Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading On November 26, 2014

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

In this feature at Book Riot, we 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.

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!

Josh Corman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: The recommendations for it now number in the dozens. Couldn’t hold out any longer! (ebook)

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (out March 2015): I’ve never read any of his stuff and wanted some good nonfiction. (egalley)

Daredevil (2011) by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin: I wanted to overcome my Ben Affleck-centric hesitance for this particular superhero. Great so far! (Marvel Unlimited App)

Liberty Hardy

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi: This galley is so beautiful, I may never open the book. I might just stare at the shiny. (galley)

I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum: This book sounds amazing! Also I like to say the title of this book in Nixon’s voice. (galley)

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy: McCarthy is so brilliant it hurts. Quick, go read all his backlist before this one comes out. (egalley)

Mountain Home by Bracken MacLeod: When christopher Golden tells me to read something, I listen. (paperback)

Kate Scott

Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: The rereading saga continues… (Library Hardcover)

Peter Damien

Promethea by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III: gradually rereading possibly my favorite Alan Moore comic, insanely inventive, experimental, and personal. I discover something new every time I go through it. (single issues)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: a fascinating fantasy novel, shades of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The City and The City by China Mieville. Entirely its own creature, though, and I am enjoying it enormously. The level of world-building inventiveness on display here is astonishing. V.E. Schwab is really good (paperback ARC)

Rah Carter

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Charles Dickens is an author I like to return to regularly. (hardcover)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I bought this second hand on cassette tape and find going for walks much more enjoyable with my mind in Middle Earth. (audiobook)

Jessica Tripler

Rogue Spy, Joanna Bourne: The 5th and latest book in Bourne’s intelligent and unconventional historical romance series set among English and French spies in the years after the Revolution.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: The third in my apparently unstoppable glom of Moriarty novels. What would happen if you lost the last ten years of your life to a traumatic brain injury? (audiobook)

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt: Her critique of anti-choice rhetoric is well-trod ground, but Pollitt’s dismay at the politics and pandering of the pro-choice movement is eye-opening. (egalley)

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Salsa Nocturna: Stories by Daniel José Older: Bought it on a friend’s recommendation months ago and was reminded of it by Ashley Ford on the recent Reading Lives podcast! (ebook)

Descent by Tim Johnston: Lots of buzz building for this January title, and I want to read it before the noise gets too loud. (print galley)

Love Life by Rob Lowe: I adored his first memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and just had to have some more quality time. (audiobook)

Amanda Nelson

Yes Please by Amy Poehler: because hearing Amy describe that time she chased an old rich guy through an airport cussing at him because he scolded her is pure gold. (audiobook)

Christy Childers

The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson: I’m endlessly fascinated by both Winston Churchill AND Boris Johnson (the current Mayor of London), so I was pretty excited when this one showed up on my doorstep. (Hardcover)

Kelly Jensen

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards: I’m down for a YA mystery that involves anonymous text messages and burn books. This sounds a little bit Caroline Cooney/Lois Duncan. (print galley)

Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter: A novel about an intense and destructive girl friendship? It sounds dark and tough to read which is my favorite kind of read (hardcover)

Rachel Cordasco

Severance by Chris Bucholz: heard good things about it, trying to read more contemporary sci-fi (ARC)

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson: found this while browsing my library’s audiobook holdings- it’s fantastic (audiobook)

Eric Smith

17 & Gone by Nova Sen Suma: After reading Suma’s absolutely incredible The Walls Around Us, I decided it was time to catch up on all of her works. I’ve already read (and loved) Imaginary Girls, so 17 & Gone is was. Girls are disappearing. The protagonist is seeing visions of them, and goes on a quest to figure out what happened to them. Just a few pages in, but I know I’ll love it. (Hardcover)

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez: An angry goth girl and a girl struggling with depression meet in English class, and form a bond over Emily Dickinson, and use her poetry to help them deal. I first heard about Rodriguez’s novel on Twitter, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. (NetGalley)

Brenna Clarke Gray

Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther: You all neeeeeeeed to read this book, wherein Esther details her escape from a Fundamentalist Christian cult. I saw it at the library and it’s right in my religious extremist wheelhouse. (library paperback)

Me, Myself, and Us: The Secret of Personality and the Art of Well-Being by my favourite research psychologist in the field of personality (you don’t have one?), Brian Little: I picked this up because I love the accessible, readable style of Little, who I discovered as a student at Carleton University where he is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus. (library hardcover)

Jeanette Solomon

Wild by Cheryl Strayed: because finally. It’s making me want to climb mountains. (ebook)

James Crossley

The Kills by Richard House: It’s massive, ambitious, and filled with up-to-the minute political intrigue. A bright orange cover, too, that makes me feel safer when I carry it around. (hardcover)

Alison Peters

Huntress by Malinda Lo: It’s been on my TBR list since I wrote about it for YA LGBTQ suggested reading, and I am already totally hooked. And it’s long! Which means maybe it’ll take me all the way through the Thanksgiving holiday… (paperback)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Because it’s getting me into the comic book spirit, and I am on a mission to read every word Chabon has ever written. (paperback)

Aram Mrjoian

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski: I’ve had several friends recommend this book to me and figured I’d give it a go. (paperback)

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani: About to start this one (paperback)

Kristina Pino

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach: because SCIENCE and SPACE and stuff. (ebook)

Edd McCracken

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan: It’s been on my ‘to read’ list ever since I read a beautiful review of it in The Economist. The Booker win helped it barge its way to the top of my pile. (hardback)

EH Kern

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension by Michio Kaku: My favorite science fiction-franchise is Stargate so when I come across a book called Hyperspace that discusses wormholes, I just have to read it. What I really like about this book is that Kaku uses examples from literature and the arts to illustrate his points about the universe. It’s a great read so far and one thing is for sure, I have a completely new relationship to Picasso and Lewis Carroll. (paperback)

Nikki Steele

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson: I’m totally reading this one slow and savoring it. (paperback)

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi: I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while and it seemed like the perfect fun book for holiday weeks and lots of driving. (audiobook)

As for Me

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: Because fellow Rioter, Rincey, promised it will scratch my Real Housewives of New Jersey itch in book form.


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