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Subject: October challenge read
Date Posted: 10/4/2011 10:07 PM ET
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What's everyone reading for the challenge this month?

I just received Let the Great World Spin in the mail.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2011 9:10 PM ET
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Kristen - how does the Challange work?  I have never tried one.

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 3:55 AM ET
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Aren't you referring to the regular Contemporary Challenge?

If so, I'm nearly done with (I keep saying this, but I hate this book so much I'm reading only a handful of pages a day)  Wolf Hall and also with Harlan Coben's Tell No One.

My book for October will be The Zookeeper's Wife (and I'll be back on track!).


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Subject: what I just finished for October
Date Posted: 10/6/2011 10:12 PM ET
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Just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, which I highly recommend. It’s set in a town called Fingerbone, in Idaho, and is the story of the slow disintegration of a family, told from the viewpoint of one of the daughters, Ruthie.  I  found the writing to be truly exquisite and haunting in its own way. I know she (Robinson) was much lauded for Gilead, which I haven’t yet read. I posted this book on my bookshelf.

Subject: re: challenge (attn: Margaret T)
Date Posted: 10/8/2011 1:00 AM ET
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If I managed to set up the link correctly, you'll find the info for the 2011 challenge by clicking:


Date Posted: 10/8/2011 8:55 AM ET
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Janet, Housekeeping is one of my favorite books: I have read it many times. The writing is so exquisite. Have you seen the movie? It's also excellent--brilliantly done.

None of Robinson's other books (not that she's written that many) have impressed me at all.


Date Posted: 10/23/2011 8:20 PM ET
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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

Date Posted: 10/26/2011 6:10 PM ET
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Just finished The Passion of Reverend Nash by Rachel Basch.  I didn't expect it to be a couldn't put it down book but it was quite absorbing.  I am Catholic so reading about a woman minister/priest was very interesting.  Her struggles with the people of her chuch and her personal life were touching.  I give it 3.75 stars

Date Posted: 10/31/2011 7:53 PM ET
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I finished my "book made into a film" book, Remains of the Day.  I LOVED it!  I very rarely watch a movie made from a book because they are always disappointing to me, but I plan on watching this film the next time it's on cable.  Since Anthony Hopkins is in it (one of the finest actors ever) I have a feeling it will live up to the book--plus, since I knew in advance that he played the main character, I imagined him in the role while reading so I didn't form my own idea of what he was like--so there won't be any conflict there when I see the film.


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Date Posted: 11/2/2011 3:00 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.