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10. I’ve started a lot but had no focus. I do better with actual books over ebooks but I’m just starting so many and not finishing. 

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Lunagirl

Hmmm. Binge read some Babysitter Club books to get your numbers up? They would fit a few of the prompts!

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Riotproof

I will have a think about it. I’d actually have to get some. 

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Lunagirl

My library has some available as ebooks, if that’s an option. I read a few the other night, hence the suggestion!

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Well I feel like I'm slowly getting my reading mojo back so I'm here... and have just spent a few minutes shoehorning what I've read so far into the prompts (only 2 of these books I actually chose specifically to match the prompt).

  • A book about or involving social media: Fake, Stephanie Wood (it's not specifically about social media, but she met her guy on a dating site, and she uses social media for various parts of her research of him etc throughout)
  • A book that won an award in 2019: Too Much Lip, Melissa Lucashenko (Miles Franklin 2019)
  • A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: Joe Cinque’s Consolation, Helen Garner 
  • A book by or about a journalist: The Suspect, Fiona Barton (Fiona Barton was a journalist, AND one of the main characters in the book is a journo)
  • A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics: Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovich (not sure if I'll keep this for this prompt, may move it later)

 

Anyone got any ideas for how I can get Normal People to meet any of the prompts? ;) I'm so behind on my reading!

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Normal people could be a Bildungsroman. Characters are in their 20s for a lot of it, so advanced prompt. Does your birthday happen to be April? 
I wonder if there has been a movie/tv show that is unrelated. 
 

oh look there is https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277928/

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Lunagirl

Normal People could also fit author in their 20s, if you're doing the advanced prompts.

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Riotproof

So, after that thought @Lunagirl, I found a website with lots of babysitters club books available as text free. And just read Kristy’s great idea for a book on the cover. Thank you!

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I went to the library and borrowed some books for prompts. 
star struck by Minnie Dark as one I meant to read last year 

Love at first like by someone which can also be a pun or social media

The second Becky chambers one for ai prompt. 

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Riotproof

I finished Such a fun age by Kiley Reid. 
 
I am using it for a book by a woc, but it could also be a character in their 20’s.  It has also been recommended by Reece Witherspoons bookclub. 
and is a debut from last years prompts. 
 

Really such a compelling book, I really liked it a lot. It’s one for the bookshelf not the street library. 

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Lunagirl

There's a few books, including Such a Fun Age, that I have held off on because I want to get to the bookshop and buy a physical copy rather than an ebook or borrow. Might see if I can get there tomorrow.

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Riotproof

I really enjoyed it. Read it in a few days. 
I’m sure it has a few flaws. Someone complained about clunky non realistic dialogue in reviews, but it got me thinking about lots of things. Would be a great bookclub book. 

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Riotproof

I finished Love at first Like by Hannah Orenstein and I’m going to say Don’t bother. 
either for social media or pun. I don’t have another option lined up for either of those prompts. 
 

next I think is the Becky Chambers one for AI. I really enjoyed the first one on her series, so I have high hopes. 

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So I finished Becky Chambers, and apparently number 3 is due out soon. Very exciting and I really enjoyed it. But the time/perspective changes were hard at first. 

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sunsaboveitreya

Riotproof, Was that 'A Closed & Common Orbit', from her Wayfarers series? The third book is already published, came out in March last year.
I finished the third book, Record of a Spaceborn Few,  a few days ago, the fourth comes out in February. I really loved the first, the second wasn’t too bad, and the third was enjoyable.

 

I’m down to 10 books left in the challenge, with only one prompt undecided (book written by an author in their 20s).

Today I just started on:

  • Truelife by Jay Kristoff (first book  you touch on a shelf with eyes closed)
  • Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (book set in 1920s)
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Oh you are right! I should look and see if our library has the third one. 

 

 

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Lunagirl

A book where the title caught your attention - The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Favourite prompt from a previous Popsugar Challenge (the next in a series you're reading): The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

These books are essentially Gossip Girl set 100+ years into the future when Manhattan is now a 1000-floor tower. There's a third one to conclude the trilogy (The Towering Sky) but I couldn't fit it into any of my remaining prompts.

