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No. 8561

Book thread - recommend books, share what you're reading or what you're planning to read

No weeb mango shit, but books about Japan okay

No. 8562

I'll start: I've never read fantasy before besides Harry Potter and LOTR. I recently finished Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy and LOVED it. I highly recommend it.

I try to cycle between one fiction book and one nonfiction book, since I study/work at a university and my crowd is very intellectual and well-read. Currently I'm reading The Communist Manifesto, because I think it's worth reading such a watershed political document firsthand.

No. 8563

I'm rereading Morrissey's biography. It's grand. You should read it even if you think he's an asshole.

"Whenever I'd overhear how people found me to be 'a bit much' (which is the gentle way of saying the word 'unbearable'), I understood why. To myself I would say: Well, yes of course I'm a bit much — if I weren't, I would not be lit up by so many lights.

No. 8564

Currently reading Frankenstein and it's not at all what I was expecting. It was meant to be a Halloween read, but I don't have much time for reading anymore unfortunately.

Next up in my pile on unread books on the shelf is Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. A book about sentient pirate ships sounds like quite a ride. If I like it, I also have the second in the trilogy, Mad Ship, that I got from a flea market.

No. 8565

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I just moved to a little podunk town without a real bookstore, but I managed to find a used one that's stocked pretty well.

I bought a bunch of horror novels that'll last me for awhile. I got the majority of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, a few books written by John Saul, some random trade paperbacks, and even found one written by RL Stein. I had no idea he wrote adult horror novels.

Right now I'm reading a book called Hellstorm by J.N. Williamson. It's a little corny but in a good way. It's got a corny 80s/90s horror movie feel to it.

No. 8566

I'm fresh out of books to read and am having a hard time finding something new, the last couple of books I tried to read I deleted after a couple of pages or halfway through. I recently read Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and loved them, I thoroughly enjoyed Horns by Joe Hill.

The best book I've read all year was The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger. Random Acts of Senseless Violence was another book I've read recently and liked a lot.

No. 8567

>Robin Hobb

I powered through all the Fitz & The Fool books not too long ago and loved every page.

No. 8568

Trying to finish all the Earthsea books but I just can't handle my attention span.

No. 8569

What I do when I have nothing in my "PLS READ ME" pile and no idea of what to pick up next is look through a list of the classics, pick one out, and buy it from thriftbooks for like $3. You know, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, Lolita, Moby Dick, etc. Pretty soon, you'll be well read as fuck.

No. 8570

I'm terrible and always try to read everything at once, so currently I've got a canticle for leibowitz, beloved, house of leaves again, and some trauma theory and gestalt counselling textbooks.

No. 8571

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So far it's been rather amusing, halfway through it atm.

No. 8572

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Tatami Galaxy, the intro just resonates with me so much.

No. 8573

Mary Beards' SPQR: History of Ancient Rome, really makes me want to play Rome Total War tbh

Before that I've read The Sound of Waves by Mishima, and it's a 10/10 book.

I'm planning to read plenty of others but currently I'm trying to become a programmer so I just study related books.

No. 8574

I was gifted some Murakami books for Christmas and since I haven't read an actual book in years (srsly), I have not made it past the first paragraph of Norwegian Wood. Someone cure my ADHD mobile article reading brain please.

No. 8575

I'll just dump my "to-read" list here.

>Catch-22 (tried to read it when I was 16 and I liked it but couldn't finish reading it at the time due to other preoccupations)

>The Dark Tower series (halfway through the second book currently)
>Herbert's Dune
>Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
>Good Omens (Neil Gaiman)
>A Boy and His Dog (Harlan Ellison)
>Watership Down (Richard Adams)
>The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)

I'm sure there are way more but anytime I write a list it goes missing or gets deleted.

No. 8576

You just do it. Nobody can cure the laziness that makes you too inattentive to read more than a headline. Just sit and read the thing.

No. 8577

I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice. It's very comfy, my first of Austen, and I like her capacity of observation and the dialogues. Too bad I read very slowly.

No. 8578


Watership Down is great, anon. You should get on it.
Sharp Objects wasn't very good, though.

No. 8579

Harlan Ellison is amazing! I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is my favorite collection of his short stories.

No. 8580

I was >>8563
I'm currently reading the price of salt. I watched the movie Carol and got really curious to read the book. I recommend it.

No. 8581

I mean provided they actually have ADHD it's not really laziness it's just short attention span and inability to retain info.

White noise helps me a lot when I have a hard time focusing.

No. 8582

Even people with ADHD are capable of discipline and reading more than a headline. It's a condition to be managed, not used as an excuse for poor performance when they complain about their own performance.

No. 8583

I know, I have ADHD myself. I just interpreted "cure my ADHD brain please" as more tongue-in-cheek than actual complaining.

I've been meaning to watch Carol, I might check out The Price of Salt.

No. 8584

OP here. That comment about needing to be cured was completely tongue-in-cheek/self-deprecating lol.

I come back here to see that someone actually took it literally…wew the autism.

No. 8585

Mazalan Book of The fallen by steven erikson.

It's a mammoth but very worth it the long read.

No. 8586

>Can't read a book
>Calling someone else retarded

I'm struggling to find fiction that isn't shit. Everything featured in the best of xyz lists is Jodi picoult level trash. It's like McDonald's but for words, instead of fries.
I recently finished beloved by tony Morrison and it was okay but predictable.

No. 8587

I really enjoyed The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It seems like of up its own ass but that's the atmosphere of the book, and it's dark and sticky in the middle. Not a cheap thrill but very compelling.

No. 8588

Ooh I do have a copy of that floating around somewhere I'll have to give it a shot!

No. 8589

Finnegans Wake. It's like squeezing out a particularly lumpy turd.

No. 8590

Did anything ever come out of the goodreads group that was talked about in the other book thread? I searched but didn't see anything on there so I'm going to assume no.

No. 8591

The movie is lovely and so far I've been enjoying the book, def give it a try

No. 8592

Masochist or pretentious or both?

No. 8593

I feel bad for you anon. James Joyce is a trip and a half.

No. 8594

Neither, bucket list

No. 8595

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Have any of you read Gone With the Wind? I think this is one of the few places on the Internet where I'd be able to talk about with people dismissing it as "racist" or "trashy women's lit" right away. I'm not even from the US.

It's incredible. I've read it so many times during my lifespan and I think it's taught me a few things about resilience. But if we're being honest, I think the character I'm most like is Ashley, which is sort of depressing.

No. 8596

I loved it, still have a copy somewhere in my personal library. People who bitch about historical shit being racist and sexist are kinda stupid. Most of them will still read mark twain anyway.

No. 8597

Trashy women's lit? Who have you been talking to anon?
It's a very well made story, I put it right with many classics

No. 8598

I'm again out of books after having read some non-fiction for a change (Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation, Tokyo Vice and The Death Penalty In Contemporary China to name a few and which all were excellent) and I'm going with your method this time and am going to read some more Steinbeck next, I enjoyed Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men a lot (not classics in my country and not read in school, so I've just read them two years ago). I tried Faulkner before but can't enjoy his work.

I dropped every single of his books except Norwegian Wood, which I really liked. Get your shit together and read it!

I can recommend the Dark Tower, I re-read it every couple of years. Dune's first book is great, everything after that can't compare IMO (much like the Ender's Game series in that regard). While I haven't read A Boy and His Dog yet (going to grab it after seeing the title here), Ellison is universally great to read. Watership Down was one of the best reads I've had this decade, I'd urge you to read it first, regarding your list.

Grabbing that one.

No. 8599

Just a friendly reminder that books also exist outside of the Anglophone world that some of you definitely would enjoy. I know they have to be translated for the anons who only speak English (or English and their native tongue) but here are a few suggestions that have EN translations available:

Paulo Coelho / Brazilian
The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, Brida, The Valkyries, The Winner Stands Alone, The Zahir, etc

Gabriel García Márquez / Colombian
Love in the time of cholera, Farewell to the ark, Mary my Dearest, The invisible children, etc

Milton Hatoum / Brazilian
The Brothers, Tale of a Certain Orient, Orphans of Eldorado, Ashes of the Amazon, etc

Haruki Murakami / Japanese
Kafka on the shore, the wind up bird chronicle, 1Q84, etc

Etel Adnan / Lebanese
Sitt Marie Rose, In the heart of the heart of another country; Paris, when it's naked, Of cities and women, etc

No. 8600

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Nice list. I'd like to add some other non-english speaking writers, though mine aren't as recent.

Fedor Dostoevskij/ Russian
Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Poor Folk

Max Frisch/ Swiss
I'm not Stiller, A Wilderness of Mirrors, Man in Holoscene

Wacław Berent/ Polish
Rotten Wood, Snowy Crop, The Dusk of the Commanders

Albert Camus/ French
The Stranger, The Plague, The Silent Men

Franz Kafka/ Czech
The Trial, The Judgment, In the Penal Clony

Saša Stanišić/ Bosnian
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

Klaus Mann/ German
The Volcano, Mephisto

No. 8601

Wow really? I thought books were only made in like the US and UK.

No. 8602

Well people hardly mention anything else unless it's Karl Marx or some other fedora drivel (inb4, I'm an economics student so I know how important his work is but you can't deny that people mostly bring him and his ilk up when they want to sound like exceptional fedora-tipping individuals)
My suggestions:

Juhani Aho - The Railroad (Finnish)
Ivo Andric - The Bridge Over Drina, The Damned Yard (Yugoslav)
Mesa Selimovic - Impure Blood (Yugoslav), this one's really fucked up
Honore de Balzac - Le Pere Goriot (French)
Anything by Pushkin, all easy (and beautiful) reads

No. 8603

Oh and I really liked Room by Emma Donoghue, haven't seen the film though

No. 8604

The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard

It's a memoir of the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. Even if you're like me and couldn't care less about Antarctic expeditions and all that, you should still give the book a chance. Cherry-Garrard was a hell of a writer.

No. 8605

A stupid anon in another thread though punk music only existed in the US/UK so i wouldn't be surprised if idiots here didn't know incredible books exist outside of those two places, asshole

No. 8606

Thought* sorry for the typo, folks

No. 8607

that other anon sounds like cunt with her ~friendly reminder~. Just list books you like, or are reading/planning to read.

I love Andrei Platonov's Soul and other Stories, the main novella is a guy trying to share Communism with his nomadic Uzbek tribe.

Highlights: Virus by Sakyo Komatsu, The Nexus Trilogy by Ramez Naam, and Blindness by Jose Saramago.

I'm currently reading Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. It's written from interviews with North Korean defectors of their lives there growing up.

No. 8608

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Been reading the following. It's really good- about how Thomas Cromwell pushes England into becoming somewhat (at the time) modern country. Anne would probably be on /snow/ if lolcow was around back then too, lol.

No. 8609

I'm reading Anna Karenina. Seems alright so far, it's like a 19th century soap opera so it's right up my alley, lol.

No. 8610

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Currently reading Cop Town by Karin Slaughter. She writes really good police thriller/mysteries. I discovered her first by reading the Grant County series and have been devouring the rest of her books ever since.

No. 8611

Currently reading The Waves by Virginian Woolf, as well as rereading Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert.

No. 8612

Virginia* lol

No. 8613

I'm currently reading Killers of the Flower Fields by David Grann. It's a really interesting read, I love historical books, fiction and non fiction, but this is a little out of the time periods I'm usually interested in. The book is about the Osage native american tribe during the 1920's after oil was discovered on their land and a series of murders of these people. I've always known native Americans were treated badly but wow, its actually pretty shocking to read as someone who isn't American and was never taught anything about any of this.

No. 8614

Hey, I'm finding it really hard to find new things to read lately. I just got a Kindle and I want to fill it with books to read on the train.

I went through a phase in my late teens of reading a lot of books for teens (The Princess Diaries, Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Mortal Instruments, The Mediator…etc) which I heavily enjoyed but I'm in my 20s now and I'm getting really sick of reading about characters who are younger than me, who are still in school and I'm definitely sick of fluffy "first kiss" scenes. I can't relate to any of these teen protagonists anymore but at the same time crime novels and books about young women "finding themselves" with shitty wine humour bore me to tears. I tried to read some of Danielle Steel's novels on my mom's suggestion and I just didn't get the appeal.

I guess I'd be considered "new adult". The only thing I've read so far that really felt age-appropriate was the True Blood series because it was centered around a protagonist in her mid-20s who was working and featured a lot of sex, death, drinking and drugs. It was close enough to reality to be relatable but at the same time had an awesome fantasy element that was really well thought out (I loved all the slang terms and culture that surrounded the vampires, very clever and kept the story grounded).
Does anyone have any suggestions? Any 20-somethings want to share their favourite novels?

No. 8615

I love reading older books about young maidens 'of marriageable age' since they read considerably more mature than quirky John Green-esque YA. Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Victorian novels. I'm also really into Old Hollywood stuff and midcentury crime novels, and works with old women as protagonists is also a lot of fun.

No. 8616

Classic lit is my favorite because it seems like they're pretty universally enoyable regardless of wether you can relate to the characters or not. You know, stuff like The Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Little Women, Lord of the Flies, Wuthering Heights, Les Mis etc.

No. 8617

Does anyone have any good recommendations for existentialist works?

So far I've liked most of Dostoevsky's works, and I enjoyed "The Plague" by Camus, but I did not enjoy "The Stranger" by Sartre. If one thing stood out, I felt the universe created by Camus was more engaging, though detachment was a theme in both works.

No. 8618

Both of you are spot on. I didn't think of mentioning it, but I absolutely love Jane Austen. I read Little Women, Wuthering Heights, the Brontë sisters' novels and everything by Enid Blyton over and over while growing up. Haha maybe that shaped my tastes more than I realised. Would highly recommend everything posted above tbh. Great suggestions guys, I'm going to download and research some of that new info now!

Still open to modern suggestions if anyone has any!

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I like history.
Does anyone else find it really difficult to read any fiction? For about a decade now, I have lost all interest in anything fiction.

No. 8620

Anon, Camus wrote the stranger. I hate that book tbh, absurdism is retarded and Camus was an edgelord.

Read your Nietzsche like a good girl, he's pretty important for the foundation of existentialism

No. 8621

Wow, that was a bad case of mistyping my thoughts, even for myself.

I meant to say ''Nausea'' by Sartre. I never finished ''The Stranger''.

>Read your Nietzsche like a good girl

I've completely read ''On the Genealogy of Morality'' and ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra'' . The former is something I can come back to and find something new every time, the latter was by far more "edgy" than anything I saw in ''The Plague'' or what I read of ''The Stranger''.

No. 8622

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I would love to read more from Kafka. Only read one book in class but I actually loved it. It's weird but is well written (pic related) I can really recommend metamorphosis Europeans will probably know him anyways but people from the US not that much I think?

I used to read a lot of Fantasy but most books that are Fantasy and sound interesting are always for Teenager ?? Idk how to find good Fantasy books anymore. I don't mind a little love story but most fantasy books I used too like are just not relatable anymore because the main characters are kids and make stupid choices.

No. 8623

Metamorphosis is actually only one of his stories. For a full novel I recommend The Trial, it was mandatory reading for me in secondary school, sure, but it's a good book nonetheless. Particularly relevant for us ex-commies and everyone else suffering from bureaucritis.

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Yep, it's the problem I have with fantasy. I find med settings and magic compelling but most of it is YA shit. It's pretty hard to find anything aimed at adult.

Anyway, I'm reading The Expanse serie right now. I'm on the 6th book and it was pretty OK. The writing is not always good but I like the universe building and the fact that we follow adult protagonists for years.

No. 8625

I can't read, anytime I pick up a book I can't concentrate enough to finish a fucking page, any tips to fix this? I only read one book this year, ugh

No. 8626

Stop using the internet so much and get an attention span back. Then read the book.

No. 8627

Read short novels to get back on the horse.
Try to pick books with subjects you find really interesting and get at least a few pages in. Chances are you're going to want to get back to it.
Make time for reading and stick to it (I do 30 minutes at least before going to bed, it's a great way to relax before sleep).
Shut off your computer and phone before starting to read, notifications are the real book killer.

No. 8628

I'll just add personal things I did to read more :
-Always make sure I have my e-reader on me so I can read if there's a lull during my day instead of checking my phone.
-Take advice of people with similar taste and do some research. (I used to read anything when I was younger but I just don't have this kind of time or energy now, so better be selective)
- Make sure to remind myself I enjoy reading (It sounds stupid but even though I love it, it was hard getting back to books after stopping for a long time and just seemed easier to browse the internet aimlessly. So I make sure to savour books now and remember that I enjoy them more than just dicking around)

No. 8629

I'm about to pick up a new copy of LOTF because I'm having my upper level ESL kids read it this year and I'm excited. I loved the combination of subtle and obvious imagery.

Does anyone have any good horror recs? I've read Dracula, Frankenstein, Let the Right One In, bunch of Lovecraft/Poe/King/Rice.

No. 8630

Ray Bradbury does some really great scary stuff, jack Ketchum wrote the most fucked up novel I've ever read, house of leaves is good if you don't mind being mindfucked and turning the book around and around to read it, Harlan Ellison has some really horrifying stories like 'I have no mouth and I must scream'

No. 8631

So, have you guys never been to a book store? The Sci-fi/fantasy section is 99% books for adults. Just don't go to the YA fiction section and you'll be fine.

No. 8632

Maybe it's something done in my country in particular, idk but all the fantasy displayed is YA. There's no separation between YA and mature literature, they just throw fantasy and sci-fi in there and call it a day. So yeah, just going and picking a random book means I'm probably going to end up with some urban fantasy shitty love story with teen werebears. No thanks.

No. 8633

Wow, that must suck if so. In big stores in the U.S., anything aimed at the teenage/YA demographic, even if it's fantasy, is put in the YA fiction section.

No. 8634

I've only read Fahrenheit 451 and had no idea Bradbury wrote scarier stuff. Cool! Thanks for the recs!

No. 8635

Same here, we have 'fiction', 'non-fiction', guides and cookbooks divided by theme (maternity/family/self-help/gardening/baking etc), textbooks and then stationery. There's one small section at the front with 'pokkarit' (pocket books for light reading at the beach and such) and bestsellers and any one of these sections could have YA and you wouldn't know.

No. 8636

Here's a short story for you anon

Anyone else have short stories they recommend? My attention span is shit too

No. 8637

I remember this story from high school. Lot of dreadful stuff there, not least of which were the hundred or so essays I had to write.
Another was about some guy who played chicken with other cars on the road and then watched as the people died.

No. 8638

You'd probably like Something Wicked This Way Comes

In the Hills, In the Cities by Clive Barker - It's from his Books of Blood short story series

No. 8639

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Exactly this edition.
I read it when I was 16 but I was dumber and younger back then. Now I can appreciate and understand Paul's struggle a lot better. Almost cried a few times on the bus too.

No. 8640

Thanks again! I've been dying to find something new to read. I re-read Let the Right One In and all it did was depress me.

No. 8641

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Wars, Guns & Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.
It's extremely informative and easily digestible even with no former knowledge on the topics, I've got about a third of it to go.

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because weed lmao 420

The caption is just meant to be a hook. The book is a little libertarian for me, but it makes solid arguments.

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i like to rotate books as i'm reading. right now it's


>Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
>Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
>The Happiness Effect: How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect

but i'll probably stop on happiness effect bc it's less scientific than i would like and i'm tired of reading derpy anecdotes by college students that all say the same thing.

rec me dystopias and cyberpunks pls. i just finished neuromancer by william gibson.

No. 8644

If you liked Neuromancer you'll love Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
Can you tell me your thoughts on the books on code and the internet? They sound interesting.

No. 8645

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just finished reading this book. highly recommend it if you like david lynch movies or just abnormal horror in general. it takes place in a russian gulag

No. 8646

>havent read for fun in years
>see this post
>look it up online
>$60 everywhere, not in any bookstores near me

No. 8647

ack my library had it, didnt realize it was so expensive!
i know you said no bookstores had it but check this? http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781933929057

if you have a library near you, check that too. you never know!

No. 8648

thanks anon!

No. 8649

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good luck anon, i hope you find it for a decent price! the book is only 145 pages so unless its a concept youre reallllllyyy into im not sure $60 would be worth it.

also since you like the idea of that book i would also recommend https://bizarrocentral.com/ because the author has a lot of other books published through this provider! there's a lot of other authors too that all seem to have the same sort of tone and topics in their novels.

No. 8650

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The Ego and His Own, naturally.

No. 8651

good choice my property

No. 8652

i'll check it out i think i saw it at the library!

code is about building a computer from the ground up, logically. it starts off with basic switches and morse code and then gets to logic gates eventually it'll build up to operating systems and etc. i picked it up to learn more about computer science (hardware since i'm a software person), but you don't need to be knowledgeable about the field already - the author has really well done explanations about every concept. his illustrations are also helpful in clarifying what he talks about and the overall tone makes me feel really excited to learn.

i haven't gotten to far on wizards so i couldn't tell you much :( right now i'm reading about DARPA and the prose weaves a good narrative.

No. 8653

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Has anyone read the Southern Reach triology? I just saw someone mention it on Twitter and it sounds really interesting to me. I have so many other books on my to read list but I'm thinking of skipping right to these…

No. 8654

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Does anyone here know where I can get past issues of The Massachusetts Review? I bought the latest from Books A Million and I really enjoy the short stories and poetry. Any recs for a similar journal? Aside from The Paris Review.

No. 8655

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currently reading "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl and I honestly can't wait to finish it because it's such a tedious book. The story itself could be much better if the book was just half as long as it is (around 600 pages). And what still angers me that I had to read about 350 pages to get finally to the main reason why the main character tells her story, which is actually super interesting BUT as I already said, the first hundred pages are filled with unnecessary side-stories, endless quoting of other books or memories within memories which made me skip sometimes an entire page bc it had just NOTHING to do with the actual story. So much wasted potential.

If you plan to read this book, just get ready for a lot of things that have no point of being there.

I still have to read around 100 pages, because I already spend so much time on it, now I want to finish it and put away and never read it again in my damn life.

No. 8656

Same here, I'm always feeling like I'm wasting my time. Like "this isn't real lol" and I wish I was reading some non-fiction.

No. 8657

I pretty much hated Metamorphosis because it's lame stuff for kids, but I'm really glad I gave him another chance because I _loved_ The Castle (read it twice) and the great story In the Penal Colony.

No. 8658

I enjoyed what I read of The Castle, yet I couldn't get through all of it. I think I got to the part where Frieda leaves K., closed the book with the intention of reading more later and then… never opened it again. Idk.
The first Kafka novel I ever did a close reading on was The Trial, so that's my favourite one (but I guess I'm a bit biased) :) I also greatly enjoyed The Hunger Artist short story!

I just finished reading The Iguana by Anna Maria Cortese - very disorienting towards the end, what a read! - and I'm about to start Love In Time Of Cholera by GG Marquez next. I'm on a bit of a magical realism kick :)

No. 8659

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I'm reading IT right now, since I just saw the remake, and it got me in the mood for some spooky stuff.

I'm actually enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I don't know what happened to Stephen King, but his older books are so much better than any of the stuff he's published in the past 5 years. I tried reading his book, Joyland, last year and it was so awful.

No. 8660

>I don't mind a little love story but most fantasy books I used too like are just not relatable anymore because the main characters are kids and make stupid choices.
Just what books are you reading?

I really liked The Black Company or Tales of Earthsea, and you also can't go wrong with Old Mans War or The Forever War. Been meaning to start on the The Wheel of Time but its size intimidates me a bit.

No. 8661

books I own that I haven't read yet:
>Crime and Punishment
>One Hundred Years of Solitude
>Blood Meridian
>The Southern Reach trilogy
>Infinite Jest
>Good Omens
>Sharp Objects
>On the Road
>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I haven't had the energy to read lately and I think I'm going to read the Southern Reach trilogy first out of these. I haven't properly read a book in so long that I've gone full brainlet and I think I'm going to have to ease myself into it with something easy lol.

No. 8662

his older books were good because he was on copious amounts of drugs.

that said, i think It is one of his worst drug fueled books. the whole thing reads like a fucking vision quest, not to mention the gross child orgy. this is the one instance i’ll say the movie was better and more coherent than the novel.

i loved the shining though. such a great book.

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Under what context does an orgy of children make sense?

No. 8664

it doesn’t. it’s completely out of the blue and makes 0 sense, with only the flimsiest of excuses for it to be there at all. king is super defensive about it too, it’s just fucking weird.

No. 8665

Definitely recommend Crime and Punishment and One Hundred Years of Solitude! Some of my favourite books.

No. 8666

I really hate Stephen King. I haven't finished a single one of his books and I'm not really sure how anyone can class them as horror. I'm a member of a few groups on facebook for readers/writers and all the Americans worship King like he's a god. God forbid that you mention that you don't like his work because they will descend upon you like a swarm of rabid Beyonce fans.

I hate how big his ego is and how he thinks he has the right to comment on other people's work also. I think it's a really shitty trait in a person when they feel the need to bring others down to make themselves feel superior. I hate how he defends his scene in IT with a child being raped by saying "oh well, it was a different time then!" And his fans just mindlessly believe every word he says. Fuck Stephen King, he's an asshole and his work is absolutely vile.

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Yeah, a lot of his older books have sexual abuse in them or just weird sexual situations and it's uncomfortable as fuck to read. Especially the stuff in IT. I can't believe something like Gerald's Game was made into a movie.

I think the only books of his that I've genuinely enjoyed cover to cover are Pet Semetary and The Shining. Have you read the sequel, Doctor Sleep? I tried my best to like it, but just couldn't get into it. It didn't have the same feel as The Shining.

I'm not a big fan of him either. He has always come across as arrogant, but it seems to get worse as the years go on. Most of all, I can't stand his political shit on Twitter. I don't like Trump or anything, but King's holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to politics is annoying as fuck.

No. 8668

It's disappointing that King is revered as a horror god and Ray Bradbury (my favorite author so I'm biased) doesn't get as much recognition for the scary things he's written. Bradbury is just so articulate and such a great sentence crafter, and he writes things that admittedly scare himself without it being shock-horror or child rape. Bradbury was sort of an old soul, though, so maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges.

I enjoy King but sometimes he falls back on shock stuff or a "quirky" blunt attitude. 11/22/63 has a part where the protagonist pees and King felt the need to include how unique and wacky writing about peeing is in a novel. I appreciate the attitude in some books or parts because it's a refreshing style but sometimes it feels condescending and arrogant. It does really work in Rose Madder, though, I'll give him that. He nails the "asshole sexist male" trope, lmao.

No. 8669

Currently reading Yakusoku Neverland and I highly recommend it. It became my all time last month. There's a new chapter every week

No. 8670

Did you miss the part in the OP where it says >no weeb mango shit

This thread is for real literature.

No. 8671

People often tend to confuse things that are popular/famous and things that are good. I'm not sure when people suddenly started taking King really seriously but it feels kind of sudden, I feel like remember him just being a popular author, not one taken too seriously. I would say Bradbury is more respected, he's just not known as well. In all fairness, King is an easier read and more "fun" and therefore accessible than a lot of writers which accounts for his (not undeserved) fame and popularity.

I liked Rose Madder but his most underrated female book was Carrie, he did a good job humanizing her in a way a lot of male writers have a hard time with and the structure of the book was interesting.

No. 8672


And because he had excellent editors reining him in. People don't realize just how magical a good writer&mediator combo can be. When it works, the writer gets all the credit, but people who work in the publishing industry know who really did the heavy lifting. Carrie, The Shining, Night Shift, Salem's Lot, and The Stand are his best books. They're all shamelessly copying earlier authors like Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Bloch (when HE had a good editor. Bloch can suck donkey balls too) and my very favorite, Robert Aickman. Read a story by him called 'Ringing the Changes'. He writes female protagonists really well. They have a lot of agency, and they're dangerous in a good way. Aickman's men are afraid of the women, and they should be.

I'd rather read Angela Carter, Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates for horror. The short stories Phase Change and also The Bingo Master, both by Oates, are so much more terrifying than any bullshit SK can write because she understands why women are afraid.

No. 8673


fuck you spell 'check', mediator is not editor.

A good writer/editor combo is magic.

No. 8674


King is a good genre writer, but nothing more than that unless you consider ripping off Love raft, Derleth, and later, the Arthurian legends and Tolkien; to be great writing.

We all know how the Dark Tower series ended and while a lot of people saw that coming, we are also aware that it's shit and he's been coasting on his rep since the eighties.

I have a friend who works in publishing and she says he's had ghostwriters since he stopped using drugs. He was one of those guys who wrote much more concisely and entertainingly when he was high, which is apparently a lot of them a lot of the time, and when he stopped he confused verbosity with depth. Which is also a lot of them.

He just sucks now.

No. 8675

Little list of what i've read this month:

>Emile Zola-Germinal

>Tiny book of the poems of Catullus
>Hubert Selby Jr.-Last Exit on Brooklyn
(Last exit on brooklyn was so far my fave)

No. 8676

I don't understand how people can like Bradbury. His stuff is really bland, and he is super judgmental and a hypocrite. Turns me off.

No. 8677

Can anyone recommend me an author who has Murakami's vibe? I think the genre is called magical realism in English. Something philosophical and with a bit of fantasy

No. 8678

Just finished In a Dark Wood Wandering. The ending hit me so hard since I've been contemplating my own mortality lately and imaging what it'll be like when I'm on my death bed. Now, I've started on The Name of the Rose. So far, so good. I'm wondering if I should watch the movie with Ron Perlman when I'm finished.

No. 8679

currently reading wild swans by jung chang. it's great, i highly recommend it!

No. 8680

I can't stop reading YA. I know a lot of adults read YA but it's because fantasy written for adults is so damn boring. I want to read something that's trashy and sexy and features fantasy/sci-fi elements but is for a more mature audience. Does anything like that exist?

No. 8681

Borges' Fictions

No. 8682


Why do you think Bradbury was a hypocrite? He had dementia, so a lot of the things he said late in life should be taken with many grains of salt.

