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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 27, 2012, 08:48:18 PM
I've read everything on my bookshelf and need some recommendations. 


sooooooo.....take it away E-Hellions!  :-*



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Post by: finecabernet on December 27, 2012, 09:05:23 PM
Fiction or non-fiction?
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Post by: katiescarlett on December 27, 2012, 09:07:45 PM
Right now I am reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.  Love all things Austen, and got it for Christmas!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 27, 2012, 09:17:58 PM
either is fine with me.  I just like to read
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Post by: katiescarlett on December 27, 2012, 09:20:27 PM
If you love history, I have been reading a pretty good series of books on my kindle, called the After Cilmeri series by Sarah Woodbury.
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Post by: clio917 on December 27, 2012, 09:35:08 PM
I got books for Christmas! :D  I just started Cherie Priest's Inexplicables. It's a great series (starting with Boneshaker) - it has ruined all other steampunk books for me because I can't find any others that are as well written. Up next will be Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, which I've read before but I could re-read it a million times.
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Post by: JenJay on December 27, 2012, 10:52:06 PM
I just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman and now I'm on A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It's off to a slow start, we'll see how it goes. One of my favorite authors is Tom Franklin. He's descriptive in a way that sucks me into the story as if I was there but without going overboard. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Hell at the Breech are my favorites so far (I haven't read all of his books - yet).

Do you have an account at goodreads? I've got about 20 books on my "to read" list, thanks to browsing my friends' profiles.  :)
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Post by: Me on December 28, 2012, 01:58:53 AM

Right now I'm reading Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano.  He's an Italian journalist/writer whose expose on the Neapolitan mafia (the Camorra) has meant that he now lives under 24 hour police protection.  Though the Camorra may not have physically killed him life as he knew it ,before the book, no longer exists.  It's interesting as he was relatively young (mid 20s) when the book came out and from interviews I've read I doubt he would do it all again.

After that I'm going to attempt to finish the 20+ other books that I've been reading on and off for years but never quite finished!  Switch by Chip & Dan Heath will be next.

Happy reading everyone!  :)
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Post by: Brisvegasgal on December 28, 2012, 03:31:56 AM
I will read almost anything.  I just finished a series by Victoria Laurie called tha ghost hunter mysteries. Also, Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet series (I think the first one is Light Years) is pretty good too.  Bill Bryson is an interesting travel writer but my favourite series is by an Australian author (I am an Aussie) Kerry Greenwood who writes a series of books starring Phryne Fisher (Cocaine Blues is the first book) set in 1920's Melbourne.  I'm not sure you'll be able to get her in the States though.
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Post by: Brisvegasgal on December 28, 2012, 03:35:23 AM
I just realised I've just come through a cosy crime phase because Lisa Lutz's Spellman series is good too.

Hope you find something good to read!

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Post by: cicero on December 28, 2012, 04:16:56 AM
I am re-reading (for the billionth time) Maeve Binchey. I am up to Quentins now.
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Post by: dawnfire on December 28, 2012, 07:32:21 AM
I just started Shadow rising by Yasmine galenorn it's her 12th book in her otherworld series.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 28, 2012, 08:56:38 AM

Right now I'm reading Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano.  He's an Italian journalist/writer whose expose on the Neapolitan mafia (the Camorra) has meant that he now lives under 24 hour police protection.  Though the Camorra may not have physically killed him life as he knew it ,before the book, no longer exists.  It's interesting as he was relatively young (mid 20s) when the book came out and from interviews I've read I doubt he would do it all again.

After that I'm going to attempt to finish the 20+ other books that I've been reading on and off for years but never quite finished!  Switch by Chip & Dan Heath will be next.

Happy reading everyone!  :)


Hmm that sounds interesting
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloo on December 28, 2012, 09:04:18 AM
I never, ever get tired of Rosamunde Pilcher. An excellent storyteller! I wore out my paperback of Coming Home and (egads) have to dip into my hardcover when I want to visit my old friend. She's retired from writing - still alive but in her 90's now. Her son, Robin, is also a bestselling author, though I have yet to read his books. Soon....

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Rosamunde-Pilcher/dp/0312958129 (http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Rosamunde-Pilcher/dp/0312958129)
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Post by: katcheya on December 28, 2012, 09:17:07 AM
I just started Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.  It's the second book in the Night Watch series.  The Washington Post described it as "Harry Potter in Gorky Park."
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Post by: Winterlight on December 28, 2012, 09:25:20 AM
I love Pilcher too- Coming Home is a favorite, and I reread Winter Solstice every Christmastime. She's great at domestic fiction.

