What I’m Reading Now (8/26/19)

what I'm reading now


What to say about the last two weeks of August…every year I somehow forget that’s when my kids go berserk. And, then it happens and then I remember that it happened last year and the year before that. They need to be back in school, but they’re not yet and their behavior explodes. 

So, last week was frustrating and this week will be too. I won’t get as much reading done as I’d like and I’ll attempt to get blog and podcast work done, but it will be in the midst of breaking up fights and trying to manage the craziness going on in my house. Fun times.


There will NOT be a new podcast this week.

Episode 28, featuring Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA and Co-Host of the From the Front Porch Podcast will air on Wednesday, September 4! This episode will be a bit longer than normal!

New on the Blog

Opportunity to Stock a Teacher’s Library

We’re still trying to clear this list!

Ashley Spivey (of #SpiveysClub Facebook Group and a guest on Episode 7 of the podcast) is putting together an effort to #clearthelist…teachers that usually spend their own money on additional supplies for their classrooms create Amazon wish lists for supplies that we can purchase for them!

Emily (@ejlouws on Instagram) has a ton of books on her list and I need your help clearing it! I’ve kicked it off, so click on this link to purchase some books for her classroom!

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I finished reading…


A Nearly Normal Family


A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson (June 25, 2019)
I’ve had great luck with courtroom dramas and mysteries / thrillers coming out of Europe lately and realized I prefer these to psychological thrillers coming out of the U.S. This Swedish courtroom drama reminds me a bit of Miracle Creek (my review) crossed with Reconstructing Amelia (my review) and I really liked it. Mini review to come.
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I’m currently reading…


Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur


Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur (October 15, 2019) 
I’m over halfway through this memoir about a daughter’s complicity in her mother’s long-running affair and I was easily pulled in. I read over half the book in a day. Plus, Adrienne Brodeur can write! I’m thinking that 4.65 average Goodreads rating might be well deserved.
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Upcoming reading plans…

I know, I still haven’t read the new Ann Patchett! I promise it’s next unless a library hold comes in…

Dutch House by Ann Patchett


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (September 17, 2019)
I absolutely adore Ann Patchett and also adore when she tackles dysfunctional families, so it’s safe to say I’m a tad excited about this book. Actually, it’s the Fall book I’m most excited about! Really hoping it pans out…
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  1. I’m curious about A Nearly Normal Family, and I must read the new Ann Patchett.

    Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  2. I love memoirs so Wild Game sounds really good to me. I think I’d like A Nearly Normal Family too.

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    Wild Game is on my list … hoping to get to it soon. Ahh the drama of the new school year.

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  4. Tina wrote:

    Excited to hear that you’re liking Wild Game! I do love a good memoir.

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  5. Sorry the kids are being such a pain. I remember those days well.

    Glad to hear your liking Wild Game so much. I have an ARC of that one, but will likely wait and listen to it since Julia Whelan is the narrator. I finished Dutch House last night…so good!

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  6. Kathy Martin wrote:

    Good luck holding it together until the kids go back to school. I’ve never read Ann Pratchett but dysfunctional families isn’t really a draw for me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  7. The Dutch House is great. Not quite as good as Commonwealth for me, but Patchett sure knows her dysfunctional families. I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get to it.

    I hadn’t heard of Wild Game — thanks for putting it on my radar.

    Posted 8.27.19 Reply
  8. JanB wrote:

    Oh how I remember those last days of summer and counting down the days till school started. Good luck surviving it 🙂

    I’ve had a disappointing week. I finished but didn’t like A Nearly Normal Family. I felt the writing style was awkward and some of the similes made my eyes roll. Maybe it was the translation?

    I finished but didn’t care for the new Louise Penny, A Better Man. It’s time for us to part ways.

    Currently I’m reading The Whisper Man. I’m at 25% and enjoying it.

    I have the new Ann Patchett, The Dearly Beloved, and The Other’s Gold that I’m anxious to read but library holds are keeping me busy.

    Posted 8.27.19 Reply
  9. Carol Ostrye wrote:

    No need to pressure yourself!!! We’re grateful for anything you can give us. Sometimes life gets in the way and that’s fine!

    Posted 8.28.19 Reply

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