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    Don’t know about anyone else, but finding a new book to read is such a challenge for me. So this post, really, is about self-gratification.

    Hoping others will share whatever it is they’re reading as you never know, you might inspire someone else to delve into that very title. Someone like *ahem* me? 😉

    I’ll kick off – I am currently finishing Neil Gaiman’s recently published collection of short stories. It’s called the “Neil Gaiman Reader” and it is authored by, well, Neil Gaiman.

    Not too bad at all if you’re someone like me who has read his books but not his short story anthologies before. Recommend it.

    Coming up next for me is “Europe and its Shadows” by Professor Hamid Dabashi. Professor Dabashi is a major scholar in postcolonial thought and philosophy and his work is usually very well constructed and reasoned.

  • Book club – what are you reading?

    Ladykat updated 1 year ago 14 Members · 15 Replies
  • earendil

    Citizen of Imladris : 87 posts

    A great idea

    I just finished Sabaa Tahir’s A Sky Beyond the Storm, final book in her Ember in the Ashes series.

    I’m not usually a big fan of first person, present tense stories but this one works; it was amazing from beginning to end, such a rich world… Loved every page.

    Mar 6, 2021 at 9:24 am
  • Morwenna

    Citizen of Imladris : 20 posts

    I’m always reading something, even though I seldom post about it. But just because… I’m re-reading all the Harry Potter books, and I’m on [i]Order of the Phoenix[/i] right now. But I’m taking my sweet time.

    I often read more than one thing at once too; lately I’ve been buying some of those retrospective Time and Life and National Geographic mega-magazines, some about movies and TV shows and some about historical subjects. And I usually have a book of short pieces near at hand to bring along if we’re planning to eat out; hubby does the same. The most recent one is [i]The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog[/i] by Patricia Monaghan, about her various visits to Ireland.

    Mar 6, 2021 at 11:27 am
  • Hunter

    Citizen of Imladris : 40 posts

    Just finished reading The Killing Floor by Lee Childs. It is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. It was a pretty good action, thriller read.

    Now I have started reading The Book of Lost Tales, part one. It is volume 1 of The History of Middle Earth Books by Christopher Tolkien. I’ve had the series for a few years now and promised myself that I’d start reading them.

    Mar 7, 2021 at 8:26 pm
  • Otaku-sempai

    Citizen of Imladris : 93 posts

    I’m currently reading Better Dead by Max Allan Collins, a Nathan Heller mystery. Heller is doing some work for U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy while at the same time he’s hired to look for evidence that might clear Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who are sitting on Death Row after being convicted of espionage.

    Mar 8, 2021 at 6:23 am
  • elengil

    Citizen of Imladris : 94 posts

    I read the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin last year. I still struggle to put my feelings on this series sufficiently into words.

    The closest I’ve come is that while there is no comparison to Lord of the Rings, the experience of reading them was like reading LotR for the first time. It just sort of burrowed into my soul and set up home. There is a lot of language and some explicit (but not pornographic) scenes, but it is an amazing story.

    I am currently reading A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. I was hooked *from page 1*. It’s just a delightful book.

    A small series of books I recently was overjoyed to rediscover was Wise Child, Juniper, and Colman, by Monica Furlong. They’re out of print so the only copies are usually higher priced, but for me it was absolutely worth it to have these books in my possession. I had remembered reading them in middle school (ooh so many years ago) but in re-reading it, I was thrilled that the books were just as good today as they were in my memory.

    Mar 8, 2021 at 8:44 am
  • Tooks

    Shield Bearer : 168 posts

    Has anyone read ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles? I was quite enchanted.

    I don’t often read ‘fantasy’ literature. I was spoiled at a young age by reading some books by that Tolkien fellow.


    Mar 8, 2021 at 3:34 pm
  • The-Humble-Hobbit

    Petitioner to the Council : 5 posts

    Currently I’mn reading the new Dresden book by Jim Butcher. Great series.

    Mar 16, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    • bornilon

      Citizen of Imladris : 29 posts

      Excellent! I’m reading Skin Game right now– already looking forward to the next two!

      Mar 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm
  • kevenstar

    Petitioner to the Council : 9 posts

    I have been reading Connie Willis’s time travel stories, and can highly recommend them! Based in an Oxford University of the future (a charmingly old-fashioned future) where historians are able to travel back to their specialised time periods for immersive research purposes. The first one, Doomsday Book, sends a woman to the middle ages, but she ends up in the wrong year, just in time for the Black Death. Meanwhile, 21st-century Oxford is under quarantine for a mysterious flu-like illness, so no one can get her out! Perhaps a little close for comfort for these times but an excellent book. Then there’s To Say Nothing Of The Dog, and the epic two-parter Blackout and All Clear. Some of my favourite reads of the year so far.

    Mar 25, 2021 at 7:28 am
  • Ladykat

    Shield Bearer : 171 posts

    Right now I’m reading a book called Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. Not quite halfway through it, but it’s pretty good. It’s about an owner/operator of a bookstore who used the bookstore’s blog to list eight books that he thought had perfect murders. Now the FBI are questioning him because someone is committing real life murders using the methods from the books on his list. As I said, pretty good so far.


    Apr 3, 2021 at 2:52 pm
  • northerner

    Petitioner to the Council : 4 posts

    I’m in the camp that reads multiple books at any given time. Right now I’m reading:

    H.P. Lovecraft – The Whisperer in Darkness

    Thomas More – Utopia

    Yukio Mishima – The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

    Apr 8, 2021 at 10:31 am
  • Quimrill_Renctar

    Petitioner to the Council : 9 posts

    I am in the middle of

    The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud (personal)

    The Hive- Orion Scott Card (my pick- with my bride- in the car)

    Cheaper by the Dozen- Ernestine Carey (wife’s pick- with my bride- at home)

    The Fellowhip of the Ring- John Ronald Raul Tolkien (with my class)


    Apr 8, 2021 at 11:24 am
  • wrymero

    Petitioner to the Council : 14 posts

    I’ve become a slow reader but I’ve picked up a reading challenge of one book per month again! I recently finished Yuval Noah Harrari’s ‘Homo Deus’, which was a fascinating read on where we are heading as a species, all be it muddled by some biased viewpoints. I’ve picked up Agatha Christine’s ‘A Murder on the Nile’. I’ve realised I haven’t really read much of Christie so taking the time to burn through her entertaining works!

    Apr 13, 2021 at 2:38 am
  • Ladykat

    Shield Bearer : 171 posts

    Finished the other book, and now I’m reading Murderer’s Choice by Anna Mary Wells. It was published in 1943 and it’s funny to hear the characters talk about things like sugar and coffee rations.

    And riding in a taxi could cost you a whole twenty-five cents!!


    Apr 22, 2021 at 7:30 am
  • Ladykat

    Shield Bearer : 171 posts

    I’m about to start a new book by Lincoln Child. The title is Death Match.

    No idea what it’s about yet, but I know he’s a good writer.


    May 6, 2021 at 10:14 am