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Subject:The Friday Five for 14 December 2018: Books
Time:02:37 pm
These questions written by yours truly, a.k.a., “the mean aunt who gives books as gifts.”

1. Do you enjoy receiving books as holiday or birthday gifts?

2. What book are you reading (or, what is the last book you read)?

3. Are you enjoying (or, did you enjoy) that book? Why or why not?

4. About how many books do you read in an average year?

5. What are some of the books on your to-read pile (or list)?

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spikesgirl58
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Time:2018-12-14 10:36 pm (UTC)
my answers are here: https://spikesgirl58.livejournal.com/2676392.html
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grrlpup
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Time:2018-12-15 02:08 am (UTC)

1. Do you enjoy receiving books as holiday or birthday gifts?


Yes, very much! Even if it’s a miss, a book gift illuminates what someone thought would interest me. And they’re easy to keep and easy to pass along.


2. What book are you reading (or, what is the last book you read)?

3. Are you enjoying (or, did you enjoy) that book? Why or why not?


It’s so good. A YA novel called Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram.  Darius is a teenager who loves tea and lives in Portland– his mom is Persian, his dad is white, he has an adorable younger sister, and the whole family goes to visit Iran because his grandfather there is ill. The writing is SO smooth and funny and true. The author is great at introducing bits of Farsi and Persian cultural notes and character notes, and using them thereafter effortlessly with zero didacticism. Darius and his dad both have depression, for example; it manifests differently in each of them, they take different meds for it, and this is all just how it is– it never feels like “and now this story (or even this page) is About Depression.” I’m on page 78 of 312 and so far it’s exceeded all my expectations.


4. About how many books do you read in an average year?


100-120, somewhere in there.


5. What are some of the books on your to-read pile (or list)?


I want to finish my reread of Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis series before the end of the year, so Imago is next on my list. I also have some fun SF that’s not gonna renew for me at the library– Martha Wells’ Rogue Protocol and Becky Chambers’ Record of a Spaceborn Few.

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milhent
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Time:2018-12-15 02:57 am (UTC)
Saturday morning at work... I am not busy, because only 1/4 of the people actually came in, so
here are my answers: https://milhent.livejournal.com/164001.html
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thismaz
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Time:2018-12-15 07:26 am (UTC)
Mine are at https://thismaz.livejournal.com/101542.html
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kazzy_cee
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Time:2018-12-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
Good questions!

My answers:

1. Do you enjoy receiving books as holiday or birthday gifts? Yes! I especially like reference books as they are always more expensive than I think they are going to be, and it's lovely to have one as a gift. I had a book all about the history of Tiffany glass for my birthday in November which was lovely.

2. What book are you reading (or, what is the last book you read)? Currently I'm reading the second in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness having read 'A Discovery of Witches' I'm now on 'Shadow of Night'.

3. Are you enjoying (or, did you enjoy) that book? Why or why not? I'm enjoying them as they are an easy read and the story is interesting enough to want me to keep reading. Having watched the TV show I realise how much more to the story there actually is in the books which makes it much less of a drippy love story which is what it's turned into onscreen. Although having now got faces for the characters (which are quite appropriate) it's more fun to imagine the story as I read.

4. About how many books do you read in an average year? I used to read more when I commuted, but now I expect it's over 50, probably nearer to 60 a year.

5. What are some of the books on your to-read pile (or list)? I have the final in the trilogy to read which is 'Book of Life'. After that I'm not sure.
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iibnf
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Time:2018-12-16 09:24 am (UTC)
1. Do you enjoy receiving books as holiday or birthday gifts?
The only time I can remember someone giving me books as a gift was someone off my friends list, about 10 years ago. She found my Amazon wish list and surprised the ever loving fuck out of me. Nice surprise, that. My family don't believe in books or education, so they don't give books or read. And I'm a librarian - something that baffles them! "Why are you reading another book? You read a book last week!" the idea that each book might be different just can't be true. Although, to be fair, my sister did read a book about two years ago and she admitted she quite liked it. For a woman in her 70s, that's impressive.

