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AverageAquarist22

Reading is one of my favorite things to do! I could do it all day every day, hehe… right now I’m working on Becoming by Michelle Obama, the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, The Hobbit (which I’m re-reading so I can start the Lord of the Rings series), Little Women, The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, Mary Oliver poetry, and a few others that I’m probably forgetting. When I read I like to alternate between books in case I get bored of one lol. Soon I’m hoping to re-read the Harry Potter series because it’s been a while since I’ve read them. Some of my favorite books include Watership Down by Richard Adams, Lord of the Flies, the Eragon series by Chris Colfer, and The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubraker Bradly. Has anyone else read any good books lately? What are your favorite, or least favorite books? I started to read the Twilight saga and was not impressed, I quit after I was about 1/4 of the way through the first book…anyway, I thought it’d be cool to make a book thread and see what some of you guys like to read! Maybe we can nerd out on our favorite books together :)
 

sofiav

I have no books going right now, I’m super busy with work and family stuff. Then I have to go back to school in the fall too.

I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I can’t even use words to describe how amazing it was. Amazing in the sense of heart wrenching. Some people will describe authors as painting pictures with words, but she paints emotions with words. I cried so many times, and I couldn’t read the next book because it literally tore out my heart, ripped it apart and stomped on it. But in a good way I mean. It made me so sad but that’s the best kind of book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is dystopian, action packed, romance, and heart wrenching. My words don’t even begin to justify how amazing that book was. I highly highly highly recommend you guys put this in your list of books to read.
I've been wanting to read that since I saw the author on tiktok! It seems like a really good book I'll add it to the top of my list :)
 
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Rose of Sharon

The Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher are good, if you like sorceres, vampiers, and the like (the main character is a wizard).

If you like that subject matter, you might also enjoy Charlaine Harris' True Blood series, too.
 
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AverageAquarist22

I just finished Ruin and Rising, the third book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy.. it was soooo good! All the characters were so skillfully created, and I loved how Leigh Bardugo based the cultures off of real world cultures just to make it that much more real. At the end of Ruin and Rising there was a prequel short story based off the Darkling’s life and it was amazing. My only complaint is that there weren’t any major Tider characters..! Anyway, I highly highly recommend this trilogy, it’s awesome. Now I just have to get my hands on the Six of Crows and the Language of Thorns…
 
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StarGirl

I just finished Ruin and Rising, the third book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy.. it was soooo good! All the characters were so skillfully created, and I loved how Leigh Bardugo based the cultures off of real world cultures just to make it that much more real. At the end of Ruin and Rising there was a prequel short story based off the Darkling’s life and it was amazing. My only complaint is that there weren’t any major Tider characters..! Anyway, I highly highly recommend this trilogy, it’s awesome. Now I just have to get my hands on the Six of Crows and the Language of Thorns…
Is the show anything like the book? The show was Fantastic! The best new Netflix show in a long time.
 
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AverageAquarist22

I’m not sure! I haven’t watched the show, and honestly I really don’t plan on it.. I don’t like watching movies/ shows that were originally books because I feel like it can ruin the way readers imagine the worlds and characters themselves. Also, I just got tired of being disappointed by the way they portrayed magic and such in the Harry Potter movies. They never do books justice! :)
 
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Rose of Sharon

This is what I am NOT reading - got a notice from Amazon about this book because I sometimes look for books about bettas to see what's out there

A Complete Guide to Bettas - price tag, a measly $1,100.19

And this particular version was published in 1987 (really current, right). And get this - it's a paperback!!!!

For that price, the pages should all be etched in gold
 
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AverageAquarist22

Just finished Michelle Obama‘s book a few days ago and forgot to post about it- it’s so good!!! I highly recommend it. It was such an inspiring book and I loved reading about all the changes and causes Michelle Obama made and fought for. Also, just started re-reading the Harry Potter series (I finished the 7th book in 6th grade so I barely remember anything.) I feel like I’m in for a treat, lol. For anyone who’s a fan of Narnia-type books (or the Decemberists band,) I recommend Wildwood. It has a very Narnia-like feel to it, and it’s written by Colin Meloy, the lead singer/ guitarist in the Decemberists!
 
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BigManAquatics

Currently reading the Chaoswar trilogy from Raymond Feist.
 
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Jerome O'Neil

I usually have two or three going at the same time. I read primarily history and science fiction. Lately it's been a ton of history, focused on Ulysses S Grant. I just finished re-reading the Bruce Catton biography after finally finding a copy of Volume 1. I am about halfway through Grant's memoirs, and just got a copy of his wife's, Julia, as well.

One of the more under sung, genuine romances in history was Sam and Julia Grant. Their letters to each other have been published in separate volumes. I haven't read them, but they are in some ways the only record we have of the internal mind of a notoriously reserved man.
This is what I am NOT reading - got a notice from Amazon about this book because I sometimes look for books about bettas to see what's out there

A Complete Guide to Bettas - price tag, a measly $1,100.19

And this particular version was published in 1987 (really current, right). And get this - it's a paperback!!!!

