Books You've Read in 2018

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  1. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    Finished this yesterday. Grim but good. Goes through a series of women, youngest to oldest, living in the street in the 1980s and gives a brief snapshot of each one.


    Started this tonight:
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  2. Diddy

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    Ooh I should post in here, I read sometimes! Do we list them one by one, or update a master list like the film one?
     
  3. Mats

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    I think we've settled on the format of the first, makes it easier to comment individual readings. aren't foreign books pricey in Japan?
     
  4. Mats

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    my first was an old one, At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France (he won the Nobel around 1920). I've read one before which was very amusing, lots of dry wit and sarcasm, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, but this one wasn't as funny, just wordy
     
  5. Diddy

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    I’m reading on my Kindle! I moved house enough in the early 2010’s to really know that I don’t need a lot of heavy books. And it’s a lot cheaper like you said.

    Plus I have a load of books that fell off the back of a digital lorry to keep me busy
     
  6. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    I just finished reading Sapiens and I must say it goes straight into my top 10 books ever. The only critique I'd make is that it's a little bit simplistic in certain places (but then the book is already quiet long as it is) and some information was delivered in an over simplified manner. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  7. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    Finished First They Killed My Father and After They Killed Our Father.

    Reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz now.
     
  8. Shirley

    Shirley YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS

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    So I read AUTUMN by ALI SMITH and while it was a PERFECTLY ENJOYABLE READ I don't see why quite such a fuss has been made about it

    I am now reading PHONE by WILL SELF which is written in the usual IDIOSYNCRATIC style but I DON'T MIND THAT
     
  9. RaspberrySwirl

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    Currently reading The Underground Railtoad. It’s so good.

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    Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
    Postcards from the Edge - Carrie Fisher

    A truly diverse collection.
     
  11. Suedey

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    First book of 2018 gang!

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    This was quite good. Engaging and nicely paced. However, it was not as good as Everything I Never Told You and some of it veered dangerously close to cliche territory; however, I still enjoyed it very much overall.

    3.5/5
     
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    Currently reading this by the excellent Denise Mina. Fictional piece based on a true Scottish serial killer story. Quite dark.
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    For something lighter also racing through this.
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  13. Suedey

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    CURRENTLY READING:

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  14. Phoenix

    Phoenix Brown Cow...STUNNING

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    Ugh my reading has been shit so far, the half hour lunch break really fucked my reading time. I'm only halfway through Little Fires and it's not that big of a book.
     
  15. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    I'm finishing Call Me By Your Name. Apparently everyone but me has heard of it and the film.

    It's beautiful.
     
  16. RaspberrySwirl

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    It’s like porn for anyone who’s into history and geography, especially since it covers parts of the world that we don’t normally get to read or know much about. #Central Asia @Eileen @Beverley
     
  17. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I know it was SOOO last year but I’ve just finished “Call Me By Your Name” and I wept and wept and wept. First time in a long time. The most beautifully written piece of (yes, I’m going there) HIGH ART I’ve picked up in a long, long time.

    Currently halfway through this bitch- fest for something a bit lighter and it’s a REAL JOY, quite simply as she is a RIGHT OLD CUNT :D

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  18. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I've actually got a copy of the book, @RaspberrySwirl! I saw the author at a festival last year and his presentation was just BRILLIANT
     
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  19. RaspberrySwirl

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    I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s been filling a lot of holes (:ken:) in my historical ”knowledge”. I know a lot about Europe and the Middle east and a bit about East Asia; this has been linking them all together and makes you realize how ”globalization” isn’t really a new phenomenon.
     
  20. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    reading

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    I've also been going to shared reading classes which are great. You listen to and read extracts from books or short stories, pausing every couple of pages to discuss it. And then we close with a poem of a connected theme. I've always wanted to get into a book club properly but this is better I think in that I don't have to force myself to read a specific book every month and you get to read something cold in the moment and then talk about it off the cuff.

    I'm training to be a leader/facilitator in May.
     
  21. Phoenix

    Phoenix Brown Cow...STUNNING

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    Oh that's a barrel of laughs :square:
     
  22. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    Have you read it?
     
  23. Phoenix

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    Yeah, probably one of the most upsetting books I’ve read. I’m not even sure if it is good or just misery porn.
     
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    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I started that but I wasn’t really in a READY MOOD. I’ll probably pick it up next.
     
  25. Ag

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    I'm reading a book!

    I picked up Pride and Prejudice for 20p and I am somehow quite engrossed.
     
  26. octophone

    octophone a wonderful wooden reason

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    Ridiculously, I've only just read Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive**. To write with such simplicity and elegance but with such force, such pull - that's talent. Great stuff.

    **mostly, personal trepidation put me off.
     
  27. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    I finally finished this a minute ago after all that time. Granted it was interspersed with audiobooks and breaks but I think that was more a means of processing it than anything else.

    It was very depressing but very uplifting and beautiful in ways. And probably one of the most amazing things I've ever read, particularly the last third.
     
  28. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    I finished reading Kafka On The Shore a while ago. I really enjoyed it, I know RS here liked it too.

    This one seems a lot more divisive though.
     
  29. RaspberrySwirl

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    Glad you liked it! It’s one of the best!
     
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    I bought A Little Life last fall but still haven’t started reading it.

    I’m currently reading Call Me By Your Name. So far so good.
     
  31. RaspberrySwirl

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    Yesterday I bought these:

     
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  32. Phoenix

    Phoenix Brown Cow...STUNNING

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    Not enough dragons.
     
  33. RaspberrySwirl

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    I’m a realist, I don’t need dragons.
     
  34. Beverley

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    Lincoln and The Vegetarian are VERY good
     
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  35. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Very much enjoyed this at the weekend- literally did the whole book on a rainy Sunday. Heartbreakingly written.

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  36. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    THIS

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    Comes out today and I CAN’T WAIT. Loved the first part (Maestra), liked the second but felt it was a bit disappointing overall, so hopefully as the final part this brings it all the way BACK UP.
     
  37. Suedey

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    Does it? I always thought 1Q84 trilogy was considered to be his masterpiece. Anyway of course I loved it. Kafka is probably my favourite. If you don’t want to commit to this trilogy but want to read more of his work I would suggest The Windup Bird Chronicle next which is fantastic.
     
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  38. Suedey

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    The Vegetarian is on my list
     
  39. Suedey

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    So I recently read these two books:

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    A bit disappointing. I thought it was basically a variation on Brooklyn (which I enjoyed but did not love). I don't feel the need to explore any more of his work at this point.

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    Perfectly okay as a quick read type thing but I doubt it'll bother my all time list or that I'd want to read it again. I did enjoy it though. 3/5

     
  40. Suedey

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