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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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Stephen King aims to help bookstore owner who lost collection in flood
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Mike D Says Beastie Boys Memoir Is Coming Out This Year
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“Fire and Fury” Is on Track to Beat “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s Own Bestseller
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For anyone having trouble focusing while reading
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Cover reveal for Stephen King's Upcoming novel, "The Outsider"
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Do you take time after a book or dive into another?
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Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence, dies aged 78
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I've just finished reading Tolstoy's ' 'The Death of Ivan Illyich' and these are my thoughts.
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What qualifies as a "book"/"novel"
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Do you think that certain books , genres hold more value than others?
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Just how bad is your TBR (to-be-read) pile?
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Well bloody hell! We did it. A 12 month reading quest to rediscover our love for reading.
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Help with reading Faulkner!
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John Barton, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dead at 89
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Whats your opinion on making notes or underlining in your books?
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[Opinion] Brave New World + Revisited
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Just finished reading "Life With Billy" and would really like to discuss it if anyone has read it?
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What was your experience with Walden by Henry David Thoreau?
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What percentage of the books you read are written by women/men?
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Exactly what gets a book banned from prisons, in one US state’s spreadsheet
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The Catcher in the Rye
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What is in your head while you are reading? Images? Someone narrating? Ideas? Feelings?
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Lady Windermere’s Fan, or is it Wilde’s?
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Which authors do you consider underrated and what are the best works you read from them?
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JoyceImages - Ulysses illustrated using postcards, photos, and other documents contemporary with the events of the novel.
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Why was Danglars' letter to the Crown Prosecutor incriminating in the Count of Monte Cristo?
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Old Russian scientific and religious books are now in my possession...
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the winter brings out the reader in me again
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best new science books released this winter
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This might be a stupid question but how are you guys able to read while commuting?
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Making a memory that will last forever.
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An interesting insider’s perspective on ‘the blurb’
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Thoughts on novellas in comparison to novels.
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I'm reading The Natural for class, and something has been bugging the hell out of me. [SPOILERS]
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5 things to know about Murakami's Killing Commendatore
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Original Stephen King Manuscripts Destroyed After Water Main Breaks in Downtown Bangor
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Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Children’s Book.
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Required Reading
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What books changed you?
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The Literature of Bad Sex
4 sarahmosher I felt the same way about it. Not too sure at the beginning but ended up hooked on it and read it quickly. I was (maybe predictably) disappointed by the movie and didn't get halfway through. Glad you liked the book!
3 elphie93 Yeah I felt the same. Some bits were very ham-fisted, but in general it kept me hooked and made me think a lot more about tech and it's role in our lives - how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I haven't seen the film yet though.
2 EducationNut I think it's a great premise and I enjoyed it for the most part. Honestly wish it had just gone on longer and explored the concept further. Felt too short to properly explore the implications and affects this sort of monitoring and constant surveillance would have on people. Besides that I thought it was a good book. What else did you think?
2 msscribe I had to stop after about forty pages because it's so terribly written it actually made me angry. For example, the protagonist's main personality trait is that she has "curves that brought the attention of men of myriad ages and motives."
1 jbmaun I quite liked it! Definitely made me stop and think about our technology-driven society. I’m trying to avoid the film though, because I’ve heard it’s awful and I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.
1 Polynikes13 I liked it but I think it was a missed opportunity. Had he written it after the Trump era he could have explored the National/global influence tech has on governments/broader society. He’s started getting there but kept it in the first person perspective. All in all I thought it was a good read.
1 garylapointe A bit over the top, but it interesting to see their extreme views on how far things could go.
1 prettymuchpocahontas I read the whole thing and the negative spiral of how technology could effect our lives felt very real. That was what kept me interested. As a female, it was very obvious to me that the book was written by a man even though the main character is a woman. That jumped out at me several times while reading and took me out of the story. I also watched the movie and as expected it was missing a lot of aspects of the book that I liked. *Edit - If you like the book, definitely give the movie a try and I also highly recommend 'Black Mirror' on Netflix. The theme is the same throughout and Episode 2 of season 4 is very similar to an idea explored in the book but pushed a bit further.
