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Title: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Griffin on January 19, 2021, 12:07:00 PM
It's been a while since we had one of these, right?  :read: So, what are you reading rn? :)

I just finished a book last night, a memoir by the Chinese author Hong Ying. (The original title is 好儿女花, apparently it hasn't been published in English yet? Mine was a Finnish translation, of course.) I think I've read something from the same author before, Daughter of the River rings some bells... not sure about that, though.

It was actually refreshing to read in Finnish for a change, I don't do that a lot anymore... I guess I should branch out a little and also read Finnish authors. :P And books translated from languages other than English.

Next up is The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, recommended by a friend.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ponybookworm on January 19, 2021, 05:08:35 PM
When not reading (or writing) my own stuff I'm beta-reading a story by a fellow Arena member.

Because of all the writing it's been a while since I dove into a book...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: BlackCurtains on January 19, 2021, 05:51:42 PM
I'm reading a non-fictional book about cats. It covers the history of cats in culture around the world, past and present wild cat breeds and all
domestic cat breeds. I have an encyclopedia with all the domestic cat breeds but this new book offers more information and of course, has its own pictures of all the pretty kitties :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on January 19, 2021, 05:57:45 PM
I'm going to stalk this thread for recommendations.  :D  I work in a library so I'm surrounded by books but I never really know what to pick up next.  I tend to listen to books on CD because I can do that in my office while I work on other things. 

If anyone is looking for something to read, I really enjoyed "Stalking Jack the Ripper" and "Bloody Jack."  Both are series and the audiobooks are excellent as well.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taffeta on January 19, 2021, 06:31:18 PM
If audible counts, I just finished the first volume of Tenshi no Kiba by Oosawa Arimasa and have just begun the second. My audiobook is in Japanese. Audible has Japanese books. I am so happy about this discovery :D

I don't know if it has an English translation, but just in case, I'll give a summary and such in spoilers below. I think it has a movie or drama adaptation since something comes up for it on IMDB but I'm sticking with the book.

I thought to begin with it was just a regular detective story set around major organised crime but...I was a bit wrong.

The Japanese are interesting sometimes.

Summary
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To be honest, there have been a few moments where I've just thought that the main character would make a terrible detective, because she jumps to all the wrong conclusions so much of the time. But the concept is so weird that I am sticking with it.

In terms of physically reading, I haven't since Christmas when I was rereading St Clares by Enid Blyton. Which is a bit of a contrast to the above ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LadyAmalthea on January 19, 2021, 06:34:41 PM
If anyone is looking for something to read, I really enjoyed "Stalking Jack the Ripper" and "Bloody Jack."  Both are series and the audiobooks are excellent as well.

I read a book recently about the victims of Jack the Ripper...it was really interesting! I never knew he only had 5 victims; he is always portrayed as this serial killer who ran a massive reign of terror over the streets of London over a long period of time, but the crimes really were all carried out in a matter of weeks. The book, I wish I could remember the name and author (I'll have to check my archived library downloads), paints an intriguing and appalling picture of Victorian London as it tells about each woman's life and the twists of fate that eventually brought them to such a grisly end.

Right now I'm reading my third book by Anne Patchett...I tend to get stuck on one author for a while, mostly out of laziness. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, since I'm driving at least 3-4 hours a day during the week.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Miniature Sheep on January 19, 2021, 06:41:02 PM
I'm going to stalk this thread for recommendations.  :D

Same here!

At the moment, I'm reading 'Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain'; it starts out with chapters on particular themes, then covers folklore from specific regions around Britain and finishes with a section about significant historical figures. There are some absolutely amazing woodcut illustrations in there, and a lot of information about the origins of traditions, songs and sayings. It's keeping me suitably occupied! :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Griffin on January 19, 2021, 10:25:27 PM
If audible counts, I just finished the first volume of Tenshi no Kiba by Oosawa Arimasa and have just begun the second. My audiobook is in Japanese. Audible has Japanese books. I am so happy about this discovery :D

Sure they count! I don't do audiobooks myself so I tend to forget. I guess I should give them a chance but I fear I'd be too restless to just sit and listen, and trying to multitask would probably break my focus. :P (I can't draw and listen at the same time, for example - I would always start doodling during lessons and lectures and only later realise that I was so concentrated on my drawing I'd stopped listening completely XD )
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on January 19, 2021, 11:27:18 PM
If audible counts, I just finished the first volume of Tenshi no Kiba by Oosawa Arimasa and have just begun the second. My audiobook is in Japanese. Audible has Japanese books. I am so happy about this discovery :D

Sure they count! I don't do audiobooks myself so I tend to forget. I guess I should give them a chance but I fear I'd be too restless to just sit and listen, and trying to multitask would probably break my focus. :P (I can't draw and listen at the same time, for example - I would always start doodling during lessons and lectures and only later realise that I was so concentrated on my drawing I'd stopped listening completely XD )

That's funny because I feel like I spent so many years taking notes during lectures that if my hands aren't busy I can't pay attention.  I almost never sit down and watch TV or listen to anything without a craft or video game of some sort in my hands.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: SunPony on January 19, 2021, 11:46:00 PM
Right now I'm working on a diary of John James Audubon from the early 1800s.  It is really interesting and surprisingly hilarious and relatable.  He likes to use as many exclamation points in a row as possible at times  :lol:  If he lived today he would definitely be doing this:  "My wife is my best friend and I love her so much!!!!!!!!!1"

Next I think I'll get a mystery novel by Tess Gerritsen, a friend let me borrow a book by her and I really liked it so I think I'll try another.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taffeta on January 19, 2021, 11:55:32 PM
I can watch football or TV documentaries and have the PC on at the same time, but with audiobooks I want to listen to the story, so generally was listening to them while travelling. No travelling for a while though...so I've taken to listening to them before bed.

I really have to be in the right mood though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LordBlumiere on January 20, 2021, 02:02:29 AM
Oooh, good thread!

I'm reading the Kingdom Hearts light novels--I just picked up the one for the first game. Sometimes I just want a light read, and it's nice to have a familiar story written down like this :lovey:
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Griffin on January 26, 2021, 07:20:43 PM
Next up is The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, recommended by a friend.

Finished this and now reading N. K. Jemisin's Dreamblood books :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Beldarna on January 27, 2021, 07:50:47 AM
I'm currently reading The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag (fantasy) and The Crossing Places by Elly Grifftihs (crime).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Koudoawaia on January 28, 2021, 06:57:06 PM
I'm reading Flight of Dragons in the Dragonfire Rain trilogy by Daniel Arenson. It's the latest trilogy in his Requiem series which are about a race called the Vir Requis who are people that can shift into dragons and are usually hunted to near extinction by one enemy or another in these trilogies but I still can't put them down. Warning about the fact they do get pretty graphic at times though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Baby Crumpet on January 28, 2021, 07:13:25 PM
Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene - well, I just finished it. Graham Greene is my favourite author and the Ministry of Fear was just MASSIVE fun. I'd really recommend it! It does get a little graphic/dark at times, but overall is a lot of fun.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nessa16 on January 28, 2021, 07:36:45 PM
Hannibal Rising, the prequel Hannibal Lector book. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: PrincessRoyalBlue on January 31, 2021, 02:16:58 AM
I'm re-reading the entire Wings of Fire series before the next book comes out in March! (I love to read. If I'm not sleeping, eating, or talking ponies, that's guaranteed to be what I'm doing.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Satin Slipper on February 07, 2021, 06:15:59 AM
Last thing I read was a magazine out of boredom  :P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nessa16 on February 08, 2021, 01:48:27 AM
Hannibal Rising, the prequel Hannibal Lector book. 
Read Red Dragon and now on Silence of the Lambs.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on February 08, 2021, 06:51:24 AM
I'm listening to the "Adventurers Wanted" series.  I'm really enjoying it. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: neptune on February 08, 2021, 11:45:56 AM
I've been reading "Cujo" from Stephen King for a while to scare myself to sleep  :biggrin: Though it's kind of hard to sleep after reading this book as I'm living all alone at my parents' property in Turkey (https://tranio.com/turkey/) all alone..
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: BlackCurtains on February 23, 2021, 05:14:28 PM
I'm reading a book about crystals my mom got me. I don't believe that crystals have healing powers or anything like that, I just think they're neat :) The book has hundreds of different crystals with pictures and some scientific info, but most of the information is new age stuff. Still, the pictures are nice and I've looked up some of the crystals online and they're fairly cheap. I have some crystals in my gemstone collection already and I can't afford most gems anymore, but some of the crystals I can :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Griffin on May 01, 2021, 12:19:45 PM
Bumping the thread.

Have read a couple of books after the Dreamblood series (which was amazing, btw!): two books by Finnish authors and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - loved that one too!

Now re-reading The Three Musketeers but in German, haha. Trying to brush up my skills. There's lots of unfamiliar vocabulary but it helps I've already read the book a couple of times. The last time was probably 15-20 years ago, though, and the film adaptations tend to take certain liberties.  :lol:

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Koudoawaia on May 01, 2021, 07:34:33 PM
I'm reading The Dragon's Paladin by Justin Lee. It is really really good. It's about a paladin from a renowned dragon slaying family that ironically becomes best friends with a dragon. It's supposed to be part of a series and it's so good I'm honestly upset there aren't more in the series yet >>
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: tikibirds on May 25, 2021, 07:34:40 PM
I was reading the 2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I'm kinda surprised its not banned here.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Beth3346 on July 02, 2021, 03:17:54 PM
what is everyone using to listen to audiobooks? i'm looking at audible. but i don't really want another subscription and i'm trying to stop giving amazon money.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on July 02, 2021, 05:12:13 PM
what is everyone using to listen to audiobooks? i'm looking at audible. but i don't really want another subscription and i'm trying to stop giving amazon money.

