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Best Books of 2017 - Results
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What Books Are You Reading This Week? January 15, 2018
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Margaret Atwood denies being a "Bad Feminist" for defending due process
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Hilarious short quote about how Maurice Sendak (author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) received what he calls the highest form of compliment by a child fan who wrote him.
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My dream job is to own and operate an independent book store/cafe. How unrealistic is this?
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A UK academic translated Ancient Egyptian stories into English for the first time and they've been published as a story collection by Penguin
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"Fragments of book recovered from wreck of Blackbeard's ship"
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Fahrenheit 451 is an amazing book! (Spoilers?)
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In honor of Dr. King, here's an archive of primary documents related to his life. Share, grow, empower.
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Place to buy missing dust jackets?
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(Blue) Monday inspiration: Hunter S. Thompson on finding your purpose
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What books have you purchased lately?
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Who decides what is classed as “literary fiction” and how?
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The Shape of Water Novel Does Much, Much More Than Adapt the Movie
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What is the lowest average score on Goodreads for a book you gave 5 stars?
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The Ocean at the end of the lane - Neil Gaiman
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What is the most random sentence/phrase you'll always remember from a book?
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Just read Slaughterhouse-Five for the first time yesterday
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The Picture of Dorian Gray and its striking similarities to. . . The Prequels
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The Great Gatsby hated himself
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What is the highest rated book on Goodreads which was universally liked/loved [4 stars or higher] but which you hated [2 stars or lower]?
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I just finished reading The Grapes of Wrath, I have some things to say.
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Funny article about working at Powell's in Portland
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I have 150 books to sell. anyone have any experience with selling to HPB?
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Was anyone else a bit disappointed with what happened to the Anita Blake-vampire hunter series?
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How do you keep track of publication dates for books in series' that you're reading?
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Reading Borges with a dictionary
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[Discussion] Have you read "My Work Is Not Yet Done"? What do you think of it?
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How to battle a sleepy head while reading.
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Best Writers That Are That Good You Don’t Even Need To Care About Their Storylines?
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, what is it really about?
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Albert Camus - The Plague
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I read many books in English, but none in my native language
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Martin Luther King
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What is the lowest rated book on Goodreads that you have read and what did you rate it?
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Best examples of genre fiction
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Sync Kindle e-Reader and Moon+ Reader Pro app?
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Small spoiler, maybe)
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[Review] Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull
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I just finished chapter 2 of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and I'm crying now.
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Feeling after completing a book
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Need help finding an old edition of Peter Pan for my friend.
7 Skratchey I think it comes from the fact that you put that deadline on yourself. I have never been able to enjoy a book if there was one on me.
6 WiseOctopus You're probably just reading the wrong books. Find the kind of book you like and read more of that. Forget the deadlines for a while. Don't force yourself to finish a book you're not enjoying.
4 Archerfenris Just because a book is a classic doesn't mean you are required to enjoy it. As a writer myself, who had force many a classic, I stopped trying to care about them after a while when I enjoyed junk fantasy novels more.
2 Afrocrow You really have to find something that interests you enough to connect with the plight of the characters. It is a challenge for a writer. How do they interest you in an android and a huma's relationship? If you can't empathise with the characters then it makes for tedious reading. So what interests you? Are you really that into fiction? If you are then is it sci fi? Horror? Maybe not. For me I like non fiction. I like to read about people and place that I feel I can connect with. Reading fantasy or crime novels doesn't light a spark in my imagination. What types of books have you enjoyed in the past? Did you love Wild Swans? Do you find yourself browsing the adult fiction aisles at the book store, or do you discover your fingers paging through the graphic novels before you put them down and wander off to find something classic like Dickens? Long story long, find a subject that interests you and try that.
1 Dos_Manos What are you interested in reading? Try some non-fiction, try some more contemporary literary stuff. Try some translated work from South America. It's a big world out there...
1 serralinda73 You need to figure out what it is you're looking for in a book. Unfortunately, the only way to really do that is to keep trying new books until you find one that really clicks, then you can figure out what it has that the others didn't - might be a certain type of protagonist, or a certain pacing, or some humor, or something else. Maybe a thriller or mystery (even within a scifi/fantasy setting) might work. At least to get you started. I'll suggest Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan - it's fast-paced cyberpunk, violent, with a mystery to solve and lots of action, but also some interesting ideas running through it. And it's going to be a Netflix series very soon. Both of those you mentioned are well-regarded, but certainly not for everyone. You might explore some other genres and nonfiction - Bill Bryson's A History of Nearly Everything, Shogun by James Clavell, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block.
1 Convolutionist What have been some books that you've *really* enjoyed in the past, if there are any that you think hooked you. There might be something particular that you liked in addition to the premise/world and setting, and you could look at other books similar to them in writing styles, worldbuilding, etc.
1 marji4x I find that there are very few books that appeal to me - I always assumed my tastes were just my tastes and that was that. But maybe I need to cultivate them? I feel that when a good book DOES come along, it's a true pleasure. I feel that good books are just very, very rare.
1 Woohoo451 Read something published more recently. I found it somewhat refreshing after reading a bunch of classics.
1 aledaml I would agree with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. What I've found is sometimes it's just not time for me to read a book yet. If it's not holding my attention I'll put it away and come back to it in a few months. About half the time I end up loving it (Cloud Atlas is a great example).
1 wrdsmakwrlds I felt the same way about said two books, so relax it's not just you. Personally, "Flow my tears the policeman said" was way better and shorter, also "Through a scanner darkly" were much more readable and moving. One of these days you'll pick up a book that really connects with you and you'll be drawn into reading again. I have always felt that DH Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Alice walker, etc. write just for me. Stop reading for a while, don't Saturate your palette with too much material, watch more movies, draw, make shitty art..read when you feel the need to otherwise it becomes unwanted.
