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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎10-20-2009 02:22 PM

I loved the Guernsey Literary etc. etc. - wonderful book! As you know, I have a stack of Gabaldon's waiting for me to have at them. I'm almost afraid to start reading them, because I don't think I'll be coming back up for air for awhile.

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎10-20-2009 02:32 PM

I think the Gabaldons are the books that could possibly slow down your reading speed! In a good way, of course...

by PrincessBumblebee on ‎10-20-2009 02:38 PM

I must confess that I have never read Gabaldon. Please don't hit me!

As for what I am reading now, just finished Kresley Cole's "Deep Kiss of Winter" and it was great! Definately keep a girl warm on a chill fall night, hehe. I just started "Emma" by Jane Austin as I have been on a kick watching the movie with Gweneth Paltrow. Love it!


by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎10-20-2009 02:58 PM

PrincessBumblebee, I have started Emma probably six times and never have finished it! It's a terrible habit I have - not finishing books...So don't hit me!


Had you read other Cole/Showalter books?

by 1lovealways on ‎10-20-2009 04:33 PM

Hi Melanie!


I just finished book 4, Voyager of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series. It took me forever to finish it!  I kept putting it down and going back to it, but it was worth it!  They are definitely not a fast read, but I read slow anyway.  I don't know when I'll start book 5, which I believe is Drums of Autumn, but one day!!!


Hey, I thought I was the only person that started books and didn't finish them?  It's a terrible habit of mine also, but I've found that somewhere along the way, what captivated me in the beginning and made me buy the book in the first place had evaporated.  In other words, my interest just seemed to wane.  Once that happened, I just couldn't go on, so I decided the best course of action was to give the books away or take them in to a used bookstore and get book credit and that's what I did.  I figured someone else could enjoy them, if I couldn't.


My other course of action was to stop buying books that appeared as though they could hold my interest.  I started taking more time reading reviews and deciding more carefully.  Since the economy has tanked, for me that has been a wise choice.


Princess, I see you finally got KC's latest ... and read it!  Woweee!  I know it was a "can't put it down" book.  I downloaded a sample copy and read a few chapters.  Hot, hot, hot!!!  Can't wait to get the book.  I like the ebooks, but still love having the "real deal" in my hands!


I love KC's books!  I'm on book 3, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night in her IAD series. I could have been finished with it, but I suspect I'm lingering longer, because I don't want to finish Bowe's story.  I've fallen in love with that Scotsman!  His brogue just warms my heart (sigh)!


On the Gena front, I'm reading her LOTU The Darkest Night.  Almost finished with that.  Love it btw!  Wish I could have read a sample of her story in DKOW, but they only gave a sample of one story.


In regards to that other series, that I'm totally addicted to like everyone else!!! I've been enjoying J.R. Ward at Center Stage this week.  She's totally awesome and just so gracious answering our questions with patience and so much kindness.  A very sweet lady and so real!

by PrincessBumblebee on ‎10-20-2009 04:42 PM

1love, yes, it was! But, yeah, i probably should have lingered longer as it went by WAY too quickly, hehe!

Oh, Bowe! Or, really, all of her characters make you fall head over heels! I don't blame you, hehe!

Melanie, that's funny! Let's just say we're even,hehe. I love Jane Austin and can't wait to read more!

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎10-20-2009 05:09 PM

Oh, goodness. I stepped away for a few moments, and there seems to be some threat of violence. I always miss the good stuff.


I LOVED "Into the Wilderness," and was very ascared to start it, but glad I did afterward.  That whole Northeast frontier is awesome and I love books set there in that time pd.

Oh, principessa, about 6/7? years ago, just before I started reading romance -- and right before we pulled up stakes to move to the Midwest -- I did this huge Austen reread.  And I rented Emma, too.  I swear, I replayed the scene at the ball where Knightly asks Emma to dance and she says something like, 'of course, it's not as if you're my brother," and Knightly's all, "no, indeed," and all ready to jump on the prowl. Then, of course, the end when he rides through the rain to propose and she throws her arms around him.  I had an enormous Jeremy Northam crush back then. 

1la, I just finished up the IAD series this weekend with Rystrom's story.  Who knew demon horns could be so appealing?

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎10-20-2009 05:18 PM

Melanie, I don't think Emma's one of the easiest Austen's to read, though I can't remember why.  I remember the style having something a little different from others, though I could be making that up. I also remember a bizarre scene in the beginning where this older woman/aunt is describing Emma to the reader through a convo she's having w/ Knightly about Emma and, I'm pretty sure I remember her describing Emma's youthful decolletage.  Am I making that up, too? I remember it being odd.

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎10-20-2009 05:41 PM

I think the big problem is that I know the story of Emma so well from all the movie versions I've watched - even Clueless, which I love. So each time I try to read it, I get distracted by other things because I know where the story's going. It's on my list of "Books I Must Read Before I Die," though. I'll have to make it through sometime...I've read every other Austen! Many times!

by 1lovealways on ‎10-20-2009 06:19 PM

Hi All! 


That book Emma sounds wonderful!  Of course, it's probably a classic.  I can't see the movie, although I know there is one, because I've never read the book.  For me the book is always better.  I like Keira Knightly movies, so if I see this movie, I can kiss the book goodbye.  I like to imagine my characters in my own mind and if I see the movie, I'll only see Jeremy Northam and Keira Knightly as the hero and heroine.  Of course that's not bad hero and heroine material, but it just doesn't work for me.  Is that weird?  Does anyone else have this problem? :smileyhappy:

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎10-21-2009 02:39 AM

1la, I feel the same way,but i make an exception for some. How's that for non committal? I'm w/Melanie on Clueless; love it! And I love the A&E Pride/Prej.  But I generally never like th movie as much as the book.


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