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    An innocent bystander nlmcp's Avatar
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    Just got done reading "Charming Billy" which was a bit depressing but good. It's about Irish families and alchol abuse.
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    Originally posted by nlmcp
    Just got done reading "Charming Billy" which was a bit depressing but good. It's about Irish families and alchol abuse.
    Yes, I read that book and had the same reaction as you!

    Am reading "Requiem for a Dove" by Marjorie Eccles. It's a good old English mystery, well written and in that tiny print that they so dearly love, those wacky Brits.

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    The Lovely Bones... I'd heard SOOOOO much about it, I picked it up. It was good, but definitely not all that. A little predictable, a little bland, a little too sweet. Interesting premise to tell a story, however. I'm definitely in the minority on this opinion (that it's not great), though, I'm aware of this.

    I'm reading 100 Years of Solitude right now (it's on my list of books I must read before I die) - just finished "Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy O'Toole.
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    I've got five books going at any one time. It's not because I'm a genius--I'm not--it's because I can't stand to be without something to read if I'm bored.

    Currently:

    1. John Adams by David McCullough

    2. All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson

    3. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snickett

    4. The Vanishing Man by Jeffrey Deaver

    5. Ties That Bind by Phillip Margolin

    Oh, and the Kellerman fan and I should talk...

    The question was my favorite recent read. That would still have to go to American Gods by Neil Gaiman, although I read it months ago. I haven't read anything better, and it's going to be a while before I do, although I read excerpts for both Stephen King's Wolves of the Calla and Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, and I might have a new favorite soon.
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    Some great books I've read recently are

    The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver ( I love all her books)

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

    I read a lot (or listen to unabridged books on tape in the car) and have come across lots of good ones recently. The three above ones all stand out as amazing and wonderful books.

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    My daughter had to read The Great Gatsby (sp) for a project.

    I picked it up and read it in about 2 hours.

    I hated it in Jr. High but, loved it.

    She hated it.

    it was very good.
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    Oh I LOVE "The Great Gatsby"! I read it in High School and loved it then. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote great stories!
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    Originally posted by MollyRose
    Some great books I've read recently are

    The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver ( I love all her books)
    I've read both of these and they will forever remain on my Top 25 Favorite Books of All Time list and that's saying something (not sure what though).

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    i was going to say the lovely bones but i see i'd just be copying everyone.

    i also recently read and liked q is for quarry and the nanny diaries

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    "The Nanny Diaries" are very good for anyone who is in a profession where they deal with children and parents. I'm a teacher and thought it was hilariously funny!
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