Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.
Please can you guys tell us what the bad books are so that we can also swerve them!
Transcription - Kate Atkinson
Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss
Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
Naturally Tan - Tan France
AVOID THEM!!!! Mind you, I read these after I finished A Little Life so maybe I'm still a bit affected by that book to properly enjoy anything else.
Don't Wake Up - Liz Lawler
An Unwanted Guest - Shari Lapena (very disappointing as I usually like Shari)
Remember Me This Way - Sabine Durtant (again, another book by an author I usually like but this was just average)
I genuinely think A Little Life is affecting my mental health.
I read it on a succession of beaches in Cambodia and it was bad enough while relaxing on holiday.
I finished it in 9 days and they were the most distressing days of my life.
I’m reading Ling Ma’s Severance and loooooooving it.
I finished it. I cried.
Jude’s death was inevitable, but did she really need to leave Lucien in a vegetative state? To kill off Andy and Richard just pages later? To leave JB alive but with such a cloud over him? Oh, Hanya.
But yes, when Harold found the recording of Jude singing I sobbed.
It really feels like it’s taken a toll on me, but I loved it.
I have 'A Little Life' on my bedroom table. I can move it ahead of the trashy romance novels and do a similar thing.
Guys I don't read that much these days but I have been having another typical emotional upset these last few weeks and picked up She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox and it is fucking brilliant. It is a collection of poems and I swear it is helping me sort my head out so if you like poetry then I recommend it.
Has anyone read Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise? I just finished it and whaaaaat a trip that was. I just need someone to take me through the ending as I can’t find any relevant discussion online.
Booker Prize shortlist is out.
The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
Ducks, Newburyport - Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie Obioma
Quichotte - Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak
I can see Atwood winning this just so the prize gets some free advertisement with the TV show going on and all that.
I went to Lispenard St last week and went and stood outside the exact apartment mentioned in the book and it didn’t help. I felt sad all over again. Ugh.
I don't know why I was drawn to it, but I clicked to see what Ducks, Newburyport was about. And now I'm even more drawn and horrified in equal measure.
ddd I bought it because of that. It's probably the biggest and thickest book in my shelves at the moment.
God knows when I'll get around to it, cause it seems like a book that you need to focus on completely and that will take... a whole month to read? :/
Also, here's an extract from The Testaments.
I finally finished A Little Life and I wish I was able to get all those hours back. How that trauma porn has been so lauded is beyond me.
I think it's one of those books that you either love or hate.
Even if it's trauma porn, it's beautifully written and it awakened all sorts of emotions in me. Which is rare for a book to do.
I picked up The People in the Trees, her other book, the other day. I did really enjoy A Little Life but it does border on unbearable sometimes.
In my recent trip to London I bought Graham Norton's A Keep novel. I'll make my review ASAP.
What do you do with your finished or cancel books physically?
I give most of them to my mother.
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