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message 1: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:53PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) I thought I would start a thread here to see what everyone is reading at the moment....

Feel free to update it as you pick up new ones...

I just finished High Fidelity by Nick Hornby this morning. It was a really quick good read. I had seen the movie years ago, and it was interesting reading the book, becuase I heard the narrator as John Cusak... :)

I jumped right into The Town That Forgot to Breathe... weird choice to segway into considering what I just finshed... but 40 pages in, and getting used to it. Its about a seaside town with some odd townpeople, and apparently some secrets....

Anyone read it before?

message 2: by Danielle (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:53PM) (new)

Danielle I haven't read either of those books but High Fidelity is definitely on my to-read list.

I'm currently reading 2 books. The one I'm reading at home is One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was nice staying in bed late this morning and getting a bit deeper into this one! (ahhh finally a day off from work!).

At work though I'm reading Ulysses and I have to admit that it's kicking my butt. It's a bit slow going but I've been making better progress since I realized I just won't get every little detail about Irish life.

message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Just started The Time Traveler's Wife. So far it is good.

message 4: by Sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) Currently reading The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Courtship in Marriage by Zig Ziglar.

message 5: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Emily Ooooh, I just finished reading The Wonder Spot yesterday. Now I'm on to The Ha-Ha by Dave King.

message 6: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

John I liked The Ha-Ha a lot. I listened to it on audio, which was really odd hearing a "voice" for Howard!

message 7: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I'm reading two books at the moment.

Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler
A Special Education by Dana Buchman(I picked this book up from my college library today)

message 8: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Lori Noe | 2 comments currently reading Sisterchicks do the Hula, Ahab's Wife, A Woman in Jerusalem, and Down to the Bone.

message 9: by Jordan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Jordan (jordieheartsbooks) Peggy, The Time Traveler's Wife is amazing. I'm looking forward to the movie....

I just finished Jawbreaker by Gary Bernsten. I suggest that anyone who is wondering how we ended up in Afghanistan and at war against terrorists pick this up. It's a really quick read too, I finished it in 2 days. I read Stepford Wives last night. Interesting.

I'm currently browsing through several baby name books: Celtic Names for Children, The Baby Name Wizard, 100,000+ Baby Names.

I just started Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca.

message 10: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) Danielle - I am impressed, Ulysses and One Hundred Years of Solitude simultaneously. Read One Hundred Years with my book club. It was quite a read, I found myself referring to the famly tree in the front all throughout the story. I preferred Love in the Time of Cholera to 100 Years; you may want to check that one out as well.

message 11: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) As for me - I am currently reading In America by Susan Sontag and like it very much. It took concentration and perseverence to get into it (esp. Chapter 0 which served as a sort of prologue) but when it all started clicking I was happy that I stuck with it. The character development is wonderful, as well as the descriptions of the people's feelings as they come to America from Poland in the late 1800's. Set in New York, Anaheim, San Francisco, ... I am just about finished and I think I'm going to miss everyone once I'm done....I've been reading it for quite a while, not one of those "breeze through" reads at least not for me...

message 12: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Emily, I loved the Ha Ha.... that was such a good book. If you liked that one, try This Book Will Save Your Life by AM Holmes. Its along a similar train of thought. Man who never needed anyone, lived life as a recluse, suddenly finds himself surround by people that need him and like him, and you get see him grow and change and react to everything that makes him uncomfortable....

Sherri, I have the Dexter books on my "to read" list... Looking foward to hitting those as soon as i finish my current read....

message 13: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Stephanie | 11 comments I'm finishing up A Hand To Guide Me by Denzel Washington (actually a compilation of short essays by a myriad of people both celebrity and non-celebrity about the people that helped and inspired them in life). Also, I just started The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud-been looking forward to this one for awhile. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

message 14: by Tara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Tara (tara_n) | 22 comments I am currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha. Mainly I'm reading it on the train during my morning and evening commute.

message 15: by Llama (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Llama Castillo | 34 comments Currently I am reading David Copperfield by Dickens, Star Wars Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn, Miracles by C.S.Lewis, Sex is not the Problem (Lust is) by Joshua Harris and The Art of Crossing Cultures by Craig Storti. But I also finished three other short books in the last two days as well.

message 16: by Rachael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

Rachael | 23 comments I'm currently reading The Book of General Igronce. It is about facts most people take us true but really are not true. Very interesting.

message 17: by Kim (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:04PM) (new)

Kim (kimbers81) I am currently reading My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

message 18: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) I just flew thru Come Closer by Sara Gran. The kids had a 2 hr delay due to weather this morning, and since i was already up, I picked up this book and before i knew it was half way thru by the time i had to drive my oldest in.

