Catching up on the TBR pile and more than halfway through HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY. Recommend for: a look into some of the greatest writers' minds and how they approached their words; those who enjoy reading about writing.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A fabulous read, set in occupied France during WWII. I really enjoyed the setting and the story, as it flipped between two sisters and their very different experience of the war. One sister is the family tearaway that speaks her mind and gets into trouble, but turns this into a powerful skill by joining the French Resistance, helping fallen Allied airmen. The other brings up her young daughter, whilst her beloved husband is away fighting, and suffers the turmoil of occupation, slow starvation of rationing and having German offices billeted in her beautiful family home. .
I loved how emotionally involved you get with the characters, their heartbreak, their determination and their destitution. .
Spanning the duration of the war and mixed with present day flashbacks. It’s a book that keeps you intrigued throughout, with fabulous pacing and beyond heroic actions. .
If you are a fan of strong women and their silent strength this is a perfect read for you. .
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What film adaptation are you waiting for? Were there any that you thought were great?!
We are a sucker for the IT movies! The book is incredible and this is a great rendition of the childhood years. This newest one comes out in September of this year and we can’t wait!!
Did you know? In the novel, IT is not actually a clown; IT is an entity or what you could call a dark creature that takes on forms tailored to the child it's preying on. Although its most common form is a clown, IT also appears in the book as creatures like werewolves, vampires, and mummies to wreak havoc on the town of Derry every 27 years! That being a key number within the book, the newest film adaptation hit theaters exactly 27 years after the 1990 adaptation, starring Tim Curry.
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What daunting books are on your TBR?
📖 I feel like I generally class books that are over 500 pages as daunting but sometimes there are other factors as well that make them especially daunting. So, I thought I'd share 5 that are on my #tbr
that I find daunting not only because they're massive...
📚 The Secret History by Donna Tart - this one has made the list because although I'm so excited for it and I have a feeling I will love it, I've heard it's very literary so I'm a bit scared I'm not intelligent enough for it. Also this edition makes the book look not that long but it's actually over 600 pages!
📚 Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace - on a similar level to The Secret History, I've heard it's complex and difficult to understand so again I have this fear that I won't be intelligent enough to get it and on top of that this one clocks in at almost 800 pages.
📚 4321 by Paul Auster - I remember buying this one pretty much straight after it was released because it was a little bit hyped and I was intrigued by the concept. But the reason I find it daunting is the fact it's about one person but it's told through four alternate universes, although it's not sci-fi or anything like that. So I'm worried this one might be a bit confusing to follow, but I've never disliked a book published by faber so far so I have high hopes. This one's 850 pages so definitely another long one.
📚 The Stand by Stephen King - I do think I only find this one daunting purely because of the size, as this one is 1300 pages. I've found the long King's I've read so far easy to get through but especially with It I thought so much could have been cut out and the book still would have been just as good.
📚 City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg - weirdly I've never heard anyone talk about this book on bookstagram or booktube but the premise sounds interesting to me. This one is 900 pages and I think what makes it especially daunting is the fact its a hardback so it weighs a tonne, definitely think when I finally get around to this one I'm going to have to borrow the paperback from the library.
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...doesn’t this deserve some sort of ‘I like big books and I cannot lie’ caption? There’s just something magical about getting your hands on some not so mainstream *used* books. I believe you can feel not only the authors presence on the book, but every reader who has touched its pages. Books carry a sort of karmic aura to them and over time I feel that vibration gets stronger. The smell alone when you walk in this old bookstore is an intoxicating thrill! Giving a shout to @berrypetersonbooksellers
, my absolute FAV in #Kingston
~ I recommend the upstairs back corner for allllll the metaphysical books about spirituality n’ all that voodoo shiz. The best. TONS of philosophy/nature/history gems in this place! ♥️📚
Thanks for snapping a pic of me @valleryprevost_
~ wishing I could share the video of you theatrically reading me that spooky Sci-Fi novel 😆👌🏼💛.
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A caminho de Brasília (onde celebro amanhã) e tomando proveito do ambiente off-line do avião para colocar a leitura em dia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hoje, é Milan Kundera quem me fará companhia no voo (e convenhamos: que melhor momento para pensar na relação peso/leveza do que a bordo de uma máquina que, vazia, já pesa 40ton mas que, impulsionada pelas milagrosas leis da Física, é elevada pelos ares? Eu amo aviação, gente, posso falar disso por horas). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Esse livro é lindo, lindo, e com ele reinauguro a tag #livromarciahenz
: “quanto mais pesado é o fardo, mais próxima da terra está a nossa vida, e mais real e verdadeira ela é. Em compensação, a ausência total de fardo leva o ser humano a ser mais leve que o ar, leva-o a voar, a se distanciar da terra, do ser terrestre, a se tornar semirreal, e leva seus movimentos a se tornarem tão livres quanto insignificantes. O que escolher, então? O peso ou a leveza?”
