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Subject: 2011 challenge reading for May
Date Posted: 5/1/2011 6:14 PM ET
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What's everyone reading for May?

I'm working on The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart for the "set in another century" category.

Date Posted: 5/1/2011 9:51 PM ET
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I am lost in romance heaven just now.  I finished a sci fi today, Salt, and I am starting the Mistress of Death tonight.  I am almost ready to start the last I will ever read of Jean Aurel's books.  I bought one large print and have to read it to justify the $4.   I am also in the middle of a fun western called Port Hazard.  Then I want to read The Religion by Tim Wilcox.

I am no longer sure where any of the books I am reading fit into the CFreadingchallenge but it's only May 1.  I will get back to it soon. 

Does anyone have any recommendation for a book orginially written in another language that isn't too emotionally thick or heavy? 



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Date Posted: 5/2/2011 7:54 AM ET
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I'm reading The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley (an Icelandic mystery). Wonderful so far!

                                                                                                              Rose

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 9:49 PM ET
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Just finished The Cigar Maker by Mark Carlos McGinty, very good read.    Loved The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.   It's a wonderful read.  If  you like fantasy you'll love this one, so run, don't walk, just get a copy and read it.  My review is listed under the HB copy here in PBS.   And, I've finished Girls Only by Alex Witchel, which my niece gave me.  It's a light read about relationships between two sisters and their mother.

The Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim Harrison is a collection of three novellas for "non-novel" (short stories, play, poetry, essays) :  "Brown Dog" ,"Sunset Limited" and "The Woman Lit by Fireflies".  Each is unique but my favorite is the last one for which the book was named.  It's about a woman who finds the courage to change her life and live her dream.  Very good read.

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, for work made into a film:  The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson - reread and Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.  This Booker award winner is a good read about what were once rather rigid class distinctions in England.  Furthermore, the story gives one a good look at what it was to be a butler in the great houses during WWII.  As a sidelight to these issues is the interaction between the butler and the housekeeper which might have become more that professionalism.  The story unfolds as the butler takes a motor holiday across the country to see sights and see the former housekeeper who has made a different life for herself.   

 



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Date Posted: 5/8/2011 8:02 PM ET
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I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for the "book I've been hearing about" category.  I had it on my challenge list already but a few weeks ago yet another person suggested I read it--so I moved it to the top of my TBR. I loved it, what a charming book--reminded me a little of 84 Charing Cross Road, a huge favorite of mine.

I'm still reading Possession, it's really the kind of book that has to be read slowly, and that's what I'm doing!!

Diane

Subject: May 2011 Reading
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 1:04 AM ET
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I should be reading Cutting for Stone; however, I am just not too excited about it.  So I am reading a cheesy action thriller Legend instead.  Anyone read Cutting for Stone yet?

Date Posted: 5/20/2011 4:37 AM ET
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I read Cutting for Stone and was not particularly impressed. I don't know why so it's gotten such rave reviews.

                                                                                                                          Rose

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 10:22 PM ET
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Oh, thank you!  I need to make room on my wish list and Cutting for Stone takes up alot of slots.  I will just list the only one in large print and wait for it.

 

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 2:27 PM ET
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I just now finished a book of short stories by Rishi Reddi, Karma and Other Stories.  Every since reading an Indian novel earlier this year I'm newly interested in books with this setting, so when I saw this book at the thrift store I bought it.  It was good, each story was about Indian immigrants living in the US, and some of the characters overlapped so you got a feeling for the community of people living here.

Diane

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Date Posted: 5/27/2011 12:55 PM ET
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MAY

"Faust" by Goethe - a bit staggering at first but I'm taking my time and enjoying. 

Also reading " Ape House "  Sara Gruen - fast read.

 

Read "Save Me" Lisa Scottoline - Very good, but then again a simple, quick read.

"Sarah's Key "Tatiana DeRosnay - Excellent depiction  of the secret kept by the French citizens of the roundup of hundreds of Jewish men, 

women and children by the French Police called the Vel d' Hiv' and treated like animals.  

"When Rabbit Howls" Trudi Chase - a horrid tale of a woman with over 90 different personalities!

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 6/3/2011 4:50 PM ET
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I just finished The Three Weissmanns of Westport, a novel by Cathleen Schine. It's a modern re-telling of Sense and Sensibility and is a very quick, pleasant read. It would fulfill the 2011 Reading Challenge category of "works that refer to past works." It is also on a wish list.