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User Topic: What are you reading now
brooke4
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Default  Posted: 11:56 AM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


I'm having mixed luck right now.

I just finished A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks and The Outcast by Sadie Jones, both of which I really liked. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, which I thought was interesting but somehow didn't love, and Solar by Ian McEwan, which didn't live up to his earlier books for me.

Skye, I couldn't get into The Uncoupling, even though I've liked Meg Wolitzer in the past. Do you think it's worth another try?

I'm about to start Started Early Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson, but am looking for more suggestions.


Me: BS, 40, Him: WS 41
Married: 15 years
3 children
D-Day: 10/2005

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neverendinghurt
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Default  Posted: 12:47 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

To Kill a Mocking Bird, again. Love this book, never tire of it.

DD, just re-read it too.

Just finished Ape House, by the author of Water for Elephants.


The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
James M. Barrie

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heart_in_a_blend
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Default  Posted: 2:36 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

It's 5 short stories. I have vowed to never read his stuff again because he lost his touch, but these are the old King that some of us loved.

Sick and wrong, but well written!


In life, much of what one grieves one never had.

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 2:57 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, I love the Adams family so I think I'll try the Ellis book. I just got a book called "Founding Gardners" which is about the founding father's actual gardens and environmentalism back then! I thought it looked fun.

Brooke, we're on the same page with "the Finkler Question" and "Solar" so I would sugest you try "the Uncoupling" again. I really liked the ending for what it's worth. Did you read "The History of Love?" I forget the author (something Krauss) but really liked that book. And she has a new book out which I liked, too, but can't think of the name.

I just read that Kate Atkinson book and found it entertaining--not great literature and not even enough meat for a book club discussion, but good reading.


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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 3:13 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Skye,

I loved Founding Gardeners!

I am a gardener and I live in a house built in the 1760's. We have about 7 acres, and some very old plants.

Let me know if you love it. I think Andrea Wulf is a very good writer and the subject is fascinating.


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 3:40 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm not a gardener--actually I have a black thumb, but love looking at flowers. Am more excited to read the book now since you recommended it!

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momoffive
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Default  Posted: 8:02 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm a yard sale book shopper. I picked up My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young.

A wartime fiction set in Nazi Germany about the Lebensborn maternity homes.


BW 44, SAWH 45(sorry1)
M24 yrs
DD 23,16,13 DS 21, 18
Dday1-7/3/09 EA OW4
Dday2-9/1/09 PA OW4
Dday3 3/14/10 Farmville sexting, OW3
Dday4 3/13/11 Secret texting, would be OW5-she said no
Dday5 8/2/11 PA 10 years ago OW1, kissing 4 years ago OW2

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travels
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Default  Posted: 8:53 PM, June 7th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Tale of Despereaux

I'm trying to speed read it though. I want to give it to one of my students for a summer reading assignment.


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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brooke4
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Default  Posted: 7:27 AM, June 8th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


Did you read "The History of Love?" I forget the author (something Krauss) but really liked that book. And she has a new book out which I liked, too, but can't think of the name.

Nicole Krauss. She's married to Jonathan Safran Foer who, for no real reason, annoys me. Despite that , I've liked all three of her books to differing degrees, but liked The History of Love best.

I'm going to give The Uncoupling another try.

My nonfiction of the moment is Wait For Me by Deborah Devonshire, which she wrote at the age of 90. She's the youngest of the Mitford sisters and has led the most fascinating life.

I just read that Kate Atkinson book and found it entertaining--not great literature and not even enough meat for a book club discussion, but good reading.

I always find her a reliably enjoyable read, but I wonder if she's writing too fast now. She seems to be bringing them out pretty quickly and I think most writers tend to diminish in quality when they do that.

To Kill a Mocking Bird, again. Love this book, never tire of it.

I agree, NEH. That one never gets old.


