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Subject: November--What have you been reading lately?
Date Posted: 11/1/2011 7:03 AM ET
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I am listening to A Taste For Death by P.D. James, downloaded from the library, and am reading in print Death Will Help You Leave Him by Elizabeth Zelvin (second--and so far, last--Bruce Kohler mystery) and Terra Incognito by Ruth Downie, the second historical mystery featuring Ruso, a physician with the Roman army in Britain.

I'm enjoying the PD James and the historical mystery but the Elizabeth Zelvin book I'm finding just a little annoying and repetitive--it's about an alcoholic/drug user in recovery and his two friends, one of whom is a fellow recovering user and his girlfriend who is a counselor. Just a little too much 'recovery talk' and stuff about the twelve steps and suchlike...interesting at first, grows tiresome after awhile. Kinda glad there isn't another one yet. LOL

How about you?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 12:35 PM ET
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Still working on "Whispers of the Dead" by Simon Beckett --- not one for the faint of heart or stomach --- a serial killer and lots of "decomp" in this one!!!!  Perhaps I have a little "problem" of which I am unaware in that I enjoy this stuff!!!!

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 1:08 PM ET
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Been awhile since I posted--but that doesn't mean I haven't been reading!!  Just finished "Dead Wrong" by J.A. Jance--another good book in her Joanna Brady series.  Now I'm reading my first Rex Stout Nero Wolfe mystery--"Fer-de-Lance".  I'm really enjoying it!  Can't believe it took me so long to read one of his books!  Since there's 46 book in this series, these will keep me busy for a while! 

I've also started "Murder off Mike" by Joyce Krieg.  It caught my eye because it takes place in Sacramento where I live.  It's about a Talk Radio Show host who's friend/co-worker is killed under mysterious circumstances but made to look like a suicide.  So far I'm enjoying this book too.

Becky--I discovered Simon Beckett a while back and I really like his books!  I really enjoy the forensic thriller genre myself!

Happy reading everyone!

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 1:34 PM ET
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About 100 pages into Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates (Iceland). This book has a lot of potential. I like the fact that we have another MC (kind of like Inger Ash Wolfe's MC -Hazel, isn't it?) and she goes by Gunna. A late thirtyish, not so very attractive female police officer who is in charge of a rather remote area. She brooks no nonsense and is actually quite "real". The thing this book is lacking so far, is a "grab you by the throat to keep your  interest going" effect. I'll continue and see how it goes...

BTW, Becky, I like books like that too!

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 1:46 PM ET
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I have Nigel's McCreary's Tooth and Claw up next.

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 2:12 PM ET
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Last night I started Now You See Her  by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge.

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 9:06 PM ET
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Reading The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina.

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 10:58 PM ET
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Oooh!  Anna, isn't  that the second book in the Alex Morrow series?  I loved the first one and I either have the second on my WL here or at the library.  Looking forward to that one.

I'm reading a non-mystery right now.  A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.  I heard about this one forever but have only just gotten around to reading it. I'm about halfway through and I'm really enjoying it.

 

Date Posted: 11/2/2011 12:26 PM ET
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You're correct, LeeAnne! I haven't read Mina's first Alex Morrow book but am pleased with the second one thus far. The End of the Wasp Season was a Parade magazine "pick" on Oct. 23.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/2/2011 2:57 PM ET
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Best read of October was THE LEOPARD BY Jo Nesbo. Another of his Harry Hole thrillers. Harry travels from Hong Kong to Oslo in the beginning to assist with murders. Of course, his substance abuse appears. There is also some connection between Harry and the detective working with him on the case. Great book and the 740 pages fly by. I took it on vacation and it was perfect.

Mary

Date Posted: 11/2/2011 4:15 PM ET
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LeeAnne --- I just read a little synopsis of the Nevil Shute book and decided that I needed to read it --- will be interested to see how you continue to enjoy it.  Still working on dead bodies and "decomp" with "Whispers of the Bones".

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/2/2011 4:50 PM ET
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I polished off Ghost in Trouble by Carolyn Hart.  Bailey Ruth is getting to be a better "ghost" all the time.

And, I received Angel Condemed by Mary Stanton A Beaufort & Company book.

I'm about halfway through Chihuahua of the Baskervilles by Esri Allbritten.  A bit of a chuckle here and there mystery.  Not really that light up to this point but I have had a chuckle or two.  It's my car book and it's calling to me so I might bring it in and finish it.

