Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What are you reading?


It's been a while since I asked this one but I thought I'd get a pulse on the current reading public.

What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading the fantastic Hollow City by my friend Ransom Riggs. Like many other people I was so impressed by the conceit of the found photographs that give so much peculiar life to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, yet what really brings these novels to life is Ransom's incredibly deft writing, which is on brilliant display in Hollow City.

Highly recommend.

What about you?

Art: Portrait of a Bibliophile by Anonymous






84 comments:

joan gelfand said...

"My New American Life" by Francine Prose - it is a riot!

Abbigail said...

I am reading "The Last Time They Met" by Anita Shreve for the second time. The language is just phenomenal.

Ashley Dominique said...

I'm currently reading Blackout by Mira Grant. Since I'm two sit downs away from finishing, I guess I'll say my next on deck is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Jaimie said...

I'm reading The Egyptian, a historical novel. I just finished The Winter of Our Discontent, which challenges The Great Gatsby for my favorite American novel.

Kim Batchelor said...

I'm reading Alice Hoffman's latest, Museum of Extraordinary Things, which I'm finding compelling so far. I haven't read anything by her since At Risk, so some of her fans are expressing let down over this book compared to the others, but I like it well enough that I plan to go back and read more.

haydenthorne.com said...

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. It's hilarious.

Randolph Brzoska said...

'Stand on Zanzibar' by John Brunner. Very dense, very good.

mmbadger said...

Finished The Goldfinch, which I enjoyed so much that I'm diving into Tartt's 1st novel, The Secret History.

Adelle Yeung said...

The Bone Doll's Twin :) Lovely dark fantasy.

Catie Rhodes said...

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. It came up on a Kindle Daily Deal recently for $1.99. I'd seen the movie but never read the book so decided to give it a try. I can't believe I never read this before! It's fantastic.

Ben Campbell said...

I'm reading one traditionally published book, Donna Tartt's seductive "The Goldfinch," as well as two indie eBooks, Legacy Rising by Shane Scollins and Old Habits by Maggie Katz.

Anonymous said...

My wife wanted me to read Divergent before we go see the movie, so I'm reading that.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I'm reading 25 Ways to Beat Writer's Block by Paul Carroll; I'd heard about it on Twitter and downloaded it to my Kindle. It's pretty good so far; his suggestions really make sense. Other than that, for my dissertation I'm reading a bunch of scholarly books filled with academic jargon and hundreds of footnotes, sighhh...

Dana Britt said...

I just started It's Complicated:the social lives of networked teens by danah boyd (lowercases hers). Very interesting breakdown of her recent study. I'm baffled by mainstream society's fear of social media/digital world/video games when it comes to kids.
Fiction-wise, I just started Desolate Heart by Sidney Archer--so far a page-turner!
I enjoy talking about books and seeing what others are reading. I'll be reading over the other comments for TBR ideas :)

Bill Peschel said...

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Set in turn of the (last) century New York. A golem specially designed to appear to be a real woman finds herself in NY after her master dies. A jinni trapped in a bottle appears at a tinsmith who is a Syrian immigrant. Early days, yet, but I'm really thrilled by this.

Just finished "Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest" by A. Lee Martinez. Fun book, in which a girl minotaur and the most perfect boy have to go on a quest (I also liked his "Gil's All Fright Diner"). Think of an American Tim Holt.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren and London Bridges by James Patterson. I highly recommend Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Christina Kit. said...

Sarah Dessen's Just Listen - so amazing and real and necessary :)

Kerrie said...

Unbroken. Also, The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane (with my son).

Shakier Anthem said...

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (reading) and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (listening).

gehayi said...

I just finished The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, the last book in Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles, The Serpent's Shadow, and Tamora Pierce's Provost's Dog series. Next I'm going to read Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen, Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone, and Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel by Ben Aaronovitch. After that...mmm. Maybe Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters.

scruffy said...

Watership Down
cuz somehow i missed it when i was younger. And i'm quite surprised to find it has nothing to do with a boat at all.

Linda Maye Adams said...

I'm reading a cozy mystery called Inherit the Word. I admit I bought the book because it had a cute fuzzy kitten on the cover!

abc said...

The Power of Six--which I don't really like (it's the next after I am Number Four), but I keep reading because I read the first one, which I also didn't really like. Your book, How to Write a Novel (I'm taking my time on it, but it is awesome!). A really long story from H.P. Lovecraft because I was thinking I should read something by him. And my kid and I are reading Under Wildwood together (which I'm liking better than the first one).

Tami Veldura said...

