Books You've Read in 2018

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  1. Mats

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    I only have a couple of chapters to go (I had to bring a smaller book on vacation so that has kept me busy in the meantime). it’s so luscious, full of layers, smell, colour, taste. like a modern Thousand and One Nights. adding a murder mystery to it just makes it even more delicious! I actually wanted to go for Snow next but maybe I’ll space it a bit...
     
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  2. Suedey

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    Well I’ll see how it goes.

    I just finished Coetzee’s Michael K and currently reading Sharp Objects (quick read).

    If we are still doing book club Milkman (with @Beverley ) then I’ll hold out on this but otherwise may go for this next!
     
  3. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I'm still up for it, petal!
     
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  4. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I tried to read My Name is Red about a decade ago and really struggled with it. Will try again with another of his books at some point - I have quite a few. Mrs Bev says his work can be quite dense, so I'm not very hopeful
     
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    I found Snow so impenetrable but that was over ten years ago. Haven’t given My Name is Red a go.

    I tell you what.

    Why don’t we do Snow after Milkman in our Moopy book club?
     
  6. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    DEAL :disco:
     
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  7. Mats

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    My Name is Red is obviously very discuss-y, as I guess with most Nobel literature. the plot serves as an excuse to think grands thoughts, but it’s just so much more accesible than any Nobel author I’ve ever read, and when this or that chapter got a bit too lofty for me I still had the mystery plot to keep me going

    Snow is a good idea after Milkman. I am currently #16 in line though at the library :manson:
     
  8. Suedey

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    Really? I mean JM Coetzee and Mario Vargos Llosa are probably my two favourite Nobel authors of late and I find their work far more accessible than Pamuk but I must again reiterate that I gave Snow a try over 10 years ago so maybe I will find his work more accessible now.

    I can probably get a second hand copy of Snow for £1 posted over to you! :D
     
  9. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Alice Munro, Toni Morrison, Svetlana Alexievich are my Nobel choices. All very accessible.
     
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  10. Mats

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    Munro! that’s a name I’ve been meaning to investigate for ages

    why is retirement so far off, it’s impossible to keep up
     
  11. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Alice is seriously amazing. :disco:
     
  12. Shirley

    Shirley YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS

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    I've read some PAMUK and I don't remember it being PROBLEMATIC. I'm sure I wrote something about THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE on here

    I'm now reading THE RED HOUSE by MARK HADDON. His other books are quite good unlike THE CURIOUS INCIDENT which I thought was MOST UNCONVINCING although I see he has since said that UNLIKE AS ADVERTISED it's not about AUTISM at all!
     
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  13. Phoenix

    Phoenix Brown Cow...STUNNING

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    He is ridiculously hot. The book is good, flawed but it’s not like there’s a ton like it.
     
  14. Mats

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    he’s got nothing on my favourite Norwegian-Pakistani hunk author Zeshan Shakar :horny: (well, he’s the only Norwegian-Pakistani author there is...). his book is being translated into English so watch out! :norway:
     
  15. Suedey

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    Just finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Gripping thriller if ever so slightly predictable in places. I will be watching the TV series shortly as well.

    I am now back on track for my Goodreads 20 books challenge! :disco:
     
  16. Suedey

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    Any progress with your library acquisition of Milkman, @Mats ?

    Just wondering whether I should give it a start or if I should go with another book whilst we wait.. :disco:
     
  17. Mats

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    got it this morning! (the e-book that is, I still don’t get that concept, and I’ve had to download their app to read it, LIBBY :manson:). anyway, MILK AHOY
     
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  18. Mats

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    I only have it for 20 days so I’ll get started tonight
     
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  19. Suedey

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    I shall start a thread then! :disco:
     
  20. Beverley

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    YES PLEASE!

    Oooh, I better get a copy! :disco:
     
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  21. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    I'm a wreck after this.
     
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  22. Suedey

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    I just finished Winter by Ali Smith and good God, what a pretentious load of rubbish! 1/5.
     
  23. Phoenix

    Phoenix Brown Cow...STUNNING

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    I’m reading this as my last book of the year

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  24. Suedey

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    I loved it so much. Probably my favourite book of the year.
     
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  25. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    We'll have to have a list of some sort. :disco:
     
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  26. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I want to try and read 6 more books this year, so that I can get to 50. Seems unlikely though.
     
  27. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    Not a book but I just went through 4 volumes of an autobiographical comics by French Syrian illustrator Riad Sattouf about growing up the in the middle east. Can't wait for the next the volume.

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  28. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    Have you heard of it Phoenix?
     
  29. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    *I* have heard of it. I got the first edition a couple of Christmases ago - haven't read it yet tho.

    I'm assuming you love it?
     
  30. Phoenix

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    I am also aware of it and have seen it around but haven’t actually read it.
     
  31. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    Absolutely! Aside from many parallels with my own childhood, I love his style. He's pretty honest, so quite critical of certain aspects of his Arab upbringing while praising other aspects. And he does the same with his French side.
     
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  32. Suedey

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    I think I need to read this !
     
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  33. Suedey

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    Kindle edition?
     
  34. Suedey

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    I thought I'd reached my 20 books challenge but a Goodreads glitch/bitch meant I'm on 19 and unlikely to reach 20 by the end of the year. :(
     
  35. Suedey

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    Which reminds me, I'm currently reading this:

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    50 pages into it and it's okay so far but really I should have started My Name Is Red (Hi @Mats !) instead because I read Snow and it was just so beautiful and amazing and everything else and yes sorry I know we we were meant to do it for Moopy book club but I couldn't help myself (@Beverley ).
     
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  36. Mats

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    no biggie, @Suedey, I'm just glad it's as good as I'm expecting. I'll swoosh it up even higher on the to-read list

    I finished this last night

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    ... and it was everything I love in a novel. simple in plot and prose but thick with atmosphere and history. one of my favourite books, The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas, is of the same ilk an I heartily recommend that to everyone if they dare read something a bit less contemporary
     
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  37. Suedey

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    I might add that to my listette!
     
  38. Mats

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    I love vignette novels (I don't know what else to call them)
     
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  39. ameraal

    ameraal true love is making a comeback

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    i just finished yanis varoufakis' talking to my daughter about the economy and i loved it.
    i really disliked him during his stint as finance minister but my feelings were misguided and i slowly grew to admire him but at this point i'd totally vote for him for president of the world.
     
  40. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I gag for him am.

    Also I'm on my 50th book for this year. Hopefully I finish it in time. :disco:
     
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