Readers thread: what or who are you reading right now?

Self-Determined

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About halfway through Willa Cather’s “One of Ours.” Her writing has such a soothing quality to it, I suspect she’s setting me up to cry at the end. About 15 years ago I read her Great Plains Trilogy: “O Pioneers,” “Song of the Lark,” and “My Antonia.” As a writer she can do it all for me—imagery, dialogue, symbolism, plot, characters, motif—very satisfying read. Her style kind of reminds me of Barbara Kingsolver.
 

Mee

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Checked y'all read lists since Jan...

And I read everyone's except The Room and @Mee's lists. Yo @Mee, super high five on being inspirational reader and bringing books to my attention I haven't heard of yet.

And what I'm reading is articles on Lima syndrome and sooo not finding what I'm looking for.

That’s such a great compliment! The reading challenge I started this year really helped me tbh . I had forgotten how much I enjoyed memoirs. And history. I also read leads of YA fiction , but after keeping things easier for a few years I’m still not throwing my self into stuff that I feel like is ‘work’. ( I tried some Voltaire I’ve always disliked and thought - ‘why - why am I trying? ). I’m making sure I balance better now though.

I think it just had to feel - engaging . Also because I read SO MUCH I can get a good mix going easily. I always read a lot but I couldn’t have read this much for fun while full time employed for example.
 

Mee

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Aww I dig Voltaire and still didn't read all of him... so I'm happy to grab the books you can't stomach @Mee. ;)
the great think is - free public ( electronic) access to classics! I was listening to an audio - not audible but name escapes me right now- used to be really big - people volunteered to read books that had free access- was great resource for those with vision issues , or for what ever reason preferred audio .
 

Mee

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@Mee if you like memoirs you might like "Speak, Memory" by Vladimir Nabokov. He is considered a classic author, but he's not too hard to read because his descriptions are so vivid and his dialogue pulls you right into the moment, in my opinion. I had only read one book by him when I read his memoir. It's so good, it reads like a novel.

I like classics! I just hated the particular Voltaire I was giving another go ( Mícromegas). I like Candide , for example.

I have not read Nabokov, so thanks for this suggestion, I put it on my wish list !
 

Gwaihir

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Agatha Christie´s "Passenger to Frankfurt". I found it in one of the free bookshelves around the city.
I´m surprised by how well she writes. Obviously she´s one of the greats, but I almost never read literature that surprises me.
 

Mee

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‘The story of silence’by Alex Myers was so moving . I read quite a bit of fiction that ‘happens to have’ gay / non binary / queer characters rather than seeking them out - it certainly doesn’t put me off.


But gender was the core issue of this book without words like non binary or trans ever being used and a very deliberate of pronouns. I found it the pronoun use as a devise especially intriguing and at times challenging and a useful check for my own emotive response to something that doesn’t impact me.



I hope to remember to go seeking for reviews specifically in several months after it’s been around longer - from Non binary perspectives - because How it’s received from that audience will be educational to me.
 
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