Week of January 27, 2013 READING thread!
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:32:21 PM
I finished The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom and I must say that I wasn't that impressed by it. It seemed so stereotypical to me. The owners were weak and flawed. It was a wonder any of them were able to be successful with their plantation with all the drinking, doping, carousing, and molesting going on.

The story just felt flat to me. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:28:31 PM
I just finished A woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Hailey. This is not a new book, but one I enjoyed reading. The writing style is dramatic monologue, and I'm not sure I've read anything like it before. But it was very effective in presenting the personality of the protagonist. I enjoyed reading about what life for the wealthy was like a century ago.

Thanks to Batya's review of The Little Bookshop of Big Stone Gap, I also read it this week. I was drawn to this title beause I lived for many years in Kingsport, TN., and love this part of SE America. The writing style is like a blog, and becoming part of a small town is not easily achieved in this part of VA or TN. A quick, easy read.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:04:35 PM
I read two books since my last post:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This has been on my TBR list Forever! While it is not a riveting true crime story, it is haunting and great when read in context of the times (late 1950's). It was sad to reflect that such a crime would not be nearly as shocking today as it was 50 years ago.

Moth To A Flame by Ashley Antoinette. I downloaded this from the library to my Nook a while back. It is the story of a teenage daughter of a drug kingpin and her life as she spirals out of control. Eh, didn't love it, didn't hate it.

I have decided to go on a tudor bent and read the two Booker Man Prize winning novels by Hilary Mantel.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:26:54 PM
I finished The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley and LOVED it. I'm finding I really enjoy novels about the Jacobites. Since I loved that, I'm reading Mariana by the same author but finding it a bit slow.

I also finished Gone Girl. I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was defnitely a page turner but in the end I thought it was kind of creepy and I was not happy with the way it ended. Won't say why so I don't spoil it.

Next up is The Rose Garden , also by Susanna Kearsley. Going to give her another chance. Also, The Princess Bride and Winter of the World

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Posted: 1/28/2013 4:58:18 PM
I've read a couple this week. The first was Buried On Avenue B by Peter de Jonge. This was a police procedural, which was just about all I read in my teens! I really enjoyed this one; it was a complicated but credible story and a cut above so many in this genre.

My second one this week was Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson. I've read a few novels recently about chefs, and this was a good read. Light, delicious foodie descriptions, and good characterisation. Part of it is set in Italy and part in New York - two of my favourite places!

I've just started Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker, and I'm not sure about it. The premise of the book is excellent, but at the risk of sounding like my 84-year-old mother, some of the sex stuff is a bit superfluous.

I notice a couple of you are reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read this last summer, and really enjoyed it. I was expecting a bit of light fluffy chick lit, and got somewhat more than I bargained for!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:26:57 PM
Wow, lots of great conversations this week on books. I see a lot of differing opinions on some too. It makes me this thread to read what everyone thinks.

I am still working on Behind the Beautiful Forevers. It's a little slow going for me and I'm not finding a strong desire to pick it back up. I thought it would be more exciting.

I need to start Zeitoun tonight. It is our book club book for this month and we meet next week. I need to have it finished by Monday night. I'm hoping it will be a good read.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:38:48 PM
Working on The Mysterious Benedict Society, which is ok but nothing amazing so far, and It Starts With Food, which covers the eating philosophies behind Whole30. My BFF has read some great YA lately so I'm adding those titles to my ever-growing "to read" list.

I'm just now looking up the winners of the Newbery Award for this year, and I'm tickled that The One and Only Ivan won. I grew up 30 minutes from where Ivan was kept in a cage and followed his story for quite a while.

I didn't realize there was a book written about it (in Ivan's voice)...definitely getting this one!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:52:33 PM
I guess I missed this thread last night.

I finally read (on audio) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. Why did I wait so long to read this? It was a charming story, yes charming! I loved the ending.

On Kindle I finished Following Atticus by Tom Ryan. It's the true story of a man and his dog hiking the "4000 footers" in New Hampshire. I like dogs and hiking, so that kept me reading. The story is not only about Tom's relationship with his dogs (Max & Atticus) but also his father. It was just OK for me.

gwen.m - The Rose Garden is my favorite Susanna Kearsley. And I've read all her books (and pre-ordered Firebird).

