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Do any of you read anything that isn't on TV or some trendy bestseller list?
What do you read then, my wannabe hipster friend?

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I have The Dirt to read, wow at some of the stories from it! Haha, shocking...
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Ha, my husband loves The Dirt! Too funny.

K. Not a guy. Not a hipster. Just a boring old woman who reads a lot because her party days are far behind her. I'm out of ideas for things to read and was hoping to discover something new and interesting from this thread, hence the question. If you legit want my list for this year, here it is.

1. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
2. Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer
3. Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings
4. Queen of Sorcery - David Eddings
5. Magician's Gambit - David Eddings
6. Castle of Wizardry - David Eddings
7. Enchanter's End Game - David Eddings
8. Spellwright - Blake Charlton
9. Spellbound - Blake Charlton
10. Midnight at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
11. Exiles at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
12. The Black Swan - Mercedes Lackey
13. Illegal Alien - Robert J. Sawyer
14. WWW: Watch - Robert J. Sawyer
15. WWW: Wait - Robert J. Sawyer
16. WWW: Wonder - Robert J. Sawyer
17. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie
18. The Black Prism - Brent Weeks
19. The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer
20. Ruthless - Sara Shepard
21. Calculating God - Robert J. Sawyer
22. Witch and Wizard - James Patterson
23. Witch and WIzard: The Gift - James Patterson
24. Witch and Wizard: The Fire - James Patterson
25. Daughter of the Empire - Raymond Feist
26. Servant of the Empire - Raymond Feist
27. Mistress of the Empire - Raymond Feist
28. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
29. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
30. And The Devil Will Drag You Under - Jack Chalker
31. The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
32. The Throne Of Fire - Rick Riordan
33. Starplex - Robert J. Sawyer
34. The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
35. A Blight Of Mages - Karen Miller
36. Out Of Oz - Gregory Maguire
37. The Son Of Neptune - Rick Riordan
38. Geek Wisdom - Stephen H. Segal
39. Quest For The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
40. Factoring Humanity - Robert J. Sawyer
41. Perfect Shadow - Brent Weeks
42. Maze Of Bones - Rick Riordan et al.
43. One False Note - Rick Riordan et al.
44. The Sword Thief - Rick Riordan et al.
45. Beyond The Grave - Rick Riordan et al.
46. The Black Circle - Rick Riordan et al.
47. In Too Deep - Rick Riordan et al.
48. The Viper's Nest - Rick Riordan et al.
49. The Emperor's Code - Rick Riordan et al.
50. Into The Gauntlet - Rick Riordan et al.
51. Vespers Rising - Rick Riordan et al.
52. The Return Of Nathan Brazil - Jack Chalker (reread)
53. The Pledge - Kimberly Derting
54. Twilight At The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
55. The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
56. The Medusa Plot - Rick Riordan et al.
57. A King's Ransom - Rick Riordan et al.
58. Krondor's Suns: Prince Of The Blood - Raymond Feist
59. Krondor's Sons: Buccaneer - Raymond Feist
60. A Jungle Of Stars - Jack Chalker
61. Shadow of a Dark Queen - Raymond Feist
62. Rise of a Merchant Prince - Raymond Feist
63. Rage of a Demon King - Raymond Feist
64. Shards of a Broken Crown - Raymond Feist
65. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
66. The Whitefire Crossing - Courtney Schafer
67. Blackout - Connie Willis
68. All Clear - Connie Willis
69. Bio Of A Space Tyrant: The Iron Maiden - Piers Anthony
70. Mindscan - Robert J. Sawyer
71. The Dragons Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
72. The Secrets Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
73. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
74. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
75. Wizard Of The Pigeons - Megan Lindholm
76. A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
77. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula LeGuin
78. The Farthest Shore - Ursula LeGuin
79. Tehanu - Ursula LeGuin
80. The Other Wind - Ursula LeGuin
81. Myth-Gotten Gains - Robert Asprin
82. Myth-Chief - Robert Asprin (reread)
83. Myth-Fortunes - Robert Asprin
84. Frameshift - Robert J. Sawyer
85. The Collected Stories of Oz - L. Frank Baum (reread)
86. Through The Ice - Piers Anthony & Robert Kornwise (reread)
87. Flatland - Edwin A. Abbott
88. Bridge Of Dreams - Jacqueline Carey
89. Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
90. E. Godz - Robert Asprin
91. The Cat Who Walked Through Walls - Robert Heinlein
92. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan (reread)
93. Red Planet - Robert Heinlein
94. The Cold Cash War - Robert Asprin
95. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
96. The Number of the Beast - Robert Heinlein
97. The Wizard of 4th Street - Simon Hawke
98. The Wizard of Whitechapel - Simon Hawke
99. The Wizard of Camelot - Simon Hawke
100. The Wizard of Sunset Strip - Simon Hawke
101. The Wizard of Rue Morgue - Simon Hawke
102. The Samurai Wizard - Simon Hawke
103. The Wizard of Santa Fe - Simon Hawke
104. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
105. Incarnate - Jodi Meadows
106. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
107. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
108. The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan
109. Cat's Claw - Amber Benson
110. Serpent's Storm - Amber Benson
111. Two Truths and a Lie - Sara Shepard
112. To Sail Beyond the Sunset - Robert Heinlein
113. Time Enough for Love - Robert Heinlein
114. How to be Death - Amber Benson
115. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
116. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
117. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
118. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer
119. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer
120. Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer
121. Wizard of Lovecraft Cafe - Simon Hawke
122. The Last Wizard - Simon Hawke
123. The Reluctant Sorcerer - Simon Hawke
124. The Inadequate Adept - Simon Hawke
125: The Ambivalent Magician - Simon Hawke
126: The Killing Moon - N.K. Jemisin
127: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
128: Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
129: Snuff - Terry Pratchett
130. Home From The Sea - Mercedes Lackey
131. Redshirts - John Scalzi
132. Cover - Rick Riordan et al
133. Knot Geiss - Piers Anthony
134. Wildcards - George R. R. Martin
135. Melchior's Fire - Jack Chalker
136. Kaspar's Box - Jack Chalker
137. Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
138. Up In A Heaval - Piers Anthony (reread)
139. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
140. Undisputed: How to Become World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps - Chris Jericho
141. A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex - Chris Jericho
142. Talon of the Silver Hawk - Raymond Feist
143. King of Foxes - Raymond Feist
144. Exile's Return - Raymond Feist
145. Flight of the Nighthawks - Raymond Feist
146. Into a Dark Realm - Raymond Feist
147. Wrath of a Mad God - Raymond Feist
148. Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore
149. The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
150. Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross
151. Krondor: The Betrayal - Raymond Feist
152. The Free Lunch - Spider Robinson

