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User Topic: What are you reading now
brooke4
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Default  Posted: 4:24 AM, September 7th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have a hodgepodge going all at once right now:

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee. I'm about halfway through and liking it but not sure if the second half will hold up.

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl.

River Cottage Veg Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ( a cookbook).

On my kindle: Close Relations by Susan Isaacs.

I'm also re-reading Stephen King's On Writing, which I do every now and then. It's the best book about writing available, and since I'm a writer, reading it is kind of like continuing education :)

I agree. I love, love, love this book. I also really like to re-read Strunk & White, Elements of Style and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

I just finished Anne Perry's "Treason at Lisson Grove" - first Thomas & Charlotte Pitt novel she'd written in 3 years!

I love these books, but haven't read one in forever. I'm definitely getting this one.

The Witches of East End

A novel about a family of witches on Long Island

Are you liking this? My daughter has it but hasn't started it yet. I might just steal it if it's good...


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Married: 15 years
3 children
D-Day: 10/2005

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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 10:31 PM, September 24th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I poured through this thread last night and ended up buying "The Book Thief".
I started it last night, but I was exhausted and I couldn't keep my eyes open. It look like a really interesting book so hopefully I will enjoy it



“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.”... Anais Nin

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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 10:31 PM, September 24th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I poured through this thread last night and ended up buying "The Book Thief".
I started it last night, but I was exhausted and I couldn't keep my eyes open. It look like a really interesting book so hopefully I will enjoy it



“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.”... Anais Nin

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Hope24
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Default  Posted: 6:49 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm reading The Book Thief, too, Meta.

About a third of the way in and it's really interesting. Love that Death is the narrator. Cool device.


She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 7:00 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm reading The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. Slow going...I'm going to keep at it because I think it's leading up to an interesting twist.

We shall see.


Take up your space (and do it well).

"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."


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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 7:52 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hope..it is really interesting isn't it? I am a little further in now. His writing style is very unique. I don't know that I have ever read anything quite like this.
I am wanting to go pick it up and spend the morning reading..so I think I'm hooked



“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.”... Anais Nin

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travels
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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I finished Heaven is For Real last weekend and spent a busy work week not reading.

I walked into the library yesterday and walked around aimlessly.

I finally settled on Hunger Games and Interview With a Vampire.

I'm almost finished with Hunger Games. It's an easy read. I haven't been able to put it down.


When one door closes, another door opens. It's the journey through the hallway that sucks.

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 10:54 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

authenticnow, you're going to be so glad you read this book when you finish. I promise.

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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 10:59 AM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

travels, My dd is nuts about that series. She is really trying to get me to read it. I keep meaning to, but maybe that will have to be next.



“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.”... Anais Nin

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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 1:51 PM, September 25th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Skye,
I think we have the same taste in books so I'm glad you chimed in!

Thanks, I will keep with it. I'm actually starting to get more into it.
AN


Take up your space (and do it well).

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veritas
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Default  Posted: 8:03 AM, September 26th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. Honestly, I think she's NPD. Interesting book but also makes me go

Is Anne Perry any good? I saw Heavenly Creatures long before I ever heard of Anne Perry, so I always think of her as a winsome teen murderess a la Kate Winslet.


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Default  Posted: 11:30 AM, October 3rd (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

For Anne Perry fans - there is another William Monk novel out now! I just read the Pitt one a few weeks ago - W got this one on audio from the library.

Her books are so awesome.


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DDay 7/25/07 found out about OW
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Crossbow
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Default  Posted: 4:10 PM, October 10th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Anne Perry is magnificent. Her mysteries are set in Victorian England (2 series, in different times of that period), and really bring that time absolutely to life, the various classes, from nobility, upper "white-collar" type classes, all the way down to the most desperately poor. Glittering paries come to life with wonderful descriptions of the garments worn at the time, and the awful rookeries of Seven Dials are the same, on the other end of the spectrum.

Her main characters are interesting, complex - they also evolve over the course of the series.

She also addresses the social issues of the times (often appropriate even today), including women's sufferage, attitudes towards rape, poverty, prostitution, the state of medicine at the time, the evolution of the profession of nursing, repercussions of the terrible mis-management of the military during the Crimean War, the colonization of Africa, etc.

I have re-read both series twice. They are wonderful.

You have to remember, she did her time way back when and is now in her 60s (or older).

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DDay 7/25/07 found out about OW
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Default  Posted: 5:26 PM, October 10th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

FWW & I have gotten hooked by Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. I heartily recommend starting with the first in the series, Master and Commander (not M & C, The Far Side of the World).

It's filled with sailing jargon, but that doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of the novels.

Watch for the malapropisms - like 'one fell sloop' - they're hilarious.


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Hope24
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Default  Posted: 6:52 PM, October 10th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finished The Book Thief, loved it.

Meta, what did you think??

Now reading Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer about fringe Mormon Fundamentalist groups. Quite disturbing.


She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 8:00 AM, October 11th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Funny you should ask... I was reading it on my e-reader and then it died I've only had the stupid thing for 4 months and they won't do anything about it because I lost the receipt

Anyway.. haven't been able to read The Book Theif. I bought "The Birth House" on vacation this weekend and read it all!! LOVED this book!!!!



“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.”... Anais Nin

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tuscandreamer
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Default  Posted: 9:08 AM, October 12th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have read all of the Anne Perry books.

I just finished reading a book called "The School of Essential Ingredients". If you are a foodie, this is a book for you.

Right now I am reading "South of Broad" by Pat Conroy.


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Reconciling???

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circe
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Default  Posted: 12:12 PM, October 30th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I popped in some headphones and listened to "Beat the Reaper" by Josh Bazelle while doing some heavy deck cleaning and garden overhauling outside. NOT family friendly for car rides, etc., but a totally wild ride as a book. I cannot believe how fast time flew - the audio narrator is pure magic.

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Default  Posted: 8:45 PM, October 30th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Very gripping-the kind of book that leaves you emotionally drained and inspired at the same time.

What a story.


Take up your space (and do it well).

"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."


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Fighting2Survive
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Default  Posted: 9:38 PM, October 30th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It's a young adult novel about a teen's suicide. Excellent book and a great door opener for parents wanting to talk to teens about bullying, rumors and kindness.

I also read The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely about his research in behavioral economics. Very thought provoking, especially in light of the country's economic situation in the last few years.

Now I'm reading How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes. Meh. Struggling to finish.


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