What I’m Reading Now (5/11/20)

what I'm reading now


I’ve got 2 great things to share:

  • The 2020 Summer Reading Guide is coming out tomorrow! And, Wednesday’s podcast episode will feature even more summer reading titles…many of them backlist! 
  • My birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so I managed to finagle an empty house where I could read uninterrupted all day long. It was glorious and I desperately needed some peace and quiet after rarely having a minute to myself since quarantine started.


Mini Episode 57 featuring Liz Hein (@lizhein89) aired last week.

And, a full length episode about all things Summer Reading Guide with Susie from Novel Visits will air this Wednesday.

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


The Golden Cage by Camilla Lackburg (July 7, 2020)
A slow burn thriller that doesn’t really read like a thriller until the end…with some serious girl power! European thrillers continue to do well for me! Mini review coming.
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Untamed by Glennon Doyle (March 10, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
Exactly what I needed to listen to during quarantine. It felt like going to therapy. 5 stars! Mini review coming. 
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I’m currently reading…

Girls from Corona del Mar


The Girls of Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe (July 8, 2014)
Y’all know how much I loved Thorpe’s latest novel, The Knockout Queen (my review), so I’ve been dying to read her debut. I’m almost finished and I really like it (though not quite as much as The Knockout Queen). It’s a dark coming of age story with her signature level of weirdness…which is just enough, but not too much.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…



Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (March 31, 2020)
DNF at Page 78
This one breaks my heart (because I was so sure I was going to love it), but it was a bit slow and I just kept zoning out. But, I also don’t fully trust my opinion about slower books right now because quarantine is killing my ability to concentrate. I may give it another try once things have calmed down.
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Upcoming reading plans…



Conviction by Denise Mina (May 16, 2019)
This novel about a true crime podcast come to life was a Reese Book Club pick last year. My library hold finally came in, so I’m giving it a shot because of the true crime podcast angle despite seeing mixed reviews.
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  1. Wendy wrote:

    Can I just say that I’m not loving Reese’s bookclub picks? I’ve read a few of them and meh…now I’m a little afraid to pick them up. Looking forward to your review on Conviction. Will it be a good as the Holdout?

    Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  2. Isn’t Untamed just the greatest, inspirational book? I’ve recommended it to so many friends. Glad you’re liking The Girls from Corona del Mar. And Valentine? I get why it would be a really hard book to read right now. I read it before quarantine started, and may have felt very differently about it now. It’s a weird time and books/reading are suffering for it. Hope it’s a good week!

    Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  3. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I know what you mean about concentration issues during quarantine. I’m feeling the same and spending a lot of time rereading old favorites. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  4. Catherine wrote:

    My reading is still off-kilter. I DNFed a book I was anticipating and am close to DNFing a memoir I wanted to read. The good news is I am absolutely loving Jessica Simpson’s memoir!

    Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  5. renee wrote:

    I also DNFed Valentine pretty far in- at least 30 %, felt it wasn’t going going anywhere!

    Posted 5.12.20 Reply
  6. I loved Conviction, I hope you enjoy it.

    Posted 5.12.20 Reply
  7. I can’t handle slower books a this point either. It just takes me too long to get through them and I lose interest! I’ve heard a lot of similar things about Valentine so I’m glad I skipped it!

    Posted 5.12.20 Reply

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