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I have read some interesting books over the last year. * This means I truly liked it.

It (reread), Rose Madder, Cell, Lisey' Story - Stephen King
The Bell Jar* - Sylvia Plath
The Underground Man* - Mick Jackson
Immortals - Tracy Hickman
Haunted, Survivor *, Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
The Beginning Place, The Lathe Of Heaven, The Word For World Is Forest, Four Ways To Forgiveness, Very Far Away From Anywhere Else - Ursula K Le Guin
The Grapes Of Wrath, Sweet Thursday, The Pastures Of Heaven, The Winter Of Our Discontent* - John Steinbeck
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey (I was addicted to this one and read it all in one sitting)
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy (reread), Shadowmarch tetralogy - Tad Williams
One Hundred Years Of Solitude* - Gabriel García Márquez
The Green Knight - Iris Murdoch
Of Human Bondage* - W. Somerset Maugham
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Sons and Lovers, The Virgin and The Gypsy - D. H. Lawrence
The Manhatten Hunt Club - John Saul
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
Death Gate Cycle series - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


I am now reading Weaveworld - Clive Barker.


So what are you reading?
  1. Ankala Teaweed's Avatar
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    Athelas, I totally enjoyed it. This writer has his own style--he was a crimes journalist himself--and he writes very well. I look forward to a book 5?

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    Ankala: Ok, perhaps I'll give it a go after I've read 2 and 3 :)
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    finished the Dragonlance book and restarted Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War."

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    Given up on 'Foundation' (too confusing and sexist) and 'Girl who Played with Fire' (my tocophobia radar is going off) for now. I've started reading 'North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell, it's a much easier and friendlier read.
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  5. What attracted you to reading North & South Athelas​?

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    I am currently re-reading the Wheel of Time and I am about halfway through "The Fires of Heaven" which is perhaps my second favourite in the series. After I have finished that book I will take a break from the series and start reading "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" if only to say that I have done it. I have the latest book by Terry Brooks on standby also and I am eagerly anticipating the final novel in Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages.

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    Ta'leus: I bought my copy for a uni course that I didn't complete so I've had it on my bookshelf for a while. I've seen the tv adaptation with Richard Armitage in it (so hot ;)) and enjoyed it so I thought I'd give the book a go.
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  8. Well I might have to check out the book. I don't know if I can attest to the hotness of Richard in that tv adaptation but I do like him as in actor in everything I've seen him in (except the Hobbit) so I might have to check that out too! Haha.

  9. I love Dragonlance, Ankala! It was there for me after Middle-earth and I'm still reading the books! Right now I'm focusing on Dragons of the Highlord Skies and Amber and Blood. The books are still in print but none new are being made anymore?

    I love The Wheel of Time, Ta'leus! I'm reading Winter's Heart currently.

    I still need to finish the North & South miniseries starring Richard Armitage but I love the North & South miniseries based off John Jakes' Civil War-centered books.

    I've completed Forever Odd and now I'm reading Brother Odd. Making my way through The Legend of Drizzt: Sojourn again and have started reading the horrible script which is Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.
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    I'm currently reading ASOIAF because most people say that things happen differently in the books when compared to the TV show and I got curious. I'm still in the earlier chapters of the first book of the series.

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    yeah, Beren, the Dragonlances have been interesting!
    I had never read any of this series before. As it is, I picked up 3 at second hand stores, so the story bounced forward in time (ha) but I would pick up some of the others at some point.

    I am about 1/3 through Haldeman's The Forever War. Almost finished Half Earth by Wilson(?).
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    Some of my summer reads...

    Finished ASOIAF, by George R.R. Martin. Waiting patiently for, The Winds of Winter. *sends out good vibes to Mr. Martin and hopes he continues writing*

    It’s unclear when Martin will finish “The Winds of Winter,” but he assured his fans that he’ll keep at it. “Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing. Chapter at a time. Page at a time. Word at a time,” he wrote. “That’s all I know how to do.”

    Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms, by George R.R. Martin. Loved Dunk!!

    Refreshed my memory and reread all 3 Abarat's, by Clive Barker, in anticipation of volumes 4 and 5.*grin*

    Beautiful You, by Chuck Palahniuk

    Servant Of The Bones, by Ann Rice

    I am currently reading Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk.

    The first, Odd Thomas, wasn't bad. The next one got to much into the mystery genre for my liking. Glad you are enjoying them, Aig!!

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    I just finished A Game of Thrones. I don't know what the next one is called but my friend is supposed to lend it to me in two days and I'm thinking about asking him if I can just get it tomorrow.

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    I'm still reading 'North and South', I'm halfway through. I started reading 'The Silmarillion' for book club, I'm a third of the way through. And after those two books I'll either read 'A Dance with Dragons: Part 2' or 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins that I bought the other day. I just finished listening to an audiobook of 'Anne of Green Gables' and am now listening to 'Fangirl' (my fav novel atm); after that I will listen to 'Avalon High'.
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    Just finished 'North and South' this morning. I also finished 'The Sil'. Now I'm reading Aduchil's 'The Eagle's Flight' and 'Beowulf'. Also reading some non-fiction soon; I've chosen Helen Mirren's autobiography 'In the Frame'; she's a strong, inspirational woman, I need female role models such as her in my life seeing that I lack them. Yesterday I read some Anglo-Saxon poems. Still listening to 'Fangirl'.
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  16. How goes your Dragonlance reading by now, Ankala? I'd like to recommend The Kingpriest Trilogy by Chris Pierson for you. That Dragonlance trilogy takes place in the far past of Kyrnn, chroncling the rise and fall of the Kingpriest and the subsequent Cataclysm which is mentioned so often in DL novels.

