Here is what the Rioters are reading today (as in literally today). This is what’s on their bedside table (or the floor, work bag, desk, whatevskis). See a Rioter who is reading your favorite book? I’ve included the link that will take you to their author archives (meaning, that magical place that organizes what they’ve written for the site). Gird your loins – this list combined with all of those archived posts will make your TBR list EXPLODE.
We’ve shown you ours, now show us yours; let us know what you’re reading (right this very moment) in the comment section below!
Are You My Type, Am I Yours? Relationships Made Easy Through the Enneagram by Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele: a recent Barnes & Noble purchase. (Paperback)
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel (Cinco Puntos Press, Sept. 13): A young girl takes up hip hop to deal with her parents’ divorce. Yes, it is as rad as it sounds. (e-galley)
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye (Knopf, April 26): A woman hides the truth about her mother from her husband and child. This novel is weird and sometimes unpleasant but also oddly compelling and beautiful. (e-galley)
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky(Liveright, Oct. 11): A woman inherits a flashy red sports car from her boss. I love Marcy Dermansky’s two previous novels, so I am thrilled to finally be reading this. She’s aces! (galley)
Jerusalem by Alan Moore (Liveright, Sept. 13): OMG OMG OMG OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S REAL!!!!! And 1300 pages!!! *faints* (galley)
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye: I’m reading this to prepare for a review. This is my second NDiaye book, and I think she’s a fascinating writer. (Paperback galley)
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes: I’m listening to this on audio, and it’s awesome. (Audiobook)
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King: I have to read just about every work by Stephen King. He’s my “even after all this time?” “Always” author. (library ebook)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: I’m a huge Whitehead fan and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one. He can do anything. (E-galley)
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy: Has been on my TBR for months, and as often happens when I miss a book pre-release I’m catching up on Audible. (Audiobook)
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor: A bunch of accident-prone academics comprise a British secret agency called St. Mary’s. They’re tasked by the government to travel back in time and collect information about the past. Sign me up. For both this book AND St. Mary’s. (egalley)
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney: In the future, one side of an interstellar war develops and weaponizes a language. One woman can decode it, but the language is dangerous. This book was published in 1966, but aside from the odd dated word or concept (people from the future using telephone booths, for example) it could very well have been written today. (audio book)
Girls I Know by Douglas Trevor: Trevor is a professor at my university, so this book was always on display tables in my favorite local bookstore. I could feel it looking at me every time I went in there, so I finally gave in and bought it. (Paperback)
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley: I received Knisley’s Something New (May 3, First Second) from a publicist, loved it, and immediately picked up all of her other books. (Library Paperback)
Shelter by Jung Yun: I read a review of this book on Publisher’s Weekly and had to check it out! (Library Hardcover)
The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin: I am reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy back to back. This trilogy is only getting better with each book. When I started reading The Kingdom of Gods, I was happy to discover that my favorite character from book one is now telling the story. (Paperback)
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi: The only thing I knew about this book going in was that Padma Lakshmi is the host of Top Chef and that she used to be married to Salman Rushdie. That was enough to pique my interest. Now I’m half-way through, and I kind of love this book.
Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
Last year I did one of Priscilla Shirer’s Bible studies and loved it, so when I heard she had a book on prayer I knew I wanted to get my hands on it.
Deathless by Catherynne Valente: It’s a classic that I’m finally getting around to reading and I’m already hooked. (e-book)
Paris in Love by Eloisa James: Because I was on a lunch break when my Book Riot Deals of the Day email popped in and who can resist a book about being in love in Paris?? Pas moi! (e-book)
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie: An LGBTQ YA that reads like Pacific Rim, but with pirates and sea monsters. Highly recommended by many friends, and it’s fantastic. (eBook)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, performed by Maggie Gyllenhaal:I read this book in high school, but since all of my co-workers in the collection development office have been raving about Maggie’s narration and their audiobook recs are always on point, I’m revisiting. (audiobook)
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: I am simultaneously giddy with joy and petrified in fear that one of my favorite series is coming to an end. (hardcover)
Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter: I cried twice in the first 10 pages. (library book)
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (hardcover): Harlan Coben always delivers reliably great summer thrillers, and this book was no exception. The main character was well-written and I appreciated the twists and turns. Believable? No, but that’s not really why you’re reading this book. If you need something to get you through an interminable plane ride, pick this up.
That Other Me by Maha Gargash (paperback): This book, about two young Emirati women set in Dubai, started off slowly but I stuck with it and am glad I did. I don’t know much about Emirati culture, so it’s been eye opening, and the characters are sharp and well-written.
Real World by Natsuo Kirino (hardcover, library copy): Rachel Smalter-Hall recommended this to me based on my intense desire to read East Asian noir/dark/weird books. It’s about 4 teen girls who are friends and 1 teen boy who kills his mother. The story swaps perspectives among them, with glimpses at what happened and who knows what about it. Super great.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (e-galley): I am a huge fan of the FX series Fargo, which Hawley created and writes. His mystery-thriller Before the Fall is a surefire hit for a hot summer read–excellent pacing and
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (paperback): I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, so I picked it up because it’s finally out in paperback. I am about halfway through and loving it.
Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian: I’ve been a huge fan of Balakian’s nonfiction for years, but have never really explored his poetry. I was stoked he won the Pulitzer with this collection and knew I had to give it a read.
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson: Reading my way through the series. (hardcover)
Still Life by Louise Penny: Friend recommended it. (audiobook)
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator): I am here for family secrets/deception. (egalley)
Fingersmith by Sarah Smith: Probably the most rec’d book I get. (paperback)
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley: That cover caught my attention and it being horror with a 5-star rating from a fellow Rioter made it a must-read. (egalley)
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter: Um, speaks for itself! And I’m a huge fan of the “making-of” of anything. (audiobook)