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Monday, October 15, 2012

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None of These Books Is Famous Yet!

He reads! John Darnielle, of Mountain Goats fame, tells us what's on his nightstand. Apart from enduring poetic genius, which we assume comes in a handy aerosol container.

Now, what are YOU reading, this Monday? I am reading this weird Andy Warhol memoir by a guy who looks a lot like Harry Crane.



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Decca

I am reading Apologia Pro Vita Sua by Cardinal Newman for school (not as dry as it sounds!) and The Vatican Cellars by Gide for fun. I hadn't ever heard of the Gide book until I came across it in a second hand bookshop (holla at me, Charing Cross Road) at the weekend. It's great! Bizarre and inventive and gripping.

stavros

Thank you, thank you, thank you@m

Khrushchev

I just finished In the Woods last night and I have a lot of feelings if anyone wants to talk about feelings and MURDER.

districter

@Khrushchev Did you like or hate the ending?

Khrushchev

@districter Somewhere in between! When the big reveal started to happen, I was all, "Ah, another red herring!" but it didn't turn out to be so. I thought it was a little silly, but I was also so sad about all the other things that were going on that I didn't mind too much.

The Lady of Shalott

@Khrushchev Do you think you're going to read the sequels? Because I LOVED The Likeness, but I really didn't care for Faithful Place at all.

stonefruit

@Khrushchev TANA FRENCH. Oh, Tana French, how many hours of sleep you have caused me to miss.

districter

@Khrushchev I will reccomend her other books too, I have read all four. Her most recent Broken Harbor was my favorite!

In In the Woods, my biggest issue was the 'wrapping up' of the childhood murder line, I was just like REALLY? That's it?

Khrushchev

@The Lady of Shalott I think I'll probably read The Likeness because I loved Cassie a lot, but after that I might stop. I just read the Amazon descriptions of the following two and one include the term "brash cop," which makes me not want to read it.

Khrushchev

@districter I know. I want to be a really cool, erudite person who can deal with the (very realistic!) lack of closure, but I might have thrown a minor tantrum when I realized that storyline had concluded.

stonefruit

@districter I am 13 out of 112 holds on Broken Harbor. Seriously stoked.

I think my favorite was Faithful Place but that could be because it was the most recent one and my memories are fresher. I loved it to bits. I think In The Woods was perhaps my least favorite, but it's still firmly in my "books I would re-read" column.

Kristen

@stonefruit I just finished Broken Harbor and I think it was the best one she's written, and maybe one of the best books I've read all year.

stonefruit

@Kristen eeeeeeeeeee! 13 out of 112! 13 out of 112!

fruiting body

@The Lady of Shalott Have you read Broken Harbor yet? I felt similarly to you (loved the Likeness, did not love Faithful Place) and I think Broken Harbor is great. Maybe not QUITE as good as the Likeness (which I'm going to reread on a flight next week) but still excellent.

The Lady of Shalott

@fruiting body Not yet!! But it's on my holds list!

districter

I am reading Emperor of All Maladies becuase my mom got diagnosed with her 5th kind of tumor (should turn out fine,luckily my mom had the persistence to insist a lump was removed that the doctor told her was only a cyst) and approaching it scientifically is somehow comforting?

I also just finished A Visit from the Goon Squad, which I didn't think I would like since I read Egan's Look at Me and found it tedious, but I loved Goon Squad! Currently looking for a new fiction rec.

stonefruit

@districter ahh! I couldn't finish Look At Me! I had to put it down because it was boring me out of my mind! I thought that was just me.

I thought Goon Squad was meh, but at least I finished it. Invisible Circus, though, I've read and re-read that one many many times.

stonefruit

@districter also, oh G-d, I'm so sorry I blipped over your first paragraph. my sincere and best wishes to your mom for a speedy and complete healing. eff tumors.

districter

@stonefruit Just read the synopsis for Invisbile Cirus, sounds like something that I would love, will have to check it out!

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

I re-read Alyssa Rosenberg's blog post on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv Abortion" and its still terrible!!!
what is a 'book'

lipsmovetheysay

a family friend was getting rid of some books including the last 2 in philip pullman's his dark materials series. i'm probably going to finish book 2 tonight and then try to convince myself not to read the last one IMMEDIATELY so as to savor.

maybe partying will help

@lipsmovetheysay

I wish you the best of luck in not reading The Amber Spyglass immediately. They are just soooo goooooood.

adriana

@lipsmovetheysay Oooo! Savor away, but they are also excellent re-reads!

