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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:31:16 PM
Hi book peas. Three for me this week.

First, thanks to Peabay who convinced me to suck it up and read it, Cheryl Strayed's Wild. While I wasn't in love with her as a person and some of the decisions she made left me she didn't pull any punches and put her money where her mouth was and took a real hike of endurance. She didn't take the easy way out when she saw how poorly she planned compared to the other more experienced hikers and I believe she really did grow and learn from her experience. It was great learning about the terrain and the real life experience over such a long period.

Then I read Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick. What I don't know about the Civil Right Movement can fill volumes. But I chipped away at it a bit with this book. Elizabeth is Elizabeth Eckford of the famous Little Rock Nine who appeared in the photograph entering Central High when it was being desegregated. Hazel is the teen who was scowling and yelling profanities at her in the background. The book tells about the photo, the two girls from youth through adulthood and the story of the integration. Learned so much.

Lastly, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment by Craig Whitney. He talks about the history of guns in America, the Supreme Court decisions over the years, current laws, what can be changed or improved to support the 2nd amendment but improve safety in the country and the NRA's role. Written post Aurora, pre Sandy Hook.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:35:50 PM
I'm reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and it is a painfully slow go for me

The only reason I'm slogging through it is because it is for my Book Club this month ... I'm a third of the way through and I seriously couldn't even tell you what the plot really is

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:43:26 PM
Last week, I read The Yellow Birds - that was a tough one for me. I'm glad this book was written and I don't think we should bury our heads in the sand when it comes to our soldiers in conflict, but this was a tough emotional read for me.

Here's the description from Amazon:

A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.
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I'm glad that I read it.

Now I'm reading Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk for book club.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:49:17 PM
Reading "The Lucky One".

It's pretty slow starting out though.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:54:15 PM
I'm reading Someone Knows My Name. It's good but I think it's a bit long. I'm ready to be finished with it.

Next up will be The Light Between Oceans.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:04:30 PM
I read "Mile 81" by Stephen King last week (a short story) and it was good. But- he could write an analysis of the phone book and I'd enjoy it. I love him.

Reading (still- it's a slow going book) "Saving Fish From Drowning" by Amy Tan. I'm enjoying it more at page 170 than I was in the beginning. I have a long way to go though and I'm not sure where it's going.

Also- "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown (I think that's right) and I'm hovering on the edge of annoyance. I don't like any of the characters and the Shakespeare gimmick has long since worn thin- and I'm not halfway done. The thing that's keeping me going is the narrative voice- I'm curious about who it is. I'm thinking it's another sister not yet introduced, that comes to a tragic end.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:09:33 PM
Just watching the thread this week as I'm still on the Night Circus. Been trying to read more than just my lunch 30 mins.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:41:23 PM
I finally finished The Night Circus this morning. I really liked it and thought that this first-time author was creative and described the scenes fantastically.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:45:18 PM
I am still reading The Round House which I am finding to be very slow-going. I know this book has gotten rave reviews, but I am just not feeling it. I am going to give it one more good try and hopefully that will make me want to finish it. (I am over halfway done at this point and I am not really sure I care how it ends.)

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:00:46 PM
Hi Peas Who Read!

This week's title was Gin Phillips' The Well and the Mine. My book club chose it, and I think we'll have some great conversation on it. It's about a family living in rural Alabama in the 1930s. One evening, someone sneaks onto their property, and drops a baby down their well, without realizing that the young daughter of the family sees it happen. The rest of the book is devoted to figuring out who did it, but also travels the social commentary route, touching on subjects like racism, workers rights, women's roles, and poverty and power. I enjoyed this one.

Next up - who knows?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:03:31 PM
I haven't had any time to read lately, so I'm still on 11/22/63. It's really good and I'm enjoying it when I get a chance to read it.

I like to check the thread out and get ideas though. Thanks to Batya for starting the thread and thanks for all who share!!



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:06:10 PM
Hi Peas Who Read!

