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A Prayer for Owen Meany, I like it quite a bit so far. I was kind of underwhelmed by Men Explain Things to Me.

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I was kind of underwhelmed by Men Explain Things to Me.

I didn't realize it was a collection of essays I had already read.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany,


Oh, i started this last month (a Dutch translation my mother found for a dollar) but I kind of stopped before I reaaally started. Do you like it so far?

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A Prayer for Owen Meany, I like it quite a bit so far.

This is (probably) my favourite book of all time. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

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Duh, sorry, you obviously already said you liked it so far. Sorry for the double question. Maybe I'll start it again today.

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I wanted to start The Book of Life (third in the Discovery of witches trilogy) but I realized I don't remember what happened in the previous books so I need to re-read them both before getting on with this one.

In the meanwhile I finished Monk's Hood, a crime book (part of The Cadfael Chronicles) set in England in the 1130s. Cadfael is a soldier turned herbalist monk and in the series he investigates whatever goes on. It was really good! I am not sure how accurate the historical setting is, but to my ignorant self it sounded realistic.

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I was kind of underwhelmed by Men Explain Things to Me.

I didn't realize it was a collection of essays I had already read.


Exactly.

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Duh, sorry, you obviously already said you liked it so far. Sorry for the double question. Maybe I'll start it again today.



I read some more last night and I'm still really enjoying it. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!

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Anek wrote:
I wanted to start The Book of Life (third in the Discovery of witches trilogy) but I realized I don't remember what happened in the previous books so I need to re-read them both before getting on with this one.

In the meanwhile I finished Monk's Hood, a crime book (part of The Cadfael Chronicles) set in England in the 1130s. Cadfael is a soldier turned herbalist monk and in the series he investigates whatever goes on. It was really good! I am not sure how accurate the historical setting is, but to my ignorant self it sounded realistic.


There is a whole, long series. I haven't read all of them, but used to love them.

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Anek wrote:
I wanted to start The Book of Life (third in the Discovery of witches trilogy) but I realized I don't remember what happened in the previous books so I need to re-read them both before getting on with this one.

In the meanwhile I finished Monk's Hood, a crime book (part of The Cadfael Chronicles) set in England in the 1130s. Cadfael is a soldier turned herbalist monk and in the series he investigates whatever goes on. It was really good! I am not sure how accurate the historical setting is, but to my ignorant self it sounded realistic.


I'm in the same boat with The Magician as you are with the Discovery of Witches series. I think I'm just going to jump into the last book though, and re-read all three if I need to later. I feel like this read I just need to see what happens.

I plan on getting into the Discovery of Witches series next. :)

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A Prayer for Owen Meany, I like it quite a bit so far.

This is (probably) my favourite book of all time. I hope you continue to enjoy it!


I read this in high school as a summer reading book and I remember really loving it. I want to read it again someday when I have the attention span to read again (I was an English major in college, too much I suppose). I'd love to fall in love with reading again someday!

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The Orphan Master's Son audiobook, on recommendation from alice1derland. Really fascinating story of a kidnapper-turned spy-turned-imposter-turned-prisoner set in North Korea.

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A graphic novel called "Skim" by Mariko Tamaki ("Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques, and finding a way to be your own fully human self--are all explored in this brilliant collaboration by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.") The story was cute, the drawing beautiful.

I LOVE that book.


Yes, this is a great book! I have it, I should really re-read it.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany, I like it quite a bit so far.

This is (probably) my favourite book of all time. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

Me too! I LOVED this book. I did read it along time ago though...

Just finished Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. It only took me a day because I couldn't put it down. I thought it was a fantastic read and it is probably my favourite, so far, of all her books that I've read.


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I finished The Magician's Land on Friday night. It's funny, because it's pretty poorly written/edited. It has far too many references to other popular books, and I don't know--it just feels lazy? But that being said, I read it in two days, always felt concerned for the characters, and I'm glad that I read it.

Next up will probably be We Need New Names for book club or Unbroken.

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I just finished "Divergent" (it only took about five days) and started the next book in the series, "Insurgent". If you like dystopian YA books, you'll dig this series.

The Discovery of Witches series sounds neat, I will add it to my Goodreads list.

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... or Unbroken.



This book is AMAZING. I love it so much and buy it as gifts whenever I can.

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... or Unbroken.



This book is AMAZING. I love it so much and buy it as gifts whenever I can.

Who is this by? I'm getting a few hits in my library search.

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand if we're talking about the same one. A co-worker loves it so much she sent it to me, and she just asked if I got a chance to read it. Looks like it's up!

After some thought I realized that what I thought was 'lazy' in The Magician's Land was that the author did a lot of telling instead of 'show, don't tell.' There were some interesting bits that would have felt really good as the reader to put them together, but instead he just kind of told you.

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That's the one! The story is just incredible. The last person to read it had to text me every chapter to say "Oh my GOD, this is a great book."

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Russell T. McCutcheon's 'Manufacturing Religion'

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Still reading a song of ice and fire, and other stuff in between. Ian Macdonald: River of Gods was the last thing I finished, and now I started Stephen King: It. I remember being really scared by the miniseries as a teen, so we'll see how that goes.

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand if we're talking about the same one. A co-worker loves it so much she sent it to me, and she just asked if I got a chance to read it. Looks like it's up!

Thanks! It is on hold.

And thanks to the many people here and on Goodreads who recommended Americanah. I just finished it and have another of her books on hold.

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I just started rereading Slaughterhouse Five for the 5th or whatever time. I love Vonnegut.

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