What We’re Reading This Week

by Joli

Here’s what we’re into this second week of January! What are you reading?


Print: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (I know, I’m late to the Potter party)

Audio: Murder on the Orient Express


Print: I just started High Dive by Jonathan Lee, which is a fictional imagining of a 1984 plot to kill Margaret Thatcher. It’s supposed to have an unforgettable cast of characters, which I look forward to getting to know. It also takes place in Brighton, England, where I’m headed for a work trip later this month. So I hope it introduces me to Brighton a bit!

Audio: I’m just finishing up The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. A young man receives a mysterious and old book in the mail, which holds secrets of his family’s past. I like it so far.


I am currently reading Under a Polar Star by Stef Penney. It’s historical fiction set in the late 1800s and concerns the exploration of northern Greenland, the North Pole, the Alps, and more. It is also a surprisingly juicy romance! Was not expecting that, but so far I’m enjoying it. Isn’t it lovely when a book isn’t what you think it is, and it ends up being more?


I’m loving that many of us are listening and reading to two books at once!

Print: I borrowed Turtles All the Way Down by John Green from a friend and I’m about a third of the way through. I read The Fault in Our Stars a few years ago and ugly cried in public finishing it, so haven’t read this one in public yet. The book focuses on Aza, a high school junior with severe OCD tendencies and anxiety. So far, Green does an amazing job capturing the “tightening spiral” of thoughts that affect Aza on a daily basis.

Audio: I’m just about finished with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. So many people loved this book and recommended it to me, and I have mixed feelings. More to come in a review when I’m finished.


I’m almost done with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, which I’m loving! If you’re a writer (established or aspiring, or even just hopeful), you’ll love all of her stories and suggestions. I’m also deep into Family Tree by Susan Wiggs. It’s not what I typically read, but I’m enjoying the lightness of it. It’s on tour here on LQ on the 11th, so come back to check it out!

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Sarah's Book Shelves January 8, 2018 - 8:51 pm

I’m hoping my Turtles All the Way Down library hold will come in soon!

Janna January 8, 2018 - 9:00 pm

I was so thankful to borrow it from a friend! I’m sure the wait at the library is quite long – so far, it seems worth the wait.


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