• NOW LIVE! -- One-Page Adventures for D&D 5th Edition on Kickstarter! A booklet of colourful one-page adventures for D&D 5th Edition ranging from levels 1-9 and designed for a single session of play.
log in or register to remove this ad

 

So what are you reading this year 2021?


log in or register to remove this ad

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

Still reading The Companions by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Finished reading The Battle of Salamis by Barry Strauss.

Still reading The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.

Still reading Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo.

Started reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.
 

Been thinking about a re-read of The Black Company myself. And it's hard to go wrong with Neil Gaiman.

I'm re-reading The Black Company and American Gods.

I finished reading Murphy's Flame and Crimson. It was solid overview that didn't shy away from critiquing Sword and Sorcery when it deserved it. One thing I wish is that it had illustrations - there's a lot of discussion of the cover art, and it would've been nice not have to look some of them up on my own.

Right now it's snowy enough that reading Maria Dahvana Headley's new Beowulf translation seems perfect, so that's what's next.
 



Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I've re-read the original Black Company trilogy 4 times now. For my money it has my favorite depictions of evil wizards unleashed in the 10 who were taken.

The books after The White Rose just didn't grip me the same however.
I personally liked the Books of the South where you learned more of the history of the company.
 




Nellisir

Adventurer
I'm re-reading The Black Company and American Gods.
I've reread American Gods at least 3 times. It just doesn't stick with me, beyond a vague memory of being good.

Then again, I'm halfway through my reread of Murderbot #5, which I read...a year ago, and it's like I didn't read it at all, so that's confusing. (I stalled out on Tatiana because despite not remembering if I even finished it, it was TOO familiar...). I just reread Murderbot 1-4 as well.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I've reread American Gods at least 3 times. It just doesn't stick with me, beyond a vague memory of being good.
I have ADD, and books don't stick with me in general. I remember some high points, but I forget enough that I can re-read almost anything every few years and have an enjoyable experience. :)
Then again, I'm halfway through my reread of Murderbot #5, which I read...a year ago, and it's like I didn't read it at all, so that's confusing. (I stalled out on Tatiana because despite not remembering if I even finished it, it was TOO familiar...). I just reread Murderbot 1-4 as well.
I think being able to re-read things is fantastic. I love to read, but quite often there's nothing new out that I want to buy.
 

Zaroden

Villager
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

Still reading The Companions by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Finished reading The Battle of Salamis by Barry Strauss.

Still reading The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.

Still reading Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo.

Started reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.
I see you're a multi-reader like myself!

Anyways, I'm just sticking to Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer and some other nonfictin books.

No spoilers!
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Just started a long way to a small angry planet, a book I have been waiting for from the library for a while. I love the characters so much; but about 75 pages in and wondering if there will be a conflict? There have been several hints for each character of a "dark secret" each one holds; now waiting to see how these all play out.

(btw, I could VERY MUCH see role-playing this; although not sure what system would be best)
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
I have ADD, and books don't stick with me in general. I remember some high points, but I forget enough that I can re-read almost anything every few years and have an enjoyable experience. :)
I also have ADD, but reading & writing are my "focus" areas, and I generally remember books for years. I've been rereading quite a bit recently, and generally it's gone well, but it's not something I do a lot.
I think being able to re-read things is fantastic. I love to read, but quite often there's nothing new out that I want to buy.
So, I hit that point about 10-11 years ago. I realized my reading had dropped to maybe 2-5 books per year, which is bonkers. I grew up without a tv, and I'm a fast reader. I can easily clear 1-2 books a week. I thought "there's no way in hell I've read everything good out there", so I came up with a plan.

I went through lists of Best Books, Best Fantasy books, Best SF Books, etc, etc. I went through the NY Times best books of the year going back 10 years. I made a list of everything that looked interesting, regardless of genre - I actually intentionally went outside my normal reading bounds, actually. I also asked friends to recommend their FAVORITE books and their BEST books - which are often not the same. And I read/reread through "Years Best SF/Fantasy" books and noted down the authors that had stories I enjoyed - they almost always have novels as well.

Then I purged my bookshelves. I saved any books that had meaning, or I just really enjoyed, or that I would recommend (I'd ask myself if I'd recommend it to my daughter in 10-15 years). If a book failed in all categories, and wasn't otherwise useful, I bagged it up.

At the time there were two really good used bookstores in the local area. I hit the best and traded in anything they'd take for credit. Then I hit the next one and gave them whatever they'd take, for credit. At one point I had $500+ in credit at the first store and $150+ in the second.

There was also a twice-yearly HUGE used book sale in town. Anything that didn't sell I donated there. The book sale ran three weekends, with the price dropping daily. I went the first weekend and got high priority items. Second weekend I went and got anything else on my list. Third weekend I went and bought whatever the heck caught my eye. I think I maxed out at $90 total one year.

Then I hit the used bookstores and got anything that was on my list but I hadn't gotten at the book sale. I think the first year I cleared about 40% of my list between the sale and the stores, and had 100+ books to read, with maybe the aforementioned $90 in actual cash outlay.

That helped me find new genres, categories, and authors to read (or avoid). I still avoid most historical biography, but it's actually pretty good occasionally. Scandinavian noir is excellent. Michael Moore is excellent; David Sedaris is somehow not to my taste. Lolita and One Hundred Years of Solitude tie for best book I've ever read, but both are intense and deep and not light pleasure reading. General mass-market detective/mystery isn't really my thing. Etc and so forth.

It's really rare now that I buy new books. It's almost always if an author I really like has something coming out. Instead I haunt book sales and used book stores. I only buy copies in good condition, without a lot of abuse, preferably in trade paperback format, and $4 is about average, so I can get 3-4 of those for the price of one new.

Look for library sales, thrift stores, and used book stores. Even Goodwill and Salvation Army have book sections. Check out collections (years best, etc) and the authors. There's more out there than you've tried.

*Some people really like libraries. I am unable to remember what books I've read unless it was bad, or I have a physical copy of it. So I prefer to buy books over borrowing them, because if I like it I'll look for more to buy, and end up buying the same one I just read. Books that I don't like/won't recommend go back to the bookstores, etc.
 

I finished my Jeffery Deaver short story collection and just started Breathless by Dean Koontz. It looks like another "man and dog" focused story, with typical Koontzian oddness thrown in for good measure.

Johnathan
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
I see you're a multi-reader like myself!
Yeah, there's just too much I want to read. But then I get stuck not remembering things, so I have to cut down. Currently I'm trying to limit it to dissimilar things so I remember more. One fantasy, one history, one current topics, etc. Though even that is starting to slip again LOL
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

Still reading The Companions by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.

Still reading Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

On the recommendation of a friend, I started reading the first book in the Ranger's Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.
 



Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
enjoyed the long way to a small angry planet, which I didn't realize had originally been Kickstarted (only 53 backers and now a Hugo winner!). I love that fact.

Started the sequel a few hours ago (a closed and common orbit), and looks orthogonal to the original series. Having read the Murderbot series over the last 4-5 months, not sure if I'm super excited for another tale about a sentient AI - but I'm willing to give it a go.
 

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top