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Your Book Activity - January 2017

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As for The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, I really can't remember when I read it now - a couple of years ago maybe? - but I wrote quite a strong review on how much I didn't like it. Not sure if I just didn't *get* it as such, but wasn't particularly enthused by any characters and I didn't really see what it was aiming at in the long-run. I also know a few people on here felt the same. :yes:

 

Not saying you should give it up if you don't want to... but there's so many other wonderful books to read. :P

 

 

I tried that a few years ago but I hated it.  I wanted to slap the woman and tell her to get up!  :blush:

 

The thing is, when I read this book some years ago, I really enjoyed it! I seem to be in the minority here :) If I'd been doing all the housework for 17 years and had a husband like Brian, and the kids were finally gone, who knows maybe I would've liked to take to bed, too! I think Eva's felt very isolated in her own home, within her own family, and she's gone a bit bonkers. I've suffered depression in the past so I know something about what it's like when it's all not that great. Townsend deals with it in a funny way as she always does, but when you get down to it, a mental issue is a serious thing. But maybe that's just how I'm reading it and not the way Townsend meant it at all. 

 

In any case, I wasn't going anywhere with it, so I'll re-read it some other time :)  I then picked up Risteily by Mats Strandberg. A very popular Swedish novel, that's made its way to Finland. It's about a Sweden-Finland-Sweden cruise that goes horribly wrong... I'm not sure if it's appropriate reading material for me as I'm going on a cruise in two weeks! :D

 

I would say no... except there are an awful lot of footnotes in it which, if I was reading the paper book, I would find frustrating. Some of them I've just ignored because they are explaining who people are and I haven't needed to read them, but there is a chapter were a lot of the dialogue is in French so I've needed them for that.  On the Kindle I just just click on them and the footnote pops up.  If you can, I would suggest looking at a library copy rather than buying it.  I hope that doesn't sound patronising - it's not meant to.  :)  The language is fine and you'd have no problems with that at all. 

 

I'm really enjoying the story though.

 

Oh boy, footnotes can make one punch oneself in the eye :unsure: The Kindle version sounds like a winner :D And that's a good tip, re: borrowing the book from the library, and not patronizing at all! I will take your advice for sure, thanks! :smile2: 

 

Also need to get cracking on my 2017 thread! I wasn't sure whether I would do one but think I will. It may inspire me to read more?! :)

 

I was going through all the new 2017 reading logs and noticed you'd not started one. I wish you would, but no pressure :)  But yes, it might inspire you to read more ;):D

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The thing is, when I read this book some years ago, I really enjoyed it! I seem to be in the minority here :) If I'd been doing all the housework for 17 years and had a husband like Brian, and the kids were finally gone, who knows maybe I would've liked to take to bed, too! I think Eva's felt very isolated in her own home, within her own family, and she's gone a bit bonkers. I've suffered depression in the past so I know something about what it's like when it's all not that great. Townsend deals with it in a funny way as she always does, but when you get down to it, a mental issue is a serious thing. But maybe that's just how I'm reading it and not the way Townsend meant it at all.

 

That's fair enough. Re-reading my review from January 2014 (posted three years today, in fact!) it seems like I just couldn't swallow the overly ridiculous plot, and I don't think I found it that funny either. I've suffered from depression too in the past, and can understand what Eva felt drawn to do - and more generally, what Townsend was aiming for - but together it just didn't work for me. But hey, some books work for some people, some don't. Life would be boring if we enjoyed all the same ones, right? :yes:

 

In other reading news for me, I finally got a long period of time to settle down with Zadie Smith's On Beauty and finished it off in a three-hour or so burst last night. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. I've heard some people say that it's hard to love it because none of the characters are exactly people you would like to go for a beer with, but I liked that: not many authors do flawed human existence and everyday life as well as Smith. Her writing is flawless - with exquisite descriptions and hilarious observations - and the plot, although secondary in my eyes, just about sustains itself. Slightly trite ending but very much worth a read.

 

Struggling a bit to decide what to read next - so many choices. :lol:

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That's fair enough. Re-reading my review from January 2014 (posted three years today, in fact!) it seems like I just couldn't swallow the overly ridiculous plot, and I don't think I found it that funny either. I've suffered from depression too in the past, and can understand what Eva felt drawn to do - and more generally, what Townsend was aiming for - but together it just didn't work for me. But hey, some books work for some people, some don't. Life would be boring if we enjoyed all the same ones, right? :yes:

 

That's definitely true, different strokes for different folks :smile2: 

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I was going through all the new 2017 reading logs and noticed you'd not started one. I wish you would, but no pressure :)  But yes, it might inspire you to read more ;):D

I am getting there, I'm just about to type up my TBR's onto a Word document then I will crack on with it! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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I am getting there, I'm just about to type up my TBR's onto a Word document then I will crack on with it! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

