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Re: What are you reading?

Postby radical edward » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:09 pm

Currently on book 4 of the Mortal Instruments series.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Chronicler1701 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:16 am

I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia recently, currently just starting The Silver Chair; after that, there's only The Last Battle. So far my favorite book is The Magician's Nephew. The description of Charn is incredible, and the Wood Between the Worlds is so peaceful, I love it.

I've also read the Alex Rider novels Stormbreaker through to Snakehead and all three of The Giver books.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mysngoeshere56 » Fri May 09, 2014 1:37 am

Finally reading Battle Royale. :)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby TheAlbinoMoose » Fri May 09, 2014 1:23 pm

mysngoeshere56 wrote:Finally reading Battle Royale. :)

I want to know if you like it! I'm thinking about reading it...

I recently read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (I wish it was longer), and am now reading A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LastLfan » Sat May 10, 2014 9:07 pm

Chronicler1701 wrote:I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia recently, currently just starting The Silver Chair; after that, there's only The Last Battle. So far my favorite book is The Magician's Nephew. The description of Charn is incredible, and the Wood Between the Worlds is so peaceful, I love it.

I've also read the Alex Rider novels Stormbreaker through to Snakehead and all three of The Giver books.

There is now a fourth giver book "son" I highly recommend it, perfect finale
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Chronicler1701 » Sat May 10, 2014 9:43 pm

Oh, cool. I'll look into it, thanks.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby radical edward » Sun May 11, 2014 7:03 am

Currently reading The Fall of Five
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Phantom_Sorano » Wed May 21, 2014 12:39 pm

Rereading the Harry Potter series. On Prisoner of Azkaban. <3
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby radical edward » Wed May 21, 2014 11:38 pm

Started the fifth Mortal Instruments book, City of Fallen Angels.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jonathan » Thu May 22, 2014 3:51 pm

I'm currently reading Angels by Billy Graham.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby nillapoet » Fri May 23, 2014 5:32 pm

I just finished Erasing Hell by Francis Chan.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Mon May 26, 2014 1:19 pm

Currently reading The Diary of a Russian Priest by Alexander Elchaninov, a collection of distilled, well-thought-out, sometimes gem-like fragments. Thought-provoking in an “I don’t always agree, but it’s really fascinating” sort of way.

Recently finished Forty Stories by Anton Chekhov (Vintage Classics). Overall, a lot of these stories are very anecdotal and sometimes don’t seem to have much of a point, but Chekhov is marvelous at describing how people behave within society and individuals’ mannerisms and quirks. Some comments about specific stories are in order:

“Big Volodya and Little Volodya” made me actually viscerally angry (not at Chekhov but at the things he describes). There are several other stories about people doing horrible things to people and horrible things happening to people, but to me the most noteworthy one in this category after “Big Volodya and Little Volodya” is “The Peasant Women,” probably followed by “Sleepyhead.”. “Heartache” is not quite in the same category but is aptly titled and powerful in achieving its effect.

On the other end of the spectrum, “The Student” remains one of the most beautiful and meaningful short stories I have ever read. Chekhov has quite a satirical wit, which he turns on everyone, not sparing religious figures, but he must have had some sort of very genuine belief in the truth and meaning of Christianity in order to write a story like this which is about the way that the events of Jesus’ life are transformative and fill our lives with meaning.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby radical edward » Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:58 am

Finished book 5 of The Mortal Instruments.
About to start Urchin and the Heartstone, the second book in the Mistmantle Chronicles.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:42 am

I took forever to get through Raising Steam and then needed something preferably quick and straightforward. So now I'm reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I originally heard about via Noelle Stevenson, the cover artist, and then randomly saw at a book sale for cheap enough that it wouldn't matter if it didn't turn out to be good. It's definitely not bad so far.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:58 pm

Finally finished Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Loved it! The romance was beautiful, and like all Jane Austen romances, very satisfying. It was particularly special to me, because I am Fanny Price :wow!:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby scribbledreamer » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:02 pm

Just finished Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. It's told entirely in letters, a technique I've always loved, but is difficult to pull off. I started it thinking it was going to be a pretty fluffly book, but it was so much more. The characters were strong, the emotion raw, and the writing beautiful. For a lot of it, you could forget it was told in a letter. It was such a great technique, though, because the author brings it back at just the right moment, as a reminder that the only reason the main character is disclosing certain information is because of the letter. So, yeah, it's a book I'd definitely recommend.

...I get a little too excited about books. :P

Also, has anyone read Uglies? I started it, but couldn't get a feel for the characters (and the dialogue was annoying me...) and decided to return it to the library without finishing it. Any reason I should keep reading?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MomentOfInertia » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:09 am

scribbledreamer wrote:Just finished Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. It's told entirely in letters, a technique I've always loved, but is difficult to pull off. I started it thinking it was going to be a pretty fluffly book, but it was so much more. The characters were strong, the emotion raw, and the writing beautiful. For a lot of it, you could forget it was told in a letter. It was such a great technique, though, because the author brings it back at just the right moment, as a reminder that the only reason the main character is disclosing certain information is because of the letter. So, yeah, it's a book I'd definitely recommend.

...I get a little too excited about books. :P

Also, has anyone read Uglies? I started it, but couldn't get a feel for the characters (and the dialogue was annoying me...) and decided to return it to the library without finishing it. Any reason I should keep reading?

