WHAT WE'RE READING THIS WEEK (BEG 22ND FEB) 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!
- •In Other Words, by Jhumpa LahiriI knew I would love this, and I do. It's a memoir originally written in Italian after Jhumpa Lahiri fell in love with the language - so much so that she moved her whole family there so she could immerse herself in it and learn it properly. This is the account of that love affair. 8.5/10 and wouldn't be surprised if it went up.
- •Fates and Furies, by Lauren GroffThe story of a marriage, and the two halves that make the whole relationship, from both perspectives. It's twisty and at times dark and (I think maybe purposefully) overdramatic. But that's part of the beauty of this book. The writing is beautiful and smart, and it completely absorbed me. I read nearly all of it on the plane ride from Phoenix to DC last night. Less than 50 pages to go, and this book is definitely 8.5/10.Suggested by @LizDawson
- •The Sorrows of Young Werther by GoetheA re-read because I just read about Frederick the Great and it made me want to revisit this very beautiful book.Suggested by @gwcoffey
- •I just finished When Falcons Fall by CS Harris a few minutes ago! It's the latest entry in an excellent historical mystery series; set in one of my favorite periods - Georgian England!Suggested by @jessicah
- •A Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaI'm 35% through (it is ~720 pages long) and the character building is just addictive. I never want it to end. And I've only teared up three times so far.Suggested by @sam
- •H is for Hawk by Helen MacdonaldAutobiography of a woman who deals with extreme grief for her recently deceased father by training a hawk. Just finished this last night and im not sure where I am with it. I understand the kind of grief she goes through, but I didn't really hook in emotionally with the protagonist. Birds don't really hold any fascination for me - probably part of my disconnect. Some of the writing is lovely, though.Suggested by @followdaround
- •Dawn by Octavia ButlerI'm most of the way through this intriguing sci-fi book. It's pretty cool, I think I'll give it a 7/10.Suggested by @macnchz
- •The Narrative of Sojourner TruthI saw an amazing production about Harriet Tubman on Saturday and in searching for books about HER, I came across this. It's fascinating. From her lack of understanding of time, to her relationship with God, to her explanations of how she felt as a slave and being able to look back and know why she did what she did yet still be appalled by it later. 10 out of 10.Suggested by @thesting
- •While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyThis is a very light story and it acts as a counterweight to my Sojourner Truth book. It's fun and makes me want to watch the first season of Downton again. 7 out of 10.Suggested by @thesting
- •In A Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan & Caren ZuckerI'm a third of the way done in this very dense book. It is a social history of autism in the U. S. beginning with the first patient to be given the diagnosis by name. Very good but I can only read about 100 pages at a time and really wish I was taking it in a classroom setting but there is so much I want to discuss!Suggested by @solitarygigi
- •Flipped by Wendelin van DraanenI got this from the library after seeing it on several lists by people saying it made them want to own chickens. Owning chickens is my dream! 4/5 so far.Suggested by @marcikm