What I’m Reading Now (3/25/19)

I think I’m officially over my Daisy Jones & the Six fiction hangover. So, hooray for that!

And, I cut a major step out of my podcast editing process and I already feel like I can breathe again. My March reading has returned to usual levels (quantity-wise) and I feel like I can live life a bit more. That being said, I’m still planning to go to a bi-weekly podcast schedule for the summer given my family travels a lot on the weekends, but this reduced editing process makes me more confident that I’ll be able to return to a weekly schedule after the summer.


I teamed up with @TBRetc @BeyondtheBookends @perpetualpageturner & @pingel_sisters to give one person a 30 BOOKS…including Daisy Jones and the Six, The Hunting Game, Once Upon a River, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Sadie, and CirceEnter on my Instagram through 3/27!


Episode 12, featuring Hannah from @BookNerdNative, where we talk about moving her book collection and shares her three 2019 reading goals!

Episode 13, the Spring 2019 Book Preview with Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books, is coming on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Daisy Jones & the Six Review…the best book I’ve read so far this year!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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I finished reading…

The Editor by Steven Rowley


The Editorby Steven Rowley (April 2, 2019)
Solid brain candy that’s an intriguing mix of the publishing world and a dysfunctional family novel with some star power thrown in. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

Normal People by Sally Rooney


Normal Peopleby Sally Rooney (April 16, 2019)
Y’all, this book is slightly weird (it’s not for everyone), but I’m 100% riveted! I read the first half in a day and could’ve finished the whole thing that same day if I had a big chunk of time to devote to it. It’s reminding me a bit of White Fur by Jardine Libaire (my review) and Tender by Brenda McKeon (my review).
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas


On the Come Upby Angie Thomas (February 5, 2019)
DNF at 12%
I loved The Hate U Give despite the fact that YA isn’t generally my thing. But, On the Come Up felt too YA for me. The high school lingo made me feel old. I just couldn’t settle in with it.

Upcoming reading plans…


Cape Mayby Chip Cheek (April 30, 2019)
This debut novel has gotten next to no press, but Tyler Goodson rated it 4 stars, so I’m giving it a try. A newlywed couple from Georgia honeymoons in a Cape May, New Jersey in the 1950’s and falls in with a group of cosmopolitan socialites.

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  1. Oh no, I was really looking forward to On the Come Up. Cape May sounds like my kind of book.

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  2. I shudder at the mere idea of moving house with my book collection, which is at just under 2000 right now. I hope you enjoy Cape May.

    Have a great reading week 🙂

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  3. I can’t wait to get my pre-ordered copy of The Editor. The bookish title, publishing, and Jackie O…all drew me in.

    Thanks for sharing your books, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. Bianca R wrote:

    I must find you on Instagram! Happy I came across your blog and thanks for the recommendations. Normal People has piqued my interest. My book club just recently finished a book I wanted to recommend (possibly for April? I’m sure your list is already huge!) called “The Light of Our Yesterdays” by author Ken Hansen. It’s hard to categorize this book because it’s a mix of speculative fiction, an investigative thriller, and focuses on parallel worlds – one dominated by Muslim empires and then our world as it is today. The book has a “Davinci Code” feel to it but I think it’s incredibly unique and definitely makes you think. One of the main characters, Chris Huxley, a homeland security investigator, is on the hunt for a terrorist that sends him all over the world and makes him confront his past and his own religious beliefs. I really hope you will check it out – https://kennethjhansen.com/
    Happy Reading

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  5. Great giveaway!! Keeping my fingers crossed. I just started reading an ARC of The Farm, a novel about a retreat where women stay to give birth to babies for rich people. It’s fascinating so far.

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  6. Tina wrote:

    Aw man! Bummer that On the Come Up didn’t work for you. (I get what you mean, though).

    Yay- I can’t believe that it’s time for Spring book preview already!

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  7. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice looking books. I still haven’t read The Hate U Give despite it already being on my Kindle. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  8. Glad to hear you liked The Editor! I’ve been curious about that one and Normal People.

    Bummer that On the Come Up didn’t work for you. I really loved it, but I think I read more books aimed at young people. Though I get what you mean about feeling old–I’m not sure I should admit that I actually googled some of the teenspeak! Ha!

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  9. Donna wrote:

    Your books have great covers. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  10. You’re missing out with On the Come Up. Sorry it didn’t work for you. My weekly update

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  11. Regina Oleary wrote:

    I’ve been trying to think …. for weeks the name of the book I heard people talking about when I visited Ireland ( I normally write recommendations down ) …… I woke up this morning to see your reading it … Normal People by Sally Rooney ( the book had a cuter cover when published in Europe but it’s the same book ) can’t wait to start the book.
    You’ve made my week. Last week I listened to Daisy Jones …. wow thank you I would normally not have read it but it was so good, i had to check myself and think is this fiction or not during the book,

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  12. Diane wrote:

    I just finished The Library Book by Susan Orlean. It was fantastic. The writing was exceptional as was the research. It is about so much more then the fire at the LA central library. The format of the book was unique as well. I believe this will be my best read this year. It will be hard to top!

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  13. Jean Brown wrote:

    I loved Cape May

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply

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