Last book you've read?

Lol-taire's picture

Well this subforum's a little anaemic and unloved. No comments for a fortnight, for shame. Anyway, the question is simple enough:

What was the last book (fiction or non-fiction) you've read?
Was it any good?

The last book I read was 'I am Legend' by Richard Matheson. A friend handed it to me in assembly the other day and told me I needed to read it. This is because our friendship is underpinned by a mixture of zombie movies or anything else in which plagues of the undead predominate and Morrissey. But he was right it was a good read.

Tags:
electricity's picture

The last book I read was

The last book I read was "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald. I read it for english and didn't like it. It goes to ways: either the person loves it, or absolutely hates it. I didn't think it was all that great of a novel; I didn't like it's theme or the way it was presented, or anything really.

The last book I read and actually liked [outside of English class, because we've read quite a bit in that class] is "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink.

Lol-taire's picture

Gatsby

I can never understand why people don't like Great Gatsby after they've studied it (so basically I'm afraid I'm a person that loves it). We spent about three months last year on Gatsby and we still hadn't anywhere near exhausted the complexity of Fitzgerald's use of language and exploration of the novels themes. It's not a great read necessarily, but it is a great novel. Studying that book provided the best English classes I've ever had. By the end we were all a bit obsessive about the book- even the ones who disliked it.

What was it specifically you disliked?
Also, just wondering, how many books a year on average do you study in English?

electricity's picture

Oh we studied the crap out

Oh we studied the crap out of its motifes and symbols and depth, and I don't know, I just didn't like the way the novel was presented. I can definetely appreciate what Fitzgerald did in signifying different characters with different objects [ie Gatsby and the exterior and interior of his house] and all that crap. He definetely put a lot of shit in there to create depth [contrasting characters, TJ Eckleberg, the green light, Gatsby's wealth, etc etc etc] and I really do think that it was interesting that he did that, but maybe not what he did it with... you know?

But we had "teacher of the day" for a two weeks. Students got into groups of 3 or a little more and we had to make presentations [one chapter per group.] Mine got Chapter 8, where Wilson gets owned in the face. That class does a lot of group activity so for ours we had them copy change a song [or write their own] based on a character or symbol or happening in the chapter. And as an example at the beginning of class we did copy change of "Mamma Mia" by Abba [I played guitar and we all sang, it was great] for chapter summary. Needless to say, it was fantastic. Then we had discussion and yadda yadda.

Well, since it's AP english more reading is required and all that. We've read Oedipus Rex, Macbeth [hated it], Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and had to read 3 books over summer before going into the class, and 1 book over winter break. And currently we are reading Grapes of Wrath.

Lol-taire's picture

Sorry, I know I sounded like

Sorry, I know I sounded like a certifiable arse but Gatsby provokes strange emotions in our English class.

I was just wondering about the number of books because for both GCSE and A level thinking about it it doesn't really seem like we read that many texts.
We studied two plays and two novels over two years at GCSE and poetry from the anthology compiled by the exam board. And in AS year we study one poetry option (we did Chaucer), one play by Shakespeare, one 20th century play and one novel. Then for A level year we study another poetry option (Chaucer again), a pre-20th century play (Shakespeare again ), two more texts for the coursework option and then sit a synoptic paper with unseen materials.

I got the impression (rightly apparently) in your system you read a greater breadth of materials. I don't mind our system because you do study in a lot of depth- but it would be nice maybe to read a bit more in class.

electricity's picture

I would imagine you guys

I would imagine you guys study them more in depth than we do. Our class is about analyze, and then writing about it. [We write so many essays it's nuts.] So we have to read as much as we can to learn to analyze more and write about more topics, to prepare for the AP test and crap.

We just finished a poetry unit too, which I rather enjoyed. Dickinson, mostly. [We had to do group presentations on a poem by Emily Dickinson, and we made a video and made it completely emo. It's on youtube.com] But we got to write a lot of our own stuff, which was cool.

