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fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 12:28 AM

WHATCHA READIN'?

I was just curious, what's everyone reading right now?

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 7:53 AM

Where Are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark and the Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I also have Split Second by David Baldacci waiting.

quizdogz
Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 4:04 PM

"The Time Traveler's Wife" (Got a late start and then got sidetracked!)

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 6th Oct '08 8:04 AM

Hated Eat, Pray, Love. I couldn't get past the first 100 pages and I had to force myself to do that. It was so depressing and boring I thought I would cry. I don't understand why it is such a big deal. It was terrible so if you plan on reading it, be prepared because it is painful.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 8:59 AM

I'm giving Eat, Pray, Love another chance. I don't that I will like it any better the second time but I will try. Judy said it is a great book and funny. We'll see.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 5:26 PM

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree vehemently with Kathy about Eat, Pray, Love. So the woman went through some depression and a time she questioned whether having the 2.1 kids and hubby would fulfill her. She didn't write about those times while she was depressed, she wrote about them later when she was healthy. Maybe anyone seeing this searching as depressing needs to look into their own lives and see what's going on that would cause them to find depressing a book that is full of comments like:

"And, oh, the woes that traveling has inflicted on my digestive tract!....In Hungary, I suffered from a...bowel affliction, which changed forever the way I feel about the term "Soviet Bloc." or "Venice seems like a wonderful city in which to die a slow and alcoholic death, or to lose a loved one, or to lose the murder weapon with which the loved one was lost in the first place." or "I'm on a 'No Carb Left Behind' tour."

The book is funny, adventurous, life-affirming, soulful and delves into the serious issues of what is pleasure, what is devotion, and how do we find a balance between the two while living out our day-to-day lives.

I think it's one of the best books I've ever read!

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 5:18 PM

Okay, I reread Eat, Pray, Love. I actually really enjoyed it. I think I must have been in the wrong mind set because I found it entertaining in many ways. It was funny and very insightful in lots of places. It wasn't really that depressing after all. I was told by a good friend that it was so I guess I looked for it to be depressing. It was simply a journey of life, faith, and love and I could relate to Elizabeth in many ways. Thanks for encouraging me to reread it Judy. I think I would have missed out on a lot.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 5:34 PM

i am currently read Without Pity by Ann Rule. Its amazing how wrong some of the crimes are. some could have been prevented and that makes me mad.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 7:45 AM

I am currently rereading Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. Okay, let me rephrase that. I'm going to start rereading it today. That is one of my favorite Koontz books. I love Dean.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 7:45 AM

I am currently rereading Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. Okay, let me rephrase that. I'm going to start rereading it today. That is one of my favorite Koontz books. I love Dean.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 7:57 AM

I am now reading The Secret Life of Bees. It is the chosen book for book club and I can't wait. I only read one chapter yesterday but I am off today and plan to get a good deal of it read. I have heard wonderful things about it.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 11:52 AM

Currently reading 'Hello, Darkness' by Sandra Brown. Easy read.

Jo

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 31st Oct '08 10:55 AM

I'm still listening to "The Time-Traveler's Wife" on audio (16 CDs). I'm enjoying it, but it is taking me forever to get through it. I have renewed it and renewed it through the library, and now they say I can't renew it again. Drat.

I am also reading "Happy for No Reason" by Marci Shimoff. So far, so good. I like the concept, but haven't gotten very far into the book yet.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 12:41 AM

I just finished The Keepsake by Tess Gerritson. It's a murder mystery. Very good. Characters appear to be continued from earlier books, but it was still easy to get into them. Creepy premise for the killer, but still a good story and well-written.

I recently tried the Repairman Jack stories, as recommended by a book club member, but I didn't like the mix of Jack Reacher-style toughness with supernatural stuff. Just didn't seem to belong together, to me.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 7:44 AM

I finally had the time to finish The Secret Life of Bees. I loved it. I loved the character of Lily Owens. She is the toughest 14 year old ever. If you haven't read the book do so. You won't regret it.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:20 AM

I just started the first of a series called The Christmas Shoes. So far it is pretty good. I am anxious to get to books 2 and 3. They are very short so it shouldn't take long.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:07 AM

I just finished Stephen King's newest book of short stories. There was only 1 in the collection I didn't like, which is pretty good for me and SK's short stories.

