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There has got to be more people reading!

Postby CharleneK on Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:39 am

Need some new posts in this forum (other than spam!), hoping to hear about the great books you have been reading! :wink:
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Re: There has got to be more people reading!

Postby chanterelle on Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:46 am

Juat picked up The Imposter Bride, The Gathering and Barnacle Love from the library. All were either nominated or won various awards, so I'm hoping they're good!
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Re: There has got to be more people reading!

Postby CharleneK on Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:49 am

Please let us know what you think of them afterwards! :wink: :wink:

I am reading Tell The Wolves I'm Home, about 2/3rds of the way through, and am enjoying it.
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Postby midnightly on Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:29 pm

currently reading the black dagger brotherhood series.. looking forward to the newest sookie stackhouse (debating on re-reading the whole series BUT.. i hate reading a series while it airs on TV aka true blood i spend too much time picking apart the differences :lol: ) loved the dresden files.. sad that i finally got caught up and now i have to wait for 1 book a year :lol:
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Postby CharleneK on Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:42 pm

Thanks for the tip about The Dresden Files series - I will put it on my 'to read' list! ;)
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Postby mc on Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:29 pm

always reading-lol-so many books so little time. Now to remember what I read...

Been reading quite a bit of non fiction recently; Stacy London's The truth about style (she looks at 9 different style problems and helps them. Also quite autobiographical which I enjoyed)
2. Jillian Michaels's Slim For Life. Quite like her past book but a good overview.
3. Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani. Book is about her journey with cancer, the other side and her healing. Interesting.
4. Proof of Heaven, a neurosurgeon's journeyinto the afterlife by Eben Alexander . He recounts dying and coming back and his experiences.
5.The monks and me (how 40 days at Thich Nhat Hahns French monastery guided me home) by Mary Paterson. Enjoyed this one. It was a good reminder of mindfulness.
6.Miracles Happen. The past-life healing power of past-life memories by Brian L.Weiss. He is a psychiatrist who uses hypnosis in his treatment and explores past life regression therapy. Interesting.
7 and 8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and also by her, Happier at Home. The author spends a year trying to be happier. Reads like a blog. I enjoyed the books (first probably more than the second). Made me want to go clean my cupboards-lol.

On the fiction side the last couple of months I have read
1. The daughter of siena by marina fiorato. Historical fiction set in 1723 in siena. I enjoyed it. Have also read her book "the glassblower of murano" which I liked too.
2. Mitch Alboms' The time keeper" and "have a little faith". Enjoyed both but probably like the time keeper better.
3.Read the 13th book of first ladies detective agency series "Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" and am now reading 44 Scotland street. Both by alexander McCall smith. I enjoy all his books. Light, funny reads.
4. A walk across the sun -this was good. a kiv recommendation.
5.I also read a book by Sylvia day. can't remember the name. My hairdresser recommended her as being along the lines of fifty shades. The one I read was kinda harlequin romancy and quite racey. My friends say if you like this type her books set in modern times are supposed to be good. Poorly written but good for those days you want pure smut :D
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Re: There has got to be more people reading!

Postby chanterelle on Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:48 am

The Imposter Bride was great. Sad (post-war, deals w/ some of the trauma of Jewish refugees coming out of Europe), but interesting.

Barnacle Love was well written, but didn't strike quite the same chord in me. But if you like "real" books about thwarted immigrant dreams and the reality of being torn between two cultures, etc, with a devastating ending, then this is the book for you! ;) It was very good, but reminded me a bit too much of some of my university lit. classes.

I'm still in The Gathering, and while it has a really interesting writing style, it's quite depressing (it's about a family gathering for the funeral of one of the siblings, who has a deep, dark secret).
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Re: There has got to be more people reading!

Postby CharleneK on Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:09 am

mc - I read Stacy London's book too - quite enjoyed it! :)

I don't *do* sad books - although I did read Angela's Ashes - plenty of *sad* in there! :(
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Postby Ivy-Girl on Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:47 pm

I'm currently reading "Paris - the Novel" but Edward Rutherfurd. I like his books, how they follow a family line through different times in history. I've thoroughly enjoyed "London" and "New York" and "Sarum" by him as well.

In the last couple months I've read:

- Mistress of the Sun - Sandra Gulland
- The Stolen Crown - Susan Higginbotham
- Cashelmara - Susan Howatch
- Daisy Miller - Henry James
- Washington Square - Henry James
- A Little Folly - Jude Morgan
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
- Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles - Margaret George
- Venetia - Georgette Heyer
- Excellent Women - Barbara Pym

I'm all over the map when it comes to books!! :lol:
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Postby CharleneK on Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:04 pm

Ivy-Girl: do you highly recommend any of the books you have recently read? ;-)
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Re: There has got to be more people reading!

Postby Ivy-Girl on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:47 pm

CharleneK wrote:Ivy-Girl: do you highly recommend any of the books you have recently read? ;-)


hmmmm.....

Of all I'd say "Mary Queen of Scots" I love Margaret George. Second time through that one and I enjoyed it just as much if not more the second time.

Next, I'd recommend "Mistress of the Sun" (Louis XIV era)

After that "A Little Folly" if you like a light regency type of book - Georgette Heyer-ish. Very enjoyable and written by a MAN!! lol
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Postby CharleneK on Fri May 17, 2013 6:47 am

loved the dresden files..
On book 3 now, and quite enjoying this series - thanks for the recommendation Midnightly! :D
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Postby mc on Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:35 pm

just read "the fault in our stars" by john green. It was about 2 teenagers who have cancer . I really enjoyed it. Bitter sweet story but funny as well and well written.
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Postby Ivy-Girl on Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:15 pm

I've just started the "Josephine B Trilogy" by Sandra Gulland. Really enjoying it so far.

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Postby Aladora on Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:57 am

[quote="Ivy-Girl"
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith[/quote]

One of my all time favourite books. Read it first as a child and seem to pick it up to re-read every couple of years.
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