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    Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell. The writing was just fine, but the characters were the most unlikable, sorry excuses for people I've ever read about. With the exception of the grandmother (and that poor car) I just didn't give a rip what happened to them. I know it's supposed to be a classic, but...ugh.
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    Finished a book I liked called The Starboard Sea, which was on the NYT 100 notables list for 2012. It was really good but the characters were not exactly likable -- but they weren't meant to be.

    Currently reading Maeve Binchy's last book, A Week in Winter. I chuckled to myself thinking about all the books of hers I read many years ago . . . and how in this book, written in her early 70s before she passed, the characters are sending text messages to each other. My how times have changed.

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    I have just finished The Forgotten by David Baldacci. Pretty action packed but a bit over the top on some things. It did make me think of human trafficking and how much money it makes some people/
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    Quote Originally Posted by obsession57 View Post
    Finished a book I liked called The Starboard Sea, which was on the NYT 100 notables list for 2012. It was really good but the characters were not exactly likable -- but they weren't meant to be.

    Currently reading Maeve Binchy's last book, A Week in Winter. I chuckled to myself thinking about all the books of hers I read many years ago . . . and how in this book, written in her early 70s before she passed, the characters are sending text messages to each other. My how times have changed.
    I got a copy of The Starboard Sea a few years ago, but haven't read it yet. Another case of "too many books, too little time"!

    I've hesitated to read Binchy's last book because it will be the LAST one. I'm sure I'll break down and read it soon, but I want to draw it out a little longer. The idea of there never being another book from her just makes me too sad.

    I needed a little break from the more literary stuff I'd been reading. I'm just over halfway through Jane Green's Swapping Lives. Fun and fluffy. Exactly what I wanted!
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    School vacation! Charging my Kindle and taking notes here. I'm half way through the Leopard/Spots book and it is bogging down a little. Does it pick up steam and move beyond the hopeless crush/competitive friendship angle at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl View Post
    Linwood Barclay's great! Love the mix of edge-of-your seat suspense and suburbia. His latest, Trust Your Eyes, was a keeper, with a sneaky little - no, actually - massive! twist buried in the very last few sentences. Apparently, he's currently writing a sequel to No Time For Goodbye, his first standalone thriller and arguably his best to date. Due out next year, I think. Lisa Unger is another author who excels in suburban thrillers. Her Hollows books, Fragile, and Darkness My Old Friend? Highly recommended. If you like Barclay and Coben, you'll devour these.

    As for what I'm reading myself right now, it's Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, a historical crime novel set in 1840's New York. Am only about 50 pages in, but so far very impressed by the historic detail.
    Geek, it is so good to read a message from you! You must be very busy with those kids!

    I am reading only young adult books right now but have a few murder mysteries waiting on my shelf that I'll read as soon as I get this book list project done. Four of them by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson. Both authors combine cooking and detecting which turns out to be fun reading for me. I also have a copy of The Friday Night Knitting Club sitting here. Light stuff.

    Whenever I retire from my school library job I plan to take a more active role in this thread - I can't seem to get time to read adult books and am way out of it, but am inspired at all of you readers!

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    Cootie!

    Yep, I think it's safe to say that those kids - who turned FOUR last week, believe it or not, better update that avatar! - are keeping me busy. I missed FORT, though, and will try to post here every now and then. Glad to say that The Gods of Gotham continues to deliver. Gruesome and well-written with great historic detail. As a massive fan of all things Victorian, I was overjoyed to find out that Lyndsay Faye's debut novel deals with BOTH Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes! It's called Dust and Shadow - has anyone read it? I sure will soon!

    I decided I'd read all of this year's nominees for the Edgar Award in the Best Novel category. Faye's novel is one of these books and I have to say that it is my second favourite so far (my number one fave being Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl). Will keep you posted, hopefully.

    Oh, and while I've been seriously bad at logging onto FORT, I have been writing an English language blog for Uppsala English Bookshop, a lovely bookshop in Sweden specialising in English books. I mainly write about dark, literary crime fiction, with a dash of horror and contemporary UK and US novels. Feel free to check it out here: http://bookshop.se/helena.
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    Cool blog! You've got some of my favorite books on there. And if that's you in the picture - you're stunning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    Cool blog! You've got some of my favorite books on there. And if that's you in the picture - you're stunning!
    Wow, thanks Gut! May I applaud your taste? And yes, that is me in the picture. Old(ish) pic though, should use a newer one.
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    I am enjoying The Boy Kings of Texas, a memoir by Domingo Martinez. Think "Hispanic macho meets Glass Castle." I believe this was a nominee for a National Book Award. Fabulous writing.

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