GeorgiaDawn - 2012
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I fell short on my reading in 2011, but I plan on making up for it in 2012. As always happens, I expect my TBR list to grow exponentially as I read through the threads here. Happy Reading!
Hi, Cindy! I've been away from LT for much of 2011 but hope to be here more regularly in the new year. We have a lot of books in common and I remember enjoying your thread before. I'll be stopping by to hear about your reading...see you soon!
I'm glad I found you here! I starred you too. Let's hope we both have great reading this year!
Happy New Year too!
Found you. I can't believe how much there is in this group and it is not even 7 am on January 1st in my world! gosh!
I'll start my thread shortly.
You are starred, of course.
starring Cindy, though I confess keeping up with the 75 threads sometimes overwhelms me!
Happy New Year (a day late)!
ForeignCircus - Following these threads is very overwhelming! It's difficult for me to keep up and even more difficult to manage my TBR list after reading threads. I'll be trying to follow along, too.
oh, yes, the little itty bitty red x is a very good friend, in times of need.
I'm red x'ing anyone with whom I don't share at least 10% of their library. I figure that if at least that much doesn't match, I won't be interested in the thread. Still far too many. I think next week, anyone with 100 posts or more where I'm still not interested or it's all chat, I'll go through with more red x's.
I like the 10% guideline. Do you look at All Collections, or just Your Library?
Last year someone suggested red x'ing anyone who shares less than 100 books, which is how I started, but on a second pass, for some libraries that is far less than 10% (in fact I shared 300 books with one library and that was less than 10%!), plus it automatically discounts anyone who doesn't have hundreds and hundreds of books cataloged. I'm definitely using the 10% guide going forward.
Ouch on the red x's. I prefer the star method and just click on my starred threads when I want a quick catch-up.
Welcome back, Cindy. I see we share 168 books which is dangerously close to the advised 10% cut-off. Please don't red-X me. ;-)
I look at All Collections.
I have to use red x's or when I go through All Talk, I won't know which ones to look at. For me a red x isn't anything bad, it just means not interested.
I star the threads in which I'm most interested and view only the starred threads if I'm in a rush. I don't "x" anyone. I have found a few titles which are very interesting, even on the threads where I have very little in common with that person's library. I just catch up on the non-starred threads as I have time. If I am in a hurry, even then, the conversation threads are closed quickly unless I see something that catches my attention.
I don't "x" much; I do star a good many threads! I also don't post on many threads in this group, but I lurk in a great many of them. I'll be standing in the corner smiling as my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds!
Thank you for all the welcome backs. Happy reading, everyone!
1. Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles is at it again! I love this series and cannot get enough of it.
I'm at the point where it's difficult to give an adequate review without giving away spoilers for those who are not reading the series. I'll just say that Miles and his family are again drawn into a disaster that involves murder, madness, and mayhem. Miles is desperately trying (with a good bit of help) to solve all the problems in order to make it home in time for a special event.
You know, I've been meaning for years to read the first of the Vorkosigan series but for some reason haven't gotten around to it. Maybe 2012 is the year. (Adding to TBR list.)
2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
You are a young teenager. You have been in trouble a few times and not exactly the type of child your parents thought you would be. No problem. They can have you unwound. They can even convince themselves it is for the public good. After all, wouldn't you be more valuable if your salvageable parts could be given to the good people who need them?
I enjoyed this book very much. Neal Shusterman has created a possible future that is terrifying. The characters each have strengths and weaknesses that contribute to the plot and outcome in interesting ways. There are a few twists and turns along the way. I gave this book four stars instead of five because I found it a bit predicable. However, it is written for a younger audience and probably would not be as predicable to them.
3. Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure by Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles is on another adventure. This book left me stunned! I enjoyed it very much and thought everything was settled until the last few pages. Now I'm stuck because there is not another Miles book to jump right into. What ever will I do?
4. The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta and Allonso Ruano
This was a short story, but important. What does a child do when he has been taught to tell the truth, but he knows the truth could destroy his family and everything they stand for?
I keep hoping there will be another Vokosigan book - it's my favorite series.
I hope so, too, Dejah_Thoris! I can't imagine the series being left with this ending.
The latest book, which features Ivan as the central character, is at the publisher's as we speak. Of course, editing is still going on.
You know I heard some buzz about a possible Ivan book a while back, but wasn't sure if was true. Thanks for the heads up!
5. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Even though this is the second in the series, it's the first one I read. I enjoyed the book, but found it very predictable. That may because I know about the series and have watched a few of the television episodes. It was good, but was not the thriller I wanted it to be.
#25 - I'll definitely be looking for the book about Ivan! I'm not ready to stop reading about Miles and Ekaterine. I hope there will be more based on them.
