What We’re Reading This Week

by Joli

Ah, the middle of February. We all have spring fever here in Minnesota, waiting impatiently for the snow to stop and the weather to warm. At least this weather is great for reading!


I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline because it’s been sitting on my shelf for over a year and I want to read it before the movie comes out!



I’ve been on a non-fiction streak, finishing two Nick Bilton books this week — American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road and Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. Both are AMAZING, though I loved American Kingpin the most. It’s such an engaging read, and Bilton tells this story in a way that reads like a novel. I´m now listening to Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott. Scott, through extensive experience, outlines a human-centered approach to managing that is essentially how we’d all like to manage and be managed. I think everyone on a career trajectory, whatever that may be, should read this book. Highly recommend all of my reads this week!


So…reading fail. I had a knitting project that took up my free time, and I let my library loan of Beartown by Fredrik Backman expire. However, even though I had to re-request it because there is still a wait list, I already got it back!! Now I just need to finish it… Also been reading a lot of “adult” articles. Things on finance, home ownership and the like. Definitely not as enjoyable, but probably more educational!

In the car, I’ve got The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  going on CD. God bless libraries. I’m not sure I would ever use the CD player if it weren’t for them!


I’m reading the second Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians book (China Rich Girlfriend), as well as The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. After reading Becky’s review, I couldn’t help but pick it up!



I’m still reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan, which recounts a young Italian man’s experience in WWII. I know I said I’m burnt out from WWII, but I’m really enjoying the experience of a different side of the war we don’t often hear about. I’m going to Mexico in a week so if you have any good beach reads, send them my way!



After months of leaving it lie there on my bedside table, I’m FINALLY getting back to the first book in the Outlander series! I had to page back through what I’ve already read to remind myself what’s going on, but I read over 100 pages of it yesterday. So glad to be back to it, I missed it!




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Sarah's Book Shelves February 19, 2018 - 12:43 pm

I Love, loved Beartown! Hope you are too!

Becky February 19, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Sarah – I AM loving it! I wish I could just burrow into a blanket and finish it!


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