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2016 Orange/Bailey January

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1raidergirl3
Jan. 4, 2016, 10:36pm

Any one still reading for January?

I have a couple here that I might get to - Monsters of Templeton or Love Marriage

2Yells
Jan. 5, 2016, 4:24pm

I would like to tackle Goldfinch or Luminaries but need to find some time. I might try one now and one in July.

3Soupdragon
Jan. 6, 2016, 1:25am

I'm hoping to read The London Train by Tessa Hadley this month.

4LizzieD
Jan. 6, 2016, 11:29pm

Hi, Dee and Elizabeth, and Yells (whom I don't know yet)!
I have to say that Love Marriage was just average good for me; I see that I gave it 3 stars. And I was not carried away by either Goldfinch or Luminaries OR by the only Tessa Hadley that I've read.
Just a bundle of encouragement, am I not?
I wondered whether anybody was going Orange this year. I have committed to so many tomes that I don't know whether I'll make one or not. I'd certainly like to. I'll at least stay tuned here.

5Soupdragon
Bearbeitet: Jan. 7, 2016, 3:28am

>4 LizzieD: Which Tessa Hadley did you read, Peggy? I'm interested because I've read most of Hadley's other books and I love her writing at its best, which is generally when she's writing about what she knows. I have however found her patronising and a bit unaware when she tries to step out of her comfort zone of middle class, academic south-west England.

The reason I've put off reading The London Train until now is that I suspect it might be one from the second category. The plot seems to involve something like: man leaves middle-class wife and comfortable lifestyle and moves into a flat on a council estate. Hmm...

I do want to give it a try though. She's one of my favourite writers at her best.

6kidzdoc
Jan. 7, 2016, 7:46am

I plan to read A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler this month.

7Yells
Jan. 7, 2016, 11:20am

I can't say Luminaries is grabbing me so far but I will press on! (my name used to be Bucketyell but I changed it for the new year).

8LizzieD
Jan. 7, 2016, 6:16pm

>5 Soupdragon: Typical Lizzie mistake, Dee! What I read and didn't much care for was *The House* by Teresa Waugh - not even important enough to have its own Touchstone. I'm really glad to have that cleared up, and I'll keep an eye out for Tessa Hadley!!!!! She does sound like somebody I'd like.
>7 Yells: Good luck, Yells! I kept waiting for it to get good for 800+ pages. I was disappointed.

9Soupdragon
Jan. 8, 2016, 2:01am

>8 LizzieD: Actually that is interesting Peggy because I've had Teresa Waugh's The House on my shelves for ever (can't remember how it got there). I never particularly feel like reading it but it never goes when I'm having a clearout either.

It may be added to my next charity shop donation!

10LizzieD
Jan. 8, 2016, 11:29pm

I think Barbara didn't especially like it but sent it to me because I wanted to read it. Silly me!
I am now going to try The History of Love. It's short, and I like Krauss.

11avatiakh
Jan. 9, 2016, 4:00am

I just checked and Station Eleven which I finished yesterday on audio was on last year's longlist, so I've managed an Orange Jan without any effort.

12raidergirl3
Jan. 9, 2016, 6:09pm

>11 avatiakh: I feel so accomplished when that happens. Good job!

13avatiakh
Jan. 9, 2016, 8:13pm

Yes, a small bonus pat on the back.

14Soupdragon
Jan. 10, 2016, 4:32am

I have started a new thread here for this year's reading in the hope it will encourage me to get some more Oranges off the shelf (or Kindle).

15kidzdoc
Jan. 10, 2016, 8:40am

Now that Jill, this group's former administrator, is apparently no longer active on LT, would someone want to take over for her and encourage the rest of us to read Orange/Bailey's books?

16Soupdragon
Jan. 10, 2016, 10:11am

>15 kidzdoc: I may well have volunteered if I'd read your post this morning but I've just received an email confirming that a year long training course, that I'd given up on hearing about, will be taking place after all and starting next week. I've also taken on extra commitments at work this year.

So I'm not sure how active I'll be myself on LT but hopefully there will still be reading done!

17Nickelini
Jan. 10, 2016, 1:29pm

I enjoyed The London Train. It wasn't earth-shattering or anything, but it was a nice, solid book. Not sure what Orange I'll read--I have to get through a big book for my book club first.