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  1. What cheered you up today?

    I could swear we had a thread for a thing like this but I wasn't able to find it searching through the pages of this subforum. What cheered you up today? For me, it was looking at my books. Thinking about how much fun it'll be to read them (though of course not all might be brilliant) and how nice the covers look on my shelves. It usually cheers me up to look at my books .
  2. Read-a-thons 2021

    I know it's a bit early but.. well I felt in the mood. I will post the preliminary schedule for BCF monthly read-a-thons in 2021. The following are set up as: 2021 [Month]: [Friday Date] [Saturday Date] [Sunday Date] January: 01 02 03 04* February: 05 06 07 March: 05 06 07 April: 02 03 04 May: 07 08 09 June: 04 05 06 July: 02 03 04 August: 06 07 08 September: 03 04 05 October: 01 02 03 November: 05 06 07 December: 03 04 05 Note: * -> starts on New Year's Day.. not sure about that as I tend to be exhausted then (from lack of sleep due to it being too noisy to sleep). Might move it depending on what those of you who want to participate, think. Feel free to comment down below with any related thoughts. EDIT: As per discussion we have added Monday the 4th of January to the January read-a-thon. If this is not easy to read for you, please let me know and I'll see if I can write it down in a way that is more easy for you to understand. I look forward to do more reading in 2021 !
  3. Read-a-thons 2021

    I'm glad you were able to get drawn back in . Of course it does ! I read Phoebe and her Unicorn 4: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson (children's comic / graphic novel, 181 pages), Mees Kees 2: Op de kast by Mirjam Mous (ill. Rick de Haas) (children's illustrated book, 85 pages), and Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda, Iqura Sugimoto, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (manga, 589 pages).
  4. What's the weather like?

    31 °C predicted here today (here = in the south of the Netherlands), 32 °C tomorrow.. ugh. It's been hot the past while, it's hot inside the house and both my partner and I have trouble sleeping because it is so hot. I hope it will cool down next week here with some rain.
  5. It is so far, thanks !
  6. This topic is for posting about any TV /shows/programmes/videos/documentaries/things you've watched recently that are not films (we have a separate thread for that, but most of you know that as you've been here for years). P.S. No spoilers in this thread except in spoiler tags (like in the bookish threads). The last show I saw were two episodes of Fruits Basket, which were quite enjoyable. I'm also watching season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery. It's Friday here today so there may be a next episode up as they are weekly uploaded to Netflix here on Fridays. Not sure though if there will be a new episode today, since it is New Year's Day. We shall see, I'm probably too tired to watch it today anyway. I'm usually kind of a wreck on New Year's Day actually, because the noise of the fireworks keeps me from sleeping. I slept from 22:00 - 0:00, then the fireworks woke me up (and then from 1:ish - 4:30). This year, for the first time in the Netherlands, there is a ban on fireworks, because our hospitals are overloaded with Covid-patients already, and do not need extra injured victims from lighting off fireworks (and yes, despite many warnings and campaigns over the years, still every year people injure themselves). So gladly there were not as many fireworks as usually, at least the ban seemed to have deterred some people. Anyway... sorry for rambling / going off-topic a bit. Most memorable TV things I saw in 2020 (not in any particular order): Good Omens (much better than the book, loved this) Death in Paradise S9 (loved it, looking forward to S10) Doctor Who (S1 -5 ish) (very good, I have not finished S5 yet*) Star Trek: Discovery (very good, with a few things they should have been done differently, *not finished yet) Picard (very good, again a few things should have been done differently, *waiting for next season) Star Trek: TNG, DS9, VY (re-watch of some episodes we really liked) Himouto Umaru-chan (partial re-watch) (loved it) The Grand Tour (S1-4?) (enjoyable) Rick & Morty (2nd half of S4) (loved it) Death Note TV anime series (partial re-watch) (*after reading the manga)(* figured out why I was confused and stopped watching last time, liked it much better this time around, understanding stuff. Manga is also very good.) The Baby-Sitters Club (S1, loved this so much) QI (some eps) Ai Yori Aoshi (partial re-watch)(very good) The Social Dilemma (documentary about social media, very interesting) Dash & Lily (so much better than the book!! Very good.) Fruits Basket (very good, *not finished yet) Because.. then at least something is on-topic in this post .
  7. Read-a-thons 2021