2. What book are you reading (or, what is the last book you read)?
Currently reading "Other Minds" about Octopus intelligence. Much better than "The Soul of the Octopus" which I read a couple of months ago, which was about how much the journalist who wrote it likes octopus and all the gossipy chit chat about the lives of the aquarium workers. "Other Minds" is much more sciencey and more about the actual Octopus, with the only forays being into cuttlefish and squids. Good book so far. Also reading 'Rules of Supervillany' by CT Phipps, book three, but kind of lost the plot on that one and probably need to start again soon to remember what happened. It's been pretty good so far.

Recently finished Michael Crichton's 'AirFrame'. A plane's struts deploy midair, making the plane go up and down a bit, and this is about the investigation. Why was this written? Why did I finish it? I now know a lot about struts. This was terrible. Really terrible. I loved Jurassic Park, but this is truly shite.

Oh, also finished 'Broken Homes' in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch - so good. Will be reading the fifth book soon. Those are soooooo enjoyable. Cannot recommend them highly enough. I'm listening to that as an audio book in my car, read by Kobner Holbrook Smith (from the Marvel Films) and he's great, too. I mean, I do recommend you get at least the first book in the series because it's just so freakin' good!

I have a book in my bag called Every Move You Make about stalkers in Australia, it's trashy but I rescued it from the library. Oh, and the Tom Hanks typewriter book, a book by Bear Grylls, and a book about horses (WHY?), and and and and and...

3. Are you enjoying (or, did you enjoy) that book? Why or why not?
See above. BTW, both the Rivers of London books and the Rules of Supervillainy books are just all about DIVERSITY with a capital DIVERSITY. The authors of both have put so much work into their race and gender represntation and it's obvious and awkward and I love it. Thank you, white guys who write all about DIVERSE characters. I appreciate your efforts.

4. About how many books do you read in an average year?
Dunno. Coupla hundred? I like audio books in the car, ebooks on the kindle, and paper books occasionally. I try to avoid buying physical books, though, as they build up as Tsundoku all over the house. Working in a public library now it's a terrible temptation to rescue all the books I'm throwing out of the collection, they look soooo interesting but I know I'll just accumulate them all over the house and I just don't have the space for them anymore.

5. What are some of the books on your to-read pile (or list)?
I would conservatively estimate I have around 300 or so books on the shelf, maybe 500 unheard audio books, and the last time I looked over 32,000 ebooks. I'm going to just delete the last, let's be honest, that's not going to happen. That doesn't include the maybe 5,000 unread fanfictions on my kindle, either. I don't even want to list titles, it's overwhelming.

I'm looking forward to "Everything is Awful" by Matt Belasai, which I got in an import specialist LGBT store, so I think that'll be next on my list. I loved his youtube videos on "Wine About It" (where he drinks a lot of wine and complains about things in an amusing manner).

Now that I'm driving to work, I don't get to read printed or ebooks so often, so I'm relying on audio books a lot more. It's a slower way to read, but a good reader stops me falling asleep while driving.
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littlemermaid
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Time:2018-12-25 10:38 am (UTC)

1. Do you enjoy receiving books as holiday or birthday gifts? — Yes, definitely!

2. What book are you reading (or, what is the last book you read)? — The Mermaid Upstairs

3. Are you enjoying (or, did you enjoy) that book? Why or why not? — I enjoyed it very much. I loved the story, the characters and the author’s writing style. I’d definitely recommend it to all my friends.

4. About how many books do you read in an average year? — Two or three, at best. I’m terrible when it comes to finishing books, but I hope to improve on that next year.

5. What are some of the books on your to-read pile (or list)? — It’s a very, very long list ... but I’d say my top 5 are: Geekerella, Snow & Rose, Radiance, Sunshine, The Mermaid’s Sister.

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