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About meMy top ten books for 2012 were:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


Favorite authorsPat Barker, Sebastian Barry, Geraldine Brooks, Peter FitzSimons, Philippa Gregory, Kate Grenville, Sonya Hartnett, Kent Haruf, Jennifer Johnston, Toni Jordan, Wally Lamb, Cormac McCarthy, Ann Patchett, Sharon Kay Penman, Anita Shreve, Anne Tyler, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)

Real nameSharon

LocationMelbourne, Australia

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Member sinceOct 24, 2011

Currently readingThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
The yellow papers by Dominique Wilson

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Oh my, lots of changes in your world since we last chatted, you have even moved. No I haven't read the Orenda yet, saving for winter, looks like a long read, but sure have had good reviews. Yes my wrist healed really well so no problem there. Talk to you soon, take care, and happy reading.
Hi Sharon, just wanted to touch base with, haven't talked in a long time. I seem to be in a bit of a book funk, don't fined anything lately that I even really really like. Adopted a rescue dog that has been badly abused and I spend a lot of time with him. How are you doing?
I have added The Orenda to my list. I also had given up on Jodi P, really didn't like the last one she did. Thought I would give her another chance, given all the good reviews on the Storyteller and was not disappointed. My arm is better than ever, weather here is horrible again, but things may be looking up soon. Take care.
Hi Sharon, good to hear from you. I am presently reading the Book of Fate and loving it. Have really slowed down reading this summer, hopefully can get back to it soon. Yes I did read Under the Skin, quite good and very different. Happy reading!
Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! I am just reading The Observations by Jane Harris, love the book and both the characters Bessy and Arabella. Take care.
Finished Burial Rites, could not put it down. Thanks for referring. Take care
Your winter sounds like our summer. This week is supposed to get into the 20s, we shall see, we have had such cool weather this year. The large snow bank that was hauled out of the city this past winter has not even melted and soon it will be freezing again but luckily I will be winning the lottery soon and can move to Hawii. Or maybe I should become an author and write fantasy books, ha ha. Take care
Thanks, I'll try to check those out. I check out New York times Bestsellers, see how long they have been on the list, also all the book awards give me some of my ideas, and of course this site, checking out other's favorites.
I haven't counted mine but I have a writing pad beside the computer that I write them in and I spend more time looking up books that I want to read than I actually read. Makes no sense!
I have read After You'd Gone by Maggie O Farrell and did really enjoy it, one of my favorites. I will be interested to hear what you think of this one. I have made progress with This is Where I Leave You and I think it will be a favorite. Talk soon.
Hope you like the 100 year old man one, I really liked it. I am reading Benediction, the final one of the Kent Herauf ones, and really enjoying it also. The Silver Lining playbook is at the library for me, also waiting for quite a few more I have ordered.Take care
Well it would certainly fit into the unusual category, but not dark, a very uplifting book with a lot of quirkiness thrown in. Just started Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, pretty good so far. Take care.
Hi Sharon, just finished the Rosie Project, such a great book, really loved it. Don't know what's next. I have slowed down so much with my reading but will catch up again in winter. Take care.
I just looked Banks up on fantastic fiction and it looks like The Wasp Factory was his first novel written in 1984, and since then has written many. None of them rang a bell for me but who knows.He was named best Scottish writer in 1993, so his novels must be worthy. Let me know if you like it, will be glad to hear about it.
Hi Sharon, just finished The Colour of Milk, really good, although somewhat depressing, read in a day and could not put it down. Now I will read something from my library, while waiting for Eventide to come in. What are you on now?
Yes I have also just finished Plainsong, just loved it, can't wait to get Eventide. I have a feeling that Dwayne is coming back into the picture. I was so glad she came back to Raymond and Harold, they are the most lovable charactors ever. I am now reading The last child by John hart. Have a good weekend.
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