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it more than I did. Congratulations on having your first vaccine appointment today! I hope it goes well . I hope you get to see your gran tomorrow! Happy reading to all of you who are joining the read-a-thon this weekend !
  8. Wow.. 2021! 2020 was.. a different year. As I'm writing this, on 28 December 2020, a lot of countries in the world are still dealing with Covid-19, which was first seen in the last quarter of 2020 (I'm being vague because I don't want to be wrong as I am not 100% sure of the date). I think most if not all of us on this forum, or at least all of the regular members, are still strugging with this and the effects of many aspects of life. I really hope that in 2021, with vaccines and common sense, we'll be safe and will be able to go out again and see people and go to shops etc. Personally, I bought a house in December 2019 and signed the final contract in February 2020. We spent some months doing DIY and house repairs etc (while still living with my parents at their place). My partner and I moved in August 2020. Welcome to my 2021 reading log! I didn't really update my 2020 log after a while.. I was busy with moving and I didn't feel like writing down thoughts on so many books that I'd read (and I don't get that many comments in here so I'm sure that a lot of books I read, are probably not that interesting to some people here. Which is fair, I read a lot of different things). I don't know how things will go, going forwards into 2021. I guess we will see. Links to my previous logs: Athena's Reading List 2013 Athena's Reading List 2014 Athena's Reading List 2015 Athena's Reading List 2016 Athena's Reading List 2017 Athena's Reading List 2018 Athena's Reading List 2019 Athena's Reading List 2020 Links to posts within this thread: Books read in January 2021 Books read in February 2021 Books read in March 2021 Books read in April 2021 Books read in May 2021 Books read in June 2021 Books read in July 2021 Books read in August 2021 Books read in September 2021 Books read in October 2021 Books read in November 2021 Books read in December 2021 Books abandoned/DNFed in 2021 Previous Statistics: Books read Jun - Dec 2012: 43 Books read in 2013: 143 Books read in 2014: 254 Books read in 2015: 502 Books read in 2016: 425 Books read in 2017: 236 Books read in 2018: 262 Books read in 2019: 213 Books read in 2020: 302 Pages read in Jun - Dec 2012: ~25000 Pages read in 2013: ~37000 Pages read in 2014: 62932 Pages read in 2015: 112787 Pages read in 2016: 95007 Pages read in 2017: 52853 Pages read in 2018: 60308 Pages read in 2019: 51572 Pages read in 2020: 78487 Link to my BookTube Channel Gaia Athena
  9. Books read in May 2021 71. Angela Hartlin - Forever Marked 72. E. J. Copperman - Mysterious Detective 2: Edited Out 73. Dana Simpson - Phoebe and her Unicorn 3: Unicorn vs. Goblins 74. Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed - When Stars Are Scattered 75. Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy 2: Royal Assassin 76. Sheila M. Averbuch - Friend Me 77. Talia Hibbert - The Brown Sisters 2: Take a Hint, Dani Brown 78. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 1: Met de poppen gooien (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 79. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 2: Grote mensen daar kan je beter soep van koken (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 80. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 3: Op je kop in de prullenbak (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 81. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 4: Krassen in het tafelblad (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 82. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 5: Een hoofd vol macaroni (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 83. Kay Kerr - Please Don't Hug Me 84. Gillian Cross - The Demon Headmaster 2: The Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain 85. Sonja K. Solter - When You Know What I Know 86. Lucy Cuthew - Blood Moon 87. Tommie Niessen - Tommie in gesprek 88. Gina Sheridan - I Work at a Public Library 89. Jaap Bartelds - Het ABC van de Nederlandse gezelligheid 90. Cornelia Funke - Inkheart 2: Inkspell (Tintenblut) 91. Ann M. Martin - De Babysittersclub 55: Jessie en de grote zwemwedstrijd (re-read) 92. Mario Giordano - Heb jij dat ook? (1000 Gefühle für die es keinen Namen gibt) 93. Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - Het grote maak-je-niet-drukboek (The Big Activity Book for Anxious People) 94. Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - Het grote doeboek voor digitale detox (The Big Activity Book for Digital Detox) 95. Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk - Niemand de deur uit! 96. Séverine Clochard, Cécile Hudrisier and Audrey Gessat - For Girls Only: Alles wat coole meiden moeten weten! (Vives les Filles!) 97. Angie Manfredi & Others - The (Other) F Word Least favourite book(s) I read this month: Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk - Niemand de deur uit! Séverine Clochard, Cécile Hudrisier and Audrey Gessat - For Girls Only: Alles wat coole meiden moeten weten! (Vives les Filles!) Mario Giordano - Heb jij dat ook? (1000 Gefühle für die es keinen Namen gibt) Best book(s) I read this month: Kay Kerr - Please Don't Hug Me Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy 2: Royal Assassin Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed - When Stars Are Scattered Talia Hibbert - The Brown Sisters 2: Take a Hint, Dani Brown Lucy Cuthew - Blood Moon
  10. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope you get book 2 in soon and that it is an enjoyable read for you also . I'm reading A Column of Fire by Ken Follett this month, with a friend, we read a chapter a day. I also started Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, another friend and I read that together, 100 pages a week (ish). I re-read A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise 1), which I finished on Thursday, then I read a Dutch children's book called Mees Kees 2: Op de kast by Mirjam Mous (ill. Rick de Haas), which I finished (it was 85 pages). Today then I will read another chapter in A Column of Fire, and I hope to read something else.
  11. I saw some of Michael Palin's travel shows, when I was in the UK my boyfriend's mother had a DVD of it. I just looked it up and it was called Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin. I liked it. Good to know his travel books are nice too! I loved The Midnight Library. I don't mind 'tell instead of show' much though.
  12. I enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too when I read it years ago . I'm glad you liked it! I should re-read it some time, as well as the other books (I have an omnibus with 5 books).
  13. Hi Muggle Not! Maybe you'll read more in the second half of the year. Sorry you've been struggling a bit with your reading.
  14. My copy of Dune has just over 600 pages, definitely a longer book.
  15. Read-a-thons 2021

