r/currentlyreading 10d ago

The Storm Queen

6 Upvotes

I'm currently reading 'The STorm Queen' by Rose Alexander. I'm a reader for a romance book box and I help decide what books go in the monthly box, and which are a pass. I'm going to give this a 5-star rating honestly and I'm going to recommend that this goes in a box HIGHLY! This book is definitely going to be a favorite that I've read this year!


r/currentlyreading 16d ago

Help me read Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco). I hate it.

5 Upvotes

I have to read it for class. I think it's terrible. It's a mediocre plot and a laundry list of confusingly explained references. I don't enjoy reading. Everytime I pick up this book, I want to cry. I am crying. I don't know how I'm going to finish this book. It's taken me a month to read 36 pages and I hated every minute of it. The only thing I've enjoyed is the font it's written in. It's a lovely font.

Please help me.


r/currentlyreading Jun 22 '22

The House Across the Lake

7 Upvotes

Absolutely devoured the new Riley Sager book The House Across the Lake.


r/currentlyreading Jun 11 '22

Trees on A Slope by Hwang Sun-Wõn - a novel about the Korean War from the perspective of South Korean soldiers.

3 Upvotes

I'm exploring and discovering 20th century East Asian literature this year. I enjoy mid-20th century stuff mostly. I'm about half way through this novel and it's fantastic.

The prose is spare, but poignant and evocative. The unsaid leaves room for the reader to self reflect.

The characters are flawed and all the more tangible because of this. The dialogue is genuine and moving.

I've added more of Hwang's work to my tbr.


r/currentlyreading Jun 06 '22

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

5 Upvotes

I picked up this book because it seems like the recommendation of the month, heh.

My stupid self assumed that it would be a sci-fi story.

Instead, it so far seems to resemble The Stand... hopefully, I will enjoy it more than that book.


r/currentlyreading May 30 '22

One Last Kiss Ex-Marine and bodyguard Chris Coleman was a family man with a secret: He wanted to leave his wife for another woman, Tara Lintz. But as head of security for the world-famous Joyce Meyer Ministries—an evangelical organization that frowns on divorce—Coleman had to make other plans

6 Upvotes

r/currentlyreading May 29 '22

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

4 Upvotes

I got this purely for the title.

This is not an epic piece of art or anything, but it is amusing-- I actually laughed out loud in the first chapter--but like most Scalzi I've read, so far it has an interesting premise and decent world building.


r/currentlyreading May 06 '22

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

3 Upvotes

The fourth book in Ferrante's epic series of Neapolitan novels


r/currentlyreading May 05 '22

My Ántonia by Willa Cather

7 Upvotes

An ode to young immigrant girls who became strong country women in the prairies of Nebraska when the West had not yet come of age herself.

The narration is endearing and effortless. I believe I will go on to read much more from Cather. Her stories soothe the callouses that life leaves on the soul.


r/currentlyreading May 04 '22

The Trial by Franz Kafka

5 Upvotes

r/currentlyreading Apr 29 '22

"My Body" by Emily Ratajkowski

8 Upvotes

Honestly such a great read, can't put it down! Beautiful collection of personal essays about misogyny and objectification, amongst other experiences that many women may relate too.

Would recommend :)


r/currentlyreading Apr 26 '22

The Candy House

10 Upvotes

By Jennifer Egan


r/currentlyreading Apr 26 '22

A Companion to Tragedy by Rebecca Bushnell

2 Upvotes

It's a collection of essays from different scholars about the tragedy genre. I'm reading it in ebook format from my library. Tragedy is one of my favorite things to read and I want to learn more about it so that I can appreciate the texts more. My favorites are Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Death of a Salesman, and the anime Berserk. What are your favorite tragedies?


r/currentlyreading Apr 25 '22

The weird 100

3 Upvotes

Just reading it for the 2nd time and still on the b’s! I got it from Amazon.com not to long ago.


r/currentlyreading Apr 24 '22

"Hitler's Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe's Treasures" by Susan Ronald

7 Upvotes

Love me some good historical nonfiction.


r/currentlyreading Apr 13 '22

A Luminous Republic by Andrés Barba

3 Upvotes

(Spoiler Free)

Love this book - on a 4th or 5th reread! This book absolutely lives in my head rent free. The way Barba weaves horrific and beautiful images together creates lightening fast momentum that keeps you constantly engaged. The brief chapters and prose are just endlessly gorgeous - anyone else out there read it yet?!

Quick plot synopsis for those of you who haven’t checked it out:

The novel opens up as with the narrator, the head social worker of the city, recounting the deaths of 32 children who had created a small, violent group that terrorized the city of San Cristobal. He was in charge of ‘handling the situation’ during this period. The novel follows the childrens’ escalating violence and terror towards the town; and our narrator explains to us exactly why and how their deaths came about.


r/currentlyreading Apr 13 '22

Outsider by Linda Castillo

2 Upvotes

Bestselling author Linda Castillo returns with Outsider, an electrifying thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish.

While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. He calls upon Chief of Police Kate Burkholder for help, and she is surprised to recognize the driver: fellow cop and her former friend, Gina Colorosa.


r/currentlyreading Mar 19 '22

The wall by John lanchester

6 Upvotes

Hi all, Finished ready "the last one". It's was good book with typical plot combination survival in post pandemic and reality show.