This week's title was Gin Phillips' The Well and the Mine. My book club chose it, and I think we'll have some great conversation on it. It's about a family living in rural Alabama in the 1930s. One evening, someone sneaks onto their property, and drops a baby down their well, without realizing that the young daughter of the family sees it happen. The rest of the book is devoted to figuring out who did it, but also travels the social commentary route, touching on subjects like racism, workers rights, women's roles, and poverty and power. I enjoyed this one.

Next up - who knows?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:10:15 PM
Leanne, I agree with you. I didn't finish Ruins, not because I totally hated it, but because I never saw the point of it. I know we are in the minority.
I am just finishing The Orchardist. I'm liking it, but it was real slow to start, and I almost gave up on it. Glad I didn't.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:10:24 PM
Leanne, I agree with you. I didn't finish Ruins, not because I totally hated it, but because I never saw the point of it. I know we are in the minority.
I am just finishing The Orchardist. I'm liking it, but it was real slow to start, and I almost gave up on it. Glad I didn't.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:27:26 PM
I am working on The Color Purple . I happened to hear Oprah mention it. I have seen part of the movie on tv, but thought I should read the book.

I am about 70% done so I will be watching this thread to see if something catches my eye to read next.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:29:43 PM
I don't know if I've posted these books or not yet. I read the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber 2-7 . They are light reads with a little bit of romance. Their mindless and easy to read because there is A LOT of recaps in each book. I keep reading because I'm curious to see how the whole thing ends.

I'm currently reading While the World Watched by Carolyn McKinstry . She was friends with the 4 girls killed in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombings. It also talks about a 5th victim who lost almost all of her sight in the explosion. The story doesn't quite flow for me, but It's an interesting perspective you don't read enough of in black culture.

Many of these girls came from college educated homes. Their parents were teachers and they lived in the richer part of town. The author's father was a teacher and had a master's degree but worked as a waiter on the weekends at an all white country club to earn money for his kids college educations.

It's so sad to read how the FBI didn't even care. They made no notes of a key thing Carolyn reported to them and were very indifferent about the situation. EVERYONE knew who did it and it is so sad it was ignored.

It goes past the bombing and tells more of the Civil Rights movement. I'm in that part right now.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:33:28 PM

Reading (still- it's a slow going book) "Saving Fish From Drowning" by Amy Tan. I'm enjoying it more at page 170 than I was in the beginning. I have a long way to go though and I'm not sure where it's going.


I LOVE Amy Tan but I could not finish this book.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:34:45 PM
Hi Peas!
This week I'm reading My Share of the Task by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's slow going because he is very detailed about his work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, as someone without immediate family in the military, it would help to know the jargon!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:34:53 PM
I almost forgot that I also finished The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern. It was just okay for me. I never felt like there was any resolution with the actual book of tomorrow. Maybe the book was misnamed or maybe I just didn't get it.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:38:29 PM
Hi book peas. This is the first time I have posted here. I too am an avid reader. For the past three weeks I have been reading the Stuart Macbride Logan McRae Scottish detective stories. They have been quite entertaining but very gruesome. I am on the fourth book. I think it is called BLIND EYE. I have been trying to read GONE GIRL but I get frustrated with it and go on to something else. I will enjoy seeing what everyone is reading.
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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:40:29 PM
I finished The Monster of Florence about the serial killer in the Tuscan hills. It was a great read, very interesting how long the case spanned and how many people were pulled into it's web. Also that the killer still hasn't been imprisoned.

In the car, I'm listening to Carry the One. A group of friends leaves a wedding at 3am and something tragic happens. It flashes forward in each of their lives to see how it impacted them. I'm enjoying it.


I'm reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and it is a painfully slow go for me

The only reason I'm slogging through it is because it is for my Book Club this month ... I'm a third of the way through and I seriously couldn't even tell you what the plot really is

I'm reading Beautiful Ruins as well, about 1/4 through. I haven't been able to put it down. I love the story but have been surprised by the triteness of a lot of the writing. For instance, I love Italy and was looking forward to those descriptions. It's been disappointing in that respect.

