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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by GabbyG View Post
    She has posted chapter one of the third book on her facebook page. I think it is going to be really good.

    Read Chapter 1 from The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness
    I've got a copy of that on the way to me from my book rep. I can't wait!
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    I am reading The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub and am surprised I had never picked it up before. A great story--long but fast moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I've got a copy of that on the way to me from my book rep. I can't wait!
    No fair! I want a book rep.
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    I want a book rep too, but at least you can read chapter one. And if you are on facebook, Deb does interact with her readers.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by awesomekina23 View Post
    The Book Thief is one of my favorites! Choosing Death as the narrator really sets an intriguing and mysterious tone.
    Yes, and the writer is so evocative with his prose. I enjoyed the book.

    Inspired by a recent trip to Italy I just finished rereading Juliet by Anne Fortier. Set in Siena, it is about a modern day descendant of Juliet who goes looking for a lost family treasure while dealing with the possibility that there is an ancient curse on her family connected to the sad history of Romeo and Juliet. The modern story is interlaced with a medieval retelling of Romeo and Juliet (similar plot to the familiar story with some differences). Quite good. She has a book about the Amazons which I'm thinking of reading next.
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    Really, that business isn't all that profitable. I mainly get paid in books, which isn't all that bad. Sadly, my landlord will not accept galleys as rent payment.

    I'm deep into My Name is Asher Lev and OMG, I am in LOVE with this book. I have SO much to do for my other (more lucrative) business, but I just want to read. It's this combination of a really deep, beautifully written novel and a total page-turner. I was crushed to learn that Chaim Potok passed away in 2002, which means he won't write any more books, but excited to discover that he wrote six other books I get to read for the first ime. I need to finish this one for my book club and I both can't stop reading and don't want it to end.

    Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.

    Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic.
    When I was waiting in a line the other day, I started Jennifer Weiner's new book All Fall Down on my phone's Kindle app. I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
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    Ooooh! Sounds good! (Asher Lev). Downloading now. Thanks!
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    We've been doing a lot of audiobooks while traveling. I may have to get The Book Thief in e-format. The audiobook wasn't that good; I didn't like the reader.

    In "real books," I got a copy of "Killing Lincoln" at a yard sale. Very "readable" . . . not like a history book . . . more like a novel.

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    My grocery delivery guy plays audio books while wheeling around town. His complaint is also about the readers. The only one I've heard people rave about was the guy, Jim... (Name??) who spoke the Harry Potter series.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by AZChristian View Post
    We've been doing a lot of audiobooks while traveling. I may have to get The Book Thief in e-format. The audiobook wasn't that good; I didn't like the reader.

    In "real books," I got a copy of "Killing Lincoln" at a yard sale. Very "readable" . . . not like a history book . . . more like a novel.
    From what I've read, that's exactly how that book should be approached. I don't think there's a Lincoln scholar alive who didn't eviscerate that book. Let's just say he was pretty free and loose with the actual facts.

    Gut, I was thinking Asher Lev would be right up your alley. My book club loved it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was published in the early 70's, so I feel like (for me) it was an undiscovered gem.

    Ariel, the only audio books I listen to are The Hobbit and the LOTR series. The reader, Rob Inglis, is AMAZING. The series - unabridged - is over 65 hours and he does it all, including all the voices and he sings all the songs. I've listened to all four books maybe 4 or 5 times and am always amazed at how great he is.
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