Reading Challenge 2016

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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby heliona » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:29 pm

So, I've finally finished Birth of a Theorem - what a dry read. I'm not sure I could say that I enjoyed it. I didn't dislike it, but I was glad to finish it! :D

I've also re-read James and the Giant Peach for my "high school book" - I liked it more than I did last time. I can imagine it would be a good one to read aloud.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby Aravar » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:30 pm

Well I finished The Chimp Paradox, my self-improvement book, and I've got about 20 pages to go in Foxglove Summer so I'll probably finish that today.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby The Nameless Thing » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:36 am

I keep track of my books on a spread sheet to prevent mistaken re-buys. 266 novels since mid 2012. Almost all 'pulp' (Sci-Fi, mysteries, supernatural). I usually am reading 3 books at a time. 1 at home, 1 at work on breaks, and 1 at the gym while riding the bike. Currently reading Brad Taylor, Jim Butcher, and Heather Graham. My wife (who is not a reader) thinks I'm demented.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby Aravar » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:30 am

That's a good thing about a Kindle: it tells you if you're about to buy something you already own.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby The Nameless Thing » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:37 am

Aravar, how do you differentiate between read and un-read books in the Kindle library? It seems so 'busy' to plow thru the list of what you have read and what you have not.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby Aravar » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:28 pm

As to unread, I just have a collection called "Unread" so that if I get a new book which I haven't read I just add it to that collection and remove it when I've read it.
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby The Nameless Thing » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:53 am

Aravar

So I set up my collections (thank you for the advice). I can view them thru the kindle but not on the Amazon website. Is there a way to see collections there?
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Re: Reading Challenge 2016

Postby heliona » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:52 am

I finally finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - I enjoyed it for the most part. I've not read Pride and Prejudice, it's not really my sort of book, so this was my introduction to it. It did appear to be the original text with bits of zombies added. Some of it seemed a bit much (the girls are very bloodthirsty) and I didn't like the end. It didn't match the independence the girls showed throughout the book, to my mind. But it was fun.

Next up was The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty which was dreadful and I would not recommend to anyone! It was written by Anne Rice, and is essentially porn. There's a lot of spanking and paddling and what amounts to rape. The only reason I got through it was because it was quite short and I could easily skim read it, since most of it was the same scene recycled over and over again. Utter nonsense.

Then I moved on to Joel McHale's Thanks for the Money - he's an American comedian, known in the US for being the host of "The Soup" and further afield as Jeff Winger in the very funny television series, "Community". This is a book I enjoyed. You can hear his voice when you read it, and most of it isn't to be taken seriously, but does paint an interesting picture of Hollywood.

I'm now reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. I'm about halfway through it at the moment, and enjoying it. It's very atmospheric.
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Life is short; break the rules, forgive quickly; kiss slowly; love truly; laugh uncontrollably; and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for the might-have-beens. - Arthur Ransome

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