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Polka Dot Rock

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  1. Oh my god! Me too! I always thought it was just me being weird I have exactly the same problem when it comes to reading so-called 'hilarious' novels - I'm lucky if I chuckle... Once. I love TV, film and radio comedy, plus I like different types of comedy, but comedy novels... Just not. Strange. I'm glad I'm not the only one Chuntzy!
  2. A secondhand copy of Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey dropped through the letterbox yesterday
  3. Sounds fantastic! Do you know what you'll be reading yet? I had my list through last month and I was quite scared, lol. (Lots of modernism and heavy-going theorists for my first semester. Eek!) I'm sure you'll be surprised how quickly you get into the swing of things again, but I do know how you feel: I've only been away for a year but I'm beginnning to panic that I've forgotten stuff already! Excellent I shall wander over to your list to investigate! Btw - can you post discussion/comments about the lists on that thread? Or is it just for the lists? Ooh great - I will try and do that. Keep 'em peeled... Something tells me that I may fit in here, lol!
  4. Thank ye kindly, both megustaleer and FirelightSpirit FirelightSpirit, I must ask - what MA will you be studying and where?
  5. It's really interesting to read all these comments - I didn't realise how polarising this book was! I read it on holiday and 'enjoyed' it (enjoyment not being the first word I'd describe it!). I wrote a review on another forum, and these were my thoughts: (I did read more Adichie - I read Purple Hibiscus last month and enjoyed it)
  6. Thanks for the photo, Amanda: I haven't seen it before! There's definitely something about her... Jane Eyre is one of my (very) favourite novels and I didn't read it until I was 19 and studying it. Unlike reading Wuthering Heights for GCSE - which completely missed the strengths of the novel I later appreciated - studying critical readings alongside JE really made me fall in love with it! I think I was the right age to read it and it's probably the only book I re-read every year.
  7. Umm... I actually have 47 in my TBR pile! And that doesn't include my MA reading list. I'm so ashamed... Not really
  8. On Thursday I received the following: From Green Metropolis (all in 'as new' condition ) A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving Wide Sagrasso Sea – Jean Rhys Overtaken – Alexi Sayle From Read It, Swap It Just Like A River – Muhammad Kamil Al-Khatib On Friday, I found Homer's The Iliad in Shelter so nabbed that (I'm reading The Odyssey during my first semester so thought it could be handy). And I'm expecting another, ooh, four more from GM and Book Mooch in the upcoming weeks!
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (as of last night. Pleasantly surprised by the opening chapters - not what I presumed they'd be at all!)
  10. Thank you for your warm welcomes! I've just posted my book list on another thread. Weeell... (It was a link on a google search page that someone on another forum posted. I couldn't resist joining another forum! I like variety in my discussions, what can I say?)
  11. Currently Reading Life of Pi - Yann Martel August 32. Possession - A.S. Byatt (8/10) 33. Just In Case - Meg Rosoff (7/10) July 31. The Book of Chameleons - Jose Eduardo Agualusa (trans. Daniel Hahn) (8½/10) 30. Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (8/10) 29. Digging to America - Anne Tyler (9/10) 28. The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories - Michel Faber (9/10) 27. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl (8/10) 26. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (8/10) June 25. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (7½ /10) 24. Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (9/10) 23. Small Island - Andrea Levy (8/10) 22. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly (6/10) 21. Arlington Park - Rachel Cusk (7/10) May 20. The Crimson Petal & The White - Michel Faber (10/10) 19. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier (8/10) 18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon (9/10) 17. Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (9/10) 16. How Novels Work - John Mullan (9/10) 15. Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier (8/10) April 14. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (5/10) 13. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney* (9/10) 12. Disobedience - Naomi Alderman (9/10) 11. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (8/10) 10. Poppy Shakespeare - Clare Allen (5/10) March 09. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon (8/10) 08. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (6/10) 07. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson (10/10) 06. Restless - William Boyd (3/10) February 05. The Girls - Lori Lansens (9/10) 04. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters (8/10) January 03. Wicked - Gregory Maguire (7/10) 02. Vanity Fair - W.M Thackeray(8/10) 01. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (9/10)
  12. Hello all! I'm Amy and I stumbled across here in a quite mysterious manner... Anyway! I'm here and am looking forward to getting to know the place a bit better I graduated from Manchester Uni in 2006 and returned home in order to earn some money (and try my patience!) as I'll be embarking on an MA in Comparative Literatures at Goldsmiths (SE London). Which is very exciting (for me). I read mostly contemporary fiction and I'm extending my knowledge of African novelists at the moment. My favourite novels include: Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte Maus - Art Speigelman The Crimson Petal and The White - Michel Faber Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte But there are many, many more! When I'm not reading, I'm also a huge music junkie and love going to small-ish type gigs (in flea pits, preferably lol). Lately, I've been mostly listening to Long Blondes, Regina Spektor Kate Nash, Patrick Wolf, Lucky Soul, The Hold Steady, Arcade Fire and New Young Pony Club. (Longstanding/firm favourites include Le Tigre, The Clash, Rufus Wainwright, Kenickie, The Smiths, Hole and the Manics) Mmm. That's about it really! I look forward to getting to know you all
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