Rate the last book you read Page 101

  • Nazo 28 Feb 2021 09:40:24 1,754 posts
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    I got introduced to Kindle daily deals recently and since then my backlog has been growing. At least they arenít taking up physical space.

    Iím also a bed time reader, how long I stay awake varies but itís a nice way to drift off.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 28 Feb 2021 17:06:43 3,013 posts
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    Nazo wrote:
    I got introduced to Kindle daily deals recently and since then my backlog has been growing. At least they arenít taking up physical space.

    Iím also a bed time reader, how long I stay awake varies but itís a nice way to drift off.
    I'm the same, I read to sleep. The only problem is I can now only get through a few pages before I start drifting, meaning it's taking years to read a bloody book!
    I also cannot read during the day anymore - I start getting sleepy!
  • JoelStinty 28 Feb 2021 17:12:56 9,367 posts
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    Well managed 45 minutes this morning outside in the sunshine. Itís a start! Tiredness may also be down to the weather too.
  • Not-a-reviewer 28 Feb 2021 18:41:18 7,268 posts
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    I found a while ago that making an hour a day to read something, and that could be split into several small chunks, is both easy and an easy way to get through loads of books (+some as audiobooks).

    Iím averaging about 80 books a year over the last 3 years from that, and thereís free short books in there.

    Itís a lot harder at the moment with lockdown and a child always home.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 28 Feb 2021 19:22:35 3,013 posts
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    I spent 8 years driving all day every day for a living, so I used to get through loads of audiobooks and podcasts. Now I'm a pre school teacher I get less time to read.
  • Tonka 1 Mar 2021 12:31:11 31,725 posts
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    I'm a slow reader, always have been, due to very slight dyslexia. If I manage 12 books a year I'm proud of myself. It annoys me because I really enjoy reading books, and I've recently (last few years) started reading non-fiction as well.

    I read before I go to sleep, but also increasingly, during lull times after dinner. I try not to waste time away on my phone, and that's going better. I still find myself doomscrolling with a book open on my lap though, and I hate that I'm so weak.

    My slow pace and the fact that I'm a non-native english speaker has put me off some books, mostly non-fiction, because they become such a chore. E.g., I'm quite keen on The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind but I fear I wouldn't be able to get through it.

    Anyway, reading is a skill, and it's one I like to invest time in, but those damn phones and their easily accessible garbage are tough to beat.
  • Drakesmoke 1 Mar 2021 15:41:47 786 posts
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    @Tonka 'Doomscrolling', I like that.

    'His tsundoku had reached emergency intervention level due to his pathological doomscrolling.'
  • Murbs 1 Mar 2021 18:25:14 25,068 posts
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    On number 7 for the year now. Looking to get through 25 in 2021. Just finished Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky; I'd preordered this then cancelled it at the last minute due to the number of ebooks unread on my a kindle... Two weeks later and it's available for 99p. Glad I waited!

    Anyone here on Good Reads?
  • TechnoHippy 1 Mar 2021 18:30:36 18,913 posts
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    Yep - I'm on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/11650-2021-reading-challenge
  • Murbs 1 Mar 2021 18:33:44 25,068 posts
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    @TechnoHippy how odd. That link takes me to *my* reading challenge!
  • TechnoHippy 1 Mar 2021 18:36:12 18,913 posts
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    AH - try this one - https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/25123166
  • Murbs 1 Mar 2021 18:58:39 25,068 posts
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    @TechnoHippy that works. Connecting the dots now; I follow you on Twitter and noticed youíd read close to a hundred books last year!
  • TechnoHippy 1 Mar 2021 19:18:23 18,913 posts
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    I did just manage the 100 in the end :-)
  • Globalmeltdown 1 Mar 2021 19:39:15 993 posts
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    Mr Happy, a good read but a bit too complicated for me to understand but I enjoyed the pictures 😊
  • Dougs 2 Mar 2021 07:34:44 98,694 posts
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    I have signed up for Good Reads, mostly as a way to track my Kindle backlog, as the UI is arse achingly slow on my 1st gen paperwhite.
  • Murbs 2 Mar 2021 10:29:22 25,068 posts
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    Anyone who wants to add me: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/26178092

