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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Books I'm Currently Reading..

Somehow I find myself part way several books at once, something I usually try to avoid but sometimes this is just the way things work out. I'm also kind of relishing the challenge that comes with reading several books at once, both for myself in terms of remembering where I'm up to and what's going on and also challenging the book itself. A strong and distinct narrative voice is important and the novels are certainly holding their own, which is always a good thing.

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Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
I've read and reread this many times over the past week; in my head, along with recordings on spotify, and reading aloud myself as I make my morning cup of coffee. Ginsberg's poetry develops a whole new life when the recording also captures the audience's reaction. In particular there's a recording of 'America' where the audience goes crazy at every line, undoubtedly a touch of alcohol is helping them along, but it really illustrates the power of inclusive poetry and giving voice to those who had been suppressed for so long. 

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Allen Ginsberg Beat Poet by Barry Miles
At almost 600 pages this is one of the most comprehensive biographies I've ever picked up. I'm making my way through it as a bit of background reading but also because Ginsberg fascinates me. Chronicling his early life and the beginnings of the beat generation right through to his death, Miles draws both upon his lifelong friendship with Ginsberg and his journals and correspondence. I'm only around 60 pages in and I may have gone a little overboard with the page markers, but I'm finding it so interesting that if I'm not careful there's probably going to be a tab on every page! 

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Soil by Jamie Kornegay
"An idealistic environmental scientist moves his wife and young son off the grid, to a stretch of river bottom farmland in the Mississippi hills, hoping to position himself at the forefront of an agricultural revolution. But within a year he is ruined. When a corpse appears on his property his is convinced he's being set up and this marks the beginning of a journey into paranoia. Hilarious and darkly disturbing Soil traces one man's apocalypse to its epic showdown in the Mississippi mudflats."
I started reading this over the weekend but I had to put it down, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I felt it needed more of my attention than I was able to give it at the time. A unique premise and from the 40 or so pages I've read, the writing is incredibly engaging. I'm not exactly sure what to expect, which is intriguing but it makes it a tricky one to describe. Officially published tomorrow, but I've seen it around online already!

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The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger
"Tom has always been a loner, happy to live out his days in the Canadian wilderness with enough ammunition and kerosene to see out the winter. He's a single father and has raised his children with the same absolute dedication he consistently brings to his forestry business. When his son, Curtis, who is on the brink of adulthood, disappears after a tragic accident Tom discovers that his efforts might not have been enough and it falls on him to track him down. But whether Tom can truly reach Curtis is another question entirely."
The backdrop of the Canadian wilderness gives this novel a really distinct atmosphere. It's a scarred landscape, which, I think, reflects in the characters too. They've had their struggles and they've been making their way through the best way they know how. And I guess that makes them incredibly believable. I'm about half way through at the moment and if I could have spared more time yesterday I'm almost certain I would have devoured the whole novel in a matter of hours. It's quite unsuspecting but I was completely sucked in and enveloped in these characters' lives. Combine that with a peppering of beautiful metaphors and there's the markings of a good novel.

I can't wait to dive back in today, in fact I set my alarm for an hour earlier so I could add in some more reading time to my day. Who needs sleep when there are so many good books, right?! It's going to be published on May 7th (I'll talk about it again nearer the time!) and I think it's one to look out for.  

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What are you currently reading?
I'd love to know!

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26 comments:

  1. I've never read or heard of any of these if I'm completely honest, but I'm going to put them onto my list! The covers are so pretty and they all sound so interesting, I'm currently reading about 50 books at once and I really need to cut them down a bit or I'll never finish them!x

    www.taintedblues.co.uk

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    1. I know how it feels to have a lot of books on the go, sometimes it's difficult to pick which one to really dedicate time to first! xo

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  2. The Mountain Can Wait sounds like an amazing book! I'll have to make a note to look out for it when it's published.

    Maxine, xo
    http://maxinewhitneyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Great post! I think it's always a good sign when a finished book is full of page markers :)

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  4. I haven't heard of any of these books but they all look amazing. I'm trying to read 21 books this year so I'll definitely have to put some of these on my to-read list.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  5. The Mountain Can Wait sounds awesome! I haven't read a new book in too long. :(

    Tara x

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  6. Ooh, The Mountain Can Wait sounds really interesting! I think I'd enjoy that one :) xxx

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  7. Oooh, this was really interesting to see what you've been reading! I just picked up "The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins, it's at #1 right now on NYTimes and I love thrillers. Hopefully I love it :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. I hope you enjoyed it, I read it this month and quite liked it :) xx

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  8. I love the sound of The Mountain Can Wait! I'd love to read some of Ginsberg's work too. At the moment I'm reading a bit of Woolf but I have to admit I'm struggling! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. I read Orlando and really struggled too. It's strange because I really thought I'd love her work, but I'm going to pick up a different title I think and hope I like it a little more xo

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  9. Soil looks super intriguing, am really into criminal dramas at the moment so it looks like my kinda read! Also that cover is amazing too Xx

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    1. I had to put it down this month but I'm going to pick it back up over the next couple of days. The part I read was pretty good! xo

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  10. Love these posts, its so hard to find new reads sometimes. Love the sound of Soil, that one is going right on my wish list!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  11. I'm currently reading the Maze Runner - I'm not very far in and I've had to hit the pause button for a bit as there's just too much going on at work for me to be able to sit down and read but I'm hoping by the weekend I can get into it properly :) xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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    1. Ooh I've heard good things about the Maze Runner, I hope things calmed down a little so you could get stuck in! ox

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  12. When I was younger, I'd only allow myself to read one book at a time, but it wasn't that big of a deal, because I had so much time to read and would devour them one after the other. Now, sometimes I like to read up to two books at a time, one light reading and one heavier one. I can't handle much more than that at one time though! Right now I'm reading The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I prefer reading one at a time too, but sometimes having a few on the go is necessary especially if, like you say, one is a bit heavy going xo

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    1. I had to put it down because I wasn't giving it the attention it deserved, but I'm so excited to pick it back up soon! xo

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