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    Re: What are you reading?

    I'm finally getting around to the two prequels to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels - American Assassin and Kill Shot. American Assassin is now a movie so I thought I would get the read in before it comes to Netflix DVD.

    Then I'll read on into the series once again. I even have a list of the order in which to read them.
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    ^^^ I love those Mitch Rapp novels. I had a lot of admiration for Vince Flynn. He started out self-publishing and was told he shouldn't because he'd NEVER succeed....and he ended up on the NYT bestseller list. BAM! I was really sad when he passed so young. Those books aren't great literature, but they're terrific and fun and well-paced and he could have written many more books.

    Since my vacation, I'd been feeling listless in my reading. For weeks I had about FIVE books going and couldn't seem to settle. I finally buckled down and finished one I bought in Alaska called I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton. It's about a woman who moved to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory in 1907 to be a school teacher and she ended up living there for 25 years. It's a really charming memoir. Anyway, finishing that one sort of got me out of my book logjam.

    On my Kindle I'm reading Bruce Campbell's memoir If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. Talk about a 180 from the Alaskan memoir! Not great literature, but fun and light and I've always liked BC. Fun to learn more about him.

    I just got my Muse Monthly box, which has Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, which I really want to dive into AND I got a galley of Isabel Allende's new one, In the Midst of Winter. I'm going to hear her speak next month and would like to finish the book before I do.

    I just finished The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis and it's a HUGE Probably one of the best written books I've read in recent years. Just beautiful, It's not a groundbreaking plot, but the writing elevates it.
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    And this is why I have you on a pedestal.
    Count your blessings!

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    I've heard good things about 'Little Fires Everywhere'. Wow!!! You are going to meet Isabelle Allende ??? So super cool!!!
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    ^^^ I love those Mitch Rapp novels. I had a lot of admiration for Vince Flynn. He started out self-publishing and was told he shouldn't because he'd NEVER succeed....and he ended up on the NYT bestseller list. BAM! I was really sad when he passed so young. Those books aren't great literature, but they're terrific and fun and well-paced and he could have written many more books.

    Since my vacation, I'd been feeling listless in my reading. For weeks I had about FIVE books going and couldn't seem to settle. I finally buckled down and finished one I bought in Alaska called I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton. It's about a woman who moved to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory in 1907 to be a school teacher and she ended up living there for 25 years. It's a really charming memoir. Anyway, finishing that one sort of got me out of my book logjam.

    On my Kindle I'm reading Bruce Campbell's memoir If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. Talk about a 180 from the Alaskan memoir! Not great literature, but fun and light and I've always liked BC. Fun to learn more about him.

    I just got my Muse Monthly box, which has Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, which I really want to dive into AND I got a galley of Isabel Allende's new one, In the Midst of Winter. I'm going to hear her speak next month and would like to finish the book before I do.

    I just finished The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis and it's a HUGE Probably one of the best written books I've read in recent years. Just beautiful, It's not a groundbreaking plot, but the writing elevates it.
    Somehow I missed this! Wow, I am envious. I just love her and thanks for the info about her new book as I hadn't heard about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    And this is why I have you on a pedestal.
    You're too funny! Seriously, NO pedestal is needed.

    BB - I won't probably get to MEET her, but I do get to hear her speak and get a signed copy of the new book. I tend to be a babbling idiot - even though I've now met some of my favorite authors - so it's probably better than I just hear her speak!

    I actually DID hold it together meeting Wally Lamb (SOOOOO nice!) and with Armistead Maupin, who I'm hoping to get to talk to again this year. AM was so much fun. I could have gabbed with him for hours! Richard Russo was incredibly shy and reserved, but very nice. I completely geeked out like a dork with Rabih Alameddine, whose An Unnecessary Woman was one of my favorites of the last probably 10 years. He took it in good humor and seemed flattered that I was so excited about meeting him. I hope. Security didn't come and escort me out, so that's a good sign. Last year when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was there, I couldn't even bring myself to approach, even though MANY others did. I'm a SoCal kid and grew up watching him play. It was fun to see how many other people in the room including Anne Lamott (!) completely lost their minds over him.

    I know that I can never meet John Irving (I've heard him speak and that was awesome) because I would be reduced to a pile of blathering goo. I'd just embarrass myself. I worship him, but he does not suffer fools, so it wouldn't be a good combination!

    ECM - Allende's new book doesn't release until the end of October, so there's probably not a lot of press about it yet.

    I took a weird turn and am now reading The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz. What can I say? It was on the top of a pile It's light and fluffy and I've got a busy work week, so it's perfect.
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    Wow!!!!! I LOVE Armistead Maupin!!! What did you talk about???

    I once was at a reading with Roz Chast. Didn't meet her though. Still, I was in awe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beerbelly View Post
    Wow!!!!! I LOVE Armistead Maupin!!! What did you talk about???

    I once was at a reading with Roz Chast. Didn't meet her though. Still, I was in awe.
    We talked about Game of Thrones (his hubby is a fan) and George R. R. Martin, who's a friend of his - he and his husband lived part-time in Santa Fe, which is where GRRM lives, so they'd recently had GRRM and his wife over to dinner - and then about Neil Gaiman. It was a totally "normal" conversation. We were early to the event where he was speaking, so we were all hanging out in the foyer. IIRC, he was worried he wouldn't be able to talk for a whole 20 minutes he'd been allotted. He didn't have ANY problems filling the time! He's an adorable person. Just so sweet and funny. My mom and I totally fangirled. It was exactly how you'd want to meet him.
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    That is so great to hear that he is as lovely as I want him to be!!!
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