No. 8683

I was at the Chamblin Bookmine recently (like Powell's in Portland, this is one of the most amazing bookstores I've ever been to, well worth a day trip to Jacksonville) and picked up tons of seventies gothic romances and Harlequin Presents, which were supposed to be the 'prestige' line.

I'd love to show off some of the covers but I don't know if anons are interested in that sort of thing.

No. 8684


Oh please do anon! Gothic romance is probably one of my favorite genres!

No. 8685

Lmao, idk if I'd recommend that to someone who likes Murakami. Great read though

No. 8686

Why not? They'll only dislike it if they come to murakami for muh jazz muh cigarettes beer and women alone and nothing else, which is clearly not the case here.

This >>8681 plus Julio Cortazar's Bestiary.
I haven't read anything from him yet but my friends with similar taste also recommend Guimaraes Rosa

No. 8687

Flowers in the Attic

No. 8688

nice, Im reading Garden of Shadows. I want to read Flowers in the

No. 8689

Good series. I love a lot of V.C Andrews other books as well.

No. 8690

Absolute favourite, just ordered a new beautiful hardback version of it today. Can anyone recommend stuff similar to It?

No. 8691

Petals in the Wind
Seeds of Yesterday
Where there be Thorns (or something?)

They’re all sequels to FiA!

I would love to read Garden of Shadows! I’ve read the plot on Wikipedia but want to read it word for word.

No. 8692

These are my not-so-secret guilty pleasure, but I like the ones she actually wrote, not the ghostwriter. Something about his stuff feels off and way too clean, there was a genuine craziness to her writing that is hard to capture.

One of my favorite Andrews books in that series is If There Be Thorns, which is about Cathy's fucked up, autist son who gets brainwashed by an MRA.

No. 8693


Not to bring cows into this but Onision kinda reminds me of either Bart or Malcolm Sr., overly self righteous and loves degrading women while Lainey seems to be the type to lock up her children in an attic (or the basement to be precise); AKA Corrine given today’s most recent events.

No. 8694

speaking of Julio Cortazar - I recommend his Final del Juego (End of the Game). Great short stories, couldn't stop thinking about some of them for quite a while! Especially Don't Blame Anyone and Axolotl.

No. 8695

T'was thinking of reading Infinite Jest but iirc my brother brought that book with him before he moved out of the house.

Currently I'm reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes because I want to cleanse myself from the mistake that is the BBC series (I only liked the first season). I might also try rereading other books like Anne Frank's Diary (haven't read it in years), One Hundred Years of Solitude, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in the Rye.

It's nice to see what you anons have been reading because I'm saving up for more books.

No. 8696

>paying for books in 2017

wtf nigga just use libgen or irc

No. 8697

Sounds like you've fallen for the /lit/ meme. IJ is mediocre at best, in my opinion.

Buying books is still worth it if they're not the expensive, commonplace hardcovers that are at retailers like B&N. I'll pay extra for a pretty edition of a book I love though, especially if I don't yet own a physical copy. It seems like reading and collecting books is a hardcore hobby these days.

No. 8698

I just finished reading a Sherlock Holmes pastiche! I only read it because of all the 1 star reviews on goodreads. It was called The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin. I don't know how I feel about. It's really easy to see why it made people so mad.

No. 8699

Here's a stupid question: What's so special about A Hundred Years of Solitude? I see/hear so much praise about it and I could only get halfway through the book. It seems way too much like a soap opera to me. Does it redeem itself in the latter half? Idk maybe I'm way too retarded to "get" it, but is there something I'm missing here?
>sage for autism

No. 8700

And most importantly, he's a shitty writer. I've laughed out loud multiple times when reading his shit, just because of how badly it was written.

No. 8701


King isn't fantastic, but he's many people's first foray into the genre. It's more of a nostalgia trip coloring people's perceptions of him here.

Also I don't like the "lol it was a different time" excuse but I kind of understand. I like Moby-Dick, for example, or Joseph Conrad or Rudyard Kipling, even though what came off as funny then is racist and gross now.

I guess it's similar and I'm glad that it only took 30 years for gangbanging a 11 year old to become anachronistic.

No. 8702

Hey, if you don't like it, you don't like it. Maybe you'll come back to it later. No need to enjoy all the "classics".
What I love about the book is Garcia's writing style and the manner, with which he creates stories upon stories within stories, covering a massive amount of themes in a single page, and how poetic and, unsurprisingly, magical the story itself is. So many metaphors and allusions, I can find something new with every reread. The elements, which would usually make one doubt the book-universe's realness, are so well incorporated that I found myself thinking, for example: Of course Rebeca devours dirt, how could she not? Because, really, how could she not.
The messages the book carries just feel very meaningful to me.

No. 8703

Omfg I get it now anon bless you. Idk but the example with rebecca really made it click. Maybe it's Garcia's writing style that made it belivable enough that I didn't really notice some other tiny things. The issue probably was that I was taking everything too literally.
I think I'll go back and read it again haha thank you

No. 8704

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I finished SPQR last month, have to confess it's kinda boring and dry at many places. Heard Rubicon is a better book on Rome (but at a different time).

Just finished the second volume of Gulag Archipelago today, will read pic related for a break before tackling the final volume. Ancient near east is my jam.

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This. I love libgen, but there are some things that I'm not able to find on there. There are also books I would like to have physical copies of.

Pic related is what I'm currently reading and it has been an eye opener. At the same time, I'm alternating between books about feminism in China and South Korea as well as a textbook on fiber optics.

No. 8706

I'm reading Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov rn and it's actually a pretty catchy read. I like Russian realism, its in depth psychological and philosophical themes are exactly what (I feel) the works of their european contemporaries lacked.

also reading Barthes' A Lover's Discourse: Fragments in bite sized pieces. Can't honestly say I understand everything 100% but it's still an interesting read, and not just because of its concepts - even the language is somehow poetic.

No. 8707

Does anybody else find Russian literature to be tedious and dry? Genuinely curious.

No. 8708

I just want to read something exciting and trashy. Any suggestions?

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I don't know about exciting, but this was certainly pretty trashy and disorganized.

No. 8710

"how to murder your life" by cat marnell hits both those requirements! it's a fun read

No. 8711

Its honestly like having your grandmother tell you about how loose she used to be when she was younger and the very first chapter tries to push this idea that if you fuck everything in sight you'll be popular. Also lots of edgy misappropriating tantricism while simultaneously shitting on religion like a fedora.

No. 8712

>"stealing" feminism
The title itself is loathsome. How far are you into that book?

No. 8713

Fourth chapter.
I realize the title may be grating to some but she does bring to light the plight of radfems and people who have been polarizing the public since the 80s. The insane, "Tumblr" behavior was very much alive even back then. She is a self described equity feminist. I mean, it's kind of sad that shit has become so fractured that certain types of distinction are necessary.

No. 8714

This is a review I found on it:

And in other news, local authorities reported today that “feminism” has been stolen. Anyone who has any tips on the whereabouts of feminism or its thieves, please contact the hotline.

Seriously, how does one “steal” feminism? I know it’s just a title, and it’s probably the publisher’s idea of a grab for readership, but Who Stole Feminism? is not a title that bodes well for a measured, logical analysis of the state of feminism. The subtitle, How Women Have Betrayed Women, is even worse. Christina Hoff Sommers clearly has a bone to pick with feminism, or at least the feminism of 1994. This book is a little dated, which is not to say it’s necessarily obsolete. However, as I noted in my review of The Beauty Myth (which Sommers targets explicitly in this book), my knowledge of the state of the world, much less feminism, in 1994 is somewhat vague at best. So I’m coming to this book with a perspective different from someone who was, say, a university student at the time Sommers wrote this.

A previous reader of this book (I borrowed it from the library) took the time to scratch some pencil notes in the margins. I love notes from the past (almost as much as I love notes from the future)! I don’t mark up library books or books I think I’ll donate to the library, but I enjoy encountering them when I do. The first of several somewhat cryptic notes appears on page 37, next to a paragraph in which Sommers recounts Professor Faye Crosby’s experiences with trying to be inclusive in her classes. The sentence from the book reads, “Like Raphael [Atlas], she was clearly exhilarated by how terrible she felt.” The note says, “In ‘love’ with how good she is—that’s vanity.” Various admonishments such as “look in the mirror!” and “that’s vanity” appear sporadically throughout. Whoever this person was displays an almost religiously vehemently agreement with Sommers’ thesis.

I guess I should mention what the book is about. Sommers essentially advances the argument that a subset of feminists, whom she calls gender feminists, have come to have an undue amount of influence when it comes to public policy, particularly education. Gender feminists see the world through a “sex/gender lens” and generally promulgate radical, even misandrist views. In contrast, Sommers labels herself an equity feminist of the old school, one who believes women merely need to be accorded equal rights and privileges of men. (I suspect this is second wave versus first wave stuff but am not clear enough on the distinctions to say for sure.)

Sommers is reacting against the gender-feminist claim that “mainstream” (whatever that means) society and media are oppressive (towards women) and inherently patriarchal. She asserts there is no evidence for such claims and goes on to show, in painstaking detail, how some groups within this school have used misleading statistics and surveys to advance their agendas. Finally, Sommers turns it around and accuses the gender feminists themselves of being oppressive, of curtailing debate and censoring dissent at any opportunity. Thus the title, the implication that the feminist movement has been hijacked by a select subset of those who claim the label.

Sommers speaks of “transforming the academy” (Chapter 3) and the movement to revise both the humanities and the sciences to be more inclusive of women voices. She laments the vandalism of the Western Canon: “Why can’t we move on to the future and stop wasting energy on resenting (and ‘rewriting’) the past?” This subject is near and dear to my heart because, as a teacher, I’m on the front lines of education. What should I be teaching in an English class? Who should I use to help teach concepts and ideas? These are a big questions, and while I think Sommers raises some good points about the overzealousness of policy-makers in attempting to include more diverse voices, her tone detracts from the effectiveness of her argument. She’s whining: why can’t we move on, why can’t we just let the past be the past?

Such a sentiment is absurd. As much as Sommers is eager to demonstrate that gender feminists and their allies are blinded by their own transformationist agendas, she seems remarkably quick to discount the possibility of extant bias in culture. Her attitude appears to be that it’s either/or, that if we bring more women voices into the conversation we’re obligated to sacrifice the traditional classics on the altar of feminism. I’m sure there are some “radical” feminists out there who would love to do that, and I’m sure this attitude lends itself well to a polemic—but it seems just as radical and wishful as the thinking being done by the people Sommers criticizes. The reality is much more complicated than she portrays here.

This oversimplification pervades Who Stole Feminism? and makes it difficult for me to praise Sommers even when I’m inclined to agree with her. Such is the case when she calls out Sandra Harding for advocating for “feminist science” without really describing what that would look like. I encountered Harding in Feminism: Issues and Arguments and a chapter on “Feminism, Science, and Bias.” Harding’s contention that scientific knowledge is a social construction, as well as similar introductions to the anti-realist position in the following year’s Philosophy of Science & Technology course, triggered a mini-crisis in my personal philosophy of science. It’s something I’m still working through (though I still think I’m a reductionist—or maybe just a physicalist—don’t know!). So when Sommers dredged it up again, I felt that familiar stab of disagreement—but Jennifer Saul provides a far superior analysis in Feminism: Issues and Arguments, in which she points out that even if Harding is off the mark, science has historically had a lot of bias in it. Much of that bias happens to be white and male.

Sommers is eager to reject the idea that our society is patrarichal. She is dismissive of the “sex/gender lens” perspective of gender feminism. I find this tactic peculiar considering her background in philosophy—rather than analyze the philosophical claims of the gender feminists, Sommers chooses to cricitize particular people and organizations within this movement. To be sure, some of the concerns she raises are valid. For example, misuse of statistics or surveys to influence public policy is bad news no matter who is doing it. Furthermore, the problems she notes in academia are real and troubling. But none of these invalidates the sex/gender approach at all, nor does Sommers demonstrate to my satisfaction a causal link between the sex/gender perspective and divisive politics. Conflating radical and misandrist feminism with “gender feminism” is, to borrow a term Sommers hates the gender feminists using, “shortchanging women.”

Speaking as a mathematician, I know the siren call of statistics—and I know they can be misleading. Empirical data is an important, essential part of doing science and of decision-making. But in focusing solely on the statistical side of feminism, Sommers is ignoring the larger philosophical debate. Consider her chapter on “Rape Research”, in which she discounts the notion of rape culture as a byproduct of inflating the percentage of women who are victims of rape. Sure, maybe the numbers are wrong—Sommers’ point that definitions of rape vary greatly is valid—but this does not change the fact that, in our society, victim-blaming remains pervasive. Rape continues to be viewed as a problem women have—as in, “boys will be boys—and rape you—so don’t do anything to attract a rapist’s attention.” This toxic idea is harmful to men as well as women. Even if the prevalence of rape remains statistically ambiguous, the cultural representation of rape as something women must prevent remains a problem. And that is rape culture right there.

When I look at society through a sex/gender lens, I see a lot I consider wrong, a lot I want to change. If some feminists are abusing this perspective, that is deplorable and needs to stop—but that doesn’t invalidate the basic ideas that we can work together to make culture less white, male, and heteronormative. Why is it so wrong to point out the ways in which women are marginalized and objectified? Why is it so wrong to want to have a conversation about it? It might be the case that some gender feminists want to shut down the conversation, if Sommers’ anecdotes about being censored are true. Yet, again, that’s the misconduct of certain voices within the feminist discourse and not a flaw with the sex/gender perspective itself.

The problem with Sommers’ cheerleading of equity feminism is that it’s insufficient in our twenty-first century society. I won’t blame Sommers for not anticipating how the adoption of the Web has created new opportunities for feminist discourse. However, I’m willing to argue that it was insufficient even in the 1990s when she wrote this. Feminism may have begun as a movement for women to have rights equal to those of men, but today it is inextricably linked to larger issues of social justice, including anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-colonialism, etc. The struggle for equity requires us to struggle for equity for all; otherwise, it is hollow. Sommers’ perspective is a very limited, very academic and American one, in which there are men and there are women and she wants the two to be equal. It’s a nice sentiment and a good start, but it’s not nearly enough.

Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women is everything it promises to be: a polemical, confrontational invective against so-called gender feminism. It’s also just as divisive and exclusionary as the feminists Sommers is criticizing. As far as books go, it is by no means a train wreck: it’s well-written, with thoughtful and organized arguments backed by an almost overwhelming amount of citations and statistics. Sommers identifies issues, predominantly in academic departments, that are probably still relevant now in 2012 (though I’d opine they are part of a larger crisis in higher education that Sommers fails to discuss). As with any mosaic movement, feminism has its own internal struggles of dogma and doctrine it must overcome.

So in that respect, this book offers some interesting perspectives on the nuanced and often conflicting voices within feminist discourse. Yet as much as I can appreciate some of her criticisms, I can’t agree with most of Sommers’ proposed solutions. Her future of feminism seems like it’s moving backwards, folding inwards upon itself, in an attempt to return to roots that are always receding into romanticized histories (“it was better in the good old days, when feminism was … and feminists were …”). Perhaps this is just my bias in favour of the idea that society is still oppressive, but I think feminism, in order to make progress, has to be an agonistic process. Anything less is palliative at best.

No. 8715

This made me laugh. They seem pretty pressed about the title, like it's not that deep. Granted, the book was written in 1994. Everything else is fair criticism.

No. 8716

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Finished this recently and was bored out of my mind for the entirety of it. I don't know what I was expecting. Probably for it all to end after she killed master, but no it just had to drag on while we hear about uneven breasts, prickly pubes, and superior fashion sense for the trillionth time.

No. 8717

I feel like i'm in the minority that can't stand Murakami's work/writing. Maybe it's a rough translation from JP to ENG, but i find it vulgar and tedious at the same time.

No. 8718

He's apparently not all that popular in Japan either. I also think that his writing is tedious and redundant.

No. 8719

I thought his Colorless World of something something was pretty good, mostly because it was 1/5th the length of 1Q84 and he didn't go off into weird, repetitive tangents about pubic hair as often.

No. 8720

What are farmers opinions on Neil Gaiman? I really enjoyed Mirror Mask as a teenager but I can't say that I was as thrilled by Anansi Boys or American Gods, the latter of which I felt was over hyped.

No. 8721

I don't get why he's so popular. If I wanted to read about faux sophisticated coffee shop jazz, leather couches and edgy sex I'd go read Hannibal fanfiction.

No. 8722

Ngl sometimes I suspect its due to weebs. They and normies have this weird tendency to make anything from japan seem inherently better. The current "trend" with those people seems to be furoshiki. I've seen quite a few people hyping those as christmas wrap alternatives this year and "great gifts to give to someone" meanwhile I'm here like, "its a rag, calm the fuck down".

No. 8723

Why exactly did Darcy and Elizabeth love each other? I've read P&P over and over and it just comes off as tsundere before tsundere was even an archetype.

Also how do farmers feel about Jane Austen in general?

No. 8724

i just feel like the characters are the same in all his books. somehow everything he writes feels /the same/ to me

just can't get into romanticist authors tbh. i dont see the love between those two either, idk i dont get it

No. 8725

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Anybody else read this?

No. 8726

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My two favorite types of fiction are books are fantasy creatures, especially mermaids and fairys, more wiccan type leaning stuff though and history, mostly WWII and Victorian stuff

My guilty pleasure is the twilight saga tbh, I've read it multiple times most because of the nostalgia it gives me from when I was im HS

No. 8727

Have you tried the Temeraire series?

No. 8728

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yeah lol they were both tsun tsun, but I think they have the biggest chemistry of all Austen's characters. At first they are intrigued about each other, then fascinated, constantly bickering and provoking one another… great dynamics. I didn't like the fluffy ending too much but yeah, I like to come back to this book.
I respect Jane Austen big time.

Any dark fantasy readers? I love Malazan Book of the Fallen, hands down the best saga ever written (fight me). I've actually dropped it for a year half in the first book because it was so hard to read, so much information and lore and everything dumped on the reader without a hint of explanation, but one day I came back to it and forced myself to read and woah. I was MIA until I read everything. Years passed and everything is still bland in comparison.

No. 8729

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Has anyone read Crash by JG Ballard? I do this thing where I choose a director and watch through all of their films in order, and my most recent choice was Cronenberg. He did an adaptation of Crash, but the thing is that I always prefer to read books before watching their film counterpart. So I started to read it.

Am I fucking missing something? How is this considered a good novel? What the fuck is the meaning of it? Am I just so stupid and anti-intellectual that it flies right over my head? To me it's one of those books where it just seems like an excuse for the author to vomit his sexual fantasies all over the page. There's entire pages of excruciatingly boring sexual detail that isn't even written that well.

I'm not one to give up on a book, and I'm halfway done, but I'm not even kidding that it's taken me three months to get this far because I dread picking it up. If anyone has read it and enjoyed it, can you please enlighten me? What did you like about it? What does it mean to you? Does it all click at the end? Did it make you feel or think anything at all? I mean there's a high possibility that it is a good novel and it just isn't for me, or I don't ~get it.~

No. 8730

Looking into this series now. Thanks for the info!

No. 8731

I don't know if this belong more to this or mental health thread, but I'll ask here: can you recommend me some good self-help/psychology/manipulation books? I've read Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People and liked it, but most of modern "motivational books" by "life coaches" just make me barf. I don't want to waste my time and get pissed by randomly picking books that end up being shit. Help?

No. 8732

You could try 'Fuck Feelings'.
And yeah that is actually the title.

No. 8733

Sounds good lol. Thanks anon, downloaded it

No. 8734

Whoever wrote this review sounds like they had an agenda, because they literally only focused on two chapters and the title like some sort of autist. They ignored the other research chapters, the Wellsley lies, and the schism which had taken place decades prior to the one we are witnessing now with feminism.

No. 8735

I'm late, but I'm starting to read these. I think they're making a movie of the first one with Natalie Portman.

No. 8736

This is probably an odd request, but what are the best textbooks you've had in terms of information?

No. 8737

>I'm not one to give up on a book

Why? What's the point in wasting your very limited time on a book you don't like? There's other books you could be reading.

No. 8738

On what subject?

No. 8739

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Pretty interesting the way the characters in this book talk about their ideas. Normally economics and politics aren't that interesting to me but it's easy to digest in a conversational format.

No. 8740

What are your favourite mystery novels? Preferably ones that don't involve murder, just creepy shit. Also a nice setting would be even better.

No. 8741

Currently reading Wild by Meghan O'Brien because I wanted some lesbian supernatural stuff.

No. 8742

If it hasn't been mentioned, "The Night Circus" is pretty good.

Do we count graphic novels as books? If so, "Blankets" by Craig Thompson is a must-read for everyone.

No. 8743

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Can we talk about YA books here too
has anyone read the Shades of Magic Series?
I think it's one of my favorites.
A feel like a lot of people ignore a lot of great books just because they're in the YA section

No. 8744

on the other hand, plenty of adults read nothing but YA, so the 'issue' solves itself

No. 8745

>feel like a lot of people ignore a lot of great books just because they're in the YA section

Lol What? The vast majority of "booktubers" on YouTube only read YA fiction. The vast majority of women I know (over 25 age range) only read YA fiction. Where are you getting that it's being ignored? No one is making a movie based on Notes from Underground or Finnegans Wake, but there are plenty of YA fiction books being made into movies because they have mass appeal.

No. 8746

i'm really into the "Serpent Ritual" (idk if its the right translation) y Aby Warburg. It's not difficult to read but it's taking me a bit long to read because I keep taking notes and pause-ing it.

Aby Warburg is like, the father of iconology in art history. He was schyzophrenic and to proove to his doctors that he could get out f psych yard, he had to present an essay and he presented the Serpent Ritual which is about pueblo natives but not really.

strongly reccomand if you're into anthropology, art history/theory or psychology. If you like Jung, you'll love this shit.

No. 8747

Any polanons here? How do you feel about the Ślepnąc od świateł tv series? I have a love-hate relationship with Żulczyk. Fucking hate him as a person (he is bordering an author cow to me, both him and Sapkowski are smug cunts with talent not great enough to justify being assholes), but his books are the only modern Polish literature that borders on readable. I want to find other Polish modern authors that are not insufferable idiots.

Also I hate how everyone overlooks that Zrób mi jakąś krzywdę… is a novel that is LITERALLY 'hmmm, but what if Lolita WAS a love story written from the perspective of a 25 y/o pedo desperately waiting for his 14 y/o victim to hit an age of consent???'.
Both he and the director of the Ślepnąc… tv series created stories about 25+ men dating underage teenagers as a 'fuckboys to men' rite of passage as far as I know, didn't watch Hardkor Disco, so of course they love each other.
And I do not mean rite of passage as stopping being a pedo, quite the opposite. Apparently you cannot become a real men without desperately wanting to fuck a 14 y/o kid cause it's ~true love~.
I wish people were talking about this but nobody touches the novel cause it's a ~literary cult classic uwu~ that just got published for the 3rd time.

No. 8748

I would just like to warn you anons to stay away from The Alienist. 500 pages of building expectations and never fulfilling them. Also lots of rookie mistakes like 2D characters, historical inaccuracies, etc. Never have I been so mad at a book.

If you have Victorian era mysteries/crime/fantasy novels to recommand for me to cleanse my eyes I'm all ears.

No. 8749

What about Wladyslaw Mysliwski? Tokarczuk? They are way better that that insufferable cow. Mysliwski came out with a new book recently, it's brilliant.

No. 8750

What about Wladyslaw Mysliwski? Tokarczuk? They are way better that that insufferable cow. Mysliwski came out with a new book recently, it's brilliant.

No. 8751

Do any farmers here have good non-fiction historical books to recommend?

I once posted ITT Mary Beard's SPQR, but if you're extremely interested in ancient Rome then, by all means, read Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire.

He goes through the history of Rome but not in a chronological order so don't expect a textbook sort of revision. Furthermore, his focus is mainly on the last centuries of the Roman Empire where he meticulously examines the various issues arising with the rise of the Roman Empire and how the later decisions of the ruling classes eventually contributed to its downfall. It was interesting to read so many events, trends, etc. that were happening at that time and can be recognized today in certain countries.

If you're a history buff, you're going to love it. Despite being highly scientific and you can certainly tell that the writer is erudite, he manages to present all the facts, all the available data in a way that doesn't make it boring at all. And having read so many books on historical subjects, that isn't an easy task to accomplish.

Another book I would recommend is Cambridge's History of Iran. I've only read the first volume but it's mesmerizing to read about some less known details that you won't find online regarding the ancient tribes and civilization that once inhabited that area. Particularly the chapter on Zoroastrianism where you can see how many things all of today's greatest religions borrowed from it.

Sorry for the long post but please recommend more books history related.

No. 8752


David Crystal's The Fight For English is a very interesting book on the evolution of the English language through the centuries if you're interested in that sort of thing.

No. 8753

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Does anyone have any recommendations for middle grade fiction? I really enjoy the genre as it deals with many sensitive issues and the characters do a lot of growing which is really heartwarming to read. I also like how unlike a lot ‘adult’ fiction genres I’ve read recently they know not to talk down to the reader and spoonfeed them their morals/opinions and don’t feel the need to use over the top language.

I know it’s a genre that’s often shit on since it’s for kids, but I’d appreciate any anon that has suggestions.

No. 8754

>>8753 Omg I love middle grade fiction. Favorites: Holes by Louis Sachar, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Matilda by Roald Dahl, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, The Little Prince

No. 8755

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Any recommendations for adult fiction that centers around people in their early 20s? Because, honestly, I mostly read young adult, which is through the perspective of teens but when I look to adult fiction, so many characters are in their 30-40s. Sure I've read some good books in both genres, but I really want to experience some good stories from the perspective of a protagonist my age. You know? I like realistic fiction a great deal but also quite like books that are supernatural, magical, or dystopian.

Side note, does anyone else have a book subscription? I have OwlCrate now and really like it (I like going into books blind rather than judging a book by it's cover. Gets me going out of my comfort zone.)
However I used to be subscribed to PageHabit. What a shitshow, they up and vanished in August, no explanation. Refunded subscribers and cancelled all future boxes. All social media accounts are dead and their website just says they are no longer in business.

No. 8756

Murukami's vibe is particular. Can't think of anyone like him exactly.
For magic realism maybe try Garcia Marquez 100 Years of Solitude, or Carter Nights at The Circus.

No. 8757

I've been getting into bodybuilding and learning about Fascism lately.

Recently read: National Socialism: The Biological Worldview

In German:
Picknick am Wegesrand (eng. Picnic on the Roadside)
Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts (The Myth of the 20th Century)

Currently reading (in German):
Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Beyond Good and Evil)
Soldaten im Feuer: Gedanken zur Gefechtsführung im nächsten Krieg (Published in English originally as Men Against Fire)

In the future I think I would like to get into some fiction like LoTR and become more educated on Paganism. There's a few great female authors who wrote on the subject like Savitri Devi. Does anyone else here share my taste?

No. 8758

Currently reading:
Henry Cornelius Agrippa - 3 Books on Occult Philosophy
Carl Schmitt - The Concept of the Political
Dugin - 4th Political Theory
Mason - Postcapitalism

Barely cracked the spine of the Agrippa - the others are each interesting in their own way,

No. 8759

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Ja ja meine Allgemeines

No. 8760

Bist du ein Deutscher oder?

No. 8761

Nein. Ich bin troll.

No. 8762

What would you recommend by Devi?

No. 8763

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>I think I would like to… become more educated on Paganism
10-15g truffles

No. 8764

Was für ein Schande. Es gibt ein Mangel an Deutschen in diesen Gremien. Es ist ja eine wichtige Sprache kennenzulernen.

It depends what you're interested but I would recommend:

Impeachment of Man, an animal rights/ecology focused book.

The Lightning and the Sun, in essence a book on Esoteric Hitlerism. It's not for the uninformed/beginners into the worldview for sure. Savitri Devi's work is not very accessible to anyone not from the background. I think she's a wonderful author worth checking out though.

No. 8765

Yes, it's a beautiful sounding tongue. Unfortunately I have no capacity beyond "Wie komme ich am besten zum bahnof bitte?"
Thanks for the pointers on Devi, mistress. I shall look into those titles.

No. 8766

Any time. Another good work of hers I forgot to mention is Defiance. The book is autobiographical in nature and gives an overview of her arrest, trial, and imprisonment for disseminating propaganda in Germany.

No. 8767

>comes off as tsundere before tsundere was even an archetype
Sometimes it looks like tsundere is programmed intot eh fabric of the universe, like inside the physics and the metaphysics of it, somehow or other. THo probs it's not written in Japanese.
>What are farmers opinions on Neil Gaiman?
A poor woman's Grant Morrison. The one he did with Terry Pratchett about the kid full of love and horsemen of the apocalypse did have a curious kind of power.

No. 8768

Danke. Is there a good biography of her do you know? She led such an interesting life. A singular woman.

No. 8769

Depends on the Russian. Gogol and Bulgakov are chipper and fun.

No. 8770

As far as I know there is not. I quickly asked a couple of my friends and they said that the linked book had a decent write up. Upon skimming it is minor, however the miscellaneous content may be of interest.
If you are interested in the topic I can invite you to a couple Discord servers where it is frequently discussed, but it is important to mention it is populated primarily by young men.


No. 8771

Found these to be good, if degen.
What did you make of Burroughs? Somebody in an amazon review said the prose in Junky was "hard as nails" which seemed to capture it. Best post-WW2 English stylist I've come across.

No. 8772

OK, will download that one too. Yes, I'd be interested in looking into the Discord servers. Interacting with mainly men (or mainly women) doesn;'t bother me. Lately I've been somewhat in my feelings so might not be up to it for a week or two, however, when I feel ready I'd like to come along.

No. 8773

And thank you for taking the trouble to ask around about the bio. That's appreciated.

No. 8774

Here's an invite to my server. DM my account Wolfsangel and I'll let you in.