Me: BS, 40, Him: WS 41
Married: 15 years
3 children
D-Day: 10/2005

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 7:55 AM, June 8th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The only Jonathan Safran Foer book I read, which I really, really liked was "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." I think that was probably one of the first after 9/11 books, wasn't it? Plan to read more of him, but there are just too many books and too little time!

I read quite a bit of non-fiction but I'm not crazy about memoirs. I enjoy biographies so I don't know why memoirs don't do anything for me??? Being in a few book groups, I do open myself up to lots of reading that I wouldn't choose, which I think is good for me.

Thank goodness for libraries!


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tuscandreamer
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Default  Posted: 8:23 AM, June 8th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

To Kill a Mocking Bird, again. Love this book, never tire of it.
DD, just re-read it too.

Just finished Ape House, by the author of Water for Elephants.

NEH,

That is my favourite book as well as one of my favourite movies. I love Gregory Peck.

Did you like Ape House? I read Water for Elephants and enjoyed it.


BS 46
WH 43
Dday #1 6/20/07, Dday #2 (different OW) 5/16/09
3 DDs (14, 9, 6)
Reconciling...

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tuscandreamer
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Default  Posted: 8:23 AM, June 8th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

To Kill a Mocking Bird, again. Love this book, never tire of it.
DD, just re-read it too.

Just finished Ape House, by the author of Water for Elephants.

NEH,

That is my favourite book as well as one of my favourite movies. I love Gregory Peck.

Did you like Ape House? I read Water for Elephants and enjoyed it.


BS 46
WH 43
Dday #1 6/20/07, Dday #2 (different OW) 5/16/09
3 DDs (14, 9, 6)
Reconciling...

Posts: 482 | Registered: Dec 2007 | From: Canada
tuscandreamer
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Default  Posted: 8:25 AM, June 8th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Right now I am reading a book called Friendship Bread. It is about a small town that comes together by passing around Amish Friendship Bread. It is an easy read.


BS 46
WH 43
Dday #1 6/20/07, Dday #2 (different OW) 5/16/09
3 DDs (14, 9, 6)
Reconciling...

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boudicca
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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, June 9th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Skye,

My husband and I are loving First Family! Abigail Adams has always been so interesting to me, but now I must say I'm falling in love a little bit with her.

We highly recommend the book!


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neverendinghurt
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Default  Posted: 12:40 PM, June 9th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I did like Ape House

I love the movie To Kill a Mocking Bird too.


The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
James M. Barrie

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 2:43 PM, June 9th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, will look for it this week! Thanks.

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WarpSpeed
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Default  Posted: 3:24 PM, June 9th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

http://www.joeabercrombie.com

Fantasy . . . but incredibly compelling characters.

Really dark stuff, but stories are great and the characters are just vivid.


Me: BS (51)
Her: fWW (50)
Married 26 years
Two sons in college
Empty closet and note on bed Jan 2010, She filed for D Mar 2010, D final May 2010, Actually had D-Day and found out why it all happened July 2010. Remarried on 23rd Anniv Aug 2010

Posts: 1463 | Registered: May 2011 | From: Dallas
devistatedmom
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Default  Posted: 9:30 PM, June 10th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just bought Unlimited by Jillian Michaels, seems pretty good, and hopefully motivating, for the few pages I have read.

I'm also reading The Appeal by John Grisham...I haven't read one of his books in so long, I was shocked at how quickly he pulled me in! I always loved his writing.

Enjoying both!


BS(me) 46, kids DS 17, DD 14.
He is no longer my best friend. Repeat until it sticks.

WH says marriage is over: May 15, 2009.
EA#2 July 20, 2009. Legally sep: Aug 16, 2009. DIVORCED!!!! Signed Nov 23, final Dec 24, 2010, adultery listed.


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ichoose2live
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Helpless  Posted: 10:18 PM, June 10th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Empty Nest... because that's where I am right now... makes me cry at times, but very insightful... great inspiration.


"Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear." unknown

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Skye
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Default  Posted: 9:05 AM, June 20th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

boudicca, I'm loving "The First Family." What a true love story!

Have you read "The Paris wife?"


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