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Norabelle414's Trilogy in One Part

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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1norabelle414
Jan 5, 10:08pm Top


A Saturday morning mood.

Hello and welcome! I'm Nora. I live in Washington DC. This is my eleventh year of having my own thread in the 75ers group! Aside from books, I also love:

animals - on the weekends I volunteer at Smithsonian's National Zoo
TV - scripted only, mostly science fiction and fantasy, especially anything based on a book
feminism
theater - I have season tickets to Arena Stage but I often go to shows elsewhere as well
podcasts - especially about books
knitting
travel

You can find me on Twitter @ norabelle414

3norabelle414
Jan 5, 10:12pm Top

For a full list of books I have read this year, click here: https://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=norabelle414&collection=590642

4norabelle414
Jan 5, 10:15pm Top

2019 Statistics

In 2019, I read 20 books.
4,134 pages, plus 15 hours and 48 minutes of audiobooks.
I averaged 9 days per book, 11 pages per day, 1.67 books per month.
Average book length was 207 pages.

The longest book was The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet at 443 pages. The shortest was Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats at 56 pages.

I acquired 65 books.
I bought 49 books.
I deaccessioned 33 books.

16 (80%) of the books I read had female authors/artists (for graphic novels I am counting only the artist, not the author).
11 (55%) were marketed for adults, 5 (25%) for young adults, and 4 (20%) for children.
8 (40%) had authors/artists of color, and 3 (15%) had a main character of color.
6 (30%) had LGBTQ authors/artists, and 3 (15%) had an LGBTQ main character.
1 was translated from another language.

8 books (40%) were purchased by me. 8 (40%) were checked out from the library. 0 were free. 0 books were borrowed from another person, 3 (15%) were gifts and 1 (5%) was a free early review copy.
18 books (90%) were physical books, 0 were digital, and 1 (5%) was an audiobook.

13 (65%) were prose books. 0 were plays. 6 (30%) were comics. 1 was poetry.
18 books (90%) were fiction, and 2 (10%) were non-fiction.

3 books (15%) were rereads. 3 books (15%) were published in 2019. 17 books (85%) were published before 2019, and 5 (25%) were published before 2009. The oldest book I read was Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, first published in 1939.

My best reading month was August, in which I finished 6 books. My worst reading months were February, March, April, and December, in which I finished 0 books.

My most-read genre was speculative fiction/science fiction/fantasy/horror, of which I read 10 books (50%). 4 books (20%) were general fiction. 2 books (10%) were adventure/mystery/thriller. 2 books (10%) were science nonfiction. 1 book (5%) was historical fiction & fantasy. 1 book (5%) was romance.

My Top Five Books of 2018:
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Vol 1: Hooked on a Feline by Brittney L. Williams
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke

Dishonorable Mention:
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Bunny by Mona Awad
(neither of these were that bad)

5norabelle414
Jan 5, 10:16pm Top

2010s Decade Statistics

From 2010 through 2019, I read 525 books.
139,583 pages, plus 36 days, 0 hours, and 19 minutes of audiobooks.
I averaged 20 days per book, 38 pages per day, 4 books per month.
Average book length was 321 pages.

The longest book was War and Peace at 1,482 pages. (Followed by A Clash of Kings with 1009 and The Pillars of the Earth with 1008). The shortest was the short story Cat Person at 23 pages (Followed by the one-act play No Exit with 26 and Catwings with 40).

267 (51%) had female authors/artists (for graphic novels I am counting only the artist, not the author).
318 (61%) were marketed for adults, 138 (26%) for young adults, and 68 (13%) for children.
55 (11%) had authors/artists of color, and 68 (13%) had a main character of color.
39 (7%) had LGBTQ authors/artists, and 50 (10%) had an LGBTQ main character.
14 were translated from another language.

207 books (39%) were purchased by me. 241 (46%) were checked out from the library. 17 (3%) were free. 16 bookw (3%) were borrowed from another person, 22 (4%) were gifts and 22 (4%) were free early review copies.

432 books (82%) were physical books, 3 (1%) were digital, and 90 (17%) were audiobooks.

446 (85%) were prose books. 9 (2%) were plays. 65 (12%) were comics. 4 (1%) were poetry.
468 books (89%) were fiction, and 57 (11%) were non-fiction.

25 books (5%) were rereads. 260 books (50%) were published within the decade. 265 books (51%) were published before 2010, and 126 (24%) were published before 2000. The oldest book I read was The Odyssey, unless you don't count modern translations of ancient works, in which case it was A Midsummer Night's Dream, first published in 1600.

On average, my best reading month was August, in which I finished 12% of books. My worst reading month was November, in which I finished 6% of books.

My most-read genre was speculative fiction/science fiction/fantasy/horror, of which I read 249 books (47%). 86 books (16%) were historical fiction & fantasy. 70 books (13%) were general fiction. 41 books (8%) were adventure/mystery/thriller. 22 books (4%) were biography/memoir. 18 books (3%) were science nonfiction. 16 books (3%) were romance. 10 books (2%) were general nonfiction. 8 books (2%) were short stories. 4 books (1%) were history nonfiction. 1 book (0.2%) was essays.

My Top Five Books of the decade:
LOL I could never narrow it down to five

6PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 6, 2:34am Top



Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

7norabelle414
Jan 5, 11:15pm Top

Happy 2020 everyone! I'm starting the new year with new carpet in my apartment. I've (mostly) unpacked all my stuff and hopefully this can be a fresh start.

Compiling my statistics for the whole 2010s decade was wild! I graduated from college, I started listening to audiobooks, I read a lot of books per year, I started listening to podcasts and stopped listening to audiobooks, and I read very few books per year. I read some really incredible books, some memorable stinkers, and a lot of books that I barely remember. I'm so thankful to have LibraryThing as a place where I can keep these kinds of records to go back to whenever I want.

8norabelle414
Jan 5, 11:15pm Top

>6 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! Welcome!

9norabelle414
Jan 5, 11:42pm Top



1. Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich

Nature writer and researcher Bernd Heinrich describes several years of his experience with ravens. Based mostly in western Maine, he raises ravens from chicks, observes and experiments with wild ravens, and travels to Germany to collaborate with raven researchers there. He observes things such as how his captive-raised ravens interact with wild ravens, what kind and quantity of food adult ravens feed their babies, and if ravens will notice if you add or remove eggs from their nest.

In contrast with the previous book read for my book club, The Truth About Animals, this is 360 pages of excruciating detail about just one animal. I didn't have a problem with anything about it, but it's just a lot. Heinrich's observations are very thorough, and he's an excellent science communicator. His prose is easy to read, enjoyable, and never jargon-y. The book was enjoyable to read in small chunks but I had to read it quickly for book club and that was not easy. I skimmed a lot. I think the book does a good job of capturing the tedium of scientific research - trying the same thing or slight variations on a thing over and over again to see if you get a different result. Like the science itself, this can be thrilling if the reader is interested in the particular research topic, but I can't recommend more than skimming if you're not.

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ♥ (3.5/5)

10leahbird
Jan 6, 12:56am Top

Happy New Year Nora!

I'm so intrigued by your decade stats and wish I was organized enough to do mine. I haven't even been organized to do my end of year stats for a couple of years.... Oh well!

11ChelleBearss
Jan 6, 12:57am Top

Happy 2020!

>1 norabelle414: That looks like a lovely, sunny place to relax, read and cuddle kitty!

12katiekrug
Jan 6, 8:21am Top

Happy new year, Nora!

13foggidawn
Jan 6, 10:23am Top

Happy new year and happy new thread!

14norabelle414
Jan 6, 11:16am Top

>10 leahbird: Happy New Year, Leah! Thankfully, I have a spreadsheet that compiles all of the stats for me. (I think it originated as a BookRiot spreadsheet that somebody (Katie?) pointed out to me a few years ago and I have extensively revised.) All the data itself is held in LibraryThing so it just took some time to transfer to the spreadsheet. The only data that I did not have was the length of audiobooks listened to more than 4 years ago, but since I get all of my audiobooks from OverDrive that was pretty easy to look up.

