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Old 12-28-2010, 08:06 AM   #1601
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Catcher in the Rye/To Kill a Mockingbird - my book club picks for Feb. (Both will be rereads for me but read them in high school/college so looking forward to it!)
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Nickel and Dimed sounds very intersting. I may need to check this book out as well.

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don't people realize that trying to ban something just makes it more interesting and desirable?!
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You can google it and Bedford, NH.

I guess the parents, who are conservative Christians have issues with the language in the book and some quote about Jesus being a wine guggling socialist or something like that. I haven't read the book yet. I had to take it back. Now I'm on a waiting list a mile long. This woman who is trying to get it banned is quite active in the town schools (and not in a good way, imho). Oh yeah, and the kid who objects to the book is home schooled except for this class. Me thinks it was a set up. Let's just say it's been a pretty rocking good time with letters to the editors over here.
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You can google it and Bedford, NH.

I guess the parents, who are conservative Christians have issues with the language in the book and some quote about Jesus being a wine guggling socialist or something like that. I haven't read the book yet. I had to take it back. Now I'm on a waiting list a mile long. This woman who is trying to get it banned is quite active in the town schools (and not in a good way, imho). Oh yeah, and the kid who objects to the book is home schooled except for this class. Me thinks it was a set up. Let's just say it's been a pretty rocking good time with letters to the editors over here.
I'll have to google it as I honestly don't remember those parts in the book. But I"m a sociology major and did some social work so, I probably read it in much different context.

Wow is all I have to say after reading some of the arguments on the web. I'm going to go pull my book off the shelf and read it again as I don't recall most of what people are talking about!
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Anyone order from Thift Books before? I just ordered a few used books and we shall see. They were about $4 each but "free" shipping. I went to half.com and they wanted $3.99 for the first book and then almost $2 for the second just in shipping.

I live in the Bay Area and with gas at $3.55 for premium today, it isn't worth driving to the next city, paying a parking meter, swearing at someone who cut me off, in order to visit their used bookstore.
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I need to get reading!

I have a bunch of downloads on my Kindle. A coworker just gave me "Tis" to read but said I have to read Angela's Ashes first. Turns out our local used bookstore closed and it didn't appear to be in Kindle.

Any recommendations for online used bookstores? I really don't want to pay a new price for it since I don't reread my books as a rule.

I just reread "Last Night at Chateau Marmont." Such a cute and fun story.

I just bought The Sugeon and Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen. My coworker suggested them. I have to remember which one comes first though.

On the waiting list for this one, too. My wish list at the library is about 20 deep.

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On the waiting list for this one, too. My wish list at the library is about 20 deep.

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What is in Nickel and Dimed that would want a parent banning it. I read it awhile ago but it was a great book. I still have it on my shelf. Might need to go back and read it again!
I'm so surprised that a parent would want Nickel and Dimed to Death banned! I bought it several years ago to read - and it was a real eye opener. I passed it along to my then 17 or 18 year old son as a cautionary non fiction book.
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You can google it and Bedford, NH.

I guess the parents, who are conservative Christians have issues with the language in the book and some quote about Jesus being a wine guggling socialist or something like that. I haven't read the book yet. I had to take it back. Now I'm on a waiting list a mile long. This woman who is trying to get it banned is quite active in the town schools (and not in a good way, imho). Oh yeah, and the kid who objects to the book is home schooled except for this class. Me thinks it was a set up. Let's just say it's been a pretty rocking good time with letters to the editors over here.
I don't remember those parts either. I read it more as how hard people in low paying jobs struggle to live and how hard they work. I thought it was about the need to get an education or training in order to do okay moneywise.
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I finished MURDER IS BINDING by Lorna Barrett, which I liked. Will definitely be reading more of the series in 2011.



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You can google it and Bedford, NH.

I guess the parents, who are conservative Christians have issues with the language in the book and some quote about Jesus being a wine guggling socialist or something like that. I haven't read the book yet. I had to take it back. Now I'm on a waiting list a mile long. This woman who is trying to get it banned is quite active in the town schools (and not in a good way, imho). Oh yeah, and the kid who objects to the book is home schooled except for this class. Me thinks it was a set up. Let's just say it's been a pretty rocking good time with letters to the editors over here.
I got this book at the library. I think I am reading a TOTALLY different book, with the same title. Granted I am only about 50 pages into it, but so far I fail to see the issue. Even after Googling the book, which made me think I had the correct one; I don't get it. I think you are correct..... it is a set up.

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Jenni: Glad you liked MURDER IS BINDING!

