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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:49:12 GMTIt's that time of year again and we only have one (very busy) month left in 2016, so while we are thinking about our 2017 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281261) challenges and reflecting on 2016... What books did you enjoy the most in 2016? Did anyone read a book so thought provoking that you lost sleep over it? In a good way that is. Or maybe you read a horror book so terrifying that you now need a night-light? Which books did you play hookie for? What books did you read that will go back into your to-be-read list? Also, which books published in 2016 stood out to you? What are your early favorites for the __________ Award? My TBR list has dwindled to only a few hundred titles (and I hear *pdurrant* could use some more to read too ;)), so help us find something wonderful to start 2017 with! Here are the last few years posts for reference: 2015 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268439) | 2014 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252517) | 2013 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230130)
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:35:10 GMTWhat books have you re-read multiple times? I've re-read Dune countless times. . . well about six or seven times I think and also listened to the audiobook version a couple times.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:21:57 GMTi'm looking for a new series on audible in either detective/mystery/police procedural, modern fantasy or urban fantasy. maybe a novel, but nothing with modern politics, army stuff or hard scifi. most important thing is the narrator - no cutesy girly voices (this drives me NUTS when the character's supposed to be a tough 35 year old), no rich melodic important male voices, no radio announcer voices. not looking for someone who reads really slow or really fast. if there's romance and sex, i'd hope not to run into TOO much of it, as it's annoying to fast forward through the naughty parts. no heroines or heroes who make lots of stupid decisions, no romances that develop ridiculously quickly, no characters who seem to do nothing but jump to conclusions. and for the love of god, if someone just died or is missing or something awful happened, spare me from books where the heroine is admiring some guy's butt just after those things happened. a couple of my favorite audible series include the dresden files - the reader is a perfect harry - and the in death series. the reader for the in death series is superb. in fact, i don't like some of the books that much, but the reader - or in her case, actress - is flawless. her reading never gets in the way of the story, her voices for the characters are so consistent that i can tell who's talking immediately most of the time. i did feel her roarke was a little too irish at times, but hey - she was working with a director who must have wanted it. so i just fast forward through the sex scenes and the ones where roarke is threatening to pour a soother down eve's throat again.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:45:46 GMTHelp us select what the MR Literary Club will read in December 2016! This is a special month featuring one nomination from every previous rotating nominator this cycle. The included nominations are determined by the non-winners with the most votes and any relevant ties are resolved by the original nominator, or otherwise by first listed (this time all ties have been resolved by their original nominator). Like every month we will only have one winner, but this is a celebration of all who contributed to the rotating months. A big thanks of appreciation to each and every one of you! :thanks::clap::drinks::book2: Voting will run for four days. The vote will close exactly four days from this post; even if the final tally doesn't occur immediately after voting closes, no votes made after that time will count. Votes will be made by post. Each person has FIVE votes to use. You may give each nominee one or two (or no) votes. You may vote all at once in one post or vote in separate posts at different times, so long as you have more votes remaining to cast. You may use any number of your possible votes up to the maximum. Any extraneous votes per person (past their maximum or more than two for one nominee) won't count. Votes cannot be changed once they are cast. If you vote for the winner it is hoped that you will read the selection with the club and join in the discussion. Once voting is complete, the count will be tallied and a winner declared. In the event of a tie, there will be a one-day run-off vote, also in this thread. If the run-off also ends in a tie, then the tie will be resolved in favour of the earliest nomination. The floor is now open! * Voting is closed. Final results- * *Babette's Feast* by Karen Blixen, December 2015 bfisher Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10104532-babette-s-feast?from_search=true&search_version=) / 054 Pages / Votes- 7 Goodreads: With the mysterious arrival of Babette, a refugee from France's civil war, life for two pious sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Before long, Babette has convinced them to try something other than boiled codfish and ale bread: a gourmet French meal. Her feast scandalizes the elders, except for the visiting general. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure? Note from bfisher - a short novella or even a short story at 54 pages. It was adapted as a wonderful movie (in Danish, but available with subtitles) * *The Reader* by Bernhard Schlink, February 2016 Bookpossum Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/101299.The_Reader?ac=1&from_search=1) / 217 Pages / Votes- 0 An exceptionally powerful novel exploring the themes of betrayal, guilt and memory against the background of the Holocaust. An international bestseller. For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret. 'A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction. A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' INDEPENDENT SATURDAY MAGAZINE * *The Golden Bowl* by Henry James, April 2016 Spinnenmonat Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/259020.The_Golden_Bowl) / 594 Pages / Votes- 3 From Goodreads:'A thing to marvel at, a thing to be grateful for.'A rich American ar[...]
