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Subject: August Reads Discussed Here
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 9:49 AM ET
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Wow!  It's been ages since I started this thread.  Having a great start on August reads.  I loved Russian Winter by Daphne Kolotay.  Such a realistic, sensitive, humanistic read.  Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal was a very good read for me, too.  I appreciated the depth of research that the author did so very much.  Outstanding.   A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute went so well.  What do you know?  It's a romance and a most delightful read.  August was going well until I read Aztec Gold and I had such high hopes for this one because I love monarch butterflies.  For me it seemed to fall apart after the women visited the wintering ground for the monarchs (Contemporary challenge).  That's life.  The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman was a five star read for me.   What a wonderful writer!  I had a copy and traded it off, decided to read it for the history challenge and went to the library.   The story is incredible and the Polish people so courageous.  Yes, I enjoyed it.  Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene is an interesting WWII tale about a Jewish girl who helps an escaped German prisoner hide.   An interesting scenario for young reads.  Good enough that I ordered to sequel, Morning is a Long Time Coming  which is an excellent conclusion to the story.  One of the funniest books I've read in a long time was The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich,  a five star read for me.  The novel is filled with the mysticism of Ojibwa people which Father Damien begins to experience as well as much about their culture, humor, and life style.  Quite an interesting read.  I read this novel for the HF challenge.   Just finished a fantasy called Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  Well done!  The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin will wait awhile but I will get to it.  I chose it for the mystery challenge for winning the Edgar Award  for best novel.

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews for the contemporary challenge was ok but it seemed to be much like Magic Bites.  Like many  books in a series I felt like I had been there, done that.  While the novel dragged midway it spiraled to an exciting ending with a great battle.  Ready for Magic Strikes, third in the series.  Read April Morning by Howard Fast for my history challenge and although it reminded me a bit of Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane the young men's experiences were different.  Well worth the read.   Loved Weaveworld by Cllive Barker, my first effort by this author, and a book I have long had on my TBR.  It's a wonderful read - so creative, so exciting, so well done.  My only concern was the ending which seemed dragged out to me but one can't have everything (Fantasy challenge).    Shelter Me by Julette Fay is a story about a woman who loses her husband, her grief and her recovery.  The anger she feels is so realistic that I felt like I was talking with her.  Makes one count one's blessings.  (YA challenge)  The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton is about friendship as these women experience the bunps and leaps that life hands to us as we just live.  (Contemporary challenge)

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:19 AM ET
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Just picked up The Queen's Vow from the library.  Still in and out of The Source.

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:29 AM ET
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Gads -August already!!! I've been reading David Ashton's Inspector McLevy books and I'm now on the third one (Trick of the Light). McLevy is a great character! The settings of Edinburgh are very realistic - you feel as if you are there. These stories take place approximately in the 1880s and in this third one we are introduced to a young Arthur Conan Doyle - it will be interesting to see how this develops. The mysteries are intrigung enough and the one liners have made me laugh out loud. I will definitely look for more of these, if there are any......

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 11:12 AM ET
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I'm reading Empire by Steven Saylor.  I must be in the mood for door stoppers!

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 11:49 AM ET
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Jeanne

 

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Date Posted: 8/1/2012 11:49 AM ET
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I am into the final King Raven book, Tuck.  Still liking this series a lot. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 11:59 AM ET
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Letty - lol!!!! I have to say that when I first started reading these I had a bit of a hard time getting into them, but after a few pages things started to gel and I've really enjoyed them. I don't see anymore than these three plus a short story ( which I haven't ordered) but apparently there is a series and these are available on Audible - I may have to try one of those......

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 1:32 PM ET
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Hi, dudes!  I can't believe how fast the summer is going. It'll be September before we know it.  I'm so sad.  crying

I'm reading The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.  I started it last week, but I haven't gotten very far.  It seems as if I haven't had a lot of time to read.  We have company coming from German this evening through Sunday, so I doubt I'll get my reading time back until next week. 

Sharz - Glad you're liking the Lawhead series.  Hood (I think that's the first one), is up next for me.

Big waves to my friend, Jeanne!  Hey, girl, I hope all is well!  I miss our PMs!!

 

 

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Date Posted: 8/1/2012 2:30 PM ET
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I am reading a paranormal right now, Nightborn by Lynn Viehl. It is not very good, it may quickly get the 50 pages and out rule. Oh well you can't love all your books. It is okay to stop reading a book you don't like.

alice

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 3:00 PM ET
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I'm reading two books at the moment - "Surprised by Joy" by CS Lewis and "The Irish Princess" by Karen Harper. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 5:20 PM ET
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I finished "Haunt Me Still" by Jennifer Carroll Lee (or Jennifer Lee Carroll) which is the sequel to Interred With Their Bones.  I think I liked this second one even better!  While the first book describes the Da Vinci-like hunt for a lost play by Shakespeare (all the while giving the reader lots of cool info about Hamlet) this story focuses on the Scottish play (Macbeth) and the possibility that the version we know was not the first version written; that the original play contained magical rites that were too dangerous to replicate on stage.  Another good mystery with lots of interesting facts.  Cheryl...grab this one too!! wink

I'm not sure what I'll settle on next; maybe the 4th Molly Murphy mystery, In Like Flynn.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2012 7:32 PM ET
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Previously posted in July forum --- forgot we were in a new month!!!

Where is everyone??? Hopefully you are watching the Olympics or on holiday somewhere wonderful.

Home from the beach. Had a good time with the girls and the grands. It was a bit hectic going down to Bethany Beach so soon upon my return from mother's but we did have a good time. Tomorrow I am back to Oklahoma to check on mother. We have a couple of doctor's visits, but am hoping for no further excitement this time so I will get home in one week.

