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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:30:02 PM

I finished Left Neglected it was just ok.

That's how I felt about it too. It was so predictable. However, the main character's medical condition was fascinating and I'm sure the author was probably well-versed about the condition since she is a nueroscientist.

I just finished Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America's Heartland. It was one of those Kindle books that was real cheap on Amazon after Christmas. Now I know why it was so cheap. It was a true story about a farm wife in Iowa who was convicted of killing her husband in 1900. It was so dry, I felt like I was reading someone's research paper, and not a very well written one at that.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:53:44 PM

@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.

Glad to hear this! I have Iced on my to-read list, but I wasn't sure if it would be as good as the others since I didn't love her character in the original series. I didn't not like her, I just can't imagine a book written from her perspective - she's kind of all over the place.

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.

I completely agree with you. I don't know why this book was so highly praised.

I'm reading Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks, and Adventures, a compilation of articles/profiles from Runner's World. I love it so far!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:11:02 PM
I read

This week I am reading Destiny of the Reublic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President.

for Book Club a few months ago. I agree - I knew next to nothing about President Garfield (in fact, everything I thought I knew about his assassination, I actually knew about McKinley's assassination, I'd gotten them confused in my head) and the writing was really interesting. I still find myself thinking about the story.

Last week, I read Theater Shoes by Noel Streatfield. It's a sequel to "Ballet Shoes" which I recently re-read. It wasn't as strong as the original, but still sweet. (YA)

I read Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez. I've been reading my teenage son's assigned reading so I can talk about them intelligently with him when he's done. I usually don't like Garcia-Marquez, but I enjoyed this one much more than usual. It wasn't very long, and unfolded in an interesting way. I'll be curious what my Ds thinks.

I also read Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth. It's the middle book in her trilogy that is the basis for the PBS/BBC series "Call the Midwife." This one wasn't about catching babies, it focused on the Workhouses of turn of the century London, and their effects on her East End patients in the 1950s. Not as fabulous as the first, but interesting nonetheless.

Right now, I'm about halfway through The Tiger's Wife by Tea Olbreht. I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would, as several friends had said they didn't like it very much.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:12:29 PM
I finished The Boy in the Suitcase which I really enjoyed.

I started Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife but couldn't get into to it. I'll try it again in a few weeks.

And tonight I finished Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. I've had this book on my Kindle since last summer but forgot all about it. It's the first book I have read in months that I haven't been able to put down. It was absolutely compelling. The narrator of the story is lying in a coma after rescuing her daughter from a fire, and the story is told by her 'talking' to her husband from out of her body. I do not like stories of the paranormal, or fantasy, but this was neither. I would definitely recommend it.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:42:50 PM

This week I am reading Destiny of the Republic: 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 might have been me that mentioned it, I finished it a few weeks ago. I sent it off to my mother and she called me last week raving about how good it was! The River of Doubt, which I mentioned upthread, is by the same author, Candice Millard. She is one of THE best non-fiction writers I have ever read. I sent River of Doubt to my mother, too--I know she'll like it.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 1:59:55 PM

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.

kckckc, this sounds very interesting - thanks! As an MT, I hear about all these screening tests daily and wonder about their effectiveness vs. cost and how that affects the overall costs of our healthcare system.

Put it on my Amazon wishlist for now ... hoping the price comes down some.

Carey Ayn

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Posted: 2/12/2013 3:20:29 PM

@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.

Glad to hear this! I have Iced on my to-read list, but I wasn't sure if it would be as good as the others since I didn't love her character in the original series. I didn't not like her, I just can't imagine a book written from her perspective - she's kind of all over the place.

I wasn't sure about it either. I was actually going to put it off, but I thought, why not? I wasn't that into it at first---probably the first third or so. Dani is still a bit annoying...even at the end, but she really started to grow on me. She isn't quite what she seems and is really really bright---but also completely full of herself. Like all good characters, Dani is dynamic and starts to grow and evolve in this book and you start to realize where her flaws come from.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:55:06 PM
I'm reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and I really like it so far. I love the quirky characters and the story line is amusing.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 1:51:53 PM
At Costco yesterday I picked up a book I'm having a hard time putting down:
The Expats by Chris Pavone. This is his debut novel and I'm loving it.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 6:26:19 PM
I finished "Saving Fish From Drowning" by Amy Tan. I really like her but I don't know how I feel about the book. I love the character who narrated- her whole story. But I didn't really like the other characters. I felt like the whole ending lacked something too. I guess I liked it with some reservation.

I'm almost done with the very tedious "The Weird Sisters". I have started to skim the minute they start the Shakespeare-speak. It's driving me nuts. Another book where I don't really like the characters.

On Pea-recommend, I borrowed "Darkfever" from the library. Not sure how I feel about it yet- I'm only a dozen pages in. I'm reading it with the Kindle app and I'm finding it hard on my eyes, especially at night. It's nice to have a book loaded so I can throw my ipad in my purse and go...but it's not like I could read on it for any extended period of time.

I just got "Gone Girl" from Paperbackswap, so I think that's next. But I also received "A Casual Vacancy"- and I'm curious about it. But then, I've had "A Rose for the Crown" and a couple of the subsequent books for a long time, and I've wanted to read them too. They keep getting bumped back.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 5:14:23 PM
I FINALLY got finished with The Night Circus . I enjoyed it but it got a little dragged out for me. I would have enjoyed it more if it was a little shorter.

Not sure what's up next. Something light.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 5:32:56 PM
I'm currently reading Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas and it's really good. It's about a girl who went to Mississippi in the late 50's to encourage black people to register to vote.

I think I'm going to read The Fault in Our Stars next. I've seen a lot of peas recommend it and one of my friends just told me to read it. So I think it'll be next.

I finished Black Moon by Jessica McQuay and it was okay, it was about faeries and shape shifters and I think she's working on a sequel or making it into a series. A friend lent it to me, and I think she personally knows the author, so I thought I'd read it. It was alright.

And right before that I read The Rock Star's Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy and that was a good, easy, quick read. I enjoyed that one.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:30:40 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 just finished this one. It was okay, not at all what I expected from this author. I don't think it was as strong as say, the book she did that focused on the Hawaii history.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 10:10:56 PM
I just finished "The Last Letter From Your Lover" by JoJo Moyes. It was a bit predictable but still enjoyable. I had been reading dark, violent detective stories prior to this so it was a nice change of pace. I think I will start the Nook Free Friday book of today "Sacred Treason".
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