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What are you currently reading, have read recently, or are planning to read?

Right now I'm rereading the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I just finished The Golden Compass (the first book) and am waiting for the ebook rental from the library for The Subtle Knife. I used to enjoy these books in my pre-teen/early teen years, and it's fun having something light to read for a change

The most recent set of books I've finished is the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I was introduced to the first book thanks to an online book club I was briefly running, I enjoyed it enough to continue reading the rest! 

I'd like to get back into the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons though. I finished the first two books, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. Now I just need to get my hands on Endymion as well as The Rise of Endymion. Sadly though, the local library doesn't have them available, so I'll need to wait until I can purchase them. 

And one of these days, I'll finish rereading the Dune series by Frank Herbert. Again though, the local library is missing physical copies, aside from the first book, Dune itself. Which means I'll need to purchase copies of Dune Messiah and all the rest as well. 

 

A book I've read recently that I strongly don't recommend though? Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. I read the whole thing, amazingly, but it made me extremely uncomfortable for the majority of it. I have a word to describe it, but it's a very inappropriate word for a family friendly forum.

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I renewed my audible membership and have been audiobooking like crazy the last few months! I just finished The Turn by Kim Harrison, a prequel to the Hollows series which I'm a longtime fan of. I'm looking forward to American Demon later this year. I've also read a number of other titles including Girl, Stop Apologising (Rachel Hollis), Becoming (Michelle Obama), Born A Crime (Trevor Noah), Precious Little Sleep (Alexis Dubief), and Unfollow (Megan Phelps-Roper). But my absolute favourite book I've read in the last six months: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb). I can't recommend this book enough! Certainly a book I'll remember. I hear it's been picked up by NBC for a television adaptation. I wish they would do that with the Hollows, lol.

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I just can't seem to find the time to read stuff besides for work. Something I have tried to do is to catch up more on non-Western literature. I did start reading some of Tolstoy but because I had too much on my hands I dropped it again. Once I get settled in with all the work stuff, I hope to continue it though 😂 

15 hours ago, Wedgy said:

Born A Crime (Trevor Noah)

What did you think of it? I'm considering reading this in the near future

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17 hours ago, Kohloo said:

A book I've read recently that I strongly don't recommend though? Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.

I'm pretty sure I read the novella version of that in Omni back in the day.  Not my thing either.

I can't really say I'm currently reading it but I've had Stephenson's Seveneves on my nightstand for quite a few weeks now.  If I ever get the time that's what I read.

 

2 minutes ago, Illusion of Terra said:

I just can't seem to find the time to read stuff besides for work.

Yep..

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1 hour ago, Illusion of Terra said:

What did you think of it? I'm considering reading this in the near future

I enjoyed it, although it did surprise me with its more somber tone. If you're used to Trevor's usual humorous approach to his stories, it certainly feels different (especially for me in audiobook format in which he himself is narrating). But it was nonetheless a good read and I feel like I took away a lot of perspective about racial prejudices in S. Africa, with and without the context of the apartheid. There was a lot in there about his mother and everything she had to do to raise him against all the odds stacked against her. That part I loved. You really walk away from it with a healthy respect for her. Overall, it was a great book and I would recommend it. 

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I used to have the same problem here, not ever finding time/motivation to read. As for Andy (my boyfriend), he didn't enjoy reading because he's dyslexic and it takes him a long time to finish a book. 

It's become part of usual routine to relax at bedtime and read before we go to sleep though. I love it because it's getting me reading more, and he loves it because he's actually enjoying reading now. Plus, making a point of having some no-screen downtime before I sleep is a huge positive for me. It's impossible for me to sleep a whole night through (I'm constantly waking up), so being mindful of what I'm doing the hour or so before bed helps at least make it more bearable!

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I have five things that I'm currently reading - none of them are probably exactly what you had in mind.

  • Gaddis, John Lewis. The Cold War: A New History.
  • Gilpin, Alec R. The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest.
  • Gingeras, Ryan. Fall of the Sultanate: The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1922.
  • Tuchman, Barbara W.  The Zimmerman Telegram: America Enters the War 1917-18.
  • West, Bing; Mattis, James. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.

Amongst a few other TM/TR's and journals I've been thumbing through lately - anyway.

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Recently finished River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke.

Introduction: "After the Potomac River claims the death by drowning of eight-year-old Clara Bynum, her family leave the rural world of North Carolina in search of a better life among friends and relatives in Georgetown, Washington, DC. They seek to come to terms with their loss."

"This highly accomplished first novel resonates with ideas, impassioned lyricism, and poignant historical detail as it captures an essential part of the African-American experience."

