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2011 in Books

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Here is the complete list of books that I read in 2011. There are some months that I didn’t read much, and in late December, I got an iPad since I started reading a lot more ebooks. The iPad makes reading books so much more convenient. Once you finish one, you can immediately start another. I’ve probably read a lot more because of the iPad and the 2,881 books that I have on it. I had been reading books on my MacBook Pro for the last couple of months, and I found it tiresome, especially when you read at night before going to bed. This isn’t the case with the iPad. I’ve read a lot of books on it in the month of December, almost all of them, and it was a pleasant experience.

Compared to last year, I read 41 more books. I read a total of 85 books last year. This year, I hope to reach 100. Standout books for this year were 1Q84, The Prague Cemetery, 2666, The Savage Detectives, Reamde, and the Jasper Fforde books. At the rate I read, and because of the prevalence of ebooks, I tend to read through an author’s repertoire quickly, unless they’re prolific.

Towards the end of the year, after reading a lot of fiction, I started to read some science-fiction again. I finally finished all of the Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow novels by Orson Scott Card. A friend also suggested Richard Morgan. I devoured his books, though the last one, Woken Furies, wasn’t as good as the previous two.

This is the year that I started reading many books at the same time. Once I felt that a book was challenging, I usually started reading something else, to make it easier. At the worst, I was reading 7 books at the same time. Now, I’m back to more manageable number, with still a few books to finish. I also live by a rule: any book that I start must be finished, even if it is boring. I keep my list updated with the books I read over the months. I might have to switch to a monthly digest as I have done before to make the list easier to peruse.

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The Best in IKEA Hacks Best of 2011

We love our IKEA hacks since the furniture is moderately affordable and easily modified to suit our needs, whatever they might be. While the standard all-IKEA look might look dated, there’s nothing stopping you from hacking your heart out, to customize your furniture to what you want it to look like. Here are our favorite hacks from 2011.

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My Tech Top 10: Range

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Hey guys, I’m Range and I’ve been a contributing writer for Unplggd for the last 4 years. Time flies! I’ve also been in Asia since 2006, teaching ESL. I’m currently a graduate student in pure mathematics. This year was a big change, technologically-speaking. I made the change from a PC to a MacBook Pro, and recently got some more Apple gear. I tend to enjoy tech that’s streamlined, works well and lasts a long time. It takes me a long time to decide what to buy, but when I do, I tend to pay cash for my purposes and use them as long as possible.

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Currently Reading – Late November 2011

Adam Levin's 1000-page monster, The Instructions

There are a lot of good books that have come out since mid-October. The flood hasn’t stopped and I am currently reading 8 books at the same time, which is unusual. I usually like to read one book at a time, maybe too. This is probably down to the fact that The Instructions is such a time-consuming read. Unlike 1Q84, which is of similar length, and Reamde, the words seem to flow less in The Instructions, making it a harder read.

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Big Brother UK Final S12E71 (Channel 5)

Alex says something about Tom being evicted, but I can’t understand her. Tom’s eviction is being played to M83’s Midnight City off their new album *Hurry Up We’re Dreaming*. We see Alex ludicrous cries at not being with Tom for the final. Aaron has trouble understanding the boos that he got. Why is he being booed so much and why is he still in the house? That’s what he’s wondering about.

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Big Brother UK S12E70 (Channel 5)

Now, who’s going to get the boot tonight? It’s a live eviction show before the finale tomorrow. Who will go? Either Tom or Louise.

Alex is cuddling with Tom in the bathroom. He tells her that she needs some deo. Jay is in the diary room talking about Aaron again.

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Big Brother UK S12E69 (Channel 5)

There are 3 days left. Aaron and Jay haven’t spoken, even if they were in the bathroom together and smoking together. It’s getting to Jay. They start talking. Jay says that he did it because he wanted to get something.

Aaron is just digging a hole for himself. Jay comes to talk to the HM. Aaron walks in. Jay says that they are talking about him. He should join in. Lou says that Aaron is being rude.

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