It's Friday! What have you been reading this week?
QOTW: (going with the theme of our book club read this month) If someone you loved called you to tell you they killed someone in self defense, would you help hide the body or would you call the police even though that has a relatively high probability that your loved one will be found guilty and would go to jail? (Assume that you don't know the dead person and cannot tell for sure if the person really did something to warrant a 'self defense' claim as your loved one states)
Post by CrazyLucky on Jan 17, 2020 10:28:45 GMT -5
I finished Nine Perfect Strangers. I liked the beginning and the end, but the middle, where it kind of goes off the rails, didn't hold my attention. I would have given 3.5 starts, but rounded to 4. Right now I'm reading On Earth, We're All Briefly Gorgeous. I go back and forth between loving it and just thinking it's ok. Also, the Bigger Table, which is a book about how Christians can be more inclusive.
QOTW: woo, that's a tough one. There are a very few people I would help hide the body.
I read My Sister, The Serial Killer and Good Talk. I really liked both. I'm looking forward to the book club discussion later this month.
QOTW: Like rainbowchip, I'm a rule follower so I'm sure that I'd ultimately involve the law. The only people I'd even consider helping hide a body are my husband, parents, and kid. They're likely the only people who'd call me for help anyway.
Post by wesleycrusher on Jan 17, 2020 12:13:00 GMT -5
3- Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You! A Little Book of Big Things Nursing School Forgot to Teach You (audio) by Sonja Schwartzbach 4- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 4- The Lord of the Rings #1: The Fellowship of the Ring (audio) by J.R.R. Tolkien 3- There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones - YA- this book had everything! study abroad, mean girls, celebrity romance (w/ parent manager), eating disorder, death of a family member, audition stress, questioning religion. 4- I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz by Gisella Perl- this was really good, the only thing I disliked was the somewhat non-linear narrative. 2- Down London Road by Samantha Young 4- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (audio) by Douglas Adams 4- A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum 3- Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
I’ve read My Sister, The Serial Killer, and The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine. I’m about halfway through Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout, and then I’m still picking through a few other ones too.
QOTW: Yeah if I knew someone who killed someone, they’d be on their own. Even if it were my husband or twin. I’d have ethical and professional considerations and for certain things I’m a mandated reporter so, yeah, good luck, nice knowing ya.
I finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I really loved this. It made me wish I was better at visualizing books as I read them because the setting sounds amazing. Maybe they will turn it into a miniseries!
I'm currently reading The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. It's pretty good so far but my expectations for thrillers are very low.
QOTW: I might consider hiding a body for MH, that's about it. Anyone else would probably run into poor call quality where I wouldn't be able to hear what they were asking.
Post by litskispeciality on Jan 17, 2020 12:59:34 GMT -5
I'm still chipping away at "Dare Me", it should be a short read, it's so painful I should give up but I'm almost 60% there.
QOTW: I'm such a rule follower you'd really have to have done something special for me. I don't want to get wrapped up in it later, plus my working knowledge of crime from tv (lol) is that calling right away works better in your favor.
Finished: Early Riser by Jasper Fforde, 3* - So, this was actually a good story, set in a quirky ice-age type modern Earth. But it took me so long to get into and really get to where I enjoyed it. I don't really recommend unless you are already a big Jasper FForde fan. I read The Eyre Affair by him and liked it a lot more than this one.
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, 4* - Easy YA LGBT romcom
Currently reading: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
QOTW: All of my years watching law & order and CSI have convinced me that there's no foolproof way to hide a body and we would for sure be caught if we tried.
Post by sassypants on Jan 17, 2020 23:21:52 GMT -5
I'm plowing through The Witch of Willow Hall. It's like if the best parts of Jane Austen and Emily Bronte got together and Charlotte Bronte helped them and they wrote a book. And I say that where I normally don't care for Jane or Emily (love Charlotte) of those authors but most of the pointless stuff that irks me about them is removed. There's still some "Talk to each other, dammit" elements in it, though.
QOTW: Yeah, no. It gets way too complicated trying to hide something like that. Too stressful.
I’m reading In the Midnight Room by Laura McBride. I absolutely loved her other book, We Are Called to Rise, but it took me forever to get around to starting this one. It’s excellent so far. Also listening to a Jim Henson biography and weekend-reading A Polar Affair, nonfiction about Antarctic explorers and penguin research.
Qotw: I think I’d call the police for everyone except maybe my kid.
Recursion was so good! I stayed up until 1:30 am on a work night finishing it.
Tightrope is a nonfiction book about the systemic injustices that are in place that are devastating small towns. It is as much through stories as data, so it held my interest and was very eye-opening.
I am now reading Recipe for the Perfect Wife, and it’s good so far.
QOTW: I would tell them if it was self defense to call the police themselves so it looks better for them, and if they didn’t, I would. I am not risking spending decades in prison for anyone! I’m super claustrophobic and a jail cell would send me over the edge (in addition to all the other reasons I don’t want to be in prison).
I spent most of the week trying to read Miracle Creek. I got to about 37% and just can't finish. It's not bad I just don't really care. It gets great reviews so I'm sure I'm missing something.
Started Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating last night. It is a cute read so far.
I was the same with Miracle Creek. Was at around 45% and just returned it to the library. I really couldn’t get into it or care in the slightest.
I finished it but found it just ok. I don’t quite understand all the raves. (Makes me think of the Thursday Next books where the true book characters go on vacation and the sub cast isn’t quite as good.)