What I’m Reading Now (7/23/18)

July 23, 2018 It's Monday! What are you reading? 14

Last week 3 out of 4 family members (including me) were sick. And, I mean 102 degree fever-type sick. I forget how much a fever like that takes it out of you, so I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped and I spent the second half of the week trying to get my energy back. But, the silver lining of the rainy weekend was we all got lots of rest and I did get some reading done!

Also, I added 4 new books to my 2018 Summer Reading Guide last week!

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I’ve been adding books to my 2018 Summer Reading Guide since I published it in May…and this is the last crop of books I’m adding to this year’s list! This group has some heavy hitters! _ The Book of Essie by @meghanmacleanweir is one of the best Brain Candy books I’ve read in a long time. It’s an easy read (great for the beach), but has heaps of substance as well. And Calypso by David Sedaris is an essay collection that is funny and inappropriate, yet poignant. Check out my blog post to see all the books I’m adding to my 2018 Summer Reading Guide! Thanks to @anniebjones05 for recommending The Book of Essie! LINK IN PROFILE _ What’s the best summer reading book you’ve read this year? * * * * * #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgram #amreading #bookworms #instabooks #instabook #booktalk #booklovers #booklover #bibliophile #biblio #bookaddict #bookaddiction #badassbookbabes @aaknopf @littlebrown #davidsedaris @bookofthemonth #bookofthemonth

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I finished reading…

Distance Home


The Distance Home by Paula Saunders (August 7, 2018) 
I really liked this debut about a family living in South Dakota. It’s part coming of age / part dysfunctional family, but more subtle than many dysfunctional family stories. Saunders’ writing is excellent.
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I’m currently reading…

I Am, I Am, I Am


I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell (February 6, 2018)
I cannot believe I waited so long to pick this memoir/essay collection up. It’s excellent. I’m a little over halfway through, but am predicting it will be 5 stars for me.
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Upcoming reading plans…

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (August 14, 2018)
This debut coming of age story / mystery set in a North Carolina marsh town came to me unsolicited from the publisher and I’ve been seeing comparisons to Barbara Kingsolver. Apparently, Owens is known for her nature writing, which has me a little scared this book will be too slow for me. But, we’ll see!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I read a nonfiction about arson in the area where my husband and I got married.

Two Years Ago: I was reading a great vacation book set in Italy.

How was your reading week?

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14 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now (7/23/18)”

  1. Beth F

    The Distance Home looks like my kind of book. And UGH on the fevers and sickness. No fun ever, but seems especially cruel in the summer.

  2. Wendy Rivard

    I’m reading Baby Teeth and it is the creepiest book I’ve ever read. I don’t like any of the characters but I’m sticking with it because I want to see how it ends. Next up is When Life Gives You Lululemons. I think that will be the perfect book to reset my brain after Baby Teeth.

  3. Diane D

    Glad u are a bit better, my grandchildren have had bugs as well. I want to read or listen to Calypso, Seders is always fun.

    My favorite book this summer, actually surprised me: A Higher Loyalty; James Comey – audio is fantastic and not a total political rant, rather a really heartfelt memoir.

  4. Susie | Novel Visits

    Happy to hear you’ve all recovered. It’s never fun being sick, but somehow it seems even worse in the summer.

    Glad you’re liking I Am I Am I Am so much. I’m off to request The Distance Home right now!

  5. Torrie

    Ooo, I’m a big Barbara Kingsolver fan, so I’ll have to look into Delia Owens! Slow nature writing just happens to sit really well with me, ha ha 🙂

  6. Kathy Martin

    I’m glad you are feeling better. Somehow it feels worse to be sick in the summer than other times of the year. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. renee

    Glad you’re feeling better Sarah, what a bummer to be sick in the summer. I actually have the Delia Owens so I can’t wait for you to read it and tell me if I should move it to the top of my tbr:) I”ve never read Kingsolver but I just got The Poisonwood Bible from the library, it’s been on my tbr list forever! I’m going to check out The Distance Home for sure

      • Renee

        It’s still sitting in my library pile, my Arcs have taken over. I’m going to restart my throwback Thursday so I’m hoping to read it for that

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