What I’m Reading Now (3/16/20)


Wow, what a week. I feel like things went from 0 (well, maybe more like 15) to 60 in 24 hours. Schools (and many other places) in my town are closed for 2 weeks (and maybe more…I’m guessing it will be more), so we’ve been trying to stay outdoors as much as possible and avoid crowded public spaces. I went to the grocery store this morning wearing medical gloves. But, there was food on the shelves, so there is that.


I was initially worried about what coronavirus meant for my ability to produce the podcast, but I’m more confident now that I’ll be able to get episodes out to you as planned (for now at least). Yes, my kids are at home, which means I don’t have as much uninterrupted “work time.” But, I’m also realizing how much time I spend carting them around to various sports / after school activities and I now have all that time back. Plus, all my own non-work related activities have been canceled, so I think I’ll actually have more time.


I really want to continue the podcast as usual because A) I feel like books will be a comfort to people during this time and B) authors need the support right now (I’m thrilled that I have an episode with Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks coming on April 15 since their book tour got canceled). So, I hope the podcast can bring you a little non-coronavirus-related reprieve over the next few weeks!



Mini Episode 50, Dual Timelines & Reading an Author’s Backlist featuring Julia Spence (@gameofreading) aired last week.

And, a full length episode featuring Steph Hockersmith (@pieladybooks) will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

Nothing…can you believe that?!
I had one DNF and am very close to finishing a book, but it was one of those rare weeks when I didn’t finish a single book. I was also trying to get as ahead as possible on podcast work knowing that my kids would likely be coming home for quite awhile.

I’m currently reading…

Knockout Queen


The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (April 28, 2020)
I’m almost finished with this novel about two teenagers who are each outsiders in their own ways (a gay boy and a 6’3″ girl) and I’m loving it. I could just read her voice forever! I’m looking forward to telling you more about it in the Spring 2020 Book Preview podcast episode (coming April 1)!

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Hidden Valley Road


Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker (April 7, 2020)
DNF at 13%
I loved the chapters that dealt with the Galvin family (6 of their 12 children were schizophrenic), but they alternated with chapters about the history of mental illness and psychiatry, which were incredibly dry.

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Upcoming reading plans…

Eight Perfect Murders


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (March 3, 2020)
I was hoping this homage to classic murder mysteries (this one involving books!) was going to be a March Book of the Month pick, but I’m thrilled my library hold came in quickly. I thought I would’ve started this by now, but I will soon!
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  1. Yes! Books are one of my only escapes right now so please keep going with the podcasts! -Claire

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  2. Susan Calderon wrote:

    I finished just two books last week both were new authors to me. I read the newest in the Unsub series by Meg Gardiner “The Dark Corners Of The Night” it was very intense and compelling, really kept me turning those pages. Then I read “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle which I thought was OK not great but OK it seemed very YA to me but the book is getting a lot of buzz so I tried it.
    Hopefully things will calm down some, and we can contrate again and get back to reading!

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  3. I’m so happy to hear you’ll keep the podcast going. We need distractions now more than ever and we need good book recommendations.

    I had a hold on Eight Perfect Murders, but now the library is closed, so I just added it to my Libby holds. Looking forward to that one very much.

    Have a good week!

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I started 8 Murders last night and am not very far in, but really like the beginning!

      Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Things are quite confused with all the closings and cancellations going on. I’m staying home mostly but that isn’t unusual for me. My brother tells me things are quite busy at Target where he works. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  5. Everyone is home and six counties here have been ordered to shelter in place. My weekly update

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  6. Darli Skaar wrote:

    I work at a school in Washington state which is closed until April 27th. Our libraries are closed too. Luckily I have a ton of books that I bought and haven”t read yet. Right now I am finishing The King of Crows by Libba Bray. I have been working outside a lot too! Please keep the podcasts going!!!

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  7. susan wrote:

    Yes, everything is closed or cancelled here so please continue with the podcasts! Books are one of the few left escapes. Liked Rufi’s Corona del Mar novel so I’m looking forward to her new one!

    Posted 3.18.20 Reply

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