What I’m Reading Now – A Double Shot (7/8/19)

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I was on vacation last week, so you’re getting a double dose of books this week! I always overestimate the amount of reading I’ll get done on vacation and I definitely did that this time around as well. But, the one book I read in full was a 5 star read!


There WILL be a new podcast this week!

Episode 24, Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman (co-hosts of the Bad on Paper Podcast) will join me on Wednesday!

New on the Blog

  • Best Books of 2019 So Far…it’s already the mid-point of the year and 7 of my 10 books are 5 star reads!
  • 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – I used my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” this year to track all my reading stats in real time and figure out who my best recommendation sources are…and, my reading QUALITY improved 42% from last year! The new and improved 2019 tracker is now available for $14.99…get more details here!

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I finished reading…

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The Need by Helen Phillips (July 9, 2019)
I had such mixed feelings about this one. The first half or so was the perfect balance of relatable commentary on motherhood and weirdness, but the ending went off the rails. Mini review to come.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (June 26, 2012)
I loved The Dreamers (my review) when it came out earlier this year, so I’d been wanting to go back and read Walker’s debut, which many readers said was even better than The Dreamers. I wanted a surefire winner to read on vacation and I got one! 5 stars and mini review coming.
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Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (March 26, 2019) – AUDIOBOOK
This book is to help women break the cycle of chronic stress and burnout. It had some great overall philosophies and tips for working through the stress cycle, but also went off on some long tangents. I’m overall glad I read it, but it could have been better.
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I’m currently reading…

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall


The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (August 13, 2019)
I’m about 40% through this debut novel about two co-ministers of a single church and their families. The writing is gorgeous and reminds me of the style in Ask Again, Yes (my review). It has me thinking about faith and, based on what I’ve read so far, I think it would make an excellent book club pick.
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Upcoming reading plans…

A library hold just came in…

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton


Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (April 2, 2019)
Allison from Mind Joggle recommended this Australian novel on Episode 18 of the podcast and it sounded up my alley. Plus, the Goodreads ratings are astronomically high. I’m nervous, though, because it’s almost 500 pages and a book that long has to be really good for me to have the patience for it!
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  1. How have I missed Walkers books? Shame on me.

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
  2. Carla wrote:

    Dearly Beloved wasn’t on my radar. I’ll have to read your final review. Also, I need to read The Age of miracles…but you know my thoughts on The Dreamers…would I like this one or is it similar to The Dreamers?

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      The writing is really similar, but she focuses in on one family rather than the range of characters she did in Dreamers. The ending is still a bit open-ended but not nearly as abrupt as Dreamers.

      Posted 7.11.19 Reply
  3. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Interesting assortment of books. All of them are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
  4. Beth F wrote:

    I have The Need on my list but I have to finish a couple of others before I can start yet another new book. 🙂

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
  5. Gayle wrote:

    I liked The Age of Miracles more than The Dreamers. It’s one of my favorites of the last decade.

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
  6. Boy Swallows Universe looks interesting. My week of reading

    Posted 7.8.19 Reply
  7. Boy Swallows Universe has cleaned up in the Australian book industry awards. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to

    Have a great reading week, I’m looking forward to listening to your new podcast.

    Posted 7.9.19 Reply
  8. Beth wrote:

    I always pack too many books for vacation but really, how will I know what I want to read? So I roll up to the hotel and turn the desk into a bookcase, since I bring both actual books and my e-reader. Sounds like you had a good vacation, and I’m glad you got a 5 star out of it!

    Posted 7.11.19 Reply

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