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No. 160853

Recommend books or ask for recommendations, share what you're currently reading or what you want to read, discuss favorite genres and authors, share reviews, etc.

What have you been reading, farmers?

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No. 160854

I've been trying to read The Haunting of Hill House for over a year now. I read the first half which was a bit of a struggle. I keep telling myself I'll finish it, but every time I start to read it I just get bored as hell. The audiobook is free on youtube but it's narrated by a man whereas the story is told from a woman's perspective which just kind of takes me out of the story. I told my parents I would read it and we could watch the show together but I'm thinking of giving up.

No. 160855

There's this version that is narrated by a woman, you could try to find it free somewhere

No. 160858

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Currently I'm reading the secret language of butterflies and the selfish gene. Also about a third through Charles Darwin's autobiography but I've been taking long breaks with it. Earlier this year I finished American psycho, gone girl, do androids dream of electric sheep and how to change your mind.
I really like reading non fiction but it usually takes me longer to get through, so I end up finishing more fiction titles. I wish I read more often but I'm still happy I've put aside the time to finish at least a few books this year!
I wonder if it's normal to forget books quickly after reading them? I love the experience of reading and being in the middle of a book but I feel like I hardly retain much of the contents afterward, like I can remember ideas that struck me, the tone and certain imagery I imagined but not much beyond that. Basically if I wanted to have a conversation about a certain book it would have to be right after I read it or else I probably wouldn't remember it enough to discuss it. Anyone else feel this way?

No. 160859

OT but that pic is so cute! Wish I had it when I made the thread lol

No. 160872

I definitely get what you mean, I found that taking screenshots (for ebooks) has helped me memorise the parts I want to remember (or just taking pictures of the pages/bookmarking for physical books)
Also since I started a Goodreads account I love to catalogue my books and read the reviews by other people in order to get somewhat of a conversation/opinion about the books I've read.

No. 160881

awesome, thank you

No. 160886

i feel this way too. i started a book diary, in which i just write the title, author, start and finish date of the book and then write a page of my thoughts/feelings about the book. idk if it helps though. it might also be that i just read too much (i'm on book 50 for this year and i started reading avidly at the end of march/beginning of april this year). or maybe some books are more like mental fast food than others.

No. 160892

Now I want to get a cute notebook and do this too

No. 160893

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I know a lot of people in these threads aren't fans of young adult novels, and usually I'm not either. But damn, this book really speaks to my cringe, younger self. Only about 25% through but would recommend if you want a book about a dorky introverted college girl.

No. 160894

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Oh my god, it's by that bitch who only writes cringe ya about fangirls or hot yaoi bois. i cannot imagine being a grown woman skilled enough to be an author and write this drivel.
Having said that, enjoy your book, anon. Nothing against you, but my reaction is visceral.

No. 160895

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I've one ever read one of her comics, Pumpkinheads its about a really fat girl who gets pairs with a handsome male MC

No. 160896

slightly related to this, but i absolutely hate this development of fanfiction becoming literature. i don't know how to explain it better, but sometimes i see descriptions of ya books and i just know it's written by someone obsessed with (writing) fanfiction. the couple/love story always just seems so conveniently perfect for each other and like a tumblr headcanon post. the other day i saw the synopsis of 'a touch of darkness' and i just cringed because it was oozing tumblr roleplay aesthetics.

No. 160899

Please recommend me fiction books about witches

No. 160900

I'm reading the Hunger Games and I'm halfway through the third book and it's taking me so long I can't wait to be done with it to start reading something else.
I liked the first two, read them in less than a week, though the second gets a bit boring at times, but this one is taking me a while because some parts get so tiresome that I just skim through it, regret, go back to properly read it just in case I missed something important, but the only things I'm missing is Katniss overly dramatic internal monologue that she keeps repeating and repeating, giving me nothing of value.
I'm starting to dislike her. She has no personality, or at least none that I can feel, if that makes any sense. She doesn't feel like growing, just the exact same person she was in the first book. Feels like nothing about her changed even though everything changed in her life.
I guess I'm too far in the book to expect anything to change now.

No. 160902

I know. There is a local (Polish) author that is like this and she writes bullshit YA about a girl who discovers she's trans or an enby because she's always been a tomboy or something. Of course she's being praised to high heavens.
OP of >>160894 to be clear. I'm conflicted about voicing my hatred for this type of shit because I know that girls and women hardly get media pandering to them (I remember watching My Mad Fat Diary years ago and rolling my eyes at how people were outraged that the heroine gets a realistically attractive guy in love with her), while scrotes get bashed in the head with 'your personality is all that matters!!! you DESERVE a supermodel gf throwing herself at your feet!!'. But I personally really dislike the post-fanfiction writing.

No. 160913

I totally get it chief, the work is definitely very tumblr-esque, but it's also like junk food for my brain. Sometimes my brain needs a breather from "good" or "high" literature.

No. 160929

Those dudes looks like a mix of Kylux, Newt Scamander, Doctor Who and Highlander lol definitely screams of fanfic

No. 160939

Anne Rice - Lives of the Mayfair Witches

No. 160943

IDK, the third book also was a boring read to me - I'm not sure how much that was intended, to 'subvert expectations' and hit the reader in the head with how miserable the war is. Katniss is clearly traumatized there though, so I wouldn't say she has no development/personality

No. 160946

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Does anyone read Neil Gaiman? I read 2 children's books by him (Coraline and The Ocean At the End of the Lane) and was quite happy with them. I thought I liked him as an author. Cute whimsical childish writing with a hint of horror.

However, I read some adult oriented works by him (Neverwhere and now going through Stardust) and it made me lose a lot of respect for him. Manic pixie dream girls, awkward sex scenes, boring doormat male protagonists. Why is it like this?

No. 160949

Now that you put it like that, I realise I feel the same way. I haven't read that many of his books, but yeah the children ones were better, either way I think he is at his best writing comic books

No. 160963

he wrote some cool shit (mostly coraline), but he's a cow, a gross male libfem (he wrote an essay defending the right to own lolicon) and also wrote coomer shit. I'm still haunted by the short story about a gargoyle created to keep the male protagonists's heart safe (?) using clay and his sperm. Gross!

No. 160980

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I think I would have agreed with this disdain a couple of years ago, but now, tbh, I think it's ridiculous. What about any of this is cringe? Men write about geeky teen protagonists based on their young selves all the fucking time. Fandom and fanfiction are a big part of a lot of young girls' lives. What exactly makes us so uncomfortable with art that reflects that, and is aimed at those same young girls? What is actually, specifically "cringe" about that? Why don't men feel embarrassed when their most earnest, dorky high school shit is looked at, even though it's a lot more gross, violent, and creepy?

I'm not a big YA person, and I actually do find myself irritated now and then by authors who "feel" fanfic-y. But I read Fangirl years back, and it was a charming, breezy college romance about a girl who is like a whole lot of real world girls. Carry On bored me, because I don't find gay male romances interesting, but it was a solid little fantasy story with an interesting origin. What makes it drivel? That we know yaoi/slash/whatever is something a lot of girls find hot? That the boys are depicted as attractive? We are literally constantly living in the fetid cave of What Men Find Hot. And Carry On writes its characters with 500% more care and thoughtfulness than almost any male authors give the women they create. Who cares if these female authors are coming from yaoi fandom? Literally every man working in any kind of genre fiction spent his formative years huffing balloon-titted bro shit that is one thousand times worse in literally every respect.

I can't speak for everyone, but honestly, when I sit down and examine my "ugh fanfic/fandom-centered lit (especially ya lit)" reaction, I can't find a lot of decent basis for it that isn't just internalized embarrassment over liking cringe girl shit that is only cringe because it has nothing to do with irl men and is incredibly, nakedly earnest. Some of these books are poorly written, I'm sure. And I think a lot of like, attempts to "legitimize" fandom are stupid (as in, everything Aja Romano writes). But those are separate conversations.

Also, jfc, the Pumpkinheads girl looks fine. And women could churn out a pile of books pairing female characters who aren't conventionally attractive with hot dude mcs every day for a hundred years and not come close to the male equivalent. Who fucking cares if a fat girl reads this and enjoys it? Does it make you feel better to know that irl men are definitely going to keep making her feel like shit?

No. 160981

I'm OP who posted about reading Fangirl, and I think these are actually some great points.

I still think the protagonist of Fangirl is "cringe" (she's nice but socially awkward, afraid of drinking/party culture/growing up, prone to emotional outbursts and feeling excluded, likes yaoi) but that's why I find it refreshing right now.

I think it's great that a lot of female authors are writing cool, powerful, effortly badass heroines, but it's a breath of a fresh air to read about a protagonist who's just NOT cool (and hasn't done anything particularly Mary-Sue at this point in the book, aside from talking to 2 attractive boys.)

She spends a lot of time moping around in her dorm while everyone goes out to party or overanalyzing social interactions with other people, but damn, if that wasn't me at many points in my life. It feels nice to see it expressed in words.

It's not "high literature" but it still strikes something in me that many authors wouldn't be able to. I can still 100% understand that it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

No. 160985

I haven't read those books but I love this post anyway, well said anon.
>We are literally constantly living in the fetid cave of What Men Find Hot.
This particularly resonated with me kek.

No. 160988

honestly carry on is cute but it didn’t need to be a trilogy (and i don’t think the author intended for it to be one) so if you’re in the mood for a low stakes funny and lighthearted fantasy/romance i would recommend it. i think it’s very much an intentional homage to harry potter and drarry but it’s not like a copy paste fanfiction with the names changed.

No. 160989

honestly neil gaiman has been pissing me off with his commentary on the good omens tv show. he at one point was very staunchly against gay romance interpretations of aziraphale and crowley but now that he’s realised he can rake in praise and money from queerioes he’s been hardcore pandering to non binary and asexual people. also pretending that the textual homophobia in the good omens book was all part of his plan to give people lgbt representation. i would have so much more respect for him if he just said ‘yeah me and terry thought homophobia was funny that’s why we wrote so much of it’ and left it at that.

No. 160990

Tbh, I really don't keep up with most authors. When I first read Nail Gaiman I thought he was a wholesome children's author. It's a shame he doesn't seem to be a great guy.

No. 161017

You have a point (said almost the same thing >>160902 here, idk why you have only quoted my first post), but I will never like those books. I hate YA and I hate this kind of wish-fullfilment, #relatable crap. But if other women enjoy it, more power to them.

No. 161032

I read Good Omens and Stardust but this was like a decade ago so I don’t remember a lot about them. I never got around to Coraline because I found out about it after reading Thief of Always and they sounded kind of similar.

No. 161041

Recommendations for books that get you in an autumn mood? Whether it's chilling horror books or cozy warm poetry/fiction/etc.

No. 161064

wow thats impressive! and such a good idea if youre reading that much since surely youd want to remember what you thought of the book, i might steal your idea as well thanks for sharing!

No. 161087

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A lot of these involve animals… Maybe because autumn always evokes the image of those quaint pencil illustrations of animals in children's books to me for some reason, but also included some horror and classics:
>BUNNICULA by Deborah and James Howe
Fun children's book about a cat and a dog who try to figure out if a newly-adopted rabbit is a vampire.
A girl visits an old abbey, expecting it to be just like her favorite Gothic novels, to hilarious expect.
>WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
A group of rabbits look for a home, but it's not easy!
>REDWALL series by Brian Jacques
Comforting, warm read with delicious descriptions of food. Nostalgic feeling.
>FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
A classic that still holds up, and is actually quite short! Definitely read it if you have the chance. If you really want to get into the mood, you can also read some poems by Shelley's husband or other contemporaries. Keats is definitely my favorite.
Another classic. The Kate Bush song is also good.
>TAILCHASER'S SONG by Tad Williams
A cat goes on an adventure. Sort of like a more sophisticated version of the Warriors books.
>THE CORN MAIDEN by Joyce Carol Oates
Some teenagers abduct a classmate for a bizarre ritual. Haunting imagery and prose.
Essential horror! A governess cares for two children at a remote country home that may be haunted. Coincidentally(?), this one also has a Kate Bush song written about it.
>THE BEAR by Andrew Krivak
Comforting, post-apocalyptic story about a father and daughter.
>HANGSAMAN by Shirley Jackson
Strange book that is rather different than her other works. Her other novels have been recommended a lot in these threads for good reason and are also good reads for autumn.
Last book of the Moomin series. Even though it's a children's novel, it's startlingly melancholy and very beautiful.
>GOBLIN MARKET by Christina Rossetti
Just a fun poem about two sisters.

No. 161088

Awww, thank you!! Definitely going to check some of these out in the upcoming months! Bless you nonny :) others, feel free to drop autumn favorite recommendations as well!

No. 161130

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go for it, nonnies. i use picrel (the brown one, they're from a brand called newestor) but once it's full i wanna get a cuter one. flame tree publishing has really cute moomin notebooks.

might be very obvious but i find harry potter books very fall season-y, probably because that's when the new school year starts at hogwarts.

No. 161136

very good points anon, what you say is true and i think a LOT (if not all) of women who dispute this do it out of self hate and repression. personally i do think it's weird to be an adult who is still into whatever their hormonal teenage selves were into, but i also find it infuriating how men are allowed and even expected to do this but women are mocked for it. middle aged men can watch star wars and fawn over the female characters they crushed on as teenagers, but god forbid women write some erotic fiction that caters to their own interests. and as you said women are never even close to as creepy about their horny interests as men are. whenever i see people sperging about shippers and whatnot, i think about how the woman who wrote brokeback mountain got a shit ton of porn fanfiction sent to her by adult men. people act like this is a female "issue".
>The film's popularity has inspired numerous viewers to write their own versions of the story and send these to Proulx. In 2008, Proulx said she wished she had never written the 1997 short story which inspired the film, because she has received so much fan fiction presenting alternative plots: [The film] is the source of constant irritation in my private life. There are countless people out there who think the story is open range to explore their fantasies and to correct what they see as an unbearably disappointing story.
>She said the authors, mostly men who claim to "understand men better than I do", often send her their works: They constantly send ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for "fixing" the story. They certainly don't get the message that if you can't fix it you've got to stand it.

No. 162235

anyone have recommendations for fantasy books or series (that are not YA) written by women? preferably ones that are finished, I'm not interested in reading a half done series. I think the only ones I know of are morgan llewylen, robin hobb and ursula k leguin. please no poppy war and not interested in reading marion zimmer bradley either.

No. 162362

The Priory of the Orange Tree - the author described it as feminist retelling of Saint George and the Dragon, if that's something you're interested in. There might even be a sequel coming but it's so massive that it's honestly like 2-3 books in one

No. 162637

Deep secret by Diana wynne jones, first in the series and my personal fav!

No. 162643

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I gotchu
>The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
>A couple from N.K. Jemisin (Inheritance & Dreamblood Trilogies)
>The Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh (more sci-fi than fantasy)
>Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn
>Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
>The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

Not series but good:
>Circe by Madeline Miller
>The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
>The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar
>Deathless by Catherynne Valente
>The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

No. 162646


I'm seconding >>162362 and recommending Priory. It can be a bit of a slog to get through at times but I loved it. Two of the main characters are cool warrior women and there's even some lesbian romance thrown in there.

No. 162649

Thoughts on The Girls, by Emma Cline?

No. 162652

Don't remember it super well, but tbh I remember being a bit disappointed in it? I think I found the everygirl protagonist really bland, which was especially frustrating given how many interesting personalities were in the book. But I liked the premise, and some of the writing. I want to read the new book she has out, b/c I definitely came away from The Girls feeling like she had potential that just needed a little more development.

No. 162663

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currently reading lolita for the third time. i first read it at age 13 (thanks lana del rey) and reread it again in my final year of high school for english class.
this third time reading has been the toughest. i think as a teenager i was unable to appreciate how messed up the situation was. like i understood on an objective level that pedophilia is messed up. but just thinking about dolores as a 13 year old, with no one to turn to just fills me with dread. it’s hard to get through the book this time round because i just feel so horrified. it’s almost too much to contemplate.
words cannot express how much i detest how the book has been immortalized in pop culture and how it has been adapted to screen. hollywood is full of creeps and i can’t believe so many people were just like ‘this book about a pedophile raping his stepdaughter is actually a forbidden love story and the 13 year old was actually the seducer.” any adult who thinks this after reading the book either has piss poor reading comprehension or is a pedophile or pedophile sympathizer. or all three

No. 162676

I have the same experience as you anon, I love the book because I think it's genius dark comedy and a great manipulation of the reader, but whenever I bring it up online I get lectured by people who've only read quotes from it on Tumblr, or who have read it in a different language where the mocking tone doesn't come across properly. The other week my friend attempted to sanctimoniously 'correct' my point about the book and then said she had 'only read extracts'! But there's no way to understand Nabokov's actual intention unless you read the bit where HH is writing from prison, all the stylistic flairs made to make him seem unlikable, etc. Brain worms

No. 162681

I couldn't read it. Gave up after 10 pages or so. I feel like this is an idea that would need a genius to execute properly simply because the reality is much more interesting than a fanfiction about it with a normalfag OC added to it. Or maybe it would work if Cline wrote her novel about a fictional cult.
IDK how people can say that the book is sympathizing with Humbert or that it's a love story after the part where he almost rapes a 10 year old pimped by her mother, but only stops because she's fat AND the part where he admits to planning to breed Lolita for endless suply of the next generation of Lolitas. How the fuck is this supposed to be love???

No. 162682

yeah if you go into the book knowing that humbert is trying to manipulate the reader it’s so incredibly obvious what he’s doing. he mentions multiple times lolita crying when she thinks he’s asleep, the fact that she had nowhere else to go, the fact that she struggles in sex ed class at school etc. there’s even a scene where he makes her give him a hand job in her classroom after he just had a meeting with a school principle about how she struggles in sex ed class and he says he did it because he knew that opportunity would never come around again. he’s a horrible horrible man and this story reads more like a horror story and a love story.

i think dolores’ conduct at the beginning of the story when he picks her up from summer camp is the most misleading. if we are even to believe what humbert is saying at all, she was essentially playing at flirting because she believed she was going to go and see her mother. he deliberately waited until he had raped her and she was in physical pain the next morning to tell her that her mother was dead and then that kind of began dolores’ hopeless situation with no one to turn to for help.

No. 162686

You’re my kinda gal, and thanks for all the recs ladies. Saving them all.

No. 162738

What the hell, I feel like I've read tons of recs for this book before yet never encountered this description. I'm gonna get this out of the library tomorrow

No. 162771

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has anyone read priory of the orange tree? i've heard good things about it but the the fact that its 600+ pages kind of overwhelms me. not sure if i want to dedicate the time to it

No. 162819


Me! I'm the first anon who recced it, up in the thread and it's totally worth it. Great storybuilding, writing and characters. A bit of a slog here and there but it's honestly such a massive book so it should be expected but really one of my fav books I've read

No. 162906


Personally, I thought it was very underwhelming. It tried to be an epic fantasy with multiple POVs and locations like ASOIAF but fails to explore many of them in a satisfactory way making the whole worldbuilding feel rushed and bloated. The characters were really flat and I thought their inner lives and interactions were predictable and boring.

I also thought the romance had no chemistry at all and was overtly sanitized, giving me a bit of a "uwu unproblematic lesbians" vibe. The main character and her love interest also massively got on my nerves for the whole book, I think I liked one single character in the whole thing.

I was expecting a good, long epic fantasy with worldbuilding and a complex lesbian romance but by the end I was really disappointed. Maybe it's more for a YA audience, but I wouldn't know since I don't read YA.

This is just my grain of salt, take it as you will.

No. 162910

thanks for the feedback anons! i think i'll give it ~150-200 pages before deciding whether to keep reading or not. i like fantasy and w/w pairings, but i think the longest book i've read in the past 3 years has only been 450 max.

(also i am just now seeing other anons talking about it in earlier posts, sorry for not using my eyes)

No. 162918

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I finished the hunger games. Fucking finally.
I think there was no need for 3 books. Some monologues katniss give feel like wordcount boost. It seems like she is repeating the same thing over and over again, while some scenes aren't descriptive enough.
The ending was disappointing. I didn't really expect anything different from the movies, it's just the way it's written, it felt very rushed when most of the book was so slow paced, make the movie seem a lot better.
Anyway, I'm glad I'm done with it but I'm also feeling kinda empty now it's over.

No. 162934

Anon, there is a fourth book in the series. It's a prequel about teenage President Snow. It's okay, fun to read I guess and definitely not dragging like Mockingjay.

No. 162946

I heard about it but didn't really intended on reading it because I find Snow a boring villain. I guess it's because of the story being first person, gave the impression he was just 'the evil dude that does evil things'. Guess that's why he needed a book, but honestly I'd rather read about anyone else.

No. 162957

He's more interesting as a teenager, though he's woobified for most of the book, he gets evil at the end. It's fine not to want to read it, though

No. 163219

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currently reading pic related. i like it a lot so far, super easy to pick up and get sucked into. i've never read anything by this author, but might check out some of her work after i'm done with this! the writing is really good imo

No. 163231

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Looks interesting. I'm about to start reading Vicious by the same author.

No. 163232

Are these YA novels?

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currently reading picrel because i'm a basic bitch.

No. 163259

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I honestly loved reading Shades Of Magic by the same author, I’m obsessed with the characters and my best friend also loved the whole story.
I wish they made a movie of these books because I think it would be really nice, I want to see Rhy in action.

No. 163274

No they're adult. She does write YA under the name Victoria Schwab though

No. 163288

I'm reading it rn to prepare for the movie. I can't figure out if I like it or not? I keep taking long breaks but when I'm into it, I'm pretty into it. I stopped 3/4 though a few weeks ago and haven't felt the urge to go back to it yet.

No. 163401

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I read this in like one day. It has odd wording at times but overall is pretty good. It has a really beautiful aesthetic. Has anyone read anything else by the author? Or know any books similar?

No. 163403

I tried reading it once when I was 15 and it made me dizzy and dazed

No. 163414

ooooh i'll have to check these out. i really love her writing style (or at least, based on addie la rue) and the premise sounds promising

No. 163467

imo it was better for me that i watched the movie first because all the terms are so confusing and barely explained like the mentat thing, i don't think leto ever told paul that he was a possible mentat in the movie that i would have dropped the book a few pages in. i do like it so far, even though it's kind of dense and i'm going through it very slowly.

No. 163509

A vent.

Finally finished 1Q84 by Murkami and I've been angry for days.

What the fuuuuck is this pedo bullshit? What the shit man, 2 pages before fucking the guy said she looks lke a 12 year old in bed ahhhhh, and she didn't have pubes and hadn't started her period?? In the sex scene it LITERALLY SAID he couldn't believe his "adult penis" fit in her. I don't care if she was 17, though a 17 and 29 year old would still be fucking weird even if she was painted as mature (which she certainly wasn't!), this was BLATANT pedo shit, and I cannot believe how much it was lauded and in all the bestseller lists and shit for years. Who the fuck read this and didn't recoil in revulsion at that? Moreover, how did everyone think this is great?

I went on goodreads and didn't find much in the reviews. For bad reviews just that it was dry and boring? Yes, women were sexualised and very one dimensional in general, but wow. I'd have quit reading if I wasn't so far into it, and I'll never read another book by him again.

No. 163592

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What are your thoughts on The Book Thief, anons? I was gifted the book but don't know if I want to commit to reading the thing since it's quite long and I'm not really into YA.

No. 163594

I've never read it, but I have heard really mixed things about it. Some people love it and some people hate it. It is character driven and not plot driven. It's really meandering apparently and you already basically know how it ends from the beginning.