I'm kind of worried because I'm starting Beautiful Ruins tomorrow and it didn't get very good reviews on this thread. Wish me luck!




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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:55:55 PM
I'm on book 3 of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I have all 7 of the books in hardback, but have only read books 1-3 (twice) and book 4 (once). I love them, they are my favorite books, but they are huge and it took so long for them all to come out that I kept putting off finishing the series.

However, I got a nice Amazon gift card for Christmas, and used it to buy the books for my Kindle. And now I am thoroughly enjoying re-reading the books I've read before, and very much looking forward to the rest of them. I can't put them down, so my DVR is getting more and more full.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:27:41 PM
Well hello everyone! I finished "Flat-out Love" and loved it- was honestly surprised at the plot twist. I also read "The Age of Miracles" which I found very interesting ( the premise of this story is the earth's orbit slows down dramatically and the immediate aftermath is told through a 12 y o girl's eyes)but sad although I did like it . I also read "Focus" on my Kindle app. It's a memoir by Ingrid Ricks about her struggles with losing her sight to a degenerative disease. I really liked this one too and could relate to it because I am also chronically ill .
I'm about halfway through "The Midwife of Hope River" ( thank you Batya for the rec!) and I really like it. A friend at work just passed "State of Wonder" to me so looks like that's up next.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:45:15 PM
Finished reading Eating Animals last week. I found it a bit slow moving and difficult to get into - thought his writing style initially a bit choppy but once about 50 or so pages in I was hooked.

This week so far I have been reading When God Was A Rabbit and so far it's just a meh...



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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:26:51 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.


I just finished Hopeless last week. I liked it, but I kept thinking unless you have a PhD in psycholgy...no one talks like they did the 2nd half of that book...let alone 2 teenagers. I was glad I finished it, but it wasnt my favorite. Do you recommend her other books?

If you are looking for a GREAT book to read check out The Edge of Never. I finished that a couple of weeks ago and I keep going back to parts to reread...i just loved it!!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:58:29 PM
Aack. This is my second week in a row w/o an update. Sigh...I did try downloading my first ebook onto my ipad though, so that's good, right?

Just checking in to see what needs to be added to my "to read" list.
Have a good week!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:13:57 PM
I just got Tracy Chevalier's latest THE LAST RUNAWAY

And DEFENDING JACOB. I haven't started either one.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 5:01:18 PM
finished reading http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/159178.North_and_South really liked it and also read http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/363499.Devil_s_Bride not what I usually read but really loved it .It was a pea that recommended it .I will finish the series and probably read more of her books


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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
Thanks for this recommendation! I picked up the first one, Cold Granite, at the library yesterday and I can't put it down. Dark, tortured, and criminal. My favorite kind of book.

I read a very forgettable romance/mystery. So forgettable that I can't remember the name and I already returned it to the library. It was by a Christian writer -- Ilene something? If I'd realized it was mostly romance and not much mystery, I wouldn't have picked it up.

I picked up Broken Harbor by Tana French. That's next.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:50:13 PM
I'm reading Molokai by Alan Brennert. It's been on my to-read list forever. I really like it- I'm going to check out the history behind the story when I am finished.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:18:50 PM
My library loan of The Night Circus expired. I had no patience for how overly descriptiveness of this one. Just a mood, as I usually like overly descriptive.

I ended up finding a couple of $1.99 books on Amazon and am reading one of them. It's called A Friend of the Family . No idea of the author's name & too lazy to look it up. I'm over halfway through and I have no idea what the point of the book is, unless it's solely for the whining of the main character. Yet, I keep reading it because I want to know where it is going.




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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:26:36 PM
For those who read the Cedar Cove books , Halmark is going to make a series cased on them.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:26:37 PM
For those who read the Cedar Cove books , Halmark is going to make a series cased on them.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:44:34 PM
Last week I read The Yellow Birds, based on Batya's recommendation and like Amy, I'm glad I read it. I thought it was finely crafted and so well written. I typically do not care for books and movies about war, but this was worth reading.

