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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Just finished The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and absolutely loved it.


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SchwaGrrrl wrote:
Just finished The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and absolutely loved it.


I just read that recently, too.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:41 am 
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SchwaGrrrl wrote:
Just finished The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and absolutely loved it.


I'm keen to read that, but waiting for it to arrive at the library.

I've just finished 'Writing With Intent', a collection of Margaret Atwood's non-fiction work - some essays, book reviews, forewords for other writers, etc. There were a couple of bits that I skipped, but everything I read, I loved. It's largely a collection that talks about why and how people write, and my favourite parts are about what she was aiming for when she was planning and writing books like 'Alias Grace', 'Oryx and Crake' and 'The Handmaid's Tale'. It seems like there are a few Atwood fans on here, so if you haven't read this already I would recommend it.


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A Hologram for the King, and I'm really loving it. I just finished Dede Crane's Every Happy Family and it was kind of life-changing. Oh reading, I love you.


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Started Mean Little Deaf Queer by Terry Galloway yesterday. It's really entertaining so far.


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Finished The Golem and the Jinni early this morning. I really enjoyed it. Most remarkable is that it's a first novel. I thought it was incredibly well-written. I wish I could think of some examples.

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I just finished the Depeche Mode biography. It was pretty good. I actually learned a lot about them.

I'm now on Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. It's been on my to-read list for ages (probably recommended by a PPKer), and I just happened to see it in the library when I dropped off books last weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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Recently I read Lionel Shriver's 'Big Brother.' It was good, but not quite on par with 'We Need To Talk About Kevin.' Interesting ideas about family boundaries and how size is looked at in our society.

Yesterday I finished 'The Silent Wife,' which was in the same vein as 'Gone Girl.' Fun read, couldn't put it down.

The reason I came here to post though, is that I also picked up and started my first foray into Shirley Jackson: 'The Lottery and Other Stories,' and I'm loving it so far. I'm about a third of the way through and the stories are dark in a really unusual way. Very subtle compared to today's pop culture.
ANNNDDD, if you have a Kindle, right now its $3.28.


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Oh, and another vote for 'A Fault in Our Stars.' I wasn't sure about it from the description, but I'm glad I gave it a read.


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I finished Remarkable Creatures. I LOVED it! It was so compelling, and it makes me want to read more about Mary Anning. I might pick up a biography of her.

I'm on to The Orphan Master's Son next. It's such a huge book! I'm not used to lugging around huge books since I got my Kindle.

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I finished Remarkable Creatures. I LOVED it! It was so compelling, and it makes me want to read more about Mary Anning. I might pick up a biography of her.

I'm on to The Orphan Master's Son next. It's such a huge book! I'm not used to lugging around huge books since I got my Kindle.


Ha--I didn't even realize The Orphan Master's Son was a huge book because I read it on my Nook.

I'm reading Racing Weight, Thrive, and still Portrait of an Unknown Woman. I am no good at reading multiple books at a time though.

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The reason I came here to post though, is that I also picked up and started my first foray into Shirley Jackson: 'The Lottery and Other Stories,' and I'm loving it so far. I'm about a third of the way through and the stories are dark in a really unusual way. Very subtle compared to today's pop culture.
ANNNDDD, if you have a Kindle, right now its $3.28.

I love SJ's style so much. Understated, subtle, very clear and effective with no trace of ego in her work. She's right out of the way and just letting the story operate. The Lottery is my all-time favorite short story. And boy, I've read tons of short stories in my life!

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I've been wanting to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by SJ for a long time now.

My Leonard Cohen bio expires in two days (library ebook) and I still haven't finished it. I hate leaving books unfinished but I've been reading it for like eight months now. Maybe it's time to let it go.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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blondiefk wrote:
I've been wanting to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by SJ for a long time now.
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Im currently re-reading it and I NEVER re-read.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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reading lolita right now.


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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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I am re-reading 50 shades of grey, and while I loved it the first time (don't hate me) now I see how really horrible it is.
I need to start reading some of the books that I bought and never started.

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Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol. Scandinavian noir, one of my favorite genres.

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reading lolita right now.



This is one of my favorite books. It's so well written. I love the opening sentence when he talks about how Lolita as a name sounds and feels when spoken.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:13 am 
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Yeah, Nabakov is a razzledazzlemattaz kinda writer. Just amazing. I saw a lecture once where a prof said something to the effect of Nabakov (never sure if I spell his name right--it's those a/o's between first/second syllables that throw me in names like his), if he were a tennis player, he'd be returning the ball through his legs and doing all kinds of tricks--not just volleying back and forth to get the job done. That's how he writes. He's also quite the logician, methinks (in real life he was into chess mastery and hugely into insects--particularly butterflies if I remember correctly), and has layers and layers of meanings hidden under whatever his stories seems to be about (I was especially struck by this when I read his short story Signs & Symbols).

I'm struggling through my Under the Bridge book about the Reena Virk murder. It's the teen perspective that's doing me in for it.

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reading lolita right now.



This is one of my favorite books. It's so well written. I love the opening sentence when he talks about how Lolita as a name sounds and feels when spoken.

In my opinion the best opening paragraph in any book, ever.

I recently finished The Cuckoo's Calling and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, and now I'm reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.


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+1 on loving Lolita. The skill Nabakov wields in making the reader actually like Humbert, despite his actions, is quite amazing. Fans of dystopian novels should try to track down Bend Sinister by Nabakov.


I just started The Ground Beneath her Feet by Rushdie. Seems like the kinda of book that I am going to enjoy, and reading Rushdie is almost always time well spent.


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elouise wrote:
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reading lolita right now.



This is one of my favorite books. It's so well written. I love the opening sentence when he talks about how Lolita as a name sounds and feels when spoken.

In my opinion the best opening paragraph in any book, ever.

Yeah, it's something!

The part I most remember from Lolita is his description of her playing tennis.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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Anek wrote:
I am re-reading 50 shades of grey, and while I loved it the first time (don't hate me) now I see how really horrible it is.
I need to start reading some of the books that I bought and never started.

Horribly written or horrible in its' message? Or both?

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