Lucienne

I'm giving Nightwood my best attempt, we'll see.

Also: A Treatise of Human Nature.

Decca

@Lucienne Oh I hope you love Nightwood!

Lucienne

@Decca I am trying to love it, but it is very off-putting so far. :/ Also, I haaaaaate the edition I'm reading, which isn't helping.

Lucienne

@Lucienne Now I sound like someone who doesn't like "difficult" books. Which is not true! I totally love many difficult books. I don't love anti-Semitism, though.

Decca

@Lucienne Expand? I don't remember Nightwood as being anti-semitic - though it has been a long time since I read it - as much as showing the insidious effects of anti-semitism?

Lucienne

@Decca I can see that it might turn out that way. But at this point (the first thirty pages), it just looks like straightforward anti-Semitism. I hope I'll reevaluate it in the context of the rest of the novel.

blueruin

@Lucienne I wrote a paper in college on anti-semitism in Nightwood! It is one of my favorite books, but not without huge reservations about that element of it.

Nutmeg

I was reading Metamaus but then I lost it under my bed somewhere

highfivesforall

I finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? last night; it only took me so long to pick it up because I thought Blade Runner was extremely boring, but the book was very exciting! Now for something completely different: I started on Tender is the Night this morning.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@highfivesforall
You'll never look at spiders the same way again!

highfivesforall

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll No I will not! Oh my god, that scene killed me, I have always been one of those people that wants to trap spiders in a cup with paper over the top and let it go outside anyway, so.

par_parenthese

@highfivesforall I read that in college, with a bunch of non-native English speakers. Our discussions were... interesting.

leonstj

I was gifted a Proust box set (Modern Library, D.J. Enright translation) for my birthday this spring..

You know - I am actually considering reading it. I am debating whether or not to begin, tonight, with Swann's way. It seems the most poncey, ridiculous thing - can you even talk about reading all of proust without sounding like an ass?

But guys/dolls - I REALLY want to. Does anyone else live in nyc and want to start a proust club? It seems like the best winter goal, to be finished w/ the whole damn thing by springtime.

Lucienne

@leon s I'm not in NYC and have no desire to read Proust, BUT I think you should go for it. A bunch of friends have read All The Proust and found it really rewarding. So, fuck the haters. Read your Proust. Even if it's kind of weird that you're not reading the Lydia Davis translation.

Decca

@Lucienne Davis has only translated Swann's Way, though, not the whole of Proust.

Amphora

@leon s There is NOTHING WRONG with reading and liking Proust. It's like someone making fun of you for liking to eat Belgian chocolate truffles. SAVOR THE PROSE.

leonstj

@Decca - Thank you! That is amazing. I guess I'm reading Madame Bovary first, which is great because I've not read it before. I guess that means I'm looking for people to do this whole cycle with me at boozy establishments in NYC. (Okay, the discussions of the books. The "boozy establishment" in which I'll be reading is "Leon's Apartment").

Lucienne

@Decca Didn't she direct the translation of the others?

werewolfbarmitzvah

@leon s I attempted Proust years ago when I was probably too young to have any business reading Proust, and I had to give up on it because it was slooooooooooooow as molasses, so I keep telling myself I'll try it again when I'm older and more patient. However, I think there's a Proust meet-up group going on in NYC, in which everybody's reading it together for moral support. That might make it easier to tackle, or might make it more annoying to tackle because you'll have to listen to a bunch of jerks' opinions of it once a month, I don't know. But you are likely to have much more fun working on Madame Bovary first, because Madame Bovary is a party and a half.

meetapossum

@leon s My roommate is currently going throught Proust's works, seemingly forever.

blueruin

@leon s I think I'm going to read All The Proust in a graduate seminar next semester and I am TERRIFIED.

SarahP

I'm reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test because 10 years ago a teacher told me I would like it. I'm glad I never got around to it--I like it better now than I would've then (though I can't say I like it as much as the teacher thought I would).

thenotestaken

Reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem to commemorate a California trip later this week. Also working my through the anthologies of Love + Rockets.

