WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (16TH MAY) 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 Li.st reader friends, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
    So Odysseus goes off to war for 20 years. What's his wife up to during that time? Atwood imagines her to be snarky and funny - this is a great read. I read it a year and a half ago but just re-read part of for book club tonight. It's not a very book clubby book - there's not much to actually discuss - but it's a very enjoyable book. And short, which helps with those Goodreads stats. 8.8/10
  2. Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
    Still on a revolutionary era kick. This book focuses on 6 major events/relationships from the founding of America and explores their impact and the reasons they happened. Loving it!
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  3. Dark Money - Jane Mayer
    Basically a run down of how the radical libertarian right made their way into the political mainstream through some vaguely sinister manipulation is of various institutions.
    Suggested by   @jduganbarrett
  4. The Man Without a Face - The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
    So good. So insane. Reads like a novel, twists and turns, revealing the wild circumstances and manipulations that led to Putin's near-singlehanded return to Soviet-Era practices. Fascinating.
    Suggested by   @sasasasarah
  5. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
    Jane Eyre with more stabbing. The protagonist is an angsty, gutsy orphaned girl who lives with her nasty aunt. Haven't read too much of it yet, but I'm loving this badass take-no-shit character!
    Suggested by   @bookishfeminist
  6. Tooth and Claw
    What if you took a Jane Austen novel and made everyone a dragon? Then you'd have this book. I'm really enjoying it lol
    Suggested by   @victoriaedel
  7. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
    This is the next book in the Shades of Magic series (first was Darker Shade of Magic) and like the first I am loving it!
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  8. Mistress of the Monarchy
    A fascinating look at the life of Katherine Swynford. This is written in true biography form, not historical fiction (which is why I picked it up to begin with. A happy accident!). She rose from very humble beginnings to became a cornerstone of the English Monarchy; from her are descended every English monarch since 1461 and at least 5 US Presidents. I'd rate this a 8/10. I loved the story but wrapping your head around all the historical figures and dates can be hard.
    Suggested by   @Just1MoreThing
  9. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
    Love love love Sarah Vowell. Like her insight with the history because sometimes the history gets boring. I have the Partly Cloudy Patriot to read after!
    Suggested by   @paige
  10. Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
    Poverty and profit in an American city. Well balanced. He follows both renters and landlords. Very heart wrenching. 10/10
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi
  11. Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
    It's about a young Puerto Rican lesbian from the Bronx who spends a summer in Portland Oregon as an intern for a white, lesbian, feminist author. She went there hoping to explore who she is as a lesbian and a feminist. I'm in love with this book 😍
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  12. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much by Janet Mock
    This is an intense and beautiful memoir of Janet's journey to find and express her Identity. If you don't know much about Janet or you do and you want to know her story you should really read this book.
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  13. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
    I've finally started this one & I am reading it super slowly so I can enjoy it longer. I'm hoping it can help me be a better medical student & a better person in general. (& a better Doctor one day)
    Suggested by   @helga
  14. Rats Saw God, by Rob Thomas
    I couldn't resist reading something from the creator of Veronica Mars. However, the story so far is intriguing; a high school senior about to flunk out is given a chance to redeem himself by writing a 100 page paper. He writes about life since his parents divorce. I'm excited to finish.
    Suggested by   @sheri_who