I‘m never gonna finish this book and I‘m ok with that
It's heavy! Love it, find it a bit boring, then Moore is blowing my mind. One moment it's dull, next moment the best book ever 😂
The semi-annual library clearance sale is always good for trying new things! You'll also spot 2 brand new Barnes books in there: the tagged one and Firstlife. Anyone read these? 📚📚📚
All of these (except the 2 new ones) for $5! 💃🏽💃🏽
1. Thor: Ragnorak, Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and The Quiet Place—they‘re all tied!!
2. A date? What‘s that? 34 years married and counting!
3. 7? I‘m not really lucky! 😁
4. I DNF‘d the tagged book, but not because I didn‘t like it. I started reading it with a group and realized a couple of chapters in that it is a beautiful, very complex book that deserves a slow pace and close attention to truly appreciate. I plan to read when I have time.
The Boroughs in Northhampton provides the backdrop for the epic Jerusalem. This Oikos is an #englishhouse which remains true to Moore's heritage and literary style. Could do with being hacked away at to make a more succinct, sharply formed novel but in spite of these flaws it's an unforgettable read - for all the right reasons!
#aprella @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen
Finally finished this chunkster as an audiobook. It was hard to follow on audiobook (although the narrator was amazing!) and I may reread at some point. It is a sprawling epic tale spanning ancient times to modern times. Great interesting characters that tie together in varying ways.
2. Had my students totally engaged in reading Julius Caesar!
3. The tagged book. I started it but found it was too rich, too complex and savor-worthy for the amount of attention I could give it at the time. I plan to revisit when I can enjoy it lingeringly!
4. Work 😞
5. Will do!
"It was as if life were some great big impersonal piece of machinery, like all the things they had in factories that would keep rolling on whatever happened. Getting born was just the same as getting your coat lining caught up in its wheels. Life pulled you in and that was that, you were enmeshed in all its circumstances, all its gears, until you reached the other end and got spat out, into a fancy box if you were lucky."
"The plunge of Grafton Street gushed with a growling steel and rubber torrent, vehicle flow swollen by a rain of lunchtime drinkers . . . threatening to overspill its banks. White-water driving by some Netto Fabulous crash-dummy who bled Burberry, shooting the traffic island rapids in his hotwired kayak, home to Jimmy's End across the river in the west . . . squinting in the spindrift of oncoming headlights." I love this metaphor!
Thank holy heaven that's over! Honestly, only my determination to best this behemoth kept me going. Overwritten, overblown and overwrought with characterisation that veered from thin to dubious and a structure that mistakes convolution for complexity. The chapters "Upstairs" were more readable but ultimately left to languish. An absolute mess of self-indulgence and flawed rhetoric. For the love of God, is there an editor in the house?!
I thought today's #riotgrams was going to be really tricky, then I remembered that I have this in my audiobook queue. Alan Moore's latest could not be more #setnearwhereyoulive for me - he's writing about my hometown and the districts right near where I live. He lives here too. Know where to go and you can see him drinking in the pub!
Whenever I head into Powell's City of Books, I avoid New Releases & Bestsellers; and hunt instead for New-To-Me Authors & Backlist Bargains. I spent most of this trip in the Gold Room (SFF) and in the Blue Room (Literature.) After hours stack stalking across 3 of the 4 stories, stairs & concrete floors; and much deliberation, I ended up w/the above pictured #BookHaul. 🙂💸📚#GetIndie
Just thought I'd check on how I was doing...19 hours! How it's that even possible?! 😭😧
I had to ditch the hardcover behemoth from the library, the weight and the tiny font were making it too difficult. I've been reading this in fits and starts for weeks now and it isn't working so I'm going to have #onemoretry at putting a real dent in it today! #JuneTunz
Making good on returning all of my library books to focus on the books I own. Luckily my old roommate left this 31 bag at my house or I don't know how I'd haul them all. (I also have a backpack full of books to return)
I picked up this beast from my library the other day. 1200 pages, give or take, and a ridiculously tiny font (as I've tried to illustrate on the right. It's so physically difficult to read I might have to risk it and buy the Kindle edition to save my poor eyes and wrists!
As a runner and someone who has run a few marathons, I keep coming back to books like this and infinite jest. There is something challenging and rewarding in these books much the same as training and finishing a marathon. It's hell of a lot of work, but it will be worth it....at least that is what I tell myself
I featured the ladies earlier today. Here are the #Audies2017 finalists in the Best Male Narrator category. I always love seeing Simon Vance's name in this category. I own Jerusalem, but wow is that a time commitment.
#FunFridayphoto This was a really hard one for me because I didn't really have many titles starting with J on my TBR list especially books that I've been wanting to read for a long time. I've wanted to read this since it came out, does that count? I hope to get to it this year.
Well, I may be the most blessed book reader on the West Coast. My favorite independent bookstore, Green Apple Bookstore, just did a pop up at my new workplace! Apparently they do this every year. It's bonkers. They bring the books and give us a discount! ?!? 😳Plus my favorite bookseller, Martin was here so I loaded up on his expert recommendations! Bonkers. Now I just want to read through the lunch hour!
"If you had a population that were miserable and restless because they had nowhere bearable to live, then the preferred solution seemed not to be spending money on improving their condition but on hiring more police in case things should turn ugly, housing these new myrmidons in properties from which the itchy and disgruntled man-herds were already serendipitously purged."
I admit that Bolano's "2666" & Murakami's "1q84" are numbers (jury is still out on Murakami's). I couldn't resist the opportunity to put my treasured three volume box sets together.