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The Giver
Lois Lowry
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community....

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Had a blast reading this weekend. It was a holiday in Sweden so had 4 days off. It's seldom that I feel like can really enter *"the zone"* where I'm relaxed enough to truly enjoy reading, this weekend was one of those times.

Started and finished:
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
Nice but somewhat silly (in a good way) book. Fast read that left me with some thoughts that keep coming back.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry
If you check my post history you'll find I read this book almost a decade ago and that I recently decided I wanted to re-read it. It was as good as I remember, which was a pleasant surprise.

Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler I've only made it one third through the book as of now and it's very enjoyable. Picked it up at a second-hand bookshop because I liked the cover. Had never heard of it beforehand.

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Finished: The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman


The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Comment from [Reddit user] with 7 upvotes on /r/books/

Life's been crazy busy again, so this post will cover two weeks.


The Schewinigan Fox by Bob Plamondon, which was about Jean Cretien's time in office. I found it to be rather informative.

Misquting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman, which is about how mistranslations of the Bible happened. I found it both informative and interesting.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, which was a well-written and fun read.

Currently reading:

The Giver by Lois Lowry. I don't have an opinion on it yet because I've only read the first 4 chapters.

Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson. The first chapter (which is all I have read so far) discusses Deep Blue and chess playing algorythms, and some related matters.

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Finished The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It was pretty well written and engaging. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending.

Will finish The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski. I like some of these stories, and I find other boring. I'm 55% through, so still a ways to go.

Will also finish Creativity Inc. about Pixar. I really like this book.

I like to start fresh on January 1st, so this will probably be it for the year. I didn't hit my reading goal, but it doesn't bug me. My goal was 25 and I'll finish the year at 20. I've never read a book before over 1,000 pages and this year I read two books over 1,000 each, so I count that as an accomplishment reading-wise.

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Finished The Giver, by Lois Lowry earlier this week. I'd heard either very positive or very negative reviews, and since I never read it in school I thought I'd see what the fuss was about. I thought it was fantastic, my favorite aspect is how it places value on studying the past.

Started The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. I've read his Inferno before and they're both action-packed and suspenseful. Though there are so many twists and mysterious it's almost ridiculous, it's a fun time so far.

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The Giver, by Lois Lowry I've been re-reading a lot of books from early in school. I realized that I didn't enjoy a lot of really good books because they were assigned and it was cool to not do your homework. Boy, I missed out on a lot...

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman I just started this book and I highly recommend it. WARNING: Once you start reading, it becomes hard to not analyze every decision you make in your day-to-day life (for better or worse)!

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Just finished Seperation of Power, by Vince Flynn. I really like this series, but this one was kind of a step back from the previous 4.

I took a break from The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski, but I'm starting it back up today. I read the first short story (I think).

Probably also starting The Giver, by Lois Lowry or Leia: Princess of Alderaan, by Claudia Gray. Not sure which one yet.

Also going to finish Creativity Inc., by Ed Catmull on Audible. It's pretty great so far.

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Finished Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero There's some strange style choices that were a little off putting. Overall it was silly and fun. The last act is really cheesy/campy, but sometimes you just want some good old fast food style reading.

Finished Black Science Premiere Vol. 1, by Rick Remender Typical Remender, but Matteo Scalera is doing some gorgeous work on the book.

Finished The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood I loved this.

Finished On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder Very accessible.

Started The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America, by Ernest Freeberg

Started The Angel of Darkness, by Caleb Carr

Started The Giver, by Lois Lowry

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Finished Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick

Started Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Just finished: The Giver by Lois Lowry I rated it 5/10 because it had a great easy moving storyline that kept and held my attention, and though I'm completely on board with the steps leading to the end, I'm not exactly happy about the ending.

Started: Attached. (recommended by Redditors) by Amir Levine, M.D. & Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.

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Started: Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943, by Antony Beevor

Finished: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

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Life has been ridiculously busy, so my post will cover 2 weeks.


The Giver by Lois Lowry, which is an amazing book.

Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson, which is an interesting book about how all kinds of tech affects our mind.

Star Wars: A New Hope by George Lucas, which I found hard to put down.


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut, which I am really enjoying.