What am I not reading? I've started as a reviewer with Read The Rainbow, specifically so I can read more books this year. Already I've read more than I did last year, and it's awesome.

I'm also reading/critiquing work in two different critique groups, which is great. I love being able to help others formulate their work in the beginning stages.

So currently I'm reading three different stories in critique groups, a thriller and two romances, and I'm going to read The Copper Horse: Fear by KA Merikan for review next.

All kinds of exciting things!

Laura Marcella said...

I'm reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

I really enjoyed Riggs' first book, too. Glad to hear the sequel is just as good!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Chase March said...

I'm reading "And Another Thing…"

It's Part 6 of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This time it's written by Eoin Colfer, but it feels so much like Adams wrote it. Not sure how Colfer pulled it off, but he has.

I guess it's now a trilogy written in six parts.

sally said...

'Mother of Pearl' by Melinda Haynes ... what a voice!

Julie Musil said...

Oooh, fun question. I'm reading "What We Saw at Night" by Jacquelyn Mitchard. First YA title of hers that I've read!

Bamboo Grovers said...

I am savouring a second read through of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Most entertaining and thoughtful sci-fi I've ever read.

Rosi said...

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. It is terrific.

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Bruce Bonafede said...

I just finished rereading "The Guns at Last Light," the final book in Rick Atkinson's "Liberation Trilogy." It's an outstanding narrative history and reads like a very well-written novel.

Laurie Boris said...

I'm reading "It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead" by Julie Frayn. Lovely, touching story.

Teresa R said...

Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver

Carol Coven Grannick said...

The exquisite JOSEPHINE, written by Patricia Hruby Powell with art by Christian Robinson. Georgeous.

Jyl said...

Urban Renewal by Andrew Vachss - It's deep work.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Just finishing Brian Malloy's THE YEAR OF ICE (a rather dark YA, well-written, a good study in voice), and starting Walter Kirn's BLOOD WILL OUT (nonfiction: writer meets con man).

Unknown said...

"The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes. I'd heard about it for years but it became real to me after I read Patrick O'Brian's novels. They depict the world of 18th and early 19th century navigation so compellingly that I totally get what the early settlers of Australia went through. It's exhausting. It's also nearly 700 pages long, so I'm going to be tired but happy for a long, long time.

Lis said...

Switching between Erik Larson's Thunderstruck (fantastic so far, as is all his work), Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and Regina Brett's Be the Miracle. All very different, but I like a few options depending on what mood I'm in and how much work my brain needs to be doing right about then.

Helen W. Mallon said...

The wonderful trilogy about the Aubrey family by the no longer fashionable Rebecca West. (The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Magic.

Woelf2.0 said...

Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell, and so far it's great.

Rachael said...

Just finished Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and it was absolutely fantastic. Now on The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It's my first book by him and really not like anything I've ever read before.

Elaine Smith said...

I am reading Heart of Stone by ML Welsh because I can't resist anything that twists the elements into YA fiction. I love the voice - and the fact that the prose sings.

G. B. Miller said...

I just finished reading "The Heart Of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend."

Bill Az said...

Dear Life: Stories. Alice Munro. I highly recommend it.

thesoundofonehandtyping said...

I'm reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. As an introvert who was convinced he was an extrovert for years, I find myself reading it and saying, "Oh, so that's why I felt that way..."

Melinda Friesen said...

When Quitting is Not an Option by Arvid and Paul Loewen. It's an biography about the Guiness Record holder for cycling across Canada. Very inspiring!

Terin Tashi Miller said...

I'm reading "Shame," by Salman Rushdie. So far, he seems to be doing with Pakistan what Gabriel Garcia Marquez did, better, with Venezuela (The General in his Labrinth) and Colombia (Love in the Time of Cholera, 100 Years of Solitude).

Still, it is an interesting--yet different--style.

Next, I'm reading "And The Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini.

And guess what? I'm NOT writing about Asia in my next novel!

Jill Paterson said...

I'm reading "The Hotel on Place Vendome" by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Just started it.

Petrea Burchard said...

"Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes. (So far it's wonderful.) This shows how far behind I am on my reading list. "Miss Peregrine's..." is on my list, too.

Kristi Helvig said...

I'm finishing The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and then will start our book club book of the month (Night Film by Marisha Pessl).

Lisa Shafer said...

I'm just about to begin Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin.

Philip Steiner said...

Just finished a brisk march through "Julian Comstock" (Robert Charles Wilson) 'cause I'm a Peak Oil Nut. Now I can finish "Perdido Station (China Meiville) which languished half-read on my iPad while I read Comstock. Also reading "Life After Growth" (Tim Morgan) non-fic so I don't know if that counts! Too many books, not enough hours.

thewriteedge said...