#nowreading #livro #clubedeleitura
#bigbooks #milankundera #companhiadasletras #LOVEismyRELIGION
I think, I will let Him!
Finally finished this space odyssey and phew it was a lot to chew on. First off, the characters are fantastic and the way Chambers integrates discussions of sex and gender into her world is perfect. There are lots of sexy alien descriptions! Which was fun, but I am not a detail person. The world building and easy flow of the text makes it a fun read, but I often got bogged down in all the explanation of how things worked and each species cultural anthropology. It is incredibly detailed and fleshed out. Ex: feather families! So neat! For that, I loved getting to know the main characters, but I also tired of all the seemingly unimportant side quests. Lots happens in this novel, but nothing *actually* happens, if that makes any sense. There is lots of adventure, but not necessarily any character growth either. Just a band of friends tripping around the universe and Chambers does an awesome job at melding together a lot of interesting concepts into her book in a fresh and exciting way. 👽 👾 👽
Overall, this is a fun sci-fi read with lovable characters going on adventures, taking the loooooong way to be small angry planet. 🚀 📚
Note: the audiobook is fantastic. Sound effects and music plays in the background, you actually feel like you are part of a new world. 👾
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“Tutto quello che ho per difendermi è l’alfabeto; è quanto mi hanno dato al posto del fucile” - PHILIP ROTH
Dopo essermi mostrata nelle storie ho deciso di mostrarmi anche in una foto per presentarmi bene, dato che non l’ho mai veramente fatto.
Mi chiamo Martina, ho 21 anni e sono nata e cresciuta a Roma. Studio psicologia e vorrei specializzarmi in media e comunicazione digitale, anche se ho sempre segretamente desiderato fare lettere.
Non sono una lettrice da quando ero bambina, mi sono avvicinata alla lettura in adolescenza i primi anni del liceo, poi però non ho più saputo smettere.
Ho aperto questa pagina 4 mesi fa con l’intento di trasmettere questa mia passione e condividerla con tutti coloro che sarebbero stati disposti a farlo, poiché nella vita di tutti giorni non ne avevo la possibilità.
Il mio scopo è quello di aprire dialoghi e dibattiti sulle questioni più disparate, confrontando le differenti opinioni e parlare insieme dei libri che ho amato e che, in futuro, amerò.
Ringrazio tutti coloro che finora mi hanno dimostrato il loro supporto seguendomi e commentando i miei post e le mie storie offrendo spunti sempre interessanti!
Ho creato questo post affinché possiate conoscere meglio la persona che sta dietro ai post e alla pagina, perché siamo tutte persone.
Se avete delle domande da pormi scrivetele pure qui sotto 👇🏻, e se vi va parlatemi anche di voi!
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BOOK REVIEW: Book 27 of 2019 – Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
This was my first Winterson, and I found it quite exquisite. In many ways it was a difficult read, yet it kept me hooked with its poetic language and striking narrator, and was ultimately an incredibly worthwhile read.
This is a story about love. It follows our narrator’s journey as they find themselves all-consumed by a love that leaves its mark upon their body and soul in multiple ways, having spent years prior in unsatisfying or unhealthy relationships in which they experienced a tacit reluctance to fall in love with anybody. Their experience of passion within the context of being truly in love is juxtaposed with a catalogue of messy and mind-numbing sexual encounters in previous relationships, and what follows is the unfolding of dramatic (and tragic) events and the impact of love and loss upon our narrator’s life choices.
My favourite part of this novel is that our narrator is not given a specified gender: we do not know whether they are male, female or non-binary. They have had relationships with both men and women, and language is cleverly employed throughout to keep their gender ambiguous. I find bisexual representation in novels typically lacking, so this was an absolute pleasure to find.
That said, I had really mixed feelings towards the narrator. They fall in love with a married woman and so are complicit in an affair; they have been hurtful to others in the past; they make foolish and questionable decisions that lead to them losing the woman they love. Yet, somehow, they are ultimately able to surrender themselves to an unconditional love; repeatedly losing and finding themselves in the soul and body of another despite the potential for having been jaded and wounded by others in the past.
Winterson has such a phenomenal skill for weaving humour, heartbreak, poetry and philosophy. Each character is vividly painted, the story much more than a story: it is a sensual commentary on gender, love and morality.
