What I’m Reading Now (4/13/20) – A Double Shot


Last week was supposed to be my kids’ Spring Break and we obviously didn’t go on the trip we’d planned, but we still “observed” Spring Break at home. This break from homeschooling and blog / podcast work was so good for my mental sanity. I felt like I could breathe for the first time in 4 weeks and was able to focus on my reading better than an other time during coronavirus.

Now, let’s see if I can maintain my reading focus while adding back homeschooling and blog / podcast work.


Episode 53, Spring 2020 Book Preview with Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books aired two weeks ago.

And, a full length episode featuring Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (authors of You Are Not Alone) will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

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This is Big by Marisa Meltzer (April 14, 2020)
This memoir is similar to Julia & Julia in that it mixes the author’s personal journey through a program with the story of the Founder of that program. Meltzer is funny, relatable, and open with her story. Mini review to come.
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Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel (March 3, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
It’s not earth-shattering…I do a lot of this stuff in my personal life already, but it’s a good reminder in these chaotic times and I took away some good nuggets about running the podcast and the blog.

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Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli (February 18, 2020)
New blog readers may not know this, but I’m a massive Summer Olympics fan! So, I’m going to attempt to fill the gap this summer with some books about the Olympics. This YA novel about the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team has stories ripped from the headlines and was a quick, easy read where the stakes felt super high (just what I need in these coronavirus times). You definitely have to suspend belief for a few plot points, but I didn’t really care.

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A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (May 5, 2020)
Exactly the kind of mystery / thriller I like! One that focuses on a legal angle (I also like thrillers that focus on a psychological angle…I’m realizing these are my two mystery / thriller sweet spots) and that has an ending that it surprising, yet not outlandish. I’m 3 for 3 on Kimberly McCreight books so far (I also loved Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her). Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Beach Read by Emily Henry



Beach Read by Emily Henry (May 19, 2020)
I’ve just started this romance (one of my April Book of the Month picks), so I don’t have many thoughts yet. We’ll see how it goes.

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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Darling Rose Gold

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (March 17, 2020)
I’m hugely in the minority on this one. I made it 38% through before quitting and I’ll be sharing why in my April Book Recommendations bonus podcast episode for patrons (go here to support the show on Patreon and access additional bonus episodes).

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Upcoming reading plans…

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (May 19, 2020)
This novel imagining Hillary Clinton’s life if she’d chosen NOT to marry Bill is one of my (and I think many others people’s too) most anticipated of the year. Fingers crossed it lives up to my expectations!
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  1. Caroline wrote:

    I’m reading Rodham now! So far it is great.

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  2. I so loved being on Spring Break last week, too. Now it’s back to the grindstone!

    I’m so happy to hear that you liked A Good Marriage so much. I have that one coming up and it’s also my first Kimberly McCreight book, so maybe I’ll have to dip into her earlier books.

    Can’t wait to get to both Rodham and Beach Read.

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  3. Sharlene wrote:

    Break the Fall sounds interesting! I’m going to add that to my TBR list. Ooh also, new Sittenfeld!! Awesome!

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  4. Good luck juggling everything, I’m sure you are up to the challenge.

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice looking assortment of books. I’m a big Summer Olympics fan too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  6. So many books I hadn’t heard about in this post! I’m with you on Kimberly McCreight, and I’m excited to see she has a new one coming soon! ALSO, I’m super interested in Rodham, since I’ve liked Curtis Sittenfeld in the past. Idk if it’s just me, but I think it’s interesting a book like this is coming out while Hilary Clinton is still alive? Imagining her hearing about and reading it is so strange to me!

    Posted 4.13.20 Reply
  7. Karina wrote:

    I’ve seen people talking about Darling Rose Gold, but wasn’t sure the mother/daughter psych thriller is up my alley, so the fact that you only got through less than half of it is interesting. Hah, I may skip it. Gotta trust your gut! Also, I’m adding Rodham to my TBR pile immediately!

    Posted 4.14.20 Reply
  8. Cori wrote:

    I saw that you loved A Good Marriage on Monday and was able to win a copy from Bookish First! Loved the 1st chapter preview on that site. Thanks for another great recommendation!

    Posted 4.14.20 Reply
  9. Abi wrote:

    I haven’t heard of any of the books on this list, but they look interesting! Especially Break the Fall. I don’t know much about the Olympics, but it looks great! I recently finished reading The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. Check out my review at http://www.themamabookbear.com/review-of-the-astonishing-color-of-after-by-emily-x-r-pan.

    Posted 4.17.20 Reply

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