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Subject: It's January, what are you reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 7:37 PM ET
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Happy New Year!

What is everyone reading?

I just started WATER WITCHES, by Chris Bohjalian. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:00 AM ET
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Oh, Anna, my goal is to read all of Bohjalian's works. I just have a handful left to do, Water Witches being one of them. All of his books have greatness, and they're all so unique.

Right now I'm starting Elizabeth Hay's Alone in the Classroom (from the "small town" category). As a former teacher (26 years), I'm eager to read this book.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 12:03 PM ET
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Anna, I am currently reading Chris Bohjalian's Trans-sister Radio.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 6:50 PM ET
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Yes, All of Bohjalian's novels are very unique!

WATER WITCHES is a story about the art of "dowsing."  A dowser is someone who can locate water (and sometimes other things) by using a 6th sense.  Also about the struggle between progress and tradition, science and magic as well as big business and environmentalists.  So far, the story isn't too exciting but it's moving along. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 9:57 PM ET
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Happy New Year everyone,

Just finished this one today. Under the Second Chances category, I decided to repeat last year’s “out of the mouth’s of babe’s” category and read Rick Riordan’s Sea of Monsters. This is the second book in his highly readable Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. While not my usual cup of tea, it's a fun way to ease into the 2013 reading challenge! 3 stars

 

Janet E.

Date Posted: 1/3/2013 1:22 AM ET
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I'm waiting for Midnight's Children to arrive in the mail. Meanwhile I've been reading for some other challenges. But who knows, I might get impatient...or my mood might change. smiley

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 4:24 PM ET
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Is this where we're discussing challenge reading?  I finished my first book for this challenge, Island, by Jane Rogers, for the "delving into the past" category.  I hadn't heard anything about this book before, I saw it at the resale shop and the description looked intriguing so I bought it.  It's about a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and has had a terrible life, so decides to find her birth mother so she can kill her.  I LOVED this book!  Very different from what I'm used to reading, and I wasn't sure I was going to like it until about a third of the way through--but by then I was hooked.  The author has other books so I'll be checking them out.

Diane

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 9:16 PM ET
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Tempie,  

What did you think about Trans-sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian.  I had it and got distracted and didn't get further than 20 pages.  Should I request it again?  Was it good?  How about a little book report here........

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 10:51 PM ET
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Pamela, I thought the book was okay. The story line was a little shocking at times, I learned things about transgenders that I didn't know, esp. about the recovery process. The writiing I thought was good though and the book moved a long at a quick pace. Would I recommend this book to others to read, probably not. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Date Posted: 1/6/2013 6:22 AM ET
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I agree with every word of Tempie's view on Trans-sister Radio.

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Date Posted: 1/7/2013 8:11 PM ET
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Finished WATER WITCHES and I loved it!  The story was about a lot of things but it centered around a father's love for his daughter and wanting to do the "right thing."

Date Posted: 1/8/2013 7:48 PM ET
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Just read So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (time related word in the title).  It was a quick fun read about a pair of young people trying to find meaning in life and work.  I loved The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin (searching for something lost).  This is a mystery where several characters are searching for a lost treasure.  I've read the whole series.  The Bellini Card was not as well done as the first two but I would pick up another by this author.  So enjoy the exotic cities, people, and culture.  His novels are complex and changing and usually give the reader a surpise ending.  Another awesome book is Wool - Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey (Brave New World - from 2011) which was an soo very good if a bit long.  It has been referred to as the contemporary Dune!  I gave it five stars.



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Subject: January reading
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 6:14 PM ET
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I just finished The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.  The ending took me totally by surprise!  I immediately had to call my friend who had already read the book to talk about it.  I recently started reading Chris Bohjalian and have not yet been disappointed!  At least one of his books will be on my reading list every year.



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Date Posted: 1/9/2013 7:45 PM ET
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Mary, yes, the ending caught me completely by surprise too.....I never saw it coming!    I also loved the way THE GREAT GATSBY was included into the story line.

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 8:53 PM ET
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Earlier this week I finished Jane Stevenson’s Good Women, 3 novellas about women who everyone assumes are “good” – until they aren’t. The one for the category of senior citizen is the really delicious novella called “Garden Guerillas” about a woman whose son and daughter-in-law plot to force her out of her very desirable London home with her fabulous garden 40 years in the making. We read this one in my book group and believe me, there was lots of discussion! 3.5 stars

Tonight I finished Alan Bennett’s equally wonderful Smut – consists of two stories, and it’s about the secrets we keep. 3.5 stars.   My review.

Date Posted: 1/22/2013 9:53 PM ET
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Finished Knit the Season that I started on New Year's.  Then finished Game of Thrones - if you have read this, come down to September Hot Topics and join the discussion.  Hubby got me Coco Chanel by Lisa Chaney for Christmas, and I read it last week, but it is as dull as a doctoral dissertation.   Just got Chocolate Castle Clue in the mail today so it is up next.



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Date Posted: 1/23/2013 3:34 PM ET
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Janet, GARDEN GUERILLAS sounds intriguing........



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Date Posted: 1/23/2013 8:12 PM ET
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I just finished Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, I'm using it for the "secret" category of the challenge.  I've never read any of the Harry Potter books so when I saw she had a new one out I wasn't interested, but I read a review that sounded interesting so I put my name on my library's waiting list.  It's about the residents of a small town in England who are vying for the seat on the village council that was vacated by a sudden death.  The story goes back and forth between the lives of several households, and the book is a commentary both on social issues and on how individuals treat each other.  I loved this book, couldn't wait to finish it to see what would happen at the end. 

Diane

Date Posted: 1/25/2013 1:11 AM ET
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I picked up I LOVE YOU LIKE A TOMATO by Marie Giordano.  I've heard good things about this novel, a coming of age/immigrant experience story.

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Date Posted: 1/25/2013 9:35 AM ET
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BAT by Jo Nesbo

This is his first Harry Hole novel. It was just released in English. The setting is Australia.

Date Posted: 1/26/2013 8:46 PM ET
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Anna, Garden Guerillas is a real find ( one of the 3 novellas in Jane Stevenson's book, titled good women). It's about inter generational family dynamics and a woman's struggle to figure out her next steps after she becomes a widow. Should she move out of her now very desirable house in a gentrified London neighborhood to make way for her son and his family? But what about her own needs, don't they count? A really interesting read and the gardening references are lots of fun.
Date Posted: 1/28/2013 5:46 PM ET
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Thanks Janet, added to my list.

I'm still reading I LOVE YOU LIKE A TOMATO.  This novel is written more like a memior.  It is about an Italian immigrant family living in Chicago....a little sad and a little funny too.

Subject: Excellent read!!!!!!
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 10:41 AM ET
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I just started reading an excellent book for those of you who are fans of the Urban Fantasy genre!  It is the first book out of 4 and it is called "Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon.  I just started it yesterday and cannot put it down.  It is along the lines of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I love it soooo much i went out and purchased book 2 and book 3 (The Road to Bedlam and Strangeness & Charm); book 4 (the final book) will be out this summer.

 

It starts off with a bang right from the beginning, the characters are great and well developed, and overall it is one of the best books i have read in a long time.

 

Check it out, as soon as i am done i will post it if anyone is interested.

 

Cindy

Date Posted: 1/30/2013 11:49 AM ET
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