Whew, long holiday stretch and didn't get near as much reading done as I would have liked. Finished both THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci and ON SANTA'S NAUGHTY LIST (anth.) by Lacey Alexander/Shelby Reed/Melani Blazer.

Received "100 Classic Books" for the Nintendo DS for Christmas and read A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens over Christmas and am now working on A WONDER BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS by Nathaniel Hawthorne (retelling of six Greek myths for children).

Am also almost through TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, an older romance by Sandra Brown that has been moldering on the TBR shelf far too many years. A nice, quick read, and one that has me wondering why I put off reading it for so long.

Total number of books read in 2010: I had a goal of 80 and read 104. That was despite the slow start of January and February. I seemed to hit my reading stride in March, averaging about eight books a month, in a variety of genres. I have just committed to the GoodReads 2011 reading challenge, with a goal of 100 books.

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From romance to mystery... Finished TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY last night and started SILENT NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark.


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Whew, long holiday stretch and didn't get near as much reading done as I would have liked. Finished both THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci and ON SANTA'S NAUGHTY LIST (anth.) by Lacey Alexander/Shelby Reed/Melani Blazer.

Received "100 Classic Books" for the Nintendo DS for Christmas and read A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens over Christmas and am now working on A WONDER BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS by Nathaniel Hawthorne (retelling of six Greek myths for children).

Am also almost through TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, an older romance by Sandra Brown that has been moldering on the TBR shelf far too many years. A nice, quick read, and one that has me wondering why I put off reading it for so long.

Total number of books read in 2010: I had a goal of 80 and read 104. That was despite the slow start of January and February. I seemed to hit my reading stride in March, averaging about eight books a month, in a variety of genres. I have just committed to the GoodReads 2011 reading challenge, with a goal of 100 books.

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Stunned that someone would want to ban Nickel & Dimed. That's one of those books everyone in the western world should read just to understand what is going on around them. People can be just amazing.

Nothing makes me want to buy a book more than hearing that someone wants to ban it. It's just great for sales.

In other book talk, I'm really enjoying The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I'm slowly making my way through all her novels and they've all been so fabulous. No wonder she's considered a literary goddess.
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The town I live in is nuts.

We finally built our own high school (after 5 years of political infighting and namecalling) and graduated our first seniors last year (we used to tuition to Manchester - the biggest city in the state - schools aren't great.) There is a .5 finance class required to graduate (which I think is awesome - kids need that info nowadays). That is the class the book is in, and I heard it's only the first two chapters that are read.

A little about the town: VERY wealthy (not me) with lots of people who think they are God's gift. We have one of the highest median income and home values in the state. Lots of pilots, doctors, high-earning pharma reps, etc. (Williams Sonoma is dying to get into town. And since we have a ban on fast food restaurants/drive throughs instead we get Lexus and Mini dealerships <rolling eyes>) The town has had artificially low taxes for many years that are beginning to catch up with them. Lots of Republicans, including a Tax group that tells everyone to vote the school budget and teacher's salaries down every year and lots of fundamentalist Christians who homeschool but still want to control what is going on in the public schools (hence the attempted ban of books). Why??????

We have some of the top elementary and middle schools in the state and the high school issue was always a huge one. People move here for the awesome schools and way of life but don't want to pay for it. Case in point: We could have gotten 33% from the state to fix some of the schools last year and record low interest rates for the bonding, but it failed. Penny wise, pound foolish.

But the whole banned books thing has started a huge uprising of folks such as myself: struggling (single mom here), young kids, down to earth, who recognize the need to educate our youth. It ain't going to be pretty. LOL
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Welll, good luck to you!!! Haven't figured out "why", cause I don't read anything in this book that warrents banning. But there you go. Thanks for the "recommendation".

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We finally built our own high school (after 5 years of political infighting and namecalling) and graduated our first seniors last year (we used to tuition to Manchester - the biggest city in the state - schools aren't great.) There is a .5 finance class required to graduate (which I think is awesome - kids need that info nowadays). That is the class the book is in, and I heard it's only the first two chapters that are read.

A little about the town: VERY wealthy (not me) with lots of people who think they are God's gift. We have one of the highest median income and home values in the state. Lots of pilots, doctors, high-earning pharma reps, etc. (Williams Sonoma is dying to get into town. And since we have a ban on fast food restaurants/drive throughs instead we get Lexus and Mini dealerships <rolling eyes>) The town has had artificially low taxes for many years that are beginning to catch up with them. Lots of Republicans, including a Tax group that tells everyone to vote the school budget and teacher's salaries down every year and lots of fundamentalist Christians who homeschool but still want to control what is going on in the public schools (hence the attempted ban of books). Why??????

