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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 24th Feb '08 2:28 PM


I don't know who's in charge or what the official thing is on this. While we are waiting for everyone to finish February's book, I picked up a book I have been wanting to read forever - A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. I saw the film and was so moved by it, that I watch it anytime I get a chance. I've just started the book and am surprised that Norman was in his seventies when he decided to write it.

Anyone who knows me, knows my love of the river and fly fishing, and can find Norman Maclean quotes on my profile. If anyone wants to read the book along with me and share thoughts later, I would be thrilled.


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 24th Feb '08 6:22 PM

I'll share my thoughts on the movie with you...Brad Pitt...YUM!

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 24th Feb '08 8:08 PM

I have a copy of "Woe Is I" by Patricia T. O'Connor that I plan to read.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 12:04 PM

I just finished "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini (read it in one day). It was amazing and eye-opening. It's a great companion piece to "The Kite Runner" - I have never cried so hard while reading a book in my life before!

I plan on finding "Martian Child." I just watched the movie, which was so sweet, and noticed it's based on a book by David Gerrold. My sister-in-law (Scifidwarf) informs me that he is the writer of the great classic Star Trek episode "Trouble with Tribbles."

Other book recommendations:
"The Life of Pi" - Yann Martel
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - Jonathan Safran
"Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral" - Kris Radish

Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 1:23 PM

But then again, you've always been a cry baby...oh! Sorry! J/K!!

I highly recommend Green Eggs and Ham...

I'm sorry, I have a hard time being serious.

Actually, I haven't read a novel in a while. Too busy sploofusing.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 4:31 PM

Lodi, I'd love to read that with you - I even think I have it here somewhere.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 4:44 PM

I've always wanted to read that book, Lodi. I'm going to look it up and see whether I can get it on PBS. Since the White Bone, I've finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (sticking with theme!) Survivor by Chuck Pahlaniuk, Election by Tom Perrotta and The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks. All highly recommended. I am currently reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Eh. All I can say is that I haven't given up on it YET.

I have finished listening to Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth and would LOVE a discussion on that someday. The book is about 20 years old, so I imagine a lot of people probably read it before me. I am now listening to the sequel, World without End. I LOVE these; when I finish I am going to be despondent as these amount to 80 some odd hours of total enjoyment.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 5:51 PM

Cool guys!

Robin - A few years back, I was the jury foreman on a 9 week double homicide trial. One of the victims was Chuck Palahniuk's father. I was wondering if he would ever write a book about it.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.4 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 1st Mar '08 11:37 AM

I am currently working my way through the Harry Potter series. I am on book four but have been busy Sploofusing so I have neglected my reading. I have really enjoyed the series though. I am planning on reading Life of Pi and Kite Runner if I can find them at the library where I live (a town of 400 people does not have much of a library). Anyway, that's my reading for March. I am about half way through book four of Harry Potter and am enjoying it very much.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.3 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 4:06 PM

To Scifidwarf:
Just ask your librarian to borrow the book for you from another library if he/she does not have it available at the local library. Every library I have ever belonged to was part of an interlibrary-loan system. Librarians are usually more than happy to help a patron find a book. That's one of the things they are there for!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 4th Mar '08 11:28 AM

Unfortunately, the town Scifidwarf (Kathy) lives in does not have a tax-supported library. It is a volunteer library with no connections to other libraries. (I am on the board there and we're still trying to grow as a library.)

Kathy, I can get books for you from PB so you don't have to pay the county fee.

Lodi, I tried to pick up "A River Runs Through It" so I could read that with you, but our library is going through a major construction project - children's library is expanding greatly - and the library was closed yesterday due to construction. (I'm on that board, too, and we're sooooo excited about the project!) I'm hoping it will be open later this week so I can pick it up.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.4 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:14 AM

Thanks Zeedee. Sometimes it's really inconvenient to live in a small town. My husband grew up here so I kind of got stuck here. Judy, that would great if you would do that for me. As soon as I finish Harry Potter (I have put it on hold for Sploofusing) I will let you know and I will be ready to read it.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:22 AM

I'm about half way through and I'm loving it! I'm reading it slowly because I find that when I get in the middle of a good book, I won't put it down. I tend to read it quickly and retain less.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 12:03 PM

When I get one I really love, I read it aloud. Slows me down and the dogs adore it, and it feeds my inner actor.

I got to love reading aloud when I was taping books for the blind years and years ago, and at first I found the activity and concentration of reading aloud caused me to retain less, but as time went by the mental process seemed to change, and now I think the act of speaking the words actually helps me retain, and the more expression I bring to it, the better the retention.

I often wish I had easy-to-use hardware or a program of some kind to record books for my kids and grandkids, who would probably never read a particular book, but might find it interesting to have me read it to them.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 1:29 PM

There are a number of cheap, easy to use digital recorders available.
They work pretty much like a flash drive. They plug into the USB of your
computer. If you have a Mac its pretty easy to then create sound files
and burn them to disc. If you're using Windows there is freeware
available to create sound files. I'm not sure about capacity, but I'm
sure they'll hold at least an hour at a time.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:28 PM

Got River today - will be starting on it tomorrow.

My husband is not a big reader, but our daughter and I are. When she was reading the Harry Potter books, she decided to read them to her dad so he could enjoy them. While he was sitting around working on his guitars, she read the series to him. Great way for the 2 to bond.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 12:39 AM

I'm really enjoying it - I can't wait to hear what you think.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 2:28 PM

Growing up, I tended to treat books as sacrosanct - perhaps because Dad and I mostly read library books. My 18-yr-old and her friends taught me a new one- if it belongs to you or a friend, mark it up with highlighters while reading. It's a great way to mark meaningful or funny comments; it's especially fun to do so after your friend already has, to see what they liked.

Having said that, I am mightily resisting the urge to highlight the heck out of "A River Runs Through It" since it came from the library! It is so well-written. I have only been fishing once in my life and didn't care for it, but that doesn't even matter in reading this book.

Looking forward to finishing so we can discuss.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 4:33 PM

Its hard to believe he waited until he was 73 to write it, huh?

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.4 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 7th Mar '08 8:22 AM

I'm still working on Harry. I love the book but I love Sploofusing and haven't picked up the book in awhile. I plan on finishing it this weekend though so I can read something else. I have gotten into reading quite a bit lately but of course, it's hard to divide the time between that and Sploofus.

Oogie54  (Level: 199.1 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 10th Mar '08 8:35 PM

I was planning on joining in, but am still waiting on the redneck translation to arrive in the's called "Uh Crick Run Thew Hit"

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