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Old 10-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #2201
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Just finished Bonnie, by Iris Johansen.

Will start either The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell or NYPD RED by James Patterson & Marshall Karp next.
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I just finished reading The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackburg and am starting her other book called The Preacher.
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I finished The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (contemporary fiction) over the weekend and started The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (classic ghost story).

The Casual Vacancy is very definitely an adult novel, with adult situations, and is not for children or young adults. Here's what I wrote about it at GoodReads:

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As for Hill House...I usually stay far away from horror, but this book is a classic written in 1959, and -- judging from the sixty percent I have read so far, and the 1969 movie version I have seen -- it is more psychological than blood and guts. Here is the opening paragraph for your "pleasure".

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No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.
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Had a horrible night. For some reason, I simply could not sleep last night. I had a nice, long walk when I got home from work yesterday, followed by a warm shower and a good, hot meal. I nearly fell asleep while reading during the hour before a show came on I wanted to see.

Went to bed at 10pm exhausted, but could not sleep so ended up reading until I could no longer hold my book open, probably close to midnight. Woke around 1am, then again at 2am when I ended up reading until 4am and finishing The Haunting of Hill House. It was then another hour before I finally fell asleep and slept until 9:15am. Good thing I didn't have to get up early for work this morning!

Now I am tired and achey and just want to crawl back into bed--which would be a bad thing, as then I would have trouble sleeping tonight. Maybe it's the major cold front, drop in pressure and possible severe thunderstorms moving into our area.

Now starting: The Turquoise Mask by Phyllis A. Whitney. This is an older cozy mystery, printed in 1974. Whitney is featured author for October in the cozy mystery group at GoodReads.


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Has anyone read A Lesson Before Dying? I am reading it now. My daughter chose it for a h.s. assignment, and I decided to read it along with her. It's pretty good, just not a "pick me up." Definitely makes you think and makes you feel the frustrations of the main character, Grant. I think we've all wondered what else is out there for us....
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Hello all - I don't post here often, but I read this thread all the time.

I have (I think) all the Phyllis Whitney books. When I was in high school and young adult I couldn't wait to read all those books! I still have them. I started re-reading some of them and still found them pretty good, but can't get into them as I once dead. I guess it is time to send this HUGE box of books off to someone who will enjoy them!
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Cynamom: No, sorry, have not read that one. I do hope you and your daughter both like(d) it, though.

Hi Joanne! I have had four of Whitney's books in Mount TBR for what seems forever. They were a box set, and no idea where they came from. Since I actually slept last night, I am not more than two or three chapters into The Turquoise Mask. Hopefully I will get some time to read a bit this weekend!

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Finished The Turquoise Mask by Phyllis Whitney and Home For a Spell by Madelyn Alt (book 7 in her cozy paranormal "bewitching" series). Am now two-thirds of the way through Haven by Kay Hooper, the 13th in her "Bishop" series.

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Heather, way to go, that's awesome progress!

Jen, I just got "Someone Knows My Name" by Lawrence Hill and am wondering if it is the same as "The Book Of Negroes". Is it about Aminata Diallo? It's in my to be read pile.
It's a fabulous read , Joanne . And yes, Someone Knows My Name is the US title for the Canadian Book " The Book of Negroes." I guess it was thought that one title would be okay in Canada and a different title would work better in the US.

I read it about 3 years ago - LOVED it! Enjoy!
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It's a fabulous read , Joanne . And yes, Someone Knows My Name is the US title for the Canadian Book " The Book of Negroes." I guess it was thought that one title would be okay in Canada and a different title would work better in the US.

I read it about 3 years ago - LOVED it! Enjoy!
Hey Deb....hope all is well at your end of the country.
Canadians are always switching out titles etc. (trying to be correct which is respectful)
I have been reading MYRCA books to my young readers....End of Days by Eric Walters....
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Canadians are always switching out titles etc. (trying to be correct which is respectful)
I have been reading MYRCA books to my young readers....End of Days by Eric Walters....

Yes, Jen! I read a lot " Can Lit" . I read a couple of the long and shortlisted Giller Prize books this year - Inside by Alix Ohlin- didn't care for it, and Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis, which I thought was fabulous!

I've also been reading some of the Governor General finalists - The Juliet Stories by Carrie Synder and I'm just finished The Purchase by Linda Spalding - really a fabulous but sad read. Oh yeah - one other Giller Prize finalist - The Imposter Bride. That was a great read! I do read the Man Bookers too - not all of them - but ones that interest me.

