WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (29th AUGUST) 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. Rich and Pretty, by Rumaan Alam
    I've heard a lot about this - it's on all the summer must read lists - and I couldn't wait to read it. It's an easy read in the best way. I've read a third of it in one day, which never happens except when I'm at the beach. It's about a lifelong friendship and what happens to it when both women are in their 30s in Brooklyn, in different life stages. A solid 8.5/10 so far. Very perceptive.
  2. WEST WITH THE NIGHT by BERYL MARKHAM
    It's an old favorite, beautiful prose, the harsh lushness of Africa, the freedom and isolation of a bush pilot.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  3. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
    Listening to it in audio. I never really intended to because I'm not a big fan of reading every single thing an author writes, but it was the only thing I could find on audible this time around. It is okay... But not really as gripping as his previous novels. I'm not a huge fan of the narrators at the moment either. We'll see.
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  4. Still reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and also Dawn by Octavia Butler via Hoopla
    This is my first time reading Butler and I can't wait to read more!
    Suggested by   @shanaz
  5. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
    In hopes that it will be empowering and help answer questions I have about being stalked. So far, pretty interesting.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    About halfway through and it's great. The subject matter is hard and the writing is beautiful.
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  7. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    My 10 year old begged me to read this because he loves the whole Percy Jackson series and wanted to be able to discuss it with me. It's actually an excellent book!
    Suggested by   @andlamb
  8. Heroes Of The Frontier by Dave Eggers
    I've just started this (15% in) but I'm enjoying it so far. Eggers is so easy to read so I expect to finish it quickly!
    Suggested by   @shash
  9. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
    I just started my Jane Austen class and this was the first assignment. It's one of her early pieces and is an epistolary novel so it reads very different from her other novels. It's not my favorite Jane Austen but the defiantly got me excited for the rest of the class.
    Suggested by   @applesarahgate
  10. Gone With The Wind
    One of my coworker's just read this and leant me her copy after I said I'd never read it. I'm almost halfway through. It's a surprisingly quick read, considering how long it is. On the one hand, this is a very good book and I am really enjoying it. On the other hand, I'm not enjoying it and it makes me uncomfortable. At what point do we stop allowing books to be so thoroughly "of their time" while considering them timeless?
    Suggested by   @jb_piper
  11. Free Will by Sam Harris.
    Emphatically recommended by @mmmliquids . It's a very short non-fiction book about morality and ethics that blew my mind and I am reading again. It might be difficult or offensive for some religious people, but I am not sure. I say this because my last intention is to offend anyone in this community. I know I feel super inspired by it, with a renewed commitment to strive to be kinder, less judgmental, more proactive.
    Suggested by   @LaiaPM
  12. New York by Edward Rutherfurd
    It's historical fiction starting in 1600s NYC through the present day. I'm reading it to get me even more hyped for our NYC trip next week! I'm really enjoying it but it's long (800+ pages). I'd say a solid 8+ out of 10 so far.
    Suggested by   @jenward
  13. City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin.
    It's the end of the Passage trilogy. It was a satisfying end but sometimes I felt like he was writing like he was getting paid by the word. I didn't like it as much as the other two. I think I'm done with trilogies and series for now. There was too much of a lag between book two and three. I lost interest waiting for the book.
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi