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    The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
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    Aspiring psychiatrist & writer.

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  1. Novels That Shaped Our World

    Has anyone watched the BBC series? Tempted to give it a go, they cover some very broad themes about writers and fiction.
  2. Fantastic book, glad you enjoyed it. I am just about to start reading The Topeka School by Ben Lerner. I came across an article by Lerner in the New Yorker today and after some googling came across some interesting reviews of the book so thought I'd give it a go.
  3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

    Yes I did and it was worth it. It took me a while because I read it alongside some online lectures & had to do some wider reading to understand some of the concepts but I really enjoyed it. It stimulated my interest in Metaphysics and has encouraged me to think of things in a different way. Are you thinking of giving it a go?
  4. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    It is an easy book to read - which I know isn't often true of stream-of-consciousness novels. You're right that you can lose focus at times but the novel is interspersed with a parallel story of a lioness which reads more like a 'normal' story and helps break it up a bit. It's also easy to get caught up in the story despite the lack of punctuation so I don't think that would stop you. The main obstacle imo is continuing with such a long book when there isn't really much of a plot (but again, this is where the story of the lioness helps). It was an enjoyable read through and worth it. I'd recommend giving it a go.
  5. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    I've just finished reading two books one after the other. The first is Ducks, Newbury Port by Lucy Ellman which is a one thousand-page book consisting of about six sentences. It's written as a stream-of-consciousness from the perspective of an American mother & wife living in present-day America. It is a clever insight into today's world and how our otherwise mundane thoughts reflect the society that we live in (the media-obsession, the changes in politics, relationship worries, fears of violence etc). The second book is 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge. A short book with an emotive title that stemmed from Reni's blog post she wrote a number of years before (with the same title) that resulted in a wider conversation on race and 'white privilege.' I initially chose this book after I moved jobs and noticed the disparity in income, class and its links with race and wanted to read more into it. This book made me realise just how ignorant I have been of Britains past in terms of race. When I hear about race issues in the news it is rarely about the UK - it just doesn't seem to be in the media as much as in other countries. This book was an excellent start to educate myself on these issues and how the issues of race are more than just individual - they are part of the wider system in which we all live in. Definitely a topic I want to read about further. For now though I'm not sure if I should start reading something fictional or non-fiction. I'm not too bothered about what I read next so I may just randomly pick a book off my TBR shelf and see where that takes me..
  6. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Ooh, no I didn't - just had a google and couldn't find anything. Would be interesting to read if you still have the link.
  7. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Ah, don't let me change your decision. I've always struggled with Tolkien so for me The Silmarillion is a difficult (and dry) book to read. But I know plenty of people who really enjoyed it - if you're a fan of Tolkien you should give it a go. (And then tell me afterwards that I was right.. )
  8. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Sounds like you guys are reading some interesting books (apart from The Silmarillion ). I'm about half way through Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman. I've received several comments on how big the book is but it's actually very easy to read. Would recommend.
  9. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    I'm about half way through Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year and I'm really enjoying it. I've never read anything like it. It's basically 1000 pages made up of about 4 sentences.
  10. Autumn 2019 Supporter Giveaway

    Well done Chrissy! Also I can't believe it's already been a year since you took over Hayley. I can't imagine the amount of time and effort that must go into this forum - thank you for your dedication. This is one of the few forums I check up on regularly. The people are always so engaging to talk to and I always feel like I'm learning something new about the world of literature.
  11. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    No thoughts? Overwhelmed that such a scheme can exist and prisoners can be treated like human beings? I finished reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book has been on my TBR list for years. I was walking through Waterstones with a friend a few weeks ago and kept coming across this book. We both agreed it was a book we were interested in reading yet never got round to.. and I thought, I'm going to go home and read this book right now! Little did I know that it would be take me a long while to finish it.. To be honest I am a bit surprised at how popular this book is because it's a tough read. Kahneman explains concepts well and links them to everyday life in a way that you can use the knowledge after you've finished the chapter, but it is pretty dense. You're not reading a story or any sort of plot. - you're reading about studies and how Kahneman was able to learn and grow from these. It is definitely an interesting book and one that you can learn a lot from. I am glad that I read it but I would be hesitant to recommend it to everyone because I know a lot of people would give up quite easily (including myself if I had read this last year instead of now). I am now just about to start reading Ducks, Newburysport by Lucy Ellmann which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Out of all the books on the list, this is the one that I've read the most fascinating reviews about - it sounds unique. It is also over 1000 pages long. But I will keep this thread updated with my thoughts (alongside my writing goals) as I make my way through it. Would be interested in hearing if anyone has read/planning to read any of the other shortlisted books for the prize. I have my eye on quite a few..
  12. https://thebookerprizes.com/news/2019-shortlist-has-been-announced The 2019 shortlist is: Margaret Atwood - The Testaments Lucy Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport Bernardine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other Chigozie Obioma - An Orchestra of Minorities Salman Rushdie - Quichotte Elif Shafak - 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World Has anyone read any of the books or planning to? I’ve heard Atwoods ‘The Testaments’ hasn’t even been released yet so the reviewers must have really loved it. Ive also heard some very interesting things about ‘Ducks, Newburyport’ - mainly that it’s one of the oddest yet brilliant books that many people have read. I have subsequently bought it online and am excited to see what the fuss is all about. I find the Booker Prize quite helpful as I am trying to discover more contemporary authors and different styles of writing. Some of my favourite authors were found through the Booker Prize.
  13. Your Book Activity - August 2019

    Last day of August. I'm currently 2/3 of the way through Thinking Fast and Slow/ by Daniel Kahneman. It's a popular book and very insightful but quite heavy. I can only read one chapter at a time.
  14. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    Thanks both - it's always nice to receive feedback on writing. I am moving to London this August and really hope to join a writing group. The more I write the more I realise how important it is to share your ideas and writing pieces. I finished a book called An Introduction to Psychotherapy by Anthony Batemen two days ago. It's a well-known book to both psychiatry & psychology trainees. It's written in simple language (which can be difficult to do in this area!) and gives a good historical basis to psychotherapy and how it is relevant to the modern day. I am starting my psychiatry training in August so wanted to have a basic idea of psychotherapy and how my communication with my patients can be used in the best way possible. I am now just about to start reading Orfeo by Richard Powers after falling in love with his recent novel, The Overstory which won the 2019 Man Booker Prize. I'm also aiming to write a short reflective piece (possibly creative) based on a 'taster week' I did last week where I shadowed psychiatrists working in a prison, custody and in a forensics unit. It was a very thought-provoking experience and really made me question the types of prejudices that I have about the criminal justice system and criminals in general. Speaking of which, I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this recent BBC Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48885846