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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in February

Yorkshire in the Civil Wars by Jack Binns (N/F)
Brigitta by Adalbert Stifter
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (N/F)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
In Times of Fading Light: A Novel by Eugen Ruge
Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
A Poetic Time Capsule 1914-1918: World War I Told By Those Who Lived It by A.M. Barker (Poetry)
Skylark by Dezsó Kosztolānyī
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry translated by M.L Thangappa (Poetry)


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in March

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
Embers by Sandot Marai
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland (N/F)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
How did you like The Song of Achilles Gill? I have a copy of it at home waiting to be read.


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Gill | 5720 comments I liked it a lot, Greg. Here's a link to my review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Now I'm following it up by reading The Odyssey. I'm hoping to read The Iliad later this year.


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
I'm on the opposite path Gill! I read the Iliad a while ago, then the Odyssey, and soon I hope to read this one. :) It's fun to read the related stories. I also read the The Penelopiad a few months ago, which was more so just ok, but still fun since it was another take on the Odyssey.


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Gill | 5720 comments I read The Penelopiad a while back, Greg. But since I had very little background knowledge, it was rather lost on me. The other one on my to-read list is The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
I can see that Gill - The Penelopiad kind of assumes the reader has read the Odyssey already. I'll check out the other book you mention since I seem to be on that kick too!


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Leslie | 15985 comments Greg wrote: "I can see that Gill - The Penelopiad kind of assumes the reader has read the Odyssey already. I'll check out the other book you mention since I seem to be on that kick too!"

I listened to the audiobook of a YA novel that was based on Homer's The Odyssey -- it was told from the perspective of a Trojan boy. Hmmm, what was the title? Torn from Troy I think this is it. I don't know if you read YA, Greg, but it is interesting to see it from the Trojan point of view.


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I definitely do sometimes Leslie! I read practically all the YA my nephew does so we can discuss, and I read YA on my own sometimes too. Thanks! I'll definitely check it out!


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Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments Gill, so many great books on your shelves for the start of 2015, some of my favourites among them. I am curious: did you see a parallel between some of Sebald's writing in Vertigo and Adalbert Stifter's writing?


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Gill | 5720 comments Jenny, yes I thought that, especially with Brigitta. I thought the descriptions in Rock Crystal were more incisive and less languorous than in Sebald's writing. I'm not sure that those are words normally used to describe writing, but they describe how the two authors feel to me.


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in April

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Joy of Life by Emile Zola
Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses by Mark Twain N/F
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande N/F
Rose of Sarajevo by Ayse Kulin
Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The books by Twain, Gaskell and Irving are all very short.


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Bionic Jean (bionicjean) A fantastic achievement for this month, Gill :)


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Gill | 5720 comments Jean wrote: "A fantastic achievement for this month, Gill :)"

Yes, I seem to have spent a lot of time reading, Jean!


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
High quantity but also high quality too! Some great books this month Gill!


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Ann I loved Peace Like a River, Gill. His second one is also good, So Brave, Young and Handsome.


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Pink Oh you have had a good reading month Gill, some great looking books too!


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in May

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Duet by Carol Shields (which consists of Small Ceremonies and The Box Garden in 1 volume)
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Germinal by Emile Zola
The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes & Misfortunes, His Friends & His Greatest Enemy by William Makepeace Thackeray
Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson (N/F)


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Tweedledum  (tweedledum) | 2043 comments Hi Gill is Germinal your first encounter with Zola and what did you think of it?


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Gill | 5720 comments I'm reading the whole Rougon Maquart series with Jenny and Laura, Tweedledum. Germinal is the 13th in the series. I'd put it amongst the best of them. Very realistic. I've also read Therese Raquin a long time ago.


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Tweedledum  (tweedledum) | 2043 comments Hmm that's some serious investment in Zola .


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Gill | 5720 comments Tweedledum wrote: "Hmm that's some serious investment in Zola ."

Yes, sometimes we wonder why we began, at least I do! It became much easier once we were halfway through.


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Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments LOL. True, same here. Both the wondering why as well the going on. It became a bit of a habit now to read one every second month. We'll have to find a replacement once we're done ;)


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Gill | 5720 comments Jenny wrote: "LOL. True, same here. Both the wondering why as well the going on. It became a bit of a habit now to read one every second month. We'll have to find a replacement once we're done ;)"

Oh, gosh, Jenny. I dread to think what it might be!


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Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments LOL.