Fuzzi - Your thread is starred, too. I read many threads, but don't post much here. I'm a Book Challenge Lurker. :)
6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Diana Bishop is a witch who has spent most of her life trying to avoid using her magic. When she travels to Oxford in order to research original manuscripts of alchemy, Diana discovers that other creatures (vampires and daemons) are as interested in her as she is the old manuscripts. They know more about her than she knows herself. After spending years fighting her magic and denying her rich magical heritage, she must learn to use her magic in order to save her family, herself, and the vampire that stepped into her life.
The plot of this book was interesting, but moved along at a very slow pace. I almost stopped reading a couple of times. I am glad that I stuck it out. While I did enjoy the book overall, it seems to me that the same story could have been told in much fewer pages. The first half rehashed the same themes over and over: vampires and witches do not befriend one another, vampires are dangerous, the three creatures (vampires, witches, and daemons) are not to mix company. As I passed the halfway mark, the plot moved quickly and the previously established rules were broken on every page out of necessity. The more I read, the more I liked the book and the characters.
This book has a definite cliffhanger. If that drives you crazy, wait until you have the sequel to start this one
7. The Great Santini by Pat Conroy - 5 Stars
As a marine, Bull is one of the best. As a father, he is not one of the best. Through the pages of this book, Pat Conroy tells the story of Bull and his family as they make a home in South Carolina during Ben Meecham's senior year in high school. New friends are made, new relationships forged, and old family habits are faced with laughter and heartache. The four Meecham children, their Mid-Western Marine father, and their Southern bred mother come alive within the pages of The Great Santini. They struggle with their undying love for family and the love/hate relationship they have for the lives they have very little control over.
Pat Conroy has a gift for the written language. His rich Southern heritage permeates every page. With one sentence he can invoke anger, bring you to tears, or make you roar with laughter. His words are eloquent and harsh, stirring and sharp. He is a master.
I adore Pat Conroy, but I've never read this book of his, for some reason. I'll have to read it.
Oh, yes, I highly recommend it to you, Beth. I'm reading The Boo now which is the first book he wrote. It's about one of the administrators at The Citadel.
I've just finished Pat Conroy's My Reading Life which I enjoyed very much. It's a series of essays in which he discusses the importance of books and reading in his life. He writes wonderfully well and we share both a background of growing up in the military and of falling hard for Thomas Wolfe in high school so much of what he writes goes straight to my heart. It's a short book but I found myself putting it down quite often just so I wouldn't finish it too soon. I've put off Santini for a long time because I thought it might feel a bit too close to home. One of these days I'll have to break down and give it a go.
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It is fun to read of you all discovering Pat Conroy. I remember finding him, and reading several of his books, several years ago. Having a long "reading life" is quite nice to remember.
I wish I had read Conroy's books earlier. It's really a shame that I didn't! He's from my "neck 'o the the woods," geographically speaking. :)
8. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
I can't believe that I forgot to add this book! I finished it a few days ago and enjoyed it very much. This follows Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey after Jamie's release from prison. Claire is not is this book, but she is mentioned and thought of many times by Jamie. The Scottish Prisoner is part of the Lord John series and helps to explain the complicated relationship between Jamie and John. I found that I liked Lord John much more after reading this book.
"Delurk" I love it!!
It's going good, but I can't seem to find the time to read! When I do sit down to read, I fall asleep. No, of course it's not age! Why do you ask?
I've recommended some of the books on your list to a friend. He's interested in reading more about our US Presidents. Is there one that sticks out as exceptionally good?
Here's what I've read so far, with star ratings:
#1. His Excellency: George Washington ****
#2. John Adams *****
#3. American Sphinx ***1/2
#4. James Madison: The Founding Father ***
#5. James Monroe (American Presidents series) ***
#6. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life****
#7. Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times****
#8. The Presidency of Martin Van Buren **
#9. William Henry Harrison. None found - used wikipedia and other internet resources. Moving on to the next one.
#10. John Tyler, the Accidental President **1/2
#11. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America****
#12. Zachary Taylor ****1/2
#13. Millard Fillmore **
#14. The Presidency of Franklin Pierce ***
#15. President James Buchanan ***
#16. With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln ****
#17. Andrew Johnson: A Biography **1/2
#18. Grant *****
#19. Rutherford B. Hayes: and His America by Harry Barnard ***
#20. James A. Garfield **1/2
The Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield ****
#21. Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell
#22/24 An Honest President: the Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland by H. P. Jeffers
#23. Touched with Fire: Five Presidents and the Civil War Battles That Made Them by James M. Perry
#25. William McKinley by Kevin Phillips ***
#26. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris ****
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris ****
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris ****
#27. 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs **
#28. Woodrow Wilson by John Milton Cooper Jr ***1/2
#29. Warren G. Harding by John W. Dean ****
#30. Calvin Coolidge by David Greenberg ****
I've made the ones I liked touchstones. Also The River of Doubt (TR's Amazon river exploration) and Destiny of the Republic (Garfield's shooting and subsequent death), both by Candice Millard.
