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AlexMay

AlexMay

Joined February 2017

I read on trains. 🇬🇧
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Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
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Mongrels: A Novel by Stephen Graham Jones
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The Wayward Bus | John Steinbeck
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Steinbeck has always been enjoyable for me. Smooth words and rough social subjects; goes in like a warm coffee. All the better with company in precautionary isolation.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Story time! Today I sat in a cafe and finally decided to put pen to page in this fantastic creative writing exercise book. It was busy in the London café and the characters varied. I wrote a short story about an eccentric man that came and sat to my left. Then a group of city-types sat at my right. It turned out they were local publishers having a morning meeting about fishing short stories from the slush pile. That‘s as far as the story goes!

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Tortilla Flat | John Steinbeck
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I'm a bit of an idiot. Just started reading this book and I read some of the forward WHICH HAD MAJOR SPOILERS IN. I get it, it's an old book, but some kind of warning would've been nice.

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Impatient to start this book by @MLRio

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I feel like I know this book well before having read it. I loved Ron Wimberley's graphic novel adaptation. In fact, it might be my favourite graphic novel of all time. Only 10 short chapters in so far and Bradbury's poetic, lyric style is sucking me in like a kid to a cotton-candy stall.

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I might make a few enemies on here today, but I destroy books. I turn the corners of pages - but I like to feel as though a book is like a scruffy dog, always at your side. Not a precious butterfly wing, inherited to be kept pristine. For those bibliophiles that disagree; It's ok - I usually use my kobo ;)

Centique That's a lovely image - a book as a scruffy dog. I won't be lending you any books though! 😋Just kidding - you can treat books any way you like. My favourite books are falling apart from many reads. 6y
AlexMay @Centique It's ok I don't blame you! A friend lent me a book last year and I haven't read it because I'm scared of creasing it. 6y
Notafraidofwords I treat my books the same. Please, don't judge me lol 😳😐 6y
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Sace I'm another destroyer of books. I use bookmarks for the most part but if I'm getting up for just a moment I will just lay the open book down cover up. I like books that are well-read and have been through the ringer. 😊 6y
JazzFeathers I like books with a history, l do like it buying them second hand. But l treat mine very kindly, to the point sometimes don't even look read. What can l say? ;) 6y
AlexMay @Sace I agree. I think I bend my corners because my commute has a particular rhythm - bear with me - a long train journey and then queuing followed by a bus. I like to think when I'm ancient I'll see the pattern there in my books if I choose to re-read anything. 6y
AlexMay @JazzFeathers I guess you're showing the book some respect! Like a ninja reader - gone without a trace. 6y
Sace @AlexMay I am sure you will. 6y
JoeStalksBeck I do the same. I tagged the pages, write notes, underline , dog ear. For me it makes them mine. It's personal 6y
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Housekeeping: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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Don't they know how dangerous it is to put a bookshop on my way to work every day? It's always been a struggle to walk past the door of Foyles in Waterloo station.

Notafraidofwords One of my favorites 😀 6y
andrew61 I read gilead a few years ago and keep meaning to reread and her other books as she is so well liked. I enjoyed gilead from recollection. 6y
AlexMay @Notafraidofwords That's a positive! 6y
AlexMay @andrew61 I had to look that up. Did not realise she'd written a Pulitzer! 6y
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I finished this yesterday before work and it ruined me for the day! Nevertheless it was a memorable and thought-provoking read about mental illness and the female body (lots of things flowing from orifices). Beautifully translated too I must say - by Deborah Smith. My only gripe being that it was such a small book and the characters were either good, a victim, or male. But perhaps that's the point.

BostonBookAddict I like it too and also agree it was too short. I would have loved to hear more from the main character's pov. 6y
AlexMay @BostonBookAddict yeah! I was waiting for an italic section in the last chapter but maybe she was already dead and incoherent by then. 6y
BostonBookAddict @AlexMay btw love the pics you posted! Such key points from the book! Especially the painting one. That section of the book definitely stood out to me. 6y
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AlexMay @BostonBookAddict I had no idea it was made into a film. I almost posted the sex scene that followed but remembered at the last minute that's probably not appropriate haha!! 6y
BostonBookAddict @AlexMay I had no idea it was made into a film! I am going to watch it now. The scene would have made for a very interesting posting :-) 6y
AlexMay @BostonBookAddict that's one film I think I'll pass on. At least until I've recovered from the book! ;) 6y
BostonBookAddict @AlexMay I read the book a while ago so I might be ok. I'll let you know how it is :-) 6y
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Hemingway's Cats | Carlene Brennen
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Does anyone else like to draw? I really like these Seawhite of Brighton notebooks; They're half ruled and half plain. I'm not paid to promote them, I promise!

Maike Wow, great drawing! Looks like the Lying Cat from Saga 😄 (edited) 6y
Alfoster Wait. Did you draw that? It's awesome! 6y
AlexMay @Maike I keep meaning to read those. Just did a quick Google to see what you mean and you're right! 6y
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AlexMay @Alfoster Thank you! I did but from a photo. I'm not allowed pets in my apartment 😒 6y
cobwebmoth Beautiful drawing! 6y
AlexMay @cobwebmoth Thank you, very kind 🙂 6y
Moony Wow thats great! I draw a little bit too, more sketches than drawings like yours. 6y
LittleWonder Beautiful! I love to draw, sketch, and paint. 6y
AlexMay @Moony But how do you hold the pencil with only paws? 6y
AlexMay @LittleWonder Thanks! Do you ever post your art? 6y
LittleWonder I haven't yet, but maybe I will. 6y
Centique Wow! That is amazing 👍👍👍 6y
Moony @AlexMay mhh it's difficult. Perhaps it's the reason that my pics don't look like yours 😉 Do you have a twitter account or somethingelse? 6y
AlexMay @Centique 😋Thank you 6y
AlexMay @Moony haha! Yeah I'm Alexmayisok on Twitter. 6y
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Commute read! I feel like this is more of an at-home read though. So far so good, I really like it.

JoeStalksBeck This book is creepy in so many odd ways 6y
AlexMay @GoodallBookHaul I'm definitely getting that vibe! My spidey senses are also expecting an empathy switcharound but I may be wrong 🤔 6y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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A short review? Damn. Don't you just love finishing a book and leaping straight into all the online reviews and discussions to see what everyone thinks? I must say, any criticism about this book I have disagreed with, and that's as good a praise as it gets. The very fact that the characters do things that are unexpected - or go against what would make a gripping book - only reinforces the overall theme of "thou mayest" (more in comments)...

AlexMay I really thought that Aron would become a priest and his mother (at which point he believed dead) would come in for confession. I would've put Cal's bean money on that and I was wrong. The book kind of winds down as opposed to finishing with a bang but it created headroom for the final words. That last page tied the whole book in a twine bow 👌 Great! 6y
Notafraidofwords I totally agree with this review. The second half for me became more a meditation of life than an actual moving plot. However, those last words. I mean, how can I you not think those last words to be perfect. 6y
peaknit This book is a favorite, great quote! 6y
Centique This is one of my all time favourite books. I read it when I was about 21 and wrote down so many quotes! Sounds like I'm due for a reread - this gives me hope I will still love it just as much. ☺️ 6y
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I loved this book. Even with limited access I think Finkel got all he could out of the subject. Just enough to make one think about solitude in a new light. As an introvert, it initially seemed mildly appealing to hide away in the woods with books and junk food, but at the end of the day it was at a huge price. Definitely one of those "close the book and sit there thinking" types of read.

rohit-sawant Nice review! 6y
AlexMay @rohit-sawant thanks! 6y
EKonrad Totally agree with your review. 😊 6y
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HYPED for this one. I've heard people put it in the same box as Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Which I loved.

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I unknowingly read the excerpt on #electriclit and loved it. So I preordered it and the day has arrived! I'm so close to finishing East of Eden though so I may have to flick between the two. #tbr

Notafraidofwords How are you liking East of Eden. I finished it recently and loved it. 6y
AlexMay @Notafraidofwords I'm only getting to read it in 20min bursts but I really love it. I've never read a book that spans generations before and love the way it makes you feel like you really know the characters inside and out. What did you like most? (I'm 75% of the way through ;) 6y
Notafraidofwords @AlexMay the second half for sure was a better experience for me, mostly because it felt more like a journey at that point. Plus, for some reason I love reading about land and how one makes money off land. I'm not sure why, but I just do. My grandpa was a farmer, maybe that's why. This book has a lot of that. 6y
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AlexMay @Notafraidofwords Interesting! I only had a great uncle that farmed, but when (Hamilton?) suggested the conveyor belt for eggs it reminded me of my great uncle's barn. So far I'm preferring the Cathy parts. Although she's a massive caricature created after Steinbeck's divorce, the scenes are so unpredictable !!! Love it! 6y
saresmoore I am so looking forward to this book! 6y
AlexMay @saresmoore Can confirm - It's good so far 👍👍👍👍👍 6y
Centique Statistical analysis and the classics? I'm sold! *adds to mountainous TBR* 6y
AlexMay @Centique So many statistics. *hush tones* and there are scatter graphs. Scatter graphs everywhere. 6y
Centique @alexmay be still my beating heart! 😂😂 6y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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It was a Weltschmerz- which we used to call "Welshrats"- the world sadness that rises into the soul like a gas and spreads despair so that you probe for the offending event and can find none.

AlexMay Pretty sure that's depression. But I like that term better 6y
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I don't know why, but YA felt like a guilty pleasure for a while. Perks of being a wallflower and anything by John Green had me reading again, after college. One of my favourites was this one though! The soundtrack (to the film) is a good listen too. #marchintoreading #timtharp #ya #guiltypleasure

Centique I watched the film a few days ago and thought it was really good. Looks like I should try the book too 😊 6y
AlexMay @Centique you should! The book has a slightly different tone and I'd say I preferred it. 👍 6y
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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A recent #nonfiction read was the intimate H is for Hawk. A VERY interesting read. I expected a nature memoir and got a literary marvel. 10/10.
#marchintoreading #hawk #nature

Texreader Glad to hear that. I've read good reviews and bad reviews but I've got it on my shelf and excited to read it. 6y
AlexMay @Texreader I think I liked it so much because it was a time when I was pretty down and she talks about depression in a way I hadn't heard before. But aside from that, it's really interestingly formatted. It's kind of a semi-biography of TH White, the author of Sword in the Stone / The Goshawk. Good read! 6y
dear.rebecca Love his shades! 6y
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Today's #marchintoreading is judging a book by its cover. This had me at hello with the oil painted wolves, howling steamy winter breath into the ultramarine. #jacklondon #callofthewild #whitefang #classic #pick #judgedbyitscover

Texreader Lovely! 6y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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My march TBR pile is currently just one book, but it's a big one! I'm only 9% in but wow, he's good (minus the racism). #tbr #marchintoreading #steinbeck #eastofeden

Rachael_reads I've had this book for a while, I have yet to read it... 6y
AlexMay I'm ashamed to say at the age of 29 this is my first adventure into Steinbeck. I can't believe how evocative his turns of phrase are! @Rachael_reads 6y
Cydster61 I loved East of Eden, more even than Grapes of Wrath. 6y
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AlexMay @Cydster61 I never know whether to read forwards or backwards through a writer's output. 6y
Cydster61 With Steinbeck you can start anywhere. I also recommend Cannery Row and one of his nonfiction works, Travels With Charley, and some of the shorter novels. I didn't particularly like Of Mice and Men, The Pearl or The Red Pony. (Although I love Copeland's score for The Red Pony movie :-) ) 6y
AlexMay @Cydster61 Good advice! Thank you. Maybe I'll go onto Cannery row after this one :) 6y
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March | Geraldine Brooks
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Let's see if I can bag half of these. #marchintoreading

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Tides of God | Ted Reynolds
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I liked the concept. In the future, humanity goes in search of God, a physical presence in the universe. They set off in a spaceship to blow Him up. The closer they get, the more they feel His presence. It's a bit of a pulp book but entertaining. #scifi #pulp #agnostic #theist #atheist

dear.rebecca Do you still have this? 6y
AlexMay @dear.rebecca yep it's in the drawerer righter now 6y
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Lovecraft is one of my top 5 writers to read, so I bought this anthology of homage horror. Horrage? Anyway, nobody does it like him. #lovecraft #cthulu

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Do you Americans have this yet? Still waiting on a pre-order in the UK.

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Moods of Future Joys | Alastair Humphreys
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I've always liked travelogues. As a teenager I read a ton of cycling-around-the-world type ones. This book by adventurer Alastair Humphries is all about his epic 4 year trip around the world - the long way - by bike. I've met the author too and he's a jolly lovely chap.

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"Thinking of grammar as the original sharing app makes it much more interesting and much more useful"
Haha! Fair point.

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I got this one from my dear ol' Mum this Christmas. She usually has my taste down to such a tee that she buys me books I already own. This year she got ahead of me and picked one, unknowingly, from my wish list. So here goes.

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Corvus: A Life With Birds | Esther Woolfson
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A while ago I started binging on nature writing, from nonfiction environmentalism to memoir. Of the bunch above my favourite has to be Corvus by Esther Woolfson. It's all about her life living with rescue birds and her tales of her magpie will stay with you.

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I must admit that this great book is helped by its gruff, American narrator. So with that in mind, if you were to ingest this any way first I would whole heartedly recommend the audiobook. I really ought read more like this, as I rarely read historical fiction, because it really has a cold and tough sense of place.

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I love this book so much I own the print copy and an eBook! Bird writes:
"While your audience is reading your book, there's no better way to create instant identification with your heroine than by having a mean character interrupt her reading and criticise her for having such a useless hobby! "
Amen!

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍 6y
AlexMay @DebinHawaii thank you! Seems like a nice community 6y
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