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message 1: by Melaslithos (last edited Jul 01, 2016 05:58AM) (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Once again, I am taking advantage of my earlier time zone to open this thread. So, what are your plans for this month? What books are you going to take with you if you are lucky enough to have holidays? Any reading outside in the park, beach, etc?

Unfortunately for me, I'm going to have a very busy month of July, no holidays, and probably also a horrible weather (warm, stuffy, rainy, and maybe even typhoons - that's summer in Shanghai!)

But I hope I'll still be able to read a little (not quite sure seeing my rhytm right now). Anyways, here's the plan:
Quand les lumières s'éteignent by Erika Mann Someone Like You by Roald Dahl The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Dear Death by Sasenarine Persaud Room by Emma Donoghue La femme à la veste verte contes extraordinaires du Pavillon du Loisir by Songling Pu Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

I'll probably not be able to read all of those, but I'd love to read as much as possible of these!

How about you? I think some buddy reads are in the air...


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Ana (anaslair) | 2312 comments Mod
I always took holidays in July but in this job I can't.

However I do plan to get as much reading done as possible, starting with a buddy read of Cujo by Stephen King .

I have been into paperbacks for the last while so not sure what will follow as I always try to squeeze in Netgalley books.

Speaking of which Melas, we had planned on doing a buddy read of one of those, let me know if you are available this month :)


message 3: by Ana (new)

Ana (anaslair) | 2312 comments Mod
Oh and I can't wait to hear what you have to say of Room, I loved that one.


message 5: by Melaslithos (last edited Jul 01, 2016 01:04AM) (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments @Ana: yes, I know, I promised a buddy read, but I'm just having less and less time for reading lately, and I need to finish at least the first 3 books above first before I can consider anything else.
And yes, I saw there was an active topic on Room in this group, I will without doubt post my thoughts there once I'm done!

@Gavin: I loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The first one is really fun and delirious and the second one asks really interesting questions (especially if the singularity is really as close as they say...).


message 6: by Ana (new)

Ana (anaslair) | 2312 comments Mod
Awesome, looking forward to reading your thoughts :)

Nice choices there, Gavin. I have been wanting to read Do Androids dream of electric Sheep, I hear it is a classic.


message 7: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Ana wrote: "Awesome, looking forward to reading your thoughts :)

Nice choices there, Gavin. I have been wanting to read Do Androids dream of electric Sheep, I hear it is a classic."


This has always been one of my favorites.

I also love Hitchhiker's Guide, Room and anything by Kazuo Ishiguro. Great choices guys.

I can't wait for Cujo, Ana!


message 8: by Sorobai (new)

Sorobai | 365 comments Oh! I was with this Hitchhiker's Guide in my hand yesterday at the library, I choced to buy a portuguese author I was looking forward instead! Is it that good!? I need to go back there to retrive it.


message 9: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Sorobai wrote: "Oh! I was with this Hitchhiker's Guide in my hand yesterday at the library, I choced to buy a portuguese author I was looking forward instead! Is it that good!? I need to go back there to retrive it."

I love it, but it might not be to everyone's taste. It's a very british and kind of absurd sense of humour. You have to like that (I absolutely love it).


message 10: by Sorobai (new)

Sorobai | 365 comments Thanks for your comment Melas. You mean like british humor!? Black humor!?


message 11: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Sorobai wrote: "Thanks for your comment Melas. You mean like british humor!? Black humor!?"

Yes! I know you asked Melas, but I am a huge Douglas Adams fan and feel confident in answering.


message 12: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Kandice wrote: "Sorobai wrote: "Thanks for your comment Melas. You mean like british humor!? Black humor!?"

Yes! I know you asked Melas, but I am a huge Douglas Adams fan and feel confident in answering."


As Kandice says. Yes, it's often dark, but not only. There's also irony, sarcasm, absurd, etc.


message 13: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Time to sum up!

July was a slow month reading wise, especially since I needed time to digest what I had read in Quand les lumières s'éteignent. It was a really thought-provoking book.

So I didn't manage all the books I hoped to read (which is not really surprising seeing the high goal I fixed), but I still managed to read quite a few. Here they are:
Quand les lumières s'éteignent by Erika Mann Stabat Mater by Tiziano Scarpa Someone Like You by Roald Dahl The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


message 14: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Melaslithos wrote: "Time to sum up!

July was a slow month reading wise, especially since I needed time to digest what I had read in Quand les lumières s'éteignent. It was a really thought-provoking bo..."


I love Dahl, but have never heard of Someone Like You. Was it good?

I really want to read The Buried Giant too. I love his style even when I don't love the story.

I read Cookie Jar, Cujo, The Secret Adversary, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, In the Unlikely Event, The BFG, Alive and InterWorld. None of which were intellectual, but almost all were enjoyable.


message 15: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Kandice wrote: "I love Dahl, but have never heard of Someone Like You. Was it good?"

It's a short stories collection. Some were great, some less. But I found them always surprising at the least. And very Dahl-style.

Kandice wrote: "I really want to read The Buried Giant too. I love his style even when I don't love the story."

It was my first encouter with Kazuo Ishiguro and I have to say that I loved his style too. It was just beautiful. The book is also an interesting stories, about memory and forgetfulness.


message 16: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Melaslithos wrote: "It's a short stories collection. Some were great, some less. But I found them always surprising at the least. A..."

First, I never recognize you with the bun and red flower gone! Was the story "Royal Jelly" included? I have a couple of his short collections and that's one of my favorites. That and the one about the woman murdering her husband and then cooking him while the police are in her house questioning.


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Melaslithos | 1645 comments Kandice wrote: "Melaslithos wrote: "It's a short stories collection. Some were great, some less. But I found them always surprising at the least. A..."

First, I never recognize you with the bun and red flower gon..."


Yes, funny how we identify people with their profile picture and get disturbed when they change it. I sometime don't recognize myself either ^^

There's one story called "Lamb to the Slaughter" where the woman cooks the weapon she used to murder her husband, not her husband. Don't know if it's the same?

I no, I don't remember there being a short story called "Royal Jelly".


message 18: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Yes, Lamb to the Slaughter is the right one! I thought she was roasting HIM, but she was actually roasting the weapon. It's been years.

If you ever stumble across Royal Jelly...it's so, so disturbing in a calm way. I get shivers thinking about it.


message 19: by Ana (new)

Ana (anaslair) | 2312 comments Mod
I am ashamed to say I only finished 2 books. :(


message 20: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1645 comments Ana wrote: "I am ashamed to say I only finished 2 books. :("

Don't be, it's not a competition. And you still have been reading, that's the most important! I've had months with 0 books...


message 21: by Kandice (new)

Kandice And if you enjoyed those two books, even better!


message 22: by Ana (new)

Ana (anaslair) | 2312 comments Mod
The thing is I miss enjoying reading. It used to be my favourite thing to do. Now I can't focus enough and at times it feels like a chore. The last book I started in July, and which I am still reading, is a short story anthology. I thought that would be great for my also short attention span but even so I can't seem to want to pick it up more often. I really hope this passes soon.


message 23: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I understand Ana. I seem to have a smaller attention span lately. I used to be able to settle in and read an entire 400 page book in a sitting. Now, I'm lucky if I can get in 20 pages without jumping up to "do" something.


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