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Discussion: November ~ Thanks a Lot! No, I Mean It!
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This month you will read a book:

1 ~ where characters endure something they are not thankful for.

2 ~ where you are thankful you are not the characters.

3 ~ you are thankful you read.

4 ~ where characters are thankful for something.
interesting prompts as always! i'll wrap my head around these ones later as i'm sorting things out at the moment. i do have ideas already though! :)
Barely over a week into the month and I already have a few contenders! :D
Reply to post #3 (show post):

Good for you!

Ok, so here go my books for November:

1 ~ where characters endure something they are not thankful for.

This describes most of my books:

The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side (Agatha Christie) - I would spoil the book if I described what the characters aren't thankful for but it does motivate the plot.

Trumpet (Jackie Kay) - was a phenomenal book about grief and people coming to terms with loss. One of the main characters is a rather selfish young man who in the course of the book has to examine his life - his anger towards his parents is expressed mostly in ingratitude.

2 ~ where you are thankful you are not the characters.

Again, so many books would fit but I'm going to have to go with

Out of Africa (Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen) - simply because I cannot stand her.


3 ~ you are thankful you read.

Pretty much all books - again, but this month in particular

Trumpet (Jackie Kay)
Cha-Ching! (Ali Liebegott) - she writes the most human characters. I love hanging out with them even if they all have their failings.

Public Libraries and other Stories (Ali Smith) - Smith pulled it off again in her latest book. There is one story in particular that threw me - it's where she describes a friend of hers who died of cancer as a valuable painting that has been stolen by art thieves. It is brilliant, moving, and totally out there (again, like most of her work).

4 ~ where characters are thankful for something.

Public Libraries and other Stories (Ali Smith) - see above, but what better way to pay tribute and be thankful for having known someone than to compare them to a work of art?

Run (Ann Patchett) - In an understated way, all the characters are thankful for who they are and what opportunities they have.
Reply to post #5 (show post):

You had a great month!

I felt the same way about Dinesen. I started Out of Africa but couldn't finish it.

I love the description of comparing someone to a work of art. What a great way to view one's friends.
Reply to post #6 (show post):

What put you off Out of Africa?

The Ali Smith story was published online btw. If you're interested: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/fiction/2015/10/and-so-new-story-ali-smith
Reply to post #7 (show post):

I didn't like Dinesen and didn't want to read more about her.
My post with the books I read for November.

http://sockpoppet.booklikes.com/post/1295183/sock-poppet-s-2015-read-by-the-month-reading-challenge-november-prompts
Late again with the posting but I covered all 4 this month so I'm pretty happy about that.
1. Where Characters endure something they are not thankful for.
My choice for this one was 'The Bridge of Silver Wings' by John Wiltshire. In which one of the MCs is buried alive. Something I don't believe anyone would be thankful for.
Review

2. Where you are thankful you are not the characters.
'Conscious Decision of the Heart' by John Wiltshire was my choice for this one. One of the MCs is held hostage by one very crazy lady.
Review

3. You are thankful you read.
Truthfully, I am thankful I read every time I open a book but from time to time I do read something that really brings that home for me and in November I read a short story entitled 'closets' by Julio Alexi Genao
that reminded me beautifully of why I love reading.
Review

4. Where characters are thankful for something.
I chose 'The Art of Breathing' by T.J. Klune for this one.
Review
Reply to post #9 (show post):

That is quite a variety of books. :)
Reply to post #10 (show post):

I didn't realise T.J. Klune continued the Bear, Otter series. I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to but I can see the potential and how it might make more of an impression on others. Glad you liked it.

The Genao story sounds intriguing.
Reply to post #12 (show post):

Truthfully, I was really surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Sometimes when I read something that's received as much hype and Bear, Otter and the Kid did, I tend to be disappointed. I really enjoyed it and The Art of Breathing for me really was the best of the bunch.
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