Better to Eat You With

@thenotestaken Didion *and* Los Bros Hernandez!? Are you me?

thenotestaken

@Better to Eat You With Look inside yourself and you'll know!!

stonefruit

I have been waiting for months for Gone Girl at the library. I am now number 204 out of 515 holds. Someone reassure me that it's worth the wait? because good grief, the delay on this book, I tell you what.

The Lady of Shalott

@stonefruit I feel you. I'm #76 for....18 copies. I'm going to be on this list awhile longer, I'm thinking.

stonefruit

@The Lady of Shalott our library system purports to have 238 copies in circulation. I find that to be cold comfort, though of course it's better than 18 (18!!!) copies.

The Lady of Shalott

@stonefruit I KNOW!!!! 18 copies for the library system! Granted my province only has a population of 750,000, but considering that all 750,000 of us who use the public library system are expected to share those 18 copies....AND THAT THOSE 18 COPIES GET SHARED EQUALLY AROUND THE PROVINCE AND THUS HAVE TO SPEND TIME IN TRANSIT!!!

JFC, it's a bestseller, loosen the purse strings, library!

vunder

@stonefruit I posted below before I saw your post. I really don't think it's very good.

stonefruit

@vunder :( :( :(

rosaline

@stonefruit I really liked it, as did my two friends who I've lent it to. I just went out and bought it though--I feel like waiting for anything for that long overbuilds the anticipation!

ayo nicole

@stonefruit I just got it after waiting MONTHS. So far I am unimpressed. :\

mysterygirl

@stonefruit: I loved it, if that helps.

maybe partying will help

Still reading The Swan Thieves, rereading In the Hand of the Goddess, and considering that if I get to the comic shop this week, I will have three weeks of comics to catch up on.

maybe partying will help

@maybe partying will help

also, the cover of the newest Town & Country is THE WHITEST THING EVER (hint: it features the Reagans riding horses).

SarahP

@maybe partying will help Awwww yeah Tamora Pierce!

stonefruit

@SarahP yes! all the Tamora Pierce, all the time!

dragongirl

@maybe partying will help I literally just changed from a lurker to a registered poster to voice my astonishment and pride that someone else loves and rereads Tamora Pierce. That woman is a genius. Go you!

adriana

Just finished Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and am about to start Zoe Heller's The Believers.
Wow I just noticed the science/religion trend there...

Dancercise

I just finished We have Always Lived in the Castle. Amazing and beautiful and heart-wrenching.

I'm not sure what's next on my reading list. Maybe I'll finally finish Volume 2 of the Complete Sherlock Holmes, which I started 2 years ago.

Amphora

@Dancercise Ooh I read that last month! What is with townspeople? Why are they so horrible?

Sherlock Holmes is a good idea. Buy yourself a dressing gown and wear it when you read.

lasso tabasco

@Dancercise I just finished that book a few weeks ago!! Soooo good. I'm following it up with Gaudy Night and I have not been disappointed.

planforamiracle

I am re-reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, so that I can think of something charming and romantic to write in to when I give it to my new boyfriend tomorrow for his birthday. I thought it was a really great idea but now he seems like not a big reader.. what is a girl to do!?

Also I am reading Julie Klausner's I don't care about your band which is amusing so far, but her voice/style is a bit grating.

adriana

@planforamiracle I also want to give my boyfriend this book but he is not the Fiction Type. What IS a girl to do?!
Whatever, their loss. TAAOKAC is epic.

leonstj

@adriana - In my experience recommending it to friends, some dudes who are not "Big Readers" are still into Kavalier & Clay. So you may luck out!

Interrobanged

@planforamiracle Ugh, I read the Julie Klausner book and found her so. aggravating. Gay men are not a handbag for you to carry around! Queer chicks exist!

TARDIStime

@planforamiracle
+ 1000 for Kavalier and Clay. One of the finest reads I've ever had. Of course I found it for like $10 in a second hand bookshop (is it me or is that where all the really amazing finds are?)

WWVMD

I'm reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King and I can't put it down. I've never read anything by him before because I'm scared of everything.

cecil hungry

@WWVMD Oh it's so good! And not that scary, for a King book. I'm trying to push it on my book club for our November pick.

no bricks

@WWVMD I've been debating whether to pick that one up and am leaning more and more toward doing it!

(And if you like non-scary Stephen King, maybe give his Dark Tower series a try? The first book is a little slow, but overall it is great and (speaking as someone who also scares easily) not frightening!).

