What’s On Our Collective Bookshelf?


It’s been some time since we all talked about what we were reading, so let’s catch each other up. What are you reading right now? I MEAN BESIDES HOTSPUR’S BOOK, GUYS! That’s a given. (Plus some of us are waiting for the print version, so no spoilers.)

I went to the library on Thursday to pick up the latest book for my book club, but we won’t be meeting for a month, so I decided to grab something else to pass the next couple of weeks. I dawdled around the new fiction display in the hopes that I could find something 1) written by a woman, and 2) in a genre I wouldn’t usually be interested in. Those are a couple of the book-picking guidelines I’m trying to follow in 2016.

And that’s how I ended up with Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence. It’s about a British lady astrophysicist (!) and her deaf pre-teen daughter who journey into the Alaskan wilderness during that-time-of-the-year-when-it’s-always-night in order to find her husband, who is presumed dead by the authorities after a suspicious accident. This is very much not something I would normally try, but I have to say I’m enjoying it! It’s low-key thrilling and suspenseful, and it’s nice to read about someplace that is colder than where I am now. I’m a little under halfway through, and I want to finish writing this post so that I can get back to it!

What about you guys? BESIDES HOTSPUR’S BOOK, geez, I just said that!

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15 Responses to What’s On Our Collective Bookshelf?

  1. catweazle says:

    I am reading Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed which is, you guessed it, a biography of Iggy Pop! I’m like halfway through and at the point where Iggy got so fucked up on drugs that he was checked into a mental institution, so that’s fun. Also fun: reading about all the 14-year-old girls he had relationships/relations with in the 70s. I know it was different time or whatever but nooooooooooooooooooooo. I should probably never read biographies of men whose art I like because inevitably there’s going to be something that makes me want to vom.

    Anyway, that is my train book, and I also have my home book which I only read when I’m eating a meal at my kitchen table. Which is fairly rare, so I’ve been working my way through the Princess Diaries Royal Wedding book for months now when I could probably have read the whole thing in a day if I had any kind of attention span. It’s fun and all but SPOILERS AHEAD I am very unhappy about the turn it just took in saddling Mia with an unexpected pregnancy which she is apparently going to go through with?

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I’ve been meaning to read the Veronica Mars books since they came out. What kind of fan am I? Geez, costco.

    I saw a random post on Facebook that called this book a cross between Veronica Mars and Shakespeare. They had me at Veronica Mars.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25528801-exit-pursued-by-a-bear

    I honestly don’t make a lot of time to read, but my Goodreads list is lengthy (not with all Veronica Mars related things), so I better get to it.

  3. collin0truckasaurus says:

    I am currently reading The Alienist and I’m about halfway through. It’s gonna be a show on TNT from Cary Fukunaga so I want to finish it before I see that. It has its moments but I’ll reserve judgment until I finish it. It will probably be very creepy but good.

  4. Simon Spidermonk says:

    Wait, hotspur has a book? What is it? How’d I miss this?

    • hotspur says:

      You missed it because I only mentioned it in one comment in one thread last week. That’s how great I am at marketing! SO let me thank our flaniel for flogging it here (thanks!) and let you know that I will make a real post about it later this week (cue the drumroll).

    • hotspur says:

      It would be smart of me to actually put a link here. So this will teleport you to Amazon:
      http://tinyurl.com/clique1spur
      That’s the ebook, and tomorrow (I believe) the print version becomes available for pre-order. Soon, I will jam a real post on these blog pages in which I Explain Everything. But till then, how about a tiny url under a post where flanny was very kind to bring this up / kick me in the butt.

  5. martinmegz says:

    I’m going to see Pearl Jam in North and South Carolina next month so I tacked on a stop in Charleston because it looks like a beautiful city. Last week I got a surprise package at work and found that my mom sent me a book set in Charleston, Pat Conroy’s South of Broad! When I thanked her on Facebook, she commented that she thinks there might be some sex scenes so I should skip over those pages. Moms! Hahaha.

    • flanny says:

      Time Traveler’s Wife takes place in the small resort-ish town where my mother grew up, and I just couldn’t recommend it to her because it was too sexy. Daughters!

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      One of my favorite movies, Last of the Mohicans, was filmed in North Carolina. I looked up some of the areas they filmed in, but saw a lot of warnings about how dangerous it was to wander about. I would still check it out from a safe viewing point if I ever get to North Carolina. Also, there is apparently an abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park in NC, so yeah, i need to plan a trip there.

  6. I just finished The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, which I liked but didn’t love. I think the last thing I read that I was super into was the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan Howard, which is a dark, snarky delight.

  7. hotspur says:

    I am 20 pages from finishing Dracula by Bram Stoker. This book — I really enjoy it, within reason, but I started it in November. It became the book I read while doing laundry, and I just don’t do laundry often. I really hate doing laundry; I’ve purchased almost a month’s supply of underwear to really cut down on how often I have to do it. I suppose that’s equal to saying I like Dracula so much, I’ve read it in four sittings. Usually I take longer to read a book.

    Also wtf Dracula is world’s top vampire, but he doesn’t sparkle at all? He should sparkle the most.

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