    I look forward to it . I only know one of the people, my friend. Everyone else are people I don't know, which is what makes me hesistant as they don't know me either. True . Yay! I'm glad to know it is not just me!! Yes, I found it boring too.
  16. Read-a-thons 2021

    I've been in a bit of a reading slump the past week (because I am really not liking War and Peace, even though now I've decided to DNF it for now (though am worried about telling the people I read it with because they seem to like it.), I still feel slumpy and not really feel like reading), I only realised yesterday that it was supposed to be the read-a-thon weekend . My bad! I'm sorry for not realising it last week and then posting about it. I have re-read a couple of manga yesterday evening because it was the only thing I felt up for reading (aside my daily chapter in A Column of Fire). It's fine with me to move the read-a-thon to next weekend. I will see if I feel in the mood for more reading then, we shall see.
  17. Aww thank you, that is very nice of you !
  18. From what I know, as a non-Brit Dutch person living in the Netherlands, it is/was something started in the 2000's somewhere to help non-readers get into reading. Every year they asked several authors to write a novella / short story, which would be published and available to buy in certain English book shops for £1 during a limited period (February/March or May/June? Some thing like that). I have quite a lot of them collected throughout the years, though they are not always easy to find from the Netherlands (I only managed to order 1 or 2 of this year's so far). In the past when I travelled to the UK I have got lucky before finding them in shops. I also ordered some from Amazon UK back in the day before they changed their shipping prices to NL, now we have Amazon NL since just over a year but they can't always find them for me. The recent few years QuickReads have had some financial trouble, they shut down for a while but then opened again. Well, I'm sure the internet will tell you more, but this is just on top off my head . I'd like to know what you think of it when you've read it .
  19. You're welcome, thank you so much for the nice reply . It is nice to hear/read about your family and how you experience things! I don't read in a waiting room either, I'd be worried about missing my appointment, plus I need the time to mentally prepare myself anyway. Aww thank you! Thank you, me too. We don't do it anymore (my partner's back to not reading much anymore) but it was fun. I liked reading the parts about her family and the parts about her being a bookseller and later on working for QuickReads (which I've read a number of). I was less interested in some of the books she talked about, I didn't recognise many of them, and most were not the kind of books that I normally read. It probably doesn't help that I'm not British, as I've heard from several people I know who are British, they really liked the book and recognised more of the books.
  20. Hux Book Blog

    I read the book some years ago (as I posted in the other topic), but I have never seen the TV show!
  21. Your Book Activity - May 2021

