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No. 5 of 75 was Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I read this book because my wife had read it... always good to have some media in common to discuss.

Anyways, I enjoyed it, it was one of those where the overt subject of the book ends up being overshadowed by the subtext... but in a good way? Lot's of insight into different ways people see how they fit into the world.

Added Bonus: Read it as a educational book on Parenting... gives some vivid examples of what NOT to do.
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35 is a lot of candles... 
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"Area man is charged with burning down half of the nations capitol today.  All he had to say for himself is a cryptic '35 is a lot of candles...' before authorities hauled him away."
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No. 3 of 75 was Only Ever Yours by  Louise O'Neill

Well... that was an engaging page-turner of a kick in the stomach. My strong recommendation for everyone to read this book is accompanied by the warning that it will probably gut you.
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Yesterday's coffee waits for me.

Darkened to greater strength by evaporation and with just enough of the heat of it's brewing preserved by insulation to warm me.

The second cup of coffee will be fresh and satisfying but this first one, the morning sludge, is the one that will welcome me into my day.
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So GoodReads suggested I take a "read X books in 2016" challenge and one of my friend's had set her goal at 75 so I decided I should push myself... last year I read 30 so it's less than triple that... also it's a leap year.

Anyways, first 1 of 75 was Tide of Terror (Vampirates #2) which is one that's been living on my shelf forever... I got the first one as a bit of a gag and then read it and it turned out it was one of those trilogies where nothing resolves itself until the very end so got the rest of the series. I can't claim they are great... I just kinda want to know what happens... but can't stand reading the things... so it's taken me a while.
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This is another one of those "I realized something relatively recently and, while I am no authority on the subject, I thought it would be good to share it in case other people hadn't realized it or hadn't realized it wasn't obvious" things.


I see a lot of people talking about people needing to see themselves represented in order to feel like they belong and I agree with this.

What I realized recently is that often a piece of subtext is missing:

The characters aren't only "for" the people they represent. You aren't supposed to pick the characters who is most like you to be the one you want to be... all the characters are still for everyone.

More than that, when you see a character who "isn't like you" being depicted in a particular role, you are being told that people "like them" belong just as much as they are being told that they belong.
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I'm not sure how I got through high school,
and two English literature courses in college,
without ever getting the hang of iambic pentameter.
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sounds like Shakespeare, not like Poe.
Poe did hard/soft, which is called a trochee.
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This one is only vaguely and tangentially political.

Assuming you can't choose "none", which dark vision of the future would you prefer?

(Man... five is way too few poll options)
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Brave New World/The Time Machine
Snow Crash/Diamond Age/Burning Chrome
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I don't disagree... that's the one I would choose too... particularly given it granting the greatest opportunity for improvement, I'm just still defending my use of the term "dark" to describe it.
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No. 5 of 75 was The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium Trilogy #4)

I finished this book because I wanted to know how the story came out... maybe it was a bad translation or something but it just felt hollow... like the author had a list of things that people seemed to like about the rest of the series and went about ensuring he ticked each one off.

Also: Dear writers of the world... when a character finds something out and then in the next chapter they need to relay this information to someone else... you don't have to write it all out again... you can just be like "He quickly explained the situation, leaving out a few incriminating details" or something...
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No. 4 of 75 was The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss

This was exactly the kind of Fantasy I like... the kind where magic is the science of a universe with slightly different rules. Anyways, greatly enjoyed the book from writing style to world building to characters to story... just a really great book and I'm kinda wishing I hadn't decided to hold of on reading the rest of the series because I want to read lots of different books.

Anyways... great book, highly recommend.
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No. 2 of 75 was Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Actually listened to the first one as an audio-book and couldn't get into this one's audio-book so decided to read it instead. Great character driven sci-fi... also a good resolution of the "book's" story while leaving me wanting to know what happens next so a very satisfying second part of a trilogy.
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Nope, a number is printed on the receipt and then when you see that number on the big screen by the kitchen you can pick up your tray.
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