I vaguely recall reading and liking something else by the author but, not being interested in Uglies.(Of course the library didn't have it either so I couldn't have read it even the description had interested me.)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SincerelyAnomymous » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:15 pm

Currently reading King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry. It's pretty good so far.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Thunderscream872 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:53 pm

Just bought Star Wars Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. I plan to start reading it tonight.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jonathan » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:40 pm

I'm now reading "The Republic" by Plato, "The Journal of John Wesley" by John Wesley, and "Hope For the Troubled Heart" by Billy Graham. I like all of them so far.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:14 pm

Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb - I knew I was going to love this book, because Robin Hobb is one of my absolute favorite authors ever, and this is the first book of the trilogy that serves as a sequel to the Farseer Trilogy, so...I was already biased towards it :D And it did not disappoint! I didn't know what to expect, since the conflict of the Farseer Trilogy seemed pretty well wrapped up, but even though this happens fifteen years later, it somehow manages not to feel tacked on, and - hopefully - promises to answer some of the questions I still had about the Fool. I always liked him in the Farseer Trilogy; he's a weird, quirky character that really sets off the more serious cast of characters (especially the big wad of angst that is Fitz). But this book made me love him. Probably because I finally realized just how much he loves Fitz, which makes me love him even more.

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells - I'd had this on the shelf for a long time, but only now have I found time to read it. And it is so good. :thumb: It's so exciting, and a really good page-turner. The plot and dialogue are really snappy, moving everything forward quickly and smoothly, and it's just such an interesting and different premise than anything I've read before. (Basic premise: A sociopathic teenager obsessed with serial killers is the only one who can save his town from one.) I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in serial killers, sociopaths, or other kinds of mental disorders, as well as thrillers. The main character is messed up, but that's what makes him such a fascinating, compelling character. He'd definitely creep me out if I met him in real life, but the book makes him very sympathetic.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MomentOfInertia » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:20 am

the_wolfs_howl wrote:...
I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells - I'd had this on the shelf for a long time, but only now have I found time to read it. And it is so good. :thumb: It's so exciting, and a really good page-turner. The plot and dialogue are really snappy, moving everything forward quickly and smoothly, and it's just such an interesting and different premise than anything I've read before. (Basic premise: A sociopathic teenager obsessed with serial killers is the only one who can save his town from one.) I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in serial killers, sociopaths, or other kinds of mental disorders, as well as thrillers. The main character is messed up, but that's what makes him such a fascinating, compelling character. He'd definitely creep me out if I met him in real life, but the book makes him very sympathetic.

A very good book but, yes kinda creepy. For example the main character helps his mother run the town mortuary, where all the interestingly deceased wind up eventually.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:41 am

scribbledreamer wrote:Just finished Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. It's told entirely in letters, a technique I've always loved, but is difficult to pull off. I started it thinking it was going to be a pretty fluffly book, but it was so much more. The characters were strong, the emotion raw, and the writing beautiful. For a lot of it, you could forget it was told in a letter. It was such a great technique, though, because the author brings it back at just the right moment, as a reminder that the only reason the main character is disclosing certain information is because of the letter. So, yeah, it's a book I'd definitely recommend.

Something about this piqued my interest so I looked it up. The plot seems to have been lifted straight from Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster.

I sped through Fangirl, then The Castle of Dark by Tanith Lee and now I'm reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which even if I could speed through it would take forever, this book is a monster.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:07 pm

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov - This is every bit as amazing as the first book of the Foundation Trilogy. It's full of political machinations and even though you could count on one hand the number of shots that are fired "on-screen"...this book is epic. Some parts were really exciting, the entire conflict is really unique and interesting, and the twist ending had me going :wow!:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Adie » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:41 pm

I recently started Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. This'll be the first time I actually read/finish a Jane Austen book. I've skimmed bits of Emma but not enough for it to count.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby TheAlbinoMoose » Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:14 pm

Adie wrote:I recently started Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. This'll be the first time I actually read/finish a Jane Austen book. I've skimmed bits of Emma but not enough for it to count.


Awesome! I'm a huge Jane Austen fan ^_^
Now I'm reading 'The Portrait of a Lady' by Henry James (kind of like Jane Austen but not as good)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby radical edward » Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:39 pm

Starting Steelheart, a new book by Brandon Anderson
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby yukoxholic » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:54 pm

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. The faster I finish this book I can move onto City of Heavenly Fire.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:47 pm

Finished Diary of a Russian Priest by Alexander Elchaninov. Although I said in my last post that I didn’t agree with everything he says, and that remains true, the book was still extremely good (fascinating, excellent, edifying, by far the best thing I’ve read in the past two months or so).

Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy: A nice little light fiction read that successfully juggles multiple genres. It is not the kind of detective fiction that sets up a puzzle for the reader to solve, but it is magical realism, and a love story, and it has enough crime, stealth, and violence to give it that extra edge of tension and excitement. Pretty enjoyable overall; I think I read it more or less in one sitting.

Started to read (but do not intend to finish) God in the Machine, a book by Liel Leibovitz, a self-styled video game scholar. The book is about the spirituality of video games; the premise was intriguing, but the execution left a lot to be desired. For one thing, I thought that his premise about the similarities between religion and games was poorly constructed. For another thing, while saying that he is a scholar, he is writing this book which is not really scholarly at all but is more on a popular level, but he doesn’t do a good job of explaining what is actually significant about the theories and things he talks about, and the writing style is awful. Basically, it doesn’t really succeed either as a scholarly work or as a popular work. Not recommended.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Chronicler1701 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:08 am

Just started reading "Kiss" by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. Just starting the fifth chapter. It's pretty good so far. I'm quite happy that I live near a library.
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