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Pickman

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Finally started Cibola Burn despite a few friends' misgivings with the series and my own bad taste after the Faith-pitching of Book 3 in the Expanse series.
 

Mr.Swag

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My goal for October:
Finish: 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' and 'Capital'.

Also going to start reading Annihilation of Southern Reach trilogy tonight.

I find it hard to read non-fiction when there's so much good fiction out there.
 

mp1990

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ASoIaF : A Clash of Kings.Taking a lot of time with it,having a lot of tests this month so i don't have much time to read.After finishing it,going to Battle Royale.
 

Mr.Swag

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I'm at around 30 books for the year, probably at 60 movies already.
Doubt ill hit 50 books
 

Orbis Tabula

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Long books aren't what kills 50-50 chances; inconsistency is!
Hahaha, I guess is hold say "My laziness is killing my chances of getting through 50 long books in a year." I had a brilliant summer but now that school is back on, I'm starting to slow.
 

Orbis Tabula

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Lolita is a pretty average sized book.
Eh. I'd wager it's in the top 30 percent over all novels. It's not like it's super long, obviously there are much longer books, but 400 pages is definitely more than average. I think I once read the average book is 64,000 words and it's well above that.
 

TimeEffect

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7 or so chapters in and loving it. I like books on India.

Kite Runner is on the backburner, and I may just watch the Trainspotting movie because the accents in that book are difficult for me without using Wikipedia.

If I get through Shantaram, this is next:

 

Nakho

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My goal for October:
Finish: 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' and 'Capital'.

Also going to start reading Annihilation of Southern Reach trilogy tonight.

I find it hard to read non-fiction when there's so much good fiction out there.
Gun, Germs and Steel is in my wishlist. How did you like it?

I just finished Thinking, Fast and Slow. Incredible book, although a lot of it I had already seen in bits here and there in articles and internet already. But it is nice to have it all in a coherent package. Made me think about embezzling schemes to take advantage of us humans' poor minds, so I guess that is a plus!

Also, am I the only one that likes to do a rotation on which style of book is going to be my next? I found that every time I spent a long time without reading anything was because I got tired of reading the same type of book. So I developed something like this: a non-fiction book usually about science (like Thinking Fast and Slow), then a classic novel that I always wanted to read (like a Hemingway or something), then a science fiction or fantasy novel and then something out of the left field that I found at Amazon deals (Pride and Prejudice was my last pick). And I also change the categories every now and then. It's making it pretty enjoyable!
 

Rest

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Just started reading the Book of Five Rings. It's interesting so far, but I'm only a few pages in.

I just finished In the Dojo and Traditions by Dave Lowry. My thoughts on those are here.
 

kswiston

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Lolita isn't long exactly, but it is definitely dense.
I guess that is true. I read Blood Meridian earlier in the year, and that took me a while to get through despite being a 350ish page book. I think it took me longer to finish that than it did to finish Words of Radiance.
 

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I had to get acclimated to it, but now that I'm half way through I can say that this book has made me laugh out loud more than any other. Not that it's entirely a comedy, but for now it seems that the depressing stuff has been relegated to the back seat where all it can do is remind the reader it's still there via seldom allusions.

I'm also reading other stuff that's hardly worth mentioning mainly because while I am enjoying Catch 22, it's not a book you can absorb in 100+ page chunks. I just can't work through it at any kind of good pace.
 

Gnome Scat

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I have to read Jane Eyre for my AP Lit and Comp class. Any tips on how to make it an enjoyable experience instead of a grueling one?

Other than that I've been on and off about reading this:

 

Orbis Tabula

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Dense, but never plodding.
I can agree with that. The book just has this sort of momentum, like it's pulling my forward and I can't stop reading. It's a damn fine read.

