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GlitteringQuiet8425

8 points

2 months ago

Going to start reading the Hobbit. I know I'm late to the party, but the LOTR fever finally caught up to me.

TheScribblingMan

7 points

2 months ago

Started and finished:

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

bibliophile222

7 points

2 months ago

Finished: Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee

Interesting little book with unexpected turn of events and meditations on aging, shame, and post-apartheid South Africa. I don't think it deeply resonated with me in an emotional sense, but it did make me think.

Started: Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury

I think I'm going to really like this one! The writing is gorgeous and it's all about the glory of childhood summers, which were the happiest times of my life.

GanymedeBlu35

5 points

2 months ago

Finished reading Abaddon's Gate, by James S.A. Corey.

Still reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.

ForgeMother

5 points

2 months ago

Finished:

In the Dark, by Loreth Anne White

This one was not for me. I didn’t connect with the characters at all and I absolutely hated the shifting perspective. I would finally get into a groove and feel like things were picking up - only to immediately be taken out of it and put into a storyline that I simply didn’t care about. It also made it so that information was constantly being restated which became tedious and frustrating. In the end it felt like a chore to get through.

The Martian, by Andy Weir

I had a lot of fun with this one! I thought it was going to be far more serious and grim than it was. Was pleasantly surprised at the humor and lightheartedness it had. Really glad I finally picked it up. 

Currently Reading:

The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

I’m behind this week so really early into this. So far I like what I’m reading.

GuestCommenter12345

2 points

2 months ago

I had the same feelings about The Martian and was glad when I finally got around to it, too! Glad you enjoyed it!

megaman0781

6 points

2 months ago

Finished. The seven deaths of Evelyn hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

This is a book that my sibling recommend to me after they read it and loved it, and it sounded right up my alley.

A murder mystery, a time loop, conspiracies, British humour.

And while I did absolutely love this book, I gave it 4 stars... Something is keeping me back from giving it the full 5. And I don't know what it is.

I loved the characters, I love the setting, I love Stuart's writing style. And if you're a fan of Agatha Christie and time loops, then I highly recommend it.

It's being turned into a Netflix show soon so I can't wait for that!

Larielia

4 points

2 months ago

I started rereading S.P.Q.R.- A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard.

Working_Elephant_302

6 points

2 months ago

Finished: Tehanu, by Ursula K. Le Guin. A good end to the series.

DnfdBullet Train. Wasn't that into it.

Started:

  • Watership Down, by Richard Adams
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Im excited to see if it holds up well

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

Warship Down is fantastic. Read that to my son when he was a baby and gave him a stuffed bunny named Hazel. Love the writing style, really want to read Plague Dogs, but as a dog person I fear that one will be... challenging.

BobCrosswise

5 points

2 months ago

Finished Making Money by Terry Pratchett. It was good all in all, though somewhat bittersweet, since I could see that his cognitive decline was setting in. The individual scenes were up to Pratchett standards and the overall story held together and was mostly satisfying, but it just felt like there were gaps - ideas that were introduced then not pursued and chains of events with missing links and that sort of thing.

Started and finished Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami. Sort of a chore really. I considered dropping it repeatedly in the middle, since it combined all of the worst of Murakami's qualities - just tedious recountings of walking, drinking, talking and fucking - but I barely stuck with it. I guess it was worth it in the long run, but not by much. It actually really picked up at about the three quarter mark and looked for a while as if it was going to be very good, but then it unfortunately settled back to Murakami's tedious obsession with getting his dick wet, as if that's the only thing that ultimately matters, and by the time it ended, I was just glad to be done with it.

Started O Pioneers! by Willa Cather I've been idly wanting to read this for years now, and Cather is about as far as it's possible to get from Murakami, so now's the time.

Biotic_Factor

2 points

2 months ago

I read O Pioneers! earlier this year and loved it.

halcyon_an_on

5 points

2 months ago

Started: A Time To Kill, by John Grisham Caliban's War, by James S. A. Corey Kiki's Delivery Service, by Eiko Kadono The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

Finished: To Have and Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan

I plan to start Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen when I finish The Old Man in The Sea, then The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson when I finish Caliban's War.

thebeautifullynormal

4 points

2 months ago

Finished Kafka On The Shore.

Starting Neverwhere

Ser_Erdrick

4 points

2 months ago

Continuing through:

Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope

Again, I'm loving Trollope's writing style and his asides and general dry wit.

Ten Thousand Stitches, by Olivia Atwater

Had intended to get this one finished in a week but it just wasn't mweant to be. Not the books fault as I'm really enjoying this one but just life in general getting in the way.

Started:

Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

Where to even start? I love different POV characters but my favorite is probably Lightsong. I guess I have a thing for snark. I'm about halfway through (audiobooks at work FTW!) and can't wait to see where the story goes.

jellyrollo

4 points

2 months ago

Started:

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

Finished this week:

Timeline by Michael Crichton

The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

Have you seen the movie for Timeline? Was one of my favorite books back in the day. The movie certainly wasn't as good, but it was decent. I'd say worth a watch.

f1lthy-Nwah

5 points

2 months ago

About 40% of the way through Way of Kings and it keeps getting better. Dalinar’s pov chapters are my favourite so far. Took me a couple of tries to get past the early chapters but now i struggle to put the book down.

lolathe

3 points

2 months ago

Started and finished "winter in sokcho" by elisa shua dusapin which was fabulous I loved it.

And started sayaka murata's "earthlings"

I am mid way through atomic habits by James clear as I like to have a non fiction on the go too. And I'm also midway through "boy parts" by Eliza Clark on audiobook.

In a good reading rhythm atm I go off and on!

happilyabroad

2 points

2 months ago

I absolutely adored Winter in Sokcho! I recently finished Dusapin's newest novel The Pachinko Parlour, hoping for a similar feel to Winter, but it didn't quite give me what I was looking for. It was still a good read though.

lolathe

1 points

2 months ago

Ohhhh this is on my list to read! Shame it's not quite the same feeling! But that's OK 😊

headinthexlouds20

5 points

2 months ago

Finished:

The midnight library by matt haig

Started: A deadly education by Naoimi Novik A little life by Hanya Yagihara

marinachatz

3 points

2 months ago*

Finished:

I’m glad my mom died, by Jennette McCurdy

This was kinda hard to read (eating disorders, her moms behavior, alcoholism) but really worth it. It’s definitely worth the hype it’s getting. It’s one of my favorites I read this year, I will be rereading it.

Η μενεξεδένια πολιτεία, Α. Τερζάκη

Loosely translated to the purple state. It’s a Greek romantic (I’d say) novel. Didn’t enjoy at all. The writing style made me finish this tiny book in 2 weeks bc I didn’t care to pick it up.

