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What are you reading now? What is the next book you're reading? Feel free to rate the above anon's book.
Finished reading "A Really Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. At 500 pages, it was a long read. It talks about the evolution of humans, and ends with humans destroying other species. And it stops there. It was well written. Would I read it again? No.
Next up, sampling some books, including "Working" by Studs Terkel and "The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life" by Jesse Bering.
There are so many books to read. I'm addicted to reading. I want to read, oh, a minimum of 60 minutes per day is good. At the end of the year I should accumulate to 365 hours.
I forgot when I bought the kobo mini, but I have logged 107.8 hours so far. I hope to log about 1,000 hours in 3 years or so.
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Tolstoy is my favourite author, be it Confession, Resurrection, Ilych, Kingdom of God, whatever. But after reading AK I can't help but feel a little...meh
It wasn't the writing that was the issue. It was beautiful, be it the descriptions of sweeping Russian countryside or the inner workings of a crazed women's mind, I appreciated it.
It wasn't the story, which encompassed an impassioned love merrygoround and a social commentary on peasantry.
It wasn't the characters, of which I especially liked Stiva and Levin. But overall, I found it hard to be awed and compelled, and connect with the story and characters on a deep level, something foreign to me when it comes to Tolstoy.
In this case, I think the sum of the parts IS greater than the whole. I could agree with anyone who said it's a great book, because it really is...but I didn't enjoy it
>random vomiting of thoughts over
PS. The Levin plotline was fantastic, the AK plot ironically I thought tedious
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>Ginny Weasley's first romantic entanglement is a schoolgirl crush on Harry Potter, which ends with her rescue by him from the Chamber of Secrets. From there, she remains apparently unattached until she hooks up with Michael Corner, a Ravenclaw student. That relationship ends in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Michael shifts his attention to Cho Chang, and Ginny begins dating Dean Thomas. She breaks up with Dean in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, finally winning the affection of the only boy she has ever really cared about, Harry.
There's no explanation why she liked Harry Potter so much in the first place?
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Okay it might come off as a little "wtf", but I always enjoyed a novel that left you feeling like you just got kicked really hard in the stomach. When words can move you to such a degree, I feel as though that's true literature.
SO, what books do you recommend to leave me feeling as though I was just kicked in the gut? Books such as The Road did it, The Girl Next Door--you know, the classics and whatnot, but I'd enjoy some obscure novels that perhaps not many have heard of. All is welcome, and thanks for your suggestions!
goddammit why can't I pace myself
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I haven't read in forever now and it drives me up a wall, because I enjoy reading. I don't remember when it started, but for a while now every time I try to read a book, or a play, or a poem, it doesn't sink in. My eyes SEE it, but they don't READ it. They just run over the words. No matter how slow I go I don't take anything in. For example, I was reading The Stranger and I was only a few pages in and I kept going back to reread them. I had to go back and reread the page after the keeper comes in cause I last remembered the Arab woman and the gaudy scarf, and then he's talking about the guy twirling the thin moustache. At first I thought, "wait that doesn't make any sense, the only one there is the Arab girl." Which is fine, if she wants a moustache, but I figured that would be a detail Mersault first noticed.
It's kind of hard to explain more clearly. I read and it seems like I'm in a mist - I can't focus on the words, the ones hiding above and under the line I'm trying to read keep jumping out at me and throwing me off.
If it helps, I'm reading on a Kindle Paperwhite. Maybe it's just hard to read e-Readers? That doesn't make much sense though, cause I always read on the computer, and if anything the Paperwhite screen seems more conducive to reading than a computer screen. Does /lit/ have any tips or explanations? I miss reading, I've done it ever since I was a kid. That, and it's one less thing I do during the day. I hate feeling unproductive.