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    Re: What are you reading?

    I just started The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein. It's loosely based on the life of Pan Yuliang, who rose from prostitution to become a noted Postimpressionist painter. So far, I'm really enjoying it - the writing is beautiful. Unfortunately, it's one of those books I'd love to read at a leisurely pace but, since it's for my book club and we meet this week, I have to get through it in the next few days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by norealityhere;3910642;
    Just started Dewey, the Library Cat the other day.
    This seems to be the feline version of Marley.
    And, I can just see it's going to be a major tear jerker.
    I read this book last year and really like it, sad yes but would recommend it.
    I also enjoyed reading Shirley Rousseau Murphy's series of books, about 3 cats and their owners (or staff ).
    Much to the cats, and eventually their owners surprise, the cats find that they can talk, and go about 'helping' the police solve mysteries that occur in the town by phoning in anonymous tips. The interaction between the cats and their humans can be quite funny.
    If you have a cat, like cats or just want a light hearted read with some murder and mystery included, I think you would enjoy these books. I would start with The Catswold Portal, background book and then the first in the Joe Grey mysteries series is Cat on the Edge , I believe there are 16 books to date. I was able to find them at our Library , with the help of inter Library loan, but they are also available at Amazon.

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    I finished The Painter From Shanghai a few days ago and LOVED it. Such beautiful writing and a wonderful story. Definitely

    I blew through Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta last night and am now reading Midnight Brunch, the second book in the series. I got the third book, The Bride of Casa Dracula a while back at a trade show and read it without realizing it was part of a series. I'm definitely going to have to re-read it once I finish book 2. They're kind of chick lit meets horror meets Stephanie Plum. Very fun and light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inthegarden;3919059;
    I read this book last year and really like it, sad yes but would recommend it.
    I also enjoyed reading Shirley Rousseau Murphy's series of books, about 3 cats and their owners (or staff ).
    Much to the cats, and eventually their owners surprise, the cats find that they can talk, and go about 'helping' the police solve mysteries that occur in the town by phoning in anonymous tips. The interaction between the cats and their humans can be quite funny.
    If you have a cat, like cats or just want a light hearted read with some murder and mystery included, I think you would enjoy these books. I would start with The Catswold Portal, background book and then the first in the Joe Grey mysteries series is Cat on the Edge , I believe there are 16 books to date. I was able to find them at our Library , with the help of inter Library loan, but they are also available at Amazon.
    Thanks for the recommendation, Inn. I may have to read that.
    Ijust picked up an Ann Rule true crime book. Green River, Running Red. It's about the Green River Serial murderer.
    It's about 360 degrees away from Dewey - which I needed right now.
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    I'm reading Everything I needed to know about being a girl I learned from Judy Blume. It's a collection of essays from other female authors about their experiences with Judy Blume's books. I like it, it's light reading & goes quickly.
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    I am almost finished reading Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Aron Ralston. Wow... what an amazing story by a truly amazing guy. I only hope that I could have the kind of will, bravery & power he had of I ever found myself in a similar situation.

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    I'm reading The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble. Total chick lit, but fun. I've read Noble's The Reading Group and The Girl Next Door and really liked them. This one is good too. I guess I needed a light summer read.
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    I finished "Leaving Unknown" by Kerry Reichs a few weeks ago. GREAT READ. I loved this idea of traveling cross-country and spending time in funny-named towns, but the book is much more than a cute concept.
    About a year and a half ago I was on here posting about her prior story "The Best Day of Someone Else's Life". I love both of these books, and recommend highly.

    Jen Lancaster fans: run, don't walk, to get your hands on "My Fair Lazy"! I had it on pre-order since Christmas and was counting the days in May until it came to my door. I loved "Bitter" and "Bright Lights", was completely bowled over by "Such a Pretty Fat", but I found "Pretty In Plaid" to be just a tiny bit of a disappointment, coming on the heels of my extreme love affair with "Pretty Fat". But, FORTies: My Fair Lazy... a Culture Up Manifesto is OUR BOOK, we of the website entitled Fans of Reality TV.

    Lancaster recommends/refers to a bunch of other books in writers in her own books and on her site. I read "I'm Not The New Me" by Wendy McClure and really enjoyed it. I couldn't find it at mass-market retailers, though, I had to order it third-party through amazon.

    Katie MacAllister has recently started TWO new series: one with more dragons, and one with a new idea: "steampunk". Both "Love in a Time of Dragons" and "Steamed", respectively, are worth your price of admission for funny paranormals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inthegarden;3857822;
    Next, I'm reading Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.
    Finally got to this one. I'm not quite finished but I'm finding it fascinating. I didn't realize it was based on a real resort...will have to research that after I finish, that's very interesting.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Just finished The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. I'm waiting for the first book in the series from the library so in the meantime I'm starting Dead Heat by Dick Francis. I thought I had read all of his books, but somehow missed this one.

    (Don't you just hate getting a series out of order!)
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