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Mad Poster
#1001 Old 21st Jan 2021 at 1:49 PM
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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#1002 Old 3rd Feb 2021 at 12:36 AM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 4th Feb 2021 at 2:21 PM.
Marriage of Inconvenience: Knitting in the City, Book 7  by Penny Reid

I have no idea what the rest of this series is about, this is a Audible freebie.  If I like this one, maybe I'll invest in the others.

EDIT: Either this book is really stupid or its the narration; I can't tell which.  They have different people telling different parts of the story which under normal circumstances I'm okay with. What I'm not okay with is when a person can't decide what accent to use, so they use many in hopes that one sticks. One sentence with a terrible French accent, the next is done equally bad "New Yorker" and then just for shits and giggles, add in some Bostonian.

I'm going to commit to suffering through it as I'm not buying more books. My Book Outlet order is bound to show up, one of these days.
Scholar
#1003 Old 5th Feb 2021 at 2:53 PM
I'm currently re-reading my way through all of Asimov's science fiction, a mammoth task. Nearly all of his earlier books, including the 'robot' novels, ultimately tie in with the original Foundation Trilogy, taking place in the same space/time continuum. And there have since been two Foundation prequels* and two sequels, which I have just finished reading. Sadly, Asimov wasn't spared to write any more. The last one, Foundation and Earth, ties up all the threads of the earlier books, but leaves us with the tantalizing hint of a new threat to the Foundation, from beyond our Galaxy. We'll never know what it was.

(*My copy of second prequel, Forward the Foundation, grandly announces itself as "The breathtaking conclusion to the greatest science fiction epic of all time". It isn't. I sometimes suspect that the people who write the blurb on book covers have never actually read them).

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#1004 Old 5th Feb 2021 at 3:42 PM
I'm re-reading the first Artemis Fowl novel (now that Disney ruined it) and also starting Son of Neptune ♥ I'm a HUGE fantasy lover.
Next I'd like to read Angels and Demons though, but I haven't been able to find it on my local bookstore.
Instructor
#1005 Old 7th Feb 2021 at 3:45 PM
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon and The Sleeper Awakes by H.G Wells.

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#1006 Old 7th Feb 2021 at 3:53 PM
I've been reading some of the classics from here:
https://www.studyebooks.com/
Good site for free ebooks!
Mad Poster
#1007 Old 7th Feb 2021 at 8:21 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 11th Feb 2021 at 1:33 AM. Reason: Added link
I have two and half hours left of Marriage of Inconvenience.  I was listening to it on speed one until yesterday. It occurred to me after three and half hours that I'd be stuck listening to this ridiculous, never-ending, drama-filled book for a long time if I continued listening at speed 1. I tried listening to it on speed 2, that was a fail. It was like listening to Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Blech! I settled for speed 1.4 which keeps the story moving and I won't be stuck listening to this book for another day.

While I've been doing that, I set out to set up my TBR ( to be read) list for the month of March.  Picking books to read willy-nilly doesn't work for me as I always end up picking books from a series. The book is either at the end like Marriage of Inconvenience or the beginning and usually I can never find the rest of the series. They're out of stock, no longer published, I can only get them shipped from another country, they haven't been published yet, blah,blah,blah.  As means of breaking this aggravating habit, if I plan ahead, then I can get out of this vicious cycle.  This plan seems reasonable, whether it will work or not, who knows.

To make my March TBR, I opted to play Book Bingo and printed a list of book reading prompts.  To pick which prompts I would go with, I used random.org.  The list I used has 52 prompts, I opted for 5 books. For those that don't know what book reading prompts are, they are 'suggestions' of books to read.  Examples would be things like: Read a book with a animal on the cover. Read a book written by a female author. Read a book with 400 pages, you get the idea.