WWVMD

@no bricks Definitely read it!I'm really enjoying it.

Thanks for the Dark Towers suggestion. I'll definitely add that to my (currently growing thanks to this thread) list of books to read.

dougheyed

Decided I had to clear Jeffrey Eugenides' name in my head after the trainwreck that was The Marriage Plot, so I'm finally getting around to Middlesex which is as wonderfully elaborate as I had expected. Also listening to some dude with a fantastic baritone read East of Eden, which I am loving FAR more than I had expected!

Corielle Hayley@facebook

@dougheyed Middlesex is *wonderful*. Could not put it down. Haven't tried anything else by him but maybe will avoid The Marriage Plot.

adriana

@dougheyed EAST OF EDEN!!!!!
Sorry. Got a little excited.

The Lady of Shalott

@dougheyed Oooooh Middlesex was excellent on so many levels. AND my dad listened to that same version of East of Eden and as an audiobook connoisseur he said it was a FANTASTIC reading.

polka dots vs stripes

@dougheyed I LOVED Middlesex and haven't read anything else by Jeffrey Eugenides because I'm afraid to ruin it.

dougheyed

@The Lady of Shalott ask your dad if he ever tries to avoid looking up images of the audiobook readers for fear that they will turn out to be pudgy bald men (who, to be fair, have their own charms)rather than the strapping woodsmen of his (my) imagination!

vunder

Reading Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, which takes place in various locales as close as 500 yards from my house.

yeah-elle

@vunder I also want to read it because I live 2 blocks from Telegraph (this is not as revealing as it seems, internet--Telegraph is a rather long avenue). Is it good? Worth reading for the novelty of location, or on its own merit?

vunder

@yeah-elle It's not a knockout but it's worth reading especially for the neighborhood portrait. A generous reader might call it lush, while a less generous one would call it overwritten.

vunder

@yeah-elle Also, it's kind of fun to pick on the slight geographical errors (which may be intentional).

Corielle Hayley@facebook

I've been sick all weekend so I'm reading comfort food, a.k.a. Donna Gabaldon's Outlander series. Once my sinus infection flees, I'll switch back to John Irving's A Widow for One Year.

stonefruit

@Corielle Hayley@facebook hey, my college BFF just recommended that to me!

Corielle Hayley@facebook

@stonefruit Which, the Outlander series? Because if it's Outlander you need to stop what you're doing right now and devote the rest of the month to approximately 10,000 pages of Jamie Fraser yumminess RIGHT NOW.

stonefruit

@Corielle Hayley@facebook Yes, that! I've already requested the first one at the library (and unlike my other hold requests, this one has me at 1 out of 1 holds, so it may actually come in before I start collecting social security).

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@Corielle Hayley@facebook How excited are you for the next book? Very excited or VERY excited?

Corielle Hayley@facebook

@sudden but inevitable betrayal I'm pretty much the most excited. But every time a new one is released, I reread the backlog, so I guess I'd better get started on #2 again!

Bittersweet

@Corielle Hayley@facebook Ugh, I read the first Outlander book at the end of the summer but A Certain Scene towards the end disturbed me so much that I resolved to quit the entire series. There are just certain things I like to remain blissfully ignorant about.

Slutface

I'm reading Green Girl by Kate Zambreno and nothing is happening. I'm trying to truck through it, but I just want something to happen...anything!

Derevkova

The, uh, Mark of Athena. don'tlookatmelikethat.

And The Fatal Strain, which is about the swine flu epidemic.

TheLetterL

@Derevkova How is The Fatal Strain?

vunder

Can I also say, apropos of nothing, that I think Gone Girl is really overrated. Am I the only person who thinks it's just a tricky gimmick?

mackymoo

@vunder Blehhhh I hated it. Super gimmicky. And they weren't even believable assholes to boot.

Amphora

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and I can't put it down - you know what happens, but you just have to know exactly how it happens!

lasso tabasco

@Amphora Amazing book. Mantel is a terrific writer, so it doesn't really feel at all like you are hearing the same story you've already heard 100 million times. Love it!

par_parenthese

@lasso tabasco That's exactly how I felt about it.

Amphora

@lasso tabasco I would never have found it if it hadn't been mentioned on a book thread last month. Hairpin is now the only place I get my recommendations and it's worth it!