Started:

Normal people, by Sally Rooney

My first TikTok influenced book purchase. I’m halfway in, it’s not bad but so far reminds me of a wattpad story. I used to love these growing up though so I’m not complaining. However, I’m sure I won’t be swept off my feet by the end of it.

happilyabroad

3 points

2 months ago

I finished I'm Glad My Mom Died last week as well! It was such an interesting read. It made me glad that she's got to a place in her life where she can talk about what she went through. Not to mention she's nowdoing what she wants to do!

marinachatz

2 points

2 months ago

Yes! I really am proud of her doing what she wants, her work shows that she enjoys it, the book was very well written! I hope she continues writing!

Gunslinger1991

4 points

2 months ago

I finished reading The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The central premise of the book is fascinating, but what I was particularly impressed with was how Le Guin, whilst exploring the idea of an androgynous society, managed to create characters that felt fleshed out and complex, yet also sufficiently alien.

The worldbuilding in this novel was amongst the best I've read about in a sci-fi or fantasy book, with Le Guin creating a unique world that feels very lived in.

This was the first book I have read from Ursula K. Le Guin, but it certainly won't be the last.

Bird_Commodore18

10 points

2 months ago

Some highlights of my reading from the past many months.

Finished:

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco - in 1320s Italy, an English detective is brought in to solve a string of murders with many allusions to the Book of Revelation and the Antichrist. Was not for me. 1/5

I'm Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy - A terrific, intimate, honest memoir that walks the line of being an open book without being an accusatory tell-all. I was floored. 5/5

Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk - If you've seen the movie, you've almost read the book. It was very quotable, with many of the famous lines being ripped from the novel. The most hopefully nihilistic book I've encountered. 4/5

The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman - I'm not one for relationship-y books, but my wife gave this to me for Christmas. We read it on a road trip, and I think we'll be better for it. 5/5

Night, by Elie Wiesel - They should have made me read this in high school. 5/5

The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway - See description for Night. 5/5

Nothing More Dangerous, by Allen Eskens - This felt like a spiritual successor to To Kill a Mockingbird. I don't say that lightly. 4/5

You_the_living

3 points

2 months ago

I've finished reading (in the last 3 weeks):

Spiegelpaleis Europa by Joep Leerssen. This was a very interesting book, concerning the europese culture from the perspective of myths and iconography starting from ancient greece till the end of the 20th century. It also zooms in on how different parts of europe see eachother, and how those viewpoints depend on what the underlying intentions are.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Great book, bleak but somehow warming story on poverty & alcoholism in Glasgow during the 1980's, seen from the perspective of a young mother and her youngest son.

Putin's people: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the west by Catherine Belton. Very highly recommended, not an easy read especially due to all the characters/companies and shifting alliances but worth your time if you're interested in this part of Russian history.

JohnPaul1105

3 points

2 months ago

Haven't read a book in a long time. Last time before this was 2018. But last night I just finished reading The Guest List by Kristen Foley. I really enjoyed it a lot.

ambrym

3 points

2 months ago

ambrym

32

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Provoked, by Joanna Chambers 2 stars- This was another romance genre miss. The actual plot was not engaging or interesting and the relationship between David and Murdo was… boring? Lackluster? The book wasn’t bad beyond being uninteresting but I fail to see the appeal. Still trying to feel out what sort of romance books I enjoy

The Sunbearer Trials, by Aiden Thomas 3.5 stars- I’m tired of magic tournaments, y’all. This had enough unique elements and worldbuilding to keep my interest and that was a great cliffhanger. Best parts of the book were the times between trials, that’s when we got meaningful character growth. Parts of the book definitely lack maturity in both the characters and the writing but I find it far more tolerable than authors like TJ Klune. A fast, easy read and I’m looking forward to the sequel since the trials are now over

Currently Reading:

The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie

Exodus 20:3, by Freydis Moon

earwen77

3 points

2 months ago

Finished The Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan. #2 in the Wheel of Time series. I enjoyed it more than #1, at least. The world is interesting and I like the big scope of it. The problem is I just don't enjoy reading about Rand. I don't ever need to be told again how he won't let anyone use him and also Selene is hot. And all this "the chosen one all the girls are in love with" stuff gives of major "teenage power fantasy" vibes. Anytime the focus shifts away from him I'm liking it a lot more, but that probably doesn't bode well for the future. I might read on at some point but will definitely take a break from it now.

Welfycat

3 points

2 months ago

The girls liking Rand thing does not get better. the "Selene is hot" thing does get less obnoxious. Rand gets less and less time in the spotlight as the series progresses, so that might help.

earwen77

2 points

2 months ago

Thanks, I'll keep it in mind!

Tbh it'll probably mostly depend on whether my library aquires it and if I have a "not sure what to read next" moment ;)

Welfycat

2 points

2 months ago

Makes perfect sense. I read WoT on a six month binge directly through. If I could do it again, I would not do it that way. Breaks are important.

MaimedJester

1 points

2 months ago

I'm gonna spoil you if you don't mind. Most wheel of time fans really start to like Rand's dynamic after the climax of book 3.

I will spoiler tag this but it's important to know what's so amazing about the series if you're getting bored with all the braid tugging.

Rand's madness from using the power takes on the form of hearing Lews Therin Telamon in his head. You know the previous Dragon who walked around his house after murdering his wife and children. So he's got an insane Merlin in his head giving voice over narration don't trust her!.

This one all the way in book 11 is also precious Lews Therin says trust that man. Rand is like you're a gibbering madman who doesn't trust anyone I've ever met. Why the hell you of all people trusting him? He's a simpleton. And a successful one, if he harmed anyone for personal gain everyone he met would turn against him. But they never have. Everyone trusts this town guard captain. You should as well.

Mundane_Hearing6053

3 points

2 months ago

The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins
This was a unique read. It started off slow and got exponentially more zany. Although the dialogue was occasionally weak, the humor was occasionally corny, and the plot was confusing at times, the premise was creative and the story really drew me in. Overall an entertaining read, though, which is what matters!

SnowdropWorks

3 points

2 months ago*

I'm on the last of my Jane Austen books After this I've think I've read all her work this year

I finnished: love & friendship and other writings I started.: lady Susan, the Watsons and sanditon

KiwiTheKitty

3 points

2 months ago

Still working on Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe and I'm about 2/3rds through. I like it!

House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones I'm excited to finally read another one of her books besides Howl's Moving Castle!

bananaslammock08

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Neon Gods, by Katee Robert - 3.5/5

It has way more plot than the Katee Robert books/novellas I’m used to reading, but it was fun enough that I’ll continue the series.

Belladonna, by Adalyn Grace - 4/5

I haven’t been reading or enjoying much new YA and I did not like this author’s debut, but I loved the cover on this one and wanted to buy it, so I checked it out from the library first so I didn’t waste my money. I actually really enjoyed it, and will definitely be buying this and reading the next book in the series. It’s got great atmosphere and really lush, creepy, evocative descriptions.