I finished the latest installment by Linda Castillo in the mysteries about the former Amish female sheriff in Ohio. Name escapes me just now. A series set in modern day, but one I really enjoy. Am thinking about reading another "Golden Age" book next, but I really do not like taking wishlist books on trips. Surely in the 200+ books on the shelves I can find something.

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 7:48 PM ET
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Finished Chasing Rainbows by Victoria Lynne. Nice western romance, one of those old are new again on Kindle. A few too many typos, but still a nice brain candy read. Back to Singapore and Tanamera.

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 11:28 PM ET
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I am reading A Personal Devil by Roberta Gellis.

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 8:34 AM ET
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I've read several books lately in a genre I don't ever read -- young adult -- and I've been astounded by the quality. Does that sound snobbish? (Sorry!) It started with A Child Called It and the sequel, The Lost Boy. Somewhere during my reading of the second book, I came across a reference to I'll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan. This was a 5-star read for me. Credited with being the first YA book (published 1969) to deal with teenage sexual angst in an honest/real way, the book touches lightly on attraction to the same sex. Given the time it was written, it's amazing the book was ever published. But it's timeless and a highly recommended read for teenagers and their parents. Back to David Pelzer's books, I enjoyed them - to the extent one can enjoy reading about child abuse. The first book is better, but I plan to continue with the third, A Man Named Dave. Then a friend recommended a new (2012) YA book titled The Fault is in Our Stars. I almost didn't read it because a) it's YA and b) it's about terminal illness. But I'm really glad I did as it's another 5-star read. The book takes an almost unexpected turn at the end, but you know from the start it's gonna break your heart. My reading of I'll Get There lead me to my current read -- What They Always Tell Us, which is a more current story about a teenager who comes to understand he is gay. It's good, but not holding my interest as much as I'll Get There, so I think my stint in this genre is about up. LOL.
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 9:21 AM ET
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I'm about a third of the way through our read along book. I know nothing about this time period so I'm having trouble keeping all the characters straight, but enjoying the snark immensely!

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 11:25 AM ET
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Vicky:  I have Haunt Me Still on my wishlist.  As a former thespian we never referred to "that" play by name except as "the Scottish play".  It was considered bad luck if you were playing in it.  Now I know why surprise

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 2:59 PM ET
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Cheryl, you will love this one!  I think my friend wants to read it,but when she's done, I'll post it to you.  It really could be read as a stand-alone, I think.  

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 9:34 PM ET
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I would love it Vicky, thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2012 12:46 PM ET
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Starting The Angry Tide, seventh in the Poldark series by Winston Graham.  I started this series over 3 years ago; read books 2 & 3 over the next two years; then picked up the series again this summer, reading the next three books almost back-to-back.  I seem to forget how much I enjoy them.  Love the characters, love the setting (Cornwall in the late 1700s), and enjoy the writing and plot development. 

Linda

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 12:14 PM ET
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Well, I am again in Oklahoma. Arrived Thursday afternoon to 110 degree temps. Upon my arrival at mother's house, I went out to fill her bird bath with the hose. I surprised a passle of yellowjackets and red wasps in the doing and one of the yellow jackets stung my on my right upper arm about half way between elbow and shoulder. 45 minutes later I was at the walk-in emergency clinic getting a shot of steroids and benedryl. I have a bad allergy to stings. This one swelled me up down past my elbow and up into my arm pit --- even with the shots!!!! Am on Prednisone by mouth for 6 days as a follow-up. The redness and swelling are just about gone thankfully.

My hope is that I will be able to leave here on schedule next Thursday. We have doctor's appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!!! I get home late on Thursday evening and then Saturday we have 4 male junior golfers from Quebec staying with us for 3 nights while they play in a tournament at our golf club. This was schedules 8 months ago when I thought I would have a relaxing summer!!!! Thankfully they are fed all 3 meals a day up at the club. We just provide snacks, beds, bathrooms and transportation!!!!

I am reading a book (hee hee) --- it is the second in the Body Farm series with Bill Braxton as the main character. It is "Flesh & Bone" by Jefferson Bass. This is a series I think I will keep up with as I have enjoyed both of the first books.

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 12:49 PM ET
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Becky - what next!!! You are really having lousy luck and I believe it all started when you flipped off that wall and got banged up! Do you have a target painted on you??  110 degrees? That's hotter than we've had down here! If your mother doesn't realize what a saint you are by this time, then I'm afraid there's no hope - grrrrr. Please try to take care of yourself and hopefully after this week you won't have to see the inside of a medical office for a loooong time! ;)

I just finished all of the David Ashton Inspector McLevy books that I could get my hands on and then I ordered one of the radio shows (BBC) based on the McLevy character, from Audible. I'm afraid I'm hooked.... What to read next? I could conceivably work on a challenge book but I'm at a loss right now so I have to ponder this a bit.

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 1:34 PM ET
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Jeanne --- I put all of the McLevy books on my wishlist, but it does not look particularly hopeful.  Did you get yours from the library???

Yes, I feel like a re-run of "The Perils of Pauline" this summer.  Hopefully it will calm down once I get back home for a few weeks.  Am definitely staying away from my boulder walls, as I think that was indeed the start of my perilous summer (hee hee)!!!

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 1:54 PM ET
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Becky - I got the Ashton books on my Kindle. Do you have a Kindle? They aren't pricey at all - I think that the first one is 99 cents and the others are 3.79 each. I initially got them because they sounded interesting and were cheap. I found the first one (paperback) at our UBS the other day, but there weren't any others. If you don't have a Kindle, try the first one on your PC and see what you think.....

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 2:24 PM ET
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OMG Becky...you have had quite the summer.  Take Care!

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