What We’re Reading

Or, In Which We Are Mostly Fictional

Rebecca - Daphne du MaurierThe Girl on the Train - Paula HawkinsHHhH - Laurent BinetUprooted - Naomi NovikTraitor's Blade - Sebastien de Castell

The River of No Return - Bee RidgwayPlease Do Not Disturb - Robert GlancyMerciless Gods - Christos TsiolkasBroken Prey - John SandfordThis Is Improbable Too - Marc Abrahams

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike 2) - Robert GalbraithThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man - W. Bruce CameronPassenger - Alexandra BrackenTigana - Guy Gavriel KayThe Nordic Cookbook - Magnus Nilsson

Infinite Jest - David Foster WallaceThe Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel KayThe Complete Persepolis - Marjane SatrapiA Little Life (US cover) - Hanya Yanagihara

Renate: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Very well written gothic suspense. (Although the heroine often annoys the hell out of me.) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Not very well written, in my opinion, but I’m giving it another try, I guess, since my brain isn’t working properly anymore anyway (not that it was before I got pregnant). But no, really. Anything that gets me to sleep. Bring it on.

JeroenW:  I just finished HHhH, in Dutch.  I’m currently reading Uprooted (which just won the Nebula).  I’m also reading Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell. Fun swordplay-oriented Three Musketeers-like story.

Nyjolene: The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway.  Also reading Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy.  Great read about the fictional African country of Bwalo.  I just started it and I have no idea where it will end up, but I’m really excited to find out!

Simone: Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas and Broken Prey by John Sandford.

Maarten: After almost two years of just lying on a pile collecting dust, I picked up This Is Improbable Too again. Short pieces about funny, weird, crazy, and just plain ludicrous scientific experiments. A lot of what scientists call ‘science’ is mostly ‘proving’ that common sense is actually sensible, resulting in truisms; or researching stuff in such a ridiculous way that it cannot or should not be replicated. Written by the guy behind the IgNobel-Prizes.

Martijn: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.

Ester: The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron.

Iris: I recently finished Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (which was this month’s read for the YA Book Club in The Hague). Still contemplating what to pick up next…

Sywert: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. Actually my second GGK story and a pleasant read so far. Also reading The Nordic Cookbook. Written by my favorite chef Magnus Nilsson, it’s a 700-page collection of recipes and stories about the history of Nordic cooking. From tales about making different types of blood sausage to using colostrum cow milk to make a dessert. Love it.

Tiemen: I’m re-reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace with a group of people for InfiniteSummer2016.  Every day we read 50 pages and then discuss them via Twitter.  Feels a little like a marathon.

Sophie: Just finished The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. My first ever GGK book. Medieval Spain vibes, fun characters, solid story. Good stuff.  I also just finished The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which was this month’s choice for the OurSharedShelf feminist book club.  I’m still reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (in the – quite excellent – Dutch translation) for the book club started by De Correspondent.  I find it beautiful and intense but also NEVER-ENDING.  I’ve read and lived through so much already, and there are still 250 pages to go.  O.o

There are ebooks available for Rebecca, The Girl on the Train, HHhH, Uprooted, Traitor’s Blade, The River of No Return, Please Do Not Disturb, Merciless Gods, Broken Prey, This Is Improbable Too, Silkworm, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, Passenger, Tigana, Infinite Jest, The Lions of Al-Rassan, and A Little Life.