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08 October 2008 @ 06:17 pm
it's all about the books
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the air i breathe is stained with ink: doctor/donna; team awesomemissymeggins on October 9th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
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Top 5 favourite books: Only five?! Ok, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Prelude to Christopher by Elanor Dark & Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder.
Would you be able to read a book a month? Definitely. (Of course it will be at the expense of my uni work, but clearly reading is far more important!)
Genres you enjoy reading: I enjoy a bit of everything as long as it's well written. I guess I have a bit of a thing for slightly post-modern, emotional focused novels (hence Margaret Atwood & Virginia Woolf) but I find interest in a wide range of genres.
Genres you would be interested in learning about: Classics probably. I haven't read as many of the classics as I'd like. Determined to get Anna Karenina under my belt one of these days!
Genres you know you would never enjoy: Not a genre but I'll tell you right now I have a strong dislike for Jodi Picoult. I think she's completely overrated.
Are you easily able to find books where you live or do you have difficulty finding books: Fairly easy. There's only one really good bookshop in Bathurst (sadly no Borders) but my uni has a pretty good library.
Would you be able to lead/enjoy leading a discussion for a book: Absolutely. Once I start talking about a book (love it or hate it) I don't shut up.
What book would you recommend members of the book club read: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. It's just beautiful.
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 .: 04artofcruelty on October 9th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
i've bought that one but am yet to read it, however it looks so interesting!
but oh my goodness, i can't believe you don't like jodi picoult! everyone i know, including myself, loves her. but i guess everyone's entitled to their own opinions :) which books in particular did you not like?
the air i breathe is stained with ink: doctor/donna; staremissymeggins on October 9th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Wait til you've got a decent amount of time to read Sophie's World. It's brilliant but definitely requires full attention! And the bits on philosophy will take you a couple of read throughs to really get. But it's worth it!

Ah. You probably shouldn't get me started on Jodi Picoult but I'll try not to go too worked up haha. For starters let me say, it's not that I think she's a terrible writers per se, merely that she is overrated. She is praised as a brilliant literary writer and I disagree with that. I think she has the potential to be a much better writer than she is, but frankly I think she sells out in order to have ner novels publishes so quickly.

I know everyone LOVES My Sister's Keeper but I think it was a total sellout. It was a well written and interesting exploration of human emotions and the choices we make in our lives - but she completely undermined that by ending it the way she did. That frustrated me to no end.

The Tenth Circle could have been a decent book except that to me it felt like she didn't know how to end the book so just gave up. It was incredibly abrupt but didn't at all feel like it was a deliberate device. There no real resolution, and again, it didn't feel like it was a deliberate choice to not resolve things but that she simply didn't know how. I think the biggest problem is that her success has caused her to give in to the pressure of her publisher's to release her books too soon and that compromises their quality.

Ahem. I'll get off my soapbox now.
 .: 03artofcruelty on October 9th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
i definitely will :)
the tenth circle never really grabbed me, and i didn't read it all properly.
well i asked this because we were thinking of doing a jodi picoult book for november, most likely my sister's keeper or the pact. but i guess it would be interesting to discuss both sides of it, so would you mind if we did one of them, and would you be happy to discuss why you didn't like it?
the air i breathe is stained with inkmissymeggins on October 9th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
That would be totally fine by me. Someone always has to be the antagonist haha!