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Old 04-10-2011, 08:44 PM   #1761
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Started Black Heels and Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Love it!!! Have loved her blog for while now. Like her style of writing. makes me laugh out loud.


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love her cookbook, too. read it from cover to cover. and have given it as gifts.
I just started it too. I read the story she put on her blog so I'm excited to read past that part.

I have her cookbook too. '

Did you see the kid's book she has too about Charlie? I need a kid so I have a reason to order it.
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I'll keep this in mind. It has been sitting on my Kindle for months and I keep reading something else.
Same for me, (good old Kindles, just keep adding to them)......I'm now reading "Water for Elephants" before the movie comes out. I swear I'll get to that "...Dragon Tattoo" next!!!
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I just finished The Book Thief last night and would give it 5 stars. Awesome! I tried to start The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo right after but was having a hard time with it so maybe I will come back to it.
Fall of Giants just arrived from the library and I had better get going on that first since the waiting list is still huge and I won't be able to renew it.
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I just finished The Book Thief last night and would give it 5 stars. Awesome! I tried to start The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo right after but was having a hard time with it so maybe I will come back to it.
Fall of Giants just arrived from the library and I had better get going on that first since the waiting list is still huge and I won't be able to renew it.
I'm having trouble with getting into The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as well. I've started it twice. I know from the reviews that this is a good trilogy, and I own them, so I am determined to read them.

I just finished Blue by Lou Aronica for the Kindle Book Club on Facebook. I really loved it. I enjoyed escaping to a fantasy world and the possibilities it suggested.

I am currently reading the next book for the book club - When You Went Away by Michael Baron. I think I like it, but find myself skipping over the baseball references - which just makes it a faster read.
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Finished so far this month:

THE GHOST AND THE FEMME FATALE by Alice Kimberly (Mystery; book 4 of series)
THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED MANSION by Alice Kimberly (Mystery; book 5 of series)
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY by CS Lewis (Childrens; book 3 of series)

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JenniK: A friend of mine is a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. I keep meaning to check out her blog, but always forget. How did you like the book?

Joanne: THE BOOK THIEF has been sitting in my TBR pile for ages, just never seem to get round to it. I am considering both this one and SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay for a reading challenge in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Week, May 1-8.

Lovetostamp3: I hope to (finally!) start WATER FOR ELEPHANTS this weekend. Doubt I will get to see the movie while it is in theaters, though.


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I am reading True Blue by David Balduacci (sp?). It is a cop novel, not really liking it too much but I have not stopped reading it. Why? that is just the way I am i guess. Actually can't wait to finish to go on to something better.
I love David Baldacci's books. This one was a bit disappointing.
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Started Black Heels and Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Love it!!! Have loved her blog for while now. Like her style of writing. makes me laugh out loud.


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love her cookbook, too. read it from cover to cover. and have given it as gifts.
I didn't realize she had a book out. I love her blog!!

And her recipes have been staples in my kitchen!
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okay i know this is cheating BUT...for thoes of us (me too) who are having a hard time getting started on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO...I suggest going to the library and getting it on audio. It takes about 16 hours to get through...but I had a really hard time starting the book (several times) and I gave up...I am now on chapter 3 of the audio and its still a little hard to follow but I really like this option for this book! I have never done it for any other book before and so far so good!! I actually get a lot more done around my house too cause I clean and listen at the same time!!!
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Oh my gosh.....I just got a Nook eReader lastnight..... I am in trouble.....between that and Splitcoast I dont think my family will ever see me again!! LOL
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Just finished "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult" on my Kindle. It had music breaks I had to go online to hear. Toward the end, I just skipped them. I liked the book as I've liked all of her books.
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Just finished Dark Prince By Christine Feehan (again) lol... this was the uncut authors version of the book.

