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Lolita
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
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Becker
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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The story itself was uncomfortable to read from beginning to end but my oh my... let‘s talk about the writing. I am dazzled by it. I will definitely re-read this book at some point. I was so distracted by the language that I feel I missed lots of subtleties in the story. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jeremy Irons and it was fabulous. He does amazing things with Humbert‘s character.

CaseyLea I‘ve been meaning to read this for years, so thanks for the reminder! 😊 5d
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Paperback.Propensity
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Mehso-so

I had expectations that were not met. There were just too many parts where he droned on and on about things of little/no importance. Sometimes the prose was lovely. Sometimes it was just too much. There are parts that really hit me. But over all I think the first and last chapter are the best parts. I didn't take much away from it.

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veritysalter
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#GratefulReads - Day Fifteen - #BannedBook I was actually shocked how many “banned books” I have on my shelves.

Scochrane26 I‘ve read a lot, too. Of course, most of our classics & books assigned in school have been banned books. 4w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 4w
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Paperback.Propensity
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

2. "In a sage brush wilderness, between Pinedale and Farson." (Lolita)

3. Water

#weekendreads

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Paperback.Propensity
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Feeling tortured by Part Two, Chapter Two of Lolita. Please. Please no more droning on. I'm having Moby Dick flashbacks.

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jdtchicago
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.

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jdtchicago
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

I recall certain moments, let us call them icebergs in paradise, when after having had my fill of her –after fabulous, insane exertions that left me limp and azure-barred–I would gather her in my arms with, at last, a mute moan of human tenderness (her skin glistening in the neon light coming from the paved court through the slits in the blind, her soot-black lashes matted, her grave gray eyes more vacant than ever–for all the world...

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Paperback.Propensity
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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My used copy of Lolita came in the mail today.
I really like this cover; a lot of editions of Lolita are provocative, but she is just a kid, so though I didn't know what edition I was getting, I really like the cover on this one. They are the legs of a child, that is plainly obvious.

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starlight97
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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This was just so controversial. It certainly makes you think about a lot of things. I think I didn't like it as much as when I read it for the first time about five years ago, but it was still good.
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chrissyreadit I read this many years ago, and I do not remember any of it. I do not think I would like it at all if I read it now. 2mo
starlight97 @Chrissyreadit I can totally see why 🙂 2mo
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Jazinator
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Book #98: This was a rather odd book for me. At first I thought the book would never, ever, make it on to my Must Read List because of the semi-pornographic nature of the book. But it was worse than that, it made me feel awkward because it is all about a man who has a sexual interest in pre-pubescent girls (around the age of 12-14). So all the while I...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2011/02/the-306-greatest-books-98-lolita.html

#100greatestbooks

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Emu
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#day3 #7days7covers Post a cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed

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Mandigolightly
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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It‘s Banned Books Week 2019! Time to subvert censorship and read a book “they” tried to keep you from! Intellectual freedom is a fragile, vital thing even today, and we have to protect it.

I‘ll be reading Lolita by Nabokov this year

ElizaMarie Lolita was a tough read for me but the writing was amazing! 3mo
Mandigolightly @ElizaMarie that‘s what I‘ve heard! I‘m looking forward to it 3mo
ElizaMarie Do you mind if I steal your pick and your blurb about banned books (to post on my Facebook so as to encourage others to read banned books?) 3mo
Mandigolightly @ElizaMarie the pic belongs to the ala office of intellectual freedom, so it‘s fair use, but you‘re welcome to the blurb! 3mo
ElizaMarie Thank you!!! 3mo
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sarahnicoloff
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.

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Sbk89
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Panpan

I‘m on the last few chapters of this... it got boring real fast to me.
His writing started to get on my nerves, for it takes him 2 to 3 paragraphs, just to get to a simple point, and at intense climaxes.
He goes off topic excessively in my opinion.
Sometimes I feel like he elongated things just so the book doesn‘t seem too short.
The story is interesting, but I wouldn‘t read it again.
Since it‘s a classic, I had to see the fuss. @Clwojick

Clwojick Darn! I suppose you can‘t love them all 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hope the next book you read is more enjoyable. ♥️ 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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squirrelbrain Hadn‘t thought of this one.... good thinking! 👍 4mo
Cinfhen Read this book last year, so glad I did! It definitely fits today‘s prompt 😬 4mo
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen it‘s one of those that‘s been on my TBR for ages, I really must actually read it!! 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s highly readable and not as disturbing as I thought it would be! Go for it!!!! 4mo
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Sbk89
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Going to be frank; as I stroll on some of the best beaches in Tunisia, reading this gruesome novel, I find myself shamefully aroused by this Author‘s writing.

I ended up asking my friend, “am I sick for feeling this way?”
He joke-fully replied, “yes you are sick”.
He had read the book, and understood where I was coming from.
I‘m confused mentally and emotionally by this book, for I‘m disgusted, yet intrigued. 😂

Art piece of a writing!

Andrew65 Wow! What a great beach! So blue. 3mo
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Emu
Lolita | Nabokov Vladimir
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Loved the writing but not the subject #1001books #summereading

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sonrisa00
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

Saw this on a recommendation list and decided to take a read....

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sarahnicoloff
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

At 3 a.m. I swallowed a sleeping pill, and presently, a dream that was not a sequel but a parody revealed to me, with a kind of meaningful clarity, the lake i had never yet visited: it was glazed over with a sheet of emerald ice, and a pockmarked Eskimo was trying in vain to break it with a pickaxe, although imported mimosas and oleanders flowered on its gravelly banks.

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sarahnicoloff
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita, Light of my fire, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.

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Sun3
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Lo-li-ta.

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Teafiend
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

No thank you

marleed It‘s so damn creepy. 5mo
Megabooks Had to bail! 5mo
Teafiend I had no idea what it was about It is on multiple lists of interesting books, most banned etc so I was intrigued And the first few pages of writing was so good But when I was reading some reviews, I understood what I was getting into I just can‘t 5mo
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TheEllieMo
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Penguin classic #Grey spines

#ColorMePretty @Sweetkokoro

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baberj
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

Book Club Theme: read one of the first added to reads on your reading list. I added this a long time ago.

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EmilieGR
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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This was ingeniously done- pushing and manipulating he reader in a horrible, fascinating way

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marleed
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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You'll see him in your nightmares,
you'll see him in your dreams

As disturbing as this book was, listening to Jeremy Irons reading it has haunted me for years. I can‘t bring myself to rate this book because the story is so creepy.

Litsy Challenge Day 7 #MayMovieMagic #BookToMovie #RedRightHand
@cinfhen @rohit-sawant

rohit-sawant I started with this few years ago but bailed. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it when I pick it up next time. 7mo
marleed @rohit-sawant I couldn‘t finish the book either. The audio was at the library and I went that route and remain disturbed by it years later. At the time my now-grown kids had the lion king on video repeat. I‘m telling ya, Scar‘s voice was hard for me to hear. 7mo
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Nidhi_Ashok
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I find it most difficult to express with adequate force that flash, that shiver, that impact of passionate recognition. Well now this is a read!!

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TrinaAnnPion
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Nabokov's craft is simply impeccable in this scandalous story. The story itself has the creepiest narrator/protagonist I've ever encountered in a book. I understand why it's the most band book while still being considered one of the top 100 books written in the twentieth century.

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Gina
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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erint14
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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An incredibly uncomfortable and beautiful novel to read. It's so cleverly written and, by using him as a (unreliable) narrator, you begin to feel something that resembles sympathy for dear old twisted Humbert Humbert until you are suddenly punched in the face with the reminder of what a disgusting man he truly is.

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rebbyj
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Bailedbailed

Didn't make it.

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jouleian
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I'm torn as to how to rate this. This book definitely has five star writing and characterization BUT when you get down to brass tax it is simply over romanticized incestuous pedophilia. And as a mother of five I cannot condone that.

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MelleDelValle
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Beautifully written. Taboo subject. Nabokov is a genius!

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jouleian
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

I'm not entirely sure how in the Sam Hell (amazing book btw) to feel about this book. Its written beautifully and Humbert Humbert is rather entrancing, but I CANNOT stand how he bounces back and forth between first and third person. Idk...#SoConfused

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fandom_hellspawn99
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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It was so hard to narrow down some of my favorite #UniqueCharacterNames
1. Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride
2. Alucard from Hellsing
3. Philip Pirrip (Pip) from Great Expectations
4. Lolita from well Lolita 😂

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
vkois88 Awesome choices 9mo
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HeatherBookNerd
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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New @bookriot post up today. I finally finished Lolita and I have feelings about it. Anyone else ever struggle with a disturbing book?

https://bookriot.com/2019/02/11/my-problem-with-lolita/

Stephaniereads1 It‘s a disturbing book. 10mo
Weaponxgirl I think we should challenge ourselves with books we find hard sometimes but saying that I couldn‘t finish this book and I also think we should trust ourselves when we find something just isn‘t right for us and too disturbing in whatever way. There‘s so many classics ect, there‘s no need to make ourselves read something we find genuinely disturbing, you can still get out of your comfort zone in other ways. 10mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#manicmonday @JoScho

I've never done one of these before, so I decided, why not? 💘

📕 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
🎬 My Girl
🎵 Always by Panic! at the Disco

JoScho My Girl 💕 10mo
Blaire @joscho omg I sobbed and sobbed through this one. 10mo
JoScho When she‘s talking about him needing his glasses 😭 @Blaire (edited) 10mo
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LogiKitty
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Back to this book after probably about seven months! It was buried amongst my other books, and I had lost interest there for a second. We'll see how it goes as I continue!