No. 163595

Didn't read the book, tried the movie but dropped it halfway as it seemed as cutesy wannabe tearjerker about WW2. No thank you, I'm tired of takes on the topic like this or The Boy In The Striped Pajamas.
YMMV, many people think that the novel is a heartfelt masterpiece so maybe read the first 10, 30 pages and decide if you should continue.

No. 163596

Damn this makes me sad. I love Norwegian Wood and his characterization in that book is stellar. Whaaat is with japanese literature and pedophilia.

No. 163608

i liked norwegian wood well enough but i had to roll my eyes that the main character had sex with like every female character. murakami really wanted us to know that he tears through pussy. it was just unnecessary.
i’ve read norwegian wood, kafka on the shore and 1Q84. i enjoyed the first two but i don’t know if i want to keep reading his books because i don’t enjoy the weird sexualisation of women.

No. 163610

You may as well read it if you got it for free, it's very well loved and highly regarded. It's popular enough that I read it just to know what the fuss was about even though I'm not interested in the premise. I didn't care that much for it but it didn't feel like a slog to get through either.

No. 163611

Many many years ago I got it and tried to read it, I just really disliked it? I don't remember much other than that I found the "Death tells the story" a lame gimmick and the writing in general was lackluster, I dind't like anyone and was very bored.

No. 163615

kind of want to read the divine comedy. is that dumb nonnies?

No. 163624

I gotta vent about some Anne Rice shit.

I've read the first three books in the Vampire Chronicles years ago and recently picked up The Witching Hour. I hate not finishing books but this one is getting to me because of the blatant pedophilia. There was undertones of it in Interview with the Vampire but with the whole "eternal child" thing I could excuse lines being blurred there plus at least Louis showed his guilt if I recall right. Anne writes these pricks in this book as somehow honorable, or that visiting children in a brothel is not big deal because they're living that life anyways, and sleeping with your daughter is fine because morality is made up and the rules don't matter. and now that I'm reading one of her works after learning about her awful erotica it's got me really, really questioning this woman and her fixation on pedos

I'm so uncomfortable and idk if I'll finish this book. If I see another instance of the bs from above I'm going to stop. I don't see anyone complaining about it either; everyone is just insisting you have to view the entire work as her way of "eroticly writing."

I feel like I'm going insane and everyone is a pedo because no one seems to mind how wildly uncomfortable this shit is.

No. 163637

I didnt read your spoiler. I was about to start reading it (literally just bought all 3 Mayfair witches books at a thrift store). Since you said pedo now I am afraid lol. But I have I heard several people say that IWAV was way too pedo-y for them.

Im afraid to read it now lol.

No. 163643

That's what pissed me off about the Girl With Tattoo/Millenium series. Blomkvist is some washed up middle aged man yet the author really wants to present him as some sex magnet

No. 163655

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IDK what to tell yo except I found picrel interesting.
I've read ITWV 10 years ago, and couldn't really get through any other of the Vampire books. The were too slow for my taste and it was hard caring about all those scrote characters, of which there are too many. I barely acquainted myself with Lestat and Louise, and now I'm supposed to also be invested in Marcus and Armand??? WTF

No. 163662

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I want to read something as good as The King in Yellow, by Chambers again. I liked HP lovecraft but after a while all his stories started to sound similar. I LOVE TKIY so much. I never had a book blow my mind that way.. Thx..

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not at all anon. don't be afraid to look up notes if you need it for context. from what i remember (had to read dante's inferno for a medieval euro history class), having some sort of background knowledge of medieval euro history helps a lot because there's some name dropping and references to what were current events

No. 163688

yeah sorry I should have spoiled almost all of that but I was one benadyrl in and sleepy lol. I will say, outside of the pedoy shit, the book isn't what I thought it was going to be, though it is well written. If you were wanting a lot of really spooky, cool witch shit, it is NOT in those books. It's very history dense. I'm sorry for being a spoil-sport anon, but trust me, it's egregious and unless you want weird sexual undertones mingled in with a history lesson, it's probably not the book for you.

I am filled with new disgust! Thank you anon. I seriously question the woman, she's written underage erotica before (I believe the book is Belinda) and I read somewhere it was because Anne herself was I guess interested in sex at a young age? But she glorifies it, it seems, instead of having any nuanced thought about it. And yeah, I pushed myself through Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. There's great story in there, especially about these two spooky ye olde women, but Anne focuses so much on the fucking scrotes it's insufferable. I see now why she focused on Lestat (a simply awful character that I did not give a singular shit about) instead of Louis who was at least interesting imo.

No. 163689

Are you familiar with mangaka Ito Junji? He's very lovecraftian but I consider him better and he has cute cats none of them named racebait

No. 163693

i found a version that keeps the original story but translates certain things to modern english so i think i'll be picking it up! thanks anon!

No. 163694

I pretty much ignored the final scene with Reiko . Completely unneccessary and I would have vastly preferred they had just shared a final tender kiss kek

No. 163695

So many women are horny for all those scrote vampires and I cannot tell them apart. What even was Lestat's personality???

No. 163742

self important douche bag. That was the whole personality.

No. 163745

I always saw illustrations by him, but I never actually read the manga until now… This stuff is really supreeeme:) If you know any others please let know!! Just fyi I already house of leaves.(:))

No. 163850

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I've been reading a lot of Ligotti lately, picrel was pretty good. A lot of people recommend him to fans of Lovecraft, especially "The Last Feast of Harlequin," but after reading this I think a more apt comparison is to Kafka, which I actually prefer, with a bleak criticism of capitalism and bureaucracy, combined with tongue-in-cheek humor.

Does anyone have "dark fiction" recommendations? Gothic, horror, whatever is fine, but I prefer female authors and I'm just looking for something gritty and eerie in atmosphere. Gillian Flynn sort of has the tone I'm looking for but I'm usually not that interested by her plot/characters if that gives a rough idea.

No. 163865

I would say give Miéville a shot if you're okay with a slow burn story. Perdido Street Station is very similar in a way, it's a scathing criticism of capitalism/bureaucracy (Miéville is a Marxist and has a PhD in international relations, but I don't find his writing preachy) with some really funny moments amid the bleakness. It is a long book and about half follows the protagonists during their daily lives but set in a weird warpy Lovecraftian London essentially, which I personally found fascinating, but some people feel it drags. Once you move past the halfway point it does get pretty damn gruesome though, and now that you're invested in the characters it makes it all the worse. One of my favorite writers.

No. 163872

hope you end up liking it anon! let us know how it goes.

No. 163940

bunny by mona awad maybe?

No. 164258

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I recently read picrel and I really liked it. It's in a similar vein to books like My Year of Rest and Relaxation and The New Me which have been brought up in here a few times. If other anons enjoyed those and other books with unlikeable female protagonists then I recommend this one.

No. 164266

what it this about? it sounds like something a tranny would say so I'm off putted by the title

No. 164267

NTA it’s about this woman who makes a living taking fetish photos of men. that might not sound appealing but it was honestly pretty funny and fucked up. there is a trans man character which made me roll my eyes but the protagonist is kinda blunt about it so it wasn’t completely tranny ass kissing

No. 164366

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Just finished this.

No. 164372

What'd you think?

No. 164374

pancho villa

No. 164378

mexican jordan peele

No. 164436

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Reading my husbandos autobiography. It's really funny. He talks about how weird gay sex is and that he was told to stick a toothbrush up his ass to expand the hole.

No. 164777

I didn't even know he had an autobiography. I love him though

No. 165094

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So I just finished listening to this book. A little bit disappointed tbh.

The basic premise is that there is a group of 7 friends who are Shakespearean acting students at a fictional school. A character gets murdered and the protagonist, Oliver, went to jail for this murder. He's getting out after 10 years and the detective who put him there is quitting and asks what really happened so Oliver is telling him the story.

It was kind of pitched as like this dark academia murder mystery, but the ending was very predictable to me and there was a lot more focus on the relationships between the characters/bromance than any mystery or plot. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had known that and not been expecting a really good mystery. Also the character that got killed was such a POS that I didn't really care who killed them. Another thing I didn't like was how this book felt kind of pretentious in the first half, and I'm not sure if that was more the writing or the narrator (or both) and had a lot of ridiculous flowery descriptions of things. And one of the characters has an English accent and the narrator did not do it very well in my opinion lol.

Click for major spoilers the friend in the group that gets killed, Richard, was a huge jackass who had been getting more and more violent/aggressive towards the friends. It was really obvious about halfway through who really killed him. The other friend, James, killed him basically in self defense. Oliver takes the blame for this because he loves James so much. Then James supposedly kills himself 4 years before Oliver gets out of prison, but leaves Oliver an ambiguous note quoting Shakespeare, and it's revealed that no one ever actually found James' body, implying he might still be alive. I almost DNF'd it because I was bored, but I did really like the ending.

No. 165188

i really liked the ending too and i thought it had the potential to be really good but i didn’t super enjoy most of the book. it seemed like a discount secret history by donna tartt lol.
when the bromance thing got introduced i had to roll my eyes because homoerotic elements are a staple of the dark academia genre. i can’t remember if they actually kissed though. i hope they did though.

No. 165325

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Has anyone read All Systems Red by Martha Wells? I have not read it but am on hold for it at the library. (Please spoil spoilers.) It is a sci-fi series by a woman, which is cool!

Also, silly but wholesome tangent, I just love choosing library books. I use an online public library, and I love browsing through books and choosing which ones to read. It's like online shopping, except I don't use money kek. I also get a small dopamine rush when I mark a book as "Read" on Goodreads.

No. 165369

I feel the same way. I had a library card when I was a kid, but fell off after going to college and moving a bunch. I'm so happy I remembered libraries are a thing and got my first adult card – it's such a joy to walk down to my branch on a pretty day and pick new reads. Totally the same feeling as shopping, but without spending money and supporting something really great.

Haven't read Wells yet, but I'm so happy to see her succeed and always hear good things about her books.

No. 165414

Any good nonfiction to listen to on audiobook?

No. 165416

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez is read by the author so I thought it was pretty good

No. 165434

The Warmth of Other Suns is really long, but the structure – it's three life stories from the Great Migration – makes it very engaging. Really interesting way to learn about a historical phenomenon I didn't know much about.

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is really sweet – if I remember right, the author admits to being a little in love with Child (not romantically, just really enamored of her as a person) and it honestly works really well. The whole book has this really wonderful wamrth.

I'm in the middle of The Heroine with 1001 Faces rn, and though it's a little dry, it's pretty interesting. It's a Harvard scholar's response to Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey – basically her attempt to see if there's such a thing as a Heroine's Journey, and what it looks like. She's a major expert on fairy tales, which is making it a really rich book so far.

No. 165480

Any anons have nonfiction mental health book reccs? Self-esteem, confidence, general mental health, etc.?

No. 165489

I was recommended these by a counsellor in regards to stress, anxiety, mindfulness and time management
>The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson
>Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
>The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay
>How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein

No. 165542

Nta but I love shit like this, since I've been actively working on my mental health my life is so much better (go figure right). Thanks for sharing!

These are some I've liked:
>Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky
>Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques by Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning
>Becoming Bulletproof by Evy Poumpouras
>The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (not only useful if you're actively worried about someone, discusses why you should trust your instincts and how to reduce general anxiety)

No. 165574

I have heard The Worry Cure is really good but I haven't read it

No. 165716

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I rewatched this recently and the pseudo-sequel Wiener-Dog which I liked a lot. It might be a long shot but do any anons have recommendations for books that are similar? I like the dysfunctional suburban setting and dark comedy that’s bleak but weirdly comforting at the same time.

No. 165814

Unironically one of the best books I have ever read. The guy was fascinating a real life robin hood but also a ruthless cold blooded psychopath capable of slaughtering entire villages of people.

More like a Mexican Teddy Roosevelt.

No. 165828

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I've just read Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. I'm not the anon who has recommended the book, though >>>/m/8561 I absolutely DO NOT recommend this if you have weak stomach – and even if you don't, I'm not convinced it's worth it. Content warning below because from OP descriptions you really don't know what you are getting into (not her fault, though – even from description, it's hard to imagine it's that bad). The book is not relatable unless you are a deranged psycho of an Armin Meiwes caliber. Also, YMMV on how believable the whole story is, since the relationship never becomes an IRL one.
>Full-on BDSM Master/Slave relationship over chat. I realize this is a dealbreaker for most farmers. Even if you are ok with that for whatever reason, it's a far cry from 50 Shades of Grey type kinky romance.
>2 detailed scenes of animal cruelty and murder/death. One features a cat
>a detailed scene of child torture and murder
>Nemu tier depiction of people decomposing after radiation exposure
>tapeworm infestation
>What TV Troped defines as Eye Scream – very predictable from the beginning
The fact that men are 'raving' about this makes me feel sick, since I don't trust them to see the story as a nightmare fuel. Also, there was no fucking reason the story was about two lesbians. The story might have been about a scrote and a woman provided the scrote was infertile. It would be much more believable. It seems like a fetish/shock value thing.

No. 165832

a cherry on the shit cake is what I've just read in a Goodreads review:
>Also, the author is LGBTQ and nonbinary
Non-binary really is a convenient excuse for scrotes being scrotes, isn't it? Reposting my comment since he is actually gay, IDK if it changes something in my perception.

No. 165835

Currently reading Dracula for the first time and I love the story, aesthetic's and how it's written. Can anyone recommend anything similar? I was thinking of reading Jane Eyre or something by Jane Austen but im not the biggest fan of romance.

No. 165841

Oh, that's a shame. I saw this book being recommended in the last thread too and the title got my attention, I had it downloaded and all but just hadn't gotten around to reading it. So it's just really gross and over-the-top trauma porn, huh? Disappointing, won't be wasting my time. I should've read the reviews before. Also it makes me deeply uncomfortable that a man is writing about a lesbian who wants to have a baby. It should be illegal for men to write lesbian characters.

No. 165843

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The Conspiracy Against the Human Race sent me into a mental breakdown. I still have a couple chapters left only because it's such a brutal book I need to mentally prepare. I struggle with the fact that it's all true.

No. 165844

I hated this too. I thought it would be interesting because of the premise (two women form an unhealthy relationship over the old internet) but it failed in every way. Totally agree with >>165841 about the pregnancy angst, it was so funny to me that a lesbian who has been rejected by her family, is poor, is totally alone, etc., when she’s asked by her rich gf what she wants more than anything says she wants a baby, almost right after they start talking. Then of course her gf is so very sad because she can’t give her that. Is the horror the result of her not being a man? Because I honestly think the author just had no other ideas as to what would compel female horror. When they sexted I remember laughing at how it was so obviously written by a man, it immediately devolves into BDSM and is overwhelmingly cringe.
It’s just a bunch of edgy gore with no purpose and both the protagonists say pseudo-philosophical things to justify it. At some point a salamander is killed by the protagonist and one literally says that a salamander is a symbol of rebirth. Like no shit.

No. 165849

Thank you. I was considering reading this book though I was a bit apprehensive because the author is male. Well, I guess that solves it. You can never trust a guy to write good female characters.

No. 165851

Your post intrigued me so I had to read this book. And god, it's so bad. The last quarter is exceptionally terrible, I probably read better creepypastas written by 15 year olds. Also as always, lmao @ anyone who gave this a book 5 stars on goodreads and wrote a "to be honest you have to have a high IQ to understand this novella" type of review.

No. 165856

I agree with the lesbian pregnancy thing. It escaped my attention because to me so many things were even worse, and the plot was insane (in a bad way). That's why it's vital to read literature analysis by other people. I can give one thing to the author: he can write truly visceral descriptions of violence and disgusting things. I almost vomited when reading about the meat. IDK if this is what I would like to be known for LOL.
>You can never trust a guy to write good female
But he's LGBTQ and non-binary, haven't you heard??? Totally same as lesbians!
>Also as always, lmao @ anyone who gave this a book 5 stars on goodreads and wrote a "to be honest you have to have a high IQ to understand this novella" type of review.
Someone suggested that crushedmarigolds was a man. Sure, headcanon it if you want, but I didn't see anything in the text that was suggesting it. HM, except from scrote shit like the panty thing.

If anyone has better recommendations for stories about online relationship and psychological power struggle in relationships, please recommend it to me. So far I found My Tiny Life about the first topic and a few non-fiction books about World of Warcraft. Plus one anthropologist one about Second Life.

No. 165866

I'm original OP who posted it, haven't read it yet but uhhh might still hate-read it because I have a strong stomach and it sounds trashy and entertaining Plz forgive me nonnies.

No. 165867

It's only 64 pages according to my ebook reader. You can read it in an hour or maybe even less, so you wouldn't be wasting a lot of time.

No. 165868

Doesn’t the crushedmarigolds being a man theory fall apart since the opening talks about a woman named Zoe being arrested after Agnes dies? It would have been more interesting though. I thought the Internet setting would be cool since there’s more ambiguity as to if people are who they say they are or if they’re telling the truth. The Sluts by Daniel Cooper is an interesting example of this being used for horrific effect, but it seems like in this book it’s just window dressing. I really thought that when Zoe was telling Agnes to do things that there would be some reveal that she had just been lying or something like that. Even if Agnes lying at the end or it being more ambiguous with the possibility that she hadn’t died and Zoe had just been left to wonder and feel guilty the ending would be better than what it is.

No. 165869

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So is the author an actual gay man or is he the tumblr kweer type?

Also, went back to read more of the reviews. Lots of passive aggressiveness (and just plain aggressiveness) in this woman's replies. This chain of comments in particular gave me a hearty kek.

No. 165873

Does anyone have any favorite beverages/reading spots/other reading traditions?

I looove making and drinking tea, especially while reading. However, I'm untraditional and like drinking cold tea no matter what the season, so I cold brew tea in my fridge.

Reading in bed with a tumbler of cold tea>>>>

No. 165883

I like to go on walks in a forest preserve near me so when I’m walking around I listen to audiobooks. Then when I sit down, I usually switch over to a paperback, and just have cold water. It’s also really comfy to just lie under a blanket on the couch with some quiet music and a good book. I don’t really drink a lot of beverages besides water but it feels so pleasant when you’re drinking or eating something that matches the book. Like apple tea when you read something autumnal.

No. 165897

iced lattes are my favorite drink so usually that. I used to be a big tea drinker but I never think to make it anymore for some reason.

No. 165937

That's one hell of a description. I'm kind of on a kick of reading biographies about people I know nothing about, I think I'll check this out next. Thanks!

No. 165938

Haven't read this book yet, and I'm thinking now I probably won't. But reading this discussion is making me ponder a question I wanna put to the thread at large: what do you think this kind of super out-there horror looks like from women? Does it exist yet?

I ask because I feel frustrated rn in a way I hope some of you might recognize. I've always been drawn to horror like this, but I'm pretty much always disappointed. When I was younger, this really confused me, because I felt simultaneously bored AND upset by books like this. And I knew I wasn't upset by them out of like, purely shocked disgust – I was interested in reading dark shit, but what I found was never actually what I wanted. Now I understand that this is largely because horror is often really gendered, and male horror is really fucking tiresome and mundane and exhausting a lot of the time. But I still hear about books like this and think "!!! maybe this time!" Does anyone else feel like that?

For female avant-garden ultra-intense horror/dark lit like this….I'm struggling to think of many examples, but I feel like there must be more out there than I realize. I'm the anon who first brought up Lisa Taddeo's Animal last thread, and I think that definitely counts. I'd also say Kyoko Okazaki's Helter Skelter, and Sayaka Murata's Earthlings. But everything else I can think of is less edgy – like, I love the Haunting of Hill House, but I want some primal scream stuff, you know?

No. 165948

I usually drink water or coffee. If I feel like it, sometimes I will make an iced breve sweetened with honey.

The Murderbot novellas are very fun but also overrated imo. As long as you ignore the hype and don't have your expectations set super high, I think you'll enjoy them.

No. 165966

I read All Tomorrows because of this video and it's honestly one of the best and surprisingly moving books I've ever read.

No. 165974

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Same, really enjoyed it.
Can I get some nonny-reviews on Zadie Smith writing? I finally gave White Teeth a go because my literature professor couldn't stfu about it. I was disappointed, found the book really boring and arrogant

No. 166000

I loved NW because the dialogue was so realistic and well-written, but the racial politics just seem overdone now after 2 rounds of BLM. I think it must have felt a lot more unique and insightful back in 2012

No. 166036

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I don't know if I'd necessarily call it horror, but Ice by Anna Kavan is an interesting one. Apocalyptic, unnerving, and dreamlike.

No. 166091

I hated White Teeth. I had to read it for one of my literary theory classes, and to date it remains the single most pretentious thing I have ever read. The prose is intended to be quick and snappy and clever but the execution is just a huge fucking mess

No. 166171

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Since we are talking about horror by women, this is an indie book I just read. Very short, 34 pages. I don't want to spoil too much but it's about lost media. Not bad! I really like the cover.

No. 166351

lately when i read at night i have a cup of hot coffee (decaf) and read on my couch.

if i have the day off i'll go to a botanical garden near me to read, stop for iced coffee and a sandwich to take first and walk around a bit and then read.

No. 166366

So cute and so relaxing, I wish I was you

No. 166381

I dind't get it. How did you understood the end of the story anon?

No. 166383

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I read Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin a couple of weeks ago and I think a lot of anons would appreciated it.
The protagonist is a late twenties lesbian women that can't keep a job, too depressed and obssessed with death to show up, and ends up pretending to be a straight religious woman to work at a church.
The protagonist voice is great and there's even some murder mystery mixed in the plot.

No. 166384


I'll look out for this at work, I work in a library and this interests me. Glad you enjoyed it!

No. 166389

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I'm trying to read more unique/lesser-known works, especially by female authors. Going to read picrel, it's by about a female psychologist researching near-death experiences. I like the vaporwave-esque art lol.

I think it's supposed to be kind of trippy/mindfuck-y, like Uncle Bob either predicted her future that she'd forget who she was in her chain of lies, or perhaps she just straight up invented Uncle Bob and everything happening in the story is a delusion since she's such a huge liar. Hope that made sense. I don't understand the significance of Uncle Bob being the hill, though.

No. 166450

Oh, do you have any other recs? I've also been trying to read more of the same and I'm always open to reading more lesser-known female authors!

No. 166479

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They've both been recommended in this thread before, but Convenience Store Woman or Asleep are interesting, surreal-feeling books by Japanese women! A little more mainstream, but I've been hoping to segue into more indie stuff.

Also, a good way I've been discovering books recently is to look into different awards, like the Hugo Award for science-fiction/fantasy. It's helping me find high-quality books that aren't always super well-known. Vintage International seems to have a unique selection as well.

No. 166505

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read the first 50 pages and dropped it because i had other things i wanted to read at the time, but i might pick it up again. from what i remember the dialogue made me laugh out loud.

currently reading pic related. i like it so far. if you like japanese literature it has that sort of slow paced slice of life vibe, but also eerie. it's about a woman well known in a neighborhood and the mc wants to be her friend so she stalks her among other things

No. 167075

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i loved this one, i haven't finished the second part yet but i found it so beautiful and relatable

No. 167078

I’m excited to read this one, especially because of her conversation with Murakami on sexism. It was so satisfying to read the whole exchange and finally see him held accountable.

No. 167079

I read it and also really enjoyed the first part! I think because the second one was written later, it was a bit more weaker. I wish I knew Japanese because I know it's supposed to be much more hard hitting in its original language

No. 167103

i didn't like the second part. it started off strong but the 2nd part was weaker and the ending was a disappointment

No. 167501

Can I get some good historical fiction recs? Ones that are popular/well known please.
I’m trying to get back into reading after not having read a book since my college days.

