Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading On August 7, 2014

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Wallace Yovetich

Staff Writer

Wallace Yovetich grew up in a home where reading was preferred to TV, playing outside was actually fun, and she was thrilled when her older brothers weren’t home so she could have a turn on the Atari. Now-a-days she watches a bit more TV, and considers sitting on the porch swing (with her laptop) “playing outside”. She still thinks reading is preferable to most things, though she’d really like to find out where her mom put that old Atari (Frogger addicts die hard). She runs a series of Read-a-Longs throughout the year (as well as posting fun bookish tidbits throughout the week) on her blog, Unputdownables. After teaching for seven years, Wallace is now an aspiring writer. Blog: Unputdownables Twitter: @WallaceYovetich

summer beach readingThis is a new feature at Book Riot. We tell you our favorite books of the month. We tell you what we’ve read during the week. So now every other week we will give you a glimpse of what we are reading this very moment.

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. Then again, that might be just what the doctor ordered for summer weekend plans. Enjoy!

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!

Derek Attig

The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri by Avi Steinberg: Because I’m on a religious-text kick after Stephanie Feldman’s The Angel of Losses and others. (Galley)

A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin: Because it’s a silly sci-fi novel by Gillian Anderson; I don’t think I need to say more. (Galley)

EH Kern

The Proud Highway. Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955–1967 by Hunter S Thompson, edited by Douglas Brinkley. The book is Volume 1 (of 3) of Hunter S Thompson’s selected correspondence. I’ve had the book on the shelf for a while and I felt it was time to dive into the mind of this one-of-a-kind individual and writer. This is Thompson before “gonzo”, but he is already both entertaining and brilliant. (Paperback)

Kristina Pino

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on audio (narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield). Out of curiosity first, and out of addiction later.

Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown (hardback) (Seriously, these books are awesome.)

Rachel Cordasco

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom: for work. (Hardcover)

The Man Who Saved the Union by H. W. Brands: I’m obsessed with books about history (Audiobook)

Peter Damien

My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart: it turned up unasked-for in the mail, I had no interest in it, and it was so charming I had read half of it in one sitting. (Hardcover)

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd: a brilliant disaster of a human, biographied masterfully by Ackroyd. The Chaplin biography I’d been waiting for. (digital ARC)

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, And Other Lessons From The Crematory by Caitlin Doughty: a work of narrative nonfic that vaguely reminds me of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Just started it, but am enjoying it. (digital ARC)

Tasha Brandstatter

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud: My fellow Book Riot-ers convinced me this was worth reading. Peer pressure! (paperback from library)

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn: It’s set in Tokyo and it’s about an art theft. Why wouldn’t I want to read it? (hardcover from library)

Jessica Pryde

All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka: Once I got out of The Edge of Tomorrow I set out to find this book. Finally started reading it. (ebook)

Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman: Was writing about it for a post one day in general terms when I decided, you know, I should actually read it. (ebook)

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: After reading fifteen really depressing issues of Captain America, I just wanted something fun, so I opened my Nook app and picked at random. (ebook)

Rincey Abraham

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I’m attempting to tackle this book within the month of August, so this is the only thing I’ll be reading right now. (paperback)

Kelly Jensen

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey: Mixing up my usual fare with a zombie thriller (hardcover)

Kim Ukura

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott: I love nonfiction about awesome women being awesome. (ARC)

Kate Scott

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran: Hilarity + feminism = awesome. (library paperback)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: The rereading saga continues… (library paperback)

Amanda Diehl

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole: The latest in her Immortals After Dark series. I’ve been practically salivating for Thronos and Lanthe’s story since they were introduced seven books ago! (eARC)

Nikki Steele

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber: I heard ALL the things about this book and am hoping it heals that spot in my heart that was left open when I finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. (ARC)

The Magician King by Lev Grossman: Getting ready for the final one of the trilogy coming out. (Audio)

Greg Zimmerman

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King: The man can tell a story. (Hardcover)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Never read it before, always intended to, am now. (Paperback)

Aram Mrjoian

Beloved by Toni Morrison: Been on my TBR forever and I’ve heard great things from all my fellow rioters. (Paperback)

The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown: Trying to learn how to use my new cast iron skillets in the kitchen. Awesome recipes. (Hardcover)

Liberty Hardy

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh: Because Shovel Ready was a face-exploder, and this is its sequel, out in January! (Bound manuscript)

The Explorer by James Smythe: Someone on Twitter recommended I picked this up based on my love for The Martian. I haven’t even read it yet, but I already bought the sequel, because of this blurb: “As if Philip K. Dick and David Mitchell collaborated on an episode of The West Wing.” (Paperback)

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield: I am currently binging on old episodes of the Book Riot podcast while I work out, and this got an emphatic thumbs up from my ginger lifemate, Rebecca Schinsky, which is all I need. (Hardcover)

Alison Peters

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. (Hardcover). I expect to have attempted to devour all Amy Bloom novels by this time next month.

You Don’t Look Like Your Picture: Stories of Love in the Digital Age, anthology. (Rooster ebook) These are making me cringe with their updated Sex & the City dating references and stories about lives falling apart thanks to Facebook. Eek. Is this what we’re like, now?

As for Me

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age by David Mikics: Came across this in a bookstore months ago, and saw it calling to me from the pile. I find this concept very interesting. (Hardcover)

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Bk 2) by Deborah Harkness: Have been slowly reading this for awhile waiting for the third book to come out, which it did, so am now allowing myself to finish it. (Hardcover)



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