What We’re Reading

Or, In Which Our Other New Colleague Deborah Makes Her First Appearance.

The Peacock Emporium - Jojo MoyesHerzog - Saul BellowI Am Princess X - Cherie PriestI'll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeBoy - Roald DahlGoing Solo - Roald DahlOne Day It'll All Make Sense - Common

A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In - Magnus MillsBetween the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates1Q84 - Haruki MurakamiAll the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

stormfrontnewcoverCaesarion (NL edition) - Tommy WieringaThe Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. HamiltonElizabeth and Her German Garden - Elizabeth von ArnimBlijven ademhalen - Hedi de Vree

Simone: The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes and Herzog by Saul Bellow.

Deborah: I just finished I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest and went straight for another Young Adult title. I am currently reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Daria: Just finished Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl (Yes, on a Roald Dahl binge!).  Now reading One Day It’ll All Make Sense by Common. Can’t believe this came out in 2013, have been meaning to read it since… Starts off a little mushy but I am curious to know more about Common’s adventures.

Ester: I’m almost done with A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In by Magnus Mills.

Renate: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates.

Daniele: I’m reading Murakami’s huge trilogy, 1Q84. Putting my patience on trial!

Martijn:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Figured I’d do some “serious” reading while on vacation, but – comme d’habitude – I did not read a single book over there and started when I got back.  Promising so far….  Also re-reading the entire Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Still love it.

JeroenW: Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa, in Dutch.
(There’s an English translation available, too.)

Sophie: Still reading The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton, which is like the ultra-marathon of space opera.  It’s also very good; I’ve had some white-knuckle-tension and “NOOOOOooooooo!” moments, and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that grips me like that.  It requires my full attention, though, which I don’t have every day, so – baby steps.  I also just finished Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim, which was utterly charming and funny and acerbic and apparently written by my spirit great-great-grandmother.  And I just finished Blijven ademhalen by Hedi de Vree.  I’m not really the self-help/spirituality-type reader, but I really enjoyed this one.  It’s a very open, hopeful, personal and brave book.  She explains what she’s learned, and doesn’t preach that you must learn the same right now.  Good stuff.

There are also ebooks available for The Peacock Emporium, Herzog, I’ll Give You the Sun, Things Fall Apart, Boy, Going Solo, A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In, 1Q84 (books 1+2 and book 3), All the Light We Cannot See, Storm Front (and the other Dresden Files books), Caesarion (English-language edition, of course), The Reality Dysfunction, and Elizabeth and Her German Garden.