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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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Currently readingThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Steelheart (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
An Altered Light by Jens Christian Grondahl

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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.
Hello Sharon, hope everything is good in your life. I am back to full time, so hardly any time to read, but of course still at it. Have you read anything really great lately? My favorite this year is the Storyteller by Jodi P. 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
Hello, good to hear from you. I have not been reading too much lately, been very busy, have started Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and its very good, wish I had more time to read. Our weather has started to turn cold again, winter is on the way. Only good thing about that is more time to read.
Hi Sharon, can't get a Suitable Boy here but can order it, so don't think I will join in. Let me know how it is. I have a few at the library to pick up today. Talk soon!
I am sure I can get a copy of Suitable Boy somewhere, either at the Chapters or at one of the used book stores. the Asylum reminds me so much of the Thirteenth Tale and I loved that one as well. Well must be off, talk soon
I'm reading the Asylum by John Harwood, really good. I haven't made it to Chapters to get the Suitable Boy, so busy but don't think the library would let me keep it for a year. Sounds good and will try to get it. Anyway happy reading.
Just finished Where'd you go, Bernadette, a very enjoyable read. I don't know yet about The Suitable Boy yet, if it will take you a year, it will take me two, but I will see if I can order it and go from there.
I have put in orders for those at the library but they haven't gotten them in yet. Sounds like I would like them. No I'm not in a book club, however do exchange loved book lists with friends, there are a few that do like my type of books, although I do like a lot of different types of books, just like to mix them up I guess. Talk soon.
Hi Sharon, just finished the White Princess, Philippa Gregory, very good, really liked it. Up next is Sisterland. 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
I'll try this again. I am reading the tears of the giraffe, the 2nd in the Alexander McCall Smith series. It's very good, I have read the first one and liked it as well. I have so many books sitting on my tbr pile, and also lots ordered at the library. They are very slow coming most of the time, lately though I seem to be the 1st to get them if they have them on order. Our summer here is very wet, not very warm temps very cool. I go walking every evening if possible as our summers are so short, must enjoy what we do have. Take care, keep me posted
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.
Sounds like another good one, how do you come up with your books to read?
I just started Instructions for a heatwave and loving it so far. Take care
Hi Sharon, you are way ahead of me with your reading. I have been finding stored boxes of books and adding them as I go through them. I am still on The Edge of Never which so far is pretty good, however getting to be a bit of maybe fifty shades if you know what I mean. I have some at the library that have come in so I am anxious to get them and start reading again. What is the heaven I swallowed about, seems you really liked it. Talk soon
I Just started The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski,haven't gotten into it too far yet, will let you know how it is,
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!
No I haven't been on much lately, have added some older ones I had stored for garage sale, but haven't read much lately. I am a legal assistant at a law firm part time but have been in quite a bit lately. I haven't read any Patrick Gale but now have A Perfectly Good Man on my to be ordered list which is now about 20 pages long. When will I ever have time to read all these books I so much want to read. Take care.
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.
Hi Sharon, I have been so busy lately I have been neglecting my Library thing friend. What are u reading lately? I just picked up This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. I have been having bad luck with my pile of books, can't seem to find something to grab me, maybe this will be it. Take care.
Thanks Sharon, I now have Regeneration on my tbr list, and will order soon. Take care.
Hi Sharon, I see things have been changed up a bit here. Finished Benediction, liked it, now reading the Silver Linings Playbook. I do not seem to have much time to read lately, it's maddening. I must keep reminding myself that it is a hobby. Keep me posted about any that I should be ordering, and take care.
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
For sure! We have decided to go to a spa for a few days in a near by city for this holiday and then do the big one later on in the summer. Talk soon
Just finishing the Graveyard Book, interesting, Benediction is now in at the library so up next is my Antonia then Benediction. I am so slow with my reading, working again and also enjoying outside, doing a lot of walking. Our trip is now off as there is now flooding in Alberta in the mountain area. Take care. It is so frustrating as our library seems not to get the latest books in for such a long time, I have alot ordered and they have them on order but you have no idea when they will come, so you order more and then they show up all at once. Anyway, as long as they come sometime is the main thing.
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.
Did she say why she didn't like it? Just out of curiosity.
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 am also slow with my reading, just finished the Greatcoat and YA Sisterhood, really liked them both. Had the Sisterhood for a long time thinking I wouldn't like it but actually quite good, about a relationship between mother and daughter. Just started the Rosie Project, the very first copy from the library. It is starting out to be quite a good read also. I have quite a few on order so we will see what comes in next.Talk soon.
Hi there, I have been busy at work as well. Yes, I did enjoy the Haunting of Maddie Clare, about a young girl left after being attacked and thought dead. Just finished Peachtree Road, wasn't a favorite. She took so much time dwelling on little things and so little time dwelling on the big stuff. Maybe i'm just not in the mood for that right now, too busy. I am also reading the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and enjoying it (wasn't expecting to) Also the Greatcoat is at the library to pick up some time soon. Take care.
That sure does happen, especially after a really good read and nothing seems to replace it, or if one is overly busy and time is going by and nothing to seems to occupy your very little spare time. I am going to order Carry me Down and The Greatcoat. Talk soon
Hi Sharon, no I haven't read Carry me down, at least l don't remember reading it and i have only been keeping track now a few years Would you recommend it? What are you reading now? I started The Haunting of Maddy Clare, so far so good, will let you know. 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.
Yes I sure hope so, I am loving Plainsong, really connecting with the charactors. I was also able to order the Rosie Project, although it has only been ordered for the library so no telling how long it will take to come. Take care.
Hi Sharon, I don't know if you will like Life After Life, you might, the reviews are so mixed. I love Kate Atkinson, but this book was just too much confusion for me, although parts of it were really good, enough to get me through it.I am going to try to order the Rosie Project, it sounds interesting. Take care and thanks for your input.
Hi Sharon, know you are very busy, just wanted to tell you I finished Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, the worst of her books that I have read, maybe it's just me though as it has so many good reviews, but also some that thought the same as me. Just starting Plainsong, had to re-order it. I'm not reading as much as in the winter, it's a shame not to be outside now that the weather is nice and our winters are so long. Take care.
Glad to hear from you. Today our roads are all closed, a raging snow storm AGAIN. The Secret Keeper is the first Kate Morton for me, and i really liked it, but if they are all the same could get a bit repetitive. Take care.
Hi Sharon you must be busy with work, are you getting any reading done? I just finished the Sunbird by Wilbur Smith and of course loved it. Plainsong is now ready to be picked up at the library. Can you believe we are expecting another snow storm tonight. Take care.
Just finished the Secret Keeper, really a great read. I do plan on reading the rest of her books, have them on my tbr list. Now on to the Sunbirds. I have so many books on my tbr lists that i doubt i will get them all read in my lifetime, and then there are always new ones coming up that have to be read. Happy reading!
Just did a library search and they don't have fall girl, but they do have addition by Toni Jordan. Have you read this one?
Hi there, glad you liked Fall Girl, I will see if I can get it here. Just finishing up the secret keeper by kate morton, really liked it. Also the Wilbur Smith you had mentioned the Sunbirds is on the way to the library so can pick it up this week. I have liked all of his books so I'm sure i will like this one also.Talk soon.
Hi Sharon, just finished me before you, another favorite, it will stay with me for a very long time, take care
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