What I’m Reading Now (9/4/17)

Happy Labor Day, y’all! We had a low key weekend, which we desperately needed. Recharged the batteries (well, partially anyway) and got the kids organized for the first day of school tomorrow.

My reading got a bit more focused again after the chaos of moving. Don’t get me wrong, the chaos isn’t over yet, it’s just lessened slightly. Now I just need some books that 100% hit the spot!

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I finished reading…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, 2017)
I really loved parts of this hyped novel, but thought others were kind of meh. The writing was searingly gorgeous and Hamid particularly cut to the bone when talking about the violence. But, my interest faded once Saeed and Nadia left their hometown and I felt like the story petered out a bit towards the end. Surprisingly, the magical realism that I was so hesitant about didn’t bother me too much.

I’m currently reading…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Sourdough
 by Robin Sloan (September 5, 2017)
I’m almost finished with this one and I have mixed feelings about it. It’s definitely quirky and delightful in some ways, but some other elements take things a bit too far. PS – Sourdough is a September Book of the Month Club selection (my thoughts on all the selections)!

Upcoming reading plans…

Burning Girl by Claire Messud

 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29, 2017)
I was first on the pre-release library hold list for Messud’s coming of age novel about two best friends. I read The Emperor’s Children years ago and don’t remember much about it, but lots of readers I trust have been buzzing about Messud’s latest!

was reading…

One Year Ago: I was reading a book about the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Two Years Ago: I had just finished one of my favorite debuts of 2015!

How was your reading week?

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22 Comments

  1. What a busy time for you! I’m glad to see you’re still managing to get in some reading.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  2. Kym wrote:

    Glad you’re finding a bit of time for reading as the chaos of moving settles down! I’m amused by the cover of Sourdough – will have to go see what it’s about. Here’s my reading list for this week: http://bit.ly/2iVtxNX

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  3. Glad that Exit West at least worked a little for you. As you know, I listened to it and Hamid’s voice was hypnotic it was so lovely. I know it is part of the reason I liked the story so much!

    I’m enjoying Burning Girl, but am listening to it, too. Hope you find that 100% book this week and that with school starting you can find a little extra reading time.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I ended up DNFing Burning Girl around 20%…it was just taking too long to go anywhere.

      Posted 9.9.17 Reply
  4. I felt much the same about Exit West. Except I didn’t like the magical realism elements. The whole world of the novel and the characters just felt kind of vague and removed to me. It was hard to pinpoint why. The writing was gorgeous though.

    Of the BOTM selections for September, Sourdough is the one that interests me the least. I plan to read the other four first. I’ll be interested to hear your full thoughts on it once you finish!

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    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Vague and removed is such a good description! I didn’t like the magical realism, but it also didn’t drive me totally crazy!

      Finished Sourdough…delightful, quirky, and fun, but some elements were way too much for me. So, mixed feelings.

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  5. Beth F wrote:

    Moving, school starting … yes, busy time. I too had mixed feelings about Sourdough. Fun and quirky, but other parts just too much, yes.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  6. Kathy Martin wrote:

    I’m glad you are getting settled and just in time for school to start. Nice looking bunch of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  7. Well, I look forward to hearing your views on Claire Messud’s latest! I liked The Woman Upstairs a lot and got dead bored trying to read The Emperor’s Children (oh dear! I am in such a minority on that!), so I don’t really know what to expect.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Well, I got pretty bored with Burning Girl through 20%, then quit. I just needed the story to start to go somewhere before that. And I didn’t love Emperor’s Children either! Need to try Woman Upstairs.

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  8. I am excited to have added The Burning Girl to my stacks this week…and I also enjoyed the Patty Hearst book a while ago. It was such a poignant moment in 70s history, that likening it to the OJ moments in the 90s seems apropos.

    Enjoy your books, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I thought the OF comparison was right on! Same level of media attention, etc…

      Posted 9.9.17 Reply
  9. Exit West and Sourdough haven’t made it to my wish list, but I am looking forward to Burning Girl. Claire Messud’s writing is excellent and The Emperor’s Children was a favorite. Hope the back-to-school transition is a smooth one… always an exciting time of year.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Sadly, I DNF’d around 20%…

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  10. I’ve seen The Burning Girl about a bit of late – I’ll have to look into that title. I hope back to school runs smoothly for you! Happy reading ahead.

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Sadly, I DNF’d at 20%…

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  11. renee wrote:

    Glad things are settling down for you a little! I’m super curious to hear your thoughts on The Burning Girl…I’m on the fence about that one

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      DNF 🙁

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  12. All three of your books are on my wishlist. Come see what I’m reading

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  13. Laurie C wrote:

    I loved The Emperor’s Children but don’t remember much of the storyline now! The Woman Upstairs was disturbing and I’m looking forward to reading The Burning Girl. I’m not sure whether to put Sourdough on my TBR list. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore didn’t hit the spot for me, or maybe it just wasn’t the kind of dark, magical, whimsical, realistic fantasy I was hoping for when I picked it up!

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  14. Michelle wrote:

    Your comments make me rather glad I skipped Exit West and didn’t bother with Sourdough.

    Good luck to your kids on their first day of school!

    Hopefully, you find that 100% book soon!

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  15. Evelina wrote:

    I was quite interested in Sourdough after I saw it in Tammy’s blog (I think), but never ended up getting it.
    Enjoy your books this week 🙂

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply

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