    Drifa, I've finished both Brother Odd and Odd Hours (Odd's heart went to a dark place at the end of that book!) recently. I've started reading Odd Interlude yesterday.

    Athelas, do you mean John Jakes' North & South Trilogy or do you mean Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South novel?
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    Beren: I mean Gaskell's novel. I enjoyed it but prob won't read it again so I'm going to lend it to a friend.
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  18. Currently I'm rereading through the Harry Potter series. I just finished The Goblet of Fire tonight and I'm gonna start of The Order of the Phoenix once I finish up my rounds of posting. So...hours from now...haha.

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    another Dragonlance book, this time The Second Generation by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hicks. Fun Stuff.

    also, "Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit. Short essay, funny and hard hitting at the same time.

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    I recently joined the Book of the Month Club in an effort to read more new books and more consistently. I gave a subscription to my mom for her birthday as a way for us to stay connected now that I'm living farther from her than I have in years.

    The book we chose this month was Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. It was very engaging and readable and dealt with highly relevant issues in today's world from a perspective we don't often hear. I highly recommend it!

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    This week I read 'Brave New World' (one of my fav novels) and 'Brave New World Revisited' for book club. Just about finished Helen Mirren's autobio. And reading some Shakespeare because with 'BNW' and Mirren's autobio I've been reading a lot about Shakespeare so am keen to dive in and enjoy the Bard; I'm starting with 'The First Part of Henry the Sixth'.
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    I've now finished Mirren's autobiography and I also read 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins; I greatly enjoyed both of them. I also finished 'Henry the Sixth' and am now reading 'The Taming of the Shrew'. Started reading 'Les Mis' yesterday; it's slow but I think by the time I'm finished I will have greatly enjoyed it. I'm waiting on two books I bought online: Mary Renault's bio and 'TH' First Facsimile Ed; I'll read them in the near future.
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    I'm currently reading a Clive Cussler novel called The Solomon Curse. What happened to King Loc's palace on Guadalcanal sounds quite similar to what happened to Numenor in Middle-earth (though the gods didn't sink the entire island, just the islets in the bay that the palace was built on). Punished by the gods for arrogance and weath? Sound familiar? Since I love sea tales, I've read quite a few Clive Cussler novels, including The Navigator, Blue Gold, The Skeleton Coast and a few others that I can't remember the names of at the moment.

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    R.A. Salvatore The Two Swords
    Virginia Woolf A Room of Her Own
    Steven Erikson Gardens of the Moon: book one of the Malazan book of the fallen

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    I'm really enjoying George R.R. Martin's series Game of Thrones. I'm currently on the second book, A Clash of Kings. Well written and incredible story line.

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    I'm glad you're enjoying it Valanna, it's one of my fav fantasy series. I'm still reading 'Les Mis', just over 3/5ths of the way through. And on Friday I read 'Nimona' a comic book by Noelle Stevenson, it was a good story and I love her drawing style.
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    I finished 'Les Mis' a couple of weeks ago. Then I read Mary Renault's biography; it was a good read. Now I'm reading 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' also by Victor Hugo (the author of 'Les Mis'); I should really read something a little lighter considering that I only just finished 'Les Mis'.
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    I've read so much over the past few weeks that it's a blur. I finished 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' but I'm not sure if it's the kind of book I'd read again. Then I read H. Rider Haggard's 'King Solomon's Mines', half of 'Njal's Saga', then 'Obernewtyn' book 1, 'Throne of Glass' book 1, and then 'Crown of Midnight' (2nd 'ToG' novel). I'm currently reading 'The Farseekers' (2nd 'Obernewtyn' novel) and 'Surprised by Joy' by C.S. Lewis.
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    I finished reading Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk. So so....

    I read Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin. I really enjoyed this book.

    The last couple of months off and on I have been reading, Martin Chuzzlewit,by Charles Dickens - ' Ecod'! What a book I have just read and finished! It had sentences that required me to look up every second word in the dictionary. But for the most part it was quite a delightful read and I am glad I read it.




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    Athelas - I was interested to read what you thought of North and South. I've read it but I must admit, I prefer the TV adaptation. Gaskell admitted that she was forced to rush the ending and didn't get to include a lot more that she wanted to (like trying to help Frederick). So the TV series added some more into the story, such as the visit to the Great Exhibition. Also I felt the TV series made Margaret a lot less unlikable than she came across in the book.

    I recently finished re-reading For The Term Of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke. It's actually my favourite book (sorry Tolkien) but it's one hell of a commitment to read so I've only read it twice. I love the strong element of coincidence that follows all the characters.

    Now I'm onto Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

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    Laitaine: on N and S, I enjoyed it but prob wouldn't read it again as I wrote above. I agree with you about the tv show being better even if the reason is because it has Richard Armitage in it *blushes*.
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    Remembering halfir by learning more each day

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    I've given up on 'the Farseekers' and have finished 'Surprised by Joy'. I'm now reading 'Heir of Fire' by Sarah J. Maas.
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    Now reading 'The glass key' by Dashiell Hammett
    Remembering halfir by learning more each day

    Death comes to all
    But great achievements raise a monument
    Which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
    George Fabricius, 'In Praise of Georgius Agricola'

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    Just finished yesterday 'Heir of Fire' ('Throne of Glass' book 3) and am now reading 'Deadly Unna?' by Aussie author Phillip Gwynne. Waiting for the alliterative 'Morte Arthure' and Carpenter's 'The Inklings' to come in the mail.
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    Given up on 'Deadly, Unna?' It's a racist piece of refuse; you never kill off the black guy, that's wrong. Now I'm reading Carpenter's 'The Inklings' and 'Queen of Shadows' ('Throne of Glass' book4).
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