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Finished George Saunders's 'The Semplica-Girl Diaries' on the train this morning. It killed me. I am dead now.

thinksmall

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll I just discovered George Saunders and now I want to read everything he's ever written!

polka dots vs stripes

Thanks to someone recommending it in the Hairpin comments, I just finished Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, which I loved but I don't think I need to read any more by/about Alexandra Fuller.

I just started Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins, and by just started I mean, I picked it up at the library on October 10 and am almost done already. Everyone should read it.

I've had the Stacey Cordorey biography of Juliette Gordon Low on my nightstand for about 6 months, I should probably get to that soon....

Lucienne

@polka dots vs stripes Yesss, DLGttDT was great, but I know the feeling (I have never been so happy to grow up middle-class in the US in the 90s, seriously). You might try Nervous Conditions, too! It's really good. I don't like the sequel, The Book of Not as much, but Nervous Conditions is great and reads like water.

polka dots vs stripes

@Lucienne Ohhhh that might be cool! I did appreciate that Fuller added a list of books by black Africans to her postscript, before I returned the book to the library I copied that page as a reminder to check some of them out.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@polka dots vs stripes
I adored 'Don't Lets Go' and tore through her recent follow-up 'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.' I appreciate Fuller because she is such a rare bird to truly appreciate that, when there are people acting badly, that doesn't mean that the people fighting against them are the good guys.

yeah-elle

I'm rereading David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas before the movie comes out, even though I have reservations about the movie. But the book is worth rereading on its own.

planforamiracle

@yeah-elle love this book! I just bought my own copy so I could get a non-movie-poster edition, and my second time reading it is even richer than the first.

klemay

@yeah-elle I am also reading Cloud Atlas at the moment! I'm on the 6th chapter and find it so strange how I don't care about any of the characters or story lines at the beginning of a chapter but then I'm all NO, MUST NOT READ AT WORK once I get to the middle.

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@yeah-elle I also have reservations. But, damn, I love that book.

yeah-elle

@planforamiracle Yes! I am on my fourth time around and it just gets better every time. The second time around was especially amazing though, because it's easier to notice all the little nods to the other stories.

@klemay It's amazing how that happens...I was all like, "ughhh ADAM EWING WHO CARES" and when his chapter cuts off, I'm like "NOOO WHAT HAPPENS"

@sudden but inevitable betrayal Yes, the yellowface in the movie is especially so, so disappointing. But the book itself has no such problems, and is really good. Read it, everyone!

Gracefully and Grandly

I'm reading Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. It's making my morning subway commute delightful.

Jinxie

Ah, just when I think I couldn't possibly love John Darnielle any more than I already do!

TheBourneApproximation

Aww yisss! Some motha. fuckin. John Darnielle.

I am currently reading Alistair Reynold's House of Suns, which is really quite solid so far. Good epic (as in, takes place over the course of thousands and millions of years) spacefaring fun. It's getting me in the mood to go back to reading a bunch of space opera sci fi! Dang, I apparently have not read the two most recent Iain M. Banks...gotta get on that.

On my nightstand, I also have a copy of Dan Simmon's 900-page The Terror, which I briefly started re-attempting in anticipation of Halloween. My narcoleptic brain decided to stop me before page 30 each time I tried, however, so I think it's a lost cause. It's too bad, because it sounds fantastic - mysterious monster, er, terrorizes the ice-bound crew of the lost Franklin arctic expedition.

Lucienne

@TheBourneApproximation I have this problem with Dan Simmons too. I really wanted to read Drood, but I just . . . couldn't.

VolcanoMouse

@TheBourneApproximation Dan Simmons. That GUY. It took me years and multiple attempts to finish Drood and Illium. Totally worthwhile once I got past THE FIRST THREE HUNDRED PAGES.

At least Hyperion is good. So good I refuse to read the sequels, lest they ruin it. And it's short!

Yarnybarny

I've just finished "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver and it was meh. I mean, I didn't hate the main character but I also wasn't real concerned that she might be dead/dying/sacrificing herself to atone for being a horrid teenage girl. I just started "How To Be A Woman" by Caitlin Moran and I'm enjoying it so far (only 1 chapter in).

