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Re: What are you reading?

Postby PA Girl » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:07 am

I am reading Where'd Go Go Bernadette right now. I like it, some parts have made me laugh out loud.

I might not have the title right but something I read recently that would be a good beach read was A Walk Across France. A 50 something woman gets an urge to walk across France and she wrote about the journey (non-fiction)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:52 pm

Bumping again because I am desperate for books! I just finished my last downloaded book. If I don't get recommends I will have to watch hgtv and then my brain will melt :wink:

Here are my most recent reads: Round House, Louise Erdich. Recommend highly.
Dear Life, Alice Munro. I just love her. She is a treasure in my opinion.
Live by Night, Dennis Lehane. It was OK, a little over the top for me. Especially the end.
One Last Thing Before I Go, Jonathan Tropper. I enjoyed while reading it but it definitely did not stick with me.
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chobsky. Captures the awkwardness and angst and horror and emotional overload of high school all too accurately. Not a time in my life that I was pleased to be reminded of :wink:

Then I read the Jane Gardham novels that Maryanne recommended, Old Filth and Man with the Wooden Hat. Lovely stories but tons of overlap in the books. I did enjoy them though, each book had new revelations about the same lives.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby PA Girl » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:09 am

I read more non-fiction than fiction. Some I really enjoyed recently that have a travel theme -

Peter Allison's second two books. I am going to get the titles wrong but they are something like Don't Look Behind You and Walking with Pumas. I liked his first one (the funniest by far) too. He was a safari guide in Africa and the first two books have a working with tourist slant that is amusing.

Iraq in My Shoes. It is about a woman that goes to Iraq to teach English. It was funny.

Have you read Dearie yet? The Julia Child bio? It is on my waiting list.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:17 am

PA Girl wrote:Have you read Dearie yet? The Julia Child bio? It is on my waiting list.


Not yet. I have read some other bios of her though. I especially liked Appetite for Life.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby beach1 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:20 am

For foodies and cooks, Michael ruhlmans (sp?) books on chefs , The making of a chef and the soul of a chef are good reads. Also, heat by bill Buford was pretty good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:49 am

beach1 wrote:For foodies and cooks, Michael ruhlmans (sp?) books on chefs , The making of a chef and the soul of a chef are good reads. Also, heat by bill Buford was pretty good.


I agree, those are all excellent books. I read Heat on St. John and left it at the villa because I had no room in my luggage. When we re-rented the house the next year the book was still there so I finally brought it back home with me! :lol:

I am finshing up This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz now, and have Dearie as well as Wild by Cheryl Strayed queued up next.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:16 pm

Read Live By Night also. It was pretty good. Read The Light Between Oceans and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Will cue up the novels most recently listed here. I have The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao cued up on my ipad. I'll start there this evening.

Keep the ideas coming!!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:40 pm

Marcia (Mrs. Pete) wrote:Read The Light Between Oceans and thoroughly enjoyed it.


I really liked that one also.

I went shopping today for paper books to bring to St. John in 10 days and here is what I ended up with so far:

"Me Before You" Jojo Moyes
"Sweet Tooth" Ian McEwan
"Flight Behavior" Barbara Kingsolver

I'll probably pick up one or two more since I read so fast.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:35 am

I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It's strange...and, I really wish I knew more Spanish. I'm sure I'm missing a lot by not knowing some of the expressions.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby chicagoans » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:25 pm

I recently read The Alchemist and really liked it. Also recently read Molokai and Honolulu - for those who like historical fiction I would recommend them.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby beach1 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:33 am

Just finished "light between oceans" and really enjoyed it. Just started Mudbound.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mindehankins » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:09 pm

Bump. Blaine is looking for a new thriller author. He's read everything by Harlan Coben and Lee Child and absolutely loved them. Anyone have any favorite thriller/mystery writers to recommend?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:15 pm

mindehankins wrote:Bump. Blaine is looking for a new thriller author. He's read everything by Harlan Coben and Lee Child and absolutely loved them. Anyone have any favorite thriller/mystery writers to recommend?


Has he read Dennis Lehane? Love him.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mindehankins » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:49 pm

No, he hasn't! Thank you very much! Will download one of his books and see if he likes it. Any special favorite?
I love that you can find the answer to almost any question on this forum - it's better than google :D
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Xislandgirl » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:24 am

Solitude of Prime Numbers - Short book but I really enjoyed it
Inferno- The new Dan Brown. I have enjoyed all his others and this one did not disappoint.

Next up is Call me Zelda. Not usually the type of book I read, but Maryanne O'Hara recommended it so I am going to give it a try
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