I've also picked up a Kevin Kerrney book, to clean it off the ol' TBR.  Got a couple of those and some Susan Conant books.  That would cathc me up on the series for both if I polish those off. 

Date Posted: 11/2/2011 5:57 PM ET
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Finished my Antartica read - In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrew - wonderful read.  So informative and, yes, educational.  I loved it.  Also read Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland.  Fun to read about another culture and I had not read anything about Australia for some time.  Very interesting!  Now into Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout.  Also completed Still As Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor, an ok read but I think I will skip this series for future reads.  



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Date Posted: 11/2/2011 7:24 PM ET
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REK --- Once you are finished with "In Cold Pursuit" let me know what you thought --- I too read that one for the contest and would love another opinion.

Geri --- continuing on as the reading demon --- you will not have any books left on your shelf by the new year at the rate you are going!!!!  Congratulations!!!  Love the new Garfield get up.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 7:02 AM ET
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Becky - A friend sent me a Monk DVD set. LOL, if I ever stop reading, I may find time to watch some! But since I have thousands of books to read....

I think Cheryl posts FIFO...and she just posted a WL book to me! :-) Unfortunately, her description makes it sound less desirable, lol, and book 1 has been "on the way" for 3 weeks now...so I'm thinking it may not arrive,

I read Mr. Monk on the Road  and somehow had not read the last chapter of Bookmarked for Death (Miss Zukas), so I finished that off too. I started that book months ago, and when I was going to list it, it had my bookmark. Duh...it must not have been a cliffhanger and/or my memory is shorter than I think!

I read Blue Moon by Philip Duchin, it was interesting. Set in the early 60's in San Francisco, the main character is a wll-known bandleader, and there is lots of name dropping re: people of the time...early days of Bill Crosby, Clint Eastwood, Dizzie Gillespie, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, etc, as well as places (which I'm not familiar with, but others from the area would be). It's kind of fun (light), but the story wa pretty good, and it was my blue challenge book too.

I also read Sketch me if You Can, first in that series, and I have the second here, so soon I'll be caught up on that one. I'm trying to do better at staying caught up with the new ones, I have too many older ones that I'm way behind on.  

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/3/2011 9:43 AM ET
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Geri --- continuing on as the reading demon --- you will not have any books left on your shelf by the new year at the rate you are going!!!!  Congratulations!!!  Love the new Garfield get up.

Ah Becky, if only that were true!  I've always been a fast reader, I just devour books.  I know I can read about 100 pages an hour with no trouble.  When I first joined PBS I had 1000 books in the house to read and about 4000 that I had read.  I donated the 4000 to the library because we were moving to a smaller place and had no room for them.  Since joining PBS I've learned that I really don't have to have every book in a series in my hands before I start to read it.  I actually read a six book series and never had the next book in the house at the same time as the one I was reading.  On order yes, in the house no. :)  Thanks to PBS my TBR is down to 325!  I think I'll make it to less than 200 by the end of the year!!!

Garfield must keep up with the season ya know. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 1:58 PM ET
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Geri --- Your new philosophy on series books is one I have adopted as well.  When I joined my first book trading site I became a fanatic --- if I would even hear of a series that interested me, I would order ALL the books in the series prior to even reading book one!!!  Well the only good thing about that was that I had loads of books for trading when the series turned out to be a flop for me!!!  Now I obtain book one, read it and then decide whether to get book two, NOT books 2 thru 20!!!  It has made a real difference in my TBR!!!!  I am into the 300ish range probably even with my new habits!!!! 

Jodi --- How fun to get a FIFO book from one of our "groupies"!!!!  I am not sure I have ever received a FIFO book from anyone I have known --- with so many PBS members, the chances are pretty slim.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/3/2011 3:31 PM ET
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As a Gold Key member Becky you might get some now.  When I post a book if a friend has it on  their WL they're on the list.  I get Jodi all the time.  cheeky

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 7:38 PM ET
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It is fun, Becky! I think it happens (even pre-gold key) a little more than one would expect...especially if you read a lot of one genre. Here we are often aware of books to put on the WL so early that we are luckily up in the early numbers...so when one starts, the odds aren't 1 in 100000, because sometimes out of the first 10 wishers 7 or 8 are probably in the genre forum.. :-) I've been Geri's recipient both FIFO and Gold Key...our tastes are pretty similar and she's a speed reader and I've got a large list, lol! I've also received books from the same senders several times. :-)

I started reading To Sketch a Thief [thank you, Geri ] :-) tonight, and want to get to Tragic Toppings and Wicked Appetite and I don't know what else this weekend. I've heard Wicked isn't very good, but since I've read the rest and enjoyed Diesel's appearances in the between the numbers books, I'll give it a go.

