What should I read next?: The book ending support group discussion

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message 1: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I'm reading ths book that I check out from my college Library. It is called "Unstrange Minds:Remapping the World of Autism;A Father, a Daughter, and Search for New Answers" by Roy Richard Grinker.

message 2: by Christina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM) (new)

Christina | 1 comments Nothing! Help!!

message 3: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) What are you into Christina? Maybe I can help recommend some books

message 4: by Rachael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM) (new)

Rachael | 3 comments I am reading The Almost Moon.

message 5: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:40PM) (new)

Jennifer | 2 comments I'm reading The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta. I've become a huge Perrotta fan. This book is about a high school sex ed teacher and her daughter's Christian soccer coach. Very good book.

message 6: by Carly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:40PM) (new)

Carly (carlyatkins) Hello! I am a new member. I just finished Merle's Door, Lessons From a Free Thinking Dog. It is non-fiction. You'll enjoy it much more if you have a dog I think. We have a five month old puppy so I found it very helpful. I just started Madame Bovary. How I made it through college without reading this is beyond me.

message 7: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:40PM) (new)

Aimee I haven't read Madame Bovary either, but it's on my list of books to read before I die.

Sad as it is I can't remember all the details of them :\ but I keep my "currently reading list pretty up to date.

Christina, I would browse through people's reading lists and see if there is anything that catches your eye. That's what i tend to do and I've found a lot of really great books that way.

message 8: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:41PM) (new)

Rachel Burton (bookish_yogi) | 5 comments The Fanatic *still* - don't really recommend it. Well written and all and a fabulously well researched plotline, just hard to read for long periods because of the 17th c Scottish dialect it's written in!

Also have The House at Riverton and yet another Inspector Morse on the go :)

message 9: by Carly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:42PM) (new)

Carly (carlyatkins) Christina- Have you read Water For Elephants? If not, I highly recommend it. I loved it!

message 10: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:42PM) (new)

Heather (trixieplum) | 4 comments Hello! I'm new to the group, and right now I'm reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I'm about 1/4 of the way in and enjoying it so far...

message 11: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:43PM) (new)

Aimee Rach- That is how I felt about the Historian. I haven't finshed it but still pick it up from time to time.

It's not difficult to read or anything, just very long and detailed to the point where you get a little lost in the details and forget what's happening in the story, and that gets frustrating.

message 12: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:43PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I'm now reading "Wasted:A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia" by Marya Hornbacher. I'm also reading "Where The Heart Is" by Billie Letts

message 13: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:44PM) (new)

Rachel Burton (bookish_yogi) | 5 comments Avoid the Fanatic then and I'll avoid the Historian!!

message 14: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:45PM) (new)

Aimee I LOVE where the heart is. It's such a good story.

I am going to be starting to re-read the classic novels they make you read in High School like To Kill a Mocking Bird, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, etc.

All to prepare myself to take the English Certification for teaching next year. I'm going to continue to read all the other stuff I'm reading, I'm just going to throw these in too.

If anyone wants to join me in my task, I would love to have someone to bounce ideas off of for subtext and what not...stuff that will help me when teaching.

message 15: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:45PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) Thats cool that you want to be a teacher Aimee. What grade do you want to teach? I'm also in college to be a teacher. I want to teach elementary. I would love to teach reading. TEACHERS RULE!!!

message 16: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new)

Rachel Burton (bookish_yogi) | 5 comments I sincerely hope that is so as I'm about to give up rather a lucrative career to start teaching myself. I'm going for lower primary (not sure what that is in the US) but it's ages 4-7 :)

message 17: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Hello. I just joined this group, and I am currently reading "The Double" by Jose Saramago. I finished "All The Names" (also by Saramago) yesterday, after 6 days of struggling with it.

He has a very unique writing style, using run-on sentences, little puncutation, alot of internal dialouge, and very long paragraphs. Its hard work to sit and read him for more than an hour straight. But his storylines are very interesting and in the end, the books are very thought-provoking and remain with you long after they are done.

My two favorite from him are Blindness and Seeing. Has anyone read any of his novels? I would be interested to get your take on them.

message 18: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:48PM) (new)

Aimee Lori: I have never heard of him, but am always open to new authors and will definitely give him a look. Is there are particular one that you would recommend beginning with?