No. 167510

The memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (audible version much preferred) is a very long but immersive historical fiction

No. 167529

Regarding Uncle Bob being the hill, I kinda saw it as a metaphor for how he was woven into the fabric of the town itself and the children that lived there. He was omnipresent in a way, much like roots under the ground? Idk, just my thoughts.

No. 167544

Can anyone give me books/short stories etc. that make you tear up just when you think about them
>inb4 Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey or The Seat Filler
No, not that kind of books. I'm asking seriously, I want to be moved and cry because I haven't been able to for some time

No. 167548

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picrel made me cry so fucking hard, it's hard for books (or any media, really) to make me cry but this one really got me. It's SO good, one of my favorite books tbh. It's been 2 years since I read it and I still think about it a lot. If you like quirky Japanese literature and magical realism you'll probably like it.

No. 167553

I'm listening to The Secret History. I'm so bored, I almost DNF'd. They are at Bunny's funeral, I'm 75% through this book and I'm just.. so bored. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I'm gonna try and finish it today, listening to it sped up.

No. 167573

These made me cry for different reasons, so maybe one will strike a chord with you:
>The Awakening by Kate Chopin
>No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
>Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
>Swamplandia by Karen Russell
>Persuasion by Jane Austen

No. 167584

I had a random curiosity to read Lovecraft, any recs to start?

No. 167585

He's got quite a few anthologies out there, unless you're looking for digital epubs or something.

No. 167587

Sweet Ermengarde is all you need.

No. 167602

I like this interpretation! I am pretty bad at understanding imagery.

No. 167609

Has anyone had luck with a book club irl or online? I've been thinking about looking for one nearby and wondering what other people's experiences are since I've only really discussed books in school or on forums in passing, so I'm not sure how different a book club would be.

No. 167718

I really love book clubs, though they're hard to maintain ime – everyone has packed schedules, and it's no one's fault. The ones that have lasted have usually been kind of informal (usually just me and a few friends) and/or very flexible in terms of dates and not finishing if you're really not feeling the book. I prefer women-only book clubs, but some mixed-sex ones are okay. I think specific clubs organized around a certain type of book (biographies, sci fi, women authors, etc) tend to do better, and are also a cool way to make new friends.

No. 167756

I'm in a Discord book club with a few friends, since we all live apart atm! It can be hard to schedule, like above mentioned, so it's normal to have 1-2 people missing every week. But it's still fun, and sometimes helps me to read things I wouldn't necessarily have chose for myself.

No. 168130

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I'm reading Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. Sometimes I feel bad that there's so many classics I haven't read, but honestly, there are so many books considered "classics" that you could probably spend a lifetime finishing them all!

Anyways, I think this is great for people who want to read something famous by a woman, but is still relatively short and has an easy to understand writing style. I find the writing to be breezy and enjoyable.

No. 168137

No offense to you but
I hate people who insist on "reading classics first" to be able to read any other book. I didn't read for so many years because pretentious book-bro men kept saying everywhere "READ THE CLASSICS FIRST". Ok genious what if I don't want to? Everyone has their own fucking taste. So yeah I only read stuff made by women in the last 40 years. Fuck them classics

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Good for you, but also, you should at least read the classics that were written by women. Djuna Barnes, Kate Chopin, and Virginia Woolf are all excellent feminist authors.

No. 168144

nta and I get where you're coming from, but this is the same energy you get from people who only want to watch Marvel films.

No. 168147

I still haven't read The Bell Jar, even though I've read and liked Plath's poetry, but I'm going to try and give it a go!

I feel you about how many "classics" there are, I like older lit for a couple of reasons but especially because it's always interesting to see me how much things change and how much things stay the same. When I first read The Picture of Dorian Gray I remember being surprised by how easy to understand it was since it's Victorian.

If anyone else has issues reading older writing but wants to read more of it, it might help to read it out loud or listen to an audio recording. The best thing about a lot of classic lit is that most of it has come into the public domain, so audiobooks are really easy to find online (e.g. LibriVox). When I was younger I had trouble reading Beowulf because it's Old English so hearing it read aloud was enlightening. English isn't my first language so that might have also played a part in how hard it was at first, but after awhile you start to get a feel for it so you'll just be able to read it normally.

No. 168148

I’ve also been interested in reading “classics” and it did lead me to reading bell jar, I’m so happy I did. As >>168142 said, classics by female authors are really worth reading.

No. 168149

Tbf Beowulf is meant to be heard and not read

No. 168161

No I won't. Thanks for the offering but if a story doesn't seem interesting to me then I won't even if it's a classic. Will look into the authors but I promise nothing. I have a friend who loves Virgnia Woolf though.

No. 168162

Maybe I'm a big dummy, but I have a big difficult time when it comes to certain stories. This is why I can't seem to get into classics. I value relatability more than setting. I'm not saying "omg I'll only read stories where they use iphones and watch youtube" (that's also so annoying) but I like thinking those stories I'm reading are happening somewhere in the world as I read. It's probably some OCD shit lmao

No. 168167

I never said that classics are better or more important, just that I think it's nice to read a few sometimes so I can be in the loop.

I'm actually the same anon who has been posting about supporting obscure/underrepresented female authors, posts >>166389 and >>166171 are by me.

Feel free to make recommendations about underrated authors but please don't put words into my mouth.

No. 168199

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Sidestepping the classics discussion entirely, but wrt to Plath, I'm reading picrel and it's fucking amazing. I've actually never read Bell Jar and only some of her poetry – I picked this up b/c I read an interesting article about how different Plath actually was from the popular image of her and wanted to know more. She was this vigorous, insanely disciplined, genius person who prided herself on being tough and capable, 100% not the tragic waif briefly possessed by greatness teen girls are culty and hysterical over, as she was introduced to me. It's simultaneously such an invigorating AND tragic read: You know the end is coming, and you know how she's been mistreated posthumously, but at the same time, reading about her fighting tooth and nail every single day to develop her talent instead of lying down and accepting what the world wants from her is amazing. She was a really fucking hardcore craftswoman and it's fascinating to read about.

I only ever read a few of her most famous poems before this, but I'm buying a copy of Ariel the minute I finish this.

No. 168200

Thanks for reminding me to read it. I've read a few Plath biographies, but this one is supposedly the best.
>She was this vigorous, insanely disciplined, genius person who prided herself on being tough and capable, 100% not the tragic waif briefly possessed by greatness teen girls are culty and hysterical over, as she was introduced to me.
Yeah, it becomes clear as soon as one reads anything on her or her diaries.
I highly recommend you give Lover of Unreason a shot too, it's the only biography of Assia Wevill and it's quite fascinating too. Unless Red Comet somehow covers the ground too, but I doubt it. Hope someday we get her poetry too (I'm very curious about it).

No. 168206

Don't overreact either

No. 168237

Nta but to be fair even though I get where >>168137 is coming from it can be read as overreacting too. Especially since the original post didn’t even say anything about how everyone should start with classics, it was just a book recommendation.

I had the same outlook when I was first introduced to her poetry funnily enough. I was expecting it to be romantic, airy because of that “tragic waif” image she gets, but I was struck by how clear-eyed and direct it is, even when she discusses darker subject matter.

I’m also really curious about Wevill’s poetry. I know it’s just the nature of things but if it gets published I hope it would be able to stand alone without too much comparison to Hughes or Plath.

No. 168238

Honestly, even though I'm interested in reading Wevill's poetry, I don't exactly have high expectations for it. There is probably a reason why it wasn't published despite the whole drama (IDK if currently there are some issues with rights, but she has never published a poetry book AFAIR). I would love to be pleasantly surprised! Her poems may be good, but not as good as Plath's and Hughes'. I mean, they are considered absolute masters of the craft, it would be hard for anyone to measure up.

No. 168414

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Little Free Library by Naomi Kritzer. A cute fantasy short story about a free library! Not the most amazing thing ever, but a nice light read.

No. 168552

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Sorta silly, but I recently got into reading Warriors. They're great to read as like a palate cleanser in between more complex books. It was really popular when I was in elementary school, but I was busy having a ~not like other girls~ phase and I refused to like cats. I got curious on what I missed out on, so one night when I had insomnia I decided to read it. I'm loving it so far. For a kid's book, I think got really good comparisons and examples of real world problems such as war and loyalty. The first book was really slow, but I think any introduction to a kid's series book will be like that. The third one (pic) I just finished and it was great! I feel kind of silly reading them as an adult, but you know what, if people my age can still spazz out over Harry Potter, I'm not going to feel guilty for enjoying some cat drama.

No. 168559

Don't feel guilt for enjoying things. It's harmless and it doesn't make you less of an adult or anything goofy like that. People who shame others for liking things that are "for kids" are just insecure about their own shit and take it out on others. Redwall is technically "for kids" but they're beautiful books and I have every single one and will read them over and over. The thing about Warrior Cats is that Erin Hunter isn't just one person, it's written by a group of people, and this makes for some really messy complications in the books. Like several characters having the same or super similar names, characters descriptions (eye color, fur pattern, etc) changing from book to book, continuity errors. But it's a fun series to read anyway, it's all about what you make of the experience. If you haven't read any Redwall, I recommend, very cozy. And they are all written by the same person lol.

No. 168562

Samefag but I forgot to mention that Warrior Cats wasn't even someone's own brainchild, HarperCollins literally just approached an author and said "please write a series about feral cats", which I think is kind of hilarious

No. 168582

> It was really popular when I was in elementary school, but I was busy having a ~not like other girls~ phase and I refused to like cats.

This is funny, I was pretty mercilessly bullied by the other kids for reading Warriors in elementary school. Anyway I’m glad you’re enjoying them, maybe I should poke into them again. I read just the first series I think - there’s like a dozen different series and from what I’ve heard they kind of lose the plot eventually but that first series was really fun at least.

No. 168724

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currently reading picrel, has anyone finished it already? i'm 2/3 through the first part (out of six, i think) and it's kinda slow and… not exactly boring, but uneventful. unfortunately i really like those dark academia books, if they don't trail into fanfic-y love story territory (like a touch of darkness).

No. 168815

Aww, I loved Warriors in elementary school, and I was actually in a Warriors roleplaying forum on Neopets lmao. I might get around to re-reading it eventually!

Reading books for "children" is already ahead of like, 90% of the population who doesn't read books. And I think all genres of books have something special to appreciate.

No. 168967

Update: I finished The Bell Jar and really enjoyed it. It was written in 1963 yet touches on subjects like womens' mental illness, virginity, and lesbians.

Don't be intimidated by it being a "classic," it's actually written in an easy style!

No. 169236

updated, i just finished the book and it was alright. like a solid book that i enjoyed reading. the twist at the end really surprised me because i wish the author had given us more hints/backstory to the affair, it just came very out of nowhere and it did shock me, but i didn't have that 'oh, that explains so much' moment. but aside from that it was enjoyable.

No. 169414

Why are so many women's memoirs these days so trashy? They're basically filled with stories about getting drunk and having cringey hook-up experiences. There's also usually a lot of gross oversharing about bodily functions like pissing or vomiting. Like I get they're trying to be funny and relatable but they just make you cringe at how much of a pathetic fuck-up they are. What happened to normal memoirs?

No. 169421

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Kek oh nooooooo, just bought the book yesterday on a whim and I started it, it's ok so far, insufferable pretentious mains but I knew that before starting it

No. 169427

These weren’t a thing when I was a kid, but I feel like I would have really liked them and kind of want to read them now. I also am considering reading Animorphs again since they’re easy to access online now. I’ve seen some things from the graphic novels though and the images are a bit horrifying. I feel like they’re going to scar kids for life or leave them with a transformation fetish. It’s some bizarre shit.

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Halfway through 'Normal People'. I don't really know what to say other than it's alright. I don't really get the huge amount of praise it's getting, but maybe the book'll get better

No. 169444

Oh gosh yes, the actual idea and formation of warrior cats is interesting. I haven't made it far enough in the series to watch it get messy idea-wise, but yes the naming of the cats is ridiculous and far too same-same. I actually think Warriors was hatched to rival Redwall? I can't remember if they were around in the same time period or if I'm thinking of a different series…I imagine it also started to get messy plot wise because the publishers wanted a new book like every three months. Even for kids books that's a super short turn around. I haven't read Redwall but I might look into it!

I never got into Animorphs but that was HUGE at the time…I'm interested to see the graphic novel, I had no idea they had those, but also kinda terrified now haha. I honestly kind of wonder if Warriors played into creating furies at all…

No. 169446

Haven’t read it, but I tried to watch the Hulu series and it’s soooo fucking boring. I think I made it to episode 9 and just couldn’t give care about where the “story” was going anymore.

No. 169474

latefag but that's hilarious, are there any other books or series that has this kind of origin?

No. 169482

Don't know if anyone cares but someone uploaded a female narration of the book https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqyAw0eGo_LuLmp5glMLgizpCYDpqSIkX

The same channel also has the same narration with rain sounds in the background

No. 169579

Ty for this anon, I was just looking for something nice to listen to while the rain comes down.

No. 169581

Red Comet OG anon here. I think it's probably likely it won't measure up either, but honestly, her whole life was so fucked, I kind of want something of hers to be published, just so her work can exist independently, out in the world. I mean, I'm hitting the moment she and Hughes start the affair, she is not my favorite person rn, but still.

Tbh, with every page I turn, I hate Ted Hughes more and more. I am so fucking tired of his 400 poems about virile stormy eagles that are metaphors for dicks that are metaphors for war that are metaphors for truth that are metaphors for how his wife is chaining him to mundanity by………aging? Expressing literally any interest in earning money? Being emotionally affected by the misogyny of 1950s society? She asked so little of him, kick-started his entire career, moved thousands of miles away from her family for him, never stopped singing his praises to literally everyone, never demanded he take a steady job, and bore him two children. But boo hoo, he feels vague ennui because, idk, he's turned 30, and he has to fuck other women to cope? All his never-ending odes to rugged masculinity, and he can't deal with the gentlest little ripples in his world. Meanwhile, Sylvia is cleaning his house, being cheated on, being hit, raising kids, living in rural isolation, dealing with mental illness, handling two careers, and cranking out a fucking masterpiece.

No. 169598

Books that have good descriptions of food?

No. 169651

started reading this yesterday. This honestly feels like ‘Lolcow: the book’ minus the coke

No. 169661

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I have been reading Sally Thorne's books lately trying to get into romance novels. I liked The Hating Game for the enemies to lovers, slow burn dynamic. Also glad the author doesn't write grotesque sex scenes. However, the MC is a bit of a cringy quirky type. I saw one goodreads review that said she was like Jess from New Girl which was pretty accurate. And many characters throughout the book obsessively point out the height difference between the MC and the guy (5'0 and 6'4) which was annoying.

No. 169669

Can someone recommend me urban fantasy novels that are not YA? I heard China Mieville's stuff is supposed to be good, thoughts?

No. 169676

i read the city and the city by him and it was good. granted i had to read it for class but it was one of the few books i didn't hate. it's a very dense read though, but he wrote it specifically for his mom who loves crime fiction and i feel like the attention to detail really conveys that this was written with someone he loves in mind so he wanted it to be good. the world building is really amazing.

No. 169677

Do you mean adult as in philosophical/less campy or just adult characters and themes. I read a lot of UF, but mostly read for entertainment, so it's not super high brow.

No. 169698

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Nonnies I'm cackling so hard. I got an automated recommendation on Goodreads for this book called The Fetishists, author name COOMER. The synopsis mentions "ponygirls."

No. 169733

I feel like they have to be familiar with the term lol

No. 169740

No fucking way it wasn't intentional.

No. 169791

i’m curious, does anyone have really romantic book recs but a lot of sex in it? i’m tired of reading scenes like that i just want something romantic, but can be sad and stuff as well tbh.

No. 169889

You could read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I think all of Leigh Bardugo's books before Ninth House were YA, but Ninth House is definitely not, it's pretty dark at some points (there was a rape scene I was not prepared for). I think it's going to be a series which kind of bummed me out because I don't want to wait years and years for the whole series to come out. I haven't finished it yet so I'm not totally confident recommending it but it is urban fantasy and not YA. I'm liking it so far.

No. 169899

just finished reading this. i thought it was pretty good.

all the japanese literature i’ve read has a slightly sterile vibe to it. not sure if it’s like that in the original japanese or if it’s just how it’s been translated

No. 169919

sterile is a good way of describing it anon. japanese lit is usually grounded in reality but has this real detached vibe to narration that makes some of it feel like a weird fever dream. if that makes any sense at all

No. 169924

Could you give example pls?

No. 169925

i guess books like convenience store woman, woman in the purple skirt, confessions by kanae minato, etc. they all take place in real time and real life but the narrators seem detached from reality in the way they describe their surroundings and situation

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I saw this one at the book fair this week, now I'm salty I didn't pick it up because it was super cheap.
I just decided to start reading stuff by japanese authors after a long long time of not reading books and I read convenience store woman, while it completely makes sense plot wise, it's definitely written in a sterile deadpan way. Honestly I like it because it was easy to read but I wonder if it's in any way related to how Japanese translates into English.

No. 169937

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Reading picrel, about 25% through. It's fine… kind of slow-paced so far, and written in a way that feels kind of try-hard.

Honestly I find the "sterile" vibe very charming and unique. I love how a lot of Japanese literature feels so dreamy.

Let a girl dream!

No. 169938

samefag but why are the reviews on the cover trying to make it sound like a romcom? I didn't really find it "funny" or "quirky," I thought it was an insightful look into a woman rejecting traditional femininity and societal standards.

No. 169947

I don't know but they irked me before I even opened the book.
>as intoxicating as a sake mojito
g-get it haha it's a japanese book lol!

No. 169960

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i genuinely hate reviews on covers so much, they ruin everything and are often so off the mark. i wish they were just stickers put on those plastic foils that books often come in so they weren't printed on the cover. nothing more annoying than having a book you love in your shelf and then it says that stephen king liked it too - who even gives a fuck? i get that it's a marketing tactic but i just hate it so much. it's why i stopped buying physical books completely and only buy hardcover editions of books i already read and loved if they are really beautiful. idk what's the english term but in german it's called 'schmuckausgabe' and refers to books that have exceptionally pretty cover designs (see pic) and are meant to look great in shelves.

No. 169961

I agree. I don't think we have a special name, but everyone knows where to find the nicer covers. Folio Society is very popular in England.

No. 170043

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Reading Stiff by Mary Roach - a nonfiction book about cadavers. "This is a book about notable achievements made while dead."

Only a few pages in, but reading a nonfiction book by a woman is refreshing. Mary Roach seems to specialize in weird/fascinating nonfiction.

No. 170044

OMG< I read this book in middle school and LOVED it. It's brilliantly written, interesting and very informative. I highly suggest you check out her other books after you finish this one.

No. 170057

Definitely planning on it! Her writing style seems easy to digest, yet so informative. What are your favorites by her? And any other nonfiction recs? I'll learn about anything really!

No. 170140

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Any anons into Japanese horror/mystery lit? What have you read?

Jusft finished picrel and it was amazing. I'm a big ero-guro fan and the tension this book made me feel was absolutely fantastic. I especially loved the references to 1920s Japan with its mix of western and eastern influences. I'm really looking forward to reading more Edogawa Ranpo but also would love to discover more of these kinds of books.

No. 170166

the protagonist of this book is 100% a lolcow user. you know she’d be sperging on here

No. 170248

You'd probably really like Yukio Mishima if you haven't already read his stuff. The ones I've read are Confessions of a mask (about a closeted gay man with ero-guroish tastes, although everything happens in his imagination), Thirst for Love (about a woman so horny for her house's gardener she goes insane), and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (about a weird schoolboy cult plotting a murder).

No. 170252

Currently reading Le Grand Meaulnes (translated to English). Reminds me a lot of 70s shojo BL like Kaze to Ki no Uta lol.

No. 170253

It's super common in child and teen fiction, actually. Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl (I think) are other examples.

No. 170274

All I know about this guy is that he was such a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe that he used a Japanized version of his name as pen name, do you think their works are similar?

No. 170299

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i looked up his bio on goodreads and man i was not expecting this

No. 170331

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The Mere Wife
A friend gave it to me for my birthday. Its supposedly a 21st century retelling of Beowolf with feminist themes and I finished reading it, I fucking threw it, I've never read a single book that has had this many Tropes I despise in one text

>unresearched depictions of military combat and the middle east

>Unrealistic Woke kids
>Infantilizing/patronizing depictions of minorities
>pointless and badly handled racial commentary which is a big part of the book btw
>unironic use of the word "Queer"

no offense to white women but this is the most "woke white woman" Novel I have ever read and also Beowulf is George Zimmerman in this novel

No. 170341

Oh god, you don't know shit yet. It wasn't normal ritualistic suicide, he tried to commit suicide after attempting to overthrow Japanese government. He made a speech that got drowned out by helicopters. Of course he went with seppuku and had to be finished by a partner in crime. I think he had a big problem cutting off Mishima's head.
If you are not aware yet, Mishima was a giant nationalist obsessed with samurais etc

No. 170343

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>With a prepared manifesto and a banner listing their demands, Mishima stepped out onto the balcony to address the soldiers gathered below. His speech was intended to inspire a coup d'état to restore the power of the emperor. He succeeded only in irritating the soldiers, and was heckled, with jeers and the noise of helicopters drowning out some parts of his speech. In his speech Mishima rebuked the JSDF for their passive acceptance of a constitution that "denies (their) own existence" and shouted to rouse them, "Where has the spirit of the samurai gone?"
I recommend reading the entire Wikipedia note about this, shit is wild

No. 170350

Please stop reading this. Please. I’m saying this out of love and kindness stop reading retarded books by retarded authors, go and jerk off on your husbando’s pillow like a respectable and dignified woman

No. 170373

Nta but what's so bad about this book?

No. 170414

"Beowulf is George Zimmerman in this novel"

I fucking died, lmaooo I can't but then I went and checked the authors wikipedia and you know she wrote that whole thing herself nvm the pic lemony snicket she ain't!

No. 170450

2 week late reply, but I had been excited about this one, til I kept hearing really bad things about it. The last time that happened was with The Wives by Taryn Fisher, and I read it because I thought it would be fun to join in on hating it. That being said, I hated it so much that I genuinely regretted wasting the time it took to read it, which is why I decided not to read The Maidens because I was afraid it would happen again. So I just decided to spoil myself for it. Honestly I kind of regret doing that though instead of reading it, I'll never know if I would have seen the twist coming or not.

No. 170467

He's named Ben Woolf and the main character even name drops Treyvon Martin(I swear I'm not making this up) at the same time she references how tall her son is but white society will never accept him and view him as a monster cause he's "brown", It's the most ham-fisted racial commentary I've read
I'm sure you've already figured out what's gonna happen

No. 170483

Women like her are why women in general get automatically written off as retarded when it comes to modern issues, like the Rittenhouse trial.

No. 170486

what happened with the rittenhouse trial?

No. 170634

ayrt, i read some reviews on goodreads about it but i decided to give it a go anyways. i'm not so desperate that one bad book would ruin my life (people on gr are sooo overdramatic when a book isn't perfect wtf) but yeah. like i said, it's an enjoyable read but it doesn't leave a big impression on you or move you in any way. kind of like a beach read, i guess?

No. 170730

I mean, tru. It's just that I have like a million other books I want to read and extremely limited amount of time I can actually read them so when I read one that is disappointing I just think damn I could have actually been reading something good. I guess I could have opted for the audiobook but the wait times on Libby are always really long for new books.

