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Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading On October 8, 2015

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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

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!

Liberty Hardy 

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray: Bankers and authors behaving badly, but awesome. It has been five years since Murray’s last book, Skippy Dies, (one of my favorite books!) so I am SO EXCITED for this one. Spoiler: It’s worth the wait. (Hardcover)

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (Simon & Schuster, April 19, 2016): The title (mostly) explains it all. I almost broke my finger requesting this, I pushed the button so fast. They had me at “bad-ass librarians”. (e-galley)

Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter (Pegasus, Nov. 16) Castles! Quests! Special powers! A chosen one! Everyone I know who has read this loved it. Like, raved-for-a-long-time loved it. SOLD. (galley)

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar (Small Beer Press, March 15, 2016): Four women – a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite – are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. A new book from the Crawford, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award-winning novel A Stranger in Olondria? OH HELL YES. You should read that while you wait for this. (galley)

Jamie Canaves 

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela: “An epic of love and betrayal”–give me now! (egalley)

Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Preeti Simran Sethi: I’m trying to read more nonfiction and this had me at chocolate. (egalley)

Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due: October horror reads continues!–and the first story has already left me hesitant to go paddle boarding in the lake. (ebook)

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: Dorothy returned to Oz and went mad with power and now a new girl from Kansas needs to get Oz back–sounds fun and kickass. (ebook)

Jessica Woodbury

Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer: Someday I will finish this audiobook, been going for a good month now. (Audiobook, Scribd)

Little White Lies by Brianna Baker & F. Bowman Hastie: A diverse YA about a teenage girl’s tumblr that goes super viral, it’s doing a great job of breaking up all the super scary stuff I’m reading. (e-galley

Eric Smith 

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi: I feel like I should turn in my book-nerd-card, as I’ve had a signed first edition of this book since the week it came out. Ship Breaker, Drowned Cities, The Wind Up Girl… I adore Bacigalupi’s books, and I’m psyched to finally dive into this one. A sci-fi novel where water is insanely rare and valuable, and people called “water knives” “cut” water.

Johann Thorsson 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: A book that starts off a little quirky and then gets downright weird. Brutal and unforgiving but also delightful and imaginative, it tells the story of a group of children taken in by father-figure after their families’ houses burn down. But the man is a god of some type and soon abandons them. Now as adults (sort of) they have to figure the world out on their own. (Hardcover)

Karina Glaser 

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt: I love every single thing he’s written, and Orbiting Jupiter is proving to be no exception. (Library Hardcover)

Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) by Kazu Kibuishi: I can’t get enough of this series; the graphics are stunning and the story is filled with twists and turns. If only I discovered this series when all the books were published… I’m impatient to know how this all ends. (Library Paperback)

Jessi Lewis

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton: I just tried her food and had to know her own approach. So excited about this. (Paperback).

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Because, really, I haven’t read this yet? Disappointed in myself. (Used Paperback)

Chris Arnone 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: I first read this in high school and it became my favorite book for a time. Now I’m back in college and this is assigned for my Intro to Fiction class. Fun seeing how my own views have changed while re-reading the text. (Paperback)

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel: I’m a little late to the party with this one, but this book is incredible. (Library Paperback)

Rachel Smalter Hall 

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling: I enjoyed her first book and am giving the newest a whirl. So far it’s even smarter, funnier, and bad-assier than the first! (Hardcover, library)

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran: So happy with my choice to listen to this one — her timing and delivery are hilarious. (Audio)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson: Finally had to listen to all the buzz and give it a try! It’s definitely living up. (Paperback, library)

E.H. Kern 

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: I have wanted to read this book ever since it first came out but I didn’t get around to it until now. It is everything I hoped it would be, which is to say it is absolutely wonderful. (Paperback)

Zainab Williams 

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz: I didn’t know fairies could be so metal. This is not a fanciful tale of magical whimsy–it’s raw, frank fantasy with a sailor’s mouth. (Hardcover)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: I read my first Shirley Jackson (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) a month ago so when I found out she wrote the novel behind one of my favorite classic horror films, I threw myself at it. (Paperback)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: My heart longs for more episodes of “The Killing.” I read the summary to Sharp Objects and it sounded like the right sort of balm. (Audio)

Rachel Weber 

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell: The world has gone to hell in a handbasket but a selected few have escaped the plagues, riots and government forces on what seems to be a luxury cruise liner. I’m already enjoying the sense of impending doom. (eBook)

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Chaney: An essential listen if only to find out where “surfing the crimson wave” came from. (Audiobook)

Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking by Elissa Altman: Nothing makes me happier than curling up with a blanket and some delicious food writing. (Hardback)

Tasha Brandstatter 

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone: Blurb said it was for fans of Scott Pilgrim, and I do love Scott Pilgrim. (eARC)

Jessica Pryde 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass:  I took a break from this to get through The Marvels (amazing!) and Saturday’s readathon, but I’m back in it. This series is so great. (library paperback)

Kate Scott 

Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way by Richard Twiss: This is a great theological book about the need for Native American Christians to break free from the shackles of colonial “white man’s religion” and develop an authentic, culturally contextualized expression of their faith. (Paperback)

Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand: The third book on the Roland March Mystery series–the best fiction from a Christian publisher I’ve ever read. (Paperback)

John Adams by David McCullough: I started this years ago and am finally trying to finish it. Long, but so good. (Hardcover)

Derek Attig 

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón: Limón wrote one of my favorite contemporary poems, so I’m up for anything she produces. Plus Bright Dead Things is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for poetry. And it’s amazing. (ebook)

Version Control by Dexter Palmer: Strange, unsettling fiction on the border between lit fic and scifi is pretty much my jam, and this is is hitting those notes perfectly. (e-galley)

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic by David J. Schwartz: This super-fun, super-smart book is one of my go-to rereads when I’m feeling stressed out. And in the midst of house-hunting, unexpected car-buying, conference presentations, doctor’s appointments, and a busy month at work, I definitely need some Gooseberry Bluff. (ebook)

Andi Miller 

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros: Perfect in its brevity, this little book about Esperanza Cordero rings with her longing for a new life and the little joys and stunning heartbreak to be found in an inner-city Chicago childhood. (hardcover)

As for Me

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe: I love books by Katherine Howe, and this was the perfect one for October book club. (Hardcover)