That's the 2012 list. I have my 2011 list on this computer as well, if you want it. Before that I only kept track sporadically. Mainly because I was working insane hours, finishing my master's degree, and really really high. Point being, I read a LOT and I'm always looking for new books. Some of what I read ends up being crap, inevitably, but I like to at least try for things that seem interesting, and for the most part I'm interested in speculative fiction (sff). So if you have any useful suggestions, I'm totally down to listen.
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Ha, my husband loves The Dirt! Too funny.

K. Not a guy. Not a hipster. Just a boring old woman who reads a lot because her party days are far behind her. I'm out of ideas for things to read and was hoping to discover something new and interesting from this thread, hence the question. If you legit want my list for this year, here it is.

1. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
2. Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer
3. Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings
4. Queen of Sorcery - David Eddings
5. Magician's Gambit - David Eddings
6. Castle of Wizardry - David Eddings
7. Enchanter's End Game - David Eddings
8. Spellwright - Blake Charlton
9. Spellbound - Blake Charlton
10. Midnight at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
11. Exiles at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
12. The Black Swan - Mercedes Lackey
13. Illegal Alien - Robert J. Sawyer
14. WWW: Watch - Robert J. Sawyer
15. WWW: Wait - Robert J. Sawyer
16. WWW: Wonder - Robert J. Sawyer
17. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie
18. The Black Prism - Brent Weeks
19. The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer
20. Ruthless - Sara Shepard
21. Calculating God - Robert J. Sawyer
22. Witch and Wizard - James Patterson
23. Witch and WIzard: The Gift - James Patterson
24. Witch and Wizard: The Fire - James Patterson
25. Daughter of the Empire - Raymond Feist
26. Servant of the Empire - Raymond Feist
27. Mistress of the Empire - Raymond Feist
28. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
29. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
30. And The Devil Will Drag You Under - Jack Chalker
31. The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
32. The Throne Of Fire - Rick Riordan
33. Starplex - Robert J. Sawyer
34. The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
35. A Blight Of Mages - Karen Miller
36. Out Of Oz - Gregory Maguire
37. The Son Of Neptune - Rick Riordan
38. Geek Wisdom - Stephen H. Segal
39. Quest For The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
40. Factoring Humanity - Robert J. Sawyer
41. Perfect Shadow - Brent Weeks
42. Maze Of Bones - Rick Riordan et al.
43. One False Note - Rick Riordan et al.
44. The Sword Thief - Rick Riordan et al.
45. Beyond The Grave - Rick Riordan et al.
46. The Black Circle - Rick Riordan et al.
47. In Too Deep - Rick Riordan et al.
48. The Viper's Nest - Rick Riordan et al.
49. The Emperor's Code - Rick Riordan et al.
50. Into The Gauntlet - Rick Riordan et al.
51. Vespers Rising - Rick Riordan et al.
52. The Return Of Nathan Brazil - Jack Chalker (reread)
53. The Pledge - Kimberly Derting
54. Twilight At The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
55. The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
56. The Medusa Plot - Rick Riordan et al.
57. A King's Ransom - Rick Riordan et al.
58. Krondor's Suns: Prince Of The Blood - Raymond Feist
59. Krondor's Sons: Buccaneer - Raymond Feist
60. A Jungle Of Stars - Jack Chalker
61. Shadow of a Dark Queen - Raymond Feist
62. Rise of a Merchant Prince - Raymond Feist
63. Rage of a Demon King - Raymond Feist
64. Shards of a Broken Crown - Raymond Feist
65. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
66. The Whitefire Crossing - Courtney Schafer
67. Blackout - Connie Willis
68. All Clear - Connie Willis
