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52 Weeks of Reading - 2016

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52 Weeks of Reading - 2016

Post by Valigarmander » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:38 am

It's a new year, which means more books to read. Do you think you can read a book for each week of the year? (I don't, but I'll try to beat the 17 books I read last year.)

The first book I've finished this year was Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley, which argues against popular Evangelical positions on abortion, homosexuality, environmentalism and evolution. It's not especially eloquent, but is well-researched and informative.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:09 am

Jan 1-7 "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein
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Post by United Nations » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:54 am

1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Post by Sonic 5 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:24 pm

Don't judge me, but my first book read of the year was a Star Wars junior novel. Three short stories about the three main* characters in TFA. I liked the narrative stories and getting to learn a little more about some characters introduced in Shattered Empire too. The writing style was what you'd expect from a junior novel.

*I have seen too many arguments about this. You know damn well who I mean by main three.

1. Star Wars: Before the Awakening - Greg Rucka

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Post by Heroine of the Dragon » Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:09 pm

Read:
1. Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault



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1Q84 Book 1 - April - June by Haruki Murakami

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Post by Valigarmander » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:33 am

Just finished Blacksad, a compilation of the first three stories in the series written by Juan Diaz Canales and illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido. It's been a long time since I've been unable to put a book down after opening it. The stories are intense, funny, tragic, suspenseful, and at the end of it all memorable. And calling the artwork gorgeous simply doesn't do it justice. I'd recommend this to any graphic novel fan. I'll definitely be picking up the other books.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)

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Post by United Nations » Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:17 pm

2. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

It was what I call "book candy." Deliciously entertaining.

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Post by United Nations » Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:11 pm

3. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
4. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
5. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
6. Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
7. Animal Farm by George Orwell (read it for the 3rd or 4th time)

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:42 pm

[QUOTE="Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds, post: 1579946, member: 17429"]Jan 1-7 "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein[/QUOTE]

For some reason I can't get past the first twenty or so pages. I always restart that book. It's not that it's unreadable. . . .but. . .I don't know how to describe it. My relationship with that book is like that one couple that breaks up and then gets back together again and then breaks up again and so on.

So far

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
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Post by CaptHayfever » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:53 am

ScottyMcGee, post: 1580521, member: 31048 wrote:So far

1. How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
How to Kill a Mockingbird
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Post by ScottyMcGee » Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:43 am

Goddammit I keep calling it that for some reason.
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Post by Valigarmander » Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:11 am

Read the first volume of Transmetropolitan. It has great characters and an interesting setting, and as freaking hilarious. Parts of it were a trudge to get through though. I'll probably be checking out the other volumes eventually.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)

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Post by Valigarmander » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:57 am

Read Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. I had read about it online and saw it in a bookstore the other day, and decided to grab it. It's a fairly short but very well-written collection of essays. The overarching theme is how women are silenced, discredited, and marginalized, but the book covers a wide variety of topics including global wealth inequality, gay marriage, and Virginia Woolf. Would recommend.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)

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Post by United Nations » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:32 am

8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Seems like everyone wanted me to read this book and so I resisted. I'm so glad I read it knowing nothing about it. It wasn't anything like I expected. I cried so many times. Now I have to watch the movie.

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Post by Kargath » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:30 am

I hereby swear I will actually read a book this year. (For real this time)
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Post by United Nations » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:27 pm

^You can do it!!

9. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:13 am

[QUOTE="User Name, post: 1580234, member: 31164"]2. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong[/QUOTE]

Ooh, nice one. I think I liked it better than either of the 'John Dies' books, personally.

Trying to get back in the habit of reading. Today I finished a book whilst downloading.

1. 'Jam' by Yahtzee Croshaw

Good and really funny, but, like 'MogWorld', it ended on a little of a down note.
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Post by Valigarmander » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:56 am

Read the other two Blacksad episodes. A Silent Hell was one of my favorites. The story was interesting and tragic, though at times a little hard to follow. Amarillo was... okay. Not bad, but okay. The artwork in both was gorgeous, as always.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:05 am

Hacking my idiot way through Gregory Maguire-------'Wicked', bit by bit, a mere dozen years after everyone else and his grandmother had.

I don't like it very much. I mean, I love it, it's beautiful and well-done, but it is a cruel book. It is pleasing and unpleasant to read. I'm strangely reminded of Goya's painting------I appreciate the artistry, I look at it occasionally, but I don't know I actually enjoy it. It's terrible.

(EDIT: Finished it. That makes 2. Don't know but I'll be reading sequel. This one ended in a really weird, unhappy place.)
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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:39 pm

Read Habibi. Probably the most beautiful graphic novel I've ever read. Every single page is a work of art. Pick this up if you haven't already.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)

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