Dorothy L. Sayers? I'm rather fond of Lord Peter Wimsey.

If you have any interest in Catholicism, then Rumer Godden is good. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy is about an English girl in postwar (WWII) France who becomes a prostitute, a murderess and then a nun. Having written it out, it sounds a lot more sensationalist than it really is. I love In this House of Brede. It's about a widow who enters a Benedictine monastery.

Madeline L'Engle wrote some adult fiction, and A Severed Wasp is one of the better ones. It's about a retired pianist who's looking back over her life while also facing new challenges.

Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible gets good reviews, though I haven't read it yet.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a totally fun and interesting novel written about life on Guernsey during and after WWII. It's an epistolary novel, and really well written.

Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series is very absorbing.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 28, 2012, 10:10:48 AM
I never, ever get tired of Rosamunde Pilcher. An excellent storyteller! I wore out my paperback of Coming Home and (egads) have to dip into my hardcover when I want to visit my old friend. She's retired from writing - still alive but in her 90's now. Her son, Robin, is also a bestselling author, though I have yet to read his books. Soon....

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Rosamunde-Pilcher/dp/0312958129 (http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Rosamunde-Pilcher/dp/0312958129)

I re-read all of her books this fall.  She is on my yearly list of books to read over and over again.  The Shell Seekers was my introduction to her books and I was hooked
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 28, 2012, 10:14:29 AM
"I'll Mature When I'm Dead" by Dave Barry.

Then I'll probably give A Game of Thrones a chance, since my friends have been raving about the books for years... but I got the Complete Calvin and Hobbes for Christmas.
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Post by: mw8242 on December 28, 2012, 10:38:18 AM
The past few books I've read & loved
Ken Follet - Winter Wonderland - historial fiction, sequel to Fall of the Giants. loved it!
Bill O'Reilly - Killing Lincoln - awesome
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl & Sharp Objects - not connected except for being written by the same author but was great
Darcie Chan - Mill River Recluse - hidden find

Some others that I have enjoyed a lot
Tatian De Rosnay - A secret kept OR Sarah's Key
Elin Hilderbrand - several good beach reads
Erik Larson - In the Garden of Beasts - I love WWII stuff and this was fascinating

I love to read!
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Post by: Shakira on December 28, 2012, 10:47:28 AM
I'm currently reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I'm a bit slow getting into it but so many people have recommended it that I want to read it all the way through.

Recently, I've read:
The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses, both by Jeanette Walls
She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Room by Emma Donahue (this book is simply FASCINATING, I read it in a day!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 28, 2012, 10:55:30 AM

Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series is very absorbing.


Has she written more in the Kate Martinelli series?  I've been reading her Mary Russell series which is also fantastic
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Post by: Ambrosia Hino on December 28, 2012, 11:06:04 AM
I'm working on the book version of The Princess Bride and also on Todd McCaffery's Six which is a collection of short stories he's written (so far, all non-Pern). Peter David's Light of the Darkness was good and I'm hoping to get my hands on the sequel soon.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on December 28, 2012, 11:08:50 AM
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. He's the statistician who blew away the pundits in the election. Very readable book about predictions, economics, baseball, etc.
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Post by: 123sandy on December 28, 2012, 12:47:43 PM
Another Pilcher fan! I love September and The Shell Seekers.

I've just picked up Blackhouse and The Lewis Man by Peter May. Also the latest Ian Rankin where Det. Rebus makes a return!!!
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Post by: Winterlight on December 28, 2012, 06:39:21 PM

Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series is very absorbing.


Has she written more in the Kate Martinelli series?  I've been reading her Mary Russell series which is also fantastic

The Art of Detection back in 2006 is the last one and she says there are none currently scheduled. Bah.

I also love Folly and Keeping Watch.
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Post by: POF on December 28, 2012, 06:51:33 PM
I am re-reading (for the billionth time) Maeve Binchey. I am up to Quentins now.

I read them every summer sitting out in the sun
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Post by: BabylonSister on December 28, 2012, 06:57:03 PM
I love Pilcher too- Coming Home is a favorite, and I reread Winter Solstice every Christmastime. She's great at domestic fiction.

Dorothy L. Sayers? I'm rather fond of Lord Peter Wimsey.

If you have any interest in Catholicism, then Rumer Godden is good. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy is about an English girl in postwar (WWII) France who becomes a prostitute, a murderess and then a nun. Having written it out, it sounds a lot more sensationalist than it really is. I love In this House of Brede. It's about a widow who enters a Benedictine monastery.