Here are the five prompts I was given and the books I picked:

Read a Romance novel- Love & Misadventure Beach Read by Emily Henry. 
*Love & Misadventure was cut because it is a series.
Read a book with a unreliable author- We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Read Action / Adventure- The World Between Blinks ( middle grade)
Read a book with a animal on the cover- The Ravens
Read a fairy tale or retelling- Northern Lights, Southern Star  A retelling of Snow White

I don't own any of these, so I will be buying some and using Audible credits.

For February, I can read the books that I got from Book Outlet. My next read after Marriage of Inconvenience will be Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

If anybody is interested in playing Book Bingo ( there is also Book Tic-Tac-Toe) I found my list on Pinterest.  Sadly I didn't save the link, but if anybody wants the list, I can post it.

EDIT:  I found the list.  https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/ste...38_original.jpg
Test Subject
#1008 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 8:43 PM Last edited by angine : 26th Mar 2021 at 5:38 PM.
Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari, worth reading. I'm writing an essay about it. I use a little help of writing service to write my essay at the highest level. Last time these guys helped me to write my lab report and saved my time.
Test Subject
#1009 Old 5th Apr 2021 at 4:43 PM
"The ONE Thing" by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. I'm kinda in the beginning so I still can't say whether or not is worth the time
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#1010 Old 25th Apr 2021 at 11:35 PM
Arthur C. Clarke - The Fountains of Paradise. And about time too, it's been sitting neglected and almost forgotten in my library for years, I could never get around to it before, but I've plenty of time to catch up on my reading lately. It is set in a fictional version of Sri Lanka (using the old poetical name of Taprobane) where they are trying to build an elevator to orbital space. No spoilers, but you can guess that not everything goes to plan. I'm on the last few chapters.

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Mad Poster
#1011 Old 13th May 2021 at 10:50 PM
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
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#1012 Old 19th May 2021 at 3:48 PM

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#1013 Old 16th Sep 2021 at 11:13 AM
I've been reading the Renegade series by Marissa Meyer. I absolutely love it! I read the first book when I was in uni years ago and it really stuck with me, then I got the whole trilogy for my birthday a few months ago. I've finally found the time to read and I've flown through the book. I'm actually kinda sad that I've had so much time to read because I've been getting through a book a day and I really need to pace myself.

Highly recommend. Lots of twists and turns. I'm really sad I'm 200 pages into the last book, I really don't want to leave this universe.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#1014 Old 2nd Oct 2021 at 8:38 AM Last edited by Binara : 3rd Oct 2021 at 9:46 AM.
Not so long ago I finished reading "The Crucible". Quite a cool piece, and now I'm in the process of reading "Fahrenheit 451". It seems to me that this is an eternal classic that everyone is obliged to read. If you are unfamiliar with these works, I recommend that you read some essays about them at https://papersowl.com/examples/ . Essays examples are very high quality and clearly convey the essence of the work, so it will definitely help you. Perhaps, even this will interest you and become an incentive to read these works. I assure you will like it.
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#1015 Old 5th Dec 2021 at 11:52 AM
I've started reading the Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and it's been quite fun so far. Reading it out loud is extra amsuing to me but that might be because I am now easily entertained
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#1016 Old 5th Dec 2021 at 12:08 PM
@Noa1500 I loved that book, read it in a rainy day when I was on holiday earlier in the year and couldn't put it down! I have his second book too, which is the same characters I think, but not started that one yet.
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#1017 Old 21st Dec 2021 at 8:26 PM
David Copperfield. Over the past few months I have been working my way through a complete set of Dickens, which I rescued from a dumpster at the back of a charity shop. So far I have read The Old Curiosity Shop, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, Hard Times and re-read The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Only a little to go with DC, so it'll be just the right time to read A Christmas Carol, again.

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Test Subject
#1018 Old 22nd Dec 2021 at 1:27 AM
Making a mental note to reread Fire & Blood by Gearge RR Martin.

How you feel about it's style depends on how much you like history books. I like it personally, especially the fact that the building blocks for the Dance of the Dragons get laid out like seventy years beforehand.