>11 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle! Happy 2020!

>12 katiekrug: Happy New Year, Katie!!

15norabelle414
Jan 6, 11:32am Top

>13 foggidawn: Thanks foggi!

16lkernagh
Jan 6, 12:19pm Top

Lovely to see your thread pop up in the group, Nora. Best wishes for 2020!

17norabelle414
Jan 6, 1:18pm Top

>16 lkernagh: Thanks Lori! Happy New Year!

18brodiew2
Jan 6, 2:20pm Top

Happy new year, norabelle414! I hope all is well with you. Happy reading in 2020!

19drneutron
Jan 6, 2:28pm Top

Welcome back!

20norabelle414
Jan 6, 2:47pm Top

Thanks Brodie and Jim! Happy New Year!

21FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 4:26pm Top

Happy reading in 2020, Nora!

Love the decade statistics, clever!
I have my stats for the decade in 10 spreadsheets. I am looking now how to integrate them, as I changed some through the years.

22London_StJ
Jan 6, 7:08pm Top

Dropping a star, because I just *know* you're going to overflow my TBR pile. Happy new year!

23norabelle414
Jan 6, 10:25pm Top

>21 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita! I did have some changes between my 2019, 2018, and 2017 spreadsheets, but I was able to transfer them all to the same spreadsheet by copying one column at a time and pasting it in the appropriate column in the new spreadsheet. I did have to fill in some blanks of data that I had not been collecting earlier, but it at least solved the problem of columns that had been rearranged.

>22 London_StJ: Thanks London! Happy New Year!

24bell7
Edited: Jan 6, 10:51pm Top

Happy new year, Nora! I hope everything is so far, so good with the new carpet and all.

I started using a BookRiot spreadsheet last year, and I started another one this year because I like all the stats things that is already set up for me.

25norabelle414
Jan 7, 10:41am Top

>24 bell7: Thanks Mary! So far, so good.

I liked the initial BookRiot spreadsheet I started in 2017, but I have made some improvements to the formulas.

26norabelle414
Jan 7, 12:18pm Top

A few more things I learned from my decade statistics:

1) I am doing much better at gender parity now, because I had a long way to go. My average over the decade was about 50/50, but that's because in recent years I have made an effort to read mostly female authors (usually 70-80%), while early in the decade I was reading mostly male authors.

2) It can sometimes be difficult to determine if authors are queer! I didn't want to pry too much into their personal lives. Some authors I learned were (are) non-straight in this process, that I didn't know before:
Ann M. Martin
Daphne du Maurier
George Selden
Virgil
James Howe (I knew this at some point but had forgotten)
E. M. Forster

3) I read a lot of books 5-10 years ago that I don't remember anything about. This was also at the peak of my reading. Was I reading so many books that I couldn't retain the information? Did I remember them for awhile but now I've forgotten as I get older? Were they just not memorable books?

4) My reading spikes *significantly* every August. Why? Probably a) less TV and b) icky weather. It dips every November, probably due to a) more TV and b) my annual work conference and other social events.

5) I am very bad at continuing series that I have started and enjoyed, and am only getting worse about it.

Thoughts?

27drneutron
Jan 7, 6:37pm Top

I resonate with your second point. I thought about tracking that as well, but decided not to because the data out there is unreliable and, really, how much of that is my business anyway?

I tend to start strong, then hit a wall in March, then another in September/October. Don't know why that would be the case.

Number 5 is sooo true of me too.

28London_StJ
Jan 7, 7:06pm Top

>26 norabelle414: >27 drneutron: It's an interesting data point, though I understand the desire to respect privacy. But queer content is something I look for; in recent years I've grown more and more desperate to find representation of myself within the genres I love. I found too much queer-bashing in cozy mysteries, for example, though I love the genre.

I read a lot of horror in the summer - perhaps because things are otherwise so bright? I dip in the fall because it's my personal and professional busy season, and pick up in the winter when it's too cold for everything else.