Elsajeni

I'm reading Watchmen and enjoying it. I have a hard time reading comics because I am the extreme opposite of a visual thinker, but I'm trying to force myself to pause in between speech bubbles to pay attention to the images and look for details and I feel like 1) it's paying off, I'm actually noticing relevant stuff, and 2) it's getting a little easier to do as I go along. I'm learning!

katiemcgillicuddy

@Elsajeni You'll get the hang of it more and more as you go. I had little to no experience with comics before I read it, but I remember when I finished it I was SO bummed because I wanted more. I just re-read it, too!

frigwiggin

I spent the weekend reading for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon! Which was more like a 19-hour read-a-thon for me because I just couldn't get up at 5am (turns out PST is a sucky timezone for the read-a-thon), but still. I read Wait Till Helen Comes and almost choked on how hilarious and unintentionally campy it was. WANT MORE. Also read Tekkonkinkreet, which had a few problematic parts but which I liked more than I thought I would--I'm curious to see the movie version, all the action probably translates fantastically.

I am looking forward to starting to reread Naomi Novik's Tongues of Serpents on my lunch break because I got Crucible of Gold from the library and decided I needed to reread the whole series to be fresh. Oh Temeraire, you sometimes-annoying 80-ton scamp.

SarahP

@frigwiggin I only saw the Tekkonkinkreet movie, but I LOVED IT.

cecil hungry

I'm currently reading Richard Matheson's HELL HOUSE for book club. Also THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT, which I'm enjoying but having trouble getting through. And I'm rereading Sophie Kinsella's I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER. And HARRY POTTER POA in the bathroom. Diversity!

werewolfbarmitzvah

I'm rounding out the Sinclair Lewis canon bit by bit, currently reading It Can't Happen Here, in which the US elects a fascist dictator into the presidency in 1936. It makes for festive election-year reading!

astrangerinthealps

@werewolfbarmitzvah I lived for that book in high school. I might have taken it a little too seriously. I wrote an admission essay about it for a summer program and the interviewers asked me, "Do you really think this could happen?" I had to admit, no, probably not. But that was a while ago. I might give a different answer now.

werewolfbarmitzvah

@Fflora Nowadays, I'd visualize a book like this being written about a world in which the libertarians took over - maybe something where Ron Paul dies and everyone suddenly eulogizes him as though he's some kind of brilliant thinker, and then within a few years Rand Paul runs for president and wins and HAVOC ENSUES and the whole place falls apart. Ooh, and meanwhile the crazy anti-vaccine people are also gaining influence, and all of the deadly epidemics of yore come back and nobody can go to the doctor because it costs a bajillion dollars. Ooooooh, this is shaping up to be an exciting book if it hasn't already been written yet.

rosaline

For some reason this book called The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin was on my to-read list (fabulously wealthy American girl must marry a titled Englishman, la dee dah) and I suffered through it this weekend. No one else should have to. (It's not even guilty-pleasure good.) There are too many other wonderful books out there!

I need to learn when to give up on not-good books.

Lucienne

@rosaline But how can you hate them if you don't read them all the way through?!

I regularly spite-finish books.

rosaline

@Lucienne "Spite-finish." I love it.

katiemcgillicuddy

Starting Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" tonight!

ba-na-nas

John Darnielle called The Broken Mirror shatteringly great. Heh heh.

meetapossum

I'm re-reading Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett. But mostly I've been reading a lot of George Saunders because I can print out his short stories and read them at the gym.

This post is also very timely since I'm seeing the Mountain Goats tomorrow!

VolcanoMouse

Rereading A Feast for Crows, because I am apparently 1. a glutton for punishment, and 2. the only person to've not yet made it to A Dance of Dragons yet, and 3. in dire need of a library visit for something new.

(Postmodern?) Fantasy whooo

Interrobanged

I am reading Emma Forrest's Your Voice in My Head, which is about her relationships with her psychiatrist and thinly disguised Colin Farrell. Super good! Especially about her parents.

But, uh, don't read it if you have a mood disorder. Or maybe do? I found it oddly comforting.

Decca

@Interrobanged Ohhhhh holy crap. That book nearly destroyed me. I picked it up out of idle curiosity and ended up reading it in one sitting, finishing it at about 2am, weeping. I was completely in love with Forrest by the end of the book, as well as partlu identifying with her and partly wanting to take care of her. It's a complete knockout.

Interrobanged

@Decca AAAAH that whole thing about how Dr. R's death was practice for the eventual death of her parents, but that it would be much worse? Weeeeep. I thought that was one of the most perfect ways to finish a memoir, because her life goes on as part if it ended.

