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Posted: Posted June 1st by Cetasaurus
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Unemployment's awesome as far as reading goes.

Today I finished a book called Memoirs of a Polar Bear (translated from German). It was decent. Probably won't go around recommending it to people, though. Took me a long time to finish because the themes started to get kinda worn out instead of being developed/expanded (IMO). Not sure I'm making sense.

Then I also re-read Breakfast of Champions because a friend of mine mentioned she was reading and I had a copy on-hand. Got more out of it this time, as one does, I suppose.

Then I started Animal Farm. Surprised I never read it before.

What about you lovely folks?

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Recently finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Loved it.

Working on Endymion (book three of the Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons. Some of the best sci-fi I've ever read.

After I finish that, I'll be revisiting Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson and hopefully finishing it. I love what I've read so far, but I got distracted and laid it aside.

Edited June 1st by Cruinn-Annuin
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What kind of sci-fi do you usually like?

Posted June 1st by Cetasaurus
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I don't have a preference. I read hard sci-fi, space opera, classic sci-fi, etc. However, the Hyperion Cantos is so literarily substantial that I think the appeal transcends genre anyway. At least for the first two books.

Posted June 1st by Cruinn-Annuin
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Oh ok. I've been meaning to get back into sci-fi. Never even read any HG Wells or Isaac Asimov before I got turned off of it by a friend recommending a lot of shitty books. I should probably check out Hyperion. Had a different friend who really liked it.

Posted June 1st by Cetasaurus
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Manga - all of these are up to date by the way.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair - it was recently released with Vol 1. Another romance.
  • Seraph of the End - Vol 17 will be out next week on June 4
  • Bungo Stray Dogs - Vol 11 will be out this month. I’ll be picking up the Light Novels too.
  • Devils Line - Vol 13 will be out this August. I think it’s the last one. Not too excited about the series.
  • Horimiya - Vol 12 - on hiatus with Vol 13 due for a release. It’s a cute high school romance. My guilty pleasure.
  • Noragami - waiting for Vol 20, I believe it’s the last Vol. I hate where the ending is going right now.
  • Yona of the Dawn: Vol 18 will be released this month

    Light Novels
  • The Irregular at Magic High - On Vol 1, didn’t get very far

    Novels
  • Rereading Harry Potter - I’m on book 2 and it’s going slow. I think I like to listen while reading along more. I’m a slow reader. :/ Btw, does your throat dry out when you guys read, or is it just me?

    Series I Want to Check Out
  • Game of Thrones
  • His Dark Materials - reread
  • Hunger Games - reread
  • Dune - Haven’t finished it

    There’s a lot I want to read, especially light novels and middle grade novels. There’s some series I can’t remember off the top of my head.

  • Posted June 1st by Castrael
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    I should probably check out Hyperion. Had a different friend who really liked it.


    Cool! If you get around to it, please share your insight with me.

    Series I Want to Check Out

    Game of Thrones


    A Song of Ice and Fire

    All the bookstores around me are sold out of Martin's books right now. You might have to wait a while or order off of Amazon.

    Posted June 1st by Cruinn-Annuin
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    Recently finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Loved it.

    I am happy you enjoyed it! I am currently 60% (according to my kindle) done with my digital copy.

    Currently 11/22/63. Up next I will do my reread of American Gods. Once that is finished I will be tackling my copy of "Mr. President Again" and finishing off the last of my books I have for guatemala.

    I have been purchasing a lot of books for my kindle. Last night I decided to track down PDF versions of them from my wishlist...I found 34...so I downloaded them converted them over to the Kindle format. I also found a single volume of the Harry potter series (books 1-7) while I am no longer a huge fan it will be fun to revisit later on.


    below I have included the books I still need to purchase (with the exception of two series the following didnt have any pdf/ digital downloads out there on the internet)


    Manifesto: three classic essays on how to change the world
    A grain of wheat
    Things Fall apart Noli Me Tangere (Touch me Not)
    The hive (June 2019)
    Suicide Forest: a horror mystery novel
    Tales of Old Japan: Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai
    Sea of Trees
    A whisper of leaves
    History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos
    In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines Reissue Edition
    Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story
    A Short History of Guatemala
    Shooting at the Moon: The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos
    Codename Mule: Fighting the Secret War in Laos for the CIA (Naval Institute Special Warfare Series)
    Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992
    ----------------------------------------------------
    For these two series I could probably find their PDF copies...but I dont think I will. I have an entire piggy bank of change that can cover the kindle cost for them. (I already have book 1 of each)

    Game of thrones
    The Expanse

    I would list my entire kindle collection as of now but meh Ill probably post it later on.

    Posted June 1st by S.O.H.
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    Animal Farm is like my favorite book. Great choice!

    Posted June 1st by Fox Forever
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    I picked back up on my re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire recently. I read through it the first time over the year of 2016. I started to re-read in 2017 and made it through A Clash of Kings but my school schedule got busy so I had to put it on hold. This summer semester is lighter so I picked up A Storm of Swords and have been trying to read a chapter a day.

    It's so refreshing after enduring the short-comings of the show. Especially the opening prologue which featured the ominous presence of The Others, after the recent disappointment of "The Long Night." Reading through Catelyn's chapters is especially interesting picking up on clues leading to her descent to pure hatred.

    I'm eager to get back into Feast and Dance, too. The first time through was an unexpected change of pace with lots of new characters, but thinking back on them they are really interesting, and necessary if the show's exclusion is any indication.

    EDIT: I think I bought the set on Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/Thrones-Clash-Kings-Swords-Dragons/dp/0345535529

    Edited June 1st by Vandy
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    A Song of Ice and Fire

    All the bookstores around me are sold out of Martin's books right now. You might have to wait a while or order off of Amazon.


    More like my Kindle App. I'm not sure if I'm going to pick up a Kindle yet. I don't like how slow the device is when you swipe. But, the phone is too small to read. :/

    Anyways. I made a list of the things I'm reading on Excel. When it's ready, I'll show it to you guys because it gets annoying when I have to list all of the Manga and whatnot. Also, would you guys consider Harry Potter to be Middle Grade or Young Adult? I'm thinking Young Adult.


    Posted June 1st by Castrael
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    More like my Kindle App. I'm not sure if I'm going to pick up a Kindle yet. I don't like how slow the device is when you swipe. But, the phone is too small to read. :/


    I have the newest iteration of the Kindle. It is far from slow when swiping. the only exception is when it comes to images and maps which is understandable.

    Posted June 1st by s.o.h.
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    Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett
    Glasshouse by Charles Stross
    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
    Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

    .....

    I finished rereading Good Omens on Thursday.
    I finished Glasshouse this afternoon.
    I’ve just started One Thousand White Women.
    I haven’t opened Storm of Locusts yet.


    Edited June 2nd by chiarizio
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    I have the newest iteration of the Kindle. It is far from slow when swiping. the only exception is when it comes to images and maps which is understandable.


    That’s the one I’m considering of getting. Another thing I’m concern with is how well Manga and Light Novels are going to show up.

    Posted June 1st by Castrael
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    I'm about halfway through Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson. It's the ninth book in a ten-book series (which also has a six-book sister series, of which I have read three), all of which are doorstoppers in their own right. Not sure I had any idea of what I was getting into when I started this series, and I almost quit several times in the early going (especially books 1 and 4-5--IIRC books 2-3 were excellent), but it's proven to be worth it. I can already tell that a reread of this series would be far more rewarding given how much I missed on the first go-round. But given how long it's taken me to get this far (a couple of years--I don't find time to read all that often at this point), I'm not sure when such a reread will actually happen!

    Posted June 1st by white lancer
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    Working on Tolkien and the Great War.

    Posted June 1st by elemtilas
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    That’s the one I’m considering of getting. Another thing I’m concern with is how well Manga and Light Novels are going to show up.


