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Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:51:50 PM »
This particular part of the forum is kind of dead. Let's fix that!

Here's a thread dedicated to whatever you've planned for your summer readings, and we can discuss books we want to read, books we've read, book we're currently reading....whatever.

This summer I've been working on a lot of books. Here's a list of the books I've finished and a quick rating:

Books finished
The Brothers Karamazov - Amazing. Russian literature is best. I don't know why we spend so much time reading bad American lit when we could be reading masterpieces like this.
Jaguar Under the Sun - Italo Calvino is a brilliant author.
Cosmicomics - Another book by Italo Calvino. Treats sci-fi almost like fantasy. Really well written save for a few science heavy chapters.
Neuromancer - Pretty good. Gibson writes pretty well, but I'm not convinced enough by the novel to pick up the sequels.
Time Machine - This book was good for about twenty pages and then it just started sucking.
Slaughterhouse Five - This book is sick overrated. It's still okay, but outside of political references (and a really cool Why We Fight reference) I don't see anything that makes it stand out so much. "So it goes" is more annoying than its thematic importance.

Books I Plan on Reading
Game of Thrones (just the first book)
Lolita
Mists of Avalon
Hyperion
Invisible Cities
Mrs. Dalloway
Pale Fire
Shakespeare (namely Macbeth, Othello, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice)
Paradise Lost
Faust
The Divine Comedy
War of the Worlds (less on the priority list after The Time Machine)

I'm currently reading A Clockwork Orange. This book is pretty damn good, so I should be done with it and onto Lolita by the end of the day.
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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 05:25:49 PM »
I've read Mrs. Dalloway, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Inferno in high school. I thought they were decent books, but I wouldn't really bother reading them again if I didn't have to. Shakespeare's tragedies are predictable (in my opinion) so I didn't really enjoy it as much as a Shakespeare aficionado might, but I liked it better than A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.

Books I plan on reading:

The Glass Blowers
Emily of New Moon
series
Sherlock Holmes
David Copperfield
War and Peace
The House of Mirth
Emma
Tess of the D'urbervilles
Dracula
The Good Earth

Anything and everything by Agatha Christie

...is it obvious I'm trying to read classics? XDD

Currently reading So Many Steps to Death by Agatha Christie. ^-^

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 07:13:37 PM »
uhhh i finished Shakespeare's Cymbeline a few days ago and am creeping steadily through War and Peace

but, alas, skyrimmmmmmmm



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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 07:21:45 PM »
Let's see.

At  the moment I'm trying to read:
The Kane Chronicles
Mortal Instruments series
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie's novels.
Sherlock Holmes

Also there's this list of mystery novels for teens I got and I'm hoping to be able to get some at the library.

If anyone knows any really good detective type mysteries that's set in the late 1800's early 1900's I'd like to know of 'em.

Oh and lots and lots of manga.


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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 07:34:55 PM »
uhhh i finished Shakespeare's Cymbeline a few days ago and am creeping steadily through War and Peace

but, alas, skyrimmmmmmmm

Skyrim is a book of its own it's okay. =P

Read the literature in Skyrim and say you read lots.

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 07:38:54 PM »
Let's see.

At  the moment I'm trying to read:
The Kane Chronicles
Mortal Instruments series
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie's novels.
Sherlock Holmes

Also there's this list of mystery novels for teens I got and I'm hoping to be able to get some at the library.

If anyone knows any really good detective type mysteries that's set in the late 1800's early 1900's I'd like to know of 'em.

Oh and lots and lots of manga.

I used to love Nancy Drew! Haven't read it in a while. XDD And I have all three books of the Kane Chronicles, but I've only finished the first one. I'm trying to get through one book at a time, instead of starting multiple books, heehee. XDD

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 07:39:21 PM »
I never read anymore! ;)
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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 07:42:12 PM »
Heehee! I'm trying to make up for all the reading I miss during the semester. I can never seem to find enough time to read for pleasure then. XDDD

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 07:46:19 PM »
Let's see.

At  the moment I'm trying to read:
The Kane Chronicles
Mortal Instruments series
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie's novels.
Sherlock Holmes

Also there's this list of mystery novels for teens I got and I'm hoping to be able to get some at the library.

If anyone knows any really good detective type mysteries that's set in the late 1800's early 1900's I'd like to know of 'em.

Oh and lots and lots of manga.

I used to love Nancy Drew! Haven't read it in a while. XDD And I have all three books of the Kane Chronicles, but I've only finished the first one. I'm trying to get through one book at a time, instead of starting multiple books, heehee. XDD

I don't know how anyone can try reading multiple books at a time. I can only do one at a time. I know for experience the former doesn't work for me at all.

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Yeah I found a bunch of small mystery novels downstairs that must've been my grandma's. Thought I'd check 'em out. Though I wonder if we have the Orient Express here somewhere in this house because that's the Agatha Christie novel I'm most interested in.
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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 07:48:52 PM »
Murder on the Orient Express is such a great book! I loved it, but I'm a huge Agathe Christie fan, so I'm probably biased. XDD

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2013, 07:52:42 PM »
I read a little bit of it about a year ago. Actually it was exactly July 4th of last year. I didn't get the chance to finish it though. It seemed interesting though, except I'd need a dictionary by my side the whole time just to comprehend some of the words she uses. XDD


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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2013, 07:56:46 PM »
Yeah, her language is a bit complex at times, but I've gotten used to it. The only time I need a dictionary around is when her characters speak in French. Then, I need to translate everything. XD

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2013, 08:55:44 PM »
Her characters speak in French sometimes? Yeesh.

Kinda awesome though.


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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 08:59:55 PM »
Book(s) I'm currently reading:
City of the Beasts trilogy by Isabel Allende

Books I plan on reading:
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel


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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 09:26:39 PM »
I read The Glass Menagerie in high school for my literature class. I actually liked it; it was one of the few plays I enjoyed. XD And I've been meaning to read Life of Pi also! I've heard really good things about that book!

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2013, 10:54:27 PM »
Its winter :/

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2013, 12:18:46 AM »
Its winter :/

lol

Fine, how about a June - August summer discussion thread? :P

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2013, 08:03:09 PM »
Its winter :/
Wait, so do people down under have three month long winter vacations?
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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2013, 09:23:01 PM »
Finished Clockwork Orange -5/5
Finished Lolita - 3/5

Gonna go start on Game of Thrones.

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Re: Summer Reading Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2013, 09:24:06 PM »
Its winter :/
Wait, so do people down under have three month long winter vacations?
That would suck! No time to swim in the summer?!

 

       
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