No. 8775

Ways of Seeing - John Berger
Any recommendations on occcult things? More historical and less new age bullshit preferably

No. 8776

Goodrick-Clark Western Esoteric Tradition: A Historical Introduction does what it says on the tin, a serviceable academic

No. 8777

Can anyone recommend some good book subscription boxes? I currently get Owlcrate and Fairyloot but I'm getting tired of all the fandom junk and is considering changing Owlcrate for something else once the subscription run out

No. 8778

Have you tried Book of the Month?
I was looking into it and they claim to have a broad book selection and the price is pretty good.

No. 8779

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finished reading this, I loved it so much! it was so easy to read and entrancing, but also had to take pauses often to just think lmao
raskolnikov really reminded me of teen me and weirdly enough, especially in the first 3 parts, your run of the mill 4chan bro

it's like 8 am and I'm still awake and overwhelmed and can't express myself for shit but overall it's like 11/10 do recommend

No. 8780

Fuck, I was just at the bookstore and almost picked that up. Maybe next time lol.

No. 8781

do give it a try! i was afraid of reading it for some years because older books can have a peculiar, hard to digest language and I'm esl, also bc it's a ~classic~ i was afraid I'd be too dumb to grasp it kek. i didn't encounter any of these things, it was a very engaging read w plenty of reflection opportunities. maybe the particular translation helped, not sure, but will def try to read more of Dostoyevsky!
from other classic russian things, i had read some works of Gogol's before and, while I did enjoy them in a way, they were way more tedious lol. oh and Bulgakov's a young doctor's notebook, enjoyed that heaps too! but crime and punishment is still my fav kek soz for going ham on your reply, anon

No. 8782

I've had it on my shelf for years and you just convinced me to put it in my January TBR

No. 8783

What translation did you read anon? I read the David McDuff translation but kind of regret it after reading a P&V translation of another one of Dostoyevsky’s books which flowed a lot better. Also I had a weird crush on Raskolnikov the entire book.

No. 8784

Oliver Ready! i think it has an alright balance between retained words/phrases and translated bits, I did flip between the notes section and back but mostly to gain more context not because i was utterly lost (unless it were the French phrases lol)
and i understand anon, I was flip flopping between "omg, me" and "omg, fuck me" but not sure what that says about me kek

No. 8785

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A bit unorthodox, as it's a web serial, but anyone else here read Worm? Probably one of my favorite works of fiction, ever.

No. 8786

havent read it but its been on my list for a long time lol, i feel kind of intimidated since its something id have to commit to since it looks long and i can get bored of things easily lol

No. 8787

Did any french farmers see that Houellbecq got the Legion d'Honneur? It's deppressing.

No. 8788

Worry not, you'll find out it has lots of fanfiction and will never stop reading it your entire life.

You poor soul, ignorant of your future.

No. 8789

I did actually read a small part of it 5 years ago during classes, found it depressing.

No. 8790

That's the point, it has the flavor of real life. It's like game of thrones, but for superhero genre instead of fantasy.

The only problem is that indeed it's a bit difficult to get into initial chapters, but once you are past them, oh my, you are in for a journey.

And again, it has really lots of fanfics. So people decided that no they can write a half or full million word story on par with original and so, they did.

No. 8791

Which arcs?

No. 8792

I thought it was kind of supposed to be quite up its own ass and pretentious for the majority of the story until it all comes tumbling down around Richard and he realises that all the other characters aren't special dignified intellectuals but just as selfish and depraved as anyone else

No. 8793

Ooooh I loved her book of short stories, the assassination of Margaret thatcher. The story "the comma" has stuck with me for years

No. 8794

I did a couple existentialism and phenomenology courses in uni and we barely ever touched on Nietzsche, and even then mostly to deconstruct his bullshit. My professor was very much of the opinion that he was an immature egotistical idiot and after seeing her proof I'm definitely inclined to agree lol. Kierkegaard, Sartre and Beauvoir are my favourites in existentialism/phenomenology.

No. 8795

does anyone have any recs for short magic realism stories? I've read Gabriel Garcia Martinez and nearly all of Murakami, I was very impressed recently by a lot of the stories in yukiko motoya's picnic in the storm too. anyone got recommendations along those lines

No. 8796

does anyone have any recs for short magic realism stories? I've read Gabriel Garcia Martinez and nearly all of Murakami, I was very impressed recently by a lot of the stories in yukiko motoya's picnic in the storm too. anyone got recommendations along those lines

No. 8797

This is a long shot but any recommendations for old tacky scifi? I like buying used cheap pulp novels from ebay and getting lost in them

Not a short one but it's only a single novel, I really recommend Zoo City. Essentially dystopian future, black magic and familiars.

No. 8798

I'm reading a really cool "waterbiography" at the moment called Swell by Jenny Landreth, it's about the history of women's swimming. Very funny and interesting, would recommend if anybody likes cheerful light history/nonfic.

No. 8799

Ive started to read brave new world

No. 8800

What are some good bodice rippers worth reading, lasses?

No. 8801

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Recently I've been neck deep in lesbian fiction, and I'm loving it tbh. I'm a sucker for romance stuff, and there are many good writers who are actual lesbians - so it's not shit like most lesbian themed movies.
Praise the Goodreads.com

No. 8802

i already bought the book but i still haven't read it yet but its called everlasting nora by marie miranda cruz about a little girl living in the biggest cemetery in the philippines… to which is a huge issue especially for the people who lost their homes from floods, housing or buildings projects, fires (which there is a known conspiracy that companies are the ones doing it in order to move squatters the away from the lot they plan on making something out from it), and other reasons…

No. 8803


No. 8804

> so it's not shit like most lesbian themed movies.
I'm a lesbian and I fucking hate just about every lesbian film that isn't Fingersmith, Saving Face, or Carol.

Currently reading a collection of Patricia Highsmith's (previously) unpublished works.

No. 8805

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I made one of my resolutions to read more this year. I haven't actually read as a hobby for probably almost a decade, and I feel it starting to show in my vocabulary, spelling, and just how I present myself to the world. So for the first time in a long time, real resolutions were made and I think I'm going to stick to them.

I patiently waited for my amazon shipment and got my first two books off of my amazon wishlist, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory and From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, both by Caitlin Doughty. I just finished Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a part autobiography on her life in the death industry and part death positivity discussion. I've always been really interested in weird stuff like this so when I found her youtube channel and found she wrote a book I knew I needed to read it one day. Would recommend if you like silly musings mixed with serious discussion on the human condition. She doesn't hold back on grisly details so if you're squeamish I wouldn't recommend, but I think everyone who hasn't thought seriously about how they want their dead body to be cared for or are frightened about death should give it a read.

Tbh I'm a little mad I managed to finish her book in a day, because now I'm already on to her next one which I'm sure I'll be able to finish quickly as well. I'll have to find or buy more books to read and I'm afraid I'll be distracted and not read anything else the entire year…

No. 8806

Microhistory suggestions?
Preferably other than guns germs and steel or the hot zone.

No. 8807

As a funeral director I find her super annoying and cringey. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes was hard to get through she's so annoying.

No. 8808

I do think she has a specific humor that some people might find cringe, but its also the humor I grew up and around with so her slips into silliness doesn't bother me. I'd rather have someone with a more relaxed approach to death talk about death industry stuff than someone with a stiff upper lip. I also enjoy her openly pushing for alternative funeral and burial services.

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Reading was also one of my resolutions for this year. I bought the entire Witcher series a couple years ago intending to read it before I played the games and that didn't happen. Now that I've played 1,2 and half of 3 I'm really into the lore and story and want to read the source material. I'm half way through the Last Wish and really enjoying it even though the writing has been simplified by translation into English.

Reading was also one of my resolutions last year and I got hooked on booktube and their YA recommendations and fangirl-ing. I started and DNF'd so many books because I discovered I hate YA and cannot suspend my disbelief that so many teenage characters are written like 20 something adults and the romances…no thanks.

No. 8810

My thoughts exactly on YA fiction. Everyone I’m surrounded by in work or uni seems to only read this in their spare time, anything else is read because it’s required and it’s really frustrating trying to get recommendationa. I’m glad this thread exists.

No. 8811

Already read it and it's not really a bodice ripper but thanks.

Depends on what kind of history you're interested in and what time. There's a million books on plenty of stuff in all periods.

No. 8812

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>inb4 YA fiction is childish and sucks

Anybody reading this? What other fantasy or supernatural books contain hateships where two people love to hate each other?

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What do you think about the cruel prince? Is it overhyped? I want to read it but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Finishing up Skyward at the moment.

No. 8814

Depends on your personal preferences but I find it lives up to its hype. I like the faerie setting and the hate-relationship as opposed to the all-too-common instalove between the protagonists was great.

No. 8815

Adult readers unite
For real though I’ll die if I get another teenage dystopian fantasy recommended to me. If you’ve read the blurb of one you’ve read all the books, they’re so cookie-cutter predictable and unoriginal.

On topic, anyone got recs similar to geek love?

No. 8816

Micro histories as in any in depth look at something small, not general history of a time period.
Like the history of salt or Vissers the rituals of dinner. In depth histories of every day objects.

No. 8817

just started this last week. didn't know what to expect since never read russian lit before. definitely feels alittle weird but agree that it's reading very east despite how dense the text is.

last thing I read was jane eyre so wanted something from similar time period.

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i'm reading Brave New World at the moment and I'm enjoying it so far. For people who've read it, what did you think of it? (without giving any spoilers)

No. 8819

I just finished re-reading Asimov's Robot Saga (Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, Robots of the Dawn, and Robots and Empire), and I started The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I find it a little difficult since I'm reading it in English and it's not my first language.
I also have a love-hate relationship with Murakami's books. They usually start as boring, then they completely absorb me, but the ending makes me think "is that all?". So far the ones I enjoyed the most are 1Q84 and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
I'm usually a sucker for sci-fi, and I'd like recommendations for something darker. I really love Asimov's books, but they feel childish sometimes.

No. 8820


>I really love Asimov's books, but they feel childish sometimes.

Not a book, but you should read The Last Question. Unless you're diagnosed with depression, then don't.

No. 8821

It was required reading in high school, but I missed that week, so I hadn't read it at all until last year. A bit of a mindfuck, tbh, probably because I was expecting something different than what it ended up actually being, if that makes sense.

No. 8822

Anon from >>8819, I already read it. I read the Complete Stories, everything from the Robots saga and the Foundation saga. I have the Lucky Starr series in my ebook already, but I feel it's going to be even more childish.
The Last Question was one of my favorite stories though.

No. 8823

I wanted to like it and ended up kinda hating it. It has some nice ideas, but overall it's pretty boring, stupid and may have been cool in the 50s, but not today. Pretty overhyped imho

No. 8824

Non-fictions (bonus if female author) that hella empowered you or impacted your life? Go!

No. 8825

Women & Power by Mary Beard was something I picked up at an English train station while on holiday there, quite an impactful and honestly rage inducing read

No. 8826

Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy.

No. 8827

silvia federici- caliban and the witch

No. 8828

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Anyone else struggle with having too many books in their possession?
I bookmark/tag my favourite books quite heavily and enjoy referencing/reading over said notes, so throwing them away is something that I'll probably never do.

However, this has made my room look like that of a hoarders. I have 2 bookcases that are stuffed full of them and I have no idea how to fix this.

I've been contemplating just getting a tablet, but I will still have the previous books on me.

Any storage tips?

No. 8829

You could probably start by just donating the books that aren't your favorites or you haven't even opened in a few years. If those have passages you like, maybe scan those pages or copy them somewhere so you can still reference them.

No. 8830

I have a huge amount of books as well, it’s not so much the amount as it is the way they are stored and displayed that gives it that hoarder look - don’t stack the books, line them up neatly along the shelves, any books that are either absolute favourites or have gorgeous covers display by placing in front of the other books with the cover facing out, you can always make the books look nicer by organising them in colour or size order as well. Try to keep the bookshelves cleared of any knick knacks as wel as this will just make thk look cluttered no matter how few books you have

No. 8831

Due to hit 1000 this year.
No ragrets.

Floor to ceiling shelves. No books laying down. Stack them with similar sizes. Looks tidy as. An overcrowded shelf or books not stacked properly will always look like shit.

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Picked this up on a whim for 5 dollars at the local one-stop-shop. It's very bizarre but not quite as exciting as I thought it would be based on the cover. I'm enjoying it a lot though.

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Late to respond but watching everyone do Konmari and toss their books has been a serious trigger for me. When I move, more than half the pod is books. My house is too new for built-ins, so I'm working on these Ikea Billy floor-to-ceiling hacks. There's a wall with shiplap paneling that I built in front of, and it looks great, the other two walls I'm using wallpaper on the backs. I left a few shelves open to have space for displaying figurines and stuff like that and it's great to finally have space for game consoles, etc. I've seen Billys used to make window seating, too, which might be cool to do. You can paint them, add crown molding, it disguises the Ikea really well. I'm surprised how easy and fun it is. It looks so cool, like living in a library. If anyone is swimming in books and also into DIY take a look, there are plans all over the place.

Keeping it on track, I just re-read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I love all the Brontes, but this book always blows me away.

Also reading Killing for Culture: From Edison to Isis, A New History of Death on Film by David Kerekes and Men, Women, and Chainsaws by Carol Clover. Both are great if you like genre film.

pic related, sorry it's ant sized but this is the design I copied from the most.

No. 11734

I'm exhausted, farmers. Only after getting a couple of books from the library (The Road, The General in His Labyrinth) and attempting/failing to read them, did I realize that the issue is I'm so tired of reading from a male perspective. After that epiphany, I noticed that the VAST majority of my favorite authors are men. I love Dumas, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Camus, but I feel like I NEED to read from a woman's perspective at this point in my life. Basically, does anyone have recommendations based on material by the above authors?

No. 11747

Along veins of "The Road" I think you would like "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife".

No. 11749

I'll check it out! But I didn't like The Road or McCarthy's writing style.

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I had this epiphany like a year ago! Based off of what you said you like I would recommend both Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Mosfegh and the book of short stories Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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I'm >>11734 back again.
Here to answer myself, but for the good of future anons like me. Upon more research, I've compiled a to-read list within my personal preferences (no YA fiction, "classics.") Some or all of these works are likely not new to anyone already introduced and heavily into feminist (or just pro-woman) literature.

Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Dorothy M. Richardson, Pointed Roofs
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Valperga

Reading about some of these women, like Dorothy M. Richardson, makes me fucking sick at how they were, and still are, entirely robbed of recognition. In fact, I don't remember being taught about ANY female authors in high school.

No. 13045

I finished "women who love too much" just a week ago(a book I saw recommended on a topic on lolcow)with the intention of trying to understand my bff who tends to choose the wrong guys and surprisingly I realised more about myself and the way I act with certain people (even though I haven't even had an actual relationship yet kek)

Idek if the anon who wrote about it will ever see this,but I'm really thankful I came across their post

No. 13059

Have you read Pizan's book? It sounds really interesting but it's from 1405 so is it hard to read?

No. 13070

ntayrt but i'm sure there are translations available

No. 14785

This made me realize most of those are not even translated into my language. Angers me so much.

I'm interested into fantasy/sci-fi written by women that isn't for young adults. Women do really excell in YA fantasy now that I think about it, which is great but that's not my jam.
Someone I really admire in fantasy genre is N.K. Jemisin. Imagine writing a series and getting a Hugo award for your every book. Fucking amazing. I recommend The Broken Earth to anyone interested in the genre. For me, it's exceptional.

No. 14817

I've been in a reading slump for some time. I've started reading various books and dropped them as they were doing nothing for me.
Rec me books that changed your life or affected you deeply. I am so tired of reading fun, but forgettable thrillers. I want something great, no matter if it's fiction or a bunch of essays.

No. 14827

Wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve read them both as they’re classics, but I love Faust and The Stranger. Bonus if you’re fluent in German or French to read them in their original languages.

No. 14837

Read some short stories! There’s so many great ones and they’re an easy time commitment, most you can read in one sitting. I enjoy them a lot, I love it when something so brief can still pack a huge punch. I’m gonna sperg a bit, I apologize in advance.

Probably my favorite short story ever is The Manned Missiles by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s pretty underrated, I don’t really hear people ever mention it but I absolutely adore it. It’s written in the form of a letter, an American man writing to a Russian man during the Cold War, and the Russian’s response. It always brings a tear to my eye.

I also really like The Last Question by Asimov, but that’s so well known and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already read it. It is great though, one of those stories that sit with you for a while after reading it.

And I also adore Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx. The movie is pretty famous so I won’t give a summary but the original text it’s based on is fantastic. If you’ve seen the movie, it’ll be very familiar, Ang Lee did a great job staying faithful to the text. But the short story adds another layer of depth that film just can’t portray, so if you liked the movie, you gotta read the short story. (If you hated the movie… sorry, disregard this I guess haha)

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Any recommendations on nutrition/health books that are actually worth reading? Not try-this-diet type books. Currently reading pic related. It's basically a collection of anecdotes from a food lab and some tidbits about food psychology. Not a ton of substance, but the real-world examples make it interesting.

No. 16794

Anything by Michael Pollen!!

No. 17222

Downloaded Food Rules and In Defense of Food, will report back with review eventually.

No. 19841

I just picked up a bunch of books from my town's used bookstore and from the airport and I don't know where to start.

>The Third Reich (Roberto Bolano)

>Kokoro (Soseki)
>To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
>Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
>Demian (Herman Hesse)
>As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)
>The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
>Catch-22 -(Joseph Heller)
>After Dark (Haruki Murakami)
>Thus Spake Zarathustra (Nietzsche)
>Solaris (Stanislaw Lem)
>Paradise Lost (John Milton)
>I'll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara)

And coming in the mail I have:
>Crime and Punishment
>Roadside Picnic (Strugatsky)
>Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (Algernon Blackwood)
>Siddhartha (Hesse)
>Moby Dick
>2666 (Bolano)

Right now I'm reading Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (memoir by a journalist about his son's meth addiction) but I have no clue where to start with the rest, I'm excited though. I haven't read much since high school and I barely read beyond YA novels and I'd like to start reading again this year. So far this year I've read:
>Jane Eyre
>Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
>Outer Dark (McCarthy)
>No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai)
>The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea (Mishima)
>One Hundred Years of Solitude
>When Breath Becomes Air
>Looking For Alaska (read for the first time when I was 12 and read again for the nostalgia, it sucks lol)
>The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Of the ones I've read this year, I liked all of them except Looking For Alaska and The Dispossessed (which I couldn't even finish). If anyone has suggestions both well-known and lesser known I'm all ears.

No. 19852

Shirley Jackson! Read a collection of her shorts, everyone knows The Lottery, but her other stuff is strong on social commentary for the time it was written. She was pushing the envelope as much as she could, even when writing about her kids and her sometimes ambivalent feelings regarding motherhood in Raising Demons. I think it's important to see where women have come from in this country. She's good at showing you. That's my contribution, lol.

No. 19853

If you end up liking Faulkner, (A Rose for Emily is one of my favorite short stories ever) check out Carson McCullers. Reflections in a Golden Eye is amazing. Southern Gothic is the weirdest, neatest, purely American genre.

No. 19856

>Carson McCullers
Thanks for the rec anon, she seems right up my alley.

No. 20326

Pale Fire is my favorite book. Its very unusual, it starts with a fictional foreward, and then a poem, and then commentary on the poem (also fictional). Its presenting the poem as the final magnum opus of a recently deceased poet and the commentary is written by a deranged fan Charles Kinbote who is convinced the poem is actually about him. Well, kind of. It makes fun of terrible literary analysis, like you probably did in High School English Literature. The book has a very bizarre sense of humor, I think its possible to read it not realizing its supposed to have comedic elements, like I said, really bizarre. I don't want to give too much away, but the narrator/commentary is very unreliable. Was Zembla real? Was he actually friends with John Shade? Who was Kinbote really? I think I knew I loved the book when I got to the footnote where Kinbote talked about how that line in the poem reminded him of his sexy gardener.

I'd encourage you to give it a try. The book doesn't need to be read in order, so if the poem is dragging on you reading it straight through feel free to flip back and forth between the poem and the commentary.

No. 20385

I'm reading Wuthering Heights and boy, Catherine sure is an absolute lunatic.

No. 20408

I knew nothing about that book and expected a tragic love story, I hadn’t expected such twisted characters

No. 20572

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Finally read The Pisces and ended up really liking it. I didn't pick it up earlier as I expected an ironic, but still very much a cheesy, wish-fullfilment romance novel. I feel like the main subject of the story was not love, but depression and emotional emptiness. Felt like the author really nailed how women try to escape existential dread and boredom in the age of Tinder.

Give it a go if you also like problematic protagonists and can stomach non-graphic pet abuse/neglect.

Despite a ebook reader full of files, I don't know what to read now. This is hard. Tried So Sad Today but like most collections of essays it does nothing for me.

No. 20611

Made it one of my 2019 resolutions to start reading again. Thank based NYPL for SimplyE because I'm too cheap to spend my money on books.

>The Life Changing Magic of Tidying (Marie Kondo)

>Goodbye, Things (Fumio Sasaki)
>The Obamas (Jodi Kantor)
>Becoming (Michelle Obama)
>American Prison (Shaun Bauer)
>How Democracies Die (Daniel Zinblatt)
>The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson)
>To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope (Jeanne Marie Laskas)

Currently waiting for my reservations on the following books:
>The Art of Imperfection (Brene Brown)
>Spark Joy (Marie Kondo)
>The Art of Discarding (Nagisa Tatsumi)
>Dreams from My Father (Barack Obama)
>The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama)
>Of Thee I sing (Barack Obama)

I didn't really mean to pick up and read so many political books, especially about Obama, but it's especially funny to me that I did since I was a political science major but basically didn't do any of my readings lol. Pre-university I used to strictly read fiction on my own time, but now that I've graduated, the thought of reading fiction works is so unappealing to me, but I can't really figure out why. Probably going to be buying Anime: A History (Jonathan Clements) eventually since SimplyE doesn't have it. My university library had it and I took it out, but was never able to find the time to read it.

I'm down for any fiction recommendations because I want to try and get back into reading more fiction works, but also any historical recommendations would be appreciated too!

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started reading pic related, haven't gotten far so no spoilers kek!
but did it strike anyone else odd how the MC decided that enlisting a Nazi soldier to send a love note to a fellow concentration camp member is a good idea. like yeah, being there and being on death row has very few differences but why would you want to endanger a person you like even more than she is already endangered?

No. 22791

From some reviews, this seems like the new Boy in Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief, but maybe I am wrong and this is a good and non emotionally manipulative book.

No. 25841

What do you guys think of Blood Meridian? I was stupid enough to let /lit/ convince me to buy it but I can't get past the first 30 or so pages.
He is so absolutely obsessed with violence, it's disgusting. I think I understand the point the author is trying to make but he's crossing the line into becoming the thing he's criticizing.

No. 28809


not op but it was OK. Not the best piece of lit i've read, but it's passable

No. 28816

I really enjoyed it the first time I read through it but on subsequent reads it's a slog, not in the least because of the gratuitous violence. I love some of his prose but when it's sandwiched between all this nearly cartoonish violence it stops being interesting. I know he wants the reader to become desensitized to the violence the same way the kid and the scalphunters in general do and I guess it worked but the side-effect is that I also got bored of the book.

No. 29103

Anons, a little off topic. But what's a good e-reader for books you've downloaded off the internet? I heard the Kubo can read different formats but it doesn't have an SD card slot. Can any other e-reader do the same? I've been wanting to read the Shadowrun and Witcher series but don't wanna tire my eyes out when I'm in bed.

No. 31532

ok boiz, finally finished it, not bc I'm a slow reader but bc I was dreading having to pick it up again lol. it was not that good in short. it felt as if everyone in the book was aware of the mc being the mc. he got to a position of relative privilege really fast and started an underground trading system with the outside, which ensured he could meet his gf on the reg and had to fo minimum amount of actual labour yet everyone wanted to help him. I guess this is due to it being based on a dude's retelling of his own life that the author failed to make less mc-centric if you know what I mean.

also the prose felt very bare bones and carried very little power. there was a bit where the mc had to inspect the numbers of two bodies in a crematorium, you know, a room full with bodies essentially, but the atmosphere was as if he was comparing the prices of chicken fillets at the supermarket.

idk fam, like 2/5, better off reading the book thief. no disrespect to the og Lale whose life this is based on, it's mostly on the author I think.

No. 31533

I read about half of genji monogatari for a class this semester. (all the way through the book, but skipping about half the chapters.)
I liked it quite a bit, but its extremely slow and atmospheric. The plot is scattered throughout long passages of tone, descriptions, and poetry. Itd be best read by someone with all the time in the world to take it in.
Waka are better than haiku, also.

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If you want something dirt cheap and functional (and don't need to synchronise with amazon or a different store), I can honestly recommend any Tolino! This is a German brand of ebook readers, but you can get them on Aliexpress and they have English menus (there might be also available menus and dictionaries for your language, depending on where you are from). I've waited with buying an ebook reader for years because I've heard they are expensive and really regret not getting one earlier. My Tolino is the very first one, so it's very basic, but I know that you can get a newer one which even has a colorful screen (personally I didn't need this). The battery holds for very long, the internet browser is pretty shitty, but if you are in a pinch, it's enough to download an epub from vkontakte or whatever. Only downside is that it only accepts epubs and pdfs, but you can easily convert your mobis on a website in a few seconds, so that's not a problem. It also has an SD card slot, WIFI, light and a touchscreen. I've seen a list of comparable ebook readers from bigger companies and I was shocked how much you have to shell out for basic functions like that (at least USD 150??? I got mine for 50$, shipping included).

Again, keep in mind that I own Tolino Shine 1 which is the oldest one. The newer models should be even better.

No. 31547

This is perfect!
Thank you, anon. I see a couple for $52 on Aliexpress right now. Especially since I'm looking for an e-reader with a light, this is definitely one of the cheapest AND it's new. Gonna purchase this when I get paid next week.

No. 31562

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Ugggh, I'm 500 pages into this 750 page book and it won't go anywhere. It has a really strong set up weaving magic, quantum physics, and time travel together into an interesting story about a quest to bring magic (which has been dead since the 1860s) back. The book has devolved into blog, forum posts, logs, and journal entries for about 200 pages and very little has been accomplished. It's fucking frustrating.
The worst part is however that the authors keep trying to be historically accurate and have characters speak in ways that are "dated," but they clearly have no idea how people speak, especially not in 14th century Europe. The character who is the worst offender of this speaks like a snarky blogger, who just happen to use a few older terms.
As a whole it's been a frustrating reading experience, but I want to finish it since I've spent so much time on it.

No. 31582

I am glad that I was of some help! Hope you will enjoy your Tolino and that it serves you well.

I am so happy to finally not have to read on a smartphone…

Side note - I have checked the aliexpress offers and I would recommend getting one with a case (and a protect screen if you want), because it's difficult to find one that fits cause it's a small brand. I was able to buy a case at a local website but it was the only one. Better safe than sorry!

No. 31980

has anyone else read The Wheel Of Time books?
I just started the first one! I'm enjoying it but I find it a bit daunting that there's still 15 more books to go

No. 32054

Damn. This makes me feel bad that I have a nook I've never really used. Got it as a gift and tried using it once, but I vastly prefer physical books.

No. 32517

That damn book just dragged on so much! Too much extra bullshit that was unnecessary and it takes forever for any action to ramp up. I had to force my way through it. If you want some historical time travel fantasy I think The Chronicles of St Mary's is superior.

No. 32791

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So I've come around to reading again lately and I just finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I bought it years ago but never read it even though I'm a huge fan of the movie/tv show.

Now I'm not so sure what to pick up next, I guess I liked reading a classic and since I'm not a native speaker it was fun to read "difficult" English. I liked the historic feel of the dialogue.

Any recommendations for something similar? I wanted to check out other Jane Austen books also but which ones do anons recommend?

Besides that I'm a huge fan of terror and when I was young I mostly read Stephen King novels. I'm currently filling my "reading time" with some Lovecraft's short stories.

Also lol at another anon JUST sharing Mr. Darcy in the Husbandos thread. Such timing!

No. 32798

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Sorry but I need to share this one too lol I love Kate Beaton so much.

No. 32829

>currently filling my "reading time" with some Lovecraft's short stories.

That's funny, me too. Just finished The Call of Cthulhu, now on The Whisperer in Darkness.

I'd recommend Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (real comfy historical read,) Little Men by the same if you enjoyed it, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, and of course Sense and Sensibility and anything by the Brontë sisters.

No. 35666

Why do people like The Name of the Wind so much? It's like a shitty Harry Potter in a fantasy world with an insufferable Gary Stu main character. Hell, so many people recommended it to me I'm starting to believe my friends have shit taste.
Sage for rantsperging.

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Sorry to bump this thread even though I miss it but were any other anons big on THG years ago? Dystopian YA novels are my guilty pleasure, so sue me, but I'm stoked for the prequel coming out next year.

No. 36340

I don't usually read YA fiction, but I enjoyed The Hunger Games. I'm kind of surprised she's bringing it back since it's been a while that the hype surrounding the series has died down. I'll probably end up reading it.

No. 36341


Oh wow, I wasn't aware she was gonna write a prequel ! I loved The Hunger Games, I'm definitely going to read that. I wish she'd have written an entirely new novel though.

No. 36349

>Why do people like The Name of the Wind so much?
Anon, you answered yourself:
>It's like a shitty Harry Potter in a fantasy world with an insufferable Gary Stu main character
I would add "except Harry Potter gets to bone all kinds of hot women, even immortal sex goddesses".
I used to have a weeb beta male online sort of friend, sort of boyfriend that was obsessed with those shitty books and considered them a pinnacle of a literature. Of course Denna reminded him of a girl he crushed on as a 13 y/o and that he was still obsessed with ten years later despite her breaking contact with him like a year into their friendship.
It's amazing that scrots that consider themself supersmart and wiser than most people still fall for crappy wish fullfilment novels cause they make their boners and egos tingle.

