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Readers thread: what or who are you reading right now?

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Oh Mr Rochester! So devious!

Lately I’ve been thinking about Jane’s friendship with Helen, how beautiful and intimate it was, and wondering if it would be possible to be close to someone like that today without society sexualizing it.

Highly recommend “The Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys for Bertha’s perspective on the whole matter.

Currently reading “Circle of Friends” by Maeve Binchy.
 
Triple Jeopardy by Rex Stout

It is a collection of three Nero Wolfe stories. Based on the cover, the third one might involve a monkey with a gun, which I'm kind of excited about.
My mom owns the entire series, and I steal it from her, sometimes… but have also been downloading each book as it crosses the copyright expiration (minus the several years they extended it!)

LOVE visiting with Archie.
 
I recently finished Strong Female Character. I picked it up at the library because it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for humor. It was sometimes a challenging read, but I'm glad to have learned more about autism.
 
Since reading Strong Female Character led to an informal autism diagnosis, I took a break from Christmas murder mysteries to read Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Of the Christmas murder mysteries, I liked Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod.
 
There is a site I often frequent called Archive of Our Own. It is a combo Fan Fiction and Original fiction site with over 10+ million works on it and all totally free to read. I will often find solace in reading original works - some of which I am convinced could be published professionally - and sometimes I do some casual Fan Fiction reading of authors who are writing their perspectives on books, movies and TV shows.

I dabble read in all of them and many are outstanding. It's fun either way. It's a place that I can send my mind to when I need a distraction from the maelstrom that is my mind.

Naturally, some works are better than others, but they have a great search and filter tool that can be used. Readers can rate and review works as well. You don't have to be a member in order to read the stories, but it is easy to get added and it's totally free. Being a member allows one to bookmark your favorites and if you're a writer, even add your own. Some are works in progress and you can subscribe and be notified when the author posts a new chapter.

The site has been wonderful as there is so much to browse. I can also access on my phone on the go and I usually have several tabs open at once that I can switch between depending on what I'm reading at the time. My mind needs different things on different days and I often struggle to focus and concentrate - my eyes skipping all over the place. This site has so many writing genres, is a lot of fun to read and I'm usually able to find a good distraction. This site has been a lifesaver. Truly.
 
The Troop by Nick Cutter. A book I will only ever read once and the only one where I ever had to flat out stop to take a break because it was too horrific and f*cked up. 10/10 if you want to read some harrowing shit, but like, I kinda wanna tell people not to read it at the same time lol.

It's the kind of book to read once and then take a good shower and never open that thing again - coming from someone who mostly reads horror.
 
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