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  • The Currently Reading Super Topic

    Posted by CJB on March 6, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Share your observations, reviews, and random thoughts about what you’re current reading!

    Feel free to post anything related to your current read: images, quotes, discussions etc.

    Just include spoiler brackets (using the gear icon in the response window) if you want to get all spoilery. :books:

    EternalHearts replied 2 months, 2 weeks ago 93 Members · 855 Replies
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  • CJB

    Administrator
    March 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I’m kicking this off! I’m currently (re)reading Interview With The Vampire based on our last #agbukbang episode where Catherine revealed she’d never even heard of it, let alone read it. So we’re planning on reading the first three books in the Vampire Chronicles for this month’s Bukbang.

    Also, #mandelaeffect, I was 100% positive it was Interview With A Vampire, not THE Vampire.

    Anne Rice – 1976 (!!!)

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      Do you have any idea how many books I already have to read this month

      Edit: It’s on hold at the library

      • CJB

        Administrator
        March 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

        Yes.

  • Catherine

    Member
    March 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Ok my turn!! Currently reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

    I’m about 200 pages in so far and even though I’m liking the story, I’m having a hard time getting super into it. I’m not sure if it’s the pacing or the jumping around between character perspectives, but it’s just feeling like a slower read to me. That said, I love that I’m getting to see a different, well-developed side of Bardugo’s world, having just finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and will definitely keep working my way through this and Crooked Kingdom so I can get to King of Scars!! Because let’s be real here I’m mostly just in it for Nikolai :woman_shrugging:

    • Booknerd4ever58

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      May 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      I absolutely loved this duology, and I agree that it is a little slow starting, but when you get to know the characters a little bit more you will probably enjoy the story more. I also personally enjoyed Crooked Kingdom more because she didn’t have to re introduce all the characters and you could just jump right into the plot.

      • Catherine

        Member
        May 28, 2019 at 12:48 am

        I haven’t gotten back to this series yet but now that I’m reminded of it I think I will!

  • mariahgarell

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I just purchased Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo but I haven’t broken into it yet. I currently have 5(?) books in my TBR/unfinished pile before I get to it, those being

    1. Basque Gender Studies
    2. The War of Art
    3. The Witch’s Book of Self-Care
    4. Sigil Witchery
    5. Weave the Liminal

    As you can see, none of these fall in the “fantasy” category but they’re all important to my plans and lifestyle. I’ll update you as I finish them with my thoughts! Two of these were recommendations from @OracleSage.

  • oraclesage-2

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I’ve got three reads going on right now that aren’t school assigned books! Weave the Liminal is an amazing book that has been really insightful for me already. I also am reading King of Scars right now, and as a MEGA Leigha Bardugo fan, I am absolutely in heaven with all the amazing characters and world building! The other is by far my favorite, and it is a dear friends manuscript. It’s a really compelling piece and I am excited to see it grow!

    • CJB

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      March 7, 2019 at 2:30 am

      The title alone has got me :eyes: so I’m excited to add it to my TBR.

    • Tinker

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 4:11 am

      I’m also currently reading King of Scars! I’m about 2/3 of the way through, but have been coming up short on reading time in the last few weeks. On the one hand, I’m hoping to finish soon, but on the other, then I’ll have to wait for the sequel and I have so far only had to wait like, less than a month for a Leigh Bardugo book and I’m perhaps not emotionally prepared…

      • oraclesage-2

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        March 7, 2019 at 4:19 am

        Welcome to my world! :laurencry: we are in this together :aetherdetermined:

    • chrysverity

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      June 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      This looks like such a good book! I’m excited to find myself a copy.

  • cjheighton1998

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    March 7, 2019 at 2:33 am

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  • Viviane

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    March 7, 2019 at 3:07 am

    In between like six different nonfiction books I’m working on, The Black Prism is my current fun, down-time audiobook. (Other people should def read this so we can talk about what color drafters we all are.)

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    • CJB

      Administrator
      March 7, 2019 at 3:17 am

      I’m going to have so many new books to read!!!

    • Tinker

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 3:53 am

      This has been on my list! I’ll bump it up so we can discuss!

    • cjheighton1998

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      March 7, 2019 at 7:50 am

      OOOOOOOOOOOO, the night angel trilogy was great, been super curious

      • Ginger

        Member
        March 7, 2019 at 8:20 am

        THE NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY WAS SUPER GOOD!! I got the anniversary edition of it for Christmas and it is such a pretty book. The pages are edged with black and it’s just a whole

        lot of yes. It’s so nice to find people who have ever even heard of Brent Weeks.

        But yes

        Current reads

        Currently rereading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, but I see he has already been mentioned. He is an incredible author that I have loads of respect for. The reread was prompted by (a) school killing my enjoyment of reading, and desperately needing a genre change (b) I finally own the third book and (c) it’s been some years since I’ve read them sooooo yeah. Good time.

        If people want a change of pace a really good poetry book I’ve read recently is ‘Light Filters in: Poems’ by Caroline Kaufman. A shorter read, because poetry, but one of the super cool poetry books I’ve found where the collection of poems tells it’s own overarching narrative. Plus, some very important messages that I very much needed to hear. Page 66 is home too my favourite poem of that book.

        If other people want a suggestion of a play, I’m currently studying The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde for a class, which is fun.

        • Catherine

          Member
          March 7, 2019 at 1:59 pm

          Wait I love The Importance of Being Earnest so much!! I had to read it like three separate times for different classes I think but I didn’t even care because it’s just so fun

  • sdhockaday

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Currently, I’m reading several books at the same time, some for the umptenth time. These books being:

    1. House of Night- The Beginning (Book 1 and 2 combined, reread)
    2. How to Treat Magical Creatures
    3. Ancient Magnus Bride- The Golden Yarn
    4. Beautiful Creatures (reread)
    5. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
    6. The Warrior Heir (reread)
    7. The Merrick Veterinary Manual
    8. The Original Horse Bible
    9. Storey’s Guide to Training Horses (reread)

    There’s a lot of them, mostly split between fantasy and my lifestyle. The ones I marked (reread) I most definitely recommend, except for 9. They’re parts of series, but at least to me, good enough that they stand on their own and don’t leave hanging endings.

    Ancient Magnus Bride and How a Realist Hero are both Japanese works; first is a manga, last is a light novel.

    On a side note, anyone have any good fantasy recommendations they are currently reading?

    • annabloem

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      I love House of Night, I’ve been meaning to re-read them too, but they’re at my mum’s place T-T

      I’m currently reading a few books;

      Shinsekai Yori gekan – Kishi Yuusuke

      This is the third and final book in a dystopian/fantasy series which is really interesting, though all three of these books had amazing 5 star parts and really slow boring 1 star parts, which make them kind of hard to get through… Whenever I’m stuck in a 1 star part it just takes me forever to get through it, especially because these are quite difficult, and my Japanese reading skills need improvement. I do recommend the anime series a lot, it’s one of my favourites.

      Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use – Karen Harrison

      I’ve been trying to read more about herbs and their healing properties, and so far I’m enjoying this book.

      Brother’s Conflict 3 – Takashi Mizuno

      A light novel, very simple read. Wouldn’t really recommend. I bought these novels years again when I was really into this series, but couldn’t read them because I couldn’t read Japanese. Now I can read them but I don’t enjoy the series as much as I once did.

      Vilette – Charlotte Bronte

      I really enjoy this novel so far. I love reading classics from that time period, like the Brontes and Austen, so this is right up my alley. It’s my first book by Charlotte Bronte, so I’m looking forward to finding out if I enjoy her books as much as I enjoy her sisters books.