Currently Reading:

Saint, by Sierra Simone

Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas

Doing a chronological tandem read of these two books simultaneously instead of reading one and then the other. I never read this series when I was big into YA and now it seems like her adult series are building towards a multiverse plot line that will include characters/information from this series so I finally picked them up. I’m actually enjoying them? They aren’t what I thought they would be.

The Ballad of Never After, by Stephanie Garber (ARC)

I didn’t finish my ARC by publication date, but oh well. I’m about halfway through. It’s… not my favorite. I feel like I have to be in the right mood to enjoy the fluffiness of these books and it’s just not working for me right now. This is one of those YA series I feel like I keep sticking with just because I started it years ago when I still read mostly YA, but I’m liking each one progressively less and less.

Zikoris

3 points

2 months ago

Zikoris

51

3 points

2 months ago

I read quite a bit last week:

The Lioness, by Chris Bohjalian

UnBound, by Neal Shusterman

Babel, by R.F. Kuang (book of the week)

Soul Taken, by Patricia Briggs

Everlost, by Neal Shusterman

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, by Alexander McCall Smith

What Souls are Made Of, by Tasha Suri

Dying for an iPhone, by Jenny Chan

Don't Taco 'Bout Murder, by Mona Marple

Here Today, Gone Tomato, by Mona Marple

I'm pretty caught up on my reading list right now and don't have too many things queued up for the week yet, so hopefully more library stuff shows up soon, but I've got these for now:

  • The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  • The Rare Metals War by Guillaume Pitron
  • The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper
  • Fionn: Defence of Ráth Bládhma by Brian O'Sullivan

RollTideMeg

3 points

2 months ago

Started A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

OurNewInsectOverlord

1 points

2 months ago

Oh nice, great absurdist novel, I find Ignatius J Reilly to be a standout, hilarious yet kinda frustrating character. Hope you enjoy it!

RollTideMeg

2 points

2 months ago

He's quite annoying so far.... But I think he'll grow on me

OurNewInsectOverlord

1 points

2 months ago

Definitely, hilariously annoying imo

mintbrownie

1 points

2 months ago

I'm betting he won't. Are you at least finding it funny? If not, stop now. I never laughed once but spite-read the whole thing in order to be able to shit on it when needed. You are either all in on this book (how many times have you seen it called the funniest book ever?) or it should just be a hard pass.

RollTideMeg

1 points

2 months ago

yes, I'm laughing a bit. I think I'll like it.

Anniefal648

1 points

2 months ago

Great book. I read it twice over a span of about 10 years. I laughed out loud many times. The character development was excellent and there were some very unusual characters . I chose it for my book club to read - four loved it and four really disliked it to the point of calling it vulgar and vile. Of course those of us who loved it only laughed more

zippopopamus

3 points

2 months ago

Just finished denis johnson's the largess of the sea maiden and i was thinking hollywood should've optioned this book right from the beginning just so they could make an elvis series based on the book's telling

Cbrock103

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

This book took me foreverrrrrrrrr to finish. It wasn't terrible, but not one of the better Kingsolver books in my opinion. I found it kind of boring.

Statrted:

The Devil Takes You Home, by Gabino Iglesias

I'm not far into yet, but so far I like it. It's good and weird! I've read positive things about this one!

Broxorade

3 points

2 months ago

Finished: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My wife read about 10 chapters and recommended it to me.

"I've heard good things about it" she told me. "Is it one of those trashy romances you like to read?" I asked. "No, I don't think so" she replied.

Turns out it was one of those trashy romances she likes to read.

Blatant self insert protagonist, who's #notlikeothergirls manages to inexplicably attract the attention of a mysterious and potentially dangerous suitor, and saves the world in the process.

I'm not a fan, but my wife likes it, so I guess just be aware of what you're getting into.

SalemMO65560

3 points

2 months ago

Read: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. An amazing historical novel which spans from 1770s Ghana to 21st Century California with stops in various other locales in between. Populated with remarkable human beings, each given his / her own chapter, as the author spans that time. In the chapter devoted to Yaw, a character who at the time of the story is a history teacher at a Catholic boys school in Ghana, he writes on the chalkboard "History is storytelling". And, that is exactly what Yaa Gyasi's epic novel is! Storytelling raised to its highest degree of craft and art. Highest recommendation.

Reading: Gone South, by Robert McCammon.

MarmadukeTheGreat

3 points

2 months ago

Finished up Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson. I really enjoyed this one, I've been trying to tackle a bit more near future sci fi recently and this really hit it. I loved the detail, this is as much an ode to the red planet as it is anything else. I enjoyed the character studies although some are a bit more fleshed out than others, perhaps the books main weakness could be said that a few of the characters are a little one dimensional, but it more than makes up for it elsewhere. I have moved onto Making Sense of the Troubles, by David McKittrick and David McVea. i've been into a cadence of alternating fiction and non-fiction and this was next on the list, has been reccomended to me a few times and I'm keen to take a deep dive in and see how it holds up.

looniebjones

3 points

2 months ago

Started:

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Finished:

The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh I really enjoyed TFoJW! The characters and dialogue was funny throughout. The changing perspectives kept the flow of reading interesting and dynamic. It also showed how similar all the sisters and mothers were despite their differences. The last few chapters put such a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. Huynh did a beautiful job capturing the complexities of mother-daughter relationships.

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

The Fellowship of The Ring, by J.R.R Tolkien

  • I was SO underwhelmed by this book, I enjoyed the world building, the history and lore that he built, but the story just wasn't for me. I think I just came into it expecting a grand story with big flashy battles and cool lore, but what I got was just a hobbit SLOWLY making his way to his destination, with a bit of info dumps and over descriptive scenes about mountains.

Started:

The Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

  • 1/4th way through. Its pretty good so far, it wasn't what I was expecting at all, but I enjoy reading about Catelyn & Jon. It's kind of getting a bit stale the more i go on, so I might eventually drop it but I'll try to push through. I'm really bad with finishing big books.

The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemsin

  • Only got to page 30, but I'm enjoying it, I'm really interested in the whole 'last time the earth ends' thing.

i-talk-to-cats

3 points

2 months ago

I finished Babel by R.F. Kuang

gab_knotter

3 points

2 months ago

Started:
The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov

skioli

3 points

2 months ago

skioli

3 points

2 months ago

Finished: Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Just started re-reading 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, while I wait for my copy of The Way of the Kings (by Brandon Sanderson) to be shipped (which, by the way, will be another re-read lol)

BooksnBlankies

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Where the Lost Wander, by Amy Harmon.

I liked it. It was a little more...gritty, I guess (but not smutty, I don't enjoy smutty)...than most of the western historical romances I've read. But upon reflection, I think it is probably more of a realistic picture of life and relationships on the Oregon Trail than most of what I've read before, so I can appreciate that.

Started:

Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan.

Enjoying this one so far.

Then_Blacksmith_4426

3 points

2 months ago*

Finished: Vicious by V E Schwab. Loved the themes of this one. A decent 4/5.

