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Thought I would start a thread about books we have read, are currently reading, or plan to read. I am always looking for good suggestions for books (Goodreads and such). I thought I would see what y'all are reading.

I'll start. I just finished reading I am Watching You (mystery), and I am reading Dan Brown's new book Origins. I am also listening to Anna Karenina on audiobooks (I have a long commute, so this is how I am passing that time).

I am Watching You is good, and a fairly easy read. I am only a few chapters into Origins, but it is good so far.

Anna Karenina is really good, but it is extremely long. I am about a 1/3 of the way through it. It is my "large book" that I want to knock out this year. Last year, it was the Count of Monte Cristo. Great story, but it was really long.

So, what are y'all reading? Any particular genre you prefer?
 
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Is this limited to fiction?

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No. Whatever you are reading. I will hit a biography here and there myself.
 

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At the Existentialist Cafe

Strangers in their Own Land (SWLA-based book by sociologist - compelling)

Wide Sargasso Sea
 
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I'm currently reading The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Just looked this one up. About living in the Soviet gulag system--I will have to wait until I am in a frame of mind to tackle that one, but it definitely sounds interesting.
 

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Currently blowing through the Bosch novels by Mike Connolly at a rate of one every couple of days. They're good, easy reading. I stopped to read the recent Frontlines Military SciFi book and now I'm back at with Echo Park. I have a couple biographies and some other SciFi stuff stashed after I'm done with these.
 

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i've started re-reading

recently finished:
animal farm
1984
adventures of tom sawyer (first time reading)
alienist (first time reading)

currently working on:
chasing the scream: the first and last days of the war on drugs (audible)
the time machine
darkness at noon

after i finish darkness at noon, i think its time to read an upbeat book or two.
 
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i've started re-reading

recently finished:
animal farm
1984
adventures of tom sawyer (first time reading)
alienist (first time reading)

currently working on:
chasing the scream: the first and last days of the war on drugs (audible)
the time machine
darkness at noon

after i finish darkness at noon, i think its time to read an upbeat book or two.
Yeah, I recently re-read Common Sense. I have done the same with the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and To Kill a Mockingbird (maybe my all time favorite book).

After I read Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank), I had to find something lighter myself (Ready Player One).
 

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This one is on my to read list. Let me know what you think when you are done.
well, it should go on my "What are you reading (again)?" list

This is probably my 6th or so time reading it. I think it's incredible. I don't think you need to have read Jane Eyre to really get what's going on. I have a pdf with relevant passages from that novel that give you the requisite background to understand what you need to understand about Antoinette/Bertha

I like it for a number of reasons. First, I think it's a beautifully managed setting. It's gorgeous, but the beauty is although menacing and threatening. It has a very Gothic-esque macabre shade to it. Paradise, superficially, but malevolent and hostile. I just love the setting. And the man made buildings are also hanging on for life, typically falling apart or in ruins.

I also absolutely love the sadness surrounding the character of Antoinette. One tragedy after another and she's just trying to hold on to a fleeting sanity. She's perpetually marginalized from her childhood. A mixed race girl in a segregated, patriarchial society. A family now-rich-once-poor-once-rich in an economically hierarchial society, post-emancipation (but not really). She doesn't belong anywhere and constantly seeks safety, never able t find it. And when she thinks she has the best chance at it, it's taken away.

The depiction of the relationship is also heart wrenching. There are some excellent descriptions of a relationship in which someone invests himself/herself and his/her own happiness in someone else. That's a precarious and vulnerable place to be. And it doesn't always work out.

It also helps if you understand 'death' can also mean sexual climax - le petit mort. There's a seminal scene in which this meaning is key to understanding the male's oppressive dominance over Antoinette.

Setting is amazing. Characterization is deep and conflicted. Relationship is complex and feels real despite being overtly surreal.

There's also the class commentary, and a bit of historical background on the various islands and places and how slavery worked and colonization operated will probably help. If you can get the Norton Critical Edition, it has a lot of helpful footnotes.

It's a beautiful book.

But don't watch the movies. They turned it into softcore porn. I know at least one of the versions is NC-17.

I'm happy to share additional thoughts when you get around to it.

I first picked it up years ago, when my wife and I were dating. She loved the feminine main character and felt that the struggles and vulnerabilities she went through were real - some she'd experienced.

Definitely recommend - glad it's on your list.
 

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