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What have you been reading lately? How do you like it?

After 7 months, I think it is time for an update :) In the words of the wise /u/gladsdotter:

If you've particularly enjoyed a book you've read lately, and there's a snap for that book, please stop by and let us know what you liked about it by adding a comment to the snap. Or if you hated a book, share that as well.

If there's not already a snap for that book, please create one, or share your thoughts in this thread.

I have a huge stack of "books to be read" but am always looking for something new to add to it, and I look forward to your collective wisdom on what those new books should be.

9 months ago by wickedcoder256 with 9 comments

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  • Yamadori (edited 9 months ago)

    I'm rereading Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The first line of the book:

    "The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason".

    The first 70% of the book is set from that day on, and it tells a hard sci-fi narrative of efforts made to ensure the survival of the human race in outer space. Things proceed with our current limitations and understanding of physics and engineering (given a modest extrapolation, I believe this book takes place around 2025).

    The first time I read the book, the scene with the Hard Rain actually brought me to tears, it was that moving.

  • gladsdotter (edited 9 months ago)

    I'm about 9/10s of the way through David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks As with all of his books, it's fascinating and challenging and very well written. Before that I read Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman--highly recommended as with all of her books--and Jane Smiley's The Last Hundred Years Trilogy. I was dubious about such a large undertaking, but quickly became unable to put it down, until the last hundred pages or so, where I slowed down because I didn't want it to end.

    Edited to add GoodReads links per the excellent example of /u/wickedcoder256.

  • OL44893 (edited 9 months ago)

    Let's see... I just finished Between the World and Me by Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates which I found to be a fierce, tense, and an extraordinary read. And I just bought The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Although I might read Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs next.

  • jcscher (edited 5 months ago)

    I just finished The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith,the last surviving member of the famous family. I also just read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles a new author for me. I enjoyed both. I am now reading another book by Amor Towles A Gentileman in Moscow

    • gladsdotter (edited 5 months ago)

      I am not familiar with Amor Towles, so thank you for the recommendation!

      Among others, I have read Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It's a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it.

      I also enjoyed Sophie Hannah's second Hercule Poirot novel, Closed Casket.

      I'm currently reading The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich.