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On 11/15/2020 at 12:38 PM, Robin M said:

Happy Sunday, my lovelies. Today is I Love to Write Day so grab your pens or pencils and write a note, a poem, a letter, get back to work or start working on that novel you've been planning forever. Your muse is waiting for you.  Are you ready for an interesting exercise?  All you have to do is put pen to paper and answer the question, "Writing is like..." And no, writing isn't like a box of chocolates. *grin* 

 

I am late to this exercise as usual so I am going to do this here instead of pen to paper. 

"Writing is like climbing Mount Everest to me. I cannot learn writing from books. It is a combination of talent, perseverance and hard work to me. I have persevered and worked hard, but lacking the talent that is glaringly obvious, I do the next best thing. Devour the books that the talented have written. I am so very grateful to writers for without them my world would be drab and colorless."

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On 11/16/2020 at 5:15 AM, The Accidental Coach said:

Anyone else here a Terry Pratchett fan?

I am!  My teens (now all in their mid-20s to mid-30s) adored his books; I never read them when they were still at home.  But after they left, and I had more discretionary time, I picked one up randomly to read and was hooked despite fantasy not really being my genre.....  I think it is because of the underlying commentary on the human experience.

I'm happy to report that I'm tracking to meet my goal of 52 Books in a Year.  Thank you all for the inspiration!  I've recently finished three books that I think were first mentioned in these threads:  What Alice Knew, The Silent Patient, and All We Ever Wanted.  All very modern (for me!), so pleased to have branched out from tried and true classics and mysteries (my go-tos!).

I'm currently reading The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra which is set in India.  I'm only a couple of chapters in, but enjoying the set-up and the characters I've met.  I'd love to visit India one day....

 

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@mumto2@negin

Thanks, loves. I decided it's going to be pleasantly lazy, will spend time meandering about web, order out and have dinner delivered. I think I'm in the mood for Italian food.  Meanwhile I read an interesting article "Want to feel Better, Stop Reading New Books." in which the author talks about reader older books which are new to you, at least 15 years old and older because:  "It may be that the temperament of the reader was (or was assumed to be) different 15 years ago. Things—the stories and the sentences—are a little slower, more careful. There is more room. This may actually have nothing to do with the fact that these books were written 15 or 150 years ago—in fact, it’s more likely that the reason I’m enjoying these older books so much is because they were always the highest quality books in the room, and therefore, they’re the ones that have survived in the literary consciousness for however long they have. "

"So if you too have been struggling to decouple from your phone this year, I suggest you pick up one of the many classics you’ve been meaning to read for years, but never quite gotten around to. (I don’t care who you are; you must have at least one classic, contemporary or otherwise, that you haven’t gotten around to.) This may be counter-productive to say on a website largely about new books, and even more counter-productive as someone who has published a book this year, but look: the new books will wait. In fact, all the books will wait. We will all wait, together. It’s all about how we’ll pass the time. Personally, I will be passing it by continuing to fill the gaps in my literary knowledge, and soothing my bruised nerves in the process."

Keep this in mind as I post the end of the year Best of the Best in 2020 and multiple links to new and old books tempting you all to add more and more to your teetering tottering books stacks.   Every year I aim to resist buying new books and read from my own stacks through April. This coming year I'll have to add resisting all the kindle unlimited so easy to download books in order to read from my TBR pile. 

Perhaps for 2021 we should take another tour around the world and through the centuries, reading those older books we've been meaning to read but have never quite gotten around to it. Along with our fluff, of course. 😁

What do you think? Share a list of 6 older books you've been wanting to read and we'll add them to our reading plan for the new year. 

ETA:
 

And rereads too. My son and I have been listening to so many Harry Potter Theory youtube videos (He likes to analyze Snape a lot) that I'm thinking it's time to reread the series.

 

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@Robin M Some book I am contemplating for 2021.....

Anna Karenina

Count of Monte Cristo

Father Brown maybe.......Chesterton

Middlemarch

Harry Potter reread......it’s probably time 

Conon Doyle

CS Lewis........Screwtape Letters probably

Wilkie Collins........happily reread

Thomas Hardy ...... not sure which

to revisit DH Lawrence 

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Happy birthday, Robin!

 

Thank you for the prompt to begin planning next year's reading. Thanks to this group I know one of my books will be another Haruki Murakami. I think I may tackle one of his larger books.

Weep with me, readers - our library has shut down due to two librarians testing positive for COVID. Our librarians have been wonderful this year with maintaining online programming and curbside pickup. I am certain scores of other librarians have done just as much. As of now, our only available resources are the online e-book apps (Libby and Overdrive). I'm good for a while as my TBR pile is extensive and my DGD has a series she wants me to read but my heart aches for the librarians, their families, and our community which has lost (hopefully temporarily) this precious resource.

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2 hours ago, mumto2 said:

@Robin M Some book I am contemplating for 2021.....

Anna Karenina

Count of Monte Cristo

Father Brown maybe.......Chesterton

Middlemarch

Harry Potter reread......it’s probably time 

Conon Doyle

CS Lewis........Screwtape Letters probably

Wilkie Collins........happily reread

Thomas Hardy ...... not sure which

to revisit DH Lawrence 

These are on my 2021 list, too.

Probably The Space Trilogy for C.S. Lewis and I've never read Wilkie Collins (so not a reread for me).

I did well in 2020 in not re-reading anything* (except the Bible).  *I read some books in Spanish that I had previously read in English, but I am not counting those at re-reads.

There are a few books that I have been itching to re-read this year, so I'm not planning to go two years in a row with reading only new books.  However, I may re-visit the idea for 2022.  It has been a great way to clear out my TBR shelves.

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Books I currently have in my stacks but haven't read which I've been meaning too

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Atlas Shrugged -Ayn Rand

Red and the Black - Stendhal

In the Shadow of Young Girls (Vol2 Insearch of lost time) - Proust

Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas

The Complete Father Brown - Chesterton

Plus a virtual copy of Zamyatin's We which is rather short. 

I know I won't get to all of them this year, but hopefully at least three 

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2 hours ago, mumto2 said:

@The Accidental CoachI will be following tradition and starting the year reading a Murakami.  I never finished my reread of 1q84 this year so plan to restart that one.  I am grateful my kindle will remember where I am after 10 month!  

Me too as I have Killing Commendatore in my stacks. 

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16 hours ago, The Accidental Coach said:

Weep with me, readers - our library has shut down due to two librarians testing positive for COVID. Our librarians have been wonderful this year with maintaining online programming and curbside pickup. I am certain scores of other librarians have done just as much. As of now, our only available resources are the online e-book apps (Libby and Overdrive). I'm good for a while as my TBR pile is extensive and my DGD has a series she wants me to read but my heart aches for the librarians, their families, and our community which has lost (hopefully temporarily) this precious resource.

Oh, no! I hope that the librarians will soon recover and that your library will be able to reopen. I would sorely miss my library were it to close again.

Regards,

Kareni

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On 11/18/2020 at 12:10 PM, Dreamergal said:

@Robin M Sorry about your DH's cast. Hope he feels better soon and the pain med helps.

One of my favorite historical fiction authors is Julia Quinn and one of her most enjoyable series is Bridgerton which is the story of eight siblings who are the children of a Viscount and are named from A-H. There is also a society gossip columnist called Lady Whistledown who is anonymous and rather notorious. A very enjoyable read. Now Netflix and Shonda Rhimes have come up with a series, with Lady Whistledown voiced by Julie Andrews.  Starts on Christmas Day, 2020

The Books

https://juliaquinn.com/series/bridgertons/

The trailer

 

 

 

Adding this author to my library wish list!

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