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The Book Thread 2022

#1  Postby UncertainSloth » Jan 01, 2022 3:07 pm

I've dropped the 'challenge' bit...we seem to have moved away from that somewhat into an interesting record of people's reading habits and books that we might not have come across otherwise...obviously, set yourself a target should you so desire - think i'll go for 35 on the goodreads challenge again, seems to work well

'Rules' copied and pasted for those not familiar with the thread, though I think this thread is the domain of the faithful few these days - though I'd love to see others get involved!

1. A book must be at least 50 pages long.
2. Books you started in 2021 and finish in 2022 count on the 2022 list.
3. Re-reads and audio books count.
4. If a book has two books in it, it counts as two (Eg. An Orwell book with the animal farm and 1984, counts as two.)
5. No rules on what to read, besides what's listed.
6. This is for fun so enjoy yourself...

If you have time, please post a brief review or comment about the book - I love reading these and it helps me, for one, decide whether I want to explore something further or not - I'm also partial to covers of books, as you may have noticed...happy reading, folks! :cheers:
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#2  Postby Kaleid » Jan 02, 2022 6:23 pm

I've been lucky enough to receive a ton of books recently, so I'll go for this again. Aiming for 50!

1. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold

The scant information we have about Jack the Ripper's victims, their stories are told here with a quiet, simmering anger. It's also very good at setting the scene - you're left feeling very thankful not to be a poor woman in late-Victorian London. The Ripper himself is barely mentioned, which is as it should be; it's the women's story.
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#3  Postby TopCat » Jan 03, 2022 7:17 pm

I've been completely rubbish at this, but I'm currently reading:

Something Deeply Hidden (Sean Carroll)

and

The Demon-Haunted World (Carl Sagan)

I'm completely blown away by the latter. He was an absolutely amazing guy. Practically every page is a prophecy - OMG, did he see the western world's descent into scientific illiteracy coming, or what?

I've also looked him up in a few videos. He was also a total gentleman, possibly to a fault. Such a loss.
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#4  Postby UncertainSloth » Jan 09, 2022 8:24 am

1. the long take - robin robertson - 8/10...combination of free verse & prose, the scars of war & 50s east coast california...evocative and sad

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#5  Postby Blip » Jan 10, 2022 11:33 am

Happy New Year to all readers!

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

This was on the Booker longlist last year but didn't make the shortlist. I'd say it should have done, and I enjoyed it very much.
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#6  Postby UncertainSloth » Jan 10, 2022 5:28 pm

looks interesting - i like books with multiple viewpoints
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#7  Postby felltoearth » Jan 10, 2022 5:29 pm

This is the year! The year I read more than 20 books (at least for pleasure…)


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#8  Postby felltoearth » Jan 10, 2022 5:31 pm

First up on the pile…

1. The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj


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#9  Postby scott1328 » Jan 13, 2022 9:21 pm

I received an audible subscription for my birthday last year. It entitles me to one free book a month. So far with audible and my long commute to work I have (had) read (to me) 24 audible books since July.

I just now finished:

1. Caliban's War, James S A Corey Book 2 in the Expanse Series. I am surprised by how faithful the TV adaptation has been to the novels.
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#10  Postby Animavore » Jan 13, 2022 11:04 pm

1. This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam McKay.


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#11  Postby UncertainSloth » Jan 15, 2022 2:16 am

1. the long take - robin robertson - 8/10
2. the gatekeeper - russ kane - 5/10 - fallible warned me this was tosh and tosh it is...like the author has immersed himself in the very worst of james herbert...the occasional glimmer of goodness shines through...4.3 on goodreads? bettybigbollocks...

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#12  Postby Kaleid » Jan 15, 2022 12:57 pm

1. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold
2. The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain - Ian Mortimer

Superb read for people like me who adore that period. I'd say it's the best of the series.
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#13  Postby don't get me started » Jan 16, 2022 1:33 am

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink

271 pp.

Not a particularly long book, but it took me a while to get through. The author comes at language from the direction of psychology. The data she analyzes is based on test situations where participants are given tasks to complete and told to 'think aloud' as they complete the task. Some of the insights were interesting but the fundamental unnaturalness of asking people to think aloud while performing an allocated task in test conditions is very much at variance with the methodology of conversation analysis and I found I had many questions regarding the conclusions.

That being said, there was a lot of interest here, especially in the analysis of wayfinding and human perceptions of space and direction.

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#15  Postby Blip » Jan 17, 2022 1:04 pm

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
2. The Expectation Effect by David Robson

Subtitled 'how your mindset can change your life', this is popular psychology, but it cites some interesting recent studies in the Schachter and Singer area of the forest, which is why I read it.
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