Whoo, mutli-quote and naptime for DS2!
Originally Posted by Smokering
SO DEPRESSING. Not high-concept dystopia depressing either, just dingy, people-suck depressing that leaves an icky taste in your mouth. It wasn't like his other books, Bleugh. Why write stuff like that?
Stay away from Hardy, then. I read Jude the Obscure (about a year after I saw the film Jude, so I knew what was coming) and it left me feeling so bleak and hollow and uuurggg. It was very well written in a stark and cold way, but it made me feel awful. Side note, my roomie and I watched the film (also very well crafted) and we were totally unfamiliar with the story... so the end hit us hard. We sat there, silent, in shock... credits rolling... looked at each other.... she said "I can't even talk!" and ran out of the room. I went to our friends downstairs, and I looked so awful that they thought someone had died. All I could say was "just a upsetting movie". Roomie and I could not even disucss it for weeks. It was too horrible. Why did I ever watch things like that? And then read the book????
Originally Posted by LaLaLaLa
Arduinna--I remember reading and really liking the first few "Clan of the Cave Bear" books, but then something made me feel embarrassed to check them out any longer. I got the idea that they were meant for people younger than I was or something, and started to get insecure, like the librarians were judging me for reading them. It was a weird phase. Now that I'm far past that, I should hunt them down again.
LOL. I started reading that series when I was 13, and then went to check out the newest one. It did not hold up well. The first few are still pretty fun, but omg enough with inventing everything, Ayla! Heh.
Originally Posted by just_lily
Ok, I need to make a confession... I am stuck in a "fluff" phase. I have been reading a *lot* of paranormal romance and can't bring myself to even be interested in anything more substantial.
I have a serious problem. I know.
You and me both. As soon as DS2 was born, I lost my ability to focus on anything "serious" or "heavy". There's no shame in that! My next book is Shiver which is paranormal werewolf romance, I think. Whatever!
Originally Posted by Smokering
I've decided I don't really like chick lit. I love Bridget Jones and the sequel, but it seems they're the pinnacle of the genre - all the rest I've read have been incredibly lame and feature the gay best friend with the great fashion sense, and an incredibly boring hunk of a man with whom the heroine gets together in the end, even though the book is ostensibly about self-improvement and empowerment, presumably to reward her for having finally started up her own business or broken into the fashion industry or something. I thought they could be a light guilty pleasure for when I'm feeling too sick to read deep, meaningful stuff... but they just make me want to vomit. So no more books with pink covers and perky titles, I think!
Despite my screen name, I agree. Chick Lit as a genre sucks and is insulting. When I want fast, light reading, I hit the YA shelves. I will also read pretty much any Phillipa Gregory (Other Boylen Girl).
Originally Posted by dantesmama I just requested Outlander, which I've heard good things about, and I'm looking for a book to pick up tomorrow to read before Outlander comes in.
Oooohhhh, Outlander is so good. I love the first 3 or 4 books. I dislike them after the cast starts to expand (found the most recent to be unreadable), but my BF adores all of them.
I'm reading so slowly at the moment. When DS2 was super tiny, I was tearing through at least a book a week. Now, I read maybe a page or two a night. I'm being productive I guess... playing with the baby, cleaning a lot when he naps.... reading takes too much focus. But soon I'll be back at work, and pumping, and I read a lot when I'm making milk.