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Book Club

mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad

Is anyone here into reading? What are you reading at the moment?

I just ordered a book online and am waiting for it to be delivered, it's called 'How (not) to start an orphanage'

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  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    I've been slacking on my reading because of uni work. I need to get back into it! I've got POPism in my bag right now, which is about Andy Warhol and I was reading the Second Sex before but had to stop because of uni/other things. What I read of it was quite good!
  • walk_on_wallswalk_on_walls Posts: 191 Mod Squad
    I recently finished The Red Queen, by Australian author Isobelle Carmody. And now I'm making my way through my first Terry Pratchett (Good Omens) and a classic, Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie).
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    I have two tracks when I'm reading  (Which usually translates to two vastly different books on the go at the same time).

    Reliving my early high-school years by re-reading Looking for Alibrandi for the fiction, and for the non-fiction military portion of my reading about a fifth of the way through Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (who most of you will remember better for being portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the movie of the same name)
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Favourite authors anyone?
  • walk_on_wallswalk_on_walls Posts: 191 Mod Squad
    Looking for Alibrandi - what a classic! And actually pretty relevant to this forum when you think about Josie's decisions around sex with Jacob.
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    Hey @walk_on_walls - It really is incredibly relevant to this group. I'd almost forgotten how relevant.

    I was that kid in high school who read so much that I made friends with the head of the English department (HoE) and the school librarian.  I actually got hold of Looking for Alibrandi the first time in Y8 (first year of High School in QLD) because the HoE got an advance copy before it was made the Y10 book of the semester, and told the librarian I'd probably enjoy it. He was right, I read and reread it so many times that by the time it became our in-class book in Y10, my English teacher had to assign me something else to read - which is when I decided to put it away for a while.  I picked up a copy again for the first time before Christmas.

    As for favourite authors as asked by @mak_trouble891 - if we're talking all time, then I would have to say Roald Dahl (BFG for the win) and Shakespeare. Cliched I'm sure, but as the destroyer of book catalogues in my youth, these (and Alibrandi) were the most re-read.
  • CuriosityCuriosity Posts: 197 Mod Squad
    I wish I had more time to read BUT I have discovered the joys of audible in listening to narrated books, I just finished To kill a mockingbird which was a classic.
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    edited July 2016
    That's so cool @Caiti I have never thought to try audible books. Can you just download them?

    @MsBlueStreak I loved Roald Dahl books as a kid, I can't wait till my nephews are just a little bit older so we can start reading them together :)
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    @mak_trouble891 - have a look on iTunes (or Google Play if that's your thing) - there are plenty of books there.  And if you Google free audio-books, you my find some interesting reads (listens?).

    Also, if your nephews haven't reached the right age for Roald Dahl, you could always try starting with Dr Seuss. Just be careful of One Fish, Two Fish - apparently it's addictive (I had to read it to my put my God Children to sleep every time I visit). 
  • CuriosityCuriosity Posts: 197 Mod Squad
    @mak_trouble891 yes you can, it's around $15 per month and you get a book per month and discounted ones if you want to buy more. It's great I listen to them on the way to and from work

  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Awesome thanks @Caiti and @MsBlueStreak Ill have a look and see what I can find :)
    I forgot about Dr Seuss, lol definitely addictive. Ill have to get my hands on some of those books too.
  • pommygirl21pommygirl21 Posts: 7 Mod Squad
    I'm reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J maas. really good book series about whether people are born good o evil or if we ae made that way
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    That sounds awesome @pommygirl21, I'm currently reading masses of journal articles for a uni assignment ugh.... I can't wait to finish so I can start reading something I enjoy
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    I've started the Communist Manifesto. Went into the bookshop and walked out with it. Good so far!
  • EggplantEmojiEggplantEmoji Posts: 44 Rookie
    The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb is SUPER good!! 
  • v4wanndiiv4wanndii Posts: 122 Regular
    I'm reading Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn now. I watched the movie long ago, but got curious of how good the book is. The movie ws good, the way is way better.... Highly recommended.
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Any suggestions for like true stories or biographies?
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    @mak_trouble891 - I have a few if you like military stories. Start with Blackhawk Down by Mark Bowen.  (Mark is the Pentagon's go to novelist/journalist these days because of this book).
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    I will ready pretty much anything @MsBlueStreak. I'll have to grab a copy and see what its like : ) thanks
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    The alphabet soup of about 100 special operatives from both Delta and the Rangers will make it a complicated read... but the story is fantastic.
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Sounds interesting. I love reading about other peoples lives and lived experiences. I read a book a few years a go called 'The girl with no name' - awesome book. She was kidnapped and raised by monkeys in the jungle. Its so interesting because she was take when she was so young and began to act like the monkeys she lived with in order to survive.
  • EggplantEmojiEggplantEmoji Posts: 44 Rookie
    Andre Agassi's autobiography was surprisingly good (and I don't even like tennis!). Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Silverman all have quite fun autobiographies too :)
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    I second @EggplantEmoji's suggestion of Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling - they're books are quite enjoyable (and I learnt a lot from Yes Please!)
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    I really want to get back into reading! More specifically into some sexual health-related books that aren't so..academic? I've seen a few good ones in Kinokuniya but I was wondering if anyone had some they could recommend? 
  • PurplePurple Posts: 90 Mod Squad
    I'm reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin! All of her works is really amazing, highly recommended.
  • MintMilanoMintMilano Posts: 181 Mod Squad
    I'm currently reading 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck' by Mark Manson and honestly it's been kind of life changing. I also read the Velvet Rage, thats kinda aimed specifically at gay men though, but yeah been on a bit of a self-help book binge lately 
  • EarthMamaEarthMama Posts: 149 Mod Squad
    This is not specifically sexual health related @tea but I would go as far to call this related to every aspect of life/life changing. Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. If I could read one non-fiction book for the rest of my life- it would be this one! 

    @MintMilano I was worried that the 'The Subtle Art...' was all about the hype and so never sought it out. In what ways have you found it life-changing?
  • MintMilanoMintMilano Posts: 181 Mod Squad
    @EarthMama The title is actually somewhat misleading. But the jist of it is that in life we really care about so many things that just don't matter that much and that aren't important. Learning to not care about things is important because it leaves room for the important things that you actually do "give a f*ck about". And basically just the standard and values we hold ourselves to can be unrealistic, which is why we can try so hard to better ourselves but still not be happy. I'm only about halfway through but I'm loving it so far. 
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    I've just starting reading 'The Golden Child' by Wendy James. It has a really interesting format compared to what I am use to. Before each chapter there is like a blog post entry from the main character and other peoples responses. Its interesting as it kind of gives another dimension to the story and characters.
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    edited November 2017
    Highly recommend 'Almost Adulting' it made me feel so much better about not having my life as well put together as everyone else :lol:
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