For that price, the pages should all be etched in gold

I was just looking at a 1st edition of "Counsel for the Damned," the biography of George Vanderveer, who was a turn of the century attorney who represented the Wobblies in some very unpopular cases.

The book store owner wouldn't sell it to me as it was part of his personal collection. When I googled it up, it was going for anywhere between $500 and $700.

And I'd do it, too, if my wife wouldn't kill me.
 
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BigManAquatics

I usually have two or three going at the same time. I read primarily history and science fiction. Lately it's been a ton of history, focused on Ulysses S Grant. I just finished re-reading the Bruce Catton biography after finally finding a copy of Volume 1. I am about halfway through Grant's memoirs, and just got a copy of his wife's, Julia, as well.

One of the more under sung, genuine romances in history was Sam and Julia Grant. Their letters to each other have been published in separate volumes. I haven't read them, but they are in some ways the only record we have of the internal mind of a notoriously reserved man.


I was just looking at a 1st edition of "Counsel for the Damned," the biography of George Vanderveer, who was a turn of the century attorney who represented the Wobblies in some very unpopular cases.

The book store owner wouldn't sell it to me as it was part of his personal collection. When I googled it up, it was going for anywhere between $500 and $700.

And I'd do it, too, if my wife wouldn't kill me.
Books i have a hard time collecting. Me and the public library system are on very friendly terms!! And if it isn't a library book, i usually donate them to the little free libraries throughout my neighborhood.
 
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Jerome O'Neil

Books i have a hard time collecting. Me and the public library system are on very friendly terms!! And if it isn't a library book, i usually donate them to the little free libraries throughout my neighborhood.

I have a small collection of 1st edition Zane Grays, and a number of hard to find history books. I also have some author signed books, and a few written by friends. Generally, I give most of what I read back to Half Price Books, though, or to anyone that wants them. I would love to have a giant library filled with book shelves, but I would simply get buried like a bad episode of Hoarders if I didn't.

That copy of Volume 1 of the Bruce Catton biography ("Captain Sam Grant"), for example was hard to find. It wasn't written by Bruce Catton. Lloyd Lewis wrote it and then died. Catton finished the trilogy from Lewis' notes.

Which is why I couldn't find it. :D
 
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AverageAquarist22

I managed to get my hands on Aquascaping by George Farmer and Sunken Gardens by Karen A. Randall. Haven’t read Randall’s book yet, but I’m in the middle of George Farmer’s. It’s pretty good! I have a decent library, lol :p
 
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betta06

Divergent, re-reading Twilight, Miss peregrines home for peculiar children, and bad girls don't die.
 
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AverageAquarist22

Divergent, re-reading Twilight, Miss peregrines home for peculiar children, and bad girls don't die.
Ooh, Divergent is really good! Also off topic but I just realized we have the same signature, lol I should probably change mine so I’m not copying you :)
 
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betta06

Ooh, Divergent is really good! Also off topic but I just realized we have the same signature, lol I should probably change mine so I’m not copying you :)
yeah I am really liking its far! also there is no need to change your signature!
 
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AverageAquarist22

Has anyone ever gotten super mad at a book they’re reading? I’m reading Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo right now (an extension of the GrishaVerse series, but with different characters) and I got so upset at a turn of events that I had to put it down… I think I will take a break from this book for a few days. This is what happens when you get so attached to certain characters lol :mad:
 
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ProudPapa

Has anyone ever gotten super mad at a book they’re reading? I’m reading Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo right now (an extension of the GrishaVerse series, but with different characters) and I got so upset at a turn of events that I had to put it down… I think I will take a break from this book for a few days. This is what happens when you get so attached to certain characters lol :mad:

Like when George R R Martin kills off my favorite characters?
 
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BigManAquatics

Has anyone ever gotten super mad at a book they’re reading? I’m reading Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo right now (an extension of the GrishaVerse series, but with different characters) and I got so upset at a turn of events that I had to put it down… I think I will take a break from this book for a few days. This is what happens when you get so attached to certain characters lol :mad:
I only get upset at books when the characters act like complete knuckleheads. Pretty much the same on here and regular life!!
 
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Jerome O'Neil

Has anyone ever gotten super mad at a book they’re reading? I’m reading Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo right now (an extension of the GrishaVerse series, but with different characters) and I got so upset at a turn of events that I had to put it down… I think I will take a break from this book for a few days. This is what happens when you get so attached to certain characters lol :mad:
Characterization doesn't do it for me, but plain old bad writing will. I am hard pressed to not finish a book if I start it, and I occasionally do a science-fiction binge where I buy the entirety of a series and read the whole thing. I did that with The Expanse and it was fantastic. I did that with Tad William's "Otherland" and all it did was make me want to kick Tad Williams in the... uh, shins.

Every chapter was like "It has to get better...."
 
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Cue

I’ve been reading diagnosis lately. Interesting book, I definitely recommend it for anyone who’s fond of how our weird bodies break.
 
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ProudPapa

I just started rereading John R. Maxim's Bannerman series. It's been a long time, but I remember enjoying it, though I read it out of order before.
 
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AverageAquarist22

I just started re-reading Christopher Paolini‘s Inheritance Cycle! this is gonna take a while… each book is at least 500 pages long :/
 
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