What I’m Reading Now (7/13/20)

what I'm reading now


I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, which was kind of unplanned. And, coincidentally, a couple of my August ARC’s are also nonfiction. So, I’m going to work in a fiction palate cleanser before moving on to my August ARC’s.


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what I'm reading now


Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner (September 22, 2020)
If y’all loved Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, here’s your next book! All 5 patients Gildiner chose to profile come from extremely dysfunctional childhoods and their stories do have closure.
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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (January 31, 1963) – AUDIOBOOK
This collection of essays on race in America written in 1963 has been mentioned many times as an inspiration for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (the title of which appears in The Fire Next Time) and I’m finding it almost incomprehensible that it was written in 1963. It feels like it was written in present day. 
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Fast Girls by Elise Hooper (July 7, 2020)
I just started (10%) this nonfiction about three female Olympians’ journey to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin on the first integrated women’s Olympic team and the jury is out. I’ll keep you posted.
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I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (May 15, 2018) – AUDIOBOOK
I’m about 20% through this memoir about Brown’s experience growing up as a black, Christian woman in a predominantly white neighborhood. I’m LOVING it and I’m finding, as I read more books to widen my perspective about racial inequality, that I like the personal stories best.
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Upcoming reading plans…

I’m not quite sure yet, but I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately and I feel like I need some light fiction to counter-balance. Maybe this…

Head Over Heels



Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein (June 23, 2020)
Y’all know how much I love sports fiction (and gymnastics fiction in particular) and this one comes recommended by Kailey from @KMC_Reads.
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  1. Angela wrote:

    I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction, as well! I had a couple library holds come in at the same time. But, it’s been nice since I hadn’t really been prioritizing it.

    Posted 7.13.20 Reply
  2. Camela Kirshbom wrote:

    I enjoyed reading Fast Girls.

    Posted 7.13.20 Reply
  3. Sounds like I need to listen to the James Baldwin book. It’s sad that a book published more than 50 years ago is still so relevant today. I’m glad to hear you’re liking I’m Still Here so much. I have it on hold through Libby , but have a few weeks to go on it. Since I’m one of the very few people who just couldn’t get into Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, I have reservations about Good Morning, Monster. What do you think?

    Posted 7.13.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Hm…I think that depends why you didn’t like Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Monster is more hopeful…she chose to focus on 5 patients who were success stories. Also doesn’t go into her own story nearly as much as Gottlieb did. Also, every patient had a massively dysfunctional childhood (like on the Educated level) that drives the treatment.

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  4. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice assortment of books. I love sports fiction too but the sport I focus on is baseball. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  5. Dotty wrote:

    Hi Sarah,
    I believe Fast Girls is historical fiction.
    I have a paperback copy and under the title, it says “A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team”
    If I am wrong, just let me know. Thanks!

    Posted 7.13.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh my gosh – you’re right! I don’t know why I thought it was nonfiction! The 3 female athletes were real people, though…maybe that’s why?

      Posted 7.13.20 Reply
  6. sarah wrote:

    putting good morning monster on my preorder!! thank you for this!

    Posted 7.14.20 Reply
  7. Debi Morton wrote:

    I’ve been wanting to read I’m Still Here for awhile. I’m glad you liked it; that may give me the boost I need.

    Posted 7.14.20 Reply
  8. I loved Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, so I’m definitely adding Good Morning, Monster to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Fast Girls is one I’m excited to get to too, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it as I get more caught up on reading reviews 🙂

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply

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