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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby danfrank » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:13 pm

Recent reads:

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: Dazzling and brilliant first half; second half a bit pulp-y for my taste

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: Total entertainment, charming, witty. Would make a good film

Less by Andrew Sean Greer: It's great that a novel like this won the Pulitzer. This is super-funny, smart, poignant. And written by a gay local (SF) boy! I strongly recommend this one.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin: Baldwin is always brilliant, though I would say that this is not his best novel (Another Country is, in my mind). He steps outside the characters/story to make sociopolitical points a bit much. The movie, which I liked a lot, follows the book very closely in both plot and structure until the very end. The movie leaves out an important (tragic) plot element.

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Postby ksrymy » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:59 pm

Since the beginning of the year, I've finished Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Michelle Obama's Becoming, and Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. I think I'm going to start my Black History Month binge early with Esi Edugyan's Washington Black and Richard Wright's Native Son.
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Okri » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:28 pm

Finished Ohio by Stephen Markley and The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:20 pm

It seems like A Little Life sapped the life out of this thread nearly four years ago haha.

I recently (finally!) got Infinite Jest out of the way so it's probably a good time to start hacking away at the piles (and piles) of unread books in my library: Dickens, Tolstoy, etc. I left off in the middle of the second book of Proust's epic novel a few years ago so that will be the next assignment.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby flipp525 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:13 pm

Yes, let’s definitely revive this thread. I’m currently reading David B. Feinberg’s Eighty-Sixed (Viking, 1989). It’s a classsic in the 1980s literature of AIDS. It’s very sharply written with quite a bit of sardonic wit in the ‘1980’ section (in the latter half of the novel, ‘1986’ the plague has obviously hit the milieu and the tone changes). I’m planning on reading the sequel, Spontaneous Combustion (Viking, 1991) next which follows what’a next for B.J. Rosenthal as the AIDS epidemic continues into the late 80s and early 90s.
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Postby HarryGoldfarb » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:22 pm

Lord of the World (1907), by Robert Hugh Benson... so far so good...
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:42 am

I tend to be a serial book-hopper with two or three going at a time. I haven't posted on here in almost three years, so I have a gigantic list I could discuss. At another time...

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Okri » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:24 pm

I won't read the same type of book at the same time, but I tend to read fiction and non fiction concurrently, with theatre thrown in for good measure.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Greg » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:39 pm

flipp525 wrote:So, I just basically said I was one thing and then showed two examples where I haven't done that thing. (Just call me a GOP Presidential candidate.)


And, being a Navy contractor, you're a GOP Presidential candidate with actual government experience; therefore, you're a losing GOP Presidential candidate.
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby FilmFan720 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:32 pm

I'm a double dipper pretty regularly, usually because I have one thing on my desk at school that I can read during the student's silent reading time (right now: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe) and one thing at home (A Little Life). Even then, many times I may have 2 books going at home. I'm like that!
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby flipp525 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:13 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Apart from my college years, when I had separate piles for Books I'm supposed to read and Books I want to read, I've been strictly a serial monogamist re: books. Nonfiction would be the only sort of book I'd even consider reading in installments; for any novel, even a pulp one, narrative build-up/payoff is such an integral part if the work it would feel unfair to the work to break it up -- like watching the first act of a play one week and seeing other plays in between before returning to the second act a week later.

I'm with Tee on being a serial book monogamist (I like that term). For the most part. At one point during A Little Life, I did take a small break to read a slim collection of Lorrie Moore short stories (Bark), but that was mainly because I was literally having nightmares and just needed a couple days away from the book (which anyone who's read it would understand).

I'm currently reading Wally Lamb's We Are Water and Jon Krakauer's Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town simultaneously. I'm only "double-fisting" at the moment because I was so bored (and unimpressed) by the Lamb, that I picked up the Krakauer which is much better (and non-fiction so not something I need to keep the momentum going for necessarily).

So, I just basically said I was one thing and then showed two examples where I haven't done that thing. (Just call me a GOP Presidential candidate.)
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Mister Tee » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:22 am

Apart from my college years, when I had separate piles for Books I'm supposed to read and Books I want to read, I've been strictly a serial monogamist re: books. Nonfiction would be the only sort of book I'd even consider reading in installments; for any novel, even a pulp one, narrative build-up/payoff is such an integral part if the work it would feel unfair to the work to break it up -- like watching the first act of a play one week and seeing other plays in between before returning to the second act a week later.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby dws1982 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:35 pm

How does everyone read? What I mean is, do you do the traditional route of reading one book at a time, or do you keep a few books going at once?

For years, I was pretty strict about doing one book at a time, but I was also really bad about starting books and never finishing them. Back in the spring time, a friend who gets through a lot of books told me that he tends to keep several going at a time. At first I did three books at a time, usually a chapter or two a night, but since then I haven't been as rigid about that. Sometimes I'll do that, but sometimes I'll read on one book for a day or two and then put it up and read another one for a day or two.

Now that I've started doing several at a time, I'm surprised at how much I've gotten through this year. I'm at 14 and counting so far, and I've even kept up since starting grad school this fall.

Not many of the books I've read would be of much interest to many here--right now I'm in a phase of books that relate to the Protestant Reformation and Reformed Theology--yep, Calvin's doorstopper magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion is one of the next on the list.

Here's the list though:
Pictures At a Revolution, Mark Harris
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne Poland, Jan T. Gross
Silence, Shusaku Endo
Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
All Quiet On the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare
The Lost History of Christianity, Philip Jenkins
Our Town, Thornton Wilder
Counterculture, David Platt
Troubled Minds, Amy Simpson
Knowing God, J. I. Packer
Five Points, John Piper
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
The Five Points of Calvinism, David Steele

Currently going through A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and Great War by Joseph Loconte, On Writing Well by William Zinsser, Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul, and To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson.

Trying to decide which novel I want to read next, but I've got Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow and Leif Enger's Peace Like A River sitting on the coffee table. Also got dozens unread on my bookshelf in the other room.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Okri » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:36 pm

The Original BJ wrote:Well, you all have convinced me to order A Little Life, although unlike Mister Tee, there is no way I will be able to get through a 700 page novel in two weeks. (I also just got Mark Harris's Five Came Back, and may tackle that first, but we'll see.)


Not knowing the pace you read (and the busy-ness of life), I will say that I started on Sunday and will probably finish tomorrow or Friday.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby The Original BJ » Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:57 pm

Mister Tee wrote:It's actually a good time to read Five Came Back -- a quite worthy book -- because TCM throughout September is showing the war documentaries with which the book deals.


That was actually what inspired me to get to it right now. I had heard Mark Harris talk about the book on a panel at the LA Times Book Festival back in April (also when I stopped by the autograph booth to have him sign my copy of Pictures at a Revolution!), but that was a big weekend for book-buying and it just slipped my mind until I realized the opportunity to read and watch the films (some of which are virtually unavailable) was too good to pass up.


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