WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (25TH TO 31ST JAN) 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 ListApp reader friends, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. God Is Closer Than You Think, by John Ortberg
    I've read this book countless times over the last decade, but it's been a while and I need a refresher. I love John Ortberg's matter of fact, chatty approach to relating to God better and his practical tips for practising the presence of God in the midst of our everyday life. 8.5/10.
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue
    I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and I gotta say, this is probably in the top 5 novels I have ever read. It's told from the POV of the 5 year-old child in the story and it is brilliant. 10/10.
    Suggested by   @mamie
  3. The Circle by Dave Eggers
    Just started this last night and I'm not far in yet, but it's well written and interesting already.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  4. The World's Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key
    I am biased because he was one of my favorite professors at SCAD, but this book is absolutely hysterical. I'm 170ish pages in out if 330ish and it's currently a solid 7/10.
    Suggested by   @maggzerts
  5. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    It's taken me ages to get through the first chunk. I'm hoping things start, you know, happening soon. I'm very fond of plot and so far there isn't much of it.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  6. Wildwood Imperium
    Third in the series. A giant "children's" book. Written by the lead singer of The Decemberists. A little long and rambly and confusing, much like his music, but they both still bring me joy. Beautiful illustrations.
    Suggested by   @marcikm
  7. The Sparrow. Came highly recommended. Took a bit to get to the meat of the story, but I'm loving it now. 43% done. 7.5
    Suggested by   @wonderishmama
  8. A Visit From The Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
    Short stories of related characters in the music industry. Won the Pulitzer in 2010. I've read it before but couldn't remember if I liked it or not. On the second read through, I realize that I love the novel structure (each short story is in a different time and place, focused on a different character, written in a different style), but the actual writing isn't strong enough to make it fully enjoyable. Not bad, just not as good as I feel it could be.
    Suggested by   @mattan
  9. The Sparrow.
    See above description.
    Suggested by   @wonderishmama
  10. The Crimson Petal and the White - I've been meaning to get to this sprawling Victorian historical fiction novel for awhile, and although I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it, I'm absolutely hooked! 8.5/10
    Suggested by   @booksforyears
  11. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
    I'm enjoying the writing very much but the story itself doesn't seem to be moving fast enough for me. Im not quite halfway through so maybe it'll find its momentum, I hope.
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  12. The girl who saved the kind of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
    Just started but really loving it. The plot goes nowhere you expect and every page is a new surprise. Very well written without being overly dense and hard to read. Interesting and fun and I highly recommend.
    Suggested by   @abominablesnowpig