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PopJustice Book Club

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. It’s 3:07 and I’ve just come home from a terrible club and it’s quite sad but the thing I’m most looking forward to in my life right now is finishing The Amber Spyglass tomorrow.
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  2. LTG


    Did you enjoy the ending?
  3. I'm halfway through Mark Manson's "The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F***." It's ASEAN summit in my part of the world, so I have a free week to just read stuff not related to school. Honestly, it's one of the best books I've read so far, and I'm so happy it was recommended to me.
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  4. Sing, Unburied, Sing won the National Book Award last night.

    That’s two black people winning it in a row with The Underground Railroad last year!
    And this year the finalists were basically all POC authors with Pachinko, The Leavers and Her Body and Other Parties.
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  6. So excited to read Lincoln in the Bardo.
  7. LTG


    Goodreads awards are never going to reward actually the best books of the year, because you need to have had a certain number of people read your book before voting. Also who has time to read a representative sample of books that come out in a certain year to actually have a valid opinion over which are the best. It just becomes whoever has the biggest stanbase wins.
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  8. Sure, but it's still curious how many books that pop up in longlists and shortlists in many literary prizes pop up here as well.

    I'm mostly surprised at those that took the crowns/podiums.

    I had guessed it's mostly about the hype that a book causes.
    That's why I expected The Ministry to be much higher, since it was everywhere with the whole "Booker prize winner is back after 20 years!!" ads, but it's at 15th!?
    Same goes with Exit West, so timely published during the refugee crisis, getting to 6th.

    And yet, the most voted one is Little Fires Everywhere, which I have barely heard of before.
    Second one is Bear Town, which is a ????? from me.
    And third is a debut novel that I know because it's shortlisted for the Costa.

    So... either there is a very big Goodreads community that want to push for one of those Goodreads authors or the books are actually popular (where tho?).


    Also, the Top 5 in Fiction (and 5 non-fiction) according to The New York Times:

    - Autumn, by Ali Smith
    - Exit West, by Mohsim Hamid
    - Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
    - The Power, Naomi Alderman
    - Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

    ñeñeñeñeñeñeñe I've only read one
  9. Finished my 144th book of the year today, meeting my goal of doubling my 77 from last year. Out of those 144 picks, the standouts have been:

    Mindset - Carol Dweck - one of the best social psychology books I've read

    When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi - a poignant, thought-provoking memoir written by a neurosurgeon still in his training who is diagnosed with and dies from cancer

    The Ghost Map - Steven Johnson - a story about the 1854 Broad Street cholera epidemic in London in the perspective of how diseases and medicine's approach to them has changed from then to now

    East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart - Susan Butler - I know there are many Amelia Earhart biographies out there which I haven't read, but this one was amazing

    The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson - I read several of Larson's books this year, but this one was far above the rest. It's a true story set against the backdrop of the 1893 Columbian Exposition ("the white city"), a world's fair held in Chicago, that first featured innovations of the time like the Ferris Wheel and incandescent lighting. The accounts of the planning, construction, and aftermath of the fair are juxtaposed with the story of "the devil," possibly the most deranged true-life murderer ever, whose legend loomed over the fair.

    The Oregon Trail - Rinker Buck - a fascinating account of two brothers' modern covered wagon crossing of the Oregon Trail, a series of rudimentary roads (decades before the US's interstate highway system) the pioneers of yesteryear used to travel westward.

    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan - a memoir of the author's experience with a rare (but treatable, if caught early enough) type of autoimmune encephalitis caused by autoantibodies to her brain's NMDA receptors. She went from being a high-functioning reporter at a New York newspaper to being extremely ill. At the time she developed this condition (~2009), it wasn't very well-known, and she was misdiagnosed many times before the correct diagnosis was established. Since then, there's become a broader awareness of this biological, reversible reason for psychosis, though it's still exceedingly rare.

    The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee - a fascinating look at how cancer has been viewed and treated across the ages, from the perspective of a hematologist/oncologist in training.

    Honorable mentions

    Trials of the Earth - Mary Mann Hamilton - a supposedly-nonfiction memoir of a pioneer woman who journeyed across the Midwest and Southern US in the 1800s. Fascinating but kind of dubious.

    The Lost City of the Monkey God - a journalist's account of the recent discovery and excavation of an abandoned city in the Honduran rainforest. The last quarter of the book, which details the tropical diseases the discovery team acquired while slumming it in the rainforest, is a bit much.

    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall - a fascinating narrative of modern-day super-marathons and ultrarunners (including the since-deceased, mysterious Micah True) intertwined with the story of the Tarahumara native people of Mexico. I couldn't quite get behind the argument for barefoot running, because ouch.
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  10. Remember like 4 years ago when Goodreads used to be so lit that even the authors started rebelling?
  11. I just finished reading You Can't Spell America Without Me and even though it is purported to be written by Kurt Andersen and Alec Baldwin, I'm not convinced that they didn't "wiretapp" Trump and just print a transcript. They nailed Money Boo Boo's speech cadences, his favorite words, his trademark phrasing... well done guys.

    Speaking of actor books, Tom Hanks has a collection of short stories out and the 2x Oscar winner is actually a pretty strong writer!
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  12. Can I have some details on this? I never really used it myself.
  13. Basically since Goodreads is kind of known for their snarky reviews, authors would read them, get butt hurt, and comment on the reviews by attacking the reviewer. Sometimes authors of different books not associated with the one that got reviewed would get involved.

    Here's some info on it:

    And an author ended up stalking a reviewer one time based on an bad review.

    And then people lashed out and called a bunch of reviewers bullies and a website called stopthegoodreadsbullies.com was made.The cite is defunct now but here's an explanation of it. http://stopthegrbullies.net/

    It was lit.
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  14. ^ I remember reading all that drama a while ago.
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  15. I'm currently on "Look At Me" by Jennifer Egan, and she just writes with a voice that I just can't put down.
    I don't think it'll beat A Visit From The Goon Squad (where is my limited run drama if that masterpiece), but it's going well.
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  16. My mother keeps giving me David Baldacci novels and I'm too polite to refuse. I need to stop reading them. They started poor and each subsequent one gets worse.
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  17. I'm still trying to get my Zen on by reading The Wisdom Of Sundays. It's good.
  18. I finished reading Mark Manson's "The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F***", and it's honestly one of the most truthful and genuine books I've read. It totally gave me a reality check.
  19. ... how?!?!?!
    And here I was feeling proud that I read 15 this year.

    I just read the so famous Cat Person story and I kind of understand the craze around it.
    Looking forward to the aurhor's first novel.
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  20. Most of those are audiobooks that I listen to while exercising, working around the house, or before bed. I also usually listen at 1.5x or 2x speed since the narration is usually painfully slow at 1x.

    If I'm reading a paper book, I try to set aside 15 minutes each day to read it.
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