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Re: What are you reading now?


Amanda-Louise wrote:

I'm reading The Book Thief while I wait for my copy of Drood to arrive.  I'm only about 25 pages into The Book Thief - I'm thinking of not continuing.  Anyone have words of encouragement to either keep going or to cast it aside???

 

Thanks!

Amanda


 

Amanda, I was really excited to see Drood on my local library's new arrivals shelf yesterday but it's size scared me to death!  I think I'll save a read like that for the long winter months.  Hope you enjoy it.

Lynda

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Re: What are you reading now?


JaneM wrote:

I also love Bohjalian, and Jodi Picoult for how they take a controversial subject and present it in a fictionalized way so that you learn a lot about an issue, such as midwifes or brittle bone disease.

 


Jane, I read my first Picoult over the summer, Handle with Care.  I then passed it on to a friend because I thought it so well written.  Now I have Nineteen Minutes on my bookshelf and look forward to reading that at some point in time.

Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
Voltaire
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Re: What are you reading now?

I have a dream and maybe it will come true if I write it down.  My dream is to read every book I have on my bookshelves (currently 142) so that I can read every book on the NYT bestseller list and then recommendations.  My problem is I can not stop buying books!  I go nuts at library book sales, yard sales, B&N semi-annual sales you name it.  There must be some 12 step plan out there to help me with this addiction!

Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
Voltaire
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Re: What are you reading now?

I loved Prayers For Sale and The Help. The others now get added to my list. LOL

 


ChrisB_NJ wrote:

I recently read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", "Prayers for Sale" and "Critical". Of the 3, I enjoyed "Prayers for Sale" the most. Right now I'm reading "The Help". Before "The Postmistress" arrives, I need to buckle down and start reading the new version of the PMBOK as I'm scheduled to take the PMP exam in November.   


 

 

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I just visited you blog Donna and I am very impressed.  It looks very professional.  Did it take you very long to set it up?

Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
Voltaire
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Gadgetgirl, thank you for recommending Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone". I'm in the middle of it, and am very grateful that you brought it to our attention.

 

It's a marvelous reading. 

 


GadgetgirlKS wrote:

I recently finished Cutting for Stone, it was not a book I would have normally picked up on my own (it was for a book club). It was a great story and I highly recommend it, but warning it is a bit long. I also recently finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, another good book.

 

I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen. It is the first Jane Austen book I have ever read!

Cutting for Stone 

 


 

 

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Re: Community Room

Right now I'm finishing:

 

Face Time 

 

It's Hank's second in her Charlie McNally series, really good especially if you're like me and get tired of those 20, and 30 something heros and heroines. She's a 46yr old Investigative reporter and the stories are really good. It's romantic suspense.

 

 

Then it's on to the third book which we're discussing over at the mystery club this month

 

 

Air Time 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I'm still reading (on schedule) which is hard because it's a good read, for the other FL club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hush, Hush 

 

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Thanks, Lynda.  The beginning didn't really take long and I keep playing with it. I like blogspot because it is free and their instructions are easy to follow. :smileyhappy:

 


Carmenere_lady wrote:

I just visited you blog Donna and I am very impressed.  It looks very professional.  Did it take you very long to set it up?


 

 

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Re: What are you reading now?

I'm on about page 60 and I think I'll stick with it - it's an easy read and there's tonnes of white space on the pages, so it shouldn't take long.  That's kind of necessary since Drood is 800 pages and I need to read it before I start The Postmistress.

 

I think part of the problem with The Book Thief is the first several chapters serve to put you on a first-name basis with Death.  I found it kind of disconcerting!

 

Plus, reading a book from that high perspective would annoy me, but it's brought down to the girl's level and has become her story.  Much more accessible for me that way!

 

Amanda

 


thewanderingjew wrote:

 


 I found that at around 100 pages in I was a captive, so if you can, try and continue.

 

 


 

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I am reading "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz,  winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Some time ago, browsing through the library shelves, I found his first short story book "Drown" right next to Phillip K. Dick and decided to take a chance and loved it. I have found several authors I like this way. 

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Re: What are you reading now?

Lynda:

 

I have the same symptoms!  you are brave to even count your TBR's .   I have a nightmare that the piles of books will fall on me while I am asleep!!  LOL

 

Maybe the cure is ship all the books and ourselves to a tropical island for a year!!  I'm willing to try!    Joan

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Today it is 70 years since war was declared in the UK and I have just been writing to my grandchildren about my experiences on that day and at that time.  So it seems only appropriate that I should also sign up to read a book that was written about someone else's wartime memories.   I look forward to joining y'all from Across the Pond:smileyhappy:

 

This monologue by a famous wartime comedian may amuse you - I had his Yorkshire accent in those days!

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That's a powerful memory, Choisya. Welcome to the group. :smileyhappy:

 


Choisya wrote:

Today it is 70 years since war was declared in the UK and I have just been writing to my grandchildren about my experiences on that day and at that time.  So it seems only appropriate that I should also sign up to read a book that was written about someone else's wartime memories.   I look forward to joining y'all from Across the Pond:smileyhappy:


 

 

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Choisya wrote:

Today it is 70 years since war was declared in the UK and I have just been writing to my grandchildren about my experiences on that day and at that time.  So it seems only appropriate that I should also sign up to read a book that was written about someone else's wartime memories.   I look forward to joining y'all from Across the Pond:smileyhappy:


Oh, how important it is to get those memories written down. That generation is slowing leaving us and without those first hand recollections future generations only get textbook knowledge. Sadly, my dad passed away and though I remember just a few of his stories from WWII (some from England and France) how wonderful it would have been to relive that period of time written down in his own hand. Your grandchildren are very fortunate to have you.
Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
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artist4nature wrote:

Lynda:

 

I have the same symptoms!  you are brave to even count your TBR's .   I have a nightmare that the piles of books will fall on me while I am asleep!!  LOL

 

Maybe the cure is ship all the books and ourselves to a tropical island for a year!!  I'm willing to try!    Joan


 

Well Joan, when I retired earlier this year I decided I needed to declutter!  First on agenda to gather up all books in my house and put them in a central location.  Actually, I have about a foot and a half left on my bookshelf for books that are just too good to pass up.

 

Your idea sounds fabulous!  But what to do with the husband?

Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
Voltaire
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Welcome back to FL Choisya, I've missed you for the last few reads.

Choisya wrote:

Today it is 70 years since war was declared in the UK and I have just been writing to my grandchildren about my experiences on that day and at that time.  So it seems only appropriate that I should also sign up to read a book that was written about someone else's wartime memories.   I look forward to joining y'all from Across the Pond:smileyhappy:

 

This monologue by a famous wartime comedian may amuse you - I had his Yorkshire accent in those days!


 

 

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Re: 'The Day War Broke Out....


Choisya wrote:

Today it is 70 years since war was declared in the UK and I have just been writing to my grandchildren about my experiences on that day and at that time.  So it seems only appropriate that I should also sign up to read a book that was written about someone else's wartime memories.   I look forward to joining y'all from Across the Pond:smileyhappy:

 

This monologue by a famous wartime comedian may amuse you - I had his Yorkshire accent in those days!


 

Choisya:

 

How lucky for your grandchildren that you are willing to share your experiences and memories. Feel free to share here - I personally would love to "hear" about your wartime experiences.  70 years.....

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Thanks for the welcome.  I expect I will share some memories as we read the book because it is sure to spark some off:smileyhappy:

 

I don't often join First Look as classics are more my thing than moderns and also I do not buy books from B&N because of the postage costs, so I always feel mean about getting a free book from them!:smileysad:

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Sunltcloud wrote:
As for font size, Marciliogq, it is preset at "medium" but you can change it in your profile.
marciliogq wrote:
I'm having the same trouble!!! I also didn't like the font size. Too small for my short sight.

DSaff wrote:

I am having a lot of trouble signing into the book clubs period. In case anyone else is having this problem, I have found a work-around until it is fixed. When I click on "log in" for the book clubs, it always takes me to my account. When I try to load a discussion, it is an a visitor. BUT, if I click on "Reply" to a post, suddenly I am signed in and can navigate. I just wanted to share it for others with similar problems.  :smileywink:

 


 Thanks! I'll try to change it.

 

 

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Re: What are you reading now?

I recently finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which I enjoyed and am now reading Elegance of the Hedgehog.  Not far enough into it to know if I'm going to like it or not yet.