Am now reading Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick... so far its very good.
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I read Part One of Land of the Painted Caves, but had to take it back to the library because my two weeks was over (I was late starting it). My daughter put it on hold last week, so hopefully she will make her way to the top of the list pretty soon -- then I can read Part Two! In the meantime, I'm reading A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris, a series of Sookie Stackhouse short stories.
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I've read these books so far this month -

My Soul to Take- Yrsa Sigurdasrdottir mysery translated from Icelandic
Atlas of Human Rights Andrew Fagan non-fiction book -
Beggar's Garden by Michael Christie short stories by a Vancouver BC write about the poor, drug addicted, street people in Vancouver.
Sidetracked by Henning Mankell mystery translated from Swedish. Excellent series!

And I'm about half way through a wonderful book by Andrea Levy - The Long Song - a story about Jamaican Slavery, and their liberation. It's a fabulous book -and I plan to read Andrea Levy's other book, Small Island, which won an Orange prize .
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Just finished "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult" on my Kindle. It had music breaks I had to go online to hear. Toward the end, I just skipped them. I liked the book as I've liked all of her books.
An interesting concept, but I would find that distracting and would probably skip all of the song breaks. Glad you liked it!
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Finished CELEBRITY SUDOKU by Kaye Morgan over the weekend and started THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Heidi Betts, which is a trio of vampire Christmas stories. I won this book through GoodReads last November, but did not receive it until end of February, and wasn't exactly in the mood for Christmas by that point. Since the weather has reverted to winter (I awoke to snow, thank you very much!) with temps in the 30s and 40s and windchills as low as 20F, I figured it was as good a time as any to pull this one down off the shelf. I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first story. Not too bad so far...

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Just finished "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult" on my Kindle. It had music breaks I had to go online to hear. Toward the end, I just skipped them. I liked the book as I've liked all of her books.
I just downloaded this one last week. I thought I would read more this weekend but I slept on the plane instead!
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I'm lagging in the reading department lately! Life is getting in the way.

I'm almost finished with Pioneer Woman's book. Just a quick and easy fluff book. Cute since I adore her!

Finished Dixie Divas - some random Kindle download. Entertaining.

Just started Nora Roberts new book. I love her books and I'm hoping this one doesn't disappoint.

I read Water for Elephants a long time ago. I really enjoyed it. I actually just got the book back from my mom. Not sure I'll see the movie, I usually don't.
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I just started it too. I read the story she put on her blog so I'm excited to read past that part.

I have her cookbook too. '

Did you see the kid's book she has too about Charlie? I need a kid so I have a reason to order it.
No, I didn't see that. hmmm...... me too....... maybe my nieces could qualify?


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Same for me, (good old Kindles, just keep adding to them)......I'm now reading "Water for Elephants" before the movie comes out. I swear I'll get to that "...Dragon Tattoo" next!!!

Water for Elephants....... Great book!!!! Can't wait for the movie. Hope Hollywood doesn't wreck it.

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JenniK: A friend of mine is a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. I keep meaning to check out her blog, but always forget. How did you like the book?

Joanne: THE BOOK THIEF has been sitting in my TBR pile for ages, just never seem to get round to it. I am considering both this one and SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay for a reading challenge in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Week, May 1-8.

Lovetostamp3: I hope to (finally!) start WATER FOR ELEPHANTS this weekend. Doubt I will get to see the movie while it is in theaters, though.


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LOVED the Pioneer Woman, Black Heels, Tractor Wheels!! Great book. Really fast. Love her blog. Good cookbook, too. Just keep in mind, she is feeding cowboys, and the reciepes are not for 2!! It is A TON of food if you follow exactly. Lessoned learned.

Water for Elephants is also a good read. Really enjoyed that book. Recommended it to several friends and family.

I will add The Book Thief to my TBR pile!!


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I'm lagging in the reading department lately! Life is getting in the way.

I'm almost finished with Pioneer Woman's book. Just a quick and easy fluff book. Cute since I adore her!

Finished Dixie Divas - some random Kindle download. Entertaining.

Just started Nora Roberts new book. I love her books and I'm hoping this one doesn't disappoint.

I read Water for Elephants a long time ago. I really enjoyed it. I actually just got the book back from my mom. Not sure I'll see the movie, I usually don't.



