Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.
I’ve started The Goldfinch in anticipation of the movie... but I’m finding it a bit dull.
The writing is beautiful, but it took me a very long while to finish.
Which is why I'm putting off The Secret History for a bitsy.
The Goldfinch took me more than a month to read, but I read The Secret History in a few days. The Goldfinch needed an editor but I thought The Secret History was perfect at the time.
Well this is disappointing. It’s one of my ‘next up’ reads.
The Secret History flies by though.
Maybe you'll like it better tho!
I'm now reading Tokarczuk's Flights and... I don't get how it's catalogued as a novel? It's basically random notes about her thoughts on travelling with some fiction bits inserted in the middle. But I need to finish it.
I finished An American Marriage by Tayari Jones the other day. I was massively underwhelmed considering the praise it's received. Has anyone else read it?
I thought the first half of The Secret History was 5/5 but the second half
dwindled to a 3/5 for me.
I found the anticipation of the murder completely gripping so then when it happened the steam ran out a bit for me.
It was beautifully written and was simply enjoyable to just absorb her prose. The same can definitely be said of The Goldfinch, even if it is a little tedious.
After a spate of reading a load of patchy thrillers (including The Outsider by Stephen King, The Woman in the Window by A J Finn and A Version of the Truth by B P Walter) I started something more literary last night with Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale.
I've only read a chapter so far, but it already feels like something I'll enjoy. His book Rough Music is one of my all time faves.
The New Yorker expose on A J Finn is way spicier than his book.
Oh exciting - I'll check it out thanks!
That book felt very samey to The Girl On The Train. Even the title!
What about an PopJustice Exchange Book Club?
The Woman In The Window was fucking awful. I’ve read a lot of just ok thrillers but I actively hated that one.
I’m only just starting The Secret History but I can’t put it down, which wasn’t the case for The Goldfinch, so I’d give it a go, Trinu
Well, I'm very glad I opened this thread today. What a ride.
That New Yorker exposé makes you look at videos like this in a different way
He'd still get it though
I'm reading a non-fiction book called If I Don't Make It, I Love You, which is a collection of essays and thoughts from survivors, family members of other people involved in school shootings. It's really hard hitting, but also inspiring in the way some of these people have come through tragedy and all the shit they've dealt with beyond PTSD.
Weirdly though, one person's (who had lost their child) input was strangely pro-Trump and very blaming of local jurisdiction rather than gun culture, which I found strange, even though the explanation of this perspective was quite large.
Currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Pretty great!
I found some audiobooks on Spotify and gave listening to one a go for the first time.
It was impossible. My mind is either really dim or thinking of too many things at once, but I just felt like nothing was going in. After 10 mins I couldn't remember anything of what had happened in the story. I just don't think my brain can process. I have friends who love audiobooks. I guess I'll be sticking to old fashioned reading.
I read The Testaments over a couple of days.
I didn’t think it was as good as The Handmaid’s Tale but I didn’t expect it to be. I enjoyed having three different perspectives but it meant that none were as fully fleshed out as Offred’s in the first book. Aunt Lydia’s was the most engaging.
I did really enjoyed the book and I stan Maggie’s current $ucc£$$ful period. I hope it makes a wider audience read her other books too.
I’m currently reading Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time, a detective story looking at the Princes in the Tower mystery.
Im actually reading the Handmaid’s Tale for the first time right now - I’m about halfway through, enjoying it so far. Margaret Atwood is a master wordsmith.
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