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  1. The Last Film You Saw

    This topic is for posting about any films you have recently watched. P.S. No spoilers in this thread except in spoiler tags (like in the bookish threads). And I'm kind of a bore because I haven't seen a film in some time. It is difficult for me to concentrate for that long a time, and films are only getting longer these days (in comparison to the 20th century when a lot of films were about 1h 30 mins). I struggle with much shorter times than that. Anyway.. feel free to post about any films you've seen or a film you plan to see etc. These films I saw in 2020: Johnny English Strikes Again Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Ready Player One (re-watch) Spider-Man: Far From Home Beverly Hills Cop Beverly Hills Cop II Beverly Hills Cop III Airplane Ocean's 8 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (re-watch) Iron Sky: The Coming Race Dirty Dancing (re-watch)
  2. Ask a Mod

    I'd be happy to do it some time provided my computer/internet/things is/are cooperating.
  3. As you've probably noticed, we've upgraded the forum software to a new version. Things look a bit different! This topic is for any questions anyone may have, and we'll try to help you to the best of our ability. It might take everyone a while to figure everything out, I know it'll take me a bit of time to get used to it! Our old theme is currently absent, because it does not work with the new version. We will have to redo the theme and we will try to get that fixed as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the new version, please post them here .
  4. Some data was posted a few days ago, about a research done on how far Dutch people have to travel to get to a library: Link (text in Dutch, but you should be able to understand the graph.). I will summarise the text on the page below. In 2014 there were 1030 libraries, while in 2012 there were over 1070. Government subsides cuts have led to the lowering of the service level and the closing of some libraries. Some people have to travel a bit to a library, others less so. One of the consequences of the 'library thinning' (?) is that people have to travel further to a library. The people in Friesland (up north) and in Zeeland (south west) have to travel on average 2.9 kilometres to the closest library. People of the towns Menameradiel, Dongeradeel en Littenseradiel in Friesland in the north have to travel over 4 kilometres to get to library, the people of Ferweradiel over 8.5 kilometres. The citizens of the town Noord-Beveland in Zeeland have to travel the furthest, their library is 14.6 kilometres away [note from Athena: 10 km is about the distance from here in Helmond to Eindhoven, a bigger city. For comparison). In the neighbourhood of Kamperland in this town the people have to drive for 18 kilometres to a library. The people of the small neighbourhoods Kloosterveste in Assen and Centrum Swifterband in Dronten live very close to the library, they have one at average 100 metres away from their house. See the picture of the site (I am unsure if it would be allowed to post it here). The CBS does all kinds of researches and data collection about many things in the Netherlands, they are the number one resource for data like this (at least that's what my schools taught me). When we just moved here, in 2000, there were I believe 4 libraries in Helmond, the central one and three smaller ones. I went to the small one that was nearby our house, once. I don't know how long after that, but the 3 smaller libraries were closed some time ago, I can't remember when. I am lucky though that the central library isn't too far away from here. Hmm, I just looked it up, apparently it's 4.7 kilometres. That seems longer than I thought, I guess the research though was 'on average' for people and we do live a bit on the outskirts of the city. Anyway, I thought I'd share the article. Does anyone know of any similar research done in your country?
  5. Read-a-thons 2022

