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Yeah the 3rd one is the best - Clockwork Princess. I'm glad I got to meet Cassie BEFORE the movie deal.

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I've read the first 3 Mortal Instruments books and quite liked them so I can't wait to read the prequels.

Currently reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

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Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny.

Set in a small village of Three Pines in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

Good mystery. Like how she weaves in the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life.


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The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. I wish I read this in high school because I would have taken Chemistry far more seriously.

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Finished Let's Pretend This Never Happened. It's hilarious. There were several points at which I was crying with laughter and my co-workers weren't sure if they should seek help for me.

I'm now reading Tesla: Man Out of Time. I've just reached the chapter where we (probably) find out that Edison is a complete douche.

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Finished Christian Nation, and while I liked some of the characters, the fear mongering was overwhelming. I take it the author is trying to take a page from the evangelical play book, but I don't know. It just seemed really forced and prescriptive.

Now I'm on to Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. So far it's a little slow, but it could be that I was trying to read while Wilson flipped back and forth between futbol and telenovelas.

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ...

have only read the first chapter but I love it already ... the last sentence of the chapter is -

Life, he thought, is a blatant act of imagination.

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ...

have only read the first chapter but I love it already ... the last sentence of the chapter is -

Life, he thought, is a blatant act of imagination.


I just finished this the other week. Liked it!


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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater!

I have a YA book blog if anyone's interested. http://booknomnoms.blogspot.com

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thanks, appifanie! I've liked the recent YA I've read but never know what new stuff to check out. With books in general, I tend to read by author but once I've read everything I can, I have a hard time deciding on new stuff. I for sure utilize the recommendations by folks here.

Just curious, how do you all pick your next reads?


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emmalv wrote:
Just curious, how do you all pick your next reads?


I have a massive 'to read' list on Goodreads, and I just work through whatever is available in the library. I add to my list based on recommendations from friends, newspapers, etc. I also browse other lists on Goodreads quite a bit - I'm trying to read more non-fiction these days, so often scroll through the non-fiction lists.

I've just read Neil Gaiman's 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' and Shirley Jackson's 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'. They were quite similar in terms of atmosphere - quite magical, poetic and dreamlike. I think Jackson's book was my favourite, it was such a gripping story and the world was so vivid. I'd never read any of her work before, now I'm keen to try some more.


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I can't be the only one reading MaddAddam, can I? It's so good!


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emmalv wrote:
Just curious, how do you all pick your next reads?


Have you heard of Yournextread.com? Its actually quite good:
http://www.yournextread.com/

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Fault in our Stars - have tissues ready!

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emmalv wrote:
thanks, appifanie! I've liked the recent YA I've read but never know what new stuff to check out. With books in general, I tend to read by author but once I've read everything I can, I have a hard time deciding on new stuff. I for sure utilize the recommendations by folks here.

Just curious, how do you all pick your next reads?


I like the recommendation function on Goodreads, but I also sometimes just really want to read about a certain topic and look up books about it. I also listen to podcasts that sometimes recommend a book, for example I decided to read The Poisoner's Handbook after listening to "Stuff You Missed In History Class" where they really recommend it. I also get assigned some really awesome books in school!

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I can't be the only one reading MaddAddam, can I? It's so good!


Aaaah! I just started a new term and I got a lot of reading to do/ a huge research paper, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to read it til Christmas break! I also got a few chapters left to The Robber Bride. And I wanted to reread Year Of The Flood too! But I'm super excited to read it and if I can budget the time I'm definitely picking it up soon.

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I can't be the only one reading MaddAddam, can I? It's so good!


I just got it and haven't started it yet, but it's next on my list! So excited!

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I discovered Elizabeth George the other day, a colleagues had given me some of her books and after ignoring them for more than a year I am now pretty hooked. I was up till 1am last night because I just want to know what happens! Which is why I normally just re-read books I know and love before bed, alas.

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Fault in our Stars - have tissues ready!



I loved that book! I read it in a day and a half I think. Yes to the tissues though!


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Anek wrote:
I discovered Elizabeth George the other day, a colleagues had given me some of her books and after ignoring them for more than a year I am now pretty hooked. I was up till 1am last night because I just want to know what happens! Which is why I normally just re-read books I know and love before bed, alas.


She's one of my favorite mystery writers though I haven't been able to get through the latest.

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emmalv wrote:
Just curious, how do you all pick your next reads?

Whatever strikes me fancy. Sometimes I get ideas from here from elsewhere, I find ideas of what to read next all over the place.

Have maybe 70 pages of the Reena Virk book.

Errol Flynn's memoir My Wicked, Wicked Ways is ready for me to pick up at the library. I also have David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon on Reserve and will read DN's second memoir Bring On the Empty Horses next. More old Hollywood! I think I'm gearing up for my classic movie cruise in December. Alex Trebek is going so there's prolly gonna be a trivia tournament. Finally, a place where all these biographies I read might come to use!

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I think I'm gearing up for my classic movie cruise in December. Alex Trebek is going so there's prolly gonna be a trivia tournament. Finally, a place where all these biographies I read might come to use!


This is so awesome.

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seitanicverses wrote:
I think I'm gearing up for my classic movie cruise in December. Alex Trebek is going so there's prolly gonna be a trivia tournament. Finally, a place where all these biographies I read might come to use!


This is so awesome.

I know, I am super excited about the cruise just in general! I figure if there is actually a trivia tournament on board, I will at least try out for it.

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I usually pick my books by going to the library and seeing what looks interesting.

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FootFace wrote:
I usually pick my books by going to the library and seeing what looks interesting.


See, this sounds like what a sane person would do. But me, I get there and am overwhelmed if the search is too free form, meaning I don't have a specific book, author, or genre in mind. So my method is to wander to an aisle that is not crowded and grab books based on the cover art, read the first page, rinse repeat. If the title seems like it could be snarky, I usually will give that the first page read. I rarely read the jacket.

Now that I have a kindle it is an entirely different book selecting process and I have yet to develop my method. Sigh. Stupid vast interwebz with all of its overwhelming choices and info.


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