Ginger's picture

well,

the last book i read was "The Bridge of San Luis Rey",
which i enjoyed.
but i must say, "People of Paper" is just a beautiful novel. (i read that right before "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"
absolutely gorgeous.
i highly recommend it, and for some reason it strikes me as a novel that you would enjoy.

Midnight's picture

Last Book

Last Book I read was The Long Shadow Of Little Rock written my Daisy Bates really good book its about an African American female reporter in Little Rock during the desegregation of Central High School she was one of the main ladies like the little rock nine would meet at her house in the morning and the 101st army troops actually had to guard her house too. She was a big deal

whateversexual_llama's picture

"The Tale of Desperaux" by

"The Tale of Desperaux" by Kate DiCamillo. I've read it about 5 times before. It's the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. Lovely.

Before that was Megatokyo volume 4... And before that "Just In Case." That was a cool book. It was about a kid who thought Fate was out to get him... if only he really knew. ^-^

Whatever I did, I didn't do it.

jeff's picture

Hmm...

Just finished "A Thousand Names for Joy" by Byron Katie, and "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

In the middle now of reading "Man in the Middle" by John Amaechi (for reasons that will be evident soon enough), which I should finish this weekend, then "Rose of No Man's Land" by Michelle Tea.

---

"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." -- Josh Billings.

Add me on MySpace!

deepspace87's picture

last one i finished was

last one i finished was uncharted, which was really good till the last 50 pages, when it turned the entire thing into a metaphore for life and how to not go to hell basicly. and im not a religious person, and this was said nowhere on teh cover, so i didtn appreciate it being thrown on me. then i started 'how i live now' which was horrible, and had no grammer at all. never read it. now im reading 'alabama moon' which is really good, its about a kid who's living on his own cause he thinks the government is out to get him

Never be afraid to stand up for whats right. If you lose your values, you've lost yourself, so dont let someone change you into someone you arnt. Don't be afraid of the punishment, Rejoyce in the freedom that let to it.

Adam A's picture

hm

i just took a break from reading, but my last book was "next" by some fella, and atm i'm reading "stalker" by faye someone... i'm yet to read a book i don't find at least interesting....spose it's the advantage of reading dad's leftovers, i get mini book reviews before i read it.

look the innocent flower but be the serpent under it

Adam A's picture

lol

bet you fuckers didn't think i read!

look the innocent flower but be the serpent under it

raining men's picture

Well

Well I assumed you read the articles in the porno mags

"Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three (which was rather too late for me)"

my three wheeler rox's picture

Working on

And The Band Played On. It's really sad, but I'm liking it so far.
Next in line is The Purpose Driven Life

Ride hard or stay home.

Do they react that way because of who we are or because of your personality?
"I like to think it's me."

kartovla's picture

last book was 'drugstore

last book was 'drugstore cowboy'. it was rather good. not necesarily profound or anything, but i liked it. its apparently a really good movie too, though i have yet to see it. before that it was 'me talk pretty some day' which was really random and interesting and amusing (hes gay by the way).
"the opposite of war isnt peace, its CREATION!"

raining men's picture

Chavez

Last book was a biography of Hugo Chavz. The writer thought the sun came out of his arse, which made it ridiculously uneven, but kinda interesting

"Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three (which was rather too late for me)"

the ghost's picture

Impossibility

I can't remember the author,it was only a couple of weeks ago that I read it though.Basically it's about the limits of science,and the science of limits.Was an excellent read.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent-Eleanor Roosevelt

Lamby cakes's picture

I am like a reading robot.

I just read 'Looking for Alaska' by John Green and 'Coraline' by Neil Gaiman.
I read them both in a day. I have to much time on my hands.

"and what if they're right and it's darkest before the light."

utter_insanity's picture

I love Neil Gaiman!

"Coraline" freaking rocks! Have you read his book "MirrorMask"? I thought it was really good.