Saddens me a bit that Fire & Blood 2 won't likely happen (considering that GRRM said he won't get to it until A Dream of Spring drops and thinking about how long Winds of Winter is taking...) because I want all that expanded Blackfyre Rebellion goodness. Summerhall as well. Robert's Rebellion, maybe, depending on how in-depth things get because there's a longer period to cover than the first book.

BEEP BOOP FELLOW HUMANS
Mad Poster
#1019 Old 22nd Dec 2021 at 4:24 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 22nd Dec 2021 at 5:02 PM.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

The book is okay, I'm just not feeling it. I could DNF ( did not finish) it then toss it in the donation box, but I've committed myself to finishing it and the other books that have been sitting around collecting dust because of feelings of 'meh'.

Reading through the meh frees myself of the guilt of getting rid of said books when I'm finished with them. One of many things I'm not doing is 2022 is trusting book reviews, especially from those that get free books from publishers. Not a single book I've read thus so far that got rave reviews from these kinds of people have turned out to be a good read.
Scholar
#1020 Old 27th Mar 2022 at 9:27 PM
Rereading the Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie again, but for once not in English. Normally I prefer to read in English but since I got the book from one of those street libraries I was like eh why not. Anyway its really weird when you read it out loud and suddenly come across a super English name and of course its gonna be pronounced in English and it just really sticks out? You know like when your gps is in a different language to the local language and it does the pause before attempting to say the name of the street? It kind of feels like that
Test Subject
#1021 Old 11th Apr 2022 at 8:00 AM Last edited by Cho de Gier : 25th Sep 2022 at 10:31 AM.
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Currently reading the first book of The Witcher series, Blood of Elves. It's interesting, but I heard the games are really good, so I wanna play those.

That is the second book the first book is the last wish/sword of providence. I have the complete series on my bookshelf just like the trilogy of the lord of the rings
I'm reading the Game of Thrones Serrie again ( 4th time).

Mad Poster
#1022 Old 11th Apr 2022 at 10:19 AM
I just finished "They Bith Die at The End' by Adam Silvera. It was brilliant. I might have cried a little. I spent a lot of time while reading it, working out how "Death Cast Calls" would work in real life, and a book that takes up space in my head outside of reading time is always good.

Starting 'This Lie Will Kill You' by Chelsea Pitcher, I'm about 5 pages in, so not long enough for me to have an opinion of it.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#1023 Old 13th Apr 2022 at 12:40 AM Last edited by Elynda : 13th Apr 2022 at 1:18 AM.
I wonder what the record is for the longest it has taken anybody to read a book. I think I may be in contention, because I have just finished reading a book that I started when I was about twelve or thirteen and for some reason never got round to finishing. I think I got about two thirds of the way through it last time.

It was one of my brothers' old books, "The Secret of Pedlar's Piece" by R. R. Stevens, quite a ripping 'Boy's Own' type of adventure yarn as it turned out. But it has lain unfinished and gathering dust in the attic for decades, along with a lot of other childhood books belonging to my siblings and myself, until I recently had a clear out. I'm supposed to be sorting through them, but instead I've been indulging in spot of nostalgia and revisiting some of my old favorites. And, after all, one really ought to finish what one starts.

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Mad Poster
#1024 Old 13th Apr 2022 at 1:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Elynda
I wonder what the record is for the longest it has taken anybody to read a book. I think I may be in contention, because I have just finished reading a book that I started when I was about twelve or thirteen and for some reason never got round to finishing. I think I got about two thirds of the way through it last time.


I started reading Slash's autobiography when I was about 11 or so, way before I really got into reading. Every time I finish a book I see it on the book shelf in the livingroom and think "I should probably read that". It's been 16 years. I should probably get round to reading it... or at least finishing it because I only had 100 or so pages left

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#1025 Old 29th Jun 2022 at 10:15 AM
Currently started World Of Warcraft: Illidan. Played the game years ago and the lore is really huge and interesting.
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