CONSIGLI DI LETTURA 📚
4321 è un romanzo in cui possibile e reale si intrecciano in un agglomerato di eventi continui della quale, fino all’ultimo, non distinguiamo l’originale.
Auster sceglie di partire dal paragrafo 1.0, quando la storia di Archie Ferguson deve ancora avere inizio: l’intenzione dell’autore è quella di partire dai preamboli della sua storia che rappresenteranno fino alla fine il filo conduttore che terrà legate le 4 vicende. Da ciò si svilupperanno così le possibili vite di Ferguson, in un intreccio narrativo continuo ma allo stesso tempo autonomo.
L’autore gioca con i suoi personaggi e li manipola a suo piacimento. Gli eventi stessi risultano alterati a seconda del racconto che si sta portando avanti, il che ci fa trovare spesso ad assistere ai medesimi fatti che avranno però un esito diverso, rendendo differenti anche gli avvenimenti che ne conseguiranno.
Grazie a questo espediente Paul Auster mette in evidenza il concetto della scelta. Lo scrittore vuole farci riflettere sul ruolo che queste hanno nella propria realtà, partendo dal fatto che per ogni persona vengono a identificarsi diversi ruoli nel corso dell’esistenza: il nostro Io non è mai definitivo, ma in continuo mutamento e ogni scelta ci pone di fronte ad un aut aut.
Il protagonista è quindi dinamico, dialettico, si afferma per poi negarsi e in seguito riconciliarsi con se stesso e prendere forma, lo vediamo crescere e maturare. Assistiamo ad un Ferguson in evoluzione, in divenire.
A fare da cornice è il decennio degli anni 60. Lo scrittore ci immerge in un contesto storico turbolento e ricco di eventi significativi: gli Stati Uniti diventano il campo di scontri politici, lo scoppio del conflitto nel Vietnam e la successiva nascita del movimento sociale contro la guerra, il boom economico, l’origine del consumismo e le discriminazioni razziali, il tutto messo a confronto con eventi della minima importanza quali il primo bacio di Archie e la scrittura del suo primo racconto.
Non c’è fine in questo brillante ed ingegnoso romanzo all’amalgamarsi e combinarsi di episodi ambivalenti la cui protagonista principale è New York, in un turbinio di gioia e sofferenza, vita e morte.
Habt Ihr manchmal auch Lust, Euch in ein richtig dickes Buch zu vertiefen? Je größer der Umfang, desto länger lässt es sich im Kosmos dieser Lektüre verweilen. Hier sind unsere genreübergreifenden Empfehlungen von Büchern mit über 500 Seiten:
"Fräulein Nettes kurzer Sommer" von Karen Duve erzählt die Geschichte der willensstarken Schriftstellerin Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, die sich dem Frauenbild des 19. Jahrhundert nicht anpassen will. (592 Seiten)
Fred Vargas' Krimi "Der Zorn der Einsiedlerin" folgt Kommissar Adamsberg, der einer Reihe von mysteriösen Todesfällen durch Spinnengift auf der Spur ist. (512 Seiten)
Der Klassiker "Aufzeichnungen eines Jägers" von Iwan Turgenjew zeichnet ein packendes Epochenbild aller sozialer Schichten Russlands im 19. Jahrhundert. (640 Seiten – auf Dünndruckpapier!) Unsere Sachbuch-Empfehlung ist "Der Ursprung der Arten" von Charles Darwin, der mit diesem Werk das Verständnis von Biologie von Grund auf veränderte. (612 Seiten)
Lest Ihr gerne lange Bücher?
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‘I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.’ #midnightschildren #salmanrushdie
I make no secret about the fact I am a philistine when it comes to my book type, I forgo classics and old books preferring the instant hit of contemporary fiction, which I can blaze greedily at what I consider a reasonably quick reading speed.
However this book forced me to slow down and appreciate the complexity of story telling, and I think I could confidently say it will be one of my favourite oldies.
I would use every descriptive word I know trying to tell you my feelings on the book and all it’s parts, but what I couldn’t do is summarise the story it’s self, it’s just so thick with detail and it’s narrative and story so different its certainly something you have to read to really get.
Think perhaps an Indian Forrest Gump, a little like Big Fish, but add a massive scoop of magical realism and eccentricity and you are close but that doesn’t really do it justice and sell it.
It will be one I’ll read again, and maybe again, and then maybe again just to catch details over looked, I would even think about taking it on holiday (if I was going on one) where I wouldn’t be distracted and could fully amerce myself into it.
But for now I think I need a lay down and register all the ounces of Saleem’s 600+ dense page journey that I did take in first time round.
As ever check out @mksreading
who’s love for this book inspired me to read it in the first place.
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