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star_gazer11
07-08-2011, 06:39 AM
I'm currently drowning in YA novels... Suggestions are welcome...



The Disrepuatble History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I second these suggestions. Floved Disreputable, and When You Reach Me impressed me with how it all came together. I've also add Maureen Johnson's Scarlett books - Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever. And Girl At Sea, which is a standalone title.

Stefanie
07-08-2011, 12:48 PM
On vacation I read Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York by Ariel Sabar. As you can imagine, they are nine true stories about couples who happened to find their spouses while visiting some of New York's most famous sites. The romantic in me loves the randomness of it and how one single decision changed their lives forever. Some of the stories were recent; some were around World War II. I just happened to see this book in the "new" books section in the library after I'd come back from NYC and it satisfied my craving for NYC. :)

Now I'm reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. And now I just saw that the film is opening next week.

modern_muslimah
07-08-2011, 02:17 PM
I loved, loved, loved One Day! I'm trying to remain optimistic about the movie. Jim Sturgess is :swoon: and a great choice for Dexter, but although I like Anne Hathaway, I don't think she's right for Emma. But we'll see.

I read a little bit more and IA with you about Anne Hathaway. I just don't picture her as Emma. I think she's too Hollywood for this role. Plus, I don't think she has a good British accent (it was pretty bad in that Jane Austen biopic) and Emma has a Yorkshire accent (which I think will be even harder to imitate). I just have a feeling Anne is gonna mess that up (I really hope not though because I do like Anne Hathaway believe it or not).

Rukia
07-08-2011, 05:05 PM
I am currently reading This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park, and it is amazing so far. It takes place in post-war Korea and tells the story of Soo-Ja. Soo-Ja wants to become a diplomat, but she becomes stuck by the customs and traditions she is expected to live by. I'm about half-way done right now, and I hardly want to put it down. It comes out next week I think.

I also saw someone mention The Lost Crown, and I loved that book as well. The author really did her research, and it made for a wonderful book. I wanted to be able to change the outcome knowing what those girls were marching towards.

Stefanie
07-08-2011, 06:13 PM
Has anyone read any books by Esmeralda Santiago?

Buzz
07-08-2011, 08:25 PM
I just got an advanced copy of Neal Stephenson's Reamde (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10552338-reamde).
That is all :D

I have researched this author and I think I will check out his book "Anathem" once I am done with my current book and of course ADWD.

Spinner
07-09-2011, 06:40 AM
I have researched this author and I think I will check out his book "Anathem" once I am done with my current book and of course ADWD.

I think Anathem is sort of the third in the Snow Crash/Cryptonomicon trilogy, but not 100% sure. I just know a smart reader at work loves his books so I'm excited to dig into this one. 1000 pages! :eek:

Evilynn
07-09-2011, 06:15 PM
Finished Catherynne M Valente's Deathless (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7787987-deathless)earlier today (brilliant book! A retelling of Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless, set in 20th century Russia) and read Ana´s Nin's Little Birds (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11036.Little_Birds) from cover to cover in little over an hour. I think the speed was a combination of having a Swedish translation (it was a gift, I never buy translations if I speak the language it was written in) and erotica not really having much in the way of plot. :lol: I'm trying to decide whether it's worth trying to cram in I Shall Wear Midnight (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7576115-i-shall-wear-midnight-tiffany-aching-4) before A Dance With Dragons (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2782553-a-dance-with-dragons) is released or if I should try to finish We Have Always Lived in the Castle (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89724.We_Have_Always_Lived_in_the_Castle) and/or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/337113.The_Tenant_of_Wildfell_Hall) instead.

oleada
07-09-2011, 07:33 PM
Wileyfan, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins are both very good.

Lanie
07-09-2011, 10:31 PM
I am currently reading This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park, and it is amazing so far. It takes place in post-war Korea and tells the story of Soo-Ja. Soo-Ja wants to become a diplomat, but she becomes stuck by the customs and traditions she is expected to live by. I'm about half-way done right now, and I hardly want to put it down. It comes out next week I think.

I also saw someone mention The Lost Crown, and I loved that book as well. The author really did her research, and it made for a wonderful book. I wanted to be able to change the outcome knowing what those girls were marching towards.

Me! A friend of mine wrote it. I am so proud of her. :)

I need new things to read. I don't like fantasy but my big thing is, if the writing pulls me in, I'll read it. So I have young adult stuff, sci-fi sort of things, historical fiction (my favorite)... I really want to read I Capture the Castle as I loved the film.

Spinner
07-10-2011, 02:38 AM
historical fiction (my favorite)...
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7490773-the-shadow-of-the-wind) is for you then. One of my favorite books ever. Set in post-Spanish civil war Barcelona. Gorgeous gorgeous!

Nomad
07-10-2011, 03:26 AM
Finished Lolly Willowes, a decidedly off-beat tale about a middle-aged spinster who leaves her affluent, importunate family because a woman wants "...to have a life of one's own, not an existence doled out to you by others..." While I don't normally highlight passages or dog-ear pages, paragraphs like this one made me want to:

"During the last few years of her life Mrs. Willowes grew continually more skilled in evading responsibilities, and her death seemed but the final perfected expression of this skill. It was as if she had said, yawning a delicate cat's yawn, 'I think I will go to my grave now,' and had left the room, her white shawl trailing behind her."

IceAlisa
07-10-2011, 04:29 PM
I am putting Expensive People aside. I felt it was putting a blot in my sunny beach vacation. Picked up Oracle Bones (http://www.amazon.com/Oracle-Bones-Journey-Through-China/dp/0060826592/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310311747&sr=1-1) instead and so far am finding it absorbing and very easy to read.

Nomad
07-10-2011, 04:35 PM
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7490773-the-shadow-of-the-wind) is for you then. One of my favorite books ever. Set in post-Spanish civil war Barcelona. Gorgeous gorgeous!

You should check out Nada by Carmen Laforet. It doesn't have the quasi-fantasy element of Shadow of the Wind, but it's an excellent, albeit dark, portrayal of post-war Barcelona.

Yesterday I started Pilgrimage by Dorothy Richardson, the original stream-of-consciousness novel. Actually, it's a series of novels, 13 in all, so I'll probably read something else between each volume just to have a bit of a break. Pointed Roofs is pretty good so far.

Matryeshka
07-10-2011, 07:51 PM
I just finished Gail Carriger's Heartless, the fourth installment of the Parasol Protectorate. It was pretty good, but the series is definitely toeing the line of being a little too twee. The tea drinking, cutesy wink-wink, nudge-nudge turn of phrases, Victorian mannerisms, and Lord Alkdedama is getting too precious. It's not like any one of them on their own are bad, and it's still fairly well-written for what it is, it's just too much. She needs an editor to lay the smackdown and say, look, sometimes, it's OK to say "the baby kicked" rather than "the infant-inconvenience made its presence known in a most undignified fashion!"

It's also heavier on the steampunk technology aspect, which I'm not a fan of. I know most fans probably read that series because of that, but I read it despite it. I like fashionable vampires, not mechanical octopi, zombie porcupines, or dirigibles. It's probably a good think that the next book is going to be the last in the series, as I think the whole thing is, ahem, running out of steam. :P