Madeline L'Engle wrote some adult fiction, and A Severed Wasp is one of the better ones. It's about a retired pianist who's looking back over her life while also facing new challenges.

Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible gets good reviews, though I haven't read it yet.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a totally fun and interesting novel written about life on Guernsey during and after WWII. It's an epistolary novel, and really well written.

Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series is very absorbing.


The Poisonwood Bible is excellent. Have you ever read anything else by Barbara Kingsolver?  I love her work.


I am currently reading Harry Kemelman's Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry (cozy mystery) and next on my list is T.C. Boyle's The Women (fictional account of Frank Lloyd Wright's life.)


MscrazyPete, did you like 11/22/63? I thought it was Stephen King's best book in a while.
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Post by: Winterlight on December 28, 2012, 07:12:58 PM
Kingsolver is on my list- it's a very long list. *g*

I loved the Rabbi books! I think I've read all of them. Conversations with Rabbi Small is my favorite, I think.
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Post by: rose red on December 28, 2012, 07:52:33 PM
Barbara Kingsolver's memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is also very good.  A year in the life of her family on a farm determined to eat organically.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 29, 2012, 10:02:35 AM
I'm taking another stab at James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and hoping that 20 years more of maturity will help me get through it. 
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Post by: mbbored on December 29, 2012, 11:40:27 PM
I just started "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson and haven't stopped laughing. It's absurd and profane and absolutely hysterical.
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Post by: NbyNW on December 30, 2012, 01:23:30 AM
I just finished Thin Line Between by Anne C. Petty and am starting the sequel, Shaman's Blood.
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Post by: Betelnut on December 30, 2012, 08:21:05 AM
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, A Vish Puri Mystery, by Tarquin Hall.

Only three titles so far in this series and I've pounded them out in the last 10 days.  Sigh.

Very good mysteries set in modern-day Delhi with a great detective (Vish Puri), well-developed sidekicks.  Even his mother is fantastic.

Highly recommended if you like funny but engaging mysteries.
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Post by: readingchick on December 30, 2012, 11:50:47 AM
What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps. It's set in southern Indiana, very fascinating.
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Post by: heyyoume on December 30, 2012, 03:35:50 PM
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the best I have read recently - it's set in the future and is basically an adventure book about a computer game that references eighties culture a lot. No-one I have recommended it to has been able to put it down whether they like the eighties or understand computer games - and I felt like a kid again reading it - total enjoyment and (almost) complete suspension of disbelief.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was the other really good one I read recently but for very different reasons.   Other than that Paulo Coelho's early stuff is pretty good and I tend to re-read him if I am between books.

Some NZ writers you might not have been exposed to that write well include Keri Hulme (The Bone People), Barry Crump (A Good Keen Man), Witi Ihimaera (The Matriarch), Janet Frame (An Angel at my Table) or Fiona Kidman (Paddy's Puzzle) but NZ fiction tends to be pretty bleak and depressing so don't go there if you want something light.  I also have no idea how accessible they are if you aren't a kiwi.

I am watching this thread with interest as I got book vouchers for christmas so can go on another book buying spree but have no idea what to buy.... I was going to stock up on Georgette Heyer but some of the suggestions here look really good :)
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Post by: Snooks on December 30, 2012, 03:50:41 PM
I've just started reading Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.  It's set in a reverse racist dystopia (so whites are the "lower" class) and centres around a nought boy and cross girl and their friendship.  It's the first in a trilogy aimed at young adults and I've been meaning to read it for years.
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Post by: cabbagegirl28 on December 30, 2012, 06:04:01 PM
I'm reading an e.e. cummings poetry anthology. I've also read The Brothers Karamazov off and on during break.
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Post by: dawnfire on December 30, 2012, 07:55:11 PM
I'm now on to Christine Feehan's Dark Celebration. Yes it's reunion book but with 17 books before it, there are enough characters to catch up with. I have to say it is my favorate book of the series.
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Post by: Bijou on December 30, 2012, 08:06:11 PM
Funny you should ask...I was just talking to my son and he told me he is reading two fascinating books.  One is called "The Making of a Chef" and the other is "The Soul of a Chef" and should be read in that order.  He isn't a chef nor does he have such aspirations but he found them so interesting.  They are non fiction by Michael Ruhlman.  He also recommended a book called Cod, about the cod fishing industry.  For Christmas he and his SO gave me a book called Salt, which is about the history of salt, or salts place in history.  His SO said she has given that book as a gift more than any other. 
I suggested to my son that he read the James Harriot books, "All Creatures Great and Small" and the rest of that series.  Those are some of my favorites.
I love Barbara Pym's books about life in small English villages in the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, etc.
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Post by: BeagleMommy on January 08, 2013, 01:34:57 PM
DH gave me Anna Karenina for Christmas.  I'm only on chapter 10 so I've got a looooooong way to go.  I'm loving it so far.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on January 08, 2013, 01:40:51 PM
I've decided to re-read the Lynn Kurland Nine Kingdom's series since a new book just came out.  After that I'm going to read "The Shadow of the Wind"
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Post by: Lynn2000 on January 08, 2013, 01:53:21 PM
My mom reads so much, she read 129 books in 2012.  :o She really liked the 1963 Stephen King book (even though she's never read any other Stephen King book). She also like the Eric Larson book (In the Garden of Beasts). One of her favorite non-fiction authors is Simon Winchester; she also loves Rosamund Pilcher. She also loved the Steve Jobs bio by Walter Isaacson.