    I have read the first 4 books in the Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin several times (I have them in an omnibus called The Earthsea Quartet). I would recommend reading them in order, as I think the world will make more sense that way. They are sort of separate stories with some of the same characters some years later (from what I remember), but I think it'll be easiest if you start with book 1, if you can. I have yet to read books 5 and 6 in the series, though when I eventually do I will re-read the first 4 again first.
  22. Black Beauty

    I read Black Beauty some years ago and enjoyed it as well, I think I rated it 8 out of 10 at the time. I did not know the book helped making the 'bearing rein' being illegal, that is interesting. I agree, I don't understand either why Black Beauty's owners couldn't just use his original name. I think it is confusing for any animal, it would be confusing for humans/ children too.
  23. Shiny Happy People ~ REM
  24. Hi Luna! No problem . I get asked this question from time to time, and I think the answer consists of several things. Yes, I did read all of that in April. Oh, I should perhaps tell you first up that I am autistic and have ADD. It's more or less common knowledge for our older members but since you are newer, there you go . Firstly, I've always been able to read faster than, say, my classmates at school. In the past couple of years I learnt this may have to do with two things, subvocalisation and aphantasia. Most people do/use subvocalisation when they read, they silently say the words in their head. I don't do this, and I don't like it when I have to do it (for example, as someone whose first language is not English, when books in English use dialect I have to sometimes subvocalise the words, or I might not know what they mean). I also learnt that aphantasia is when someone is unable to form images in their mind. I am able to form images but I have partial faceblindness or prosoprognosia (I recognise people mostly by their hair, I have known this for a long time), when I read a book I can't visualise people's faces and so I don't. They look like blobs to me. When faces are described, some things don't mean much to me, because I can't visualise it. I never realised it could affect my reading speed, until I met someone online who told me she has aphantasia and because she can't form images she reads faster than most people. I think because of these two factors, I read faster than most people. Secondly, it also depends on the types of books I read. I tend to read some manga, graphic novels or graphic memoirs and illustrated children's books, during most months. I can read those a lot quicker than say a book with just lots of text. I also read some books with just text during a month, but if I read solely books with just text, I would not read as many (and I really like to vary my reading). I don't like reading old classics most of the time and when I do I read them more slowly (not that that's the reason why I don't read them much, I'm just not as much into them, I'm not as much into reading historical things, some exceptions exist though). Thirdly, I have processing input issues. With my autism and my ADD, it means that I don't have lots of energy, and dealing with input signals usually costs energy. Sound in particular is harder for me to process. Because of that, where some people might watch lots of TV in their spare time, I cannot watch it as much. Concentrating is hard too (ADD), I'm glad if I can watch one episode of something per day. Films are longer and tend to have more sound effects (more sounds going on at once), and they are even harder for me to watch (hence why my list of things I want to watch, is way longer than how much I am actually able to watch) (also subtitles really help for when my concentration wanders again). Instead of watching a lot of TV or movies, I usually read instead. (I can't play as many video games as I'd like either). I do have other hobbies as well, I like adult colouring for example, but again due to my processing issues and lack of energy, I usually tend to read as reading costs less energy than most other things (and depending on the book they cost more or less energy / processing power to read). Though if I am exhausted I can't even read. That happens too unfortunately, and that's hard. When I am so tired I can't do anything, then I can only stare at the wall or lie on bed and rest. Then for the month of April I decided to try something different. My partner wanted to do some more reading himself, so for most evenings in April, we went to bed early and read in bed (he read a manga volume and I read some in whatever book I was reading). So I got way more reading done in April because of that. In May we're back to being downstairs on the couch by the TV, where he plays a video game or watches something and I read (he wears headphones). We don't have TV channels btw, we watch Netflix and Amazon Prime and YouTube and DVDs/Blu-rays. In case anyone is confused, because having TV channels is a normal thing to have (we haven't had them since before 2013 and now that I've moved we could have them, but it costs extra money and we haven't missed them so). My partner/boyfriend is from the UK btw, I'm Dutch and we live together in the Netherlands (he doesn't speak mcuh Dutch, so he wouldn't be able to watch most Dutch TV stuff anyway). I hope that sort of answers your question. If anything was unclear or if you have any more questions, please feel free to ask . Aww, thank you Muggle Not!! You are amazing too!
  25. Awww, shame it is finished now . I'm glad you enjoyed it! I have read books 1 - 8 and really enjoyed them, I'm glad you're liking the series too .