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I've debated this thread for a while because I know that when I'm not doing great my ability to read lessens.  That said, it's a big thing of mine when I'm doing better (apparently current AH don't get in the way because I'm reading instead.  it's weird).

So...I'm curious.  Read anything good lately? 

 

I just recently finished the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it was truly magical.

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I’m running to Swan Song right now and it’s pretty good. I just finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle. That was by my favorite author Shirley Jackson so of course that was wonderful. 

I’m in the midst of a lot of different books right now but I put them on hold to finish Swan Song because It’s pretty engrossing. 

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Also comfort books. The StarCraft series. Aside from that, a scanner darkly was great. So is American psycho...the movie followed the story, but not the actual meat of the book

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31 minutes ago, argh said:

Also comfort books. The StarCraft series. Aside from that, a scanner darkly was great. So is American psycho...the movie followed the story, but not the actual meat of the book

Philip K Dick is awesome.

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2 minutes ago, argh said:

He really is. Though I do applaud the produced of blade runner turning do Androids dream of electric sheep into the masterpiece blade runner is.

Do Androids dream of electric sheep was only ok imo

Aw, I loved it. Been a while since I read it, though. I really like his short stories.

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I'm slowly reading The Institute by Stephen King. 

21 minutes ago, argh said:

Like American psycho, the movie doesn't do the books justice IMO

I am super interested in reading American Psycho. I found the movie fascinating. 

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27 minutes ago, argh said:

Good point. I'm not a short story person so that might have been it. The universe is great so a full on novel would have been my preference.

Well, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a novel. I should've been more clear. But some of his short stories are pretty haunting, like "Upon the Dull Earth" is one that's stuck with me. I get that not everyone likes short stories though.

Have you read The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin?

I could go on and on about books I love so I should probably shut up ...

 

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14 minutes ago, argh said:

Ah..it has also been a while for me. Maybe I'm thinking of another piece of his.

I'm at work, bored as shit as I'm a manager, and listening to my directs yell at each other is tirring.

So please do go on. I need to read a book to unwind later

China Mieville is wonderful if you're ok with weird. My faves, of the ones I have read, are The City and the City, Kraken, and The Last Days of New Paris. I still have to read Perdido Street Station.

Good luck at work. I need to go to the grocery store.

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Let me just warn anyone reading the thread that there are lots of detailed and graphic descriptions of violence and sexual violence in American Psycho and books don't come with content warnings or age restrictions.. they don't here anyway? I assume it's the same everywhere?

I want to tell you guys what I'm reading but I have this thing where I think if i tell people what i'm reading they'll figure out who I am.. .they is the government or google or people in the future when the laws have changed and are being applied retroactively or something.. and like I know, I read Glenn Greenwald's book I KNOW they already know who I am.. but still

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Currently cycling between (the ADD keeps me going from book to book but I always finish what I read eventually)...

Harbor (good so far)

Swan Song (long but worth a read)

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? (recommend)

The Last Policeman (it’s ok)

 The Neverending Story (Loved the first half, not liking the second half as much)

Roadside Picnic (recommend if you like sci-fi)

 

Recently finished that I recommend...

The Center Cannot Hold

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The Stand

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I'm just starting the Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.  I found her first book to be enrapturing (is that a word?), so I hope I enjo;y the second.  (it's not a sequel)

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1 hour ago, saintalto said:

 

Recently finished that I recommend...

The Center Cannot Hold

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The Stand

I loved The Center Cannot Hold, excellent book, author I greatly admire.

Also liked We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Stand (that is the Stephen King one I assume?  I am always up for a Stephen King, who isn't).

Keep posting recommendations, I am always looking for something good to read.  Currently stuck in John Connolly's Charlie Parker mysteries and I highly recommend, knowing I am on the last book makes me sad.

I looked at my library account just now and I'd forgotten I had let my teenage daughter check out a couple books on my card.  She has one called "The Legion of Regrettable Supervillians."  That is very intriguing I will have to ask about it.

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I’m reading Martin Eden by Jack London. It is a great tale. I really am enjoying it. Digital loan from my library.

I’m audiobook-ing it. It’s nearly a 15 hour audiobook! I’m over halfway through.

I just recently discovered that I can pay attention to audiobooks. Because I can do things while listening. Such as crocheting or cooking. It’s amazing to be able to have my books back! I used to study literature in college over a decade ago. I am 2 classes or 6 credits shy of my degree. But I’ll never obtain it, sadly, due to loan forgiveness.

Anyway, I can’t do regular books anymore because I can’t sit still and focus for the life of me (same goes for videos and TV, can’t do them). But music and audiobooks, I can handle!

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10 hours ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

I’m reading Martin Eden by Jack London. It is a great tale. I really am enjoying it. Digital loan from my library.

I’m audiobook-ing it. It’s nearly a 15 hour audiobook! I’m over halfway through.

I just recently discovered that I can pay attention to audiobooks. Because I can do things while listening. Such as crocheting or cooking. It’s amazing to be able to have my books back! I used to study literature in college over a decade ago. I am 2 classes or 6 credits shy of my degree. But I’ll never obtain it, sadly, due to loan forgiveness.

Anyway, I can’t do regular books anymore because I can’t sit still and focus for the life of me (same goes for videos and TV, can’t do them). But music and audiobooks, I can handle!

I am really happy for you :). Books are so important in my life, and that you found a new way to be able to enjoy them again is awesome.

Twice I dropped out of college mid-semester because of hospitalization and I was 5 credits from a degree for almost 20 years.  I was lucky enough to finish the credits when I was over 40- but in hindsight I really did all the work before those last credits.  So you have already gained the knowledge that goes into a college degree, even if you don't have the piece of paper.  

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