2018 ONTD Reading Challenge discussion

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2017 ♦️ARCHIVES♦️ July > Discussion post - European books

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Lea | 196 comments Mod
Hey everyone! Keeping up with how we organized this month's rec post on ONTD (with book recs by continent), this thread is for everyone to discuss the books they've chosen to read by European authors (remember - only women whom you've never read anything by before).

Tell us which book you've chosen, what it's about, whether you liked it and would rec it, etc. You can also use this topic to ask for more recs!


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Alyssa (girlcomeundone) | 56 comments I just picked up Me Before You last night - i'll be interested to see if it lives up to the hype!


message 3: by Eve (last edited Jul 20, 2017 08:06AM) (new)

Eve (eveofrevolution) | 86 comments I read Pride and Prejudice, since I've never read anything by Austen, as I always assumed I wouldn't like it...and I have to say my instincts were pretty accurate. I can appreciate it for what it is, and understand why it's so popular, but ultimately it just wasn't for me. The writing didn't really click with me with the exception of some of the dialogue, which I enjoyed more than the narration. I also had trouble keeping up with the characters (Kindle's X-Ray tool saved me quite a lot).

Side note, Austen's overuse of the word "cried" when describing dialogue really amused me: "As much as I ever wish to be," cried Elizabeth warmly...how does one "cry warmly?"


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Lea | 196 comments Mod
I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, who's from the UK (Scottish I think?). This was a LOVELY book, very sad but ultimately uplifting. Definitely my favourite from this challenge so far. I'll be looking forward to the author's future books!!


message 5: by Rochelle (new)

Rochelle (rochestar) | 35 comments Lea wrote: "I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, who's from the UK (Scottish I think?). This was a LOVELY book, very sad but ultimately uplifting. Definitely my..."

i think ill check this out so long as its sad in a good way?


message 6: by Lea (new)

Lea | 196 comments Mod
Rochelle wrote: "i think ill check this out so long as its sad in a good way? "

I better do a content warning: the book is about a survivor of child abuse (not sexual, but emotional and physical). There's a bit about DV (incl. rape) as well but that part is told, not shown. It's pretty heartbreaking to read about but it's not misery porn by any means, it's very human and touching. Good things happen to Eleanor too.


message 7: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (girlcomeundone) | 56 comments I finished Me Before You and i liked it just fine. Maybe a little over-hyped but nothing compared to some other books out there. i'm going to skip the sequel though - i havent heard great things and i think i would rather stick with what i think happens next.
Now i'm reading The Last Act Of Love - i'm a little over half way and it's really good. Very sad but i think the author does a good job of distancing herself just enough it doesn't feel like i should just by wallowing in pity and sadness.


message 8: by EJ (new)

EJ (skrlos) | 10 comments Eve wrote: "I read Pride and Prejudice, since I've never read anything by Austen, as I always assumed I wouldn't like it...and I have to say my instincts were pretty accurate. I can appreciate it for what it i..."

I read Sense and Sensibility as my first Austen book and I mostly agree with you. I thought it was okay and maybe I'll try reading another book of hers but I wasn't crazy about it.


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