What I’m Reading Now (7/6/20) – A Double Shot

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I was out of town last week, so you’re getting 2 weeks worth of books today! And, I’ve read some serious winners over the past 2 weeks!


A full length episode featuring Helena Dea Bala (author of Craigslist Confessional) is coming this week (Wednesday, July 8).

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Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (June 16, 2020)
5 stars (see mini review here) and one of my favorite books of 2020 so far! And, Catherine Adel West will be coming on the podcast in August! Mini review to come.
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All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy (June 2, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
I could listen to Knox McCoy (the co-host of The Popcast) talk about pretty much anything, so it’s not surprising that I really enjoyed his collection of essays about reconsidering his beliefs on a variety of topics from introverts to rescheduling birthdays to faith to participation trophies. And, it felt very relevant to now as I’m reconsidering some of my own beliefs. Mini review to come.
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Sea Wife by Amity Gaige (April 28, 2020)
I loved this suspense fiction (it’s NOT a literary thriller despite some categorizations out there) about marriage told through an epic escape from life adventure that sounds pretty good right about now. 
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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 5, 2020)
I never thought I’d enjoy a novel in verse, but decided to try this one because so many people I trust loved it. And, I surprised myself by loving this story…that’s not to say I loved the verse format, but I was able to love the story despite the verse format. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…

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Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner (September 22, 2020)
I’m almost halfway through this nonfiction look at five of a Canadian psychologist’s patients. If y’all loved Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, here’s your next book!
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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. I’m about halfway through, so I’ll keep you posted. 
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Upcoming reading plans…

Fast Girls


Fast Girls by Elise Hooper (July 7, 2020)
I shared this nonfiction about three female Olympians’ journey to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin on the first integrated women’s Olympic team on the Summer 2020 Book Preview podcast episode. I’m hoping it’s not too dense.
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  1. There are some really interesting sounding books in your list. Enjoy your reading week.

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  2. Saving Ruby King is on my list. I am also intrigued by All Things Reconsidered.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  3. I’m intrigued by Good Morning Monster

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  4. I’d like to listen to the James Baldwin book sometime, too. It’s sad that a book more than 50 years old is still so relevant today. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Fast Girls because, yes, it’s Olympics, but also historical fiction!

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Two competing categories for me – ha!

      Posted 7.13.20 Reply
  5. Tina wrote:

    Heyy we both have Fast Girls coming up! I started listening to it and definitely was not dense, at least in the beginning. Can’t wait for Catherine Adel West’s episode!

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply

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