We have some of the top elementary and middle schools in the state and the high school issue was always a huge one. People move here for the awesome schools and way of life but don't want to pay for it. Case in point: We could have gotten 33% from the state to fix some of the schools last year and record low interest rates for the bonding, but it failed. Penny wise, pound foolish.

But the whole banned books thing has started a huge uprising of folks such as myself: struggling (single mom here), young kids, down to earth, who recognize the need to educate our youth. It ain't going to be pretty. LOL
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We finally built our own high school (after 5 years of political infighting and namecalling) and graduated our first seniors last year (we used to tuition to Manchester - the biggest city in the state - schools aren't great.) There is a .5 finance class required to graduate (which I think is awesome - kids need that info nowadays). That is the class the book is in, and I heard it's only the first two chapters that are read.

A little about the town: VERY wealthy (not me) with lots of people who think they are God's gift. We have one of the highest median income and home values in the state. Lots of pilots, doctors, high-earning pharma reps, etc. (Williams Sonoma is dying to get into town. And since we have a ban on fast food restaurants/drive throughs instead we get Lexus and Mini dealerships <rolling eyes>) The town has had artificially low taxes for many years that are beginning to catch up with them. Lots of Republicans, including a Tax group that tells everyone to vote the school budget and teacher's salaries down every year and lots of fundamentalist Christians who homeschool but still want to control what is going on in the public schools (hence the attempted ban of books). Why??????

We have some of the top elementary and middle schools in the state and the high school issue was always a huge one. People move here for the awesome schools and way of life but don't want to pay for it. Case in point: We could have gotten 33% from the state to fix some of the schools last year and record low interest rates for the bonding, but it failed. Penny wise, pound foolish.

But the whole banned books thing has started a huge uprising of folks such as myself: struggling (single mom here), young kids, down to earth, who recognize the need to educate our youth. It ain't going to be pretty. LOL
Thanks for the information. I won't turn this into a CE thread but it makes me think of some of the cities around me here in the Bay Area, CA.

I think it is a great book and maybe some of those rich kids could learn some compassion. I told my coworker to have her spoiled kids go see the Blind Side when it came out since her high schooler wears 7 jeans paid for by mommy!
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My books arrived from Thrift Books. They took forever since they were sent media mail (over a week from Portland Or to San Francisco Bay Area) but they are in great condition and one is a hardback which I didn't expect!

I'm reading The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen which a coworker recommended. I'm not so sure I can read it anymore. It is a little graphic and distrubing for me, which usually I don't have any issues with books. Bummer since I bought The Apprentice as well which comes after it.

I read "Color of Water" over Christmas. It was a wonderful book of humanity. My mom loved it and just passed it on. My boss gives us all a book each year. Last year it was "Racing in the Rain" which I haven't been able to read due to making the hard decision to put my beloved cat to sleep a few months back.
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My library finally emailed me about James Patterson The Private. I picked it up on Friday evening. I havent had a chance to start reading it yet. Hopefully I can start this one before the week is out.
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Reading some old ones: A WALK TO REMEMBER...Nicholas Sparks and TWO FOR THE DOUGH (Stephanie Plum Series #2)...Janet Evanovich
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I am a big mystery reader. Currently am reading Kevin O'Brien's Final Breath. About 1/2 way through on my KINDLE and it is excellent!!!
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Just started "The Help" by Kathryn Stockard. It was very well written and a very moving book about a town in Mississippi in the 1960's...Nice book!
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I'm reading "the Girl who played with fire" the sesond in the trilogy started with girl with the dragon tattoo.
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I've found a great new mystery series by Kurt Wallender - The first in the Series is called The Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell - Amazon.com: Faceless Killers (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (978030774285: Henning Mankell: Books

They are fabulous mystery/ thrillers translated from Swedish. I've read about 5 of them so far - I suggest you read them in order!

Currently I am enjoying a non fiction book -Digging for Gold - Striking it Rich in the Klondike. I think I'm getting Gold Fever!
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And the last one in the series "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is even more intense.
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One of my favorite books. I believe they are coming out with a movie.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:48 PM   #1631
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Just started "The Help" by Kathryn Stockard. It was very well written and a very moving book about a town in Mississippi in the 1960's...Nice book!

Welll.......... what do you think NOW???? My Fav book of 2010!!! Recommended it to everyone I know who has asked about a good book.

