What I’m Reading Now (2/26/18)

I’m deep into reading my March releases and I have to say that they’re so far not living up to February’s books. But, that’s OK because I’m starting to dive into possible candidates for my 2018 Summer Reading Guide, which is one of my favorite features to put together every single year! In other news…

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I finished reading…

Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

The Flight Attendant
 by Chris Bohjalian (March 13, 2018)
Bohjalian’s thrillers have been reliable standbys for me over the last few years, but things slipped a bit with this one. It was fine, but I didn’t like it as much as The Guest Room or The Sleepwalker. And, I definitely had some specific issues that I’ll share in an upcoming mini review. 

I’m currently reading…

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
 by Erika L. Sanchez (October 17, 2017)
I’m about halfway through this YA novel that was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and, so far, I love the voice of Julia, but it did drag a bit through the second quarter. We’ll see how it wrap up.

I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobna Rao

Girls Burn Brighter
 by Shobha Rao (March 6, 2018)

Last week, I was 13% through this novel about female friendship in India and I was having trouble getting into the characters and my mind kept wandering. I haven’t picked it up since then and am now moving on. I’ve since heard it’s an incredibly brutal story and I don’t think I have that in me right now.

Upcoming reading plans…

Laura and Emma

Laura & Emma
 by Kate Greathead (March 13, 2018)
This debut novel is a mother/daughter story set in upper crust Manhattan and is apparently quirky and told in vignettes. Tyler Goodson, the manager of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA and one of my newest Go-To Recommendation Sources gave it 5 stars.

was reading…

One Year Ago: I rated a couple books 5 stars that others didn’t love as much.

Two Years Ago: I was reading one of my favorite books of 2016!

How was your reading week?

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  1. Beth F wrote:

    I liked I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, hope you end up liking it. Lots of fun activities for you!

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m almost done and like it for sure! Love the focus on the cultural differences b/c Julia and her parents. I always find that generational thing fascinating in immigrant families…the “homeland” philosophy vs. “Americanized” child. Same thing went on in Shelter.

      Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  2. Look at you! Trying some more YA. I hadn’t even heard of Mexican Daughter. I’m at about 75% in Laura & Emma right now and love it. It’s quirky and sweet. Good call on Girls Burn Brighter!

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Can’t wait to start Laura & Emma! Need to Know just came in from the library…do I have to read that one or can I just skip it for Laura & Emma?

      Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  3. renee wrote:

    I feel like joining Facebook just to be a part of your group! Sounds like it’ll be fun. I’m very curious about The Flight Attendant so that’s on hold at my library. You and Susie have convinced me to pass on Girls Burn Brighter, I think it’s also getting very mixed reviews on Goodreads but most people are saying it’s quite brutal as you said. Not for me right now.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Haha – please do! Various Facebook Groups are really the only thing I do on FB now 🙂

      And the reviews were mostly raves when I picked up Girls Burn…wish I’d waited! Sounds like the more regular readers are piping in now…

      Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Interesting variety of books. I’ve not read any of them though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  5. I listened to I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and liked it a lot. I really want to get to Laura & Emma soon.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  6. I enjoyed The Flight Attendant…but I’m curious about your issues.

    I LOVED The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. I also enjoyed South of Broad. I haven’t read the others…yet.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  7. Loved Laura & Emma. I hate to say it, but I thought The Flight Attendant was awful — really bad writing. I’ve enjoyed Bohjalian’s other books, but this one was full of cliches and grammatical errors, not to mention plot issues.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  8. Amanda wrote:

    I am excited to read Laura & Emma soon too. Good luck with the Facebook group! Sounds fun!

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  9. Karen wrote:

    I don’t have a blog but would be interested in your readers recommend series.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  10. You might like the Rules of Punk! My weekly update

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  11. I’ll be interested to hear what you think about the Sanchez book. I’m on the fence about reading that one. I have so much to read that I’m hesitant to add more to the list.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  12. Debbie Moore wrote:

    I would like to participate in your “Readers Recommend”

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  13. Sarah R wrote:

    I’m sad about The Flight Attendant! I also enjoy Chris Bohjalian and the way he takes a current issue and tries to present it many facets, but I have a hard time getting past cliches. I guess when someone is that prolific, a few duds are bound to happen.

    I’m reading “We’re Going to Need More Wine” and really enjoying it. I also just started “I’ll Give You the Sun” but I find myself going more towards “We’re Going to Need More Wine” when I have time to read.

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I was too! He’s been such a reliable standby for me. And that’s my favorite thing about his thrillers…there is always some interesting facet to the story that he really delves into (i.e. human trafficking, sleepwalking).

      That’s a sign, right?! Is for me at least!

      Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  14. Michelle wrote:

    Your comments about The Flight Attendant worry me. I loved Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands so very, very much even though it pretty much ripped out my heart and smashed it into little bits. At least I now know to go into it with lowered expectations!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I loved Close Your Eyes too 🙂 Flight Attendant is not that..

      Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  15. Hi Sarah,
    I participated in your free book recommendations which I thoroughly enjoyed and would like to participate in Readers Recommend. By the way, I have a sweet, old dog, kids are grown, still teach little kids and love to read.

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply

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