 

Oh yay! :smile2: I hope there will be no great big distractions and you can finish it in one go! :) Obi and Jojo, behave :D <3

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I've nearly finished The Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratmann. Good but not great, and it is dragging a bit towards the end. Not sure what to read next.....I'm thinking either Middlesex or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

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Not sure what to read next.....I'm thinking either Middlesex or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

 

 

Middlesex!  Go on.  :D

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I've nearly finished The Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratmann. Good but not great, and it is dragging a bit towards the end. Not sure what to read next.....I'm thinking either Middlesex or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

 

 

Middlesex!  Go on.   :D

 

Yes! Middlesex!! 

 

Or The Amazing Adventures!! 

 

Either one! Oh my god you can't fail with this choice :D It's win-win! :exc: 

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I've started an autobiography of Madeleine Albright's childhood living through WWII. It's 750 pages, but very good and I've admired her for a long time. I'm 200 pages in.

 

Oh ! I didn`t know she`d written one. Off to look it up now. :D

 

I`m starting off the year with some rereads- Rita Mae Brown`s Mrs Murphy series. :)

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The thing is, when I read this book some years ago, I really enjoyed it! I seem to be in the minority here :) If I'd been doing all the housework for 17 years and had a husband like Brian, and the kids were finally gone, who knows maybe I would've liked to take to bed, too! I think Eva's felt very isolated in her own home, within her own family, and she's gone a bit bonkers. I've suffered depression in the past so I know something about what it's like when it's all not that great. Townsend deals with it in a funny way as she always does, but when you get down to it, a mental issue is a serious thing. But maybe that's just how I'm reading it and not the way Townsend meant it at all.

I in no way meant to be rude about anyone with depression - I didn't realise that's what was wrong with the woman - I just thought she was lazy.

 

I don't recall any of what I read, but I've just searched for, and found, the post I made when I tried it:

 

Sadly I've given up on The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year:(   I got up to page 156, so I gave it a good try, but the characters were just awful and I felt no empathy towards 'The Woman' or her family.  Frankly I couldn't care less if she stayed in bed for ever!    :blush:

 

I'd have thought that by 156 I'd have worked out she was suffering from depression, but whilst it's not a condition I've (thankfully) ever had, I do have a very good friend who suffers and would never knowingly criticise anyone - or want to slap them.  I'm sorry if I came across as intolerant. 

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Oh ! I didn`t know she`d written one. Off to look it up now. :D

 

I`m starting off the year with some rereads- Rita Mae Brown`s Mrs Murphy series. :)

Omg it's so good, I have 100 pages left of 750 and it's only been 3 days! It's called Prague Winter.

 

I think my next book will either be As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner or Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. My mom and I want to start 1984 on the 10th.

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I in no way meant to be rude about anyone with depression - I didn't realise that's what was wrong with the woman - I just thought she was lazy.

 

I don't recall any of what I read, but I've just searched for, and found, the post I made when I tried it:

 

Sadly I've given up on The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year:(   I got up to page 156, so I gave it a good try, but the characters were just awful and I felt no empathy towards 'The Woman' or her family.  Frankly I couldn't care less if she stayed in bed for ever!    :blush:

 

I'd have thought that by 156 I'd have worked out she was suffering from depression, but whilst it's not a condition I've (thankfully) ever had, I do have a very good friend who suffers and would never knowingly criticise anyone - or want to slap them.  I'm sorry if I came across as intolerant. 

 

Oh, I didn't mean to imply she was suffering from depression. I only meant that in my viewing she was having some sort of mental issue. I was talking about depression because it's another mental issue and I have some knowledge of it. I didn't in any way mean to imply that you were in any way intolerant! Our readings are so different from one another. Like I said, maybe Townsend didn't mean it to be read as a story of someone who is having mental issues. I mean maybe she was just lazy and I gave more meaning to her staying in bed than there really was. It's so many years ago that I can't really remember what the case was in actuality, if it was ever really explained in the book. It's just that now I'm viewing it as a rather sad story about someone who's breaking down in some way. 

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I in no way meant to be rude about anyone with depression - I didn't realise that's what was wrong with the woman - I just thought she was lazy.

 

I don't recall any of what I read, but I've just searched for, and found, the post I made when I tried it:

 

Sadly I've given up on The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year. :( I got up to page 156, so I gave it a good try, but the characters were just awful and I felt no empathy towards 'The Woman' or her family. Frankly I couldn't care less if she stayed in bed for ever! :blush:

 

I'd have thought that by 156 I'd have worked out she was suffering from depression, but whilst it's not a condition I've (thankfully) ever had, I do have a very good friend who suffers and would never knowingly criticise anyone - or want to slap them. I'm sorry if I came across as intolerant.

