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    Re: What are you reading?

    I finished The Night Circus earlier tonight (or is it last night? UGH, insomnia!) and just started Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm enjoying her writing style. I never read Seabiscuit (I know, I know, I just never got around to it), so this is my first experience with Hillenbrand. I don't think I could get further from The Night Circus than non-fiction about WWII!
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    I'm reading a book called Working South Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. In this book, Mary Whyte who is a renowned watercolorists, paints portraits and tells stories about the blue collar workers who live in the south. Her work is beautiful and she captures the emotion of the workers who in many cases are losing their jobs due to changes in our world. The mill worker, hog farmer, hat maker, oyster man, paper boy, funeral band, these are just a few of her subjects.

    When I checked this book out at the Library, it was mainly for painting inspiration and watercolor technique. As I started looking at the art work and reading the text, I became as fascinated with her reason for writing it, and the stories of the people in the book as I was the artwork. Most people would consider it a coffee table book but for me, it was so much more.
    This one will be added to my collection of books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by causingchaos View Post
    I'm reading the Gift of Fear only because I went to a training that involved some aspects of the book and was wondering if the book was disorganized as the training was. I find myself having a hard time finishing it. Mostly because I'm stuck in this whole idea of have we (particularly we women) really lost all common sense at all?
    I have heard this book is highly recommended by therapists and "relationship experts" and have been thinking about reading it for a while - let me know if you get anything out of it.

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    Someone recommended a book to me called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." Once I read the synopsis, I commented that it looked similar to "84 Charing Cross Road" (a personal favorite). She said it has been compared to that in the past. So I've downloaded it, but I'm only 27% of the way through a re-read of "Gone with the Wind," so it's going to be a couple of weeks before I get to it.

    One of my main reasons for wanting to read it is that you folks always post books with the most interesting names, and I wanted to be part of the "in" crowd. LOL.

    Has anyone else here read it? I tried to search the forum on the word "potato" and didn't find anything. (It wouldn't be the first time I couldn't find something in this forum that was there.)
    I've read the book and had to re-read the first couple of pages to orient myself to the letter writing style. The author's story made the reading of the book more interesting.

    Telling the story through letters prompted me to re-read Daddy Long Legs, a classic from my childhood library.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJane View Post
    I can't read or think about P&P without seeing Firth as Darcy. I need to find the DVDs of that version so my 13-year-old can watch - she started reading Austen last year and was interested in seeing it when I pointed out Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy when we were watching some awards show.
    I picked up the DVD at Marshall's, near the register. Purchased an anniversary box version, as well, through amazon.

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    I've just started Everything I Never Wanted To Be by Dina Kucera, about her family's struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Not happy subject matter by any means, but she manages to tell it with a great sense of humor that makes it more bearable. Good stuff, so far.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by WrigleyDogA2 View Post
    I have heard this book is highly recommended by therapists and "relationship experts" and have been thinking about reading it for a while - let me know if you get anything out of it.
    Basically the gist of the book is listen to your gut instinct and don't feel compelled to be polite because you'll get raped, murdered, get a stalker and so on. It's not very well organized. I guess I'm not getting a lot of out of it. I joke that I have embraced my inner sociopath but the truth is I already listen to my gut. My girlfriends and I analyze our interactions regularly. But I don't have this huge compulsion to play nice just because I'm a girl. If I'm not comfortable or feeling safe I do what I need to to feel comfortable or safe. Many times at college I got a weird feeling when walking out to my car in the pitch black lot at 10pm (did evening classes) and went back for security escorts. Didn't even occur to me that women don't do that. I didn't feel safe I did what i had to. And the book is basically saying do that.

    Granted I haven't read the last 20% because I needed a break from the fear mongering. Maybe there's some enlightening thing there.

    I'm involved at the moment with one of hte free kindle smut books that I can't remember the title of. Probably will go back and finish it off when I get done with my free book.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    I read Gift of Fear when it first came out...1997?? not sure exactly. I can't remember if I found it disorganized but I was very glad to see someone talk about listening to your intuition/gut.
    Women, especially, don't do this enough when it comes to a threat. They do it (listen to their intuition) in other emotional situations but often not in an confrontational situation. Most likely because women have learned from society for centuries to be pleasers, docile, etc. Probably doesn't happen as often nowadays as it used to.
    For me it was a great reminder to listen to that little voice and not dismiss it because there was no physical or logical reason for it.
    Animals certainly listen to it.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Jamie, I have read Gillian Flynn's other two novels and I really enjoyed them. When I'm reading her work, I feel like someone is creeping up behind me. I don't know how else to describe it.

    Looking forward to Gone Girl; glad you enjoyed it.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    I read a quick little story on my Kindle called Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee. I actually kind of liked it and wish she would have expanded on tattooed character a little more. I would have liked a little more story and a little less "romance" novel because I found their relationship and interactions with the town people fascinating.

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