I'm noticing that we've all stopped doing anything here. That's a shame. But I'll still tell you about books I've read, whether you're reading this or not.
I positively DEVOURED Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go last week, mostly due to the fact that I had to work offsite and spent 2 hours travelling to and from work each day. Man, it's a bit wacky. I can't really go into detail at all, because it's so easy to spoil everything. But I really liked the way his characters divulge little bits of info here and there that make you go "Oh what!!!! NOW it makes sense". I don't think I would ever read it again, though. It's strange, the story is bland in it's own sense, but it's because of the startling revelations that you keep on reading. I can't explain it any better than that without ruining everything! I suppose that is the beauty of it? I don't know. It was very easy to read.
Now I'm reading Monica Ali's Brick Lane. So far... ehhh it's well-written, but maybe I'm reading it too soon after Salman Rushdie (which broke my BRAIN) and the cultural aspect is just too similar for me to separate the two. I dunno. I've only read about 120 pages, so I have to give it a chance, don't I?
I'm also reading Haruki Murakami's Norweigian Wood. I heart Murakami. Nothing more can be said at this stage. I'm (very slowly) collecting his works. I didn't realise how popular he has become, on eBay his books go up to $20 easily... which is a good price to get for books that retail for $24.95!! Most books I buy on eBay end up less than $10 including postage. He's so cult.
I also read Philip Pullman's Northern Lights, on Bek's recommendation. I loved it! Children's fantasy rocks! I went out and bought the next two cos I can't wait to find out what happens, it was very hard to put down. To start with I struggled a little with the writing style, you know, being for children and all. But I soon got over it, it actually gets quite complex. I almost had to draw a flow diagram in my mind!! As I was reading this, I was like "I could never have digested a book like this as a child, how did young people get so smart and booky?". I was reading Baby Sitters Club, for the love of God. I can't wait til the Golden Compass comes out at the movies (which is the film of Northern Lights - Golden Compass was the American Title).
That's all for now.
Hey, I'm reading Carrie Tiffany's "Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living" which is about the 'Progress Train' which travelled throughout country/farming Victoria in the 1930s, teaching farmers how to improve their techniques using science. It's about a young girl who lives on the train and teaches the farmers' wives about sewing. She marries the soil expert and it's about their life together...
I haven't finished it so can't even give away the ending if I wanted to... I'm liking it a lot, although the style is a bit whack - she'll be talking about sheep semen and super phosphate and then jump straight into a really explicit sex scene. It sort of throws you off guard. But it makes for interesting reading!!
When I started reading again at the start of the year, I decided I was going to make a list of all the books I read throughout the year. I figured when I got to the end of the year and found I had read more books than in all the other years of my life put together, I'd be really impressed with myself.
It started with an aim of one book per week. This was good in theory. Until I started reading the likes of Salman Rushdie and found that a single book can in fact take up to 6 weeks to read.
Anyway, I thought I would put my list here for all to see. This is in the order that I have read the books.
* Marley & Me - John Grogan
* Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
* The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
* Matthew Flinders Cat - Bryce Courtenay
* The Rich Part of Life - Jim Kokoris
* The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
* Gabriel's Gift - Hanif Kureishi
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
* Disgrace - JM Coetzee
* Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Red Dwarf) - Grant Naylor
* Better Than Life (Red Dwarf) - Grant Naylor
* Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson
* Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
* African Diary - Bill Bryson
Current average: 0.7 books per week.
If you want to know anything about any of the above books I'm happy to elaborate.
I'm currently reading Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (I can't wait til I finish because I know you have both read it and I want to talk about it!) and and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I'm reading my illustrated childhood copy of Alice given to me by my uncle in 1989 and it's just magic.
On the weekend I bought The Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee and The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. I can't wait to read that one, because it's pretty much written about us. It's a monthly report of books he has bought, read, and plans to read - and he discusses them in some depth.
When I started out making this book list, I wanted to do some kind of MS Read-A-Thon thing, where maybe at the end of the year I would give $1 for every book I read to my favourite Not-For-Profit organisation (which would be the Lost Dogs Home). I dunno. Would you guys be interested in doing some kind of reading for a good cause? Let's face it, we really don't have to do anything aside from what we already do!
'The History of Love' is being turned into a film!!! *does a little dance*
aHA, I found us too.
Right now I have a combination of 'Juicy Juicy Green Grass' by Peter Combe and the theme song from the Book Place on my mind. Which, really, is only mildly literary. Summer's been so dry, turned you into bro-own.
At the moment I'm reading too many books, as usual, and not focussing enough on anything. I think, currently, the list stands at:
History of Love - Nicole Krauss
That's all I have to say for myself, right now.
OK, I have been searching for this damn page for days. Should have just asked you, Amelia :P
So, reading!! I have been mostly reading textbooks this week but of course have had time to fit in a novel or two.
Don't know if this is the right "screen" or "page" to be writing my review in? I will post this, have a look where it goes, then decide. By the way, the book I've been reading is "Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls" by Danielle Wood. It's Australian, and very very funny.
I've made a couple of changes. Well, the layout has changed. I think it looks more book-like. Gnarly.
And if you go to the info page, I've added a description and some interests. But as you can see, they're mostly my own. I've tried to add some for you, but you're going to have to give me more.
The long-awaited book club is here!
Now let us all read and be happy.
Um. Ok I don't know how to do this. We have a few options.
1) We choose a book and all go out and read it, then discuss/review it here
2) Individuals just review books as they read them for all to see (without spoiling the plot, of course)
3) Individuals can just post quick snippets of recommended books
4) All of the above?
4 sounds good. Anyone?