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What are you reading?

1001 Books to read before you die

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Oct 30, 2017, 7:02am Top

I miss our 'What are you reading?' topic, especially as I am finally reading a book of the list again! I have had a big slump in reading books of the list, but I try to get over it with Invisible Man, one that should help as I read the reviews of it.

What are you reading?

Oct 30, 2017, 2:07pm Top

The October topic is here:

I guess this will serve as the November topic ;)

Nov 1, 2017, 7:35am Top

Happy Dia de los Muertos?

For November, I am trying to finish up all the books I was reading for October -- Zorba the Greek and A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement.

Nov 1, 2017, 2:24pm Top

I'm in the last quarter of Woolf's The Years. It's a really slow-burning thing that gets better and better.

Nov 2, 2017, 10:23am Top

I'm reading Crash by J.G. Ballard. It's really disturbing. It's one of the few books I have contemplated not finishing. It is short though, and I only have two more chapters to go. I do not recommend.

Nov 2, 2017, 11:09am Top

#5 Heartily agree - it is one of the most grim things I've read. Unfortunately it's also one that's stuck with me.

Nov 4, 2017, 11:36am Top

>2 ELiz_M: Oh, I’m sorry, I somehow missed that ome!

Nov 4, 2017, 12:13pm Top

I'm reading Cider with Rosie. I have to read 4 more list books before the end of the year to reach my goal of 25. I think I can do it!

Nov 8, 2017, 5:46pm Top

I finally finished Metamorphoses which took me forever. (It's hard to read fast + work has seriously intervened with my reading.) Next up will be last month's monthly read as I wait for City of God to arrive from the library.

Nov 10, 2017, 4:46pm Top

I am reading City of God for the monthly read and listening to Brave New World. I knew bits of the story for BNW but somehow missed reading it when my contemporaries were taking it in school. It was a surprise to me to figure out that the title comes from Miranda's speech towards the end of The Tempest.

Nov 11, 2017, 1:00pm Top

>4 defaults: I too am on a Virginia Woolf -- mine's Jacob's Room which I am enjoying a lot. It was actually helpful to read the very long introduction to understand what Woolf was trying to do here, because it's a book in which nothing happens but happening is not the point.

Nov 11, 2017, 3:25pm Top

I have finished Back and Bebo's Girl and am now struggling with Contempt.

Nov 11, 2017, 4:26pm Top

>11 annamorphic: I found Jacob's Room tricky reading because many scenes seemed to depend on the reader's knowledge of social mores and customs then current, significantly more so than in other works of hers—a century later in a different country I could really have used some footnotes.

I finished Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto and started The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector. They both address a dark theme with incongruously chatty narration, death and loneliness in one and poverty and deprivation in the other.

Nov 12, 2017, 7:50pm Top

I just started White Noise, one of the shorter DeLillo's I have on hand. I'm feeling very far behind for the year- haven't added very many to my tally!

Nov 14, 2017, 4:54am Top

I just finished The Mayor of Casterbridge and I'm now starting Adam Bede. Getting lost in old pastoral England.

Nov 17, 2017, 12:03am Top

I finished The Unconsoled and started another super-slow one, Green Henry.

Nov 21, 2017, 9:18am Top

I read Edith Wharton's Summer on Saturday - a wonderful novella.

>5 BentleyMay:, >6 BekkaJo: I do have Crash on deck to read - a bit apprehensive though!

Nov 22, 2017, 6:01am Top

Currently reading The Forsyte Saga. I'm about 20% through and I've got to admit, I've read better sagas. It's very Whartonish, whose novels I abhor; although I'm liking her short stories and Ethan Frome at 116 pages. I'm also reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but I can't find it on the 1001 list??

Nov 22, 2017, 8:14am Top

It's definitely on the 2006 version - I think it may have been dropped from 2008? Don't have the right spreadsheet to hand!

Nov 22, 2017, 1:45pm Top

>18 tess_schoolmarm: >19 BekkaJo: It's in all editions - keep reading!

Nov 22, 2017, 4:06pm Top

Just finished Pride and Prejudice, so I'm done with 1/3rd of the Austen Oeuvre. Just started Mansfield Park, which will bring me to half her canon when I'm done. I find it sad that she didn't live long enough to write more! Packed in quite the career in such a short time!

Nov 23, 2017, 10:45am Top

I've finished 2001: A Space Odyssey and am currently reading The Good Soldier.

Nov 24, 2017, 2:52am Top

Now reading The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers which is incredibly full of nautical details and includes necessary maps and charts that are very small and difficult to read. It does have redeeming features, though!

Nov 27, 2017, 11:37am Top

Plugging away at DeLillo's White Noise, and I don't know how I feel about it yet. It's got a very 70's feel, and I can't tell if he's trying to be mocking or funny or both.

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