WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (28th NOV) AND WHAT WE THINK OF IT SO FAR

(Sorry I've been slack — the election threw me for a loop as it did for many of us and the whole reading thing went out of the window. But I'm back!) 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. No Other Gods, by Kelly Minter
    After I had a big heart to heart with a lovely older lady at church, she said she'd send me a book that would help. I assumed it would be all about God's unconditional love or something nice and warm like that. Instead it's this super challenging book about what I replace God with in my life and why I shouldn't and how not to. It's well written and engaging which is just as well because it's a difficult subject! I'm reading it slowly and trying to process it with honesty and vulnerability.
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    I just finished. I found it so enjoyable even though all the nerdy 80s references were mostly beyond me. Believable dialogue, brilliant concept and likable characters. An unsurprising ending but I'm okay with that.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    I checked this book out knowing nothing about it except the genre. I'm only 37 pages in but I think I like it. I just finished Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers and he writes his characters and dialogue so well. I don't love how this dialogue is written so far but the story intrigues me!
    Suggested by   @shash
  4. Twenty-Six Seconds by Alexandra Zapruder
    "A Personal History of the Zapruder Film" is written by Zapruder's granddaughter and it's a fabulously researched and very well-written compelling history of the famed home movie of JFK's assassination in Dallas. It traces all from how he made the film, what happened in the hours and days after, how it got shared with the Secret Service, FBI and CIA, got sold to LIFE magazine, returned to the family, taken by the Feds, how bootleg copies were made and its cultural impact. Fascinating read. 10
    Suggested by   @andersun
  5. The Name of the Wind
    I've heard good things, but it's taken me like 80 pages just to get to the beginning of the story, so not a whole lot has happened yet. The protagonist is funny and posssssibly knows magic tho, so I'll stick with it.
    Suggested by   @joemurphy
  6. Silence by Shūsaku Endō
    I heard about this book at a conference in August and then I heard the movie is coming out in December, so I figured I should read it now. I've only read the Prologue so far, but I can tell it will be challenging and sad. It's about missionaries in Japan who are tortured to give up their faith.
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  7. The Poisonwood Bible
    A re-read from my 20s. Deeply moved by it then and feels like something I need to revisit. Read all of her novels but this is my favorite. ❤️
    Suggested by   @victralala
  8. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
    Meg writes really strong and interesting female characters, I love her so much! So far this book is 💯!!
    Suggested by   @StuckOnThe7
  9. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
    A short story collection. I forget how off-putting some of his characters can be (on purpose). I've just made it to the Henry Sugar story. Kind of fun reading some of his shorter pieces. 8/10
    Suggested by   @marcikm
  10. "Inga: Kennedy's Great Love, Hitler's Perfect Beauty & J. Edgar Hoover's Prime Suspect" by Scott Farris
    It's a really new biography that I picked up on my most recent bookstore stop, purely on impulse. So far I am LOVING it. While I'm only in the beginning, it's already clear that the biographer handles this wildly complex woman's life quite beautifully & sensitively.
    Suggested by   @taylormorley
  11. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Probably the best book I've read this year.
    Suggested by   @victoriaedel
  12. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
    A YA fantasy inspired by Hindu mythology. It didn't take long to get into it! Very intrigued to see where it goes.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  13. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
    As a former YA Librarian, I sometimes get sucked back into the genre. I'm about half way through this and am hopeful but skeptical.
    Suggested by   @fahlenjen
  14. The Marriage Lie
    Wife thinks husband is on trip to Orlando. Then husband dies in crash of flight... to Seattle. Angry widow tries to uncover truth, super interesting so far!!
    Suggested by   @jessicah
  15. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
    Larson doesn't disappoint, and this story of the last crossing of the Lusitania is enthralling and interesting. And even though I know the ending, many of the details surrounding the ship and the current events of the time are new to me. 8/10
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  16. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    It's interesting, although I have some criticisms. It's been a pretty quick read.
    Suggested by   @lexie_elyse
  17. Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour
    I'm about a 3rd of the way through and am frustrated but also completely intrigued. This is by far the most comprehensive explanation of events I have ever read on that weekend/night. All answers given lead to more questions, there may of course never be enough answers... Gah!
    Suggested by   @corksnreads