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Re: What are you reading?

Postby AquaGirl » Tue May 13, 2014 4:31 pm

Agent99 - I'm with you about nothing dark or gloomy.

Have you read "Lost in the Amazon" by Stephen Kirkpatrick? I enjoy reading about adventure travel and this was a very good non-fiction book. If you are a photographer, you can also relate to his issues (or share in his extreme frustration).

I occasionally read historical novels and one that I enjoyed a few years ago is "A Land Remembered" by Patrick D. Smith. Its about Florida history from 1858 to 1968. If you are familiar with Florida at all, it was quite interesting and incorporated real history and places.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby cindygad » Tue May 27, 2014 11:04 am

Please vote for Maryanne O'hare's book Cascade.


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:32 pm

Bumping this thread up as summer reading is in full swing. Recent reads are:
Love Water Memory-entertaining
Defending Jacob-very good
Goldfinch-gag (I know, I know, we are all supposed to love this book...bleuch)
Flight Behavior-interesting and engaging
Euphoria-pissed off that my ipad download is messed up...will buy it in hard copy because I know I'll love it but reading a book when full pages seem to be missing is a little annoying.
Orphan Train-very good
Sweet Water (by Christina Kline, author of Orphan Train), not as good as Orphan Train but entertaining enough
The Book Thief-a good read
We Are Called To Rise-loving it so far, just started yesterday

Anyone else have suggestions??? I gobble books up like crazy in the summer. Okay, I gobble them up in the winter, too, by the roaring fire. I need more books!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:36 pm

One more that I really enjoyed:

The Invention of Wings-Sue Monk Kidd
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby PA Girl » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:23 am

The Rosie Project had me laughing out loud.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:37 am

Here are some of my recent reads:
Euphoria, Lily King: really liked it
The Orphans of Race point, Patry Francis: meh. I got suckered into this one because it's set on the Cape and I saw it on display in a bookstore while vacationing out there.
The End of the Point, Elizabeth Graves: another Cape Cod-set book, but I liked this one much more
Fallen Beauty, Erika Robuck: good
Dare Me, Megan Abbott: creepy
Together Tea, Marjan Kamali: very sweet, a fun light read
Island Apart, Steven Raichlen: Mr. Raichlen needs to stick to cookbooks, which he is very good at. Novels not so much
The Collector of Dying Breaths: M.J. Rose: very entertaining
Mind of Winter, Laura Kasischke: really, really creepy

A lot of these were recommends from Maryanne O'Hara's facebook page (not the ones I did not like).

Marcia, I will admit that I really loved the Goldfinch.

I will be watching for more recommendations with interest since I am leaving for St. John in two weeks and I go through a ton of books on vacation (well, I go through a ton of books in general, I guess!)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby PA Girl » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:46 pm

I really enjoyed Daughter of Empire, her life reads like a novel -

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby sherban » Sat May 23, 2015 9:56 am

Hello forum friends, Has anyone read "Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel" and could comment on how you liked it?
Thanks!!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Wed May 27, 2015 9:21 am

sherban wrote:Hello forum friends, Has anyone read "Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel" and could comment on how you liked it?
Thanks!!
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Hi sherban, I read this book and enjoyed it. As I said in the book thread on the STJ forum, there are some disturbing themes (incest, racism), but the book is very well written.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Clearblue » Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:04 pm

The Four Hour Work Week. Half useful, half nonsense. Still working 40 hours ...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:35 pm

What's everyone reading now? I'm running out of books. Loved this thread back in the day. I'll offer up one that I recently read and enjoyed greatly: A Man Called Ove.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby liamsaunt » Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:22 am

I loved this thread too, and am also looking for new suggestions. It's summer time and so I am "reading light." Some recent reads that I enjoyed:

The Girls, Emma Cline
Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
Barefoot, Elin Hilderbrand
Blue Bistro, Elin Hilderbrand
The Nest, Cynthia Sweeney
My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
The Good Goodbye, Carla Buckley
The Muralist, BA Shapiro
Circling the Sun, Paula McLain

Up next:
The Assistants, Camille Perri
The Girls in the Garden, Lisa Jewell

And one that I read that got good reviews that I was shocked to find I did not like: Sweetbitter. It sounds like a story that would be right up my alley, but I disliked it enough that I left it at the villa on St. John. I usually bring my used books to Ruth but was not going to torture her with this one! :D
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby hoosierdaddy » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:24 am

Kingdom Man by Tony Evans. Great read for those Men trying to be better leaders in their homes and communities.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Wed May 24, 2017 12:09 pm

Recently read (light reading, recommend all):
The Good Byline (Jill Orr)
A Dog's Way Home (W. Bruce Cameron)
The Widow of Wall Street (Randy Susan Meyers)

Just started:
The Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance) ~a little outside of my wheelhouse..non-fiction
The Good Good-bye(Carla Buckley)

Have waiting to be read:
Together Tea (Marjan Kamali)
The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
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