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My Reading List - June 2012
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The House at Sugar Beach Helene Cooper
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Notes fom the Backseat Jody Gehrman
Modoc Ralph Helfer
The Prairie Grass Murders Patricia Stoltey
The Art of Eating In Cathy Erway
Dishwasher Pete Jordan
Molokai Alan Brennert
Cabin Lou Urenech
Apple Turnover Murder Joanne Fluke
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
Flight to Heaven Capt. Dale Black
On A Dollar a Day: One Couples Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America Christopher Greenslate
Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs Michael Collins MD
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I just started The Witness by Nora Roberts and so far it's very good. She is one of my favorite authors.
Finished this book last night and it was really good. If you are a Nora Roberts fan you will enjoy this book.
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Finished: Child of my Heart by Alice McDermott
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
Reading: Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
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Currently Listening To
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Got one done already!
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases by Henning Mankell - Four short stories about Wallender's first years on the force, including one as a beat cop. They're a bit simpler than the usual Wallander story naturally since they're shorter but it was still very enjoyable. He wasn't much different in the early days, slightly more unsure of himself. Being written in retrospect I expected a little more about the character's development as promised in the liner notes and it doesn't really do that. Still good Wallander cases though.
Bossypants by Tina Fey - It was kind of lacking in the bio aspect, she's not one to delve too much into her personal life which makes for a different kind of memoir but it was funny. There's a lot more about her work than her personal life but it's still in her voice. That's one of my ratings measures of a memoir, can you hear the person saying the words in your head, and it sounds very much like her. I get the feeling the Tina you see on tv is very much the real Tina.
Black Seconds by Karin Fossum - I read it in less than 24 hours which I don't normally do but I just couldn't put it down. You know pretty much what happened from the beginning, it's not a great surprise, but it unfolds so compellingly I had to keep reading it.
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Not really my style but he did just die. I did the audiobook while playing games.
The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout - Gotta love a Nero Wolfe book. Typically complex story and I learned a new word - aristology - the art of dining.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton - A rather morose tale of some unhappy people living an unhappy life. It was compelling but not very satisfying.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - Written with a delightfully dry sense of humour and the wisdom of a born storyteller, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand explores the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of family obligation and tradition. — When retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper, he is drawn out of his regimented world and forced to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century. Brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship on the cusp of blossoming into something more. But although the Major was actually born in Lahore, and Mrs. Ali was born in Cambridge, village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as a permanent foreigner. The Major has always taken special pride in the village, but will he be forced to choose between the place he calls home and a future with Mrs. Ali?
Stonemouth by Iain Banks - Audiobook. Not much of a story, not much happened until the last 4 minutes and even that didn't really fit. The only reason I listened to it is it was read by David Tennant, the story pretty much sucked.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickins I've read it before and ebjoyed it so this time it was BBC dramatization. Great story made even greater with execellent performers.
The Dog King by Christoph Ransmayr - This is the second translated from German novel I've read and neither one of them had a point, I wonder if that is typical German fiction thing. The ending didn't make sense either.
If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster - A novel by the master of sarcastic memoirs. She says at the beginning that it is a fictionalized story about buying a fixer-upper house which she and her husband almost did but changed their minds. So she basically imagined what would have happened if they did so the characters and the language are the same as her memoirs, it's basically an imagined memoir. There were several parts that made me actually laugh out loud which is not something I do often while reading no matter how "Laugh out loud funny" the book's jacket claims it is. I'm more of an internal laugher, but I did just have to laugh at some parts. I do wish she would ditch the footnotes, they are often the funniest jokes but annoying. I think I get her pretty good now though, one of them I knew what it was going to say before I looked. Maybe I've read too many of her books......
Firewall by Henning Mankell - I kept having deja vu feelings reading this, I swear I've seen parts of this story before but I know I haven't read it. I have seen some of the tv show episodes, maybe they used to plot in one? Anyway, this one was a little creepy somehow, it made me a little nervous reading it in bed at night. That's not necessarily a bad thing I just don't usually have that problem. Another good one, on to the next!
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani - Much too "nice" for my tastes. It's not a romance even though that's kind of where it's going but it's close enough to not be my cup of tea. Everyone was just too nice, what town doesn't have at least one crank? Even the most popular girl in school was nice, that's just wrong. If you want some really light fluff this is for you.
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Slim to none-- Jenny Gardiner
Night Road-- Kristin Hannah
The Darwin Awards-- Wendy Northcutt
Harvesting the Heart-- Jodi Picoult
Mercy-- Jodi Picoult
Sweet Valley Confidential-- Francine Pascal
Stick figure: A diary of my former self-- Lori Gottlieb
Fragile-- Lisa Unger
Mystic Lake-- Kristin Hannah
The Doctors- Five minute health fixes
Bowling Across America 50 States in Rented Shoes- Mike Walsh
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Oh Nancy, I do appreciate your new abbreviated list form. I always felt so miniscule with my one entry; like I had to list at least 100 to be worthy to post here.
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How Green Way My Valley by Richard Llewellyn ( B+)
Housekeeping by M. Robinson. (C)
Currently Reading: A Gathering of Old Men by E. Gaines
Rush Home Road
Cold Sassy Tree
It Amazes me that all of you read more than 1 book at a time! I think its awesome..But Alas, I only read one book at a time.
