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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2446332;
    Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
    MRD, is this new? I found this author at the library by accident a few years ago... checked out one of her early books, and devoured it. I mean, in one night I read the entire book and loved it so much I went back the next day to see what else of hers I could find. I ended up reading everything my library had by her, and then ordering the rest from a book club. I don't recognize the title...

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    Re: What are you reading?

    May I suggest a book? If you like a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and a touch of comedy, throw in a bit of smut for good measure and Linda Howards book Mr. Perfect is ...well...perfect. This is a book meant for the beach. It's easy to read, will have you laughing and it's the only book I've read more than once in my adult life.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by remote_goddess;2446365;
    MRD, is this new? I found this author at the library by accident a few years ago... checked out one of her early books, and devoured it. I mean, in one night I read the entire book and loved it so much I went back the next day to see what else of hers I could find. I ended up reading everything my library had by her, and then ordering the rest from a book club. I don't recognize the title...
    According to amazon, it was released in March, but this is the first I've heard of it. I'm like you with Binchy, rg I can plow through one of her books in an evening. I'll have to wait until it comes out in paperback.

    I'm trying to finish Michael Crichton's Next tonight so I can pass it on to someone tomorrow. I'm not a huge Crichton fan (he seems to write screenplays more than books, imo), but his ideas about genetic engineering are intriguing. Once I finish this one, I'm back to Elizabeth George's What Came Before He Shot Her, which I've been avoiding because, even though I really do want to read it, I know it will be terribly sad.

    mrd - Have you read Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series? That kept me entertained for a few days when I was home sick. I also made my way through Jane Austen's entire catalog one week when I had the flu. If you're into history/historical fiction, you can't go wrong with Robert Graves' I, Claudius and Claudius the God Not really quick reads, but it sounds like you might have some time to spend.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by remote_goddess;2446365;
    MRD, is this new? I found this author at the library by accident a few years ago... checked out one of her early books, and devoured it. I mean, in one night I read the entire book and loved it so much I went back the next day to see what else of hers I could find. I ended up reading everything my library had by her, and then ordering the rest from a book club. I don't recognize the title...
    It's been out a couple of months. I LOVE her stuff. I have been on the waiting list at the library for this book since the day it came out.

    Thanks for the suggestions Critical. I just read something about Claudius. I can't remember now what it was called. It was actually a few months ago. (searching the memory files for what it was and coming up empty. Obviously it made a big impression on me. )
    My dad and I have both read I, Claudius back when it first came out. (His name was Claude, mine is Claudia, so we read it for the history and the name. )

    I am lucky that I can get online and reserve materials from the library and then they email me when they come in from the other branches and I can pick them up. Very convenient and I am working on a reading list for my "confinement".
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Critical"What Came Before He Shot Her" is a very sad book...not exactly uplifting, but I read it over a weekend. A friend of mine never made it through the whole thing...too much like "Angela's Ashes". It is well written, though.

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    I just started OUR LADY OF THE FOREST by David Gutterson. It's about a 16 year old migrant mushroom picker who has Virgin Mary sightings. The reviews I saw on this one were very mixed, but so far it has my interest. I never read SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, so this is my first time reading his work.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Blaze by Richard Bachman and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss. I'm enjoying both of them, although obviously they're nothing alike. I'll post a progress report re:Blaze in the thread I created for it.
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    I'm so excited to have received Sold by Patricia McCormick in the mail today! I've already decided to hold off on reading any of the new books I just bought in order to read it. It's sweet to read books for school.

    Aside from that, I recently bought The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark. It looks good, which is great because not many new releases have caught my interest.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by JFlo;2447485;
    I just started OUR LADY OF THE FOREST by David Gutterson. It's about a 16 year old migrant mushroom picker who has Virgin Mary sightings. The reviews I saw on this one were very mixed, but so far it has my interest. I never read SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, so this is my first time reading his work.
    Personally, I liked Snow Falling on Cedars better than Our Lady of the Forest, but IMO both were wonderful books! Well written and poignant. I hope you continue to enjoy the book you're reading, and if you do end up liking it, you'll probably love Snow Falling on Cedars.

    I just finished Cat's Cradle by Vonegut. I read Sirens of Titan earlier this year and really loved it. This one was... not as good, if you want my honest opinion. It's supposed to be one of his greatest, but I just did not really care for it. The writing was wonderful, and the subject was interesting, but I guess my biggest issue was that the story, to me, never really went anywhere, other than the end of days crisis, which has been done often and better. But I do love his satirical wit and the precise, sparse language works for me. I liked it pretty well 'till about the last quarter of it, when the ending just fell flat and definitely didn't satisfy.

    Next on my list is the new(ish) Binchy that I went and purchased on my lunch break! Thank you, mrd, for mentioning it. I had no idea she had another book out. I can't wait to dive into it.

    And kat, that Mr. Perfect sounds awesome for a pool-side diversion. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm going to see if I can find it at the library this weekend. I might be able to get to it before Blaze gets here in the mail...

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    Re: What are you reading?

    I just finished reading a birthday present from my sister - A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger. It was a perfect gift for me, for three main reasons - I read a lot of true crime (which this is), Belmont is local to me, and I love Seastian Junger.

    If you like true crime, this is exceptionally well written, and I highly recommend it.
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