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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,298 ✭✭✭Namlub


    cloud493 wrote: »
    Fifty shades of grey. Surprised the twilight woman didn't say something about copyright, a lot of this is eerily similar to twilight. In phrases and words and stuff, fifty shades avoids the terrible vampires at least.

    Because it started out as a twilight fanfic...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,835 ✭✭✭✭cloud493


    Namlub wrote: »
    Because it started out as a twilight fanfic...

    Yes, I do know that. I mean I'm surprised Meyer didn't say something. Some of it feels copied and pasted even.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,298 ✭✭✭Namlub


    God forbid Stephanie Meyer's integrity as a writer be compromised >_>


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,940 ✭✭✭Corkfeen


    Pigwidgeon wrote: »

    At the moment I'm reading The Diary of Anne Frank after all the talk about it here I decided it was time to re-read it, I haven't read it since first year in school. I downloaded a good few books on my kindle a while ago so have quite a bit of reading to do, the line up at the moment is to re-read his dark materials, I haven't read them since I was a kid. Then I've The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm and A Clockwork Orange, haven't read any of them before so I'm looking forward to it!
    A Clockwork Orange is a great read but be warned it takes a while to learn to read it. But it does make it really fun to reread. :P


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,835 ✭✭✭✭cloud493


    I kinda wanna read that non twilight book of Meyer's, but sheer apathy :pac:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 747 ✭✭✭skyscraperblue


    Just finished 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher and I'm in the process of recommending it to everyone I know, it's incredible.
    About to start 'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares' :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,009 ✭✭✭marko93


    Frankie Boyles "My **** Life So Far"


    Only started it last night and woke up my parents twice from laughing at some of the things he wrote.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,918 ✭✭✭Meowth


    Just finished 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher and I'm in the process of recommending it to everyone I know, it's incredible.
    About to start 'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares' :D
    I read 13 reasons why a couple of years back, its brilliant :) very sad but nonetheless a great story :) makes ya think like :)
    meanwhile I'm still reading the dreaded house of night :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,778 ✭✭✭leaveiton


    I've just read through every page of this thread to get ideas for what I should read :pac: Haven't read properly in so long, a combination of the Leaving Cert, a lack of books, and a lack of motivation.

    Anyway, decided to get back into it last week. There wasn't anything in the house that I wanted to read, so I got out the old "Classic books collection" game thing for the DS and started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. Haven't really got into it so far, finding it a bit pretentious, but I'm only about 6 or 7 chapters in. I wish I liked reading on the DS more, there are some really good books on that thing but I find it really tedious!

    This morning though I decided to give Dorian Gray a rest and started reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, because I picked it up in a charity shop yesterday for 95c :P I know I'm super late with this series, I tried reading the first one a good while ago but couldn't get into it. Then I got it as a present for Christmas and gave it another go, thought it was brilliant once it did get going. Then I was back in school and didn't have a chance to read anything else, so I'm only getting the chance to read the sequels now. Enjoying it so far.

    And all the talk of Sylvia Plath in this thread has made me seek out The Bell Jar online. I've been meaning to read that for years, even long before we did Plath in school, but I've never been able to find it! So I've found this on Book Depository, and I have a question for anyone familiar with the site. When it says 74% off, is that the price it is there all the time, or is there a sale on at the moment? I've no money right now, but I don't want to miss out on such a good deal if it is a temporary price! :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 747 ✭✭✭skyscraperblue


    leaveiton wrote: »
    I've just read through every page of this thread to get ideas for what I should read :pac: Haven't read properly in so long, a combination of the Leaving Cert, a lack of books, and a lack of motivation.

    Anyway, decided to get back into it last week. There wasn't anything in the house that I wanted to read, so I got out the old "Classic books collection" game thing for the DS and started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. Haven't really got into it so far, finding it a bit pretentious, but I'm only about 6 or 7 chapters in. I wish I liked reading on the DS more, there are some really good books on that thing but I find it really tedious!

