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Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Wed, 11th Jul '07 10:04 PM


So, what summer reading have you all been doing?

I just finished Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks (Thanks, Smoke20!) about a romance taking place in the WWI era. Compelling, but I found the ending to be very curious. I also finished Brothel, by Alexa Albert, about the legal brothel industry in Nevada. Not quite as salacious as it sounds! I am moving on to The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks...this one looks a bit heavy; I'll let you know!

On Audio: I recently finished listening to 1776, by David McCullough (WARNING: Read by the author -yawn- do not bring on long trips where you'd like to stay awake!) Seriously, this is a fascinating account of that year and the continental army's struggles and triumphs. Growing up in New England, I was surrounded by Revolutionary War monuments everywhere I went, but never knew the type of hardships the troops endured, or appreciated the spirit it must have taken to volunteer for such a risky and unpopular cause against the (then) most formidable military in the world. McCullough only details that year, I never did find out how it ended. Hope there's a sequel!


Geophile  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 1553)
Thu, 12th Jul '07 2:05 PM

If you liked the Kite Runner, I suggest Khalid Hosseini's newest book, "A Thousand Splendid Suns". Even if Afghan culture holds minimal interest for you, this book is riveting! Oh, and it IS a love story. Best book I've read in a long time.


Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Sun, 15th Jul '07 12:53 PM

A good friend also recommended "Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns". I haven't picked either of them up yet, but thanks for reminding me.

I've been rereading mindless mysteries so far this summer because my work life has been very stressful. I need to unwind with something I don't have to think too hard on. LOL

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Mon, 16th Jul '07 7:12 PM

I finished reading this very light book called "The Road" last week. (Please note the scarcasm dripping there).

It was an EXCELLENT book, but not for the faint at heart. It really made me think...and cry.


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 17th Jul '07 12:25 AM

Kelly: I went to look at the description of that book and all I needed to see was the words "dark" and "graphic" to know it was for me! On paperback swap, the wishlist for The Road is hundreds long, so I went and downloaded it on Itunes. Looking forward to it after "The Stolen Child," by Keith Donahue, which I am listening to now.

Markieboy  (Level: 271.0 - Posts: 198)
Tue, 17th Jul '07 4:09 AM

The Wasp Factory is a most excellent book as are pretty much most of Iain Banks novels - my personal favourite is The Bridge (it's one of the strangest) but The Crow Road and Complicty are both really good too .

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 22nd Jul '07 11:50 PM

Ok...just finished Lisey's Story...Steven King.

Big fan of his...HATED that dumbass book.

In the middle of Marley and Me..

I'll let you know.


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 22nd Jul '07 11:55 PM

I am a voracious reader...sometimes for a week at the cabin I'll bring 5 books and read them all before I get home.

Anyhoo...I LOVE Amazon...if you order from them...they can figure out your likes and suggest authors you have never heard of and get you seriously hooked. They did that for me with Daniel Silva...after reading the Da Vinci Code...

Highly recommend ordering through them at least once...


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Mon, 23rd Jul '07 12:37 AM

Currently reading "Echo Park" by Michael Connelly. Pretty good so far, if you like Detective Harry Bosch....

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 23rd Jul '07 5:36 AM

I was going to read The Wasp Factory, but got distracted and read an old true crime book, A Mother's Trial, instead. Oddly, true crime is what I will resort to when I want some light reading! In the meantime, I bought Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and decided to start that one first, since it is on everyone's wish list and I know I will be able to pass it on relatively quickly. So far I am engrossed but more than half of the book is the history behind the story, so I'm interested in finally getting to the plot material!

I finished listening to The Stolen Child, which I am glad that I listened to, because I don't think I ever would have made it through reading the book. It is about a boy who gets switched at 7 yrs old with a changeling and it follows both of their lives into their adult years. I loved the 'fantasy/fairy tale made real' aspect...highly recommend!

So now I am listening to The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, which Kelly recommended for some 'light reading' LOL. Already very compelling and tragic!

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Mon, 23rd Jul '07 10:17 AM

Okay, I read the Potter book. Now I can get back to reading Sploofus.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2717)
Mon, 23rd Jul '07 7:42 PM

Ken, I agree. I finished The Deadly Hallows this afternoon and now I can get back to Sploofus business.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 24th Jul '07 7:42 PM

"Marley & Me"...

