also I finally restarted Gravity’s Rainbow (see thread), so that’ll be me until probably mid-February at the rate I’m going
I am reading Blue Ticket.
After that I am going to try to read Understory. Have up on it in the summer for more light-hearted read
Going for the 100 books in a year (if I include kids books I have to read for school)
I am currently reading ‘Ultra: The Underworld Of Italian Football’, it’s really interesting. Up next after that is the John Cooper Clarke autobiography.
I liked it a lot. Lent it to my father-in-law who promptly handed it back after 20 pages
Fancied something a bit standard/Detectivey so am reading In the Woods by Tana French. It’s good fun!
If anybody is looking for 2021 reads, I recently bought a book bundle from Charco Press https://charcopress.com/. They’re an Edinburgh based publisher who put out critically acclaimed Latin American titles that have never been translated to English. I got the 2020 bundle, they are beautiful and you get a lovely tote too:
Currently halfway through reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.
First ever Atwood, and it’s great!
It’s been on my reading list for a few years, but not got round to it yet.
I was reading a book of Chabon essays though, and part of what sparked him off for writing the book was finding a vintage yiddish tourist phrase book, and feeling sad about how extremely useless it was in the present day.
Here’s the article archive.ph
I’m currently reading Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.
I have been making slow progress with Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women, which is brilliant but I have very little time to read purely for pleasure at the moment.
And @anon89873996 - FWIW this is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s incredible, if utterly devastating.
My edition has that same story about the phrase book as part of an interview.
Great isn’t it? Might do it again, or The Water Cure as I’ve forgotten a lot of it. My partner read it in two sittings over the last couple of days
Currently queued up and occupying the unread section of my bookcase:
John Darnielle - Wolf in White Van
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
NK Jemisin- The Stone Sky
Paul Tremblay - A Head Full of Ghosts
Jeff Tweedy - Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)
Michael Chabon- Yiddish Policemen’s Union
Read any other local history you would recommend?
Taking ages to read stuff at the moment. Reading a book about the Beatles that I mostly only read when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night, and House of Leaves, which I read in the daytime (which isn’t much currently) and reading Adrian Mole before bed for something easy.
An uncle was encouraging me to give Ulysses a go this year after I was re-reading The Dead from Dubliners. Maybe it’s time…
Water Cure was fabulous.
Blue Ticket I am enjoying, very powerfully written. Excellent sense of doom and that kind of not all that futuristic regime. Reminiscent of Handmaid’s tale.
I think all I can say is that personally speaking, I can’t imagine being able to get anything out of it at all unless you know a place pretty well. I don’t think this one would be enjoyable or to be honest comprehensible if you didn’t already have a pretty good idea of what Oxford’s like, where the main streets are etc.
Big MMS fan here. You may or may not know, but he has written a lot of books under other names, mostly Michael Marshall (thrillers with a speculative/ horror edge) and Michael Rutger (adventure novels with, yes, a speculative/ horror edge). The MMS SF stuff is my favourite, but they are all fun reads.
Love TKAM, A Head Full of Ghosts is great too. Haven’t read Wolf in White Van but I did enjoy Universal Harvester. Got a couple of other Paul Tremblay books in my pile of to-reads.