I love the stats.

29libraryperilous
Jan 7, 8:03pm Top

Great stats, Nora. Thanks for posting them.

re, your #3, I think that happens to most people, and I'm pretty sure there's some kind of neuroscience that explains why. I'm too lazy to Google right now, but I definitely find myself forgetting things even about books I love.

I found too much queer-bashing in cozy mysteries

Well, that's just awful. I've mostly lost my taste for cozies because they're pretty retrograde overall.

30ChelleBearss
Jan 8, 9:50am Top

>26 norabelle414: I have also found that I have drastic reading spikes and lulls. October and November usually finds me bookless but January I get right back into reading and planning my challenges

31katiekrug
Jan 8, 11:06am Top

>26 norabelle414: -
#1 - I seem to read a lot more women authors than men. I am trying for parity in the opposite direction from you!

#2 - Yeah, this is not something I bother to track, though I do appreciate the comment at >28 London_StJ: regarding content. That is something I'd like to try to seek out more as a way to diversify my reading.

#3 - I'm terrible at remembering books period. Even ones I read a few months ago...

#4 - I have hills and valleys, too. This past fall saw a significant up-tick in my reading, but I'm not sure why.

#5 - Oh, series. There are a few I follow faithfully, and ones I am making steady progress in. And then there are the rest....

Interesting stats!

I used the Book Riot spreadsheet for the first time last year, but I'm not doing so again. I thought some of the data points were weird (I don't care who published my books), the options for genre were sadly lacking, and the main stuff I was interested in tracking, I already do in my own spreadsheet.

32norabelle414
Jan 8, 2:23pm Top

>27 drneutron: I have had some good luck with a few wikipedia lists, such as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_writers and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_bisexual_people and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_non-binary_gender_identities. They are not by any means complete, but they are well-sourced. The information is not always on the author's page itself, though, so sometimes you have to just skim the lists for names you recognize.

>28 London_StJ: I definitely look for queer content primarily, but I do think it's important to consume queer content by queer creators. So I keep track of both metrics. (Same with non-white content & creators.) Around mid-decade I found myself reading a lot of queer stories by straight authors and non-white stories by white authors. Of course there's nothing inherently wrong with that, but I want to make sure I'm reading Own Voices stories as well.

33norabelle414
Jan 8, 2:24pm Top

>29 libraryperilous: Thanks Diana! I do think I retain information about books more when I write a review after reading (plus, then I have a review to go back and read if I forget the book!), but it turns out I've only been reviewing books systematically since 2017??? That's, like, yesterday!

>30 ChelleBearss: I was so surprised to see a significant jump in August reading across 10 whole years! When compiling the stats I had assumed all the months would even out.

34norabelle414
Jan 8, 2:46pm Top

>31 katiekrug: I was feeling bad about the past few years being 70-80% women but not anymore! I know it would only get worse if I went back further.

I made a *lot* of changes to the BookRiot spreadsheet, and I am still using the one from a few years ago that I have updated myself. I deleted the columns that had to do with the BookRiot-specific challenges, changed all the genres around, etc.

35London_StJ
Jan 8, 8:30pm Top

>32 norabelle414: An excellent point, and I agree.

36norabelle414
Edited: Jan 10, 11:15am Top

Probably my last stats for the decade, unless I feel like doing more.

Most read authors/artists, 2010-2019: (includes rereads)

28 - Charlie Adlard (the Walking Dead series)
12 - J. K. Rowling, L. A. Meyer
11 - Jasper Fforde
10 - Gail Carriger
7 - Terry Pratchett
6 - Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, Orson Scott Card
5 - Lucy Maud Montgomery
4 - Patricia C. Wrede, Maryrose Wood, Laini Taylor, Stephanie Perkins, Naomi Novik, Seanan McGuire, Madeleine L'Engle, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Brooke A. Allen

37curioussquared
Jan 10, 12:30pm Top

>36 norabelle414: Ooh, that's an interesting one. I might try to find mine out, too.