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:10:45 GMT*_:book2:2017 Reading Challenge Discussion Thread:book2:_* *Welcome to our 8th Annual Reading Challenge!* Maybe you would like to read a certain number of pages this year, finish a certain number of books, concentrate on a specific genre or deplete your ever-growing TBR list. Maybe you're looking for ideas or you just want to see how far you can go… This is the thread where we can share our personal goals and strategies or ask for suggestions and support. New ideas are encouraged and always welcomed. :) The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", *anyone can join!* This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading. You are welcome to keep track of the books you have read in the "List Thread", here: *2017 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread* (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281261) Plus, if you would like to discuss a particular book, please participate in the *Hey!! Let's get some action going! What are we reading?* (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10108) thread and share your thoughts about the book with others.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:56:45 GMTI note checking thru` a lot of ebook sites that fiction books for categories like war, military fighting and action seem to be rare. Plenty of non fiction Military but this is often Mil. history. A few like "Search for Private Ryan"s would be good but don`t want huge "War and Peace" type tomes. Any inputs appreciated.:thanks:
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:07:09 GMT*_:bookworm:2017 Reading Challenge List Thread:bookworm:_* *Welcome to our 8th Annual Reading Challenge!* The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", *anyone can join!* This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading. This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge. I would request that you please state your goals at the top of your post (in the title line if you can), and then start your list in the body of your post. As you read books, *edit your post to update your list of books read*. [*Please Remember: * No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281262) for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread] Discussions & Ideas can be found here: *2017 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread* (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281262) *Post #2* of this thread is dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread. Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread. Previous threads were for 2016 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267423), 2015 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252498), 2014 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230078), 2013 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=200774), 2012 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161317), 2011 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115256) and 2010 (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66263)
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:01:47 GMT*December 2016 MobileRead Book Club Vote* Help us choose a book as the December 2016 eBook for the MobileRead Book Club. The poll will be open for 5 days. *There will be no runoff vote* unless the voting results a tie, in which case there will be a 3 day run-off poll. This is a *visible* poll: others can see how you voted. It is Image: http://wtsharpe.com/Pictures/Multiple-Choice_C3.gif You may cast a vote for each book that appeals to you. We will start the *discussion thread* for this book on *December 20th*. Select from the following *Official Choices* with three nominations each: *• Silverlock* by John Myers Myers Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18749637-silverlock) Print Length: 360 pages From Goodreads: In this richly picaresque story of a modern man's fruitful adventurings in legendary realms of gold, John Myers Myers has presented a glowing tapestry of real excitement and meaning. In essence, this is the tale of Silverlock's wanderings in the Commonwealth, the land of immortal heroes real and imagined, in search of his true destiny. In form, it is sheer headlong narrative, with occasional clangorous verses woven into its fabric. In content, it is something between a many-peopled, incident-studded story of high emprise, and a morality for our time. Always it is fresh and bold in concept, superb in its execution . . . How A. Clarence Shandon came to the Commonwealth, exchanging his everyday name and Chicago-bound life for that of a traveler beyond time; what great ones of old legend and modern story he encountered, and to what purpose; what loves he knew and what fights he fought; what trials befell him in the Pit, and what truth he discovered when at last he won to the Hippocrene Spring -- these are matters of such crowding variety and implicit significance as the reader must discover for himself . . . And in the discovering, the literate reader will have a wonderful time. He will be amused by the wicked wit that illumines the vast panorama, and intrigued by the challenge it offers his own learning. Most of all, he will be impressed by its profound knowledge, of our cultural heritage, and stirred by its vital interpretations. *• The Lightning Thief* by Rick Riordan Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7581796-the-lightning-thief) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Thief-Percy-Jackson-Olympians-ebook/dp/B0036G8IQS?tag=mr060-20) / Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightning-thief-rick-riordan/1100190320?ean=9781423140344) / Kobo US (https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lightning-thief-1) Print Length: 391 pages From Goodreads: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. *• The Handmaid's Tale* by Margaret Atwood Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12961964-the-handmaid-s-tale) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Handmaids-Tale-Margaret-Atwood-ebook/dp/B003JFJHTS?tag=mr060-20) / Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood/1100295471?ean=9780547345666) / Kobo US (https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-handmai[...]
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:18:36 GMTSince English is not my first language, but I want to read Plutarch works. Could anyone recommend a version that is written by modem non professional English? Prefer e book version Thanks
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:05:41 GMTIs Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago available to buy as an ebook anywhere? I'd really like to read it but can't find the kindle edition on either Amazon.co.uk or .com.