      • Viviane

        Member
        March 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm

        Vilette is my favorite thing ever written by a Bronte, and I took a seminar course in college on Jane Austen and the Brontes, so I’ve read a lot. People seem to really love Jane Eyre for some reason, but I much prefer Vilette. Then again, I enjoy Wuthering Heights precisely because every character is horrible, so take all of this opining with a healthy pinch of salt.

        • Catherine

          Member
          March 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

          I’ve been wanting to read Vilette! I didn’t love Jane Eyre but I also enjoyed everybody’s equal terribleness in Wuthering Heights, so Vilette is next on my Bronte list!

        • annabloem

          Member
          March 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm

          I would have loved to take a course on Austen and the Brontes!

          I really loved Wuthering Heights as well, like you, because everyone was horrible (and because it shows the effects of child abuse, I don’t really see it as a romance novel at all). So then there’s a large chance I’ll keep loving Vilette. I’ve only just started it, but I’m excited to read more! What’s your favourite Jane Austen book?

          Vilette looked more interesting to me than Jane Eyre, which is why I ended up picking that one first. Other than that I’ve read Wuthering Heigts and the The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which I both really enjoyed.

          • Catherine

            Member
            March 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

            (I realize this question wasn’t directed toward me but as I’m drinking tea out of my Jane Austen mug right now I can’t help myself :deirdretea:)

            My favorite books of Austen’s are Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Persuasion!! Persuasion I love because it’s not as popular as the first two and because the love story doesn’t quite follow the same format (it basically takes place after the love story for the two main characters) but still manages to be surprising and charming and heartwarming and everything I love about Austen.

            Sense & Sensibility, I’ll be honest, I love so much because I grew up watching the movie with my mom on like every lazy Sunday and I just absolutely adore everything about it. I think it’s so clever and lovely.

            Pride & Prejudice is Pride & Prejudice, there’s a reason everybody loves it and that reason is because it is simply wonderful, end of story.

            Now I want to re-read all of Austen again…ugh so many books, so little time

      • sdhockaday

        Member
        March 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

        Thanks @annabloem! I love Austen’s books, so I’m going to have to look at Colette.And the Herbal Grimore sounds awesome!

  • Tinker

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Oh! I’m also still technically reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris because I was listening to the audiobook on overdrive and it was due (and therefore auto-returned itself) when i had about 1.5 hours left. So I still want to finish it, but I haven’t decided if I should try to get on the overdrive queue again or get a hardcopy…

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    This is what I’m reading right now. It takes a look at some of the bloodiest murders committed by women and frames them as people, which doesn’t sound like much when I say it like that, but so often female murderers are seen as sexy vampire types, or “driven by sex”, when really they have all the same motives that men do. It’s macabre, witty, and feminist, and proves the quote “there are no female serial killers” totally wrong. All the good things.

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    • Catherine

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      This looks AWESOME. I am definitely adding this to my TBR. Don’t know what it says about me that I can’t get enough of serial killers but here we are :woman_shrugging:

      • Sellalellen

        Member
        March 7, 2019 at 2:15 pm

        My grandmother and I literally bond over our favourite serial killers. No judgment here!

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I think Jane Eyre is my only Bronte to far. I also haven’t read it since I was 12. I bet I’ll have different perspectives on it now. I really should reread that.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I may have a weakness for Pride and prejudice. I know it’s the one everyone likes, but the character development!

    Darcy is kind of awful at the beginning, but he realizes he’s wrong, works to change his point of view, and then helps the Bennetts with no expectation of getting a reward or “points” toward making women like him. Only after that does Lizzy start to return his feelings, because for once the girl is attracted to good people, and not just whatever hot but awful man happens to be in front of her. Idk I have a lot of feelings about that one.

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      AGREED. And I love that Lizzy is completely not afraid to call him out on being absolutely awful. Still one of the hands-down best literary heroines of all time.

      That’s what I love most about Austen, is how complex all of her female characters are, which is refreshing even today considering how many terrible ones still exist. I love all the various sisterly dynamics, love to hate on Mrs. Bennet’s ridiculousness because it makes me love Mr. Bennet more, and Lady Catherine? Deliciously awful. The nice men like Bingley and (eventually) Darcy are almost overshadowed by the prominence of all the wonderful craziness that is the life of Austen’s women, which is as :clap:t3: it :clap:t3: should :clap:t3: be :clap:t3:

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Yes. Just yes. To all of that.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    March 7, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    This is my new favorite place on the forum.

  • Viviane

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    @Catherine we are clearly on the same page here. Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel, for sure. It has a lot of the same charm and comedy of manners elements, but you can feel in the story a sort of tame maturity that makes the romance feel simultaneously deeper and more feasible. If you jump from something like Emma right into Persuasion, you can sort of sense how Austen herself has grown in the intervening time.

    My runner-up for joy of reading in the Austen corpus is Northanger Abbey. It’s a delightful, pseudo-Gothic bit where the reader gets to enjoy young Jane’s frustrations with girls who think Gothic novels are real. Mansfield Park was the most interesting to analyze, but I don’t think I’d read it again just for fun.

  • annabloem

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Northanger Abbey is probably my favourite Jane Austen, because it was just so much fun to read.

    Like most of you I also love Pride and Prejudice, it’s what got me into Austen/ classics in general in the first place. My mum loved the book as well as the tv series, and I have watched the series with her a bunch of times.

    I liked Persuasion a lot as well. I have to admit that I didn’t get into it as much right away, but about halfway through I started really loving it. I really want to re-read this one, because I feel like I will love it more on a second read.

    I recently read Lady Susan, which had an interesting format as well, in that the whole story is told through letters. I enjoyed that one as well.

    I totally agree on Austen’s female characters. They are all so different and complex and I LOVE it.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Gulliver’s Travels is what got me into classics. We own two copies so Mum and I read it at the same time. I don’t know where Mum’s copy went but this is mine. I wish I could find out how old this edition is. It smells quite old and the pages are more brown than yellow.It’s a little fragile now so I’m afraid to read it again.

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Wow what a gorgeous copy :heart_eyes:

  • revenaisreve

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I just want to say y’all are super impressive in how prolific you are as readers. The only thing I’m reading at the moment is An Italian Straw Hat. Having a hard time finding a good fiction novel to sink my teeth into… I’ve really been craving queer horror and there’s not a lot. :laurencry:

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Oh thanks for reminding me, I meant to mention earlier: all types of readers are welcome here!!! Whether you read a book a day or a book a year, in any kind of genre, your input is encouraged and valuable! :eaveshug:

      @Revenir have you read Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado? I’ve only skimmed a couple pages in the bookstore, but it’s a collection of stories that is supposed to be super freaky (in a good way) by a really great queer author. Might be worth checking out!

      • revenaisreve

        Member
        March 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm

        I have not, but I always dig a recommendation! :cjheart:

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Oops this was meant to be a current reads thread but I used it as a “look how pretty this book is” :bashfacepalm:

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Also acceptable!!! PLEASE show off your pretty books. We love them. We need them.

  • Remus

    Member
    March 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Ooooo, there are so many interesting and good books that people are turning through right now!

    I’m currently getting prepped for Cosmos & Times’ book club run, but I’ve also been working on the first volume of Lumberjanes (it’s one of the funniest comic books that I’ve read so far, though that’s limited by the fact I haven’t read a lot of funny or happy comics :joy:). I’m also listening you the audiobook for Turtles All the Way Down, which is great and had really added to my experience of the book in a way that I don’t think would have been as impactful if I’d just read it to myself.

  • Ravenwing

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    March 10, 2019 at 3:01 am

    I have a spare copy of Lady Killers that I’m looking to pass on if anyone is interested :eyes:

    • Catherine

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      March 21, 2019 at 8:59 pm
      • Ashburn

        Member
        March 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm

        I’m 32% in according to my kindle app.

        • CJB

          Administrator
          March 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm

          I actually jumpstarted because I’m a slow reader, finished Interview, and am rereading The Vampire Lestat now!

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  • Remus

    Member
    March 21, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    In addition to Cosmos and Time, I’m going to start working on The Belly of the Atlantic this week since that is what I need to read next for my study abroad program! I’m also hoping to get a hold of a few more free graphic novels (I have been reading them with the help of Amazon Prime reading, so far, so if there are any on there that you suggest, please let me know)!

    Oh, and I finished up both Lumberjanes and Turtles All the Way Down, and they were both great (though for very, very different reasons).

  • Tinker

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    March 23, 2019 at 4:09 am

    I’m about 75% done with The Power by Naomi Alderman. It’s…interesting. Definitely a thinking book, and I’m very much in the mood for something lighter next.

    • Catherine

      Member
      March 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      oh MAN I have a lot of thoughts on that book lmk when you finish

      • Tinker

        Member
        March 29, 2019 at 7:41 am

        So I just finished and I have many thoughts and feelings. omg.

        • Catherine

          Member
          March 29, 2019 at 1:16 pm

          RIGHT. I read it with a book club, which was interesting because I came out of it thinking it was like the best book I had read in a long time, and then the group pointed out a lot of “flaws” in things like plausibility and pacing, but I thought even just as a thought experiment it was so interesting the way it ends up completely reversing gender roles etc

          • Tinker

            Member
            March 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

            Man, I wish I read this with a book club. I know for a fact my roommate will not read this book so I’ve got no one to vent to in person. The biggest negative for me/my reading experience was definitely how frequently the time jumped…I found myself forgetting how long of a gap was supposed to be between different events and it made it feel like the whole thing happened in a few months instead of the 10(?)-ish years it was supposed to be. But I thought the characters were really interesting and THAT ENDING.

            But I’m also like, holding off on my GoodReads review for a while until I can sort out my feelings properly :joy:

  • Tinker

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    March 30, 2019 at 4:10 am
    • Ginger

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      March 30, 2019 at 5:09 am

      OMG I NEED TO PICK UP MY COPY I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR AMANDA LOVELACE!!! I have all of the books she’s published!! I’m so excited for that one if you couldn’t tell!!!

  • Ashburn

    Member
    April 1, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Okay, can now say I’ve read Interview with the Vampire.

    • Catherine

      Member
      April 1, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      I just finished it too!!! That ending is such a cliffhanger but I think I need a change of pace before I read the next one… Something a little bit lighter, perhaps :joy:

  • oraclesage-2

    Member
    April 1, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Current reading list:

    Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits (A new favorite, a must read for witchy inclined mounties)

    Alice in Wonderland (For my surrealism class, it’s a reread but I’m loving it just as much this time around)

    A novel by a friend, who kindly asked me to look at the manuscript, also a new favorite.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    April 2, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Per my librarian friend’s recommendation: York: The Shadow Cipher

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    • Ashburn

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      April 2, 2019 at 3:25 am

      That is a pretty book.

      adds to the never-ending TBR list

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    April 2, 2019 at 4:01 am

    I read “my pet librarian friend’s recommendation” at first and wasn’t even surprised to find you have a librarian for a pet. :bashfacepalm:

  • cjheighton1998

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    April 2, 2019 at 7:55 am

    gonna pick up and start on “The Near Witch” soon, since VE Schwab is a goddess of writing and deserves every bit of her success

  • Tinker

    Member
    April 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Just finished an audiobook and a physical book yesterday, so now I’m on to “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu (audio) and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas (physical). I was going to read “Kingdom of Copper” but when I went to mark it on GoodReads I found out it’s the second book in a series sooooo now the first book is on my tbr and I’m only a little salty that it wasn’t well-labeled.

  • Reginald_Dashwood

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    April 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Im currently reading The Monarch Papers: Flora and Fauna, and Heroes of Olympus: The lost Hero. Anyone else read the Percy Jackson series in its entirety?

    • Ashburn

      Member
      April 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      :raising_hand_woman:

      I think I only need to read the Apollo ones to catch myself up on Percy (unless more have come out since then).

      • Reginald_Dashwood

        Member
        April 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

        I dont think I know which those are. The heroes of Olympus, so far, follow 3 other heroes that are new to the series.

        • Viviane

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          April 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm

          I read all of the original series and maybe half of the Roman series? (Leo and Piper are my darlings.) But nothing past that sp far.

          • Reginald_Dashwood

            Member
            April 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

            Thats where Im at lol Leo, Jason, and Piper. Im still getting a feel for them as characters.

    • Nettil

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      April 17, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      I have. I loved it. Which book are you on?

  • Ashburn

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    April 11, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    So for those characters, there are three series: Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo. Each have five books (Apollo still has two to go), and I’ve read the first 10 so far.

    Had to look it up to check. :sweat_smile:

    Riordan managed to write things covering my top three favorite mythologies, and it’s been a few years.

    • Reginald_Dashwood

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      April 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I vaguely remember reading about the trial series when figuring out which ones to read. Now that I think about it, I remember knowing there was 10 books with Percy and then another 5 in that particular series.

      On a side note. I got brought in on the Magnus Chase books, those were great; I loved them.

      • Ashburn

        Member
        April 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

        I read the first of the Magnus Chase ones, still need to read the other two.

        Can also recommend the Kane Chronicles.

        • Reginald_Dashwood

          Member
          April 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          I might look into those, normally I cant get into certain settings; idky.

          The magnus chase books are fantastic. I red them all within a month. I wish we would get more, but at the same time Im glad we arent.

  • Remus

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    April 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This is right in @Ginger’s wheelhouse :joy: I’ve read the majority of his books so far, including Magnus Chase and the Kane Chronicles. I still need to read the last Magnus Chase book and the second and third Trials of Apollo books. I just haven’t had the time :sob:

    In reading updates, I’ve become deeply invested in comic books apparently, and I’m going to be working on Vol. 3 and 4 of the newest run of Ms. Marvel. I’m also going to start up vol. 2 of the Umbrella Academy, so that should be fun.

    In non-comic books, I just finished I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, which was amazing (if you like true crime). Tomorrow, I’ll be starting Une Si Longue Lettre (So Long a Letter) and Le Baobab Fou (The Abandoned Baobab), two novels by Senegalese women. I’m reading them both for my research, so I’ll probably be reading through them pretty quickly. And of course, I’m still on Cosmos and Time!

    Whew, that’s a lot :cagsko:

  • Ginger

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    April 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Way to call me out @Remus :eyes:

    But you’re right

    @Reginald_Dashwood those books are amazing and I strongly urge you to keep reading.