1 Tsunoyukami I quite enjoyed *The Circle* though I feel it was missing something. In many ways it's similar to other speculative works of utopia/dystopia (ie. *Brave New World*, *1984*) but it doesn't quite reach the peak that such works do. This might be because the lens of time makes *The Circle* too fresh to view with a perspective removed from our current world and perhaps will be remembered as a strikingly prescient speculation sometime in the future (hindsight is 20/20, as they say). In my opinion, the biggest thing holding this book back is its length: it's overly long and winded at points - so much so that it detracts from the thrust of power and poignancy that might otherwise breathe life into its narrative. Eggers' novel addresses some extreme ideas that feel very much possible which lends some weight to the novel and makes it achingly scary at times.
1 flannel_jackson eh, B- not a bad idea, but not that gripping or really that thought-provoking. in other words, i think he failed to execute the concept as well as it deserved.
1 Anna_Anna_Anna Great read
1 duranfan I didn't like it at all. It made me want to delete all of my social media accounts after I finished it. Obviously, I didn't do that, after my annoyance with the book wore off. Maybe, at 42, I'm just too old to "get" it--I am old enough to remember when the Internet and social media as we know them today didn't exist. And the thing I couldn't quite get my head around was this--if everyone is sitting around all day watching the video feeds of the thousands of people they're connected to, how the hell is anybody getting anything done?
4 0 sarahmosher I felt the same way about it. Not too sure at the beginning but ended up hooked on it and read it quickly. I was (maybe predictably) disappointed by the movie and didn't get halfway through. Glad you liked the book!
3 0 elphie93 Yeah I felt the same. Some bits were very ham-fisted, but in general it kept me hooked and made me think a lot more about tech and it's role in our lives - how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I haven't seen the film yet though.
2 0 EducationNut I think it's a great premise and I enjoyed it for the most part. Honestly wish it had just gone on longer and explored the concept further. Felt too short to properly explore the implications and affects this sort of monitoring and constant surveillance would have on people. Besides that I thought it was a good book. What else did you think?
2 0 msscribe I had to stop after about forty pages because it's so terribly written it actually made me angry. For example, the protagonist's main personality trait is that she has "curves that brought the attention of men of myriad ages and motives."
1 0 jbmaun I quite liked it! Definitely made me stop and think about our technology-driven society. I’m trying to avoid the film though, because I’ve heard it’s awful and I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.
1 0 Polynikes13 I liked it but I think it was a missed opportunity. Had he written it after the Trump era he could have explored the National/global influence tech has on governments/broader society. He’s started getting there but kept it in the first person perspective. All in all I thought it was a good read.
1 0 garylapointe A bit over the top, but it interesting to see their extreme views on how far things could go.
1 0 prettymuchpocahontas I read the whole thing and the negative spiral of how technology could effect our lives felt very real. That was what kept me interested. As a female, it was very obvious to me that the book was written by a man even though the main character is a woman. That jumped out at me several times while reading and took me out of the story. I also watched the movie and as expected it was missing a lot of aspects of the book that I liked. *Edit - If you like the book, definitely give the movie a try and I also highly recommend 'Black Mirror' on Netflix. The theme is the same throughout and Episode 2 of season 4 is very similar to an idea explored in the book but pushed a bit further.
1 0 Tsunoyukami I quite enjoyed *The Circle* though I feel it was missing something. In many ways it's similar to other speculative works of utopia/dystopia (ie. *Brave New World*, *1984*) but it doesn't quite reach the peak that such works do. This might be because the lens of time makes *The Circle* too fresh to view with a perspective removed from our current world and perhaps will be remembered as a strikingly prescient speculation sometime in the future (hindsight is 20/20, as they say). In my opinion, the biggest thing holding this book back is its length: it's overly long and winded at points - so much so that it detracts from the thrust of power and poignancy that might otherwise breathe life into its narrative. Eggers' novel addresses some extreme ideas that feel very much possible which lends some weight to the novel and makes it achingly scary at times.
1 0 flannel_jackson eh, B- not a bad idea, but not that gripping or really that thought-provoking. in other words, i think he failed to execute the concept as well as it deserved.
1 0 Anna_Anna_Anna Great read
1 0 duranfan I didn't like it at all. It made me want to delete all of my social media accounts after I finished it. Obviously, I didn't do that, after my annoyance with the book wore off. Maybe, at 42, I'm just too old to "get" it--I am old enough to remember when the Internet and social media as we know them today didn't exist. And the thing I couldn't quite get my head around was this--if everyone is sitting around all day watching the video feeds of the thousands of people they're connected to, how the hell is anybody getting anything done?