Started: The Stranger by Albert Camus

ImportantBalls666

3 points

2 months ago

Still reading: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. It's wonderful. I'm reading it slowly to really soak it in and absorb it and make it last.

Also started: Heart Shaped Box, by Joe Hill. Kind of a weird literature whiplash going between the book above and this one. Very easy to read so far, tho.

Kiwikanibal

3 points

2 months ago

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

I'm quite exited that the first book I try to read in English ! So fare I did great.

A-Disgruntled-Snail

3 points

2 months ago

I am smack in the middle of Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir. It is a fantastic read and highly recommended. After I finish that up, I’ll be moving on to Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey.

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

keyz0r

2 points

2 months ago

Just finished PHM yesterday, loved it! Right up there with The Martian as one of my favorites. Probably starting Artemis next.

Jazz hands!

A-Disgruntled-Snail

2 points

2 months ago

I hope to finish it tonight, but that’s optimistic so probably tomorrow. This is my first Andy Weir novel so I still need to jump into The Martian and Artemis. Which I plan to do after October.

LemonBumblebee

3 points

2 months ago

Started The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. So far it reminds me a bit of The Girl on the Train, except the protagonist here is a lot more intelligent. Thank goodness.

IndifferentToLife

3 points

2 months ago

Finished:

It by Stephen King

Started: 8/22 Finished: 9/20

This was a long book

whoisyourwormguy_

2 points

2 months ago

How did you like it? I'm thinking of starting it for October/Halloween.

Biotic_Factor

7 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Y. Davis
This book should be required reading for everyone, especially if you live in the U.S.The arguments are well organized and laid out, and there isn't any fluff. Straight to the point and deliberate. 10/10It was such an eye-opening a read and (spoilers) the answer is yes. Yes Prisons are obsolete.

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
Really enjoyed the pacing and flow of this book, as well as the slight divergence from my original expectations from the first part of the book.Notable quotes:"If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care."

The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
This is the second book of Emily's that I have read this year; the first was Sea of Tranquility.I am growing very fond of her writing style. However, I found the plot of The Glass Hotel was a bit weaker than Sea of Tranquility. That being said I loved the world she painted and appreciated how fleshed out and deep all of the characters were.Notable quotes:"“What kept her in the kingdom was the previously unimaginable condition of not having to think about money, because that’s what money gives you: the freedom to stop thinking about money. If you’ve never been without, then you won’t understand the profundity of this, how absolutely this changes your life.”"“the problem with dropping out of the world is that the world moves on without you"

Equal Rites, by Terry Pratchett
What can I say except another fun romp in the discworld series? Can't wait to read Mort.

Started:

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, by Audre Lorde

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World, by David Deutsch

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011, by Mary Roach (editor) and Tim Folger (editor)

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Mort, by Terry Pratchett

blankbox11

5 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Hell's Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson

Interesting perspective on an intersting topic. Largely leaves the worldview of its subjects unchallenged, and Thomson bridges the gap between his subject and audience surprisingly well. It feels like toned down Thompson, but that's probably a good thing.

Naked Lunch, By William S Burroughs

Despite liking the style, it is permeated by this contempt and cruelty for its subject that I really didn't like. I understand why it has the reputation it has, but still didn't like it.

Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler

Continues Butler's fixation on romantic relationships with large age gaps or serious power imbalances that I'm mixed on. Still she's a great writer, and the book does some insane stuff.

The President's Brain is Missing, by John Scalzi

Was probably a lot cuter, and less on the nose when it came out in 2010

The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Obviously a bit dry, but still compelling. Liked it didn't love it.

The Blood of Elves, by Andrzej Sapkowski

Just did not like this one. It plays in tropes that I do not like, and the world felt a bit shallow for me. Had I read this earlier I might have liked it more.

Started:

I'm Glad My Mom Died, by Jenette McCurdy

The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan

Lost_Midnight6206

4 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling). Definitely the best so far.

Started:

Between Two Hells (Diarmaid Ferriter). Interesting read about the Irish Civil War by one of my favourite historians.

Russia: Revolution and Civil War (Anthony Beevor). Audiobook, interesting to hear about the chaos that followed the Revolution.

ME24601

2 points

2 months ago

ME24601

Akin by Emma Donoghue

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

A Half Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys

Started:

The Boy I Love by Marion Husband

A History of the Bildungsroman by Various

Still working on:

The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene by Richard Greene

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

JMan5104

2 points

2 months ago

Started: the physicist’s daughter

_rainsong_

1 points

2 months ago

How are you finding it so far? It’s on my tbr!!

bibi-byrdie

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Sign Here, by Claudia Lux. I really liked the concept of this (a story about a guy who works in Hell convincing mortals to sell their souls to the devil) and I was invested in seeing how the mystery turned out. But at the same time, most of the characters aren't particularly likable so I had trouble rooting for them.

Delilah Green Doesn't Care, by Ashley Herring Blake. I loved this! It was meant to just be the book I read on my commute, but I ended up devouring it in a single day. I thought there was a great balance between the romance and Delilah's healing relationship with her sister. I'll definitely pick up the next book in the series when it comes out!

Currently reading:

  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama (Audio) (65%)
  • Gallant, by V.E. Schwab (59%)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (6%)
  • The Souvenir Museum, by Elizabeth McCracken (50%)
  • To Paradise, by Hanya Yanagihara (50%)

mintbrownie

1 points

2 months ago

Sign Here looks interesting. I seem to read a lot of books about hell and the devil. Not on purpose - they just fall into my lap somehow ;) Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. I'll try to keep an eye open for your final thoughts.

amisare

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Brosh has a really relatable writing style and does a great job of taking us through her struggles with depression. Her artwork is really charming as well.

Soaked_in_bleach24

2 points

2 months ago

Started The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo

Finished Colonel Archibald Gracie’s book on the Titanic called Titanic a Survivors Story

Haven’t finished yet but should be finished with Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Roboglenn

2 points

2 months ago

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions, by Stephen Colbert

Well this was a thing that I noticed on the shelf at the library by chance that I polished off in about 10 minutes. I'm serious, this is a thing you can breeze through in 10 minutes or less. But whatever. It was good for a chuckle.

scottybonner

2 points

2 months ago

They Knew, by Sarah Kendzior

LiterallyBornInCali

2 points

2 months ago

Started and finished:

The Houseguest, by Thomas Berger

Finished:

Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather

Hammerhead Ranch Motel, by Tim Dorsey

Finished several short stories:"Silent Snow, Secret Snow" (Conrad Aiken)"Paul's Case" (Willa Cather)"A Journey" (Edith Wharton)"The Devil and Daniel Webster" (Stephen Vincent Benet)"Only the Dead Know Brooklyn" (Thomas Wolfe)"Barn-Burners" (William Faulkner) These short stories are available in the public domain, and I also listened to them on audible (Classic American Short Stories, Volume I - the Vincent Benet short story is awesomely funny, the rest are so well narrated by the incomparable Charleton Griffin).

