What I’m Reading Now (6/10/19)

what I'm reading now


Whew – last week was a busy one for life…which meant I didn’t get a ton of reading or blogging/podcasting done. 

And, I’d been having some pain along the pinky side of my left hand and finally saw the doctor last week. Turns out I’ve irritated a nerve along that side…most likely from editing my podcast! My bi-weekly summer podcast airing schedule should help, but I’ll have to see how the hand heals over the next few months. So frustrating…


There WILL be a new podcast this week!

Episode 21, featuring Mary Laura Philpott (author of I Miss You When I Blink), aired last week!

Episode 22, featuring Angie Kim (author of Miracle Creek), will air on Wednesday!

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I finished reading…

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop and The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess


We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop (July 2, 2019)
I flew through this novel about an elite skier whose career ended amid a family scandal in a weekend! There are two timelines and I preferred one over the other, but I really enjoyed it overall. Mini review coming.
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The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (July 9, 2019)
This 1980’s New York publishing world story set in Cape Cod had so much brain candy potential, but it contained one too many cliche. I finished it because I wanted to know what happened, but was kind of rolling my eyes for the second half. Mini review coming.
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I’m currently reading…

The River by Peter Heller and HerDaughter's Mother by Daniela Petrova


The River by Peter Heller (March 5, 2019)
I put this novel down at 25% because I got bogged down in all the camping and wilderness details, but I picked it back up this morning at the urging of Tina from TBR, etc. and stuff started happening! I’m now about 40% through and am enjoying it more.
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Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova (June 18, 2019)
I picked up this story thriller about a woman struggling with fertility and her egg donor when I put down The River and am 13% through. It’s early, but I’m intrigued and will pick it back up after I finish The River.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Unless a library hold comes in…

We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach


We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach (July 2, 2019)
I adored Dolan-Leach’s debut novel, Dead Letters (my review), even though it didn’t appeal to everyone (think dislikable characters and snarky writing), so I’ve been looking forward to her sophomore novel about a group of friends to go to live off the grid and things spiral.
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  1. I’m glad Tina convinced you to go back to The River. It’s definitely one of my favorite books this year.

    Disappointed to hear about The Book Party since I have it coming up in July. (That is if I can EVER get through me stack of LONG June books.)

    Hope that pinky heals quickly.

    Posted 6.10.19 Reply
  2. renee wrote:

    I really struggled with The River, I ended up finishing it to find out what happens but I didn’t love it like so many others have. So sorry to hear about your hand, hope the bi-weekly schedule helps. Glad to hear you liked WE Came Here to Forget!!

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  3. Tina wrote:

    Yayy I’m glad you picked The River back up!! Hope you like how it wraps up. And hope your injury gets better! How frustrating.

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    • Darlene wrote:

      That was my main complaint for The River as well. I spent a lot of choppy reading time at the beginning looking up all kinds of river/boat/wilderness lingo, but I stuck with it and really liked it.

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  4. Too bad about The Last Book Party – I had high hopes for it.

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  5. Diane wrote:

    I really liked The River.

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  6. Mel wrote:

    I really enjoyed parts of The River, but thought other parts got a bit too ridiculous (can’t really explain why without spoilers).

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  7. I picked up The River from the library when I saw it there, I’ll have to see how I get on. Pity about The Last Book Party that it didn’t hold you, the cover of it appeals to me for some reason. Hope the pinky finger improves so you can keep editing the podcast!

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  8. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I hope the hand recovers soon. I DNF more than I used to and lately it seems to be YA books that aren’t working for me. I very seldom choose them for review anymore because of the DNF thing. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  9. Laurie C. wrote:

    I had mixed feelings about The Last Book Party. It wasn’t as literary as I personally had hoped it would be, but I thought it made for a decent summer read and would maybe get some buzz among the bookish crowd.

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  10. Great to see that you’re giving The River a second chance… I read it earlier on this year and really quite enjoyed it.

    I’m intrigued by We Went To The Woods, so will definitely be keeping an eye out for thoughts on that.

    Happy reading and happy week!

    Posted 6.11.19 Reply

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