Friday Book Debrief Vol 16

By The Book Slut

Friday Book Debrief Vol 16

By The Book Slut

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading. Please join in the chorus and tell us what you’ve been enjoying or slogging through in the comments!


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Normal People: One million copies sold

Sally Rooney

£9.99 £9.49

I am 80 pages into the wondrous writings of Rooney who writes flawed, relatable, and downright frustrating characters with complete and utter ease. Characters you want to simultaneously punch and hug. I am reading this in anticipation of the new Hulu series coming out after devouring her other novel, Conversations With Friends, late last year. - Maggie

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee

£12.99 £12.34

I've been savoring Chee's essays for a couple weeks. The topics vary between his professional and personal lives but all of his words are full of his heart and his intellect—I'd recommend it to all the writers out there. - Mel

The Child: the clever, addictive, must-read Richard and Judy Book Club bestselling crime thriller

Fiona Barton

£8.99 £8.54

Honestly, I really should be reading something lighter than the mystery of a long-decomposed infant's body being found within the wall of a construction site. But I can't help that thrillers are my go-to for comfort! - Melissa

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee

£9.99 £9.49

A much-loved classic which I admittedly didn't finish the first time around a few years ago. Hopefully this time I can redeem myself! - Hannah

My Lover's Lover

Maggie O'Farrell

£9.99 £9.49

I bought this on the basis of pure intrigue, having never read anything by O’Farrell before. I wasn’t feeling it at the start but the circumstance have really ramped up. An interesting consideration of love & relationships. A love story, with a spicy twist, if you will. - Courtney

The Starless Sea: The spellbinding Sunday Times bestseller

Erin Morgenstern

£9.99 £9.49

I'm only, like, 10 pages in. Here's hoping it's as magical as The Night Circus. - Nikki

The Undocumented Americans

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

£12.99 £12.34

If this isn’t enough to jolt you right out of a reading slump, I don’t know what is! I’m a couple chapters in but could tell from the prologue that this was one special book: “I attempt to write from a place of shared trauma, shared memories, shared pain. . . a snapshot of pain, a high energy imaging of trauma brain.” Indeed. You can check out Karen Salgado’s excellent review and author interview for more on this gem. - Marian

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

£10.99 £10.44

This past week I've been too distracted to really sit down and read for any length of time. I found solace in a recommendation for a short story from this collection, one called "Break It Down," and it was short and tremendous. My first Davis, and now I can't wait to continue to dip into this unread tome on my shelf. - Jessica Maria

The Shapeless Unease: ‘A small miracle of a book’ – Nathan Flier

Samantha Harvey

£9.99 £9.49

It is common knowledge that I don’t sleep much, I routinely work 20+ hours days to the great dismay of our Global Managing Editor Jessica, who plagues my messages with “GO TO SLEEP” “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN SLEEP” “I don’t want to be a mom but GO TO BED NOW” pretty much nightly. Picking up this collection of essays, it is doubtful that it will be acting as a sleep-aid, since I am hanging onto every word - it is an ununiformed higgledy-piggledy mess with very little structure in the most perfect of ways - and it is exactly the kind of book I need right now. - PL

Take Me Apart

Sara Sligar

£10.99 £10.44

I was having a chat with a friend the other day, saying that I wish there was a book version of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier, and then this arrived in the mail.. Divine intervention? I think so. - The Book Slut

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