Theme: Expanding Your Horizons
Prompts for every weekend in August.
1 - One book you've kind of meant to read but haven't yet. (Bonus points: Start reading it.)
2 - Pick the first 3 books you see on your shelf or app and sell us on them.
3 - How do you typically find new things to read?
4 - A type of book you've rarely or never read. Bonus: Read one! (Or just add it to the "eventually" pile.)
5 - Did you read something different for you this month? How was it?
I think I'm gonna keep doing the book prompts every month, at least as long and as often as I can think of things to do for them.
The idea of a theme for each month makes me smile. Plan for September is seasons and change.
Suggested prompts and questions?
We've had a few new people join in the last couple days, the biggest burst since I started the instance.
Hi, new people! I'm glad you're here. Feel free to ask if you have any questions, maybe post an introduction if you feel like it.
Also, if you're here I assume you like books, so check out some of these ongoing Mastodon book clubs. @jake made a list:
See you around.
Okay, friends, I think we're ready to vote for our two September picks:
Here's all of them in a list, in case you want to read what they're about:
Does anyone ever do something like Book Fairies or Hide A Book Day?
...Where do you put them?
I want to do this and have a few books set aside for it but I'm always afraid to leave them anywhere. Like outside, what if they get rained on or otherwise ruined? Inside, what if that space belongs to someone and they see it as littering?
Everywhere I think of I wonder if it's "allowed" and/or if it is a good place to get seen by someone who might like it.
(Img desc: comic on hoopla. Summary: "After being bitten by a strange girl, Renee has been changing. So she summons the Moonlighters to solve her werewolf problem. But she finds out 1) they help monsters, not gone then and 2) The Moonlighters are a team of werewolves themselves!")
Must read. Must read now.
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Just learned the names "Device" and "Nutter" from the book Good Omens were references to real witch trials I knew nothing about because we don't really learn anything about the rest of the world's history (or even our own, really) in US schools.
This is like when I read the WicDiv issue about Shelley & co but didn't get it at *all* because she was the only name I recognized out of that whole group.
I have many things to learn. More books for the list!
She'd get us a pastry or something to share and a soda for each of us, and we'd just sit and read for awhile. I had a system. I'd read the first chapter of each book and separate it into "YES" and "eh" piles. Then if I still had too many in the first, I'd read the *second* chapter, and so on until I picked the best and would beg my mom for it.
Everything else went on a list for later. But I don't think I've ever or will ever get to the end of the list.
I woke up thinking more about how I used to find books in actual physical stores. And how I've been totally unable to do that in recent years.
I remembered it was a family thing, one of a few activities that made me feel really close to my mom. When she needed new books for work we'd head to the book store for the night, each spend some time collecting a stack of books, then meet back at the cafe part of the store.
3 - How do you typically find new things to read?
I used to just go to book stores and wander around picking up everything that looked interesting.
I suppose I do a version of that now that I read so many ebooks, just a little more guided.
Occasionally one of the recommended books catches my attention and I go check it out. Then I spend like an hour looking at all the related books and wind up with half a dozen new wishlist items.
Hey #fedaverse, could people please start putting descriptions on images for people with visual imparements? It doesn't have to be long, just a few basic details to get the point of the image across. Thank you. To those that do, you're doing us a massive favor. Please continue to do so, and thank you.
Just finished the Hocus Pocus sequel. Spoiler-free thoughts here. (Longer spoiler-y thoughts will come later.)
As a potential movie, it's kind of terrible but on par with other Disney sequels. As a stand-alone book, it has some serious shortcomings but also a lot of potential. I like the new characters.
The most promising thing is hints at an ongoing story. I'd *love* to see this expanded to a kids'/YA series. I'd read all of that, for sure.
Needs more Dani.
Aww man a super weird unfolding drama in the physics community, as yet unresolved and involving :
* very surprising claims of room temperature superconductivity!
* datasets that look super faked!!
* some hacker spoofing emails from respected scientists telling investigators to lay off investigating the research group with the super dodgy looking data!!!
You want cyberpunk? Here's cyberpunk!
It's really cool being able to just read right through one book again. I started the Hocus Pocus sequel yesterday and I'm about 3/4 done with it. That... hasn't really happened for me in quite awhile. For so long after grad school I couldn't read *anything* for more than 5-10 minutes, for the last 1.5 years I've managed to read a lot by reading a different book every day, 30 pages or so a day.
I think this instance helped a lot. Thanks for sharing the book love, everyone!
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Oh but I just remembered an issue I had with the dog and my assumed solution for Binx's selective human speech.
I had decided that he must have learned to talk again over time with practice. New mouth shape and all.
But this new character gets turned into a puppy and *immediately* starts talking to her friends.
So... Yeah. Why didn't Binx just...tell someone? At least try? "Hi Dad, I'm a cat"? Worth a shot, since they already treat him like crap.