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  1. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
  2. I'll be sure to show some pictures once it's all sorted out (and perhaps a few 'in between' pictures) . It'll take a while! But it'll be so much fun . I've been thinking about what I want to move where, I've come up with one plan but I'm going to think about it some more (I made a 2D picture of my room and drew the bookcases on there, on the computer.).
  3. That's good to hear! I'll be looking forward to your review. I've read The Snow Child by the same author and liked it. I've been making allright progress in Greg Jenner - A Million Years in a Day. I'm not reading a fictional book at the moment, I have to pick a new one. I haven't decided yet if I want to try to finish off AMYiaD first (there are about 3.5 chapters left to read) or whether I want to start a fictional read alongside it again, and if so which one. I'm not yet sure what I've been in the mood for, and I've been busy doing other things.
  4. Welcome here . I can relate to the problem, however I have ADD (attention deficit disorder, without the hyperactivity), so I'm not sure I'm the best person to help you, as my concentration issues are such that it's hard to concentrate, no matter how hard I try. For me a quiet room works best, but some people prefer to have background music on (I do not understand that but hey). Perhaps try both to see what you prefer. Is there a room in your house where you can be on your own or where it's quiet? Having someone else watch TV in the background, I cannot deal with that. Perhaps start with a shorter book, by an author you're really interested in, so you have more of a feel of progress. You could also try to read a comic book, graphic novel, manga book or an illustrated book, to start off with. Some people start reading comics and gravitate into 'text'books later. Reading a comic or one of those other types of illustrated book, often goes quicker than a 'text'book, for most people (per page there is a lot less text). You could try to set yourself a goal for the day, ie. read at least 10 pages (to start small). Setting goals helps for some people, others prefer to be without. I have sort of a goal too, I like to read 100 pages a day, but lately I haven't been much in the reading mood and I've been busy with other things, so I haven't been reading much. But last year I thought 100 pages a day is a nice goal. This year I've not been reading as much. You could try to set aside a time (per day or week) to read. In that time (ie. 15 mins), you try to read your book and not be distracted by other things. Phones can distract some people, you could try disabling your sound or internet connect while you read, or put the phone away or such. Coming from TV and video games, reading is kind of a different type of thing. With TV and video games, the input is at a constant pace, you do not control how fast the movie / tv show is playing or how fast the video game plays (in some cases you can - but anyway). With reading you can read faster or slower, you can put the book down and pick it up again later. My boyfriend finds it harder to concentrate on a book than on a TV show or video game. For me it's the other way around, TV shows and video games are much harder for me to focus on, as opposed to books. You could also try an audiobook if you think it might be your sort of thing. It's not my thing at all, but some people like them so I thought I'd mention it. I don't know if any of these tips work for you, but this is what I could come up with right now. I don't have a 100% perfect solution, the reason why people have difficulties concentrating differs between people and it's hard to say what will work for another person. Like I said, my issues comes from my disorder, in my case I have to live with it, and while I can try, it remains hard to be focussed for a longer amount of time (especially on TV, video games, conversations with other people; books are easier for me). I hope you will be able to focus, I can imagine that since you're a new reader it might be more difficult than for some of us who've been readers longer. I hope you enjoy your time on this forum !
  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the Elton John concert . Shame about the sound system though . I'm glad it was still nice to see him live. Thanks Lau Lou . Well done !
  6. The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson
  7. I read Becky Chambers - Wayfarers 2: A Closed and Common Orbit. I read Wayfarers 1: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet last year and I liked this book a lot. This one was a bit smaller in scale, there weren't as many characters and the stakes were less epic and more personal. In that sense this is a bit of a different book. I would recommend reading the first book before this one, otherwise certain things will confuse you, and it would spoil one of the storylines of the first book. The book is told in chapters that take place in what's the "now" for the book (it starts taking place during the final events of the first book), and in flash-back chapters (that start about 20 years ago). I enjoyed reading this book but not as much as I did the first book. It was still enjoyable though. In the beginning it took me a bit of time to get into it. Once certain things happened in the story, the book got a bit more tense and suspenseful, and then I didn't want to stop reading. It's hard to talk about things in the book without spoiling the bit of the first book. So I'm going to put into spoiler tags, what would spoil one of the storylines of the first book. Don't read the spoiler if you haven't read the first book, but you can definitely read the spoiler if you haven't read the second book but have read the first book. What I also liked about the book was that it had, similar to the first book, some ideas on how to live together as people and about diversity and such (you'll know what I mean if you've read the first book, I think). There wasn't as much of that as in the first book, but there was some, and I thought these were quite valuable lessons. The last part of the book I particularly enjoyed. I finally understood the past chapters and the nowadays chapters and things made sense, and the last part of the book was pretty suspenseful. I didn't want to stop reading. I would have liked to have learned a bit more about certain things, have a few more questions answered, though they are notthat important or anything (I'm just curious). But maybe there will be another book in the series? Overall then I didn't like this book as much as I absolutely loved the first book, but I did enjoy this book a lot and I would definitely say it is worth reading, as long as you know that we don't see many of the characters from book 1 and that it's not as epic but more personal. But it's a good book and I thought it was quite enjoyable :).
  8. I'm looking forward to it . I hope you have a great summer too .
  9. Shame you didn't enjoy this one overly much, Diane . I haven't read it yet but I do plan to do so some day.
  10. Wow, it sounds like you're quite busy! Glad you got home allright after the long drive . Thanks for the snowflake . It's hot here too, and like you I also have been doing things more slowly. I also always get up early, and it's still a nice temperature in the early morning. Here's a snowflake for you too: . I'm glad you're having a good time in Jersey despite the heat. I wish you a happy birthday and hope you have a great day !! I haven't been doing as many productive things the past few days because it's just too hot. I'm seeing my psychiatrist later this week (and the dentist next week ).
  11. I haven't read The Dandelion Years myself (it's on my TBR), but I have read 3 other books by Erica James and liked those. The Dandelion Years does sound like something Frankie might like .
  12. I agree. I'm glad you liked it too . Thanks ! I don't have them yet, but I'm excited! I'll have to talk to my dad and figure out when we can get the bookshelves. I love re-organising my books when I get new bookshelves.
  13. That makes sense, it's a valid theory . I'm sure that applies to multiple people, I've heard others say similar things . I think for me, I like to re-watch or re-read something when I can't remember a lot of the details anymore. For me movies contain more input than books, and I cannot take everything in on first watch (like, there'll be something interesting in the background that my boyfriend picks up on, and I won't have seen it because I was taking in the dialogue and the character speaking). With books I need a good few years before re-reading or the story will feel too familiar. I like re-reading but I like reading new books even more, just under 10% of my reads this year are re-reads. My autism side wants familiar input and my ADD side wants new input, so I compromise and read a new book. I'm familiar with 'book' (and reading) but not with 'new', if that makes sense (or familiar with the author for example, so I know a bit about what to expect, or familiar with the genre and type of book). You won't see me trying a new hobby soon, trying something completely new is hard because of my autism and costs a lot of energy. But my ADD needs somewhat new input to help my concentration - if something is too familiar, ie. re-watching a movie I recently saw or a book I recently finished - it gets very hard to concentrate. I would honestly get bored if I started to re-read the last book I read (which was a re-read, coincidentally). With a movie I like re-watching them, because it means some of the input is familiar to me so I can watch it while not spending as much energy as when I watch something new, while I can then take in things I missed the first time around. Movies contain much more input for me than just words on a page in a book. Hmm, I don't know if I'm making any sense, hopefully?
  14. The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton (book 1 in the Night's Dawn trilogy).