38FAMeulstee
Jan 10, 5:08pm Top

>26 norabelle414:
1: Although I do try to read more female authors, male authors are still the majority of my reads.
2: I don't track LGBT+ authors in my spreadsheets.
3: Some books I forget within a week, some stay with me forever.
If I read a lot some books need time after reading to process what I have read. Doing other things helps to make space for a next read.
4: My reading goes paralell with my thyroid values.
5: I keep a list on my thread for series. Most of them are read to the end.

39The_Hibernator
Jan 10, 9:00pm Top

I, also, don't like prying into sexuality of the author. That's one thing that has bothered me about the Read Harder challenge. It ALWAYS has a prompt or two about the sexuality of an author.

40norabelle414
Jan 12, 2:30pm Top



2. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
(LT Early Reviewers)

Two academics, an elf and a goblin, meet as representatives of their eternally-warring kingdoms to learn more about each other. At least, that's what they think. But really, the elf Brangwain Spurge is disliked by his peers and was sent to the Kingdom of Goblins to get rid of him. The elves are using the "research" about goblins that Brangwain transmits back home as intel to plan an invasion. In the Kingdom of Goblins, Brangwain is such a bigoted jerk to all the goblins that he and his host, Werfel the Archivist, goblin historian, have to go on the run together or face execution. But they'll be fine, because the other elves will totally come rescue Brangwain, right?

This story is told in three forms. Some scenes are beautiful, black and white, wordless illustrations by Eugene Yelchin which represent the images that Brangwain transmits back to Elfland, other sections are letters from Brangwain's boss to the King of Elfland, and the remaining scenes are straightforward prose narrative from Werfel's point of view. While a fascinating premise, which made the pages fly by, the result felt a little lop-sided. The story is about two educated men realizing that they have been fed propaganda their whole lives, and learning who their "enemy" really is as a person. But that message is a little undercut by having two-thirds of the book from elf POV and one from goblin POV. Brangwain is presented as having a lot more growing to do than Werfel. Also, the goblins are led by a giant octopus that came from another planet specifically to be king of the goblins and this is just never examined??

Overall, a very enjoyable read with a great message, though not as poignant as it could be. I'm not sure what age it's exactly written for, but adults will definitely appreciate it.

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ♥ (4.5/5)

41MickyFine
Jan 13, 12:47pm Top

>40 norabelle414: Sounds like a truly odd read. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

42norabelle414
Jan 13, 2:50pm Top



3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melanie is beginning her freshman year of high school, but after what happened over the summer, she does not want to be there. Her former friends all hate her, she can't keep up with classes, and she just really doesn't want to talk to anyone. At all. So she doesn't.

This account of depression in high school is much closer to my own experience than I have read before. I especially related to Melanie's relationship with her parents, who are off in their own worlds without much concern over her except when her bad grades are sent home. I liked that Melanie didn't totally refuse to speak, which would have set off alarm bells, but she just did not share her thoughts or her world with anyone. I also liked that she didn't settle for having a bad friend just because that's better than having no friends at all. I found the story sympathetic and relatable, though the ending was a little unrealistic.

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ♥ (4.5/5)

43norabelle414
Jan 14, 4:10pm Top

Currently reading:

I've recently become obsessed with a podcast called You're Wrong About, where they talk about (recent-ish) historical news stories and pop culture phenomenon that have been misinterpreted. They've covered topics like the Satanic Panic, Yoko Ono, human trafficking, and are currently in the middle of a long series of episodes about the Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial. The hosts do a lot of research, much of which involves reading lots of biographies and memoirs that came out contemporaneously (or soon after) the pop culture event and parsing out the relevant information. The podcast is very enjoyable and I have learned a lot, both about the subjects of the podcast and also about how to find the truth in the pop culture narratives that we're fed (step 1: wait 20-50 years, step 2: read a lot).
With recent pop culture news, I found myself wishing I knew more truth about Princess Diana. I remember her death when I was 9 but I don't really know much about her life before that. Someone online recommended The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown and I figured, "I can read a celebrity expose critically, too!". My local library did not have a paper copy, but another library I have a card for had the audiobook! Which is probably for the best because I don't know if I would get through all 561 pages in paper. So I'll be listening to that for 22 hours, narrated by Rosalyn Landor, who is excellent.

