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I liked The Innocent although I think it is more a Historical Romance novel but i want to know what happened so I decided to pick up book 2 of the trilogy

 

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Finally finished HP7 and am well into "The Book Thief." How about you?

 

started reading it yesterday and am now halfway through the nearly 400 page book!
Beating Diabetes Naturally by Prevention Books, I am not sure I agree with all the points the doctors make, but I am going to try some of their tips to see if my sugars can get in better control and also see if I can lose a little weight.
500 Great Books by Women which is a dangerous read for me. I keep finding out about more wonderful books I haven't read yet!
Happy Reading Y'all! Thanks for starting the thread T'!

 

I read Skin earlier this year.

 

I'm finally able to read this!!

 

I know what you mean. My husband bought it the day it came out and read it first. Then my daughter read it. I finished it about 5 days ago, on holiday in France.
Loved it, but am giving nothing away!!
Enjoy it.

 

> I know what you mean. My husband bought it
> the day it came out and read it first.
> Then my daughter read it. I finished it
> about 5 days ago, on holiday in France.
> Loved it, but am giving nothing away!!
> Enjoy it.

Yeah, I finishing up a summer class when it was released. Then my boyfriend read it and I was trying to catch up with bookrings & rays. I've actually set a side a bookspiral for the moment to finish HP7. I've been dying to read it! I'm about 170 pages in and loving it!

 

I've been avoiding the bookring,-ray,-box forum so that I don't get sucked in again! So, I don't know what a spiral is and haven't heard of one for a while.

 

> I've been avoiding the bookring,-ray,-box
> forum so that I don't get sucked in again!
> So, I don't know what a spiral is and
> haven't heard of one for a while.

I believe a spiral is where there is a series of books that are being ringed or rayed. The originator sends out book #1 to the first person, then when that person sends it on to the next person, the originator sends book #2 to the first person and so on. It's supposed to keep books from bunching up. Somebody else may be able to explain it better :)

 

> > I've been avoiding the bookring,-ray,-
> box > forum so that I don't get sucked
> in again! > So, I don't know what a
> spiral is and > haven't heard of one
> for a while.

> I believe a spiral is where there is a
> series of books that are being ringed or
> rayed. The originator sends out book #1 to
> the first person, then when that person
> sends it on to the next person, the
> originator sends book #2 to the first
> person and so on. It's supposed to keep
> books from bunching up. Somebody else may
> be able to explain it better: )

You got it grubsneerg. I have the last three books from A Series of Unfortunate Events. The orginator of this spiral mailed the first participant a couple books at a time, who then mailed the books to the next person and so forth. It's pretty much just like a ring or ray except I'm reading the whole series.

 

Sounds good.

 

"Dialogue of the Dead": hard to put down, but too ingenious and leisurely for its own good. The banter and wordplay are great, though, like the odd-couple police-pair.

 

> "Dialogues of the Dead": hard to put down,
> but too ingenious and leisurely for its
> own good. The banter and wordplay are
> great, though, like the odd-couple police-
> pair.

Me too. But mine is "An Advancement of Learning". I just started it for a bookring,

though Notes From A Small Island is the first bookring that has to go out. I'm having trouble sticking to it. I'm also reading On the Heavens for the SIY Challenge and listening to "C" is for Corpse on audio.

Both Moby Dick and Pale Fire are on hold until NFASI and AAOL are done. :(

 

That's playing with fire, Ibis -- keeping it in your head half-finished could lead to rupture instead of rapture. :)

Btw, your reply enshrined my Reginald Hill typo: the book is "Dialogue*s* of the Dead". Dalziel and Pascoe, its top cops, are like Morse and Lewis with the ranks reversed; their dynamics make sparks fly.

ETA: PMing you re "An Advancement of Learning".

 

> That's playing with fire, Ibis --
> keeping it in your head half-finished
> could lead to rupture instead of rapture.
> :)

I think, when I'm done, I'll have to go back and read it all through uninterrupted. Loving it so far though...

>Btw, your reply enshrined my Reginald
> Hill typo: the book is "Dialogue*s* of the
> Dead".