69. Bio Of A Space Tyrant: The Iron Maiden - Piers Anthony
70. Mindscan - Robert J. Sawyer
71. The Dragons Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
72. The Secrets Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
73. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
74. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
75. Wizard Of The Pigeons - Megan Lindholm
76. A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
77. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula LeGuin
78. The Farthest Shore - Ursula LeGuin
79. Tehanu - Ursula LeGuin
80. The Other Wind - Ursula LeGuin
81. Myth-Gotten Gains - Robert Asprin
82. Myth-Chief - Robert Asprin (reread)
83. Myth-Fortunes - Robert Asprin
84. Frameshift - Robert J. Sawyer
85. The Collected Stories of Oz - L. Frank Baum (reread)
86. Through The Ice - Piers Anthony & Robert Kornwise (reread)
87. Flatland - Edwin A. Abbott
88. Bridge Of Dreams - Jacqueline Carey
89. Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
90. E. Godz - Robert Asprin
91. The Cat Who Walked Through Walls - Robert Heinlein
92. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan (reread)
93. Red Planet - Robert Heinlein
94. The Cold Cash War - Robert Asprin
95. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
96. The Number of the Beast - Robert Heinlein
97. The Wizard of 4th Street - Simon Hawke
98. The Wizard of Whitechapel - Simon Hawke
99. The Wizard of Camelot - Simon Hawke
100. The Wizard of Sunset Strip - Simon Hawke
101. The Wizard of Rue Morgue - Simon Hawke
102. The Samurai Wizard - Simon Hawke
103. The Wizard of Santa Fe - Simon Hawke
104. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
105. Incarnate - Jodi Meadows
106. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
107. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
108. The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan
109. Cat's Claw - Amber Benson
110. Serpent's Storm - Amber Benson
111. Two Truths and a Lie - Sara Shepard
112. To Sail Beyond the Sunset - Robert Heinlein
113. Time Enough for Love - Robert Heinlein
114. How to be Death - Amber Benson
115. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
116. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
117. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
118. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer
119. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer
120. Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer
121. Wizard of Lovecraft Cafe - Simon Hawke
122. The Last Wizard - Simon Hawke
123. The Reluctant Sorcerer - Simon Hawke
124. The Inadequate Adept - Simon Hawke
125: The Ambivalent Magician - Simon Hawke
126: The Killing Moon - N.K. Jemisin
127: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
128: Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
129: Snuff - Terry Pratchett
130. Home From The Sea - Mercedes Lackey
131. Redshirts - John Scalzi
132. Cover - Rick Riordan et al
133. Knot Geiss - Piers Anthony
134. Wildcards - George R. R. Martin
135. Melchior's Fire - Jack Chalker
136. Kaspar's Box - Jack Chalker
137. Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
138. Up In A Heaval - Piers Anthony (reread)
139. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
140. Undisputed: How to Become World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps - Chris Jericho
141. A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex - Chris Jericho
142. Talon of the Silver Hawk - Raymond Feist
143. King of Foxes - Raymond Feist
144. Exile's Return - Raymond Feist
145. Flight of the Nighthawks - Raymond Feist
146. Into a Dark Realm - Raymond Feist
147. Wrath of a Mad God - Raymond Feist
148. Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore
149. The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
150. Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross
151. Krondor: The Betrayal - Raymond Feist
152. The Free Lunch - Spider Robinson

