What We’re Reading

Or, In Which We Cover A Lot Of Genres:

Your Fathers... - Dave EggersThis Census-Taker - China MiévillesparkjoyAlien vs. Alien - Ginny KochCraving - Esther Gerritsen

Nemesis - Jo NesbøFellside - M. R. CareyThe Cuckoo's Calling - Robert GalbraithAs Meat Loves Salt - Maria McCannThe Magicians - Lev GrossmanThe Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

Tin Men - Christopher GoldenThe Elements of Journalism - Bill KovachThe Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley JacksonGranta 117: HorrorMy Life on the Road - Gloria SteinemThe Color Purple - Alice Walker

JeroenW:  Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers.  Decent book.  Quick read.  Also just finished This Census-Taker by China Miéville.  Meh.

Jitse: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Lília: I’m currently reading Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch.  Good read, hilarious, and a perfect book to take with you in the train.

Simone: Craving by Esther Gerritsen.  A fascinating read!  Knowing Esther Gerritsen’s style of writing (I thoroughly enjoy her VPRO columns!), I found it very easy to submerge myself into a full novel of her writing.  Her characters are never ‘average’, so you can expect just about any dialogue, or any behavior, from anyone, male or female. I’m also reading Nemesis by Jo Nesbø.

Iris: I’m reading an ARC of Fellside by M.R. Carey.

Martijn: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. Just curious, really. Starts good enough…

PeterL:  As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann.  I thought, let’s read some Historical Fiction.  I’m the section’s buyer, after all.  The story takes place in England during Cromwell’s reign, it’s a bloody business, and the main character is gay.

Daniele: The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’ve just started reading it today, after finishing Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant yesterday, which is a very allegorical book about memory, both individual and collective. Is it better to forget the past or to remember it? The answer to this question is well explored by Ishiguro.

Jouke: Tin Men by Christopher Golden.

Maarten: Inspired by the movie Spotlight I decided to read this classic book about the principles of journalism and their importance for a ‘free and democratic’ society: The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach.  Not an easy read, mind, but very interesting indeed.

Renate:  The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson and Granta 117: Horror, a great collection of new horror stories by several authors.

Sophie: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  Yes, I read them because of Emma Watson’s online feminist book club.  🙂  I think know too little about feminism even though I feel like I am one right down to the core of my being.  And I’ve loved both books.  Steinem’s memoir has made me more sure of my convictions (and more sure I will stand up for them), and Walker’s novel is a superb tale of finding strength and beauty in yourself, even if most everyone around you doesn’t think you’re worth noting.

There are ebooks available for Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, Spark Joy, Nemesis, The Cuckoo’s Calling, As Meat Loves Salt, The Magicians, The Buried Giant, Tin Men, The Lottery and Other Stories, Granta 117: Horror, and The Color Purple.

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