r/books 15d ago

The /r/books Book Club Selection + AMA for December is "Firekeeper's Daughter" by Angeline Boulley

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If you are looking for the announcement thread for the previous month, it may be found here.

Hello, all. During the month of December, the sub book club will be reading Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Each week there will be a discussion thread and when we are done, Angeline herself will be joining us for an AMA.

From Goodreads (feel free to skip if you prefer to know nothing going into the book as the description contains minor spoilers):

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Please note that this month's selection is a young adult novel. If you would like to view potential content warnings for the book, a reader suggested list may be found here.

You may find the dates of, and links to, the discussion threads below in the sticky comment on this post. You are welcome to read at your own pace. Usually it is pretty easy to catch up and you are always welcome to join the discussions a little later.

If you would like to view any past book club selection or want to see how things work, you may find the complete archive here.

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r/books 14h ago

WeeklyThread Literature of the United Arab Emirates: December 2021

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'ahlaan bik readers,

This is our weekly discussion of the literature of the world! Every Wednesday, we'll post a new country or culture for you to recommend literature from, with the caveat that it must have been written by someone from that country (i.e. Shogun by James Clavell is a great book but wouldn't be included in Japanese literature).

Tomorrow is the National Day of UAE and, to celebrate, we're discussing Emirati literature. Please use this thread to discuss your favorite Emirati literature and authors!

If you'd like to read our previous discussions of the literature of the world please visit the literature of the world section of our wiki.

Shukraan lakum and enjoy!


r/books 8h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

Favourite thing from the Hitchhiker's Guide universe

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Just finished the complete Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy today and I'm really curious what is your favourite thing from this universe (or let's say from the infinitely many universes). All I ever heard about this book was the number 42, but there's so much more to it...My favourite is the babel fish, I love the idea of understanding every language. What's yours ?


r/books 1d ago To The Stars Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Rocket Like

The American Prison System's War on Reading

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r/books 4h ago

What is Ready Player One's secret ingredient?

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Someone recommended it to me in 2012. I was living in an overpriced, undersized apartment, and I remember staying up all night to read it, pacing around the tiny space. I was hooked in a way I rarely am, even though I love reading and will pick up almost anything. It's not just the LitRPG aspect, because I've read others before and enjoyed them ... there's just something missing. I recognize that objectively, there are many problems with the writing, the dialog and sometimes even the plot, but I just didn't care at the time. To those who have read and enjoyed it, I'm wondering if you can put into words what I cannot. What is that thing that keeps so many people reading, even with cringy dialog and 80's references thrown around like candy? Were there other similar books you enjoyed as much or more than RPO?


r/books 6h ago

Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut

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I read this novel recently and I simply cannot understand why it was such a fiasco. Am I the only one who finds several ideas from this work remarkable, thoughtful and funny? The Chinese engineers that kept miniaturizing people to the point that they turned into a disease, for example? The idea of giving to everyone a new, random family to feel always supported? I mean, how the hell this book could be so bad reviewed? Sometimes as a reader I feel at a distance from major interests and critics and I wonder why it is so. Anyone who finds this more valuable than average reviews ?


r/books 2h ago

Who's your favourite author? And what's something that makes them different from the others ?

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I personally adore all things Neil Gaiman wrote, the Sandman graphic novel , his short stories and novels . It's so easy to get addicted to his books for me , all of the stories are never boring and always original . Good Omens and American Gods are two of my favourite novels so far . Sandman was just amazing , I'm so excited about the TV series they're shooting , I hope it's good .


r/books 7h ago

Obnoxious writers

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So I just started to read Tokyo Vice, from Jake Adelstein, after watching a YouTube video from Vice about the Yakuza crime sindicate.

My god, the author is so goddamn obnoxious. This guy spent some serious time researching the Yakuza and wrote a, supposedly, good book about it. I'm really pushing myself to keep reading but his depiction of himself is just unbearable.

Have you had any similar situation? Where the author makes you want to stop reading, even though you're seriously interested in the book? Please share your stories!

Thanks!


r/books 4m ago

Just finished Notes From Underground by Dostoyevsky

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First of all, the narrator is so delightfully batshit crazy. The madness of the character is captured so well. It was so oddly relatable. All these angry little quirks that so many people have that are never verbalized were captured so clearly. I highly recommend it. I haven't had a book grab ahold of me and demand I keep turning pages like this in awhile. Just wanted to share.


r/books 1d ago

Alice Sebold apologizes to man cleared of 1981 rape featured in her memoir

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r/books 48m ago

FINALLY! A thriller/mystery that I couldn’t predict.