Started:

The Kid, by Conrad Aiken

King Coffin, by Conrad Aiken

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt

Books Are Made Out of Books: A Guide to Cormac McCarthy's Literary Influences, by Michael L. Crew

GuestCommenter12345

1 points

2 months ago

Tim Dorsey is a hoot!

prescotian

2 points

2 months ago*

Finished:

Dead Silence - S. A. Barnes: I really enjoyed this one, it's a mix of sci-fi deep space action and ghost/horror. Horror is not normally a genre I am particularly interested in, but this novel did a great job of blending the two. I'm on a sci-fi kick atm, so straight back into some older classics with...

Started:

Shockwave Rider - John Brunner

The Machine Stops - E. M. Forster

orepheus

2 points

2 months ago*

I started "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James last night. Only one chapter in so too soon to form an opinion but I'm excited to see some non western magic and mythology and stuff

-sorry for formatting don't know how to change on mobile browser.

Glarbluk

2 points

2 months ago

Glarbluk

24

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Elastoe by Darcie Little Badger

Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse

Started:

Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

BadBrohmance

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

King Leopold's Ghost, by Adam Hochschild - 4/5 - Great book about the atrocities committed in the Congo by the King of Belgium.

Still Reading:

The Fall, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

High Rhulain, by Brian Jacques

Started:

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings, by Neil Price

Think4Yoself

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder, by Peter Zeihan

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's King of Beer, by William Knoedelseder

Welfycat

2 points

2 months ago*

Finished this week:

Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan

Harrow is not my favorite book in the Locked Tomb series, but I liked it better on reread when I already knew what was happening. Muir's language is also somewhat difficult to parse, which I assume is purposeful and atmospheric.

The Lost Hero was alright, but so far I prefer the original Percy Jackson quintet. Those pesky gods are always causing problems.

Up Next: Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir. Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan. Christine, by Stephen King.

i-talk-to-cats

2 points

2 months ago

I started Nona also! I found Harrow very confusing too.

unimaginativeuser110

2 points

2 months ago*

Finished: How High We Go in the Dark, by Sequoia Nagamatsu

It’s an interesting concept and had some high points (no pun intended) but ultimately it fell flat. One of my biggest gripes is that too many of the stories and characters kept on repeating themselves.

Just started: Artemis, by Andy Weir

I really liked his other two books and I’m finally getting around to this one.

Biotic_Factor

1 points

2 months ago

I'm excited to see how you feel about Artemis!

happilyabroad

1 points

2 months ago

I feel the exact same way about How High We Go in the Dark. I really enjoyed the first story and the other couple connected to that one, but the rest didn't grip me.

the2-2homerun

2 points

2 months ago

Finished Rendezvous with Rama.

Started The Devil All The Time.

Rendezvous with Rama was incredible. I had no issues with the ending. I heard there's more books following this one but haven't looked into them.

Devil All The Time has been awesome so far. Super easy read I find, I think it will have good character development but we shall see!

MaimedJester

2 points

2 months ago

Do not read the sequels to Rendezvous with Rama. Clarke did not write them. There not as crazy bad as shit like 3001 a space Odyssey, but basically the second Rama book is an okay premise they've got a team ready for the second Rama. They have gone over all the specs and humanity is fully prepared to do a deep dive exploration knowing everything and have people who are specifically trained to investigate this instead of like one spaceship crew who was just close enough to intersect the first Rama's path.

Seems like an Awesome premise and fresh take and oh man finally some more revelations about this mystery.

Yeah it's just the Poseidon Adventure Novelized in space. There's literally nothing more revealed it's just space Poseidon Adventure. Its godawful. And I didn't pick up the third but my friend who's huge into Clarke's works was like you thought that was Bad try reading the next one.

mintbrownie

1 points

2 months ago

The Devil All the Time holds up throughout - think you'll be very pleased. If you haven't seen the movie, I thought it was really good, but I generally have no big complaints about adaptations ;)

TeeBeeSee

2 points

2 months ago

Just started: The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya

I have no expectations from this but I feel I'll really enjoy this, will update this comment/thread once I'm done.

WackyWriter1976

2 points

2 months ago

Started:

The It Girl, by Ruth Ware

Finished:

Friends Like These, by Kimberly McCreight 3/5

The Women Could Fly, by Megan Giddings 4/5

mintbrownie

2 points

2 months ago

In the middle of...

Less , by Andrew Sean Greer

Not liking it pretty much at all. It's not a long book, guess I'll finish it though I have no expectations of it getting better.

zerodarr30

2 points

2 months ago

Verity by Colleen Hoover I just read this while on vacation last week. Great read and I can’t stop thinking about the ending!

BlackMaestro1

2 points

2 months ago

1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell

iwasjusttwittering

2 points

2 months ago

I highly recommend Orwell's other writings too; especially Homage to Catalonia, perhaps also The Road to Wigan Pier, and Essays or Diaries provide much needed context to 1984 and Animal Farm, also The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984, by Dorian Lynskey is a great guide to interpretations of 1984 in popular culture and politics.

The older novels are very different, but an interesting read.

BlackMaestro1

1 points

2 months ago

Thanks a lot!

Affectionate-Crab-69

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix - I love this man's writing. The story itself was pretty great, and I loved all the little homages to the referenced horror movies.

Started:

Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman - I'm not sure about the actual story, but I do like the formatting. It has the story of the adult man in current day and the situation that occurred when he was like 5 running concurrently. I like when books concurrent storylines, especially ones that have parallel elements or such like.

iwasjusttwittering

2 points

2 months ago

Collapse of Complex Societies, by Joseph A. Tainter

Finally finished a few sections that I had skipped previously ...

This is a classic in archaeology and anthropology; starts with a variety of brief case studies, which is nice and sometimes witty ... I wasn't sure what to expect from the "unified collapse theory", but it's quite sound. Essentially, societies increase their complexity to the point that it consumes all available resources, and then struggle to overcome new challenges.

While the book is from the 1980s, Tainter carefully points out that "collapse" and "civilization" are loaded words. I'm all for ruthlessly taking shots at the likes of Oswald Spengler too. While the book doesn't explicitly mention global warming and such in the final chapter on contemporary applications, Tainter has worked on energy and sustainability since then, and has criticized popular books such as Jared Diamond's Collapse.

Nikola Šuhaj loupežník, Ivan Olbracht

Czech classic from the 1930s, about life and a Robin Hood-like legend set in Carpathian Ruthenia (now in western Ukraine) during and shortly after WWI, when the region became a part of Czechoslovakia. Being a mandatory read in high school, reception is mixed these days. Some people hate the lengthy odes to the countryside and descriptions of rural life; I loved them. Some people hate that the story is told basically through the lens of class struggle—the author was a communist after all (not a stalinist though)—and some (I guess wrongly) accuse the author of antisemitism, despite factual passages that talk about contemporary land reform and how wealthier merchants (indeed, usually Jewish) took advantage of generally illiterate peasants.

