. Catherine wrote:

    I’m really interested in the Jessica Simpson book now. I think it would be fun to listen to her because I also loved that show.

    I’m so glad you liked Maybe You Should! It was one of my favorite books last year- and you know I don’t read much nonfiction.

    My reading week has been better- everything 3 stars or more AND a novel that blew me away and is my favorite of the year. And I want to reread it again now.

    Posted 3.1.20 Reply
  7. Brianna wrote:

    You have got to read Shuggie Bain. It was a 5 star read for me and I NEVER give books 5 stars. I am dying to hear your thoughts on it.

    Posted 3.1.20 Reply
  8. I’ve read 2 time the familier dark its really great book and when your sick from work and want to some interesting story to read i this book great for.

    Posted 6.8.20 Reply

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