The latest book she was raving about was Replay by Ken Grimwood. This guy dies in his 40s and comes back as his teenage self, back in the past, but knowing everything he lived through for the next 25 years. So he does things differently, but still dies in his 40s, then comes back as the teenager again, and so forth. It sounds really trippy. She doesn't usually read much sci-fi; I think it has a lot more about the relationships than about the mechanics of time travel. She's kind of on a time travel spree lately and loves Time and Again (she said Stephen King recommended it) and also the Outlander series.

I read only 11 books in 2012, which makes me pretty sad next to her... I read a lot of non-fiction. I quite liked The History of the World in 100 Objects. It is a LARGE book, though. The director of the British Museum pulls out 100 objects from their collection and uses them to tell the story of human global history, about 8 to 10 pages per object. They range from a two-million-year-old handaxe to a modern credit card. I thought it was fascinating.
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Post by: dawnfire on January 08, 2013, 08:07:26 PM
I'm currently reading J.R  Ward's  Rapture. I can't quite seem to get into it like the others in the series but i'm sticking with it.

Last year I read 310 , not counting books i've re read. What can i say but i'm a bookworm who rarely watches TV.
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Post by: Amara on January 08, 2013, 09:16:39 PM
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DH gave me Anna Karenina for Christmas.

Oh, such an incredible book! Tolstoy was a fabulous writer. I am rereading All the President's Men. It's like a trip back to 1972. All the news stories, the men (except for Martha Mitchell) are so familiar. The only thing that's different is that I now know who Deep Throat was.
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Post by: bansidhe on January 08, 2013, 11:17:31 PM
Just finished Lord of Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters (H. P. Lovecraft) and just started Selected Letters: 1934 - 1937 (also H. P. Lovecraft).
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Post by: MindsEye on January 09, 2013, 08:11:07 AM
I love Agatha Christie, and have just started reading the works of Mary Roberts Rinehart, who I had heard described as "the American Agatha Christie".  Most of her books are set right around the early 1900s.  They all tend to be very genteel mysteries, usually murder mysteries.

I especially liked The Circular Staircase, The Man in Lower 10, and The Window at the White Cat.  Right now I am reading  The Affair Next Door

Bonus... all of these are in the public domain so you can get them all for free from the amazon Kindle Store.
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Post by: Reader on January 09, 2013, 11:47:03 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Post by: Kimberami on January 09, 2013, 11:59:33 AM
Sybil.  I read it many years ago, but I just finished reading Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan.  I had to refresh my memory.  Sybil Exposed was an excellent book, BTW.
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Post by: RebeccainGA on January 09, 2013, 12:05:09 PM
I have an hour long commute each way, so I listen to audiobooks daily. Right now I'm in a historical mood with them, so I'm listening to "East of the Sun", by Julia Gregson - a marvelous story about three women, one troubled young man, and India circa 1929 (and yes, it's very much tied in to the historical/political goings on of that period). Fascinating, and well done.

In 'real' books, I'm rereading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, since the last one came out yesterday (the LAST ONE - 20+ years later.....). I'm up to book 6, and at the rate I'm going should be done when it's available in e-book format the first week of April.

I've also got four books that DP bought me for Christmas - dead tree books, which I don't read much anymore, and none of them ones I'd pick. I'm going to have to start reading them soon... she's getting antsy that I hate her choices... but those are more chores than books at this point.
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Post by: MindsEye on January 09, 2013, 12:10:55 PM
Oh if we are including audiobooks, I am currently listening my way through Ian Fleming's James Bond books while I am at the gym. 

