Hi everyone, I'm Tash, 24, and for another month or so, an MA student in Creative writing. I love words and writing, poetry, plays, novels, bookcrossing, book buying, and I'm sure this community will be a great place to find new titles and authors to add to my "must read" list.
At the moment, I’m participating in a Bookcrossing challenge to read the books on the Booker Prize Longlist. Has anyone else read any of these?
First one I read was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru. I thought that was was just fantastic. It dealt with cloning and organ donation, but it wasn’t preachy about it… and rather than worrying about the science fiction elements, I was just absorbed in the story and the characters. Wish I could write a novel like that! The next one I started was Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black. There's an interesting premise to this one - the story of 'normal life' for a medium and her sidekick. But I didn’t care about any of the characters. Nothing seemed to be happening. And I got to thinking, what’s the point? So I've put that one down for a while (I'll finish it eventually, because I hate not finishing books), and started reading A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. I'm only a chapter or so into it, but so far it's just beautiful.
Anyway, that's probably enough from me for now. It's good to be here, and I look forward to reading other posts on this community.