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User Topic: What are you reading now
boudicca
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Default  Posted: 6:22 PM, May 16th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Start where you are by Pema Chodron. I really like it.

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. I have only read two chapters, it is good so far.

Women of the Nineteenth Century and Kindred Papers by Margaret Fuller. This is a free Kindle download. It is a pet subject of mine, and I adore Margaret Fuller.


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looking forward
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Default  Posted: 6:52 PM, May 19th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Non-Fiction: Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg

Fiction: I just started the latest Clive Cussler, The Jungle.


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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travels
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Default  Posted: 9:22 PM, May 19th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Catcher in the Rye

I never read it in high school. Thought I would give it a try.


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

Rest In Peace Bo the Beagle 1996-2011


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 8:14 AM, May 20th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, I read "The Lonely Polygamist" last year and really liked it. I suspect the author did a lot of research so I think I learned a lot about polygamy! Are you still enjoying it?

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Junebug0525
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Default  Posted: 4:15 AM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just finished Decision Points. Pleasantly surprised...


Me: BS
Him: WXH DDay-11/22/2009~ D~ 10/25/10
OWhore: Co-worker (7 years younger)
"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." AND THEY DID!!!

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NewAttitude
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Default  Posted: 6:01 AM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.

Absolutely fascinating and a must read for anyone who takes what our military people do for granted.


Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 8:13 AM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey Skye,

I really liked The Lonely Polygamist. The author comes from a very large LDS family, and his ancestors were polygamist. I think that really helped with his descriptions of family dynamics.

I am now reading Finding George Orwell in Burma. I really like it so far.


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Default  Posted: 11:41 AM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher


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

Rest In Peace Bo the Beagle 1996-2011


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Default  Posted: 4:29 PM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Travels -
I read that years ago... good book!

I'm reading Painted Caves by Jean Auel


Me: BSO - 45
Him: FWSO - 68
DS - 12
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
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Default  Posted: 5:52 PM, June 5th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

finished(finally) the Twilight series. The books were good! I sided with Jacob and was completely surprised by who he imprinted!


The truth shall set you free or reveal the name of the OW!
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WH 64
DDAYs TOO MANY
daughter 27
You give me gifts! I don't want your gifts I want the truth. That's the greatest gift.

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 8:11 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, notice we like a lot of the same books. I just read "Uncoupling" by Meg Wolitzer (check spelling). Quite interesting!

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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 10:01 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey Skye,

I read a review of The Uncoupling a few weeks ago. I think it was in the NYT. Now, with your recommendation, I will download it.

I have also been trying to read all of the Pulitzer Prize fiction winners. I have been working my way through the list for a few years. I don't like reading them back to back because I need some fluff in between the masterpieces.

[This message edited by boudicca at 10:02 AM, June 7th (Tuesday)]


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 10:17 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, Pulitzer Prize winners can be tough reads. I read "Tinkers" recently and don't know why it won! And, now I ploughing through Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad." I admit I just started it so it might get better! I'm hoping.

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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Skye,

I read tinkers and think it won based it's wonderful craftsmanship, not on plot.

The technique and basic uniqueness of style, sold it for me.


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 10:29 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You're right about "Tinkers." The story/plot just didn't work for me, but it was written very well. One of the women in my book group wondered if it would be a good choice. What do you think?

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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 10:34 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It depends on the group. If they can discuss style, craftsmanship and technique without being upset by the lack of a riveting plot, then I think it could be a good choice.

My book group is all women, and I know it would not be a good choice for us. Our discussions are character and plot driven. We just aren't that literary high-brow type of group.


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 10:36 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My group is mixed. I think I will suggest it when we pick our books this summer. Those who don't like it might be better off for having read it.

We do read classics every year which is always fun, because so many of those plots are very dated so we tend to talk about the writer and the times and the style, etc.


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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 11:06 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We do classics once a year, too. We also do poetry once a year. My group is a lovely bunch of educated women, but they seem to prefer really personalizing the discussions. They like placing themselves in the situations the characters face and talking about what they would do differently.

We read a wide variety of books. I just don't think tinkers would be a hit.

I am doing a different reading group this summer. My husband and I are doing it together. It is in a different town, and all of the books are history/political science.

My husband and I also do our own private book club once a month. We read the same book and go to our favorite diner for a date and discuss for hours. It is really fun. My husband is a smartypants!


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 11:10 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I HATE when my book group gets personal! I'm in a couple of different groups and one does it more than the others. Usually someone is able to put a stop to it but sometimes.

When my husband and I tried reconciling (it didn't work) we read a book and discussed it. It was fun. Each month the other picked a book. Just hearing my husband's choices was eye-opening. We really enjoy much of the same things in life, and while he generally likes my choices, I'm not always crazy about his. lol

Would love to hear what your summer group is reading. One of my groups reads mostly non-fiction.


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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 11:15 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'll let you know when I get the complete list. The first book is Joseph Ellis' First Family, about John and Abigail Adams. I like Joseph Ellis, so I am excited to read this one!

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