As opposed to Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert...I'm going to initiate my own scale...not two thumbs up or down....

1 Boxer...

That stands for the boxes of Kleenex needed to finish the book.

Anyone that LOVES DOGS...or more generally loves animals...will LOVE THIS BOOK.


(P.S. have to go to Wal-mart to get more Kleenex)

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Mon, 30th Jul '07 11:29 AM

Okay, I'm a nerd. My first piece of summer reading was Moby Dick, which caused me to remember why I have never gotten through it before. But I was determined this time. In spite of all of Melville's digressions, it is worthwhile. Chapters 47 & 48 about "The First Lowering" of the whaleboats is among the most amazing writing I've ever read. I guess I have to do a quiz over it now. And I've never seen the movie, so I have to watch it. Next I read Centennial by Michener--a gift from a friend--which I enjoyed, although Michener's strange blend of fact and fiction throws me a bit. Now I'm doing Atlas Shrugged and I am not impressed, but I am determined to find out what has given this book its cultlike status over the years. After Atlas I am going to find something to read that is less than 1000 pages.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 30th Jul '07 4:27 PM

Siouxsie: If you are interested in non-fiction, you might like Nathaniel Philbrick's "Essex" which tells about the whale vs ship incident which inspired Melville's story. The truth, in this case, was FAR more sensational than the fiction.

I've just finished Middlesex and I can't help but be astonished that it is NOT a real biography! I've never seen such intricate detail to a background story in a novel. I am now reading Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell, but I haven't reached the 'hooking point' yet.

On audio, I am listening to A Piece of Cake, by Cupcake Brown. It is an extremely long autobiography by a (now) attorney, who was placed in the foster care system in the 70s after her mother died. Many reviews of the book make comparisons to James Frey, as her story is largely unverifiable and shockingly dramatic. The opinion I have so far is that the book is WAY longer than it needs to be in order to tell her story effectively. After this, I am on to Sex, Drugs and Cocoa-puffs, by Chuck Klosterman.


Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Thu, 2nd Aug '07 10:21 PM

Boy this thread is right up my alley. I am an avid reader. In fact, if I don't keep a list of what I have read I will forget I have read stuff and read it again. I just finished Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez which I highly recommend. Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat was along the same lines and was also very good. I love all of Philippa Gregory's books, she writes about King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I (historical fiction) and Dorothy Garlock writes great fiction that takes place along Route 66 in the early 1900s.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 27th Aug '07 6:04 PM

So, as summer draws to a close, I find this has been a pretty successful reading season, both for me and the kids. My daughter got HP the day it came out and read it, then decided that she really needed to go back and read all the previous ones to appreciate it. She just finished re-reading all of them (including Deathly Hallows.)

I hadn't started "Flight of the Phoenix" yet, so I bought that on Audio and it is on the shelf waiting. Also on audio, I liked "The Road," which was dutifully tragic and thought-provoking as Kelly had shared. I finished "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson (on the top books for geeks collection!) and am now on "The Time Traveler's Wife."

In regular reading, I read both "Rush Home Road" and "The Girls" by Lori Lansens. They are both so different and obviously SO far removed from the author's life; you can tell that she REALLY did her research. I also just finished "The Art of Mending" by Elizabeth Berg. Damn. Now I have to go out and get ALL of her books. Recommended from here was "The Third Victim" by Lisa Gardner, which was 'just ok' to me. I probably won't read anymore of her books, since I can tell she writes from a 'fiction formula.' You know what I mean?

Justin: How about a bookworms forum?


Banomet  (Level: 180.8 - Posts: 266)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 12:25 AM

I hated The Road.

Don't look.
I have to look.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 28th Aug '07 8:58 AM

Bren: If I had actually SEEN how "The Road" was written, I'd have never read it. So glad I heard it on audiotape instead. Even so, toward the end of it, I suspected there was no quotes, looked it up at the bookstore to see and HA! I was right! I have this weird LOATHING of not using quotes around dialogue, which I believe derives from having to read Faulkner in school. I'd now rather drive sharp bamboo splints under my toenails than read anything that reminds me of him. Lately, I HAVE wondered if I should try to listen to something by him on audio and see if it makes a difference. I haven't wondered THAT badly, though.

