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  1. Athena's Reading List 2016

    That's an impressive amount of books! But also you are an impressively fast reader, imo. Sounds like the woman at the bookshop gave you a good deal. The benefits of knowing people at places you frequent are quite nice
  2. Lara's Reading Log 2016

    Hi everyone who happens to be reading my thread! Just thought I'd check back in here. February has been a horribly slow reading month for me, unfortunately. School and work have been keeping me quite busy, so I haven't had as much time to read as I would like. If I counted textbooks in my list here I'd definitely appear much more productive! I have been able to finish Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I read for my English class. I enjoyed it much more than I'd expected to, though I found the narrator to be infuriatingly egotistical. I think that was intentional, though, so I guess it's a mark of good writing! I do admire Shelley's character development in that novel. I also finished A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren. I adore Elizabeth Warren, and that's why I started reading it (it's her autobiography), but I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite informative about recent economic reform in the United States. It was interesting to hear about the workings of Washington from a behind the scenes, personal sort of view. If you are interested in U.S. politics and lean towards the left, I'd definitely recommend it. Just today, I finished World War Z by Max Brooks. This was another book I read for my English class. While it is absolutely not something I'd ever read of my own volition, it was enjoyable. The format was interesting - it is presented as nonfiction, a collection of interviews about the "Zombie War" the world has recently undergone. Brooks does a fantastic job maintaining realism. There was a couple bits which I thought were inconsistent with each other, but it could be argued that those inconsistencies made sense considering that the entire book is recollections from a bunch of different people - memory and perception can be faulty. I found the book to be quite terrifying, to be totally honest; the first night after I began reading it I dreamed that I had to hide from zombies. Horrifying. I hope that I'll be able to get some more reading done this month than I did the last, having the time to read for pleasure is so nice. Hope you all are having a great reading year!
  3. Lara's Reading Log 2016

    Thank you both!
  4. Lara's Reading Log 2016

    Just goes to show it's all subjective
  5. Lara's Reading Log 2016

    I felt the exact same way. It was strange. My copy also had eleven pages of "praise for Freakonomics" at the beginning of the book before the introduction which I found rather...excessive .
  6. Usually ketchup, but also queso if I have some around. I'm a queso addict . My dad likes to mix salt and vinegar with ketchup, and then dip them in that. It tastes pretty good, but I'm usually too lazy to go to the trouble of mixing it up. Sriracha is good as well. I went through a phase where I dipped just about everything in that. I do *not* understand how some of you can eat them with mayo! It's definitely not a thing here. Mayonnaise just grosses me out in general, though. Ah, to each their own!
  7. Muggle Not - Books Read 2016

    Happy reading, Muggle Not! It looks like you've had a great start to the year. I must say, I love your username!
  8. Hola!

    Welcome, Jessica. I hope you enjoy it here
  9. bonjour tout le monde!

    Welcome to the forum!
  10. Hi from Kerry

    Welcome, Kerry! Happy reading
  11. Noll's 2016 Books and Cross-Stitch

    I know this is an old-ish post, but I just wanted to say you give excellent reviews, Nollaig. I quite enjoy reading them
  12. Lara's Reading Log 2016

    Haven't been on here in a while, so I figure I'll give a little update! I finished reading six books in January, three less than my goal of approximately 9/month. Not too bad overall, though. The last book I finished reading was Freakonomics by Steven J. Dubner and Stephen D. Levitt. I had high expectations of this book, because I love their podcast, but I was a bit disappointed. While it was well written, I thought the content was not great. I was expecting to learn at least something about economics from the book, but it turned out to be much more fluffy non-fiction than I was expecting. I'm still glad I read it, though. At the end of the book, there is quite a bit of additional content - articles written by the authors that expand on what was in the books, but I think I'll save that to read another time. Recently, I went to Barnes & Noble to use a gift card I received for Christmas, and picked up a couple books: I am so excited to read Notorious RBG. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is awesome. I also picked up Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I am currently reading for my English class: Frankenstein has been great so far. I've been enjoying it much more than I expected. Mary Shelley's voice as an author is so frank yet quite poetic, and much less archaic than I thought it would be, given the age of the book. The book is very compelling, I've read much farther ahead than what I've been assigned for class. It's definitely one of those books you just can't put down! It's superficial, but I also quite like the cover of my copy of the book. It's *so* cheesy. I just love it. Barnes & Noble has a great series of classics with lovely bindings. I have a copy of Pride & Prejudice from that collection that is just lovey. Must less cheesy than this Frankenstein cover, haha. In addition to Frankenstein, I'm still making my way through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, though that has been going slow because I'm reading it with my boyfriend and we've both been quite busy. I'm also reading a non-fiction book about the French Revolution, which has turned out be quite interesting. It's part of a series of books on European history, I can't remember the name of it without getting up to look at the book, but I'll have to see if I can get my hands on more of them when I am done this one. Yesterday, I checked out Elizabeth Warren's biography, A Fighting Chance, from the library and began reading it, so I have a ton to read right now! I just get in the mood sometimes where I need to have a million different things to read. I know some people here share that sentiment . I hope everybody's reading has been going well, and happy February to everyone!
  13. First Line of Current Book - 2016

    "Anyone living in the United States in the early 1990s and paying even a whisper of attention to the nightly news or a daily newspaper could be forgiven for having been scared out of his skin". Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  14. Michelle (and everyone else here), do you have any recommendations for stand alone graphic novels? I've been trying to get into them; I've read one graphic novel in my life. It's time for me to get past the "graphic novels aren't real literature" mentality and try something new!