    Child me found The Lightning Theif on the new arrivals shelf a couple months after it was released and I’ve sold my soul to Uncle Rick ever since. I’ve had to painstakingly wait for every book to be released, and I’ve been trying very hard not to buy PJO in the new covers because they’re so pretty and matchy match, but I like my OG covers … Rick Riordan has like a solid corner of my room lol since I own all the side things and companions novels. I found those books at a time growing up that I really needed to hear what they were telling me, and I’ve made some incredible friends through the fandom, so honestly, they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

    If you ever want to nerd out about it I am always down :+1:t2:

    • Reginald_Dashwood

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      April 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      After such a heartfelt urge, Ill continue on with “The Heroes of Olympus” @Ginger. I understand having sold your soul to an author. I did so with Taran Mathuru and his Summoner Series (Amazing if you havn’t read it) and of course with J.K. Rowling. :badger: #Hufflepuff :badger:

      • BryxalVoid

        Member
        April 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm

        As one who has also read the Summoner trilogy, I would second the recommendation by @Reginald_Dashwood

        • Viviane

          Member
          April 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm

          Wait, the Summoner Trilogy? Like, by Taran Matharu? I was clearly not paying attention above because I LOVE those books.

  • Reginald_Dashwood

    Member
    April 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    OMG I’ve never ran into others who’ve read the series! I have all 5, one of which I was lucky enough to win in a give away. I’ve even read all the short stories. @Viviane @TrueMagick

    • Viviane

      Member
      April 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Neither have I! They’re so good, though! Yay, book friends!

      I haven’t read the short stories yet. Gotta add those to my list.

      • Reginald_Dashwood

        Member
        April 11, 2019 at 9:51 pm

        Last I checked, Othellos journey and the outcast are free on Amazon. But The outcast novel is a direct expansion on the outcast short story. And I read Rory on wattpad or something like that.

    • BryxalVoid

      Member
      April 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      I must admit, I’ve only read the main trilogy though :sweat_smile:

      • Reginald_Dashwood

        Member
        April 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm

        No worries there. The only one I would really recommend reading next is “The outcast” as it is about Arcturus’ time at the academy and what was going on at that time in the kingdom. Good read for sure.

        • Viviane

          Member
          April 11, 2019 at 10:13 pm

          This is absolutely a great reason to reread the entire series, so thanks!

  • Catherine

    Member
    April 12, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I think I’ve just signed myself up for a very emotional weekend but I’m ready

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    April 13, 2019 at 3:23 am

    @Reginald_Dashwood just popping in from the land of no internet to say that I’ve also read the whole Heroes of Olympus series! I fell off during the Apollo ones though, but I LOVED the Kane Chronicles. I’m such an Egypt nerd.

    • Reginald_Dashwood

      Member
      April 13, 2019 at 3:51 am

      Even more of a reason to keep up with the heroes of Olympus.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    April 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Some light Sunday morning reading:

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    April 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Ooh I need it

  • CJB

    Administrator
    April 14, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    And to follow…

    • oraclesage-2

      Member
      April 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      The Occult Book looks so good! I have peeked into it a few times at Barnes and Nobel, it’s definitely on my list!

  • Tinker

    Member
    April 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    About to start “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi!

    Edit: in the beautiful blue OwlCrate edition

  • BryxalVoid

    Member
    April 15, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Finished TMP Flora & Fauna the other day. Should start Cosmos & Time tomorrow hopefully. Been powering through the Secret Society threads to catch up a bit.

    On other things, if you were keeping up with the twin calling corners for Saberlane/Woolie, you’ve seen one of my current reads, The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks. Had it for awhile, read the first chapter at least 3 times but always stopped there.

    I’m also reading something I found in the free nook books from Barnes and Noble.

  • Cinnet

    Member
    April 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Oh man. When Breath Becomes Air has been on my reading list for ages, but I keep shying away for Feels reasons. I’d love to hear how it was!

    Those Occult and Conspiracy books are GORGEOUS.

    I’m currently on the very last few pages of Three Parts Dead, which I imagine might appeal to a lot of folks here, as an inventive sort of urban fantasy! It takes place in a different world, but still involves things like business suits and magical law firms (magic sort of works like law/via contracts in this world). Also gods and necromancy. I’ve definitely enjoyed it.

    The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie WAS next on my list. Ann Leckie is someone whose work I’ll read absolutely no matter what, after being blown away by Ancillary Justice. I’m still excited about it, BUUUUUT it’ll last on my shelf a BIT longer, and there’s this Papers book I’d like to finally immerse myself in…

    • Catherine

      Member
      April 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      When Breath Becomes Air was so, so good. I canceled plans on Friday night to stay home and finish it and be in my feels while it was raining and it was a wonderfully cathartic experience. Beautifully written and gave me such a better appreciation for doctors/medicine/life/death etc – would highly, highly recommend.

      • Cinnet

        Member
        April 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm

        Wonderful! I’ll bump it up my list a bit, then.

        So, I’d requested the Papers via Interlibrary Loan, and just received a notice–for the first time in my life–that my loan has been canceled because my library had “exhausted all possible lenders” and been unable to find a lending copy. It’s very rare that I buy a book without already at least having read and loved the author, but I guess I can make an exception this time. :wink: I’m guessing I won’t regret it.

        • Ashburn

          Member
          April 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm

          It’s unfortunate that they can’t borrow it from my library, they just purchased copies that I requested months ago even though I own them already.

        • Catherine

          Member
          April 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm

          Huh, that’s strange! Libraries can be tricky sometimes because we’re an indie, but usually all they need is the ISBN to be able to order it through our supplier. Sorry you didn’t have better luck! (Although we always appreciate sales…)

          • CJB

            Administrator
            April 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm

            We’ll definitely look into this.

            • Cinnet

              Member
              April 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm

              I’ll also request a purchase! I might just get impatient and buy it before they get around to a decision.

  • Ravenwing

    Member
    April 17, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Just started The House Between the Tides by Sarah Maine. Mystery about century-old body found in the ruins of a house. Parallel storytelling from what I can tell so far.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    April 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    So remember this? Week Two Chapters 6-9: The Mountaineers – #6 by Sellalellen Well Cassie has decided to take a second crack at it. She enjoyed (eating) Flora & Fauna very much, but found Cosmos & Time wasn’t to her taste.

    I’ve managed to recover all but one of the 9 pages she sampled, so with some tape, it’ll be more or less readable again. She only ate the About Martin Rank page, so the whole story is still intact, thank goodness.

    She says 10/10, would monch again.

    Update:

    I have repaired the book. I underestimated her enthusiasm, and it turns out she took a bite out of the bottom corner. One bite through all 9 pages and the cover. Fortunately only a few words are missing from each page so things still make sense. Cassie is very proud of her work.

  • Eldrin-Star

    Member
    April 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I am currently re-reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy just for fun. Always loved this series and the detail put into it.

    • Catherine

      Member
      April 17, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      I’ve never read them and I think I might start!! I have a few to get through first but I’m itching for a fantasy…

      • Nettil

        Member
        April 18, 2019 at 12:27 am

        are you reading anything interesting right now?

      • Eldrin-Star

        Member
        April 18, 2019 at 12:29 am

        They are really nice just to sit down and relax with. A great weekend read if you have the time.

      • Sellalellen

        Member
        April 18, 2019 at 12:40 am

        Have you gotten to Hero and the Crown yet?

  • Nettil

    Member
    April 17, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I’m currently reading Hunger, from the Gone series.

  • Catherine

    Member
    April 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Just finished Educated by Tara Westover (fantastic and so worth the hype) and now I’m starting Normal People by Sally Rooney which I got signed this week!!! (Excuse me while I fangirl forever)

  • Ashburn

    Member
    April 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I started reading this while the power was out the other day. Hoping it will give me better tactics for saving some of my Sunday pants (so named because they’re holey).