Wow! Thank you, DrNewt!
Maggs - My son read The River of Doubt and liked it very much. I have not read it, but have it on that very long list of mine.
9. Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
My brain hurts. Robert Sawyer certainly makes you think! I've read this book before, but I remember skimming through it at the time. This time I decided to take my time and give it the attention it deserved. Through the characters in the book, Sawyer brings all sorts of controversies to the surface. The issues he touches on are political, religious, and moral. I didn't necessarily question my beliefs; however, I did think a great deal about how my beliefs (political, religious, and moral) all fit into the great scheme of things. I thought it was very interesting that Sawyer chose to use extraterrestrial aliens to make humans take a good look at humanity.
10. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
I hesitate to say that The Woman in Black is a good book. It is a tremendous ghost story full of horror and lasting revenge. I will, no doubt, be thinking about it for a while. I did not see the movie, but I will now even though I know it will probably not compare favorably with the book.
I thought The Woman in Black was excellent as well. There is an older movie (I have it on DVD) that is pretty good. Have not seen the new one.
I will look for the older movie, majkia! Thank you!
11. Timeless by Gail Carriger
Timeless is the last book in the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger. I love this series! There is very little that you can take serious in the books. There are vampires who are more concerned with fashion than their next meal, werewolves who have difficulty controlling their hair, and at the center is the main character who can render any of them human again with a touch. In this last installment, Carriger ties up her loose ends nicely. While some characters took on new, challenging roles, they remained true to personalities Carriger had developed in the previous books.
Gail Carriger will be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year for the first time. I can hardly wait to meet her!
12. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
13. The Boo by Pat Conroy
14. The Appalachian Trail Guide, North Carolina-Georgia (Proof that you will read anything in a hospital waiting room.)
How sad is it that I actually read the Trail Guide? :). I can't focus on a paragraph, but those stats and line items were easy to get through.
Nothing wrong with reading a trail guide, GD.
I like to read bird guides. :)
DrNewt, I know! I need to read the next book of his, but I left it home. I'm sooooo tempted to buy it for the Kindle. I'm trying to resist since I have the hardback sitting on my table. (I'm at the hospital with my mom.)
She is much better! We are in a room and out if ICU. We hope they will release her in a day or two.
Thank you all for your concern and well wishes!
GD, that is great news! I know you are so ready for her to be home.
16. The Harvest by Scott Nicholson
The Harvest takes place in a small, North Carolina community tucked away in the mountains. It is a quiet community complete with moonshiners, a preacher struggling with his sinful thoughts, and a psychology professor who has premonitions. Insert an alien presence feeding on all the life around it, and you have The Harvest.
This was a free Kindle book and definitely worth the price! Like other books I have read in the last year or so, there were places where I thought the book was dragging and wanted it to move faster. Even with that, I did enjoy the book and will try others by Nicholson.
18. The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke
This is the first in a series of stories about eleven year old Timmy Quinn. One incident at a local pond shows Timmy that he is not a normal boy; he sees things others cannot imagine. This is a great story to read on a dark, rainy night. It's very creepy. The story clings to you and will not let you put it down. I will definitely be reading more about Timmy.
The first sentence in Chapter One had me hooked: "All the world's a stage, Timmy Quinn, but it's not the only one..."
19. Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
I’ve been a Robert Sawyer fan for several years. His latest book, Triggers, falls in a long line of science fiction books that are hard to put down. Sawyer challenges you to think about life as we know it. How would life change if we could not only know about another person’s life, but also have their memories? Knowing all of their most private thoughts? Privacy would no longer exist in any manner. In Triggers, Sawyer’s characters must learn how to adjust to these incredible changes in their lives.
20. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
This was my first book by Neal Stephenson. I enjoyed it and will read more, but I felt that this story could have been told in far fewer pages. That’s really the only negative I have about Reamde.
The book is centered around Zula Forthrast and her uncle, Richard Forthrast. Richard made his fortune from a video game (an entire world) called T’Rain. Through a series of seriously bad circumstances that involve T’Rain and a computer virus, Zula finds herself as a hostage (thanks to her boyfriend) of the Russian mafia. The book follows Zula and her captors around the world as she tries to find a way to escape. Unfortunately, her freedom hinges on the virus inside T’Rain.
