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

  1. I’ve never read anything other than a physical book. I considered a kindle for a while when my eyes started going but never for round to it. It might be worthwhile eventually though.

    I’ve not read tales or the other wind but I agree on your order.
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  2. I usually buy myself one physical book a month, because you really can’t beat the feel. I also have a kindle but I’ve never really fallen in love with it? The lack of colour can make using it feel slightly... dull. I’ve been reading on my iPad recently and while I was dubious initially, overall it’s a pretty enjoyable reading experience. The only issue being it doesn’t do well in sunlight, which is where the kindle really makes it’s case.
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  3. Yeah I do enjoy Kindle on its own merits but I do find myself having a hard time concentrating on what I’m reading when I use it. It does make the whole experience somewhat faceless and almost too functional?

    It is a sentiment a lot of people relate to, but the whole ritualistic aspect of owning a physical book - flipping pages, texture and smell of paper, closing down the book as you finish reading it - that’s hard to beat.
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  4. I have both. I’ll always prefer physical books, but I’m only precious about a physical copy when I think I’ll want to keep it, or the cover is really nice.

    I actually received these from my partner for Christmas. And dear reader, I’m going to marry him. They’re beautiful.
  5. I read parent first and was like "okay..........." ñññ

    I have a list of physicals I want to get. It might or might not be based on this type of lists.
  6. I finished The Nickel Boys last night - what a powerful, sobering read. Not coming from the US, I had never heard of reform schools and how recent they are in terms of history. I thought Colson Whitehead captured the coming of age years and maturing of Elwood as he grows up at Nickel really well done and after I finished the book, I sat in stunned silence for a while.
    After Girl, Woman, Other I’m 2/2 for great books this year (even if I’m reading at a glacial pace compared to normal).

    Next up is Wow, no thank you by Samantha Irby which is going to be very different I can tell!
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  7. Can anyone recommend any good thrillers? I'm in the mood for one right now, but everything seems so...blah.
  8. No plans to marry any family members, thankfully.
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  9. I’m not huge on thrillers, but just had a look back to see what ones I’ve read in the last few years...
    • Three Hours - not particularly groundbreaking, but an interesting take on a school hostage situation
    • The Plotters - Kinda gruesome, lots of fun
    • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - probably more of a mystery, but might sate a thriller itch
    • Recursion - FANTASTIC, as long as you are okay with a sci-fi angle
    • A Gentleman in Moscow - okay, probably not quite a thriller, but felt pretty pacy like one, and I found it a delightful surprise
    Oh, and if you haven’t read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels, they’re all great.
  10. I'm about a third of the way through The Last Mrs. Parrish right now, which is a thriller. It's a page-turner but not exactly literature, if you know what I mean. As long as you're fine with that I'd recommend it. Especially if you're looking for more relaxed reading or a million descriptions about fashion.
  11. Erin Kelly and Louise Candlish both write good thrillers - well-written but very easy to read. I'd recommend He Said/She Said and Our House respectively as good starting points.
  12. Thanks for the recommendations everyone! Also @Alphableat, Gillian Flynn owns this h*le
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  13. I just finished What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster, the author of Halsey Street. There were a lot of characters and back and forth time jumps, but I thought it was a good story about what defines us and how we define ourselves
  14. I just finished The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro and I loved it. My interpretation of the plot is that

    everyone who Ryder meets, every situation he gets involved with, is a version of himself or some absurd replay of an event from his childhood. He's trying to reconcile events from his bad childhood and "saving the city" is a metaphor for his attempt to save his parents marriage. Inevitably , he can't do it.

    I was thoroughly engaged and didn't find it challenging like some people at all. It made Klara And The Sun, which I read immediately beforehand, feel somewhat lightweight in comparison to this mammoth.
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  15. I invented discovered reading for pleasure last year after graduating so lemme start using this thread...

  16. jk welcome!
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  17. Just to keep y'all up to date on my read books for 2021 so far:

    - Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin - Astounding collections of essays about race, gentrification and masculinity.
    - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - Probably as 'fun' as dystopian fiction can get.
    - Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - Phenomenal collection of essays and interviews reflecting on British immigration
    - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski - Tedious at points but some great moments about how much of pleasure is dictated by the brain rather than your generals.
    - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I'VE EVER READ I FUCKING LOVED IT, INVENTED SCI-FI.
    - Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri - One of the most meticulously-researched books I've ever read, incredibly informative.
    - We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - Great plot but the writing style was hard to get past at points.
  18. Booker Prize International 2021 Longlist:

    Shortlist on April 22th!
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  20. Ishiguro has been in every TV show and podcast that touches books and he deserves it all! The amount of podcast episodes I have saved for whenever ññ

    Re: Klara
    It took me two weeks to get to the middle bit of the book and yesterday I almost gulped down the other half (yay holidays?) but I stopped myself cause Part Four was... intense. I expected something morbid, but gosh.
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