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Subject: Whatcha readin'?
Date Posted: 1/19/2012 12:31 AM ET
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Figured we could give thoughts on what we are reading even if it isn't a discussion book. No spoilers though. I'm reading Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins. I've only read the first couple of chapters, but so far I'm enjoying it. I like this author, she is poetic without being boring and her 500+ page books don't bore me to death. She is also extremely imaginative and has a unique way of building a world on top of the real world.

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 8:24 AM ET
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I'm laboring away on Path Between the Seas by David McCullough. It's a non-fiction history book about the creation of Panama Canel. It's good, but intimidating since I'm lucky to finish 4 pages (on weekdays) before I fall asleep.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2012 11:38 AM ET
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I'm still on Reliable Wife, I haven't been reading much the last few days. I keep falling asleep, lol. It's been cold and I think I'm in hibernation mode.

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 9:24 PM ET
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I am still on Reliable Wife too.  I got a bunch of cookbooks from PBS and Amazon, so I got distracted.

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 11:36 PM ET
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Dw, sounds interesting, I like NF but I'm a bit of a harsher critic for that genre than any other because they can tend to get text bookie if the author isn't careful.

I have a hibernation mode too. I tend to eat a lot and stay in bed but I read while I'm there. I read more in the winter than any other time of the year.

What kinda cook books?



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Date Posted: 1/20/2012 6:12 AM ET
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I just finished Contagious By Scott Sigler and am now about halfway through Full Dark No Stars by Stephen King

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 10:00 AM ET
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Chris, here they are!  Cookbook list received in January - (one of them yesterday!)

The New Portuguese Table

Farmers Almanac Garden Fresh Cookbook

Three volumes of Gourmet Best of annuals  each one featuring the flavors of a region - Sicily, San Francisco, and France

Taste of Home Annual 2007

 

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Date Posted: 1/20/2012 12:08 PM ET
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I started Whistling for the Elephants by Sandi Toksvig last night. Her name probably doesn't mean anything to most Americans, she's a Danish born comedian based in Britain. I'm a fan and she's written a bunch of books but I haven't read any yet. So far this one sounds like her so that's a good thing. She's a lesbian and I think the book is going to be something about that because so far the 7 y.o. girl who narrates it wears ties and just went to the barber to get a boy's haircut. Other than that I have no idea what it's about. All the liner notes just go on about how funny it is but not a bit about what it has to say. 

I got a bunch of cookbooks recently too, no salt cooking. I've thumbed through a couple. I'm not one to cook from a book but I thought I could get some idea from them. One of them has a chart of which spices compliment which foods so that could be handy, I've never learned much about spices. Portugese sounds interesting, I have no idea what Portugese food is. 



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Date Posted: 1/21/2012 7:59 AM ET
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Must be the season for cookbooks. Though, I'll admit, the last cookbook I got was an impulse swap. It wanted the book because it was shaped like a potato!

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 9:18 AM ET
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There is a discussion going on our cookbook addiction in the cooking forum.  Fellow addicts, come join us. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 8:52 PM ET
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What to read next?  Should it be a long epic?  I have The Historian, Needful Things, and World Without End on the TBR pile.  Or should I just get to one of the dozens of cozies I have on the pile?  Or maybe I should pick one of the books I listed on the Contemporary Fiction challenge, also on the TBR?  Oh, what to do, what to do?  So, what am I doing on the internet?

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 9:56 PM ET
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I have the Historian, I've tried to read it a few time but it was a little stuffy. I keep meaning to try again but I end up grabbing something else instead. I'd say it depends on what the last book you read was. If it was another long one I'd go for a Cozi but if you been reading light I'd go for an epic or contemporary.

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 6:19 PM ET
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Maybe we could try The Historian for Book club, might get us both through it.  Last book I finished was Reliable Wife just a couple of days ago.  I decided on A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair.

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 2:14 AM ET
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I can add it to the list and see if it gets votes. Gotta go check it anyway to see what the next book will be.