I'm now reading Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I loved her book The Giver and I have both this one and her book The Messenger that I'm trying to get through this week. They're really youth books, but a lot of really good books are.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:04 AM

i am currently trying to read the complete collection of sherlock holmes. its really good but i just don't have the time to sit down and read it.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 7:23 PM

I have that collection, too. It does take some time to get through it and I think I left off somewhere near the end, but I don't remember where. Guess I should start over...

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 4:31 PM

yeah i am in the story the speckled band.
its amazing how sherlock holmes comes up with the logical answer.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 2nd Dec '08 2:40 PM

Just finishing 'Remember Me' by Sophie Kinsella. Love this British author. Very funny reading.

Jo

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 12:44 AM

Re: Sherlock I know! After I find out the solution, I almost always think that I should have figured it out if I'd only paid attention, but I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have. He's just too observant and knowledgeable.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 1st Mar '09 9:27 AM

I am currently reading "Nineteen Eighty Four" and love it. I am almost done with it. I have grown to really love the post modern, post apocalyptic, whatever you want to call it. Big Brother is kind of scary. If you've never read it, you definitely should.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 12:57 PM

Joanne, one of my "real world" book clubs read Remember Me? this month. I wasn't expecting to like it as I don't generally read anything that might fall into the "chick lit" category. But this one was surprisingly good! I'm actually considering reading some more of that genre. Maybe I've been missing out!

I'm currently reading "Road Kill" by Zoe Sharp. I love this gal! It's like having another Jack Reacher to read about, only this one is female.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 3rd Mar '09 7:50 PM

I currently on a Stephen King short stories kick. his short stories are really good.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 7:57 AM

I am now reading Remember Me? as well. I am really enjoying it so far. I am hoping to have it read by tomorrow so I can join in aforementioned "real world" book club with Fudypatootie.

amyt
Amyt  (Level: 134.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 8:17 AM

I'm just finishing MC Beaton's Death of a Witch, and I'm about to start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 16th Mar '09 4:51 PM

Hello all!
Currently working my way through (ahem! 'thru') the H.G. Wells back catalogue (or catalog if you must! ). All the books I read 20+ years ago were going cheap on Amazon so...
Just finished 'The Sleeper Awakes' (apposite for the current economic climate ) and a volume of short stories - just starting 'A Short History of the World'.

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.3 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 16th Mar '09 9:11 PM

Off the wall here a bit with Stephen Hawking's "The Universe in a Nutshell", just love this stuff.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Wed, 18th Mar '09 3:45 PM

I am currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns...excellent book.

Jo

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 18th Mar '09 6:54 PM

Kaylor, are you reading King's newest collection, Just After Sunset? I really enjoyed those. There was only 1 I didn't like. Loved The Gingerbread Girl.

I also loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Am looking forward to Stieg's 2 other novels which are supposed to be released posthumously.

Thousand Splendid Suns was awesome, also.

I just started Grisham's newest, The Associate. So far, so good.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Mon, 23rd Mar '09 6:26 PM

i tried to read that just after sunset. i really like the collection king at the movies. he collected the short stories from hit movies. it was really cool.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 30th Apr '09 8:09 AM

Reading "Brother Odd" right now. The third in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I love it as I do most Koontz books. I look forward to the finish.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 30th Apr '09 2:21 PM

I haven't been reading much lately. Not since shortly before my daughter moved to Sweden. I wasn't in the mood. But I picked up my book club's selection, "I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron. It was different, but I enjoyed it. Parts are really funny, others just incomprehensible to me. How can anyone think paying thousands a month for an apartment is a deal? I think my small town is showing.

I then read a previous selection from a book club I joined after they'd already read this: "Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. I really enjoyed that.

Now I'm reading "Tales From the Dad Side" by Steve Doocy. Very funny!!