Finished it at 3pm today. Geesh. I couldnt put it down. Very engrossing tale of a woman slowly being posessed by a demon.

Next up is You're Not You.

message 19: by Kate (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 12 comments Sherri, I am aching to read the Dexter books (loved Season 1 of the Showtime series), but since the show came out all I can find is the newer editions with the crappy Showtime covers.

For your next flight, may I suggest grabbing a copy of The Hot Zone? It's AWESOME airport reading.

message 20: by Michelle (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

Michelle (literarilyspeaking1) I've just finished both Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (for probably the fifth time) for another group.

I'm also reading Catch-22 (still) and Norton Anthology Volume 2.

I've also wanted to read the Dexter books, but I have too much on my TBR shelf already!

message 21: by pop (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

pop I don't read as much as I used to. I did read one of David Rosenfet's older books, First Degree recently. It was so good, I didn't want to put it down. Not only was it a good story, the guy cracks me up. The character's sarcastic humor, usually put in at a really serious scene, really busts me up. Others might not even get some of it, but I do.

I spend more time writing books than I do reading them nowadays. I can turn out a rough draft in about two weeks or so. Editing, however, goes on forever. Somehow, I'm never really satisfied. My first effort, Trouble Starts,Pane follows, will be released at the end of January. Wish me luck, even getting it on the store shelves will be tough.

message 22: by Mike (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Mike I’m reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. The introduction is beautifully written and thought-provoking. It only gets better from there. He brings the past alive as you meet some really colorful characters exploring the world and making scientific discoveries. This book is fun to read.

message 23: by Sally (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Sally I am just about finished with The Double Bind by Chris Bojalian. The idea behind the story was great. I did not care for taking a piece of fiction (The Great Gatsby) and weaving it into the story as if it were true, though. I would have preferred the storyline to be something my mind could believe for a while, since part of the story was true. However, it was a clever move in that a whole host of characters and environment was already set up for the writer.

I have also started Those Who Saved Us by Jenna Blum. As my mother escaped the Holocaust as a child fleeing Poland with her parents, I migrate toward these accounts.

And, after watching the movie, Marie Antoinette with my daughter, I decided to read Marie Antoinette The Last Queen Of France by Evelyne Lever. I am not far enough into it to comment.

message 24: by lindsey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new)

lindsey long | 2 comments i just finished reading the glass castle by jeannette walls. i love reading memoirs, especially ones that come from people who have been broken.

i also just read wasted by marya hornbacher, also a memoir.

now i am reading casual by oksana robski, which sucks, but it was a bargain book so i bought it anyway.

im also reading the best american nonrequired reading 2007. dave eggers is one of my favorite authors and he is the editor for it, so i was immediately drawn to it. i am going to work backwards now and read 2006, 2005 and so on.

and i always have a jd salinger book on hand. right now it is nine stories, which i have read many times.

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Right now I'm reading A Three Dog life by Abigail Thomas. I didn't read the jacket of this book so I went in blind, but what a read!!! I love memoirs and this one is not disappointing at all.

message 26: by Marts (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:17PM) (new)

Marts  (Thinker) (thinkersutopia) | 32 comments "Nostromo" by Joseph Conrad, the story is quite good

message 27: by Lawriter (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Lawriter | 8 comments I am reading Stephen J. Cannell's mystery (new one) Three Shirt Deal. It's very suspenseful. LAPD detective Shane Scully has to choose between saving his wife, having an affair or freeing an innocent man:

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I'm reading Life Over Easy (it a light fun, chick lit book). I'm also reading Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. I have heard great things about The Glass Castle.

message 29: by Lori (new)

Lori (tnbbc) I finished The Book Thief last nite. It was sad and depressing, so I needed something light and fun to read and chose to start The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.

Im about 90 pages and Im glad I chose it. Its light and crazy and just what i needed. Not to mention its a christmassy kinda book, so it fits in with the season too!

message 30: by Renee (new)

Renee I truly enjoyed reading A Three Dog Life! I saw the paperback in the section "Buy 3 For the Price Of 2" at Borders. I took a chance too! The author was very honest in telling her story. I couldn't stop reading it!

message 31: by Foxthyme (last edited Dec 13, 2007 04:38PM) (new)

Foxthyme | 48 comments The book - Ray Bradbury Stories. *What* a writer! Recently read an interview with him in Rosebud Magazine. Was pleased to note someone had told him he was a poet. Because he is. Of the best kind. His words and scenes are like the richest and tastiest of ice creams.

