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1foggidawn
Dec 1, 2011, 10:51pm Top

Let's hear all about it!

I have a couple of books going. I'm sort of stalled out on So Punk Rock (and other ways to disappoint your mother) by Micol Ostow -- it has a great title, but the story is not sucking me in as much as I expected. I'm also reading Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede, which is enjoyable but not a particularly fast-paced read. Also, last night I read Christmas After All by Kathryn Lasky -- and though that was technically a November read, I thought I'd mention it here since it is my first holiday-themed read of the season.

2Kerian
Dec 2, 2011, 12:19am Top

I'm still listening to Orson Scott Card's The Lost Gate and have been seriously considering rereading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: the graphic novel ever since I started playing the game version on my ipod.

3Rozax
Dec 2, 2011, 4:20am Top

I need to find something to read...I'm finally finished with academics, so leisurely reading should ensue. Something other than my security blanket, The Harper Hall of Pern. I need to dig up some new reads. It's been forever since I bought a new book.

4biblioholic29
Dec 2, 2011, 9:18am Top

Probably will start on The Lost Hero (reread) today before moving on to The Son of Neptune.

5grkmwk
Dec 4, 2011, 2:46pm Top

About to start Ghostwalk, hoping it will lift me out of my (mini-)slump of late. Here goes!

6littlegeek
Dec 5, 2011, 1:58am Top

I'm reading Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn. Enjoying it so far.

7foggidawn
Dec 5, 2011, 8:23am Top

#6 -- Ooh, good one! I love that series.

8elbakerone
Dec 5, 2011, 3:26pm Top

I started The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but it's taking a while to hook me. It's really good I've just been super busy and distracted by work/life at present.

9Kerian
Dec 5, 2011, 6:02pm Top

#6-7 LG & foggi:
LT's always recommending that author to me. I'll have to try that book.

Someone's loaned their copy of The History of the World According to Facebook to me. I'm not that far into it but it's pretty funny!

10Renald128
Dec 16, 2011, 2:36pm Top

I am glued to Divergent, it's my first Kindle read! woohoo!

11compskibook
Dec 16, 2011, 6:17pm Top

I am really enjoying Bossypants right now!

12littlegeek
Dec 16, 2011, 7:20pm Top

I'm reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

13MrAndrew
Dec 17, 2011, 1:04am Top

The Waves... slowly. December is not a good month for reading. Looking forward to the post-christmas hiatus.

14grkmwk
Dec 17, 2011, 8:35am Top

#10 - I've heard Divergent is really good, Ron. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!
#11 - I read that in early November, compski, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
#12 - LG, State of Wonder is on my wishlist for Christmas. Hope it's good!

I stayed up much too late last night to finish Ghostwalk, which I loved. I appreciated the amount of historical research and authenticity the author brought to the book. And her descriptions were vivid, giving both physical and mental details enough for me to easily visualize the settings.

I am hopeful that this reading success has pulled me out of the mini-slump I found myself in for much of November and early December. I have two books to read over the next two weeks for different discussion groups in January, The Winter Sea (book club) and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains (work group read), and I'm excited about both. Fingers crossed!

15Renald128
Dec 19, 2011, 5:12pm Top

#14: I really really liked Divergent, I just stalked a little bit your library and saw that you have The Hunger Games, so I'm pretty confident you'll also love Divergent, grk!

I finished Divergent and loved it (I can always count on what my HE friends' favorite reads to choose my next books :P) and I am now reading World War Z, so far, it's really good.

16jugglingpaynes
Dec 19, 2011, 6:27pm Top

I am halfway through The Son of Neptune. I seriously need to brush up on my knowledge of the Argonauts.

1706nwingert
Dec 19, 2011, 7:37pm Top

I'm taking a detour from my tbr list. I got into the Kingdom Keepers series, then I plan on re-reading His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings, (today is the 10 year anniversary of FotR in theaters-- can you believe that?!) and Howard Zinn's People's History of America. I think that load should take me unitl late January or early February, then I should get back on my tbr list.

18LadyN
Dec 20, 2011, 11:15am Top

Having been going through a bit of a reading famine since September (eek!), I have just had it kickstarted again. This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that I now have a kindle...

Anyway, I've just read The Knitting Circle, and have now started The Crying Tree.

I am also dipping in and out of a collection of Christmas stories in a desperate attempt to make me feel festive, which I currently do not.

Disclaimer: I will not be using kindle for all my future reading. I just think that because it is exciting and new it has given me a much needed reading boost. :-)

19DesBelle
Dec 20, 2011, 3:25pm Top

I am revisiting the Goblet of Fire and read the Sense & Sensibility Marvel version which was a great adaption!

20littlegeek
Dec 21, 2011, 2:08am Top

g, I finished State of Wonder today and thought it was fantastic. Patchett is just a great writer.

I just downloaded a free sample of The Nobodies Album. This is one of many things I love about my Kindle.

21Marensr
Dec 21, 2011, 1:06pm Top

I finally broke down and am reading A Game of Thrones I am also reading The Aran Islands and Robinson by Muriel Spark . . . plus there will no doubt be Christmas books coming. . .

22tyler32
Dec 21, 2011, 3:05pm Top

Morpheus Road: the black by Dj Machale

23Rozax
Dec 21, 2011, 6:08pm Top

I'm rereading Montessori Madness since my husband says he's finally going to get around to it after he finishes A Game of Thrones.

24grkmwk
Dec 27, 2011, 4:11pm Top

Earlier this afternoon I finished Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea, which I loved! It had been on my TBR list for a while, so I was excited when my book club selected it for our January read. However, I had no idea I'd enjoy it so thoroughly! Definitely an author whose other works I'll be looking into.

A group of us at work will discuss Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains in early January, so I'm going to get a jump start on that for my next read.

I also plan to skim the last few chapters of Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia in the next few days, as I know there's good information for me in among the rest that doesn't apply, seeing as how I'm non-tenure track library faculty. I started this just as the fall semester began, with the hope that I'd finish it quickly, since it was an engaging read. Ha! Academic life soon took over, which was both the truth and irony of the book brought to life. But the first half of the book was compelling and applicable to any woman - or man - seeking to work in academe, as the authors share practical wisdom on the realities of such a career choice and how to identify the type of institution for which one wishes to work, regardless of family desires. Hence why I didn't give up on it and am striving to finish by the end of the year.

Oh, and I've also started Kathleen Norris's Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, which I'm reading a chapter at a time in the mornings.

25Renald128
Dec 27, 2011, 8:40pm Top

I finished reading World War Z which was really good and now I am reading A storm of Swords (Third one in A song of Ice and Fire series)...I can't wait for Game of Thrones' second season....

26littlegeek
Dec 29, 2011, 12:16pm Top

I'm finishing up my year of women writers with Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. I like it ok, but it's not as good as Housekeeping.

27foggidawn
Dec 29, 2011, 12:35pm Top

I'm reading Mastiff by Tamora Pierce -- it seems to be on par with the earlier books in the series so far. My only complaint with it is that it, like the earlier books in the series, is written in diary format, and I don't think that was necessary. When, in Beka's busy life, does she have time to write long and detailed diary entries?

28Kerian
Dec 31, 2011, 5:25am Top

#26 LG:
I enjoyed Housekeeping, too. I read it in a women's lit class.

I'm almost done reading Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel.

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