WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (11TH JAN) AND WHAT WE THINK OF IT

Post the title, author and cover pic of your current read, along with what you think of it so far and, if you're feeling brave, a mark out of 10. Relist, tag your ListApp friends so they can join in too, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon
    This little book called to me before Christmas and in a fit of spending I picked it up alongside its companion creativity journal & the little Show Your Work. I figured it would give me a motivational shove this new year and also help me think through how I create and am influenced by other writers. So far I think it's doing both and I like it! Plus it's so quotable: "Merely imitating your heroes is not flattering them. Transforming their work into something of your own is how you flatter them."
  2. The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
    This is a collection of essays, both fiction and non-fiction. I've completed the first three fiction and I am loving it so far. The essays are longer than what I have found in other collections, but they are enthralling. I'm excited to get to the nonfiction section. If her character development and flow is this good when it's made up, I can only imagine what her real life experiences will bring. Side note: this book was put together by friends and family of the author after her death.
    Suggested by   @gayla
  3. Stoner, by John Williams
    @ChrisK recommended this to me over a month ago, and I'm finally 🙈getting around to it. Fun but embarrassing fact: accidentally downloaded it on my Nook in Hungarian first 😑. Can't tell you how the translation is, since I speak not a stitch of Hungarian, but in English, the first pages alone have captured my attention. Looking forward to the rest of it.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  4. The Death of Captain America
    I just finished this on the train! I liked it but I didn't love it? Part of the problem is I'm sort of jumping around the Civil War story arc (lol) and also part of the problem is that Steve Rogers is wrong about registration (oops) but we'll see, I guess. (Also I just read a book about Achilles so now I have a lot of thoughts about how Cap, Achilles and Hamilton are v similar)
    Suggested by   @victoriaedel
  5. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    I really like it so far! I'm only about 100 pages in, and it is kind of long (I'm one a deadline for my book club and this is 500+ pages) but it's beautifully written.
    Suggested by   @laur
  6. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
    I'm on page 10, so I can't say much, but so far so good. According to the description, it's about people finding out their descendants of jinn and all the crazy stuff that follows. Looking forward to really getting into it!
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  7. I Must Say by Martin Short
    As suggested by @ShonaCook in the comments of one of my lists. I'm about a third of the day into his memoir and so far have much of the background on his Canadian days (Godspell! Dating Gilda Radner!).
    Suggested by   @andersun
  8. The Philip K Dick Reader by him
    I'm also slowly working my way through the 24 short stories included in this collection by sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick, who I have never read before. The earliest stories were uneven and cliche-filled, but I'm persevering and the last couple are better. Still hopeful.
    Suggested by   @andersun
  9. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
    Stiefvater's work has underwhelmed me in the past, but this premise sounded too amazing to pass! And I hear she does it justice in a phenomenal way. Literally at 4%, so can't say if she does just yet — but I'm excited to find out!!
    Suggested by   @srsharms
  10. Falling for You by Jill Mansell
    So far I'm not as keen on the characters as her previous books. I like to read a chicklit in between my reading challenge to sort of take a break. Her books are quirky with a Love Actually or He's Just Not That Into You vibe with a lot of characters mingling together. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this book but all of her other books have been great beach reads!
    Suggested by   @secretm5
  11. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
    I want to love this, because it seems like everyone does? But I'm just liking it okay so far.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  12. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
    This was recommended to me by several people so my expectations were dangerously high. I'm about half way through and I like it but I'm waiting to LOVE it.
    Suggested by   @EmmaS
  13. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
    This is basically just Kate Middleton fan fiction, and it's pretty good. The key is that it's well-written and the characters are, if not always likable, realistic. I'm almost finished; it's been a pretty quick read.
    Suggested by   @jb_piper
  14. The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas By Alison Weir
    A biography of Margaret Douglas, niece of Henry VIII. I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm enjoying Weir's writing.
    Suggested by   @Starmist
  15. Silver Screen Fiend- Patton Oswalt
    Amusing and personable, Oswalt reflects on his early experiences in show biz, as well as his obsession with watching screenings of classic films.
    Suggested by   @PawneeGoddess
  16. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    I am only about 25% through the book, I can't stop thinking about it! I love the historical side of the story, but even more I love the personal story of Louis Zamperini. It has been on my list of books to read, and I'm so glad I got to it!
    Suggested by   @morgans
  17. Just started it. So far, so good.
    Suggested by   @katmatake
  18. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    I'm not THAT far in, but there are a lot of people and I kind of have no idea what's happening at the moment, but I'm liking it.
    Suggested by   @kaberryhill