WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (6th Feb) AND WHAT WE THINK OF IT SO FAR

  1. The Chillbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
    I have just started this and I'm loving it so far! It's written in diaries and letters and set during World War II in the U.K., so I was hoping it'd have a similar vibe to one of my all-time favourites, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And it kind of does — though the characters and story are q different. If you liked Downton Abbey this might be up your street too — there's a rich family that are going to be central to the story. I think I'm going to like this. 8.5/10 so far.
  2. Postcards from the Edge
    Man, you can just hear Carrie's voice so strongly and clearly in her writing. A bit dated so far (obviously) but I'm enjoying it.
    Suggested by   @supercommonname
  3. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
    I'm reading this for a book discussion I lead at my Library and I love it. I read it in high school and remember thinking I liked it, but there's no way I understood most of what was going on.
    Suggested by   @fahlenjen
  4. little deaths by emma flint
    i'm absolutely enthralled by this at the moment; two children go missing and are found dead in queens during the 1960s and the book follows the mother, ruth malone, and reporter pete wonicke as he finds himself caught up in the mystery surrounding the case. it'll inevitably make a great movie!
    Suggested by   @aprylhm
  5. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig by John Gimlette
    Intersperses travel memoir with political history about Paraguay. My knowledge of the country was pretty limited so this is interesting, though the anecdotes are all over the place in terms of time. It also has a bit of a ridiculous feel and it borders on ridicule of Paraguayans. Mixed feelings.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  6. Almost Interesting by David Spade
    So funny and relatable especially if you grew up poor. If you love his voice and humor, like I do, definitely get the audiobook. (I'm using Hoopla)
    Suggested by   @shanaz
  7. I just finished Between Shades of Grey
    Very moving account about a buried piece of history.
    Suggested by   @jannychan
  8. The Other Wes Moore — Wes Moore
    About a third of the way in and enjoying it. Tonally similar to The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. I'm sometimes a tad confused switching back and forth from one Wes Moore to the other, but that's probably just my limited attention span.
    Suggested by   @readjulia
  9. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
    Only 75 pgs in but really enjoying it. Favorite line so far(they're organizing Barbie's clothes): "Together we got that tiny white woman's life in order." This is my first Zadie Smith book, I would love to know if anyone has read all of her novels & which one is their favorite!
    Suggested by   @shash
  10. Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
    Loving it so far. It's for my book club!!
    Suggested by   @aliciamcelhaney
  11. And The There Were None by Agatha Christie
    It's my first book by her and I'm loving it!
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  12. Incarceration Nations by Baz Dreisinger
    Non-fiction about prisons and it's definitely put of my comfort zone. I've always been quite pro-prison systems and the idea that it could be an entirely faulty idea never even crossed my mind. Quite an experience so far.
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  13. Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
    It's about the lessons we learned from eighties movies. I'm not the target audience. I was in my twenties then and she's talking about tweens and teens who experienced these movies as young as age 8. But this spoke to me. I loved it. Movies use to mean something. I miss that. 4/5 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/17/life-moves-pretty-fast-hadley-freeman-funny-absorbing-80s
    Suggested by   @solitarygigi
  14. Hillbilly Elegy - JD Vance
    I went to hear JD Vance speak at my college after realizing that I'm maybe the only midwesterner I know who can't name the last family member who worked on a farm. This is how I'm trying to start re-finding some empathy and understanding post election. The book was really interesting and a good mix of policy ideas/memoir. I (very liberal) recommend it as a smart and thought out analysis of a culture I knew nothing about. Although I don't agree with all of it, it effectively opened a dialogue.
    Suggested by   @ellenh
  15. First Ladies by Betty Boyd Caroli
    It's interesting! It has an interesting perspective, but I don't know how impartial it is
    Suggested by   @lexie_elyse
  16. The Virgin Suicides (Eugenides)
    I loved the movie and I LOVE Middlesex, so I figured it was time for me to dive in. So far I like it, but I almost feel like the movie might be better than the book? Gotta keep reading to find out for sure.
    Suggested by   @mattan