    Edited by Murbs at 10:30:50 02-03-2021
  • Murbs 2 Mar 2021 10:29:23 25,068 posts
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  • Murbs 2 Mar 2021 10:33:13 25,068 posts
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    Iíve had real issues with the good reads app. Keeping finding myself on -1 or 0 books reading which makes it difficult to update my progress!

    Anyway, currently reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. Heís the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, my favourite read of last year.
  • Not-a-reviewer 2 Mar 2021 11:17:11 7,268 posts
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    Go on then: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/24952431
  • TechnoHippy 3 Mar 2021 08:38:19 18,913 posts
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    I had the urge to reread Hyperion, but despite loving it the last time I read it, I abandoned it last night. Back to some easy Gemmel reading.
  • dominalien 3 Mar 2021 08:48:16 10,402 posts
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    Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

    My first book by Mr Dean, possibly my last. It came recommended as Ďbetter than anything by Kingí and it has a lot of merit. Unfortunately, it starts much better than it ends and by the halfway point where itís all SO INTERCONNECTED and SO MUSHY I lost most interest.

    6/10
  • Mola_Ram 3 Mar 2021 08:56:37 25,619 posts
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    Murbs wrote:
    Anyway, currently reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. Heís the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, my favourite read of last year.
    I'd be interested to know what you thought of it. I didn't think it was nearly as interesting as his first one.
  • Tonka 3 Mar 2021 14:27:48 31,725 posts
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    Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
    Classic fantasy with plenty of old familiars. The orphaned (well bastard) boy who is taught (two times no less) by strict and/or eccentric teachers.

    Evil strangers encroaching on the medieval europe-ish setting. DArk magic, noble people in the mountains are noble.

    And yet it felt very original and fresh. I hate myself for not buying all three books in the trilogy straight away.

    A must read
  • whatfruits 3 Mar 2021 14:45:28 190 posts
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    Bigfoot Crank Stomp - Erik Williams - 7/10

    Having consumed most of Carlton Mellicks bibliography I decided to branch out to some of the other writers on the Eraserhead press imprint. Bigfoot was a book that I had heard was a Bizzaro genre classic so I decided to dig in.

    All in all it was a sterling horror crime story with terrible people doing terrible things for poorly thought through reasons with a rampaging bigfoot. Would recommend.

    Next on the kindle. Nick Antosca's THE OBESE.
  • PazJohnMitch 3 Mar 2021 16:32:06 16,858 posts
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    @Tonka

    First trilogy is great. (And I have heard good things about the other 2 main sequel trilogies but not read them).

    I have also read the first side trilogy (Liveship traders) and that was also good. (But heard criticism of the second side trilogy which is actually 4 books).
  • theone1 3 Mar 2021 22:11:21 136 posts
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    Robin Hobb is great.

    Though she treats Fitz like crap right until the end, bloke just could not catch a break.
  • RyanDS 3 Mar 2021 22:13:31 13,939 posts
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    I used to love Hobbs books, but post liveship traders it all just became such misery porn it really put me off. I would stop at those.
  • Tonka 4 Mar 2021 10:29:18 31,725 posts
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    Good to hear that the rest of the trilogy is good. Will definitely read. I'm on bok two of a modern cyber punk trilogy now though. Null States.

    Did I review the first one? Really good.
  • RichDC 4 Mar 2021 12:10:35 9,067 posts
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    @RyanDS That's a fair summary. I can't really think of anything good that happens to any characters in any series after Liveship Traders. Just an endless series of miserable events for all until some are rewarded with a slightly happier or at least less miserable ending.
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