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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Avra » Mar 15, 2019 2:19 pm

Re: Robin Hobb
I read a book of hers over 10 years ago at the library, and have wanted to reread it ever since. Unfortunately, I clean forgot a) the title and b) the author’s name. I just now rediscovered it: it was The Blue Sword!
I did this before with a book called The Best of All Possible World’s by Karen Lord. Thankfully, that only took me half a decade to rediscover, instead of the entire decade.
Anybody else ever done that?
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby flambeau » Mar 17, 2019 5:48 pm

Well, here I am, posting for the first time in *checks notes* almost four years. :ymblushing: I don't even know where to start on what I've been reading in that amount of time, so I guess I'll just give an update on what I've done so far this year. I'm planning on reading 52 books this year; I started out strong, lost all motivation in February for life-related reasons, and am just starting to get my reading feet under me again.

1: Caraval, Stephanie Garber. I can't say I was impressed. The story concept could have been cool, but I felt the execution was lacking and the author's prose was much too purple for my tastes. I won't be continuing the series. 2/5.
2: Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel. I enjoyed it well enough, but came away with more questions about the world-building than answers. Decent writing though, so I'll give it a 3.5/5.
3: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith. Creepy, but so, so good if you like dark and twisted characters. I enjoy them in moderation and Tom Ripley certainly makes an impression. 4/5.
4: Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear. I didn't find it engaging at first and I figured out the mystery plot pretty quickly, but I'm glad I stuck with it because I really liked the ending. Will be continuing the series. 4/5.
5: Close Range, Annie Proulx. I picked this one up at work because I was in the mood for short stories. The writing was very moody and atmospheric, but I didn't much care for the stories themselves. 3/5 because it kept my attention and distracted me from things I didn't want to think about.
6: This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab. I really enjoy Schwab's work and this was no exception. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters exist and humans fight one another for control, the question of what truly makes someone a monster is an appropriate one (this is a recurring theme in her work so if that's a question you find intriguing then I'd recommend giving her novels a try. Vicious is a personal favorite). 4/5.
7: The Archived, Victoria Schwab. Ghosthunting teenagers trying to solve a mystery that someone doesn't want them to solve. It was an enjoyable read and I've already borrowed the sequel from the library. 4/5.

The reading list never gets any shorter, but I'm hoping to make a dent in it. I miss the days when I could read 150 books in a year with no trouble.

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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby SnowAngel » Mar 18, 2019 1:09 pm

flambeau! :ymhug: It's so nice to see on you on the forum. :)

Due to family stuff it took longer for me to finish The Sky Above Us than I thought possible, but I did finish it Sunday afternoon. I liked Adler and Violet better than Wyatt and Dorothy (main characters in The Sea Before Us), but I think the pacing of the plot was better in The Sea Before Us. Love/hate the parallel stories in each book of the series, if all the books are available to would be super cool...but now it's almost a year until the final book will be released and I need to know now how the brothers are all three reconciled. /:)

My next fiction read is Searching For You (Orphan Train #3) by Jody Hedlund.

Still reading Spearhead by Adam Makos, it's harder to read than most of the WWII nonfiction I have read. It's very well written, just a hard subject. The people seem more real in this book than a lot of what I've read and oh, there are so many deaths.

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