I confess that after that I resorted to brain candy and read Kim Harrison and Jennifer Estep's latest books. Fine literature they are not, but it's nice to be able to unplug and not think sometimes.

I am supposed to be starting Beautiful Ruins, but the lack of enthusiasm on this thread has me a little nervous.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:27:25 AM
No reading for me this week. Injured kid=busy mama



I just finished Hopeless last week. I liked it, but I kept thinking unless you have a PhD in psycholgy...no one talks like they did the 2nd half of that book...let alone 2 teenagers. I was glad I finished it, but it wasnt my favorite. Do you recommend her other books?

If you are looking for a GREAT book to read check out The Edge of Never. I finished that a couple of weeks ago and I keep going back to parts to reread...i just loved it!!


I have read all the above books. I think Colleen Hoover's other books were really good, but not as heavy. Another couple suggestions if you like that genre-On Dublin Street and How to Kill a Rockstar (this one was not at all what I was expecting). I would clump them all in the same type of category.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:28:52 AM



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


This is on my to be read list. I just read that the movie rights were bought for this one.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:15:07 AM
I read I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. A light, mindless read and I enjoyed it.

I'm still getting through A Beautiful Mind. It's good but I have to take breaks from it to relax my brain


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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:17:00 AM

I also started Me Before You. I like it so far. I'll review next week.
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This is on my to be read list. I just read that the movie rights were bought for this one.


I just picked this up from the library. I am looking forward to it.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:20:50 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 am reading Hopeless right now and I am about 75% done. I like it so far. Now I am curious about the ending. I should finish today.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:35:07 PM
I am reading The American Heiress and am enjoying it. The first chapter or two didn't grab me but after that it really grabbed my attention.



I just finished Hopeless last week. I liked it, but I kept thinking unless you have a PhD in psycholgy...no one talks like they did the 2nd half of that book...let alone 2 teenagers. I was glad I finished it, but it wasnt my favorite. Do you recommend her other books?


This was one of my complaints about the book. It was really good, but no way would a high school boy talk the way Holder did.
I've read her other two books and enjoyed both of them, although Point of Retreat not as much. It is the sequel to Slammed but the author switched from writing it from the girl's perspective to writing from that of the boy. Made him seem like a sap.

Another thing the author does that irritates me is that she almost has cookie-cutter characters and story lines. Both male leads interact the same way with the female leads; the girls both meet their best friends in basically the same way... I think if I hadn't read all three books back-to-back it wouldn't have bothered me as much.

All that said, I would definitely recommend all three of her works.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:46:08 PM

I am supposed to be starting Beautiful Ruins, but the lack of enthusiasm on this thread has me a little nervous.

I'm still reading it, about half way through now. I find it to be a page-turner. I'm not sure why so many didn't care for it. Maybe it's one of those where there was so much build-up, no matter how good it is, it's a letdown of sorts (?).

It's a group of stories over different time periods but all tied together. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens with each one so, to me, that's a good book. Very character-driven with mostly sympathetic people. I say give it a try!



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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:38:51 PM
I finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand this week. I had started it a few weeks ago and then set it aside. I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first half. This is the type of book I would really like to discuss in a group. The author certainly gives the reader a lot to think about.

I'm now reading Island of the Lost by Joan Druett a true story about a shipwreck in the 1800s. I'm not too far into the book, but it's interesting so far.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:40:00 AM
Just an FYI:

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim is FREE for Kindle on Amazon. I read this last year and really enjoyed it. It has good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Historical fiction.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:53:45 AM
I just finished Hopeless last week. I liked it, but I kept thinking unless you have a PhD in psycholgy...no one talks like they did the 2nd half of that book...let alone 2 teenagers. I was glad I finished it, but it wasnt my favorite. Do you recommend her other books?

I do recommend her other books. I liked Slammed the best out of her books. And I agree with you that teenagers just don't talk like that.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:38:33 PM
I downloaded Defending Jacob and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (because I found it free on iTunes). I haven't started either one though--maybe next week!

Thanks for all of the recommendations! My 'to read list' is growing much faster than my 'completed' list!


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