Bucketyell's Orange January (and beyond)
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Finally finished February 24, 2013
Next up is A Gate at the Stairs by Moore. I am not a big fan of multi-paged paragraphs or stream-of-consciousness writing so I am not sure how much I will like this one but the premise sounds good so who knows!
I have read all but 5 on your awesome list and most of them were highly starred reads for me. Loved The Lacuna, Bel Canto, Small Island, Ladder of Years and I don't know if you will find a more perfect read than Purple Hibiscus. That one remains with me to this day. Beautiful list. I look forward to what you have to say about them. I am so happy that you loved Purple Hibiscus as well.
Maybe now I can get some house work done... or start another book... sigh
And I so agree with Peggy that you have an awesome list but am sure I have told you that before.
Pretty darn good synopsis though!
ETA - sorry.. I typed this review in another thread but I was using my Nook so I didn't want to have to re-type it. Now I am on my computer so it's easier to cut and paste :)
And I am with you & Tina regarding On Beauty. Wasn't much of a fan. Surely there was something better on the list that year.
I have started Mammoth Cheese and Hundred Secret Senses and then foolishly started re-reading The Hobbit (because we saw the movie yesterday and because I want to start reading the trilogy).
Not Oranges, but I am getting ready to pass on Olive Kitteridge, a winner of the Pulitzer, and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand if you are interested in either one of those bucket.
Just let me know.
Halfway through Mammoth Cheese which is my last Orange for the month. I will try to read one a month until July though!
And congrats! You have had a very busy and successful Orange January. Great job!
I showed up here because Bel Canto was one of the most life-altering books I've read, and this topic came up on a search. Interestingly, I felt somewhat betrayed by State of Wonder, which I just read a couple of months ago.
So I've just put a bunch of the titles mentioned here on request at the library....
Anyway I certainly hope you will return. You can join our little group here and make your own thread on the 'ORANGE JANUARY/JULY' site. We would all love to know what Orange Prize listed books you are reading and what you think of them. mrstreme is our trusty leader here but you can ask help of any of us.
Again, welcome and do please come back.
rainpebble / belva
The Marlowe Papers
Alif the Unseen
May We Be Forgiven?
Can't wait to finish Gone Girl to get into to some of them.
Peeking into a couple of them, I don't know how I will be able to expect myself to read them as they just don't peque my interest but se la vie.
Lamb by Nadzam. After reading Lolita, this one really paled in comparison. It is perhaps unfair to compare the two but since the stories were so similar, it was hard not to. This one was Lolita Light but without the brilliance (and without the sexual abuse). I think Nadzam has talent but perhaps a different type of book would have highlighted that more. Overall I found the whole thing to be rather unsettling but not in a 'let's read more' kind of way. I just wanted it to be finished so I could move on to something else.
I am also finding that it is a book that is taking more concentration than usual to hold my interest and that I am looking ahead to my next read, whatever that will be. And I'm not even halfway through. How are you finding it?
The following is my spoiler filled rant so be forewarned...
Maybe my main objection is how stupid some of the threads were. I mean seriously, Mrs racks up $100,000 in parking tickets before getting arrested? I have never had a parking ticket so I am not an expert but really? Who does that first of all? And how dumb is parking enforcement that they let it get that big before taking action? And then an old lesbian lover comes and just pays the fines for you with no strings attached? You know, despite the fact that she was just an undergrad experimentation and once you were finished, you cruelly dumped her and moved on.
And then there is the daughter who decides that she wants to go to a concert (her favourite band happens to be playing around the corner that night but she doesn't even know they are in town?) but doesn't have the money to go so she just happens to find a wallet sitting on her computer with $1200 in it? And then when she gets caught (later on in bed with her mom's friend's son), she has to demand that her mom punish her? Uhm... she is 14 years old, she snuck out to watch a concert, stole money and is found in bed with a older kid? Good parenting there I tell you.
And do you have two threads going on here? Which one is the timely one so I'm not hunting, hunting, hunting? Or are they both? Thank you.
People of Forever Are Not Afraid is definitely fiction. It is quite raw and disturbing at times but very well done. It reminded me a bit of Lullabies for Little Criminals by O'Neill - not for the storyline per se but just the whole 'loss of innocence' theme.
Finished Gone Girl by Flynn and Where'd You Go, Bernadette and enjoyed both. I think I am finally on a role with Orange books! I am not sure why Gone Girl is on the list but it is a great thriller. It's about a woman who disappears on her 5-year anniversary and of course, her husband becomes the prime suspect. But things are not what they seem and then the roller coaster ride begins. I must say, the ending was a little odd but the twists and turns kept me frantically reading page after page.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Semple. This was another odd book and one I never would have read had it not been nominated. It's also about the disappearance of someone; in this case, Bernadette, stressed out mother and wife. It's told in the form of emails, letters, transcripts with excerpts from other characters injected. Her gifted daughter is set to go to boarding school and as a reward for her good grades, she wants to go to Antarctica with her parents. Bernadette is trying to deal with nosy neighbours, her increasing anxiety (as well as a concerned husband who wants her committed) and an internet scam that she innocently wandered into so needless to say, the last thing she wants to do is go on a trip. So she does want anyone would do... she disappears. At times both fun and sad, this is a novel about sorting through the crap in life and figuring out what it is really all about.
I wasn't interested in Flight Behaviour, but your review is making me rethink it.
62 - Bernadette is a rather odd book and one that I never would have picked up on my own.
Horse Heaven by Smiley
Old Filth by Gardam
History of Love by Krauss
Night Watch by Waters
Inheritance of Loss by Desai
The Observations by Harris
What the Body Remembers by Singh
Bonesetter's Daughter by Tan
Hero's Walk by Badami
Niagara Falls All Over Again by McCracken
Gilgamesh by London
The Falls by Oates
Great Stink by Clark
The Position by Wolitzer
The Gathering by Enright
Intuition by Goodman
Little Stranger by Water
Jamrach's Menagerie by Birch
Suggestions would be lovely!