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« Reply #13050 on: December 09, 2019, 04:06:35 PM »
We had a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks for this year. I'm on 56 and counting as of now. Yay!
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« Reply #13051 on: December 09, 2019, 04:08:57 PM »
I really enjoyed it. It had some minor annoyances, but it was a lot of fun.

As a result, I also picked up the first book of the preceding series, the Grisha trilogy, which I understand is a bit more annoyingly YA, but I'm happy to give it a try, at some point. Ideally before it comes to TV.
The blurb looked interesting, and I like the fact that it's only a duology, but I was worried it might read too young for me.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13052 on: December 09, 2019, 04:09:31 PM »
We had a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks for this year. I'm on 56 and counting as of now. Yay!

I believe page count is a better indicator of performance.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13053 on: December 09, 2019, 04:10:59 PM »
We had a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks for this year. I'm on 56 and counting as of now. Yay!

Congrats, great going.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13054 on: December 09, 2019, 04:12:36 PM »
We had a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks for this year. I'm on 56 and counting as of now. Yay!

I believe page count is a better indicator of performance.

It's not a page count challenge. Just reading books we want to read and enjoy. Only the Murderbot series can technically be called as novellas, rest are full books.
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« Reply #13055 on: December 09, 2019, 04:57:47 PM »
I really enjoyed it. It had some minor annoyances, but it was a lot of fun.

As a result, I also picked up the first book of the preceding series, the Grisha trilogy, which I understand is a bit more annoyingly YA, but I'm happy to give it a try, at some point. Ideally before it comes to TV.
The blurb looked interesting, and I like the fact that it's only a duology, but I was worried it might read too young for me.
I didn't find it read particularly young, except that the cast is very youthful.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13056 on: December 09, 2019, 09:30:31 PM »
I’m reading The Throne of the Five Winds by S.C Emmett loving this book with the court intrigue.

I might check her Lilith Saintcrow books out undecided.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13057 on: December 09, 2019, 10:27:43 PM »
I've been so absent from reading and books this year and the end of the previous that only yesterday, by random chance, I discovered there's a new Game of Thrones book. Released last year, by the way, and that probably everyone already read it.

I know it's a sidebook, but still got Fire and Blood (A Targaryen History) by GRRM.

Well... I wasn't expecting the "History" in the title to mean it would really really read like a History book... barely 10% in and I'm already considering dropping it...
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« Reply #13058 on: December 10, 2019, 01:17:50 AM »
I know it's a sidebook, but still got Fire and Blood (A Targaryen History) by GRRM.

Every time I see this in a bookstore I sing, "I don't caaaaare!" out loud. :D

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« Reply #13059 on: December 10, 2019, 02:12:01 AM »
I've been so absent from reading and books this year and the end of the previous that only yesterday, by random chance, I discovered there's a new Game of Thrones book. Released last year, by the way, and that probably everyone already read it.

I know it's a sidebook, but still got Fire and Blood (A Targaryen History) by GRRM.

Well... I wasn't expecting the "History" in the title to mean it would really really read like a History book... barely 10% in and I'm already considering dropping it...

It's like a a man lost in Sahara finding a can of beer. Don't fall for it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13060 on: December 10, 2019, 05:00:04 AM »
After this I'm probably going for The Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo.
How did you like the first book?
I really enjoyed it. It had some minor annoyances, but it was a lot of fun.

As a result, I also picked up the first book of the preceding series, the Grisha trilogy, which I understand is a bit more annoyingly YA, but I'm happy to give it a try, at some point. Ideally before it comes to TV.

(I've just looked up when I read Six of Crows, it was January 2018. Almost two years ago. It might take me a while to do the earlier trilogy.)

Crooked Kingdom is probably one of the best YA series/books I've ever read, so full support on that (although I thought the ending could've been better)

I'm taking some break from Ketty Jay, and have finally finished reading Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13) after months of leaving it dusty on my book shelf. 2.5 stars I have to say that this had been the most boring and mediocre Dresden book I've ever read. The only thing Harry did was ran around being incompetent. The only reason I came back to finish it was that I went to read through the book's entire plot summary in wikipedia and got interested enough to come back. Besides for the few interesting sections far and between, and the last 60 pages of the book, I skimmed through the rest of it to finally arrived at the end. I am hoping that Cold Days would be better.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13061 on: December 10, 2019, 05:26:15 AM »
I've been so absent from reading and books this year and the end of the previous that only yesterday, by random chance, I discovered there's a new Game of Thrones book. Released last year, by the way, and that probably everyone already read it.

I know it's a sidebook, but still got Fire and Blood (A Targaryen History) by GRRM.

Well... I wasn't expecting the "History" in the title to mean it would really really read like a History book... barely 10% in and I'm already considering dropping it...
He published a couple of bits of this in some of the Gardner Dozois anthologies before the book came out. They were very boring. I wound up skim reading the second one. I doubt I could deal with an entire book full of that.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13062 on: December 10, 2019, 07:52:42 AM »
Reading the first book of the Ketty Jay series. The story is great, don't get me wrong, but there's some elements about the story that kind of irked me somewhat. There seemed to be quite some criticism of religion on the author's part, especially where he mentioned something around meditation being sitting down doing nothing required a lot of practice. Also there is a particular race in the story with squinty eyes that are good at calculations (Asians?) which are a kind of slave. These kind of irked me a bit, despite the story's natural flow, and I had to ask if there would be something like these beyond these points in the story?
Inky, I'm afraid I don't remember details, but I don't think this continued, or I assume (I hope!) that any of us would have called it out.


I've been so absent from reading and books this year and the end of the previous
Lanko, have you read Ed McDonald? I really enjoyed his Raven's mark trilogy, it was my discovery of 2019.
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« Reply #13063 on: December 10, 2019, 01:44:41 PM »
Finishing off Dan Abnett's Double Eagle tonight. probably moving on to Starsight or Burning White next.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13064 on: December 10, 2019, 01:59:31 PM »
I've been so absent from reading and books this year and the end of the previous that only yesterday, by random chance, I discovered there's a new Game of Thrones book. Released last year, by the way, and that probably everyone already read it.

I know it's a sidebook, but still got Fire and Blood (A Targaryen History) by GRRM.

Well... I wasn't expecting the "History" in the title to mean it would really really read like a History book... barely 10% in and I'm already considering dropping it...
He published a couple of bits of this in some of the Gardner Dozois anthologies before the book came out. They were very boring. I wound up skim reading the second one. I doubt I could deal with an entire book full of that.

I remember reading some of them. Yeah... more than 700 pages of that.

So I dropped it and picked up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which has been in my TBR forever and a friend reminded me of it. I heard it has heists, a gang, bloody violence... seems like a very favorite book around, with multiple POVs.

And the cover is cool too.

First chapter is mostly teen boy angst, worrying about his moustache not growing and in love with a teen girl he barely sees and thinking mostly how to get her attention.
Second chapter is about a 17 year old gangster boss (though not his POV) massively outplaying adult crime bosses so effortlessly like he's the 40+ year old full of life experience and them the 17 year olds.

Oof.

At least the action looked nice, the writing is good, the magic has potential and it's mixed with having guns around too.
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