Books you've read in 2019

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  1. RaspberrySwirl

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    Coetzee or Vargas Llosa would be good and add to my very thin list of Nobel prize winners.
     
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  2. RaspberrySwirl

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    Oh my goodness, I do love a family tree and adore maps!
     
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    This arrived today and geeks might be interested in this article about it

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    Perversity has it that I’ll almost certainly have to drag myself away from the internet if I’m ever going to actually bother reading it :side-eye:
     
  4. Phoenix

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    I also started this, it’s good so far.
     
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  5. Suedey

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    So I finished this today.

    I'm really not sure what to say except that I think I need the day off work to be honest. I will try and post a review later. Has anyone else read it? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.
     
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  6. RaspberrySwirl

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    I’ve read it and I loved it and hated it all the same. Most of all I’m so impressed by the author because I can only imagine what a colossal job it took to write such a big book, even more so after reading her previous book (People in the Trees, which is so much better).
    I cried a lot towards the end of the book but the whole masochism/victimising of whatshisname was frustrating and infuriating. Also disliked the unrealistic aspect of this gang of four rather ordinary guys ALL becoming way too successful in their own fields.
     
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  7. Shirley

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    I'm reading the last KNAUSSGARD and it's a bit of a struggle

    It was going OK but then it deviated into ENDLESS ANALYSIS OF some bit of POETRY and now a DETAILED ACCOUNT of the EARLY DAYS of ADOLF HITLER. The former I CAN DO WITHOUT and the latter is INTERESTING ENOUGH but WHAT IS IT DOING HERE
     
  8. jivafox

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    I’ve attempted A Little Life three times but it was either bad timing, or I was just not in the headspace to take on such a colossal book. It’s back third in line in my BOOK QUEUE now though.
     
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  9. Phoenix

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    It’s a very depressing book and it really got to me when I read it. But I don’t think it’s very good, it’s borderline misery porn and like the amount of bad stuff that happened to that one person was just too much.
     
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  10. Suedey

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    It did feel like reading a Lars Von Trier film script in parts, I agree..
     
  11. Mats

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    well it is titled after MEIN KAMPF so I guess there was no way avoiding it!

    I came to a halt somewhere in volume 2. I really dislike autofiction
     
  12. Suedey

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    By the way -

    We need to decide on a December book to end the year and then we'll start off the 2020 rota/poll to plan the six 6 months of the year.

    But for now - shall we go contrary for December and go totally anti-festive? Or festive? Or neither?

    We've had quite a lot of American fiction so perhaps we should try something else for December. Any ideas?
     
  13. Suedey

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    I COULD suggest the joint Booker winners for 2019 - I've already read one but I've also got Queen Evaristo's tome
     
  14. RaspberrySwirl

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    Or what about the Noble prize winners? :zombie:

    I like both ideas (Booker and anti-festive)... but I don’t think I’ve read any festive book. Recommend me one!
     
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  16. Suedey

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    Well last year I read Ali Smith’s Winter to get in the festive zone and it was total garbage.

    Obviously Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the obvious one...
     
  17. RaspberrySwirl

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    No children books.

    I refuse to read anything by Ali Smith again.
     
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  18. Mats

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    makes me cry every time :shy:
     
  19. RaspberrySwirl

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    Let’s try having different themes for each month next year.

    And maybe do two books a month?
     
  20. Suedey

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    Honestly Winter and Kaddish for an UNWANTED Child were something else in my 2018-2019 book charts. I wanted to hurl them across the rooms.

    And yes Kaddish remains my only DNF 2019 title!
     
  21. RaspberrySwirl

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    :D

    Remember I told you I have to read all the old books I own; well I have read most of them but about five remains (one of them is no less than another fucking book by KADDISH author whose name I can’t rememeber right now)... anyways I have decided to throw them away and therefore I won’t feel bad about not having read them.
     
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  22. Suedey

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    GANG

    I started Circe but I'm struggling with it. Mostly because A Little Life is still being digested and I feel that this is too much of a shift in gears.
     
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    I went ahead and read Circe earlier this month. It’s a bit slow, but it’s fine.
     
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