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Subject: May Reading - Is it spring yet?
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 8:53 AM ET
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Haven't started this thread for some time but I just finished my first book of the month: Prayer of the Dragon by Eliot Pattison who won an Edgar for the first book in this series.  It's a nice complex mystery that takes place in Tibet!  It's gooood!  And, I've finished Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear which I sent to a pbs friend.  It's a light fun historical mystery.  I liked it.  Read the Blood Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth!  Have had this author on my TBR for some time as several of you have read his work and liked his writing.  Now I see why.  It was a very good read.   Finished Outlaw by Angus Donald and it was pretty good, 3.5 stars.  Have read several books about Robin Hood and my favorite was by Stephen Lawhead, Hood.  Ah, what a read Luncheon of the Boating Party by Judith Vreeland was.  I loved it but, of course, I like historical fication about art so this one was perfect.  For me this was a five star reasd.  Great!  I'm certain the author must be a fan of Renoir!

Time to go to Why I am Not a Christian and other essays on religion and related subjects by Bertrand Russell.  The Cypress House by Michael Koryta was soo good.   Didn't realize that it was historical fiction until I got into it.  Very good.  I gave it four stars.  Mysteries never get five stars from me so four means it's outstanding.  Skinwalker by Faith Hunter was interesting but I don't think I will read another in this series.  I tackled The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau which was a great read from a first time author.  The character experiences helped the reader understand their actions.  Have been adding books to my WL as soon as I can when I see the comments by so many of you.  However, since I am not a gold key member I've been adding WL books because I like to spend my money on books.  Several from you and I thank you for sharing here.  Now I'll tackle some from my TBR - Sea of Poppies.   Good Harbor is about friendship between two women each of whom really need support from a good friend.  One woman has breast cancer and the other is bored with her life and a husband whose job consumes all his time.  The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace is an entertaining little book about small towns and their "small" people.  Interesting.  Also read Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron.  I thought the premise of a grizzley bear bonding with a boy unrealistic which made it difficult for me to relate to the story itself.  The story is about a boy grieving for his mother as well as dealing with teenage issues.  His father draws into himself as he grieves.  It is Emory who helps the two.  

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 5/1/2013 11:24 AM ET
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I started The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman.  Good heavens, can that woman write!  I kept putting off reading it because the previous two books ripped my heart to shreds.  I'm only on page 40 but it's already making me sad frown

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 11:34 AM ET
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Happy May Day, everyone! 

Status quo from my last post for me.  I'm reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and listening to Paris, by Edward Rutherfurd.  I am enjoying both very much. 

Some of my reading time has also been spent on non-fiction, self-help books.  I turned 46 on Saturday, and I've been noticing perimenopausal symptoms.  I decided it was time to start some research on the subject, so I've been perusing lots of books on the subject.  LOL!

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 11:51 AM ET
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So sad today, it's the first of May and we're supposed to get snow later on!  angry Winter just doesn't want to let go of us here in Minnesota after just a small taste of beautiful weather.  I'm reading Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald...wonderful writing.

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 11:53 AM ET
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lol Shelley! Menopause seems different for just about everybody and it's going to happen regardless. Don't  know if I would spend too much time researching the subject. Your best bet is to have your doc do a test for FSH the next time you have an appointment - that will tell you where you're at!

I've just started The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau.....

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 3:14 PM ET
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I picked up When Christ and His Saints Slept by SKP last night. Oh boy...l hope my attention span is 700 pages long!

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 3:32 PM ET
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Happy Birthday, Shelley!

Reluctantly, I am reading "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver for Book Club.  Rough topic, contemporary fiction.

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 3:34 PM ET
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Shelley --- Try not to get too weirded out about hormone replacement therapy.  Unless you have had breast cancer, or have loads of history in your family, according to 2 of my doctors (one the head of gynecological cancers at Mass General), the risk is very minimal and the rewards GREAT!!!!  Due to some surgery in my mid-30s, I began menopausal symptoms soon after and have been on hormone replacement ever since with absolutely no negative side effects.  Again, the breast cancer issue needs to be a caution.

Christa --- That is a LOOOONG book!!!  The way my attention span is right now after David's death, I am sticking to shorter, simpler books.  I know my time for tomes will return, just may take a bit.

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 3:44 PM ET
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Happy Belated Birthday, Shelley!!!!

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 5:06 PM ET
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Shely, I loved The Snow Child.  I've been doing more listening than reading.  I blame it on Jeanne; she got me started on Audible.  I'm listening to What Alice Forgot and I'm totally hooked.  Next week the last Sookie Stackhouse book comes out. I hope it's better than the last one.

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 5:19 PM ET
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Cheryl - I know!  Isn't this a crazy, sucky spring?? No snow in the forecast for my part of the state, but temps in the 40s with rain and slush for the next few days.  Disgusting!

Thanks for the birthday wishes, guys.  The ONE really nice day we've had this spring was on Saturday, and I was very glad to have such a gorgeous day on my birthday. 

Ah, menopause always generates lots of opinions!  That's why I'm researching it!  So many theories, so many options.   Call me kooky, but I've always had holistic leanings, so my inclination is to try non-medical options first.  I believe there are very few things that can't be helped in some measure by proper eating, exercise, stress management and adequate sleep, so I generally start there and then move up the ladder.   I, however, never say, "never," and I would never rule out HRT. Some day I might run screaming to the doctor using the words, "PILLS!  Give me the PILLS!"  LOL!

Donna - I see you're reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.  How do you like it?  I've got it checked out through the library via Kindle, but I'm loathe to put down The Snow Child, so I probably won't get to it before it's returned. Jeanne got me hooked on audio too, but I prefer actually reading to listening except when I'm knitting, working out or driving. 



