WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (23RD MAY) 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. SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler
    I've been hearing a lot about this one since last August, when I was signed by the same agent who represents Stephanie (and starry eyed about how I, too, would be snapped up and showered with a six-figure advance). Nine months later, I'm still waiting, but my agent's love for this book plus all the buzz it's been getting in all kinds of media had me intrigued. I'm only two chapters in but I love it. The first chapter especially totally grabbed me with its voice. 8.5/10 so far.
  2. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
    The second book in the Passage Trilogy. A vampire virus is given to death row convicts to use them for warfare, but the virus gets loose. The story follows a young girl, Amy, who was also injected but is immune/given super powers so she doesn't turn into a Viral (or, creepy vampire creature). The last book came out today so I'm reading this now bc I wasn't about to let Justin Cronin leave me with a cliffhanger, that bastard. It's great so far! Great characterization & scary non-sexy vampires.
    Suggested by   @bookishfeminist
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    At first I was confused because it seemed like such a rip off of Harry Potter and I couldn't understand how it got published. Now, though, I am fully immersed in this world and loving it.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  4. More Than This by Patrick Ness
    Just started reading this. It hasn't really hooked me yet but it's good so far.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  5. 1776 by David McCullough
    Of all the books I've been reading about this time period lately, this one isn't my favorite. It's not horrible, but he focuses a lot on very specific battle details and that's just harder for me to get into.
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  6. Drawing Blood by Molly Crabaple
    Just starting. It's an arts memoir that I was drawn to because of the title and cover.
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi
  7. Queen of the Night - Alexander Chee
    Suggested by   @qimster
  8. The World to Come by Dara horn
    I picked this because my selection of available books in English is limited as I live in a Spanish speaking country... The description is funny though, combining Jewishness and New Jersey (where I'm originally from). I won't rate it because I'm in a sluggish book reading phase right now so I'm going very slowly. I am enjoying it though!
    Suggested by   @denisevasquez
  9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.
    Suggested by   @bodwa
  10. The Art of Attraction by Dave Nichols
    This is an older Nichols that BookBub had on sale. I just spent 17 years making my way through The Queen of the Night, so I just wanted something light and easy. So far, it's pretty entertaining. Not sure if it'll hold up, though.
    Suggested by   @readjulia