What I’m Reading Now (4/30/18) – A Short Version

Sorry for the extra short version today! My husband and I took a weekend away last weekend and I’m trying to quickly get a post typed while waiting for our late Sunday night flight to take off! It was a beach trip, so I got TONs of reading done!

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I finished reading…

Visible Empire, The Gunners, The Wife Alafair Burke

 

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard (June 5, 2018)
Despite the very mixed reviews on Goodreads and the somewhat low average Goodreads rating, I really liked this one! It’s not as much about the 1962 Orly plane crash that killed many prominent Atlanta arts patrons…the crash is more of the event that ties together a portrait of Atlanta during that time from many disparate perspectives.

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The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman (March 20, 2018)
I liked this novel, but it wasn’t a 5 star read for me like I thought it would be (based on other rave reviews). It reminded me a bit of Shotgun Lovesongs (though I liked that book better), but it felt a little contrived.

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The Wife by Alafair Burke (January 23, 2018)
Most of y’all know I’m very finicky about thrillers. Especially domestic ones. But, I really liked this domestic/legal thriller! I read it in a day and a half on the beach and it was the perfect book for that reading environment.

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I’m currently reading…

Girl Who Smiled Beads

 

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya (April 24, 2018)
This memoir by a girl who escaped from the Rwandan genocide was my April Book of the Month pick and is getting rave reviews. I’m only 15% in, but it’s pulled me in and I suspect will be an emotionally tough, yet powerful read.

Upcoming reading plans…

I have no idea! I have a bunch of library holds that could come in soon and some May releases still to get to.

 

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25 Comments

  1. The Gunners struck just the right note for me, sorry you didn’t like it as much. Hooray for a beach getaway!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I did like it, it was just a 4 star rather than 5 star read! I was just so convinced that it would be 5 stars for me that I was kind of surprised to have any critical thoughts about it.

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  2. I’m a little further in The Girl Who Smiled Beads and really it. The narration is terrific in the audiobook. I’m sorry you didn’t like The Gunners as much as I did. I thought it was just such lovely story of friendship. You have me curious about Shotgun Lovesongs now. Would I like that?

    Your beach weekend sounds perfect. Glad you got to have some solid reading time.

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      YES – I think you’d love Shotgun Lovesongs!

      And I did like The Gunners, it just wasn’t 5 stars for me. I felt like they started playing whack-a-mole with all the secret reveals and it felt a little inorganic if that makes sense.

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  3. It looks like you read some good books last week. I think I’ll like The Girl Who Smiled Beads, too – I’ve been in the mood for books like that lately.

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It’s good 65% through!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  4. Wendy wrote:

    I hadn’t heard of The Girl Who Smiled Beads but it definitely looks like a book I’d like!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
  5. Wow, what a choice! Enjoy beach trip….write long blog post….
    Beach trip is a win everytime!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Haha – yup! I banged this one out in 30 min at the airport waiting for my flight!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  6. Madeline wrote:

    I liked “The Wife” too. I’ve read 3 or 4 others of hers and this was by far the best.

    Susie: I think you would love “Shotgun Lovesongs.” Wonderfully drawn characters.

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Another Shotgun Lovesongs fan! I adore that book and it was one that I bought a hardcover of for my shelves in my new house.

      People told me The Ex was good…should I try it? It’s so rare that I enjoy a thriller that I have to jump on the authors of the few I love!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
      • Madeline wrote:

        I got “Shotgun Lovesongs” from you! Was in my top 5 for 2017.

        Didn’t read the Ex. The next best of Alafair’s I did read was “Long Gone.”

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  7. I really enjoyed The Wife….and I hope to like The Gunners when/if? I get it from the library.

    Your trip sounds lovely!

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    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
  8. Tara wrote:

    I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed Visible Empire; I was getting a little worried about it, based on some of the reviews! I am also now very intrigued by The Wife; whenever you say a thriller is worthy, I pay attention! Hope you had a super fun trip!!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      The GR reviews are not good at all! But, I also love Pittard’s writing and you do too, right? Didn’t you like Listen to Me? I think you should give it a shot!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  9. Kathy Martin wrote:

    The Wife sounds good and so does a beach weekend. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
  10. Allison wrote:

    A beach weekend sounds amazing! I have The Gunners coming up in my holds–hoping it’s a 5-star for me, but we’ll see. Sounds like you had some good ones for the beach, even if that one doesn’t get a rave review.

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It probably will be -has been for so many others!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  11. I haven’t read the Gunners yet but I hope to soo! Thanks for your reviews!

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
  12. I have the Girl Who Smiled Beads on my wishilst. Happy end of the month. Come see what I’m reading.

    Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  13. Kate Elkins wrote:

    I have The Gunners and am looking forward to it. However, I recently finished The Riviera Set (non-fiction) by Mary S. Lovell and was so intrigued by the Brits and Americans who flocked to the Riviera in the 30’s, 40’s- Maxine Elliott, Winston Churchill, Wendy Reves, Aly Khan, Diana Cooper, and more. I’m wanting to read more about these people. I loved this book!

    Posted 5.1.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Sounds interesting!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  14. Michelle wrote:

    Oooo…a beach getaway. It sounds delightful! I hope your next reads are equally good for you!

    Posted 5.1.18 Reply
  15. Jan wrote:

    Sarah, I have had the Wife sitting on my kindle for way too long. Happy to hear you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to it even more now!

    Posted 5.1.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Time to pick it up!

      Posted 5.1.18 Reply

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