Sarah’s Book Shelves: Episode 23

Lucky me…I got to join Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves for another podcast episode! This time we talked about the books of 2019 that were most deserving of the hype, least deserving of the hype, and underrated gems…at least so far! (Click here for a link to the episode!)

2019 Mid-Year Check-In - Episode Blog Post
Sarah’s Book Shelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Book Shelves will talk with her guest about:
Sarah gets real about all things books and serves you up a bit of snark on the side.
Here are the books mentioned (in order) on this podcast:


MOST DESERVED THE HYPE:Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 2.14.50 PMDaisy Jones and the Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid 

City of Girls by: Elizabeth Gilbert

I Miss You When I Blink by: Mary Laura Philpott

Golden Child by: Claire Adam

Ask Again, Yes by: Mary Beth Keane


LEAST DESERVED THE HYPE:Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 2.20.58 PMThe Night Before by: Wendy Walker

The Dreamers by: Karen Thompson Walker

Before She Knew Him by: Peter Swanson

Normal People by: Sally Rooney

The Night Tiger by: Yangsze Choo


UNDERRATED GEMS:Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 2.27.01 PMTalk To Me by: John Kenney

A People’s History of Heaven by: Mathangi Subramanian

The Body in Question by: Jill Ciment

Sugar Run by: Mesha Maren

The Last Romantics by: Tara Conklin


#1 BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR: Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 2.29.43 PMDaisy Jones and the Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

City of Girls by: Elizabeth Gilbert


What books do you agree with? And what books should we add to the categories?


I am quickly coming to love recording these episodes! Sarah does a great job with her guests and if you haven’t listened to her podcast yet, do yourself (and your TBR list) a favor and give it a try!

2 thoughts on “Sarah’s Book Shelves: Episode 23

  1. We agree on several of the underrated gems! I loved Talk to Me and am pretty sure I persuaded Sarah to read it. I also thought Sugar Run and The Body in Question were both great but didn’t get much attention.

    The only one that I can’t agree with, but know it’s me is I Miss You When I Blink. I loved her writing, but the book as a whole didn’t grab me. In fact, I was only about 40% through when I set it down two weeks ago and I haven’t thought about it since. Maybe because I don’t have the whole parenting experience.


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