What I’m reading lately: the new and the notable

What I’m reading lately: the new and the notable

Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.

I’m currently doing major Summer Reading Guide prep (aka reading a ton of titles coming out between now and July 4) but I’m trying to mix it up—because otherwise I start to suffer from major new fiction fatigue. This month I enjoyed 3 strong recommendations from my fellow readers, a Newbery book that’s been on my TBR for too long, and a modern classic I’ve been meaning to read for a decade.

Series: Quick Lit March 2017
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Will and I were fighting over who got to read this first! The author is a former hostage negotiator for the FBI. His workplace tales were fascinating, of course, but I was also impressed at how he took those principles and applied them to everyday life—like negotiating a salary, or buying a house, or having normal, everyday conversations with your kids. This is one I want to read again, because I'm certain I didn't absorb everything on my first read. (I happened to read this RIGHT before we put our old house on the market, which was perfect timing!) More info →
The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

I just loved this. It’s a Newbery Honor Book, set during WWII, and the plot is set in motion when two children—one of whom is very much unwanted—are evacuated from London into the British countryside. (If you think this sounds like Everyone Brave Is Forgiven you’re exactly right.) I'm very much looking forward to the sequel, due out this fall. More info →
The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Confession: this is the first time I've read the whole thing, not just excerpts. I listened to the Claire Danes audio version. Her narration was understated (in a good way), which made the story extra-creepy. I'd recommend the audio, but I'm so glad I finally read this in any format. More info →
High Dive

High Dive

In December 1984, a very real assassination attempt was made on Margaret Thatcher's life at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where Thatcher was staying with her cabinet. That thwarted attempt was Lee's jumping off point for this novel. He imagines what might have happened, telling the story through the eyes of three different characters: a conspirator in the plot, the hotel manager, and the manager's teenage daughter. I was impressed at how Lee made each of these characters spring to life, instead of making this a cardboard retelling of 1984's events. An interesting, quick read. More info →
Far Far Away

Far Far Away

This was recommended to me on the What should ANNE read next? episode of What Should I Read Next. This was a well-written, genre-bending story, and I have to agree with what this book's fans urged me to do: don't read the description, just dive in. I was surprised at how much it reminded me of A.S. Byatt; a must-read for fans of the show Once Upon a Time. More info →

What have YOU been reading lately?

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  1. Andrea says:

    Loved The War that Saved My Life! I recommend it to everyone and have gifted it to my kids’ teachers for their classroom.

  2. Bryanna says:

    I just finished The Nest which I actually really enjoyed! I am starting All the Light We Cannot See now. I am so excited because I have been waiting to get it from the library for a LONG time! It’s fun to see what everyone else is reading!

  3. Here are the titles I’ve recently read:
    The Blogger’s Simple Guide to Taxes by Sarah Korhnak
    Simplify by Joshua Becker
    March: Book Two by John Lewis
    The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
    News of the World by Paulette Jiles.
    I enjoyed or found each of them very useful.

  4. Amanda says:

    I just finished “Goodnight June” by Sara Jio. Not only do I enjoy her stories, but I enjoyed the sprinkling of children’s books in this one.

  5. Heather says:

    Recently read and loved Burying the Honeysuckle Girls (Emily Carpenter) and The Longest Night (Andria Williams). Now reading an ARC of Karen Katchur’s The Sisters of Blue Mountain, which is super intriguing so far.

  6. I’m currently involved in a reading.challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate. So right now I’m reqdi Wuthering.Heights by Emily Bronte and Feminism Is For Everyone by bell hooks. That one is from a black .fem lit list I created.

  7. ~Amy F.~ says:

    Due to a rare and treasured vacation from university, I’ve finished several books lately:

    Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life, by Jason Hanson–because sometimes we have to read the books our 12-year-old selves would want us to read 😉
    Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, by Crystal Paine
    Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry
    The Magician’s Lie, by Greer Macallister

    I’m currently reading The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie (I heard about it in a Survey of English Literature course and thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. Turns out I’m not a fan of magical realism, although I can tell it’s a well-written book and I plan to finish it.)

  8. Liz says:

    I am reading two books right now! Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, about women spies/soldiers in the Civil War, and the children’s book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, about an unusual girl who lives in the shadows and basement of the Biltmore House.

  9. Cathi says:

    Read A Man Called Ove for Jan bookclub and really enjoyed it. Currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Flight Patterns by Karen White. Next is Dark Matter.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I really loved The War That Saved my Life! And I have A Handmaids Tale on my TBR list. I’m so glad I found your website, probably over half my book selections stem from your lists, thank you! Definitely found some books I’d never thought of reading!

    Currently I’m 3/4 of the way through Ender’s Game and 1/2 through A Man Called Ove.
    And I just finished:
    A Gentleman in Moscow
    My Grandmother Told Me to Say I’m Sorry
    Eleanor and Park
    The Zookeepers Wife
    From the Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler
    And the Throne of Glass series books 1-5

  11. Kim says:

    Hi! I just finished Commonwealth & loved it! Next I dove into Present Over Perect b Shauna Neiquest….equally wonderful! I too love hearing about what everyone is reading!

  12. Nicole says:

    The first book captured my attention. Automatically added it to my reading list. It really looked so good! You have the best recommendations!

  13. Carla says:

    I have just finished listening to Same Kind of Different as Me. It was great! The circumstances that brought these people together and the relationship that came out of it was remarkable.

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