What I’m Reading Now (5/20/19)

what I'm reading now


I think I’ve broken out of my reading slump (thank you, Blake Crouch!) and I’ve also finished vetting books for my 2019 Summer Reading Guide (it’s coming out tomorrow!!). So, I’ll be doing more free range reading now that I’m not vetting books for the Guide.

That being said, I will be adding books to the Summer Reading Guide until August if I find any that are a good fit!


Episode 19, the Summer 2019 Book Preview with Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books aired last week!

Episode 20, Top 10 All-Time Favorite Summer Reads with Susie of Novel Visits, will air on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • My Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019…8 books I’m excited about coming out in June and July (and some of them were not shared on the Summer Preview podcast episode).
  • May 2019 Books to Read (and Skip)…mini reviews of my May releases (including my favorite May release).
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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I finished reading…


Recursion by Blake Crouch


Recursion by Blake Crouch (June 11, 2019)
I really liked this one! It’s mind bending and super interesting to think about. It also reads like a save-the-world action thriller. If you liked Dark Matter, you’ll like this one too. Mini Review coming.
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I’m currently reading…


Lifelines by Heidi Diehl


Lifelines by Heidi Diehl (June 18, 2019)
This debut novel isn’t blowing me away (I’m 70% through), but I like it well enough. The writing style is similar to Mary Beth Keane’s in Ask Again, Yes and it’s a dual timeline family drama.
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Montauk by Nicola Harrison


Montauk by Nicola Harrison (June 4, 2019)
DNF at 6%
Lots of ladies doing Junior League type things in Montauk. Not my scene.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Places and Names by Elliot Ackerman


Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning by Elliot Ackerman (June 11, 2019)
Ackerman’s novel Waiting for Eden was my #1 book of last year, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he handles war through nonfiction.
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  1. Susan wrote:

    Recursion is getting a lot of buzz! I am glad you liked it. Recursion made Modern Mrs. Darcy’s summer reading list too. Can’t wait to read your summer reading recommendations. I chose 8 books from Mrs. Darcy’s list and Recursion was on it looking forward to reading it.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  2. Beth F wrote:

    I’ve been debating Recursion … maybe I should add it my ridiculously long list.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  3. I’m not sure about the “action” part of Recursion and will think about it. Life Lines sounds good to me.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  4. I have to say that I’m surprised you even considered Montauk. It just doesn’t look like your kind of book.

    Glad to hear Recursion worked. I’ll probably read Places and Names right after that one.

    Looking forward to the podcast on Wed.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Ha – you’re so right and I think I was sucked in by the Montauk setting. Gets me every time 🙂

      Posted 5.24.19 Reply
  5. Montauk looks good…sorry it’s not working for you. Enjoy your books, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  6. Claire wrote:

    I want to read Dark Matter….been hearing good things about Recursion. Montauk does not look like my kind of book….I am also reading The Silent Patient. About halfway through and really liking it!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  7. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I still haven’t read Dark Matter. I should add it to my next reading calendar. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  8. I need to get reading more Anna Quindlen – her Nanaville looks fun and inviting. Keep up the great work with the podcast.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Awh – thank you! I’d read Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake if you haven’t yet for Quindlen.

      Posted 5.24.19 Reply
  9. Looking forward to seeing what you pick for your Summer Reading Guide! I just posted mine focused on “chick lit” (a genre title that I detest but that I love reading). It’s so much fun curating these lists.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  10. I’m glad you’re out of your slump. My weekly update

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  11. Jan wrote:

    Sarah, I’ll be interested in your thoughts on Places and Names. I just finished it and while It won’t be for everyone, once I slowed down and appreciated what he was telling his readers I ended up enjoying it. It’s VERY different than Waiting For Eden!

    Posted 5.22.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So….I DNF’d it. I thought it was well done and I was interested at times, but it was too much war details for me. I liked that Eden was more personal impacts of the war and not dealing with the actual war. I agree it will be for some people more interested in that, but wasn’t for me.

      Posted 5.24.19 Reply

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