    Hi everyone! I'm posting the read-a-thon schedule for 2022. This is preliminary and can still be changed if/when requested. For those not in the know, the BCF read-a-thon is something a few of us on here do. The aim is to spend some time reading during the days of the read-a-thon. You can read whatever book(s) you want. The read-a-thon usually takes place during the first weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) of each month (so it starts the first Friday of the month). As I said, the dates can still be moved, this is just the preliminary schedule based on the above rule of it being on the first weekend of the month. 2022 [Month]: [Friday Date] [Saturday Date] [Sunday Date] January: 07 08 09 February: 04 05 06 March: 04 05 06 April: 01 02 03 May: 06 07 08 June: 03 04 05 July: 01 02 03 August: 05 06 07 September: 02 03 04 October: 07 08 09 November: 04 05 06 December: 02 03 04
  6. I can hardly believe it's December already.. ! So, time for a new monthly reading topic. I'm currently reading Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, book 3 in The Themis Files series (trilogy). I've been reading this science-fiction trilogy the past week (ish) and I've been loving it. I'm hoping to finish book 3 before Thursday when I start doing the read-a-thon. We shall see. What book(s) are you reading? Or any other book activity you want to mention (did you buy any books? etc)?
  7. Wow... it's the 1rst of January here, 2021. A Happy New Year to everyone!! Time wise my brain is still kind of stuck in early December, even though it is most definitely January 2021 now, at least, in most of the world (just under an hour left for West Coast USA and West Canada, and a little under 2 hours for Alaska). What are you currently reading? Or, if you're not reading any book, what will your next read be?
  8. I can hardly believe it's January 2022 already.. time seems to go by fast. Please don't post yet!! 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 Athena's Reading List 2021: https://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/16434-athenas-reading-list-2021/ Links to posts within this thread: Books read in January 2022 Books read in February 2022 Books read in March 2022 Books read in April 2022 Books read in May 2022 Books read in June 2022 Books read in July 2022 Books read in August 2022 Books read in September 2022 Books read in October 2022 Books read in November 2022 Books read in December 2022 Books abandoned/DNFed in 2022 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 Books read in 2021: 240 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 Pages read in 2021: 63887 Link to my BookTube Channel Gaia Athena Please don't post yet!!
  9. 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 .
  10. I love Terry Pratchett, what a great word! And same, stuff has been going on in my life too. (Still) making my way through various books (mostly non-fiction): The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Ala Romaczuk and Maria Simons (been reading this since December); Invisble Women by Caroline Criado Perez (amazing so far); Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD (good so far); Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (good so far). I also started 3 other non-fiction books but since I am not that far into them, only read 1 chapter or so, I haven't actually marked them as started reading.
  11. Storygraph

    This reminds me of that time when I marked a horror book as read on GoodReads and: Which made me laugh so I took a screenshot when it happened. I've heard good things about Storygraph from other people. No idea about algorithms though, that's not my area of specialty.
  12. Keeping your TBR under control

    In the Netherlands there are I think more Kobo readers than Kindle readers (Amazon NL Kindle is newer than the Kobo systems which most other ebook websites in the Netherlands can work with / epub). I have my Kindle, but a lot of ie. Dutch book bloggers I used to read posts by, have a Kobo.
  13. Free Ebook Sites

    I couldn't quickly find a topic on this (other than the Kindle specific topic), so I thought I'd make one. The idea is listing sites where one can download free legal ebooks (or that show links to them). Such as: Project Gutenberg Amazon.com Free Kindle Books (US + certain other countries) Amazon.co.uk Free Kindle Books (must be UK resident I believe?) KoboBooks Free Bol.com free ebooks Kindle Buffet Open Culture free ebooks (also Open Culture Free Textbooks and Open Culture Free Audiobooks) Mobile Reads Free Ebooks Smashwords Free Ebooks Wikipedia Books Free Ebooks.net Book Boon General Ebooks Ebook 3000 Book Rix Ebook Lobby Ebook Mall SFF PDF
  14. I'm currently reading two (big/long) books. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow (non-fiction, about early human history, borrowed from my dad), and The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons (this is an A-Z of everything in The Wheel of Time series, I'm reading bits from time to time). I'll start a new fiction read soon too, a friend and I are going to read the 3rd Hannah Swensen book together soon, Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke.
  15. Athena's Reading List 2021

