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User Topic: What are you reading now
formerlyteflon
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Default  Posted: 4:02 AM, September 30th (Thursday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant, especially for anyone interested in themes of digital dystopia or the future of the human race vis-a-vis the interwebs.


“There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can’t know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you’ve reached it."

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lynnm1947
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Default  Posted: 1:52 PM, September 30th (Thursday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I always have a "serious" book, a "read on the subway" book and an "improve myself" book going at once. Currently I'm reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a murder mystery by British author Mark Billingham called Death Message and The 5 Love Languages.


Age: 64..ummmmmmm, no...............65....no...oh, hell born in 1947. You figure it out!

"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks


Posts: 7163 | Registered: Jul 2007 | From: Toronto, Canada
looking forward
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Default  Posted: 4:49 PM, September 30th (Thursday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm trying to finish up Cussler's latest adventure, Lost Empire, before it's due back at the library.

On the serious side....still working on my journal, Living the Truth based on Ablow's book of the same title.


Memory and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow.
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." (Joseph Campbell)

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SwitchedOnLotus
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Default  Posted: 9:18 PM, September 30th (Thursday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Karen Armstrong's Buddha, Dostoyevsky's THe Brothers Karamazov (on the Nook - cheap $2 B&N Edition with scholarly essays, historical context, all the extras!!), The Invisible Gorilla (popular neuroscience, about the limitations of perception), and Joanne Dobson's The Northbury Papers (A Karen Pelletier Mystery).


BS - SwitchedOnLotus, 35
WH - 40 4 Month EA/ PA D-Day 1:7-2009/D-Day 2: 10-29-2009
11-29-09 Began R/9-02-10 A in past,M bttr thn B4
"It isn't what happens to us that matters, but how we choose to interpret it and react"

Posts: 518 | Registered: Oct 2009
drowninginsorrow
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Default  Posted: 7:20 AM, October 1st (Friday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

oh a whim i bought myself a beautiful copy of wuthering heights a couple weeks ago

been busy, too busy to get into it... i tend to start a book and have to finish it by sunrise i don't like putting them down

so, my book and i have a date for tonight... finally


Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.- Matt Groening
"I've found the secret to life. I'm ok when everything is not ok"- Tori Amos lyrics

Posts: 56712 | Registered: Jun 2004 | From: canuckistan
do-over
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Default  Posted: 12:13 PM, October 1st (Friday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am reading "Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog".


Divorced Jan 09
Longtime lurker now trying to gain and share support.
I am happy.

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drowninginsorrow
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Default  Posted: 4:25 PM, October 1st (Friday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ok that title just made me LOL!


Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.- Matt Groening
"I've found the secret to life. I'm ok when everything is not ok"- Tori Amos lyrics

Posts: 56712 | Registered: Jun 2004 | From: canuckistan
lucie
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Default  Posted: 6:59 PM, October 1st (Friday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, 3rd in the Steig Larsson Millennium Trilogy. I loved all three books


Very happy, the rest doesn't matter anymore.

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travels
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Default  Posted: 8:21 PM, October 1st (Friday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Enchanted Inc. for my book club.

It's an easy read. Which is good for me during the school year.


When one door closes, another door opens. It's the journey through the hallway that sucks.

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Mrs Panda
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Default  Posted: 7:51 PM, October 24th (Sunday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

@Lucie. Me too. Just finishing the third Steig Larsson book. The character of Erica Berger was hard for me to take though, because I loved her character, but the cavalier attitude about the infidelity and sex the author's perspective was hard to take.


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M 13years. Reconciled.
DDay#1 Nov 2008 (OM2)
DDay#2 Aug 2009 (Confessed to OM 2001)
"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand." -Kurt Vonnegut

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Default  Posted: 10:08 PM, October 24th (Sunday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Outsider by Albert Camus.
Great first line: "Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know."