What new book. Why don't I know about this?? sheesshhh....... guess I need to go get on the library wait list. Good thing I have a BIG TBR pile!!


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Hey Jenni! Did you know Nora Roberts has a new book out, Chasing Fire? It came out last Tuesday.

Have finished two of the three stories in the vampire Christmas anthology. One more to go...


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Have finished two of the three stories in the vampire Christmas anthology. One more to go...


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NOPE, didn't know that. Off to the library wait list. number gaziillion of another gazillion. Maybe the Easter Bunny will drop one off at my house. One can always hope.

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I had read Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicals (about eight or nine books, I think) some time ago and decided to get into another Arthurian legend series, so I picked up the first Mary Stewart book "The Crystal Cave" the other day. I'm interested in seeing how different or the same they are. I've been watching the "Merlin" TV series for three years, which gives a different perspective on the Arthur legend.
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Just finished Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke and downloaded the next in the series Strawberry Shortcake Murder.......great series with fun charachters and bonus recipes all throughout the books!!

Going to start reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes....a girls aunt dies & in her will sends her on an all expense paid adventure to locate the 13 blue envelopes she has placed for her all over the world!! Looking forward to this one!!
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So this is the first time in a while I have read a 'grown up book' in a while (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and others to keep up with my 9 year old have been my excitement lately)

I am reading 'The Twentieth Wife' by Indu Sundaresan... It is a fictional history of a 17th century Empress in India, fun to read and learning about a culture I know very little about.
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I just finished Nights in Rodanthe. I read it because my college age daughter wanted me to. I didn't care for it but I'm sure it's not because of the book. I'm not really into mushy romantic novels. My husband is sooo lucky! LOL!!

Anyway, I haven't decided what I want to read next.
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Rats! I had a feeling the post I tried to put through over the weekend got eaten, and sure enough...it did. Sigh...

Libby: Please let us know how 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is. That sounds like an interesting premise.

JenniK: So was the Easter Bunny kind to you? Any books left in your basket? He left one in mine, courtesy of GoodReads. Yup...won another book Sunday. A romance this time, A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley. There were 150 copies of this one, so odds of winning were pretty good (about 1 in 8 ).

Read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen over the weekend. Absolutely loved it! One of the best books I've read, and a fast read at that. The author did an excellent job at researching the novel and bringing the life of the old train circus to life. The Great Circus Train used to pass through here (Madison) every summer en route to Milwaukee for the Great Circus Parade--until the economy tanked. They stopped holding both several years back due to the high cost, which made me glad friends and I went to see it during its last pass. There are pics of some of the refurbished circus wagons on my blog, if anyone is interested.

So far this week I have read Protecting Plain Jane by Julie Miller (rom suspense) and have started Faux Finished by Peg Marberg (cozy mystery, first in series). According to the meter on GoodReads, I am two books out ahead of my goal, so yay! *g*


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Rats! I had a feeling the post I tried to put through over the weekend got eaten, and sure enough...it did. Sigh...

Libby: Please let us know how 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is. That sounds like an interesting premise.

JenniK: So was the Easter Bunny kind to you? Any books left in your basket? He left one in mine, courtesy of GoodReads. Yup...won another book Sunday. A romance this time, A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley. There were 150 copies of this one, so odds of winning were pretty good (about 1 in 8 ).

Read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen over the weekend. Absolutely loved it! One of the best books I've read, and a fast read at that. The author did an excellent job at researching the novel and bringing the life of the old train circus to life. The Great Circus Train used to pass through here (Madison) every summer en route to Milwaukee for the Great Circus Parade--until the economy tanked. They stopped holding both several years back due to the high cost, which made me glad friends and I went to see it during its last pass. There are pics of some of the refurbished circus wagons on my blog, if anyone is interested.

So far this week I have read Protecting Plain Jane by Julie Miller (rom suspense) and have started Faux Finished by Peg Marberg (cozy mystery, first in series). According to the meter on GoodReads, I am two books out ahead of my goal, so yay! *g*


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Nope, that darn rabbit totally bypassed my house. Didn't even bring any chocolate. Got a bunch of books at the library thought. Started Georgia Bottoms and A Cup of Friendship.