"Women in rubber will ALWAYS be flirting with me!" --Maureen in the musical RENT

2qt2bstr8ish's picture

I adore John Green! Have

I adore John Green! Have you seen his video blog?

Strawberry-chan's picture

John Green is completely

John Green is completely made of awesome.
<33

Icarus's picture

Currently reading The Other

Currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl, which is fabulous despite the glaring historical innacuracies. an insanely delicious read though....

to be honest, that's the first book i've truly read in a while...my attention span's so short (thank you tv and internet) that my brain can't really focus on a book. that and i'm hard pressed to find something that will interest me in this two-bit town.

any suggestions?

"Yes! No! Oh, damn!"

BroknSykotikDreamr's picture

If you liked the subject of

If you liked the subject of the other boleyyn girl try "The secret diary of anne boleyn"

I can not tell you who I AM, just as you can not tell me who I AM, for I AM is lost in the translation of language itself.

utter_insanity's picture

Gravitation!

The last book I read was the third volume of the queer manga Gravitation. I recommend Gravitation to everyone. It's really funny. Shuichi (the main character) is such an idiot. I love watching his antics. :)


"Women in rubber will ALWAYS be flirting with me!" --Maureen in the musical RENT

Imstillhere's picture

I'm on book 7 :)

I'm on book 7 :)

utter_insanity's picture

Lucky duck! I wish I was

Lucky duck! I wish I was that far.


"Women in rubber will ALWAYS be flirting with me!" --Maureen in the musical RENT

dykehalo's picture

Define Normal- Julie Anne

Define Normal- Julie Anne Peters. Pretty good not amazing but funny at times. ow i'm reading DRAMA! The four dorothys.
~~~NO DAY BUT TODAY~~~

BlueDevilWannaBe's picture

The Jungle

the last book i read was The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which was for english. it was pretty interesting for a while, goes through all the corruption and devastation of the Gilded Age of US History, but then it gets kinda slow and repetitive after a while. still a better book than most that i've read for a book report this school year.

taste the rainbow's picture

A simple answer to the

A simple answer to the simple question: Last book I read was keeping You a Secret, and yes, it was good/super/faantastic.

"What they don't know can't hurt them

but it sure as hell can hurt me"

dykehalo's picture

Just finished DRAMA! The

Just finished DRAMA! The Four Dorothys... it was okay it wasn't that great. I was reviewing it for Oasis
~~~NO DAY BUT TODAY~~~

thoughtgoddess's picture

Dirk Gently's Holistic

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams. Well, I'm not actually finished it, more in the middle. Because everyone needs some Douglas Adams in their life.
Last book I actually finished? Richard Siken's Crush. Though...that was my sixth time through, so...

Izy's picture

The last two books I read

The last two books I read were:
"I want what I want" (posted the link in this section of the forum). It was a decent book, I probably won't read it again. The main character Wendy/Roy was very full of herself and liked to complain.

"13 Bullets" I don't remember by who, but it was one of the greatets books I have read. It was about a lesbian cop, with a partner, who went out with a vampire hunter to try and save her town from the most vicious breed of vampires I have ever read about. There is a sequal and I am in the middle of it, its is called "99 Coffins". I highly recomend the series.

ACCgirl's picture

I just finished In the Fog

I just finished In the Fog of the Seasons' End by Alex La Guma. It's about South African apartheid struggle.

And I'm currently half way through The Well of Loneliness, which some of you might have read, considering it's in the the GLBT canon, as it were.

Maas's picture

I'm reading Julius Caesar

I'm reading Julius Caesar and Quiet on the Western Front for my English 11 class.
My last completed book was Of Mice and Men for English 10 (finished the class last week)

bulldyke's picture

All Quiet was a disturbing

All Quiet was a disturbing and creepy, but really good.

