It’s so hard to answer the question “what are you reading?” For both of us, the answer often involves long lists of books, both fiction and nonfiction, at any given time. But, for you, Gentle Reader, we’ll make an effort to be concise.
Dianne: As always, I’m in the midst of reading a bunch of books right now. I just finished The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden and almost immediately went to buy the rest of the series. At first, I was worried that the set up for the story would lead to the hero’s interest in BDSM being a symptom of his faults…but I shouldn’t have been concerned. Delphine handled the story masterfully, and his interest in BDSM actually turned out to be one of his strengths, as he learned to apply his knowledge and understanding in that area to other parts of his life. It was fantastic!
Right now, I’m reading some nonfiction books about food (we’ve gone “Vegan Before 6” or “flexitarian” at my house, so that requires some readjustment of how I think about meals), and some other nonfiction books about character-building activities (for a big work project), but in terms of fiction, I’m reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins in audiobook during my commute.
I’ve also been trapped on planes a lot lately, so my Kindle and I are best buds—I’ve finished Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas, I’ve reread Tessa Dare’s How to Catch a Wild Viscount (formerly The Legend of the Werestag), and I’ve just started reading Mistress by Mistake by Maggie Robinson.
Anah: I’ve joined NetGalley recently, polishing up my review skills again. To that end, I’m reading Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman. I’m old enough to remember the internet well before Anonymous and even recognize some of the associated names from the early days of social media so it’s been an interesting read. I’m also reading a collection of essays by Shanley Kane: Your Startup Is Broken: Inside the Toxic Heart of Tech Culture.
My recent “finished” pile is also non-fiction and includes the difficult and insightful Killing Civilians by Hugo Slim as well the dystopic Addiction By Design: Machine Gambling In Las Vegas by Natasha Dow Schull. You can probably tell from the list that I’m doing research for a novel, can’t you? Wonder what it’s going to be about…
And you, Gentle Reader? What are you reading?
Until next time,
–Anah & Dianne