If you are a fan of the Bond movies, be warned that Hollywood took a lot of liberties there, and in several cases the book bears very little resemblance to the correspondingly named movie.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on January 09, 2013, 01:39:29 PM
I have an hour long commute each way, so I listen to audiobooks daily. Right now I'm in a historical mood with them, so I'm listening to "East of the Sun", by Julia Gregson - a marvelous story about three women, one troubled young man, and India circa 1929 (and yes, it's very much tied in to the historical/political goings on of that period). Fascinating, and well done.

In 'real' books, I'm rereading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, since the last one came out yesterday (the LAST ONE - 20+ years later.....). I'm up to book 6, and at the rate I'm going should be done when it's available in e-book format the first week of April.

I've also got four books that DP bought me for Christmas - dead tree books, which I don't read much anymore, and none of them ones I'd pick. I'm going to have to start reading them soon... she's getting antsy that I hate her choices... but those are more chores than books at this point.

Is that Robert Jordan the final book??  I'm up to book 12 and I just don't want to get invested in the final 3 books only to discover I have to wait another bazillion years for the actual ending to the story
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Post by: RebeccainGA on January 09, 2013, 02:18:06 PM
I have an hour long commute each way, so I listen to audiobooks daily. Right now I'm in a historical mood with them, so I'm listening to "East of the Sun", by Julia Gregson - a marvelous story about three women, one troubled young man, and India circa 1929 (and yes, it's very much tied in to the historical/political goings on of that period). Fascinating, and well done.

In 'real' books, I'm rereading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, since the last one came out yesterday (the LAST ONE - 20+ years later.....). I'm up to book 6, and at the rate I'm going should be done when it's available in e-book format the first week of April.

I've also got four books that DP bought me for Christmas - dead tree books, which I don't read much anymore, and none of them ones I'd pick. I'm going to have to start reading them soon... she's getting antsy that I hate her choices... but those are more chores than books at this point.

Is that Robert Jordan the final book??  I'm up to book 12 and I just don't want to get invested in the final 3 books only to discover I have to wait another bazillion years for the actual ending to the story

It is THE LAST, full stop. On some of the RJ blogs, it's like the second coming has happened. RJ supposedly wrote the last chapter (and one that's like 50K words - a novella all by itself!). I won't buy it in dead tree form - at 912 pages and almost 2.5 pounds, my wrists ache just thinking about it.
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Post by: readingchick on January 09, 2013, 03:04:27 PM
"What This River Keeps" by Greg Schwipps (I think that's his name  :-[ ). It's very interesting.
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Post by: KimberlyM on January 09, 2013, 03:57:53 PM
Nearly finished with Gone Girl right now.  It was a gift from a co-worker.  It's taken me longer to read than anything I've read in a while, but for a good-ish reason.  I've gotten so involved with the characters that they book is actually making me anxious.
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Post by: Jaelle on January 09, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
I love Agatha Christie, and have just started reading the works of Mary Roberts Rinehart, who I had heard described as "the American Agatha Christie".  Most of her books are set right around the early 1900s.  They all tend to be very genteel mysteries, usually murder mysteries.

I especially liked The Circular Staircase, The Man in Lower 10, and The Window at the White Cat.  Right now I am reading  The Affair Next Door

Bonus... all of these are in the public domain so you can get them all for free from the amazon Kindle Store.

Oooh, thanks. :)

I'm actually looking for some new things to read too. I love fantasy and sci-fi; favorite authors are Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, Charles De Lint, Sharon Shinn, Tad Williams, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files ...

If anyone has any recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate them.

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of a Kindle, but now that I have, I swear I've read more in the past few weeks since Christmas than I have in years!
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Post by: Molebert on January 10, 2013, 03:08:10 AM
Not reading them atm, but I want to recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (first of a series). Detective sci-fi about Literary Agent (literally ;)) Thursday Next who discovers she can jump into books. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped out of the novel, Thursday has to solve the case and fix the plot.

I love, love, love those books. Love.

Otherwise, I'm reading Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers (so funny) and The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The latter is taking me forever to get through for some reason. Been at it since September :S I usually finish books in a day or two. Strange, since I really like it.