Decca

@Interrobanged Yeah, don't you absolutely love her parents in it?? I actually recently went and read her first novel, cause I wanted to hear that voice again. It's not as good as YVIMH - she seems born to write a memoir.

sudden but inevitable betrayal

I am reading Christine by Stephen King for my book club. I'm also listening to Moby Dick via the Big Read. I was going to read it this summer and didn't, and am very chagrined at how much I'm enjoying it. No doubt it's going to get very serious and dramatic, but for now it's like a buddy comedy (chapter 3 is The Best) (obviously Tilda Swinton's chapter is also great) (I'm at chapter 22).

MilesofMountains

I'm currently reading State of Wonder, a book on the biology of giant squids and uh, Secrets of a Midsummer night. I don't like reading only one book and have experience a taste for romance novels

astrangerinthealps

I'm doing some 19th-century-working-class-themed reading: Emma Goldman's memoir Living My Life (my breakfast-table nonfiction book), and Germinal, in French (my bedtime fiction). I didn't plan it that way but it's working all right. I expect to be done with the Goldman way before the Zola.

I'm also supposed to be rereading/listening to Moby Dick for a meetup in November. Think I'll get the audio from the Big Read.

stonefruit

ah, also: did anyone else get so fed up with Cutting For Stone that s/he was moved to throw it across the room? HATED IT, flames on the side of my face, fire of a thousand suns, etc etc?

TheBelleWitch

@stonefruit I empathize! I didn't throw it across the room, but I started reading it recently on a plane trip and never picked it up again once I was out of airport hell and had any other option for entertainment. Does it get infuriating? I was just bored, like, okaaaayy nun is dying, okaaaay this guy has the hots for this other lady, is ANYTHING going to happen?

I really wanted to like it, because My Own Country is great.

Inconceivable!

@stonefruit Super late response but I disliked that too! Not as much as you, it seems, but EVERYONE in my family just loved it and raved about it, so I was super excited to read it. Blehhhhhhh no thank you.

CalvinBall

I'm reading The Dangerous Animals Club, by Stephen Tobolowsky. He's like the uncle you always wanted who is a great storyteller. The book is good so far, but is nearly a word-for-word transcript of his earliest podcasts.

Also eagerly waiting for The Twelve to load onto my kindle tomorrow. I raced through The Passage and plan to wake up early tomorrow am to begin reading its sequel.

ipomoea

I just started Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as well as Philip K Dick's The Man In The High Castle this morning, both for my genre fiction class. I'm not sure I'll stick through either of them, but I've read all the shorter books on the reading list already.

sophi

@ipomoea I love Jonathan Strange, but it took me forever to get through. I can't imagine having to read it for a class. What other books are on your reading list? It sounds interesting!

Corielle Hayley@facebook

@ipomoea Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of maybe three books in my life that I started and didn't finish--but I didn't get rid of it either. Is it worth another shot?

ipomoea

@sophi It's a huge list-- Nancy Pearl (the world-famous librarian!) teaches the class in my grad school, and each week we read two different sub-genres of different genres (puzzle mystery and thriller, traditional v. new westerns, comic strips and graphic novels). The SF/fantasy list is huge, but I read so many already and we have to read titles we've never read! I've been in grad school for two years, this is my last quarter, and I've been dreaming of this class the whole time. We meet on Saturdays and talk about books and eat snacks.

ipomoea

@Corielle Hayley@facebook I'm only three pages in, but my husband loved it.

par_parenthese

@ipomoea OMG Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. FAB.

sophi

Little Women, obviously inspired by the Texts From Little Women piece on here last week! My brain has been kind of fried lately, which means that the other book I'm in the middle of, The Master and Margarita, is a little bit too much for me to handle, so I'm taking a break from it. Hopefully once things settle down, I'll be able to go back and appreciate it more fully.

Bittersweet

@sophi Please do go back to The Master and Margarita once you feel up to it! Just an incredible book.

lora.bee

Reading The Age of Innocence for the first time!! I really enjoy it.

(ALSO THIS IS NOT A BOOK BUT I WATCHED THE WHOLE FIRST SEASON OF DOWNTON ABBEY THIS WEEKEND AHHH)

vunder

@lora.bee I really enjoyed Age of Innocence!

mackymoo

Started NW by Zadie Smith yesterday! Liking it so far, especially to see a different side of London than the one I know.

