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  2. I recently finished Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths and am now on to the sequel, A Choir of Lies. Highly recommend. Also, Alexandra is just a fun person to pay attention to: https://www.alexandrarowland.net/
  3. So glad you enjoyed it! The Starless Sea, it turns out, has a great scene with knitting and it made me so happy. ❤️
  4. @Kim Werker OMG! The Night Circus was amazing. Magical! I feel like I was transported! Also, Jim Dale (reader of the Harry Potter audiobooks) did such an amazing job! I will say that having it read really adds to the storytelling tradition from Widget!
  5. I'm right there with you on this! It's that I just didn't have the attention span/was too exhausted to sit and read. The romance series was unchallenging and entertaining, and I forced myself to sit with it until I found my reading groove again. 🙂
  6. I misspoke. I have all of the Toby Daye series. I was talking about the series by Shannon Mayer! I do LOVE Toby Daye so I hope this is something I might be able to enjoy!
  7. I say just read the central book series in order: Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at Midnight The Winter Long A Red-Rose Chain Once Broken Faith The Brightest Fell Night and Silence The Unkindest Tide There is a list of short stories and novellas which can be inserted into their proper place, as you say. It took me quite a while to track down some of the bits not in books; a couple of them exploded my Kindle, so I am not sure I want to share those! So the main reason I said “read the books” was that it was a lot of trouble to hunt down the shorter works. I would finish a book, try to locate the story, and it would take so long that I would just get frustrated and go on to the next book. That said, it has been a year or two since I last went through everything, so the docs might be out there in a better, easier-to-find, format. The books themselves are long and full of amazing detail, so there’s plenty there to keep you going if all you do is read the books. I have listened to the Sookie books several times; also some of the Briggs. I have just begun the Harry Dresden series, am on book two. I borrowed it from the library, and there is no such thing as a due date now, so I haven’t focussed enough to finish it. All good books!
  8. Was it the reading material or reading in general that you had the issues with? I am a firm believer that life is too short for bad books!
  9. I forced myself back into reading by whipping through a Penny Reid romance series (or part of one, at least) last week, and have finally given myself permission to read The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern, which I anticipate will be magnificent so I've been putting it off for "a good time" – which is never and always. @Lilly.O.4 So glad you enjoyed Stolen Things!
  10. I'm waiting for The Giver of Stars from the library (going to be a long wait), good know that it will be worth it. I finished The Garden of Small Beginnings, it was good. I didn't like it as much as The Bookish Life of Nina Hill but it's definitely worth reading. I also flew through Stolen Things by R.H. Herron, @Kim Werker was right, it's a real page-turner. I've now started on Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani and I'm finding it slow going. I'm not sure if it's because Stolen Things was so fast-paced or if it's the writing style, maybe both. It's a good story though so I'll keep going.
  11. Hi everyone! I finished The Giver of Stars this week and it was fantastic! I highly recommend it. How is everyone doing?
  12. Sandi--I am giving it a shot. Mayer has a couple of different ways to read the series'. Check out her website and let me know which you recommend. Also, I love the Kate Daniels and Harry Dresden serieses. I like the Sookie Stackhouse series and the current one she is writing about Gunny. Did you get into Patricia Griggs at all? I keep trying to get into Moon Called. Also--I enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms retellings of fairy tales but I kinda struggle with her other stuff.
  13. The trick is to find an Archive of Our Own user with similar tastes to yours, and go down the rabbit hole of their bookmarks.
  14. I tried reading Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin's history of the Targaryens, but abandoned it after 50 pages because it was written as a history should be, and that's not what I want from my fiction. (I've been trying to figure out the best number of pages to give a book before giving up on it. I read somewhere - probably in Austin Kleon's blog - that librarian and expert reader's advisor Nancy Pearl says 50 pages of your 50 or younger, otherwise subtract your age from 100 and use that number.) Every once in a while something cool would happen, but no dialogue or internal monologue killed it for me. I was thinking that maybe I should find some dystopian books where the good guys win, but instead decided to get back to hopepunk. So now I'm reading Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths and loving it. Rowland coined the term hopepunk, but I'm not sure if Rowland's own books are hopepunk.
  15. Me, too. I have been waiting for Book 3 ever since Book 2 was published. I bought the books first. Then I bought the audio cassettes! Then the CDs. And now the digital versions. That’s how much I love those books. I did hear Koontz speak once (yes, I am that much of a Koontz fan) and he said that he didn’t want to do book 3 until he knew he could do justice to Christopher Snow & Co. He did say he had an idea that there might not be a #3, which made everyone booo. Every time I re-listen I mentally send him all sorts of good plot ideas. Or at least, I think they don’t suck. I know there is fan-fic out there, but I have never been one to read fan-fic for some reason. Probably the terrible writing of some of it, and the outrageous plots (“Snow would NEVER do that!”). I LOVE THE ANIMAL TALKING GUY. I love all the dogs and cats in general who show up to help at important plot points. Plus, I love the voice of the Dog that Keith SBJ does in the audio versions. “Squirrel. Squirrel. Lots of squirrels. Squirrels chasing squirrels. Squirrels having squirrel sex. Squirrel pee! That’s the best smell, squirrel pee!” BEST.
  16. Hi @angelak *waving back* 😃 I haven't read the October Daye series, never even heard of it but I just popped over and ordered it from the library (not that the library is open right now). Thanks for the suggestion! I'm about halfway through The Garden of Small Beginnings. I'm enjoying it although I don't like the main character as much as I liked Nina Hill. but I REALLY liked Nina Hill. I do enjoy the children in Abbi Waxman's books though, they are always interesting.
  17. I wish he would write the third book too!! I did listen to both in audio book format and you are right, the narrator is wonderful!
  18. If you can afford it, or if you are an Audible member (good prices sometimes), or if your library has it, I highly highly recommend the audiobooks. All of them are now on audiobooks, great narrator, and it is wonderful to have someone read to you!
  19. That makes me want to tell you about the time my friend created a whole class for me called Holy Butterfly Valkyrie. (I came up with the name, but he actually made rules to go with it.)
  20. We'll call it half-LARPing, then. If we'd been running around we'd've injured ourselves and each other! One day I'll tell you about the sock full of ball-bearings Greg gave me earlier in our campaign. Because he gets me, and the rogue alter-ego I've created.
  21. Sandi--I love that you love the Toby Daye series. It is pretty awesome! I would be curious to discuss with the series with you as well. Granted, my MA thesis was on Adolescent Literature and Transmedia Narratives--and I didn't do much with gender roles/theory, I think it is safe to say that we both love to learn! In fact, I think with this abundance of extra time that I find myself with, I'm going to go back and re-read the Toby Daye books again!
  22. That's amazing. I think it's only LARPING if you're running around and stuff. But I've never LARPed, so I'm not sure.
  23. Oh, I'm, uh, pretty sure we took that step. (Also, we used Zoom not FT, and it was super.)
  24. I am exactly the same way, except I have allowed myself, as no doubt you have, to read other non-trilogy books, in the interim. Both of these are also on my TBR pile. Welcome to the Twinkies!
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