But I'm wondering how all the stories will come together - Pasquale, Dee, the writer, the producer, his assistant, and the guy pitching his movie. Does Dee really have cancer? Does the soldier ever meet up with the girl from the road again? Does Pasquale ever get his tennis court, lol. It's keeping me entertained and interested.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:56:07 PM
I'm reading Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter by Melissa Francis.
She was the little girl who played "Cassandra" in the later years of Little House on the Prairie. It's not as dishy about the show as the other LHOP bios have been, but it's an interesting look at what the children of a particular kind of stage mother go through.

I finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn a few days ago and I can't recommend it. It was just....gross and disturbing. I don't know how else to describe it.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:07:01 PM
I finished listening to Audacity of Hope and finished reading The Twelve Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed listening to Audacity of Hope, but could see how those who don't like Obama would not like it.

Twelve Labours was okay. It is a collection of short stories by Christie with Hecule Poirot. I enjoyed it, but it didn't make me want to rush out and read more.

I am currently reading James Patterson's Private: #1 Suspect.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:09:45 PM

I read the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber 2-7 . They are light reads with a little bit of romance. Their mindless and easy to read because there is A LOT of recaps in each book. I keep reading because I'm curious to see how the whole thing ends.



I'm reading this series too off and on. I pick one up when I need light and mindless reading. I'm not a huge fan of Debbie Macomber, but I am enjoying the series. Not as much as the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, but enough that I will stick with it and read them all eventually. I think I'm on book 3 when I start it up again.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:12:56 PM

I'm currently reading While the World Watched by Carolyn McKinstry . She was friends with the 4 girls killed in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombings. It also talks about a 5th victim who lost almost all of her sight in the explosion. The story doesn't quite flow for me, but It's an interesting perspective you don't read enough of in black culture.



I was intrigued by this one so I went to Amazon to see how much it was on Kindle. Looks like it's a free borrow from the Amazon Prime kindle lending library for anyone who is interested and is a Prime member. Just wanted to let others know. I will definitely be reading that one.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:21:27 PM
"Also- "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown (I think that's right) and I'm hovering on the edge of annoyance. I don't like any of the characters and the Shakespeare gimmick has long since worn thin- and I'm not halfway done. The thing that's keeping me going is the narrative voice- I'm curious about who it is. I'm thinking it's another sister not yet introduced, that comes to a tragic end."
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I HATED that book! I had to stop, and never finished it. I think I barely got 1/2. I had a problem with the narrative of it also..it's like it was told by someone different every other paragraph!!






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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:51:11 PM
Janeliz, the woman was on tv talking about the book when it came out. It sounded like her mother was very abusive. It's scary to think about what stage moms can do to their sons and daughters

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:53:27 PM
I just finished listening to The Night Circus and really enjoyed it. Thanks to the Pea that recommended it. I read a lot of free or inexpensive books from amazon, currently I'm reading Nightfall (Nightingale book 1 a supernatural thriller for $2.99. I'm about 1/3 of the way and I'm enjoying it.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:20:49 PM
I started reading Far From the Tree, a book about parenting children who have horizontal identities from their parents: deaf, genius, dwarf, etc... Well written, great reviews, but I felt like I was slogging through it, so I took a break from it. I will finish it someday.

I also read Ashfall. It is a YA post apocalyptic novel that occurs during and after a super volcano eruption in Yellowstone. It was engaging and quick. If you like that type of thing, check it out.

I also started Me Before You. I like it so far. I'll review next week.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:42:44 PM
Finished listening to The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Love love love this story, but am thinking that this may be one book I want to READ, not listen to as I think the written sentence structure and style would contribute to the theme of the book...(the wonderful people at the library heard me say that and have ordered it for me so we will see) The story takes place 9 years after the flu hastens the collapse of society and the end of the world. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I'll stop there. I wanted more from the ending of the book but really, how do you end an End of the World book? It has to stop somewhere, right?

Ended up with Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes when I took a young friend to the library. Very much a YA book but I only have talking books on hand and it keeps me off the streets

Bailed on reading Winter of the World. I had listened to Fall of Giants and miss listening to it. So that is on order as well.

Bought Stephen King's essay on guns so that's on my to do list.

Love hearing what everyone else is reading and how we can experience the same books differently.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:28:44 PM
Finally finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. It was just an ok read. I'm halfway through Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I've finally gotten caught up on the housework and my dvr'd tv shows so its looking like a lot of reading time this week. Next up will probably be The $64 Tomato.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:33:10 AM
I tried to read Beautiful Ruins twice and couldn't get through the first few chapters...I'm glad I'm not the only one!

I finished The Princess Bride and loved it. I read the newest Mary Higgins Clark I'll Walk Alone and really enjoyed it. I haven't read the last few of her books, but this one was good. I just finished Perks of Being a Wallflower and I loved it.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:33:39 AM


I am still reading The Round House which I am finding to be very slow-going. I know this book has gotten rave reviews, but I am just not feeling it. I am going to give it one more good try and hopefully that will make me want to finish it. (I am over halfway done at this point and I am not really sure I care how it ends.)


I am so glad to hear that I'm not alone in this opinion. I too find it very slow and overly wordy. Not sure if I'll finish this one. After all the rave reviews, I thought I would love this and was so excited when I received the notification that my digital loan was available from the library. Glad I didn't buy it!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:40:12 AM
I'm another who is finding the Long House to be slow and wordy. The plot is a good one and I find myself getting annoyed because I want the author to move the plot along and stop with all the wordy descriptions.





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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:41:40 AM
I am still reading The End of Your Life Book Club. It has been a tough couple of weeks with out of town hockey tournaments.

I am enjoying the book and the author's mother was a remarkable woman.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:54:01 AM
I read The Lunatic Express, which was actually one that you had read several weeks ago. It was interesting, but not a best read or anything.

And I read a short little romance novel that was on sale at B&N for the nook, called Lady Amelia Takes A Lover.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:14:18 AM
This week I finished The Kitchen House (audio) and Just One of the Guys (Kristen Hannah).

I really enjoyed The Kitchen House despite the nearly predictable ending. The audio version used two different voices for Lavina and Belle. It was done very well and reminded me why audio book can be such a great way to read a book.

Just one of the Guys was your basic fluff chick-lit type book. Utterly predictable but I enjoyed it anyway. Heck, there's a great dog in the story line...I'm a sucker for a dog playing a role in the main character's life when reading a book!

Now, I'm stuck. I've tried starting several other books from various genres and nothing is feeling "right". Maybe I'll find something in this week's reviews to get me moving again.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:22:57 AM

Also- "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown (I think that's right) and I'm hovering on the edge of annoyance. I don't like any of the characters and the Shakespeare gimmick has long since worn thin- and I'm not halfway done


I missed this. I could not stand this book. I don't know why I finished it, I kept hoping it would get better. I have 3 sisters, I thought I'd be able to relate to this book, no. The Shakespeare thing was SO overdone.


Not as much as the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, but enough that I will stick with it and read them all eventually.


I'll have to give those a try.


I was intrigued by this one so I went to Amazon to see how much it was on Kindle. Looks like it's a free borrow from the Amazon Prime kindle lending library for anyone who is interested and is a Prime member. Just wanted to let others know. I will definitely be reading that one.


I should have mentioned this. I have a free month of amazon prime, so I borrowed from their library. I actually finished it last night. The last part is very heavy on a Christian message but I didn't feel it as preachy. Just how she got through many traumas.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:23:51 AM
I just finished Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. Loved it. I am reading The Divorce Club for book club right now. Not so much a fan of it yet but I just started it.

One of my friends recommended The Kitchen House to me on Facebook this morning. Anyone who read it have any thoughts? Is it book club worthy?

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:45:15 AM
I am reading Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk . It's going a bit slow for me but it was on so many best books of the year lists, I am going to keep reading.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:45:19 AM
Re: The Round House


I am so glad to hear that I'm not alone in this opinion. I too find it very slow and overly wordy. Not sure if I'll finish this one.