    (Edited because I needed to show my bookmark :endriwink: )

    • witchery

      Member
      April 27, 2019 at 3:59 am

      This looks so interesting and the pants on the cover are giving me some serious inspiration for all this fancy new embroidery floss I recently acquired…

      • Ashburn

        Member
        April 27, 2019 at 4:20 am

        All the stuff in the book so far is done with three super basic hand stitches, which is giving me a lot of confidence in fixing some of my Sunday pants with their less than ideal wear patterns.

  • Kryu

    Member
    April 23, 2019 at 4:10 am

    New User here! Thought I’d put my two cents in :smiley: I’ve just finished re-reading The Guardian Vambrace series by H Jane Harrington. Its pretty fantastic in my opinion! Kick-butt heroine, really cool usage of magic, and lovable characters! (Full disclosure, the series isn’t finished yet, but even so the books are definitely worth starting!) Also, it’s on Amazing Kindle and if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s free!

    Of course, I am also making my way through the Monarch Papers! Finished Volume 1 and have started on Volume 2! :smiley:

    • Catherine

      Member
      April 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Ooh I’m definitely going to have to check that out!!

  • CJB

    Administrator
    April 24, 2019 at 10:06 am

    So far, a fascinating read!

    Edit: I just realized I should prolly be including the author and title in the description so others can find books by searching!

    Title: Originals

    Author: Adam Grant

  • witchery

    Member
    April 27, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Currently listening to:

    The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty on Audible.

    Michael Twitty writes about the tradition of old southern cuisine and how it relates to African-American heritage, and all of us. I first found out about this book when Mr. Twitty was on tour and I had the privilege of being able to see him speak at the Langston Hughes Center here in Seattle. His deep but complicated love of the south inspired me to seek out more information about my own heritage (much of it from the same state as his own) and get to know my ancestors’ roots better. This book, so far, is gorgeously written and full of history I’d otherwise never have known. I highly recommend it to anyone living in the Americas.

    Currently reading:

    Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr.

    Confession: I have a major bias about this book. My darling aunt (by her marriage to my spouse’s uncle) is a writer of mysticism and a woman who has lead a most fascinating life. She grew up in an ashram in Taos, New Mexico and spent the seventies learning how to be devout in the desert, in New York City by Ram Dass’ side, and in her own life as a mother, a wife, a human. This is her collection of stories gleaned from the women mystics who came before her. It’s an incredible work of feminist history mixed with spirited wisdom. While I do have my bias, this is just a beautiful book.

    Just finished:

    Bluets by Maggie Nelson.

    An entire book of prose poetry about the color blue. Who would’ve thought that someone could fall so deeply in love with something so simple as a singular color? Maggie Nelson didn’t plan on her love blossoming into this massive feat of creativity, but inside Bluet’s pages, you’ll find out the name for her obsession, the objects of her desire, and all the ways blue has colored her world. It’s a really unique piece of writing that I respect and admire.

    • Catherine

      Member
      April 27, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      I loved Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and have been wanting to read Bluets!! It sounds so vibrant and lovely

      • witchery

        Member
        April 27, 2019 at 10:48 pm

        I haven’t read The Argonauts! Recommended?

        • Catherine

          Member
          April 28, 2019 at 6:50 pm

          Yeah! It’s a memoir, and I read it for a class that delved pretty deep into the more theoretical aspects of it which was very helpful (probably got more out of it that way than I would’ve on my own) but Maggie Nelson is a fantastic writer.

  • Ignatius

    Member
    April 30, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I just finished the Mistborn Trilogy by the amazing Brandon Sanderson and I’m curently reading his Stormlight Archives books among my textbooks.

    Mistborn: If you like stories of medieval fiction with profound story telling and magic systems, read Mistborn. If you want a quick summary then feel free to reply and ill get back to you as quick as I can!

    • cjheighton1998

      Member
      April 30, 2019 at 3:24 am

      MAN. wait until you hear about the fact theres a mistborn set in victorian era complete with cars and guns. Thats the alloy of law, also known as the Wax and Wayne Quadrology.

      • Ignatius

        Member
        April 30, 2019 at 3:26 am

        Actually just finished the Alloy of Law! :wink: but some people find the fact that reading more than one book at a time a superpower/confusing so I tend not to bring it up lol

        • cjheighton1998

          Member
          April 30, 2019 at 3:27 am

          LOL. I mean, hey. I find that once i finish a series, i cant wait even a week between, I HAVE to go buy the next part, so for those like me its probably a good idea to mention multiple at once. Helluva investment, but its a good one.

          • Ignatius

            Member
            April 30, 2019 at 3:28 am

            Yeah once I finish a book I have to get the next or something similar. If I can’t find something similar I just write my own to keep myself occupied/in the universe.

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          April 30, 2019 at 3:28 am

          I used to read 3 or 4 books at a time in high school. I don’t know why I stopped.

          Also, the doing everything you can to mentally “stay” in the book’s universe or mindframe after you finish? V. Relatable.

          • cjheighton1998

            Member
            April 30, 2019 at 3:30 am

            Nothing came out that could pair up, after a while.

          • Ignatius

            Member
            April 30, 2019 at 3:32 am

            I read so many books at once, whilst writing a book + 2-3 short stories at once so I definitely have to stay in a universe (or many!) lest I lose whats going on. That was an info-dump but one worth writing.

  • Viviane

    Member
    April 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I can only read more than one book at a time, apparently. I have a friend who describes me as “the most polyamorous reader” she’s ever met, because of the number of books I’m reading at any given time. :joy:

    • witchery

      Member
      April 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I identify with this label through and through!

  • Ignatius

    Member
    April 30, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Call me old fashioned but look at what I ordered!

    • cjheighton1998

      Member
      April 30, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Wow! What an interesting looking book! Whats it about? Im soooo curious >w<

      Is this see jay bee guy any good? His names spelt wrong, its berenstain!

      • Ignatius

        Member
        May 1, 2019 at 3:26 am

        I just now got this reference while reading it and I feel incredibly stupid now lol.

  • oraclesage-2

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I am currently reading “The Hearing Trumpet” by Leonora Carrington. It’s a really interesting book, one I am having a bit of trouble following. I think I will stick it out though, it came so highly recommended!

  • thelastdruideldan

    Member
    May 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Im reading A Spell for Chameleon right now.

    • Smokey

      Member
      May 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Was an interesting world. I tried the sequel, but couldn’t get into it.

      • thelastdruideldan

        Member
        May 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm

        it’s alright. there’s a ton of books in the series

    • Sellalellen

      Member
      May 7, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Is that a Peirs Anthony?

      • thelastdruideldan

        Member
        May 7, 2019 at 11:26 pm

        yeah. I say he’s like the American knockoff of terry pratchet :joy::joy:

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          May 8, 2019 at 12:58 am

          I have so many of his books! Dad started me off with Bio of a Space Tyrant when I was 12, and since then I’ve collected as many of his books as I could. I have upwards of 20 now? Most of them are Xanth novels.

          • thelastdruideldan

            Member
            May 8, 2019 at 1:32 am

            thats awesome!!! ive not read as much of his stuff as I would like, but I absolutely adore his work.

  • Smokey

    Member
    May 8, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I love his concepts and ideas. The world he created in Xanth is fantastic. It’s just his writing style doesn’t suit me. I have similar problems with George Martin, Tom Clancy, and Terry Prachet.

    • thelastdruideldan

      Member
      May 8, 2019 at 4:43 am

      to dry?

      • Smokey

        Member
        May 8, 2019 at 5:14 am

        You know, that might be exactly it. I’d never thought of it like that. There are some nonfiction books I’ve read that I found more gripping to read.