The book club that I lead for zoo volunteers is meeting again in March and we're reading Raising America's Zoo: How Two Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo by Kara Arundel. It's a locally-published book about a man (the author's father-in-law) who donated two baby gorillas to the National Zoo in 1955 and continued to be involved with the zoo's transition to a more conservation-focused institution. So far I have read about the subject's childhood up to his acquisition of the gorillas, and I am most struck by the similarity of his early life to that of Elizabeth Holmes, of Theranos infamy. They grew up in the same neighborhood (though more than 50 years apart) and had similar upbringings by rich, important parents who told them they could do anything, expected them to be Great and gave them everything except limits. They had very different outcomes, obviously, but it's still an interesting comparison.

Last night I started reading Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It's good so far, but right before I put it down there was a scene that twice used a slur for someone who is intersex which left a bad taste. I'll keep reading, but with caution.

44MickyFine
Jan 14, 5:33pm Top

Sounds like an interesting mix of reads going on Nora.

How's Rory (and you) liking the new flooring?

45PaulCranswick
Jan 14, 10:58pm Top

>36 norabelle414: Ooh that is a great stat, Nora.

I think that without limiting it to just the last decade I would be interested to check my own stats on this. I know that I have read so many of the Doctor Who books as a boy (and re-read subsequently) that means that Terrance Dicks would feature high. I have read most of Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. All bar one or two of Hammond Innes.

In modern times, Henning Mankell, Lee Child, Andrea Camilleri, Peter Robinson and John Sandford must be up there too. I think:

64 Terrance Dicks
35 Graham Greene
28 Somerset Maugham
23 Hammond Innes
22 Lee Child
22 Andrea Camilleri
22 Peter Robinson
20 John Sandford

46libraryperilous
Jan 15, 10:03am Top

>33 norabelle414: I've been writing private comments as reviews on LT since 2018. I also have a one-line description on my annual spreadsheet for each book. I use that as a memory prompt.

47AMQS
Jan 18, 11:31pm Top

Hello Nora! I finally found your thread. I had The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge on my ordering list but took it off because it seemed a little mature for my population. I would still like to read it myself.

48London_StJ
Jan 19, 5:55pm Top

>43 norabelle414: Oh my goodness, I recently binged nearly all of that podcast. It's so much fun - I'm glad you've enjoyed it as well!

49bell7
Jan 21, 9:31pm Top

>43 norabelle414: Looks like you've got some great reads happening! I've been catching up on The Crown and it's made me want to read a biography of Elizabeth II (honestly, I'll be amazed if I make that happen this year), so I'll look forward to your comments on the Diana book.

50alcottacre
Jan 21, 9:49pm Top

>40 norabelle414: Adding that one to the BlackHole!

>42 norabelle414: That one too!

Regarding your comments on tracking gay/straight authors, I was thinking about this earlier today, although my thought were more along the lines of white/people of color. Basically, I decided that I am going to read what I am going to read, whether the author is white, gay, or purple with pink polka dots. I am not going to not read a book based on the author's characteristics, nor am I going to seek out every author of a particular gender, color or sexuality. This is just not a thing for me, although I understand why people do it. I guess that for me, the book is more the thing than the author. I hope all that makes sense, lol.

51norabelle414
Jan 24, 2:40pm Top

>44 MickyFine: The new flooring is fine for me. I like having the sheet flooring in the entryway, though I had expected it would match the kitchen flooring but it does not. I think Rory is still making up his mind!

>45 PaulCranswick: My top authors would have been VERY different if I had gone back just a few years further. There were several that I read just one or two books from in 2010 but had read many more in the preceding years. I tend to read one or two books from authors now, even ones I really like, instead of inhaling their entire oeuvre.

>46 libraryperilous: Before I started reviewing all the books I read, I would often leave comments here, but not always.

