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naylormatthew

naylormatthew

Joined August 2018

Books are the cheapest way to travel the world... and through time... also space... and other people's minds.
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So far so good. I do love this absurdist storytelling

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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This book is just perfect. I love Gaiman's descriptions - so vivid and really accessible for my daughter to get her head round unusual similes "and it scurried down the doorway like a little patch of night" was a favourite of hers.

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Introduced my daughter to this classic last week in half term and we smashed through it then watched the movie. I'd forgotten how moving it is as well as very entertaining.

Jeralyn I will always love that book, it's one of my favorites:) 3w
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Wonder. R.J. Palacio | R J Palacio
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Read this with my daughter a couple of weeks ago. I'd read it with students at school but it's better when you can enjoy it properly AND the Julian Chapter on the end of this copy really is worth reading. Great to show that there's a backstory to the "baddie" too.

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Really enjoyed it. Quite gripping/compelling story. Will now check out the movie.

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Everything Is Illuminated | Jonathan Safran Foer
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I rarely enjoy dual/multiple narratives, especially when one is historical, gradually building the backstory that will unite with the present day narrative. I just attach more to one than the other and then feel impatient that I'm not getting to continue the story I was absorbed in moments before the chapter ended. It doesn't stop me liking the book completely - I just enjoy it less!

naylormatthew Not reading it currently, just picked it as an example. I did love A Spot of Bother despite multiple-narratives 1mo
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3 weeks since I've been on litsy, or pretty much any social media - all my spare minutes have been spent blitzing through books 5, 6 and 7. I thought the first third of this book was frustrating and occasionally boring but finally it got going and was more than worth the wait. Great conclusion and I especially enjoyed the prologue.

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Another great one in the series. I knew the targedies of this one were coming and I'm glad I'm making my 9 year old daughter waut a few more years before she reads book 5-7.

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Started reading the series with my daughter but had to read on by myself rather than wait for her to be old enough to read the later books. Loved this one.

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It gets dark.

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So far so good. I saw the film about 10 years ago but hadn't read the book. Now doing so with my daughter. Only trouble is, I don't want to wait until bed time to read a measly one chapter per day! Am occupying myself with other reading but really I just want to crack on with the series at my pace!

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Loved it. Reading the series with my daughter and watching the films alongside. I think the third book stands out as being the best so far (from the 4 I've read) but the third film stands out even more than the book because the directing is so good. Definitely enjoyable as an adult, even though I didn't read them when I was younger!

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Just stayed up past my need to be asleep to finish this book that I started yesterday. (Have I ever done a 200+ pager in a day?)
Really enjoyed it. Surprised by how much, actually. I did like Turtles All the Way Down last year, but maybe this one more so.

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Curiously, he felt too depressed to cry. Too hurt. It felt as if she'd taken the part of him that cried.

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Pigeon English | Stephen Kelman
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Re-reading this brilliant book. I find Kelman's ability to write with child-like wonder and innocence quite beautiful. I wonder if black Ghanaian migrants to London would find it too innacurate or find fault in him writing something so very different to his own lived experience but I hope not. I find this book very moving.

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The one with the elf at the beginning and the end and a really big snake and young voldemort before he was famous.

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All The Answers | Michael Kupperman
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A sad read, but a fascinating story. I don't pause to take in artwork enough when reading some graphic novels, mkreso when it's balck and white, so I finished this quite quickly.

gradcat A graphic novel about Philip Roth? How much of it has to do with him? 4mo
naylormatthew Roughly zero per cent. 4mo
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All The Answers | Michael Kupperman
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"Happy late Christmas" said my brother as he handed me this.
It's definitely late Christmas... but so far it's not very happy.

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We enjoyed that a lot. I even got a bit emotional when Neville got his points at the end #spoilers. I think it's the most I've enjoyed reading a chapter book with my girl. More like that please!

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I was just the wrong age to read these when they came out. Then, through working with children in my early adult years, I saw a few of the films, but they never inspired me to spend my time on the books. Now that my daughter is 9, and slowly getting into reading, I have the pleasure of beginning this magical adventure. We're 5 chapters in and we love it so far!

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Monsters of Men | Patrick Ness
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And the Mayor staggers back like he's been punched in the face by a row of houses-

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Monsters of Men | Patrick Ness
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So far so good. I still think the first book will have been the best and most gripping but I suspect this will be 2nd best.

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So far so good. Good to see Hollie Mcnish in here alongside Shakespeare, Bronte, Yeats and Shelley.

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Nothing Is Okay | Rachel Wiley
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This book keeps punching me right in the feelings.

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A Seven-Letter Word | Kim Slater
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A good read for a younger teenager. Not as engaging for an adult as her debut SMART, but I was reading this to be able to recommend it to kids at work and will definitely be doing so. It also made for a nice one-day read yesterday with my post-Christmas desire to be very still.

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Nothing Is Okay | Rachel Wiley
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Nothing is okay. This collection of poems is not Okay (it is excellent). I am ready for this.

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Ayoade on Ayoade | Richard Ayoade
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Not sure... decided about half way through that this is a pick-up-occasionally/dip-in-out book. I laughed very hard a some points early on and laughed again the next day, remembering them. However, after a while I realised it wasn't amusing me in the same way, mainly because I like to race through and Ayoade on Ayoade is too intense for high speed consumption.

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Ayoade on Ayoade | Richard Ayoade
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I have no idea what to expect. Ayoade on Ayoade, I suppose...

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Debut novel by Ted Hughes Prize winning poet. Even if she's new to this it must be worth a read.

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Haven't read a book so quickly in a long time. Started it two nights ago... just finished. An absolute delight of belly laughs at a stupendous combination of bone-dry humour and absurdist storytelling. Also contains a complete(ly embellished) history of the last hundred years of intenational politics.

MelissaSue81 This has been on my shelf for.ev.er and I lee forgetting about it, til I see some post about it on here. Putting it on my list for December. 7mo
naylormatthew I bought it for someone a few years ago and meant to read it. Then someone else gave it to my wife last Christmas... and still it sat on the shelf for the best part of a year! 7mo
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Just started this'n. Proper guffaws of laughter in the opening chapters led my daughter to say, "I didn't know books could be THAT funny."

BookishMarginalia Loved it! 7mo
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Follows on very well from part 1. I found the end of book 1 frustratingly unsatisfying but this time was more keenly aware that this would not be a satisfying resolution and instead would end on basically an intro to book 3. That said, I enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn't put it down at several points.

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To see the ocean once is to learn how to miss it

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Good God Damn. Fascinating stuff. Despite my disagreement with one or two of his underlying assumptions, I think the questions Harari raises are not only valid and deeply challenging, but also very freeing.

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Finished!
This book is the most 'current' book I have ever read for all the best reasons. I tackles what we're dealing with as a population right now and does so on both the technology-world-changing-so-fast-what-do-we-do? level and also the I-am-human-so-are-you-what-do-we-do? level.

CoffeeNBooks This is on my TBR list, and I really want to read it soon! Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 8mo
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I told you there would be drama.

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Consistency is the playground of dull minds.

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Heart of Darkness | Conrad, Joseph
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Apparently it's Apocalypse Now!

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Finally getting around the reading this. Very glad I did.

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"...through hell or high water."
"It'll probably be both."

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Oh my goodness. I don't often say a book should be required reading for the entire human race but I'm saying it now. The Humans is emotionally insightful and hilariously funny... perhaps those facts go hand in hand. Haig's writing implies lived experience of the deepest existential angst, but from a place of having emerged out the otherside. Uplifting and capable of helping you understand yourself better!