WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (18TH APRIL) AND WHAT WE THINK OF IT SO FAR

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 Hopefuls, by @jenniferclose
    I was so excited to get granted access to the digital review copy of this. I've known Jennifer Close for most of my time in DC and she's lovely - and I love a good DC novel. This one drips DCness from the very first page - "he was more hyper than usual... All that Hope and Change will do that to a person." I love its observations, and love that it's set partly right in my neighbourhood, even though I love DC and all the goofy things about it (well, mostly) that the narrator (so far) hates.
  2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
    This is my second reading of this one, and it's still so good. Also, the final book in the Raven Cycle (The Raven King) comes out next week!! I'm excited. 👏🏻📖🤓
    Suggested by   @jessicah
  3. The Martian - Andy Weir
    I'm a little late to this pasty but I've been waiting for it from the library. I enjoy it a lot but I find it very 'science-y', even though I have a background in science. I look forward to see how it goes :))
    Suggested by   @helga
  4. Arkwright by Allen Steele. A science fiction story about a family legacy to ensure humans travel to other planets. 8 out of 10 so far
    Suggested by   @jess3842
  5. The Eighty Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts
    This is a book about Snowman, a work horse bought off the kill truck that went on to be a winning showjumper and captivate America's hearts in the '50s. It is interspersed with lots of horse history and personal histories and so far quite good. I own a Breyer model of Snowman so when I heard there was a book I had to read it (I didn't know the story).
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  6. May-Day: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair by Michael R Beschloss
    It's a well researched history and compellingly written story about the context and lead-up to events around the development and deployment of the American spy plane, the shooting down of Francis Gary Power's plane by the Soviets and the Cold War fallout. I was led to this book by watching the Spielberg film Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks, in which this event plays a part. Fascinating stuff. To me.
    Suggested by   @andersun
  7. The Paris Architect by Charles Balfoure
    I'd give it an 8. It's a quick read written by a real architect. The history was well researched and used sparingly. It is a WW11 novel so others may find it depressingly realistic.
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi
  8. The American President by Kathryn Moore
    I'm still reading the Erik Larson book I posted last week (I've had annoyingly little time to read this week). But I'm also slowly working my way through this giant book. It's an awesome way to get some American history and learn about each president without the overwhelming task of reading individual bios on each one. I'd highly recommend it!
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  9. The Raven Boys by Magge Stiefvater
    I've heard great things about these books from a lot of people. So, even though I've borrowed it from the library multiple times and never gotten past the first page, I'm going for it this time. I'm only ten pages in, so I can't say much about it yet.
    Suggested by   @jb_piper
  10. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
    I'm enjoying it but it's not a lazy-day easy read so far, and I have a persistent headache today, so it's not getting a whole lot of attention.
    Suggested by   @lkspacecity