Reading Books in 2021

Use this thread to talk about books.


i’m reading The Corrections for the first time in 2021, for some reason


I’ve never read Franzen.

I know I probably should but I just don’t feel like I want to.

he’s the most 2000s author i can think of really, liked Freedom about 10 years ago though and picked this up in a chazza

here’s my storyville if anyone wants to be friends

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I like books. They are nice and good.

Currently reading The Whale by Philip Hoare. I didn’t like the introduction, but hopefully when he starts talking about whales instead if himself it’ll be interesting.


I’m reading A History Of The County Of Oxford, Volume 4 (City of Oxford) over the past couple of days. Obviously as with all this kind of thing it’s hard going, but it is pretty interesting to think about the Middle Ages a bit, and it has that nice quality that a lot of history books have of helping you understand different bits and pieces of your own experience

I am currently reading:

The Yiddish policemen’s union - Michael Chabon
Here - Richard McGuire
The free speech wars - edited by Charlotte Lydia Riley

I then have in my to read pile

From #blacklivesmatter to black liberation - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The nowhere men - Michael Calvin
Between the world and me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Out of thin air - Michael Crawley
Asterios Polyp - David Mazzucchelli

That will probably get me through to June

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I love YPU.


I’m enjoying it. Not as much as Kavalier and Klay but still v good

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loved that whale book

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It is one of those books that I’ve got more fond of the further away from reading it I get, if that makes sense? (in a good way)

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Corrections is a genuinely brilliant book. I know people dismiss Franzen (personally I like him) but that book is such a pleasure to read.


I really like whales, so I have high hopes because I like learning about things like this (and R is sea creature obsessed, so should get some good things to pass on to him)

Finished re reading this. Dead good.

Gonna read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee next;


I got Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for Christmas, if I hadn’t just started the massive whale book I’d have picked it up instead!

I know K&K is a better novel but I’ve read YPU about four times because I think I enjoyed it more.

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I have read this but think I got rid of it.

I don’t think he’s bettered Only Forward.

Think it’s better than Only Forward personally but like both. Think Spares definitely comes into its own in the middle third.

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interesting then, definitely enjoyed Only Forwards but not as much as I was hoping to. Might have to stick Spares on my list then