Books moral and immoral

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  1. zaphyre14

    zaphyre14 Well-Known Member

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    I'm going for lighter fare with Joyce and Jim Levine's "Harrowing Hats" Rennaissance Fair mystery. I really wish there was a theme park like this one somewhere. :) It sounds like a blast, although I could do without all the dead bodies that keep turning up.
     
  2. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    Lorraine Heath's final book of the Lost Lords of Pembrook trilogy became available on April 30th and I finished it last night. If you loved the first two, you will love this one just as much.
     
  3. quartz

    quartz Point of Know Return

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    I am really amazed, (and jealous), of how many of you seem to be able to get through your books in just a few days! I started "The Golem and the Jinni" on April 20th, and I am still just a little over halfway through it. I used to read 2-3 books a week, but now it often takes 2-3 weeks just to find the time to get through one! :(
     
  4. Zemgirl

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    I usually finish my books the day I start them or at most a day later - but I've been going 2-3 weeks between books because I've been having a hard time finding books that appeal to me :( I hate reading slumps.

    IceAlisa, I saw your rec from a few days ago, but detective fiction isn't really my thing... thanks, though!
     
  5. zaphyre14

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    I read every night for 20-30 minutes before my eyes close. I also read at lunch and dinner while I eat and whenever I let my dog out in the yard for potty breaks since I need to keep an ear open for his let-me-now whine. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, if I don't need to leap out of bed to be somewhere, I read with my cup of tea and the dog sprawled over my legs. I carry a book in my bag for waiting in lines or doctors' offices. And I have the audio books in the car which adds up to a minimum of an hour a day "reading" on my commute. I have also learned to have a book open while I watch TV so I can read during commercials.

    And it's not like I'm reading great literature here. :) I have a biography of Leonardo Da Vinci that's been in my bathroom "library" for a couple months and will probably be there for at least a couple more. I don't spend a lot of time reading there.
     
  6. quartz

    quartz Point of Know Return

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    I just can't read in 15-20 minute segments. If I don't have a good 2 hour block of uninterrupted time, I don't read.
    Of course having 2 jobs, a family, and an old fixer-upper house sorta gets in the way too!:p
     
  7. zaphyre14

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    Well, I don't generally have 2 hours of ininterrupted time ever - and if I do, I have a list of tasks that need to be done. You asked how people go through books so fast. That's how I do it.
     
  8. quartz

    quartz Point of Know Return

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    I wish I could read in smaller segments, but it just doesn't work for me......boooooo.....
     
  9. Erin

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    I'm the same re starting and finishing the book within a day or two, at least for a really good book. If it sucks, I'll take longer to finish, but if it's good, I just can't put it down and can't wait to finish it. It's one of the reasons I go through phases with reading and have to take breaks, as when I'm reading a good book, I get very little else done, so I need to make sure when I start it that I'll have time to finish it. Although knowing this hasn't stopped me from stupidly starting a book when I don't have time and end up staying up way too late to finish it and/or abandoning things that I really do need to be doing. It's a good thing I read quickly or the problem could be a lot worse.
     
  10. dbell1

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    Just finished Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Seems that the 'beautiful forevers' are long lasting tiles that the people in the slum shacks covet. I had NO idea that this was non fiction. Thought there was no way that these things happen in real life. I'm really sheltered. Or ignorant. It's going to haunt me.
     
  11. Prancer

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    Barnes and Noble is trying another way to get Nook owners in the store: Buy 1 NOOK Book, Get a NOOK Book FREE but only in stores.

    B&N is less than a mile away from me and I stop in there often anyway, but I don't know that this would make me go out of my way for it. I may have to get Kristi Yamaguchi's book just because, though :).
     
  12. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I bought Brian Boitano's new cookbook :shuffle:
     
  13. puglover

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    Has anybody read the Amanda Knox book?
     
  14. PrincessLeppard

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    I just finished I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Really excellent characterization, good storyline, but I thought the author copped out at the end. Or, with my luck, he's setting it up to be a series.
     
  15. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    And what do you think?

    I am having fun with The Annotated Persuasion although I find some of the notes superfluous. And surprise, surprise, The Annotated Northanger Abbey is coming out in September! I pre-ordered my copy. :)
     
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    I got my books in yesterday! I have The Snow Child, The Thirteenth Tale and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel. All suggestions by our very own Nathan!
     
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    Grrrr! I was in Barnes and Noble today and totally forgot to look for it. I would have gotten it if they had it displayed somewhere but if they did I missed it.
     
  18. dbell1

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    Finished "The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat" last night. Loved! Lots of :lol: moments. For a first book by a man, he did an amazing job with his 3 female leads. They're all different, but I love a good female friendship novel. I normally don't like first person books, but this one hooked me from the opening. It's on my list to buy.

