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post #16 of 38 (permalink) Old 12-21-2015, 05:08 PM
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I'm going to start Hitchen's Got is Not Great this week. Just in time for Christmas.

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Getting ready to start All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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The books currently sitting on my end table:

The Astronaut Wives Club - recommend, very interesting

The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling, post Harry Potter. The reviews were fantastic, but I'm meh on it.

Hitchkiker's Guide to the Galaxy - want to re-read, but I haven't started yet

Your Inner Fish, a journey into the 3.5 billion year history of the human body - take a drink every time it says billion

The Kite Runner - started this, but it didn't grab me and I got distracted by other things. I'll go back to it; maybe I will like it better on the second try

1491 - The Americas Before Columbus - I read this on vacations because we are often in the Caribbean and I'm interested in the history

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Just finished Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and I highly recommend it.
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The books currently sitting on my end table:

The Astronaut Wives Club - recommend, very interesting

The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling, post Harry Potter. The reviews were fantastic, but I'm meh on it.

Hitchkiker's Guide to the Galaxy - want to re-read, but I haven't started yet

Your Inner Fish, a journey into the 3.5 billion year history of the human body - take a drink every time it says billion

The Kite Runner - started this, but it didn't grab me and I got distracted by other things. I'll go back to it; maybe I will like it better on the second try

1491 - The Americas Before Columbus - I read this on vacations because we are often in the Caribbean and I'm interested in the history
I could not finish reading the Casual Vacancy. The author's characterisations were cardboard cutouts, her descriptions of the Asian characters were condescending and pitifully drawn.

And the main premis of the story was 100% wrong as it could never have happened because she showed a dire lack of knowledge of the local government system of Britain.
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Just finished 'A Spy Among Friends; Kim Philby and the great Betrayal" - a brilliant examination of the spying life through both world wars and the cold war period. Also an interesting exploration of the inner machinations of Mi5, M16 and their connection to the emerging USA security agencies. Kim Philby - what a highly intelligent charming monstrous rat who's betrayals sent many men to their deaths.

Re-reading The Leenane Trilogy plays by Martin McDonagh and another play of his called The Cripple of Inishmaan. Hope to direct and act in this next year.

Reading "Kidnapped" the true story of the kidnapping and manslaughter of 8 yr old Graeme Thorne in 1960. The first person kidnapped for ransom in Australia - (there was no law covering this crime at the time) Written by Mark Tedeschi QC (Queens Counsel - Barrister, and our leading prosecutor in Sydney). This kidnapping and 'accidental killing' was one of a number of horrible crimes against children that hit OZ in the 60's and marked the end of innocence. The days of unlocked homes and open windows were over.

Graeme Thorne was kidnapped by Hungarian immigrant Stephen Leslie Bradley (anglisised) who wanted a share of the $100,000 Opera House lottery won by Graeme's parents. A fortune at the time.

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I have to review a book by Linzi Drew-honey. It is called Every Shade of Blue.

It is written as if the author of 50 Shades of Grey really DID know something about bondage sex.
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i like bookbub.com

i get an email for ebooks on sale or free on amazon/google play, based on categories I have chosen.
I had never heard of bookbub thank you I'm a avid reader I read something of everything. I immediately checked it out and already love it. Again thank you.
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Just about to start 'In Order to Live' - Yeonmi Park. A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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I'm reading If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino. I'm about halfway through. It's a humorous (in a slightly absurd way) and slightly surreal book about a man who buys a book he has been waiting for only to find out it is misprinted with pages in the wrong order or missing. He goes back to the store to complain and learns that the text wasn't even the right book, and he sets out to find that book instead (as it piqued his interest). The rest of the book is a series of misadventures as he comes across and begins reading several other books, none of which turn out to be what he was looking for.

Also, each chapter is divided into two parts. The first part is the actual story, and the second part is a chapter of whatever book he is currently reading.

I'm probably not doing it justice. Read the wikipedia description above. It's better than it sounds.


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Just finished When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi.

Wonderful memoir from a neurosurgeon who succumbed to lung cancer at 37.

Here is a quote about how he feels about his 8 month old daughter:

"That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing."

Lyrical, moving, and heart-breaking.

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Resurrecting this thread because the author of my favorite book died this past Wednesday.

Katherine Dunn has died; the 'Geek Love' author once took the world by storm - LA Times

I read Geek Love in my early 20s and fell in immediate and lifelong love with it. It appealed to my sense of otherness and nurtured something deep inside me; like so many things in life I've experienced and cherished...it's deliciously morbid and devastatingly beautiful. I can't express how much it impacted and changed me. I'm forever grateful.

So thank you, Katherine Dunn, and wherever you are I hope you're enjoying the best seat ringside. RIP.
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So happy to see this thread!!!

I have been a total bookworm this year....my husband actually suggested to me this morning that I try "reading less".

Anyways, last week I finished "The GraveDigger's Daughter" by Joyce Carol Oats.....and now I am currently reading "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb.
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So happy to see this thread!!!

I have been a total bookworm this year....my husband actually suggested to me this morning that I try "reading less".

Anyways, last week I finished "The GraveDigger's Daughter" by Joyce Carol Oats.....and now I am currently reading "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb.
I liked She's Come Undone a Lot.

I don't read a lot of books but I listen to a lot of audio books. My most recent favorite was A Man Called Ove.

One of my favorites, although it's been many years since I've read it, is Prizes by Erich Segal.

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I liked She's Come Undone a Lot.

I don't read a lot of books but I listen to a lot of audio books. My most recent favorite was A Man Called Ove.

One of my favorites, although it's been many years since I've read it, is Prizes by Erich Segal.
I am very much enjoying She's Come Undone, a heck of a lot more than I enjoyed I Know This Much Is True (another book by the same author).

I love books that center around family dysfunction. I have a bit of a voyeuristic side to me, and I like reading books that make me feel like a fly on the wall, so to speak.

My husband is big into audio books, whereas I prefer to read an actual book.

I'll check out the books you've mentioned here, on goodreads.
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