Ashley: I am hoping to be a middle school Language Arts/Math teacher (odd combination, to be sure, but I like and have a proclivity in both subjects)

Rach: I didn't know you were going into teaching children! Yoga, right?

message 19: by Jim (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:48PM) (new)

Jim | 8 comments I am reading The Female Brain by a woman neuropsychiatrist - it is actually overwhelming as far as information that I did not know or have a clue about - the book is well written and you won't have trouble understanding the gist of what is said as long as you can read - I'm sure I'm going to read it a couple of times -my reason for reading it is I saw it at the bookstore and just looked at a few pages and realized I better read it before my Daughter becomes a teenager- it covers that period of time -- also covers the time from when boys and girls are in the womb on - if you ever wonder why you or someone else does what they do or don't do, this book will more than explain what goes on in your body and brain. To say the least it is pretty mindblowing.

message 20: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:48PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Aimee, defintely pick up Blindness. Its about a town that suddenly goes blind (all they see is a whiteness), one person at a time... and once the government realises its contagious, they quarentine the ppl in an insane asylm... Its much better than I am making it sound... you really have to read it to appreciate it. I remember the book like I read it yesterday, and Its been about 2 yrs if not more since Ive read it. Very Very interesting....

message 21: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Aimee Just started 'Invisible Monsters' by Chuck Palanhiuck (sp?). So far, like all of his books, it has me falling forward headfirst into it...shouldn't take me long.

message 22: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Oooohh, that was my first Chuck P book, I really liked it. It is a crazy book, the further in you get, the more messed up the story gets....

Have you read him before? Survivor and Choke are both really good as well.... as is Lullaby and Diary (both of those are creepy, sleep with a nightlite on kind of books), Haunted just grossed me out.... but well written none the less.....

If you cant tell, Im a big Chuck P fan.

message 23: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Aimee I'm a big Chuck P fan as well. I've read Survivor and Diary already. and am looking forward to reading Haunted, Choke, & lullaby

Even now it's pretty crazy, but I zipped through like 50 pages in 45 minutes. Could not stop!

message 24: by *JEN the booknerd* (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

*JEN the booknerd* Invisible Monsters was one of my all time favorite books and definitely my favorite of Chuck's books.

message 25: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

Aimee I'm half way through now. It reads REALLY fast. I am totally loving it!

message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

Hello, new member here :) I am working on Love in the Time of Cholera right now. I love this author, although when I tried to read 100 Years of Solitude I couldn't get through it. That's not due to his lack of talent but to the fact that his story-telling method is so strange that I started to forget things that I had read in the beginning. I think the key with him is to read the book quickly before you have time to forget the facts. Anyone else experience this with Gabriel Garcia Marquez?

message 27: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

Aimee Actually, When I read "Like Water for Chocolate" it felt like it went faster than I had anticipated. I love Marquez. I've only read two of his books, but the two you mention are on my to-read list!

message 28: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I'm reading "Keeping Faith" by Jodi Picoult

message 29: by Jim (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Jim | 8 comments reading Unhooked - just finished The Female Brain which was excellent book about hormones and the brain and a lot of other things

message 30: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) finished Samedi the Deafness yesterday.. was a little upset with the ending. thought that it should have ended the page before....

Last nite I started The Book Of Samson. half way thru with that one already... its quite a fast read.

message 31: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

Aimee Finished Invisible Monsters Last week. LOVED IT.

Then read Mermaids Chair. Total change of pace, but not a bad read.

Currently reading Never Let Me Go and I am seriously in love with it so far. Highly recommended!

message 32: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

Emily (cosmicvagabond) I'm trying to get through "The Historian," but find it slows and stops in such strange places that I can't get into it.

I'm also reading "Shalimar the Clown," and "Saturday."