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in June

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Annie Dunne by Sebastian Barry
Silas Marner by George Eliot


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in June

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Annie Dunne by Sebastian Barry
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
The Way Of The Women by Marlene Van Niekerk
They Were Divided by Miklos Banffy
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Cousin Phyllis by Elizabeth Gaskell
A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in July

The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays by Vasily Grossman (N/F)
Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book by Richard Ford
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
The Trouble With Poetry - And Other Poems by Billy Collins (audio)
His Masterpiece by Émile Zola
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
Lamentation by C J Sansom
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Quite a few wonderful books in this list of July Gill! One of my all time favorites and several others I enjoyed.


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I wanted to read The Road by Grossman? Does n/f mean ongoing read or you couldn't finish it?


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Gill | 5720 comments Heather wrote: "I wanted to read The Road by Grossman? Does n/f mean ongoing read or you couldn't finish it?"

Oops, neither, it means nonfiction!


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Thanks! Did you enjoy it?


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Alice Poon (alice_poon) Gill, I recently added Grossman's Life and Fate, which was recommended to me by a writer friend in Hong Kong. It's supposed to read like War and Peace II.


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dely | 5214 comments Alice wrote: "Gill, I recently added Grossman's Life and Fate, which was recommended to me by a writer friend in Hong Kong. It's supposed to read like War and Peace II."

It's a wonderful book! It's not like War&Peace. It hasn't as many characters and the pace isn't as slow as in W&P. Grossman also isn't that detailed in the descriptions as Tolstoj. I liked Life and Fate much more than W&P though also this one is an amazing book.


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Gill | 5720 comments I agree with you dely, that it's wonderful. I also preferred Life and Fate to War and Peace. I found The Road interesting since I had read L and F, but not so much as a standalone.


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Gill | 5720 comments Heather wrote: "Thanks! Did you enjoy it?"

I thought it was interesting, Heather. It's got a sort of biography of Grossman's life interspersed between his pieces of writing.


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Gill | 5720 comments Alice wrote: "Gill, I recently added Grossman's Life and Fate, which was recommended to me by a writer friend in Hong Kong. It's supposed to read like War and Peace II."

I can see why it's compared to W and P, Alice. It's much more about 'ordinary' people. I found it fascinating and moving.


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in August

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein (N/F)
Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud
Ten Cities that Made an Empire by Tristram Hunt (N/F)
In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Cathars: The Most Successful Heresy of the Middle Ages by Sean Martin (N/F)
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Boundless energy: 52 brilliant ideas for recapturing your bounce by Elisabeth Wilson (N/F)
The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in September

Eve's Diary by Mark Twain
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
The Novel: A Biography by Michael Schmidt (N/F)
The Earth by Émile Zola
Light in August by William Faulkner


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dely | 5214 comments Gill wrote: "Books read in September

Eve's Diary by Mark Twain
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
[book:The Novel: A Biography|..."


Didn't you think that Eve's Diary was too short? I liked it but I was surprised that it ended so soon.


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Gill | 5720 comments Yes, dely. I agree. It almost seemed to have finished before it began. I read something else by Mark Twain that was very short also. I think he maybe wrote a few things like that, more an article than a book.


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in October

Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001 by W.G. Sebald
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (N/F)
Quicksand by Nella Larsen
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke
The Little Grey Men by B. B.


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Gill | 5720 comments Books read in November

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis
Zoli by Colum McCann
A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford
Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know by John Sutherland (N/F)


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Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments Ay Gill, so many books I'd love to read in that list: the first 4 definitely. How did you like them?


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Gill | 5720 comments Jenny, the Richard Ford book I liked less than his other books that I've read.

Zoli was extremely good, (and very interesting). I recommend it.

Machado de Assis was interesting, I think you can see the influence on Pessoa.

Nora Webster was very well written, what you would expect from Tóibín. Btw, I'm going to see the film of Brooklyn tomorrow.


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Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments There is a film?!

I've fallen in love a little with Column McCann, so I think I'll read Zoli as well.


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Gill | 5720 comments Jenny wrote: "There is a film?!

I've fallen in love a little with Column McCann, so I think I'll read Zoli as well."


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381111/ Yes there's a film.

Zoli ranks well alongside McCann's other books, I think.


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Leslie | 15985 comments That Machado de Assis book is one of the free ebooks I picked up on that Brazilian website you mentioned - I am hoping to get to it & Dom Casmurro next year sometime.


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Gill | 5720 comments Leslie wrote: "That Machado de Assis book is one of the free ebooks I picked up on that Brazilian website you mentioned - I am hoping to get to it & Dom Casmurro next year sometime."

It's well worth reading, Leslie. I'd like to read DC sometime also.


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