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  1. Blimey, I go away for a few days and find that Meg and Momac have been through the wars. Please get better soon, both of you!
  2. Outrageous Acts And Everyday Rebellions - Gloria Steinem
  3. The Voluptuous Delights Of Peanut Butter and Jam - Lauren Liebenberg
  4. I've been dragooned into joining two real life book clubs, as people know how much I love reading, after holding out for decades, and I'm not completely easy with them. I feel I'm being dragged away from my own book choices when I have tons and tons of waiting books. I have to concede, though, that through the groups, I've re-read, and re-evaluated some old favourites, had to defend my favourites, and also have had to read some books which I would never have chosen but were not as bad as I feared, and some better than expected. Equally, a very few were awful, because I feel I can't veto every awful book as it is meant to be a happy collaborative space and not one for me to behave like the book police. I've now decided to skim-read any awful ones to stop myself weeping with frustration. I tell myself that the social aspect is equally important as the books, and I do learn a little more about books, myself, and others. This sounds like a grumpy post but it's not really, as I'm glad it's made me less insular about my reading! It's only been made possible by retirement and having more time to read. I'd love to know how others here feel about real life groups nowadays since the last post here was Grammath's in 2009.
  5. I've been dragooned into joining two real life book clubs, Binker, as people know how much I love reading, after holding out for decades, and I'm not at all easy with them. I feel I'm being dragged away from my own book choices when I have tons and tons of waiting books. I have grudgingly to concede, though, that through the groups, I've re-read, and re-evaluated some old favourites, had to defend my favourites, and also have had to read some books which I would never have chosen but were not as bad as I feared, and some better than expected. Equally, a very few were awful, because I feel I can't veto every awful book as it is meant to be a happy collaborative space and not one for me to look like the book police! I've now decided to skim-read any awful ones to stop myself weeping with frustration. I tell myself that the social aspect is equally important as the books, and I do learn a little more about books, myself, and others. I'd love to know how you feel about it some months down the line.
  6. You're right, Binker, I did read it last year, after reading reviews which praised the writing but also homed in on the sensational back story of the real-life affair with Philip Roth. I decided to give it a go. I thought the first part showed well the nuanced power balance between the young woman and much older writer, but it was the second part (which I had not known about and came as a big surprise) that made it such a good novel. It seems to address the power of imagination of the novelist, of the ability to conjour up a life completely outside the writer's own experience and how that can enter the consciousness of the reader and create something both imagined and real for both. So what I thought might be an interesting take on an affair with Philip Roth turned out to be a meditation on writing itself.
  7. Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
  8. Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
  9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
  10. I'm so sorry, meg. Such worry and sadness for you all. Sending hope and all possible good wishes for the future.
  11. All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  12. Snow Falling On Cedars - David Guterson
  13. The Call OfThe Wild - Jack London
  14. We looked forward to his posts every day. Such an intellect, and so kind and wise. Such a loss.
  15. Around The World In 80 Days - Jules Verne
  16. Momac, I hope you get him home soon and can start on the new Dave diet. Give Charlie a hug.
  17. The Well Of Loneliness - Radclyffe Hall
  18. Favourite book: A re-read of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America for my rl book group. What was once a fanciful idea of the USA turning right wing, even fascist, during the second world war turns out ot be a prophetic work of genius in the light of recent events. Brilliantly written. Favourite TV series: Joint top, Patrick Melrose (I watched it on DVD) and Killing Eve. Fantastic. Favourite Film: Roma. Ohmygosh, the best film I've seen since Manchester By The Sea. You can catch it on Netflix now, but if you can get to a cinema it's even better.
  19. 27. Dinosaurs On Other Planets Danielle McLaughlin ***** 26. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman **** 25. The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad (RR) ***(*) 24. Missing Fay Adam Thorpe **** 23. Country Michael Hughes ****(*) 22. From A Low And Quiet Sea Donal Ryan ****(*) 21. The 7th Function Of Language Laurent Binet ***(*) 20. Milkman Anna Burns ***** 19. Enormous Changes At The Last Minute Grace Paley (RR) ****(*) 18. Mr Loverman Bernadine Evaristo ***(*) 17. Scoop Evelyn Waugh (RR) **** 16. Mothers Chris Power **** 15. Lincoln In The Bardo George Saunders (Audio) (RR) ***** 14. To Love A Woman Amos Oz ** 13. Great Granny Webster Caroline Blackwood **** 12. Putney Sofka Zinovieff ***(*) 11. Sight Jessie Greengrass ** 10. Wittgenstein's Nephew Tomas Bernhard **** 9. Family Lexicon Natalia Ginzburg *** 8. Dear Evelyn Kathy Page ** 7. Eight Months On Ghazzah Street Hilary Mantel ****(*) (RR) 6. Swing Time Zadie Smith **** 5. Gachar, Gochar Vivek Shanbhag ****(*) 4. Ghost Wall Sarah Moss ****(*) 3. The Yiddish Policemen's Union Michael Chabon **** 2. Periera Maintains Antonio Tabucci (RR) **** 1. Of Kids and Parents Emil Hakl ****
  20. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution - Orlando Figes
  21. And Quiet Flows The Don - Mikhail Sholokhov
  22. Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
  23. Love In A Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
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