No. 170761

take this scrote-tier opinion elsewhere

No. 170762

Ugh, I hated this book too. And what really gets me is that I think it could have actually been great with a little tweaking. If she'd just fucking stuck to making the book about the moms, it could have been something really new, and complex, and I think WAY more in her wheelhouse. Like, all the race stuff really did feel so hugely condescending, you're completely right, though I do think there's….a version of what she tried to do there that works. But these perfect anti-racist woke boys falling in luv just stick out so weirdly and stupidly, compared to what were the only really interesting parts of the book, imho, which were about the moms. The Woolf mom, I've forgotten her name, seemed like she was really going to become something cool early on, and I expected it to end up being this story about these two weird, hostile, interesting women fighting this shit out. She's clearly so much more comfortable writing about women, and willing to take more interesting risks and just make them actual fucking characters. But that isn't what the book ends up being about. And "Beowulf, but retold in suburbia and it's about fucked-up moms" is just way more fucking intriguing than what it actually is.

No. 170793

Does anyone else have trouble managing time when it comes to reading? When I really get into a book, I find it very tough to put it down and do the stuff I need to do, because I just want to keep reading. Last weekend I completely neglected all of the studying I should've done in favour of reading, I went through 3 books before I got bored of it and finally found the will to study.

No. 170810

I agree, I already had this Idea or retweeting some of the books concept
about a badass Veteran mom who lives in the woods and her strong but socially awkward son who refuse to leave their territory against a system that wants to take all what they have from them

No. 170867

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Has anyone read the edible woman? This book was the beginning of my radfem era

No. 170888

Your post made me realize that I don't think I've ever read a nonfiction book written by a woman. What the fuck

No. 170890

nta but another great nonfiction book by a woman, with a similar macabre subject, is The Royal Art of Poison

No. 170892

I read this bc anons mentioned it. It was a fun enjoyable read.
Nta but I’ll note that down!

No. 170975

Consider googling the symptoms of ADD. Do you also have anxiety around studying?

No. 170978

No, but I've always wanted to, and now you have me really thinking about buying a copy. If you've read other Atwood stuff, how do you think it compares? I already really like work, faves being Robber Bride, Alias Grace, Penelopiad, and Handmaid's Tale, ofc.

No. 170982

Read the description, not gonna lie sounds kinda cringy and pretentious

No. 170983

How so?

No. 170989

I really fucking hate allegories

No. 171002

Nta but of Atwood's work this was my first and still my favorite. I remember being shocked to learn she was only 23 when it was published because her style is already so fully formed, complex and clever in a sharp, direct way. Imo it's not as polished as her other works but I like it, the style contrasts with the absurdity of some aspects of the novel and makes it seem more "sharp" somehow and not totally abstract. Sort of like a combination of The Bell Jar by Plath and The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

No. 171007

Ooo, that's a really interesting description. Alright, I'm pulling the trigger on this one.
Shine on, you crazy diamond

No. 171014

does anyone have recommendations for sort of isolation horror? like two people trapped in space or in any other place where they have to rely on each other but maybe one is manipulating the other or both are manipulating each other? no demons or aliens or anything, just psychological horror. i found the luminous dead on zlib today but all the reviews talk about how kweer the book is and not if it's good horror.

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Seconding this rec request

No. 171067

Maybe you could try rewarding yourself for studying by reading a few pages? Eg: finish notes on 1 powerpoint, you can read 10 pages. It does take some self-control though.

No. 171098

the closest thing I have to recommend would be The Ritual by Adam Nevill

>4 friends on a hiking trip, one of them gets his leg injured. can't find their way out of the woods, they start finding creepy abandoned cabins and shit. they start getting in fights with each other and running out of food.

the book gets really fucking weird in the second half though

No. 171099

NTA saw the movie and liked it, so the book is probably also good

No. 171139

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Any other Kojimafag gonna read The Creative Gene?
I will hug any anon that can explain to me why Japanese video game creators (well, maybe Japanese people in general) read like that when translated to English. I swear to God it's so specifically different from the way American or British people speak. At the same time, I probably couldn't tell Kojima from Itoi or Iwata (ok, this one is a guess since I haven't read his book yet - I'm pretty sure an interview with another Nintendo guy read the same).

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I might read it if it's good because I'm also a kojimafag. If you ever read it, I would be really intrested on what you thought about it and if you recommend the book or not!

No. 171174

Is it so strange to realize people from different countries have different ways of speaking? There have even been studies that show speaking various languages not only changes how people express themselves but their views of certain situations and emotions. Language is highly influenced by the culture it's derived from, and on top of that sentence structure is completely different between English and Japanese. Yes, a lot of Japanese sounds stilted and weird when translated directly into English, just as English sounds stilted and weird when translated directly into Japanese. This is why localization teams are important, because they not only translate words but whole concepts between cultures. (So far as I know they are more common when translating video games and to some extent manga over books or casual interviews.) You'll get a lot of debate on whether translating as literally as possible is for the best because it preserves the original content of the writing or whether translating ideas is better because it gives people outside the culture a clearer idea of the overall "vibe" the person is communicating.

Japanese is also a very indirect and context-dependent language with it being assumed that the listener is intuiting details based on the overall context of the conversation, so sometimes it's hard to accurately translate something without taking the full conversation into account. As a very brief example if you asked a Japanese person if they were free to see a movie over the weekend, they might respond "Sore wa chotto…" which literally translates to "That's a little…" which makes absolutely no fucking sense in English. But as an intuitive listener you would understand that's the polite Japanese way of saying "Nah not interested" so you might simply translate it as, "No thanks, I've got other stuff going on/just want to laze around all day" which is how a blunt English speaker would approach it.

No. 171234

If you're okay with manga, then Kokuhaku (Kawaguchi Kaiji)

No. 171237

Thank you for taking your time to give me a quality reply!!!
>Is it so strange to realize people from different countries have different ways of speaking? There have even been studies that show speaking various languages not only changes how people express themselves but their views of certain situations and emotion
I'm aware of the differences, many of my PHD classes were about language and the way it shapes reality while being shaped by it. Maybe I was unclear, but I absolutely did not mean it in a negative way, I find it very pleasant to read. I just cannot put my finger on what makes it feel so different, beyond Japanese people enjoying using metaphors and the royal you (based on the translations that I read, I'm aware it may be the indirectness that you mentioned). The same thing makes me wonder about Japanese song lyrics. They also read very different than English once and once more, I don't know what makes them feel so different — maybe except generous use of imagery, metaphors and allegories (as in jumping from one to another).
>As a very brief example if you asked a Japanese person if they were free to see a movie over the weekend, they might respond "Sore wa chotto…" which literally translates to "That's a little…" which makes absolutely no fucking sense in English.
Ah, I immediately understood it as "That's a little too much", but it's true it doesn't really make sense. You gave me a reason to learn Japanese someday. The linguistic differences are actually interesting (though probably also frustrating), so it seems like it's worth spending time on it. My native language isn't weird enough to poorly translate to English, so I was kinda biased when it comes to learning new languages (what's the point if 99% of things is in English anyway?).
Your example reminded me of apparent diplomatic issues resulting from misunderstanding Japanese politeness (saying something that means no, but which sounds like agreement if you don't know about it).

No. 171266

Do nonas have any recommendations of books or authors for someone who is a fan of Mona Awad, Sayaka Murata, and Ottessa Moshfegh? My friend has been on a huge reading kick, so I was thinking of getting her some more books for Christmas. These are some of the authors I remember her talking about over the last year, so I know she likes them but obviously I'm not going to get her books from those authors since I'm sure she's already read most of them.

No. 171280

>We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Two sisters are mostly isolated with their sick uncle after a family accident makes them the target of fear and hatred by the villagers nearby. The sisters share an unhealthy, codependent relationship that is tested when their estranged cousin visits. You might like Jackson's stuff in general, a lot of her work deals with isolation, alienation, and unhealthy relationships, e.g. Haunting of Hill House.
>The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
An injured Union soldier stumbles upon a Virginian school for young women at the height of the American Civil War. As they nurse him back to health, he tries to pit the women against each other via seduction and manipulation to prevent them from handing him over to the Confederate military after he's healed, but they're not as oblivious as he thinks.

No. 171339

sharp objects by gillian flynne , boy parts by eliza clark, love and virtue by diana reid, milk fed by melissa border

No. 171352

adding The New Me, Animal by Lisa Taddeo… there were a few recommendation for Moshfeg-like books in the previous thread

No. 171385

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currently reading the YA offering by genderqueer fujoshi author cs pacat. not quite sure what to think so far, it been so long since i’ve read YA fantasy

No. 171389

I don't know why but just by seeing this book's cover i knew it was written by a fakeboi

No. 171463

honestly i feel like she uses this genderqueer identity to avoid accusations of being a typical straight woman “fetishising gay relationships” since everything she’s written centres around m/m relationships. i picked up this book because as an australian i want to support australian authors and also because i enjoyed captive prince so i’m curious how she’ll write YA

No. 171474

So we have come full circle into not identifying as women when publishing books. Amazing.

No. 171476

Oh my god you’re right….

No. 171494

Ugh this guy is such a fucking hack. I hate him.

No. 171563

I'm the same anon as >>169651 and I've just finished the book. I think I really liked it

No. 171574

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TRA terminology makes so many books sound so unappealing… i see an interesting book and think i wanna read it and then the publisher put something like "creepy page-turner with a stunning queer love story!" on the back and it just makes me want to hurl and not read the book anymore. yes i'm gay, yes i'm homophobic, yes we exist.

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Yeah, I actually had to suppress a sight when I was with some friends and they started talking about ~kweer~ literature.
Please, just say it’s a story in a fantasy setting about two guys or two girls who are really into each other, or that it’s a story about some spicy heterosexual couple composed by a guy and a self-hating woman.
Hell, I would love to read a story about a self-hating woman who comes to terms with her identity or something like that. I don’t want to read about someone who then has to live as a “non-man” as if being a woman was that much of a curse.
I also despise how everything has to be so heavily dependent of genderbullshit. It’s a fucking magical world with magic and shit, but you want your characters to hate themselves because oh no, a guy wants to wear pink! The travesty! Or a girl wants to wear pants! Horrifying! You can literally erase all of that and focus on the important shit of the plot, biological realities and gender roles shouldn’t be such an important thing in a story that is about magic or robots.

No. 171585

>You can literally erase all of that and focus on the important shit of the plot, biological realities and gender roles shouldn’t be such an important thing in a story that is about magic or robots.
this is exactly the thing. they never just come up with a world where everything is possible because then they might realize that, oh no, actually this world is boring as fuck because it's our world. you absolutely can wear pants as a woman or pink as a man (to use your examples kek) and no one will shoot you for it. they always focus on their transness and how stunning and brave they are for being trans and that's their only personality trait. it's never about coming up with something that actually frees them of real world constraints, it's only navel gazing about non issues because they have no actual issues to worry about.

and yeah, i also have friends that always try to peddle me kweer books because tehe, anon, you're gay, right? but i always just frown and say i'm not interested. i have a personality outside of my sexuality, which is probably shocking considering the state of the world right now.

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Can somebody explain why I can't find an ebook of this anywhere? I checked kindle, nook store and Google play. Something tells me it's not in the itunes store either. There also isn't an audiobook of it. I don't understand.

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No. 171589

Here it is as an epub: https://au1lib.org/book/4427101/4c0a81
Do you mean that addition or something?

No. 171593

No. You literally can't buy an ebook of it on any of the main platforms that sell ebooks and there's no audiobook of it in existence (that I could find). The epub copy I can only read from my phone which I don't like doing (it hurts my eyes) and to send it to my Kindle I'd have to donate, and if I'm going to donate it would make more sense to just buy the book. Also my phone isn't even letting me open the link >>171587 gave

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No. 171607

>to send it to my kindle i'd have to donate
Wait, why are they making you donate?

No. 171609

You can read it without donating but if you want to be able to read it on your Kindle you have to donate (unless there's some way around that that I don't know of)

No. 171617

as a gay person i hate reading those ~queer non fiction books/poetry about the author ruminating on their identity and describing sex and bodily functions/parts in the most disgusting terms possible. i saw some excepts of a story about a lesbian woman dealing with her girlfriend transitioning and at one point she was like ‘i kissed your breasts goodbye. you started hormones and now you fuck me like a man and want me like a man. not like a woman” bleugh disgusting. i wish people would just be normal about being gay, not this pretentious bullshit

No. 171624

What would you say is your favorite book of all time? Looking to read more out of my comfort zone, so any genre is fine.

No. 171629

if you have an epub file, just put it on your kindle via Calibre. Calibre is free, open source and does file conversions too. Why do you need to send anything. Use a cable

No. 171673

AYRT, I'm glad you liked it! I definitely also felt the main character sounded like a lolcow user at times, hah.

No. 171680

What was the book called?

No. 171681

You can just take the epub and convert it to .mobi with a converter like this: https://convertio.co/epub-mobi/. I have a kindle and that's what I do. I'm not sure what you mean by sending but you can just connect your kindle with your laptop by a cable and drag the file from your downloads into the kindle files. (Or you can use calibre like another anon said but I find calibre difficult to use personally and just another app clogging up my laptop).

Never buying a Kindle again btw.

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>i wish people would just be normal about being gay
i'm >>171574 and i completely agree with you. the way people treat being gay these days reminds me of the lol random zomg toast!!! era from when i was a teenager. i just want this shit to be over. i'm pleasantly surprised when there's a gay couple in a book (i read a crime fiction book a few months ago and it was for well adjusted adults so the fact that the female main character was married to a woman was not used to promote the book) but i don't absolutely have to read about gays like me. at this point, being a well-adjusted adult is quirkier than being a kweerio with 15 labels, 20 mental illnesses and 30 alters/fictionkins.

slightly related, are any of you into percy jackson? i've been thinking about re-reading the series and then catching up on the rest of the riordanverse, but i think i remember people talk about how ~inclusive~ the author is. anyone know how bad it is? is there gender nonsense in there?

No. 171684

NTA but you can literally just convert it and then email it to the @kindle address associated with your kindle device. Make sure the option to accept random files is on then sync your kindle and it should appear. You might have to manually accept it too

No. 171685

the gender nonsense is present in the egyptian series and in the apollo side series. the only diversity quota being met in the main percy jackson series is one or two gay characters that crop up, and it holds up really well during my re-reads. i prefer the old main series percy jackson books heavily to the extended roman-greek series.

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Just wanted to thank you anon, I started reading it because honestly I'm fucking tired of male fantasy books which is, well, most of the fantasy books out there and so far I'm loving it. I have all of these >>162643 on my list, can't wait to finish TPOTOT so I can give them all a go

No. 171704

I had no idea lol, thanks. Not sure if it's easier than just a cable but I'll try it next time I put new books on it.

No. 171744

the essay is called loving outside simple lines by sonya bulos. i read it on tumblr here:

even though i’m a lesbian i just can’t relate to stuff like this

No. 171776

The nordic series has a genderspecial child of Loki and a golem that announces its pronouns.

No. 171778

rick riordan trying to market himself as the woke accepting kids author unlike jkr pisses me off so bad. i wish he would get canceled on twitter for something innocuous so he knows how it feels

No. 171779

well i’m at the halfway point. author has indicated that several random male side characters are bisexual in relationships with men. main male character has flirted with women so far but i don’t think the author is going to give up the money to be made off a m/m series so easily. i’m predicting there’s going to be an enemies to lovers romance between MC and the main male antagonist whom the MC has referred to as being beautiful handsome etc.
main female character prefers wearing pants and her older brothers old clothes and mentions many times looking up to and admiring men. hoping this character stays a girl and a trans/gender fluid plotline isn’t shoehorned into a series set in the 1800s. the author is a genderspecial though so anything is possible.

book’s pace is slow and worldbuilding is clunky. i’ll finish the book but i could have sworn captive prince was better written than this . so far seems to be shaping up to be a basic chosen one narrative but i’m curious if she’s going to subvert this because right now it seems very paint by the numbers

No. 171785

also i should mention this male antagonist was heavily implied to be bisexual within the first few pages of the book. also called another man a bad kitty at one point.

No. 171802

thank you, i looked it up and i guess i'm only reading the core series and heroes of olympus now. maybe it's over the top but i just can't stand gender nonsense in books, especially if the nonsense is dedicated to an entire love interest.

yeah, it feels really shady and almost groomer-ish. he's gonna look back at this and be embarrassed, hopefully.

No. 171958

more observations: this author appears to have a thing for slavery

No. 171960

oof I’m reading this book too anon, but only 1/3 of the way through. It’s alright so far to me but nowhere near a page turner, considering I put it down for about three weeks and only just grabbed it off my desk again today. I hope the female protagonist has a good story, I like her best of the characters so far.

No. 172006

yeah it was very slow at the start but it’s gotten a lot more interesting now. not the best book i’ve ever read but not the worst. if you’ve read captive prince you’ll be able to pick out some similarities lol

No. 172032

Finally cracked this one open and all I've got to say is 'meh'. It started off pretty strong and I tore through most of it in a couple days, but near the end I was so tired of all the purple prose, deus ex machina, and blatantly telegraphed reveals that I had to put it down. The author clearly did her research and put a lot of work into developing this fantasy world/magic system, but it honestly feels like the story exists in service of the worldbuilding and not the other way around. Also, her habits of neatly writing off characters who were no longer plot-relevant, and of having characters dump fast-forwarded exposition on each other after way too many long journeys (I lost count) seriously got on my nerves. I don't hate it, but it does read like a very long YA novel. Take it with you on an airplane or something, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.

No. 172120

well i finished dark rise by cs pacat. all i can say is the title of the book is such an inconspicuous spoiler omg. the last portion of the book made up for the slow start

No. 172251

I need recommendations for fun or thought-provoking nonfiction books!

No. 172312

I just finished reading 'Bunny' by Mona Awad and the ending took me a bit off guard. I'm kind of an idiot so I'm not really sure if I interpreted the ending correctly. So from what I understand, Ava wasn't real and Samantha made her up from a swan, but I guess I'm wondering if all of that stuff with the Bunnies even happened or was Samantha imagining the whole thing? I guess Ava was Samantha's 'bunny' or draft or whatever, but could anyone else see her or was it only Samantha? Did the Bunnies really do all of those weird workshops or did Samantha just project all of that onto them to justify her loneliness? I guess maybe the ending is supposed to make you think about all of this and is purposefully ambiguous, but I just want to make sure I'm not an idiot and misinterpreting what happened.

No. 172414

Anything by Stephen Jay Gould is great, The Panda's Thumb is a good place to start.

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Just read this, not as good/mature as Captive Prince but I enjoyed it and I'm really looking forward to where the series goes from here. It was an easy read but I'd love it to get a bit deeper and darker considering where the plot goes. I'm also looking forward to it becoming popular so a tonne of fanfic gets written kek.

No. 172538

i feel like most of this book was dedicated to setting up the lore and the world building so i hope the next book gets deeper too. i’m surprised this is ya i would have thought she would have at least bumped it up to new adult. it needs a fandom because i bet the fanfiction and fanart would go crazy

No. 172681

I just finished it and had the exact same thoughts. Like I can't tell what was real and what wasn't. Ava wasn't real, but were the bunny boys? Was Max? The bunnies interacted with Ava at one point. Did Samantha imagine that too? I'm so confused

No. 172786

I've been thinking it over a bit and I think at least some of it had to be real because at the graduation ceremony all of the bunnies are visibly injured and it seems like other people notice not just Samantha. Then Samantha kind of makes fun of them for it because it's a sore spot and even though they say it's a book arts accident it seems pretty obvious that they're embarrassed/annoyed and trying to hide something… but I really still can't explain what was up with the reveal that Jonah also wasn't real in the end.

No. 172803

I just finished this and I really liked it. Can anyone recommend any others with this same kind of feel/similar themes?

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This is a new book but I want to read it so bad!

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just finished reading the remains of the day. i found it to be such a pleasant and refreshing book to read. it could have been boring but i found it so engaging because the narrative voice of the protagonist is so strong. you can see clearly how he struggles with social cues, how he doesn’t seem to fully realise his own feelings and his dedication to his job is depressing and funny at the same time. overall a little melancholy but not overly sad. i enjoyed it so much even more than never let me go

No. 172935

I thought Jonah was real because wasn't he at that Christmas dinner with Samantha, and he interacted with Fosco? Or am I remembering it wrong?

No. 172984

Tbh I'm not sure either lol. In the very last scene Samantha talks to him on the same bench where she saw the swan (who I guess is Ava) and as she talks to him it's revealed that his voice is coming from the mud. So I'm not sure if that implies that she made him from mud? But I agree it's weird because he was definitely at that holiday party, so either this means that a) this story is supposed to be taken literally and people can transform non-human things into human beings or b) Samantha was just imagining everything and imagined that Jonah was at that holiday party and interacted with Fosco so she wouldn't feel as alone? Idk or Mona Awad just made everything purposefully inconsistent and ambiguous as part of the story

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What is the book next to gone girl? I want/have most of these

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oh shit new bingo format just dropped

No. 173038

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Carol Cosman

No. 173040

I don't get this meme

No. 173042

feels like it's made by a male. catcher in the rye and freud are litbro tier books

No. 173044

I don't get it either. It's a bunch of classics. What's wrong with Jane Eyre?

No. 173052

what are your unpopular literature/reading opinions? personally i don't think listening to audiobooks counts as having read them. i feel like when you listen to an audiobook you grasp maybe 50% of the story and the rest is lost because you didn't focus, didn't understand a sentance but couldn't just read it over again, etc. at least when you listen as you're doing something else or going to sleep. i also hate japanese lit, maybe this is because of how it's marketed in the west, but it just feels boring and samey to me.

No. 173063

>i also hate japanese lit
me too, and that includes light novels. i just hate the infodumping they all do. could also be because translators only ever translate (and not localize) the language and keep the original "sound" of the language the same so everything sounds clunky and bad, like an ESL trying to write fanfic in english.

i think anyone reading YA literature above the age of 20 at most is immature and juvenile, just as their preferred literature. i also dislike goodreads and the people there who make reviewing books and getting stupidly heated about them their entire personality. in general people who make "i like to read" their only personality trait. i used to be friends with this girl who looked down on me for only reading on my ereader and not having any books (because a home without books is like a person without a soul or some bullshit) but in the end she always read the same YA romance bullshit so her bragging about reading one hundred books a year sounded more like "i read the same boring juvenile YA romance book one hundred times this year." at least she's happy, i guess. we're not friends anymore, but that's because of other reasons.

No. 173070

Maybe not unpopular, but I don't see what's wrong with YA. Why people are so salty about what others like? Sure, YA is trash but if that's what makes teenage girls happy, why should I hate it?

No. 173071

things for teenage, mostly female audience = automatically bad in the eyes of the society, because teenage girls are looked down upon.

No. 173072

It's like when teen girls get mocked for liking boybands, despite being the target audience for them.

No. 173075

YA is trash not because it’s aimed at teenage girls, but because it doesn’t challenge teenage girls. There a lot of books that teenage girls should be encouraged to read. And I’m saying this as a person who taught themselves how to read and write English by reading Percy Jackson when I was 10. It was light fluffy fun, but I enjoyed stuff like Chekov’s plays when I was in middle school as well. (Teenage girls need to read Chekov. And Ferrante. They’d love both.)

Irish lit isn’t meant to be enjoyed if you’re not Irish because it’s steeped in…Irishness. But Finnegan’s Wake is beautiful and I think about that last chapter a lot and I like it more than Ulysses. I think Finnegan’s Wake is great for kids who just finished high school. That book has Lucia Joyce all over it.

