What I’m Reading Now (7/20/20)

what I'm reading now


I’d been reading a lot of nonfiction, so I threw in a light palate cleanser (which was excellent!), and I’m now back to nonfiction as I start to vet books for the Fall 2020 Book Preview podcast episode (airing in early September). 

I also got through the most important parts of my podcast survey results and have some tentative ideas for how the show might look in the Fall. I’ll be drilling down into other parts of the survey results over the next couple weeks.


The podcast is on hiatus until mid-August.

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (May 15, 2018) – AUDIOBOOK
The most impactful book I’ve read about racial injustice yet. 5 stars! Mini review to come and I’ll also be talking about this one on my August Book Recommendations episode for Patrons (click here to learn more about becoming a Patron).
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One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (July 7, 2020)
This debut rom-com centers around a Bachelor-esque show featuring a plus-size blogger as the lead and I loved it! It’s exactly the kind of brain candy I love…written in a light, fun style, but tackles serious issues. And, it’s super relevant to the recent (and ongoing) discussion of The Bachelor‘s lack of various types of diversity.
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I’m currently reading…

what I'm reading now


Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins (August 4, 2020)
I’m about 10% into this part memoir / part history of the Great Migration and I’ve been highlighting like crazy. She’s focusing on the lowcountry and the Gullah Geechee people initially, which I’ve read about fictionally in Pat Conroy novels.
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Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy by Eilene B. Zimmerman (February 4, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
This memoir had been on my audio TBR for awhile now, but Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books recently told me she “could not stop listening.” And, she’s right…it’s totally addictive so far!
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I tried, but wasn’t feeling…

Fast Girls


Fast Girls by Elise Hooper (July 7, 2020)
DNF at 20%
I first thought this historical fiction about three women attempting to make the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin on the first integrated women’s Olympic team was nonfiction. Oops! It is based on real people, but is actually historical fiction. Unfortunately, I was just kind of bored.
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Upcoming reading plans…

White Ivy


White Ivy by Susie Yang (September 8, 2020)
This debut novel about a woman from a Chinese immigrant family and her obsession with her wealthy classmates is being compared to Social Creature, Necessary People, and Everything I Never Told You
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  1. I’m Still Here and One To Watch are both going on my list.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 7.20.20 Reply
  2. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Nice looking assortment of books. I really should read some nonfiction. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 7.20.20 Reply
  3. I’m adding One To Watch to my TBR

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Posted 7.20.20 Reply
  4. We are on parallel reading paths! I just finished I’m Still Here, too and completely agree with you. She packed so much into a small package. The book is a great one for people just beginning to dip their toes into books on racism.

    I’m also looking forward to White Ivy, but have a load of August books to get through first!

    Posted 7.20.20 Reply
  5. Patricia wrote:

    Highly recommend “The Warmth of Other Suns” for more info on the Great Migration. I’m certain this is not a new recommendation, as it has been all over everywhere for the last 10 years. But I know I put off reading it bc it is long but it’s so worth it.

    Posted 7.21.20 Reply
  6. Lindsay wrote:

    I’m Still Here is so good. I’m glad it made an impact on you, too. It’s the book I’d like to buy for everyone I know.

    Posted 7.21.20 Reply
  7. I read and really enjoyed Wandering in Strange Lands, so I’ll be excited to hear your thoughts on it as I get caught up on reading people’s blog posts 🙂

    Posted 8.15.20 Reply

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