I've fixed it. :)

>Dalziel and Pascoe, its top cops,
> are like Morse and Lewis with the ranks
> reversed; their dynamics make sparks fly.

I've watched many of the episodes of the televised version & enjoyed them, so I signed up for Twynnie's Bookspiral (except for the first one which I'd already read). I'm looking forward to reading them all.

Two zingers I had to chuckle at:

"Miss Disney seemed ready to pursue him through the door, with or without opening it, but Dalziel stepped forward smartly.
'Please sit down, Miss Disney. You have had a trying day. These things hit some of us more than others, I know. It's a question of sensitivity.'
Oh Christ, scribbled Pascoe in his neat shorthand, Extreme Unction. Oily Dalziel oozing over stormy Miss Disney.
Neatly he scratched it out and waited."

---

"He kept his tone casual but Dalziel, as always, was on to him in a flash.
'She?'
'Yes. *She*. It was a *mixed* university.'
'She,' said Dalziel again, nodding as if some dreadful fear about his sergeant had been confirmed. 'A close friend?'
'Close enough. What's next on the agenda, sir?'
'Still close?'
'Hardly. It's several years now, and...'
'What?'
'Didn't you know, sir? I became a policeman.'
Dalziel let the sarcasm pass unreproved, though not unrecorded. But at least he left the subject."

> ETA: PMing you re "An Advancement of
> Learning".

OK.

 

Am really looking forward to envelope myself in the pages of some solid Australian writing. Hoping to hear and find a familiar voice in the story.

 

and listening to The Mists of Avalon on audio... I'm on the second book, so this should be going for a while... But I'm really enjoying it, so that's quite alright...

I should finish Brave New World today and then start Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier... both for the SIY challenge...

 

Strange little book, interested to finish it, but I'm not quite sure I like it yet...

 

> Strange little book, interested to finish
> it, but I'm not quite sure I like it
> yet...

I had exactly the same reaction while I was reading it, but the story and characters stayed with me for weeks after I finished it and I realized then how good the novel actually is! It's on my to-be-reread list.

 

> Strange little book, interested to finish
> it, but I'm not quite sure I like it
> yet...

Oh, I loved that - thought it was wonderful. Hope you wind up liking it. :)

 

> > Strange little book, interested to
> finish > it, but I'm not quite sure I
> like it > yet...

I just finished his "When We Were Orphans" which started out slow, but when the pace picked up I couldn't put it down. It's the first of Ishiguro's I've read. But I have to say it was a strange experience - as I found it unputdownable, yet I had some 'nit-picking' along the way. Still, the story stayed with me. I think there are many layers of meaning in his writing, which makes one ponder, after the fact, at least that's what I found. Even though some things did not ring true, I now believe that he was challenging the reader 'that nothing is what it seems' - what is the true reality. I would recommend "When We Were Orphans" and now will check out "Never Let Me Go."

 

It gets more interesting as you get deeper into it, it's very slow.

 

And I'm still not sure I like it. I do think it will stay with me, though, because it definitely makes you think, but I felt it missed something anyway. Not sure how I came to that conclusion, so I better think about it a bit... :)

 

way done. Would like to finish it today.

2. On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark (audio) (F) -- 1 disc left; pretty good; predictable

3. "Til Death Do Us Part by Kate White (audio)-- pretty good; on 2nd disc out of 5

WHEN I FINISH THESE TWO I WILL START THE CD ONLY AUDIO BOOKBOX; PM ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN [US ONLY]

4. Watchman Prayer by Dutch Sheets (NF)-- A Chapter each morning; almost 1/2 done; VERY GOOD

 

Has plenty of good theories and plans (and I have plenty of reasons why they won't work {grin}).

She makes tons of math mistakes in her Rapid Debt Reduction calculators -- and she's oh-so-wrong that banks won't subtract a withdrawal penalty from a CD's principal balance.

I'm also reading *The Mammoth Cheese* by Sheri Holman in bits and pieces, which is turning out to be a mistake -- I'll need to start over from the beginning once I finish Mary Hunt. Too many characters to keep straight! Last night I'd already forgotten who Jake, Manda (parents of 11-tuplets, and August (dairy farm assistant who milks a dozen cows a day by hand) were.