I am so excited! I love this series even though I usually don't like YA literature, I hope the prequel will be good.

No. 36356

Anon i am SO excited!! I think Suzanne Collins writes YA dystopia so well. Im really excited to hear about the 10th hunger games and what the arena was like/challenges the competitors faced! i just can't wait.

No. 36568

No. 36830

Really really want to read The Loser by Thomas Bernhard but I'm so broke, so does anyone know where I can find a pdf of it?

No. 36839

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these aren't pdf files but you can get an application that'll let you read them

No. 36899

thank you kind anon!!

No. 39427

Do you guys have good reccs for memoirs of women dealing with psych issues? I love Maryah Hornbacher (both Wasted and Madness) but I hated Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

No. 39504

Portia de Rossi wrote an autobiographical book about her struggle to come to terms with being a lesbian while she was anorexic and severely depressed called The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which I personally really liked!

No. 39508

small correction, anon: it's called Unbearable Lightness. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a different book altogether. Good to know you enjoyed it though, I've had my eye on it for a while.

No. 39528

yea I was confused for a while because I read The unbearable lightness of being and…it wasnt about that. Thanks for the recc though, will check it out today!

No. 39548

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I'm re-reading The Fisherman by John Langan. I read it over two years ago and it's really stuck with me. Really creepy and eerie book about love, and loss, and the Leviathan.

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just read The Secret History (technically a re-read, but I was 13 the first time I read it and retained none of it). Didn't think I'd enjoy a story about privileged college kids being evil but it was pretty good. My fascination with Ancient Greece probably helped. Continuing the Greek theme I started The Song of Achilles but I'm not in love with the writing style and it's really just making me want to read the Iliad again lol.

No. 39650

How many of you are on goodreads? I love using that site but am seriously lacking friends

No. 39662

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I've been reading Things on Jars, by Jess Kidd, this past week.
It's about snail eating Merrows, Irish folklore death mermaids, stolen death bodies, early butcher style medicine in London, criminal limping nannies, corrupt doctors, detectives and ghost boxer bfs.
The protagonist is an awesome Sherlock Holmes style detective, and also doctor on the side, that used to work as a Resurrection man when she was a kid, the people that stole cadavers and sold them to medicine students and teachers, and is investigating the kidnap of a strange 6 year old girl from her recluse anatomic novelties collector "father" with the help of her huge muscular maid and the ghost of a handsome boxer who claims to know her.
The atmosphere is very Gothic and even better, story wise, than Kidd's last book, The Hoarder.
Sorry anon, I only lurk on GR.

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Currently reading redder than blood. New spins on fairy tales.

No. 39677

i love this book. i reread it last year and i didn’t realize on my first just how much cocaine the main character was doing in every chapter.

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Started reading this, am like 1/4 in and have a feeling the entire book is gonna be the same as so far but I don't mind. It gives me the same sorta disorientated feeling reading Nesbiths Enchanted castle gave me when I was in primary school (yes, I know, a bit out there comparison lol), it's weirdly cosy.

No. 39740

I have one, but all I read are sci-fi novels so we probably have nothing in common.
I really just use it to track stuff, not for discussion.

No. 42134

Do you think the "reader fever" has died out amongst teenagers?

I remember when I was in high school people would bring books and carry them in between classes to show off. Some even dared to read "Fifty Shades of Grey" in the school library like it was some sort of bible (lol). People would buy books in their original language (even if they couldn't understand it) because it was "cool" and "smart".

On a side note, is there a new trend on young adult books? Some years ago, all YA novels had apocalyptic/dystopian settings (The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, etc.).
I'm curious because I'm not in high school anymore so I can't follow the "trends" and I kinda like looking at how the tropes become relevant and then die out.

No. 42158

Where are you from anon? I'm curious because I was in high school from 2011 to 2015 in the rural northwest in the US and never experienced a reader fever amongst teens I knew. Certainly people didn't carry around books to show off, I can't imagine that in a school in the US. Reading for fun was solidly for nerds and even the nerds didn't read a whole lot because they had video games to play. I actually remember when I was 14, I was friends with an older student (he was 18) who me and my friends all thought was hot. He was kind of a typical country boy/stoner type. One time he rode our bus and instead of sitting by his friends he sat down alone and pulled out a pretty large book which he was pretty deep into and read for the entire bus trip. I thought he was more attractive after that but all of my friends found it to be a massive turn-off.

As for YA trends, I feel like I've seen an uptick in fantasy, especially high fantasy and fairy tales (though I don't read a ton of YA admittedly so I dunno if that's totally accurate). If it is I'd imagine it'd due to the popularity of Game of Thrones.

No. 42210

I'm from Spain, I went to high school from 2012 to 2018. The "fever" had its peak in 2016 maybe? After that year, my classmates cooled down that attitude, some of them still read YA novels but not as much.

And yeah, reading was popular only between teen/pre-teen girls who got introduced to "The Fault in Our Stars", Blue Jeans' books (spanish author, his novels have cheesy/cringey romance plots) and The Hunger Games/Divergent/etc.
Boys didn't read at all.

It may be that this only happened in Spain. I thought other countries experienced this "social phenomenon" too. Some Spanish booktubers from that time don't review books anymore, instead focused on talking about celebrities and "tea". It's fascinating.

No. 42595

I experienced this as well, I used to exchange books with lots of my classmates and sometimes actually get something good and not just cringy romance or a Dan Brown book. We even got in trouble for reading them during class.
I feel like a granny saying this but kids these days definitely don't read books as much as my generation did. None of my kid relatives read. At all.
For reference I finished high school in 2014

No. 42693

Just recently graduated myself and in my school (in Sweden), reading was mostly a girls' thing. Only the geeky/nerdy girls would actively read for fun, everyone else would read the popular books that were made into movies, like The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner and Call Me By Your Name. I read a lot of YA and as >>42158 mentioned, there are a hell of a lot of high fantasy series right now, one of the most popular authors being Sarah J. Maas.

No. 42699

Currently reading the Sufferings of Young Werther by Goethe, and I’ve never read any fancy classic literature so wish me luck. I might have to google the Wikipedia during my reading because I have a tiny brain

Also to this Anon >>42693 Throne of Glass series is really bad, cliche and predictable. The Mary Sue self-insert is so obvious. I heard it gets better near the end of the series but I’ve only read the first 3. I recommend Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green to people who like easy reads. It’s such a fun YA book with time travel and historical dress like Rococo period clothing. Idk if anyone here likes that stuff, but as a nerdy teen, I breezed through those books within a week.

No. 43040

Sarah J. Maas in general is terrible, I recently read A Court of Thorns and Roses and it was horrible, the second book improves things a little and then the third book comes and ruins everything again, holy shit that is one shitty book. Why this woman is so popular is not something I'll ever understand, her stories are bad and clichéd, her character and world development is nonexistent, not even her writing is good, everything reads like a fanfic a 12 year old wrote in 2008.

No. 43597

Iirc her Cinderella fan fiction was originally published on fiction press. She got discovered on there by a publisher and promptly took it down to make mad cash. She wrote it when she was in college (18 I think was her age). So in a way you’re right lmao

No. 43660

Can anyone rec good fantasy books where the main characters are twenty-somethings instead of teenagers? Looking for something plot driven then character driven, can be a standard story structure or something experimental. Basically I want to try everything out for that setting because I haven’t been reading for a long time.

I’m also quite adverse to stories set in modern times without any fantastical elements (i.e "real world stuff") so I’d love to hear it if anyone can convert me with a good book.

No. 43675

You could try any book by Gabriel García Márquez. There's a lot of fantastical elements while still being based in reality, hence why the genre he writes is called "magical realism.

No. 43903

Just finished reading Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling.
An interesting example of a cyberpunk book where the protagonist is on the side of the corporations. Has a pretty strong female protag too.

No. 59350

I'm reading house of leaves right now and this book is a challenge. It has a ton of really long, seemingly irrelevant footnotes and talks about other stuff that I'm not sure has to do directly with the plot. I've heard a lot of good things about it though and that its very spoopy so ill try to keep reading it but im not sure how far ill get since I have trouble reading anyway lol.

No. 59351

It's so hard to stay focused. The spiraled text, the back and forth storyline, the annotations. It's a challenge. The main story about the hallway is great and always stuck with me but the rest of it was really bad imo. I've always wanted to reread it because I thought it was genuinely creepy but I can't get through that nonsense a second time. Maybe I could just skip it and read the plot about the house.

A little off topic but the author's sister is the singer Poe. The album "Haunted" was inspired by her brother's book among other things. Great album. One of the songs has the line, "I live at the end of a 5 and a half minute hallway" referencing the book. Other things too but I don't want to spoil anything.

No. 59358

Agreed with all that, it's quite a difficult read just like.. physically flipping pages around and going back and forth as well as just the story itself. But I also love the bits about the house, I've re-read it on it's own. The academic writing is very easy to read in comparison to the rest and makes it extra creepy.

No. 62437

I'm currently reading Ritual by Adam Nevill. I'm close-ish to the end but I'm scared to keep reading. It's such an uncomfortable book.

No. 62519

I've got the ebook for that, been meaning to read it. I've seen the movie that was based on it and it was pretty neat.

No. 62724

I just finished it. That was one stressful as fuck book. I probably won't be watching the movie lol. although I hate how it didn't say if Luke ever made it out of the woods or not. I'm just assuming he dies I guess.

Also the book the Wicker Man is based on is also called Ritual. That's how I found out about this book actually, when I was googling that book. They have similar-ish plots too.

No. 63752

I'm reading Wheel of Time. I'm half way through the first book. I've been meaning to read this series for years but now that I'm reading it I find it kind of boring and have to force myself to read it. I have so many books I wanna read that it kinda feels like a waste of time to force myself to read one that I don't even like that much.

And this book feels like such a blatant LotR rip off that its making me want to read LotR again. I kinda just want to ditch it and go do that lol.

No. 63773

Currently reading Memoirs Of a Geisha after watching the movie. Its heartbreaking and painful to read but it draws me in. I think it's the mystery of their culture and how secretive the book portrays geisha. I know there is some controversy to the book but I think if you are aware of it and just take it in stride that it's just a story it's a good read.

No. 63781

The woman actually didn't give consent for that guy to write/publish her story. She published her own memoir later called "Geisha: A Life" or something like that.

No. 63788

Didn't the person who wrote this book greatly embellish and flat out lie in parts of it? Seems like it's a good read as a work of fiction, but dishonest as a memoir.

No. 63907

The book itself has always been listed as a work of historical fiction, not an actual memoir. People get hung up on "Memiors" but really never been considered such at all. Iirc , Mineko Iwasaki was just one of several women he interviewed for inspiration. He took many elements from her actual, personal story and incorporated them into his own fictional work. The problem arose when he decided, against her wishes and contract, to put her in the "honorable mentions" which caused her reputation as a geisha to be severely damaged. There is a strict culture or "code" of secrecy in geisha life and to violate that is dishonorable, if you will. She also tried to discredit him in that he was historically incorrect, specifically regarding the practice of Mizuage. However there are lots of sources that show Mizuage was practiced widely up until the late 50's. And even afterwards, illegally. Most of that bout had to do with saving her reputation. Because so many elements mirrored her actual experiences, many assumed that since her name was involved all the questionable/illegal/immoral things that happen to the fictional main character, Nitta Sayuri, also happened to Mineko Iwasaki. Mr. Golden had a degree in Japanese Art and Japanese History, and traveled the continent frequently to learn about the culture before writing the book, including interviewing several current or former geisha. As it goes historically, the man isnt a geisha but he did his best to understand it to his ability and write an interesting piece of historical fiction. So it may not be the most "accurate" picture of a geisha but it -is- a work of fiction, and still very well researched. My concern with the book has always been that he ruined a womans reputation. It was a shitty thing to do but for the same reason I love H.P. Lovecraft's work, I still enjoy his book.

No. 66860

just finished karma peace by connie m. van cleve. i don't really know what on earth to say about the whole thing, really, other than it resembling something written by a 12 year old on deviantart. i don't know what i expected, seeing how i found the book in old dusty boxes in my mom's house.

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currently reading flea's acid for the children, his biography. its not bad tbh

No. 69647

Have anons here already decided what they're going to read in 2020? Did you set a specific amount of books to read this year? Are you going to follow any reading challenges?

Personally I'm going to finish the series I've started, continue to hack away at classics I want to catch up on, finally read something from Stephen King and try out some foreign authors.

No. 69672

My goal is to read an average of 1 book a week for the new year, I'll try to mix in shorter novellas to compensate for busy weeks or books that take longer than a week to finish.

No. 69680

I'm setting the bar low at 10 books bc it's my honours year lol. I already have 2 that I have to read bc they were gifted and I also want to read brothers karamazov as I already took it out from the library. other 7 are a mystery ooo but my goodreads "want to read" list is thicc so I'll prolly find something haha

No. 69696

I don't have a set number but I do want to read consistently through the year. I always have these on-off periods in which I either read all the time or I don't read anything and I want to try and find a middle ground.

No. 69697

I just read whatever and when I feel like it. If I put pressure on myself with challenges or a certain number, it's almost guaranteed that I won't follow through. I read more when I stay casual about it.

No. 69780

I tried to go for 12 this year and only got 9.
I'll try it again next year, maybe go for shorter books first.

No. 69840

What are some good fiction books/novels for adults? I like fantasy especially. I'm over the young adult genre.

No. 69893

Robin Hobb is pretty great

No. 69898

I'm going to aim for 52 this year again. I try this every year but I still only end up with around 25-30 each time.

I find that the yearly lists of books eligible for the Man Booker prize are good lists for adult fiction to check out. You can search up the past year lists on goodreads or somewhere like that. I've got no fantasy recommendations though unfortunately.

No. 69905

I finally got a Kindle and I'm so in love with it. It's so lightweight and cute and easy to grab and read something. Can anyone rec me your favourite unusual/weird/dark/thriller books? Sounds depressing I know but I think my love of flowers in the attic set me on my weird books streak at a young age

No. 70720


I just finished that book and I really liked it! I tend to take auto-biographies with a grain of salt, and usually read them without judging the situation, just as if it was a work of fiction.

The book is an easy read. The English is simple and I enjoyed the descriptions of the rituals, costumes and the society in general.

No. 71274

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Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber
>Dark, twisted renditions of classic fairytales. All her books are fucked up and weird but this is a good starting point.
Olga Tokarczuk - Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
>Fantastic and strange thriller with an eccentric outcast narrator. All her books are great
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver
>I fucking love this book. Woman tries to get rich by needling her way into the life of a reclusive storybook illustrator. Themes about the social masks we put on for other people. also a quick read
Ryu Murakami - In the Miso Soup
>Supremely fucked up and sleazy book about japanese red light districts. Narrator is a guide for sex tourists and slowly descends into paranoia, thinking his client is a serial killer. Commentary on dysfunctional japanese culture, xenophobia and misogyny

No. 71278

Nta but after almost a decade (as embarrassing as it sounds)i'm trying to get into reading again and these all sound really interesting! If anyone else knows good, lesser known thrillers or "darker" books pls let me know (but since i'm new to this thread i should read through the posts; i'm sure there are many recommendations like that) …

No. 71280

Thank you so much for your reply! I will get all of these. Your taste sounds absolutely based, Anon

I am in the same boat as you! There are some great recs throughout the thread

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No problem! I'm trying to read more too. Here's some more dark and twisted shit:

Jose Donoso - The Obscene Bird of Night
>Easily the strangest book I have ever read. Early "magical realist" book about the existential nightmare of losing your identity and becoming a monster. Mixes the Chilean imbunche myth with a hallucinatory tone and a cast of freakish characters
Sylvina Ocampo - Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories
>Weird gothic stories that feel like magical folktales. Another forerunner to the magical realist movement, her work is just starting to get translated.
Leonora Carrington - The Hearing Trumpet
>A surrealist mystery story, basically Alice in Wonderland on even more acid and starring a 92 year old woman. Ageism against older women is a major theme. Overlooked classic imo
Sadegh Hedayat - The Blind Owl
>I literally don't even know what the fuck. Iranian nightmare fuel classic and one of the first modern Iranian novels to gain traction in the west. Man hallucinates about death and confesses to murder. Quick and disturbing read

No. 71294

Working through Edward Snowden's Permanent Record. God, what a bore. I don't give a fuck about your childhood, just get to good part!

No. 71678

I’ve just finished reading Rebecca by Du Maurier, I know it’s a long overdue normie book and I should fuck of to r/books but honestly? It just slapped from beginning to end. Please read it farmers if you haven’t already, the title character is absolutely based. I’ve got loads of books to read next incl; the handmaids tale and the dunwich horror which I’m excited about, but i kind of want to read something that’s not a classic or bestseller. I’m really into horror of any sort or science fiction - really I don’t have much diverse taste in books. I need lots of tension, drama, gore, intrigue or suspense to keep me interested in books or films, hate to sound like an edge lord but it’s just the way I am.

No. 76496

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I work as a bookseller and my boss kept shoving My Dark Vanessa into my hands for weeks before I took it with me to an out-of-state work conference. She knew it'd resonate with me given her after-the-fact knowledge of >>77965. I didn't realize until three days ago that it also made me think of >>517262 and now I'm processing that.

I've never read a book wherein I felt so seen. I cried for most of it, probably six times as I devoured it over the span of 2 days. I was in awe the entire time, thinking that somehow Kate Elizabeth Russell had read 15-onward me's thoughts. My ARC of it is annotated to hell and back, since I underlined every line or passage that hit me hard. It's even more impressive given that it is Kate Elizabeth Russell's life's work and debut. I love a book that's a fictionalized autobiography (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is another favorite of mine) – suspicions of this proven after reading this Vulture article today: https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell.html

I'm not one for book clubs but I regularly rec books for them and this is going to be one of my go-to's for the year after March 10. Russell poses important questions and criticisms toward the #MeToo movement that could be an hour's worth of debate on their own, let alone the conversations her work's starting regarding the lengths we'll go to protect abusive men, trauma, school systems, etc. It's such a layered, honestly flawless book imo – and it better be, she worked on it for almost two decades. I cannot wait to hold the final copy in a few weeks.

No. 76517

I heard about this book. I usually don't give a shit about new releases but I really wanna read this. When does it come out?

No. 76539

I won't lie, I want to read it now. I am confused why there are plenty of reviews on goodreads already if it comes out on the 10th of March? Did that many people already got advanced copies?
I hope OP is not a marketing shill for this book. The hype around it is weird, feels artificial.

No. 76541

Never heard of it before but I’ll check it out just for u!

No. 76574

Not a marketing shill, I literally just work in an independent bookstore, lol. The number of reviews is probably because Harper Collins is one of the Big Five and they have the budget to send out thousands of ARCs. Hell, I have 3 separate ones (1 is mine, the one I annotated and cried on) in my room right now because my friends want to read it and I'm more than willing to let them read what's essentially the final draft.

No. 76625

Have you guys read Excavation? I am doing it now (I don't believe MDV is a rip-off, I just wanted the same topic). I love how the author is honest about how she perceived the grooming as a positive thing when it started. It should be a no-brainer as it's literally how it works, but it's such a tabu people don't want to talk/hear about.

It's uplifting for me that the author of MDV worked on the book for 20 years, makes me feel less shitty about taking long with my novel about similar topic. Her apparent connection to Stephen King worries me tho (did it affect her novel being published or not?)

No. 76628

OP of MDV review, here: King and Russell are from the same part of Maine, so that's probably where that comes in. HC could've also paid him to blurb it, but we'll never know. Even back when I read it in September, it had glowing reviews from the likes of Gillian Flynn.

I'm trying to get my hands on Excavation now, while rereading my years-old copy of Tiger, Tiger. Ortiz already put a bad taste in my mouth with her misplaced anger directed at Russell, but I'll read anything that sort of comforts me since realizing >>>517262 upon getting a new hire that looks just like him, taught the same subject, and is the same age. Obviously abusers tend to use the same tactics across the board, and no one really has a monopoly on stories of abuse. It's abhorrent that Russell had to release a statement divulging even a little bit of her own abuse to get Twitter off her back. All because another author was pissed that she didn't get a seven-figure advance on her book she was trying to get picked up way before #MeToo. The big publishers are always trying to cash in on works that have to do with hot sociological or political topics, and Russell just happened to start submitting MDV around that time. If she'd done so back in 2013/14 like Ortiz, she would've had to go with a tiny publisher as well.

No. 76629

Samefag but— holy shit, I cannot for the life of me figure out why my posts from other threads aren't linking correctly.

Sage for user idiocy despite having posted here for years.

No. 76631

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I fucking love Tiger, Tiger and I am so endlessly thankful for Margeaux Fragoso's bravery. I wanted to punch someone when I read reviews and thinkpieces by men (of course) saying she must have wanted it as a 10 y/o child and that she is crying now while she enjoyed the relationship with a pedophile her whole life until his suicide. Yeah. Let that sink in.

Here is a link to an epub of Excavation. Enjoy. Buy the book on Amazon if you like it and want to support the author.

Apparently another memoir on the same topic is coming out in March (I think?). Pic related. Looking forward to reading it as well.

No. 76633

Becoming Lolita is slated to come out on August 4th. As of right now, it looks like it's only available through Amazon — nothing comes up when I search it from my distributor. I'm still going to preorder it.

No. 76634

Samefag but thank you so much for the epub of Excavation! I downloaded it and I'm gonna start reading it on my break. I'll probably never get a physical copy since Small Press Distribution has harsh policies and discounts for us — so it's great to have an e-copy.

No. 76648

Ahh, I was not sure about the release date and was too lazy to check. Thanks for clarifying!
>Since Small Press Distribution has harsh policies
Are you not allowed to buy books elsewhere? It's very new to me, I have no idea how working for. Amazon also sells the digital copy which is probably same thing as what I provided. I am mentioning this in case you want to pay the author to support her. Would love to buy it, but I am an Eurofag and literally have to pay 4 times more than an amerifag in comparison (as my local currency is weak in comparison to dollar). I wish it was published here.

No. 76649

It's not as though I'm shackled to buying from my store, it's more that I get a hefty discount. Though, I'd sooner buy Excavation from Amazon at this point, than irritate my bosses. I'm still gonna read the e-copy first and then decide.

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i'm reading taking it to the streets
amazing collection of 1960s activism covering a whole lot of aspects

then Abina and the Important Men. does great history. it's a historical novel that doesn't consider itself fiction. it's a graphic novel based off of one legal record of a woman named Abina who was enslaved in West Africa. she escapes to a free British territory. her master comes back for her, and she goes to court to settle her enslavement status.

No. 77276

I feel like I'm having a stroke.
Anon, are you high, ESL or a bot?

No. 77292

what are you confused about

No. 77417

for example and sentences that are all over the place

No. 77599

taking it to the streets, TITTS. just being a 14 year old boy laughing at this

"does great history"? i mean like it is based off of one record of one woman's court document, the craft that the historians behind it do to receive and put together this information is impressive and good history. as opposed to bad history, like Lincoln on Race and Slavery by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

i'd like to be a bot though

No. 77603

NTA but are you ESL? you sound mentally retarded (or like trump) if not. you're using punctuation all wrong.

No. 77608

I understood you and the "tits" joke lol. English is not my first language though. Maybe native speakers find your manner of speech weird, idk.

No. 78518

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Here's a link to my dark vanessa epub for all interested anons.

No. 78612

downloaded and read this during my breaks/lunches at work and have gotten pretty engrossed tbh. I'll try and finish it tomorrow. So far I like it a lot though. never been through something like what the protagonist has been through and I'm able to understand her point of view really well.

No. 78613

I have been through grooming and for that reason have a deep interest in art exploring the topic (I've been writing my own novel for years as well). This is not a new topic for me. At the moment I'm finding MDV underwhelming and overhyped by the publisher and media (but I am only 50 pages in, so that might change). It doesn't seem like it's going to say anything new on the topic or in a partucularly emotionally engaging way. I think it's a good book for people that have no experience with grooming, especially normies with misconceptions, because it walks you through the entire experience and lets you see how the victim feels and thinks.
I doubt I will read another novel by this author. Her writing does the job, but that's it. MDV feels like a Very Special Episode, except for adults. From how >>76496 was gushing, I expected something better and more heartbreaking (don't get me wrong, the heroine's experience is heartbreaking, but the way it's written about just doesn't move me).
If you like it and would want something similar, check out Emily Maguire's Taming the Beast (not saying it's better than MDV, as I read it over 10 years ago, but it's similar and possibly more gutwrenching).

No. 78872

Wait, I know this author. She used to participate in a LJ comm called wiwt/off_wut. That is so weird.

No. 78873

Also this author totally wrote in her LJ that she had a relationship with a teacher.

No. 78911

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im two thirds into this and it reads like fan fiction. very basic language even to me who is not a native english speaker. the dramatic scenes are very stale and anticlimactic. the sex scenes (which are way too frequent) are straight up erotica sprinkled with unconvincing "uwu im dissociating" tumblr shit. very frustrating to read as she is literally always initiating the sex, not even having a bad time and then going "did i just get raped????". maybe i would be more moved and sympathetic towards the mc if the writing was better, or at least if the characters had some emotional depth. i can't believe it took her 20 years to write this shit.

i feel like there's a thousand books with the same plot that are much better. if anyone is interested i would highly recommend the faculty of dreams by swedish author sara stridsberg. probably a fun read for all you twauma horny bpgfags, although i can't vouch for the quality of the english translation

No. 78921

What was the community? Any proof?
I wonder if she fucked her teacher or was it some twisted fantasy.

>probably a fun read for all you twauma horny bpgfags
I am sorry but what the fuck. No need to armchair diagnose your fellow anons.
Thanks for the rec though.

How was the heroine initiating where the old fart pretty much coerced her into taking her virginity? I haven't focused on the sex scenes but I don't remember her being proactive. Maybe in meeting him because of some trauma bond, but not fucking. Especially 2/3 into the book.
I agree that the writing is very basic, it makes it difficult to connect. The novel is overrated AF.
I do like the part where the heroine confesses to being obsessed with consuming media that tell similar story to hers as well as writing short story about the teacher.

No. 78922

I'm >>78612 and after having finished the book I'd give it like a 2/5. As other anons said the writing was pretty basic and I feel that it could have been much shorter. I do like that it helped me empathize with victims of this, though. When I was in high school I had nothing but disdain for a girl in my class who fucked a teacher because he was old and gross and I couldn't see why she'd do it besides for attention but now I understand the kind of situation she might have been in.

>she is literally always initiating the sex, not even having a bad time and then going "did i just get raped????"
did we read the same book?? at one point the teacher literally wakes her up in the middle of the night to take her virginity after telling her earlier they would take it slow, and she cries during it.

No. 79094

The community was whatiworetoday which then turned into an off-topic comm called off_wut. I don't have any proof because this was like eight years ago, but I'll look around.

No. 80403

I'm >>76496 and I'm rereading MDV for the first time since October. I agree with various anons, now, that it could've been shorter You're right in that the writing isn't purple prose, but I dislike flowery prose as it is. I didn't care much about the rest of her high school years beyond the internet pedos aspect, which was only interesting to me since I'm 21 and never went through that.

The secondary characters were flat, and I'd liked to have known more about her relationship with the angry/disappointed ex-boyfriend at the beginning.

However, as someone who was groomed by a teacher in my teens and then involved with a different terrible older man a year later, I understand why Henry (professor) and the ex, and even Taylor weren't fleshed out. Everything is from Vanessa's point of view, and when she's not inebriated, Strane takes over nearly every thought. It makes sense why they were one-dimensional.

I do admire the fact that we never see Vanessa "completely healed," if you will. But I also think the ending was rushed and KER was floundering a bit after Strane's suicide.

Like someone else said, I liked how Vanessa admitted you becoming obsessed with age-gap media because I was very much the same and I think it's natural to gravitate towards that when you're young and missing that person who shaped your whole world and it's normalized to you.

As for the anon >>78911 irritated at the dissociating during sex scenes, the questioning whether it was rape or not — that happens. It happened with me quite often, sorry that it's uncomfortable and you seemed to think it's dramatic. I hope you never experience it.

No. 80425

I did not like how the suicide part was clearly lifted from the much more striking (and horrifying, obviously as it is a real story) Tiger, Tiger. I usually have no problem with writers being inspired by real life (that's the only way to make a fiction that is not based on cliches and is well-grounded), but MDV read sometimes like a hodge-podge of a few older books. Especially in the suicide part. Maybe because it was not examined in depth it didn't work for me and made me think of the direct inspiration behind the plot point.

I agree that the ending was good and realistic tbh.

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Does anyone have hammy hyper girly YA books reccomendations?

im trying to keep my head off serious stuff with all that covid shit and oh god will i have enough money for groceries next week? dilemmas.

No. 80807

my taste in books is really basic, I've basically just read everything Charlaine Harris has written over the years lol I love them though.

does anyone have any recommendations for mysteries with a supernatural element?

No. 80821

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Oh anon, how I wish someone would reply to you! Your post reminded me of back when I was a young teen and binging on Meg Cabot novels (mainly The Princess Diaries). I don't really read girly, chick lit books. You have awakened a craving for a quality series like that. I know there are plenty of novels like that but I don't wanna waste my time with crap. I want addictive shit with interesting characters (and maybe lots of drama lmfao).

Pic related is not exactly what you want (it is social drama/thriller), but it is girly and enjoyable IMHO. Maybe give it a shot if you don't mind some murder thrown into the story.

No. 80890

Have your read the Gallagher Girls series? It's about a spy boarding school. I read the first few books as a kid and remembered thinking they were awesome.

No. 81816

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Recently read bonjour tristesse and while I don't relate to the characters at all,I really liked how the main character was obviously shown to be a disillusioned confused teenager in her circumstances.The most impressive thing to me was how the author,who was barely an adult when the book came out,managed to write in such a mature tone and describe such concepts and emotions

No. 84128

Zabibah and the King seems to be pretty good

No. 84184

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Started rereading how to read a book as a way to improve my analytical and comprehension skills it has some pretty good tips when it comes to getting more out of what you read

No. 86048

Has anyone read Jurassic Park? I was surprised its tone was quite different from the movie and the ending was terrible imo, you can tell it was changed last minute because Spielberg wanted a second movie. The rest was enjoyable enough though.