 

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 1:19 AM ET
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Just finished McCrery's Tooth and Claw, very good book and I can't wait to get the next one to see where Mark is going in his life next.

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 8:00 AM ET
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Jodi, I would never have made the connection that it was you that book was going to until you said something--you aren't even on my friends list (yet! :D) so it definitely went FIFO. (By the way, how is good old St. Pete? I lived there for 2 years back in the mid-80's.)

So far I've had only 3 instances where I got the notification that friends had a book I posted on their WL...the first time, there were 3 friends to choose from and I couldn't decide which to send it to so I just went FIFO. LOL The other two times, it was just one friend wishing so I went ahead and posted to them, but both times, the friends had a no-smoking RC (waves at LeeAnne) so I had to decline anyway since my sons smoked in the apartment and a lot of my books were stored in their room...so ended up going FIFO.

Oh, also wanted to share that I just put a Kindle Fire on pre-order--it's my hubby's holiday gift to me. I won't actually be able to buy any books for it until after the first of the year--I do intend to fulfill my pledge of not buying any books for all of 2011--but I can get from the library and also Amazon's new 'lending library' for Kindle--can order one free Kindle book a month from their lending list for Prime members. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 8:14 AM ET
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LOL, Cheryl, you are my friend now! St. Pete is hanging in there with the area having a huge unemployment rate (11+%) and it's really grown and far more crowded. I lived on Treasure Island in the mid-80's and loved it, but couldn't afford to buy a house there! The main plus for me is still the weather (barring hurricanes), as I was a Michigander until my mid-20's and was freezing from about September to June!.

Oh wow, congrats on the Fire...hooray for hubby and your efforts in paring down the number of books! Do let us know how you like it after the holidays.

 

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 10:28 AM ET
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WARNING to folks in this forum!!!  I am going to send out some "friend" requests so that perhaps some of you will pop up when I list a book for which you are wishing.  No offense will be taken should you decline the invitation!!!! 

Cloudy day here in Wilmington today --- my sinus infection is being very slow to get better --- sure would be happy to be rid of these headaches!!! 

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 12:23 PM ET
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Becky, I am now your friend, and thanks Jodi for accepting my request. :) I don't mind friend requests that come from folks in this forum...the ones I've been declining are those that come out of the blue from people I have no knowledge of and who have hundreds of friends...probably just going around inviting gold key members so they have a better chance of getting books or something. I had to actually send a 'cease and desist' PM to one lady who sent requests every few days when I would click "ignore." Oy. I prefer my friends list to actually BE FRIENDS...or at least acquaintances from the forums or something.

Jodi, the main reason we moved back to Minnesota from Florida was I hated the heat and humidity down there. Winters weren't too bad, but in summer I hated it. My ex used to manage the kitchen at the Hurricane seafood restaurant out at St. Pete Beach...is that still there? We lived...well, I can't really remember exactly, but it was only a few blocks from the hospital where I worked (St. Anthony's) and the Salvadore Dali museum. My daughter was born down there...every winter she says she wants to "go home" even though she was about 8 months old when we moved back. LOL Me, I like the cooler weather and don't mind snow.

It's beautiful here today...sunny, cool (high about 50 later) and no sign of a snowflake yet. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 12:51 PM ET
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Cheryl, the Hurricane is still here and going strong! So is St. Anthony's and the Dali (although it recently moved to bigger/better quarters). I'll admit to having more trouble with the heat/humidity since I've been at the hot flash age, lol...but hopefully in time, I'll readjust! :-) I used to cringe being woken by the plow and knowing I'd have to go shovel before work to even get out as I lived where he turned a corner and ended up with a ton of "excess."My driveway got narrower and narrow as the winter progressed. :-)  It's lovely here today, high of 70, low of 59  and looks similar or a few degrees warmer for the coming week- a welcome change for a while!

I have heard complaints about a sudden influx of "friends" since Gold Key became operational, and although understandable, it's sort of bogus. Like you, I like to know why my friends are my friends -

 

 

 

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