Hmm I don't know MYRCA - will have to look it up, but I remember my sons loving the novels by Eric Walters when they were young!
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Just finished Storm Swords (3rd in the Game of Thrones series) and started Feast for Crows (the 4th book). I am thoroughly enjoying this series.
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I love this thread I wish I had time to read all of them
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To change up the "genre" of books, I just finished "Does the Noise In My Head Bother You" by Steven Tyler...great memoir. Prior to that was "Diary of a Player" by Brad Paisley and now I am working on the TYler Hamilton book : "The Secret Race" about the underworld of doping in the professional cycling world. It is a great read. I am more of a biographical and Non-Fiction reader but will pick up fiction as well. If I pick up a book at the bookstore, peruse it and then get sucked into it, then I will take it home with me. I just got my Kindle and going to start loading that up soon I am sure. Happy reading!
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Books finished:
Haven by Kay Hooper (Bishop #13, paranromal suspense)
Unexpected Bride by Lisa Childs (romance)
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (Scarpetta #1, suspense)

Currently (re)reading:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Classic/YA/fantasy)

This was the first Patricia Cornwell I have read, and am glad I have a couple more in Mount TBR. Leave it to me to finally get round to reading a great suspense author when she has a backlist of 20+. I also liked the Kay Hooper, can't wait for the next Bishop book out the end of this month.

I am not too far into The Hobbit as yet--too wrapped up in other things, though I have looked forward to diving into this again before the first movie comes out next month. And now, of course, I am also wanting to rewatch all of the LOTR movies. Might have to do that one of these weekends...

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Wow, people must have been really busy over Thanksgiving!

I finished reading The Hobbit, now reading a holiday 3-in-1 from last year, Holiday Hideout by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis and Julie Kenner. First story (by VLT) was good, am now in middle of the second story, by JS. VLT's stry takes place over Thanksgiving, JS's over Christmas, and the last NYE.

Hope everyone finds time to read over the busy winter holidays!

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Got the new Janet Evanovich started ... Notorious Nineteen! You know it's going to be good when Ranger and Lula show up in the first 20 pages!
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In the middle of Joel Rosenberg series. if you like political thrillers these will fufill the wish list, they are as real as today's headlines. However there is a 3-page list of characters. Currently there are 5 books in the series.
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Wow, people must have been really busy over Thanksgiving!

I finished reading The Hobbit, now reading a holiday 3-in-1 from last year, Holiday Hideout by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis and Julie Kenner. First story (by VLT) was good, am now in middle of the second story, by JS. VLT's stry takes place over Thanksgiving, JS's over Christmas, and the last NYE.

Hope everyone finds time to read over the busy winter holidays!

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Earlier this year I decided to read all four Tolkien books again. Reread The Hobbit (for the second time) and Fellowship of the Rings (for the third time). I put the series aside when I started Game of Thrones, but I will definitely go back for The Two Towers and Return of the King. I'm going to the LOTR Marathon on Saturday -- in preparation for The Hobbit, which opens next week.
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I am reading a great book by Peter Heller called The Dog Stars. It's so good! Anyone read it? I am not too far into it, but it is about a guy living out west in America after a virus has killed 99 percent of the population... kind of him coming to terms with it all, accepting the new way things are and hoping for the future. I like the main character a lot. Curious to see where it will go....
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Lois: I was wishing I'd taken the time to reread the LOTR series after seeing the movies. Maybe some day. There was a lot I didn't remember about them. My memory of The Hobbit was much better--I think there was only one scene in the book I did not remember. Now to see the movie!

Have finished four books since the end of November, and have surpassed my goal of 100 books for this year:
Night's Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost (paranormal romance novella feat. demons)
A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance, 5th in a series, though I have not read the earlier books...yet. I'm feeling a need to go back and correct that!)
Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (Cont. romance novella, Lucky Harbor 6.5--another series I haven't read, though I do now have books 1 and 2...I was too impatient to read them first.)
Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (Cont. romance, book one of series--Loved this and looking forward to reading the rest.)

Currently reading:
Yule Be Mine by Lori Foster (4-in-1 romance anthology)


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Wow, where did everyone go? I hope you all had a good break. Anyone get new books for Christmas? Me, not a one. Not even a B&N or Amazon giftcard. *Sniff*

I managed another four books after my last post to exceed my 2012 reading goal of 100 by six. The last four for the year were:
* Yule Be Mine by Lori Foster (4-in-1 romance anthology)
* Holly Lane by Toni Blake (Destiny #4, cont. romance)
* A Winter Bride by Meredith Webber (cont. romance)
* Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson (coffee table photo featuring photos of Paris, France)

Naturally, I have already committed to another 100 books in the GoodReads 2013 Reading Challenge. Two down, 98 more to go...

* The Love Talker by Elizabeth Peters (cont. romance)
* Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #1, hist. rom.)

Can't wait to see what all of you have been reading!

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Hi Heather!!

I didn't get one book for Christmas either. boo!!! hiss!!! Glad you made your goal of 100 books!! way to go!!

Since the 1st I have read :
The Bone Bed, The Tombs, and The Black Box. All 3, what I would consider to be man books. I am ready for a good smoochy romance!! May have to go dig out a Nora Roberts book.


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Hi Jenni!

You'd think people in our lives did not know us, not getting any books for Christmas. Ah, well. I know I will get some for my birthday. If nothing else, the library's monthly sale is the Saturday before. *grin*

LOL on the "man books." The titles sound like they were some pretty heavy, possibly dark, action/suspense novels. I too like reading those on occasion, but not as a steady diet. Sometimes you need a good romance to lighten things up!

I'm actually about to start the latest Kay Hooper, The First Prophet -- defiitely not a "light" read, but I have plenty of those to choose from when I am done.

