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message 1: by Linda (new)

Linda | 2728 comments Mod
Oops, it's May 3rd.

At the moment I'm reading The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan The Middle Place as my carry everywhere book, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love as my in home book and listening to I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg I Still Dream About You in the car and Days of Fire Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House on my iPad.


message 2: by Marion (new)

Marion Hill (kammbia1) I just finished reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and here's my review:

http://kammbia1.wordpress.com/2014/05...

Marion


message 3: by Marion (new)

Marion Hill (kammbia1) And I just started reading Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez in honor of his passing. It will be the second time of reading this novel. I hope I enjoy again.

Marion


message 4: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments Now listening to The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss but this could take forever.Reading "Gibert,The Man Who was G.K. Chesterton by Michael Coren.


message 5: by Kathy (new)

Kathy An incredibly generous friend sent me paperbacks of the first ten volumes of Richmal Crompton's Just William stories. I've been nibbling away at them for three weeks and will probably keep going back to them between other reads all this spring and summer. Most of my other April books aren't worth mentioning, but I highly recommend John Glassie's A Man of Misconceptions, the biography of a 17th-century priest who was passionate about language and science and published widely but, whether out of ignorance, fear of the Inquisition, or an inflated sense of his own importance, often got his facts spectacularly wrong.

Next on my list: Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda; The Hunter and Other Stories, which includes several previously uncollected Dashiell Hammett works; Frances Mayes' Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir; Jesse Lynch Williams' 1899 The Adventures of a Freshman; and Glenn Frankel's The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend.

Just William by Richmal Crompton A Man of Misconceptions The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie Memoir A History by Ben Yagoda The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett Under Magnolia A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes The Adventures of a Freshman by Jesse Lynch Williams The Searchers The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel


message 6: by Dree (new)

Dree 150 pages left in The Goldfinch The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt byDonna Tartt and reading The Good Soldier The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford by Ford Madox Ford on Oyster.


message 7: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments I noticed when I touched THE GOOD SOLDIER the book came up with two other authors. Does anyone know why the other two writers are listed.


message 8: by Robin (new)

Robin (mcrobus) | 254 comments Reading Want Not by Jonathan Miles by Jonathan Miles.


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I just finished All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr , which was wonderful. Feel like it might leave me with a bit of a book hangover, so I'm not quite sure what to go to next.


message 10: by Denise (new)

Denise (deniseg53) | 221 comments Shannon, I loved All the Light We Can Not See!!!

I'm reading A Fine Balance.


message 11: by Emgee (last edited May 04, 2014 08:47AM) (new)

Emgee  | 33 comments I had to give up on Ruth Rendell's The Water's Lovely and Rysa Walker's Timebound(too 'tween' for me). Started reading Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City instead and finding it waaaaaaaaay more enjoyable that those other two books put together.


message 12: by Dree (new)

Dree Gerald wrote: "I noticed when I touched THE GOOD SOLDIER the book came up with two other authors. Does anyone know why the other two writers are listed."

They are listed as editors, for a newer edition. One might have written an intro, the other an author bio or something.


message 13: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments Dree thanks for that.


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Toni (tonivanb) | 115 comments Gerald wrote: "I noticed when I touched THE GOOD SOLDIER the book came up with two other authors. Does anyone know why the other two writers are listed."

They are editors. This is an annotated version of the novel.


message 15: by Kalen (new)

Kalen | 218 comments Reading Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine. Can't believe I've never read it.


message 17: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments Toni wrote: "Gerald wrote: "I noticed when I touched THE GOOD SOLDIER the book came up with two other authors. Does anyone know why the other two writers are listed."

They are editors. This is an annotated ver..."


Thanks Denise for your help


message 18: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments Denise wrote: "This week I have completed: The Bear;Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity;The Dovekeepers;and [book:Boy, Snow, ..."

my goodness!


message 19: by Tracey (new)

Tracey (tracemick) | 217 comments Emgee wrote: "I had to give up on Ruth Rendell's The Water's Lovely and Rysa Walker's Timebound(too 'tween' for me). Started reading Armistead Maupin's [book:Tales of the City|1140..."