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Just finished Hell's Corner by David Baldacci (awesome). I'm now reading The Reversal by Michael Connelly (he's a favorite), and have Water for Elephants waiting to be next.
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Just finished Hell's Corner by David Baldacci (awesome). I'm now reading The Reversal by Michael Connelly (he's a favorite), and have Water for Elephants waiting to be next.
Am on the waiting list for Hell's Corner and will now add the Michael Connelly. Read Water for Elephants ages ago, but really liked it. I recommended to a few people and got mixed responses. Some liked it and other DID NOT. go figure. She has another book out that I keep eyeballing at the book store, but so far have resisted.

Finished Last Night at Chateau Marmont. Liked it. Fast read, once I made myself sit down and finish. Started off a little slow, I thought, and wasn't sure that I was interested in finishing. Glad I did though.

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Old 01-20-2011, 05:35 PM   #1634
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Loved "The Help", and am finishing up "Freedom". I'm getting ready to take a very long trip, sitting around in airports, so I've got a few books to read on my Kindle, Water for Elephants, being one of them, and the Larsson trilogy being the others. So, plenty to keep me company on the long flights. Looking forward to catching up some good reading......

Love all the reviews on this thread, thanks to all of you.
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I wish I could find my copy of Water For Elephants. I seem to have misplaced it, and no matter how many times I have gone through shelves and boxes of books, I cannot find it. I know I did not loan it to anyone, so it has to be here. Question is...where is it hiding?

The year has gotten off to a great start so far, with seven books in my journey to 100 completed so far:

Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown (romance)
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne (childrens classic)
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark (suspense)
Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart (mystery)
Not Without Risk by Suzanne Brockmann (rom suspense)
A Man to Die For by Suzanne Brockmann (rom suspense)
Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry (mystery)

Two more are at the halfway point:

Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne (childrens classic)
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts (romance)

The two books by Hawthorne have been read on the Nintendo DS "100 Classic Books." They are retellings of Greek myths. Some I remember, a few I do not. I would probably be done with the Nora Roberts already, but football was a huge distraction Sunday. NOT that I'm complaining, since my team is going to the Super Bowl. *vbg*


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I wish I could find my copy of Water For Elephants. I seem to have misplaced it, and no matter how many times I have gone through shelves and boxes of books, I cannot find it. I know I did not loan it to anyone, so it has to be here. Question is...where is it hiding?

The year has gotten off to a great start so far, with seven books in my journey to 100 completed so far:

Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown (romance)
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne (childrens classic)
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark (suspense)
Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart (mystery)
Not Without Risk by Suzanne Brockmann (rom suspense)
A Man to Die For by Suzanne Brockmann (rom suspense)
Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry (mystery)

Two more are at the halfway point:

Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne (childrens classic)
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts (romance)

The two books by Hawthorne have been read on the Nintendo DS "100 Classic Books." They are retellings of Greek myths. Some I remember, a few I do not. I would probably be done with the Nora Roberts already, but football was a huge distraction Sunday. NOT that I'm complaining, since my team is going to the Super Bowl. *vbg*


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teehehehehe!!!! Look in the closet!! That's what I tell my BFF, as she has a big walk in and things disappear in there!! Loved the Nora Roberts series!!! Got a new one by her to TBR pile. Called The Search. Gotta get on that as that pile is due back to the library next week. oooyyiiiieee


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JenniK: Nope, it's not in the walkin. I actually have all bins/boxes in there labeled that aren't see-through, and I've been through the couple marked "HC/trdsz" a couple of times. It's not a book one of my sisters would have borrowed, either. NOT that they would have had access to them. I am very territorial about my books, especially those I have not read yet.

I finished Savor the Moment and started Happy Ever After -- my goal for the weekend is to finish both that and the Tanglewood books. I read The Search last spring or summer when it was originally out in HC, and it was pretty good. Hope you enjoy!

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teehehehehe!!!! Look in the closet!! That's what I tell my BFF, as she has a big walk in and things disappear in there!! Loved the Nora Roberts series!!! Got a new one by her to TBR pile. Called The Search. Gotta get on that as that pile is due back to the library next week. oooyyiiiieee


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I love The Search. A friend is listing to it right now and enjoying it.

Funny as I lost my Water for Elephants too! I loaned it to my mom and I'm wondering if she passed it on. Hmm?
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I might have to keep a list of the books I read. A few friends started and I always talk about it, but never actually make it happen!

I'm reading something random from the free Kindle downloads at the moment. Then I have "Angela's Ashes, Little Bee, and The Art of Racining in the Rain" stacked on my nightstand. My husband asked why I have a Kindle if I have books..he doesn't get it!

I need to find some fun books for my upcoming vacation. Reading by the beach requires no thought in my world.
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I am about half way through Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and it's probably my favorite book in a very long time.
I am loving my new Kindle and I take it with me everywhere!
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