    A few bookish highlights of 2021 Going to the library and loaning books I'm really glad I got to do this once, in October 2021, for the first time since 2019, and I had really missed it. It was really nice to be in the library again and see all the books, and borrow some and read them. Then cases (in my country) went up again and I'm staying away for a while, for my own safety and others' (like I did in 2020 and until that October in 2021). The library hasn't done any library sales since autumn 2019 and I miss them, too. Going to two second-hand book markets Events were starting up again in the summer and in autumn I felt safe enough to go to a second-hand book market at a nearby town. A week later, it turned out there was another second-hand book market at another town nearby, which I got to go to as well. And then cases rose, lockdown hit and all events are cancelled. I hadn't been to a second-hand book event/buying since January 2020 and I had such tremendous fun. I'll be staying away for a while for safety reasons, that is when events are allowed again in the first place, which might be a while anyway. But even when they are allowed, I have to see that cases are low and people are sticking to rules etc, before I'll go. Anyway, so these two second-hand book markets are some of my bookish highlights this year.
  16. 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
  17. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Books read in December 2021 221. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 2: Strawberry Shortcake Murder 222. Jodi Picoult - The Book of Two Ways 223. Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 2: The Girl Who Saved Christmas 224. Camryn Garrett - Off the Record 225. Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson - The Naughty List 226. Tom Fletcher (ill. Shane Devries) - The Christmasaurus 2: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch 227. Louise Bagshawe - Sparkles 228. Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 3: Father Christmas and Me 229. Sarah Kurchak - I Overcame My Autism And All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder 230. Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 1: The Witch Boy (re-read) 231. Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 2: The Hidden Witch (re-read) 232. Molly Knox Ostertag (col. Maarta Laiho) - The Witch Boy 3: The Midwinter Witch 233. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 1: Volume 1 (re-read) 234. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 (re-read) 235. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 3: Volume 3 (re-read) 236. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 4: Volume 4 237. Dana Simpson - Phoebe and her Unicorn 6: Phoebe and her Unicorn in The Magic Storm 238. Dav Pilkey - Dog Man 3: A Tale of Two Kitties 239. Ben Miller (ill. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini) - The Night I Met Father Christmas 240. Rutger Bregman - De meeste mensen deugen (borrowed from my parents) Favourites this month: Sarah Kurchak - I Overcame My Autism And All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder Tom Fletcher (ill. Shane Devries) - The Christmasaurus 2: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch Camryn Garrett - Off the Record Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 2: The Girl Who Saved Christmas Jodi Picoult - The Book of Two Ways Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 2: Strawberry Shortcake Murder Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 1: The Witch Boy (re-read) Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 2: The Hidden Witch (re-read) Molly Knox Ostertag (col. Maarta Laiho) - The Witch Boy 3: The Midwinter Witch Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 1: Volume 1 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 3: Volume 3 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 4: Volume 4 Least favourites: Ben Miller (ill. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini) - The Night I Met Father Christmas
  18. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Books read in November 2021 188. Pavel Šrut (ill. Galina Malíková) - De Sokkenvreters (Lichožrouti 1: Lichožrouti) (Library) 189. Will Eagle - Lees dit als je beroemd wilt worden op YouTube (Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous) (Library) 190. Anna Kemp (ill. Alex T. Smith) - Fantastische Frankie en de Hersenslurpmachine (Fantastic Frankie and the Brain-Drain Machine) (Library) 191. Patrick Boyle (ill. Antoine Corbineau) - Queer Icons: LHBTI-iconen van A tot Z (Queer Icons From Gay to Z) (Library) 192. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 3: De reis (Kepler62 3: Matka) (Library) 193. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 4: Pioniers (Kepler62 4: Pionerer) (Library) 194. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 5: Het virus (Kepler62 5: Virus) (Library) 195. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 6: Het geheim (Kepler62 6: Hemmeligheten) (Library) 196. Alice Pantermüller and Daniela Kohl - De vrolijke avonturen van Tina Talent 2: De ster van het toneel (Linni von Links 2: Ein Star im Himbeer-Sahne-Himmel) (Library) 197. Sir Steve Stevenson (Mario Pasqualotto) (ill. Stefano Turconi) - Agatha Mistery 2: De Parel van Bengalen (La Perla del Bengala) (Library) 198. Sir Steve Stevenson (Mario Pasqualotto) (ill. Stefano Turconi) - Agatha Mistery 3: Het zwaard van de Schotse koning (La spada del Re di Scozia) (Library) 199. Obert Skye - Het schepsel uit mijn kast 3: Pinocula (The Creature From my Closet 3: Pinocula) (Library) 200. Luc Embrechts and Rocío del Moral - RASCAL 1: De Bengaalse tijger (Library) 201. Luc Embrechts and Eric Bouwens - Uitvinderszootje 3: Operatie Groen (Library) 202. John Martin and Scott Seegert - De Melkweg School 1: De Melkweg School (Sci-fi Junior High 1: Sci-fi Junior High) (Library) 203. Greta Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman and Svante Thunberg - Ons huis staat in brand (Scener ur hjärtat) (Library) 204. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder 205. Kelly Yang - Parachutes 206. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1.5: Candy for Christmas 207. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 1: All Systems Red 208. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 2: Artificial Condition 209. Sabina Khan - The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali 210. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 0.5: Compulsory 211. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 3: Rogue Protocol 212. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Spreken we in Europa straks allemaal Europees? En andere vragen van kinderen aan de Europese Unie 213. Herman Pleij (ill. Irene Goede) - Zwemmen er haaien in de slotgracht? En andere vragen van kinderen aan het Muiderslot 214. Christa Carbo (ill. Irene Goede) - Krijgt de politie ook wel eens een bon? En andere vragen van kinderen aan de politie 215. Bas van Lier (ill. Eva Klose) - Blijven mensen altijd bestaan? En andere vragen van kinderen aan NEMO over leven 216. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Hoeveel papier gaat er in een boom? 217. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Hoe word ik snel rijk? 218. Jet van Vuuren - Eindfeest 219. Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed 220. George M. Johnson - All Boys Aren't Blue Favourites this month: Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 1-3 Kelly Yang - Parachutes George M. Johnson - All Boys Aren't Blue Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Jet van Vuuren - Eindfeest Sabina Khan - The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Pavel Šrut (ill. Galina Malíková) - De Sokkenvreters (Lichožrouti 1: Lichožrouti) Luc Embrechts and Rocío del Moral - RASCAL 1: De Bengaalse tijger John Martin and Scott Seegert - De Melkweg School 1: De Melkweg School (Sci-fi Junior High 1: Sci-fi Junior High) (Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler series (esp. books 4 and 5; I read books 1 and 2 in 2019) Least favourites: Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed
  19. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Well.. somehow this thread got away from me this year and I didn't update it much . So.. here goes since I apparently haven't posted in here since October. Books read in October 2021 168. Susan Hatler - Kissed by the Bay 7: Forever in a Kiss 169. Robert Thorogood - The Marlow Murder Club 1: The Marlow Murder Club 170. Gabrielle Jackson - Pain and Prejudice 171. Sarah Anderson - Aix Marks The Spot 172. Dr. Camilla Pang - Explaining Humans 173. Dave Goldstein - Bijna Vergeten 174. Jacques Vriens (ill. Annet Schaap) - Die rotschool met die fijne klas (re-read) 175. A. C. Baantjer - Baantjer 28: De Cock en het lijk op retour 176. Carry Slee - #laatste vlog 177. Enne Koens - Ik ben Vincent en ik ben niet bang 178. Mirjam Oldenhave (ill. Rick de Haas) - Mees Kees 3: De rekenrap 179. Iris Boter - Online! 180. Caja Cazemier - Offline 181. Anna Whateley - Peta Lyre's Rating Normal 182. Iris ter Haar - Een steekje los 183. Anna Woltz - Onweer (from: Onweer & Tien dagen in een gestolen auto) (Library) 184. Anna Woltz - Tien dagen in een gestolen auto (from: Onweer & Tien dagen in een gestolen auto) (Library) 185. Bianca Toeps and Esther Walraven (ill. Roozeboos) - Ik ben autastisch! (Library) 186. Colette de Bruin - Geef me de 5 1: Geef me de 5 (Library) 187. Marjon Kuipers and Saskia Buma - Minder stress, minder autisme: Plan C (Library) Favourites this month: Dr. Camilla Pang - Explaining Humans Gabrielle Jackson - Pain and Prejudice Anna Whateley - Peta Lyre's Rating Normal Iris ter Haar - Een steekje los Sarah Anderson - Aix Marks The Spot Bianca Toeps and Esther Walraven (ill. Roozeboos) - Ik ben autastisch! Least favourites: Colette de Bruin - Geef me de 5 1: Geef me de 5
  20. Please don't post yet - thread in progress
  21. Books abandoned / DNFed (did-not-finish) in 2022 None yet! Last Updated: 03-01-2022
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