        • thelastdruideldan

          Member
          May 8, 2019 at 2:44 pm

          @smokey, That’s honestly the thing about British humor, you have to have a really dry sense of humor.

          • Smokey

            Member
            May 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

            I don’t think it’s the humor, I loved bbcs sherlock, and enjoy Monty python just fine for instance. Not my favorite but I enjoy it. It’s things like overly detailed explanations, which Martin and Clancy are especially guilty of. Like they’re talking themselves too seriously.

          • Smokey

            Member
            May 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

            Like it shouldn’t feel like I’m reading a textbook.

            • thelastdruideldan

              Member
              May 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

              Riiiiight. I get ya. You must not be very huge Tolkien fan than eh?

            • Smokey

              Member
              May 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

              Yes and no. The silmarillion is a bit of a slog, but I have read the Saga of the Ring. I won’t lie there were some sections I skipped if it started getting too droll, but that one I was able to handle. Tolkeins writing voice was more engaging for me, I guess.

            • thelastdruideldan

              Member
              May 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

              mmmmm… Interesting.

            • Smokey

              Member
              May 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm

              I don’t mean as a criticism, just that aren’t for me. I love the ideas that many of the create and the world depth is something I really enjoy. It’s not easy creating such expansive worlds. There are just some writers whose style clashes with my preferences.

            • thelastdruideldan

              Member
              May 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

              No no, I totally understand. There’s certain authors I’m like that with to. No worries. I totally get it.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 8, 2019 at 5:41 am

    immediately i think of farley mowats “Never cry wolf”. one of the most gripping non fiction stories ive ever read.

  • Smokey

    Member
    May 8, 2019 at 6:16 am

    My go tos in nonfiction are Peter Hathway Captsicks African books. Death in the Long Grass and the similar titles books. They’re a little dated, but good reads that make me want to go to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and other Countries.

  • Dreamhowl

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    May 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

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  • BrokenVoid

    Member
    May 8, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    I just finished Red Rising and I’m about to start Golden Son, the next book in the series. It’s all very sci-fi and the first book is very reminiscent of the hunger games.

  • josephinekelly

    Member
    May 9, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I’m in the midst of Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence just now, alongside TMP vol. 2. I’m trying to take it slow with Grey Sister and really enjoy it. The world building is top notch and the characters are epic.

  • BEANBONGOS

    Member
    May 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Currently reading A Clash of Kings

  • Tinker

    Member
    May 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    About half way through this and its…unusual. Anyone else read it?

    • cjheighton1998

      Member
      May 12, 2019 at 6:38 am

      “rock and roll messiahs are really F***g scary”

      Truth.

  • Connielass

    Member
    May 14, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Currently reading Michelle West, “The Sacred Hunt” duology, waiting for the paperback publication of the next book in her House War series.

    Also waiting for the paperback of George RR Martin’s “Fire and Blood”, and Patricia Brigg’s “Storm Cursed”.

  • Viviane

    Member
    May 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Okay, you guys. I’m doing it, and I’m posting it here so you all hold me accountable: I’m finishing Dune before the end of the month.

    I’ve started this book three different times in the last year, and I want to read it, but I keep getting distracted by other books, and that just won’t do anymore. It’s time. We’re doing this. (And yes, by we I mean myself and all of the obsessions that live in my head fighting for my time.)

    Someone @ me at the end of May to make sure I’ve finished. :laughing:

    • cjheighton1998

      Member
      May 14, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Just do a read along! Take videos and upload them here, then we WILL be doing this together 0w0

      • Viviane

        Member
        May 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

        A what? Like, videos of me reading it? You realize that Dune without the Appendices is like 794 pages, right? :joy:

        • Ashburn

          Member
          May 14, 2019 at 4:08 pm

          People in my HP running club have been taking turns reading through that entire series. Totally doable.

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          May 14, 2019 at 5:14 pm

          I found the audiobook was much easier to digest for Dune.

    • Connielass

      Member
      May 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      The Dune series is on my wishlist. I remember catching the miniseries on Syfy back in the day, and I’m so happy they’re still printing it.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 14, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    794 pages? Pshhhh, only gonna be the size of a 3 hour movie, its FIIIINE.

  • thelastdruideldan

    Member
    May 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Are we talking about Dune?

  • Glace

    Member
    May 15, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Anybody here a fan of period history? I’m currently wading my way through Philippa Gregory’s collection of The Cousins’ War.

    • Catherine

      Member
      May 16, 2019 at 2:19 am

      BIG fan of period history here!! I’ve read a few Philippa Gregory but can’t remember which ones off the top of my head. Only slightly obsessed with Henry VIII

      • Glace

        Member
        May 16, 2019 at 2:26 am

        SO GLAD TO MEET ANOTHER FAN OF PHILLIPPA GREGORY. I revel in her storytelling. And yes, only SLIGHTLY obsessed with the Plantagenets as a whole. Elizabeth of York captured my attention almost instantly.

        • Catherine

          Member
          May 16, 2019 at 2:31 am

          I think I read The Other Boleyn Girl and maybe The White Queen?? I don’t remember though. But same, she’s up there with Diana Gabaldon as far as being able to get so completely absorbed that I don’t even realize thousands of pages have gone by.

          Also, highly recommend Margaret George’s The Autobiography of Henry VIII. Another long one but so good!!

  • BrokenVoid

    Member
    May 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve never been able to get through Dune personally, all the technical terms and such that require you to look at the index to fully understand just makes it feel like a chore. The premise is interesting and I’d love to be able to read it but it’s never held my interest long enough to make progress in it

    • thelastdruideldan

      Member
      May 15, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      I it is definitely a bit much the first time you read it, but after that it becomes very enjoyable.

      • BrokenVoid

        Member
        May 16, 2019 at 1:14 am

        I’ll give it another shot eventually

        • thelastdruideldan

          Member
          May 16, 2019 at 1:39 am

          For sure. Although to be honest there is better science fiction, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic book.

  • Glace

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Yes! Those were such cornerstone books in the series! I feel like The Other Boleyn Girl was a story that foils over The White Queen, but I digress.

    Thank you for the recommendation, I’m always looking forward to adding more books to my collection.

    To reciprocate, The Women of The Cousins War is also another more historically based book of hers that goes in-depth about the real lives of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Jacquetta of Luxembourg

  • Sapphire

    Member
    May 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Currently Reading

    • The Monarch Papers volume 2
    • The Magicians – Lev Grossman (Reread, I’m not finding it as engrossing as I did last time so have abandoned in favour of… The Secret History of Whiches, The Binding, Scent of Magic, Touch of Power and now TMP… I’ll get back to it and probably have to go back to the start, has anyone else had this? I feel completely underwhelmed by it on this read through, the writing feels stuffy and endlessly drawn out. Last re read I couldn’t put it down, it carried me along and felt, well magical.)
    • Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett (audio book)

    Edit: removed recommended, found a more appropriate thread Here :slight_smile:

    • Augustus_Octavian

      Member
      May 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

      That’s how I felt about The Magician King after reading The Magicians.

      Edit: The Magician’s Land was pretty redeeming.

      • Sapphire

        Member
        May 17, 2019 at 10:16 am

        @Augustus_Octavian

        I’m glad it’s not just me. It’s a while since I’ve read them all.

        I’ve stalled when at their first adventure in Fillory. But I love the none Brakebills magic arc that brings Julia(?) back into the story

        Maybe just not the right time to be reading it, it is a fantastical cross cherry picking some of the best bits of other magical series and adding reality that others just skim past.