    This morning though I decided to give Dorian Gray a rest and started reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, because I picked it up in a charity shop yesterday for 95c :P I know I'm super late with this series, I tried reading the first one a good while ago but couldn't get into it. Then I got it as a present for Christmas and gave it another go, thought it was brilliant once it did get going. Then I was back in school and didn't have a chance to read anything else, so I'm only getting the chance to read the sequels now. Enjoying it so far.

    And all the talk of Sylvia Plath in this thread has made me seek out The Bell Jar online. I've been meaning to read that for years, even long before we did Plath in school, but I've never been able to find it! So I've found this on Book Depository, and I have a question for anyone familiar with the site. When it says 74% off, is that the price it is there all the time, or is there a sale on at the moment? I've no money right now, but I don't want to miss out on such a good deal if it is a temporary price! :o

    To be honest the Book Depository pricing confuses me. They tend to change the prices of things A LOT but generally stick to the same region of discount in the long term (I've seen things flicker between 20-25% off but generally stay discounted). From what I can tell with their pricing though, there's no real guarantees with it, so you might want to buy it pretty soon if you can.

    Also, I love Dorian Gray! Stick with it, it's worth it by the end! :D


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,778 ✭✭✭leaveiton


    To be honest the Book Depository pricing confuses me. They tend to change the prices of things A LOT but generally stick to the same region of discount in the long term (I've seen things flicker between 20-25% off but generally stay discounted). From what I can tell with their pricing though, there's no real guarantees with it, so you might want to buy it pretty soon if you can.

    Also, I love Dorian Gray! Stick with it, it's worth it by the end! :D

    Thanks! I'll keep an eye on it anyway. Never used the site before so I wasn't sure.

    Oh I definitely will finish it, just decided to take a break :pac: I can tell it's only really starting to get good!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,813 ✭✭✭Togepi


    Currently reading New Moon. I want to get the Twilight books out of the way as soon as I can just because I feel like I should have read them! Apparently this is the worst of the series... Only about 200 pages left anyway so I'm not doing too badly for someone who hasn't read books regularly since the age of 12.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,944 ✭✭✭Jay P


    Almost finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Hot diggidy, they are some fantastically addictive books. Oh so hard to put down. I want to buy Harry Potter agus an Órchlach but can't get a Kindle version of it, which is slightly annoying. I'm sure I'll manage though.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,813 ✭✭✭Togepi


    Jay P wrote: »
    I want to buy Harry Potter agus an Órchlach but can't get a Kindle version of it, which is slightly annoying. I'm sure I'll manage though.

    I have the hardback version of that! Wish I got it in French now though, don't think I'll ever read more than three chapters or so of the Irish one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,835 ✭✭✭✭cloud493


    The bell jar is dead good, might read that again soon.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭Cruel Sun


    Just finished reading "The Catcher in the Rye", don't know why I put off reading it for so long. Really really enjoyed it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,850 ✭✭✭Indiego


    Just read 'The fault in our stars' by John Green in under 24 hours, reallyyyyy liked it, it was the first book that's ever made me cry 0.o

    Now im on to reading 'Memoirs of an imaginary friend' by Matthew Green (I swear I didn't even notice they had the same last names...)

    After that I plan to read a few of john greens other book, and a short history of nearly everything by bill bryson...


  • Registered Users Posts: 747 ✭✭✭skyscraperblue


    Just finished Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey' last night and really enjoyed it - I think Henry Tilney is my new favourite Austen love interest!
    Started Meg Rosoff's 'There Is No Dog' - I've read most of her other books and loved them so said I'd give it a shot.
    Indiego wrote: »
    Just read 'The fault in our stars' by John Green in under 24 hours, reallyyyyy liked it, it was the first book that's ever made me cry 0.o

    Now im on to reading 'Memoirs of an imaginary friend' by Matthew Green (I swear I didn't even notice they had the same last names...)

