Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Suedey, Jan 4, 2019.
I’m planning a pilgrimage to The Hague to see the painting in anticipation!
I’d want to read The Fountainhead. There are many classics that I need to read...
I’m on my 30th book this year, but this is the first book I havent finished in a week for months. It’s long and I have been very busy, but so far it’s the best book I’ve read this year. Out of Egypt - read it!
I’ve read a book by Ali Smith about 5-6 years ago, it was definitely one of the worst books I’ve ever read.
i've been reading a bit these days. pretty eclectic bunch of stuff.
finally finished yuval noah harrari's sapiens after letting it sit halfway through for about a year. it's definitely a fantastic read, though i found the first part a lot more gripping and eye-opening and a lot has happened since it came out.
also went through camus' the plague in a jiff (i'm now waiting for a copy of the fall), read halfway through taoists secrets of love: cultivating male sexual energy ( :eyes: ), read a few pages of the war of art (it was actually pretty useful and enough) and breezed through tennesse williams' cat on a hot tin roof.
I started Homo Sapiens and gave up on it.
Agreed. I read Winter last year and it was total drivel.
The one I read was The Accidental. I get angry just thinking about it, it was so shockingly bad.
Yeah I think she's shit
Having decided I don't fancy September's Moopy Book Club book and downloading a load of books for my impending holiday, have decided to go balls deep tonight in THIS:
Oh I see I didn't tell you lot I read Andrew Sean Gree's Less during my summer acation as I saw a lot of you raving about it here. Well I didn't like it. I felt no sympathy, nor did I care about Arthur Less. Some parts were mildly funny but over all it just didn't speak to me. Oh and that ending
Currently reading The God Of Small Things, another recommendation I've picked up here and God I'm loving it!
One of my favourite books of all time!
Suedey love, I'm about 75% in and it's already in my top 10 ever. We're only JUST getting to finally know what actually happened.
now that it's out in English I'd like to recommend Naja Marie Aidt's When Death Takes Something from You Give it Back, a heartbreaking (and real) account of the death of the author's son. yes, I cried, it hit me right in the gut
I’ll add that and DC’s book to my ever growing list.
I just finished The Testaments.
It's Atwood, so of course it's going to be good. But it was more than that. I was apprehensive about the prospect of a sequel but she really made it work. Thoroughly recommended! 4/5
I have achieved my Goodreads target of 30 books in 2019!
I'm actually on 31 and there are still a good few months left in the year... and if I ever get round to finishing Kaddish for an Unwanted Child (hi @RaspberrySwirl ) the total will be even higher.
I’m on book 36 now. After The Overstory disaster that took almost three weeks to read, I managed reading two (short) books last weekend to make up for it, keeping up the one book per week pace.
Kaddish was next to impossible, but you can do it!
this is my worst year ever
And you’ve read how many, 50?
That’s still a lot!
I don’t know how I’ve been able to read that much. Apart from the excessive partying, I haven’t really cut down on anything so I have no idea what I used to spend all that time on before?
Yes, that too. In fact, any kind of sex.
Done. And confirmed, one of the best books I've ever read. I was even able to keep up with all the jumping back and forth between past and present which isn't that easy for someone as literaturely thick as me. I'll definitely go back to it some time.
What should I read next moopy?
Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman
no, bitch. don't bother with that. read some of the other poc classics from the 90s onwards.
Do bother. You will be able to relate to a lot, especially their love for everything European and how they look down on the filthy Arabs and Turks (all narrated in a humorous, ironic way because they weren’t real Europeans).
Orhan Pamuk - Snow.
Gang - I feel we need to go EAST for our book choices. We've been really American heavy and whilst we have Oct and Nov sorted, perhaps for December we can go totally anti-Yule and go Eastward s'il vous plait.
We need to sort out the 2019 ROTA as well
Oh no, I’m already heading east by reading The New Silk Roads now and have IQ84 coming up soon.
I vote on going to the exreme occident and do something Latin American. I want to read 100 Years of Solitude.
I can't deal with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I absolutely hated Love in the Time of Cholera and 100 Years is one of my legendary DNF attempts. I can't count the number of times I've picked it up only to leave it unfinished.
I like the idea of an extreme occident to Latin America but I'm a much bigger fan of Isabel Allende (maybe The Japanese Lover?) or, even better, Mario Vargas Llosa (perhaps The Feast of the Goat).
Then there is my king Coetzee in South Africa... I need to read The Schooldays of Jesus.. yes, let's have proper listettes ready and waiting for the 2020 saison please.
Oh and 1Q84 is fantastic!! Still haven't read Killing Commandatore. The hardback is sitting on my shelf and I've also got the audiobook but @Mats ' damning review really has left me cold. It's the only Murakami novel (along with Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World) that I've not read.
I’ve had this on my shelf (unread) since I was 11!
Absolutely brilliant. One of my favourite books of all time.
I really enjoyed The Life and Times of Michael K as well.
I don’t really know anything about a 100 Years of Solitude other than me loving the title. I wouldn’t mind the others.
1Q84 I started reading a couple of years ago but never got past the first couple of chapiters.
J.M. Coetzee and Ian McEwan (controversial opinion perhaps given some of his views) occupy a similar space for me.
They both write beautiful prose, their books are succinct and yet they stay with you. I should think Julian Barnes probably works in the same sphere but I've only read The Sense of an Ending.
This is silly and superficial of me but I have an aversion to books that have family trees or maps at the start. Can't deal with that. 100 Years of Solitude not only has a family tree but it just takes the mickey in that regard.
I think he's one of the most overrated authors of all time. Hemingway is bad enough but Marquez is even worse.