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I finished Camilla Lackburg's book called The Preacher and am now on her book called The Stonecutter. I also read The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, What a good book!
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I am working on "Round About the Earth" the history of circumnavigation. Love it so far...especially the factor of how the concept of the International Dateline came to be et al.
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You'd think people in our lives did not know us, not getting any books for Christmas. Ah, well. I know I will get some for my birthday. If nothing else, the library's monthly sale is the Saturday before. *grin*

LOL on the "man books." The titles sound like they were some pretty heavy, possibly dark, action/suspense novels. I too like reading those on occasion, but not as a steady diet. Sometimes you need a good romance to lighten things up!

I'm actually about to start the latest Kay Hooper, The First Prophet -- defiitely not a "light" read, but I have plenty of those to choose from when I am done.

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Also started Garment of Shadows, by Laurie King. I liked the last book I read, so I have high hopes for this one.

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Exactly!

After helping me move last summer, my sister told me she was never buying me another book. Like they didn't know I had a lot of books before then--and it's not like there aren't any books in their house, either. To be honest, I half-expected her to get me an ereader for Christmas.

Currently reading a cozy mystery in Kate Collins' "Flower Shop Mystery" series, Night of the Living Dandelion.

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Started Killing Camelot by B O'Reilly. Before my time, so the history is interesting.
Also currently reading The Ideal Man, by J Garwood and Notorious Nineteen by J Evanovich.

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I have finished reading Just Alice about a lady with early onset Alzheizmers disease. It was a very interesting book. Have also finished Rod Stewart's autobiography. Interesting. A Walk Across the Sun is my new favorite. Can't wait till his new book comes out in March. Right now on my kobo I'm reading the Paris Wife. Jury is out on it at the moment.
What new and exciting books has everyone else been reading ?
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After finally reading all five Game of Thrones books (which I thoroughly enjoyed!), I decided to try something new (for me), a David Baldacci series -- King & Maxwell. I just finished Split Second and started Hour Game. Pretty good reading.
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I have finished reading Just Alice about a lady with early onset Alzheizmers disease. It was a very interesting book. Have also finished Rod Stewart's autobiography. Interesting. A Walk Across the Sun is my new favorite. Can't wait till his new book comes out in March. Right now on my kobo I'm reading the Paris Wife. Jury is out on it at the moment.
What new and exciting books has everyone else been reading ?
I'm reading Defending Jacob. It's really good, a page turner.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:36 PM   #2235
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I'm reading Defending Jacob. It's really good, a page turner.
I read that a while back. You are right - it kept me up late into the night.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:09 AM   #2236
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I love all the books by Nicci Gerrard - they are lovely and always something really precious to me. After reading I always sigh and I'm a bit sad, that the story is over already - special recommendation: "The Winter House"
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I just finished reading The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon. It is a "between the books" novel -- falling between Book 1 and Book 2 of the Outlander Saga. Claire is still back in the "present" and Jamie is a paroled prisoner of war, working on the farm where William is around two or three years old. I didn't enjoy the first Lord John book I read, but there is quite a bit of Jamie in this book as well as Lord John.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:51 AM   #2238
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I also read "Hidden," the latest House of Night book. I'm back with David Baldacci -- "Simple Genius."
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ACK! I could swear I posted a message last week, but maybe after clicking "preview" I forgot to hit "post"? *Thunk*

JenniK: Refering back to our exchange in message #2228 about not getting books or GCs for Christmas . . . I actually got a B&N giftcard for my birthday!

Lois: Congrats on getting through the entire Game of Thrones series. Way to go! Iíve only read one Baldacci so far myself, The Christmas Train, which was more a "cozy" mystery than suspense but pretty good. Would like to try something more of his.

I'm feeling like a bit of a slacker right now, as I am four books behind my goal of 100 for this year. I am hoping to make up some of that differnce this month. Here's what I have read so far this year.

01. The Love Talker by Elizabeth Peters (Mystery)
02. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Mystery, Amelia Peabody #1)
03. The First Prophet by Kay Hooper (Suspense, Bishop Files #1)
04. Over Key West and the Florida Keys by Charles Feil (Travel)
05. Luke by Jill Shalvis (Romance)
06. Murder by the Glass by Michele Scott (Mystery, Wine Lover's #2)
07. Night of the Living Dandelion by Kate Collins (Mystery, Flower Shop Mystery #11)
08. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Classic)
09. If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell (Mystery, A Haunted Home Renovation #1)
10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Classic, reread)
11. Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab (Mystery, Mind for Murder #1)
12. Rainsong by Phyllis A. Whitney (Rom-suspense)
13. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Lit Fic)

"Hedgehog" was good, but definitely not a fast read. You may find yourself rereading some passages, and there was one two-page chapter on philosophy that made my head hurt, LOL. I would definitely recommend it if you like literary fiction set in present-day France.

Currently reading:
Kansas City Cowboy by Julie Miller (The Precint: Task Force #2, Rom-suspense)


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well, yea for you HEATHER!! what are you going to get?? got your list ready??

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