What I’m Reading Now (4/27/20)

what I'm reading now


I’m in the last stretch of vetting books for the 2020 Summer Reading Guide (coming on May 12), which means lots of sampling and only sticking with something that really grabs me. It means these updates are a bit less interesting, but hopefully it’ll be worth it come Summer Reading Guide time.


Episode 55, a mini episode featuring Sarah Saba Cetra (@bookedinadvance) aired last week.

And, a full length episode featuring Holly Root (Literary Agent & Owner of Root Literary) on the Rise of Rom-Coms and Coronavirus’s Impact on Publishing will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (May 19, 2020)
I’ll be so interested to hear what people end up thinking about this one. I really liked it, but I also have a conspiracy theory that I’ll be sharing on my May Book Recommendations bonus episode for patrons (subscribe to support the podcast on Patreon). And, I think people will have strong opinions about this book. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

Bright Lands


The Bright Lands by John Fram (July 7, 2020)
I’m over halfway through this literary mystery / thriller and LOVING it! The story moves quickly and has a vivid and haunting Texas high school football setting (yes, y’all, the inevitable Friday Night Lights comparison is accurate) with an undercurrent of eerie supernatural elements and an #ownvoices LGBTQ perspective. I’m also getting Beartown vibes. 
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Heir Affair


The Heir Affair by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan (July 7, 2020)
DNF at 31%
I had high expectations for the sequel to The Royal We (my review). I’m so sad this was a DNF. It just dragged…I don’t think the story had anywhere else to go and a sequel might’ve been a mistake. It’s also entirely too long. I felt like I was reading the first 30% for ages.  
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Upcoming reading plans…

Craigslist Confessional


Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala (July 7, 2020)
I’m taking a risk on this collection of personal stories people confessed to the author as part of a project she ran on Craigslist. I’m hoping for Tiny Beautiful Things vibes (but, I’m obviously not holding it to that level of expectations).  
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  1. Angela wrote:

    Oh, that’s too bad about The Heir Affair! As soon as I heard about it, I was super-excited.

    Posted 4.27.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I was too. So sad. I’ll be open to picking it back up if people say they love it, but I wasn’t going to put it on the Summer Guide with such a slow start, so definitely putting it down for now.

      Posted 4.27.20 Reply
  2. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Interesting variety of books. I have been having trouble choosing what to read next. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 4.27.20 Reply
  3. Tina wrote:

    Oh no! Bummed to hear you didn’t enjoy The Heir Affair. I remember really enjoying The Royal We, but now I’m wondering if it would hold up. Really excited to get my hands on The Bright Lands.

    Posted 4.27.20 Reply
  4. Sarah R wrote:

    This is a very unpopular opinion, but how you felt about The Heir Affair is how I felt about The Royal We. I wanted to like it, and I did finish it, but it was meh. I’m very intrigued about Rodham. Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my auto-buys.

    Posted 4.28.20 Reply
  5. Melinda wrote:

    I am so freaking excited for RODHAM. I’m glad to hear that you liked it and I can’t wait to hear your theory about it!

    Posted 4.29.20 Reply

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