Now reading "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Thu, 30th Aug '07 9:06 PM

Just read 1776 for a book club. The selflessness of those soldiers was amazing. Also read Rubicon,
a nice study of Roman life, and The Crack at the Edge of the World, an interesting exploration of what causes earthquakes , and especially the 1906 San Francisco quake.

Koozbane  (Level: 258.1 - Posts: 14)
Fri, 31st Aug '07 10:01 AM

Been reading "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. Good Stuff.

Mistyblueeyes  (Level: 66.8 - Posts: 5)
Sat, 1st Sep '07 8:05 AM

The English Teacher-Lily king
Kindness of Strangers -Katrina Kittle
The Water's Lovely-Ruth Rendell
Whitehorn Woods-Maeve Binchy
The Double Bind-Chris Bohjalian

All excellent-writers on top of their game

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 1st Sep '07 11:16 AM

I just finished the latest book by Laurie King in the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell series. It was OK, not great.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 1:03 PM

Hi everyone! Now that the summer has ended, I thought I'd give a short review to my reading adventures.

On Audio:

The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (4/5 stars) Slightly confusing, poignant, thought-provoking.
Sex, Drugs and Cocoapuffs, by Chuck Klosterman (4/5 stars) This guy is a hoot; highly recommended unless you don't like your favorite American institutions overanalyzed.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (5/5 stars) If you have only READ the books, I highly recommend the audiobook series, read by Jim Dales...a brilliant narrator. You will feel satisfied without ever watching the movies after hearing him read.

Regular books:

Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell: (3.5/5 stars) Hard to get into at first, but it picks up. I can't shake the feeling that the male narrator has too strong a feminine perspective; almost like the author couldn't really change it from her own view. Read it for yourself and see what I mean.

I think these are the only ones I hadn't reviewed. I think I will start a "Fall Reading" thread to continue on. Right now, I am in the middle of reading The Little Friend by Donna Tartt and I am listening to Teacher Man by Frank McCourt and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore. Reviews to follow in the Fall Thread.

Ducttape  (Level: 200.9 - Posts: 159)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:20 PM

i just finished "heart shaped box" by joe hill, stephen kings' son. he's using the psuedonym so's not to ride daddys' coat tails. takes the pressure off if the book does badly. stephen king did the same thing with the bachman books. a good first effort by the son of the king. i put it on the level of "thinner" for quality of the story.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:34 PM

Meanwhile, Robin, the folks Down Under can take over this thread for the next 6 months.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:41 PM

Richard: You know, it's interesting. I haven't seen this book reviewed or rated ANYWHERE without the caveat that he is SK's son. I don't know whether he exactly got away from the coattails in that respect but I wonder if the more accurate reason he did it was not to have to "follow that act," so to speak. I mean, who could?

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:44 PM

Ken: They have books down there?? I thought all they did was sit around, sling wallabies and play didgeridoos until it was time for shrimp on the barbie and 'Fostah's'! What a development! (ducking Bushyfox's shoe)

Oogie54  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 8:55 PM

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 2:54 PM

Recent reads in last month (August to last week)
Echo Park by Michael Connelly(great book - if you are a Harry Bosch fan this is a good look into may parts of this well developed character)

Two Truths and a Lie - Amanda Griffith (an author I recently did a website for) - good book - had my 16 year old read it too

The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen (I've read all of her stuff)

Gone by Lisa Gardner

Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline

Papajensai  (Level: 203.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 30th Sep '07 4:11 AM

My new favorite writer: Ian McEwan

I don't remember where I picked up "Atonement" but it just blew me away, and I spent all of my birthday present (gift card from B&N) and more to buy everything he ever wrote. In the middle of "The Innocent" right now. He's a Brit who writes such well-crafted novels with such good characters, plot, setting, all that stuff you learn about in lit 101, sometimes just beautiful and sometimes so ugly and depraved...but always *true*. Simply breathtaking. He's not a new writer, apparently he's been at it for years, don't know why I just got onto him this summer, but glad I did.

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