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1 hour ago, Jayfive5 said:

I just finished the Malazan Book of the Fallen series and right now I'm reading Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking and Ready Player One.

 

I'm three books into the Malazan BoF. I'm reading Americanah for a book club, and almost finished with House of Durrow Street. Anyone else use Goodreads to set a year goal?

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Just finished Death's End, the last book in the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. Incredible book. If you like your sci-fi heavy on the sci, this is definitely a series to check out. Translated from the original novels by Cixin Liu. 

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Just finished Antifragile : things that gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and woaw, it was really mindblowing. Never met a book that challenged that much my opinions about almost everything in fact.

 

I'm currently finishing too You're not so smart by David McRaney which is actually as fun as getting slapped 50 times as it forces you to go through every bias you have... Quite challenging :)

 

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On 05/01/2017 at 3:09 PM, Jayfive5 said:

I just finished the Malazan Book of the Fallen series and right now I'm reading Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking and Ready Player One.

 

Yaaay for Allen Carr, wishing you good luck on this path ! This book helped me to quit smoking and I didn't touch a cigaret for the last 7 months (something around, I can't even remember the time it has been) :)

 

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The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey.

 

Listened to his interview on The Art of Manliness' Podcast and picked up his book. Interesting stuff! I don't follow the exercises but I had change some of my work routine to follow more closely to his teachings. So far I am seeing more work getting done in less time.

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I just finished reading Malcom Mackay's Glasgow Trilogy (The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How a Gunman Says Goodbye, The Sudden Arrival of Violence) and the addendum (The Night The Rich Men Burned).  It's a pretty awesome crime drama series.  There is a lot of toying with perception and particularly how characters are reading/misreading the situation and how that impacts the actions and motivations throughout.  There's also a fair bit of world building and you see characters getting information that is unrelated to them but comes up in separate books (especially TNTRMB).

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Just picked up a copy of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This came highly recommended by a friend and colleague, but I put it off for months. After I could not find what I was looking for at the library yesterday, this was on display. I nabbed it without hesitation. The librarian called this "library serendipity," which is a real thing, btw.

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On 2/9/2017 at 0:20 PM, Mike_d85 said:

how characters are reading/misreading the situation

 

I love when literature does this, especially in mystery. You're not sure who to trust, who's wrong or who's right (if anyone). This is especially fun when the narrator is unreliable.

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4 hours ago, Wolfen said:

 

I love when literature does this, especially in mystery. You're not sure who to trust, who's wrong or who's right (if anyone). This is especially fun when the narrator is unreliable.

 

It was awesome in crime drama. I haven't seen anyone use it to build intrigue and establish character like this author did.  One character might consider how the other people in a conversation will react three or four different ways, but another might just think about how they need to react to get on top.  It really divided characters between simple pawns in a scheme, master chess players, and bad chess players.

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Just finished Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Not a big YA reader, read it on a recommendation, but I liked it. Now I'm reading Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (I'm loving time travel adventures after getting hooked on Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow) and listening to Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough on Audible when I drive to and from work. Love this thread btw!

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7 hours ago, Wolfen said:

Just picked up a copy of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This came highly recommended by a friend and colleague, but I put it off for months. After I could not find what I was looking for at the library yesterday, this was on display. I nabbed it without hesitation. The librarian called this "library serendipity," which is a real thing, btw.

 

I keep hearing about this. Went to put a hold on it at the library and I'm #137. Woah! 

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On ‎2‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 7:23 AM, Wolfen said:

Just picked up a copy of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This came highly recommended by a friend and colleague, but I put it off for months. After I could not find what I was looking for at the library yesterday, this was on display. I nabbed it without hesitation. The librarian called this "library serendipity," which is a real thing, btw.

This is my book club's March book. I am so excited to start it. I feel like I see that cover everywhere! I hope you enjoy it.

I also love the idea of "Library Serendipity". I totally believe it is a real thing.

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I just finished As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. It was my first Faulkner and I really enjoyed it (as much as you can "enjoy" a book about a mother dying and her family's several day journey with her dead body). But man, you have to be prepared for stream-of-consciousness.

About to start my book club book One Second After by William Forstchen. I've heard from a couple book club members that it's really good, but I have to say it doesn't look like my style. We'll see. :D

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Just finished Just One Damned Thing After Another. It was....Sigh...A great concept and a fun read. Thing is, it's riddled with errors: spelling, grammatical, words in the wrong place in sentences...Made me quite dislike the book, and, continue to dislike the author, as I had the same complaints with her book Poison. Oh well, on to the next book in line!

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I just finished Thirteen Reasons Why. I need to pick the pieces of my heart back up, so I started listening to the special edition full-cast audiobook of American Gods. Gotta get it read before the show airs.

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“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
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"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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I've been getting through lots of travel with audiobooks. Just finished Middlemarch! 

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I'm currently re-reading the Alex Rider books - now on Skeleton Key.  Getting myself ready for the release of the new book this summer.  Even though I'm 34, I totally love teen spy novels...or any spy novel for that matter.  Love espionage, assassins, etc.  If you ever have a recommendation for a good spy series or something similar, I am always game. :-)

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a few days ago, I started re-reading the entire Animorphs series, including the extras like The Andelite ChroniclesThe Hork-Bajir ChroniclesThe Elimnist, etc.

I'm currently only on book four of the original series, and I already am remember why I'm such a fangirl.

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On 3/11/2017 at 10:25 AM, Hobbitron said:

Just finished Neil gaimans ocean at the end of the lane

 

I loved this book so much. Not Neil's best but still enchanting.

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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