I just finished The Devil Inside by Ali Vali, and before that, ummm...Fated Love by Radclyffe. That's not counting the erotica, lol.

Bulldyke
"I think some mistakes are meant to be made, because we can't help but hope that they won't be mistakes."

5thstory's picture

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (absolutely amazing), and Suetonius' Twelve Caesars.

" . . . The sun does not shine upon this fair earth to meet frowning eyes, depend upon it." Charles Dickens

fox333's picture

i whent on an emotianal

i whent on an emotianal rampage and read Phantom of the Opera and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

"I feel like Nacy Drew in the mystery of the midlife crisis."
-Roger Bannister
The Stepford Wives

Riku's picture

I just read "The Catcher in

I just read "The Catcher in the Rye" and then I wrote three essays on it for my English final (We could chose out of a set of prompts.) XD It's probably one of the best books I ever read.

I'm also reading "The First Man Made Man." But I'm not done that one yet. It's interesting though.

When I call out Your Name Do you Hear's picture

'Sovay' By Celia Rees, Good

'Sovay' By Celia Rees, Good book. It's about a girl who dresses up as a highway man, and then goes on a search to find her father and stuff....it's hard to explain. But it was a good book. I can't remember what I read before that -_-.....and I'm currently reading Eragon....again -_-...yes, I'm a loser. I like that book.

Call me....Squeegee Beckinhyme!!!

apuffalogic's picture

I was

I was graphic-novel-devirginized this evening after reading V for Vendetta, and I must say, it was quite impressive.

"Politely rude. Briskly vague. Firmly uninformative"

fatefellshort's picture

Just finished the Great

Just finished The Great Gatsby for English as well. I liked it. I suppose the only thing I didn't find interesting was that 1920's America is not the most interesting time/place in history for me. I prefer the holocaust, the present, or way farther back with magic and sorcery XD

Also recently read Skinny. Good for an adolescent book but painful for me personally. Trying to read The Sum of All Fears but honestly, right now I am reading a book on College Essays and my Cliff Notes AP Gov review book more than anything >.<

jeff's picture

Yeah...

Any reference to the 20s or the Jazz Age usually turns me off, can't figure out why it was considered so interesting. Always bores... although can't say I clamor for Holocaust tales.

---
"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

Alyska's picture

Hmmmm....

I'm reading a couple books right now....
My books that I'm reading in school are "How They Met and Other Stories" by David Levithan, and "My Husband Betty" by Helen Boyd
As for the one I'm reading at home, it's "The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide" by Douglas Adams.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"When you can't walk you crawl, and when you can't do that you find someone to carry you" ~Firefly

jasna's picture

I am almost done with the

I am almost done with the lovely bones, by alice sebold, then I will read the center of the world (die mitte der welt, translated from german) which I have started before, and hope to finish. in english we read the catcher in the rye, which I liked. I think people get too hung up on holden to appreciate the book.

bulldyke's picture

i just finished Luck in the

i just finished Luck in the Shadows, and am into it's sequal, Stalking Darkness, both by Lynn Flewelling. i'm also listening to Briar's Book, by Tamora Pierce, which i've READ a million times, but this is the first time i've listened to it.

Bulldyke
to see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour

~William Blake

gaynow's picture

TAMORA PIEEEEERCE!!!

TAMORA PIEEEEERCE!!! <3!!!

Megan: "Cheers are supposed to be simple, make people feel good."
Graham: "Cheers make girls do stupid cartwheels. Orgasms make people feel good."
-But I'm a Cheerleader

tenmilestilts's picture

agreed...i've read all her

agreed...i've read all her books and own like 2/3 of them =D can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the bekah cooper series!
---
Two wrongs don't make a right but three lefts do!

Strawberry-chan's picture

The Realm of Possibility by

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.

wilde_sapphire's picture

Own it. Love it. Did you

Own it. Love it. Did you like it?


Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Strawberry-chan's picture

I loved it.

It was one of the best books I read this year...