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Subject: September - Whatcha' Readin'?
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 10:58 AM ET
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Yea!!  I finished Forever Amber yesterday and met my goal of finishing it by the end of August!  I really enjoyed it, although I started liking Amber less and less as the book went a long.  She turned into somewhat of a psycho at the end.  I kept thinking "Fatal Attraction."  LOL!  Initially I found her to be a tough little piece of fluff.  If that makes sense.  She was a bit of a twit, but she sure had street smarts and determination.  Not a likable person, but lovable in a way, and I did have to hand it to her for persistance, her ability to endure and her drive in suceeding in life despite a lot of obstacles.  She got less lovable as time went on.  LOL!  I don't know what to make of the ending.  It sure begs for a sequel, but considering the age of the book (and I'm not even sure if the author is still alive), I don't think that's going to happen. 

I had no idea what to pick up next.  I have way too many books on my shelf!  LOL!  I finally decided I needed a Bernard Cornwell fix but didn't want to start a whole series (I have all of the Grail Quest series books), so I went with Stonehenge.  After the behemouths I've been reading lately, this 400-pager ought to be a breeze!  LOL!

So, what does this month find you reading?



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 11:02 AM ET
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I'll be starting The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig at lunch. I have the next book of the series already, and book 3 is on its way via PBS, so I hope I like it! Debbie

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 12:40 PM ET
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Georgette Heyer has gotten me hooked on the Regency, and I've decided to try some other authors writing in that period. I am about halfway through Compromised by Kate Noble. I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it at first. The events in the first several chapters were a bit too contrived for my liking. But the more I read, the more it sucked me in, and I'm enjoying it a lot now. I'm a little more than halfway through.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:22 PM ET
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I'm about 1/3 of the way throughAmerican Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. Very good so far (although I tend to skim tawdry parts)

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:24 PM ET
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I'm still reading Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy.  She does present an interesting theme throughout the book; that King Henry was a murderer albeit a royal one.  It has a great deal more in it than just Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard's lives, which is really what I was expecting from the description.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I'm still chugging through A Suitable Boy, and am about half way through it.  It's good, but goes into way too much detail at some points - it really does not have to be over 1400 pages!  I'm traveling for 3 days for work right now, and it's way too big to travel with, so I took a break from it.  I'm reading Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck.  Valli had said it was good, and she was right.  I'm really, really enjoying it. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:46 PM ET
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I'm reading A Company of Liars and enjoying it very much.

I'm glad you liked Forever Amber, Shelley. I know I did, although I can't say I could see myself liking or loving Amber.

I thought Secret History was good, Deborah. But I liked the second book even better. Enjoy!

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 8:14 PM ET
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I'm reviewing the Outlander series getting ready for the 22nd.  For those interested, and live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  Ms. Gabaldon will be at the Barnes and Noble at Har Mar Mall in Roseville MN. Oct 1, this is confirmed through her publishers website.

Oh! at 7:00 p.m.



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Date Posted: 9/2/2009 10:51 AM ET
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Thanks for the heads up!  I'll certainly have to try and get out there to see her.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 12:36 PM ET
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Currently reading Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors.  It's my "headless" choice for the challenge.  Just started it last night, only 1 chapter in.  So far seems it should be an interesting read.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:44 PM ET
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Arika - I liked Beneath A Marble Sky, although I didn't read it for my "headless" challenge.  For that I read a similar book, The Twentieth Wife, which was also good.  I think I liked TTW a bit better.

Jerelyn - Wish it wasn't a weeknight!  I'd make a special trip to the Cities to see Ms. Gabaldon (even though I have yet to read any of her books even though I have the first 2 or 3 "Outlander" books on Mt. TBR).  It would be fun to get together with you, Cheryl and any other MN PBS HF-ers! LOL!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 7:14 PM ET
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I'm reading Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman and it's just getting good! (It was good from the beginnning, but a lot of it was rehashing what happened in the first two books of the trilogy!)

Penman is continuing to blow me away...I just love her books so far!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 9:55 PM ET
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I'm reading The Stolen One by Susannah Crowley.  It's a YA book but I'm finding the story really engrossing.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 9:18 AM ET
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Trying desperately to get through As Meat Loves Salt. Thought I might be able to speed read it, but something about this book puts me to SLEEP! I start into it and the next thing I know, I turn off the light and I'm asleep. Maybe I need to get my own copy as a cure for the insomnia I sometimes suffer. It isn't that it's a bad book or boring, but at this rate, I will never get through  it!

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 12:51 PM ET
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I'm having a terrible time choosing which book to read next! I just got my hands on copies of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and "The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, both books I have been dying to read. Well, last night, I couldn't choose which to start so I grabbed a short novel titled "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen. Hopefully, by the time I have finished it, I'll be able to make a decision.

Which should I read first?

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 12:54 PM ET
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I loved Shadow of the Wind so I would choose The Angel's Game :-)

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 3:39 PM ET
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I liked "The Help" but I don't know anything about "The Angels Game"

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Jeanne, I hope you are able to get into As Meat Loves Salt. I enjoyed it, although "enjoy" isn't really the right word. The book is quite disturbing.

It's been more than a year since I read it and I catch myself still thinking about the lead character. I don't want to say more until you have a chance to read it.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 9:57 PM ET
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I am SO PSYCHED for The Angel's Game.  Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorite books.  On my W/L but haven't gotten it yet.  Can't wait!  You'll have to let us know how it is.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 10:06 PM ET
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Don't know how I did it, but I am down to 150 pages to finish "As Meat Loves Salt" and Genie, you are right - it is a very disturbing book! I don't believe that I have ever read anything quite like it before. Now, however, I am determined to finish it!

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 10:46 PM ET
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I am reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 11:07 PM ET
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I'm reading The White Queen, but I just got The Help in the mail.  Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 8:17 AM ET
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"As Meat Loves Salt" and Genie, you are right - it is a very disturbing book! I don't believe that I have ever read anything quite like it before.

Have you ever read Lord of the Flies. If not, wait until you recover from AMLS. And don't read it if you're feeling down.

I read LOTF in college, which is more years ago than I'm going to admit on the boards. But I remember feeling dazed for days. And at certain times over the years, I still think about the deeply disturbing message in the same way I think about AMLS.

 

[Edited to italicize what Jeanne said.]



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Date Posted: 9/5/2009 9:45 AM ET
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Thanks for the heads up, Genie on LOTF. I've seen the movie and that was bad enough so I think I'll pass on reading the book!

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 3:14 PM ET
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I finished Compromised by Kate Noble earlier this week. It's on my shelf for anyone who's interested in a light, fun Regency romance.

Today I'm starting on a book from the library: The Season by Sarah MacLean (YA Regency mystery)

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