What Are You Currently Reading?

We here at Bleu are quite the bunch of voracious readers. Okay, so some of us might be considered “book hoarders” more than “book readers” due to assiduous schedules and the newest season of Broad City taking precedence. Of course, there are those titles that we couldn’t put down and spent every free waking moment nose deep, and then there are times when we get overly ambitious, starting several books at once with good intentions, but life gets in the way as we watch them pile up on our bedside tables, unfinished. Nonetheless, we love a great read and the general consensus is that we would all like a little more down time to spend reading — leisurely, educational, or collective purposes abound.

We’re curious: what’s a book that you just couldn’t put down? The one that kept you up well past your bedtime or had you canceling plans to finish from cover to cover? Do you James Baldwin? Gillian Flynn? Nicholas Sparks? Joan Didion? Chuck Palahniuk? What are you reading, and should we be reading it, too?

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27 Comments

  1. Nora

    April 8, 2019 at 10:12 am

    The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
    The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
    Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

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  2. Leah Lamoreaux

    April 8, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Worth It – Amanda Steinberg
    Call Them By Their True Names – Rebecca Solnit
    But First We Make The Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson

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  3. Gillian Nash

    April 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells – the most important book out this year!

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  4. Grace Luna

    April 8, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
    Tell Me How It Ends – Valeria Luiselli

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  5. Jessica

    April 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    the kinfolk table. so many delicious recipes, so little time! also loving, wherever you go, there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn + murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie – happy reading to all! 💞

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  6. Sarah Pugliese

    April 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Adele – Leila Slimani
    The Perfect Nanny – Leila Slimani (obviously on a bit of a kick!)
    Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

    Xx

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  7. Val

    April 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
    The First Bad Man – Miranda July
    The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk

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  8. Rachel

    April 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    American Cosmic by D.W. Pasulka
    Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

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  9. Gaylene

    April 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Currently “reading” via Audible A Discovery of Witches trilogy. I’m currently on book 2. I love to read a real, paper book but find that audio books best fit my life right now. I still get the story while also folding my laundry, doing the dishes, cooking dinner, getting ready in the morning or waiting in the school pick-up line.

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  10. Nicole

    April 8, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    There There by Tommy Orange
    The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
    Just Kids by Patti Smith
    Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

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  11. Nicole

    April 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    There There by Tommy Orange
    Just Kids by Patti Smith
    The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
    Eva Lunda by Isabelle Allende

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  12. Bre Jimenez

    April 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I’m late to the party, but ‘Wildflower’ by Drew Barrymore is an amazing collection of short stories throughout her life

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  13. Julia

    April 9, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Where The Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens
    The Goldfinch – Donna Tart
    Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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  14. Luisa

    April 9, 2019 at 10:59 am

    To Throw Away Unopened, by Viv Albertine
    Everything I know about love, by Dolly Alderton

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  15. Lori

    April 9, 2019 at 11:45 am

    So many right now! Chocolat by Joanna Harris on my Kindle, Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music, and Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose. I’d be reading a few more right now if there were possible. 🙂

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  16. Laura Brandt

    April 9, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    The Robert Galbraith series, Ruth Ware, and Memoirs of a Geisha are all my favourites!

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    • Calli Alford

      April 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Laura, Memories of a Geisha is one of my all-time favorites!

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  17. Marla R. Horton

    April 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Favorites so far this year:
    1) Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
    2) Freshwater by Awaeke Emezi
    3) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Still thinking about these from last year:
    1) On Beauty by Zadie Smith
    2) The Girls by Emma Cline
    3) Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
    4) Cherry by Mary Karr
    5) Lit by Mary Karr
    6) The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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  18. Calli Alford

    April 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    On my list:
    Specimen Days by Walt Whitman
    How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
    Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom

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  19. Lucia

    April 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Just finished
    On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
    Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz (read this after Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of LA by Lili Anolik, both are so good and dishy, just perfect)
    The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (my husband and I just read this on vacation in Italy and it was the perfect travel book, if you like sociopaths and luxury goods)

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  20. Danielle

    April 10, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    Call Me American by Abi Nor Iftin

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  21. Julia Bales

    April 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    – Arcadia – lauren groff
    – Lost City of the Monkey God – douglas preston
    – Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson – dianne lake
    – Fates and Furies – lauren groff

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  22. Christine

    April 12, 2019 at 11:29 am

    THE WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE by HARUKI MURAKAMI
    If you like a little whimsy. All of his books are excellent, but this one is my favorite.

    NOTHING TO ENVY by BARBARA DEMICK
    If you don’t like non-fiction but want to have your mind blown. Life in North Korea was/is nutty.

    CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by ALEXANDER WEINSTEIN
    If you’re a fan of Black Mirror + short stories. I read this bad boy in two days.

    A LITTLE LIFE by HANYA YANAGIHARA
    If depressing stories about friendship are your cup of tea! It’s a really beautiful story if you can get past the darkness.

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  23. Paige Patterson

    April 13, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Currently reading:
    Laura & Emma-Kate Greathead and listening to the Proposal-Jasmine Guillory.
    Couldn’t put down:
    The Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine-Gail Honeyman
    The Rules of Magic-Alice Hoffman

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  24. Lauren Bollinger

    April 18, 2019 at 2:54 am

    The Boys of My Youth by Joanne Beard

    The End of the Story by Lydia Davis

    Any damn thing by Mary Karr….listening to her read her memoir “Lit” for the first time was like dropping literary acid….she completely blew my mind and changed everything I thought I knew about writing and life and God and sobriety and the unequivocal gloriousness and legitimate necessity of the word “fuck.”

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    • Marla R. Horton

      April 18, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      ALL HAIL MOTHER MARY KARR!

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  25. Annabel Lunnon

    April 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
    Macbeth
    Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke

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