First Week!

How’s everyone’s reading coming along? I’ve read about 10% of¬†Red Phoenix and so far it’s okay.

It’s still character building and introducing a lot of people who I still don’t yet remember the names of, but I’m working my way through and reading at every opportunity.

The novel itself sounds interesting, and the reason I chose to read this first is because of my interest in South Korea. I went to Seoul this year and really loved it. So, when I saw this book, I wanted this one to be the first I read due to that connection.

I hope everyone’s enjoying so far! Let me know what you’re reading and how you’re getting along.

[Book Discussion] House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Please note: This discussion will only include talks about the book until chapter 16 as time has passed me by and I’ve not finished! ūüė≠

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an interesting book for me. From the narrative structure of the novel, to the way the novel is physically laid out.

The novel (up to what I have read), follows two main stories. The Navidson Record, and Johnny Truant. One part the story of a haunted house, set out written like a critical discussion of a film, the other found in the footnotes by Johnny Truant who discovered this novel.

Firstly, the novel is hard. It took me a while to figure out how I should be reading it. The footnotes are extensive and massive. Sometimes taking over whole pages. When I first picked up the book, I found it hard to keep track of what was going on in both stories, but eventually I figured myself out and managed to get a rhythm, which has lead me to where I currently sit at chapter 16.

The story is so engrossing. I’m having so much fun reading it. Up until the point I’ve gotten to, I’ve not encountered too many scares, but the novel has certainly left it’s mark on me. After one particularly heavy reading session, I had nightmares. But, for the most part, the novel is surprisingly a love story. I’m really liking the novel so far, and definitely do plan on finishing it.

The layout of the novel is so interesting. At certain points the writing is back to front, side to side. The best part of the layout for me came when Navy and the gang were at the bottom of the stairs, and all of their sections were at the very bottom of the page, but for those on top of the stairs, the writing was on the top. It’s really hard to explain, but I loved that difference so much. I might have geeked out a bit at that.

There’s so much going on, and I’m so excited to finish reading it!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Want to know what we’re reading next month? You can find out here.

[Book Club] November Reading!

Hello,

We’re at that time of the month again! I hope you’re excited for November’s edition of books.

The theme for this one was conspiracy/revolution, following the theme of Guy Fawkes night in the UK.

The chosen books are:

I hope you all like these, and look forward to reading one/all of them!

November Reading Suggestions

November approaches ever faster, so let’s get some suggestions going!

In the UK, the 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Night. So, let’s keep going with a theme.

Do you have a conspiracy or a book on treason you’ve been dying to read?

Let me know in the comments and we’ll read it next month!

What Book Are You Reading?

We have a choice of three books for this months book club, and which did you choose?

If you aren’t sure of the choices just yet, you can find them here:

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I’ve decided to read¬†House of Leaves which is quite the hefty book. It’s also a little confusing to read. Which way have you decided to read it? The footnotes in some sections are really long, so I’m reading them all as they come, but then the main text is also important, and it’s getting my mind in a boggle.

Let me know what you think so far!

Are there any other scary reads you plan on reading this month? Let me know!

It’s October First! Let’s Get Reading

Happy 1st of October, everyone!

If you aren’t sure of what we’re reading this month, and want to know your choices, look no further!

Our reading this month includes:

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I hope everyone enjoys, and let’s see what they have on offer!