Other books I've enjoyed so far this year are The Westing Game and The Three Body Problem. I look forward to reading The Trial, A Little Princess and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

No. 86082

I work at a Target and tbh it felt kinda weird passing copies of these on the shelves today lol

No. 86104

why? It's just a novel

No. 86107

hello literature anons, can anybody recommend an interesting overview book on the medieval period of European history?

I want to read about this era and the 15th century of England (I know very little history and want to learn more). An overview that covers things like what big changes happened during this time, who was ruling and details of their reign, what relationships between countries were like, what culture was like would be great.

No. 86109

kek mostly because I thought the first anon was a marketing shill and didn't look into it at all beyond that. my fault for skimming posts.

No. 86118

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It doesn't necessarily cover medieval history only but I found this book to be a nice introduction to history in general as it gives an overview of everywhere and what everyone was up to at different times.

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I just purchased this book today and immediately started reading it. I got to the first page and had to stop myself because I knew I’d finish this in a day or two. My anatomy professor recommended this book to me. He said that it talks about human cadavers value and the bodies decomposing process.

No. 86123

Saw this and had to immediately reply. I read Spook by Mary Roach, and it delves into humanity's interest in the supernatural. It was great. I haven't read Stiff, but I really want to. I love how she provides so much history, so much of her own research, and just such a large swath of digestible and captivating information in a conversational, easy-to-read manner without dumbing anything down. Can't wait to pick up more of her books.

No. 86125

>>78518 posted an epub of it if you want to read it for free.

No. 86376

I'm currently reading Simone Weil's Grace & Gravity and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers. Bf has been reading Proust to me at night but I fall asleep to it so I guess it doesn't count. I was expecting to read Ottessa Moshfegh's new novel these days but it will be published until august due to the corona I guess (since she can't tour to promote it).

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I am not exaggerating when I saw that is the most evil book I have read in my life, no matter what race, gender or religion you belong to this book completely defiles all your Ideals and insults them, I can't comprehend the type of Human shit that wrote this

No. 86391

can't believe Ragnar the Red wrote a book

No. 86481

I somewhat like this book cause it feels like it was written by a pseudo-intellectual anime villain,

this extract is literally Fathers line from FMA brotherhood

>It is not improbable that this earth itself is a living breathing organism and that the Tribes of Man are microbes and bloodsucking vermin (on its outer cuticle) imagining themselves “the whole thing.” Just as itch-creating parasites burrow into our own hide, so (in our turn) we may be unpleasant parasites, burrowing in the hide of some nobler and grander Being.

No. 86509

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Read it. Loved it.

No. 86518

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Finished The Magician by William Maugham back in February and I'm still thinking about it today. Some parts were slow, but it was all worth it in the end.

Also I started reading Discworld again and finally took a liking to it. Maybe I needed to grow up after everyone was pressuring me to read when I was a teen.

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I strongly recommend reading anything by Gustav Meyrink. I've just reread "Walpurgis Night" which I absolutely adore, also can suggest "The Angel of the West Window" and "The Golem". The stories are so captivating and atmospheric, and the way he describes things is just perfect, I can easily imagine what he's writing about.

No. 86523

>mfw this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year
maybe time to crack it open lol

No. 87136

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i would suggest pic related along with his other works on the subject

No. 87298

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just finished reading the circle. throughout the whole book i just kept going "what the fuck, noooo" because i couldn't believe how everyone just went along with this transparency on the internet bs.

No. 87349

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Most disappointing, taxing read in a long time.

No. 87367

Just started reading The Golem and I have to say, I like the way he writes. Like a less wordy Poe. Thanks for this recommendation anon.

No. 87441

Is it any better than his other books?

No. 87472

I went to a booksale once and there were a few Ernest Hemmingways novels,  hardback and cheap. I bought 'em but I still haven't read 'em.
Have you enjoyed his work?

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I got Mark Twain's "the Mysterious Stranger" for Christmas last year because I heard of the claymation movie, then I learned that the book questioned God and religion a lot so I thought I'd read it. So far it's super interesting. There are so many perspectives on life and religion by the many characters, now I'm not opposed to religion at all but it's an interesting discussion. The character Satan is very well written, and it's hard to dislike him even though he shows many evil sides. All of his wrong deeds are justified through him not having a so called "Moral Sense", the ability to tell right from wrong. As an angel he obviously looks down on humans and is not afraid to compare humans to mere insects, yet he still goes out of his way to help the characters. The book just holds many different theories and discussions on life and aaaaaa it's such an interesting read, I can definitely recommend it.

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Read Bunny, last week.
It's a real trip, kind of Mean girls, but in literature grad school, + The Craft.
It's weird as fuck but I kind of love it and it has an actually good twist ending.

No. 88089

I read For Whom The Bell Tolls and enjoyed it. The world he constructed was deep enough to keep my attention till the end.

No. 89686

So… I used to be an avid reader when I was a kid, and I'm ashamed to admit, I've barely been reading since starting undergrad, aside from required readings in the occasional English class.

Does anyone have any easy-to-read books for someone who's just getting back into reading after years? Honestly, I'm still trying to figure out what genres and authors I like, so I'm open to whatever.

No. 89688

what type of books were you interested in pre-undergrad? depends on whatever genres you're partial to

No. 89691

When I was younger I was into fantasy and romance, but I don't think I've read much above the level of YA yet. I'd love to start reading something slightly more "mature"!

No. 89888

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Im so excited for this! Anyone else planning on reading it?

No. 90012

I don't know if this is the best thread for this but does anybody know some good novels with lesbian themes or an (implied) lesbian relationship? Bonus points if it was written by a woman.

No. 90032

So Hunger Games and Twilight are both getting new installments? Man I really hoped we'd be living this YA crap in the 2010s.

Well it's a little politically incorrect but there's this book I read a while ago called "Lies We Tell Ourselves." It's an interracial lesbian romance set in the late fifties when they first desegregated schools. It's written by a woman.

No. 90036

sarah waters, fingersmith imo best but paying guests good too

No. 90041

what are the new installments going to be about?

No. 90176

No idea.

No. 90193

Hunger Games is a prequel to set up the world more

Twilight installment is gonna be Twilight from Edward's POV

No. 90346

ty anon, I picked this up because of your post and just finished reading it, I enjoyed it a lot. gave me The Secret History vibes, only more fairytale and fun.

No. 91703

Djuna Barnes - Nightwood is a classic modernist novel and one of the earliest written by an out lesbian. It's a bit avant-garde and can be difficult to parse (one character is known for pages and pages of unbroken semi-coherent rambling), but it deals with heartbreak in a very moving way imo.

There are a lot of beautiful lines:
>Nora will leave that girl some day; but though those two are buried at opposite ends of the earth, one dog will find them both.
>There's something evil in me that loves evil and degradation–purity's black backside! That loves honesty with a horrid love; or why have I always gone seeking it at the liar's door?

No. 91761

>beautiful lines
>There's something evil in me that loves evil and degradation–purity's black backside! That loves honesty with a horrid love; or why have I always gone seeking it at the liar's door?
This reads like babby's first purple prose.

No. 91902

has anyone here read the witcher books? I wanna read them, but I've heard you're supposed to read the short stories first but I am not a fan of short stories. is it okay if I skip to blood of elves, or will I miss something important?

No. 91904

you will miss a lot of important stuff, like who are the characters and wtf is going on as well as some plot twists

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Just finished Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea. Good for people who like super pretty flowery writing, anime-esque characters with exotic hair colors, and yaoi. Unfortunately, the plot is somewhat nonsensical. An interesting read nonetheless.

No. 92685

This is oddly specific but I like books that have romance, but also like suffering? Like people who fall in love in a terrible situation, girls who fall in love with bad guys, painful forbidden romances, stuff like that. Anyone have any suggestions?

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I think both The Goldfinch and The Secret History by Donna Tartt have themes like that, but I wouldn’t call them romances. Have you ever read any VC Andrews? Don’t touch the ghost writer stuff but I love the first two Dollanganger books.

No. 92796

Maybe Secret History could skate by with a melancholy romance description though it's very much not the focus.
Hopefully that's vague, mainly I just want to second your recommendation. It's a good book.

No. 93914

The first two of these made me cry, especially towards the end of the second book when the entire house goes up in flames. gasp

No. 94670

Just finished reading Wizardrous by J. A. Hinsvark. The main character is a douchebag, but it’s really funny.

No. 97083

I’ve recently watched the movie Don’t Let Me Go and am currently reading the novel.


No. 97085

I find that there isn't a lot of mermaid lore books, these are some that touch on them even just a little bit that are worth recommending

- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (This is horror, genuine fun to read and kept me hooked, good action and it made me want to learn more about the world)

- The Mermaids Tale by D. G. Valdron (This is a dark fantasy, and not really about mermaids but more so about an orc investigating a murder of a mermaid, it touches on a lot of heavy topics, surprising and fresh take on fantasy creature tropes, a little unpolished at times but it has really good emotional punches. Fair warning it is rather graphic and vulgar to a point but it is heartfelt and does have humour to break apart the darkness of the story and definitely worth reading imo, it's a bittersweet book that I wish there was more of. It is not a perfect but highly recc nontheless

No. 97093

I hated this movie so much and was mad cause I wanted to love it! Gave away a copy of my novel too, coupdn't get into it no matter how hard I tried. I really like the plot idea but somehow the execution doesn't work for me.
How do you feel about the movie and the book?

No. 97103

Movie was fast paced and had a few plot changes in the book, Tommy never bought Kathy the tape while they were kids at Hailsham the kids remain 10-11 years old prior to the teenage years while the book features more people and teachers rather than the headmistress, madame and Miss Lucy, Kathy has many sexual partners to feel the void of not being with Tommy - from Wikipedia

I’m not completely (no pun intended) done with the book so I don’t have a lot of info rn, I’ll come back and write more when I can!

No. 97141

Man, I just bought this book too at the recommendation of a friend. I hope it's not as bad as you describe.

No. 97144

>- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (This is horror, genuine fun to read and kept me hooked, good action and it made me want to learn more about the world)
I've started reading this, I never thought about it before but the moment you said it I realized I need mermaid horror in my life

No. 97150

I just downloaded the Hunger Games prequel lol. It's been a while since I read a book but it's something I want to get back into. I really liked the Hunger Games when I was younger so it's been nice and easy to jump into something familiar. I'm really enjoying the my whole reading routine and my cozy makeshift reading nook.

No. 97165

I read it a while back, it's a fun braindead book if you ignore the bad stuff, not the worst but not the best. I read it when I was in highschool and before i found knew much about the author himself who was and is still insufferable. Just don't think too deep on it and you should be fine.

Same, or mermaid lore fantasy/sci fi tbh, those are the only two good ones I've found that touch on it which sucks because I wish someone more creative than me could easily whip up a really cool story or society or just the science and dangers of mermaids and humans clashing or just mermaids vs mermaids who knows im just a 5 year old little kid obsessed with mermaids at heart (or most fantasy creatures)

speaking off, anyone know any good books on dragon shit

No. 97180

Why read a scrote boner powerfantasy when you can read something actually good or at least appealing to your fantasies?
As you said Rothfuss is insuferable, he doesn't deserve anons wasting time on his crap. I would take the book straight back to a bookstore. If OP wants to give it a shot so bad, she can pirate kek

No. 97184

shut up /lit/ard

No. 97185

Are people on /lit/ against male fapfiction?

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I've heard from some people that this book is dark and good example of YA… they were all wrong

Its called The poppy wars and Its basically a world war 2 revenge fantasy against the Japanese as a fantasy YA book.

The author literally ripps accounts from the Rape of Nanking to write her book and so their are graphic scenes with depictions of whole scale slaughter

but at the same time stars a spunky teenage girl who gets her first period, hates it and goes to the school nurse who gives her a potion that causes her UTERUS to disappear. This is a 14 year old girl and the adult teacher decided a magical hysterectomy was the first solution.
The book ends with the super special protagonist wiping out the Japan Proxy… like the whole country and all the innocent citizens.

its really awful

No. 97489

How did this get greenlit? this sounds horrible

No. 97492

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well in the book the countries aren't our right called China and Japan, Japan is the Nikara Empire which is an Imperial Asian nation with Japanese influences and China is the Mugen federation which is basically just mid 20-th century china

but that's just it, other then the name change its clearly just China and Japan

No. 97527

I remember people on Reddit (I think?) saying this book is sooo amazing. I didn't pick it up cause I'm not a fantasy book fan though I was tempted. Glad I skipped it.

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Christ, do not read this book during the pandemic. Instead of an infectious coronavirus, the story explores a blindness disease that strikes everyone that comes in contact with the infected person.

Fucking terrifying. Still good.

No. 97608

Anyone have any good physics and/or psychology book recommendations? Have been feeling an itch to read something from these particular genres, but no idea where to even begin.

No. 97610

You read it in english? Could you please say how does the text flow, how it sounds to you? Was it easy to start?

No. 97621

Looks good. I read the Hot Zone just as covid was starting to look like a real threat and honestly it helped, because I was like 'well… at least it's not fucking ebola'.

No. 97656

seven brief lessons on physics by carlo rovelli is good.. there's also the universe in a nutshell/brief history of time by stephen hawking but I haven't read those

No. 97657


It was a bit clunky at times, however, it didn't bother me. I could tell that some things were lost in translation and I still enjoyed the story.

No. 97658


Psychology books I've read:

- The Man who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
- Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Gift by Marcel Mauss (more of a sociology/anthropology book, still interesting)
- The Lucifer Effect by Phillip Zimbardo

If you want something classic, try Freud's work, i.e. Civilization and It's Discontents or The Interpretation of Dreams. Carl Jung is more esotheric and his writing wasn't as enjoyable as Freud's, imo.

No. 97706

This is going to sound dumb anons but it's an itch i've had for the longest time and i can't scratch. I just want a book with young adults and drama. Like those tv shows you watch without thinking much, full of drama, relationships, etc.

No. 97711

I honestly read Cassandra Clare's works whenever I get in the mood where I just wanna read a book without thinking too much. They're also fantasy but I like them.

No. 97713

Well this is not really a book, it's a summary of Richard Feynman's lectures but offers a good explanation on many physics topics, when I don't understand something I read about it from there because it has nice reasonable explanations and when you read it it's really more like lectures than a textbook; I don't think it's interesting to read as a whole but it's great to pick chapters(topics) which interest you. I recommend the part about quantum mechanics, at least the first chapter.

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Finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow last night. It's about a Count who gets sentenced to house arrest by the new communist government in Russia for writing a poem. Since he was staying at a hotel during the time of his arrest, he is essentially forced to spend the rest of his life at that hotel, and sleep in a tiny dingy room. The story follows his life at the hotel for the next thirty years.
The language used in this book is very flowery and descriptive, with a lot of detail going into the Count's thoughts and feelings.
Basically, think "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody" but instead of two little boys, it's a grown man. And instead of modern day America, it's Soviet Russia.

No. 97995

fuck phillip zimbardo.

No. 98040

Thank you so much anon, read it in 3 days, very good.

No. 98106

It's children's ficton, but what do you anons think of Jacqueline Wilson. Personally loved her as a kid.

No. 98108

I also loved her as a kid!! Read Suitcase Kid, The Double Act, The Illustrated Mom, Lola Rose, Girls in Love, the Tracy Beaker books, Best Friends and Love Lessons. Loved that she tackled serious subject like dysfunctional families and mental illness with empathy and humour. Funny btw, I was literally about to post about fav childhood books when I saw your post

No. 98114

Love her to pieces! I've read most of her books. Honestly they are so well written and were so relatable. I love her type of heroine - a smart social outcast with a passion. Recently I felt like rereading some of her books, they are so comforting.
It makes me sad that nowadays she would get canceled for her books not featuring PoCs and LGBT kids (well, she tackled homophobia pretty well in the Kiss, but the guy was 'only' bi lmfao). She portrayed the lives of troubled children so well and didn't talk down to her readers.

No. 98118

Any recommendations for wholesome romance novels or novels with sweet romance subplots?
Haven't read much of the genre, only some Austen and Brontë but had a hard time getting immersed in the feelings because the writing was too antiquated for me as an ESL.

No. 98126

I used to love Jaqueline Wilson as a kid! Read basically everything she put out. Her characters are great. I even read all the Hetty Feather books even though I was too old for them but who cares.

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Just finished this last night. I devoured it (no pun intended) in maybe 2 days, if that. At times it felt a bit like an adult Wintergirls, only much more nuanced and with less purple – though still gorgeous – prose. I adored the voice of the MC, Rose – her dry humor, the intensity of her emotions, . It's hard for a book to make me laugh but this one got me a few times. I started reading it with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by the number of issues related to womanhood that were tackled. Definitely not just another eating disorder novel despite that being the main theme. Unfortunately, many of the reasons I enjoyed it veer into spoiler territory but I'll list them if anyone's interested.

No. 98335

Have any other anons read The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up? Is it good? Have been interested in subject lately and saw book related to it, but want others' opinions first

No. 98336

Please list them.

No. 98340

Any lesbian fantasy book recommendations, or fantasy books with homoerotic sort of undertones?

No. 98349

Has anyone read Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life? Is it worth reading?

No. 98353

please be joking

No. 98357

Samantha Shannon: The Priory of the Orange Tree. Hell of a good read, would definitely recommend!

No. 98362

I also want to know.

No. 98383


It's a weak self help book imo. I didn't find it useful or empowering. He seems to have weird baseless convictions and an extremely pessimistic worldview.
I'd suggest something like "Feeling Good" if you are looking for a self-help/psychology book with scientifically sound methods. It is a commitment with a lot of thought exercises and not an easy read compared to JP's babblings but much more helpful.

No. 98398

Rose is a deeply closeted lesbian and though this is hinted at to be the root cause of her anorexia, there's never one thing to be blamed. She is also unabashedly against BDSM and male doms. While not explicitly stated, it seemed like she had either autism or BPD. Mood swinger, intense, socially inept, clingy/obsessive with a specific person? Unstable sense of self, hyperfixations, self-harm? Check.

Realistic portrayal of dissociation, internalized homophobia and misogyny, A/N recovery.

The toxic, enabling, friendship/relationship!! between Jemima/Mim and Rose is what reminded me of Wintergirls. Mim's character development and tenderness really struck a chord with me. Their proana meetings at the cafe? Hit me hard.

Diet culture woo hippies that just so happen to be IG famous? So, so accurate.

The painfully awkward and detailed comp-het bit. At times I wondered if he was even real.

Complicated, distant relationship with both parents.

Art as a form of self-care and/or therapy.

No. 98418

I finished Salem's Lot and I hated it honestly. Probably won't read more King.

No. 98425

I'm not. I know he's controversial, but that doesn't necessarily mean that his book is completely void of value
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the rec, kind anon!!

No. 98426

I also think that King is massively overrated. I struggled through Cell, then tried to get into The Shining, but just couldn't. The dialogues feel wooden, and his prose is too dry for me. I think he is hailed as a great writer only because he's prolific

No. 98451

The problem isn't that he's controversial, it's that he's a hack and his book is very much babby's first self help book for manchildren. Nothing he writes is new or revolutionary.

No. 98465

You're probably right. Every one always says his character work is amazing, but most of the characters in salem's lot were horrible. The plot was very slow moving and predictable, the only good thing was a few creepy moments. I was excited to get more into his books but I don't think I will now.

No. 98524


How insightful.

No. 98558

Nancy Notions/Nancy Zieman's book about making sewing patterns fit. Her grading technique is the pivot method where instead of using relative measurements to figure out the size that fits you, you slide the pattern around per instruction she gives. I struggled with fitting in certain clothes (even when I was at my peak in fitness) so getting this book was a good investment. Honestly I am tired of guessing "my size" in clothing sizes that do not cater to people with broad shoulders or certain body types altogether.

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This is the worst and most edgiest, mary sue OC, dark remaining book I have ever read
It feels like it belongs on AOU but this is an actual published book that got a squeal and prequel, like just read these descriptions of the characters

>Dorothy is no longer the sweet, kind-hearted farm girl of The Wizard Of Oz. Now she is a highly sexualized, power-hungry tyrant who has ruined Oz, sapping the land of most of its magic. Her frequent mood swings and cruel punishments leave her subjects constantly on edge. Though she donned silver shoes during her first time in Oz, she now wears ruby slippers given to her by Glinda that she never takes off, which are the source of both her power and corruption.

>No longer satisfied with the brains given to him by the Wizard, the Scarecrow performs barbaric experiments on winged monkeys and takes bits of their brains for himself.

>Tin Woodman: His tin body is now monstrous, with knives for fingers

and this is the protagonist btw

>The story's protagonist. Amy lives a rough life, such as living with her alcoholic, pill-popping mother and being bullied in school. She's swept out of Kansas with her mother's pet rat, Star, and into Oz by a cyclone. Her sarcastic attitude gets her into trouble from time to time. Working alongside the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, Amy has been trained as an assassin to take down Dorothy

No. 98655

kek classic book fanfiction is great, i support this woman for getting her coin

No. 98656

>Tin Woodman: His tin body is now monstrous, with knives for fingers

I'm actually dying with laughter from this description

No. 98657

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I watched a video about the novel for IT compared to the movies and spoilers but having Beverly be the only not like the other girls type of character was terrible. Not to mention, her sexual abuse by her father.. It's so tiring and lazy. What's even WORSE is the whole 'we must unite' thing where she basically fucks the other children to get rid of IT. i … cannot fathom this. That paragraph made me skin crawl. It's not even horror, just pure disgust that King would write out a pretty graphic scene with underaged kids having sex.

No. 98683

What horror author would everyone recommend over King? I like the bizarre supernatural elements of his novels, but I'm willing to try other authors if there's better out there!

No. 98686


Stephen King describing everything evil female character: She had awful tits. Real sand bags

No. 98712

Clive Barker is always my go to for good horror. Dean Koontz is probably a good choice too if you're looking for something similar to King.

No. 98719

If you're willing to give a foreign author a try
I'd recommend Ryu Murakami, especially if you're into the more gorey body horror kind of horror.

No. 98727

But it worked, if I remember correctly.

No. 98760

Thanks for the rec anon, read this last weekend and really liked it!!

No. 98781

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Started reading this book after someone tossed it around on a political podcast. The author was a mentor to Bill Clinton and the book is a staple in cospiracy theory literature, although almost a hundred pages in it's still mostly political history.

I'm enjoying it, hopefully I will finish it in a month or two.

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Am I just getting too old for young adult novels or did this book kind of suck?

I had high expectations, because people were raving about it, and it has a lot of elements I like in novels - a whimsical setting, romance, fantastical writing.

But the actual book fell so flat for me. I love romance but this book was way too much horny insta-love for me - we were beat over our heads again and again with thirst tweets about the male co-lead "his brown muscles glimmeredddd" and "He was such a bad boy but OH SO GOODDD" and goofy nonsensical similes like "His scent was like darkness, sin, like the way cinnamon tastes at a funeral" (not a real quote but it may as well be.)

Also the heroine had some form of magic or something where emotions had colors, which got really annoying for some reason. Crap like "Her curiosity was coated in a cerulean blue like a shimmering ocean" (also not real but you get the point.)

No. 99075

if you're above the age of twelve you shouldn't be reading YA, it stunts the brain

No. 99076

I really wanted to give YA a shot because I have friends into it despite being in my early 20's, but I think I just can't put up with the horniness, the overexaggerated emotions, and the r/iamverysmart flowery nonsensical writing…

No. 99077

My Sweet Audrina, which is her last book, is also the shit. We passed that around the bus until everyone had read it and my friend's mom was so pissed because we wrecked the cover. I love the covers on those old V.C. Andrews books.

V.C. Andrews was kind of a weird interesting woman, she was so obsessed with writing stories about incest. Her first sale was to a True Confessions type magazine with a story about a girl who was into fucking her uncle. Wasn't she also in a wheelchair?

I often wondered if she was a proto-munch. I know she fell down a flight of stairs at school and had 'crippling arthritis' but falling down stairs doesn't cause arthritis.

The ghost writer is a dude and of course he can't do that awesome purple prose the way she could. I really love the Dollanganger/Audrina books. They're super bizarre in the best way.

No. 99080

I actually think his character work is solid, but I love Salem's Lot, so I'm biased.

He has ghost writers now, and was already relying on them heavily at the time of Cell. He hasn't been able to write anything since he stopped using drugs the first time. Alcoholics tend to be decent creatives, who knew? King was also lucky in that he had a stupidly good editor who helped to shape his earliest books into successes but he rarely gives the guy any credit, which is unsurprising. His last good book is probably Different Seasons, but everything post 1982-ish is garbage. His early short story collections are a lot of fun. Night Shift is honestly good stuff and a teacher I had in school routinely used his earliest books to get students who weren't interested in reading to give books a chance. It worked pretty well so who knows. I'm trying to think of a writer who's had a similar impact on a specific generation, and while I don't like her stuff I think J.K Rowling is probably closest to him.

tl;dr: He's been crap for a solid twenty plus years now.

No. 99081

Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Angela Carter.

No. 99088

Anyone got any dark academia type book recommendations? I’m in the mood for something pretentious and spooky. If you could recommend movies too that would be cool.

No. 99098

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I swear this book comes up a lot in this thread lol but The Secret History is the first thing that comes to mind – inverted detective story about six classics students whose obsession with the classics starts to corrupt their sense of morality. Also Jane Eyre, Dead Poets Society, Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, A Little Life, and Dracula.

As for movies:
Kill Your Darlings
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Only Lovers Left Alive
Dead Poets Society
The Dreamers
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

most of these are not spooky lol sorry>>99088

No. 99103

Thank you so much anon! I actually have a copy of The Secret History that I never got around to reading, will definitely read it now! Thank you for all your recommendations, have read/watched and enjoyed some of the stuff you’ve listed so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest.

No. 99112

picnic at hanging rock is so good

No. 99208

A little tip for fellow farmers who want to read but are too broke to buy books/can't access library during COVID:

It is super easy to get a digital library card at the LA Public Library, and download whatever Kindle book you want for free, so you can read it on phone or laptop. They will ask you for an LA address, so just google some apartment or house in LA. They then email you a card so you'll be good to go!

No. 99209

God I want a good movie of the secret history so bad

No. 99220

Anon you just saved me so much money. Thank you!!

No. 99221

It would make so much more sense for them to have made a movie based off of TSH rather than The Goldfinch!

I’d love it if they kept it set in the late 80s/early 90s time period. I can’t imagine who they’d cast though.

No. 99229

Way back when it was published, Gwyneth Paltrow bought the film rights with the idea of her starring as Camilla and her brother directing.
For better or worse, nothing came of it and she doesn't have the rights anymore.

No. 99233

you are awesome! thank you!

No. 99414

Do you have any sources on that? I honestly never heard anything about Stephen King using ghostwriters before, though I guess I could believe it.

No. 99451

>do you have any sources on that
Anon's uncle working for Scribner

No. 99470

friend is an editor at Random House, it's pretty well known within the industry.

No. 99482

so basically >>99470
I can believe King has ghostwriters (he is even more of a brand than VC Andrews kek) but this proves nothing. NTA but I was hoping for some factual evidence

No. 99653

NTA, and not that this proves much, but yeah, it's a pretty widespread rumour. I've been hearing it for about a decade now, and I'm not even American.

He's an incredibly mediocre writer who tends to have some moments of brilliance, but maybe two or three of his books are consistently good. Him using ghostwriters is not much of a loss.

Back on topic, I'm reading Viceroys by Federico de Roberto now, because someone on /his/ recommended it, and I'm kinda unimpressed so far. It tells a story of a noble Sicilian family in 19th century, but The Leopard did it better and in much shorter form. But I might be biased since The Leopard was written much later and has a more modern writing style and perspective. Both of those books are pretty cynical, though.

No. 99659

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>Stephen King describing everything evil female character: She had awful tits. Real sand bags
this is so accurate I'm crying

No. 99660

What was the name of the podcast?

No. 99681

I'm reading this rn. In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette De Bodard

a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village's debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn's amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

No. 99691

Anon this took me out kek. I actually like King and his writing but you're spot on

No. 99809

Currently reading Strange the Dreamer. I got it recommended to me by a friend but I don't ever fuck with fantasy or YA. I really adore the writing.

No. 99928

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Just finished Educated by Tara Westover. It was a humbling read. Pic related reviews sum it up well. There is a large amount of abuse described in this book, I found myself tearing up.

No. 100205

Anyone read Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy?

No. 100300

I just finished this colossal book(900 pages, but I couldn't put it down) and seriously WOW. I loved every bit of it, the twists and turns and especially the characters. Loth is a rare male protagonist who is fascinating and lovable, Ead is a woman I would utterly die for, and Tane is so impossibly cool that I couldn't hate her despite all the mistakes she made. This is definitely going down as one of my favorites, I loved how all of the major characters in leadership positions were women, even the bitchy pirate captain was a woman and it just was super refreshing to read. I love this book and I love you for recommending it. Thank you so much.

This sounds interesting. I will read this next! Hoping it's as good as the last recommendation I took from this thread. Lovely taste, ladies.

No. 100596

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Only about 10% into this book, and I've already teared up a little reading about different women and little girl's experiences with living in a beauty-obsessed world.

(sorry for small vent but) I've just graduated college, I've turned 22, and I'm already freaking out about being old, ugly, and undesirable. It just means a lot to me to read research and accounts regarding this near-universal experience of women.

No. 100597

(small edit: by universal I don't necessarily mean that all women obssess over their appearance like I do, I know a lot of anons on this website have chosen to be free with their appearance. I just mean I think we are all aware that men and society are obssessing over our appearances, no matter how much or how little effort we put in.)

