What I’m Reading Now (6/11/18)

Whew! Last week was hectic. We’re in the final two weeks of school and there are lots of events requiring parent involvement. I was out of the house 3 weeknights last week and that’s way more than normally works for me. I also played a ton of tennis last week (which I’m paying for now with a sore wrist and feet). So, I didn’t get as much reading time as I’d have liked. 

But, I am loving the book I’m reading at least and the tennis was fun!

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I finished reading…

Us Against You

 

Us Against You by Fredrick Backman (June 5, 2018)
I loved being back in Beartown, though I didn’t love this one quite as much as Beartown. But, that was a tall order. Mini review coming later this week and I’ll be adding this one to my 2018 Summer Reading List.
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I’m currently reading…

Great Believers

 

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (June 19, 2018)
I’m just over halfway through this novel about a group of gay friends in 1980’s Chicago. It’s a hefty read heavily involving the AIDS crisis, but it’s so far shaping up to be an “issue” book where the central focus is the characters…and the issue is an organic part of their lives. The writing is gorgeous and I’m loving it so far.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Book of Essie

 

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (June 19, 2018)
This novel about a evangelical Christian family on a reality TV show was one of my June Book of the Month picks and I think I’ll be in the mood for something light after The Great Believers.

was reading…

One Year Ago: Almost exactly a year before reading Us Against You, I’d finished reading Beartown!

Two Years Ago: I was in the throes of triathlon training and reading a gritty novel set in the NY restaurant scene.

How was your reading week?

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24 Comments

  1. Amanda wrote:

    I’ve got to read Beartown. I’ve heard so many great things about that book.

    I also just wanted to say how much I value your blog. I love that you’re honest about DNFs and having an unpopular opinion about a book. Thanks for being awesome 🙂

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Awh – thank you so much! That means a lot. I try to always be honest (hopefully without being mean) and I’m glad you find that valuable.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  2. Our reading is so parallel right now. I’m at almost the 50% mark in Us Against You now and so far like it just as much as I liked Beartown, though I can tell it’s going to get darker and darker. I just love the way Backman writes, the way he drops hints and repeats key sentences. As I’m reading, I keep wondering about a third book and who it might focus on. Did you ever find anything out about a third book?

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Totally! His writing (at least in the Beartown books) just draws me right in…

      Still nothing definitive about the third book. I’m putting my request out to Instagram tomorrow 🙂

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  3. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice variety of books. I still have Beartown on my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
  4. Okay, I have read only one book by Backman so far (A Man Called Ove), and I have a copy of the “grandmother” book. Beartown has been getting great reviews, so I guess I have to go there. Thanks for sharing.

    I am also curious about The Great Believers.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I actually DNF’d Ove…but I hear Beartown is really different.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  5. Michelle wrote:

    I am glad I decided to skip Us Against You. I always felt Beartown was not a hockey book. To me, it was about the privilege society gives those who are successful at sports. Thus, I have no desire to read about the hockey team again, as great as that part of the story was.

    Okay, I am now very interested in The Great Believers. I don’t know how I missed that one. The AIDS epidemic is one topic that has piqued my interest in recent years, maybe because I was too young to understand the fear. I remember not knowing how it was transmitted, but I was always on the periphery of it.

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I agree – hockey is the vehicle to tell that story. Us Against You is much the same…still about power dynamics in society, etc with hockey as the vehicle.

      OMG – you have to read Great Believers then. It’s such a wonderful book…and bonus if you have an interest in the AIDS crisis.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  6. Exciting to meet a fellow tennis player! Also, three nights out in one week sounds torturous hah! I’m eager to read Us Against You, but going in with lower expectations since Beartown absolutely blew me away.

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yay – another tennis player! I feel like lots of my blog readers run, but not many who play tennis.

      Beartown blew me away too and I loved Us Against You as well…just like a half star less than Beartown.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  7. Allison wrote:

    Wow, your school year goes late! We got out the week of Memorial Day. I’m with you on getting exhausted by all the events. I’m kind of dreading the years when my kids are older and involved in more activities–it’s hard for me to leave the house in the evening!

    Us Against You was a given for my TBR, but I’m excited about The Great Believers after hearing how both you and Susie are loving it. Looking forward to your reviews!

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh man – just this year the sports stuff has gone to a new level and the nights keep creeping later and later. 6:30 practices…don’t get home until 8:00, by the time I sit down alone, it’s almost 9:00. Too much for me!

      Hope you end up trying Us Against You and Great Believers!

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  8. Hopefully this week is less hectic for you. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Book of Essie. I’m still on the fence about reading that one. Have a great week.

    Posted 6.11.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m halfway through now…enjoyable, easy read. Intriguing premise!

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  9. Diana Mack wrote:

    I always race thru books I’m enjoying…with beartown I found myself deliberately putting it down so it wouldn’t end
    His teasers had me on edge..like what was going to happen to benji
    This author is a rock star!

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I know, right?! He’s a master at foreshadowing.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  10. Sarah R wrote:

    I’ve been having a hard time fitting reading in too. We finished school Friday, and then we were at a baseball tournament all weekend. I just started Social Creature and am looking forward to it. I’m on the hold list for Book of Essie.

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh man…baseball tournaments. I’ve been known to read during my son’s games 🙂

      And..I’m dying to hear what you think of Social Creature. It’s such an out there book…I’m almost nervous to hear what people think!

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  11. I have so far this week finished a long 1964 bestseller, The Man by Irving Wallace, an alternate history where the first Black man becomes President. Yesterday I finished Sara Paretsky’s latest mystery thriller, Fallout.
    I loved Makkai’s Hundred Year House and will for sure read the new one.

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply
  12. Catherine wrote:

    You and Susie are on the same reading track! I’m flailing around- starting, stopping, dropping, and restarting books. Nothing is sticking. I’m reading The Captives, but if it doesn’t work I may abandon the rest of June reading and go backlist with authors whose work I trust.

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply
  13. I’m nervous about Backman’s new book … I loved Beartown so I”m worried the new one won’t live up!

    Book of Essie is sitting on my bedside table – I’m hoping to get to it soon!

    Posted 6.14.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I was really worried too and it didn’t quite live up for me, but I still really loved it.

      Posted 6.14.18 Reply
  14. Beth F wrote:

    I’ll need hold back my expectations for Us against You but I DO plan on reading or listening.

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply

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