message 32: by Fenixbird (last edited Dec 14, 2007 05:08AM) (new)

Fenixbird SandS | 56 comments DUNE House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert (related to Frank Herbert I assume & am checking) & co-author Kevin J. Anderson P.S. DUNE (the movie) was C.A.M.P.Y. fun!! Also reading (still & loving the little bursts of political & cultural insights) The Kingdom: House of Sa'ud by Robert Lacey (incredible though dated) and Coming of Age: Urban America 1915-1945 (immigration issues research!)

message 33: by Xysea (last edited Dec 14, 2007 07:22AM) (new)

Xysea  (xysea) I just finished Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay . I'm going to start reading Pillars of the Earth, in addition to whatever reading group selections I have slated for this month. :)

message 34: by Wakar (new)

Wakar Have you read Zen In the Art of Writing by Bradbury? Even though it's a book for writers, he talks about his childhood and his love for books and writing. And it is, of course, exquisitely written. I've not read much of his work in the last several years, but his writing is like a perfectly faceted gemstone: brilliant, clear, beautiful.


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Summer Dawn (lunarbeauty) | 5 comments I am currently reading Son of a Witch a birthday present from like two years ago. Also Run by Ann Patchett and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera

(and I am happy I finally saw the itty bitty edit link near comments....maybe I need glasses)


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Elizabeth I am currently halfway through Gone With The Wind and a couple stories into an anthology of short stories from American writers.

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Amy Hanks | 1 comments I'm reading The Titled Americans: Three American Sisters and the British Aristocratic World into Which They Married by Elisabeth Kehoe. Surprisingly interesting. Part of my fascination, recently found, with Winston Churchill.

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ScottK I have about 100 pages left in Silent in the grave -Deanna Raybourn Before I begin The Alexandria Link- Steve Berry ( Lori/Xysea, your review will becoming For the Alexandria link I read the first couple of chapters it seems promising).

message 39: by Mandy (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:43AM) (new)

Mandy Hi all. I'm just over halfway through "Water For Elephants". It's going along pretty good. There are some parts that are eye-opening, I'm not sure if that's the right word but it just makes me think oh my goodness people can be cruel.

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Kelly Moran (authorkellymoran) Is it cheating to promote and say mine? When The Leaves Stop Falling, by Kelly Moran.
Thanks guys.

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Xysea  (xysea) I'm reading The Red Tent, and I have to say that I am enjoying it.

I know some people hated it, but I am struggling to see why...

message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm reading "The Book Thief" and am amazed by how good it is. I don't know why I'm so amazed but there it is. Maybe because it's gotten such rave reviews. I tend to be a bit skeptical of nearly universally liked books but so far this one deserves the accolades.

message 43: by Lori (new)

Lori (tnbbc) The Stupidest Angel was a kooky crazy christmas book.. I really really enjoyed it. Read it in about a day. After that one, I flew thru The Gift in about 5 hrs... and now Im working on The Book of Lost Things.... So far so good. Very dark, twisted take on the fairy tales we grew up on.

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Jillian (mother_of_dinosaurs) I just started to read The Glass Castle yesterday. So far it's a really good book.

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Marts  (Thinker) (thinkersutopia) | 32 comments Right now I'm reading "Mrs Dalloway" I've never read any books by Virginia Woolf, and made a promise that before the year is through I've got to a least start one. So far it's quite enjoyable actually I appreciate her literary style

message 46: by Brent (new)

Brent | 12 comments I am currently reading Larry Bonds, Fires of War, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, and I also found an online bookstore that gives me a free copy of one of the classics in audio or electronic formevery month that I order a book from them. If you are interested, this month the free book is Huckleberry Finn. If anyone is interested I can get you the site. I tried to post a link, but I am experiencing some technical difficulties.

message 47: by Eric (new)

Eric Currently I am reading Brother Odd by Dean Koontz. I am a fan of the other two so we'll see how it goes with this one.

message 48: by Sally (new)

Sally I am reading Those Who Saved Us by Jenna Blum.
I thought it was nonfiction, but it reads like fiction. So, I don't know.
I am on a Jewish kick. I just picked up O Jerusalem by Larry Collins about the birth of Israel.

message 49: by Renee (new)

Renee | 3 comments Sherri,

I've read both Dexter books, the tv show followed the first one pretty closely. It's one of the few shows that I watch faithfully.

Currently reading, World Without End by Ken Follett, just started it Monday so far so good.

message 50: by Renee (new)

Renee | 3 comments hi Lori, the book thief is on my night stand on up next on my pile..should I wait a bit, if it's sad??

I read You Suck by Christopher Moore, his books are light and and easy read.

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