    After that I plan to read a few of john greens other book, and a short history of nearly everything by bill bryson...

    Two very different but very AMAZING books! <3


  • Registered Users Posts: 103 ✭✭AllyMcFearless


    Reading 'Summer Knight' by Jim Butcher at the minute, just finished re-reading 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman. Both great books!

    ...sadly, I'm also reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on the side.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭SChique00


    Togepi wrote: »
    Currently reading New Moon. I want to get the Twilight books out of the way as soon as I can just because I feel like I should have read them! Apparently this is the worst of the series... Only about 200 pages left anyway so I'm not doing too badly for someone who hasn't read books regularly since the age of 12.

    Don't bother persevering with it! You're not missing anything! I got up to page 150 and had to give up - it's just so dire. The first book isn't all that bad; a bit of poorly written, harmless fantasy fluff. Could've been fine as a single novel if she had chosen to just end it in one book, but then Meyer had to continue on the idiotic, pretentious storyline xP New Moon is probably the worst book I have ever read (or at least, attempted to read). The worst part is that I bought the entire series on a friend's reccomendation (she is madly in love with Taylor Lautner), costing me at least 40 squibs worth of book vouchers at the time. I didn't read them all, and now they're just taking up valuable space in my bookcase, gathering dust and mocking me with their insane popularity. -_-

    My advice? Go to the library and get yourself some literary tomes worthy of your concentration - stay away from crappy, overhyped teenage fiction, in other words. Apart from Twilight, I haven't read a book labelled as Young Adult since I was 12 years old. :cool:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭SChique00


    Starting "Middlesex" today - I've been warned it can be pretty heavy in places but well worth the concentration. I don't think there's ever been a book that made such a big impact on my psyche as "The Virgin Suicides", so it'll be interesting to see Eugenides' progression from a first-time short novel writer to the author of a so-called "epic novel". Hell, if Oprah liked it, it can't be half bad! :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,576 ✭✭✭Coeurdepirate


    Martin_94 wrote: »
    Just finished reading "The Catcher in the Rye", don't know why I put off reading it for so long. Really really enjoyed it.

    Read that last summer, it's great, might actually start reading it again. The last book I read was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, for about the millionth time.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 592 ✭✭✭fizzyorange


    Just finished reading Skippy Dies
    Skippy dies
    . Now I'm reading Deaf Sentence and so far it's pretty good.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,827 ✭✭✭christmas2012


    9/11 wars and after that madelene by the mcanns..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,813 ✭✭✭Togepi


    SChique00 wrote: »
    Don't bother persevering with it! You're not missing anything! I got up to page 150 and had to give up - it's just so dire. The first book isn't all that bad; a bit of poorly written, harmless fantasy fluff. Could've been fine as a single novel if she had chosen to just end it in one book, but then Meyer had to continue on the idiotic, pretentious storyline xP New Moon is probably the worst book I have ever read (or at least, attempted to read). The worst part is that I bought the entire series on a friend's reccomendation (she is madly in love with Taylor Lautner), costing me at least 40 squibs worth of book vouchers at the time. I didn't read them all, and now they're just taking up valuable space in my bookcase, gathering dust and mocking me with their insane popularity. -_-

    My advice? Go to the library and get yourself some literary tomes worthy of your concentration - stay away from crappy, overhyped teenage fiction, in other words. Apart from Twilight, I haven't read a book labelled as Young Adult since I was 12 years old. :cool:

    Yeah I expect it to be the worst book I've ever read, but at least whatever I read afterwards will seem great in comparison. :pac: I'm finishing this book, not sure what I'll do about the other two on my shelf. (I got them really cheap, so at least I didn't waste too much money on them!)

