What We’re Reading This Week

Red Rising by Pierce Brown:

I’m FINALLY reading the highly recommended Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Red Rising takes place on Mars, in a world where people are placed in castes of color. Our protagonist, Darrow, is the lowest color: a red. He spends his days mining Mars to make it habitable for the future generations of Earth dwellers, until he discovers that everything he’s ever known is a lie. Brown’s novel is fast-paced and thoughtful, and he weaves a colorful (see what I did there?) cast of characters with a fascinating new world. Join me in trying to finish the trilogy before Pierce Brown stops by BookPeople on January 22nd!
— Sara

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sistero and Tom Bissell:
Like any new The Room fan, I have fallen into a hole of enthrallment with the insanity/brilliance/confusion that is Tommy Wiseau. If you feel you belong in this category yourself, or if you have no idea what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and buy this book, which details how the movie came into being. It’s written by the actor who plays one of the main characters in the movie, Mark, who also takes the role of Tommy’s real-life best friend. Or his seemingly only friend, which gives him more qualifications than anyone to even try to understand the mind behind this “best worst film ever”. Tommy Wiseau intended The Room to be a dramatic, Oscar-worthy film that broke hearts and changed the world, but all it did was cause confusion and side-splitting laughter. I could honestly go on and on about this book and the craziness it describes (including multiple film crews, borderline porn love scenes, and Tommy’s possible alternative life as a vampire), but I’ll leave the rest for you all. I definitely recommend!
— Kelsey
Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá:
“When the cancer that had spread throughout most of his brain finally took the best of him, Schlomo Lerner had, at the age of 89, been in love 274 times.” With a first sentence like that, you know you’re in for a gut punch of a story. Following the life of obituary writer Brás de Olivia Domingos, Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, seems to be a story about a man who needs to live but finds excuses not to. I’m only two chapters in, so I can’t really give much of a plot summary. But if you’re looking for a beautiful graphic novel that surprises you twice in two chapters, this is probably the read for you.
— Erik

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