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Subject: Discussions of our Book of the Month 2015
Date Posted: 1/13/2015 12:07 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/13/2015 8:27 AM ET
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Thanks for starting this, Pam.  How is your father doing? 

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2015 11:51 PM ET
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Well, we are on the precipice of everyone (Mom, Dad, Siblings) all accepting that we are now ready for hospice care to begin.  This is really hard stuff.  He wants to find the right medicine and live forever, but that can't happen with his defective 88 year old heart.  His body is going to crap very quickly.  His mind is all there and totally sharp as the day he graduated from Princeton.  He is really fighting it.  I am trying to hold my Mom from going crazy.  Life.  Two of my brothers are on their way here tomorrow to help make some decisions and bolster Mom up a little.  So I may be here and not here a lot of the time for a while.  Thanks for asking, Bonnie.  probably more than anyone wanted to know.  

Date Posted: 1/15/2015 8:01 AM ET
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Pam, not too much info.  I asked.  I wanted to know.  Special thoughts for comfort going to you and your family. 

And with all of this going on, it is esp nice that you started the 2015 thread.

Date Posted: 1/16/2015 9:33 AM ET
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Hugs Pam, it is never easy, I will be thinking of you.

Date Posted: 5/21/2015 12:13 PM ET
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I was just listing my books for May, as yes, I am pretty sure these won't be beat.  I began going through everyone's list.  Many must have left as there is little activity compared to previous years, and virtually none here.

First: Pam, what is the news with your father?

Second, Meg, have you read anymore of Lisa See?  To date, I think Dreams of Joy was her most powerful.  I recently finished China Dolls, and while I liked it, at times I considered quitting listening.

Third: Lisa, what did you think of The Dressmaker?  I had asked about it long ago on a thread and no one replied.  I've considered listening to that one a few times, but never have.

Valerie, have you considered adding Soul Catcher to the audio swap?

That's it for now as I will wait to see if folks are still following this thread before I ask more.

Date Posted: 5/23/2015 3:58 PM ET
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@Bonnie - I have read Snow Flower, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy, I liked them all but "Snow Flower" might be my favorite.  I have "China Dolls" and "On Gold Mountain" on my TBR.  I enjoy her books but I read other Asian novels too, I just got Sons, the follow up to The Good Earth, I need to read that soon.  I read "The Binding Chair" last year and that was really good.

It is quiet around here!  Personally, I became obsessed with a College chat site since my oldest is graduating HS next week, and for 6 months we have been obsessed with applications, and then having to decide where she wanted to go.  (We over applied and she ended up getting into all seven)  Now I spent my time on there chatting about what to pack and how to shop for her dorm room, I am a little consumed.  I haven't even read much these last six months, but now that summer is here I hope to get back into some good ones.

Got to go work in the yard to get ready for graduation brunch!

Date Posted: 5/25/2015 3:47 PM ET
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Meg, I think Snow Flower ranks second for me.  I actually started On Gold Mountain and quit it and sent it off.  But that was a print book and I've found with her books, they need to be in audio and then I just love them (most of them).  I loved the audio version of The Good Earth, and if I hadn't just sent it off in the audio swap, I'd have sent it to you.  I don't care for anything Anthony Heald narrates, but for this, his On Broadway Stage elocution was perfect.  Great listen.  I think I read the Binding Chair because of your recommendation.

Congrats to you and your daughter, and good luck with sending her off to college.

 

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 8:28 AM ET
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@Bonnie, I think I did "Good Earth" in audio and print, not sure who narrated, and I recently found the old movie on Turner Classics, I just love that book!  And you are right about Lisa See's books being more enjoyable in audio, I am the same way with the Outlander books, I read them all but my favorite was is to listen to them.

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 9:34 AM ET
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this thread is a mystery to me. how do we find out what the book of the month is?

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 9:36 AM ET
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Go back to the lists of topics, Charles.  It is right there.  What is your Book of the Month 2015 lists only.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 10:14 AM ET
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Okay so there are lists of books people are reading. It looks like everybody is reading different books so what is the discussion about?

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 11:34 AM ET
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The other list is where we put our picks for the month, and this one is where we discuss those picks.  We used to do it all on the same thread but folks complained because the lists were then mixed in with a lot of mishmosh.  Of course, like any thread, the conversations can expand so discussing our picks of the month leads to discussions of other books and authors.

A shame though, that there is pretty much nothing here, or even in our monthly lists.  We've been doing this for many years and there was always a lot of activity.  I suppose it is because so many left after the membership changes.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 12:15 PM ET
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have you used the 'contemporary literature' forum. There are a bunch of challenge lists there and a lot of ideas for books to read.

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 12:28 PM ET
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No, but I will look in to it.  Thanks for posting about it.

Date Posted: 5/30/2015 1:09 PM ET
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Honestly, I think there was more activity when the lists and discussions were in one thread.  I don't like updating and looking through one thread and then having to go to another.  When they were together, people would update their list and then often post what their monthly book was.  Now if they update, they don't bother going to this thread to post.

 

 

Date Posted: 5/31/2015 5:48 PM ET
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 I totally agree with you, Rhonda, Bonnie and Charles.  The separate threads came from a request by several people who are probably no longer here.  I also rather liked them together.  The lists in the front of the thread and the discussions ongoing after the last list.....so what if we have meandering conversation. For me, that's what it is all about.

Anyone else want to weigh in on this?

Besides we always have this going, so why have both:   It's May 2015 - What Are You Reading?  

 



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Date Posted: 6/11/2015 11:53 AM ET
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I wish others would comment.  But both threads are pretty dead.  A shame as I really enjoyed those lists.  I can see where folks would not want to wade through the chatter to get to the lists, but I never minded.  Plus, editting our posts never bumps a thread. 

Could it be that that many left PBS?

Date Posted: 6/12/2015 1:41 AM ET
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I think a lot of book discussion forums are dead now. I think pbs needs to think about letting ala cartes post.

Date Posted: 6/12/2015 5:25 AM ET
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Oh, geez. I had forgotten about them not being able to post. Good point.
Date Posted: 6/12/2015 9:21 PM ET
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I have also been a bit bummed by the number of lists and discussion of books...but part of that is my fault.  While I do update my monthly list and say why I liked a book, I'm a typically a lurker when it comes to discussions. I check and read the monthly book posts because I'm always on the lookout for new authors, but I don't post much myself.

Does it make anyone feel better to know that I'm out here, even if I don't announce myself?....Which I guess I just did. Hi! :)

Date Posted: 6/16/2015 1:33 AM ET
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I just finished Tom Wolfe's Back to Blood and I really enjoyed it.  I like Wolfe's style of writing, good characters, humor and shaking up some of the powerful people.  It has been more than a few years but remember really enjoying The Bonfire of the Vanities and less so The Man in the Full.  I have his other novel I am Charlotte Simmons on my shelf but just haven't gotten to it yet.

Date Posted: 6/16/2015 7:08 AM ET
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The only thing by Wolfe I have ever read is The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test. Enjoyed it a lot.

Date Posted: 6/16/2015 11:17 AM ET
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I haven't read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test yet, it is also on my shelf.  I read The Mau Mauing Flak Catchers a few years back and thought it was very good but just haven't found time to read the Electric Kool Aid... yet.

Date Posted: 6/16/2015 11:17 AM ET
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I haven't read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test yet, it is also on my shelf.  I read The Mau Mauing Flak Catchers a few years back and thought it was very good but just haven't found time to read the Electric Kool Aid... yet.

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