        • Augustus_Octavian

          Member
          May 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

          I totally agree! I would totally leave all the Fillory stuff behind, and just read book upon book about students at Brakebills and hedgewitches out in the world. The fact Quentin, Penny and Alice skipped a year irritated me, because that was my favorite part!

  • Tornus

    Member
    May 19, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I’ve just started giving Kamisama Kiss (graphic novels count, surely?) and Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina a try. I’ve also had Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys sitting on my shelf for ages; I finished American Gods years ago so it should probably be next.

    Is anyone here a fan of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern?

    • Sellalellen

      Member
      May 19, 2019 at 6:26 am

      I’ve heard good things about Kamisama Kiss but never read it. How is it so far?

      • Tornus

        Member
        May 19, 2019 at 6:30 am

        @Sellalellen I’m enjoying it more than I expected to, but there are quite a few Shinto-specific terms that might throw you for a loop if you aren’t used to them. Even given past obsessions with xxxHolic and Gate 7, I find myself checking the glossaries fairly regularly.

        The main romance hasn’t really grabbed me yet, but I’m picky about those, and it does seem to be exploring the concept of a human girl becoming a kami (and what that would entail) quite well.

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          May 19, 2019 at 6:51 am

          Cool. I just finished Mizutama Honey Boy so I might read that one next. That’s good to know about the Shinto terms. People haven’t mentioned that to me before.

          • Tornus

            Member
            May 19, 2019 at 6:55 am

            They aren’t terribly important to know off the top of your head, but I like keeping track of the history and legends around each being as much as I can, to compare with the narrative choices the author made. Onibi-warashi, shinshi, and tochigami are the most common, but some plot lines benefit from knowing specific stories, like volume 7 and the story of Izanami and Izanagi. Luckily most of them are fairly searchable online these days.

    • aishacoppack

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      May 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      @Tornus I am ever so slightly OBSESSED with The Night Circus! I created a whole playlist to listen o while reading it, and I try to always drink coffee or hot chocolate with nutmeg when I read it to really get in the zone with sound, taste and aroma :sweat_smile:

      Currently reading The Monarch Papers v1, and just getting to the end of The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. It’s utterly delightful – I’ve never really read any fiction set in and around Egypt, and this which is full of djinn and weaves in Arabian myths & folklore was just stunning. Can’t wait to read the next instalment!

    • Tinker

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      May 20, 2019 at 2:57 am

      :raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed::raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed::raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed: The Night Circus is pretty much my favorite book of all time!!!

  • Sellalellen

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    May 19, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Google sure is great for that. A little while ago I was reading a manga that followed an Oiran in the red light discrict of Edo, and I think I spent most of my time in the first chapters googling various ceremonies and the meanings of specific hairpins and all that. After a while though, I could understand without referencing Google every time.

    Oiran Girl is a good manga, but so much of the drama is hairpin related and every kind has some sort of symbolism attached.

    • Tornus

      Member
      May 19, 2019 at 7:05 am

      I think I remember seeing that series, I might check it out.

      As a resource, I’ve actually found reading Case Closed/Detective Conan very informative. It shows a lot about modern Japanese culture, but quite a few cases also involve historical figures, mythical creatures, and other Japanese trivia that get explained for the benefit of its younger main audience.

  • Lunalie

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    May 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Hey all! I’m currently reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. One of my good friends suggested it to me, and the story is quite captivating. The author’s writing style is very short and to the point, which I’m not used to!

    Not to give any spoilers out, but the first few chapters are like their own rollercoaster. It’s kept me reading for sure! I’m about to get started on TMP though.

    • BrokenVoid

      Member
      May 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Love the Red Rising trilogy, I’m on book two now.

      • Lunalie

        Member
        May 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

        Those first few chapters though! They get you attached then rip it away

        • BrokenVoid

          Member
          May 19, 2019 at 8:49 pm

          Honestly the whole series is kinda like that.

  • cjheighton1998

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    May 19, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    KamiSama Kiss is a slow burner, tbh, it takes a bit to get going but once it does it draws you in.

  • sdhockaday

    Member
    May 19, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    So many cool books, so little time to read them. :sob:

  • Shadow

    Member
    May 22, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I find a surprising lack of Brian Sanderson on here. I aim to rectify that since I am currently listening to Mistborn Book 2: The Well of Ascension and The Stormlight Archives Book 1: Way of Kings. and my god… so good.

    • Connielass

      Member
      May 23, 2019 at 3:34 am

      I have pretty much everything Sanderson on my wishlist, waiting on getting a job

      • Shadow

        Member
        May 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm

        They do not disappoint.

    • Ginger

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      May 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      I just finished rereading the Mistborn trilogy and it was just as amazing as the first time, if not more.

      • Shadow

        Member
        May 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

        I’m almost done with the second book and I already have the third lined up to read as well.

  • SabineBean

    Member
    June 2, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Hi all! New person here, figured I’d drop in a few recommendations.

    Time catcher is an absolute pleasure to read, a story about a girl, a ghost, a button factory, and a grand mystery. It’s just one book, but it wraps up so nicely!

    I will always recommend the Percy Jackson books (I saw the conversation up there, they’re always a fantastic read!) Rick Riordan is sweet and the diversity and research put into his books is a breath of fresh air.

    I’m currently desperately trying to find the sequel to Above World by Jenn Reese. It’s a kid’s book but it’s… Genuinely scary at times. Amazing concepts, telling the story of two folk who live underwater coming up to learn about… Well, the world above. There’s two more books in the series, but I haven’t read them yet.

    And finally, Dragon’s Green is another one where I’m on the hunt for the sequel at the library (I have very little money), it’s a delightful story of five kids learning about magic hidden in the secret recesses of the world, and in their own heritage.

  • Mellie

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    June 5, 2019 at 2:52 am

    I had just finished Return of the King before finding TMP and was planning on reading the silmarillion… But a) I can only read one book at a time, so I’ll wait until I finish TMP and b) The silmarillion is really long… I imagine it’s worth it though?

    • Ashburn

      Member
      June 5, 2019 at 3:32 am

      I’ve read it twice, once for fun and once for class. I actually found it easier to get through a second time than the trilogy. Then again, it’s basically the mythology of Middle Earth, and pardon the poor grammar, but I like me some mythology.

    • Connielass

      Member
      June 5, 2019 at 7:34 am

      If you can get through it. I’ve tried to get through it multiple times and just… I keep giving up after a couple chapters… Still it takes pride of place on the top of one of my bookshelves.

      • Mellie

        Member
        June 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

        Honestly that was me for return of the king the first time I tried to read it, so there was a one year gap between me finishing two towers and actually getting further than the first chapter of return of the king… So maybe just read something lighter first :man_shrugging:

  • Calm

    Member
    June 7, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I feel like I stand out a little on my choice of readings here. I rotate books a lot but I’ve just finished;

    The Ethics of What We Eat -Peter Singer

    Norse Mythology -Neil Gaiman

    How to Change Your Mind Michael Pollan

    And am now reading;

    The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi

    Hagakure

    And Stress Less, Accomplish More – Emily Fletcher

    I find 3 concurrent books essential.

    P.S. the Monarch Papers and the Secret Societies have put the others a bit to the side a lot lately.

  • Tinker

    Member
    June 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I just started “The Blue Salt Road” last night. It’s pretty short, so I think I got a third of the way through. It’s a selkie folklore retelling, and I’m intrigued to see where it goes…

  • cjheighton1998

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    June 7, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Recently began reading an omnibus of jack london novels. Im halfway through, got done with white fang, call of the wild and sea wolf, so far.

