Dee (Soupdragon) is consuming Baileys in 2016

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1Soupdragon
Bearbeitet: Jan. 10, 2016, 4:40am

I'm not sure that there's many of us left but I do want to read some more Orange/Baileys nominees this year. Though I also hope to read more Persephones, more Virago Modern Classics, more fantasy and I have a couple of new psychological thrillers bought on Friday which are calling me, so we will see...

As I mentioned on another thread I was planning to read The London Train by Tessa Hadley this month. However so far I've been mostly immersed in reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and rather busy at work, so that hasn't happened yet.

I have just discovered audiobooks though (or more specifically audio updates to kindle books I already have) and was able to listen to seven chapters of The Song of Achilles (Orange winner in 2012) whilst tidying up and ironing yesterday. So hopefully that will end up being a January Orange/Baileys read. Depending on much ironing I do this month 😉

2raidergirl3
Jan. 10, 2016, 7:52am

Audio books are great for 'sneaking' in reading. I have an afghan I'm crocheting while I listen. Good luck in your reading. I have tended to read more Baileys in March and April when the long list comes out so don't worry about January so much.

3Soupdragon
Jan. 10, 2016, 10:38am

>2 raidergirl3: Thank you. Yes I usually get excited about Oranges, I mean Baileys, around March!

4Nickelini
Jan. 10, 2016, 1:16pm

Soupdragon -- I've missed you!

I continue to read a few Orange/Baileys every year, so I'm still around.

5Soupdragon
Jan. 10, 2016, 1:24pm

Hello Joyce, good to hear you're still around. I would love to spend more time on these forums but work and study ends up dragging me away. Still reading but not quite as much as I was!

6Soupdragon
Mrz. 10, 2016, 6:08am

Just to update that I did manage my two Oranges in January : Song of Achilles (enjoyed with reservations) and The London Train (liked it but not my favourite Tessa Hadley by a long shot).

I'm now looking forward to the 2016 shortlisting, after which my local library will stock multiple copies.

7lauralkeet
Mrz. 10, 2016, 7:14am

Hi there Dee! I just caught up with this thread. I haven't read Orange/Baileys books as voraciously as I did a few years ago, so I don't have an active personal thread in this group (I track everything on my 75 Books thread). I'm glad to see you here!

I really liked Song of Achilles. What were your reservations about it?

8Soupdragon
Mrz. 10, 2016, 7:46am

>7 lauralkeet: Hi Laura! I started this thread at the beginning of the year when I was feeling hopeful about catching up with my Orange reads. Not sure I'm feeling quite so positive about that now but if I manage one I'll record it here!

I did enjoy The Song of Achilles but sometimes that full on intense love for Achilles made me a bit queasy and towards the end Patroclus's passive, caregiving role in the battle seemed unconvincing.

It may be significant that I listened to it on audio which is quite rare for me.

9lauralkeet
Mrz. 10, 2016, 7:55am

>8 Soupdragon: I am not an audiobook reader/listener, but I could imagine the experience is often very different. I really loved Miller's writing, that was a significant part of my reading experience (more than plot, character, etc.). So the experience could be quite different listening vs. reading.