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Bummer! Mean little rabbit. I probably shouldn't mention he brought me a second, belated gift, huh? Yup, won another GoodReads book on Friday, YOU BELONG TO ME by Karen Rose -- and already received the first one (A COURTESAN'S GUIDE) on Saturday. Now to finish THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak so I can get to some hot romance. *WEG*

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My oldest two boys convinced me to read The Wheel of Times books. I've started the first one and it is really good and the reviews are VERY good. Of course, they didn't tell me that there are like 15 books in the series and each over 1000 pages!!! I think they are trying to keep me busy or something!!
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Bummer! Mean little rabbit. I probably shouldn't mention he brought me a second, belated gift, huh? Yup, won another GoodReads book on Friday, YOU BELONG TO ME by Karen Rose -- and already received the first one (A COURTESAN'S GUIDE) on Saturday. Now to finish THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak so I can get to some hot romance. *WEG*

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I am gonna have to check out this goodreads. You keep getting books from them.
I looked for The Book Thief at the library, but to no avail. So how was A Courtesan's Guide? Sounds intriuging.

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Old 05-08-2011, 05:34 PM   #1794
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JenniK: Your library doesn't have The Book Thief, or someone else had it checked out? As popular a book as it is, I can't believe they wouldn't have at least one copy. It was a really good book, BTW, one of the best I've read this year. I finished it Thursday night, and though I knew what was coming (there are hints at the ending throughout), I was still a bit weepy in parts.

Spent the weekend reading A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man and absolutely loved it. This was a really good, hot romance that follows the lives (and loves) of two women--one in contemporay Boston, the other in early 1800s London. I had a difficult time putting it down, especially the last 50-75 pages, when it kept flipping back and forth between the ages from one chapter to the next. That was a bit maddening in that I really wanted to know how Ophelia's story ended (London), even as we followed the parallel thread of Piper's story (Boston). And don't get me wrong--though maddening, it was a gimmick that works for this particular book. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance, just be forewarned that there are some pretty erotic (and explicit) scenes.

Now to decide on what to read next, while I wait for the second book I won to arrive...

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thanks for the recommendations!! Both books are on the library wait list!! Finished A Cup of Friendship. It was a good and fast read. Onto the next in the stack. For the life of me, I can't think of what is next {the pile is next to my bed and I am far away on the couch. }.

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I hope you enjoy both books when you get them, Jenni. I actually used A Courtesan's Guide for this week's Teaser Tuesday snippet on my blog--pop on over if you'd like a peek.

UPS just -- as in only moments ago -- delivered the advanced reading copy (ARC) of the Karen Rose book I won from GoodReads, so looks like I will be starting that as soon as I finish my current book, PRINCE CASPIAN by C.S. Lewis. It's been interesting rereading this series -- or, in the case of this one -- reading them for the first time. I'm about a third of the way through right now. Will definitely be trying to finish it tonight so I can get to YOU BELONG TO ME.

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I've been reading books that are shortlisted for the Orange Prize - just finished The Memory of Love by Aminnata Forna, as well as Grace Williams Says it Loud. Both were fabulous reads! I find Library Thing to be a great place for tracking reading and connecting with others that read what I like to read. Try out Library Thing!
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I randomly discovered this book on the shelf at the library - The Genesis Code by John Case. It's an older book, but fantastic. The story has a lot of Catholic references in it, and sort of reminds me of The Da Vinci Code. I think anyone who enjoyed Da Vinci Code would like this too. I finally just got too depressed with all of the Kay Scarpetta books and the unlikable characters. Had to take a break before I go back to them!
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I had read Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicals (about eight or nine books, I think) some time ago and decided to get into another Arthurian legend series, so I picked up the first Mary Stewart book "The Crystal Cave" the other day. I'm interested in seeing how different or the same they are. I've been watching the "Merlin" TV series for three years, which gives a different perspective on the Arthur legend.
I adore all of the Mary Stewart books in this series. I re-read them every few years or so!
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