Anyone else here on goodreads, btw?
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Post by: MariaE on January 10, 2013, 04:05:10 AM
Not reading them atm, but I want to recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (first of a series). Detective sci-fi about Literay Agent (literally ;)) Thursday Next who discovers she can jump into books. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped out of the novel, Thursday has to solve the case and fix the plot.

I love, love, love those books. Love.

Otherwise, I'm reading Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers (so funny) and The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The latter is taking me forever to get through for some reason. Been at it since September :S I usually finish books in a day or two. Strange, since I really like it.

Anyone else here on goodreads, btw?

Captain Bluebear is one of my all-time favourite books! I love it :)

I'm on goodreads - such an excellent site! I get a bit OCD when it comes to organizing my books ;)

Speaking of Jasper Fforde (seconding the recommendation BTW - I also love his Nursery Crime novels), I'm finally really "Shades of Grey". So far I really enjoy it.
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Post by: Betelnut on January 10, 2013, 10:34:25 AM
I love Walter Moers! Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures is my favorite but they are all quite good.  Not very many people have heard of him though!
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Post by: SCAJAfamily on January 10, 2013, 10:36:31 AM
Shada...the "lost" Doctor Who story.
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Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on January 10, 2013, 11:04:42 AM
I just finished this one last night and I thought it was pretty cool: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6587879-horns (novel written by Stephen King's son; being made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe)

Some that I've read in the past year that have stuck with me:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6992964-the-shadow-of-the-wind (a young boy becomes intrigued by an author who is a very mysterious character, spends a big chunk of his life tracking the author down, beautifully written and exciting)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10002685-the-charm-school (exciting cold war drama about a school that teaches Russian spies how to be American)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8223808-the-name-of-the-wind (tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen - first book of a series, this one focuses on his childhood and is VERY well written)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52408.Queenpin (girl noir)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7116594-sharp-objects (very disturbing but in a good way!)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11569862-kasher-in-the-rye (memoir written by comedian Moshe Kasher about his childhood, teenage drug addiction and getting clean - funny, sad and hopeful)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8963005-fall-of-giants (this one is a really fascinating and exciting historical fiction focusing on WWI, the Russian Revolution and women's suffrage - loved it and learned a lot!!! first book of a trilogy)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28881.Lamb (the lost years of Jesus' life, as told by his best friend Biff - very funny and touching even to an agnostic like me!)
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Post by: Cami on January 10, 2013, 11:42:09 AM
Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga. It's about an American female book conservator who volunteers to help with the art recovery after the Arno flooded Florence in the 1960s. I'm not sure if I like it yet or not!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on January 10, 2013, 11:55:03 AM
I second The Shadow of the Wind.  That book was amazing and I could not put it down.  I get shivers thinking about how well it was written
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Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on January 10, 2013, 12:02:24 PM
Not reading them atm, but I want to recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (first of a series). Detective sci-fi about Literay Agent (literally ;)) Thursday Next who discovers she can jump into books. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped out of the novel, Thursday has to solve the case and fix the plot.

I love, love, love those books. Love.

Otherwise, I'm reading Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers (so funny) and The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The latter is taking me forever to get through for some reason. Been at it since September :S I usually finish books in a day or two. Strange, since I really like it.

Anyone else here on goodreads, btw?

It took me a long time to get through Name of the Wind, too. I think I was just reading it extra thoroughly because I didn't want to miss anything! And yes I'm on goodreads!
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Post by: Betelnut on January 10, 2013, 12:08:48 PM
I believe I first heard about "The Name of the Wind" on eHell.  I agree--it is very good.  I'd the sequel too.  I think the third in the series comes out this year..?

 
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Post by: Lynn2000 on January 10, 2013, 12:48:52 PM
I love Walter Moers! Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures is my favorite but they are all quite good.  Not very many people have heard of him though!

I read City of Dreaming Books and loved it! I think I have Rumo waiting for me in my stack, good to know it's a favorite. I loved that it was just so different, but also good, and I kept putting it down because it inspired me to go work on my own writing. I always get weird looks when I tell people about it... "Okay, so there's these dinosaurs, but they wear clothes and read books and have cities, and..."
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Post by: SDG31000 on January 10, 2013, 01:19:26 PM
Add me to the list of Jasper Fforde fans.  I met him at a book signing last year and was a tongue tied fool.  He is very handsome  ;)

I'm currently reading Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch.  I inhaled the first two books in the series in as many days and have made myself slow down for the third one.  They are about a London Policeman who becomes an apprentice wizard.  Sort of Harry Potter crossed with a really good crime novel.  I'm suffering that strange dilema of wanting to know what happens, but not wanting the book to end as the next one isn't out until June.

