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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby fantasia » Aug 02, 2019 8:00 pm

It's funny seeing what books my kids really attach to.

My four-year-old daughter just LOVED Charlotte's Web (which I just finished last week). I started Homer Price this week and my six-year-old son can't get enough of it. ;))
For those who have read it, there's a chapter in there with doughnuts so we had to go get some doughnuts this afternoon to eat while we finished that chapter up. ;))

Meanwhile, I've picked up a book (there's a VERY long story behind this that I'll spare you from) called Essential Writings on Church History. It's more or less a compilation of what the title says. Thankfully it's broken into tiny sections so I can get through it ;)) But church history between the Bible and Now is something I've always been interested in learning about, but know absolutely nothing about. I just finished the section called the Martyrdom of Polycarp, which was excellent. I've heard the story before, though I didn't remember names or locations or anything like that, so it was great to read the actual historical account.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby SnowAngel » Aug 07, 2019 8:14 pm

I have very fond memories of my dad reading Homer Price and Centerburg Tales when I was a kid, although we never had donuts with it. Sound like fun. :D

Oh, Essential Writings on Church History sounds a neat book, fantasia! I'm going to have to look into that one.

I got several more graphic novels for the siblings, but will be sending most of them back to the library. I did get a Pride and Prejudice graphic novel via the library, told Scarlet it's totally the way to read classics and no surprise that she gave me that big sister look as only big sisters do (I myself have given it to my younger sisters more than a few times). I enjoyed reading it and then it the rounds with the younger siblings :) I'm now reading a Sense and Sensibility graphic novel and I'm thinking a viewing of the 1995 movie is going to be on my to-do list. :)

I got Bluffton via interlibrary loan, Col Klink, I haven't look through it yet...but it is on my to-do list.

In the last couple of weeks, I have read Caleb Breakey's debut novel, The String, and Dani Pettrey's latest, The Killing Tide. The String was okay at times it bordered on horror and I didn't care for that. The Killing Tide was actually what I expect from Dani Pettrey - romantic suspense.

I started reading Knox by Susan May Warren, but had to return it yesterday do to there being a hold on it and it's the only copy in the library system. I have placed another hold on it, should have it back in a couple of weeks. If I had only started it a day or two sooner I would have had it finished.

I'm not really into ereaders, but I won a Kindle at my library! Picked it up today, I'm currently setting it up. I will probably use it for listening to audiobooks via Hoopla (and my favorite radio show Wretched). :)

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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Cleander » Aug 08, 2019 2:51 pm

Oh yes! Homer Price is the only book I know that has the ability to give me an insane craving for donuts! What I wouldn't give to get my hands on that donut machine... OK, I'll avoid giving spoilers here. :D

Just finished my speed-read of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. (It took me about a week. The book is rather huge, and my weekend was busy.) Hilarious story about a fat old gentleman,his group of friends, and their adventures in the countryside and cities of England, with a brief stopover in one of the last debtor's prisons in the UK. (I never realized how qualified Dickens was to write about debtor's prisons until I learned that he spent most of his young life working to get his father out of one. :( )
The book also contains a weird prototype of The Christmas Carol, in the form of a short story about a misanthropic old church sexton who gets kidnapped by goblins as punishment for his grouchy behavior at Christmas. He is then shown "visions" that cause him to reform... much like a certain old moneylender.
I've now begun Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose. Lewis and Clark's adventures always interested me, and this seems to be the most detailed story I've seen on the subject, so I'm looking forward to getting into it.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Ryadian » Aug 13, 2019 12:39 pm

daughter of the King wrote:It is certainly very easy to tell that the first Mistborn trilogy is some of Sanderson's early work. The second Mistborn series is much better. But that's one reason why I keep reading Sanderson: his writing is noticeably getting better with each thing he publishes.

Good to know. ;)) I've been thinking about picking up some Brian Sanderson's books at the recommendation of my former roommate. I haven't started yet for two reasons: one, I'm not quite sure where to start, and two, I've been busy with the rest of my reading list. ;))

Speaking of which, I've been listening to an audiobook of The Silmarillion. I tried to read the book back in 6th grade, but I don't think I made it past chapter 1, so now I'm starting over with an audiobook. ;)) That may have been a mistake, however - it can be really hard to keep track of all the names and places without being able to read them! I'll admit, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going into it - I'd expected an entire book of appendices, and only realized after starting that there was a narrative of sorts to it. So far I am enjoying it, though I've decided The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy are going to have to be next on my reading list so that I can put everything together.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby daughter of the King » Aug 13, 2019 2:15 pm

Ryadian wrote:I haven't started yet for two reasons: one, I'm not quite sure where to start, and two, I've been busy with the rest of my reading list.

Sanderson's site has a helpful guide.

My personal recommendations are Warbreaker if you want to jump into his fantasy. Mistborn if you want to start a series (and if you're bored or frustrated, skip to the second series. There are spoilers for the first series, but it shouldn't be confusing.) The Way of Kings is also the start of a very good series, but those books are an intimidating length. Skyward or Steelheart if you want sci-fi. The Rithmatist if you want to join us fans in bemoaning the current lack of a sequel to one of his best books. :p
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