I just finished two books: _Wake_ by Anna Hope and _On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft_ by Stephen King. To give my brain a little break I'm reading a "fluff" book (_The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus) before jumping into my next "serious" books (_How Fiction Works_ by James Woods and _The Mark of the Dragonfly_ by Jaleigh Johnson.)

Joseph Ramirez said...

I've been studying a book on handwriting analysis, researching WWII era Poland for a play I'm rewriting, and reading a ZITS anthology in my spare time. :)

Aseret said...

I'm reading Jil Plummers, Amber Dust. I was hooked from the haunting first line - "Memory freezes the dead in immortal perfection while the living remain to be faulted." This story takes the reader to a place rich with intriguing characters and layered with suspense where the characters are not who they seem to be at first glance.

DianeW said...

Recently finished "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Alice Nutter" by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman (audio book). Currently reading "God Speaks Your Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. And currently listening to "Vision in White" by Nora Roberts.

Annabelle Baxter said...

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Fabulous. An incredible debut.

Anonymous said...

Just finished WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDES OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler and am now reading A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini.

Jordan Denzell said...

Hurricane Dan by Bret Wellman, the zombie carnage is sooo good!

Sweet Venom said...

I recently finished Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Such a great book! I love the inclusion of photos, adds a whole new level of curiosity (Are all of the photos real!?).

Right now, for school, I am reading The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. Difficult read for sure!

Nora Lester Murad, Palestine said...

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. She's such a brilliant writer.

Catherine said...

I'm reading 'War and Peace' by Tolstoy and 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. I'm always reading two books at once- a classic, and one just for fun.

scruffy said...

WAIT! Yes it does!

Scott Marlowe said...

Watership Down by Richard Adams. One of those classic stories I just never got around to reading until now.

steventhowell said...

Ask the Dust by John Fante

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

RAISING CHAOS by Elziabeth Corrigan

Tammy said...

Recently finished Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I highly recommend it. I'm now reading The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav which is also an excellent read.

Crowhill said...

I'm reading 50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Dupre. It's an interesting overview / refresher on the big ideas we live in and think about all the time -- various "isms," big topics in religion, art and science, etc. It's not genius, but it's good.

CourtLoveLeigh said...

Reading Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand and listening to Song Yet Sung by James McBride.

Dawn Malone said...

I just finished A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron, and am now into Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson. Hollow City is also on my list, as I LOVED Miss Peregrine's. Those photographs are eerily beautiful!

Bryan Russell said...

The Sunlight Dialogues, by John Gardner.

Matthew Eaton said...

Fiction? Nothing at all. I find I work too hard to read fiction these days with how my mind really picks it apart.

Non-Fiction? I just finished "The Right Brained Business Plan" and still in the midst of reading "Story Line." Great stuff!

Gretchen said...

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Also looking forward to Hollow City. Just waiting for one of my students to finish it so he can lend it to me!

Cathy said...

The Wine-Dark Sea, a collection of short stories by Robert Aickman. Classic horror along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock, or maybe a muted Twilight Zone, about traveling to foreign lands and not following the very prudent advice of the natives.

Arlene L. said...

Some of the books listed above sound interesting. My To Read list is about to GROW! I've been meaning to read "Conquistadora" by Esmeralda Santiago and finally picked it up this week. Loving it!

Debbie said...

Finally reading "The Book Thief."

Brian said...

The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly. Not a summer read but I do recommend it.

Christopher Lee Deards said...

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

If I spelled the last name right it's a miracle.

Just finished reading Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb. Also quite good if you're into how to manage social media.

S.K. Rizzolo said...

I am reading a historical mystery set in England and France in the 1930s: Jacqueline Winspear's Pardonable Lies. The protagonist Maisie Dobbs explores old secrets and torments in the aftermath of World War I. Wonderful characters!

KJ Bateman said...

"The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island" As I am learning, slavery was quite common in the North in the early years of the colonies and the United States.

This house has been in the same family since the 1600s and they have artifact and written records squirreled all over the manor.

Jason Bougger said...

Currently reading the formerly final book of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Just like books 4,5, and 6, I'm just "eh" about it. Can't wait until I'm finished with it.

Elizabeth Brown said...

STONER by John Williams (just finished) and highly recommend. Beautiful writing.

Chuck Mallory said...

A new middle reader writer's novel, BIRD by Crystal Chan. Moving, beautiful. She reminds me of the old days of Katherine Patterson and Patricia MacLachlan

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