Honestly, this book started out wonderful, had an interesting yet tedious middle and finished wholeheartedly. Regardless, it was a fantastic experience and I'm glad that I picked this up. There was a special treasure hidden inside. The book was dedicated to someone and I just love browsing the book/literature section in antique and thrift stores for this very reason.

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Somewhere in my collection, is a book dedicated to a person's family member that passed and it looks like they wrote the message in an effort to cope. The message was basically: "Please treat this book with kindness and love as it's part of our family. I've read it three times and once out loud, for her. Now I understand." Then it went on quickly to say that if people were connected then the reader had in possession a part of their lives. I always bawl when I see it!

 

I also just finished the first Poldark novel by Winston Graham, called Ross Poldark. Now I'm onto the second, titled Demelza. So far I'm absolutely addicted! This series has everything. War, politics, historical account, the class and lifestyle of poverty and of the gentry. There's pistol dueling, violent consequence and of course, romance. 

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There's something quite special about these books. Winston Graham knew people so well. His characters are lifelike and taken into consideration. He also knows the sexes and treats both men and women of the times with much regard. Ross has a lot of faults thus far and he addresses them. Demelza too, and instead of colliding the two in bittersweet perspectives of equality Graham allows them to explain themselves as a man and as a woman. Even when there's drama and conflict, they're allowed the breathing room of being completely human and invested in learning about one another. My only distaste is that everyone in the book is constantly obsessed with the fair "virgin-like" (even after she's married and pops out a child) elegance of Elizabeth. Men can't help themselves, young women are in utter envy. When she shows up at gentry parties everyone notices, cares and she instantly becomes a level 99 boss that women can't seem to defeat. I'm laughing because I just pictured Verity trying to dance with Ross and suddenly she hears boss music coming up from behind her. 😆 Oh, I love these books!  

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I've just started reading Brandon Sanderson's 'Mistborn: The Final Empire' as well.

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I hope to read Shad Brook's 'Shadows of the Conquerer' as well, as I'm a big fan of his YouTube channel (Shadiversity is it's name. If you like medieval stuff, especially swords, he's your man. He's also into his fantasy and is a confirmed weeb).

Shameless plug - I'm actually trying to read more fantasy books with heavy worldbuilding so I can improve my own writing for a science/space fantasy series I'm working on.

 

 

Ah yes, I've also read about 100 different books and journal articles for my MA research project, but I won't list them as I'm frankly sick of the sight of them lol.

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15 hours ago, RZ. said:

Shameless plug - I'm actually trying to read more fantasy books with heavy worldbuilding so I can improve my own writing for a science/space fantasy series I'm working on.

If you want more inspo, check out the "DemonWars Saga" by RA Salvatore! The world building for this fantasy series is so immersive. By far the most creative I've read so far for this genre. 

Also, as a child I remember my brother going on and on about the "Redwall" novel series, and his imagination for writing grew leaps and bounds. This is a childrens fantasy series by Brian Jacques, but Im sure he has more grown up series as well, so maybe you've heard of him.

 

@The History Kid have you read "The Other America"? Its a good history of the industrial revolution, although I don't believe in the authors socialist views of economy I still enjoyed the read.

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2 hours ago, Seshi said:

If you want more inspo, check out the "DemonWars Saga" by RA Salvatore! The world building for this fantasy series is so immersive. By far the most creative I've read so far for this genre. 

Also, as a child I remember my brother going on and on about the "Redwall" novel series, and his imagination for writing grew leaps and bounds. This is a childrens fantasy series by Brian Jacques, but Im sure he has more grown up series as well, so maybe you've heard of him.

Thank you, I shall defintiely check them out! I'm more of a watcher/listener than a reader so my literary knowledge isn't great. The only book series I've ever read in its entirety was the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowicz. Taking up writing probably wasn't the smartest move, all things considered, but I don't care :D

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3 hours ago, Seshi said:

 

@The History Kid have you read "The Other America"? Its a good history of the industrial revolution, although I don't believe in the authors socialist views of economy I still enjoyed the read.

I'm not a social or economic historian, so I wouldn't have read it, no.  A cursory examination of the author points out major issues in his writing.  A bias is fine, but he exhibits elements of topic luring.  I'm not a proponent of that stuff, simply because the reader should be allowed to come to their own conclusions based on presented information.  That being said, a Professor of English and the chair of the DSA isn't exactly someone who I'd care to get lectured to about "poverty" and advancement of technology.

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Need to get back into reading like I used to be. Work, anime and gaming have been my life recently. Did pick up the first three books in the Witcher series. 

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Just started the third Poldark book titled: Jeremy Poldark. This series pulls no punches and I'm loving it.

 

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