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Megabooks
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Bailedbailed

Don‘t ask me why I can read Tampa three times, but I can‘t make it through more than a third of Lolita. Honestly, while the lines above are disgusting, it HH‘s excuses couched in flowery prose that‘s really turning me off. I just don‘t care for his narration. 👎🏻👎🏻

j9brown 🤢 Yeah, not interested in reading this one myself, even if it is one of those must-read classics. 10mo
Megabooks @j9brown That‘s how I feel. 10mo
KatieDid927 @j9brown @Megabooks I used to feel the same but recently I‘ve changed my mind to wanting to at least give it a try. Not sure why, I‘m assuming I‘d also bail, but for some reason I want to at least try so then I can hate on it properly. Or something. 10mo
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j9brown @KatieDid927 Report back if you do! @megabooks Maybe I need to look into the author a bit more if/when I do decide to take a stab at it, context could help 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Megabooks @j9brown @KatieDid927 I just finished the true crime account of the girl this is partially based on. It is not graphic. It also goes into Nabokov‘s notes and his writing process. I recommend it. It‘s why I decided to try Lolita. 10mo
KatieDid927 @Megabooks Oh, thanks! I‘ve heard of it but haven‘t checked it out yet. 10mo
j9brown @Megabooks Ooh very interesting! Thanks! 10mo
EleniKara I don‘t blame you, it took me ages to get through it for the same reason, even if it is a relatively small book, the paragraphs are dense. it‘s a hard read but I am weak for Nabokov‘s word play and how well he makes a terribly unlikeable narrator and a super unreliable one. But I can‘t even verbalize how much I felt nauseous reading it. Super interested in the true crime book you read tho!!! Have it on my bookshelf 10mo
Megabooks @KatieDid927 @j9brown I hope y‘all try it out and enjoy it! 10mo
Megabooks @EleniKara I think I like straightforward language better because I‘m usually a sucker for an unreliable narrator. I hope you enjoy the nonfiction. It‘s fascinating. There has been a true fictionalization of Sally‘s story that someone pointed out to me. You may want to check it out. 10mo
Weaponxgirl I bailed on it last year myself. It‘s a really well done book but that was the problem for me, I work with kids and all my red flag alarms where going off in my head constantly. If we had chapters in someone other than Humboldts voice I might have made it further but I just couldn‘t do it. 10mo
Megabooks @Weaponxgirl I can see that. It‘s just disgusting the way he fetishizes her. I can‘t believe people read it when it came out as a young girl seducing an older man. That power dynamic is still very under recognized in cases of sexual harassment and abuse. 10mo
Weaponxgirl @Megabooks yea, I read a case only the other day where a abuser got a reduced sentence as the judge thought the girls were “sexually aggressive “ makes my blood boil when people sexualise children. The adult is always the one who should be held responsible 10mo
Megabooks @Weaponxgirl I saw that over on Twitter. It made me sick. Even if girls are experimenting with flirting, adults should never encourage or act on it!! 10mo
Weaponxgirl @Megabooks right?! Kids experiment with feelings and stuff as they grow up. Your role as the adult is to help them be able to do so in a healthy and safe way. Not take advantage of it. I despair of the world I swear. 10mo
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Megabooks
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Of course I have to read Lolita after reading about her true inspiration. Embarrassed to say I never read it. Perhaps I‘m doing this backwards 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

#litsypartyofone @Ambrosnazzy @MrBook

MrBook Here ya go, @BookBabe ! 10mo
readordierachel I've never read it either 🙊 10mo
BookBabe I read it at just the right age, when I was 18. I loved it. I suspect if I read it now I wouldn‘t enjoy it as much... I hope you like it! 10mo
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Megabooks @MrBook @BookBabe Eighteen would be a better age to read this. But I think at 38, I‘m having trouble looking past the inherent violence and mental illness. How HH was ever thought of in a positive light, idk. There was a part in The Real Lolita that a woman tries to lead a prison book club on it and she‘s all prepared to talk about the fancy prose, and the men just say, seems like a typical pedo. 🤨 10mo
Megabooks @BookBabe @MrBook Also, the movie with Jeremy Irons came out when I was 18ish, and I vaguely remember watching it in a dorm room. The companions and how I felt about the movie have been lost to time! The bff doesn‘t remember it. 10mo
Megabooks @readordierachel I wouldn‘t say I‘m enjoying it so far, but I‘m glad I‘m seeing what all the fuss is about. Spoiler: he‘s a pedophile. 10mo
Reviewsbylola This is a good one. It really stuck with me. 10mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I‘m enjoying it like I enjoyed Tampa. I‘m weird. 😉🤪 10mo
Reviewsbylola Lol yeah I did not enjoy Tampa. Maybe I should give it another go. I truly do not do well with fiction on ebooks for some reason so maybe I need to track down a hard copy. Have you read this book? I absolutely loved it. 10mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Yes! I know I read it, but I don‘t remember it well. Worth a revisit? 10mo
Reviewsbylola I think so. I really loved it! 10mo
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Butterflyamore
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Unhealthy/toxic/delusional/disturbing admiration, but admiration nonetheless. #admirer #literarylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

