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Subject: March reading
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 1:45 PM ET
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What's everyone reading for March?

I'm still(!) working on Little, Big for this challenge. It's beautifully written (poetic) and worth savoring...I just have to be in the mood for it ("it" being the poetic quality & the savoring). I'm currently reading for the HF & classics challenges. Not sure what else I'll pick up for our challenge once I finish 1 of those.

Date Posted: 3/7/2011 12:58 PM ET
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I just finished a book (purely fun, not for challenges) and am thinking about picking up The Secret Life of Bees next. Before my fun book, I read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and loooved it. I used that for my "takes place in another century" section of the challenge (originally planned People of the Book, which I'll still read).

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 7:14 PM ET
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I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees right now and it's incredible! 

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 7:36 PM ET
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I started Possession by A. S. Byatt, and it's also one that I'm going to read slowly.  This is one of those books where the actual physical book contributes to my enjoyment of it.  It's a trade paperback with paper that "flows" nicely (I don't know any other way to express that!) and the book is written in small segments and the print is laid out in a way that I like.  This makes it a book to savor, and confirms to me that as interesting as ereaders are, there are some experiences that  you just won't be able to duplicate on them!

Diane

Subject: Wrecker by Summer Wood
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 3:14 PM ET
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I am reading Wrecker by Summer Wood.  Great new novel.  Written about a boy whose mother ends up in prison for a long time and his uncle who lives in the wet, remote redwood forest of northern California, takes him home to raise.  The farm ladies who live in the next place over, all drop outs of one kind or another, end up with the little guy, Wrecker, living with them.  Great characters.  This author really knows how to paint a picture about nature.  You can hear the mud sucking that is stuck to your boots!  The time is the '60s and Wood also gets that right. 

I think if you like books like Jodi Picoult, Jaquelyn Mitchard and Katrina Kittle, you will like this one.  It also slightly reminds me of Anne Lamott's fiction from the 70's and 80's..



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Date Posted: 3/19/2011 6:09 PM ET
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Oh, Kelly, I just read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton for the historical fiction mini mystery challenge.  Wonderful book wasn't it?  

Just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery for this challenge.  I Iike the author's philosophy of life as protrayed by Renee, a building concierge.  It's thought provoking!   Elegance started out well for me but I have found parts of it seem to drag.  I wonder if anyone else has had that experience with this book.  My final critique on it is thus:  Found it difficult to get into this book in the beginning because it took me awhile to sort out the characters.  Different individuals discuss their lives, feelings, emotions and philosophy of life.  However, I grew to really like Renee Michel, the concierge, and Paloma Josse, the highly intelligent 12-year-old who becomes her friend.  Best of all for me was Paloma's last statement:  "...for you (Renee), I'll be searching for those moments of always within never.  Beauty, in this world."      

 



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Date Posted: 3/30/2011 6:09 PM ET
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Well, I finally picked up Love, Anger, Madness and, though it is good, it's so depressing that I can only read a little at a time.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 7:53 PM ET
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The last book I read in March fits the category for a book set in another century.  A Long Shadow, by Charles Todd, is one entry in a historical mystery series about a police inspector in a small English town shortly after WW I .  He's trying to do his job while still deeply affected by what he went through in the war.  I love this series!

Diane