A few weeks ago I asked Twitter to take part in this column. I wanted to throw my favorite three questions to the world and see who responded. Would the answers be different than the (mostly) published writers I normally have in this space? The variety of what you all are reading is really wonderful, and reflected what we always imagine to be the bookshelf of the average SRoB reader. From novels to non-fiction, from environmental to education, from science-fiction to thrillers to YA — nice to see a little of everything here mixed on the collective shelf. Thank you so much to everybody who took part!
What are you reading now?
now: Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai. last: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. next: Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal.— Kevin Humphreys (@kwhumphreys) April 5, 2019
Currently reading Like War: The Wepponization of Social Media. It's a very well written book, however I find it hard to to read at times given how brutally real it is.— Jacob Meixner (@jjm3x3) April 8, 2019
Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. First play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, and a great depiction of life in Chicago in the 50s. Great dialogue, love reading plays.— Mike Swartz (@m_swartz) April 5, 2019
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser. Dense, heavily researched biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Thank goodness for the archives that save papers for researchers like Fraser!— Paula J Burke (@RealPaulaBurke) April 5, 2019
Abaddon's Gate (James S. A. Corey).— JΛY (@jayhaskins) April 5, 2019
The Wizard and the Prophet, because I am really concerned about climate change, and @andy_matuschak recommended it as a history of approaches to environmentalism!— Bryan Clark (@bryanjclark) April 5, 2019
What did you read last?
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey - a 1968 reflection on civilization and land preservation, written by a park ranger. Loved it. Will come back to it.— Todd Wallar (@omniverse) April 5, 2019
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro - beautifully written memoir a bit over the top emotionally. Still an evocative experience.— marilynmc (@marilynmc) April 5, 2019
(1) Whole Earth Discipline— Bryan Clark (@bryanjclark) April 5, 2019
…each of which talks about potential interventions to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Loved ‘em.
Best American Non-Required Reading 2017. My favorite series. They really capture the feeling of the time.— Lauren Isaacson (@Curio_Research) April 5, 2019
Abbott, a graphic novel by Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela & Jason Wordie. Set in 1970s Detroit, a black female reporter tracks down clues to an occult crime spree. Amazing art. pic.twitter.com/c2DwT57eyL— Paula J Burke (@RealPaulaBurke) April 5, 2019
What are you reading next?
I’m trying to clear space for any impending Seattle Independent Bookstore Day purchases, which will likely be classic Sci-Fi (LeGuin, Butler, Ringworld, Hyperion) and various graphic novels like Saga, Lumberjanes, and Ms. Marvel.— Brandon Lueken (@Khurzad) April 18, 2019
Reading Now: Latest Expanse book-Like visiting old friends— Faye & Penelope (@FayeNLopey) April 5, 2019
Last: Darius the Great is Not Okay - Very good YA novel dealing with depression, among other things
Montesorri From The Start, because I’m on parental leave and wanna read up on infant stuff— Bryan Clark (@bryanjclark) April 5, 2019
Watching Closely. I'm learning how to do better observational research.— Lauren Isaacson (@Curio_Research) April 5, 2019
Another graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui. Need to keep up with the rest of Seattle, as we read the same book!— Paula J Burke (@RealPaulaBurke) April 5, 2019
Last: McGlue, by Ottessa Moshfegh— korbonits (@korbonits) April 6, 2019
Next: Petersburg, by Andrei Bely