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52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:42 pm
by Heroine of the Dragon
Already a week into 2018 and it's time to start on your reading goals again!!

(Disclaimer: I read lots last year but forget to list it in the thread... so expect me to do the same this year. I always start off with good intentions... and then I get all... faerie-like!!)

Have wonderful adventures wherever your reading takes you...








1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo ( my Jólabókaflóð book last year!!)


:D

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:40 pm
by ScottyMcGee
STARTED OFF ON A GOOD NOTE!

I couldn't find my copy of Ready Player One, oddly enough, so I went with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I read this sooooo so so so long ago in the first year of high school. I read the entire series! So I was surprised by how many details I forgot. Moving on to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - HELL YEAH!

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:56 am
by Validecember
First book of the new year is... the DK Books First Aid Manual, fifth edition. It was an interesting reference guide. Obviously not the same as taking a class in first aid, but it's nice knowing the basics in case I ever do find myself in an emergency situation.

Books read in 2018:
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:09 pm
by Booyakasha
1. Norton Juster---------'The Phantom Tollbooth'
2. David Moody---------'Hater'

It'd been ages since I'd read 'Phantom Tollbooth'-----------so long I'd forgotten essentially everything that happened. I like it a lot.

'Hater' is really bleak and unpleasant. Not to say it's horrible (it is a work of apocalyptic fiction, after all), just I'm not sure I'd want to read it every day.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:14 am
by pepsibetsy
Did you know Dollar Tree (where everything is literally $1) sells hardcovers w/ original prices from $20-$30? I've bought sooooo many books!

Currently working on:
"You Will Pay" ~Lisa Jackson

I've been working on it for months :c *hangs head in shame*

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:55 pm
by Marilincarnation
Currently reading The Golden Compass. ...still. I need to set aside more time for it.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:09 am
by Validecember
Read the fourth volume of Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran. Still one of my favorite webcomics. It's amazing how quickly it can jump from oddball humor to social and societal angst.

Books read in 2018:
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:35 am
by Validecember
Read Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi. Not the kind of story I was expecting going in, but I liked it.

Books read in 2018:
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:05 pm
by pepsibetsy
Still have not made much progress :sob:

any tips on how to set aside some time for reading?!

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:02 pm
by Booyakasha
^You could be forced to take four weeks off work for emergency surgery and convalescence. That's my current bag-------------sittin around in my PJs, bored stupid.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:30 am
by pepsibetsy
Ugh that would be the life, I am constantly busy with pretty much no days off D:

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:21 am
by Booyakasha
^It probably sounds alright in theory. In practise, I'm sitting here bone-idle, earning no money. Had to take two weeks of my vacation just for the sake of getting some income coming in. It stinks.

3. Euripides IV

Four plays by the classical dramatist. Euripides is so weird and different. He flouts a lot of the traditions of Greek drama------------he depicts the gods and heroes as a bunch of crazy assh*les doing bad psycho stuff. His version of 'Orestes' in particular comes off more like a lurid WWE storyline than a Greek tragedy. "You there, don't lay a finger on that door./Yes, I mean you, Menelaus, you braggart!/Touch that door and I'll rip the parapet/From this crumbling masonry and smash your skull." I love it.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:26 am
by Validecember
Read All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen, a memoir describing the author's crisis of faith and eventual expulsion from the Hasidic community he spent most of his life in. Really touching and thought-provoking.

Also read Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar, which is about an awkward, Nosferatu-Essie vampire who is inexplicably really popular with the ladies. It was... interesting.

Books read in 2018 (5/52):
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)
4. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen - 5/5 (Jan 24)
5. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Jan 24)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:52 pm
by pepsibetsy
Valigarmander wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:26 am
Also read Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar, which is about an awkward, Nosferatu-Essie vampire who is inexplicably really popular with the ladies. It was... interesting.
This sounds cute!

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:37 am
by Validecember
^ In a weird way, it kind of was.

Today I read Fables: Animal Farm, the second book in the series. I think I liked this one better than the first. Looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here.

Books read in 2018 (6/52):
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)
4. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen - 5/5 (Jan 24)
5. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Jan 24)
6. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Jan 25)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:28 pm
by pepsibetsy
You guys read so fast O__O

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:40 pm
by Validecember
To be fair, most of the books I've read so far have been graphic novels.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:28 pm
by Validecember
Read Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastian. A really great book. The artwork is incredibly detailed and absolutely gorgeous.

Books read in 2018 (7/52):
Spoiler.
1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)
4. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen - 5/5 (Jan 24)
5. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Jan 24)
6. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Jan 25)
7. Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastian - 5/5 (Jan 29)

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:05 pm
by I am nobody
Audibooks count, right? I'm reading with my ears.

1. The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkein

I somehow hadn't experience any of Tolkein's stories through any medium until now. This was pretty good, although keeping track of the dwarves was basically impossible (seemingly deliberately so), and it was a little weird that the entire story is basically them royally screwing up and getting saved by whoever the nearest non-dwarf is. Maybe I'll finally get around to LotR sometime soon.


I also tried listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray, but just about tore my ears off after two hours of meandering Victorian speeches about morals and basically nothing of substance even thinking about happening.

Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:33 am
by Booyakasha
^Lot of people would tell you you're missing out by not watching or reading Lord of the Rings. I'm inclined to disagree. LotR isn't all that great. Not the books, and certainly not the movies. Them extended cuts are like an endurance test, man. Oh, and they all have the Wilhelm Scream in them. I hate the Wilhelm Scream. It's the bane of my existence.

...I don't know. Maybe I'm not someone to take entertainment advice from. Like, my favourite movie is 'Hudson Hawk'. Hearing that, most people would probably be forgiven for thinking I'm the stupidest person ever (although, in my defense, 'Hudson Hawk' doesn't have the damn Wilhelm Scream in).