TARDIStime

@mackymoo Haven't done this one yet - she's totally on my list after I finish all of Game of Thrones which I may have to spend 2 lifetimes on (did not think 5 books would take me so long - there was a time that finishing the full series would have been my school holidays project. I miss high school sometimes!)

TARDIStime

@mackymoo Haven't done this one yet - she's totally on my list after I finish all of Game of Thrones which I may have to spend 2 lifetimes on (did not think 5 books would take me so long - there was a time that finishing the full series would have been my school holidays project. I miss high school sometimes!)

MoxyCrimeFighter

Yesterday, I read Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, and I'm almost finished 20th Century Ghosts. I took inspiration from that post of good scary books and got 12 or 13 books out of the library, so hopefully I will be in a constant state of low-level heebie-jeebies for the next few weeks!

Somewhat irrelevant, but yesterday was amazingly gorgeous, and after going to the library, I got a latte and read outside. Basically a perfect October day. Now it is raining, and that is dumb. But it is the perfect sort of day to lie around and watch movies (thanks, funemployment!), so I watched The Awakening, which wasn't as good or scary as I was hoping.

par_parenthese

I am reading Les Miserables! The cheeky Julie Rose translation! And gasping melodramatically at it. If I bumped into Julie Rose right now... I would... well, probably try to play it cool and give her some casual comment about how I'd enjoyed her translation and stuff and then move on to another topic of conversation BUT IN MY HEAD I WOULD KISS HER ON THE MOUTH. LINGERINGLY.

Bittersweet

This weekend I finally got around to reading Eva Moves the Furniture by Margo Livesey. It was so good I couldn't put it down...and then got to the end and burst into tears. Just so resonant for me and my life and my worst fears about my relationship with my daughter.

anachronistique

Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch. The second book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, it's not as gripping as the first one but things have just picked up. (LADY PIRATES!) I love his worldbuilding, though, gosh. My commuting book has been The Age of Innocence, and MAN I hate everyone involved but I am determined to finish the damned thing. But my ebook hold on Graceling just came up so I am excited to add that to the repertoire.

Also, this weekend I went to the greatest place on the planet: the Traveler Restaurant in Union, CT. Their sign that's visible from I-84 reads "FOOD AND BOOKS", and it's accurate. You get THREE FREE BOOKS with your meal. AND there's a used bookstore in the basement. We lost an hour of travel time down there.

yourpretendfriend

I'm a little late to this party but I'm less than 200 pages away from finishing Anna Karenina!!! At this point I just want to have the satisfaction of saying I've read it. I like Tolstoy's writing but the story is just so drawn out and long that it's hard to get into.

Yarnybarny

@yourpretendfriend agreed. I started to skip the long political rants to get to the dialogue. It was a tough one but now I can say that I read it!

yourpretendfriend

@Yarnybarny I'm kind of doing that too. So close. Maybe the movie will be more interesting? It certainly looks very dramatic.

tea sonata

OH GOOD. So I just finished Lolita, wanted to read it for some time and now I have to watch both films and write critiques and be angry that I hadn't read it before.

Just about to restart Cider with Rosie (Laurie Lee). Haven't read that one in some time, all I know is that I miss it. I also have queued some short stories on my phone; Madame Bovary, The Great Gatsby, The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Big Trip Up Yonder. Itchy fingers to get started.

YOU GUYS I bought two of my best girl friends a copy each of "How to be a woman" by Caitlin Moran and I feel like that is my good deed for the day. But apparently she's racist now? What's that about?

Lush Life

John Jeremiah Sullivan's "Pulphead: Essays", which I am loathe to finish because I like his voice very much. I believe it was recommended by someone here so THANK YOU! Up next is "Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers" by John Broven.

dragongirl

Currently rereading "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Then I might reread the entire Tortall collection by Tamora Pierce. I'm one of those people who will reread my favorites until they fall apart and I get new copies. And then do it all over again.
(Yes, I also get the same menu items at most restaurants/drive throughs. If it's good, why not keep getting it?)

josh yudell

i just finished with Mill on the floss and hmmmm.... i am planning to take up a grand epic' iliad by homer' , i am just hoping that i will get the same interest likewise my all time favorite comic genre and tragi-comedy books and novels:)..........

josh yudell

josh yudell is a great books lover.just finished with white paperback by smith.waiting for some newest British fiction books to be released.

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