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    Jan 04, 2016 6:42 PM GMT
    2015 is gone. What are some of the best books you read last year? One two books in particular I enjoyed reading a lot;

    1) The Lives of Others - Neel Mukherjee
    2) The Artist of Disappearance - Anita Desai

    I often judge a book by how long it stays with me.
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    Jan 05, 2016 11:45 AM GMT
    Several books I've read this past year. The one that stands out.

    Voices in the Ocean- Susan Casey
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    Jan 05, 2016 2:25 PM GMT
    I was blown away by "Townie," an autobiography by the writer Andre Dubus III about growing up in a poor mill town North of Boston, and about developing his sense of what it means to be a man in the context of violence, alcoholism and familial dysfunction. The story is inspiring and the prose is phenomenally powerful.
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    Jan 05, 2016 2:46 PM GMT
    The Girl on The Train was a fave of mine, not exactly a stellar book, but it provided some great entertainment.
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    Jan 06, 2016 6:31 AM GMT
    I finally got around to reading 'Maurice' by EM Forster this year. Enjoyed it a lot, even though the writing style was a bit archaic.

    I find it very hard to find good gay lit.
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    Jan 06, 2016 6:57 AM GMT
    Man, I can't think of anything new that I read in 2015 that is particularly worthy of mention. icon_confused.gif But I still have a few unread stacked up.
    I've been re-reading older stuff lately. Chabon, Pynchon, Steinbeck, Merrick.
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    Jan 06, 2016 11:10 AM GMT
    Problem with being a bookworm is I have about 10 or so favorites from 2015 alone.

    Wont give the whole list but a few off the of my head are Mr and Mrs Doctor by Julie Iromuanya; Girl at War by Sara Novic; Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Golden State by Stephanie Kegan; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman and a few i had on my shelf waiting for a while like Jeannette Winterson's Why be happy when you can be normal (which i reread twice) and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.
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    Jan 06, 2016 7:00 PM GMT
    MJ_Indi saidProblem with being a bookworm is I have about 10 or so favorites from 2015 alone.

    Wont give the whole list but a few off the of my head are Mr and Mrs Doctor by Julie Iromuanya; Girl at War by Sara Novic; Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Golden State by Stephanie Kegan; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman and a few i had on my shelf waiting for a while like Jeannette Winterson's Why be happy when you can be normal (which i reread twice) and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.



    Speaking of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor; I read Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak last year, it absolutely blew my mind.
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    Jan 06, 2016 7:01 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidMan, I can't think of anything new that I read in 2015 that is particularly worthy of mention. icon_confused.gif But I still have a few unread stacked up.
    I've been re-reading older stuff lately. Chabon, Pynchon, Steinbeck, Merrick.


    I have Yiddish Policemen Reunion by Michael Chabon on reading list. Just the name has me excited.
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    Jan 06, 2016 7:02 PM GMT
    Brannon saidI finally got around to reading 'Maurice' by EM Forster this year. Enjoyed it a lot, even though the writing style was a bit archaic.

    I find it very hard to find good gay lit.



    Archaic, understandably. I have never read E.M. Foster but I have heard great things about his work.
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    Jan 06, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    KyMaverick saidSeveral books I've read this past year. The one that stands out.

    Voices in the Ocean- Susan Casey



    Sounds great. Just looked up.
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    Jan 06, 2016 7:40 PM GMT
    Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    The Magician's (vol. 1, 2 &3) by Lev Grossman

    The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

    After Alice by Gregory Maguire
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    Jan 06, 2016 9:10 PM GMT
    Amira saidThe Girl on The Train was a fave of mine, not exactly a stellar book, but it provided some great entertainment.


    Was that The Girl on the Train or Girl on the Train ??? Apparently, those are TWO separate books distinguished only by the definite article "the".
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    Jan 06, 2016 9:29 PM GMT
    Brannon saidI finally got around to reading 'Maurice' by EM Forster this year. Enjoyed it a lot, even though the writing style was a bit archaic.
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    "Archaic". Really? Good English is never archaic. Of what passes for literature today is too often merely lazy, trashy, vernacular, which is supposed to be "of the people," thus making it worthy. Gimme an effing break! Well-crafted English is a joy to read; one shouldn't let inability to appreciate color one's adjectives.

    As to gay literature, a remarkably interesting novel on several levels is At Swim, Two Boys, the title being a play on the title of one of the great books of the last 100 years At Swim-Two-Birds, itself being the name of a ford on the River Shannon. Jamie O'Neill's book is slow starting, so stick with it for 30-40 pages until one masters the stream of consciousness style (much better done, i.e., accessible, than in Ulysses! grin!)
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    Jan 08, 2016 8:18 PM GMT
    ricky1987 said
    MJ_Indi saidProblem with being a bookworm is I have about 10 or so favorites from 2015 alone.

    Wont give the whole list but a few off the of my head are Mr and Mrs Doctor by Julie Iromuanya; Girl at War by Sara Novic; Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Golden State by Stephanie Kegan; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman and a few i had on my shelf waiting for a while like Jeannette Winterson's Why be happy when you can be normal (which i reread twice) and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.



    Speaking of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor; I read Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak last year, it absolutely blew my mind.


    Haven't read it, but if it's as good then you just gave me my next book to read icon icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 09, 2016 7:33 AM GMT
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    KyMaverick saidSeveral books I've read this past year. The one that stands out.

    Voices in the Ocean- Susan Casey



    Sounds great. Just looked up.


    It is . If you ever get the chance to read it, let me know your thoughts.
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    Jan 10, 2016 1:54 AM GMT
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    Jan 10, 2016 12:16 PM GMT
    Sulla said
    Amira saidThe Girl on The Train was a fave of mine, not exactly a stellar book, but it provided some great entertainment.


    Was that The Girl on the Train or Girl on the Train ??? Apparently, those are TWO separate books distinguished only by the definite article "the".


    The Girl on The Train. It's a psychological thriller. Some compared it to Gone Girl, although I felt this book carried it's own weight without the need for those looking for a Gillian Flynn fix.
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    Jan 17, 2016 11:06 AM GMT
    KyMaverick said
    ricky1987 said
    KyMaverick saidSeveral books I've read this past year. The one that stands out.

    Voices in the Ocean- Susan Casey



    Sounds great. Just looked up.


    It is . If you ever get the chance to read it, let me know your thoughts.


    Yes, I would. Although, I have 40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, Early India by Romila Thapar, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
    to finish before I can get to it.
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    Jan 18, 2016 8:39 AM GMT
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
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    Jan 20, 2016 10:06 AM GMT
    Has anyone read " Dubliners" by James Joyce, I got it from the library? I have always heard immense praise for the book so a chance to get my hands on it, have me had the book issued.
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    Feb 03, 2016 12:54 AM GMT
    Stephen Hawkins' A brief history of time.
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    Feb 03, 2016 1:07 AM GMT
    eM_Jay saidProblem with being a bookworm is I have about 10 or so favorites from 2015 alone.

    Wont give the whole list but a few off the of my head are Mr and Mrs Doctor by Julie Iromuanya; Girl at War by Sara Novic; Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Golden State by Stephanie Kegan; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman and a few i had on my shelf waiting for a while like Jeannette Winterson's Why be happy when you can be normal (which i reread twice) and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.


    I remember when I was younger, I think I was 13 and I picked Giovanni's Room from the bookshelf randomly. At that time I didn't know I was gay and I was thrilled with that book. That's become my secret favorite book for years. It is a great one.