What We’re Reading Now

Here at PubCrawl, we’ve occasionally done posts about “What we’re reading now.” Recently, I found myself feeling the need to do one again, prompted by this story I saw in Publisher’s Lunch, the daily newsletter of Publisher’s Marketplace:

Booker Prize winner for The Luminaries Eleanor Catton said in accepting a recent prize from the New Zealand Post that she intends to establish a grant that will award writers $3,000 to provide “time to read.” Catton told the Guardian: “My idea is that if a writer is awarded a grant, they will be given the money with no strings attached except that after three months they will be expected to write a short piece of non-fiction about their reading (what was interesting to them, what they learned) that will be posted online so that others can benefit from their reading too.

This story started me thinking about the importance of reading for writers, and the value of sharing our thoughts on books with each other. So, with all this in mind, here are the books some of us are reading now.

Erin Bowman

Erin Bowmanjust finished Jodi Lynn Anderson’s The Vanishing Season. I picked it up on a whim because I absolutely adored her previous novel, Tiger Lily. She’s now 2/2 in making me cry. The books are very different but both touch on first loves, and have lyrical prose, vivid locations, and heart-wrenching endings. Tragic but beautiful tales. Highly recommend!

Adam Silvera

adamfaceauthorI just started Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn, which recently won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel. The jacket copy was pretty vague, but it’s definitely done the book a great service because I’m insanely compelled by it and have zero clue what’s about to go down. If the book slays me the way I think it might, not reading summaries beforehand may be the new way I approach reading.

Rachel Seigel

Rachel PaintRight now I’m in the middle of David Baldacci’s new Dystopian Fantasy The Finisher which is great for that 11-14 age range. I’ve just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Fabulous, quick fantasy that will appeal to teens and adults alike.

Jodi Meadows

Jodi MeadowsI’m right in the middle of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Feb 2015) and it’s really interesting to see how her film background influenced her novel writing. Plus I’m enjoying the story a lot.

S. Jae-Jones (JJ)

JJI am currently reading what I call 12-year-old JJ Crack, or books set in England…with magic (you know, in the vein of Harry Potter). It’s partially for research, and partially because it’s 12-year-old JJ crack. So right now I am currently (re)reading: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, the Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones (YES, ALL OF THEM), The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. (I have read several of these before, which is why I am reading so many books at the same time.)

Susan Dennard

SusanDennardI’m reading The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I’m enjoying it, but I find it interesting because so far it feels incredibly YA (in a good, fun way!) though the book is marketed as adult fantasy. It leaves me wondering why—from a publishing/bookseller standpoint—a book gets placed on the YA or adult shelves.

E. C. Myers

EC MyersI just finished The Magicians Land by Lev Grossman, the wonderful conclusion to his Magicians trilogy, which now stands as one of my favorite book series. I’ve just started something completely different: Great by Sara Benincasa, which is described as a contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I recently watched the film, so the source material is fresh in my mind, but I keep forgetting about that because Great is so funny and interesting and pretty much works on its own.

Julie Eshbaugh

JulieI’m about 80% through Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron, which is easily one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read, but the setting and characters are so well rendered, I can’t break away from this vivid portrait of a dysfunctional family. I’m also reading Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, which I’m just getting into and loving.

 What are YOU reading now? Do you have any books you can recommend to us? Please share your thoughts in the comments

6 Responses to What We’re Reading Now

  1. Natalie Aguirre Sep 8 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Loved seeing what you’re all reading. I am just finishing Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. It is really good. I’m starting Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little next.

    • Julie
      Julie Sep 8 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Natalie! I’m glad you enjoyed this list. Thanks for adding to it. I will be adding SNOW LIKE ASHES to my TBR shelf on GoodReads. 🙂

  2. Katie Sep 8 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Love getting to see what you’re all reading! 🙂

    I am FINALLY on the last Wheel of Time book by Robert Jordan (it’s taken me over a year to get through all 15 of them). Next on my list is either re-reading Thunderer by Felix Gilman or finally reading Erin’s Taken and Frozen!

    • Julie
      Julie Sep 8 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Completing a fifteen book series is quite an accomplishment! Congrats Katie! And I KNOW you will LOVE Erin’s TAKEN series. 🙂

  3. allreb Sep 8 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Re: Susan Dennard’s comment on Mercedes Lackey, I’ve wondered that a lot too. I read Arrows of the Queen when I was 11 (about 46 times through…) think it would *definitely* be YA if it were debuting now. But since a lot of her stuff was before the YA boom and on the line between YA and adult (and some of it is more clearly adult) I think it all has just stayed where it was originally classified.

    • Susan Sep 10 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Hey @allreb, I think you’ve probably hit the nail on the head! Lackey (and her coauthor for HOUSE) have both always been published as adult, so presumably their audience (even their younger readers) will always look for their books on those shelves…

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