Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.
I loved Nocturnes. There’s a story about a plastic surgery kiki and it’s fantastic.
This makes me so happy
Just finished the first of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series which I enjoyed but didn’t think it lived up to the hype of the online reviews (which is starting to become a common occurrence!) Before that I read The Kind Worth Killing because that also had rave reviews on some of the book vloggers I follow - but I thought it was terribly written and had to force myself to finish it.
I’ve now started The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch which has drawn me in so far. Hoping it’ll be a more enjoyable read than the first few books of this year have been!
Currently reading Chernobyl Prayer before I watch Chernobyl. It's devastating, but oddly poetically beautiful? I keep Googling some of the people in the book to see if they're still alive.
Stillicide is a wonderful little book.
I have started reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and i can tell it is going to be another harrowing and depressing read.
I am ready.
I'm reading Ronan Farrow's Catch & Kill and it's... infuriating. Hearing all these accounts of what Harvey got away with while feeling Ronan's frustration as the story is blocked at every stop is maddening. The fact that he – and so many other powerful men – got away so much for decades while all of these women had their lives destroyed is heartbreaking. Hearing how the men blocking the story at NBC had their own past issues with misogyny and even sexual assault made my skin crawl. Ronan has a flair for dramatics that can get a bit much at times, but the book reads like a spy thriller and is truly hard to put down. He's incredibly brave to have continued pushing this story despite so much opposition, not to mention outright threats to his safety.
After over 5 months, I finally finished A Little Life, and wow. Just wow. I had to keep putting it down, just to stop myself from uncontrollably crying, but I’m so so glad I finished it. It was so profoundly moving to me and I just wanted to live in the little world
Jude and Willem created for themselves. I know things can never last, but I at least thought that Jude could finally be happy. I was absolutely distraught when Willem and Malcolm died, and I just wanted to hug him, console him, heal him, but deep down I knew he would never heal without him. Literally there are not a lot of things I can say that have actually changed my life, but I feel so strongly about this book. It had such a profound effect on me, I feel like my life will be different because of it.
I'm being a basic bitch and reading The Testaments, I'm finding it very meh at the moment. Someone please tell me it gets better?
I enjoyed it in a page turner kind of way when it gets going about halfway through but i didn’t find it as good as The Handmaid’s Tale. I guess it depends on what you’re not enjoying about it?
Yes, this. I enjoyed the process of reading it but everything was so heavily foreshadowed I felt like I knew everything well before it happened. And, strangely, I didn't walk away from the book feeling like it had much to say? I was surprised by that.
Aunt Lydia is iconique, though.
Yeah she probably my favourite part of the Testaments. The end of Handmaid’s Tale frustrated me because I wanted to know what happened next, but the end of Testaments was somehow less enjoyable because everything was wrapped up so neatly.
Thanks for the replies! I'm a little way in and it just seems a bit dull and straight forward at the moment. I'm hoping it livens up as I go on. I guess I expected a bit more from it based on Handmaid's Tale.
Absolutely loved Evelyn Hugo but moved onto the similarly critically acclaimed Daisy Jones & The Six by the same author (charting the rise and fall of a late 70s Fleetwood Mac style US rockband) and was massively underwhelmed.
I think it was the overabundance of awful male narrators that killed it for me. It was also, by virtue of the subject matter, very hetty and white (the Donna Summer-inspired sidekick character was laughably underdeveloped and only popped up when Daisy needed rescuing) and while I know that the made-up “hit” songs were not aimed at a PJ audience, they sounded like a load of cringeworthy rubbish.
Had this on my list for a while. Finally getting round to reading it.
Read Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You over the weekend.
I felt that.
So I realised I've not read anything because I've been stuck on this and I just had to give up. The male authors, just like male singers, actors etc. are not for me I guess.
I got Mrs. Dalloway as a present yesterday and while it is not an easy read (the translation is not it), I've already read around 70 pages and I'm loving the queerness of it.
Can't wait to finish so I can delve more into Woolf's world.
I low key hated Mrs Dalloway.
I think I need to be in a very specific state of mind to read anything by Woolf.
I finished Where Reasons End and... didn't like it much.
It felt more like an exercise around language and whatnot than an actual novel? Meh.
I'm thinking of checking Normal People now to see what the fuss was about.
I ended up gobbling up Bluets in one sitting.
It was interesting. Borderline porn literature at points, which I did not expect.
Gonna leave Normal People for later and finally dive into Northern Lights.
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