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

Post the title, author and cover of your current read, your thoughts so far, and, if you're feeling brave, a mark out of 10. Relist, tag your ListApp reader friends, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
    This is a longish book, but I read half of it in two days and would have finished it in another two if life hadn't got in the way. It's that rare thing: literary fiction that is also an easy read. I don't have to screw up my eyes and concentrate really hard and read every sentence twice to get it. Maybe it helps that I was chilling on the beach. But man is this good. Her writing is so precise and astute and these privileged New Yorkers are so fun to read about.
  2. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    I'm really enjoying how this marries an accurate depiction of tech today and an old mystery. I was immediately compelled and still quite enjoying it. So far, about 8/10.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  3. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
    Set in the current day with one big difference: the US Civil War never happened, and slavery is legal in four states. Very well written so far. Kind of terrifying how many similarities there are to today anyways. Unreliable narrators and double agents - I'm enjoying it so far! (20% in)
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  4. Evil Librarian
    Is the new librarian a demon? Can Cat save her best friend and her entire HS from certain death? Does Ryan like LIKE Cat? (YA, about average so far. 6/10 halfway through)
    Suggested by   @kcupcaker
  5. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    The story of a woman who is engaged to another man when she finds out her husband didn't really die in a helicopter crash 3.5 years ago and is coming home. I was hooked from the first sentence and I can't stop talking about it. I technically finished it two days ago, but I read it on your suggestion, Claire, so I thought I'd break the "reading this week" rule. I loved it so much! 9/10
    Suggested by   @marcikm
  6. Before the Fall—Noah Hawley
    This is an easy to read, yet taut, compelling thriller. Kept me engrossed in the characters, even though there were so many. The blurb reads: "...crash of a private plane carrying some very influential people on board. The only survivors are the young son of a media mogul and an obscure painter who, given his less than elevated status, seems like a wild card from the start. What happened on that flight? Why did the plane go down and if it was intentional, who was the target?" 8.5/10
    Suggested by   @wilmotwrites
  7. thursday's children by Nicci French
    The fourth book in the Frida Klein mystery series. I'd give it a 4/5. I'm about a third of the way in and enjoying it. It has a stand alone story line and bits of a ongoing mystery from the other books. I hope she only goes up to Sunday as that means there is only three more books in the series. The older I get the more I want to read only stand alone novels.
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi