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Jel

Jel

Joined November 2016

"Birds of prey don't sing."
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"Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely."

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(Talking about Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard) "I think we all have some parcel of the past which is falling into disrepair or being sold off piece by piece. It‘s just that for most of us, it isn‘t an orchard; it‘s the way we‘ve thought about something, or someone."

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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"The silence of the house was a living thing, oppressive and present but also coloring everything with a foreign freedom, filling the rooms like a denser air."

I'll always be partial to these broody kinds. The ones that can convince you of discomfort no matter how trivial and make you want to stare off into space.

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Some Ether: Poems | Nick Flynn
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Some Nick Flynn in exchange for carpal tunnel.

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Sci-fi streak

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I am guilty of speed reading my current book because I just got this in the mail and I swear its staring at me with a smug look knowing I'll cave in soon.

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Why are there books you can't put down once you've started reading but forget about for days once you've put down?

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Black Hole | Charles Burns
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Not for kids but she likes the pictures. Kept asking me to grab it from the shelf, calling the book "teeth" for some reason.

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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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A friend and I were at a bookstore and I was determined not to look at another book because I've already bought too much. But she didn't want the copy with the movie poster on it so we had to wait a while to get this copy. I relented, read the back cover and bought it too. Now I'm in love with it. Kind of like ascribing to proximity that crush you have over that boy who's always around then eventually realizing he's really a catch lol

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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First few chapters in and the air is so ominous you're kind of afraid to laugh at the funny parts. Should've blamed my bad day to the date but I forgot. #fridaythe13th

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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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"This is how it is, how stories work, when we know of murders from their inception. We can't help siding with the perpetrators and their schemes, we wave from the quayside as their little ship of bad intent departs. Bon voyage! It's not easy, it's an achievement, to kill someone and go free. The datum of success is "the perfect murder." And perfection is hardly human."

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The God Delusion | Richard Dawkins
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"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity." -Thomas Jefferson

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Spent half an hour googling furniture names. The other day it was Dutch painters. #whatisalowboy

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When you think you still have a few chapters left but when you turn the page, you realize that the next page is the start of some sort of an afterword. F%^&*$!!!

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"Why do you wear a mask and hood?" Fezzik asked.
"I think everybody will in the near future" was the man in black's reply. "They're terribly comfortable."

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The Door | Margaret Atwood
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We sing to ourselves too.

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Missing Hamlet.
“We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”

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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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"You need as much ballast as possible to stop you from floating away; you need people around you, things going on, otherwise life is like some film where the money ran out, and there are no sets, or locations, or supporting actors, and it's just one bloke on his own staring into the camera with nothing to do and nobody to speak to, and who'd believe in this character then?"

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Crash: A Novel | J. G. Ballard
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Ballard Love

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Need to postpone reading this because I'm moving to a new place and there's this creepy room there without a door. I can just see myself walking quickly past it trying to appear as if I'm not about to have a heart attack.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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One of the few times I wish I live abroad is when I can't find a copy of a book I wan't to read. Bookstores here are shit. So an ebook for now.

dystopianaut this has always been one of my favorite hitchcock films- i never knew it was based on a book! 3y
Jel I didnt know there was a film! Will surely see it now that youve mentioned it. 3y
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"You have to keep faith that if the unthinkable does come to pass, despair will come crashing in of its own accord; that grief, for example, is not an experience you need summon or a skill you need practice, and the same goes for prescriptive joy."

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Beware of encroachment.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Who wants to learn ancient Greek with me?

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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Still one of the best opening paragraphs for me.

dystopianaut totally agree! i catch myself reciting it in my head all the time. it's like a song! 3y
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The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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When someone you know is so happy and you're so genuinely happy for her you want to jump up and down but you can't because it's a secret and both of you act like everything's normal and boring and nothing amazing just happened. So I pick up the Franzen again because I'm feeling pretentious :P

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The Piano Teacher | Elfriede Jelinek, Joachim Neugroschel
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"How easily a lover imagines he has advanced into the deepest regions, where no secret is left to reveal."