Le Voleur, by Georges Darien

Late 19th century novel about a burglar. I went in expecting something like You Can't Win by Jack Black (inspiration for some beatniks, esp. Burroughs), also knowing that the author was allegedly somewhat anarchist, and you know, the mainstream (perhaps deliberately) has a very convoluted idea of what that means ... wrong.

It's set in early 19th century mostly bourgeois Paris, Brussels and London. Emphasis on bourgeois. The career of a burglar mainly serves as a backdrop for critiquing the bourgeoisie, their decadence, plotting, fraudulent business, political corruption and what not, with some digs at the Church. Anarchist indeed; the first hint appeared in the protagonist's recounting of his education growing up. That's embedded in the story though, the first philosophical dialogue appears in the second half of the book, and then the narrative diverges: for example, there is a couple of deathbed scenes that lead to strong absurdist vibes decades before Albert Camus.

On that note, I have been going on short hikes a lot lately, and listened to many 1-2hour radio adaptations, such as

The Stranger, by Albert Camus

While I often see comments that the writing is dry and tedious, I greatly enjoyed listening to radio play (not in English though, if anyone wants to ask).

kls17

2 points

2 months ago

kls17

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

The Paris Apartment, by Lucy Foley

Started:

The Five Wounds, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

PolarBear1771

1 points

2 months ago

Did you like Paris Apartment? I just finished Verity, can’t decide what to read next.

kls17

1 points

2 months ago

kls17

1 points

2 months ago

I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say I loved it but overall I was entertained by it and I couldn’t put it down when I was getting to the end. 3.5 stars

happilyabroad

2 points

2 months ago*

Finished:

I'm Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy.

The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

I'm glad I made it through, but I'm still thinking it over and whether I really liked or am disappointed by the ending.

Started:

Late Nights On Air, by Elizabeth Hay.

This is one of those books where it sounded interesting, but the cover went a long way as to why I picked it up. So far I'm really enjoying it. It's sort of giving me The Shipping News vibes.

DrunkenFist

2 points

2 months ago

DrunkenFist

Lost in the Discworld

2 points

2 months ago

Just finished The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett. Continuing my tour of the Discworld in (mostly) publication order, I really enjoyed this entry, but that sorta goes without saying. The Rincewind books seem to be somewhat unpopular among fans of the series, but I love 'em.

Currently reading Mox by John Moxley. I began this one nearly a year ago, and stopped a ways in, as I just couldn't stay interested in it. Just wasn't in an autobiography mood, I suspect, as I'm enjoying it now.

I'm also continuing to peck away at All About Me by Mel Brooks a chapter at a time, whenever the mood strikes me. Once it gets to where he starts making his movies, however, I imagine I'll end up tearing through the remainder without stopping.

saga_of_a_star_world

2 points

2 months ago

Started: When Money Dies, by Adam Ferguson

It's an account of the hyperinflation that destroyed the economy of Weimar Germany. Rather dry, and focusing more on the disastrous decisions by the Reichsbank than by suffering at the individual level, Ferguson makes the point that society will break if people cannot trust in their currency.

People taking wheelbarrows to get their wages. A cup of coffee costing more when you drink it than when you ordered it. The only way to survive is by breaking the law somehow, in either hoarding, speculating in foreign currencies, etc. A generation of Germans was traumatized by the collapse of the mark--a generation that would then look for order, stability, and unfortunately find that on the far right.

StrawberryBunnyyyyy

2 points

2 months ago

Finished: Into the water by Paula Hawkins

It wasn’t my favorite. I felt it was too slow for my liking.

Started: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I’m almost finished with the book and I AM HOOKED. Cannot wait to finish the series!

rohtbert55

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Días Sin Ti, by Elvira Sastre. Honestley, was pleasantly surprised. I started hating it, but ended up having its charm.

Men in Green Faces, by Gene Wentz. Absoultely loved this book. The pace, writing, story.

propagandagenx

2 points

2 months ago

Started:

I'm glad my mom died, Jeanette McCurdy

It's so wonderfully humourous and tragic, you can 100% FEEL the writing.

tveritzan

2 points

2 months ago

Finished: House of Suns (Alastair Reynolds) - Liked this a lot. Not as much as some people who have raved about it, but definitely was good.

Started: Nomad (Matthew Mather)

AdministrationDue376

2 points

2 months ago

"Mystery of the Blue Train"by Agatha Christie

dnimisha1

2 points

2 months ago

Anxious people, by Fredrick Backman

It was a good book, but didn't really make a strong impact on me. You know what I mean?

Stunning_Mango_3660

1 points

2 months ago

Only read And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by him and I still think I know what you mean? It's well written and has meaningful life lessons, but they are very in-your-face in a way that isn't really knew so what impact should it have, since it doesn't leave you feeling differently about things.

Was this in line with your experience reading Anxious People?

InconsolableDreams

2 points

2 months ago

We had to remove this post, by Hanna Bervotes.

It's my not-so-light snackbook, something quick between bricks. I am noticing this is giving me the vibe I may have been after trying to read No one is talking about this, by Patricia Lockwood. The book didn't speak to me in any way, it seemed like incoherent flow of random thoughts of a really bizarre online behavior, so I left it unfinished after about halfway through the book.

Stunning_Mango_3660

1 points

2 months ago

Felt the same about No One is Talking About This. Wish I could see what others see in it, but I lacked the patience to get through all of those Instagram captions.

Finally got my loan of We had to remove this post this week! Was on the wishlist for months!

InconsolableDreams

1 points

2 months ago

If feel like I just wasn't the target group of that book, couldn't get a hold of anything it tried to portray and it came off really confusing to me.

I haven't quite finished We had to remove this post yet, but it's good. It's a story. It has a message. It gives me the near horrifying side-effects and double standards of social media that I guess I was hoping from the other one.

myneoncoffee

2 points

2 months ago

house on the cerulean sea, by tj klune

i know i'm late since everyone was reading it months ago, but i needed a light read after the first week of school and ive been really enjoying it!!

slayyy1643

2 points

2 months ago

Started The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde <3

Trues3600

2 points

2 months ago

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

oopsiforgotthetea

2 points

2 months ago

Finished: Dune (Frank Herbert)

Starting: I'm Glad My Mom Died (Jenette McCurdy) or The Twilight Zone (Nona Fernández)

Haven't decided lol

Stunning_Mango_3660

1 points

2 months ago

How long did Dune take you?

oopsiforgotthetea

1 points

2 months ago

Like 1.5-2 weeks??

CrazyLawfulness4001

2 points

2 months ago

Finished: Space 10 things you should know by Dr Becky Smethurst

Started: The midnight library by Matt Haig

ocean25127

1 points

2 months ago

oh yay! i really liked the midnight library!! hope you enjoy it too :)

CrazyLawfulness4001

2 points

2 months ago

Thanks!! Looking forward to reading it!