Currently I am reading SLEEPING NAKED IS GREEN by Vanessa Farguharson..
As I am an eco geek, I enjoy reading a funny story about a writer who decides to GO GREEN and make changes every day for a year.
Check it out!
It was a toss up between Oryx and Crake and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Since the Ann Patchett is in Large print, I decided to read it first. Got me in the first 10 pages.
ETA: I loved Mercy-- Jodi Picoult. It is my favorite by her. Love to hear how you like it.
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Finished The Historian this week. If you have read this book, come join our discussion of The Historian during the month of June. The Basement Book Club (called that because the forum we use is at the bottom of the forum lists) is looking for new members to join our monthly discussions. Come on down, we are in the September Hot Topics forum.
Here is a link to the discussion thread - Historian discussion in September Hot Topics
All are welcome, the more the merrier!!
Next up is Big Stone Gap, the book club selection for reading in June.
It's been a slow reading month for me. I'm having a hard time sitting down with a book for some reason. This will have to end!! I've got too large a TBR pile for this to go on.
Finished: Deadly Harvest by Heather Graham -- the second in the Flynn brothers trilogy, a really good paranormal thriller.
Spiderweb by Penelope Lively -- My first book by Lively and I'm not sure whether I'll read any more of her books. This book is about an English woman, 65-year-old former anthropologist, Stella Brentwood, trying to adjust to being in one place and owning a home, a dog and all that entails after years of moving from place to place with no strings or commitments. Other people are thrown into the mix, at times a little confusing, there's quite a bit of reflecting on past experiences and how it all ties in with her life to this point. Well-written, but with the English vernacular, sometimes hard to understand her meaning. Certainly different from my usual type of read.
Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts --- Second in the Gallaghers of Ardmore series. A fun read, a little bit of Irish faeries, a lot of romance and typical Nora Roberts. She does have a lyrical style of writing, especially when it comes to her Irish stories.
Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde --- I hadn't read any of Fforde's books, but I will look for more. This is a funny, well-written tale about a jilted young woman who is asked to house sit at a stately, if somewhat rundown, old house in England. The people she meets, the plans they make to bring the house back to its former glory and the problems along the way make for a very enjoyable read.
Reading now: Eve by Iris Johansen & Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts
Up next: I've just been picking books at random lately. Whatever appeals to me at the time. I've been reading several new [to me] authors, some I've really liked, some are so-so.
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I am heading on a two week vacation, and I am taking a stack if books. This is a last chance for these books, most of these have been on my shelf for awhile, but I never seem to pick them. So, if they don’t get read this summer, they are going to GoodWill. Feel free to comment, or vote on what I should read or maybe just skip! Thanks!
I don’t know how to link but the list is named "MGTs TBR". http://www.paperbackswap.com/MGTs-TBR/list/9193/
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I'm reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I really amazed by the fact that the Life of this Ordinary Woman changed Medical History and as a Nurse had never heard of her in any of my classes. I took a step back and as a daughter was outraged by this fact. This is one of the few books I've read recently that has really upset me about Modern Medicine.
A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin
To Be Read:
Innocents by Cathy Coote (Only reading because she wrote it when she was my age)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
At Close of Day by Joseph Bentz
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
& a whole bunch of Harlan Coben novels just for when I run out and need something to grab
The Year of Wonders~Geraldine Brooks,: I have enjoyed it so far, she has a firm grasp on the ways of speaking in 1666, very engaging, ran out of time and there is a line around the block for it here. so I'll wait until I getit from the library again.
City of Shadows~Ariana Franklin: This is a great new discovery, very intriguing, ironic humor and suspense. picture it, Berlin,1922, a Russian scammer/playboy and his loyal secretary are speculating whether a anonymous asylum patient is the last survivor of the Romanoff family who was slaughtered by the Bolshevics.
Last Night at the Lobster~Stewart O'Nan: This story of the last night of a Red Lobster before it get's scrapped by the franchise company is very timely, the lives and fates of employee's and the impersonal big bad buisness world collides in a melancholy heap. a small book but great read!
The Thirteenth Tale~Diane Setterfield::A book about Books,Love this catagpry, about a mysterious woman writer and her audience.
What we Talk about when we talk about Anne Frank~Nathan Englander: a set of stories by a fave of mine, I try to read all of his work!
Factory Girls~Leslie T. Chang: very interesting creative NF book about working conditions in present day China.
L is for Lawless~Sue Grafton: Kinsy Millhone is My favorite orderly woman detective, just because she starts out that way but things get crazy and decidedly unorderly in a hurry and it really takes the reader along for the ride. Always entertaining and impressivly convincing dialogue!!!
I think this enough for now, don't you?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks~Rebecca Skloot: I have heard so much about this book and it is the selection for my Book Group in August.
Mistress in the Art of Death~Ariana Franklin: See, I'm hooked!
All that I am~Anna Funder: A story about friends in the beginning of Hitler's Germany. The friends begin to organize a plot to assasinate Hitler, well, we will see, there was about 15 or 16 plots like it during that time and I think most of those people were caught and executed. I have seen some very good reviews about this book so I'm excited to get into it!
Next next: Not sure, will go through my pile.
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