No. 100675

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Finished the ACOTAR series and tbh

It reads like a really good 300k slow burn fanfiction and thats a good thing, it was just cozy and nostalgic in writing style and while mostly a romance i did enjoy the surreal fantasy story happening in the background

I genuinely like YA because I can just relax with the book, its calming and entertaining, yeah it gets cringy but honestly alot of big brainy books get even cringier, the amount of cousin-fucking in books from the 19th century still astonish me lol

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I usually don't like to read fiction, but I read The Bostonians a few weeks ago. I almost thought the way James handled the notion of causes was prescient, but I definitely projected too much of the present onto a book from over a 100 years ago. I then read The Turn of the Screw and wow. I spent a day after reading what other people had to say about it and giggling at all the in-depth Freudian analysis over a ghost story. Good psychological women characters if you're interested in that. I guess I should read Portrait of a Lady some time since that seems to be his most famous work.

No. 100804

I adore The Turn of The Screw. I love how James maintained the ambiguity throughout the whole novel. There was something oddly satisfying about having no closure at the end

No. 101612

Got halfway through the audiobook of Lolita when I decided to not finish it. The main character is too unlikable (which I know is the point), and hearing him describe r*ping a 12 year old is just… I don't know what the point of this book is, I figured I would get something out of it because it's a "classic" but I just couldn't keep going with it.

No. 101625

read this last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. glad to see others are reading it.

No. 101629

When my local library opens again I want to read The Bell Jar and The Colour Purple. I’m into reading iconic(?) novels at the moment, I’m most of the way through Jane Eyre, also recently read Wuthering Heights. I want to explore more so any suggestions in a similar vein are welcome!

(Also I know I could find book pdfs online but I don’t want to have to read off screens so much if I can avoid it.)

No. 101641

If you like long (loooong) sweeping tales in that same vein, you might want to try Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. It's a trilogy that's pretty obscure outside of Scandinavia but you can usually find it in one collection.
The only thing is that on my first read, I found the main character frustratingly passive. I don't know if that's a common issue but it sometimes drove me crazy.
Undset paints a vivid portrait of life at the time though.

No. 102620

Can someone recommend me a book about unrequited love, e.g. where the story is about someone being in love with someone who doesn't love them back?

No. 102668

Dunno if it's exactly what you're looking for but the first thing that came to mind was Ian McEwan's Enduring Love.
One of the main characters has an infatuation disorder that causes much chaos.

No. 102698

I'll check it out. Thanks!

No. 102717

Any more recommendations for dark adult fantasy/horror? After scanning the thread I can see this is a popular request but wanted to see if anyone had additional thoughts since I’ve read a lot of the existing selections.

In this vein I like Catherynne Valente, Tanith Lee, China Miéville, N.K. Jemisin, Jack Vance, Juliet Marillier, Madeline Miller, Mariam Petrosyan.

No. 102806

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I recommend this for a good brain-fart quick read.

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Despite Lena Dunham and the DM rating this, I’m going to give it a go…

No. 103059


sold! gonna read this now thank you kek

No. 103078

Felix Castor series by Mike Carey

The Mermaids Tale by D G Valdron

Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson

Into the drowning deep by Mira Grant

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

A God Of Hungry Walls by Garret Cook

No. 103184

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> based on real events
> northern Norway fishing village, 1617
> huge storm kills off all the men at sea
> short-lived matriarchy, lesbian affair & witch trials ensue

loved this so much, really recommend it

No. 103203

During this quarantine I discovered that I prefer anthologies over novels, any recommendations?
These are mine:
- "The Auschwitz's Dancer" by Edith Eger
An autobiography turned novel about a hungarian young girl that survives Auschwitz
- "Dimanche" by Irène Némirovsky
Impeccable short stories. I love this book so much, can't wait to read more from Iréne
- "Women" by Eduardo Galeano
Stories about women (<3) around the world and along the history
- "The Elephant Disappears" by Haruki Murakami
More short stories yay, everything is disruptive and immersive. It was a perfect read for quarantine as I want to get the f out of this reality
Sorry if the reviews/summaries are shit, english isn't my first language

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Been listening to this and havent been so fascinated by a history book before. It's gross but so interesting. Will never take clean water and modern medicine for granted again lol

No. 103954

Any psych or social science related books you liked, especially if they were written by a woman? Not anything explicitly about feminism though, I'm not in the mood for that or reading about male violence.

No. 103956

Cool thank you anon! Haven't heard of some of those, God of Hungry Walls sounds particularly fun. Will check them out.

No. 103962

>Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Surrealist, horror, magical realism surrounding women's bodies and their relation to the world/society.
>The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
Feminist retellings or alterations of classic fairy tales, often sexual, psychological and ideologically liberating.
>In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales) by Catherynne Valente
Similar to Arabian Nights, stories within a story: fantastical and magical, poetic writing.
>Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sci-fi stories about social/political parallels, creative and quite sad but engaging.

No. 103968

Why do people call the Carter story collection feminist? I remember one short part that is just a man raping a woman and then another story from a man's perspective, he has sex with a vampire girl and then she dies. Wtf?

No. 103969

Fucked up my first post, don't look at me I am rereading this one right now,I first thought it was going to be another true crime set in victorian times but it's so much more than that! It follows two brothers as young kids, their mother gets murdered, weird shit happens, all the while their father is away on a ship. The brothers and someone else wind up in the middle of a very public trial, a real public mayhem. I won't spoil much but I thought it was going to be focused on the trial so I was kind of hesitant seeing it going on so soon but we get to see what happens to one of the brothers (mainly). He lead such a damn curious life and I can honestly say that I haven't cried because of a book like this before. I absolutely recommend this to everyone who likes weird life stories or just historical shit. Sorry for the long ass post, photo is a screenshot of a ebay listing because I am fucking lazy.

Say no more, I wanna read it now too! I love history and weird gross shit.

No. 103970

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The fucking book might be a nice addition, I am fucking mortified right now.

No. 103971

any anons read The Devil All the Time? might read it before the film comes out.

No. 103980

It's not for everyone. Carter uses sexual violence and abuse to create a commentary about the denigration women suffer when they choose or are forced to live in a world that abides by patriarchal standards. In some cases she uses a male perspective to show this, but in others the heroines are the narrators and seize control. Carter is a fan of de Sade who a lot of feminists take issue with, but essentially the angle she likes is the thought that for women, being "virtuous" is a trap (this is portrayed in his contrast between Justine and Juliette). What we consider virtuous, i.e. chastity, passivity, submission, always prioritizing others, are all traits men have told us are important because it makes us easier for them to manipulate. When she shows women being harmed by this it's not in a, "Haha you deserved it and should have been more proactive" way but to try and express the constructs that lead to these painful situations.

No. 103989

all of this. I don't know where we went wrong, but it annoys me that according to some feminist literature can only showcase strong women kicking patriarchy's butt. Showcasing abuse does not mean glorifying it.

No. 103991

Thanks, it's nice to know some people feel the same. I don't like "torture porn" nor media that uses women's suffering for shock value, but I don't think its complete erasure means we've suddenly become better as a society. It's often the books I see denigrated as being obscene simply for addressing abuse that have helped me work through my feelings the most. I know not every woman will see them the same way, which is fine, but the knee-jerk response of thinking anything that includes assault must be intended to propagate or normalize it is misguided.

No. 104088

Do you guys have recommendations for non-fiction books that read like novels? I read 99% fiction and have a hard time getting into most non-fiction. I'm currently reading News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Marquez and it's good shit because it reads like a novel. Thanks!

No. 104094

Yeah, it's a mouthful but Serpentine: The True Story of a Serial Killer's Reign of Terror from Europe to South Asia was a great example of this. It's about a Vietnamese/Indian serial killer who seduced and manipulated backpackers before murdering them. The writer details scenes as if they're happening in the moment so it does feel like fiction at times but the crazy events really did happen.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is another crime story famous for reading like a fictional thriller. Centered around a murder in the Old South (Savannah).

No. 104382

Adding on to >>104094 's suggestions in genre and writing style, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a classic (even though some of his facts have since been called into question. Do your own research afterwards if you're interested)

No. 104396

Thanks for the recommendations, ladies!! I'm just happy to read.

No. 104700

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What are some books you've read with hilariously batshit crazy protagonists?

The more morally gray and unpredictable the better.

(Or any book where you liked the protagonist's characterization, really.)

No. 104702

I haven't read the book completely but Yossarian from Catch-22 is wacky. I apologize if you already read it, also this is my favorite quote, I read it like 5 years ago and I can't forget it:
'Sure, that's what I mean,' Doc Daneeka said. 'A little grease is what makes this world go round. One hand washes the other. Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.' Yossarian knew what he meant. 'That's not what I meant,' Doc Daneeka said, as Yossarian began scratching his back.

No. 104704

That made me kek, anon. I haven't read Catch-22 and now I'll definitely be adding it to my list. Thanks.

No. 104711

I apologize for the shit formatting I was on mobile and I just copy-pasted it. It's really fun, I'm glad you're interested

No. 104886

I know it’s basically a meme how much this book is mentioned in this thread but i just finished the secret history and really enjoyed it. Any more books with similar pretentious academic vibe?

No. 104893

For academia vibes, you might like in Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. He was at Bennington with Donna Tartt. You also might be interested in reading some of the long read articles about Bennington and the "brat pack," I enjoyed them



No. 104894

Thank you anon those articles are right up my alley! I’ve only read one Bret Easton Ellis novel (American Psycho) and I liked it but it was very repetitive, hopefully ROA is more my thing.

No. 104910

Not a fan of his but I really think RoA is a better book. The film is worth a look too, if you can get past the cast.

No. 104945

I do find him too edgy cringe as a personality but I can detach that from his work. I started watching the movie years ago but didn’t finish it, all I remember is Shannyn Sossamon was in it I think. Might try watching it again.

No. 104974

I liked American Psycho but can see what you mean - imo you'd probably like Rules of Attraction more. One of the main characters in the book is Patrick Bateman's younger brother if you appreciate lore like that. The movie definitely didn't age as well as American Psycho, lmao.

Btw, here are a few links with lists of novels with an academia setting if you want to look through them




No. 106380

anyone read any good historical books about witches/witchcraft? I've found a few recommendations online but I'm just wondering about anon's opinions.

No. 106995

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Currently reading the unbearable lightness of being. Really enjoyable. I don't want it to end. Im listening to it on YouTube. Watched the movie first which is how I got into the book. The movie is really great too imo. Lots of interesting ideas about love, life, Russian communist occupation of Czechoslovakia.

No. 107004

I have a copy of this lying around but I always put off reading it, your post convinced me to finally pick it up anon!

No. 107036

Immortality is also fantastic if you're in the mood for more Kundera after this.

No. 108156

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Is anyone else reading the most controversial book of the year, Troubled blood by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)?
I only just started and I'm looking forward to see Rowling getting her terf on.

No. 108158

Adding that I'm a fan of the Strike series in general. You gotta be if you gonna read these 900 pages…

No. 108180

doesn't the crossdressing killer only get a paragraph of attention? or is he a main character? people really are freaking out over nothing

No. 108182

I haven't finished the book yet but so far only a mention of a serial killer who once disguised himself as a woman to get close to a victim.
No trans people but a sympathetic lesbian couple.

No. 108599

Finished it. It's great.
JK Rowling being feminist as fuck (I love when a dick pick guy got fired) and there are no trans people. A male serial killer sometimes dresses in feminine clothing to seem harmless and gay to women. That's it. That's what the drama is over

No. 108631


I just finished it. It's brilliant. Miles better than Lethal White and Career of Evil IMO.

It's not transphobic by any means. There's just one or two lines (in a book of 900+ pages) that refer to the murderer wearing a wig + woman's coat to disguise his identity on one occasion (own goal for TRAs who always say a transwoman ISN'T just a man in a wig/women's clothes). It's definitely a feminist book though. Rowling rags on prostitution/pornography/toxic masculinity multiple times, it's pretty interesting to read.

This book sold more copies in one day than Lethal White did in a week, so the bad publicity really hasn't hurt her. Also that first review straight up lied about the content so those idiots have all now had to backtrack on what they wrote because, you know… it wasn't even in the book.

People are so fucking stupid.

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I know it's a month's old post but I love this book. I even made a college project based on it.

Pic related is what I'm reading, I really liked what he did in Sputnik sweetheart.

No. 108650

I have wanted to read the Cormoran Strike series for a while but it seemed cliche to me from what ive read on Wikipedia, hard-boiled veteran detective with young sectary, is it really feminist based and how does the MC act towards women

No. 108654

I definitely got interested in this from all the buzz, can I start on this novel or should I read the series from the beginning?

No. 108669

I’m reading a book called the universe in your hands! I’m not a huge book reader but I absolutely adore space and I thought this would be a good way to get into reading. It’s written as though you’re floating through space, it’s really really interesting and just incredibly written I just love it!

No. 108675

I am reading The Secret Garden again. It is one of my favourite movies too

No. 108679

What's your opinion on it so far? I've read pretty much everything Murakami has ever put out and idk, I find his realistic slice-of-life novels really underwhelming. But I love his fantasy books, my favorites are 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore and Killing Commendatore.

I'm currently reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel and it's meh. It's alright. I kinda like how it's formatted as a series of interviews and diary entries, but other than that it's nothing groundbreaking. I'll probably read the whole trilogy anyway.

No. 108691

It starts off cliche in the first book, Strike gets to sleep with young hotter women for some reason. Then it gets more feminist as it's partly about the character Robin who is dealing with male violence, sexism, and a shitty marriage. She grows through the books and starts working as Strike's partner, not secretary.

I would recommend reading them from the beginning so you get the context of everything, character growth and evolving relationships. Although Troubled Blood does explain a lot of what has happened previously.

No. 108699


Definitely start at the beginning. Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm are better mysteries than the later books.

No. 108861

And does the MC sexiest remarks towards women or objectify them in any way

No. 108973

>objectify them in any way
Can't remember examples but probably. He is a good man but with a lot of faults. Robin is annoyed with him in the recent book because she is the one who has to do all the emotional labour in their work. The characters behaviours and thoughts highlights a lot different social issues in a natural way.

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Recommend me a book with a Renaissance setting, decadent aristocrat characters and maybe some murder and sexual intrigue.

No. 109599

Anything on the Borgias lol

No. 111378

Does anyone know the title of the book about the historical shift in computer science I believe that it went from mostly low paid women to men?

No. 111392

I always lotted these genres to man's surrealism. There's a whole industry behind these narratives of ole protagonist ascribing characterization to everyone else. They care affirming, however; girlhood and whatnot. May it not be our reality or one we even idealize imo

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men stole feminism through popular lit culture, this shapes the characterization of women in these books. psychology isn't science, but biological gender is. feminists, women the is, abuse what these novels actually perpetuate – biosexual abuse. it is but a witness to the normative blues ascribed yb men and women alike in their narration of cultural norms which prevent these characters from truly grasping their larger philosophic debate. what is gender but systematic rape? What would popular literture be without it for the feminized victim.

pic related: the pagan androgynous ideal. an untouched upon stock character in feminist representation

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I keep thinking there is something past this because the opening visuals were greatly illustrated.

No. 111397

sorry for typos clonazapam on a Friday night alone

No. 111407

why are you replying to 2 years old posts

No. 111415

>clonazapam on a Friday night alone

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No. 111541

Thanks for the rec bc I wasn't sure which of his works to read next. I'll read it after I finish infinite jest and the making of the atomic bomb.

No. 111562

fuck this book, all of murakami's works are boring as shit. too bad, his prose is very aesthetically pleasing to me but his narrative is aimless and narcissistic.

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Here's a rec no one asked for, but if there are any other history-loving nonnies here, they should check out The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford. It's super interesting and shows how Mongol women played a huge role in maintaining the boundaries and stability of the empire Genghis originally created. In fact, after the greatest decline in the empire's strength thanks to an idiotic ruler, it was a woman who ruled and reunited many clans, finally bringing peace to a horribly chaotic period in their people's history. Her name was Mandukhai. I'd never even heard of her before reading this book, although it seems everyone knows the names of Genghis and Kublai. It also includes interesting stories of how Mongol culture used to be fairly respectful towards women considering the era, and Genghis in particular was very much in love with his first wife Börte rather than their relationship only being politically relevant. His rescue of Börte after she was kidnapped after their wedding was one of the main reasons he started being respected as a warlord.

I also just started reading The Amazons by Adrienne Mayor. It's great so far, and it's interesting to see how so much of powerful female history has just been retconned to fit the (usually patriarchal) ideals of the time.

No. 112091

I'm reading Carrie right now. Can't wait till the part where she kills everyone.
She's pretty. And the book seems cool.

No. 112322

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The author who wrote Convinience Store Woman released another book called Earthlings. It's similar in that it deals with a misfit woman who doesn't understand society, but instead of being purely an autistic sperg she also has hints of antisocial personality disorder, has bouts of depersonalization, and trauma of all sorts. The novel is also much, much edgier than CSW… This one would make the larger audience very uncomfortable for depictions of childhood sexual abuse and other things. But if you can stomach that sorta thing and like the authors style, this book is very poignant to a woman who's gone through similar trails. Murata is very good at making you understand the perspective and motivations of very mentally ill heroines.

No. 112710

>"This society hasn't changed one bit. People who don't fit into the village are expelled: men who don't hunt, women who don't give birth to children. For all we talk about modern society and individualism, anyone who doesn't try to fit in can expect to be meddled with, coerced, and ultimately banished from the village."
(from one of her books)
Liking the sound of her stuff already. Thanks for the rec anon, I'll check her out.

No. 112768

Oh, this sounds exactly like my cup of tea. I enjoyed Convenience Store Woman even if it was not amazing.
>This one would make the larger audience very uncomfortable for depictions of childhood sexual abuse and other things. But if you can stomach that sorta thing and like the authors style, this book is very poignant to a woman who's gone through similar trails.
All the better.
Can this be downloaded somewhere? It's not on vk or libgen yet. Haven't checked on IRC yet, but a link would be appreciated.

No. 112773

samefag, since I managed to find the ebook here's a link for my fellow pirates. Enjoy!

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Read it and holy shit, that ending. Really loved the Magical Girl delusion of the protagonist though, as well as the depiction of society.

Does anyone have any recs for books centered on 'unlikable female protagonists', or just weirdo ones?
Already read Convenience Store Woman, Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh. Oh, and The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky since I guess it also kind of qualifies if you squint your eyes.

No. 112961

How do you read and like stories if you don't like the characters? Is it the same as reading about a "cow"?
Genuinely asking because I see it a lot, it's kind of like people want to see lolcows in fiction.

No. 112962

A character can be compelling without being likable anon. Sometimes you want to stick through to the end to see if the character gets what they deserve or if they change for the better.

No. 112963

Under the Skin by Michel Faber maybe? It's about an alien who takes the form of a human woman and seduces men so she can drug them and send them back to her home planet for research. It's what the movie Under the Skin starring ScarJo is based on, though the movie has a different story.

No. 112967

Exactly, a character has to be compelling and interesting, not someone you would like to be friends with. Haven't you ever wondered how a sociopath, incel or even a mentally ill person thinks? That's the appeal.
Not a dig at you, but funny how everyone realizes the appeal of flawed protagonists (look at how beloved were Dr House, Hannibal, Tony Stark, etc.) unless they are women. I'm glad that it's somewhat starting to change. I love my mentally fucked girls that are neither morality guides or waifu materials. Fuck purity sues and bland, decent heroines with no personality.

Never heard of it, will give it a shot! Thank you for the suggestion. Though in general I am looking at the moment for female written novels and preferably more mundane.
I just realized that another book that fits the bill is The New Me by Halle Butler. It was very enjoyable to read, though I already forgot about it even though I only read it like 2 months ago.
Pisces also is amazing with a slightly fucked up protagonist, though it touches on magical realism.

No. 112990

offense meant anon. this is an extremely childish opinion

No. 113116

Does anyone have any book recommendations that are like American Psycho or Lolita? I really like Patrick Bateman even though he's an asshole. Humbert Humbert too. I guess I just really enjoy books with a narcissistic asshole protagonist. So anything like that please.

No. 113117

very lowbrow suggestion, but you by caroline kepnes? don't read a sequel tho

No. 113121

I love Humbert too. You might enjoy Money by Martin Amis

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Pic related is literally the first book I read since like 2014, and started the current book kick I'm on. It's compared a lot to American Psycho (and it does get a bit too similar at parts) But the protagonist is a horrible hatable bitch and I loved it a lot.

I also read and enjoyed Tampa, about a female paedophile/sociopath school teacher, but the sex scenes were a bit too much for me even though I purposely seek out books I think are going to be disturbing.

Speaking of which, does anyone have any fucked up black comedy recs? I like Ryu Murakami, Brett Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, blah blah blah.

No. 113257

Looking for lesbian and gay fantasy novel recs. Prefer stuff where the romance is not the focus of the story but just an added bonus. I read Priory of the Orange Tree already, it was great.

No. 113425

I honestly do think that we don't get as many fucked up female characters as we should
>Not a dig at you, but funny how everyone realizes the appeal of flawed protagonists (look at how beloved were Dr House, Hannibal, Tony Stark, etc.) unless they are women. I'm glad that it's somewhat starting to change. I love my mentally fucked girls that are neither morality guides or waifu materials. Fuck purity sues and bland, decent heroines with no personality.
Yeah I get what you're saying but often when libfems write these types of female characters their just rude girlboss characters like badly written Miranda Priestly, I think fleabag is the only example I can think of a good reprentation of a loser female character that I've watched

We need more loser dysfunctional female characters

No. 113439

Oh, I haven't yet watched Fleabag yet but I definitely have to!
>often when libfems write these types of female characters their just rude girlboss characters like badly written Miranda Priestly,
What novels do you mean? Luckily I have not run into them. Maybe you will like the books mentioned by me in >>112956 and >>112967 (obviously if you haven't read them already). My absolute fave from them is Pisces, but I also remember My Year of Rest And Relaxation fondly.
Those heroines absolutely are not the ~super inteligent, competent~ type, just smart assholes with mental health issues.

No. 113441

Does anyone have ideas for super super light reads that aren't dull, I'm ill and can't focus well but need entertainment while I'm in the hospital. Not really interested in supernatural anything, and absolutely no het romance unless it's an extremely minor subplot. Lesbian romantic subplot a plus but I dislike the romance genre. I like darker stuff, sometimes sci-fi. I hate the mystery and western genres. YA is alright but I'd prefer adult MCs. This rules a lot out.

No. 113473

The Martian? It's quick, easy to read sci fi and a good mix of fun and dark.

No. 113474

Good idea, thank you! I loved that movie.

No. 113589

I have a huge backlog right now so unfortunately I can't say I've read these myself, but these are recs from friends who I feel have good taste:

* Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
* Rupetta by Nike Sulway
* The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar (actually have read some of this one, the language is gorgeous)
* The Traitor Baru Cormorant (as a heads up, the mc exists in a violently homophobic culture and the ending is sad)
* Gossamer Axe by Gael Baudino

* The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
* The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
* Imajica by Clive Barker

No. 113611

Another one I recently heard about: The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles (gay gothic fantasy).

No. 113642

I ended up reading this all in one go the other night before bed. I don't know where I was expecting the book to go but it definitely wasn't there. I enjoyed it nonetheless! I'm looking forward to reading Convenience Store Woman. Should I be expecting something similar?

No. 113667

sort of, but it's less fucked up and less happens in it! It still offers social critique though

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So I've read Death In Her Hands and it was a complete waste of time. Do not recommend.

No. 113784

why didn’t you like it anon?

No. 113787

I was iffy on the plot idea from the start, but decided to give it a chance since I liked the other two novels by the author. The writing style was great as always and the only reason why I pushed through. I get that it was a character study hidden in a stream of counsciousness murder mystery, but it just didn't work for me. The parts about the abusive husband were interesting, but they were scarce in comparison to all the Magda bullshit.
The whole murder mystery being revealed as an imaginary story the protagonist came up with to make choice how she's gonna die is just as bad as "it was all just a dream" ending which is universally panned. I didn't find the protagonist interesting enough to hear her ramble about fiction she's coming up with. This year I've read I'm Thinking of Ending Things thanks to the anon who mentioned the book. While it also didn't blow my mind, it was a much better take on a simmilar gimmick
At least I'm reading Homesick for Another World to kill the bed taste and I'm enjoying it so far.

No. 113862

Can anyone give me some good murder mystery recommendations?

No. 114059

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Can anyone please recommend me some interesting biographies to read ?

I just completed ‘thing of beauty’ after putting it off reading it for years and was engrossed even though it is very tragic (when I was a teen I loved the Angelina Jolie /HBO movie ‘Gia’ which is loosely based off the book).

No. 114060

Don't have any recs atm but I also read this book this year and loved it! It was so interesting and sad. I wish I could read the Born This Way book about Gia, but it's quite expensive and I cannot find an ebook anywhere.

No. 114110

The Devotion of Suspect X is one I read recently that I really loved, most stuff by Keigo Higashino is solid. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is also a classic!

No. 114113

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The Etched City by K. J. Bishop : I was expecting a darkish fantasy story a la China Mieville or Tanith Lee, and I got a shlocky romance novel starring the author's insufferable gary stu and her even more insufferable self insert. Don't bother with this one.

No. 114128

>The Devotion of Suspect X
When I saw anon's post earlier I wanted to reply with this book, but I blanked on the name. So thanks for the reminder and +1 kek.

No. 114176

Ah man, this is a shame. It seemed like an undiscovered gem and all the excepts I read were beautiful.

>"Somewhere there are gardens where peacocks sing like nightingales, somewhere there are caravans of separated lovers traveling to meet each other; there are ruby fires on distant mountains, and blue comets that come in spring like sapphires in the black sky."

I'm a total sucker for pretty prose so I was excited to read it, but all flash with no depth is a losing proposition.

No. 114183

jesus, sorry to be an asshole but the quote reads like fanfic tier purple prose. Peacocks, lovers, sapphires and ruby fires… this is some Anne of Green Gables shit.
Do you like Name of the Wind and Rothfuss' prose? I feel like you might enjoy it.

No. 114190

>Do you like Name of the Wind and Rothfuss' prose? I feel like you might enjoy it.
NTA but I started Name of the Wind recently, I'm about 3/4 through and it doesn't seem purple prose-y to me? It's pretty straightforward storytelling without getting fancy with the prose, I find it easy to read as someone who doesn't like flowery writing. I'm liking it so far even though Kvothe is a bit of a Gary Stu.

No. 114197

I like Anne of Green Gables! I know a flowery style isn't for everyone, but I don't feel it verges into excess. I like Catherynne Valente, Sofia Samatar and Mervyn Peake for example and people either tend to love or hate them. Regardless of how you feel, you have to admit their style is creative. Sure, rubies and sapphires aren't the most original analogy, but for me it works. Tanith Lee in particular was very into her colors and I enjoy her prose too.

I have had the misfortune of reading Name of the Wind. Rothfuss' style was fine, not my favorite, but the gary stu teen virgin astounding an immortal sex goddess, shallow female characters and Harry Potter-esque plot ensured I wouldn't be reading any more of his work.

No. 114214

maybe I misremember it because I had a scrote torture me with quotes and endless talking how ~perf~ Rothfuss' style is kek. It was a few years ago too.
I like Anne of Grewn Gables too! The quote reminded me of the way she used to describe places in Avonlea.
I feel you about the plot of Name of the Wind too.

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Pynchon lite, this was his first book and it's "easier" than Gravity's Rainbow, but I think I've come to realize that I'm not into his particulate, allusion-laden writing style.

He has a brilliant prose, but I feel like I need to have Google on standby whenever I'm reading his books. All of his work needs to be read more than once to fully enjoy it.

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Looking for recommendations on books similar to The Comeback by Ella Berman.

I liked the behind the scenes look at the ugliness of the entertainment industry and how girls and women are treated.

I also enjoyed The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa Sloan, which touches a lot of similar topics.

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Has anyone read "do androids dream of electric sheep"? I've heard blade runner is a better versions of the electric sheep book. I already loved blade runner so I dont want to be disappointed by the book. What did you think of the book?

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Magical realism book recommendations, anyone?

I’m pretty new to the genre but I adore it. Have already read most Murakami books and a few random others. Currently reading pic rel but not loving it as it’s very heavy on fantasy (wasn’t marketed as magical realism to be fair, but reviews suggested it strayed into that). I really like the reality/magic contrast to be maintained.

No. 118005

maybe The Girl with Glass Feet? Read it years ago and enjoyed except for a sex scene that felt too sudden for me back then, idk if I would still feel like this now

No. 118007

what is magical realism?

No. 118009

Thanks! I’ll check it out,

Honestly Wikipedia explains it in good depth but tl;dr it’s like fantasy but deeply rooted in the real world. So like, everything is normal apart from some elements of magic, like a place, person or event. Which imo is so intriguing because it’s easier to imagine and relate to than full-on fantasy. The genre tends to be really thought-provoking too wrt politics, philosophy, society, etcetera. I’ll hold in my sperging.


No. 118011

I reread opinions on goodreads and it looks like it's a dying Manic Pixie Dream Girl novel, so in retrospect sorry for recommending it.

No. 118012

If you don't mind dystopian societies and grisly unhappy violence, perhaps Zoo City? It's set in a typical crime thriller world with one fantasy/magical difference.

I started reading it without any knowledge of it and was surprised when the fantasy kicked in so I feel like I'm ruining that experience by recommending it to you.

No. 118017

>it’s easier to imagine and relate to than full-on fantasy
I'm a different anon, but I always found it difficult to get into magical realism precisely because the contrast between the realistic elements and the fantastic elements are too big, I'm not sure if that makes sene. Like, a well-built fantasy world feels more believable to me than a 100% ordinary setting where something out-of-place and magical happens. I tried warming up to the genre, I read a little bit of Marquez, a little bit of Murakami and Coelho as well but I guess it's just not for me

No. 118027

No problem anon, thanks anyway.

Don’t worry about it, that sounds cool. Thanks!