Audiobook isn’t reading, like another anon said. You don’t process a sentence the same way. You’re not listening to a storytime on Youtube, you’re supposed to be reading. And I wish we had more books like Avalon (yeah I know the author is deranged.)

No. 173081

incredibly based nonna, down to the mists of avalon take. i absolutely loved it as a kid/teen. maybe try getting into t.h. white if you're also addicted to arthurian stuff.

No. 173083

Pretty pretentious take; literature doesn't have to challenge anyone and is not any worse for being just entertainment; YA novels aimed at male / mixed audience don't challenge anything either but are not criticized as much as these aimed at female audience.

No. 173101

I agree with this anon >>173083 that literature can be just for entertainment purposes without challenging your worldview or whatever. (She’s also right in that teen boys are hardly ever criticized for reading YA the same way that teen girls are.) I agree that teen girls and people in general should be encouraged to check out older literature and the classics and heavier stuff but honestly, if they really have no interest in that kind of thing, they shouldn’t waste all their time trying to read it and instead read something that they actually enjoy. I don’t think most people would enjoy reading Finnegans Wake, or Ulysses.

I’m neutral about audiobooks but I do think they take away from the experience.

No. 173107

Let's be honest, most of scrote fantasy literature is exactly as deep as typical YA that girls an women read

No. 173116

Yeah, most entertainment literature is, but really only womens get criticised for it. Reminds me that 4chan /lit board pick and it's bottom of the barrel fantasy larping as deep being touted as great.

Some people just like reading for entertainment and get their lessons from real life. Life doesn't need to be about being challenged all the time.

No. 173121

The Name of The Wind is so fucking deep man, roasties could never understand the depth of an incel Gary Stu protagonist fucking a wench after wench while pining for a prostitute who fucks anyone but him

No. 173123

Kek. I've read most of them and currently am reading World's End and they think it's deep. Truly top tier minds. Name of The Wind was also on the more impressive tier as well.

No. 173125

I've never read the book but I heard there's a 70 page long sex scene in it with a faerie who kills men after she has sex with them. Then her sex with Kvothe is so good that she decides not to kill him. And it was his first time having sex.

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>It is easier to understand if you think of it in terms of music. Sometimes a man enjoys a symphony. Elsetimes he finds a jig more suited to his taste.
>The same holds true for lovemaking. One type is suited to the deep cushions of a twilight forest glade. Another comes quite naturally tangled in the sheets of narrow beds upstairs in inns. Each woman is like an instrument, waiting to be learned, loved, and finely played, to have at last her own true music made.

>Some might take offense at this way of seeing things, not understanding how a trouper views his music. They might think I degrade women. They might consider me callous, or boorish, or crude.

>But those people do not understand love, or music, or me.

No. 173129

Anyone can recommend me books about drugs that are kinda teenage themed, similar to Junk by Melvin Burgess and Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis?

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>70 page long sex scene
this is what fantasy has become

No. 173134

I love Arthurian themed stuff, will definitely look into it. Been looking to scratch that itch forever so thanks for the rec.

It doesn’t have to be challenging, but come on, let’s have a little more faith in teen girls. Everybody undermines their intelligence, including the publishers and authors. There can be fun, entertaining books too that aren’t plain laughable. Modern male YA is the peak of kekdom, of course, but that doesn’t really cancel anything out.

Lower than Komeada-anon’s hornyposting. Absolutely diabolical. Imagining sharing a space with a book that contains those words. Makes me want to vomit all over my shelves, my pirated books, and the written word itself.

No. 173135

Saying you think they don't have to read 2deep4 u stuff doesn't mean we think their dumb. I'd like to see more female main characters who are adults and not centered around romance. I agree we need better books for women, not that YA or reading for entertainment is inherently inferior, but that writers should care more about female main characters beyond teenage drama and romance stuff, if that's what you mean. Most 2deep4 u shit is also always centered around the plight of men who have little to worry about beyond introspection. Men are presented with more dimension, women aren't, and because the themes men relate to are the more well respected lit, girls are stuck reading YA with the rare respected woman book (like brontes, but they still are pretty disrespected for being romance).

No. 173136

I also think what you take away from a book is more important than the book itself. I read some trashy 2$ sci-fi novel that wasn't high-brow at all and it presented stuff in such away that made me contemplate free will and the importance of not taking what everyone says at face value and making your own decisions. I'd like stuff better and respected, but doubt we'll get it since moids need a way to feel superior in every facet of life.

No. 173140

might be a bit late for present shopping, but Animal by Lisa Taddeo, Nightbitch, Ghost Wall, and Just Like Beauty come to mind for me. You're a sweet friend, anon. Also, if she's at all into comics/manga, Helter Skelter by Kyoko Okazaki maybe?

No. 173141

ooh, this sounds interesting. thanks for posting, anon.

No. 173142

100%. what woman is out here reading freud, unless she's pickmed herself into a pretzel? and if she has, she's definitely not going to be caught dead reading ~cringey girl lit~ like plath, rest and relaxation, etc.

No. 173146

I completely agree with this take. I also believe that literature, as all art forms, should be studied and interacted with the same way we interact with other art. Of course it should challenge your worldview, or make you feel things. YA makes sure that their target audience (girls, who then become women) remain ignorant. Enjoying YA is good when you're a teenager or when you're an adult looking for some quick, easy fun, but just like any other quick and easy form of entertainment, it shouldn't be abused.
I believe anons who say YA is only criticized for being aimed at teenage girls are a bit silly as well, YA is mostly criticized by its ridiculous themes (and I've only seen scrotes on /lit/ criticize it, my literature teachers at high school made us read mediocre dystopian garbage and praised it highly, I think plenty of YA books are included in my country's recommended list to teach at schools). Its very good for young girls to read, but YA topics are aimed at teenagers. By encouraging women to continue reading literature aimed at teenagers, you make sure that women continue having a teenager mentality, which isn't good for women in general at all. Teenage girls are allowed to enjoy things, but they should be encouraged to interact with higher forms of literature that will allow them to grow as people. Most YA is mediocre, and it ensures that teenage girls stay ignorant.

No. 173164

Yeah, why girls read YA lit, they should be enjoying Hegel and Joyce, kek.

It's hilarious how book pseuds react to YA as if reading it is some sort of a crime, and this thread is a proof of it. That what I meant when I said that people sperg about childrens lit for no reason at all. This is not about YA, but about people who are sooo eager to tell you how YA is garbage and you should read Dostoyevsky.

No. 173169

If you follow the leftcow thread in snow, this type of taste in books is what a lot of the fangirls of those podcasters have

No. 173170

Modern YA is garbage, and no one is telling teen girls to read Joyce. Even adults aren’t reading Joyce.

>children’s lit

Yes because girls are being terrorized into reading Howl’s Moving Castle and Anne of Green Gables, not Esmeralda and the Bad Boy and Mr Werewolf and Me. You don’t have to defend worthless garbage to prove that you’re not a pseud.

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come on now let's not be pretentious. sometimes a pretty piece of artwork is just simply nice to look at. sometimes the only purpose of art is to make you feel nice. if everything would have a deeper, world-challenging meaning we would be exhausted all the damn time. sometimes i just want to read some shitty romance novel with a hot male love interest and that's all. although fanfics are a lot better at this

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This is one of those feel good romance books where you read for a good time but you end up depressed cause you know for a fact that no IRL would ever be as caring, as thoughtful, as loving and as great as the love interest in the book
I know there will never be guy like Red in the real world. a man who is understanding, loving and good looking and just wants what's best for me

No. 173182

They exist, I got one. He's even a red head kek.

No. 173198

No, I actually agree with you, anon. I think sometimes art is just nice to look at, and its nice to engage with art that makes us feel nice things. But I don't think we should stop there, I think we should also engage with art that makes us feel other more complicated feelings, and that young girls should be encouraged to do so as well. I feel like fanfics are better at modern romance as well.

No. 173201

>literature can be just for entertainment purposes
From Merriam-Webster
>Literature: writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest
So no, what you're talking about is genre fiction. Literature by definition needs to do more than just entertain people.

You calling the other anon pretentious comes across 100x more pretentious than she ever did. It's okay to criticize things and want more from an art form. You're shushing her for expressing she wants more intelligent books aimed at young women in a thread aimed at discussion of books and not just asinine praise. Fugouttahere

No. 173208

I hope you are aware that a lot of people are ESL and may have not been aware of the difference. Thanks for the explanation. My question is: does anyone call YA literature, or do people stick to the genre fiction monicker? I do not mean ITT but as a larger trend. I'm curious how much the criticism make sense given the divide. Not a YA fag (quite the opposite, I roll my eyes at the Fangirl books by the Rainbow Rowell chick), but I'm tired of scrotes shitting on teenage girls and women for every little thing they do and not do. Especially since men aren't exactly better with their reading choices

No. 173214

>This is one of those feel good romance books where you read for a good time but you end up depressed cause you know for a fact that no IRL would ever be as caring, as thoughtful, as loving and as great as the love interest in the book

This is exactly why I don't read romance. I read literally one and I was like "no man would ever actually be like this". Even the romance in non-romance books is usually unrealistic.

No. 173219

As someone who works in a bookstore, I think a lot of anger at YA is misdirected. I don't think everyone who reads a ton of it would be gobbling down more intense lit if it didn't exist, I think they'd just not be reading. I also never really meet the only-reads-YA kidult people moan about – like, yes, I'm sure you could find me an example on Twitter, but I work in an SJW heavy area and I've still never noticed this as an irl trend. There are a ton of YA-heavy readers who also read other shit, and a lot of young girls who transition into more adult lit once they grow up. Some people just want popcorn, which is probably always going to be the case, but most of them don't even want it all the time. It's also a genre that's really female-dominated both in terms of writers and readership, and a lot of people just want to be able to let their guard down a little. There are more options in sci-fi and fantasy nowadays, but it's still slim pickings. If you pick up a new YA book, at worst it's going to be crappy, but you're not going to have to deal with Name of the Wind style bs.

Tbh, I think the best criticism that can be levied against the YA craze is that there's pressure on female writers to shape their work to it, even if they want to write adult lit. There's a weird mismatch in marketing sometimes, which can often lead to me having no idea where to shelve things.

No. 173235

I found some girl on reddit (yes, I know) who had a really interesting analysis on it. Her theory was that Samantha had the ability to turn animals into people but wasn't aware of it. She made Ava out of a swan. It mentioned about how their hands wouldn't come out right or something like that, and it would frequently mention Ava wearing gloves. Then the bunnies realized Samanatha had that ability and that's why they invited her into their group. I think the ending is still pretty ambiguous though and I'm not sure if I agree with everything in that analysis but I still think it's really interesting. I also still can't decide if Jonah was real lol. I'm not gonna go through the effort of screenshotting this entire post because it's pretty long but here it is if you want to read it https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/gxaxjw/bunny_by_mona_awad_is_misunderstood_by_many/

Anyway, Bunny was one of my favorite books of the year and I'm glad I read it, it's so different from everything I've read.

No. 173246

any recommendations for cute romance books between two women? internalized homophobia is kicking my ass i need fluff

No. 173249

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Aww, anon. I haven't read them, but a friend of mine loves Olivia Waite's books if you're interested in super classic-style romance novels. Sarah Waters' Fingersmith has rough bits for sure, but I also think it's overall a really fun, rollicking story with a really sweet ending romance. I've also heard fun things about Meryl Wilsner's Something to Talk About.

Don't know if you're into comics, but (most of) Melanie Gillman's 24 Hour Comics Day comics are all incredibly sweet (and very short) fairy/folk tales that center around romances between women. Her other stuff is frustrating (don't even bother with As The Crow Flies or Stage Dreams, they've got men with very important gender feelings in them), but the 24 hour ones are great, picrel. I think she's put all of them here: https://melgillman.tumblr.com/tagged/24%20hour%20comic%20day

Also, gigi d.g.'s Lady of the Shard! It's a webcomic, kind of a fairy tale of its own. A little bit wistful, but so sweet. Really cool art too.

No. 173306

Marlena by Julie Buntin. It's about a friendship between a more typical, inexperienced, teenage girl and the title character who takes pills and has a messy homelife. It's pretty good, very sad.

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currently reading this. main character kind of annoys me but i’ll have to see what the ending is like for my final thoughts

No. 173397

I really like scifi that has cool robots or aliens. Any recs?

No. 173670

is there a good alternative to goodreads? I don't wanna use it because I hate amazon. I have the byzans app on my phone but it seems incredibly dead there. there are a ton of apps for that kind of thing but I don't know the pro's and con's of each of them or how good in general they are.

No. 173677

>I hate Amazon
Based, I too am looking for a Goodreads alternative to avoid giving supervillain company money through interaction. Is it the interactive ability that you're looking for, like a big community, or logging and recommendations?

No. 173692

Idk what kind of cool you mean, but I love the works of Stanislav Lem. There is nothing comparable when it comes to science fiction imo.

No. 173697

could you post your final thoughts here? I'm a bit curious about this book and want to hear others thoughts

No. 173703

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Why is there so much memeing happening around this book. What is it's power? Is this Stacey lit?

No. 173706

I think it's just incredibly relatable. IDK if a book about a woman who would be an unhinged neet farmer can be called a Stacy literature though lol. In a way yes, but also no because it's not about a Stacy?
Anyway where can I see those memes. I've read the book last year and wasn't aware of this happening

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memes like pic related and
>>>/ot/992983 , as well as >>173032

I just got the book myself and will start it soon

No. 173712

Enjoy it! Hope you come back to tell how you felt about it

No. 173713

hmm…. i rated it a 3/5 stars on goodreads. there were definitely some passages that struck me but on the whole i found the prose to be a tiny bit too pretentious. i don’t know if i’m just dumb but there were definitely sentences and passages that i had to read a couple times over to fully understand what they were saying. the main artist guy is a complete asshole and i couldn’t understand why the main character was so desperate for his approval and wanted him to stick around. i picked this book up on a whim based on the cover so i had no expectations going in but overall i would say the book had very little impact on me. also i would say that some books allow you to get really close to the setting, the story and the characters. this book felt like the opposite. it felt like i had a birds eye view of what was taking place but things seemed to be obscured by the prose

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Anne Rice was a shit author. Pic related for anyone who never read Interview With the Vampire. I couldn’t force my way through that book even though I loved the movie.

No. 173885

I have powered through The Interview With A Vampire because I wanted to love it so much. I couldn't, just couldn't force myself to read more than Vampire Lestat. I really wanted to. There were too many characters I didn't care about (that one could have been 100% on me) and the prose was such a sludge. I think I like her work more in a theory than in practice. Wish we had a series of movies following TIWAV because that was a perfect take on the story.

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I don't see what the problem is, besides the typo after "simply." Also this edition doesn't have indentations at new paragraphs, which is kind of odd.

I'm okay this writing style though…

No. 173891

I finished this today and I have to say it was not great. I was hyped because other people were praising it so highly, but it was written so pretentiously that I couldn't feel for a character that struggled with such deep issues because we don't know anything about her. We barely know anything about any of the side characters like Reva and the art guy either, and like you said, we are looking at this story from so far away it just doesn't pay off.
It bums me out because I was excited to get a female character that struggles in such a way, but of course she HAS to be fuckable and the most perfect person ever (while simultaneously being disgusting?). The whole art guy aspect is so glossed over but I don't want to spoil. The ending was predictable. I admire that we get a female character like this, but the writing needs improvement. 4/10 from me because of little characterization. I think the premise is strong but so many times I just couldn't keep reading the same shit over and over. I wanted to hate her character or feel something, but I just did not care enough to because all we can see is that she is skinny, blonde, depressed, hot, art guy is using her pain for art, etc. This is meant to convey that we live in a society, but it doesn't fulfill that role enough either. It just seems fanfic-like.
Sorry for sperging but I really wanted to like this and everyone else seems to love this book. Maybe it'll grow on me in time. I love when women can be insane in books, but it's boring.

No. 173911

huh .. i thought she was a 50 year old woman

No. 173926

I've never read it and always imagined it less clunky.

No. 173957

The divine comedy is basically just Dante seething 24/7 about greek heroes. So he wrote a hate fic back in the day to punish them because he just hates them so much.

No. 173962

Yeah, her writing style is so trash. Even the YA books of today have better prose.

No. 173997

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Anyone have any good recs with a bitter/hateful/depressed female protagonist? I've read most of the usual suspects in this thread (Animal/Rest and Relaxation/The New Me etc.), so if anyone knows anything in a similar style but lesser known I'd be grateful. Kind of addicted to this point of view lately.

No. 173998

Same, there was a really good post (I think in previous thread) where anon recommended books with similar vibes to Animal (one of them some incest diary). I need to check the post myself since it had solid recs.
Also Eileen in case you somehow haven't read it yet!

No. 174003

>Is it the interactive ability that you're looking for, like a big community, or logging and recommendations?

Late reply, but both I guess. I would like to keep better track of the books I read, but talking about books with people and getting recommendations would be nice too.

I tried that app Likewise but it's basically just a ploy to get you to buy even more books off Amazon and the recommendations aren't specialized beyond the "people also searched for" feature on Google.

No. 174020

Its appeal and power is undeniably feminine. Say, the same appeal that a show like Girls or a Sofia Coppola film has. It's about retarded (and sometimes identity-obsessed) girls toiling around doing god-knows-what, wasting away, being solipsistic and self-diminishing in an undeniably feminine way. I'd say all the ladies who are memeing around this now would've been the same girls reading Prozac Nation in the nineties: another book about a pill-popping, depressed woman, with the same heavily aestheticized branding and media buzz around it. I'm not a Gen X fag but I'd bet all the cool and edgy girls were carrying it dramatically around and showing it off in public.

Plus, we're on the internet. Images are a Thing, women love them, and our minds engage in a continuous feedback loop with these images, forever updating as our viewing requires, copying and being copied, growing and improving upon an this amalgamation of Internet Aesthetics…and this particular kind of image lends itself to memes (think Dumb Bitch memes) more than others. Heavily drugged, self-loathing, skinny, beautiful, undeniably vain, narcissistic, lonely, bitter…it's just that pro-ana tumblr did it better. Whoever did the marketing on that book was successful, though, as evidenced by the conversation we're having.

Eileen has always seemed more interesting to me. And I'm not going to lie, but personally I dislike these kinds of books…or more accurately, the branding and images around them. Endlessly vain, chronically self-diminishing, and very much obsessed with its own retardation. Not only that, but it takes its retardation as identity, and markets it in memes that my poor, poor eyes have to come upon in the vast wildness of the internet.

No. 174022

That was my rec list! Ty nona, I'm glad you liked it. Seconding Eileen, though I haven't finished it yet.

Some additions: My Dark Vanessa – it's obvs mostly about the creepy relationship, but so much of the grown-up-Vanessa plotline is an intensely intimate portrait of being a fucked up woman who sends pictures of herself at 16 to her rapist teacher ex. Some really vivid invocations of creepy AIM use.

Anything by Joanna Russ, though tbh, I'm just getting into her and haven't read much yet. It's sci-fi (and some nonfiction), but it doesn't demand you be into the genre necessarily, and tbh, what I've read so far is way more about being an intensely angry bitch (honorific) who knows she's right than aliens.

Just finished My Heart is a Chainsaw, which was really fucking intense. Horror, and specifically slasher, and even more specifically, our protag is a teen girl horror nut. I don't think I've ever seen a slasher all the way through, but it didn't matter. Takes place in a mountain town with a creepy history, where Jade (protag) is miserable and angry and also dealing with a really shitty family situation. Just a really intense look at what it's like to feel (and be, tbh) enormously failed by the people around you as a young woman and to turn all that into seething anger.

No. 174030

This gives me hope that I can become a best-selling author.

No. 174049

I just realized that Gillian Flynn's books qualify, especially Dark Places. AFAIR the heroine is an orphan who survived a murder of her parents by her own brother when she was a little girl. She's whoring the fact out and deeply cynical about it. NEETs around thanks to people donating money to her. As the money stops flowing, she is approached by the true crime fandom spergs willing to pay her for cooperating on their investigation of her brother's supposed innocence.
The book is theoretically a thriller, but it mostly focuses on a fucked up family. I remember people whining about Libby (the protagonist) being whiny and pathetic. I feel that she would be appreciated much more if the book came out now.
The protagonist of Sharp Objects also is a depressed, drinking mess and the fact that she has to come back to her childhood town to write articles about murders of teenage girls and deal with her toxic mother doesn't make things any better.
To an extent, Gone Girl fits too, but the heroine is motivated and powerful, so maybe it cancels out a bit. It's a stellar book, though and a very fun one at that.

No. 174051

Just come up with a concept a lot of people like and it won’t matter how shitty your writing is, obviously.

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Nayrt but you get it. Dante is a massive incel with an extremely creepy crush on this married woman that he only ever talked to once to the point of turning her into a virginal saint to the level of the Holy Mother in his fanfiction, where he also enjoyed putting his political enemies in hell to be entombed in tombs of fire and drown in lakes of shit for all eternity. It's masturbation.

Divine comedy is an incredible classic and all but I hate the obsession with it when there are so many more interesting work of medieval Italian literature, like Orlando Furioso (picrel). I recommend this epic poem for those who are interested in this type of lit, it's absolutely hilarious and Ariosto would totally be a farmer. He opens the poem by an extremely passive aggressive dedication to his sponsor (as was the custom at the time) which seems like a beautiful tribute but is actually just one massive insult. It's great.

The translation of the title is basically Crazy Orlando, a famous fictional medieval knight in the french chivalric romance tradition going completely insane. I won't spoil if you haven't read it but it's so funny and the poetry is beautiful.

No. 174066

Thank you so much anon for your recommendation

No. 174076

I’ve already read most of his work, but I agree, it’s great. Last i read was Futurology Congress.

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I just finished reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because of all the hype and it was so trash I couldn't believe it.

No. 174093

It’s hyped because it’s trash. Never make the rookie mistake of reading TikTok books.

No. 174100

Seethe with me, nona. I fucking hate that ending twist, and that dumbass "here's your lesson on sexuality, courtesy of me being an enlightened bisexual and Celia being a meanie lesbian." I also read Daisy Jones, which tbh I enjoyed, but ALSO had an unnecessary and stupid ending twist. Maybe that's Reid's thing.

I think what pisses me off the most about Evelyn Hugo is that there are a lot of killer ideas in it – like, just the baseline "famously multiply-married star reveals the only one that mattered was her wife" premise is great. I love female characters like Evelyn, who become ruthlessly practical in response to an unfair world. But man, it does not come together.

No. 174108

nta but would you recommend Lem to someone who's otherwise not really into Sci-Fi? I've tried to get into sci-fi, mostly short stories so far, but they always felt sort of…cold and distant to me. Can anyone recommend me a book of this genre that feels 'warm' if you know what I mean?

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why don't penguin books include a disclaimer that the deckle edge (rough/uneven edges of a book for nostalgia reasons/vintage-y feel) is done on purpose? i hate scrolling through amazon reviews and seeing a bunch of people seethe about how horrible the book's quality is and that amazon/penguin has no quality control. otoh i also appreciate it because deckle edge makes turning the pages so fucking difficult and i sold all my penguin orange collection books because i couldn't stand fumbling with the pages every time i wanted to flip to the next page.

anyways, my reading challenge to myself for 2022 is to read more classics (at least 24, so two per month, which should be doable considering how much i read). do you guys engage in any reading challenges?