>47 AMQS: Hi Anne! I would definitely recommend reading it yourself before ordering it for your library. It's an odd book and hard to classify.

>48 London_StJ: Hey fellow You're Wrong About fan!!

52norabelle414
Jan 24, 3:39pm Top

>49 bell7: The end of Season 3 of The Crown does overlap with the beginning of The Diana Chronicles. There was/is so much going on that I had no idea about! The book provides a lot of context for what Diana's early life was like that would otherwise be completely incomprehensible to me. For example, it was very cool at the time for rich young people to have very trivial, low-paying jobs (like cleaning houses or walking dogs) because the fact that you could work hard and get paid almost nothing for it showed how much money your family had. While she was first dating Charles, Diana was a nanny for an American family living in England and they had zero idea who she was.
(So far the book is very biased against Charles and I don't hate that...)

>50 alcottacre: Hi Stasia!
I have thought in the past that I should just read whatever books I want regardless of the identity of the author. But when I do that I end up reading almost only straight white wealthy male authors. Unfortunately, we do not live in a society that treats people equally, and when I leave my book selection up to the forces of the world around me (advertising, library availability, bookstore displays, book reviewer recommendations, etc.) then I do not end up being exposed to a very wide variety of voices. This was very apparent when comparing my early-2010s stats to my late-2010s stats. Thankfully, now that I have been making an effort for several years, reading a wide variety of voices comes more naturally to me, and I only need to keep a few stats to check at the end of the year to make sure I'm not being too myopic. It's a huge benefit for a small amount of work (if that), because I enjoy reading much more when I get to read new and different viewpoints.

53norabelle414
Edited: Jan 24, 5:18pm Top

I've watched a lot of TV lately, some of which I gave up on immediately:

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens - meh but I'll keep watching
Everything Is Gonna Be Okay - I find Josh Thomas very off-putting but I think I eventually liked his previous show, Please Like Me, so I'll give this one a few more episodes
Twice Upon a Time - A man receives a wooden cabinet which lets him crawl in between the present day and the past, before his girlfriend died. Not bad, but not good enough to hold my attention enough for subtitles.
Vienna Blood - Good, though I am disappointed that it's a season-long mystery and not individual episode mysteries.
Sanditon - So good!!!!!
Soundtrack - kind of like This Is Us but occasionally there's lip-syncing to dance-pop songs? I enjoyed the first two episodes but I have other things I want to watch more.
Virgin River - too sentimental for my taste.
V-Wars - unoriginal.
Three Days of Christmas - not interesting
Party of Five - I never watched the original, but so far I am enjoying this remake
Daybreak - A send-up to Ferris Bueller about a guy living in the aftermath of a biochemical attack that turned adults into zombies and left him and his high school classmates to fend for themselves. Very clever and funny, and Matthew Broderick plays the high school principal! Of course, it's already been cancelled.
Living with Yourself - Paul Rudd gets cloned. He does a fine job playing a middle-aged man who is disappointed in his life, but it's Aisling Bea as his wife who really shines.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - Good enough, but after four years of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a musical show without original songs feels disappointing.
Deputy - laughably bad
Dare Me - Too teen soap-y
Reprisal - Too confusing?
Dublin Murder Squad - I'm sure this is a great adaptation if you loved the books, but I did not.
Dollface - Enjoyable, but feels a little out-of-touch. It would be wittier if it came out 3-5 years ago.
Vida - Really good!
The Spanish Princess - Great!

54norabelle414
Jan 24, 6:23pm Top

A few more:

Outlander, season 4 - I could not possibly care less about Brianna and Roger.
The Boys - I liked it more than I thought I would!
Star Trek Discovery - The first season was good, second season kind of blah. I like the Short Treks a lot though!

Plus still watching the usual stuff!

55MickyFine
Jan 25, 2:56am Top

>54 norabelle414: Bummed you don't like Bree and Roger more, although I think a lot of my affection for them comes from the books.

56Esquiress
Today, 12:07am Top

Thought I'd stop by and wave hello since I've made my thread now :)

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