Yeah I get what you mean, everyone’s different. Personally I have never been into fantasy despite trying it out, I just find magical realism more accessible and assume it would be for people coming from the same place. However, Game of Thrones was very mainstream so maybe I’m wrong!

No. 118041

I mean, obligatory Gabriel García Márquez recommendation if you haven't read any of his stuff.

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Sick of being pretentious, went through a phase only reading proper literature but I don’t care now tbh.I get such joy from a classic romance. Lavish Bath balls, beautiful dress descriptions, roguish men, family fortunes, sweeping estates. This was great, also really enjoyed the wideacre series.

Anything else in this sort of vein I should pick up?

No. 118062

there's a 4chan for girls? cool!(USER HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO PASTURE)

No. 118069

I came here specifically to ask if anyone has read Pynchon and actually enjoyed it. I downloaded V. and The Crying Lot of 49, gave up after like 5 pages, and am contemplating whether or not I want to give it another go. Maybe I'm just a lazy psuedointellectual, but I'm having such a hard time with his prose to the point of thinking I just can't be fucked to deal with it at all. It comes across as so try-hard and pretentious to me.

No. 118207

Is Neuromancer actually good? It's really cheap and I'm interested in this kinda thing but then again I watched Blade Runner because I thought it looked interesting and everyone said it was amazing but it bored me to death. I wonder if it's one of these things people say it's good because everyone is saying so.

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Poetry anons, do you have any recommendations for a person trying to get into poetry? I just finished a compilation of A.E. Housman's poems and absolutely loved them. The imagery and the constant song-like rhythm was right up my alley. I have also read Wilfred Owen's work and found it poignant.

I guess right now, my tastes veer toward older, more structured imagery-based poetry. Any suggestions based on that? Or, basically anything that is not free-form 21st century babble like Rupi Kaur?

No. 118297

For structured stories I like Ted Hughes' translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses, like a lot of his stuff they're very visceral but also very beautiful, which suits the original stories.
Romantic poets are very easy to get into, I like Keats, he's kind of adolescent sounding but that's why I love him, Ode on a Grecian Urn makes me tear up every time.
I never got into beat poetry but I love Kenneth Rexroth, he's more ballad-y than abstract, When We With Sappho is like sinking into a hazy dream.

No. 118300

Samefag but you might enjoy Yeats and T.S. Eliot if you like Housman. They're similarly modern, imagery-based and lyrical. Try The Second Coming by Yeats and Prufrock by Eliot for some famous examples.
Not technically poetry but I can't pass up an opportunity to reccommend Pale Fire by Nabokov. The first part of the book is entirely a lovely, autobiographical ballad by a fictional American Modern poet much like Eliot, which in itself is a wonderful read, and the rest of the book is a murder mystery psychodrama by an unstable narrator also writing an autobiography entirely in footnotes to the poem. I hadn't read anything by Nabokov before and I was absolutely blown away by how he inhabited these very separate voices so compellingly.

No. 118394

It's worth it if you actually enjoy cyberpunk/sci-fi. It's pretty actiony not boring at all. Blade Runner the movie is nothing like the book you know.

No. 118395

I think it's great, some of William Gibson's books are better than others and they can be a little dated but if you're into cyberpunk then he's a master of the genre for a reason.

I'm surprised that you say that it's popular now. I know it was successful when it came out but when I was a teenager nobody my age read those kinds of books and I felt very alone without people to discuss them with, I wonder what's changed, maybe just because the Cyberpunk game has made it trendy?

No. 118397

Richard Siken, Richard Brautigan, Neil Hilborn maybe for some modern but non-Rupi Kaur/Lang Leav-ish poetry?

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>Ted Hughes
Fuck this fucking scrote!
…Sorry, just needed to state this. Please continue having a civilized conversation about poetry.

No. 118411

The protagonist in No Longer Human is such a little bitch. He had all the means to have a successful life but ostracized himself from everyone and ruined all of his relationships. It was a fun read but seriously fuck that guy.

No. 118413

What did he do?

No. 118444

Georgette Heyer?

No. 118508

Have you or would you read more of his work? I read Schoolgirl years ago, really enjoyed it but it didn’t leave me wanting more

No. 118726

The guy was seriously mentally ill and iirc there were some implications of child abuse. This is not to excuse the shitty things he did throughout the book, but even very privileged people can get fucked over by issues like these. I also doubt that psychological help and drug addiction treatment were widely accessible back then.

No. 118728

With Pynchon I'd recommend not pausing every few sentences to look up the references, it ruins the flow of the book imo. There are tons of references that no one without access to the specific reference books he used should reasonably be expected to know. It's really the second or third reading where you can fill in the gaps and parse the different references.

The biggest hurdle for me was his sense of humor, which I just found kind of annoyingly quirky. Also I'm not really into "endearing slob" characters.

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the fact that you asked means you have most likely heard his name for the first time, since it's such a common knowledge

No. 118754

No, I read and love his Crow poems, I'm just not very informed about private life

No. 118756

NTA but I have read and enjoyed both Plath and Hughes' work and had no idea they were ever married

No. 118759

holy fucking shit, I was not aware that is even possible. Their relationship (altough bad) was legendary.
I'm gonna mention that the woman Ted cheated on Sylvia with and divorced her for commited suicide too (while taking their daughter Shura with herself) while still being with Ted.

No. 118760

oh and her name was Assia Wevill, she was a small time poet too and an interesting (though fucked up) woman. I recommend a book A Lover on Unreason on her, especially until her poetry gets published.

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I recommend everyone to read The Conspiracy against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti.
Also, FUCK breeders.

No. 119274

what is it about?

No. 119289

Doomer lit

No. 119294

Im sorry no one loves you enough to have babies with you

No. 119305

There was absolutely no reason for you to take anon's post so personally.

No. 119328

I mean, it's a stupid and grandiose book, but you really do sound bitter.

No. 119660

Kek, I came into this thread to check if anyone recommends Ligotti, but I guess not?
I don't have much interest in The conspiracy against the human race, but I came across a story called The red tower from his short horror story collection Teatro Grottesco. I loved it and short horror stories are my jam so I thought about buying the whole thing. Is it good or nah?

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Has anyone here read the stormlight archives? Should I start it? Saw this fanart about it and it made me curious

No. 119775

I’m no help to you anon, but I wanted to jump on your post to ask for some high fantasy recs. haven’t touched this genre except for LotR and I’m itching for some unique worlds.

No. 119821

What's a book series that stays good the whole way through? I just finished the last book of the Hyperion series and it was such a let down. Same with Dune, the last half of the original series was unbelievably trash.

Not really high fantasy but A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham is worth checking out if you're into eastern based fantasy at all.

No. 119824

it's a fun ride and very anime esque but not in a horrible way, and it's got some nice messages/talks about/represents some heavier subjects like depression for some of the characters etc. The worldbuilding is interesting and fun. That being said, there is a certain character that can be very grating and they are a big part of the series. think "lol omg im so quirky bantering is my character trait" + this was written by a mormon so don't expect anything super hardcore in terms of gore/heavy heavy subjects being touched on. overall, worth the read but they are long

No. 119827

can someone recommend me some handsome monster boy horny bitch lit that's not horrible like idk merman x mermaid, humanoid dragon x human idfk just something that scratches that itch

No. 119828

I gotchu baby

But some of these won't be fun,

Malazan book of the fallen by Steven Erikson (hard and long read, doesnt explain shit, its meant to be reread, it spans centuries, 100+ plot points all coming together that make sense as you read through the books, the world building has different worlds, continents, it is a very heavy book as in this shit touches on a lot of heavy topics and it's dark but also funny and something for everyone, the first book is the least polished but it just gets better and better)

The Risen Kingdoms by Curtis Craddock
(just a fucking good series and only a trilogy but packs a punch and just a lovely series imo)

Obsidian and Blood trilogy by Aliette de Bodard (this isnt high fantasy but its pretty cool mayan/aztec fantasy world lore based fantasy)

im just gonna start listing stuff i like

the felix caster series by mike carey

The Mermaid's Tale (Tales of the Nameless by DG Valdron

ben aaronovitch rivers of london series

the redwall series by brain jaques

chronicles of the black company by glen cook

the gentlement bastards by scott lynch

a planet for rent, YOSS

No. 119837

For male dragon (with human form, but they also go full dragon mode)/female human the Dragon Sept series by Katie MacAlister is simple fun popcorn fiction. It starts with Aisling Grey/Green Dragon series but each one has a different male and female lead so if you find one couple grating then you can jump around for one that’s more your style.

For something more serious with a well-written and fulfilling romance, Radiance by Grace Draven. It’s female human with a sort of dark elf male? Not as outright bestial/monstery I suppose but they act like that’s the case at first.

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I'm somewhere in the middle of the second part of the brother Karamazov. I'm a bit disapointed for now because the pace is very irregular in my opinion. I do like the characters though and I hope the ending will be good

No. 120651

I read this a while ago and I LOVED it. I agree the pace might be a bit weird in some points but I loved the characters and the crazy ass shit they do. Keep in mind that Dostoyevsky died before finishing the full story, so the ending is not a real ending, but it's still enjoyable and very beautiful. It has some nice philosophical moments too.

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I need some recommendations for new (written within the past 2 years) books. Everything I read is old and dusty and I haven’t really given anything contemporary a try in a long time.

No. 120682

Does anyone have any sci-fi recs that have a generation ship premise (nothing with rape or patriarchal fuckery)?

I’ve slowly been watching through Star Trek and really like voyager, I’m just kind of bummed they didn’t explore Voyager being stranded long enough to become a generational ship.

No. 120864

incel lit

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We've talked about Ottessa Moshfegh on here before – just read her debut novella McGlue and fucking loved it, she's really good (IMO) at writing piece of shit characters that I empathize with regardless of what pieces of shit they are. I'm also a sucker for the 1800s grimy sailor setting (one day I'll get around to reading Moby Dick).

No. 121108

I'm seconding this

No. 121141

Tender is the flesh by Agustina María Bazterrica came out in 17, but is a pretty unique take on the dystopia. Dont recommend if you are squimish. Uncanny valley is a memoir about a woman who worked in silicon valley. Lots of good stuff has been published in 2020. Try goodreads, anons. They have a 2020 wrap up + people make lists like "scifi published in 2020" etc.

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this book good. alchemist gate best story

No. 121194

I love Ted Chiang yess

No. 121235

I just finished Flowers in the Attic and really enjoyed it. Are the sequels equally as good?

No. 121241

I never managed to get through the second one since it's so long and nothing happens, so IDK. But you have to read My Sweet Audrina, it's amazing. Stay clear of the movie though, it's shit.

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Has anyone read this book? Was it good?

No. 121900

Good and quite shocking, especially since the author went through sexual slavery. One of the most interesting/brutal memoirs of North Korean escapees. Incredible how disgusting are the Chinese benefitting from the right spot North Koreans are in.

No. 121901

…actually I may have been thinking about In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park. Both of those books are good and kind of heartbreaking at times.

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I'll have to check these out. Sounds interesting.

No. 121908

Hasn't there been some talk about the legitimacy of yeonmi's accounts? Her stories have kept changing

No. 121914

I really wouldnt believe anything North Koreans refugees in South Korea say when they get so rich off of it, that Yeonmi Park girl the other anon mentioned got into various scandals over lying and completely changing her story

No. 121918

I think it's best to read and decide for yourself.
Haven't heard about it though, I will look into this issue.

No. 122878

I'm reading The Nightingale and so far I can't stand it because it reminds me of cheesy YA novels. Does it improve? It was a gift for me from a family member who is an English teacher and they said they liked it so I'm surprised they'd have purchased it for me given the quality (so far).

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I love all the books Mary Roach has written, especially Stiff. Does anyone have recommendations for books/authors similar to her?

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That's true, anon, it's just important to remember that the two countries are still at war and both will go above and beyond in using propaganda, it's just that North Korean propaganda is always pointed out and laughed at but South Korean propaganda is taken seriously even when it's the most ridiculous obvious lie out there.

omg, anon, I loved that book!! I blame it for my true crime obsession now
anyway, a book that I read that I thought was similar is "Why Time Flies" by Alan Burdick, he's not half as charming as Roach but the basic gist of talking about a subject through various lenses is there!

No. 125315

McGlue was the only work of hers that I couldn't get into, probably because I can't deal with "old fashioned" writing (yes I know, I'm a pleb). I'm a huge fan of her work as a whole, but recently had been let down by the fact that, judging from interviews with her, she's a massive cow. Actually posting in this thread in hope of finding authors with a style similar to Moshfegh, because I feel kind of weird about reading her stuff now.

No. 125845

can someone recommend me some trashy hate-to-love romance books

No. 125853

>she's a massive cow
oh noooo anon I'm scared to ask but do you have links/examples? I'm morbidly curious kek.

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Anyone actually read this? All I can find is people talking about racist the author is. It felt very YA but I quite liked the main characters and their dynamic.

No. 126122

didn't they call it racist because there are creatures called "lock leeches" in it that can nest in dreadlocks? Or maybe that's a different book kek

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I finished Earthlings by Sayaka Murata last night, reserved it at work and ended up binging the thing. I loved Convenience Store Woman, I didn't see the ending coming but boy was this a ride.

My next will be Normal People and my lovely friend is giving me There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job

No. 126530


sage I ctrl f'd Earthlings and missed this- I was initially surprised nobody had brought this book up yet, I'm happily now reading everyone's takes here!

No. 126584

I don't see how that's racist but also apparently people were mad about the protagonist being half Hindu and "acting white", whatever that means.

No. 126604

That fuckin ending!

No. 126624

does anyone have recs for thrillers that don't have sexual violence in them? pls no ruth ware, already read several books by her and am not interested in reading more by her at the moment

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I decided to read Max Stirner because of the memes and he's overrated as shit. 200 pages of bloat, his prose is almost Kant levels of bad. Some interesting ideas with the connection of humanism, communism and liberalism to the religious impulse, how abstract ideas can be pathological and how true freedom can be achieved. It's not developed enough to be formulated into a complete philosophy and his "ego" is never well defined which makes the entire thing weak.

I enjoy philosophy and 19th century german philosophy in particular, but even my eyebrows were drooping reading this. Nietzsche does the same thing but better, read him instead.

If it wasn't for Engel's funny drawing and "le spooki" meme, he'd be forgotten entirely to time. Also the English translation for this is for sure poorly translated, I got that vibe all the way through.

No. 126845

This book is so ridiculously edgy, I don't know how anyone can take it seriously.

No. 126889


you know when you're horrified but also enthralled and it's just beautiful madness? kinda like the end of Parasite, that last quote will always stick with me, about how everyone's screams are ringing around like a harmony but they're screams of utter terror…

No. 126900

Nietzsche was by far edgier, alongside those french faggots like Sartre and Camus, although those Frenchies were edgy in a more misogynistic, arrogant and pretentious manner.

You see scrotes Stirnerposting about how people should rape and steal, not at all realizing that the Union of Egoists would entail pedo scrotes and scumbags being hung from the lampposts when caught.

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Finished Max Brooks' Devolution last night. I really liked it and hope that there's going to be a movie adaptation - one that's more faithful to the book than World War Z was, although I enjoyed that movie as its own separate thing. Devolution engaged me from the beginning, and I thought the tension was good. Also the implied social commentary throughout. I spent so much time wanting to scream at the various characters every time they did something stupid. Good stuff!

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So haven't read Rowling's new book and have no intention of reading the book, but was the killer really some cockey accented femcel who killed other women cause they got more male attention then her

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this book was like a warm blanket. I loved it so much! I'm jumping straight into The Song Of Achilles after

No. 130740

What are the BEST romantic books? List all, as many as possible, don't be afraid to include classics everyone knows, just list them all, any you can think of– bombard me! I'd like to read.

No. 130749

Jane Eyre still gives me butterflies like when I was a teenager. Yeah, Rochester is a broody asshole, but a lovable one. Ruminating that he can't force Jane to stay and while it frustrates him, he admires her for it:
>Consider that eye: consider the resolute, wild, free thing looking out of it, defying me, with more than courage–with a stern triumph. Whatever I do with its cage, I cannot get at it–the savage, beautiful creature! If I tear, if I rend the slight prison, my outrage will only let the captive loose. Conqueror I might be of the house; but the inmate would escape to heaven before I could call myself possessor of its clay dwelling-place. And it is you, spirit–with will and energy, and virtue and purity–that I want: not alone your brittle frame. Of yourself you could come with soft flight and nestle against my heart, if you would: seized against your will, you will elude the grasp like an essence–you will vanish ere I inhale your fragrance. Oh! come, Jane, come!

No. 130756

(These all have a fantasy-ish focus since that's my thing.)
Radiance by Grace Draven
Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

No. 130761

I recommend penelope douglas's books. i havent actually read them but ive heard theyre really good. I started birthday girl but havent finished it yet, im enjoying it so far though

No. 130844

at swim two boys

No. 130848

patricians taste anon

No. 131543

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Just got done reading Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb books (the first 2 out of the trilogy anyway, 3rd book slated to release in 2022) and I'm itching for something new to fill that void. The series is about lesbian necromancers in space, featuring a really intense enemies to lovers arc and some murder mystery. I'd love to get some recs from anons that have read it or know a book like it:

>adult, not YA

>romance heavily featured
>necromancy or some kind of interesting magic system (i'll take scifi or something grounded too but prefer magic)
>psychological horror elements or a grand mystery

No. 131555

holy shit nonny, you just described my perfect series. I didn't know this existed?? Oh, thank you so much!! I'm hoping I won't be disappointed haha.

No. 131623

The first and second book have a vastly different writing style between them, it serves an entirely justified narrative purpose but the second book will be a challenging read for most. Just be warned, hope you enjoy.

No. 131625

I don't usually read YA but I think I'll give this a try as well. Thanks for the rec, anon.

No. 131787

Anyone got adult (not YA) paranormal/urban fantasy recommendations for me?

No. 131792

I read the first two books of the Green Bone saga by Fonda Lee and enjoyed them a lot more than I thought I would. It’s been described as sort of like The Godfather in an Asian-inspired setting, so there’s also influence from martial arts movies and an interesting magic system too.

No. 131794

God I tried so hard to get into the first book but there's something about the way its written that keeps me from liking it

No. 131797

That's a shame, the way it's written is precisely why I like it. It has a really contemporary, natural writing style imo but that probably has to do with my friend circle being extremely online.

No. 131805

Nta but the Locked Tomb is adult sci-fantasy, not YA. Hope you enjoy it!

No. 131848

I actually didn't like it very much and I absolutely loved World War Z. The characters felt really superficial and unrealistic but then again probably aren't to some people. I just personally haven't interacted with people like them so dunno but I felt it could have been without the whole journal aspect and instead just a first person narration. I wanted more info more details overall and it just felt very shallow.

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No. 131865

Is there a clear distinction between what YA is and what Adult fiction is? I've read some things I thought was YA but later saw classified as Adult and vice versa.

No. 131877

It has to do with the target audience of the content. Like the things you'd expect from a show for infants vs a show for teenagers. This is just that but between late teens and actual adults. Tbf, these days grown adults watch children's cartoons till their mid 30s and beyond so the distinction is getting more difficult with people liking infantile stuff but anyway, I'll throw in some stuff.

Adult fiction tends to focus on older characters, the themes are more adult (not in terms of gore but in terms of how the characters process what's happening, the nuances of events, etc.) and the characters have motivations that may seem complicated or unrelatable to a late teen (the audience for YA). You'll see power dynamics that will be more realistic, closer to the real world even in the fantasy genre. They will be dramatic just like YA but the way the characters navigate it, the way it resolves etc. will have tinges of adult outlook.

It's hard to describe if you're not yet past your early 20s. When you get to that age, YA vs A books is basically the difference between the nuanced brain development that happens in those years.

No. 131892

I've read similar comments online so you are definitely not alone in your reaction. It's really interesting to me to see so many people saying that the characters are unrealistic. I feel like I've met some of those exact personalities in real life, particularly the vegan hippie couple, the yoga instructor/guru whose new age positivity disguises a real authoritarian control freak that doesn't like being questioned or disobeyed, and even Mostar.

The journal format did not bother me too much, but I understand the criticism there.

Maybe he should have published this one under a pen name, since WWZ is kind of a tough act to follow.

No. 131978

right now i'm reading songs of a dead dreamer and grimscribe by thomas ligotti and it's shit. it's so bad. all the narrators are reddit neckbeard m'lady types and i get secondhand embarrassment from almost every story. the prose is so pretentious. you can tell he jerks off to his thesaurus. normally i like atmospheric stories but all of these just grate… i'm really disappointed because i liked that poem he did with david tibet. still gonna finish it though, my ego is too big to give up on a book

No. 132040

That sucks. I was going to read it because people kept going on about how dark and nihilistic and eerie it was.

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Love this book. It got me back into reading last year. It is very soothing indeed.
Right now I'm reading Meet Me in the Bathroom, about NYC rock in the early 2000's. It's a very fun read if you're into that era of music, feels like getting insider gossip from that time.

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Anyone else read this and absolutely fucking hate it? I saw this book in a charity shop for $1 and picked it up, remembering I read Gone Girl a few years ago and enjoyed it. Apparently this was Gillian Flynn's debut novel and good god does it show. It feels like it tries SO hard to be this shocking & edgy noir, but ends up just feeling incredibly cliche and corny. Plus if I hadn't know a woman wrote I'd have thought it was written by a scrote.

The "not like other girls" MC reminiscing on her fucked up sexual exploits as a girl barely into her teens, the constant commenting on the breast size & sexuality of another barely teen girl, the fact she kisses her 13 year old half-sister (with tongue) after going to some drug fueled teen party as a 30 something woman. Not to mention the reveal of who the actual murderer was tacked on at the end in what felt like a footnote. (Not that it wasn't obvious who the actual murderer was from the beginning imo) The MC being an ex-cutter who apparently covered her entire body in words that burn on her skin when she's thinking felt like some fanfiction-core shit. Forced myself to finish this because I hate leaving books unfinished, but it was one of the worst books I've picked up in a while.

No. 132799

roachester sucks. i like villete and moid dies? love that

No. 132834

Agreed, Jane Eyre is fine but Villette is way better. I think it'd be cool if they made a TV adaptation of it. Actually there are a lot of classics that have never had a (good) adaptation that should instead of the same old stories.

No. 132848

I hated it too, anon. In my opinion, Gillian Flynn's only good novel is Dark Places. Gone Girl is also too edgy and unbelievable to me, though I do like the Cool Girl speech.

With Sharp Objects, I absolutely hated all the characters and agree with all your points. When the MC went to that party with her sister I almost dropped it because I was so annoyed lol. It was definitely very try-hard and edgy. I did like the interactions with the mom, though. She was the most interesting character, kind of wish it was more about her. It was a big let down because there was some genuinely good writing in this book, but it's overshadowed by the plot being unbelievable and the characters being unbearable. Glad to know it's not just me who didn't enjoy it.

No. 132893

the tv show is way better lmao

No. 133064

Yeah, more subtle. Great music choices too.

No. 133859

Books like Call Me By Your Name?

No. 133889

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Magical realism classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Follows 7 generations of the Buendia family that encounter misfortunes in the whimsical town of Macondo in which extraordinary and unusual events take place.

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Any recommendations for children's books or memories of your personal childhood faves? I'm looking for gentle, lighthearted stories for kids aged 5-12 years. Some misfortune is okay, like how original fairy tales tend to be dark or contain some violence, but nothing overly tragic. For example, A Series of Unfortunate Events is too depressing. All genres are welcome, though I personally enjoy fantasy stories and pastoral settings. Some series I know and enjoy are Moomins, Little House on the Prairie, and the works of E.B. White. Comic books and graphic novels also welcome!

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I know you don’t like dark things but I specifically remember reading something like Spiderwick and also these Tinker Bell books, the only disney things I remember and actually like

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I really loved Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, and The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas by Erich Kastner (I'm not sure if this was ever translated into English…it's like Narnia minus the religious symbols). Also, The Marvelous Land of Oz

No. 133922

When I was in middle school a teacher lended me a copy of Abarat and I really loved it. Even though it’s by Clive Barker it wasn’t scary or depressing and the paintings he made for the series are amazing.

No. 133924

>A Series of Unfortunate Events is too depressing
that was my favourite book when I was a kid kek

No. 133934

Wow I am not the anon you replied to but the paintings are so interesting, I am going to read that book. Thanks for posting about it.
A book I loved as a kid was Here There Be Dragons. Its illustrations are also beautiful

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AYRT, I got the first book at the library yesterday and read it in one go, the literal only thing i could think about is “where the hell is CPS” I was honestly tempted to just stop reading whenever Lemony Snicket said “feel free to put this book aside and read something more lighthearted” lol. i don’t know what i expected honestly, but once I start reading something i need to finish, i don’t want to judge it if I haven’t read it through the end. my gf called it “baby’s first torture porn” and i felt inclined to agree, i didn’t like it very much, and even though I am curious about what’s going on with the eyes in count Olaf’s house I’m just not interested enough to continue. i do think that if i had read it as a kid i would’ve loved it too, but American kids lit isn’t that popular here

i LOVE pippi longstocking!!! we read Erich Kästner in school here, i can’t remember if i liked his books or not, but I should totally revisit them, I think I did like Emil and the Detectives

ohh something else that I’m reading right now, I’ve begun collecting Dr. Dolittle books! they’re really cute vintage editions too. i love Hugh Lofting’s drawings. i think we should put more pictures in books

No. 133952

Honestly Astrid Lindgren has so many books that are exactly what you are looking for:
>the Madicken/Mischievous Meg series (about an unruly elementary school girl)
>Mio, My Son - fantasy. Starts very sad and has some sad moments, but overall is a beautiful and joyful story about a boy who gets transported into a fairytale kingdom of his (supposedly) dead father. Has a happy ending.
>The Children on Troublemaker Street series - Lotta is an especially memorable and lovable character. Love wild little girls with personality! If you read about her to a kid, I'm sure they will want to own a plushie pig as well kek. I especially loved the one short book in which she is attempting to move away from her parents cause they pissed her off (she 'moves out' to a kindly neighbor or attic, not sure). All ends well, obviously! Very funny and charming.
>the Ronja book - fantasy about the children of two warring clans of robbers becoming friends (possibly crushing on each other, but idk). Really beautiful and imaginative. Ronja (the main heroine) is rather gender nonconforming, same for Birk (the boy from the other clan) who striked me as kinda effeminate.
>Six Bullerby Children - a childhood classic about real kids and their life. Very funny! I read it so many times as a kid my copy fell apart.
>this one is heartbreaking so you will probably skip it, but it's a crime to not mention Brothers Lionheart when talking about Lindgren. It's fantasy, but most of the plot takes place in a (nonreligious) heaven, after the death of the two protagonists. Extremely beautiful, a good book to read to kids to ease them with the idea of dying (I guess).

Honestly, I only wouldn't recommend the Karlsson-on-the-Roof series since the idea of a kid having a secret friend who is a middle-aged man that his parents know nothing about makes me feel iffy (and has since I became a teenager, kek). YMMV.

On another note, Jacqueline Wilson books are a must. They are mostly about smart, creative girls facing difficulties in life (off top of my head: abusive father, living in orphanage, being reliant on a single mother with a serious mental illness, poverty, homelessness, bullying, divorced parents etc) while having the most touching friendships. Some of her books are for teenagers, some for younger kids. All of them are great and extremely relatable. The only one I would tell you to avoid is Love Lessons, since it's about a teacher-student romance. It's meant to be a cautionary tale, but I feel like most kids/teenagers will get the wrong message. It's a shame, cause other than that it's a wonderful story with a well-written heroine.

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> Jacqueline Wilson books are a must
OMG YESSS, seconding this!! Double Act was my personal facourite.
>The only one I would tell you to avoid is Love Lessons
Hard agree. I read it when I was a teenager and I liked it but I was aware that it was a fantasy fulfillment story. I can see how it could be harmful for more naive kids/teenagers

No. 133969

>your pic related
Oh I forgot about the historical novels of Wilson! The Hetty Feather series is great, I think it's for kids 10+. Like young teenagers or something.
>Hard agree. I read it when I was a teenager and I liked it but I was aware that it was a fantasy fulfillment story
I think it still was supposed to show the reader that this shit ends up badly (protagonist gets all the blame, has to change the school while the teacher avoids consequences AFAIR plus she ends heartbroken) but because the novel was told entirely in Prue's voice and she never had an epiphany that Rax sucks, it ends up feeling like the evil adults crushed true love because they are prejudiced they don't know that age is just a number. I mean, I'm fine with Prue still loving him and not seeing that he was a sick fuck, but I wish there was something that would make the reader think "shit, she's clearly out of her mind. Girl, forget him!". Like maybe Prue finding out from a newspaper that Rax went to prison for grooming another teenage girl. Or a heart to heart with his wife. We never got her side of the story. I really think that the novel would be much better if it was either written for adults or the reader was forced to confront the ugly side of grooming. It wasn't clear enough for a young person, especially one who may fantasize about that one nice teacher.

No. 133971

I still have a shelf full of Jacqueline Wilson books on my bookshelf as an adult, I reread them all whenever I feel that particular brand of sad nostalgia.
My absolute favourite is The Illustrated Mum (which hit so close to home for me as a child), followed by My Sister Jodie (who doesn't love a boarding school story?) Obviously I'm bias, but I truly do think they hold up.

No. 133975

Omg I was obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson as a kid, everything she wrote was such gold, she really knew her demographic

No. 134040

I can't remember the name of a book series I read a long time ago, anyone recognize the following?

It's a medieval fictional world setting, fantasy. I think it's for teens but I'm not 100% sure. The first book starts out with the protagonist as a young child, her mom has died and her father, a mercenary, takes her on the road with him. She has the ability to speak with nature's creatures, I don't really remember anything else about the plot. Throughout the books she grows up to be a powerful wizard/sorcerer and later becomes an elderly. The books span over decades in-universe. There's another important character in the books who's a wizard who has lived for an unnatural long time, I believe he or the protagonist ends up passing away. It's a very long book series, definitely over 10+ books, maybe even over 20. Quite old too I believe. (Sorry for the awkward English, esl)

I know this is vague but I hope someone recognizes what I'm talking about.