Speaking as someone who has suffered from depression (as you know) and someone who is friends with you (as I hope you know :giggle2: ) I certainly didn't take offence or find you intolerant.

 

By contrast, I have found Townsend's books (other than Mole) to inspire feelings of intolerance in me! It wasn't that one that I've found the worst, I'd have to google the title, but I definitely remember wanting to slap the lead character!!

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Middlesex!  Go on.   :D

 

Sorry, I picked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay! However, Middlesex will probably be after that. :D

 

 

Yes! Middlesex!! 

 

Or The Amazing Adventures!! 

 

Either one! Oh my god you can't fail with this choice :D It's win-win! :exc:

 

 

The Amazing Adventures... is good so far. :D

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I finished listening to The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson and also finished reading The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton yesterday.

 

I bought myself the audiobook of Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope for the English Counties challenge, which I also have on Kindle so can use the Whispersync option to switch between reading and listening.

 

Going to start another Christmas present book today - The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington - another children's book, but I did seem to get a glut of them this year! :D

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I've been slowly getting through Mark Twain's Notebooks, which are quite interesting, and Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens, which is great. I also started reading Round the Christmas Fire late last year, and even though the season is now over, I plan to keep reading it. I'm only up to the second story so far...at this rate I'll be finished by Christmas this year! :D

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I have had a fantastic reading start to my year - since January 1st I have read 5 books (and have started my 6th) with a total of 1,961 pages read.  I'm really happy with that and must try to keep up the pace and not fall into yet another reading slump.  I really need to go and update my reading log too - that is a job for this afternoon!

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The Amazing Adventures... is good so far. :D

 

Hurrah!! :D:exc: 

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I've been slowly getting through Mark Twain's Notebooks, which are quite interesting, and Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens, which is great.

 

I'm sure I've read Broadmoor Revealed, but according to Amazon I haven't purchased it. :o  I definitely read a book on Broadmoor a couple of years ago. I can't remember a lot about it but I know it was fascinating at the time.

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Not reading at all!  :o 

 

My reading mojo has ground to a halt, but I am not panicking (just yet). I will tidy my bookshelves later in a hope of triggering a reading want and I will also tidy up my collections on the kindle. If that fails I will revert to an old favourite that is yet to be decided.  

 

:readingtwo:  It's good to get the missing mojo ever and done with early in the year. *gulp*

 

  :D

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Not reading at all!  :o

 

My reading mojo has ground to a halt, but I am not panicking (just yet). I will tidy my bookshelves later in a hope of triggering a reading want and I will also tidy up my collections on the kindle. If that fails I will revert to an old favourite that is yet to be decided.  

 

:readingtwo:  It's good to get the missing mojo ever and done with early in the year. *gulp*

 

  :D

 

:empathy:  :empathy:   I was actually going to tidy my bookshelves, too, as they need dusting!  Remember how Lorelai wanted Luke to paint the diner and she made up that painting song? :D I wonder if we could come up with a bookshelf tidying song! If you come up with anything, record it and send it over! :D 

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I have had a fantastic reading start to my year - since January 1st I have read 5 books (and have started my 6th) with a total of 1,961 pages read.  I'm really happy with that and must try to keep up the pace and not fall into yet another reading slump.  I really need to go and update my reading log too - that is a job for this afternoon!

 

Wow, you've been reading a lot!! I hope you read some great books :).

 

My reading mojo has ground to a halt, but I am not panicking (just yet). I will tidy my bookshelves later in a hope of triggering a reading want and I will also tidy up my collections on the kindle. If that fails I will revert to an old favourite that is yet to be decided.  

 

:readingtwo:  It's good to get the missing mojo ever and done with early in the year. *gulp*

 

  :D

What a nice positive outlook :). I find that sometimes it can spark my reading mood / mojo if I look at my bookshelves or organise them. I hope you'll feel more like reading soon :).

 

I'm just over halfway through in Blake Charlton - Spellwright 2: Spellbound. I'm enjoying it so far, though on occasion I'm a tiny bit confused. I think it's just because I'm tired so I can't pay as much attention as when I'm not tired. I'm enjoying the book anyway though.

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So I just finished reading Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff, and it was glorious.  Both funny and touching, in equal measure.  5/5

 

That's it for Hanff -- I've read all of her six now.  I miss her already.  :lol:

 

Onward, onward, to The Great Forgetting by James Renner, which sounds like a trip and a half, and I can't wait to dive in.

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is going well. And today I bought The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. My Kindle TBR pile is rapidly approaching 300 (in fact, this purchase may have pushed it over). :blush2:

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I finished Prague Winter by Madeline Albright and started on William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. What the heck am I reading?? :D

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