What I’m Reading Now (4/20/20)

what I'm reading now


Back to real life last week. And, I didn’t get much reading time until Friday. The only book I finished was an audiobook, but I’m also including a book that I forgot to share in last Monday’s post (shows you how scattered my brain is right now!). I’m hoping this week goes differently.


Episode 54, a full length episode featuring Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (authors of You Are Not Alone) aired last week.

And, a mini episode featuring Sarah Saba Cetra (@bookedinadvance) will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


Stray by Stephanie Danler (May 19, 2020)
I’ve never done this before, but I totally forgot to share this book with you last week! One of the most raw memoirs I’ve ever read. Dark and riveting…I loved it! But, it definitely won’t be for everyone. Mini review to come.
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The Office by Andy Greene (March 24, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
My husband and I have been watching an episode or two of The Office before bed every night and it’s such a comforting way to end the day. I’ve also been listening to the Office Ladies podcast and The Office by Andy Greene is the perfect complement without being duplicative! Mini review to come.

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I’m currently reading…

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (May 19, 2020)
I’m almost finished this much anticipated alternate history of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life. It’s fascinating to consider what one different decision could mean for the course of this country. Also, it’s easy to get immersed in!
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Beach Read by Emily Henry


Beach Read by Emily Henry (May 19, 2020)
DNF at 36%
I’ve now figured out that light and fluffy isn’t working for me during the time of coronavirus. For some reason, I need something with a bit more heft and higher stakes (and being a page turner helps too). I also thought the dialogue and banter was a bit over-the-top.

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Upcoming reading plans…

Heir Affair


The Heir Affair by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan (July 7, 2020)
Y’all remember The Royal We (my review) a couple years ago? The Heir Affair is the follow-up…picking back up with Bex and Nick after their wedding amid scandal and turmoil. I know I just said light and fluffy weren’t working as well for me right now, but I adored The Royal We, so I think this could be the exception.  
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  1. Wenndy wrote:

    I actually thought light and fluffy would be a good thing–especially after reading My Dark Vanessa and Perfect Tunes back to back. I’m looking at books I missed when they first came out and I’m reading Ghosted, which isn’t vapid but lighthearted enough to fit my needs!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  2. Tina wrote:

    I did NOT know the new Stephanie Danler book was a memoir! Very interesting.

    I’m excited for The Heir Affair! I remember loving The Royal We several years ago.

    We are at the total opposite ends of the reading spectrum right now. I can’t do anything that requires too much brain power 😀

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  3. I’m all over the place with books right now, loving certain light and fluffy books, but also more serious stories. I think for me it still just comes down to a well told, immersive story.

    I need to get to Rodham ASAP after seeing your message yesterday. Maybe one more April book and then Rodham.

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  4. Karen wrote:

    Was so sad to find that The Heir Affair is incomparable to The Royal We, which I adored 🙁

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  5. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I haven’t figured out what kind of books are working for me now. I have been listening to a lot of urban fantasy and science fiction which really take me away from “reality.” Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  6. Abi wrote:

    I’m a HUGE fan of The Office! Definitely a comfort show. I have yet to listen to the Office Ladies podcast, but I had no idea there was a book about the show – thank you for opening my eyes! I’ll be sure to add it to my list. I recently wrote a review on The Dry by Jane Harper at http://www.themamabookbear.com/review-of-the-dry-by-jane-harper. One of my all-time favorite mystery books! Let me know what you think (of the book and my review)!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  7. I want to read Rodham. Enjoy your books!

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply
  8. The Danler and Sittenfeld are among my most anticipated books of the year! Looking forward to your reviews.

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply
  9. Lauren wrote:

    These are three titles I’m really interested in. STRAY and THE OFFICE are both high on the list, I’m glad to hear STRAY worked for you. If you are enjoying The Office, be sure to watch the original UK version if you haven’t. I’m really curious about RODHAM and look forward to your thoughts. I don’t always connect with Sittenfeld’s work, but think she’s pretty genius-y. The premise of this one is fantastic. Stay safe!

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply
  10. Becki wrote:

    I’m definitely mixing up my reading styles lately. I can’t do anything that’s too pollyanna-fake cheerful. If the fluffy is light enough, maybe… 😉 Hope you enjoy the Heir Affair. Take care of you and yours!

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply

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