My library card gives me access to Overdrive and RBDigital. Or I check out audiobooks from the library.  You could see if Overdrive or RBDigital have free books you can listen to.  I think they usually have the classics available for free.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Koudoawaia on July 02, 2021, 05:23:54 PM
I'm reading The Chronicles of Kale. Dragons have about been hunted to extinction by an insane general and the last dragon Kale Firehart gets turned into a human by his wizard friend to save his life.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Beth3346 on July 02, 2021, 05:27:35 PM
what is everyone using to listen to audiobooks? i'm looking at audible. but i don't really want another subscription and i'm trying to stop giving amazon money.

My library card gives me access to Overdrive and RBDigital. Or I check out audiobooks from the library.  You could see if Overdrive or RBDigital have free books you can listen to.  I think they usually have the classics available for free.

Thanks :) It looks like my local library has Overdrive. I just need to get a library card. We moved during the pandemic so we haven't been to the library yet.

I love buying books just because i don't really like to read on my iPad and i like having actual copies that can't get deleted. but i'm horrible about actually reading them. it's embarrassing really. i like to listen to podcasts so i think i'll have more success with audiobooks.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bekuno on July 02, 2021, 05:59:15 PM
I'm currently reading Silverwing, which is a story about bats! It got adapted into a Canadian cartoon as well, so I watch episodes of the show as I read along, and they're quite different!
I plan to read all four books, but I already have my next big read picked out next.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LadyAmalthea on July 02, 2021, 06:35:46 PM
what is everyone using to listen to audiobooks? i'm looking at audible. but i don't really want another subscription and i'm trying to stop giving amazon money.

My library card gives me access to Overdrive and RBDigital. Or I check out audiobooks from the library.  You could see if Overdrive or RBDigital have free books you can listen to.  I think they usually have the classics available for free.

I second checking out what your library has to offer. My library card gives me access to Hoopla, and one other (maybe Overdrive?) that I haven't even looked into yet. It's free as long as you have a library card, and you get 6 borrows a month with Hoopla, plus sometimes they run specials where select titles don't count toward your 6...often classics.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Griffin on July 03, 2021, 01:02:30 PM
Now re-reading The Three Musketeers but in German, haha. Trying to brush up my skills. There's lots of unfamiliar vocabulary but it helps I've already read the book a couple of times. The last time was probably 15-20 years ago, though, and the film adaptations tend to take certain liberties.  :lol:

This is a lengthy project but I'm almost half way through! I gave myself permission to read other books in the meanwhile, though, so I went to the library to get a couple (now that they're open again, yay! :heart: )

I already read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell). A quick read and very enjoyable! I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and detective stories / murder mysteries. Or someone who likes journalling, lol!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: BlackCurtains on July 06, 2021, 07:25:47 PM
I started The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) again. It's my favorite book of his and I've read it I think 4 times. I was talking to a friend about his books and movies and remembered that the dude who did the Shawshank and Green Mile movies has the rights to The Long Walk. I think he could do it justice. So anyway, I'm reading it again.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bekuno on July 06, 2021, 07:36:22 PM
I officially started reading Dune two days ago! I'm trying to read a minimum of two chapters a day, and just hoping I finish by the time the movie is out in October! I've never read a book quite this long and it's my first real venture into sci-fi, I've been enjoying it!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: bright rabbit 1 on July 06, 2021, 09:34:28 PM
Vintage Barbie books they have big writing in them and I can read them unlike some of the books I’ve got.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshie on August 30, 2021, 01:15:02 PM
Totally not a “reading this for fun” book, but I’m reading ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ for my job. I work as a production associate as well as graphic designer and the creative team is reading this one together!

A “I’m reading this for fun” book would be one called ‘Skogluft: Forest Air’. It’s all about bringing natural air and light into your spaces to improve happiness and health (aka going plant crazy in your office!)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: tikibirds on September 01, 2021, 06:09:00 PM
Tianbao Fuyao Lu Also known as Legend of Exorcism. Its 221 chapters but only about 60 are translated  :cry:
 It also has a CGI donghua (animation).
So here's a premise: A human man with the power of Heart leads a team made up of a half-demon, wolf gege, one campy Foreigner, an encyclopedic nerd and a fish with hairy legs in the effort to keep Chang'an from the clutches of demons that want to take it over. Stolen from a review on novelupdates
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Beth3346 on November 27, 2021, 11:30:17 PM
I'm listening to Bulls*t Jobs by David Graeber and thinking about most of the jobs i've had in my life.

It's a really interesting book though. I haven't gotten to the part where any solutions are discussed but i would like to imagine a world where i can build web things for fun and read philosophy books like i did when i was first learning web development.

Before that i ready How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley which provides a really good explanation of how a government can have Fascist elements but not be completely Fascist. so yeah i enjoy the light reading :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taffeta on November 28, 2021, 12:09:00 AM
The Japanese war tale. Eternally. Its long.

Also Yona manga.

And Tenshi no Kiba (book 2) on the audible audiobooks. Now I've got it to work again.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Koudoawaia on November 28, 2021, 12:20:29 AM
Currently reading The Horses Know by Lynn Mann. In this book's universe, horses choose humans to bond with which of course is what happened with the main character. It's really good so far.
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