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Posted: 2/10/2013 5:48:42 PM
I don't know if it feels like this for anyone else, but this year seems to be zooming.

Posting a bit early tonight since I will likely be offline soon for the night. Three books for me this week.

First, Jack Abramoff's memoir, Capitol Punishment. I was curious about lobbying in Wash. and the scandal that ended his career. It was odd but very interesting. Unbelievable how he 'didn't realize' that the things he was doing were actually illegal. But in hindsight it made sense o him, while he rationalized that he was donating a lot of the money to charitable causes, it's how everyone got things done, etc.

Next, I read a new YA book that reminded me of Thirteen Reasons Why, except I liked this one more, The Tragedy Paper. It's the story of kids at a NY Prep school one a real time story, one a flashback to an albino boy enamored of a girl in a relationship with a popular jerk. The title reflects the name of the assignment the senior English class does each year. I liked this one but it could have been better.

Finally, Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays written by a PhD, lesbian college prof. in Kentucky. This was informative and well-researched but the people who most need to read it never will. Talks about the oppression they feel in their daily lives from the community, churches and family (some were abused or thrown out when they came out to their parents). The even self-censor to get by at work, church and in general. Good sociological and psychological studies cited. Also explored ex-gay programs.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:30:39 PM
I finished up Caramel and Magnolias - written by a high school classmate of mine. A nice suspense romance type thing.

I downloaded the YA book mentioned here as well - Virulent - I got it for my February book for having Amazon Prime.

I'm also reading the Bible Chronologically - so that is taking up some time as well.

And I finished up the The Duck Commander Family. DD is reading it for one of her non-fiction books this semester, so it was on the Kindle. Actually pretty interesting to read about the family history.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:36:29 PM
I finished the Darkfever books and went on to the next in the series, Iced. good light paranormal romance. I needed some escapism and this series was perfect. Well written for the genre.

I am now reading Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and my Harrowing Escape.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:42:08 PM
I read The Last Noel . I really enjoyed this sweet story of love and friendship. I highly recommend.

Now I am reading Sparkly Green Earrings which has me iterally laughing out loud. I read the authors blog daily and enjoy her sense of humor.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:44:37 PM
I'm listening to "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright. It is fascinating!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:57:07 PM
Hi Peas Who Read!

I read one this week, In The Woods by Tana French. It was an interesting mystery set in Dublin. I think it's her first novel. My only criticism was that the main character's personal issues outweighed the actual mystery, and it didn't quite fly at the end.

Next up is The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I'll let you know how it goes!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:10:56 PM
I finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ... a book that I found confusing at times but was enjoyable enough by the end I guess ... I read it for my book club but it definitely wasn't one of my favs ...

Now I'm reading Broken Harbour by Tana French ... it's not moving as quickly as I expected it to but I'm enjoying it so far ...


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:13:13 PM
Yes, I was looking at the calendar today and couldn't quite believe that February is almost half over already.

This week I read Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. I haven't read anything by her in several years, and this was a quick, enjoyable book about what prayer does for us. Not very deep, but she always has an interesting take on faith.

I also read The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" which was another quick read. I stumbled across it while I was surfing around at Amazon, and I really, really enjoyed it. The author talks about how the song came to be written and the process of how it came to be a modern-day standard. The fun part was looking on Youtube for each of the different artist's versions he talks about in the book. So many different interpretations!

And I finished The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey which was a five-star book! Absolutely terrific. I'm going to mail my copy to my mom this week, because I know she'll enjoy it, too.

Right now I'm reading Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon, a spy thriller set in Istanbul right at the end of WW II. I like Kanon's noir-ish mysteries.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:19:21 PM
Finished To Heaven and Back for book club and really didn't like it. Just too oversimplified and I honestly disliked the author. As "Christian" as she was, she certainly didn't shy away from trashing people who she disliked - although she talked of forgiving them. Left a bad taste in my mouth.

Then I read Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky - a memoir and an expose of the hotel industry. I really enjoyed it.