    Today I'll either start "Ordinary Grace" or try to get through "The Book of Lost Fragrances" again...

    ETA - BB - I'd love to hear your opinion of The Snow Child when you're done.
     
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    Thank you, I will.
    Of the ones I have not heard about, the "True History of the Kelly Gang" looks very much like something I might enjoy. History, outlaws, Australia and well- written. I will definitely give it a try this summer.
     
  20. Jenny

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    It's actually pretty good. I'm a cookbook collector, so naturally I had to get one by a figure skater :)

    I haven't cooked anything yet, but the recipes are pretty standard Food Network fare, the kind of stuff you might see on Giada's shows (no surprise they got her to put her name on the intro). I like recipes that come with stories and comments on how to serve them etc, and Brian comes through in a big way with every recipe, and the overall production value of the book is quite good - photography, layout, writing etc.

    For skating fans, there's a ton of name dropping and pictures - including one of Dick Button licking his plate :) I've never been a huge Brian fan, just neutral on his skating, but in this book he comes across as a genuine and nice person who really does like cooking for his friends and family. The skating stuff isn't braggy at all - just real.
     
  21. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Finished Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" last night - loved it! Great memoir, great story, great writing. Now I wanna ditch it all and go walk the PCT! Even though, unprepared as she was for the actual hike, her upbringing made her far more ready for that sort of thing than the average Josephine, so other amateurs like me shouldn't get super fancy ideas...

    I do wonder if the PCT saw a serious uptick in solo female hikers last summer (and will this summer). Last summer I met a woman who did a similar solo thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail about 5 years ago - just up and quit her job and took off with her dog for the summer. I hadn't really understood what thru-hiking was until I read this book, though.

    I've got two books queued up, but I might need to wait a day or two before starting to absorb the last one.
     
  22. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Now I definitely have to get it! :D
     
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  23. Artemis@BC

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    That's called a "book hangover." :D
     
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    This morning I started My Cousin Rachel. I wasn't drawn in right away like I was with Rebecca, but I'm intrigued to see where Du Maurier is going with this.
     
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  25. Prancer

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    So I have been exploring my New! Improved! Nook HD+, now with all things Android, and it occurred to me that I could probably download the Kindle app and read Amazon books on my Barnes and Noble device. And I can.

    This strikes me as very strange. I do like having all the apps, though.

    I assume this is B&N's way of moving the Nook more toward being a pure tablet and not quite so much a B&N product?
     
  26. modern_muslimah

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    I've been wondering about this too. It definitely makes the Nook a more attractive product and addresses the main complaint about it. Still, I wonder if this can make it more competitive with the Kindle? I read rumors not too long ago that Nook might become a separate entity from B&N. Is this a first step towards that (if true)?
     
  27. Prancer

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    I read the same rumor and have, in fact, told people who were afraid to buy the Nook because of B&N's shaky financial status that the Nook will likely survive if B&N goes under. I still think that is true, given all the money that has been invested in the Nook and not in B&N generally, from outside firms.

    But I have also read that B&N is not planning to split the Nook off on its own and has taken steps to ensure that it will not happen because B&N sees the future of the bookstores as being dependent on the Nook.

    Dunno; but it's interesting. And it sure is much nicer to play games and use apps on the tablet than it is on a phone. I really like Chrome as a tablet browser, too.
     
  28. Jenny

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    Finished Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) last night and am now very curious as to why many fans apparently consider it the worst of the first 10. I quite enjoyed it :)

    It was a little :rolleyes: at the end, but overall I thought
    the story/clues was well done (including the one jab at the end for Reacher not getting a clue someone left him, which was lame anyway so I wonder if someone talked the author out of it in one of the early drafts), the characters fairly well drawn and less black/white than previously (including the first kid in one of his books), and I did like the setting as I thought it really suited Reacher's character and way of doing things. If anything, this was the most like the first book - all contained in one community rather than running through fancy databases and hoping on planes every five minutes. And he didn't sleep with anyone this time!
     
  29. dbell1

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    Finished "Six Years" by Harlen Coban last night. It sucked. Implausible plot made zero sense. Plot holes you could drive a semi through.

    The cliches were stale in the 80's and age has not improved them. I think I was 4 pages in when I read the line "gag me with a spoon". I should have stopped there.
     
  30. dbell1

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    Double posting, but it's a day later. :p

    Now about 40 pages into "The Vatican Diaries". Written by a journalist who covered the Vatican for years. I'm thinking right now he wishes he'd waited a few months until Benny retired. Very interesting read so far.

    Amazon's Kindle dd today has James Rollins Subterranean - no brainer to buy it, he's my favorite author (when he's not teamed up with vampire chick)... Also bought the Muirwood books on the sci-fi deal.
     
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