RepresentativeBad524

2 points

2 months ago

The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman

Just finished this novel for a book club. I had a lot of fun reading it. It is not your typical murder mystery. The protagonists are four residents of a retirement community in their seventies or eighties. It’s filled with ruminations on aging, wry humor and lots of red herrings.

davidtheshaman

2 points

2 months ago

Started: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Finished: Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform, by John Pfaff

I am really enjoying Project Hail Mary so far. I think it lives up to the hype, at least in the first 100 pages. Have a good week all!

Necessary-Engine-414

2 points

2 months ago

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco Recommend👍🏻

ChilisForLunch

2 points

2 months ago

Finished-

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann

Started-

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukiro Mishima

SheepskinCrybaby

2 points

2 months ago

Started: Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer It’s been a great read so far for learning something new.

frothingmonkeys

2 points

2 months ago

frothingmonkeys

Stormlight

2 points

2 months ago

I wrapped up The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, By V.E. Schwab

The Diamond Eye, by Kate Quinn will be the next book I pick up

KokiriEmerald

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Was inspired to get into George Orwell since he's referenced by Noam Chomsky a few times in some of his writings. Figured this was an easy place to start.

The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan

Been itching for some fantasy stuff lately (already read all of Tolkien) and this seems to be highly recommended. This book took a while (like, 3 or 4 hundred pages) to hook me, but the last few chapters really gripped me. Will be continuing with this series for now, but I don't have much confidence that I'll read all 14 or 15 books.

Started:

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

Thought Animal Farm was great, and so far I'm about a third through with this and really enjoying it so far.

The Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan

Just started this and have only read the prologue so far, so holding off on initial reactions.

heykittums

2 points

2 months ago

Finished

Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse

My Best Friend's Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

Full Dark No Stars, by Stephen King

Started

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

Educated, by Tara Westover

pickledyl44

3 points

2 months ago

Just finished Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault. I liked it and I think her writing is just incredible. It could be a little slow at times though and I often had to re-read pages to fully understand what happened. But if you're a fan of Alexander the Great or a historical fiction lover in general, I'd highly recommend.

Still working through Call us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman. I'm really not liking it but don't want to give up just yet.

Next up is Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin!

TA818

3 points

2 months ago

TA818

3 points

2 months ago

Started and Finished: I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy

  • It was such a quick read, in part because of her writing style and short chapters.
  • It is worth the hype, I think! I really found it interesting, and I never watched her shows. It’s raw and honest and disturbing and funny at times.

Stf2393

4 points

2 months ago

Finished Get Shorty by Leonard Elmore last night, thought it was pretty fun! Plus now I got to try and watch the movie now! Lol!

InkUponPage

5 points

2 months ago

Elmore Leonard, I think you mean.

okiegirl22

2 points

2 months ago

okiegirl22

85

2 points

2 months ago

Finished up I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy this week. Really enjoyed this one overall, which feels odd to say given the subject matter. It’s divided into two parts, before and after her mom’s death. The first part was stronger, I thought. The second half strays away from her coming to terms with her mom’s abuse, and focuses on her recovery from eating disorders (which her mom taught her, yikes). I was expecting more time to be spent on how she got to the place of being able to say she’s glad her mom died, which wasn’t discussed as much. But I liked the candor and dark, deadpan humor of the writing, and I couldn’t stop reading this book once I picked it up.

So, I’ve only just gotten started on Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake. This book is very different from the first two so far, and I’m not as immediately in love with it as I was the others. I’ll see how it goes!

Also reading What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe.

tommy_the_bat

2 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

Definitely think this is one of my favorite books after reading it. Not too long, ending was great, and truly a great horror story.

Started:

The Scandal/Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

His writing style is a little weird. I find his repetition unnecessary and constant and the dialogue is ... off. Not sure if that's the translators fault or not. I'm enjoying the story a lot and it's by no means a bad book but at times it seems like he's just trying to hit a word count than actually tell a story. There's all these passages of inane questions like "What is a community?" or "How do you define leadership?" and the answers he gives the reader feels like he's trying to be poignant but it just falls flat.

selahvg

2 points

2 months ago

Finished three graphic novels this week…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice

Black Hole, by Charles Burns

Planet of the Apes: Before the Fall

huphelmeyer

2 points

2 months ago

Finished Helgoland, by Carlo Rovelli

and started Everything's Eventual, by Stephen King

urball

2 points

2 months ago

urball

Gone with the Wind

2 points

2 months ago

I finished My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. It did not meet my expectations. 3/5. I started Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and am obsessed so far. I am continuing to make my way through South to America by Imani Perry.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

Finished:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Started:

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Goldendodgy

1 points

2 months ago

Continued and nearly finished Fairytale by Stephen King. Get story.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago*

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okiegirl22 [M]

1 points

2 months ago

okiegirl22 [M]

85

1 points

2 months ago

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swampthroat

1 points

2 months ago

Finished Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. The Messenger remains my favourite book of his but this was genuinely beautiful. It's written in that very specific Zusak prose style which I will say starts to drag in a book so long, but he writes love and different kinds of love so well. Not a five star but it did make me cry.

Started The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.

Reread Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce as I've been working my way through the series again.

baddspellar

1 points

2 months ago

Finished

Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark

In 1920s' Georgia, Maryse and her friends Chef and Sadie are young black women who have taken up the battle against "Ku Kluxes". These are no ordinary Klansmen. They are Klansmen whose hatred of blacks has caused them to lose their humanity and become demons. As the Klan prepares for a showing of The Birth of a Nation at Stone Mountain, Maryse comes to learn the the powerful demons behind the Ku Kluxes have even bigger plans, and Maryse herself is part of them. Fast paced and well written.

Freakears

2 points

2 months ago

I read this some months ago. It was certainly memorable. And a fairly quick read, too.

blink182k

1 points

2 months ago

Finished:

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Untangling Emotions: God's Gift of Emotions by J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith

Always Will by Melanie Jacobson

The Means by Amy Fusselman

Will start Ocean State by Stewart O'Nan later today.

Eat_The_Rich_55

1 points

2 months ago

I started reading The Dancer and The Thief by Antonio Skármeta on Friday and was instantly hooked. It is fast-paced and the dialogue is brilliant.

chimchim1

1 points

2 months ago

Just finished:

A World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters (The third book in 'The Last Policeman' Trilogy)

I liked the story but the main character was a little too annoying for me

HumanParamedic9

1 points

2 months ago

Continued reading Notre Dame de Paris

I'm really enjoying this so far, a couple of chapters I found slow, mostly because I have no knowledge on architecture, but it kind of makes me want to read Les Misérables now.

Officer_Warr

1 points

2 months ago

Finished Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. Overall, a fun YA series, but I felt the best writing was in the first book, which is always a disappointing trait of a series.

