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What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:56 pm
by benjaminsolah
Poetry collections, novels, cool websites, non-fiction books...

Let us know what you're reading, what you think of it etc.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:46 pm
by Margo
At the moment I'm reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. It's about climate change and how capitalism just isn't equipped to deal with it. It's a little depressing because it reinforces what a big task limiting environmental catastrophe is but it's full of really useful examples and is a worthwhile read. About half way through. Can't wait to see what conclusions she draws towards the end.

I also just read the poetry collection Viki Mealings released last Friday 'Her Poetic Body' which is a lovely keepsake of a range of her poems.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:12 pm
by waffle
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I've been intrigued by all the praise for it on the internet. Interesting and quick read although I don't think I'll ever adopt her methods. The best thing about the book was her earnest and somewhat disturbing descriptions of her childhood obsession with tidying.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:28 pm
by Margo
Margo wrote:At the moment I'm reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. It's about climate change and how capitalism just isn't equipped to deal with it. It's a little depressing because it reinforces what a big task limiting environmental catastrophe is but it's full of really useful examples and is a worthwhile read. About half way through. Can't wait to see what conclusions she draws towards the end.
Just finished This Changes Everything. Pleased to report it ends on a more positive note. Really great book, I recommend it if you don't mind a long read.

Also read Antidote by Luka Lesson last week. I enjoyed it but not everything translates well to the page from his powerful performances. Having said that, having the time to go over it at my own pace was pretty rewarding as I was able to savor some particularly great stanzas.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:35 pm
by TimT
George Mackay Brown's Besides the Ocean of Time. It's his usual book (basically he only wrote the one novel through his life, giving it different titles and making it ever more beautiful the more he rewrote it), life on a small Orkney island with a few little historical and fantastic touches thrown in to the mix. He was a poet and writer from about 1950s to 2000. I've read this book about four times already, it's one of my favourites.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:41 pm
by TimHamilton
Carrying on me...
We, the Mapless by Ian McBryde
The Adoption Order by Ian McBryde. Ian McBryde. Ian. Mc. Bryde. 'nuf said.
A copy of Poetry magazine. It can fade a little towards the academic and highbrow, but when they get it right they are awesome.
The Everyday English Dictionary by Ivy Alvarez. I'm a sucker for poets locking horns with language. This is good stuff.
The manual to the automatic cat door we've installed. Bloody thing won't work and I'm trying to figure out why without breaking it and making one of my own.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:50 am
by snarkattack
Just started Broken Teeth by Tony Birch to bring in 2018, and so far, so good - some stunning two-liners and imagery. Generally speaking, am trying to catch up on some book club reads from last year that I didn't quite get to (Susan Carland's Fighting Hislam), and also finished reading Hera Lindsay Bird's book (missed out on seeing her, and her poetry is wicked, clever and something of a pleasure that most certainly does not feel guilty!).

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:06 pm
by benjaminsolah
snarkattack wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:50 am
Just started Broken Teeth by Tony Birch to bring in 2018, and so far, so good - some stunning two-liners and imagery. Generally speaking, am trying to catch up on some book club reads from last year that I didn't quite get to (Susan Carland's Fighting Hislam), and also finished reading Hera Lindsay Bird's book (missed out on seeing her, and her poetry is wicked, clever and something of a pleasure that most certainly does not feel guilty!).
Love Hera Lindsay Bird, got her book too.

Is Broken Teeth a poetry collection by Birch? I've mostly just read his prose.