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Date Posted: 5/1/2013 6:30 PM ET
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I'm the opposite of Becky.  I had a hysterectomy about four years ago.  The doctor gave me the option of HRT, but suggested that I try going with out first and see how things went.  I've had some minor symptoms....some night sweats and hot flashes....but it hasn't been horrible and it is gradually getting better.  Glad I opted out of the pills.

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 6:39 PM ET
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Well, I wrote this once already and must have messed up!

@ Shelley and Donna - yes, I guess I'm guilty of getting you hooked on Audio crying

Shelley - I wasn't referring to HRT. I was referring to FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) which is a blood test to see if your ovaries are producing hormones (or as my grandson would say "horror-mones") which is one of the primary test for determining if you are in menopause (unless things have changed since I knew about them - lol)!

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 6:45 PM ET
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Bodies are so different aren't they.  Even as I have taken this lowest dose of estrogen, I have had hot flashes, night sweats in the multiples, insomnia, etc.  Also I have gone off of them two different times over the years and my life gets very miserable.  Somehow it has a positive effect on my depression, so each time have ended up taking them once more.  Funnily enough, I am a pretty holistic person in many ways.  This was just one thing that nothing I did seemed to help one little dab.  Also my surgery involved removing everything remotely related to reproduction, not just my uterus.  So I was left high and dry at a young age. 

Christa --- good for you for "just saying no" --- I think the main thing is to really be aware that your life can become very miserable and there are things out there that can make a very positive difference.  Just having an open mind is the key.

Jeanne --- As far as I know, that is still the test of choice for determining hormone levels.



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Date Posted: 5/1/2013 6:57 PM ET
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I was 40 when I went thru menopause - had a total hysterectomy (because I never wanted to worry about ovarian cancer) and I used a low dose estrogen for a few years and then went off of any and all of it and haven't used it since. No hot flashes, no problems, no osteoporosis - happy, happy!

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 10:14 PM ET
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Totally agree, Becky. I wasn't philosophically opposed to taking pills. I just didn't want the hassle of buying them and remembering to take them. I was motivated much more by cheapness and laziness than by any altruistic purpose!
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 11:04 PM ET
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Just finished The Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner (liked this one quite a bit).  After I finish my one small homework assignment I'll be starting Bristol House by Beverly Swerling.

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:10 AM ET
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Reluctantly, I am reading "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver for Book Club.  Rough topic, contemporary fiction.

Mimi, I love, love, love this book!

Not for the reasons I normally love a book, but I have read it several times and I have a copy on my keeper shelf. Yes, the topic is rough, and there are "shockers" and "OMG's" coming your way...but it is an important book with a lot to say about our society, parenting, child/parent relationships and even the media. It is compelling, strange, harsh and a book that really makes you think. It comes back to you and makes you examine your beliefs and views on things you may otherwise take for granted.

I read it for the first time on a long plane ride and was RIVETED. I was up all night reading - literally - over the Atlantic Ocean.

And to chime in on the hormone discussion, I have been on DepoProvera for over 12 years. I had trouble with fibroids, and after having them removed, my doctor prescribed it to suppress my estrogen. It's worked like a charm for me. I have no "female concerns", and haven't had them for the whole time I've been on Depo. I plan on being on it until I hit my 60's and know for sure I'm through menopause. I get regular bone scans to check for potential bone loss, but so far, so good. Better living through chemistry works for me.

Starting Hand of Isis by Jo Graham after finishing my re-read of The Great Gatsby. This book has been on Mt. TBR absolutely forever!

And happy belated, Shelley!

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Date Posted: 5/2/2013 8:30 AM ET
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Yes, Happy Belated, Shelley! 

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 9:29 AM ET
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May--is it spring yet?  No.  It teased us with a couple 80 degree days, but it was back to 44 and windy this AM.  I'm so very tired of it!

Reading ... I read an Eloisa James HR, Georgian period. Potent Pleasures.  Eh.  Ok, but I usually like Eloisa better than this one. 

Song for a Dark Queen by Rosemary Sutcliff. 4/5 Boudicca.  For my 2013 HF Challenge for five related books, I've chosen five set in Roman Britain.

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 9:53 AM ET
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Wow, I hit on a common thread here with us girls!  LOL!  I like how there are so many options and everyone chooses a different path! 

Lauri - Interesting about the depo.  I was on it for nine months to control my out-of-control periods.  It worked like a charm for that, but I had negative side effects, including headaches, weight gain and fatigue.  I went off it in February, and I feel better, although now I'm having some perimeno symptoms that are similar.  Amazing how something works for one but not for the other. 

I should finish up The Snow Child this evening.  I'm not sure what I want to read next. I should probably read the Lady Almina Kindle book I have checked out through the library. 

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 12:47 PM ET
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Sort of Historical Fiction... just finished Tami Hoag's Deeper Than The Dead! No computers on each cop's desk, fingerprints compared by the human eye, DNA is bunk...1985!!

Been pretty scatterbrained with stress, so I can't keep reading if it doesn't grab me right away, and this one sure did. Next...what?! I don't know! I think I'll close my eyes when I get home home from work and grab a book from TBR mountain.

Debbie

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:28 PM ET
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Menopause seems different for just about everybody and it's going to happen regardless. Don't know if I would spend too much time researching the subject. Your best bet is to have your doc do a test for FSH the next time you have an appointment - that will tell you where you're at!

Then go to the store and buy hair dye, cuticle oil, face cream and a fan. You'll be fine. winkdevil

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:38 PM ET
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lol Genie!!!!  And here I thought that I had that little hand size battery operated fan because I lived in TUCSON!!! smiley



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Date Posted: 5/2/2013 5:46 PM ET
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Thank you, Lauri! That makes me feel less uncomfortable about reading the book - I'm about 150 pages into it.

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