1 danellender There's a sense in which a reader 'buys into' a book. I think this is why series are so successful. Once you accept a writer's world, their word choices, etc, you get comfortable in it like a pair of shoes. Take Grisham, for example. All his earlier novels have this feel. Give yourself however much time you need for this to happen. And if a book or writer doesn't fit, try another.
1 DarkSoulsSauron An example I can provide in a different medium is Mass Effect: I loathed the gameplay of Mass Effect and despite my best efforts I COULD NOT stand the slog. I completed it because I wanted to set up a continuity for the sequel, which had much better game play, but by the time I'd sunk 50 hours into ME1 I had such a loathing for the franchise I couldn't complete the other two. Set yourself a bench mark: if you aren't hooked by the time you're through 25% of the book's chapters, reset your timer and accept the book isn't for you. Finishing anything just to get it done never feels satisfying. I also dunno how fast a reader you are, but 2 weeks seems like a short amount of time for a decent novel unless you have LOTS of free time, so if all your down time away from work and responsibilities is a book you're just not into, you're really not relaxing when you need it most.
8 0 Skratchey I think it comes from the fact that you put that deadline on yourself. I have never been able to enjoy a book if there was one on me.
5 0 WiseOctopus You're probably just reading the wrong books. Find the kind of book you like and read more of that. Forget the deadlines for a while. Don't force yourself to finish a book you're not enjoying.
4 0 Archerfenris Just because a book is a classic doesn't mean you are required to enjoy it. As a writer myself, who had force many a classic, I stopped trying to care about them after a while when I enjoyed junk fantasy novels more.
2 0 Afrocrow You really have to find something that interests you enough to connect with the plight of the characters. It is a challenge for a writer. How do they interest you in an android and a huma's relationship? If you can't empathise with the characters then it makes for tedious reading. So what interests you? Are you really that into fiction? If you are then is it sci fi? Horror? Maybe not. For me I like non fiction. I like to read about people and place that I feel I can connect with. Reading fantasy or crime novels doesn't light a spark in my imagination. What types of books have you enjoyed in the past? Did you love Wild Swans? Do you find yourself browsing the adult fiction aisles at the book store, or do you discover your fingers paging through the graphic novels before you put them down and wander off to find something classic like Dickens? Long story long, find a subject that interests you and try that.
1 0 Dos_Manos What are you interested in reading? Try some non-fiction, try some more contemporary literary stuff. Try some translated work from South America. It's a big world out there...
1 0 serralinda73 You need to figure out what it is you're looking for in a book. Unfortunately, the only way to really do that is to keep trying new books until you find one that really clicks, then you can figure out what it has that the others didn't - might be a certain type of protagonist, or a certain pacing, or some humor, or something else. Maybe a thriller or mystery (even within a scifi/fantasy setting) might work. At least to get you started. I'll suggest Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan - it's fast-paced cyberpunk, violent, with a mystery to solve and lots of action, but also some interesting ideas running through it. And it's going to be a Netflix series very soon. Both of those you mentioned are well-regarded, but certainly not for everyone. You might explore some other genres and nonfiction - Bill Bryson's A History of Nearly Everything, Shogun by James Clavell, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block.
1 0 Convolutionist What have been some books that you've *really* enjoyed in the past, if there are any that you think hooked you. There might be something particular that you liked in addition to the premise/world and setting, and you could look at other books similar to them in writing styles, worldbuilding, etc.
1 0 marji4x I find that there are very few books that appeal to me - I always assumed my tastes were just my tastes and that was that. But maybe I need to cultivate them? I feel that when a good book DOES come along, it's a true pleasure. I feel that good books are just very, very rare.
1 0 Woohoo451 Read something published more recently. I found it somewhat refreshing after reading a bunch of classics.
1 0 aledaml I would agree with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. What I've found is sometimes it's just not time for me to read a book yet. If it's not holding my attention I'll put it away and come back to it in a few months. About half the time I end up loving it (Cloud Atlas is a great example).
1 0 wrdsmakwrlds I felt the same way about said two books, so relax it's not just you. Personally, "Flow my tears the policeman said" was way better and shorter, also "Through a scanner darkly" were much more readable and moving. One of these days you'll pick up a book that really connects with you and you'll be drawn into reading again. I have always felt that DH Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Alice walker, etc. write just for me. Stop reading for a while, don't Saturate your palette with too much material, watch more movies, draw, make shitty art..read when you feel the need to otherwise it becomes unwanted.
1 0 danellender There's a sense in which a reader 'buys into' a book. I think this is why series are so successful. Once you accept a writer's world, their word choices, etc, you get comfortable in it like a pair of shoes. Take Grisham, for example. All his earlier novels have this feel. Give yourself however much time you need for this to happen. And if a book or writer doesn't fit, try another.
1 0 DarkSoulsSauron An example I can provide in a different medium is Mass Effect: I loathed the gameplay of Mass Effect and despite my best efforts I COULD NOT stand the slog. I completed it because I wanted to set up a continuity for the sequel, which had much better game play, but by the time I'd sunk 50 hours into ME1 I had such a loathing for the franchise I couldn't complete the other two. Set yourself a bench mark: if you aren't hooked by the time you're through 25% of the book's chapters, reset your timer and accept the book isn't for you. Finishing anything just to get it done never feels satisfying. I also dunno how fast a reader you are, but 2 weeks seems like a short amount of time for a decent novel unless you have LOTS of free time, so if all your down time away from work and responsibilities is a book you're just not into, you're really not relaxing when you need it most.