I started reading Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series! It is so much fun. :) Is this your first time reading them or a reread?


message 20: by Emgee (new)

Emgee  | 33 comments Tracey wrote: "Emgee wrote: "I had to give up on Ruth Rendell's The Water's Lovely and Rysa Walker's Timebound(too 'tween' for me). Started reading Armistead Maupin's [book:Tales of..."

It's definitely my first time reading it. I'm actually from SF but left 4 years ago, so this book is sort of like coming home.


message 21: by Kate (new)

Kate | 269 comments I just finished Five Days at Memorial Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink Five Days at Memorial for one of my book groups and finished The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart The Pigeon Pie Mystery which I read as a break from the intensity of Five Days. Next up, The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger The Divorce Papers which I just got from the library.


message 22: by Louise (new)

Louise | 279 comments Uh I'm excited about this! Not only is the book itself really pretty, but I'm becoming very enthusiastic about this Hungarian writer :-)
Love in a Bottle by Antal Szerb


message 23: by Eric (new)

Eric | 1175 comments Mod
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

I interrupt my reading of this book to tell you all how much I'm loving it. So many books seem run-of-the-mill in comparison.


message 24: by Denise (new)

Denise (deniseg53) | 221 comments Eric, I have been meaning to read Infinite Jest for so long. The fact that you are endorsing it makes me want to move it closer to the top of my TBR list.


message 25: by Emgee (new)

Emgee  | 33 comments Managed to sneak Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road between the THREE other books I'm reading. Love the movie, love the book.


message 26: by Steph (new)

Steph Campbell | 9 comments Emgee wrote: "Managed to sneak Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road between the THREE other books I'm reading. Love the movie, love the book."

Loved 84 Charing Cross Road (and also the movie). Now reading the great Jessye Norman for you opera fans Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman


message 27: by Janet (new)

Janet (justjanet) | 790 comments Has anyone noticed the prevalence of fiction books that are coming out with the word "bird" in the title?
Boy Snow Bird, Good Lord Bird, All the Birds Singing, Bird Box.


message 28: by Linda (last edited May 07, 2014 06:04PM) (new)

Linda | 2728 comments Mod
Should I do an Earle-type selection process? I have The Wives of Los Alamos The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

Want Not Want Not by Jonathan Miles

The Painter The Painter by Peter Heller

The Steady Running of the Hour The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go and

A Beautiful Truth A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

I'm not sure which to read first.


message 29: by Janet (new)

Janet (justjanet) | 790 comments Linda,
Those are all Boulder authors.....are you going to get them all read in 9 days?


message 30: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments Linda I take it your going to be at Boulder for a Booktopia(I don't follow Booktopia at all . If Heller is at that event please ask him if the main character is named after Wallace Stegner . I am thinking about listening or reading THE PAINTER. I cannot get into the book I am now listening to.


message 31: by Linda (last edited May 07, 2014 09:00PM) (new)

Linda | 2728 comments Mod
Janet wrote: "Linda,
Those are all Boulder authors.....are you going to get them all read in 9 days?"


No! But I'll get as much read as I can.

I started The Wives of Los Alamos


message 32: by Lil (new)

Lil | 216 comments Eric wrote: "Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

I interrupt my reading of this book to tell you all how much I'm loving it. So many books seem run-of-the-mill in comparison."


This book has been on my shelf for a long time. I think I'll tackle it this summer. Thanks for the update.


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm about halfway through The Quick The Quick by Lauren Owen and hoo boy, this has some unexpected turns.


message 34: by Trina (new)

Trina | 14 comments Janet wrote: "Has anyone noticed the prevalence of fiction books that are coming out with the word "bird" in the title?
Boy Snow Bird, Good Lord Bird, All the Birds Singing, Bird Box."


Yes, I've noticed that too! Seems to be the year of the "bird" in book titles....


message 35: by Carol (new)

Carol (ckubala) | 548 comments Mod
Linda wrote: "Should I do an Earle-type selection process?

