What I’m Reading Now (3/9/20) – A Double Shot

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Another double dose of books for you because we had another long weekend of travel! The kids had Super Tuesday off of school, so we took advantage of the break to go skiing. We’re not a big skiing family, but the kids loved it after our most recent trip. So, more skiing might be in our future. I did get some reading done too.

 

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Episode 49, featuring Zibby Owens (host of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Podcast) aired last week.

And, a mini episode featuring Julia Spence (@gameofreading) will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

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The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel (March 31, 2020)
So disappointing. Not sure why I finished it. I broke my own DNF code. Mini review to come.

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Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (April 14, 2020)
Loved this story about motherhood and pursuing your artistic dreams. It’s what I wanted Writers & Lovers to be except this story is about music. Mini review to come.

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Why Women Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun (January 7, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
Answers the “why” to I Miss You When I Blink (my review) through scientific research and cultural commentary. Excellent companion to Mary Laura Philpott’s personal story. Mini review to come.

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Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman (March 14, 2020)
Fun read with somewhat of an outrageous premise. I liked it! Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Hidden Valley Road

 

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker (April 7, 2020)
I’m only about 10% into this nonfiction about a family where 6 of their 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’m on the fence at the moment…some parts are readable and interesting, while others are a bit dry and academic. I’m going to give it a bit more time before deciding whether to continue.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Code Name Helene

 

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (March 31, 2020)
I took a chance on this one given it’s WWII historical fiction (which I’m burned out on) and I didn’t love Flight of Dreams (though I did love her debut, The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress). Unfortunately, I could tell early on that it wasn’t going to work for me. I thought the voice of the story was kind of annoying, which is something that doesn’t generally change as the book goes on. I’m not even going to officially count it as a DNF…it was more of a “sample.”

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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.
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How was your reading week?

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9 Comments

  1. The circumstances for that family in Hidden Valley Road sound tragic, but fascinating.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  2. Tina wrote:

    Oh good to hear about Perfect Tunes! I started it and was enjoying it so far, but set it aside for some reason. It sounds like it gets better in the second half!

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      If you’re intrigued by the theme of struggling to pursue a dream through motherhood and marriage, keep going! But, it is character-driven for sure.

      Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  3. Nice you had fun skiing. My ex and my kids both loved skiing and I learned to, too. It ended up being a huge part of our winters each year.

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Last Couple Standing. It was such a pleasant surprise for me.

    I’ve considered Hidden Valley Road, but now I’m not so sure. I’ll wait to see where you land and I don’t think I’ll even try The Familiar Dark. So disappointing!

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yeah – it doesn’t stand out at all.

      Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  4. So many tempting titles. I have Eight Perfect Murders.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Eight Perfect Murders does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  6. Lindsay wrote:

    I’ve had a good reading week. I finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (4/5 stars, “I loved it”) and I’m working on The Secrets We Kept. Next up is A Good Neighborhood for the Barnes & Noble Book Club.

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
  7. Questions for Sarah–Is My Dark Vanessa good to listen to? Or, need to be read?
    Thanks

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply

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