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No. 134094

fun fact, and I know nobody will really believe me, but when I was 16 I wrote her an email from an alt email address asking her to write a novel about a lesbian character. and she replied from her (now known to be) girlfriend's email address basically like "I'll get round to it lol" because she doesn't have a personal email. jaw freakin DROPPED when love frankie was announced last year and she came out. wish I still had the email.

No. 134105

That's so cool, anon! I believe you. God, I need to read Love, Frankie the next time nostalgia hitsnme. Not that it's comparable to lesbian romance, but I always wanted her to write a novel touching on self-harm but I understand why she may not wanted to. It's the one issue that I found missing from her books.

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Have you read the Clarice Bean novels anon? I absolutely loved them as a kid and still do, I pull one of them out to read every now and then. The picture books for younger readers are great too, I love the whole aesthetic and the unique illustrations. Honestly I love everything Lauren Child has done, I adore her whimsical writing style

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Is this the same author for the Charlie and Lola series?
(I loves that show on Disney Junior)

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Okay I am super nervous and wonder if saying this will make me stand out (I don't want to be seen as a pariah for my book choices :( )
But did anyone ever read the American Girl Doll historical novels? When I was younger I collected American Girl dolls so I read practically all of them. I loved their historical girl series because I'm a bit of a history need and I loved reading children literature at the same time.

No. 134152

*Meant to type nerd there

No. 134157

Has anyone read Axioms End? Is it worth reading?

No. 134193

None of these, but thanks!

Nope.. I should've probably clarified but she doesn't talk with animals but with fictional creatures of nature.

No. 134206

I feel like these were very beloved. Being a Britfag tho they never seemed to be part of my life at any point. Low key want to read them now though.

No. 134230

Yeah, my sister and I did and we the Josephina and Molly dolls. We also had a couple books from Dear America, which were written like diaries from different time periods

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You reminded me of pic related. Not all books were equally interesting, but I truly enjoyed the series. It started my love affair with Marie Antoinette.
The AG franchise is not available in my country (and honestly thank god for that. Even though the line is kinda cool, it would be absurd to sell American Girl dolls outside of USA), I wish we had our local alternative. When I was a kid an attempt was made but it never took off, probably because those dolls were extremely expensive. They haunt me to this day and I hope I'll own one someday

No. 134251

What do you guys think about Ayn Randand was she autistic?

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I can't speak to how well it holds up now, but I remember reading this novel in middle school and adoring it. If I remember It's about this young princess who dislikes having to play the role that's expected of her, and often runs away from traditional studies on decorum and manners to learn magic ando other adventuring skills. Before befriending a dragon and getting involved in their politics and going on an adventure

No. 134258

sperg queen. I liked her first work, We The Living. I've read Atlas Shrugged and Anthem but not the Fountainhead… not much to say except long and I found it entertaining to see her try to shill her weird ideology.

No. 134269

i can't with gillian flynn. how anyone can think she's a feminist icon or whatever when every single one of her "femme fatales" are extremely weak spirited and always ends up sucking up to the asshole scrote in the end. in my (unpopular) opinion, dark places is the worst of her books. the moral of the story is essentially the exact same in all of them though: the unrealistic excessively evil female(s) is revealed to have been the villain all along and the underperforming and extremely flawed average joe character is a poor victim in the end who deserves better. it's such a stupid reddit tier narrative. bpdfags will eat that shit up though. i wish there could be more stories of genuinely evil women who don't budge to anyone and still end up winning. any recs?

No. 134295

The narnia series? It's not children's literature but I think I read it at 11/12 and still to this day re-read the books from time to time, it's just such a fascinating, exciting and inmersive world and tbh I feel it teached me a lot about integrity, values and kindness

No. 134298

I used be a huge Rand sperge, used to believe in objectivism and everything. I don't believe in that stuff anymore but I still like her books. Her writing is long, dry, and absolutely ridiculous but its' something that I find endearing because it's rare to find to a book where the author has poured their everything into it.

Also, reading Dagny Taggart in high school was a game changer for me.

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Brought me memories of this story. I loved fairytales with a twist when I was younger.

No. 134326

Oooh I've read a few of these as a kid, good times.

No. 134343

Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine's aka Tinkerbell series author most well known book) is a wonderful twist on fairy tale tropes. Not in an edgy, Shrek way but rather a feminist one. The protagonist is cursed by a fairy godmother with absolute obedience and has to find a way to break the spell. Other novels by GCL are probably also great, but sadly I didn't have the chance to read them.

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I never got the chance to read the book, but I really love the Disney movie they made of the book starring Anne Hathaway. That movie will forever be a part of my childhood,.

Now I have a question to the lovely people who are a part of this thread:
I am a writer currently writing a fantasy novel, although (embarrassingly) have never read an actual fantasy novel before. What are some good fantasy books some of you could recommend for a complete newbie to the genre?

No. 134410

that kinda depends on what you're looking for. if you're looking for something more fast paced and easy to read, or something epic, or something with a lot character work/depth etc.

the last unicorn & the lord of the rings are my favorites, but lotr is gonna be harder to read due to it's antiquated writing style, which is why I recommend listening to the audiobook. I would also recommend the witcher series, the mistborn series, warbreaker, the neverending story (though I've heard the second half drags).

No. 134412

Godd I loved this book I had it on audiobooks and would listen to it every time I was grounded.
So pretty much she couldn't stand doing normal princess things and to save face her family decided to send her off to a dragon. As it was a respectable place for otherwise unprincessly princesses. She got the jackpot with her dragon who was older and gave no two shits as long as she did general chores. So she ended up reading everything and learning magic I think. Because of all this she helps uncovers plots to do with the Dragon king. Won't spoil but it's a pretty great fairytale.

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I love Gail Carson Levine's books too!! My favourite growing up was The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Has all the elements of a good story, romance, action and also character development

No. 134442

Recommendations on radical feminism authors and books? And other books on the history of feminism, appreciated if they aren't just focused on the US/UK and rather talk about other countries

No. 134448

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I like Angela Davis' works, though they are focused on the US. Honestly I'm not sure where to find radical feminist texts in English about the non-English speaking world.

No. 134449

You could try searching for books from your native country or in your language, I wouldn’t know how to recommend any books because I don’t know where you live. The main reason why there’s a lot of radical feminist books based in be US/UK is because unfortunately that’s where feminism started to take place until intersectionality began. I could be wrong though but you should definitely search for general feminist books from other countries, definitely from Latin America especially

No. 134451

not rf but Nawal El Saadawi just passed, could check out her work.

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I’ve been reading the Dollanganger books whilst sick in bed and damn what a wild ride

No. 134476

I wanted to read the entire series too but the second book was really bloated. It felt like nothing was happening even though I've read like 100 pages (or something). Does it ever pick up the pace?

No. 134536

For those of you who used to read YA, what genre did you move on to? I'm just not feeling it anymore

No. 134541

Cyberpunk. I recommend William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy.

No. 134553

>For those of you who used to read YA, what genre did you move on to?
Economy textbooks

No. 134555

philosophy and ratfem theory

No. 134695

A day later, this question still triggers me. Anon, it's literally like asking 'what music have you moved on to after your 1D phase? IDK I'm kinda not feeling it lately' or what to watch if you've only ever liked Hannah Montana your entire life. Nobody will develop taste in literature for you! Do you have any interests beyond teenagers romancing each other while occasionally saving the world? Obviously the easiest recommendation would be romance books for grown woman or so-called 'new adult' novels, but that's too simplistic. Are you interested in true crime, lives of celebrities, stories of fucked up people ruining everything, cute pets etc.? What type of content do you enjoy in other media (film, comics/graphic novels, video games, maybe even music if you pay attention to the lyrics)? Your taste in those may not translate perfectly to literature (ie if you like action movies because of awesome fight choreography), but still may give you some hint. Think deeply about it and go from there. Once you decide what interests you, goodreads has plenty of lists based on genres, topics etc. You can also google around for book recommendations on reddit and other sites.
I know that you asked about a genre rec, but I think it's more important to focus on what interests you in general. I don't think it's possible (or even worth it) to just stick to one book genre.

No. 134722

adult, of course. read things written for your age group anon.

No. 134748

I don't know it, but there is a Dutch book "de valse dageraad" by Jan van Aken that sounds similar albeit shorter

No. 134781

Calm down anon

No. 134817

I agree.

No. 134834

Nta but you're taking a post that was probably given no more than 10 seconds of thought way too serious. There's nothing wrong with taking recommendations from other women who've also moved on from YA as a starting point to explore new genres when you don't know what you like yet.

No. 134855

>There's nothing wrong with taking recommendations from other women who've also moved on from YA as a starting point to explore new genres when you don't know what you like yet.
Everyone likes different things that are probably completely unrelated to liking YA in the past (and if they are, there is no need to ask, just go for romance, fantasy or science fiction for adults). Other anons' answers proved that. For that reason, I somehow doubt they were helpful to OP (no offence to them).

No. 134944

Any recommendations for books about elderly women having adventures? I read An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten, and really enjoyed it, but I was in the mood for a book instead of just a few short stories.

No. 134947

if you haven't read the elegance of the hedgehog by muriel barbery i highly recommend!

No. 135408

Recommendations for romance books for someone who is quite cynical about love but would like to feel some butterflies? Kinda like a fairytale but that feels realistic at the same time ~

No. 135544

I thought her post was funny and made perfect sense. I doubt she was truly "triggered," it was a vague question and the details anon mentioned would've helped immensely in giving more meaningful responses to OP. Her taking the question seriously was more useful than you complaining about her doing so.

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The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington!
>The Hearing Trumpet is the story of 92-year-old Marian Leatherby, who is given the gift of a hearing trumpet only to discover that what her family is saying is that she is to be committed to an institution. But this is an institution where the buildings are shaped like birthday cakes and igloos, where the Winking Abbess and the Queen Bee reign, and where the gateway to the underworld is open. It is also the scene of a mysterious murder. Occult twin to Alice in Wonderland, The Hearing Trumpet is a classic of fantastic literature that has been translated and celebrated throughout the world.

No. 135829

Relax anon, it's not that deep. I'm not necessarily looking for recs just wondering what other people have moved on to, while I'm dabbling in different genres.

No. 135917

Have you read Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel? It’s a magical realism romance, set in the real world with fairytale elements. It’s very sad in some parts and funny in others. I really enjoyed it.

No. 135923

>Relax anon, it's not that deep
It's literally been six days… Anyway glad to hear I misunderstood your vague question and it wasn't as retarded as it seemed.

No. 135931

I'll check it out! Thanks nonnie!

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Currently reading picrel. Summary is basically: A writer falls in love with a man who shares her philosophy of "career first; no children." She unexpectedly gets pregnant, and he betrays her by being overjoyed about it. She decides make a sacrifice and have the child. Years later, she finally finishes writing her novel and it gives her the chance to return to her old life.

I'm about 3 chapters in, and I gotta admit it's a little lame? Also the protagonist is such a smug unexamined NLOG (there's literally a part where she hangs out with the town's other pregnant moms and all she can note is how normie and unambitious they are). Anons who have read this, should I soldier on/does it get better?? Alternatively, what are you recs for better domestic fiction? Kek

No. 136491

nta but I found The elegance of the hedgehog to be terribly pretentious and wordy. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea

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>Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Not elderly per se but it’s murder mystery featuring a middle aged(?) woman.

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When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum is a crime thriller featuring an elderly lady. Two boys try to rob her and it doesn't go so well. Pretty fun read.

No. 136511

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I love love love this book.

Spiegel, das Kätzchen (Mirror the Cat) or Fat of the Cat by Gottfried Keller.
I really hope it's available in English too but in case it's not, maybe some some slavanons or anons from Germany or Swiss could appreciate it.

It's a lovely little fairytale about a cat which is nearly starving to death when some kind of wizard or alchemist makes an evil deal with him. He will feeed the cat, but after a period of time he is allowed to kill him and use his fat for his magic. I think it didn't have a bad ending though and the cat was able to talk the wizard out of it. Don't remember it clearly though.
The second story is a sad story about cat's friend, the owl, and about cat's past life living with a writer.
Not sure if the second story is in any other language than Czech, looks like the translator compiled it from author's notes.

It's a bit surreal and a very moody story. But somehow really endearing. Suitable for children and adults.

No. 136580

different anon here but this sounds really interesting and right up my alley! I noticed that this is a series – do you have to read the other ones first, or can it be a standalone read?

No. 136608

It can be read standalone!

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Did anyone read The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke?
>a group of street children who live in an abandoned movie theater who steal shit for a living
As a child growing up in abusive home I was obsessed with the fantasy of running away, lost boys type shit. I'm pretty sure I kinned Scipio at 10 years old and wrote my own version of the story with an all-girl gang.
Never saw the movie tho.

No. 136614

I loved this book! Did you read her Inkheart series?

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I was waiting for someone to say Inkheart!!!

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Does anyone here like Iain Banks?
I've read The Wasp Factory & I'm currently reading Whit! I love podcasts about cult stuff & fiction about them is just as good. I would totally convert to Luskentyrianism

No. 136705

hoooooly shit I loved this book. I really liked Hornet and how she was a good big sis and collected a lot of books.

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anyone else here read the raven cycle series by maggie stiefvater? that series meant a lot to me as a teenager and now i’m super keen for the second book in the sequel series. sigh ronan/adam is the best ship and hopefully we see more cute moments between them. i’ve already put the book on preorder

i will accept any clowning i receive for still reading YA

No. 137148

i wanted to read the raven boys so bad but i only made it through 1 1/2 books of the series. it's just too tumblr-y for me.

don't feel bad/embarrassed about your taste though, anon. i still read YA sometimes because a large chunk of the books are enjoyable no matter how old you are.

No. 137154

Inkheart gives me pangs of nostalgia so bad.

No. 137264

what is the worst book you've ever read?

No. 137292

I don’t read a lot of YA, but I saw the movie for Maze Runner and really wanted to know what happens in the series, so I got the books from the library and fuuuuuuck, that dude’s writing is so bad. The worst I’ve personally ever read. Asks a lot of questions, but there are never any answers and it just reads like a middle schooler’s first story.

No. 137294

A novel and a self-help book/essay collection by an infamous Polish cow author >>>/snow/521997

No. 137356

this was many, many years ago, when the twilight hype had just started (around the release of book 2, i think) and i stumbled over this book in my local library that was not an EXACT copy of twilight, but the vibe was basically the same. klutzy teenager meets broody boy who turns out to be wayyy older than her. he wasn't a vampire, though, but he was stuck in some weird place where time stood still, or something like that. and his name was edmund or edgar, which was the most obvious similarity. the librarian was a friend of my mom so she asked me to write a short review about it and i just said "ideal for twilight fans" because i couldn't say anything negative kek

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well i just finished the third 1Q84 book by haruki murakami .. i had read kafka on the shore and i quite enjoyed that one but this .. felt like a waste of time. i found it enjoyable in the sense that i enjoy the act of reading but i seriously feel like the story could have been cut down a bit. also murakami is atrocious at writing women in my opinion. aomame was a good character and there were many touching moments i found the moments when she reflected on her female friends that had passed away quite moving but i really could have done without the reoccurring comment she would make about her boobs being two different sizes. tengo’s lustful comments about fuka eri pissed me off. anyway these books felt like a waste of time and i wouldn’t recommend them to anyone

No. 137543

Funny, I finished 1Q84 last year and just finished reading Norwegian Wood. Murakami's writing feels pretty repetitive, like there are certain phrases he uses constantly, but there's something about it I really like - I enjoyed the little details he would add like his characters preparing dinner or their normal daily routine, if any other author wrote it over and over again it would get tiring but somehow I really liked reading it in his writing. I liked how rich and informative the character's backstories were, and i think the mystery element was a cool touch, though the ending seemed a tiny bit of a letdown. I guess I was expecting a bit more a climactic scene or something. And yeah he can be quite questionable when it comes to writing women. So overall I liked 1Q84, wouldn't say loved, I think it was an interesting fantasy/sci-fi ish love story

No. 137545

The way he writes women was a deal breaker for me. I read 3 of his books but I can't bring myself to read a 4th. I wanted to like his work for that interesting narrative style he has but I can't get over his female characters.

No. 137546

oh yeah i totally agree. there’s something about his prose that feels so pure and clean. it’s like dipping your feet into a cool stream. that’s why i could appreciate all the small details and the process of reading. but as a piece of storytelling it felt a little .. frustrating in my opinion. although i think it might be a mental thing because my edition is the picture included so all three books are in one. so it felt like reading an extremely long book instead of 3 smaller books. i have also bought norwegian wood and i’m excited to start that one.

No. 137547

Pretty universal experience for women who try to enjoy his books, sadly. I liked May Kasahara in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle- despite myself. Mieko Kawakami a female Japanese writer who I love has written some interesting stuff on how her feelings about his work have been complicated by the way he writes women.

No. 137550

Percy Jackson. Idk something about it just was so off putting to me. I got half way through and I couldn’t anymore. I felt crazy that I hated it so much although I was into a few popular YA around that time.

No. 137564

I’ve read some of Murakami’s books, plus a lot of his short stories. I think his short stories are pretty good and would recommend them; they have all the good qualities of his writing (lovely prose, nice attention to detail, interesting premises) but since they’re condensed there’s not as much waxing on and on about pubic hair that personally makes me less inclined to immerse myself in his writing.

Do you recommend Wind-Up Bird Chronicle? I’ve heard it’s pretty good but I really hated 1Q84, even though I enjoyed Kafka on the Shore.

No. 137567

i hard a hard time finishing kafka in the shore bc the women just felt like props for the male narrator. i tried reading other books of his and gave up bc it felt like he was writing the same book over and over with just minor details altered.

as far as japanses writiers go i really enjoy natsuo kirino's perspective, although her books tend to have inconclusive endings.

No. 137613

I would rec Wind-Up Bird Chronicle if you liked KOTS. I liked some of the characters a lot. You will probably find similar issues with his writing though. Especially around female characters. Once again it involves a woman vanishing. Although like I said I really enjoyed the character of May Kasahara.

No. 137641

I adore Natsuo Kirino. I recommend Kanae Minato and Mieko Kawakami as well if you like her works. They don't hold back.

No. 137698

thanks for the rec nona! kawakami's breasts and eggs is on my to-read pile already, i'll look up kanae minato as well!

No. 137706

Of course! Breasts And Eggs really hit me as a woman. I could relate a lot to the characters. It's really complex, no easy conclusions but also satisfying I felt. I can't wait for her next release later in May. From Minato- both Confessions and Penance had me absolutely riveted. Tore through both. Not afraid to delve into women's rage and despair and ugly feelings.

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What the hell was his problem?

No. 137743

He preferred not to.

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What are some historic examples of the character dynamic of "enemies to lovers" in a romantic plot or subplot. Looking for pre-20th century examples.

No. 137947

Knuckles and Rouge from Sonic the Hedgehog

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This book is quoted so much on r/menwritingwomen.
I think it's honestly the worst Murakami book I read.

Well aside from a book from the other Murakami (Ryu Murakami). Ryu Murakami is an atrocious author in my opinion. I read Almost Transparent Blue, got to the rape gangbang with fetishised black guys and honestly had to stop for a while. It's such a cheap ridiculous smut yet so many people hold it in high regard, I even read it only because it was my ex bf's favourite book (no we did not break up because of his taste in books).
I only can read so many descriptions of a swollen red pulsing vulva of a drugged up prostitute being raped by huge black penis and how every man sometimes fantasises about killing a woman after raping her.

I'm honestly so tired of the 'ooh gritty realism with shit, rape, dead women and drugs' genre of books that so many pretentious people always cite as their favourites. See Palahniuk's newer books. And I kinda wish so many Japanese authors weren't so perverted in a way that legit makes their books kinda ridiculous to read. I guess I just don't see the art of group rape or pissing yourself on drugs.

No. 137961

>See Palahniuk's newer books
Aren't all of them like this?

No. 137970

My first thought was Pride and Prejudice, but that’s probably obvious. If you’re fine with plays, then Shakespeare also has Much Ado About Nothing, and Taming of the Shrew. There’s also North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. There are also a couple of examples of “enemies to lovers” where it’s more of an external thing, e.g. rival families or sides in war, but it’s missing the initial combative interpersonal relationship element, like Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, etc.

No. 137976

>I kinda wish so many Japanese authors weren't so perverted
imo the (contemporary) japanese writers most likely to get western attention happen to be the bizzare or edgy ones. there are plenty of good tasteful writers that either don't get marketed much overseas or just don't get translated at all.

No. 137979

ooh i saw the film adaptations of confessions and penance, i'll definitely check out the books too! didn't know the og writer was female

No. 137987

Female and amazing. Started writing later in life. Wish all of her works were translated into multiple languages. Worth reading for sure. I think I read both in one sitting. The little narrative details from the characters are great.

No. 137988

Exactly, plenty out there. Also many female Japanese writers who you could call edgy but I would fiercely defend. Their writing often contains very justified pushback at the societal expectations and confines of being a woman and when it veers into the grotesque, shocking, perverse, etc. It feels purposeful.

No. 138026

Yeah, I mostly meant male Japanese authors. I'm definitely behind in reading female Japanese authors so I'm looking forward to read the few mentioned in this thread.

When I was in a Japanese high-school for a while, the books we read weren't that perverted. I remember we only read male authors and the books were mostly about the beauty of death or suicide. But as you said, most books I can find where I am are the newer ones that tend to be like that - and I'm not sure if it's to appeal to West, I rather think Japanese culture is (also) very influenced by porn right now. Almost Transparent Blue is from the 70s though, it's not that new.

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Really loving the discussion on Japanese literature! Kanae Minato rocks; like >>137987 I also read Penance in one sitting. For another recommendation, try Banana Yoshimoto. Her work is very cozy in the sense that it's concerned with the every day lives of the heroine, yet there's a touch of magical realism and romance that always sweeps me away… In high school my favourite novel of hers was Kitchen, though one character is a sympathetic tranny so YMMV. Despite that, I still find some passages to be so poetic that they bring me to tears. Lately, I've been thinking of Goodbye Tsugumi more and more. If "psychological slice of life" was a genre, Yoshimoto would fit that perfectly.

No. 138048

>the books were mostly about the beauty of death or suicide
Would love to read those! Do you remember any titles?smells like Yukio Mishima Wonder if those novels got translated into English.
Thanks to the recs in the last few posts I grabbed Breasts and Eggs (totally wanted to read it before it got released, but forgot later on lmfao) as well as the two novels by Kanae Minato. Thanks!
I remember wanting to read Banana Yoshimoto's novels for years. They became sold out due to all the weebs wanting to read contemporary japanese prose. When I finally got them, I was terribly disappointed. Not only I paid an inflated price for those tiny books, the stories didn't grab me. I found them kind of dry, more like a sketch of a novel than a finished product. I don't intend to claim that my experience is universal, but just had to share the disappointment.

No. 138050

Me too re: beauty of death and suicide. A strangely high number of the modern Japanese literary greats did off themselves in their 30's but only some of them explicitly talked about suicide or death in the manner anon described.

I would also suggest you look into Yoko Ogawa. I really liked The Diving Pool: Three Novellas and Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales. Pretty sure she has been mentioned upthread but Sayaka Murata's books are quick reads and darkly hilarious and disturbing.

I will defend Piercing by Ryu Murakami because the female character totally turns the tables on her would be male victimizer. Still has issues though. Which is why I prefer reading female authors.

No. 138073

Any good new-ish or underrated thrillers ladies? I’ve read too many and they’ve become predictable…

No. 138083

I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers/mysteries lately, I find that they’re particularly good if you’re in a rut with reading because you get so absorbed in the story (that is, if they’re any good) that you steamroll the whole thing in a few hours, so I’ll try posting some recommendations.

1. The Hole by Hue-Young Pyun
> After a devastating car accident that kills his wife, a man finds himself completely paralyzed and unable to speak. His mother-in-law is thankfully there to take care of him.

2. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
>A Silicon Valley entrepreneur recreates his dead wife as a robot five years after an accident took her life. She struggles to adjust to normal life, with questions about their relationship, herself, and the circumstances around her death.

3. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
>When his neighbor kills her abusive ex-husband in self-defense, a retired mathematics professor helps manufacture the perfect alibi. The detective on the case consults with one of the professor’s former college friends, a physics teacher, and they each struggle to outmaneuver the other.

Yoshimoto is one of my favorite authors! I can understand why some people like >>138048 would find her books boring, they’re very understated and quiet, not very intense in terms of plot. But what I love about her is that quiet quality. There’s this sense of melancholy optimism in all her work, I think every story of hers alludes to death and alienation in some major way, but she doesn’t really focus on that, more on how you continue living afterward. My favorite of hers is The Lake, which was partially inspired by the Tokyo subway sarin attack, but is a really delicate, tender love story. If you have any more recommendations for similar authors, I’d love to hear them!

No. 138084

I LOVE Banana Yoshimoto and have since I was a teenager, it made me so happy to see this post! Imo “Kitchen” gets a pass on the troon character - Eriko never pretends she wasn’t a man and that she’s a Real Wamen, and she’s a good person on the whole. “Goodbye Tsugumi” was always my favorite though. Actually gave it to my niece for Christmas last year; she said she was hooked from the first pages. “NP” was really great too. Fucked up and moody and beautiful. I still think about the “if I fell in love with a woman I’d feel like I’d won the Triple Crown” bit all the time.

No. 138089

I think I may give Yoshimoto another chance. The Lake sounds really interesting, I'm fascinated by Aum Shinrikyo and the terrorist attack itself (I read Murakami's nonfiction book on the topic). NP also seems more interesting to me than the previous novels that I tried to read:
>In N.P., Banana Yoshimoto’s enchanting novel of uncanny subtlety, style, magic, and mystery, a celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English. But the book, itself titled N.P., may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death too—including Kazami Kano’s boyfriend, Shoji. Haunted by Shoji’s death, Kazami is inexorably drawn to three young people whose lives are intimately bound to the late writer and his work. Over the course of an astonishing summer, she will discover the truth behind the ninety-eighth story—and she will come to believe that “everything that had happened was shockingly beautiful, enough to make you crazy.”
Maybe I will end up uninterested for the third time, but it sure is worth giving it a shot.

No. 138106

nonnies, talking about japanese female writers, there's this book I've been looking for for a long time. I remember reading it from the library a few years ago but I never finished and I just can't seem to remember the name of it and it's haunting me
It's about a group of little girls who are friends on a city on the country side of Japan. I remember very clearly that the city either had the cleanest air or cleanest water or something like that. One day they are playing at a park near a school and a stranger aproaches them and asks for one of them to sort of guide him through the school and then some time later when they go look for that girl they find her body on a classroom, being clear that she was raped and then killed.
The book is basically about the lives of these friends after they grow up with the trauma, I remember that the first one ends up in an abusive marriage in France.
That's all I really recall from that book, if anyone knows which book it is I would really appreciate

No. 138111

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Penance by Kanae Minato might be what you're thinking of.
>When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later. Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after the Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter's murder.

No. 138194

Thank you. Will check these out.

No. 138488

I just finished Convenience Store Woman, does anyone have recommendations for other books about autistic or mentally ill women? I’ve read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and intend to read Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. Looking for realistic or unpleasant (though still empathetic) depictions rather than the ‘tragic/quirky beauty who isn’t uncomfortably weird’ trope.

No. 138492

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Moshfegh is also good. You may also like New Me by Halle Butler.

No. 138591

Her other book, Earthlings, is in same vein. If you are okay with some heavy themes, childhood physical and sexual abuse.

No. 138604

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i’ve read three haruki murakami books so far and like .. is it his life’s goal to include pedophilia in all his stories or what

No. 138611

Loved that book but it's absolutely bonkers. Disturbing and hilarious (not the abuse obviously).

No. 138620

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Reading this because I found it while browsing my therapist's library and she let me borrow it. The premise is interesting I guess but I feel as though some of the descriptions and scenes the author tries to build are really just going over my head. I find myself having to read a paragraph two and three times only to realize she's describing some building.

No. 138621

What books did you read? I somehow don't remember pedo themes but I was a braindead teen then. I wonder if I read the ones you did
the ending was the most disturbing thing. Major tw for gore and canibalism

No. 138624


>the ending was the most disturbing thing.

I was actually impressed. Like, oh shit she is really fully committing, just 100 percent doubling down on the cannibalism and murder. Gutsy. Although the way she narrated the abuse and the self defensive killing were also really disturbing.

No. 138627

it’s not that i think he’s necessarily glorifying pedophilia but it’s just a reoccurring element in the books i’ve read of his. i’m nearly finished reading norwegian wood and what was the point of the whole story about the lady at naeko’s psych ward who was essentially seduced by a 13 year old lesbian who framed her for pedophilia out of spite it was just so random. 1Q84 also went into graphic detail about the rape of a prepubescent girl and then kafka on the shore. i wouldn’t call this pedophilia per say but the 50 something year old woman who had sex with the teenage protagonist. okay. although i can forgive this book because i think he was definitely paying tribute to the oedipous myth

anyway it doesn’t particularly bother me but it’s just a common reoccurring thing i’ve noticed so far. or maybe his other books are different.

No. 138632

NTA but the man clearly has some issues. I've read those books too and I'd actually say it was pedophilic as shit each time and made me extremely uncomfortable. Combine his penchant for including child abuse in his books with his nationality and how loosey goosey Japan is about depicting minors… Not good news imo.

No. 138635

I vaguely remember something being off about the narrator's relationship with Yuki (Dance, dance, dance), but no details. No wonder the poor girl inspired a Love Plus waifu tho

No. 138643

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>those spoilers
this is scrote brain on plot twists

No. 138648

nta, but I read "the new me" last night because of your comment and