A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics - I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman (set in London). I read this after @kimasa recommended this author in another thread. I liked it. Another young adult read, this one centred on a fan of a boy band. It had some smart things to say about fandom and fame. 

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On 04/08/2020 at 4:26 PM, Riotproof said:

Oh you are right! I should look and see if our library has the third one. 

 

 

Alas, they do not. Hopefully they will think of it soon. I think with all the Covid stuff, they are really looking at electronic resources a lot more atm. 
 

I’m reading Star Crossed by Minnie Darke, which atm is only okay. I’m using it for a book I meant to read last year, I had it marked down for the astrology/astronomy prompt but I read something else. Main female character is a bit urgh, I’m hoping she starts growing up a bit soon. 

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monet

Its been ages since I updated.  I've filled about 40 prompts so far.  Started Educated this weekend and I'll use it for book I meant to read last year.

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Riotproof

I finished midnight sun by Stephanie Meyer which I will either count as 2020. I think. 
Wondering if Trent Dalton’s new one will count as a bilsdung thingie. 
I think I’m meant to do banned book next which for me is kite runner I think. Not sure I’m in the mood. I feel like I’ve procrastinated on that one for a long long time. 

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sunsaboveitreya

Riotproof, I struggled to find a book that I actually wanted to read for the banned book prompt. I ended up picking Killing Commandatore by Haruki Murakami, because it was banned in China briefly, so figured that counted enough as a banned book. Wasn’t too bad of a read. It was my first Murakami read, and have got a few more of his books to read now.

Bummer you couldn’t get the book at your library. Do they do inter-library loans at yours? Might be able to track it down somehow?

 

I’m down to my last 5 prompts to read:

  • A book recommended by your favourite podcast etc - The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow - I’m reading this now.
  • A book about a world leader - A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab - I’ll do the trilogy for this one.
  • A book you meant to read in 2019 - Children of Virtue & Vengeance, by Tomi Adeyemi.
  • A book published in 2020 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V. E. Schwab.
  • A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title - The History of Soul 2065, by Barbara Krasnoff.
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Riotproof

@sunsaboveitreya I did look it up and banned book week isn’t until the end of September. So I will ignore it for now. 

I’m not sure if they do inter library loans, I’ll have to have a look. Maybe they can get it in? Such a good and different series. 

That means I can read the loudness of unsaid things by Hilde Hilton. Which I am looking forward to. 
 

re Murakami I read his book The Strange Library and he is compelling but bizarre. The illustrations were just incredible. 

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I didn’t bother about reading it during banned book week, couldn’t be bothered waiting. 

If you get desperate, and can’t find it to loan out, it’s only $17.50 on Booktopia. It’s definitely a great series. Really left me thinking, especially the whole gender diversity etc. I’m really looking forward to the fourth one, and will preorder it when the Hardcover price becomes reasonable.

You could also see if there are other libraries in your state you could join, and use their digital options, if they happen to have it? Hopefully you can track a copy down to read!

I did just get Becky’s novella, 'To Be Taught, If Fortunate', this week. I’m yet to read it, but it sounds good.

The Strange Library was bizarre!

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Riotproof

The loudness of unsaid things by Hilde Hinton. For a title that got my attention. 
I wanted to like this. I really did. But it felt like she got bored half way through and thought just finish it off. 
 

eta. I preordered all the shimmering skies by Trent Dalton, which I assume should arrive soon. I hope he doesn’t let me down. 
 

Now, I don’t know what to read next. Everything has been so disappointing this year. 
 

@sunsaboveitreya yes, I think I will just buy it. Would it work for made up language? 

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@Riotproof, yeah it’d work for made up language. 
What prompts do you have left to fill? I might be able to suggest something. 
 
The Ten Thousand Doors of January was a great comfort read and would fill a few prompts, if you haven’t read it yet. It’s also currently $4.99 in Apple Books and Kindle.

I’m keen to read Trent’s new book too. I’ve had it on reserve at my library for months. Will likely take them a while to get the order in though. 

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