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message 1: by Heather L (new)

Heather L This is the place to discuss any non-cozy books, be it hardcore mystery, young adult, romance, the classics or whatever other genres you read.


You can read previous posts in this discussion here, but here are the last few posts from the now-archived discussion:



message 6023: by Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" May 21, 2016
Finished reading Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton last night -- finally! I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. For some reason, it just never really grabbed me.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 6024: by Julesy
I just finished Blood Orchids (Lei Crime, #1) by Toby Neal this morning. Wow, what a great, straight up mystery! I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.


message 6025: by Carla
I am just finishing up Hide Away (Eve Duncan, #20) by Iris Johansen and will be starting Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes


message 6026: by Lacey
I just started reading an Indiana Jones-esque book called Owl and the Japanese Circus (Adventures of Owl, #1) by Kristi Charish by Kristi Charish.


message 6027: by Julesy
I am listening to The Good Girl by Mary Kubica but I don't like it as much as others seem to. I liked Kubica's other mystery better.

I also decided to start the second Lei Crime book, Torch Ginger (Lei Crime, #2) by Toby Neal, since I loved Blood Orchids (Lei Crime, #1) by Toby Neal so much. So far Torched Ginger is quite different from Blood Orchids but I still like it.


message 6028: by Melodie
Reading The Second Life of Nick Mason (Nick Mason, #1) by Steve Hamilton


message 6029: by Gary May 23, 2016
Finished Alibi in High Heels (High Heels, #4) by Gemma Halliday.
Now continuing my read of A Multitude of Monsters (The Ebenezum Series) by Craig Shaw Gardner.


message 2: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Last Thursday I picked up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for only $1.99 as the Barnes & Noble "daily find," and started reading it that night after finishing the book I had been reading. Well worth more than the money paid for it! This young adult novel is on the Banned Books list due to language and "adult" situations, but is one I would highly recommend to any mature teen, or adults who enjoy YA. I finished it Saturday evening and wanted more.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) I adored Eleanor & Park Heather.


message 5: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Just finished listening to Emma Thompson's incredible performance of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Emma really outdid any other narration of this. She kept the tension in this story going up and up.

Turn of the Screw is one of those stories that I adore, being a huge fan of gothic fiction. However, Mr James is very wordy and can nearly lose you.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 6: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Just finished listening to Emma Thompson's incredible performance of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James."


Good book! Have read that one a couple of times.


message 7: by Melodie (last edited May 23, 2016 03:35PM) (new)

Melodie Heather L wrote: "Last Thursday I picked up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for only $1.99 as the Barnes & Noble "daily find," and started reading it that night after finishing the ..."

I started that one on my Kindle some time back and really liked it as far as I got. I should pick it back up again. I hate reading books on my Kindle, so it takes me forever on that thing! I also really like her Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl.


message 8: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Melodie: I admit, I prefer my Nook to my Kindle, too. Have not read Fangirl -- yet. :-D


message 9: by MaryJo (new)

MaryJo Dawson It is our book club selection for June, so I'm reading Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl. A total change of subject matter! Well, maybe not, as Ruth is a food critic. This is a very interesting read and subject matter, and it is well written, humorous.


message 10: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Melodie wrote: "Heather L wrote: "Last Thursday I picked up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for only $1.99 as the Barnes & Noble "daily find," and started reading it that night af..."

Loved that book!


message 11: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten I just finished my Kindle Unlimited selection.

The Second Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack #2 -- Mark Clifton by Mark CliftonThe Second Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack #2 -- Mark Clifton

I really enjoyed this. The stories range from light and funny (heavy on the irony) to larger narratives about the future of Man.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 12: by Gary (last edited May 26, 2016 02:41PM) (new)

Gary Sundell Just finished A Multitude of Monsters (The Ebenezum Series) by Craig Shaw Gardner A Multitude of Monsters by Craig Shaw Gardner. I had forgotten about the cliffhanger ending, but then it has been about 30 years since I first read this book.


message 13: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell Now reading Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2) by James RollinsMap of Bones by James Rollins It has been about 2 years since I read the first Sigma Force book, Sandstorm


message 14: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten I just finished reading Leaving Time by Jodi PicoultLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Wow. This book is incredible and I did not see the twist at the end coming. But be warned this is at the least a 6 kleenex cry at the end.