    Im going to recommend the Kindle Oasis then. 32GB and a bigger screen. Pretty pricy though.

    Posted June 1st by S.O.H.
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    House of Leaves

    Posted June 2nd by Brandy
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    Im going to recommend the Kindle Oasis then. 32GB and a bigger screen. Pretty pricy though


    Eh, not interested. I like the whole new Bluetooth idea and I only keep one book downloaded at a time. Besides, I’m already saving up for my car and the new Bose 700 headphones.

    Posted June 2nd by Castrael
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    I'm reading Star Wars: Heir to the Empire. It's the first part in a trilogy by Timothy Zahn and is the first EU novel I've ever read.

    It's decent. I think the characters of the main heroes from the OT are sometimes out of character, though. Far more than anything I've seen in the new films. It's mostly the dialogue that seems out of character.

    I think I'll read The Disaster Artist after I finish the trilogy.

    Posted June 3rd by Laxan
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    Animal Farm is like my favorite book. Great choice!

    Nice. Can I ask why?

    Posted June 5th by Cetasaurus
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    Nice. Can I ask why?

    I first read it when I was 15. To be honest when I was a teen I really HATED history. The fact that this book was done analogously made it more palatable at that age. But I find the slippery slopes of power to be particularly fascinating. You can still see things happening in that book compared to the modern day.

    Posted June 5th by Fox Forever
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    I first read it when I was 15. To be honest when I was a teen I really HATED history.

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    Posted June 5th by S.O.H.
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    I hated math. My favorite book was Romeo and Juliet

    Edited June 5th by Brandy
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    I finished 11 22 63. When I first read it I hated the ending. This time around while I am pleased with it but I would have preferred if



    I've decided to read the hand maids tale before moving on to American gods.

    Posted June 6th by S.o.h
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    I just finished watching the 11/22/63 miniseries. I loved it and I really appreciated how they made their own arrangement of a lot of the elements of the book, but I think there were a couple of things that they could have done better. I'll make a thread about it after I've had a day or two to mull it over.

    Posted June 6th by Cruinn-Annuin
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    I hated math.

    <cry> Aww... :’-( 😢

    My favorite book was Romeo and Juliet

    That was a book? —— It’s one of my favorites, too, but in Sophomore year of HS we were doing Julius Caesar.



    Posted June 10th by chiarizio
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    I first read it when I was 15. To be honest when I was a teen I really HATED history.


    I liked the SUBJECT a lot.
    8th grade Texas History
    9th grade World History
    10th grade American History
    And on through the rest of H.S. and College.

    But I didn’t necessarily like the way it was TAUGHT or GRADED.
    I especially didn’t like having to write “original”(wtf?) papers in College.
    I very much enjoyed finding out all about the Visigothic empire in Spain.
    But how could I think of anything “original” to say about something that had ended 1258* years before.
    *(1970-712=1258)


    Posted June 10th by chiarizio
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    I’ve finished “Storm of Locusts”, and have well-begun “One Thousand White Women”.


    Posted June 10th by chiarizio
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    I hated math.

    <cry> Aww... :’-( 😢

    Haha, I really enjoyed math. If I were to do everything all over I might have committed better to math and maybe became a mathematician.


    Posted June 10th by Fox Forever
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    I read “the Washing of the Spears”, by Donald R. Morris, years ago.
    It was great! Anyone interested in worldbuilding or culture-building would probably like it!
    https://books.google.com/books?id=tXglDwAAQBAJ&dq=editions:u_CfTeb5GosC&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiB4OKXhO3iAhUnUt8KHaqfDqEQ6AEIKzAB
    The Washing Of The Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation Under Shaka and its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879


    Posted June 16th by chiarizio
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    Just Funai she reading A Portrait of the artist as a young man.

    Posted June 25th by Brandy
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    ^^^I just finished A Portrait of the Artist. Also finished Catcher in the Rye. Currently reading Moby Dick. I want to read all the classics that would have bored the shit out of me in high school.

    Posted June 25th by MarvaIo
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