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 6th May '09 5:31 PM

I also read "I Feel Bad About My Neck" for Judy's book club. I loved it. It was funny and charming. I read "My Phantom Husband" for my book club. If you haven't read it yet, you missed nothing and if you bought it like I did, take it back without opening it. It was terrible in every sense of the word. It is quite possibly the worst $11 I ever spent.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Sun, 10th May '09 4:07 PM

Has anyone read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga? - what a little gem. I just finished it and definitely recommend it. It is different but well written and quite the story. Let me know if you liked it or not. Interesting novel, to say the least.

Jo

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 22nd May '09 5:05 PM

I am reading "Vlad the Impaler: In Search for the Real Dracula." It's very interesting. I was reading it in bed the other night and it actually gave me bad dreams. It's good though. I am enjoying it.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 5th Jun '09 11:28 AM

I am now reading the last in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I love this man. He is an amazing character and so easy to fall in love with. If you have not read these books you must. They're great.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Wed, 10th Jun '09 10:07 AM

Just finished reading The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society and boy was it good. Its about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII - and the people from the island of Guernsey during that time, how they coped, etc. Excellent and so well written. I highly recommend this work of historical fiction.

Jo

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 23rd Jun '09 12:48 PM

I am so with you on that one, Joanne. Delightful and sad - and absolutely amazing work on so many levels.

I recently read Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs (very good), Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Kick @$$ as usual), The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (totally fascinating non-fiction work), Horseradish by Lemony Snicket (totally funny), and The Road by Cormac McCarthy (an amazing post-modern work).

Next up, The Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke and re-read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen for book club.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 6:45 PM

Right now I am reading horror short stories. There are some really weird ones out there...

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 12:38 PM

OMG! When I read that you were reading horror stories, I was going to suggest Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill and I went to look him up to see if he has other novels. HE IS THE SON OF STEPHEN KING!!!!! That is so incredibly amazing. His short stores 20th Century Ghosts was really good, too. I just cannot believe that I found 2 horror writers I liked and one is the son of the King of horror!!!

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Sat, 27th Jun '09 3:26 PM

That is soooooo cool!!!!!!! I never knew that. I think I've read the 20th Century Ghosts book... Have you read Stephen King Goes To The Movies? It is so good.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 7:13 PM

I haven't seen that one. His newest, Just After Sunset, has some amazing stories in it. I always enjoyed him when I was a teen, then I kinda stopped reading him when he did the Dark Towers and a few other things that I didn't care for much, but I got back into him in the last few years with some really good, mature stuff. Lisey's Story and Duma Key really brought me back into the fold.

I also picked up his non-fiction, On Writing, and it is really insightful.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 28th Jun '09 11:16 PM

I just finished "8th Confession," the last in the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson and "Dexter in the Dark" by Jeff Lindsay. Enjoyed both. I am now reading "Uglies." It's a post-modern book that I have heard is very good so I'm trying it. I've only just begun.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 30th Jun '09 4:36 PM

Scifidwarf,
Is the book that you are reading by Scott Westerfeld? If so then there is two others in the series. and the author wrote another series called the midnighters. the first book is the secret hour. really good books.

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 12:09 AM

Is there a book for this month that everyone is reading? I am very new to this group and was wondering how it worked. Thanks.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 3rd Jul '09 4:21 PM

Hey, Jslem!
Welcome. I don't suppose we should really be called the Book of the Month Club because we haven't read a book together in ages, and when we have, there were only a few takers. We pretty much just talk about books and authors we like.
Judy

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 6th Jul '09 12:48 PM

Judy,
Thanks for your response. Well, I guess the best book I have read recently is 'People of the Book' by Geraldine Brooks. I read all kinds,but I guess historical novels, mysteries, novels based on real life and autobiographical are probably my faves.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:11 AM

Circles,

Yes it by Scott Westerfeld and it was very good. I have the second on hold called Pretties. I can't to get it. I think it will be awhile though. I really enjoyed it.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 9:51 AM

Agatha Christie "Death on the Nile."

WordPuzzle
WordPuzzle  (Level: 2.0 - Posts: 8)
Tue, 19th Apr '11 10:10 PM

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