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    I finished Patterson's "The 12th of Never" over the weekend and started "Up from the Grave", Jeanine Frost's latest Cat and Bones Save the World saga last night. This time they're hunting a mad scientist who stole Cat's blood to make supersoldiers by combining human, vampire and ghoul DNA. They have 60 days to find and destroy his labs and any SS he may have already created or the High Council will blast the world.

    Oh, and I liked the Patterson okay, although the jumping between heads and POVs seemed more jarring than ever and the ending left several threads hanging. But 13 comes out in a couple months so I expect they may get picked up there.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Latest books read were The Song of Achilles and Hugh Howey's Wool, Shift, and Dust trilogy. Very plausible scenario with Howey. I got a bit annoyed at one character who seemed to constantly make the worst decisions, but it was nice to find a heroine who's not a total Mary Sue.

    No clue what's up next, I've made a vow to try and read what's on the Kindle before I buy anything new.

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    I currently have four books to read, which I will hopefully be able to get through by the end of April:

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    The Secret Six (about the spies recruited by Washington during the Revolutionary War) by Brian Kilmeade

    Killing Jesus by the eville Bill O'Reilly (from what I've read about it, it's based strictly on history and doesn't harp on religion)

    Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer (my Mom, the Right Wing member of our family, purchased this book for me a a belated Christmas/Chanukkah present)

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    Wheee!

    We're happy to let you know that your eBook Settlement credit for $43.80 is now in your Barnes & Noble account and ready to use.

    You can use your credit to buy eBooks on your NOOK, on the NOOK Reading App, and online at BN.com, and also to buy eBooks or print books at any of our Barnes & Noble stores.


    I haven't spent all the gift cards I got for Christmas yet. And Monday, I got a settlement check from Toyota for $125 because my car was one of the one's with the acceleration problem, and my husband told me I should take it and spend it all on fixes (coffee and books).

    It's like found money!
    "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.

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    Wheee! Thanks, Prancer! I checked my email and I have $26 ready to be spent
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    I just finished "Keeper of Lost Causes" by Jussi Adler-Olsen (if you know me in real life you will realize why that name caught my eye )and thought it was fab. I was guessing whodunnit almost until the end. I love it when the truth is revealed and you think, "Damn, I should have figured that out myself, all the clues were there". Likewise, I hate it when the author reveals the killer at the end and I think, "Well, duh! I figured that out back in chapter two."
    I recently read "You Are Not So Smart" by David McRaney. It's quite a fascinating read, and a quick one, and is now making the rounds with my coworkers, who are intrigued with it as I was.

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    I apparently have some money in my ITunes account from the book settlement. Since I've only bought like three ebooks, it probably isn't much.

    I finished A Matter of Days in one sitting. It's a YA post apocalyptic story (shocking, I know). And the characters only do one really stupid thing. They explain why they do it, but it's still stupid. But since it's only one thing, I fin this book acceptable. And it ENDS. It's not book one of 12, nor is there a stupid love triangle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    I recently read "You Are Not So Smart" by David McRaney. It's quite a fascinating read, and a quick one, and is now making the rounds with my coworkers, who are intrigued with it as I was.
    I've read that one. He has a web site with excerpts from the book (or the book is an expansion of his web page, not sure which) and I assign my University 101 students to read the Procrastination page. I'm thinking about making one of my research classes read the Confirmation Bias page, but since I've been bitching at them about the need for scholarly sources instead of popular works, I think that might bite me.

    Perhaps I will assign them to read it as an example of an informative popular work that can't be used in a paper. Hmmmm.

    He has a new book called You Are Less Dumb Now. I've thought about reading it, but it's way down on my list of reading priorities at the moment.
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    I've just ordered You Are Now Less Dumb.

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    You will have to post about it and let me know how it is.
    "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.

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    I came across this mystery called All Cry Chaos, by Leonard Rosen the other day. I haven't read it yet and I don't remember if anyone here has read it. The thing that will make me read it is this review http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-...R11MRYWRBU58A3 Not only is the review delightful but the comments are just as good.

    In compliment to the review, some of the comments talked about Louise Penny. I do remember that several people here have enjoyed her books. Today I squeezed myself into the book sale at one of the county libraries here. (It's a good thing the fire marshal wasn't there). I didn't pick up much to actually read, but I did happen onto a copy of a Louise Penny book and bought it for a dollar. I look forward to reading it to see if my likes in mysteries match those of others here.

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    I scored big at the library book sale this morning. They had one of their "fill a bag for $1" deals going, and usually there's not much that interests me but this time I found 8 I wanted, including The Casual Vacancy, Monkey Beach (which I've read but wanted to read again), an Adrian Mole I'd never read, a Joy Kogawa, a David Sedaris, and a Deborah Crombie.

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    For some pure fluff, I read Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant by Jennifer Grant. She's not much of a writer, but her relationship with her dad was very loving and sweet, and I enjoyed her take on him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    I find it to be true IME about teachers and publishing being inversely related. Have you read her books?
    Not yet!! Awful alum that I am.
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    Adrian Mole! I love Adrian Mole and got my whole family hooked after reading the first volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Adrian Mole! I love Adrian Mole and got my whole family hooked after reading the first volume.
    I read all the earlier ones, but never got around to the ones where he's an adult. The one I picked up was The Cappuccino Years, I think he's about 30 in this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Adrian Mole! I love Adrian Mole and got my whole family hooked after reading the first volume.
    Love the series. The first couple are the best of course, but I have followed him into adulthood and enjoyed the whole series.
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    Probably shouldn't admit this, but I own all of Louise Rennison's books. The first, "Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging" put me in mind of a female Adrian Mole, so eventually I was compelled to buy the whole series. In hardcover.

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    And "old" book that I finally took time to read: Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
    I loved it so much. It's hilarious. Amy Chua is my new hero.

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    Finished Divergent about a week ago. It was good, not great IMO. It did get very interesting towards the end there. I'm going to wait until the movie comes out on Redbox though. I'll let my cousin read the next book in the series and tell me what she thinks of it before I buy it.

    I'm about six chapters into Empress Orchid by Anchee Min and I'm loving it so far. It's opening up so many aspects of Chinese imperial culture in that time (1850s). It's amazing! The whole deal with the eunuchs is incredible. The emperor was the only "man" allowed in the Forbidden City; all other males who served there had to be eunuchs. I had no idea. I also find myself googling a lot of things (clothing, palaces, etc.) from that era just so I have a better idea of what everything looked like: opulence, grandeur...wow. It's fascinating. Really enjoying this one so far.

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