Info on the books is here- http://www.the-folly.com/
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Post by: Ginger G on January 10, 2013, 01:45:19 PM
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I just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I just finished reading that too!  I've been on a Neil Gaiman streak lately.  I just started Ender's Game after having it in the back of my mind for years now.  I saw where the movie version is coming out, so thought I would finally read it.  Pretty good so far.  I also really enjoyed Gone Girl.
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Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on January 10, 2013, 02:03:05 PM
For those who liked American Gods, have you read Anansi Boys? It brings back the character of Mr. Nancy and is more light-hearted than American Gods.
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Post by: MariaE on January 10, 2013, 02:53:43 PM
I second The Shadow of the Wind.  That book was amazing and I could not put it down.  I get shivers thinking about how well it was written

Have you read the other books in the series? "Angel's Game" and "Prisoner of Heaven". I thought the last one was the best of the lot as it ties the two other nicely together.
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Post by: MindsEye on January 10, 2013, 02:54:48 PM
For those who liked American Gods, have you read Anansi Boys? It brings back the character of Mr. Nancy and is more light-hearted than American Gods.

I have read Anansi Boys and liked it very much. 

People who like Terry Pratchett (Diskworld) and Neil Gaiman should read Good Omens, which they wrote together.  It is hilarious!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on January 10, 2013, 03:09:35 PM
I second The Shadow of the Wind.  That book was amazing and I could not put it down.  I get shivers thinking about how well it was written

Have you read the other books in the series? "Angel's Game" and "Prisoner of Heaven". I thought the last one was the best of the lot as it ties the two other nicely together.

I read Angels Game, haven't read Prisoner of Heaven
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Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on January 10, 2013, 03:57:40 PM
If anyone wants a quick read of mindless, silly suspense, I can't recommend the Pretty Little Liars series enough! Really fun, and I can go through each book in about a day. I think she's up to 13 books in the series now. Definitely not any sort of real enrichment for your brain - probably more like chocolate popcorn and Coke in terms of nutritional value, but it tastes good!
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Post by: rose red on January 10, 2013, 04:38:55 PM
I'm reading a YA trilogy by Don Calame.  Swim the Fly, Beat the Band, and Call the Shots.  It's about three friends and each book is from a different friend's point of view.  I laughed out loud many times.  The friends are typical teenage boys, but they are nice guys getting into crazy adventures.  I like the first one the best.  The second book is a bit harder to read because the main character is not as likable as the first, although he's basically a good guy and redeems himself.  The third book is better than the second just because I like the main character better even though the plot is not as realistic.
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Post by: Betelnut on January 10, 2013, 07:41:02 PM
Gather at the Table: the healing journey of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade by Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan.  Written alternatively, they discuss their journey together to understand race, the lingering effects of slavery in the United States and so forth.

So far it is very thought provoking--so much so that it quite agitated me.  Lots of thinking in between reading sessions, etc. I'm only about a 1/4 into the book too!  Thomas DeWolf spoke at my church (Unitarian) a few months ago and I'm just now getting to the book.

I don't agree with some of the science presented (genetic trauma?  I'm not sure about that!) but there is still a lot of interesting ideas...
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Post by: Molebert on January 11, 2013, 01:34:08 AM
So many Walter Moers and Jasper Fforde fans! <3. My people.

You're all killing me with all these books. I bought about 25 books at the kindle sale over the Holidays and now the list is even longer!

Forgot to add that I'm reading The Shadow of the Serpent, the first McLevy mystery. It's quite good, but I've a hard time really grasping the characters for some reason.

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Post by: PastryGoddess on January 11, 2013, 03:38:37 AM
Just bought the three Ben Aaronovitch novels and finished the first one in about 3 hours...Thank you for the new addiction :)
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Post by: SDG31000 on January 11, 2013, 05:27:03 AM
I'm so glad you like them PastryGoddess.  I'm trying to get DH to read them so I have someone to talk to about them.  Enjoy the next two  :)
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Post by: Verloona Ti on January 11, 2013, 07:12:29 AM
Currently reading (fiction) Foucault's Pendulum by Eco , and Haag's  (nonfiction) The Templars.
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Post by: bloo on January 11, 2013, 08:57:54 AM
I'd like to add that every night before bed I read an essay from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I'm sure a lot are already familiar with it. The vignettes are funny, heartwarming and positive which is a good way to leave the day before going to sleep! I'm almost half-way through the book. I have a paperback that was given to me when a relative was cleaning out their basement years ago and only started digging into it a few weeks ago.