I am so glad it is just not me! I gave it another go last night and I just can not get into it. I am going to return it to the libray.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:58:18 AM
I finished three books this week.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I liked this one - didn't love it; it reminded me of Forrest Gump. It was a charming, easy read.

Broken Harbor by Tana French. Excellent mystery - I would definitely recommend this one.

Suspect by Robert Crais. I generally like Crais' books, but I didn't care for this one. It's the story of a military dog wounded in Afghanistan and a police officer wounded on duty, working together to solve the murder of the officer's partner. I rarely like anthropomorphizing, and I found the chapters written from the dog's point of view to be irritating.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:08:52 AM
I finished 3 by Chautona Havig: Here We Come, Past Forward - Volume 5 and Noble Pursuits - I enjoyed all of these very much. If you are against Christianity in any way than these are not for you but if you like to read about love & romance without the explicit sex than you will enjoy these very much.

Also mostly finished before giving up on finishing it: Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify by Francine Jay - This one I only read about 1/2 before giving up on it. I want to simplify my life but this one advocates an extremity that I'm not willing to go with.

Not sure what I will read next. I've been downloading a bunch of free ones on Amazon.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:44:08 AM
I'm another one who didn't really care for Beautiful Ruins. It was okay, but just not my thing.

I haven't finished any books this week. Just haven't had the extra time like I usually do.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:46:56 AM
I'm reading the second book in the Flynn Brother's Trilogy called Deadly Harvest by Heather Graham.

Maite
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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:33:08 AM
I abandoned the series that I am reading for this past week and went with something completely different.

First I finished What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. This is a great big book with fantastic pictures and very good essays (even one by Michael Pollan that I really enjoyed). It really brings home the point that it is not the calories but the kinds of food that you eat that is important. It also makes you think about what other people eat, and how our choices affect those around us. I loved this book.

Then I read No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel. This is a sad book, but so well written that you just can't put it down. A little town of Jewish people from different parts of Europe makes the decision to start over as the war explodes all around them. The idea comes from a little girl that is the narrator of the book, and she grows up as the book goes on. It is magical and touching, and all the characters are so flawed that is hard not to hate them and love them at the same time.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:49:43 AM
I read Hopeless this week. It is by the author of Slammed and Point of no Retreat. I liked the story up until the end. The ending was not at all what I was thinking and really didn't care for it. But overall, the story was good.

I started on the Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I only read about 25% of the book and it was torture. Too many names to keep track of and a story that was just not going anywhere. I gave up.

I picked up Me Before You last night and so far I am enjoying it.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:54:59 AM
Still struggling through "Tell the Wolves I'm Home". While the story is OK, it certainly not gripping...I find myself falling asleep most nights while in the middle of it.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:10:43 PM
I am reading It Happens Every Spring by Gary Chapman. It's a light read with a christian vibe to it. I picked it up because it takes place at Lake of the Ozarks which is near where I live. I actually like it more than I thought I would.
Was planning on starting The Night Circus next, but I have 2 ebooks from the library to read first. So many books, so little time as they say.
Thank you, Batya and Happy Reading Everyone!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:19:53 PM
I finished The Baker's Daughter. It was good, not great. It moved back and forth between present-day and WW II Germany. As usual with these types of books, the WW II story was far better and more interesting. The main thing I got out of it was learning about the Nazi lebensborn program, where women basically served as whores and baby machines to populate the country with Aryan babies. Disgusting.

I also read When the Mississippi Ran Backwards, a non-fiction book centered around the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. The author tried to pull a lot of different storylines into this general theme, and it didn't quite work, but each storyline was interesting, about steamboat travel on the Mississippi, about Tecumseh and the Indian resistance to the expansion of the frontier, and about the geology of the earthquakes. I enjoyed it.

Right now I'm reading Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats and the Worlds They Came From. There's a lot of background about the people who built the ship, the people who worked on it, etc. Lots of information I didn't know.


Janelle


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