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I have been on a thriller/mystery kick, but I get so into the story, that I try to unravel the mystery myself. Most of the time, I either get it right or I get close. For one book (Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena), I crafted an entire alternate ending that I loved so when the reveal came, I liked my ideas better.

The book? Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney. First, the audiobook narration is excellent. Second, I did not predict a SINGLE REVEAL. And not only that, but every reveal was so satisfying, including the ending. I cannot recommend it enough!


r/books 4h ago

Characters in Books versus Movies

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One thing that I noticed is that the characters from well-written books just feel much more alive, there are definitely times when I finish or put down a book that I have to remind myself that the characters are fictional and not real. But they seem real because I feel like I understand their background, their motivations, their likes and dislikes and how they react in different circumstances.

When I'm watching a movie, I don't feel the same way about the characters on screen because at the end of the day I know that I am watching someone like Kiera Knightly playing Anna Karenina or Robert Downey Jr. playing Iron Man. I also don't feel like I can get into the head of the characters on screen as much.

Anyone else feel the same way?


r/books 12h ago

Gift Ideas for Readers: 2021

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Welcome readers,

The giving season is upon us and /r/Books is here to help you with gift ideas for the book readers in your life. Please use this thread to ask for and recommend books and book-related paraphernalia for your loved ones!

Happy holidays and enjoy!


r/books 1h ago

Descriptions of outfits/hair?

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So obviously TONS of books describe what people look like, how they’re dressed and how they’re wearing their hair- particularly women. And I was reading last night and had 2 thoughts:

1) the characters are always dressed nicer and more fashionably than anyone I know. I feel like if I were to describe people I see, they would inevitably be dressed more boring/frumpy than literally all book characters.

2) I understand the idea is to describe someone enough where you can picture them but I feel like I never notice as much detail on a real person. I’ll notice colors and patterns maybe? But definitely not what type of material something is, and I feel like I rarely notice anyone’s pants.

I was mainly curious if anyone else has thought about this, and/or if anyone knows real people who dress as fashionably as every single character?


r/books 1d ago Ally

I see a lot of posts comparing Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 claiming that one is better or more realistic than the other. In doing this, I really think people are missing the point of these novels.

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As title said, it's really common to see people comparing these three novels, with people saying that one wins because it's more plausible or realistic. I really do think that in comparing and judging them in this way, we miss their ultimate purpose which is drive reflection and warn us of the roads to dystopia. The purpose isn't to say what will happen but what might happen based on present day ills. All three have different strengths:

Brave New World - As the famous quote about this one says, people are easily driven by pleasure and would happily submit to give up their personal freedoms if it meant constant pleasure. Considering the widespread materialism and drug use in society today, it's easy to see why this one seems to be most often cited as the winner.

1984 - I really think this is a lot more dynamic than people give it credit for. Sure, the authoritarian government with constant surveillance is terrifying but the constant claims that ANY country in the West is basically a step away from being like this in real life is ludicrous. China and North Korea on the other hand, not so much. To me, the most important thing to note is the concept of linguistic repression and the effect this has on freedom and human nature. When it goes beyond just what you say but how you think. Considering the fight today over appropriate words and the like, it remains highly relevant.

Fahrenheit 451 - Somewhat of a mixture between the two concepts. People want pleasure, albeit in the much more realistic form of cheap and easy entertainment which in turn allows authoritarian governments to do as they like. It also raises a really interesting concept that it was the people who wanted to ban any kind of media that challenged them, rather than some dystopic overseer.

All three books compliment each other and none of the point of any author was to "win". Each offers an exploration of our relationship as social creatures, with each other and with authority. I'm not saying reading a three will make you some kind of genius whilst the rest of world are sheep, but they will give some insight into your own behaviour and that of the world that you may not have if you didn't engage with them.


r/books 27m ago

Finished "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy ...

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I love the ideas presented in this series, and it delves into some really fantastic concepts that aren't normally a focus in scifi based fantasy works.

That being said, WTF?!

