WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (25TH JULY) 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!
- •Eligible by Curtis SittenfeldThere are so many modern retellings of Austen novels, Pride and Prejudice in particular, but this one has been getting better a lot of buzz from people I trust, and I got my copy through my Book of the Month membership. So far I really like it. The dynamics between Mr and Mrs Bennet, and Mr Bennet's snarkiness, in particular, have been perfectly drawn. Some elements of the plot are a bit far fetched and the chapters are super short, but so far a solid 8/10.
- •Shock Treatment by Karen FinleyPicked up this 25th anniversary edition up when I was at City Lights Bookstore. It is a collection of performance monologues, essays, and poems. Karen Finley addresses topics of "the AIDS era", abuse, and sexism. These topics were controversial in the late 80s and in 1990 when the book was published and still relevant and powerful today. I am not brave enough to rate it yet!Suggested by @kate81
- •Alexander HamiltonLoving it! It's lengthy on audio though, so I'm breaking it up with some light fiction - just finished one called LANGUAGE OF SISTERS this afternoon, and am starting THE NINJA'S DAUGHTER.Suggested by @jessicah
- •Game of Crowns by Christopher AndersonIt's well written. However, I did not want to know this much about the foibles of the royal family. I want to keep my delusions about princesses and princes. As far as I'm concerned the queen is a powerful but sweet little old lady. I don't want to know who's sleeping with whom and who's plotting against who for the throne. Let me believe in happily ever after for at least one royal family. 7/10 cause it makes me feel jaded.Suggested by @solitarygigi
- •A Mother's Reckoning by Sue KleboldThis is not my usual fare, but I checked it out as an ebook from my library on a whim. It's a memoir by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. And it's a lot to take in. And a lot to wade through. Heartbreaking and maddening all at once. Gonna reserve a rating until I'm done.Suggested by @readjulia
- •Something Fresh by PG WodehouseI've been "reading" this for almost two weeks, but really I've been moving, so I only really started getting into this today. I doubt I'll ever read a Wodehouse book that I don't love! Plenty of hijinks, misunderstandings, characters hilariously at odds with each other - so great!Suggested by @KikiHines
- •My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. SimmonsNorth Korea is SO fascinating! This is written from a traveler's perspective so it's all just about her experience. She sees a lot of facades and also tries to figure out when things are real. So good! 7/10Suggested by @marcikm
- •Lily and the Octopus by Steven RowleySo incredible. An epic story for fans of The Art of Racing in the Rain and anything else centered around dogs. I can't wait to finish it.Suggested by @kellyk
- •Prince Caspian - C.S LewisI'm slowly working my way through the Chronicles of Narnia. I only owned 'The Horse & His Boy' as a kid which I later found out was pretty weird. 🤔Suggested by @helga
- •Neverwhere by Neil GaimanIt's a reread for me and it's been just long enough that I don't remember many details. I'm loving it all over again!Suggested by @amieshmamie
- •Seveneves by Neal StephensonThis is a huge and epic sci-fi in which the moon explodes. It has been variable in keeping my attention. I was really into it at first, then somewhere in the middle third it got way too dense with scientific explanations, and now I'm a little further and it's picking up again. It's around 850 pages, so it's a serious commitment. Sort of has a vibe like The Martian. My final verdict remains to be seen.Suggested by @macnchz
- •Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëI'm not very far in but I'm really enjoying the characters! Jane is likable and relatableSuggested by @sarahsmith4
- •"Troublemaker" by actor Leah ReminiExposé of Scientology—for me a gripping and fast read. Her voice is authentic (she is clearly a strong/challenging person but likable) and she takes you through the indoctrination into the "religion" which makes you see how insidious these organizations might be. And I liked her personal stories. My biggest disappointment is that there are no details on the actual belief system, so that takes it from an 8/10 to a 7/10 for me, but she's maybe taken enough risks already with what's revealed here.Suggested by @cordeliane