Who knows what sort of dreams I'll have? Something about elusive blood-sucking assassins on jet planes that crash on runways...

message 33: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Emma Lee, how are you fairing with Saturday? I hated hated hated that book... It took me two weeks to get through, which is forever for me. It kept putting me to sleep. It was so slow paced.....

message 34: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:03PM) (new)

Emily (cosmicvagabond) Lori, I'm finding it awfully slow. I know that eventually someone is supposed to show up and upset the familial balance, but it's taking me forever. I alternate between that and The Historian. Together, they give me at least eight hours of sleep every night. ;-)

message 35: by Lisa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM) (new)

Lisa I am currently reading "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak for one reading group, and "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen for another. Sometimes I switch over to a classic for good measure.

message 36: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:05PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Emma Lee, not to ruin the book for you (tho it sounds like you already know the plot), you will be waiting quite awhile for a little action.... set the alarm so you dont sleep too long :)

as for me, I am going to start Come Closer monday (im tied up with work on the weekends).. I preread a chapter online and its a bit creepy. About a woman who slowly becomes possesed by a demon or something. Some reviews are making me nervous to it, they say it scared the shit out them!!! So im half excited and half afraid.

message 37: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:06PM) (new)

Emily (cosmicvagabond) L, I loved the Book Thief and Water for Elephants. What delectable reads. Do tell what you think of them when you finish.

message 38: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Aimee Water for Elephants is on my To-Be-read shelf! I think I'll grab that one next.

message 39: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Huh... read Come Closer in only a few hours. Its was a terrifingly quick read, and not nearly as freaky as i thought it would be. But very good!

Now half way thru You're Not You. A big change from what Ive been reading lately, its about a college girl who decides to pick up a part time job working for a lady with ALS, and how this job changes her. Its borderline Chick-lit fiction. More substance than the usual chicklit, and so far, not too bad. I needed a break from all the creepy heavy stuff Id been plowing thru.

Book Thief is the next one up! Id be interested in talking to everyone whose read it once im done!

message 40: by Janet (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Janet | 3 comments Right now I am reading "An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England" - it is a book club pick and I am about 50 pages in, so far so good

EMMA LEE don't give up on The Historian, it is well worth the slow start


message 41: by Andrea (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Andrea (outlanderbookfan) | 3 comments I just finished Water for Elephants and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Atonement is the next in my pile. After that, I am cleaned out of new books and looking for suggestions!

message 42: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new)

Jennifer | 2 comments I'm reading Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen. It's a memoir about coming to America as a refugee and growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

message 43: by Natalya (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:16PM) (new)

Natalya | 3 comments I just finished Atonement. I loved it and I can't wait to see the movie. I found the first 75 pages very slow and hard to get through, but stick with it because the last two thirds of the book is beautiful. I needed something light after that, so I am reading the "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks.

message 44: by Andrea (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:16PM) (new)

Andrea (outlanderbookfan) | 3 comments That is so good to hear because I am having a really hard time starting Atonement. I am about 50 pages in, so I will stick it out!

message 45: by Aimee (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Aimee How funny! I just started Reading "Saturday" by the same author (Ian McKewan) and I had some trouble with the first 1/4 of it but it's really starting to pick up.

Maybe I will try to tackle Atonement as well...

message 46: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) I had suffered thru Saturday for two weeks. That book was constantly putting me to sleep... the last 50 pages or so were worth the suffering, but damn... can that author drag out a day, huh???

message 47: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Emily (cosmicvagabond) Aimee, "Atonement" is actually quite different and more interesting, I've found. I finished "Saturday" over the weekend, but remained unimpressed. I picked up the latter because I enjoyed "Atonement" so much.

Lori is right on, as usual. There are about fifty pages worth the suffering, but I've found that the other parts of the story don't add as much as I would've liked to those fifty pages or so.

message 48: by Emily (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Emily (cosmicvagabond) Janet, I finally finished "The Historian," and you're right, it's worth it. Though there are still parts that drag a bit, I think overall the book was unique and very charming. I gave it four stars.

message 49: by Lisa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:19PM) (new)

Lisa Just finished "The Book Thief". Great book but it emotionally wears me out so I am going to read "Water for Elephants" and then try to find something a little lighthearted.

message 50: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:19PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Hey L -- Just finished Book Thief as well. Such a depressing read. But a book written with WWII in the background was bound to be, no?

I have a few christmassy reads tucked away that i will pulling out over the next few days. The Gift, and The Stupidest Angel. Not sure which I will start with. But I guarentee I will have my nose in something new over the next hour or so!

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