 

The Awakening and other stories by Kate Chopin. I don't like short stories as much so I'll probably finish the Awakening today. I think that I'm going to try War and Peace informal read a long.

 

Just getting into this one after finishing up Expats.

 

I really loved HP7, the battle at Hogwarts was fantastic (I ended up staying up until 2am to finish!). I was 10 when the first book came out, I feel old lol

 

 

I love this book! A friend read it and said it was 'just okay', but I really enjoyed it... Absolutely love Marian in this version! Hope you like it!

 

 

 

 

It's good - I hope there is some *magical realism* to come - that's the feeling I get and I'll be disappointed if there isn't!

 

which I am enjoying much more than I thought I might when I started, and am going to start Troll: A Love Story today! I tried to read a bit of it last night, but I want to slow down and enjoy it, so I'm going to start all over. . .

 

This will last me a few more days. I'll be very sorry to finish it. It's gorgeous, but devastating reading, as one would expect, I suppose. Gaskell's writing is wonderful. At times, I really feel as if I am there on the moors, feeling Charlotte's anguish or the satisfaction of her triumphs. (I wanted so much to say more, but, realizing that others have not yet read this, and not knowing how much they may know about Charlotte Brontë's life, I am reluctant to give anything away.)

 

 

Game by Stephen King. I need to finish some SK before the 60th B-day challenge release so I figured I better get started on some of them quick.

 

I listened to this book on A Chapter A Day Wisconsin Public Radio. Marley's owners drove
me crazy! I do appreciate them taking on a
dog like that. I was in a bookcrossing bookring &
passed. It was just enough listening to it
on A Chapter A Day.
I also read more than one book at a time.
Are we addicted or what?
Happy birthday!
Your friend Lorraine

 

The Welsh girl by Peter Ho Davies.. Actually am just beginning.

 

 

 

I read that early this year and I loved it! Glad to see someone else reading it...it's a 20th-c. classic.

 

Reed Karaim

 

 

 

 

and I actually like it. It languished on my TBR for quite a while and I finally decided it was time. I have no idea where he's going, but I'm on the assumption that he's going somewhere unusual and interesting with the story.

 

and will finish We're Just Like You, Only Prettier bookring this week. Just started Confession of a Shopaholic, Kinsela, as my pool book - perfectly brainless. Thinking about starting either To Kill a Mockingbird or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - any advice??

 

Astonishing Splashes of Colour to read, once I'm done with this one.
I'm listening to The Forest Lover on audio; it's my walking book (I listen when I go out walking)



 

I think the author's name gives the impression that this should be some sort of soft-porn/throbbing hearts romance but it isn't. In fact it's a startlingly good crime novel, set in Florence and strongly evocative of Italy. I'm loving it.

 

I'm only a few chapters in and I think I'm coming to one of the hard parts.....the chapter's entitled The Binding Chair. So I'm taking a break and reading the forums:)

 

by Annie Hawes. Don't know why this one hasn't captured me the way most travel memoirs do. They're one of my favorite genres. I put it aside for a few days to read Hard Eight, by Janet Evanovich. I just started reading about Stephanie Plum's adventures a year or so ago, and I've got all the books now except for the most recent (Lean Mean Thirteen), but I've been doling these out a bit so I wouldn't run out any time soon! (I last read some of these last summer, but I think I went thru 5 or 6 of them in just a few months, thus the break!) Anyway, finished up Hard Eight this afternoon, so now it's back to Italy for a while. I'm going to try to get at least halfway thru this book before I need another break.

 

cellomerl 13 yrs ago
Finishing...
...the first book in the Josephine B trilogy by Sandra Gulland, then it's on to the next one!

 

But also Orhan Pamuk's "Snow"

 

So far I am interested in his thought-provoking perception on immortality and being human. Usually his books are quite short. This is a bit longer with short chapters. Kundera always gets me thinking about life from another angle. A good book.

 

 

...and wasn't disappointed. Kundera delivers yet another thought-provoking book towards the metaphysical world involving us in the journey of self-realization. A good read.

 

 

 

I haven't read a book about vampires in ages.

