WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (18TH - 24TH JAN) AND WHAT WE THINK OF IT

Post the title and author of your book, a picture of its cover, your impressions so far, and, if you're feeling brave, a mark out of ten. Relist, tag your ListApp friends so they can take part, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer, by Susan Reynolds
    In many ways, this isn't telling me anything new in terms of practical application: read lots and widely, follow your passions, keep learning about many things, write lots, and probably sleep and exercise. What it does do is give me new reasons - and thus, hopefully, fresh motivation - to do these things. Also the author has recommended some books and podcasts I didn't know existed, so that's cool. The first chapter was a bit too sciency for me so I mostly skimmed it 😐 probably 7.5/10 so far.
  2. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem-inspired by Emma Watson's book club. So far I'm liking it.
    Suggested by   @jess3842
  3. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi Durrow
    Just started it today, but so far very good.
    Suggested by   @kcupcaker
  4. Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
    Yes, I am reading this because of the musical. Luckily, I like my historical nonfiction the way I like my rap musicals: long and detailed. Chernow (like Miranda) is a great storyteller, and Hamilton is fascinating in any form.
    Suggested by   @jb_piper
  5. Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
    Interesting start, but I'm having a hard time really getting sucked in. We'll see!
    Suggested by   @srsharms
  6. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
    I have been on the holds list at the library for this for so long and I finally got it! I'm about a hundred pages in and liking it so far. I really liked the first two.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  7. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
    The movie is coming out next month so I have to finish the book before then! Plus I can always add it to my reading challenge.
    Suggested by   @secretm5
  8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
    I'm liking it a lot. It's very beautifully written and very absorbing. Meaning, I feel fully transported into the story when I'm reading and it's hard to leave that world when I need to stop. The setting is the a dog breeding family farm in Wisconsin in the 1960s.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  9. I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I am Enough" by Brené Brown
    I've only read one chapter so far but I can tell I will love this book. Brené has this amazing ability to put feelings & thoughts into words that make sense.
    Suggested by   @helga
  10. The Dinner, Herman Koch
    Been on my to-read list for a while and finally picked it up at a second hand bookstore. So far it's been super engaging, and I feel like there's a huge plot twist coming that I haven't even begun to encounter. Very into it!
    Suggested by   @christiesails
  11. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    This book is wrecking me. I am a sucker for family dynamics when the mom is sweet and the siblings get along. The less drama, the more real and the more beautiful to me. Also, it keeps changing perspectives and is reminding me in real life that everyone I know is the main character in their own story of life.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie