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    Geek, I read your list and I loved The Namesake - it is one of those books that stays with you long after you have put it down.
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    I just finished reading The Summons by John Grisham and I was disappointed. Unless there's a sequel then I felt cheated. I guess I like stories that get wrapped up, unless there are planned sequels. I don't need a book to end happily but I at least want it to end definitively, if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieComic Fan;2161128;
    I used to read all the time but after having to read for academic reasons I just didn't have time for pleasure reading. Yesterday I knew I'd be waiting a long while for my car to be fixed so I took a paperback I got a while ago (I have lots of books that I haven't read yet) and so far really enjoy it. It's The Summons by John Grisham. I've never read any of his books but have seen lots of his movies. Has this one been made into a movie yet? Has anyone else read it? If so, tell me what you thought of it without giving away too much. I love spoilers for tv shows but not for my books or movies!
    I read The Summons. It's interesting, like most Grisham books, and the ending will probably surprise you.

    I'm reading a book by Scott Turow called Personal Injuries, and it's excellent so far (he also wrote Presumed Innocent and Reversible Errors, both of which were made into miniseries.)

    I also have a brand new Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, called Hundred Dollar Baby. Has anyone read the Spenser books? If not, I recommend them highly. (I didn't think that I'd like Spenser at first, because, remembering the TV show, I thought he would probably be too much of a hero. Boy, was I ever surprised, because while, yes, Spenser is definitely a white knight, he's also a complete psycho ) Anyway, there are a ton of Spenser books and you can probably get them at the library, as I do.

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    Last week I got this urge to read A Christmas Carol. I looked in all three of the bookstores in my town, but neither had it. Buying it online took too long since I wanted to at least start it before Christmas. Today I was in my neighbour town and they had it. So that's my read for now!

    It came in a volume with other Christmas stories by Dickens, so maybe I'll have a story for each of the upcoming Decembers now.

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    I'm currently reading The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerrittsen and find it a good read so far.

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    I'm reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I'm in love with it so far. Other than that, I just finished Blankets, a graphic novel. A great read as well!
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    I'm reading Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx.

    (sigh of contentment) ...Her books are always so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornedbeef;2182113;
    I'm currently reading The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerrittsen and find it a good read so far.
    That one is next in my "to read" pile. I've read and enjoyed all her other Maura Isles/Jane Rizzoli novels and unlike another successful crime novelist whose protaganist carves up dead people for a living, the quality seems to improve as the series progresses, so I'm pretty sure I'll like this one, too. Let me know how you like it!

    I'm re-reading an old fave in the whodunnit genre, Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse. It is quite different from the Poirot and Miss Marple novels: the tone is much more menacing, sinister even, and there's an elaborate plot concerning black magic and whether or not it is possible to kill someone by sheer autosuggestion. I know the general consensus among Christie fans is that she basically became crap after 1945, but I happen to disagree. I find The Pale Horse more well-written, original, and inspiring than many of her classic novels from the 1920's and 1930's. If you enjoy Christie and haven't read this one yet, by all means do.

    I'm also reading Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman and am loving it so far. The set-up is very interesting: the book can be read both as a novel and a collection of short stories since it deals with several different people living centuries apart. The stories range from the late 18th century to present day. What remains the same is the setting - all the stories take place in the same house. Intriguing idea, and it works very well. So far, all chapters - or short stories, depending on how you choose to read it - have been wonderful. Can't wait for Hoffman's latest novel, which will be released in January.

    Three days (not that I'm counting or anything...) until eleven blissful days of family time, food, reading and relaxation. Ever since I started working office hours, I find it increasingly hard to find the time to read as much as I'd like, so I can't wait to get started on that huge, lovely pile of books. It's a lovely mix, too: mainly literary fiction, with the occasional crime or horror novel thrown in for good measure.
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    Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan - very unusual premise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketeen;2184568;
    Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan - very unusual premise.
    I've been interested in this book for a while now. I'm just afraid to go and buy it.
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