 

Steamy!
Lori

 

Both mysteries. The Overlook is a slimmer-than-usual Harry Bosch novel and really good. Killing Critics is a Mallory mystery and has started out as usual with a weird cast of characters and Mallory going against everyone - friends as well as enemies - to solve the crime.

 

 

I think I'm going to enjoy it, the main character is an ex-rock star turned sleuth.

 

 

I liked The Innocent although I think it is more a Historical Romance novel but i want to know what happened so I decided to pick up book 2 of the trilogy

 

 

Currently half way through HP7 I also have Memory Keepers Daughter on the go.

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliocrates 13 yrs ago
Agreed!
I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thinks this book is overrated!

 

cellomerl 13 yrs ago
Re: Agreed!
Awful. Dull. Unreadable.

 

classicfox 13 yrs ago
Re: Agreed!
One more vote for boring and dated--could never get through it.

 

writing in parts - not enough to keep me interested though so I'm just going to skim the rest.

 

I can't remember her name, think her surname is Irquhart. I bought her book to support her, such a young girl with enough ambition to write a book AND become published. I think she was 13 at the time. I've had it on Mt. TBR for a while, and just pulled it out.

 

And I really liked it. It was different and thoughtful and I can't really describe it--you'd have to read it. Translated from the Finnish, which is why I have the bad pun in the subject line. . .I couldn't resist. . .:)

 

I didn't mean to start reading it, but I was waiting in a car and it was the only book I had with me and I sort of got sucked in. It's not what I expected so far. I wonder if it's another one of those books that was so revolutionary when it was published (in the 1970s) but has lost its shock value today.

 

That brings back memories. That was a good, quick read.

 

Yes, I think you are right in that assumption. I read it when it was "new" and I can remember finding it very "forward" .. lolol ..
Tempus Fugit!

 

by Luis Alberto Urrea. I haven't had much time to read this month.

 

Terrific stuff!

 

I just finished "War Story" by Gwen Edelman and now I'm reading "The Grapes of Wrath". My reading this summer has had a distinctly "history of the 20th century" flavour to it. Can anyone recommend any depression era books set in Canada?

 

> I just finished "War Story" by Gwen
> Edelman and now I'm reading "The Grapes of
> Wrath". My reading this summer has had a
> distinctly "history of the 20th century"
> flavour to it. Can anyone recommend any
> depression era books set in Canada?

I can compile a list for you, but I can't do it now cos I'm working. Here's one, just to get you started:

From M&S:
"“It’s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind.”

The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross’ brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era. Hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels, As For Me and My House takes the form of a journal. The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them apart. Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery.

As For Me and My House is a landmark work. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel."

 

Thanks very much! I have reserved a copy at my local library.

 

Finishing up The Awakening by Kate Chopin. It is taking me longer than I thought but I'm determined to finish it.

Going to start War and Peace for the readalong. The goal is one part per week. I think I can do that.

 

turning into a very good book. For awhile it seemed formulaic but it has become a lot better and I can't wait to get back to it as I will now!

 

I just finished "Stranger" this morning, I won't be passing it on as my husband isn't keen on letting his Heinleins go *lol*
I was introduced to this author by my hubby 2.5 years ago and I'm steadily working my way through them all. I like science fiction and fantasy books but the shock value of the Heinlein stories has lessened a LOT from when he first published them, the whole western worlds morals are much looser than in the time of writing so a penchant for being naked and kissing pretty girls isn't necessarily frowned upon nowadays : )

 

Started Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden today. My first by her and promised to Queenfrog when I've finished it.

 

 

going to read Jekyll and Hyde)--but I picked this up and can't put it down!

 

Surprisingly easy to read so far

 

That's an excellent book; it was so very chilling!

 

 

I had fun with the whole series. Hope that you enjoy it.

 

Didn't think I'd like this book, but I do. I'm
25 pages away from finishing it. I just can't get
too much time to spare right now. I need more
goof off time!
Lorraine

 

 

Started Cod: A Biography . . . (not sure of the rest. . it's long) It's about the history of the codfish. . .a bit dry. . .(ha. . .couldn't resist. . )

 

I can send it to lilymagoo

 

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