http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Great-Small-James-Herriot/dp/0312965788
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Post by: Betelnut on January 11, 2013, 10:50:43 AM
I'd like to add that every night before bed I read an essay from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I'm sure a lot are already familiar with it. The vignettes are funny, heartwarming and positive which is a good way to leave the day before going to sleep! I'm almost half-way through the book. I have a paperback that was given to me when a relative was cleaning out their basement years ago and only started digging into it a few weeks ago.

http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Great-Small-James-Herriot/dp/0312965788

I love his books.  I've read and reread them so many times that certain stories and images will pop out at me at random times.
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Post by: RebeccainGA on January 14, 2013, 09:19:12 AM
I'd like to add that every night before bed I read an essay from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I'm sure a lot are already familiar with it. The vignettes are funny, heartwarming and positive which is a good way to leave the day before going to sleep! I'm almost half-way through the book. I have a paperback that was given to me when a relative was cleaning out their basement years ago and only started digging into it a few weeks ago.

http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Great-Small-James-Herriot/dp/0312965788

I love his books.  I've read and reread them so many times that certain stories and images will pop out at me at random times.

I have the first three books in ebook format - I read them as a small child, no more than 10, at my grandparents house one summer. It was a rough time in my life, and the stories resonated with such love and joy that I still feel that, even decades later. Love them!
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 14, 2013, 09:27:02 AM
Ah, the glories of the sidewalk book box! 

I found a goody yesterday, 'Come Shouting to Zion : African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830'.

I know it sounds like a sure-fire insomnia killer but this is a topic and period about which I know little.  It's fascinating. 

Also, I haven't gotten around to reading them yet but I found all three Stieg Larsson, 'The Girl Who...' books in the same box!  Christmas in January!   :D
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 14, 2013, 12:07:13 PM
I'd like to add that every night before bed I read an essay from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I'm sure a lot are already familiar with it. The vignettes are funny, heartwarming and positive which is a good way to leave the day before going to sleep! I'm almost half-way through the book. I have a paperback that was given to me when a relative was cleaning out their basement years ago and only started digging into it a few weeks ago.

http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Great-Small-James-Herriot/dp/0312965788

I love his books.  I've read and reread them so many times that certain stories and images will pop out at me at random times.

I have the first three books in ebook format - I read them as a small child, no more than 10, at my grandparents house one summer. It was a rough time in my life, and the stories resonated with such love and joy that I still feel that, even decades later. Love them!

I gave the first three to my dad for Christmas one year, the first "real" gift I got him aka had money to buy. I have read and re-read them so many times, and I also see certain breeds of dogs, etc. and it reminds me of certain stories of his!

Like Clancy the Irish Wolfhound who ate anything in his path, the Cedric, the flatulant boxer, who found a new home with the gardner who had lost his sense of smell!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 14, 2013, 12:09:10 PM
For anyone who's ever worked in retail, Retail Hell and Return to the Big Fancy by Freeman Hall. I will warn, there is plenty of profanity, but his writing style is hilarious!  He was one of the first male "handbag, not purse" associates at Nordstrom. NOt sure if in his store, or area, but he really wanted to be a screenwriter, but needed to pay the bills. The first one is about his first go-around, and the second one, is about how he went back, after not having much luck as a screenwriter.

I can so relate to his classification of various types of customers, and was laughing hysterically thorughout both books.
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Post by: Kimberami on January 15, 2013, 12:58:25 PM
I just finished Warm Bodies, and I really liked it.  I can't wait for the movie to come out.  Yes, I'll see it on Valentine's Day.  ;D
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Post by: sourwolf on January 15, 2013, 02:36:09 PM
I'm about 3/4 of the way through City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte (which I believe is a pseudonym) and I'm still not sure if I like it or not.  It has a really interesting premise but it's just not grabbing me like I had thought it would. Here's a link to Goodreads's synopsis.  Warning though many of the reviews further down the page contain spoilers. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15808242-city-of-dark-magic
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Post by: AuntieA on January 16, 2013, 01:31:42 AM
I am re-reading the whole Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. I am currently 2/3 through The Singing of the Dead (which I had, unfortunately, placed after, not before A Grave Denied). Next is A Taint in the Blood. Most of them are not on my Kindle, but I am okay with reading hardcopy (RL) books.
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Post by: MariaE on January 16, 2013, 01:33:36 AM
Just finished Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde and loved it!!!