I guess that is true. I read Blood Meridian earlier in the year, and that took me a while to get through despite being a 350ish page book. I think it took me longer to finish that than it did to finish Words of Radiance.
Another one I read early this year that took a lot of time out of me. Although, to be honest, I'd rather read a bunch of long, brilliant books and fail my goal than read a bunch of short, meaningless ones to succeed. Ideally I can succeed with brilliant books, but if I do fail, at least I'll do it right.
 

PeskyToaster

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I had to get acclimated to it, but now that I'm half way through I can say that this book has made me laugh out loud more than any other. Not that it's entirely a comedy, but for now it seems that the depressing stuff has been relegated to the back seat where all it can do is remind the reader it's still there via seldom allusions.

I'm also reading other stuff that's hardly worth mentioning mainly because while I am enjoying Catch 22, it's not a book you can absorb in 100+ page chunks. I just can't work through it at any kind of good pace.
I read this sophomore year of high school and I barely understood it. I was bright but not too invested in it since it was for school but just recently I've been itching to sit down and actually READ it this time.
 

Mr.Swag

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Gun, Germs and Steel is in my wishlist. How did you like it?

I just finished Thinking, Fast and Slow. Incredible book, although a lot of it I had already seen in bits here and there in articles and internet already. But it is nice to have it all in a coherent package. Made me think about embezzling schemes to take advantage of us humans' poor minds, so I guess that is a plus!

Also, am I the only one that likes to do a rotation on which style of book is going to be my next? I found that every time I spent a long time without reading anything was because I got tired of reading the same type of book. So I developed something like this: a non-fiction book usually about science (like Thinking Fast and Slow), then a classic novel that I always wanted to read (like a Hemingway or something), then a science fiction or fantasy novel and then something out of the left field that I found at Amazon deals (Pride and Prejudice was my last pick). And I also change the categories every now and then. It's making it pretty enjoyable!
I like Guns Germ am Steel, but its information overload. It feels like its two whole college semesters of history thrown into one book.

I do a type of genre rotation. I'll read two or three books in the same or similar genre and then ill change up.

I usually just go based on page count. Read a long novel 500 < pages, then after that read a quick 300> pager.
 

Haly

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Guns, Germs and Steel's writing is drier than Death Valley in summer.

When it comes to educational non-fiction, the prose needs to be engaging or else I just lose interest. I'd be better off reading a textbook instead.
 

User 479360

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Haven't touched Mr. Mercedes in a couple weeks, because I've been busy with reviews. Need to resume reading it before the library will want it back.

So, still that and, at a slow pace, 12/22/63
 

ZiZ

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I just finished the Wheel of Time, then started with

Storm Front (The Dresden Files book one)

 

TTG

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Storm Front (The Dresden Files book one)
I remember getting the first 3 in the series when they were a part of the daily deals on Amazon. It's like an irrational ambivalence now every time I scroll past. I should delete them because they're such crap and I'm not going to finish the first, let alone all 3, but I payed 3 dollars!
 

Pau

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Reminds me more of Rebecca than Jane Eyre so far, which is a good thing considering I like the first but really dislike the latter.
 

Mackenzie 92

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Midway point of Swan Song, dragged a bit but things are picking up again. Quite a bit darker than the The Stand.
 

block tower

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been on a Predator and Alien kick lately. so i picked up the first vol. of Aliens to get started into the expanded universe.

 

HORRORSHØW

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maybe i'll finally finish finnegans wake this time.

“bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!”
 

Tragicomedy

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Finished this earlier in the evening. There is some next level mind fuckery going on in here. The superb new protagonist shares many of the same uncertainties as the reader, and you get the feeling that big answers will become clear as the onion is peeled. Only for every answer, three more questions arise.

I love it. It's frustrating. I can't put it down.
 
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Picking up Reamde again after leaving it for half a year and finishing a bunch of books in the time since. That one day in China is still dragging on.
 

Haly

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He'll send you an encrypted thank you note.
 

TTG

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Grimløck;132398291 said:
maybe i'll finally finish finnegans wake this time.

“bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!”
I took a 30 second look at that book, loled and closed it back up.