It's been a long time since I read a book where I wanted to go back to page 1 and start over. But I really would like to do that with this one.


message 15: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell In addition to Map of Bones I'm finishing The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen


message 16: by Kim (new)

Kim Dixon My favorite genre of books to read is historical fiction. I have just started with the first of 4 books in a row of that genre. 3 are about the American Civil War. The other takes place in New York City in the 1840s.
The order I plan to read them in:

The Justice Riders
The Gods of Gotham. (the non civil war book)
Galveston
Red River


message 17: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Just finished reading Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, part of the Goodreads Choice Awards challenge.

Really enjoyed it. Great adventure. But the format can be annoying for someone with impaired eyesight. I wonder if it would've been better as an audio without all the visual tidbits they give you in the book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 18: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Jarvis I'm a late bloomer. I just finished "Outlander." I know everyone in the world loved the book and now the series, but it was worth the wait.


message 19: by Lacey (new)

Lacey Getting ready to start Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott for my Sugarpop Challenge (qualifies for a book over 600 pages), I've always wanted to read this novel and finally have the perfect excuse to start reading it.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Just finished reading Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, part of the Goodreads Choice Awards challenge.

Really enjoyed it. Great adventure. B..."


I listened to it on audiobook and thought it was decent in that format (full cast audio). I was not as in love with it as a lot of my GR friends but it was a solid book.


message 21: by Brandi (new)

Brandi I finished Adam by Ted Dekker. It was a good book and I think I will be reading more of his stuff. I also finished reading The Waste Land and other Poems by T.S. Eliot. I always find myself returning to his work and finding so much meaning in his poems. I think it's time to return to the cozy genera.


message 22: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Just read If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation If I Am Missing or Dead A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation by Janine Latus which was so not worth the effort. Pass on this. Also read Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 Public Enemies America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough which was well worth every minute. Am also reading Platinum Doll Platinum Doll by Anne Girard -- so far well worth my time.


message 23: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Nancy wrote: "I'm a late bloomer. I just finished "Outlander." I know everyone in the world loved the book and now the series, but it was worth the wait."


Glad you finally got round to this book, and enjoyed it, Nancy!


message 24: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Just finished listening to the The Guns of August by Barbara W. TuchmanThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. An incredible book about the lead up and first month of World War I. So many mistakes were made that led not just to deaths of this war, but also the mistakes in the peace (not covered here) led to death in World War II as well as the Balkan wars and the Middle East. A lot can be laid at the feet of the arrogant leaders in August 1914.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

PS - If you have an in with Goodreads administrators, I hate the new change. I can barely see that light grey (or is it gray) they use for previously clicked links.


message 25: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Just finished listening to the The Guns of August by Barbara W. TuchmanThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. An incredible book about the lead up and first month ..."

Heard many good things about this book. I'd add it to my TBR, but that stack is way larger than I'd like at the moment.


message 26: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Am nearly done reading Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl, which was the May read for another group. Only two stories left, which I hope to complete tonight.


message 27: by Karen M (new)

Karen M Nancy wrote: "I'm a late bloomer. I just finished "Outlander." I know everyone in the world loved the book and now the series, but it was worth the wait."

I still haven't gotten around to that one but I've been trying to read books that I own. I'm just happy I'm up to date on the Fire and Ice Series by George R R Martin.


message 29: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Just finished reading my interlibrary loan A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. SimakA Heritage of Stars by the amazing Clifford D. Simak. How I managed to make the half-century mark without being exposed to this author, I can't imagine.

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message 30: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Heather L wrote: "Am nearly done reading Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl, which was the May read for another group. Only two stories left, which I hope to complete tonight."


Finished this one Saturday morning. I was hoping to knock it off Friday, but was too tired to read by the time I got home that night. Pretty good collection of stories, at least one of which I had previously encountered. According to the group discussion for it, some of the stories have also apparently been adapted to television.


message 31: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten I just finished reading my Kindle Unlimited selection Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1) by Nathan LowellQuarter Share by Nathan Lowell. It's a fun read taking place in the trading routes of the universe.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 32: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Just finished listening to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This audiobook was very enjoyable as read by actor Tom Hollander. Very intense.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 33: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Kirsten, you are a braver soul than I. I had to watch the movie version for that during a college course -- very disturbing. I HATED it, and it did not make me want to read the book.


message 34: by Carla (new)

Carla Johnson-Hicks I am reading Private Paris (Private, #10) by James Patterson and will be starting Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer for one of my other groups.


message 35: by Lacey (new)

Lacey Carla wrote: "I am reading Private Paris (Private, #10) by James Patterson and will be starting Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer for one of my other groups."