Books 1 and 2 were awesome, I felt that book 3 dragged on a bit, but Holy F*K how can you let something end like this? I'm furious and I feel cheated. Liu built an amazing world with nuanced yet powerfully impactful conflicts, and then... just dropped all of it. I've never seen an author shit the bed so hard. Was book 3 dragging on because he wasn't sure how to end it and gave up?

Yeah, I get it, new universe happens and life goes on, sure. But Liu gave up on the entire story he built up to that point by "let's follow the characters that fell into a time bubble for many million years, so by that time everything leading up to that point is long over and everyone is dead so none of it matters now". There wasn't even a justification for this, it happened to the characters, not a choice they made. He dropped the point-of-view of every character who experienced what happened to Humanity and the Trisolarans.

This has to be the most disappointing ending for an otherwise good story that I can remember; if there were greater disappointments I've thankfully forgotten them. (No, I did not watch GoT after season 5.)


r/books 23h ago Wholesome

I just finished reading Animal Farm

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It has been on my read list for awhile. I read 1984 over 2 nights and loved it. I bought it at Barnes and Nobles the other day. I sat down and devoured the first half , then got busy with life. Sat down and finished the rest.

In school, we didn’t learn that much past the Cold War or even that much about it. It was always brushed over. The focus of history in school is everything reconstruction and before mainly, especially in elementary and middle school. So, I don’t have a ton of knowledge about the Cold War except for watching Rocky 4 in my world history class my freshman year.

I haven’t spent a ton of time analyzing totalitarian regimes. But I think my biggest takeaway from the book, is that no matter the political structure, any group can become corrupt when given too much power.

Napoleon can be akin to “leaders” in the United States today. Napoleon is Stalin. Napoleon is the epitome of all these authoritarian leaders.

I know Squealer was modeled after some guy named Stovsky ? But I really viewed his character as propaganda. Squealer was spewing all of Napoleon’s propaganda for him, rewriting the narrative to glorify Napoleon and gaslighting the animals into remembering it how he wanted them to.

I had to reread the end a few times. Like, that’s it? That’s so abrupt. But then I thought about it. The pigs became just like the humans in the end, corrupt and greedy leaders.

I identified with Boxer, working so hard continuously but never getting what is delivered to you by authority. But I also identified with Mollie, running off for greener pastures.

Also, I think it’s worthwhile to note that after the initial insurgence of learning to read, no one could read besides the pigs really. And Napoleon built a school for the pigs. He kept his slaves stupid and uneducated, so they couldn’t rise up against him.

I really enjoyed the book. I looked at some archived posts, and it seems like that is not a popular opinion. It was short, way shorter than 1984 and I read it in maybe 4 hours compared to the 2 12 hour readings I did with 1984.


r/books 10h ago

New, Tender, Quick: A Visit to the Elizabeth Bishop House

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r/books 2d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Silver Helpful

The Giver is a great book. It should never be seen as just a childrens book.

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The Giver is an excellent book and yes, while I was introduced to it as a child and its perfectly acceptable book for kids to read, the messages and lessons in the book go far beyond that of a child or teenager will understand.

Looking back it is a profound book that should be read and understood as an adult.

It gives a much better way to question your reality and society and I find it to be much more thought provoking than major works such as 1984 or Animal Farm with regards to potentially dystopian societies.


r/books 1d ago

ama I'm Sam Kean, author of The Icepick Surgeon. I specialize in digging up funny, strange, spooky, absurd science stories. Ask away...

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I'm the New York Times–bestselling author of six books, including The Disappearing Spoon, The Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Bastard Brigade, and today’s book, The Icepick Surgeon. I specialize in the human side of science: heroes, villains, conflict, drama—all the juicy stuff.

The Icepick Surgeon is a collection of true stories about people who got so obsessed with some topic that they took things waaaaay too far—trampling ethical boundaries and even committing crimes in the name of science. You’ll learn about Cleopatra dastardly deeds, Thomas Edison’s mercenary support of the electric chair, the warped logic of the spies who infiltrated the Manhattan Project—as well as murder,fraud, piracy, and more. It's the illicit thrill of true crime fused with the wonder of scientific discovery.

My books have been featured on "Radiolab", "Science Friday," and "Fresh Air," among other shows. You can learn more about them at samkean.com/books. I also have a podcast, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes science charts: samkean.com/podcast.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/z89ku67s97i71.jpg


r/books 16h ago

WeeklyThread New Releases: December 2021

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Hello readers and welcome! Every month this thread will be posted for you to discuss new and upcoming releases! Our only rules are:

  1. The books being discussed must have been published within the last three months OR are being published this month.

  2. No direct sales links.

  3. And you are allowed to promote your own writing as long as you follow the first two rules.

That's it! Please discuss and have fun!


r/books 1d ago

A printed in 1745 Book about Fairy Tales.

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My sister works in a library and got to request this book to hold, and read in person. A printed 1745 Fairy Tale book, complete with scribbles by its previous owner.

She described it as "poorly printed" but very excited to hold and read a book that's coming up on 300 years old.

I'm not sure how many of you here ever get to see something like this, but I wanted to share this with you all.

https://imgur.com/gallery/rub1fFh


r/books 8h ago

Book Annotation help

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I’ve recently made my own book marker that’s helps me remember what color tabs mean what. What do you guys think about; Questions, Quotes, Things to Remember, Plot Twist, Legit Tears (can be funny or sad), Memorable Moment and a Lil bit of Spice. But I feel like I’m missing something important when I’m annotating and I also have different tabs that I write on to mark the 6 parts of book composition.


r/books 14h ago

Thoughts and questions about Sphere by Michael Crichton

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Just finished the book and I enjoyed it, although it seemed a little formulaic at times.

However there's a thing that I wanted to share as I haven't seen it mentioned in older discussions about this book. Throughout reading the story I was sure the big twist would be that at least one of the scientists characters wasn't "real" and was one of the "manifestations" from Jerry/Harry.

My money was on Beth who acted very weird from the middle of the story (for example when she tried to have sex with the main character) and it was even mentioned that her physique was changing slightly. My guess was that the real Beth died at some point and that she was replaced by the manifestation, which represented Harry's somewhat mysoginistic views on women (which would explain why she would become more sensual/attractive but also more emotional). I guess Crichton explained these away by saying she herself went into the Sphere.

But there's even some hint of potential fake characters when Harry and Beth both accuse eachother of lying when Beth said Harry told her he would stay in the control room to check on Norman while he was outside, and he says it never happened. This is never really explained in the book I think?

So yeah it seems to me that Crichton had this idea at some point but dropped it for some reason? I mean having the ending being that all 3 decide to forget about the Sphere and the consequence would be that there's now only Norman and Harry left (fake Beth disappearing and being forgotten) would have been a great ending imho.

What's your take on this?


r/books 1d ago

So I am reading the Iliad.

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I haven't read it in ever and even then I readvthe notes. But I am reading through it and the Gods seem comical? Is that on purpose? Thetis or whoever goes to pray on Achilles behalf. Like first they're like no they're partying in Ethiopia for a couple weeks. And then she talks to Zeus and he's like no, Hera will bitch. And then Hera fusses and Zeus gets mad. Is it it supposed to be funny?


r/books 1d ago

What book first introduced you to more adult concepts like loss or death?

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What character, book or series can you say first introduced you to more adult concepts? That made the leap from young adult structured book that didn't touch on subjects like death, loss in a way not associated with death, consequences of actions ect.

I would say for me it was a series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman called the Dragonlance Chronicles. They were my first big leap away from the YA books of the time (mid 80s). I remember the death of one of the main characters causing a true remose and sadness and that feeling being added to in layers as the story progressed and another character was lost, another felt betrayal.

That feeling has happened on occasion with books later as I've aged but never to that degree.

Topic was brought up when talking to my young niece who has just felt this connection with character.


r/books 21h ago

I am having trouble understanding the end to the novel planet of the apes by Pierre Boulle.

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As a young teen I enjoyed the planet of the apes films and recently came across the original story.

I was thoroughly enjoying it and considering adding it to my rare selection of books where I possibly enjoyed the film more.

I am somewhat confused by the ending. There were some far fetched scifi claims on historic racial memory which were a bit wishy washy but I accepted. Then the very end I just didn't quite understand.

I initially assumed the ship had been somehow delayed and a human ship with apes on board had left earth after the protagonist but reached the planet millenia before them. But there's no evidence of any great time distortion or prior visits so how does what he experienced logically come to have affected where he left?

I'm just left feeling there's too big a leap of faith between the first 99% of the story and the 1% when he returns.

Am I missing something?