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Friday, January 25th, 2008
1:17 pm

Hi! Do you keep a Reading or Book Live Journal? Would you like to meet other people who do, in order to make new LJ Friends, and discuss literature, or share common interests? Check out addmy_readinglj in order to do so! (:

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Monday, June 19th, 2006
2:50 pm - Night, Elie Wiesel

Hi everyone,

I have just finished reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel. I would like to share some thoughts that have been transpired. I am heartened by the sheer fact that this book was written in the first place, he had so succintly said in his introduction, that "those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.". For such atrocites in the violation of the meaning and sancity of life, no silence is justifiable. I believe this book will be extremely touching to all, and in fact, I wished that his translator allowed for more of the emotional aspects of the text to be translated. However, too much of tugging of the heart string will be superfluous and the educational aspect, where we are taught that the discrimination and the violation of sancity of life is sacrilegious and cannot be condone, will be lost.

I hope you will enjoy the read as thoroughly as I had.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
2:32 pm

Looking for a comment about how the James Frey scandal has impacted the publishing world and readers. Do you think readers will be able to trust authors and publishers? Or is this not a big deal to them? How does it impact you as reader? Looking for a few comments from some people who've read the book and are avid readers. Will need your name state and city for publication.

This will be published at myDNA.com. Need a comment by Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. EST if possible! Submit to kristenfischer@optonline.net!

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Saturday, January 28th, 2006
10:21 pm - She's Come Undone

I just wanted that I've already finished "Night" and loved it!! A very powerful story for such a small book :) And that I'm nearing the end of reading "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb (which is a past Oprah selection). It is definitely becoming one of my favorite books. Has anyone else read it and what were your thoughts on it?


current mood: full

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Monday, January 9th, 2006
10:26 pm - Interesting

Just saw this on the news here and thought that it was pretty interesting..they are saying that the guy who wrote A Million Little Pieces conned Oprah. If you want to read about it you can find it here:


Cant wait to see what Oprah is gonna say to this. Plus, when oh when is there going to be a new book....Im getting impatient..haha

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Sunday, November 13th, 2005
4:21 am - next...

I finished A Million Little Pieces this morning finally. I loved that book! A good book is like a good friend. Quick! I need a new friend...

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
1:03 am

Haha, who was watching Oprah today when she said, "You know, a lot of people turned on me after Faulkner..."
Well, I wasn't completely thrilled with Faulkner, but I loved A Million Little Pieces.

I finished it a few days ago, and it has definitely stuck with me. As I'm reading, I often write down passages that ring true with me (and some that I think just sound nice, or writing that I admire).
Here's what I have for AMLPCollapse )

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Saturday, October 1st, 2005
3:32 pm - A Million Little Pieces

Ahhhh..... ok.

What is the significance of some words being capitalized in the text? Building, Patient, People, etc.Collapse )

More questions and answers with James Frey can be found here. (Beware of spoilers...)

How many of you guys are reading this? I just finished the first section...

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
7:45 pm - Newest Book Selection?

Just wondering if anyone has started the newest book selection and if you have, what do you think of it so far?

I just started today, and Im hooked. I wish she would do more of these books. Im not diggin those classics too much.


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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
11:37 pm

Hey guys, long time no posts (at all!)

I think most of us got a little discouraged with Faulkner (I made it through the first two, but puttered out about halfway through Light in August.) I can definitely understand why Faulkner is regarded as one of the American masters- I loved his word choices and the poetry- but I really didn't gel well with the books. Maybe in a little while I can pick up LIA again and enjoy it more.

Someone reported in ohnotheydidnt that the new book will be announced tomorrow.
Don't click if you want to be surprised tomorrowCollapse )

I have a hard time keeping up with two books at once (one always gets abandoned...) so I have to hurry and finish, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being so I can start the new one.
What have you guys been reading in the meantime?

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Monday, August 15th, 2005
2:35 am

Hey guys, it's me, starfly2 (I changed my LJ name recently...)!
I'm so sorry, I really let the ball drop on the last half of The Sound and the Fury! I, myself, didn't finish it until earlier tonight, and I agree with some of the other posters here when I say that it definitely gets easier to understand at the end.
I haven't started Light in August yet (clearly), but will probably do so in the next week.

I just found this website which I found helpful with The Sound and the Fury, it's also extremely interesting because they took the time to plot out Benjy's section as Faulkner wanted it (in different colors to signify the time changes) as well as making a lot of interesting charts and graphs about the characters. This site also contains copies of Faulkners orginial manuscripts with notes and edits- cool!

I will update more later, but please, if you've read on, feel free to discuss.

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Monday, July 25th, 2005
4:14 pm - The Sound and the Fury

I just finished reading the Sound and the Fury and wanted to post some words of encouragement for those who aren't done - or possibly got frustrated by the first two chapters...the rest of the book is much easier reading! In fact, I read the rest of it in less than a week and even went back and re-read Benjy's section (the first one). It made a heck of a lot more sense the second time through - I even picked up on little things I missed the first time through. I really recommend re-reading that section once you're done with the whole book to help tie everything together!

