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#805911 - Mon Jul 02 2012 01:44 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: agony]
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I do have a fondness for Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels.

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#821390 - Fri Sep 07 2012 11:23 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: bloodandsand]
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Just finished A J Jacobs' "The Year of Living Biblically" which was pretty good, though not quite as good as I'd hoped. The author spends a year trying to follow every rule in the Bible. He's a secular Jew, and the book is most interesting, and most moving, when his task puts him in touch with his heritage. All in all it's a little superficial and I found myself wanting more detail and more depth on some subjects, but still an enjoyable read. I'd think anyone with very strict fundamentalist beliefs might find it a bit flippant, but I'd guess any run-of-the-mill Christian, Jew, or agnostic would find it interesting and maybe thought provoking.

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#821391 - Fri Sep 07 2012 11:26 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: agony]
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I've also been rereading a lot of Susan Isaacs. Her books are really beach reads - fun and easy - but I've always really liked her style.

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#821409 - Fri Sep 07 2012 01:54 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: agony]
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach. I really enjoyed it, but it has put me off seeing the film as it seems nothing like it. I would watch anything with that cast though, so I am sort of torn. I then went to the library and ordered a few more by the same author. She is, I think, a clever and very original writer, and I have been enjoying them.I am just getting into "The Stand-in" about an actress who seems to live the lives of the actresses she stands in for. Looks promising.
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#821485 - Fri Sep 07 2012 06:07 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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Just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night, Mark Hadden. It's been sitting in my to read pile for ages. Love the way he really gets into the mind of an autistic child, I found the whole book compelling, couldn't put it down.

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#821570 - Sat Sep 08 2012 05:33 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Christinap]
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Ren33, I totally agree. I read Moggach's novel a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it; the characters are beautifully drawn, and in such a light and gentle way, with lots of humour thrown in.

I read the Haddon novel several years ago and also found it compelling, Christinap. In fact I think I'll dig it out and re read it!

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#822069 - Mon Sep 10 2012 09:57 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: bloodandsand]
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I'm reading "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Logue scripted the popular biopic of how his grandfather Lionel Logue helped Albert, Duke of York, conquer the latter's debilitating stammer so he could ascend the British throne when his older brother Edward abdicated.

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#822494 - Tue Sep 11 2012 08:54 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: tjoebigham]
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John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker.” (I bought it on audio from my local community library in a book sale. Still on tape one of four, but so far it’s very good.

The last book I read (in Braille) was “Firestorm” by David Klass. It’s the first in his “Caretaker Trilogy,” and I actually read it twice. It’s an environmental thriller, and I highly recommend it to those who are interested in that kind of thing. Well written, to say the least.
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#822599 - Wed Sep 12 2012 07:05 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Jazmee27]
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I am still reading Deborah Moggach books Wow this one is great (The Stand-in) It has so much tension I was on the edge of my seat (well bed!) She is such a clever writer I don't know what is coming next.
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#823422 - Thu Sep 13 2012 07:22 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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“Anyone else a fan of Scandinavian crime novels?” I never even heard of him until the library sent me “Before the Frost.” I found I couldn’t put it down once I started listening—I just had to know what happened next. Kind of surprised myself with that one.

“Just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night, Mark Hadden.” Tried listening to that a few years ago, but for whatever reason couldn’t get into it. Maybe one of these days I’ll try again.
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#824143 - Sun Sep 16 2012 03:17 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Jazmee27]
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Just finished 'Katherine' by Anya Seton. I love it 35 years ago and I loved it again second time around.
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#824807 - Wed Sep 19 2012 05:53 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: skunkee]
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A Wanted Man by Lee Child, his latest book.

Now excuse me, I need to get back to it.
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#824912 - Wed Sep 19 2012 02:22 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: sue943]
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Trunk Music (A Harry Bosch mystery) by Michael Connelly. Do love my mysteries
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#825022 - Wed Sep 19 2012 08:47 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: argus9]
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Originally Posted By: argus9
Trunk Music (A Harry Bosch mystery) by Michael Connelly. Do love my mysteries


Love that one! In fact, great series. I haven't read them all as I was late getting started, but reading them in order.

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#825078 - Thu Sep 20 2012 05:19 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Dagny1]
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Reading "Minding Frankie" Maeve Binchy's last novel. Seems to be very standard Binchy, so far, but maybe a little rushed. I think I might re read some of her earlier stuff, where she wasn't so determined to cram a cast of thousands in.

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#826045 - Sun Sep 23 2012 02:20 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: agony]
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Started “The Danger Box” by Blue Balliett the other day, and am on volume two of three. The narrator of the story is blind, so it makes for an interesting perspective.
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#827422 - Thu Sep 27 2012 02:23 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Santana2002]
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Just started “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, which I ordered a few days ago from the library for the blind. Some years ago, my mother had gotten it on CD from her college library. I remember a few things here and there, but mostly just quotes. It excited me to see this book in Braille (it’s three volumes—you just can’t condense Braille, even in shorthand). smile



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#827451 - Thu Sep 27 2012 03:23 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Jazmee27]
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It's a brilliant book which I enjoyed reading very much. The story touches your heart.
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#827477 - Thu Sep 27 2012 04:58 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: LeoDaVinci]
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I'm reading 'The Briny Cafe' by Susan Duncan. It took me a little while to get into it but I'm thoroughly enjoying it now.
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#827481 - Thu Sep 27 2012 05:40 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: skunkee]
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Originally Posted By: skunkee
Just finished 'Katherine' by Anya Seton. I love it 35 years ago and I loved it again second time around.


I used to really like her books, haven't read one for years. Must dig out a couple and give them a re-read.

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#827496 - Thu Sep 27 2012 08:51 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Christinap]
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I recently read The Art of Fielding, a first novel by Chad Harbach. I loved the baseball parts and I thought some of the characters and relationships were excellently drawn. Not huge on the wind-down, but it really was an impressive first book.
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#827517 - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:45 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: bubblesfun]
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Well I am really enjoying the first Lee Child book I have ever read, this on the recommendation of some old bat(I never knew she could actually read). I decided to read the first one and see if I like it and work my way through chronologically if I did, and I did.
He has a refreshingly original style, I think. I can't stand violence for violence sake, but in this there is not too much and it seems only to be used where necessary.Well I am enjoying so far, that's for sure.
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#827780 - Fri Sep 28 2012 05:31 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Santana2002]
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I am reading a book authored by a friend whose title is "In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone". To be fair to my friend, he has done a lot of research but it needs some stirring prose. It basically recounts the signage of Historical Markers related to Daniel Boone. There is background, but it is a tortuous journey and a bit repetitive. Would I recommend it? If one was a Boone buff, I would. For light reading, maybe not.



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#828393 - Sun Sep 30 2012 01:32 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: einsteinII]
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Just started Germinal by Emile Zola. I found it while rifling through my parents' old collection and decided to give it a go.


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#828395 - Sun Sep 30 2012 01:47 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: Gil_Galad]
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It's very good, but dark. Not to be read when depressed, or not getting along well with your family.

And, hey, Gil Galad, I'm rereading LOTR, right now...

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