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message 1: by Karen (last edited Jan 03, 2013 03:47PM) (new)

Karen | 117 comments 1. Through a Glass, Darkly (Commissario Brunetti, #15) by Donna Leon

Nice to start off the year with Brunetti, though this was not one of my favorites.


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Karen | 117 comments 2. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

What a beautiful, sparely written novel. I'm very much about England in and between the wars these days.


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Karol Hi, Karen! Glad you're in with the 2013 challenge! You are certainly off to a strong start.


message 4: by Karen (last edited Jan 09, 2013 08:49PM) (new)

Karen | 117 comments Kay wrote: "Hi, Karen! Glad you're in with the 2013 challenge! You are certainly off to a strong start."

Thanks for the encouragement, Kay.


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Karen | 117 comments 3. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

The last of the Peter Wimsey novels. I've enjoyed them over the years.


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Karen | 117 comments 4. Lord Peter by Dorothy L. Sayers

All the short stories about Peter Wimsey plus essays and a Gaudy Night parody. Now I've read everything Sayers wrote featuring Lord Peter, though I haven't read the continuation by Jill Paton Walsh.


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Karen | 117 comments 5. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

1962 National Book Award winner, one of Modern Library's Top 100 Novels of the Twentieth Century. Beautiful prose, narrative rather odd. But hey, it's New Orleans.


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Karen | 117 comments 6. Parade's End - Part One - Some Do Not by Ford Madox Ford

Finished the first book in Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy Parade's End. A very dense book which took me quite a while to read and is putting me behind schedule. I hope the next three go faster. I need to finish them by February 26 when the HBO miniseries begins.


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Karen | 117 comments 7. The Judge by Rebecca West

The second novel I've read by West. This book couldn't be any more different from the other, The Return of the Soldier. It was pretty fascinating but veered off in a crazy direction toward the dn.


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Karen | 117 comments 8. Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

Noir based on a true crime in the thirties with the author's interpretation as to how the entire story could have turned out differently. Quite entertaining and gritty.


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Karen | 117 comments 9. Parade's End - Part Two - No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford

The second novel in Ford's tetralogy was very dense and took me forever to finish.


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Karen | 117 comments 10. True Grit by Charles Portis

This was fantastic. I love the character of Mattie Ross.


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Karen | 117 comments 11. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

This started out strongly but I don't think it lived up to the hype. I am confused about the ending.


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Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 7526 comments Mod
A few others in the group have read The Other Typist and felt the same way. I haven't read it yet.


message 15: by Karen (last edited Jun 20, 2013 02:00PM) (new)

Karen | 117 comments 12. Heft by Liz Moore

Beautifully constructed, unusual story with a pitch-perfect ending.


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Karen | 117 comments 13. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 7526 comments Mod
Love love The Yellow Wallpaper. So amazing.


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Karen | 117 comments Elyse wrote: "Love love The Yellow Wallpaper. So amazing."

Yes, it is.


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Karen | 117 comments 14. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I loved this. I've read several Wolitzers, this is my favorite since The Wife.


message 20: by Karen (last edited Aug 16, 2013 03:33PM) (new)

Karen | 117 comments 15. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell Harrowing and thought-proking and still completely relevant.


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Andrea | 4073 comments Mod
I remover loving then Yellow Wallpaper but can't remember anything about it. I'll have to look it up.


message 22: by Karen (last edited Sep 17, 2013 03:13PM) (new)

Karen | 117 comments 16. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

I've enjoyed all three books of Greers' I've read. Very moving and unexpected ending.


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Karen | 117 comments 17. Fools by Joan Silber

These linked stories really moved me. I went through these in a great rush of pleasure.


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Karen | 117 comments 18. He's Gone by Deb Caletti

I enjoyed this though about two thirds through I began to think there was a little too much navel gazing. I should have figured the mystery out sooner, though, but I'll give the author credit for keeping me guessing. Good characterizations.


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Karen | 117 comments 19. World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow

Very atmospheric. Doctorow's writing is beautiful and evocative.


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Karen | 117 comments 20.Parade's End - Part Three - A Man Could Stand Up

Parade's End is proving to be more challenging than I could have imagined. I read so few books this year because of trying to tackle this and I still haven't finished@


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Andrea | 4073 comments Mod
Karen, I want to read Fools, that looks really good!


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