I don't think you could go wrong with any of these Boulder authors. If you like historical fiction, perhaps Wives of Los Alamos. Those of us who have read Want Not are not certain how to describe it. 3 stories which come together in the end. Loved the characters. Looking forward to hearing Jonathan Miles speak.



message 36: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller | 802 comments I can not for the life of me get into The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss . That's the second time.So I will try,no I will do, The Painter by Peter Heller .I am not a great reader and I might have strange taste so I looked at Heller's first book and I read the description at audible and thought maybe I would try that first but something about it I did not care for so I decided I would give his second a try.Why,I don't know.Thanks for the recommendations however.


message 37: by Mary (new)

Mary | 57 comments Emgee wrote: "Managed to sneak Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road between the THREE other books I'm reading. Love the movie, love the book."

I also loved the movie and the book. When I was in London a few years ago I went to 84 Charing Cross Road...it was a Burger King I think!!


message 38: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (thenovelbutterfly) | 101 comments Shannon wrote: "I'm about halfway through The QuickThe Quick by Lauren Owen and hoo boy, this has some unexpected turns."

Oh good! We selected this for our book club to read later this summer (we are a debut authors book club).

Not reading enough lately...too much work! Looking forward to some time off after commencement and hope to read, read, read. I am reading The Sixteenth of June (received an ARC from my local bookstore because the author is coming to speak)and it is ok. Once I finish this it is on to reading some of the books I bought at Northshire during Booktopia VT!


message 39: by Dianne (new)

Dianne | 91 comments Finished 84, Charing Cross Road last night. I did love it, but was so saddened that it ended so quickly. I haven't seen the movie, so I think that might be perfect for my disappointment. Now to start The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood, an author I have enjoyed, but not read in many years!


message 40: by Linda (new)

Linda | 2728 comments Mod
Dianne wrote: "Finished 84, Charing Cross Road last night. I did love it, but was so saddened that it ended so quickly. I haven't seen the movie, so I think that might be perfect for my disappointment. Now to sta..."

Diane,
Since you live in NYC, you can visit where Helene Hanff lived. I think there's a plaque on the site mentioning her.


message 41: by Sydney (new)

Sydney Young (sydyoung) | 38 comments Astonish Me - by hardcover, excellent so far! And - The Wives of Los Alamos - by audio, very good.


message 42: by Denise (new)

Denise (deniseg53) | 221 comments I really liked Astonish Me!


message 43: by Shona (new)

Shona (anovelobsession) | 178 comments I have read three amazing books in the last couple of weeks. First was A Tale for the Time Being, the The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and finally today I finished The Son. All completely different but I loved them all.

After 3 5-star reads, I don't know what to pick up now. A suggestion from a friend was a series by Deborah Crombie about Scottish police detectives...has anybody read these?


message 44: by Esther (new)

Esther (eshchory) A colleague has just been transferred to different department so I am covering for her and working long hours. I don't mind except that I keep dozing-off during my commute which is my reading time!!
To make it worse I was reading an collection of sci-fi novellas. I love scifi but these are pre 1967 so a little dated and also I have realised that my reading style doesn't suit anthologies or collections.
This weekend I have decided to be good to myself and have started The Warded Man which so far is really good.


message 45: by Janet (new)

Janet (justjanet) | 790 comments Esther wrote: "A colleague has just been transferred to different department so I am covering for her and working long hours. I don't mind except that I keep dozing-off during my commute which is my reading time!..."

I hope you're riding the train for your commute.


message 46: by Esther (new)

Esther (eshchory) Janet wrote: "Esther wrote: "A colleague has just been transferred to different department so I am covering for her and working long hours. I don't mind except that I keep dozing-off during my commute which is m..."

I don't drive at all - no license. I feel so sorry for all the car drivers stuck in traffic jams while I snooze or read.


message 47: by Tim (new)

Tim Botting | 5 comments Interestingly enough I am currently reading 'Never Cry Wolf' by Farley Mowat who died this week. Weird coincidence. Absolutely terrific book so far.


message 48: by Shing (new)

Shing (illtryanythingonce) | 2 comments I'm reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Just got The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and I'll probably read both concurrently. Not much of a non-fiction reader but am very curious about what Susan Cain has to say about introverts. We may or may not have 2 in my family.


message 49: by Steve (new)

Steve (zakath) Im reading Death Warmed Over Mars Rising
Timebound so far this month


message 50: by Janet (new)

Janet (justjanet) | 790 comments Esther,
I'm one of those poor car commuters....but on the plus side, I do get in a lot of audiobooks.


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