cathysaid Gorgeous edition 💕 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 10mo
Tashaxlynn This is sitting on my nightstand in my TBR pile. I‘ve been wanting to read it! 10mo
vkois88 I like this cover, I hadn't seen it before 10mo
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ErinSueMreads
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Hey all! I am presenting a social media coordinator presentation interview/proposal for a publishing company. I need suggestions of controversial books and why they were controversial as a slam dunk. What has been controversial (with Implications on the author specifically) in the last year that you can remember? Think Fire and Fury and the backlash from trump supporters. Things like that but doesn‘t have to be political necessarily. Go!

thebacklistbook Also Amanda Lovelace in general tends to be divisive. She writes for herself first. That runs lots of people the wrong way. 10mo
thebacklistbook *rubs people the wrong way. 10mo
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Weaponxgirl Marie kondo 😂 I think so many news outlets have picked up on the book binning fury 10mo
justagirlhighonbooks Should I even suggest Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie?😂 10mo
ErinSueMreads Okay these are all A+ answers. Also I spit my water out laughing at yours @justagirlhighonbooks . Thank you so much @thebacklistbook @Weaponxgirl @tjwill @plemmdog 10mo
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jessinikkip
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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This is a beautifully written book about an ugly man and an ugly topic. This book was one everyone said I had to read start to finish, so I did, but it was a hard read. I did enjoy how the author uses that brilliant wordplay but that was the only thing I liked. Ultimately it was a 40 something year old man assaulting a 12 year old using coersion and threats to keep her in line. @TheReadingMermaid

jessinikkip As a survivor of this kind of assault, it just made it that much more painful to read. 10mo
TheReadingMermaid when people told you that you needed to read this book from start to finish what do you think they were trying to have you achieve? 10mo
jessinikkip I dont know. Either to see that it does change in the end or to just not have me give up. Most of my close friends would probably know Id give up without really giving it a chance just by knowing what its about 10mo
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jessinikkip @TheReadingMermaid if they hadnt have all told me to read it, I honestly probably wouldnt have chosen it at all 10mo
TheReadingMermaid Completely understandable. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I really appreciate it 💕🤗🤗🤗💕 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ugh...I really don‘t think I can read this one....I know I should, but nope. 10mo
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jessinikkip
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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"A bad accident is to happen quite soin"

I have to say that Im not really a fan of these inserted glimpses into the future here. Like, I feel like Im not being allowed to be hit with the big surprises other books can swing at you with because of them. Its starting to be repetitive and annoying. At least Im too busy hating them to hate Humbert as much, I guess

@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Haha LOL 😋 Love reading these 10mo
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jessinikkip
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"I felt proud of myself. I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor. Absolutely no harm done."

Just... Is there a word for when you are so done you dont even have words for how fricking done you are? This is just repulsive to me. Honestly it was this line earlier that made me set the book aside for a lighter option before work.

@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Thank you for sharing with me. I look forward to your future posts. 😘💕 11mo
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jessinikkip
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"Oh, I press the trigger all right, but one bullet after another feebly drops on the floor from the sheepish muzzle. In those dreams, my only thought is to conceal the fiasco from my foe, who is slowly growing annoyed."

Even in his dreams he feels inadequate and under-performs because of it. This book is painfully slow going for ne, but I will finish it.

@TheReadingMermaid

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jessinikkip
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"After all, Dante fell madly in love with his Beatrice when she was nine, a sparkling girleen, painted and lovely and bejeweled, in a crimson frock and this was in 1274 in Florence at a private feast in the month of May."

TheReadingMermaid I would like to hear more of your thoughts on this book. Care to share with me? How are you enjoying it so far? 11mo
jessinikkip I had to clock in to work so I had to stop reading shortly after this. So far I like it, but due to some personal stuff its been hard reading it, but I do still see how it is a good book 11mo
jessinikkip @TheReadingMermaid Ill be glad to tag you in future posts 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Yes please do tag me. My interest is piqued and I'm very into what you have to say about it. 😃 11mo
jessinikkip Absolutely, I will! 11mo
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