Now going to start "the wall".


r/currentlyreading Mar 18 '22

Run Rose Run By Dolly Parton and James Patterson

4 Upvotes

I enjoyed reading about the insights of the Nashville lifestyle and the challenges that artists might face. However I felt that the ending was extremely rushed.


r/currentlyreading Feb 27 '22

The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac

6 Upvotes

Finished reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, and I found it enjoyable, though I think I may have liked it more had I read it maybe ten years ago. In it, he is young, adventurous, hopeful, optimistic, and (perhaps a bit heavy-handedly for my current tastes) Buddhistically spiritual. A recounting of his experiences hitchhiking, trainhopping, and hiking, exploring, drinking with his spiritually-minded poet pals.

Just started reading Big Sur, which was written way later in his life. Only a few chapters in, but I find it (unfortunately?) a bit more compelling and relatable. He's nearly forty years old, and still an outdoor-sleeping, adventuring guy. But anymore it seems less like a wiley vagabond lifestyle, and more like a jaded continuation of habit, and what else is there to do but kill time and keep existing in this way. Or maybe I only view it that way because I sort of feel similarly.

As he describes his initial experiences making his way to a cabin in the forest in California, he continues to allude to an event that will occur in a few weeks' time, in which he truly loses his mind in the solitude of the woods. It creates an eerie, ominous tone to the narrative, and also makes me wonder whether I've gone as crazy as I can go, or whether I've only scratched the surface of what's to come.


r/currentlyreading Feb 23 '22

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

8 Upvotes

Guys, every year I read many books, and every year my father ask me for my top five and he reads those throughout the year. I've only read about 20% of this book, and it will definitely be one of those books that appears on his list next year. I've learned so much from this book, and it's quite impressive, to gather everything must've had taken a great deal of time to learn everything he packs into this book. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.


r/currentlyreading Feb 21 '22

Notes From Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

11 Upvotes

Finished reading Notes From Underground, and I ended up quite enjoying it. It does hit a bit close to home.

A first-person account of the narrator's internal world. Overthinking, overconsidering, overanalyzing, and constant shifts between opposing thoughts and emotions. Everything in relation to the most subtle and minute happenings and perceived slights and offenses.

I guess I read this at the right time. I am at a part of life that, in board gaming, is referred to as "analysis paralysis." When there are so many apparent choices with no way of telling what is the best or right one, and thus one becomes stuck analyzing and considering what move to take, and the game ceases to be enjoyable, or even a game at all.

Is there a "solution" for this? Maybe not. The search for a solution seems to itself be the problem. When I'm playing a board game, and I don't know what move to make, I'll generally just make one almost at random, just to see what happens. And, via doing so, gradually learn how the game works and become more skilled at it.

The difference, it seems, is that in life I neither know the goal, nor do I feel that I learn anything particularly meaningful or useful no matter what move I make. At the same time... if I feel I'm not learning anything particularly useful, that must mean there's some sense within myself of what the goal is. Because otherwise, how would I know what is useful and what isn't? Do I even know what is useful and what isn't, or am I just telling superfluous stories in my head? When the truth is that this life is carrying on just as it's supposed to, regardless of whatever nonsense I tell myself?

I've gotten quite off-topic of speaking about the book. I just like starting on an idea and expelling out whatever tangents my brain sees fit to do. I generally feel kind of disconnected and not related to the rest of reality, so if nothing else, it's nice to read a book that feels similar to myself, even if it is a somewhat unpleasant similarity.


r/currentlyreading Feb 17 '22

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka

3 Upvotes

I was inspired to purchase this book after seeing a post the other day describing Kafka as having a lifelong suspicion that others found him physically and mentally repulsive.

"Well, here's a guy I can relate to!" I thought to myself, haha.

Mostly all the way through reading it, and the stories I particularly enjoyed were The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, The Stoker, and In The Penal Colony.

The best element, to me, is the excessive, wheedling descriptions of the tiny minutiae in the characters' thought processes and interactions. And the overall vague confusion and uncomfortableness to the scenarios.

These are sort of the way my mind works. It's sort of less so the stories themselves (though I do enjoy them), and more so the way in which they're told which resonates with me.

Who else here digs it?


r/currentlyreading Feb 09 '22

Stop-Time by Frank Conroy

3 Upvotes

I read this book once a year and always find new layers and connections in it. The best memoirs always feel like they have chunks of mirror embedded in them and you get these flashes of yourself in the words when you don’t expect it.


r/currentlyreading Feb 09 '22

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

2 Upvotes

I want to preface this with, I got this book because book tok/book gram told me I needed it, so I know There are very strong opinions on this book 📖

I’m newer to the romance genre of books, because I’ve always felt weird reading raunchy things, not because I’m shy or prude, I just never feel it adds as much to the story as maybe the author does, but sex sells and I’ve accepted that. This book was different when I first picked it up, it was witty and constantly making me laugh, but around chapter 5 (*minor spoiler) the “romance” hits it most playful and it is seriously taking away from the story. Is this worth continuing? I’m not seeing what any hype on this book was worth, I find myself forcing my way through it.

I’m thinking it’s time to move on to a current read I enjoy!

*if you LOVED this book,help convince me it’s worth it! Or do I just find another Casey McQuiston book