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
1:12 am

Ah yes, it's that time again. :)

I spent this past weekend reading furiously (no pun intended)- trying to finish up Quentin's section of The Sound and the Fury so I could read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince without feeling guilty. I finished HBP on Sunday afternoon, so I have no excuses not to start the next section of TS&TF- I feel like I'm dragging my heels though...

Last night the third lecture for The Sound and the Fury went up on Oprah.com. While I didn't find this one quite as informative as the last one, it was interesting still. I especially liked the last two sections- they gave me not only a lot more insight on the Quentin character, but on all of these Compson males- struggling to fit into this mold of "Southern Gentleman". It just goes to show that these ideas don't ever really die, just change shape. It made me think about modern day "rednecks" men who would rather seem ignorant than sensitive...

here are some of the highlights that I found interesting- does contain some spoilersCollapse )

I feel like this outline isn't as well organized as the last one- but if you want to follow up on it, definitely check out the lecture notes. A few things are clearer to me now (especially the story about the little lost girl and it's relationship to Caddy).

I'll be posting some discussion questions soon- hopefully we can get some good conversations going...

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
10:45 am

Here are the reading questions from Oprah.com for the previous section.
I thought I could post these the day after the lectures and we could each pick a few to answer and give one opinions on (either in the comments or in a new post).
Some of these questions were answered by the lecture, but some of them are quite open ended...

Discussion Questions - April 7, 1928 : pages 3-75Collapse )

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9:03 am - The Sound and the Fury -- Lecture 2 Notes

Hey guys, thanks for responding to the poll yesterday (here's a link in case you missed it...)

I just got done watching the second lecture from Oprah.com and
here are some of the highlights that I found interesting- does contain some spoilersCollapse )

After watching that, I think I kind of want to go back and re-read a little before I go on to the next section. Hmmm.

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Monday, July 11th, 2005
7:40 am

Hey guys, I'm Andrea.
Since jennala9 is still working on As I Lay Dying, I volunteered to head up the discussions on The Sound and the Fury. There seems to be a lot of frustration about the book (at least the first 75 pages...) and I hope that as a group we can try and stick it out and finish this book by August.
I'll be keeping up with the updates on Oprah.com and re-posting things here that I think might be helpful. Also, I know some of you have been using other websites to guide you through the books- please feel free to share these with the rest of us- anything that you think will help us gather a better idea of who the Compson family is will be appreciated.
I've been trying to stick to the reading schedule myself, but everyone reads at different paces, (this shouldn't be new) but any discussion that could contain spoilers should definitely go behind a cut with some kind of warning.

Just to start off, here are some of the things I found extremely helpful while reading Benjy's section (pages 1-75):

All that said, I'd just like to get a general feel of how you guys like to discuss these books.  I was thinking we could start with a couple of the discussion questions each week and go from there.  Here's just a little poll so I know how many people are actually reading this book and also so I know when the best time to post discussion questions and things are so the most people can participate...

Are you reading The Sound and the Fury?


If you are, are you trying to stay with the reading schedule from Oprah.com?


If we were to pick a day of the week as "discussion" day- where questions would be posted and more of the discussion would take place, which would it be? (So, basically, when are you on LJ more...)

Any time during the work week
Weekends work best
Weekday evenings

Any other times/ suggestions?

If you have any other ideas on how to keep us all involved in this book, please feel free to email me (starfly2@livejournal.com) or leave suggestions in the comments.  :)

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Saturday, July 9th, 2005
8:37 am - Sound and the Fury...

OMG...this book is really confusing me! I don't know if they are going back and forth into the present or past or freaking what! I just started and haven't got that far yet so I hope it gets better because I'm ready to chuck it.

current mood: confused

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
5:56 am

Hey guys! I'm new here, and I just finished "As I Lay Dying" last night. I got it about a week ago, so I've been reading pretty quickly (as I wanted to catch up with Oprah's reading schedule). I've found the videos and reading notes on her website extremely helpful (after reading the first section, I wasn't aware that Dewey Dell was pregnant- I ended up having to go back and reread everything again to catch things I'd missed. For me, the key was slowing down- I tend to read quickly, and when I do, I'll sometimes catch myself skimming, which is no good with a book like this, I was missing some big things! I've been doing the reading discussion questions myself in my paper journal as a finish each section, but maybe it would be fun to do some of them here the week they are posted and just stick them behind a cut for the people who aren't sticking to the reading schedule.

This is the first book I've actually read WITH the book club. I've picked up a lot of the books in the past, but usually after OBC was finished reading them, and have enjoyed most of them. While I wouldn't say I LOVED the book, I did love the style. I'm excited to read the next books to explore more of the Faulkner style and wordplay. While reading this one, I often found myself stopping on a phrase and repeating it out loud- just to hear what it sounded like coming out of my mouth.

Anyway, just HI! And I'm glad I found a community on LJ for the book club. I look forward to reading "The Sound and the Fury" and "A Light in August" together! :)

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
12:32 pm - Just finished 1st Faulkner book...

Anyone else? I'll post more later about what affected me most about this book :)

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10:04 am

uuggghhh...I detest Anse.

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