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The Next 5 Novels Will Be…

It’s that time again. It’s time to tell you guys what’s coming down the pike here at 101 Books.

Yes, the reading has been slower lately. No, I’m not sure if the pace will increase or not. Maybe it will. We’ll see.

Nevertheless, I will finish all of these novels and, to do that, I’ve got to get through these next 5. So here are the next books I’ll be reading—most of which you probably haven’t heard of. Yes, we’re to the more obscure part of the list.

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene: This will be my second visit with Graham Greene, who also wrote The Power and the Glory, which I enjoyed. I know very little about The Heart of the Matter but excited to get back into Greene’s work.

At-Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien: Oh, yes, another novel I know nothing about. I told you “obscurity” would be the theme of this blog post. Flann O’ Brien, an Irish author, wrote At Swim Two-Birds, so there’s that.

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kazinski: Another bird book that I know nothing about! This one’s by Jerzy Kazinski. It has outstanding reviews from famous authors so hopefully I’ll enjoy.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Yep, it had to happen eventually. Ever since I suffered through Mrs. Dalloway, I’ve avoided reading one single word by Virginia Woolf. But here we are again. I must conquer this novel. Wish me well. Woolf is not my cup of tea.

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. I’ve heard of the movie, but don’t know much about the book by Joan Didion. I’d like to think it’s a novel about golf.

All right guys, I’ll kick these next five off with a preview post—much more in depth than the above garbage—on Monday. Friday’s post will have nothing to do with anything, but you don’t want to miss it.

Until then…

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  1. I read The Painted Bird in high school, but don’t remember too much about it. I think I liked it. The rest I never heard of, except To The Lighthouse. I really want to like Virginia Woolf’s books, but I don’t, if I’m honest. I’m more interested in her life. Looking forward to your reviews and learning about these books.

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    January 20, 2016
  2. I loved The Heart of the Matter so much. Beautifully written. Looking forward to hearing what you think 🙂

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    January 20, 2016
  3. Lucille #

    There is a 1953 film of Greene’s The Heart of the Matter, with Trevor Howard as lead. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047066/

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    January 20, 2016
  4. Looking forward to your take on Virginia Woolf. I have not read her yet and quoe ashamed of that fact

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    January 20, 2016
  5. mee #

    I’ve heard 4 of these, and have read To the Lighthouse, so maybe they’re not as obscure as you think.

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    January 20, 2016
  6. Heart of the Matter is one of my favourite Greene’s I think he is a fantastic writer. To the Lighthouse is actually one of my favourite Woolf’s although if you suffered through Mrs Dalloway the most probable outcome is that you’ll suffer here too!

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    January 20, 2016
  7. I’ve tried reading Flann O’Brien and just couldn’t get into him. Never tried At Swim Two Birds. To the Lighthouse I’ve read and enjoyed way more than Mrs Dalloway. Hopefully you’ll get on better with it.

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    January 20, 2016
  8. I love Virginia Woolf and To the Lighthouse is one of my seminal novels, not for excitement but for its beauty of language and structure, and I applaud what she was trying to: creating a poem in prose.
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    January 20, 2016
  9. A select choice. It speaks of a classy and profound reader. Cool.

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    January 20, 2016
  10. I read The Heart of the Matter probably more than 10 years ago, but I loved it, that’s how I started reading more of Graham Greene. As for The Painted Bird ‘enjoy’ is probably not the best word, it’s quite brutal, but fantastic read, I read it in one day. I’m really curious of your thoughts on those.

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    January 20, 2016
  11. I recall enjoying To The Lighthouse. I’ll have another go just to compare with your thoughts.

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    January 20, 2016
  12. Looks like an eclectic selection! I have been more classic recently w my reread of Wuthering Heights. If, like me, you find delight in dwelling on darks things my review is here if you fancy a read https://murderundergroundbrokethecamel.wordpress.com/

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    January 20, 2016
  13. May the force be with you with “To the lighthouse”. You can do it! 😀

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    January 21, 2016
  14. J.E. Fountain #

    I feel for you with VW. I read these two in the opposite order as you, so I was dreading Mrs. D. I’t short…and I think I’m gaining appreciation of stream of consciousness. I didn’t hate it.

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    January 22, 2016
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    January 23, 2016
  16. Looking forward to what you have to say about these. Cheers to you for going through a whole list. I liked some of Didion, but not all. She seemed tedious to me at times. We must have some of the same tastes. I read Mrs. D and hated it, but it was so popular and everyone said it was so fantastic, I thought it must be me. So I read it again. Still hated it. Meh.

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    January 25, 2016
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