    Any recommendations so? I have no idea where to start, apart from by asking everyone else what I should read!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,009 ✭✭✭marko93


    Togepi wrote: »
    Yeah I expect it to be the worst book I've ever read, but at least whatever I read afterwards will seem great in comparison. :pac: I'm finishing this book, not sure what I'll do about the other two on my shelf. (I got them really cheap, so at least I didn't waste too much money on them!)

    Any recommendations so? I have no idea where to start, apart from by asking everyone else what I should read!

    Read "The Name Of The Wind" :D It's a real good fantasy book :3


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,761 ✭✭✭Lawliet


    SChique00 wrote: »
    Apart from Twilight, I haven't read a book labelled as Young Adult since I was 12 years old. :cool:
    You're missing out on some really good stuff there. I'm currently work in the book department of a store. The YA section is like my baby. Not that adult fiction is bad, it's just restrictive, you've got your classics, your white male authors writing books about white males, and women writing about relationships and other stereotypical female things I have no interest in. YA is one place where you get a huge variety of stories written by a huge variety of authors.
    Some of the biggest films and TV shows of recent years were adapted from YA books; Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, the Vampire Diaries, were all YA books.Twilight is not representative of a whole genre. People seem to think that just because something is aimed at younger audiences it must be lower in quality, which is absolute nonsense.

    Anyway I'm in my twenties and I still adore YA books and I probably always will!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,248 ✭✭✭Slow Show


    Lawliet wrote: »
    YA is one place where you get a huge variety of stories written by a huge variety of authors.

    But you get that in adult fiction too. :confused: Not all female writers write about relationships and stereotypical female things either...I agree with you that YA isn't necessarily always awful (though a lot of the time it's not great tbh) but really, good old general fiction has loads of variety!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭SChique00


    Togepi wrote: »
    Yeah I expect it to be the worst book I've ever read, but at least whatever I read afterwards will seem great in comparison. :pac: I'm finishing this book, not sure what I'll do about the other two on my shelf. (I got them really cheap, so at least I didn't waste too much money on them!)

    Any recommendations so? I have no idea where to start, apart from by asking everyone else what I should read!

    Well I'd recommend the 'Adrian Mole' series by Sue Townsend to anyone who's into wry wit and humourous pop culture references. The first one, "The Secret Diary Of..." made me nearly split my sides laughing. It's a funny, easy enough read, and if you like it you can read about more of his escapades in the other books, which span his entire life thus far. One of my favourite books/series :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭SChique00


    Lawliet wrote: »
    You're missing out on some really good stuff there. I'm currently work in the book department of a store. The YA section is like my baby. Not that adult fiction is bad, it's just restrictive, you've got your classics, your white male authors writing books about white males, and women writing about relationships and other stereotypical female things I have no interest in. YA is one place where you get a huge variety of stories written by a huge variety of authors.
    Some of the biggest films and TV shows of recent years were adapted from YA books; Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, the Vampire Diaries, were all YA books.Twilight is not representative of a whole genre. People seem to think that just because something is aimed at younger audiences it must be lower in quality, which is absolute nonsense.

    Anyway I'm in my twenties and I still adore YA books and I probably always will!


    I've read these - both great series, especially Harry Potter, but that's because it transcends so many genres and generations, wouldn't you agree? I mean, it started out as a children's novel and is now regarded as an unparalleled literary series by millions of adults the world over.
    I understand what you're getting at though - it's just I'm not really into romance or fantasy, and the YA section in Eason's seems to be awash with both of these genres and nearly nothing else. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games would be the two main exceptions, but all of the stories I've read in YA seem to be tired stereotypes and bland imitations of each other. They're about summer romances, or rising to the top of the social pack in "high school" (seriously? how are Europeans supposed to relate to that?) or vampire/werewolf/pathetic weakling love triangles... and that's it.

    Please, reccommend me some good examples of YA novels that I may have overlooked and I'll check them out, but I doubt my opinion on the category will change much. I've been reading adult fiction since I went to secondary school and I've never looked back :L


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