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  • Birthday 08/04/1993

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  1. The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist has been released: https://thebookerprizes.com/fiction/2021 Any thoughts and comments on the list? Would also be interested to hear if anyone has read any of the books on the list and their review. I'm personally very happy to have another Richard Powers book to read; he is one of my all-time favourite authors.
  2. I would be interested to hear people's thoughts on booktubers. Are you aware of the group and do you follow any booktubers on youtube? For the uninitiated, booktubers are people who upload videos on Youtube about books they read, authors they are interested in, books they plan to buy/have bought as well as sharing their thoughts on upcoming books, book shops in their area, their bookshelves, and really anything bookish! There are specific types of videos that booktubers post including readathons, tours of their bookshelves, book-shopping/touring bookshops, TBR videos and interviews with authors. There are a wide range of booktubers out there from all over the world covering a wide range of genres. I think it's a lovely way of sharing your love of books being part of a community through such a visual and aesthetic experience. The booktubers that I currently follow include: Emma Angeline https://www.youtube.com/c/SarcasticFish A British booktuber, she covers a lot of books from her previous Comparative Literature degree and I've come across a lot of interesting books from her videos. Christy Anne Jones https://www.youtube.com/c/aileaux Based in Australia, she reads a variety of genres and also works in the book world. She is also interested in writing and her videos have a lovely aesthetic. A Frolic through Fiction https://www.youtube.com/c/AFrolicThroughFiction Another British booktuber, she tends to read a lot of Fantasy. Ruby Granger https://www.youtube.com/c/RubyGranger8 Perhaps more of a studytuber, she is currently studying English Literature at University and covers books she is reading and a lot of videos of book-shopping/aesthetics. She is also interested in creative writing. Read a Day Club https://www.youtube.com/c/ReadADayClub I've only recently subscribed to this channel, but seems to cover a lot of classics and more in-depth review of the literature. Saumya's Bookstation https://www.youtube.com/c/SaumyasBookstation Another recent addition to my list. She is a booktuber based in India and offers more non-Western ideas of books to look into and consider. Emmie https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFSTAyvpl_yBXmq6JPfhBQ Another ?American booktuber studying English Lit and Classical Studies. Book Browsing Blog https://www.youtube.com/c/bookbrowsingblog/videos British booktuber covering mostly Fantasy & YA books. https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadingBukowski British booktuber and ? English Lit Graduate, later completing a MA in 18th & 19th Century Literature. Currently works in book publishing and a lot of her videos are based on book-shops in London and the classics. Jack Edwards/Jack in the Books https://www.youtube.com/c/thejackexperience/about https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0dx1Fa4nt3FRWWG5IcdOEQ British English Lit grad and previous studytuber. Lots of 'fun' videos offering reviews on popular books/books that celebs recommend. Quite relaxed and funny videos. Sabine's Book Nook https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKQlDbmwTKLHT88dWfxkGaw Another new booktuber I have just come across. Looking forward to hearing everyones views and potential recommendations!
  3. Glad to see you getting back into the reading habit in June - I really struggled with reading in the first half of this year as well. How's July been for you? Any exciting purchases or TBR plans?
  4. A short book is definitely a good place to start, I shall have a look at Orlando, thanks very much! I might leave Ulysses on my TBR for now..
  5. How interesting. In that case, I must re-read this book. Similar to you, when I first read the book Levin's story really resonated with me and I found his thoughts about life and meaning to be thought-provoking. Perhaps on my second read I will have a change of heart.
  6. I really want to get into stream-of-consciousness writing but find it quite difficult to follow and read. Any tips for making it easier or any books which are a bit easier to start off with?
  7. Yep, I fold the corners of my books to mark my place all the time (I find book marks always fall out). I also write in my books all the time - more often it is in non-fiction books when I have my own thoughts on what the author has written. I will often write my own comments on the margins or underline certain phrases. Some of my more wieldy books have post-it notes in certain pages which I wish to mark and return to at a later stage. I guess one reason I have always done this is because I don't really sell my books to charity shops/donate to libraries when I'm done with them as I prefer to keep them in my bookshelf, so it doesn't matter how much I spoil them. I also like the idea of my book being loved and used.
  8. I agree with Hayley, I always interpreted it as 'seize the day!' For me it can be very motivating as I often see one day as just another drag from another where I go to the same job, eat the same food, do the same chores, watch the same TV shows - essentially on repeat for the next 30-40 years of my life. Whereas the concept of carpe diem encourages me to see everyday as a new opportunity of shaping my life and seizing every opportunity that comes my way.
  9. What do you guys do with your time instead of going on the internet?
  10. Loved Grapes of Wrath - by far one of my favourite books. Would highly recommend it.
  11. Have to admit I have always felt rather intimidated by Shakespeare and aside from studying Macbeth at school and reading a couple of the sonnets I've stayed well away. However, the BBC have recently put up some of the Shakespeare plays on iPlayer. I watched Othello and was blown away. Fantastic actors but I was also drawn in by the speeches and the plot. It has definitely made me change my perspective on Shakespeare and I really hope to watch more of the plays on iPlayer. Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should watch next?
  12. I recently finished reading Outliers and thought it was a good read. Very interesting perspective - Gladwell had clearly done his research. It certainly made me reassess how I view success and people who are at the top of their field. Would highly recommend it as well. Has anyone else read it?
  13. Has anyone read Travels with Charley: In Search of America by Steinbeck? I've noticed it on a few to-read lists and it seems to have very good reviews. Am a fan of Steinbeck's writing and have added it to my TBR list but would love to hear others views.
  14. Thanks for the review Brian. I didn't even know these existed until I saw this thread. I had a quick Google and there are quite a few online book subscriptions out there for a wide variety of genres. They sound like a great idea and a way of encouraging people to read outside of their comfort zone and introduce new authors and writing styles.
  15. Has anyone watched the BBC series? Tempted to give it a go, they cover some very broad themes about writers and fiction.
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