Love the Lunar Chronicles! Hope you enjoy them!


message 36: by Debra (new)

Debra When I'm not reading a cozy, I read all kinds of things. The latest is a nonfiction book called Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend. As a Canadian hockey fan, I really enjoyed this one. Pat Quinn holds fond memories for this Vancouver Canucks fan :)
Quinn The Life of a Hockey Legend by Dan Robson


message 37: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Finished listening to Maybe This Time by Jennifer CrusieMaybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie yesterday. A romantic ghost story inspired by Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 38: by Carla (new)

Carla Johnson-Hicks I have a few group reads that I am trying to finish for June.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese After You (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I will see how many I finish.


message 39: by Karen M (last edited Jun 14, 2016 01:27PM) (new)

Karen M Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Just finished listening to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This audiobook was very enjoyable as read by actor Tom Hollander. Ve..."

I read that one a long time ago but I do remember finding it difficult to read because of the creative/futuristic language. I didn't always figure out what they meant.

I'm reading More Tales of the City which I have no trouble understanding.


message 40: by Lynn (new)

Lynn I just had to turn off the world and find a better place, so I'm re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. It's fun re-kindling my friendship with Anne, Diana, and Gilbert.


message 41: by Carla (new)

Carla Johnson-Hicks Lynn wrote: "I just had to turn off the world and find a better place, so I'm re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. It's fun re-kindling my friendship with Anne, Diana, and Gilbert."

I reread Anne of Green Gables earlier this year.


message 42: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell Just finished Immortal in Death (In Death, #3) by J.D. Robb Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb


message 43: by Paula (new)

Paula Adams Gary wrote: "Just finished Immortal in Death (In Death, #3) by J.D. Robb Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb"

I love this series of books. As soon as I find out the title of the next one to come out I put in my request at the library.


message 44: by Gary (last edited Jun 15, 2016 11:36PM) (new)

Gary Sundell Paula wrote: "Gary wrote: "Just finished Immortal in Death (In Death, #3) by J.D. Robb Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb"

I love this series of books. As soon as I find out the title of the n..."


I have book 4 available on my Nook along with the first short work, book 7.5 I think. I had the villian figured out in this one fairly early, but I hoped I was wrong. I will be looking carefully at book 4 when I get around to reading it and hope I haven't detected a pattern as to when the "bad guy" is introduced. That being said I still enjoyed the book primarily for the background on Eve's childhood and the back story on Sommerset and Roarke and the promotion of Peabody to major character status


message 45: by Paula (new)

Paula Adams Gary wrote: "Paula wrote: "Gary wrote: "Just finished Immortal in Death (In Death, #3) by J.D. Robb Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb"

I love this series of books. As soon as I find out the ..."


I like the interaction of the characters best of all. How Eve and Peabody solve the murder(s) is good too.


message 46: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Lynn wrote: "I just had to turn off the world and find a better place, so I'm re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. It's fun re-kindling my friendship with Anne, Diana, and Gilbert."

Have been meaning to reread at least the first book for some time, but never seem to get round to it. One of these days...

I started a nonfiction this week, Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton. This is a genre I rarely read, but I came upon this in the clearance section of Half Price Books recently (only $2!) and it sounded good.


message 47: by Lacey (last edited Jun 16, 2016 08:24AM) (new)

Lacey Just started reading Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic, #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis by Diana Pharaoh Francis, so far so good.


message 48: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I just finished Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I haven't read it since high school but it was as good as I remembered.


message 49: by Heather L (new)

Heather L Teresa wrote: "I just finished Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I haven't read it since high school but it was as good as I remembered."


I've read that one twice, and enjoyed it both times. I haven't read one of his yet I haven't liked.


message 50: by Karen M (new)

Karen M Today I started reading Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. Love the Jack Ryan character so I decided to read this one with the John Clark character.


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