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I think you would like Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement. It's an adventure story on an alien planet, an alien local goes on the adventure and a human astronaut communicates with him remotely and guides him. I really loved it, it was fun and the planet they are on is very special so some very interesting things happen on the trip, which are not just "oh we ran out of gas in space what do we do" or "oh we are cornered by aliens what do we do"

No. 174115

>do you guys engage in any reading challenges?
Sadly I don't because I have a very hot and cold relationship with books. I'll read a ton in a short period of time and then nothing for months. Maybe doing a challenge will actually help me with being more consistent though.

No. 174127

There's been a lot of good recs thrown around in these threads so far, many I've enjoyed! Always hungry for more, though. I have read Eileen and I enjoyed it a lot. Should probably check out Ottessa Moshfegh's other books as well since I obviously like her writing.
Thanks for your rec list! My Dark Vanessa is already a favorite of mine and I've read a few Gillian Flynn books (her short story The Grownup was also pretty interesting), I'll check out the other ones you've mentioned here. Sending love.

No. 174128

I'm reading the Murderbot Diaries, it's sci-fi but interestingly kind of cute and fluffy. Murderbot is a robot who gains sentience so they become socially awkward and just want to watch TV.

No. 174129

can i just say: even when we're arguing, i love this thread. i don't really like any other book-centric communities online, but this thread always feels like popping into a really delightfully cantankerous salon (as in the old french kind). here's to a book-filled 2022, ladies, let's never stop bitching about ya/rest and relaxation/scrote lit.

No. 174131

recommend me a history book anyone?

any history except western / christian history. i just wanna read about ming-era china or something. a very different place than here and now.

i think im looking for something pretty heavy, like i dont want an 'introduction to chinese history in 300 pages'. but history is not my field at all so i have no idea where to start looking

No. 174164

agreed! i never post but i really enjoy reading this thread and anons are usually helpful and articulate.
i always wondered if there's any other bookclub kind of community like that online, but i guess not?
i tried some book clubs on discord but i always end up hating people there. or the books they read are not books i want to read.

No. 174170

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just finished reading this. all i can say is that the first book did not need a sequel

No. 174174

I know nothing about those books, but the titles in itself seem insufferable. They remind me of John Green's bullshit in Looking for Alaska. I know, I'm stupidly judgey and possibly totally wrong.

No. 174176

I really like The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson. Really cool if you want to know more about archeology, society and trade and not just a long list of rulers and battles.
Carthage Must Be Destroted by Richard Miles is a book about Rome's greatest enemy, Carthage, a North African culture.
Babylon by Paul Kriwaczek is a short pop history but very lovely and atmospheric, I liked it.
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language is a tough book with lots of genetics, archeology and linguistics, but informative. The best book about Indo-European peoples. I guess it's not really European? Idk.
The Silk Road: A New History by Valerie Hansen is about different societies that lived along the Silk Road. Mostly archeology (again). Each chapter is about different culture.
Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America by whoever. Prehistory so not sure if it fits here.
Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the coming of Islam by Robert G. Hoyland. I listed this book just because people don't know much about pre-Islam history of Arabs and other peoples of ME.
The Fall of the Ottomans by Eugene Rogan. Modern history so idk if you would like it. The title is pretty self-explanatory: the book is about Turkey in first half of 20th century.

No. 174178

Try Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary. It's a pretty easy to read and straightforward chronological telling of Islam's history, starting from pre-Islamic middle east up until the more modern movements. I usually recommend this to people who wants to read about the muslim empire but don't know where to start.

No. 174185

I'm expecting it to be an unnecessary sequel, but is it good? If it's just more of the same I'll still happily read it, I like the guy's writing style. But if it ruins the original I don't want to.

No. 174187

i’ve only read the first book once and it was several years ago as a teenager so coming into this one i tried to keep my expectations measured. as an adult YA doesn’t mean as much to me anymore but i was still excited to revisit the characters. personally i found it to be a bit overly preachy. like ari was constantly having deep conversations with any number of adults and other teens which i know is to be expected because it’s a coming of age story but i felt it got a bit excessive to the point where it felt the characters didn’t even feel like real people. also he introduced a lot more characters and gave bigger roles to other characters to fill out ari’s world but it was hard for me to care about them. also i felt that certain issues with ari and dante didn’t get resolved and the ending had a really weird almost rom com ending

No. 174189

Thanks for the reply. I'll probably give it a go when I can afford to buy books again or it shows up in my city's library. I don't care for YA but I like the first book's atmosphere a lot.

No. 174192

b-ok.cc is your friend, anon.

No. 174255

Nta but not everyone likes reading off of screens

No. 174258

I like reading "serious" literature, but sometimes I read trashy YA novels to give my brain a break. It's especially fun to read it with a friend and mock it together. It's like how you can enjoy $60 finely prepare sushi, but sometimes you just really need a salty $1 packet of ramen.

Overall, reading "trash" >>> not reading at all. Plenty of teens who read YA will grow up to read other stuff.

No. 174260

(samefag) I agree with you, the fact that we all have our own strong likes/dislikes just shows how much we care about reading! I'm glad to be with independent and strong-minded anons.

No. 174263

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same. i like to alternate between heavier books and lighter books - not as in high culture and low culture, but after reading something very serious i often need something easily digestible to cleanse my palate. there are also some YA books i actually ended up liking. i'm not the target audience so i find a lot of YA cringy and embarrassing and absolutely uninteresting. but some YA is actually good. pic related, i really like the birthmarked trilogy and i only read it because i liked the title in my language (which translates to something like "the city of the missing children") but it was such a nice and refreshing read. in a climate full of "some men have vaginas, some women have dicks, some dads give birth to babies!" it's extremely nice to read a book that explicitly puts midwifery and childbirth and the female reproductive system and how it ONLY affects women at the center.

No. 174264

it’s not bad by any means. i rated it a 3/5 even though it seems like i complained about it a lot. i wish i had waited to borrow it from the library instead of buying it though

No. 174267

If you are desperate enough to read a specific book, you will read it off a screen or a toilet paper a donkey has shat on. Gtfo with that weak ass shit

No. 174298

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Only the first half of this book got adapted into a movie, which I knew going into it. I felt like I knew where the second half was going, and I was right, but it got surprisingly dark at some points like when Bastian tried to kill Atreyu. I also kind of felt like the childlike empress was lowkey evil? Giving Bastian Auryn. Like, you'd think she would know what was going to happen to him eventually, since it had happened to other humans before. I got genuinely confused at some points about certain things but I think that was the author's intention. I must say I enjoyed the first half much more and it felt more magical to me, I wasn't as much a fan of the second half but I think the ending was worth it, I actually cried. Yes I'm a baby.

Also somehow I didn't realize until halfway through that Atreyu had green skin even though it basically said it in the beginning.

No. 174301

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This was my favorite book as a child! I get overly excited every time someone mentions it, because most people are only familiar with the film, which didn't really do the book justice (they did make a film losely based on part 2, although it was even worse than the first film). I hope more people will read this. Momo and Jim Button are also great children's books by Michael Ende, but The Neverending Story will always be my favorite. I think it's such a timeless story.

No. 174305

Don't feel bad, it's normal for adults to find titles designed to appeal to teenagers annoying

No. 174560

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This but with Morgaine of Avalon

No. 174565

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I know this is old but I just found this goodreads review that you might like

Also I can recommend Anna Kavan for some bleak and horrifying shit. Julia and the Bazooka knocked me out for like a week

No. 174718

how are you gonna go back in time and save morgan le fay, she wasn't real

No. 174722

She was real enough for me

No. 174724

The Piano Teacher is extremely unpleasant even knowing fully what you are getting into. I honestly cannot recommend it unless someone wants to feel repulsed and filthy or isn't emotionally affected by their literature. Only in that regard, it's like the Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke ​novella, except it's actually good.
I feel like at least some of the books in the Goodreads review are very different than OP's examples, but I may be wrong. The list is still worth sharing, so thank you anon.

No. 174725

No. 174729

>This but with Morgaine of Avalon

No. 174737

Good to know, I haven't read any of these. It was a review for Eileen

No. 174784

Interesting! To me, the recent self-hating women novels feel different than older ones.
Don't get me wrong, The Piano Teacher is a quality book. It's just that it's also vile thanks to Jelinek's skill at describing tissues with crusty cum, people copulating publicly among trash like animals, emotional incest and a sadomasochistic relationship that makes most BDSM look truly safe, sane and consensual.
All needs to be said is that Michael Haneke made an accurate adaptation and I'm sure he signed up in a heartbeat. Just think about it. I read the book 14 years after seeing the movie and thought it surely cannot be that bad. Words are less powerful than pictures, right? Well, I was completely wrong. At least in the movie the scrote seems actually fascinated with the protagonist and not just looking to bone a milf

No. 174785

AYRT, thank you! This is definitely of interest.
Thanks for the heads up in regards to The Piano Teacher. I will look into it a bit, but might skip it. I specifically avoided Things Have Gotten Worse because I can't handle extremely graphic gross stuff (plus the fact that it was written by a man just seemed off to me).

No. 174813

Nonnas, do you take notes while reading? I'm planning on taking 50 books challenge on goodreads, and thought that writing about what I read would be a neat idea. I mostly read history books and want to save cool factoids and key points in books.

How you do it? I'm thinking about making a tumblr where I will just post shit about intersting stuff I've read, or buying a journal where I would write everything down.

No. 174816

I really should watch the other Haneke movies I haven't seen yet, his works aren't perfect but they're always shocking and unique…

When I read something wrong in non fiction books I strike out the sentence and correct the author in the margin, don't be afraid to underline sentences and add your own comments if you plan to keep the book, it's your book

No. 174817

ah, Grotesque. that book affected me deeply (not sure how positively). however it’s worth noting that the translation takes out an entire section off the end because it was “controversial” and the result is a conclusion far more ambiguous than intended. I wish I could read a more literal translation. I love kirino

No. 174819

Wtf this is some serious traduttori traditori shit

No. 174855

what was the original ending?

No. 174876

if Wikipedia is to be trusted, the heroine becoming her adopted, underage son's pimp (though he starts prostituting himself "on his own" due to poverty) because she is too ugly to be a prostitute. Someone wants to fuck her in the end, but she rejects or something
I'm seething since local translation is based on the English version of the book and not original, Japanese one. Trash

No. 174882

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has anyone read come closer by sara gran? it's very short (less than 200 pages) and details the possession of a young woman by a demon. i'm easily scared so some of the descriptions really unsettled me, which was obviously the point of a spooky novel. i keep thinking about some of the descriptions of how she realizes that many people around her are possessed by demons, even her doctors and a family friend and several coworkers/business partners. also the moment when the demon points out that she actually wanted to be possessed felt very movie-like to me. it's a fun and quick read, maybe some of you might enjoy it.

No. 174922

The more I read by Hesse, the more I get very gay vibes from him.

No. 174938

i love these types of characters but i hate them if they are the protagonist of the story and you're expected to sympathize with them. i always root for the evil/antagonist characters in stories written in the perspective of the good characters/protagonists. guess i suffer from some kind of chronic contrarianism.

No. 175051

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does anyone have recommendations for narrative fiction that involves speculative biology? finished the factory by hiroko oyamada earlier this month and the section detailing how the animals in the factory have adapted to live in that specific environment was my favorite part. other books with this subject matter seem to mostly be written to imitate nonfiction, textbooks, etc., so i'd appreciate any story-focused works, especially if they're more on the surreal fiction side than typical sci-fi.

No. 175056

I’m assuming you know All Tomorrows?

No. 175057

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There’s been a speculative biology kick that happened thanks to All Tomorrow’s being popular again! If you’re looking for fiction thats written in a way thats meant to document “real creatures” then anything by Dougal Dixon. Also recommend All Yesterday’s if you’re interested in speculative paleontology.

No. 175059

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I really want to buy these penguin classic sets.

No. 175060

you could try a natural history of dragons by marie brennan

No. 175099

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currently reading this. it’s about a bisexual person in the 90s who can shape shift from male to female at will. interesting premise, writing is a little insufferable in a typical ~queer~ way and the numerous sex scenes are very raw and dirty. it’s refreshing because there’s surprisingly no fucking around with gender identity bullshit. for example the mc changes into a female and dates a lesbian and it’s pretty much made point blank clear that she is not down to fuck the mc if his body is male. not sure what to make of it so far as it’s not the type of book i would ordinarily gravitate towards. it was a christmas gift from my brother who tries to buy me lgbt themed books because i’m a lesbian who likes to read lol.

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go for it! i wanted to buy the little black classics box set but ended up deciding against it because the majority of the books didn't interest me and i thought the format was too small for me. in the end i went through the entire english library collection (pic related) and bought a bunch of books that interest me. they look really pretty in the shelf.

No. 175120

I love the cover, NGL

No. 175151

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Recently finished The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora. It is about Abby who in her late 20s still lives at home with her parents after dropping out of college. She's slightly unhinged and mostly lives inside her vivid dreams that she uses as inspiration for her artworks. Her only real tether to reality is her obsession with a childhood friend Elise who is now a Hollywood it-girl. When they reunite at a high school reunion Abby forces her way back into Elise's life.
This book really went to places I did not expect and I found it very interesting and also entertaining. Recommend it for anyone who likes reading about unhinged women and the complexities of female friendship.
I read this a few months ago and I loved it! Seconding your recommendation nonita.

No. 175153

Lmao, your brother is kinda dumb but well intentioned, very cute gift even if it's not your cup of tea

No. 175161

ayrt, i'm gonna check out paper wasp, it sounds super interesting and like something i might enjoy! i just love unhinged woman stories so much.

No. 175197

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Me too! You should check out Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak and Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton if you haven't already. Especially Social Creature is so good, I still think about it all the time. It's about a young woman who worms her way into every aspect of the life of a woman she admires.

No. 175199

nta, but I second Social Creature. Read it a few years ago and even recommended in one of the threads. It's fun to read and interesting.

No. 175201

Actually, do read Tiktok by John Sladek.

No. 175243

Wow, this sounds really interesting. Ty anon, I'm gonna check it out

No. 175380

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I just finished Remains of the Day. Such a beautiful book. The ending made me really emotional, in a good way!

No. 175735

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Hi ladies, what are your favorite nonfiction books?

No. 175773

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picrel, but it might make you very angry.

No. 175774

I highly recommend it too. I think about it in winter when the pedestrians paths haven't been cleared, only the car roads.

No. 175775

ayrt, me too! i always think about it when i have to use public transport and the routes are super shitty and don't allow proper trip chaining.

No. 175776

One of my favorite book, it's well written and insightful.

No. 175784

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Extremely well-researched and compassionate toward everyone involved

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i'm reading pic related right now and i keep thinking that all the women in it are farmers. every pov chapter sounds like a post in the vent thread or the mundane shit thread. i love it. i guess at heart, every woman is a farmer.

No. 175820

Technically speaking everyone is a farmer deep down inside that or hunters

No. 175901

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Mentioned it elsewhere some time ago, but for those who are interested in Adam Lanza and the phenomenon of school shootings: Sheltered Storm by Matthew Nolan aka Reed Coleman is a must-read. If you have had any interest in the case, then you know the name. If not… well, it's enough to say that the author has been investigating the case for many years. His blog (https://sandyhooklighthouse.wordpress.com/) has been a gripping read. It's worth noting that Nolan has managed to dig out Lanza's internet profiles, forum posts and PMs (AFAIR) when none were previously available. His sheer dedication to the topic was insane.
Sheltered Storm is a long read, I myself haven't finished it. It has almost 800 pages. It doesn't only cover the Lanza family and the Sandy Hook shooting, though. The author goes deep into USA's failed attempts at gun control, as well as past shootings. It's extremely worth noting that none of the shooters are never mentioned by name, which tells a lot about how the author feels about the topic. Another notable thing is that the Lanza chapters heavily focus on Nancy rather than her son. And not in a misogynistic way, in case you worry — she was the first victim, after all.
I'm only 200 pages into the book, but what I've found incredible is how it recontextualizes Columbine. It's often treated as a unique tragedy that started a wave of school shootings in the USA. I will not debate the second part, but Nolan shows how it was really "greatest hits" of previous school shootings. Nothing Harris and Klebold did was original, everything has been done before (including the "iCoNiC" outfits). I think it's an important point, as it takes away a lot of the mystique of the crime. The chapters about the struggle for gun control also are illuminating, though also kinda boring to me (as an eurofag). I'm skimming them, but I'm glad that they have been included.
The book has been removed from the website some time ago (it's supposed to come back — my unconfirmed suspicion is that the author wants to update it in the light of new information available), but you can find copies floating around the internet no problem.
picrel for attention, as I cannot find the ebook's cover on the net
Glad you like it! I have recommended it a few times here so it makes me happy I wasn't wrong about other nonas enjoying it. Makes me want to re-read, but I don't have the time

No. 175922

I just spent an hour or so reading on his website, and it’s so damning seeing the information that his parents downplayed his mental illness and rejected help from psychiatrists…so many people have suffered from them trying to create a fake world for a completely broken person that couldn’t function in reality.

No. 175948

Going to read this in book club with friends! I'm actually surprised and pleased that one of my male friends nominated it lol. Some m*n are alright.

No. 175988


I've read this book and I really loved it. Highly recommend.

No. 175995

maybe i found it through your rec then! i stumbled over it on my e-reader because i had downloaded it a while ago so i just started reading it. i really enjoyed it.

me too! i could really relate to millie since we're almost the same age and that feeling of "never being able to follow through" hit me deep. also the fact that she has a college degree and couldn't find a proper job. it really depressed me when she had that ticket selling job because it reminded me so much of one of my shitty jobs. my boss yelled at me and my only coworker was no help at all and treated me like i was stupid, so i quit after three days - i also just walked out and handed in my notice. a while later i had another office job but i felt the same horrible feeling that i had at my previous job because i had no coworker to help me at all. all i did was answer phone calls and read emails, maybe clean up some stuff - just like millie. i was SO happy when she had a proper job that she seemed to like at the end. i hope i can get there too since i'm applying for jobs rn.

No. 176188

Idk why but I love books/stories about someone being trapped in some kind of fantasy world and trying to find their way back home. it seems like most books like that though are either kid's books or YA. I wish there were more adult books like that and with a darker twist.

No. 176200

i hate reading smut scenes in books which is weird because i won’t read fanfiction if it isn’t smutty but there’s something about published smut that just makes me want to bash my head against the wall

No. 176231

Very late and ntayrt, but thanks, I'll check these out. I read history books a lot, and it can be hard to find ones that aren't extremely dense and dry. A recent book like this I enjoyed reading is called "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" by Ian Mortimer, I found it easy to read and interesting because it talked about lots of little stuff, like how people breaking the law were found. I really like reading ancient history most, though.

I'm currently reading The Death of Roger Ackroyd right now since I also love mystery novels, and someone got me Gideon the Ninth for the holidays, so I'll read that next.

No. 176233

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Finished reading pic rel, so here are my brainlet opinions on it.I initially thought that Natsuki was being a bit retarded because I doubted that it would've been THAT hard to be childfree, and but after their intrusive families started interrogating them I understood what they meant. I think it's more of a story directed to a conformist Japanese audience tbh. I liked the portrayal of dissociation and writing style, the idea that, through sexual abuse and societal pressure, your body no longer becomes truly yours and how predators are often excused in society. It seems like the message was 'it's okay to not follow societal norms, but societal norms shouldn't be wholly abandoned because they provide moral stability.' I find it a little weird how Natsuki is okay with her husband committing incest, even though the reason why incest is bad is because of the inherent power dynamic between the people involved, especially since Japanese society seems more hierarchical (though may have been intentional, as abuse of power seems to be a theme in this book. Though that would make it seem like Murata is saying that her husband is potentially as bad as the teacher, with Natsuki even stating that if her husband were to rape his comatose grandfather, he'd be a monster too, like the teacher, so idk). Thank you for reading my ramblings

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Have you read The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, anon? It’s pretty good and sounds like it’s fits exactly what you’re looking for

No. 176250

I've heard of that book but didn't know what it was about, I'll check it out. thanks anon!

No. 176254

Anons who have read Perdido Street Station, how did you feel about Yagharek's arc? Personally I find the twist cheap, but maybe that's just because I've ran into that exact kind of plot twist before. It's well executed and definitely good commentary on how society treats rape, but I still find the trope tired. There are other ways to show a character is irredeemable.

No. 176257

Nta, what is this about?

No. 176271

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i finished picrel a few days ago. it was… hm. on the one hand i really enjoyed it and i loved the setting, but i thought it was going to be creepier. at times it also felt incredibly slow and like a drag. i also kept going back to the map to locate where the main character was but the map sometimes didn't match the descriptions. i wish they had added markers to indicate where she is in which chapter. the protagonists are two very complicated women with an equally complicated relationship to each other. the romance between them is pretty interesting because of that.

No. 176286

I was more upset about Lin's death. Like damn, she went through so much and still didn't get a happy ending. I'd grown to like Yagharek so the reveal was definitely a gut punch, which I know was the point. I think it was disappointing to me in terms of wishing I could still love the character, but personally I thought it was a good reflection of how even the "best" people can be hiding horrible truths and refuse to own up to the consequences they deserve. It did feel a bit out of the blue but that's life as they say. I was glad Isaac did not forgive him for his actions/keeping that secret. Initially was worried he would side with him after all they'd been through but it was refreshing that he took it as the betrayal it was, especially coming from Miéville as a male author.

No. 176328

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so the plot of this book is that a family (a mom, a dad and a daughter) moves into an amityville horror type house. they buy it for cheap, a bunch of shit goes down in the 3 weeks they live there and then leave. the dad decides to write a tell all book of what happened - according to him it's a ghost story - and makes a fortune. the daughter hates it because it made her feel alienated growing up because she was always singled out because of the book her dad wrote. she doesn't remember what actually happened when they lived there so she goes back as an adult to try and find out the truth.

I just finished it, and I don't know how to feel tbh. I didn't care about it for the first half of the book, then got really into it about halfway through wanting to know what really happened. even though this book objectively was pretty well done as far as thrillers go (I've read some terrible ones) the plot twists were good (not too predictable, not too ridiculous, at least in my opinion) the ending was pretty sad and I feel really unsatisfied for some reason, even though it essentially wrapped everything up. there is one minor plot hole that annoyed me about it though. or maybe it's not a plot hole and I'm missing something, Idk. if the parents didn't want her to find out the truth about what really happened, or what they thought happened, why did the dad leave her the house in his will? if he was going to leave it to her why did he pretend he sold it?

No. 176358

Slightly related, but I can't stand Riley Sager. All his books are the same and he really needs to stop writing female characters because he isn't very good at it.

I thought Home Before Dark was one of his better ones, but once you read a couple of his books the formula becomes so obvious. An interesting premise ripped from horror movies, then a game of how many twists he can cram into the last fifteen pages. I've given up on his books.

No. 176403

that bitch needed an XANAX

No. 176405

i'm >>175161 and i finished this last night! the narrator was so crazy and full of shit, i loved it, kek. it was just kinda slow at times. spoilers: i can't believe she seriously stole the baby AND got away with it AND went to live with the filmmaker dude. wtf. i didn't see that coming at all. unhinged queen.

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It’s about a lady that goes to clean out her hoarder of a grandmother’s house and ends up finding a book with weird writing in it. Somewhat spooky things happen and she ends up going through a portal in the woods to a world with weird magical beings. There’s a cute dog (who doesn’t die) and plenty of humor throughout.
The summary chosen for it + being marketed as horror does it no favors as far as people’s expectations. I’m sure there are plenty of people (myself included originally) disappointed that they didn’t get the backwoods folk horror they were sold. I did enjoy it though. It just wasn’t exactly what I was looking to read at the time.

