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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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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Mister Tee » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:48 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.)

It's not my norm, either -- it took me a month or two to get through The Goldfinch (even though I liked it). This book just compelled me to keep reading.

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.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby The Original BJ » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:14 am

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.)

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Mister Tee » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:20 pm

A Little Life is a major piece of work. Elegantly written, covering an enormous amount of ground despite being largely centered on four characters in a single setting (New York City). I found myself simultaneously wanting to keep reading and to slow it down, to stay within its covers for a longer time. And I found much of it emotionally overwhelming (partly because of elements of my own life that have equivalents in the book).

Being me, I of course have some quibbles, but they're probably better saved for another thread, to avoid spoilers. What I'll say here is, this a hugely ambitious and successful novel, and I recommend it highly.

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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby flipp525 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:17 pm

If anyone is reading A Little Life, you might also want to follow it on Instagram (@alittlelifebook). There are passages from the book paired with commissioned photography and it is quite beautiful. The Instagram account is also co-run by the author which is an exciting direct conduit to her. Yanagihara found out about my book club cookies (via the bakery actually) and posted a picture of them to Instagram with a caption about what a wonderful tribute they were to her book. This was obviously very thrilling for me being such a huge fan of her novel.

I'm reading E.M. Forster's A Passage to India right now and I'm finding it a very luscious, almost daring in spots, read. After not having seen the film in quite some time, I'm marveling at how much Lean's film captures that initial scene between Dr. Aziz and Mrs. Moore meeting in the mosque at night which is one of the scenes etched in my memory. It's such a moment.
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby flipp525 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:44 am

So glad, Okri. I'm excited for you (and Tee and whoever else) to read it so we can open up a discussion about it here.

For my book club meeting of A Little Life last night, I commissioned a local baker to recreate (this won't mean anything to you if you haven't read the book yet and is totally non-spoilerish) the bacteria-shaped sugar cookies that Jude makes for Harold and Julia when he's working at a bakery called "Batter" during his law school days. It's a small moment in the novel, but I thought it was very emblematic of the character. My friends loved it. And the woman who made them for me was a double chemistry/biology major in college so this was totally in her wheelhouse. I'm seriously a nerd, but I had to do something special for such a special book.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Re: What's everybody reading?

Postby Okri » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:41 pm

Flipp has convinced me to purchase A Little Life.


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