That's the 2012 list. I have my 2011 list on this computer as well, if you want it. Before that I only kept track sporadically. Mainly because I was working insane hours, finishing my master's degree, and really really high. Point being, I read a LOT and I'm always looking for new books. Some of what I read ends up being crap, inevitably, but I like to at least try for things that seem interesting, and for the most part I'm interested in speculative fiction (sff). So if you have any useful suggestions, I'm totally down to listen.
You're right, you do have a lot of time on your hands...

As a recommendation, GK Chesterton...

I'm going to get started on The Dirt tonight!
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^^ I totally do, it's ridiculous. Anyways, I'll look that up. Thanks.
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I'm seeing a lot of familiar names from the sci-fi/fantasy genre in that list.

Have you ever given CJ Cherryh a whirl?
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^^ Only one book, Paladin, I think the name was... about some girl who was bitter and went to live with some old ninja guy who wanted to bang her... don't remember much of it. I wasn't super impressed. Way way back in the day my therapist recommended I try again, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Is there a series or standalone that you'd recommend as a good jumping off point to try again?
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I'm pretty fond of the Chanur series. She has a pretty extensive bibliography which covers a lot of sci-fi/fantasy concepts, a lot of which I haven't read myself yet.
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If you enjoy sci-fi or mystery novella, I would suggest "The Man Who Was Thursday' and 'The Father Brown Mysteries.'

Any tips on getting my head back in the game when it comes to reading? When I left school until I was about 22 I read, like yourself, sometimes 2 or 3 books a week, then for the last few years I would be lucky to finish a book a month and then now.. Im lucky to even finish a 200 page Autobiography.

It's not great.
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It's WANKTASTIC.
be interested to hear your thoughts on this + the sequel when you're done with both.
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K. Not a guy. Not a hipster. Just a boring old woman who reads a lot because her party days are far behind her. I'm out of ideas for things to read and was hoping to discover something new and interesting from this thread, hence the question. If you legit want my list for this year, here it is.

1. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
(I assume you means books you've read in 2012 since this was released a few years ago)
have you finished the series and red best served cold/the heroes

personally thought before they were hanged was the weakest of the trilogy. it suffered from a lot of the problems with the 2nd book of the trilogy. it felt like it was setting up for the 3rd book too often instead of actually doing things for itself. also red october(?) or something his new book is out soon.

anyway. have you read the lies of lacke lamora by scott lynch? it's a projected 6 book series w/ the first 2 having being released.

add in The Name of the Wind by patrick rothfuss too. first one is particularly special, but the 2nd isn't that bad either (though I have some problems w/ it - so i'm curious what atheist panda thought)

other than that hyperion's an amazing sci fi book and i'm currently reading the sequel the fall of hyperion (by dan simmons)

check out china meville's perdido street station. it's kind of weird. he sometimes likes to write to show off which irks me as he loses track of the story just to describe things which don't need to be but he tells a really good story and the characters are pretty great. well him in general.

asoiaf is always reccomended by GRRM and you've already read wildcards so that's obvious. though I guess that's on tv and a best seller although frankly dismissing things because of both those things is fairly dumb.

have you read good omens by pratcheet/gaiman? because it's amazing and should be a must read by all.
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