Posts: 1648 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: Ontario
BrokenRoad
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Default  Posted: 9:21 PM, October 25th (Monday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ManA, what was the book you mentioned on Saturday? Was it something like "Hold me tight"? Cant remember...


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{Me} FWW - 43
2 kids 7 & 12
Reconciled :)
Beauty and folly are old companions.--Benjamin Franklin

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manAscending
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Default  Posted: 9:30 PM, October 25th (Monday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yup, that's it. Written by Sue Johnson.

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BrokenRoad
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Default  Posted: 10:08 PM, October 25th (Monday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks - I'll check it out.


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{Me} FWW - 43
2 kids 7 & 12
Reconciled :)
Beauty and folly are old companions.--Benjamin Franklin

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Default  Posted: 4:32 PM, November 16th (Tuesday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. She also wrote "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" which I enjoyed also.
Now I'm reading "Cutting for Stone" - so good. If you ever want to be transported to another time and place (anyone? anyone?) this is a great way to do it.

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manAscending
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Default  Posted: 6:17 PM, November 16th (Tuesday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finished The Lovely Bones last night. Susie Salmon will be with me for a little while in my thoughts. Today I started Pigeon Feathers by John Updike. Anyone else have a good short story collection they'd like to recommend?

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circe
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Default  Posted: 10:24 PM, November 16th (Tuesday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Can someone help me with this? I am a voracious reader, and when the first Steig Larsson book Dragon Tattoo came out, I tried 2 separate times to read it. I got so bogged down in the detailed description of the paper shuffling business-speak about how someone got cheated through some monkeying with something or other, and all the business and finance machinations... quite frankly, I didn't understand it and couldn't follow or maintain any interest in the descriptions of financial dealings.

But people I know and trust tell me that the books are all very good, so I truly would like to read the series!

How important is it that I read through the laundry lists of money transfers in the beginning? Does the story hinge on me understanding what the first few chapters are about? Can I skip them and start reading from a further chapter in the book that starts talking about the story line? Or is the financial monkeying an important part of the story line itself?

Thanks!!!


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wantmore
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Default  Posted: 6:23 AM, November 17th (Wednesday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm reading The Hunger Games. I think this is going to be this generation's Brave New World. Well, maybe that's an overstatement, but it is set in the future in a whole different kind of society than we're used to.

It is a very compelling book, but somewhat simplistic too, so it doesn't tax (challenge) me too much. That's nice sometimes, too.


Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Of course it helps to know you *have* enemies.

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TheHardWay
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Default  Posted: 8:30 AM, November 17th (Wednesday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

wantmore,

I am reading The Hunger Games also! I am borrowing the other two books from my DS girlfriend .

I am really enjoying it so far and I enjoy talking about the book with my DS. He gave me several "fake" endings, the little brat.


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Seperated 2001; Divorced 2003
Remarried to a wonderful man 2008

Posts: 7912 | Registered: May 2004 | From: The Sunshine State
veritas
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Default  Posted: 10:04 AM, November 18th (Thursday), 2010View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

On the subject of Short Story Collections, I just finished reading Brief Encounters with Che Guevara by Ben Fountain. Warning: there's a lot of politics in it, so if global issues are not your thing, you may have problems with it. However, the author has won the O. Henry award, and if you enjoy irony, this is a very well-written book with plenty of irony to appreciate and just a teensy bit of hope.

The Secrets of a Fire-King was also entertaining and more of a social interest type of book. The characters' backgrounds vary widely, but the stories have similar themes.

One that I read recently that I was less impressed by was Everybody Loves Somebody by Joanna Scott. The first few stories were great, then she kind of veers off into fantasy land and rewrites the same story multiple times. Like 5 or 6. After a while, you kind of lose interest. She gamely sums it up in the last story in that sequence, but it lost something for me there. It was well-written, but I didn't enjoy it overall as much as I did the other two.


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Love many; trust few; and always paddle your own canoe.
When you win, you teach; when you lose, you learn.

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