What We’re Reading

What do booksellers do when they’re not selling books or blogging about them?

Well, reading them, of course!

The following is the April 16th vintage of what is currently being read by the Den Haag crowd (more details and opinions follow after the jump!):

Serpent of LightHidden EmpireEverything and MoreBlack Swan GreenMy ‘Dam LifeThe Hobbit

RonZ: I just finished The Serpent of Light by Drunvalo Melchidezek. It’s about the return of female consciousness around 2012. I find it a bit scary, but that is because I’ve read other books by him and I really feel as if he’s on to something. If he’s right there will be quite a die-off of people at that time, but thankfully he does end his book on a hopeful note.

Hidden EmpireLilia: I’m reading Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson. I find it very interesting, and he works with short chapters so you can read it in between all the other things you have to do. It almost feels like a screenplay, as if you’re reading a film. I’m also reading a Social Psychology textbook for school…

Ester: I’m reading Everything and More by Geoff Nicholson, about the (mis)adventures in Haden department store. Yes, it’s great, but then I love everything he has written, especially Bedlam Burning.

Come to MeTante Hes (Den Haag by adoption): I’m fully into Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. It’s very British. I almost feel as if I’m rereading my own youth. I’m a little scared of the ending, since it let me down so in Ghostwritten, but so far, so good. I also just finished Come to Me by Amy Bloom. That’s the best short story collection I’ve read so far this year! I wish I’d discovered her earlier. I’ll definitely read more of her books.

Tom: Well, I’m reading many books at the same time right now. I’ll narrow it down to the four I’m reading most: My ‘Dam Life by Sean Condon, Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau, Lucifer by Vondel, and The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. I like variety, so I read Condon for the in-between moments. Lucifer and Exercises in Style are not books you read in one go, so I read a little bit each time I can. And Elementary Particles is at my girlfriend’s house, so I read it when I’m over there.

The Children of HurinSophie: I’m almost done with The Hobbit at the moment. I just finished re-reading Lord of the Rings for the first time in years, and, as always, it sucked me in completely. Do not disturb me when I’m reading that book, I tell you! Every now and then I come up for air and I discover I’m sitting on my balcony in the sunshine rather than right in the middle of the Pelennor Fields. I decided to re-read The Hobbit as part of my grand project (The Silmarillion is next, and then The Children of Hurin), although I’ve never liked it overmuch. For some reason I just don’t take to Bilbo, nor any of the dwarves. Give me Aragorn any day! Or Beren!