What I’m Reading Now (2/25/19) – A Double Shot

We took a long weekend over President’s Day to see friends from our old town and it was fantastic. I didn’t touch my computer and also avoided my phone a lot more than usual. I read a bit, but mostly hung out with people I love, but don’t get to see as often as I’d like. And, I felt rejuvenated afterwards.

Even though I’m always a stress case right before we leave on a trip (i.e. pre-scheduling the podcast, pre-scheduling blog posts, packing for 3 people, doing laundry, planning for having groceries in the house when we get back, etc), I feel like the time and space away from the churn of daily life is so important to avoiding burnout. And, in the case of this trip, to maintaining these friendships from afar.


Episode 7 of the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast, featuring Ashley Spivey, former Bachelor contestant and founder of #SpiveysClub Facebook Group came out two weeks ago! It’s my most downloaded episode yet, so give it a listen if you haven’t already! 

And, Episode 8 came out last week! Carla of @happiestwhenreading (one of my reading twins!) and I talked fitting in reading amongst our mom activities, reading goals, and tracking your reading!

Episode 9, featuring Gayle and Nicole from The Readerly Report Podcast, is coming on Wednesday!

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


The Last Romanticsby Tara Conklin (February 5, 2019)
Loved! Favorite book of 2019 so far! Mini review here.
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The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroyby Michael Mewshaw (February 26, 2019)
This view of Conroy is from a very close friend and provides a different perspective than all the laudatory pieces you read in the media (and in Our Prince of Scribes). It shows both the good and bad and was certainly hard to read at times, but I’m glad I did. Mini review coming soon.
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Our Prince of Scribesedited by Nicole A. Seitz (September 15, 2018)
This collection of essays by friends, family, and fellow authors remembering Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author, is a celebration of him and his work mostly by people who knew him through the literary world (other writers, people that work in publishing, journalists, and a few from the film world). It provides a really different perspective than The Lost Prince and was the perfect book to read alongside it. Mini review coming soon.
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Tomorrow There Will Be Sunby Dana Reinhardt (March 12, 2019)
I was hoping for a vacation book along the lines of Siracusa (which it was compared to), but this one was very much average. It was an easy read, so I finished it, but I felt like I’d read it before. Mini review coming in mid-March.
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Inheritanceby Dani Shapiro (January 15, 2019)
This memoir about Shapiro’s experience discovering her father was not her biological father through an online DNA test was emotional and an interesting look into a new phenomenon brought on by the simple and cheap online DNA test. It went places I wasn’t expecting (good!), but did go over the top with theological and philosophical theory at times. Still, it’s 4 stars and would make an excellent book club pick. I’m definitely interested in reading her previous memoir about marriage, Hourglass.
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I’m currently reading…

A Woman is No Man


A Woman is No Manby Etaf Rum (March 5, 2019)
This debut novel from the woman behind @booksandbeans was my February Book of the Month pick and is getting lots of love over on Instagram. I heard it’s an emotionally tough read, though. I’m literally just starting it, so don’t have much to say yet.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Before She Knew Him


Before She Knew Himby Peter Swanson (March 5, 2019)
I read Swanson’s thriller The Kind Worth Killing in December and I’m picky about my thrillers. So, I was excited that I actually liked it! This one is about a psychologically unstable suburban housewife who has suspicions about her neighbor. Fingers crossed I’ll like this one too.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I first read one of my now go-to favorite brain candy authors.

Two Years Ago: I read two slim novels that I rated 5 stars, but that haven’t stuck with me all that much.

How was your reading week?

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  1. A break with friends is always a good thing!

    Inheritance definitely sounds interesting. Did you listen to that one? I’ll be really interested to hear what you think of A Woman. I found it a very tough read.

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  2. I’m trying to read more books I own so I picked up Olive Kitteridge over the weekend. I love the short story format so far and Olive certainly is quite a character ha!

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  3. Bummer about Tomorrow There Will Be Sun. I’m planning to start it in the next few days. I’ve had a couple of slower reads lately, so maybe a quick easy one will be good to finish out the month.

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend away. It is nice to unplug once in a while. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  5. I just finished Before She Knew Him and liked it a lot even though I did figure out the twist.

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  6. It sounds like you had fun. My weekly update

    Posted 2.25.19 Reply
  7. renee wrote:

    Sounds like such a fun weekend, it’s always nice to take a break from social media and things once in awhile! I can’t wait for your thoughts on A Woman is No Man, I’m seeing mostly positive reviews for it and I definitely want to read it

    Posted 2.26.19 Reply
  8. Jan wrote:

    Sarah, We seem to be on the same reading wavelength 🙂 I have The Last Romantics and Inheritance requested from my library. And I have the new Peter Swanson from EW and A Woman Is No Man from BOTM.

    Good for you for enjoying your time with friends and taking a social media break.

    I’m very much enjoying your podcast!

    Posted 2.27.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thanks so much!

      I ended up hating the ending of the Swanson 🙁 Really liked A Woman is No Man and am halfway through Daisy and loving it.

      Not surprised we’re on the same reading wavelength!!

      Posted 3.8.19 Reply
      • Jan wrote:

        oh no…I was not a fan of Swanson’s last book and so hoped the one would be on par with The Kind Worth Killing, which I loved. oh well…

        And since posting this I now have Daisy too – happy to hear you’re loving it 🙂

        Posted 3.8.19 Reply
  9. I’m curious about that thriller, so looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Posted 2.27.19 Reply

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