WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (9TH MAY) 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 li.st reader friends, and we'll do it again next week!
  1. Crash Course, by Robin Black
    The subtitle is really what sold me on this - that and the warm recommendation from Rachel Cantor, whose Good on Paper I really liked. I've just read the first essay so far, and it was well written and insightful. Looking forward to more!
  2. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
    I bought this and Eligible on the same day. I guess I'll be reading through everything with the Austen project! And I haven't even read the originals!!
    Suggested by   @evak
  3. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
    This is the second Sepetys novel I've read, and once again she's managed to hit on a subject I know next to nothing about. I've just started it, but it promises to be excellent.
    Suggested by   @mhawkeyem
  4. Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
    My dad and I are listening to this in audio. It actually made me so happy because we had an argument about the Israel/Palestine conflict, and he realised he doesn't know much about Palestine, so he asked me to find books about it. This is one of them. I'm only a few minutes in but I really like it so far. I just wish I had a glossary to help me with some of the Arabic terms.
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  5. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
    Writing tips, which I need right now! This has been on my list forever. So far it's great.
    Suggested by   @macnchz
  6. The Bassoon King
    Dwight Schrute writes the foreword, which is basically him saying why would I care about some actor's funny stories? This is dumb. I gotta say, I agree. The stories aren't very funny and I'm kind of wondering why I care.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
    I'm about halfway through the book. It does a great job of not just world building and explaining the rules of the magic in the story but creating compelling characters and an enthralling plot line. It's the sort of book that I find myself staying up late to read.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  8. Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi
    Memoir written by a Nobel Peace Prize human rights activist. She is a lawyer and former female judge in Iran before the revolution. Loving her brave, feminist story of defying the Iranian government by representing women & those that were unjustly imprisoned or punished after its adoption of sharia law. 💪🏼
    Suggested by   @bookishfeminist
  9. When We Collided by Emery Lord
    "...a powerful message about weightier topics of grief and mental illness." I read this all the way through in one sitting; smiling, laughing out loud and fighting tears. 17yo girl and boy meet and fall in love in a small town at the start of summer. She is lively, him and his family are dealing with a grief that is tempering their ability to live life fully. The mental illnesses are very accurately portrayed, and the relationships are refreshingly realistic.
    Suggested by   @wilmotwrites
  10. Stalker - Lars Kepler
    Scandinavian crime fiction 👌 It's both creepy & exciting. I'm also reading this in Danish which is a strange experience because I usually read in English or Icelandic.
    Suggested by   @helga