  • Catherine

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    June 14, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Haven’t been reading as much as I’d like lately, but looking forward to getting some quality reading time in this weekend!! These are my two current reads right now, I usually don’t read more than one book at a time but the bf and I are reading Anna Karenina together and passing it off by each part, so I’ve been reading the short stories in Her Body and Other Parties while I’m waiting for my turn with AK.

    @Revenir, I think I recommended Her Body a while ago when you were looking for queer horror, and now that I’m actually reading it, can confirm that these are pretty wild :deirdreexcited:

  • Augustus_Octavian

    Member
    June 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Almost entirely based on recommendations from Ackerly Green & Co., I have “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (recently started, very dense to get through), then taking a break and reading something lighter with “Magic for Liars” by Sarah Gailey, then onto “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi!

    • Catherine

      Member
      June 15, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR WILL RUIN YOU BUT I AM NOT SORRY

      • Augustus_Octavian

        Member
        June 16, 2019 at 2:18 am

        maintains eye contact with Catherine and discreetly slides the last one back onto the shelf

        • Catherine

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          June 16, 2019 at 6:12 pm

          takes it back off the shelf when you’re not looking and stealthily slips it back into your bag

          • revenaisreve

            Member
            June 16, 2019 at 6:15 pm

            Oh my gosh, I see CJ isn’t the only evil one in the AGP office :joy:

    • revenaisreve

      Member
      June 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Shadow of the Wind is a good one. It didn’t quite hit me the same way TMP did, but there’s parts of it that gave me similar feels.

    • Shauntelle

      Member
      June 20, 2019 at 2:25 am

      Just picked up Shadow of the Wind at a library sale. Has to wait til I’m finished with The Monarch Papers 1&2. :grin:

  • Connielass

    Member
    June 16, 2019 at 3:48 am

    adds yet another book to the wishlist that will see no end

  • Connielass

    Member
    June 20, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Clariel. And now I’ve added another book to my wishlist, because I didn’t realize that Nix wrote another Old Kingdom novel after Clariel.

    • Nimuir

      Member
      June 20, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Oh god I didn’t realise Goldenhand existed until now. Guess I should re-read the series first to refresh my memory!

  • fungibility

    Member
    June 22, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I’m reading N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy at the moment and adoring it! In between books at the moment because I had to prioritise research but I’m so excited to get back into the story. Her narrative style is So unique and exciting to read.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 6:49 am

    So I just started reading July 20, 2019 by Arthur C. Clarke. I grabbed off Dad’s bookshelf to skim through and maybe laugh at the silly predictions of what life would be like this year but I am actually kind of shocked? Take this passage for example;

    Every forty years, as if cyclically programmed, our nation seems to undergo a crisis of values that threatens its most sturdy social foundations. In the 1920s, the proliferation of assembly-line automobiles and the explosive growth of the city threatened the moral fiber of a small-town America that had predominated since colonial days. The flapper of the Roaring Twenties tore off her corset as defiantly as the hippie of the late sixties burned her bra, as vehemently as the greenie of 2011 rejected her mother’s synthetic clothes.

    This book was published in 1986 and casually predicted the environmental movement in order to emphasize a different point. :exploding_head:

    I’m still only on page 20.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Okay this is rediculous.

    Are we sure time travel isn’t a thing? Because my Google Home does all those things listed.

    Edit: 2 pages later, the book predicts the Roomba.

    Parked out of sight in a closet would be your robot vacuum cleaner. According to a preprogrammed schedule, it would roll out of the closet, cruise over a premapped course on the floor, and do the week’s cleaning.

    • Ignatius

      Member
      June 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

      What the… How the… Excuse me? This was written in 1986? Man’s a wizard. Only explanation.

  • Rimor

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Well George Orwell predict the future in his book 1984

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I should probably say that he didn’t get everything right, but what he does, he is very specific about. He seems to have overestimated our travel speeds (cars running at Mach 3) and is really certain that videodiscs will be very common and useful, but there’s something every few pages that just hits me with a sudden

    “This is how it is! How could he know that!?!”

    • Ignatius

      Member
      June 25, 2019 at 8:08 am

      I’m very, very thankful that cars don’t go Mach 3.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I think while he gave pretty realistic (and scarily accurate) predictions for everyday life, he is quite certain that we must start colonizing the moon by 2019 and so I think that’s accelerated his timeline transportation-wise.

    • Ignatius

      Member
      June 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

      I think I heard something about trying to Colonize another celestial body but I think that’s in the coming years according to whatever it was. I’ll look for it and maybe create a topic for sciencey stuff if we don’t have one.

      • Rimor

        Member
        June 25, 2019 at 8:18 am

        Do you guys remember the smart TV scare a couple of years ago? Well Orwell predict that telescreens would be found in everyones homes for entertainment. But that the TVs would also watch and listen to everything you did which is exactly what happened with Samsung and a few others.

        • Ignatius

          Member
          June 25, 2019 at 8:21 am

          I actually don’t remember that, although then again ive always had the mindset that if a company wants to watch me sit on my couch watching Top Gun, Ladder 49 or Lord of the Rings etc. for the 749th time so be it.

  • Connielass

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 9:48 am

    @Ignatius: there’s serious discussion about the colonization of Mars, even to the point that NASA is holding a closed competition for prefab home designs.

    @Rimor: Remember the movie Batman Forever? Remember the TVs?

    • Rimor

      Member
      June 25, 2019 at 11:43 am

      I don’t believe I’ve seen the film :laughing:

    • Viviane

      Member
      June 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Speaking of colonizing Mars, there’s a phone game, TerraGenesis, that simulates colonizing other planets. It’s kinda neat, if people wanna check it out.

      And @Sellalellen it’s alwats interesting to see what older authors get right and wrong about the future. Discs seem especially prominent in older fiction, which tells you just how unpredictable cloud storage was in the common perception. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

  • Connielass

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve played TerraGenesis, but it couldn’t hold my attention.

  • chrysverity

    Member
    June 25, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Also, finished Flora and Fauna and starting Cosmos and Time. After that, I might take a swing at The Hate U Give.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    July 13, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I just picked this up while I was on a road trip. It’s both familiar and new, and it’s a lot of fun to read aloud.

    • Augustus_Octavian

      Member
      July 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      Just finished Sarah Gailey’s Magic for Liars. Anyone else read it?

    • lesleydominic

      Member
      July 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      I have a couple of Shakespeare Star Wars books that’re similar, they’re such a fun time!

  • Ignatius

    Member
    July 14, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    For all the medieval fantasy lovers here if you haven’t already please, please read the Throne of Glass series. I beg you. Although do be warned that there are some pretty well described sex scenes so if you aren’t into that I guess don’t read it.

    Dear Mala this series is amazing. It hit me in the feels. All the feels. Even though Books, shows, movies (excluding Ladder 49) don’t really move me. Even though my favorite character only came in the third book I feel at least some connection to all the characters. Even those horrible characters, I respected what and why they were.

    Just please, if you like medieval fantasy I’m damn near certain you’ll at least enjoy this series.

    Edit: I’m finishing up the last book that’s why I put it here rather than Favorite fantasy

  • Tinker

    Member
    July 16, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Please tell me someone else has read Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I’m 90% done and I love it and I’m suffering.

  • what-the-kell

    Member
    July 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve just finished reading “The Monarch Papers” and am about to start “The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende. Has anyone else read anything by her? Her books often have to do with some sort of strange magic.

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