Also >>176188 while I think The Twisted Ones fits more of what you’re looking for you may want to check out The Hike by Drew Magery too. A guy goes on a hike and ends up in a bizarre world and is trying to get back home to his family. There’s a talking crab, a sexy giantess, sentient dust clouds- all sorts of strange things.
I don’t even know how to describe it besides absurd yet touching. It kind of reminded me of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and an Adventure Time episode (but in book form with more mature themes such as family, growing older while living an unfulfilling life, etc.) I think it’s one of those books someone would either love or hate no in between. I personally loved it.

Please post your thoughts if you ever decide to read either of these!

No. 176436

ayrt, i'm glad you liked it! the ending took me by surprise as well i definitely didn't see her getting away with everything like that, and i definitely didn't think she was gonna steal a fucking baby. i was kinda happy for her though? i found the whole vivid dream thing very interesting and in a way relatable. i tend to also live in my dreams too much, in a less unhinged way.
thanks for the laugh anon, she really did.

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yeah, the whole time i thought 'this woman is way too confident, she's gonna get a reality check and HARD' and then it didn't even happen, she just did the thing and got away with it. amazing.

reading pic related now, i already laughed at the part with the parents asking for the employment letter because that's such a rich people thing.

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Gonna dump my thoughts here since I don't have a goodreads account lol but I just really wanna talk about this book.

Not gonna lie, the main reason I picked up this book is because of the title. I really wanted to know what it was about, and thought the plot might actually have something to do with physics (spoiler; it didn't). The basic premise is that at the highschool our main character goes to there's a mysterious film studies teacher named Hannah who dies (that's not a spoiler, it happens very early on) and our main character is trying to solve her death. The plot might kind of sound like The Secret History (it is sometimes pitched that way) but I can assure you other than the basic premise they have nothing in common. I also read somewhere this book has an unreliable narrator, and I must not understand what that means because it didn't feel that way to me.

I really hated the weird narration style that the author chose, especially in the first half of the book. Basically she is just constantly making references to things. I don't have the book anymore so I can't give any actual examples but it would be something like "and then my classmate sat down next to me, his eyes were green; you know, that shade of green used in a portrait of a duchess in 1793 for her dress. The painter was in love with her, you see proceeds to spend 3 pages telling this stupid anecdote about these historical figures that has fuck all to do with the main plot" then return to the plot, rinse and repeat. It made SO MANY references to literature/art/history etc and sometimes just straight up felt like the author was trying to flex her knowledge. I didn't like it, in fact it made it hard to follow the plot imo. In the latter half of the book it did this less, it'd still make a lot of references to things but spend less time on them. I think the main goal of this was to be funny, some places I've even seen this book categorized as humor. But then later in the book it gets more serious, then at the end of the book it kind of feels more lighthearted again. Idk what this book was trying to be. A thriller? I wouldn't call it that. It is also a slow moving book. There was a stupid thing about her dad buying her an antique desk, it spent way too much time on this. And for what reason I still don't know.

Oh yeah, her dad. Blue (yes, the MC's name is Blue) is being raised by a single dad, the book mentions her dad like every other paragraph. It is straight up annoying, hell even the other characters in the book get tired of her talking about her dad. Her dad is like in his 40's or 50's and it was always saying how super attractive he was and how every woman who meets him falls in love with him immediately and gets obsessed with him. It says the unique thing about Hannah is that she didn't seem interested in him at all. Her dad did end up being a pretty major plot point later on but I really think it could have spent less time on him. Another thing is that the characters were highschool students yet seemed older to me, I didn't even realize until like 1/3 of the way through it was a highschool, I thought it was university. But maybe that's because I was abnormally immature as a teen.

My main gripe though is that there was a plot twist that was very out of left field. Although some things happened that later you go "ah, so that's why that happened" it didn't drop any real hints as to what was actually going on. I could have never predicted it. Maybe that's because I'm just dumb but I don't think so. Idk if it's just my preference, but I don't like it when books do that.

All in all though? I really enjoyed this book, in the latter half at least. I don't know why either because there were so many things that annoyed me about it. I even almost gave up on it around the halfway point, but kept going because I wanted to know more about Hannah. But I found myself really caring about Blue and empathizing with her, which is rare for me, since I hardly ever give a fuck about characters. I'm glad I read it though. I don't even know how to feel about this book.

No. 176724

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do any of you have favorite books that are weirdly out of character for them? for me it's anything lucinda riley. i don't read any dreamy and romantic women's literature usually but i just love lucinda riley for some reason. i tried other books that follow the same format of a love story set in the present and a love story set in the past in the same book, but i just can't warm up to them.

No. 176729

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Do you guys know any good or funny booktube channels?

No. 176731

i usually watch jack edwards, astoldbykenya and read with cindy. out of all of these jack’s taste is most similar to mine but i find the latter two more entertaining

No. 176741

Idk about funny but these are the ones I watch the most

Merphy Napier- used to have the most similar taste to me, but most of her content is about One Piece now which I don't care about, also she just adopted a second kid so she is uploading a lot less
Books with Brittany- probably has the most well rounded taste of all the booktubers I watch
Emmie- is a classical literature major, reads a lot of classics, sometimes seems pretentious but I really like her channel
Alexandra Roselyn- reads a lot of YA and middle grade, which I don't read, but she is adorable
Chandler Ainsley- reads mostly romance which I don't read either, but I find her really entertaining
Elliot Brooks- reads mostly fantasy, is a huge Witcher fan, is annoyingly woke but I still enjoy her content

No. 176768

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It's a bit like a middle class Wuthering Heights where Heathcliff just fucking murders Edgar at the start of the book, and no character is noble or clever, just selfish and petty

Writers really started to no longer self-censor themselves about what was -proper- to depict in their books around the 1870s it seems

No. 176769

Is "House of Leaves" worth reading? I've been told you can't really read it in ebook, and the print copy is really expensive. I love horror and I heard the book's good, but the fact it's so loved by moids kinda worries me.

No. 176775

I loved it when I was younger, but actually I don't think it's worth it anymore. There's some cool stuff in there, but it's buried under gimmicks and boring pointless shit. Give it a try if you can borrow it from a library or a friend, but if you're unsure about spending the money on it I'd say don't.

No. 176788

You can still read the ebook, it's just inconvenient at times. Why not pirate the ebook and see if you like it enough to buy the physical copy?

I read it a long time ago so I'm pretty fuzzy on the details, but I remember being pretty fascinated with it at the time. I couldn't get enough of that academic, essay style depiction of horror but I definitely could've done without a lot of the Johnny sections. They were a bit scrotey, the rest isn't though so I don't think moids liking it really matters.

No. 176789

can i ask what's so scary about it? i read the description and it sounded pretty standard creepy, so i'm curious why everyone says it's sooo terrifying. no edge intended, i'm actually a weenie and easily scared kek

No. 176797

Nayrt but the documentary description part of the book is some of the best psychological horror I've ever experienced, and I consume a lot of psychological horror fiction. As other anons said, it's buried inbetween some moid incel crap POV but if you can manage to get past that, the underlying storyline is really good at getting to your head. I still think about it when I think about good horror, but the scroteist parts do bring the book down a lot.

No. 176807

The johnny truant parts got bearable when I started picturing them as vastly exaggerated inventions by the kind of lowlife who'd lie about his sexual encounters, which meant that he'd definitely lie about some other details of the story.
I'm used to gorier/Stephen King stories so I didn't find it the ~scariest~ but from what I recall the scary parts are about the anguish of exploring something apparently completely unknown, but with a sense of inhuman logic behind, a bit like seeing a gigantic shape moving in the night. It's also a book that tries to not be just horror, which means that a lot of readers who never read horror because they deem it an inferior genre actually read house of leaves, and called it then the scariest book they've ever read because of a lack of proper horror corpus to compare it to.

No. 176894

Do you have others psychological horror books you'd recommend?

No. 177006

update, i finished it last night and i really enjoyed it. it's very similar to the paper wasp >>175151 but i think i enjoyed reading necessary people more because the characters felt livelier. everyone in paper wasp was pretty one dimensional/flat. i also liked how morally gray every character was. spoiler: in the beginning i was like 'oh no, poor violet' because of how the bradleys treated her - that one part where she cooked dinner and had to serve everyone?? - and then came the moment when i realized she's shady as hell.

No. 177067

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I'm the anon who originally posted about The Paper Wasp. Necessary People was one of the most fun books I read last year! Check out Social Creature for something similar if you haven't already, I found both books to be wildly entertaining. I'd love recs for something similar.

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social creature is next on my list! i'm reading
such small hands by andrés barba right now since it's very short (60 pages according to my e-reader) the vibe is very creepy in some parts.

No. 177143

I've read Such Small Hands, the book kinda reminds me of Rule of Rose. As mentioned earlier >>154128, I'm suspicious of a man writing a story about elementary school girls getting obsessed about and 'consuming' another, all in a way suggesting an unrecognized erotic obsession. The book was okay. I felt like either I didn't get it or it was largely overrated

No. 177190

art, I just finished it and I thought it was kinda bad. at first I was intrigued but now I just find it bad and like it tries too hard to be edgy and disturbing. i agree with you re: male authors obsessed with little girls. that's the creepiest thing about this book, i guess kek

No. 177358

I liked that too, we could even see him trying to rationalize it and distance himself from the act but in the end if he realized if he stuck with yag, he'd be condoning his actions. And omg yes, lin went through so much her ending felt the worse. Out of all bas lag protagonists I feel like her destiny was the most tragic honestly. Others were traumatized for life but at least they had a shot at starting over. Being lobotomized by slake moths seems worse than death.
I played Rule of Rose a few times, but I never saw it from this perspective. Feel a bit gross now to be honest, I enjoyed most of the story.

No. 177362

TBH I wasn't actually grossed out by RoR like this novel, maybe because there was more going on in it. The plot about bizzare society among young girls reminded me of it. Sorry for being unclear

No. 177415

Have either of you ever come across other books similar to Rule of Rose? I love the dark themes, creepy atmosphere and setting of the game and would love to read something like it.

No. 177452

My biggest issue with YA isn't that teenage girls like it. In fact, they are literally the target audience. I don't mind that adults read it to unplug from the world and read cliched stories or just simple tales. They can be fun. What I take issue is the grown ass women who make it their thing, the "I only read YA" types. And these are the same retards who want more sex and dark themes in the YA genre. I don't mind dark themes but for the level they seem to seek, they are better off looking at adult books in the genre. Same for the sex. Why do you want teens to fuck all the time? Why do you want YA to keep pushing the envelope to the point that it may as well be adult writing? Grow the fuck up and look at adult books with that content: they exist, trust me. Quit trying to make YA grow up with you.

One other issue with YA is the name itself. "Young adult." What is a "young adult?" I don't see teenagers are young adults because they're teens and aren't legal adults or have adult responsibilities expected of them. I feel like that word "YA" can mean so much to many people so it muddles up what is and what isn't YA.

No. 177478


it's just a marketing term and like most marketing terms it doesn't fit anything but marketing all that well.

No. 177484

knowing marketing strategies, i wouldn't be surprised if it was just to make the target audience feel better and lead them to buying more. when i was a teenager, i didn't want to be seen reading "teenager" books. young ADULT books, however? count me in. i guess that's also why there's "new adult" now, because the fitting term for actually young adult readers (18-25) was already taken.

No. 177492

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>And these are the same retards who want more sex and dark themes in the YA genre. I don't mind dark themes but for the level they seem to seek, they are better off looking at adult books in the genre. Same for the sex. Why do you want teens to fuck all the time? Why do you want YA to keep pushing the envelope to the point that it may as well be adult writing? Grow the fuck up and look at adult books with that content: they exist, trust me. Quit trying to make YA grow up with you.

The other anon is right, YA is very ill defined (probably on purpose to appeal to a wider demographic) and is mostly just a marketing ploy. When YA became popular they tried to re-market older fantasy books as being YA. That being said, I don't think books with graphic sex in them are generally considered YA, (though I'm pretty sure there are a few exceptions like Twilight). That's why they made a new genre, "New Adult", and yes it's as dumb as it sounds, I think it means people who are "newly adults" as opposed to "young adults" (although one could argue those are the same thing). It is literally YA with the wish fulfillment generic protagonist type plots but with steamy sex scenes and/or graphic violence/drugs other things you wouldn't see in most YA. An example of this is From Blood And Ash. I started listening to that book once because everyone was talking about it, I couldn't stand it because it was so fucking generic it was just annoying, but it already started talking about sex in like the first couple chapters. I think Ninth House is also NA, although a little bit less generic.

No. 177493

i hope they find a new trend re: cover designs because i'm so tired of these messy covers like in your picrel. it's like my eyes can't 'cling' to anything when i look at them, if that makes sense.

No. 177495

>it's like my eyes can't 'cling' to anything when i look at them, if that makes sense.

neural blender

seriously though I agree.. I understand they kind of look pretty but they're boring and repetitive at this point

No. 177549

sadly, the closest I can reccomend is >>175784 for the 'obsessed with each other girls caught in a fantasy' factor, plus a Peter Jackson movie based on the case. I will research if there are any novels with similar mood. I miss RoR
Agree with you completely.
>One other issue with YA is the name itself. "Young adult." What is a "young adult?"
And then you have (had?) New Adult, which is supposed to be YA but more mature and maybe for slighlty older 'young adults'
kek you beat me to it

No. 177559

ayrt, I unfortunately haven't. RoR is really unique and I'm not sure if anything like it exists. Sorry that I'm of no help nonna!

No. 177570

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anyone read picrel? i picked it up some months ago because it was 50% off and i remember it being discussed on a literature talk show, read the first like two chapters on the beach this summer then forgot about it until now. i'm gonna pick it up again before i start school again this month i think.

No. 177589

It was good! I enjoyed it a lot and hated the family hiring her

No. 177597

They also have a lot of "sexy buzzwords."

Roses, crystal, glass, thorns, throne, spell, curse, blood, darkness, shadow, ash, fire, sword, wings, enchantment, maiden, trap, savior, warrior

These sort of Hot Topic goth flavored words are all over the covers

No. 177609

oh yeah, i hate that trend to. in general titles in the past years have been so annoying. it's always stuff like "a (noun) of (noun) and (noun)" or just "a (noun) of (noun)" or just a single adjective like "babmboozled" or "nippletwisted" but it's gotta be dark and edgy and violent and tumblr-y. reminds me of back when twilight was the shit and every vampire book had a black cover with a red accent to mimic the original twilight covers.

No. 177610

Has anyone got any recommendations for dark fantasy books please ?

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>reminds me of back when twilight was the shit and every vampire book had a black cover with a red accent to mimic the original twilight covers.

They still do that, pic related

>it's always stuff like "a (noun) of (noun) and (noun)" or just "a (noun) of (noun)" or just a single adjective like "babmboozled" or "nippletwisted"

Lmao true and I'm still laughing at nippletwisted

No. 177638

>Cat Valente (Deathless is a good one to start with)
>The Vagrant by Peter Newman
>Tanith Lee (I'd recommend Night's Master but note there are some scenes of sexual assault)
>100 Years of Solitude (technically considered "magical realism" but does have some very dark moments)
>Clive Barker (Weaveworld and Imajica)
>N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy
>The Magicians by Lev Grossman
>American Gods and most books by Neil Gaiman
>The Mermaid's Tale by D.G. Valdron

No. 177650

That book is garbage it completely ripped of twilight but failed … twilight was a better love story in this case kek

Thankyou so much kind stranger I really appreciate it so much !!!,!!!!

No. 177651

doesn't the magicians have a furry (animal on animal) sex scene? Gaiman is scrote shit

No. 177653

Yes two people fuck as arctic foxes or something. And yeah, Gaiman is such a shit writer. Hack tier.

No. 177659

I don't remember that scene but is it when the characters get turned into animals? Didn't seem too odd since they were still technically humans. The stuff surrounding Reynard the Fox is very disturbing but op did ask for dark, she can decide if she wants to avoid books with sexual components for herself. As I said, Lee gets into some pretty weird sexual shit too.
>Gaiman is scrote shit
Why do you say that? I've read the majority of his work and while I wouldn't consider it perfect (little is) I didn't find it particularly offensive either.

No. 177666

Nta- I've never read anything by Neil Gaiman because something about him always rubbed me the wrong way, then he came out against JKR which made me like him even less but people are always singing his praises as a writer.

Idk about his other books but I heard a summary of Stardust recently and it sounded really scrote-y.

No. 177670

Ah yes, the support for troons is annoying. He's hardly alone there though. Unfortunately even Atwood (who wrote The Handmaid's Tale, very much against patriarchy) and Jemisin who I enjoy also gave out asspats. I try to separate the work from the author unless it's a particularly egregious case. I don't think Stardust was Gaiman's best work (fairly tropey) and American Gods is quite male focused due to the main characters being Shadow and to some extent Wednesday - I think the show did a better job of characterizing the women. But to me it still presented engaging ideas about western society and media/the entertainment industry as a sort of new wave religion. Neverwhere is pretty good with female characters. Hunter is a standout (Amazon/Artemis-inspired character) and there's also The Sandman graphic novels with (a female) Death as a major character. Coraline is of course centered around a girl but not in my top picks since it's aimed towards a younger audience.

No. 177680

im sort of hesitant to ask for this because its so oddly specific and if a man said this, id assume it was a weird fetish thing. but ive been thinking lately about how id love to read something sweet about nuns in a convent living together with no men, just focusing on their relationships and thriving in whats basically just the separatist dream kek. it sounds like a pretty simple idea so i wonder if any nonas here have any recs for media of the sort?

No. 177682

I haven't read it yet so can't speak to the details, but 'Matrix' by Lauren Groff looks to be pretty similar to what you're looking for! I'm planning on reading it soon myself.

No. 177690

thank you sooo much!!

No. 177700

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Okay, I know a lot of anons here are against blatantly fanfiction-y books, but I just started this and dammit, it's giving me so much serotonin. And yes I'm aware it's based on star wars shipping. Never seen star wars but nerdy sciencey men DO SOMETHING to me.

No. 177703

I was gonna say the dude looked like the forbidden man, can't believe this is actually publicized Reylo fanfic lol

No. 177704

The first thing I thought was "is this reylo fanart". On a side note, is there any book that ISN'T a New York Times bestseller?

No. 177706

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With the launch of the Metaverse & talk of Amazon reviving company towns in the US, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash feels more apt than ever.
It's set in a dystopian near-future that's meant to be a bit Mad Max, but in more of a capitalist hellscape kind of way. Certain states are owned by the mafia, some by the government still, some by companies, some are just lawless. There's overarching themes of VR tech & programming combined with ancient civ & linguistics.

In the book, a virus goes around the Metaverse that scrambles people's brains irl by using some kinda Sumerian code word.

No. 177719

No offence to Reylos (this isn't even about the ship) but this is gross. Hate thinly-veiled published fanfiction for the shippers with basically fanart on the cover. Plus the artist made him look like a loser teenager. No thanks

No. 177722

this sounds pretty cool nonna, reminds me a bit of the circle. i'm gonna check it out!

No. 177734

Apparently the book was originally published as fanfiction before being taken down and edited for submission. I'm genuinely curious what the original fanfiction was like because I feel like the only editing the author did was to search and replace character names. There are 1:1 analogues for Star Wars characters in that book (notably Rey, Kylo, Rose, Finn, Poe, Hux, and Snoke). What's even worse is that the love interest's name is literally Adam.

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the plot of this book is basically that this family rents an arbnb from a rich couple. after the family gets to the house, the couple leaves, then comes back in a few hours saying that there was a huge blackout in the city and they need to stay at the house too. the house is remote and the cell service is bad so no one can check to see what's really happening. apparently it gets dark and there's gore in it at one point.

Idk if I'll read it because from what I've heard the book is really tense. I've heard it's good though. I just hate books that are super tense and give me anxiety.

No. 177787

i thought this sounded interesting but got turned off by buzzwords like "race, class and privilege" or something in the amazon description when i found it a few weeks ago… i put it on my list though. will report back if/once i read it!

No. 177793

>There are 1:1 analogues for Star Wars characters in that book (notably Rey, Kylo, Rose, Finn, Poe, Hux, and Snoke).
Is Smoke a pedo guru/trainer, or at least a stalker rapist in a position of power?
Cause its the only realistic on this character that makes sense to me. Or "Adam's" abusive ex.
>What's even worse is that the love interest's name is literally Adam.
Barf. They aren't even trying. The only good thing I can say is that it's not as abysmal as Sariah Wilson's officially published real people fanfiction about Adam Driver (also a New York bestseller), because at least it's about bootleg versions of fictional characters. The author in that one literally gives AD advice on how to run his charity(through a NLOG self-insert), and that's probably not even the most egregious piece of the plot.

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I read this in the past year and it left so little of an impression I can’t remember any details at all. I just remember feeling super bored by it and slogging my way through then being very disappointed by the ending and wishing I hadn’t wasted my time. Also the writing was really goofy and gave me the impression that the author was trying way too hard.
Picture related. YMMV though maybe it’s just me that found it ridiculous.

No. 177845

I suddenly want to become a writer to show this dumbass how its done, tf did I read? I know they're on twitter way tooooo much, I just know it

No. 177846

Someone needs to add comedy to this book's description because kek

No. 177895

Kind of? Snoke was Adam's abusive academic advisor that would try to pit him against other students
>The author in that one literally gives AD advice on how to run his charity(through a NLOG self-insert)
That sounds pretty hilarious. Do these authors not feel any sense of shame when publishing their obvious self insert romances?
Reading this made me feel like I was having a stroke

No. 177916

lol nonny, this is very sweet and totally not odd – I love learning about nun history for this same reason. not a book, but you should totally watch call the midwife – british show about anglican nurse nuns and secular nurse midwives who live together in the 50s/60s and care for the people of east london. amazing and huge range of female characters.

No. 177950

I just finished necessary people thanks to your rec and really enjoyed it, if you're willing, will you elaborate on why that moment (in your spoiler) was the thing that tipped you off to Violet being shady? I'd like to hear your thoughts because I didn't get the same impression, just that it was sad but somewhat understandable that she was willing to stoop to that level to appease the Bradley's.

No. 178013

I feel so much more confident in my writing when I read shit like this.

No. 178247

Anon, did you not know Call the Midwife is based on a trilogy of autobiographical novels?

No. 178258

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Have you guys read the vows and honour saga?
The active descriptions and the ending were a bit lacking, but I feel it would be easily cinematographily adapted

No. 178278

Seconded; OP, please read the Call the Midwife trilogy, it's a beautiful collection of women struggling with very real problems and getting through them as a community. I love the books and the show; watching the show with my mom was something really special. If you do both, I guarantee you'll get your fill of sweet nun stories.

No. 178350

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Anybody have an epub/pdf copy of "My Body" by Em Rata?

No. 178380

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The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter. Read this over the holidays and thought I'd at it to the unhinged women pile we've got going here. It's about a woman that becomes obsessed with a family after photographing an event for them. She attempts to insert herself into their lives. Nothing too special, but pretty entertaining thriller for anyone looking for a fun read. The main character was so creepy, I loved reading about the crazy shit she did.

No. 178381

thank you very much! ill check it out asap.

No. 178387

Sounds like the movie one hour photo with robin williams

No. 178403

i totally did forget about the books! lol, my bad. i've been meaning to read them for ages, but haven't yet. but yeah op, i've heard nothing but good things about them, so def those too!