Now I'm reading Flying Without Fear by Duane Brown. I have to fly to Ireland in 3 months and I really want it not to be a horrible experience.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:20:42 PM
Only one book for me this week: The Witch Doctor's Wife by Tamar Myers. She is the author of two different series of cozy mysteries, but this is a serious novel. I was looking for something to continue my African reading of late, and this was perfect. She lived in the Congo when she was a child, and she really brings it to life. I passed it on to dh and he liked it as well.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:28:35 PM
I finished up The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I felt very attached to the characters by the end, and hated to see them go. I'm looking forward to her other books. I'd recommend this one to any lovers of historical fiction---especially the Downton Abbey fans out there.

I started Me Before You by JoJo Moyes this weekend. I'm not far in, but enjoying it so far.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:31:00 PM
Finished Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox's memoir. It fell a bit flat for me, and I skipped a lot of family history. But the parts about his career and dealing with Parkinson's were quite interesting.

I also finished Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I liked it. It's not my favorite book of the year, but it was a good solid read.

Heads in Beds is on my list next, and A Week in Winter, for my Maeve Binchy fix - while I wait for her final book to be released.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:38:52 PM
I am reading Catch-22 and I am not enjoying it at all.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:39:42 PM
I finished THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton. I really enjoyed it, even though I found a few details a bit unbelievable. I love reading about the WW ll era.

I picked up DRUMS OF AUTUMN next, but it's so long I am not sure I'm up for it.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:48:32 PM
I'm working through Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway. It's slow but picking up speed halfway through.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:18:51 PM
I only finished one book this week: Heaven Preserve Us: A Home Crafting Mystery by Cricket McRae. I liked it. It was a kindle freebie when I picked it up, the second freebie in this series.

It is a cozy mystery, and what I like about it is the fact that unlike some in this genre the main character's sleuthing doesn't feel out of place or forced. It feels like it could feasibly really happen in a Miss Marple kind of way.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:19:34 PM
No finishes this week, but I'm reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series. She has always shown an interest in history in the Elm Creek books and it really comes through in this book. It's very good, and unless the ending is somehow disappointing I highly recommend it. Let you know next week.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:42:46 PM
I finally finished Midwife of Hope River and I really liked it . It's not that long of a book but I've been so busy lately that I've not read much.
I just finished The Fault in Our Stars and I read this in the car on our way to Louisiana yesterday and finished it this morning. The premise is sad ( a relationship between two terminally ill teen-agers) but its funny and sweet and I just loved it.
Now I just started
Hopeless and I'm not sure what to think yet but I'm certainly interested.

Have a good week everyone !

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:01:04 PM
I finished A Discovery of Witches

It had the plot-line to be a really good story but the author couldn't seem to resist the urge to make it into the typical cliche romance novel. You know, the strong, silent, angry guy falling hopeless and protectively in love with the beautiful, headstrong girl. And he can't help himself from making her "his". <barf>. Really disappointing because the ideas she had were really good.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:05:33 PM
I also just finished The Fault in Our Stars. I sat down and started it in the early evening and finished it before I went to bed. I really enjoyed it.

Zoeybug-I liked the book Hopeless, that was a hard to put down book for me. If you have read Hoover's other two books, this one seemed a bit weightier.

I requested several books from the library that I've read about on this board and they all came in at once so next up is The Light Between Oceans.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:08:43 PM
On audio I finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. As I reported last week, I got sucked in and even though it went back and forth (past to present) and was a little confusing, I ended up liking it. Not "you HAVE to read this" liking it, but I did enjoy it.

On Kindle I finished The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch. It's set in 1659 Bavaria, with murder, "witches", torture, romance, the healing arts, etc. I liked this one and would recommend it if you like that time period, but it was definitely predictable. The afterword was interesting in that the author is a descendant of the main character who was really from a famous family of hangmen. However the story is fiction. I'll probably continue the series at some point.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:15:16 PM

No finishes this week, but I'm reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series. She has always shown an interest in history in the Elm Creek books and it really comes through in this book. It's very good, and unless the ending is somehow disappointing I highly recommend it. Let you know next week.

I'm glad to hear that you liked it, it's in my wish list basket. I really like the Elm Creek Quilt books. Especially The Runaway Quilter, The Lost Quilter, The Union Quilter. And I'm probably forgetting one or two or more.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:27:30 PM
Not this week but in the recent past I read The Night Circus Oh how I loved this book. Didn't want it to end

The Language of Flowers was excellent too. It was our Feb Book Club book.

Finally read Night Disturbing of course, but so well written. Poetic, even.

Finished The Kitchen House just last night. I really liked it as well. Now I'm reading The Glass Castle

Lots of good books in a row.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:28:52 PM
I finished A Beautiful Mind about John Nash who won a Nobel Prize. The first half was hard to get through all the technical detail. The last half was very interesting.
I also read Defending Jacob which I really enjoyed.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:44:21 PM
I read the canning mystery too and enjoyed it. Light fluff was what I needed at the time.

Mrs Lincol's dress maker sounds interesting.

I read the latest Janet Evanovich. They seem to not be as good the last couple of books. Not as excited to read them as I used to be.

I also read the latest Goldy Bear catering mystery. Another light hearted book.

I cried at some parts of a Beautiful mind.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:48:10 PM
I just finished In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

I *loved* this book.

I'm embarrassed to say I knew nothing of the subject matter. I honestly had never heard of Trujillo and all the horrible things he did while dictator of the Dominican Republic. I read the first half of the book thinking the Mirabel sisters were probably fictional characters and then realized they were real people and I was so amazed at their bravery.

This is my favorite thing about books. If someone said "I want to teach you about the reign of a dictator in the Dominican Republic from 1930-1961 I probably would have been like, ahh...no thanks...

But put it in a well written book, I couldn't get enough. I spent the afternoon researching the Mirabel sisters and their family members. I can't believe there is even a movie...how did I not know this!

Next up I'm reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks for book club...I'm not a huge Sparks fan...I have a feeling this book is really going to suffer from comparison.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:56:43 PM
I finished The Light Between Oceans. I agree with many...kind if slow at the beginning but picked up and turned out to be pretty good.

Now I'm almost finished with Between Shades of Gray which is very good.

Next up will be Destiny of the Republic!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:11:39 PM
I read Where's you go, Bernadette? which I found quite enjoyable.

Now I'm reading Stardust by Carla Stewart which I just started.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:44:53 PM
Another Pea who finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter this week. {I got it on e-loan from my library but in linking this, I'm happy to see the Kindle price has dropped from $12.99 to $9.99}.

I loved the Italy parts of course, and I just wanted to hug Pasquale throughout. What a good man. The book did jump around but there was only one point where I actually got confused and had to straighten myself out.

The book wasn't what I expected. For some reason, I thought it would be deeper, more literary. But to me it was just good storytelling. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. I would recommend it.

I'm almost done with Carry the One by Carol Anshaw.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:57:44 PM
I'm half way through The Power of Habit .
This is a fascinating book. I got the Kindle/Audible combo with Whispersync, so I can listen to it in the car, and read it on my tablet. I actually pulled the car over to stop and take notes.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:04:27 AM
@ Slick Sister: I really didn't like The Language of Flowers but I loved The GLass Castle . I keep hearing you all talk about The Night Circus so I think I will have to check that out.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:40:09 AM
I read "Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors" by Piers Paul Read and it was INCREDIBLE. This is the non-fiction account of what happens to 45 people after their plane crashes in the Andes in 1973 (or 72?) What a story. Wow. Here is my review from goodreads--

I read this book on the recommendation of my daughter, who read it for a college psychology class. I had some trepidation about reading it due to the cannibalism, but while it left me squeamish reading some of those passages, I am glad I was ultimately not deterred from reading this incredible account of survival. The story is absolutely gripping and one of truly finding salvation. I tore through the first 100 pages or so and it slowed slightly in the middle. My favorite part of the book is the triumph of Parrado and Canessa in making it out of the mountains. Consider this passage:

"The view which met his eyes was of paradise. The snow stopped. From under its white shell there poured forth a torrent of gray water which flowed with tremendous force into a gorge and tumbled over boulders and stones to the west. And more beautiful still, everywhere he looked there were patches of green-- moss, grass, rushes, juniper bushes, and yellow and purple flowers.
As Parrado stood there, his face wet with tears of joy, Canessa came up behind him, and he too exclaimed with happiness and delight at the sight of this blessed valley. Then both boys staggered forward off the snow and sank onto the rocks by the side of the river. There, amid birds and lizards, they prayed aloud to God, thanking Him with all the fervor of their youthful hearts for having prized them from the cold and barren grip of the Andes."

When you have read all that came before those two paragraphs, the power of these words is magnificent. This story is all about rising above and the will to survive and appreciation of life. I had tears in my eyes for nearly the remainder of the book as the rest of the survivors were rescued and then reunited with their families. Truly an amazing story. Highly recommend.

Now I am about halfway through "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks and enjoying it.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:42:53 AM
I read Every Day by David Levithan and I loved it.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:49:23 AM
I read the latest Sookie Stackhouse book by Charlaine Harris. Very enjoyable and light and funny. Nothing deep there.

I've started a Denise Mina mystery called Field of Blood (a Paddy Meehan mystery). It's written in 2005, but set in 1969 and 1981. It's pretty dark. I'm not sure what I think of the story, but her writing seems good and the protagonist is pretty smart.

I didn't realize Diane Mott Davidson had another book out -- I'll put it on my library list. I love her cooking mysteries.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:08:28 AM
I am finishing up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close today and starting The Education of Little Tree for March book club.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:30:24 AM
I'm still reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. I'm about half way. WOW! There sure is a lot going on in this book! I can't wait to see how it ends!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:38:02 AM
reading with my 10yo dd so she can disscuss her books with me

just finished olive's ocean
and now reading Hollis Woods

on my to read list
Wise Men by stuart madler
time keeper by mich albom
my list of to read is long since kindle has so many free books


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:38:24 AM
I had a big reading week - finished 5 books.

The Taker by Alma Katsu. I was actually rereading this to refresh my memory before I read the sequel. I really liked this one the first time I read it, but it didn't hold up well to a second reading. It's a tale of alchemy and magic, a thriller and a love story.

The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. The second in the trilogy, this was pretty good. I will definitely read the final installment when it comes out, but I won't be rereading.

Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease by Alan Cassels. A look at the world of medical screening - the author tells how the promoters of screening often overplay their benefits and underplay their dangers, while raking in the profits. He looks at several routine screenings individually and evaluates them - mammograms, psa, cholesterol, bone density and others. It was a quick read. A very interesting read for anyone interested in the problems with the health care system.

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison. The author was facing mid-life and an empty nest - this is her answer to the question of "what next?". I am at that stage in life myself and parts of the book really hit home. The author does write from a place of economic privilege - not everyone can afford to take a month off to stay at a yoga school, or have parents with a house on the beach where they can go to regroup with their family - but the lessons she learns are pretty universal.

A Grave Denied by Dana Stavenow. I am reading through this mystery series set in Alaska. It was recommended by a Pea and I am enjoying them.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:59:38 AM
@Carey Ann - I read Iced when it came out and was happy to see that it was as enjoyable as the the Fever series had been.

This week I read 3 books by Elizabeth Hunter:

A Hidden Fire - This is the first book in the series and still FREE for Kindle

The Same Earth - book 2

The Force of Wind - book 3

These are about vampires and as much as I really like Twilight series I think these are MUCH better. I like that the human doesn't turn into a simpering idiot because she falls in love with a vampire. It also has some mystery to it because the human and vampire are looking for her father who was turned 11 years before and have to follow clues to find him. Can't wait to read book 4.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:10:09 AM
I finally finished Mystic River It only took me so long because I've been busy, not because I didn't like it. Very good, but very depressing. I never saw the movie and don't think I want to because it's too sad.

I just started Catch Me by Lisa Gardner. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but I can tell I'm going to like it.

My reading list also includes Flat-Out Love, The Last Noel, and Me Before You. Wish I could read faster!!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:43:28 AM

My reading list also includes Flat-Out Love, The Last Noel, and Me Before You. Wish I could read faster!!

I really enjoyed Flat-Out Love and Me Before You. I have The Last Noel on my "to-read" list.

This week I finished The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere. I have read most of her Christmas series and saw she wrote this non-holiday novel. It was good, although heavier than her other books.

I am currently reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. So far, I am enjoying it.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:00:25 AM
I finished Shock Wave by John Sandford which I enjoyed. Also finished a short story by Stephen King, Mile 81, which was good. I am currently listening to The Twelve by Justin Cronin. It's a little confusing because I don't remember all the stories of the characters from the first book. And I can't stand the voice of the narrator. It's the same as in the first book and it's just very theatrical, I don't like it! But I think I will enjoy the book once it gets going.

Peabay, I hate to fly as well so I put Flying without Fear on my goodreads list. Hope it helps you!

Rhet009, they are making a miniseries out of Under the Dome to be produced by Stephen King and Stephen Spielburg. It will coming out this summer. They are still casting the parts.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:27:18 AM
I finished Zeitoun last week for book club. It was a very fast read and was quite interesting. I am shocked at what the author went through after Hurricane Katrina.

This week I am reading Destiny of the Reublic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President. I am finding it fascinating so far. It was recommended on this thread a few weeks ago. That's why I love this thread.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:28:04 AM
I am in the middle of Me Before You and I love it. I wish i had more time to read.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:28:06 AM
I am in the middle of Me Before You and I love it. I wish i had more time to read.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:35:54 AM
bgpa-I thought The Power of Habit was VERY good!

I am now reading Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and my Harrowing Escape

I'll definitely want to hear what you thought of this. Put it on hold as soon as I saw it was coming out. Waiting for it to come in for me.

Linda-H, when you finish Firefly Lane, if you like it, you may want to seek out Hannah's newest book. Revisits the Firefly characters. Called Fly Away.

merlot1024-I loved Zeitoun. But now that you read it, google him and read about the recent crim charges against him!

OK. Newbie. This is how it works. If your post consists of 80% sanity, 10% stupidity and 10% all kinds of crazy, we immediately focus on the 20% b/c it discredits the 80%.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:37:39 AM
I finally finished Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk. I did not love it. It was interesting in parts but I am surprised this was on so many best of the year lists. Now I am finally getting to Gone girl.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:56:04 AM
I finished Left Neglected it was just ok. I'm half way through The Language of Flowers and so far I really like it!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:11:39 PM
I'm reading two books this week (so far):

The Bookseller, by Mark Pryor (can't get the link to work for this one, for some reason). This is a mystery set around the bouquinistes along the Seine in Paris. So far, it's pretty entertaining - although I'm drawn a bit more to the Paris setting than to the mystery itself. I was lucky enough to travel there last year, and was in the mood to go back - even if only vicariously!

Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes. This is our book club's pick for March. It's pretty intense - I find myself not wanting to read it late at night! Reminds me a bit of Gone Girl, only a bit edgier?

I love reading this thread - my Goodreads to-be-read shelf is growing by leaps and bounds!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:15:57 PM
I've been reading some real "fluff" lately and enjoying every minute of it! Maybe it has to do with the fact Im turning 40 in the next couple of months and Im trying to relive my youth! haha

The Edge of Never - such a good story
Backstage Pass - this one was pretty filthy!
The Perfect Game
On Dublin Street - loved this one
Thoughtless/ Effortless
Beautiful Disaster

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