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Subject: The Ladies of Missalonghi
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 5:50 PM ET
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This little book by Colleen McCullough has been on my TBR for perhaps almost 3 years now.  I look at it, recall the Thorn Birds, and put it back in the pile as it just didn't appeal with it's old-timey ladies on the cover.

Last night I decided to give it a shot, and I stayed up until I finished it.  What a different book!  For the longest time, perhaps till the end even, I felt as though I were reading Louisa May Alcott.  There was that self-deprecating humor laced throughout this tale of women.  It is by no means any great shakes in the literary field, and has a form of that ugly duckling gets the man plot.  But it is the way the story is told, the little twists here and there, and the very surprise ending, that make this fairytale-like story a winner.  It was fun.

I really recommend it for something light between those great tomes of doom and abuse we often read.

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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 8:53 PM ET
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Thanks Bonnie - I have it on Mt. TBR too.  Will have to dig it out.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 12:01 PM ET
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She is one of my all time favorite authors.  I have loved everything I have read by her.  Tim was great and A Creed for the Third Millennium was very good.  I read both years ago.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 9:04 AM ET
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Bonnie, I've read that book a couple times and just love it!  I laughed out loud at the end, just from how good it made me feel and that surprise ending.  Definitely on my Keeper shelf!

Subject: Oldest TBR...
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 6:36 PM ET
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This has happened to me. The same books get jumped over every time.

So I put my TBR list into date order.  The oldest I had was Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and I forced myself to read it.

It turned out to be my favorite book this year. Actually over the last TWO years! I recommend it to everyone I meet. Very inspiring.

I've continued roughly going in date-of-swap order and it also weeds out the books you REALLY don't want. I'm reading Watership Down now, another book I avoided for a long time, and I LOVE it!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 7:11 PM ET
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Bonnie, it sounds exactly like what Marilyn needs. Thank you!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:23 AM ET
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I love this book - it's my fav McCullough book that I've read.  I think it captures small town Australia perfectly.  A definite feel-good book.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 12:38 PM ET
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This book is an absolute delight! This book and "Tim" are my favorite McCullough stories -- the ones that I can enjoy over and over again, and I have read them over and over again. Kudos for putting this in hidden gems, because it really is!

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 1:20 PM ET
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Oh, you are so welcome.  I love this forum and wish it were used more.  And perhaps now, I should look into Tim.  Like I don't have enough already on my TBR.  Just added about 20 more to my WL since last night while I was removing books from my wishlist!



Date Posted: 5/8/2008 5:50 PM ET
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I have a bunch of credits I've been dying to spend so I went ahead and ordered your copy of this book.

One of the things I love about this site is how people suggest books they've read. I loved The Thorn Birds but had never heard of this book.



Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:06 PM ET
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Bonnie, I want to thank you for the recommendation. I got it from the library, Marilyn read it and she loved it. It was exactly what she needed right now: a good story, well-told. A plain old good read! Many thanks.


PS: yeah, I have to stay away from Hidden Gems or my WL gets totally out of control. :-)

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 7:21 PM ET
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Carole, Les and Marilyn, thank you all very much. 

I really also recommend Kaye Gibbons A Virtuous Woman, another book that could be read in hours, but will haunt you for days.  Anything by Gibbons.   And I will never part with Lorna Landvik's Patty Jane's House of Curl! 

I'm thinking really hard about other gems I could post about.  Since I've been a member there have been at least two really interesting threads on Southern Fiction.  I wish we could get a hold of them.  Those were loaded with gems. 

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