No. 178439

Gonna read it. I love this obsessive shit. My favorite book about an obsessive creeper worming herself into another person's life is The Last Mrs. Parrish. A shady nobody inserting herself into the life of a socialite woman so she can steal her husband and basically become her. Netflix is turning it into a movie or a tv show or something. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. God, the ending was SO great.

No. 178440

AYRT, I also love books like that. It's just so wildly entertaining. Thanks for bringing up The Last Mrs. Parrish, I hadn't heard of it before, but it sounds like my thing! I'll definitely read it soon.

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Been reading this. Really fun so far. TV show of it also possibly coming sometime in the future.

It's about a bored suburban housewife completely neglected and unappreciated by her dumb husband and her whatever children. She's in a true crime book club with some other ladies in her until now quiet neighborhood. And they all use it as an escape and place to vent. One night she's attacked by her elderly neighbor lady who suddenly seems completely bloodthirsty and unhinged. When the neighbor dies, her dashing nephew comes down to settle her affairs. Dude is clearly a vampire, shenanigans ensue.

Also really like the exploration of relationships between women and the commentary on how much women do for their families and how unappreciated they are.
Really liked the author's note, if you don't mind. Here's a part of it.

>When I was a kid I didn’t take my mom seriously. She was a housewife who was in a book club, and she and her friends were always running errands, and driving car pool, and forcing us to follow rules that didn’t make sense. They just seemed like a bunch of lightweights. Today I realize how many things they were dealing with that I was totally unaware of. They took the hits so we could skate by obliviously, because that’s the deal: as a parent, you endure pain so your children don’t have to.

>This is also a book about vampires. They’re that iconic American archetype of the rambling man, wearing denim, wandering from town to town with no past and no ties. Think Jack Kerouac, think Shane, think Woody Guthrie. Think Ted Bundy.
>Because vampires are the original serial killers, stripped of everything that makes us human—they have no friends, no family, no roots, no children. All they have is hunger. They eat and eat but they’re never full. With this book, I wanted to pit a man freed from all responsibilities but his appetites against women whose lives are shaped by their endless responsibilities. I wanted to pit Dracula against my mom.

As you’ll see, it’s not a fair fight.

No. 178449

You should be paid for such a great advertisement kek. Adding it to my reading list now! And I'm glad you're having fun with it, too

No. 178489

>I wanted to pit Dracula against my mom.
kek i love this

No. 178491

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i just found this book about a haunted ikea, idk how it is yet but i love the idea of it.

No. 178504

Maybe I'm too late, but… Here you go. Always consult this site for all your book needs. It's constantly updated, unlike libgen
In thanks for me dropping the link, please share your thoughts and choice quotes from this disaster! It's so narcissistic holy crap. Also vapid as hell. You have a head too, Emily. How about writing about it?

No. 178506

You might like this https://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-3008 if you don't know it yet!
The concept is great, I wonder if he book executes it well

No. 178518

The book about the haunted IKEA-type store is from the writer who wrote the southern ladies fighting a vampire book that I talked about up there.
All of his books have themes that seem appealing. Next one I have lined up from him is We Sold Our Souls. About a down on her luck metal band guitarist who finds out her former bandmate sold her soul so that he could succeed. And then Final Girls Support Club. Which is really what the title says. About a woman in a support club for women who have survived slasher movie type massacres. I'm gonna get to Horrorstor too!

No. 178524

this is super cool! i never got into scp, but i really liked that one. it felt very videogame-like to me, with the staff turning violent at night. are there more like these? like putting a horror twist on something very mundane?

i have all of these downloaded, but i have yet to read them. do you know My Heart is a Chainsaw? it's basically a teenage girl realizing that she lives in a slasher movie scenario.

No. 178528

Never heard of My Heart Is A Chainsaw. Thank you!

I feel like Bentley Little has a lot of that horror in the mundane thing. The Store is about a giant superstore coming into a small desert town in Arizona. Seemingly normal but of course it's not.

His book The Policy centers a man who is unemployed, starting a new life, finally finds an insurance company that will take him. But it offers strange benefits and asks for a little too much.

No. 178541

I read it! I feel like to me, it was a little silly/campy, but I think that's on purpose. Fun horror read as long as you're willing to not take it too seriously.

No. 178544

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Read this to fill the hole Soren left when she went to the great dead baby rape warehouse in the sky allegedly. What a ride.

It's a 'true story' that was a big part of the satanic panic. When you read it it's so easy to see what was really going on. The therapist is such a horrifying creep, despite Michelle going on and on about how wonderful and sexy he was. He'd get her to lay her head on his shoulder during their sessions, he was seeing her every day for 6+ hours, whenever she expressed doubts that her 'recovered' memories were real or asked to stop he'd argue with her until she relented. He was a devout Catholic (despite cheating on his wife with Michelle, his patient) and obsessed with rumours about west African satanic cults he'd heard in his time living there.

In real life, her mother had been neglectful and her father absent, she was orphaned as a child and the grandparents who adopted her also both died a few years later. She'd just had a miscarriage and she sought out treatment for depression. It was clear she desperately wanted a family and hadn't resolved her feelings about her mother, who'd been the closest thing she ever had to a stable family figure but also struggled to cope with raising her. But nope, her conflicted feelings about her mother had to have come from the fact that she had repressed memories of her mother giving her away to a satanic cult.

That all sounds bleak, but most of the novel is dedicated to her absolutely incredible Soren-tier 'trauma narrative'. I completely lost my shit when the Satanists surgically grafted horns and a devil tail onto her body.

I can only assume the book's impact came from the fact that not many people actually bothered to read it, because it ends with, I'm not kidding, a 50 page long anime battle between Jesus, Mary, the archangel Michael and Satan. Satan shoots fire out his hands.

No. 178561

Final Girl Support Group was so good! My favorite that he’s wrote so far. Did you read My Best Friend’s Exorcism? I cried like a baby at the end.

No. 178576

>like putting a horror twist on something very mundane?
Check out 112, 153, 342, 2030, 1733, 270, 332, 2316(read on pc for best experience),087, 2718, 413, 871, 2950, 643, 201, 2852. Most of these have tales or experiments attached to them, I tried to rec things in the style of the Ikea one. But series 1 has a lot of short skips about every day items with weird/paranormal/dangerous properties, it's worth checking out. Personally I love those the most, like the toaster that you can only talk about in 1st person.

No. 178736

thank you, anon! i will check these out later.

No. 178826

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I'm reading this book rn, I think it was mentioned a few times in this thread. It makes me so angry - not because it's a bad book, but because I'm so mad to see what women are experiencing in the world. A good, but upsetting, read.

No. 178836

I wanna read it, I'm just scared

No. 178856

must read this, this is exactly the problem, the data biases that men refuse to acknowledge. thank you for posting

No. 178857

Oh man, I loved this book. Don't wanna get into specifics until you've finished it, but come back once you have! Loved that author's note too – tbh I wasn't feeling his latest book (Final Girl one) and I think Southern Book Club is definitely his best, but Hendrix is one of the only male authors I keep up with b/c of stuff like this note. We Sold Our Souls was good too on this count – the protagonist is a middle-aged woman who works a shit job, and she gets a really fucking great hero's journey that isn't at all about her becoming fuckable.

No. 178861

LOVED My Heart is a Chainsaw, and I don't even know anything about slasher movies. I devoured it after The Only Good Indians (same author – Stephen Graham Jones), which I also loved. I thought I wouldn't get into it b/c it's about four middle-aged men dealing with being fuckups, but it's not just about them, it's not full of the bs I expected, and SGJ is just a really fucking great horror writer. The endings of both of these books made me cry out of tenderness, believe it or not

No. 178924

NTA, but I love Grady Hendrix too! I'll pretty much check out anything he writes at this point. I like that he writes about women without coming off as a creep, something that seems very difficult for most male authors lol. Final Girl Support Group wasn't my favorite of his, but it still kept me entertained. I wish we got some more exposition on Heather, her stuff was super interesting - although I get that he wanted to keep the supernatural stuff to a minimum.

No. 179005


Also NTA but also jumping in to talk about Grady Hendrix. Ive only read horrorstor and my best friend's exorcism. Both of which I thought were good, but I especially loved My Best Friend's Exorcism. I think it does a good job handling a mostly female cast of characters and their relationships, (obviously especially the protag and her best friend).

No. 179062

I agree, he's genuinely earned my trust wrt female characters, which I almost don't wanna say to avoid jinxing it, lol. I was impressed by MBFE, but what's really cinched it for me is how he hasn't just stuck to writing about young girls/women – at this point, actually, I think he's written way more middle-aged women? And such a great range of personalities, especially in Southern Book Club and Final Girl. I'm the anon who wasn't super into FGSG (dropped it halfway actually), and it was because I wanted to spend more time with all these really vivid characters he created! Good stuff for the TV adaptation, at least.

No. 179119

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just finished the first part of hanya yanagihara's newest novel, cackling at the fact she managed to make critics fall over themselves to call her poorly disguised fujo fiction 'the great american novel' for the second time in a row

No. 179124

is it as bad as the previous one?
that was such trash, i don't get how that misery porn somehow got so much praise

No. 179132

Deep down, most women are fujos.

No. 179136

its very silly so far, not good but not unreadable
tbf i found a little life funny in how over the top 'ao3 angst tag' it was too so you might not enjoy to paradise either

No. 179137

I can't help but wonder if there's more to it than that. I couldn't get past the first 100 pages, so I can only comment based on the plot summary, but the book seems to be nothing but doom & gloom torture without any fujo-style pay off. Unless most of its readers are sadists, I don't see any titillating elements there for fujos. The book seems more interested in being shocking than erotic (tell me if I'm wrong, I'm never gonna read it kek). I know there's some pretty wild stuff in BL, but if this were a manga, it would be considered pretty extreme imo.

No. 179138

Another book about the sexual abuse of young boys? Christ.

No. 179145

i couldn't take 'a little life' seriously precisely bevcause it reminded me of a whump fic.
i bet yanagihara started off on ff.net writing fics where dracco malfoy gets abused and cuts himself set to linkinpark

looks like she's found her niche. she's probably gonva be another hack author that writes the same book over and over yet gets praised for it

No. 179146

For some reason, literary critics have been in a phase for a number of years of hyping up random misery porn novels by new up-and-coming writers as the most mind blowing and brave literature ever (especially if that young writer is part of a racial minority group*).

Recently a friend of mine got memed into reading Queenie because of the reviews it got, and according to her the whole novel is just a revolving door of cartoonishly abusive boyfriends.

*racebait-chans DNI

No. 179151

I didn't read A Little Life because I'm not really interested in novels devoid of any meaningful female characters (maybe I judged it wrongly though, I only read the synopsis). Is this one more of that? Not that I have high hopes after reading some of the posts above.

No. 179190

its divided into three parts and the protagonist of the third one is a woman i think but dont quote me on that i havent gotten that far yet

No. 179191

nta but you're not imagining it. There's been a huge push for some years now to publish stuff from minorities (not just racial). It's why people like N.K. Jemisin have won the Hugo several years in a row. Not that her books are bad at all, I just think her contenders were better kek.
It can be a lot easier to get your book published if you are also some flavor of minority on top of it, regardless of what genre the book is or its quality. It's why there was drama about Tamsyn Muir pretending to be a lesbian to get her book published and pushed.

No. 179196

I'd never heard of Tamsyn Muir so I looked her up, absolutely losing my shit at the defenders on reddit insisting that she's married to a man 'platonically'.

No. 179200

I didn't know that her other books also included scenes of child sexual abuse. What a weird thing to insistently put in your work. Correct me if I'm wrong, but judging from some of the more critical reviews of A Little Life, she doesn't seem to have anything interesting to say about CSA. She just seems interested in the shock value of it, or using it as another means of making her characters suffer.

One quote from an 'A Little Life' interview of hers that I found especially strange: “What I hope IS apparent on the page is how much I enjoyed creating them [the characters], how well I knew them, and how much I enjoyed spending time with them – all of them.”

I might be reading this wrong, but it seems kinda fucked to say you had a great time creating a character with the exclusive goal of torturing him over the course of several decades in the worst ways imaginable only to have him ultimately off himself. She seems like an odd person. I wonder if people would be more critical of her work if she were a straight/white scrote.

Imagine trying to defend something that stupid… I hope her lesbian larp blows up in her face. Sick of people who encourage men to think lesbians are somehow available to them in any romantic or sexual capacity.

No. 179205

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She describes him as her 'moirail' which is one of those Homestuck relationship terms (before she got her big break writing lesbian fiction she wrote Homestuck rape fanfiction).

No. 179248

I'm finishing up NK Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy, and I have mixed feelings on it. I like the plot and the ideas behind it, but her writing feels really… cold? to me. Like, I feel like I have no affinity for the characters, even though I've been with them for 3 books now.

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i had it sitting on my shelf and decided to check it out

No. 179336

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which classic novels do you love and which do you dislike, anons? i'm currently making my way through jane austen's emma. i read jane austen for an english class in university 3 years ago and it was so tiring to read that i always just gave up halfway through. i like emma as a character, but i find austen's writing style so exhausting. i feel like her writing style mirrors how stifling society was for women at the time. it doesn't help that i'm ESL, i guess. i want to like her and i think she's cool and interesting as an author, but if i never had to read any jane austen again, i wouldn't mind.

No. 179352

Same. I actually wasn't a fan of her writing style, but I finished them because I wanted to see what the hype was about. They were just okay. Sometimes I really felt like the author was telling me stuff she'd had personal experience with, which made me kind of uncomfortable and made it feel fanfic-y at times.

Bleak House, Vanity Fair, Nectar in a Sieve are some of my favorites. Anything by Jules Verne is a snoozefest to me.

No. 179377

Are you looking for books originally in English? Love the Brontës, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Malory, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph Conrad, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Mary Shelley.

Otherwise if you don't mind translations: 100 Years of Solitude, Don Quixote, The Odyssey, Musashi, anything from Nabokov/Silvina Ocampo/Hermann Hesse

No. 179407

I'm reading The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, because it was super popular this year, but I really find it kind of boring so far. I'm about 100/440 pages in, and nothing has happened yet. Some time traveling girl just eats crackers and goes to movies (somehow it's way more dull than it sounds.)

Don't get me wrong, sometimes atmospheric (rather than plot-driven) books can be really good, but I have the feeling this is meant to be plot-driven! Where's the plot?

I DON'T wanna be a NLOG or shame anyone's reading choices, but sometimes these "normie" mainstream books are so boring to me. Like, maybe this book would feel more fresh and entertaining if you only read 4 or 5 books every year, but I feel like I've seen it all before.

No. 179408

(samefag but no offense to anyone who likes the book. plenty of my reading choices have been roasted in this thread lmao)

No. 179409

I hate Sally Rooney. Always thought Irish people were inbred.

No. 179420

does anyone have any good recs for something like the malaria capers/writers similar to robert s. desowitz?

No. 179429

If you're reading recreationally and not for a class, why not read in your own language? I get that not every book might be available in your language but Jane Austen is popular, I'm sure Emma's been translated to your language as well unless you speak a really obscure one. Semi-related but I'm ESL too and one of my all time faves is Gravity's Rainbow but ooh boooy, trying to read it in English the first time around was a fucking mistake and a half kek

No. 179479

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I read this at the end of last year and I found it, ironically, pretty forgettable. You'd think that 300 years of history offers lots of interesting content, but it's barely touched upon. I also found the male protagonist (I forgot his name) lame and it was a struggle to get through his chapters. I also got so tired of the constant reminders about Addie's freckles, kek. Like, I get it. It wasn't relevant to the story in any way, but it kept getting brought up every other page.

I agree with your sentiment about a book probably hitting harder when you don't read as much. I read 50+ books every year, something has to be really good to stand out. I thought Vicious by the same author was much better.

No. 179545

My favorite books are considered classics (Emma, Wuthering Heights, Les misérables, Little women).
I don't think I've read any classics that I dislike, not because I'm pretentious and I think classics are inherently good, but because I'm very careful with the stuff that I choose to read to make sure I don't accidentally end up wasting my time with a book that has nothing to offer me.
Animal Farm and 1984 were lame as fuck though. I loved 1984 when I first read it, when I was 14, but I knew I wouldn't feel the same way if I read it now.

No. 179656

My sentiments exactly. Can we get a story about an immortal girl who takes an expedition to Antarctica, or cures cancer, or raids Area 51, or something cool? All she does is sleep in random apartments and wander around New York.

No. 179687

Look for books from historical periods or authors you find interesting. What genres do you like now? Could check out the classics or earlier fiction that inspired them, like if you enjoy science fiction check out books from its history such as Frankenstein. If you're gaining comfort reading English, maybe start with more contemporary classics to avoid older languave or shorter reads. You could check out reading curriculum for high school English classes and see if any of those gain your interest? I'll throw some titles out there I liked: Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, P. G. Wodehouse's books following Bertie Wooster. There's also classic children's fiction, I recall loving Heidi, The Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, etc.

No. 179756

Books like the Mists of Avalon?

No. 179828

>originally in English

No. 179836

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I'm 3 hours into reading the Bell Jar, and I've been really enjoying it, particularly in regards to how it talks about women and I relate to the aimlessness of the MC. idk why so many people (mainly men) call the MC unlikeable, even calling it 'a red flag' if a woman enjoys it. I'm not even particularly mentally unhealthy (though I don't think Esther has expressed any warning signs of being depressed yet in the book), I'm just aimless, and relate to the MC in that sense

No. 179852

Alexandre Dumas is French and wrote in French. Do NOT read Pauline, it's fucking shit, I was forced to read it for school and I couldn't stand the kawaii moe uguu heroine.

No. 179859

She gets really depressed near the end. Great taste though, that book captures the progression from somber disinterest to soul-shattering apathy without being overdramatic about it. Moids only don't like it cause it has a female main character, if it was a male character you can bet it'd be on every litbro's bookshelf.

No. 179860

How come they made you read Pauline? It's possibly his least famous book and it's not at all representative of his style, was it just because it's short? But there are good short french books…

No. 179863

It was because we were studying the "romantic era" in French literature, which is something I could have liked in concept but this book was so boring I should have used the pages to wipe my ass with it after taking a shit. I'm sure the book being short helped because we were always late into each year's program. But it's weird because this year I also remember reading Au bonheur des Dames (not even going to try to translate that shit) and I loved it, but it was way longer than Pauline. Maybe someday I'll try to read le comte de Monte Cristo when I'll stop being lazy and putting it aside.

No. 179870

I liked the Bell Jar a lot. I think men are angry that it's a book about a woman, for women, by a woman.

No. 179874

I read Monte Cristo and watched Gankutsuou (anime adaptation where he is a space vampire) just after, it was a real treat. My reading advice for first half of the 19th century french books is to never try to convert the sums of money you'll read about as they can be given in many daunting currencies (francs, livres, louis, deniers, écus! unlike second half of the 19th century french literature like Au bonheur des dames where it's mostly just francs), and to always try to understand the political context of the book, as most are written around a particular event of possibly the most complex century in french politics' history (Dumas explains fairly well what les Cent Jours are in Monte Cristo though)

If you liked the complex social drama of Au Bonheur des Dames I can recommend La Cousine Bette by Balzac, it's about a femcel who decides to completely ruin the life of her successful cousin she's jealous of, it is -much- shorter than Monte Cristo

No. 179875

Thanks for the recommendation. I don't think not knowing the historical context of classic novels will be a problem because I've studied books this way in high school and I think I remember enough from my history classes too. I saw some episodes of Gankutsuou on TV long ago but not in the right order because it was on TV so I'm not sure I can say I liked it or not. I liked how it looked.

>it's about a femcel who decides to completely ruin the life of her successful cousin she's jealous of, it is -much- shorter than Monte Cristo

The way you described it kind of reminded me of Madame Bovary, I've only watched the kind of shitty movie at school way back and everyone cheered when the delulu protagonist died like an idiot. I really need to read this one because the story was kind of funny.

No. 179877

Also Dumas definitely had troubles with his domestic workers, in both Les trois mousquetaires and Le comte de Monte Cristo hired help is always depicted as liars and thieves who try to cheat their masters out of something whenever they can lol

No. 179899

tbh I'm never going to read a Yanagihara book b/c I don't care about books with so few female characters, but I find the furor her books create kind of hilarious. let men feel what it's like to be subjected to the other sex's gaze for a change.

No. 179904

wait this sounds kind of based. I might have to read one now.

No. 180068

I started reading 3 different books and two of them are children's/YA books but I can't finish any of them, even though they're so easy to read. I just get distracted halfway a page and start daydreaming. Sometimes I catch myself skimming through the pages and having to go back, then read the same page like five times before I give up because I can't understand what I'm reading.
I like these books so far and I really want to finish them but I simply can't.
I dunno how I was able to read the hunger games so fast and not drop it even though I got really tired by the third book.
I thought it was the books I was reading, so I moved from one to another, from adult to YA to children's, but I guess I just can't focus anymore. It's like I get excited about reading for a short period and then can't read anything for months.
I went through this before and thinking about it now makes me realize how many books I dropped only to never pick them back up again. I hate that I am one of these adults that have only ever finished YA and children's books. I'm just so frustrated.

No. 180069

Maybe you have ADHD?

No. 180083

Reduce your internet usage and see how it goes.

No. 180089

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nonnita, i can fix you. or at least try and give some pointers how i fixed my brain. i was an avid reader as a kid (up to liiike age 14/15?) and then i almost completely stopped reading because i could barely make it through books, barely absorbed any information, and constantly got distracted by my own thoughts.

-if you're esl: read in your native language, it's easier for you and you build up more stamina that way. yes, i know, "muh english original" - it doesn't matter, you can re-read the thing in the original language later, but just for your enjoyment: read shit in your own language. i think i read like 50 books in my own language before i started reading in english again. mind that i'm fluent in english and i talk english the majority of the time because of my work. i still had trouble enjoying english texts despite blending in with native speakers. i think it was because i was always in "learning mode" and i thought i had to absorb nice sentences, words and expressions and use them myself one day.
-get off the social media, SPECIFICALLY tiktok/youtube shorts. stop training yourself like pavlov's dog to some short serotonin burst. it's seriously bad for you.
-maybe time yourself. tell yourself to read for 10 minutes, then put the book away. take a break for five minutes, think about what you just read, listen to yourself. have you enjoyed reading in the past 10 minutes? do you want to continue for another 10 minutes? then pick up your book for another 10 minutes. do this until you are tired of the book for the day. repeat the next day.
-also consider >>180069 - you might have adhd.

just like any habit, reading can be trained. i read every day now, for at least 3 hours, and i go through 15 books a month sometimes. vary with genres and plots! don't just read the same YA stuff, romance stories or crime fiction plots over and over again. alternate long books with short ones. variety is the spice of life!

No. 180091

She wrote A Little Life (about a boy who was severely sexually abused and grew up to be a lawyer)
The People in the Trees (quite a good storyline if you look up the synopsis. But again, rife with the sexual abuse of young boys exclusively. Even has tribal ritualistic rape of young teenage boys)

No. 180102

NTNonnita, but how did you go about getting off social media? I only have Twitter, and I can’t get off. I use it for news and articles and to keep up with things. Quitting the internet is almost impossibly hard. So much of our lives have become turned inside out, so that the real is escape from the virtual, instead vice versa. Back in the day they told you to play video games to relax; now they tell you to go outside and touch grass. Well I’ve never touched grass, not in years.

No. 180113

i use this website to impose limits on myself: https://freedom.to/downloads

if you have a problem with oversharing every single thing that happens to you on social media, i suggest starting a diary to get your thoughts out of your head! and maybe you can get your news somewhere else? oldschool newspapers or actually going on a newspaper's website are good alternatives to twitter.

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