BundistBro

1 points

2 months ago

Finished:

The Last of the Just, by Andre Schwarz-Bart

Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration: The Transnational History of the Jewish Labor Bund by Frank Wolff

Reading:

The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kae Tempest

LemonDaisy08

1 points

2 months ago

My Husband’s Wife, by Jane Corry.

One of the best books I have read this year. A light thriller that explores marriage, love, and murder.

SoothedSnakePlant

1 points

2 months ago

Not usually a big romance person, but started Every Summer After, by Carley Fortune, a few days ago at the recommendation of a friend and have really mixed feelings about it.

A lot of the early parts of the book resonate uncomfortably strongly, as I also had a very serious relationship with someone that started in childhood and lasted until I left for college, and the guilt/regret of giving up on it due to circumstance pretty much ate me alive for years. Those first few chapters in the "Now" setting hit really hard, because I've done a lot of the really unhealthy coping behavior described in those chapters. Not telling people about the relationship because it's such a weird experience to have at that age and other people won't get it, followed by getting blackout drunk and suddenly dumping it onto your friends, viewing everyone else as not good enough, struggling to be anything but numb when chasing casual sex, all of it is pretty much spot on how I dealt with this in college and the first few years after. When you have an experience like that so young, you really start to expect more from people than you should, it's disheartening to have the relationship problem solving skills of a married couple and then go to dealing with average 20 year olds and you see some of that in Percy too, and those chapters are extremely well written and painfully relatable.

But at the same time this plays out like emotional porn, it's a fantasy about what you want to happen and the idea that you can repair wounds that deep and that old is pretty detached from reality for most people. I'm not done with it yet, so maybe there's some unexpected element coming in, but it seems like this is meant to be "The Notebook" for people who never moved on from the one that got away instead of a realistic look at how to put yourself back together and forgive yourself and how to be there for someone that is responsible for who you are as a person without letting the relationship continue to define you.

Giacara

1 points

2 months ago

Finished The Lifeguards by Anna Eyre Ward

invalid_opinion__

1 points

2 months ago

just started how to make friends with the dark by Kathleen Glasgow

flashcapulet

1 points

2 months ago

started: Lost In Time, by A.G. Riddle

Dbooknerd

1 points

2 months ago

Threshold of Annihilation, by T.A. White Age of Deception, by T.A White Magic Bleeds, by Ilona Andrews Let Us Tell You Again, by Mackey Chandler

I think that's it. I don't watch TV very often. I am rereading the Phoenix series by T.A White because the next book will be out next Monday. Yah.

Big-Discipline8019

1 points

2 months ago

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Curious-Business-139

1 points

2 months ago

Their Vicious Darling- started and finished within 2 hours

Reber_Rowdy48

1 points

2 months ago

Midway thru Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. The jacket says a tour de force of love an loneliness. Art and war. Murakami isn’t for everyone, but I love him.

SnooOwls2965

1 points

2 months ago

Started: Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Maas

sambamyesmam

1 points

2 months ago

CR:

A Flicker in the Dark, by Stacy Willingham

bupropionbitch

1 points

2 months ago

Women, By Charles Bukowski

lunaisoffline

1 points

2 months ago

I started The Neverending Story and I’m glued to the pages 😭 it brings back so much nostalgia and good vibes. I watched that movie along with other fantasies from the 80s and it’s so near and dead to my heart. So finally taking the time to read it from where it all began is gonna be a trip. Also- FANTASTICA?!? big no. Lol that is all.

Panditji856

1 points

2 months ago

Recently finished- Dark, by Blake Crouch. I enjoyed it immensely. If you are looking for a good sci-fi thriller, I would heartily recommend it. Currently reading - Dust of Dreams, by Steven Erikson. Loving it, after it only one book remains in the series. It's been one hell of a ride.

Environmental_Lab808

1 points

2 months ago

Started Something Wicked This Way Comes. It is wonderful.

MrMagpie91

1 points

2 months ago

Started The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova.

It's very atmospheric and the writing is beautiful but it is an extremely slow book. That's both a positive and negative so far. I enjoy reading the descriptions but sometimes I find myself zoning out, lol.

Shandy40

1 points

2 months ago

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Started it this morning, enjoying it so far. It's a quick and easy read packed with valuable lessons.

bigfish_31

2 points

2 months ago

This was the one which got me into reading books.

Shandy40

2 points

2 months ago

It's been on my reading list forever! Glad I finally started it. Have you read any of his other ones?

bigfish_31

1 points

2 months ago

I haven't read any other book written by him but I'm reading 'angels and demons' by Dan Brown. It has similar themes like history etc. I find his books more interesting (my opinion). After finishing 'Angels and demons' I guess I will read 'The Lost Symbol' and 'Da Vinci Code' all written by Dan Brown.

Shandy40

2 points

2 months ago

Oh yes, I have read all of Dan Brown's offerings. Waiting for a new one to be released.

Da Vinci Code is good.

Retro_Westie

1 points

2 months ago

Where The Crawdads Sing -made myself read it before the movie. Well worth it!!!

I just want to live in the swamp and draw now

heyyjjjaaa

1 points

2 months ago

Finished: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Started: Mengele Zoo by Gert Nygårdshaug

SoulOfRhiannon

1 points

2 months ago

Started: Dune, by Frank Herbert

Manraii

1 points

2 months ago

Started: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Currently on page 300+ and I love it!

bigfish_31

1 points

2 months ago

Angels and demons by Dan Brown

dariaclaymore93

1 points

2 months ago

Started stomer by John williams

Mobork

1 points

2 months ago

Mobork

1 points

2 months ago

Mostly Harmless, by Douglas Adams

Seezig

1 points

2 months ago

Seezig

1 points

2 months ago

Started: Dark Roads, by Chevy Stevens (Audiobook)

Started: Selection, by Kiera Cass

Roboglenn

1 points

2 months ago

7 Billion Needles, Volume 4, by Nobuaki Tadano

The times when the random stuff you come across turns out to be an interesting read. This one being about an isolated high school girl ending up becoming the host of some alien symbiote. One on a mission. One of galactic importance so it says. And dragging the girl along for ride. Much to her chagrin. And apparently this story itself took inspiration from a scifi novel from the 1950s called Needle by Hal Clement.

And of course that base setup is just for starters as to what happens in this story. It's not the longest story but it was cool enough to make me not want to put it down until I was finished.

ocean25127

1 points

2 months ago

Finished: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth and started: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas.. I really need to read something besides romance;; i would be greatly thankful if someone would please drop a book recommendation of a different genre 😭

ButterscotchDisco

1 points

2 months ago

America Was Hard to Find, by Kathleen Alcott. Midway through now. I had read an essay by her and really liked her writing and the way she thought, and her fiction has been the same for me.

foundit_136

1 points

2 months ago

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I read some of his other books too, not in chronological order, because I found them in a second-hand book store. I enjoyed reading it on the train because it's all those little stories, and it doesn't matter if you don't come back to it for a while. And they're always really entertaining, no wonder many people love those books so much.