This book is exciting and will keep you interested. The characters are fully developed and each plays a vital role as the plot develops. They range from CIA operatives and the Russian Mafia to computer geeks trying to earn a little extra gold inside a game. There is a great deal of technical information, but once you get past that the story is great.
21. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
There are a few books by Anne Rice that I love: Violin, The Witching Hour, and Interview with the Vampire. The Wolf Gift will not make that list. I expected this to be a great book about werewolves. I did finish it, but it was a struggle. I don't want to give too much away, but I begin to have doubts when the character who is stricken with "the wolf gift" was never really upset or shocked by his transformation. Yes, he did research and look for answers. However, I found it hard to believe that on his first night out after the change he runs around doing good and seemed perfectly okay with the fact that he grew fangs. There is a very cool mansion that is central to the book, but there are only so many ways to describe a house. I guess I should add that it's very convenient when most of the main characters have unlimited financial resources and seemingly perfect lives.
This book has had some great reviews, and I certainly hope people enjoy it more than I did.
Hey Georgia -
I hope your Mom has continued to improve - and that you're doing well yourself.
I have mixed feelings about Anne Rice's work, too. It's really hit or miss for me so it's been years since I tried anything from her.
No dissing trail guides - they're great!
Thank you, Dejah_Thoris. My mom is better, and I'm doing well!
22. Killing Floor by Lee Child
I enjoyed this book very much, but found it a bit predictable. It was still a fun read; I will definitely be reading the next in the series. I did note a few things that only a person from Georgia or the south in particular might notice. The biggest thing was an incident where a character hid in a peanut field. I can't imagine anyone being able to hide in a peanut field during the day. The author mentions the stalks, but there are really no stalks on peanut plants. Another was the way Augusta was pronounced by the narrator. Yep, these are petty and make no difference in the plot or my enjoyment of the book. I did like reading about Macon (only a couple of hours from me) and the Atlanta area.
Thank you, DrNewt, for suggesting the series.
I'm with you, Cindy, in being irritated when authors make mistakes that are so avoidable. Really! Stalks in a peanut field. How could they?
*whispering*... tell me, what does a peanut field look like? Kind of low, and hard to hide in, is it?
Re: 43--I thought Calculating God had an interesting perspective too. And the audiobook won the Audie award--it's very well read. I DID think the book was a lot more talk than plot though!
24. Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
I am a huge fan of Lisa Lutz and her Spellman series. The Spellmans are a family of private investigators, except perfect David who is an attorney. While the family works tirelessly for their clients they also find the time to investigate each other. In fact, they may spend most of their time investigating each other. These books are laugh out loud funny; I never tire of reading about this family.
Have you read Heads You Lose? I enjoyed it very much, too!
"I have no idea what you're talking about." I've used that Izzy line many times. :)
The notes (including footnotes, of course) between the two authors are hilarious! It's a very quick read. Do it soon. :)
25. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
If you had the opportunity to change the past would you? What would be the future repercussions from even a small change? What if Kennedy had never been assassinated? In 11/22/63, Stephen King explores those questions through the life of Jake Epping. Jake finds himself in the past and sets out to change the lives of several people and the President of the United States. As Jake finds through his efforts "the past is obdurant." He fights his way past obstacles that are seemingly impossible to overcome. Jake could never imagine what one little change would do to his world. This book was fascinating and played with my emotions from page to page. I am still not sure how I feel about the ending. This one will have me thinking for quite a while.
27. Kindred by Octavia Butler
In 1976, Dana, a young African-American woman, is transported back to the early 1800's and finds herself saving the master's son on a plantation. Without knowing how or why, every time the son, Rufus, in is a dangerous situation Dana is jerked out of her life just in time to save him. After traveling back through time a couple of times, Kevin, Dana's white husband, grabs Dana when he notices that she is fading yet again. This time Kevin and Dana both are transported. Kevin has to pose as Dana's master in order to help keep Dana safe. That is more difficult that it appears to be. Through these travels, Dana meets her ancestors and is able to witness and live through the mistreatment of the slaves on the plantation. Dana also discovers the truth about her ancestors and their relationship to Rufus Weylin.
28. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Tom Stein is a struggling agent in Hollywood when he receives a most unusual client. He is hired to represent an alien species and plan their introduction to the world. This book is short and a bit silly. It was still fun to listen.
Wil Wheaton is the narrator for Agent to the Stars. He is perfect for this book. If it were to ever be filmed, Wheaten is a natural for Tom Stein.
How's the weather at your place, GD? I was a little worried about Barrel (sp! hehehehe). No joke, that storm, but the name is a hoot.
We've had some wind and flash flood warnings. It's supposed to rain more tonight and tomorrow. We need the rain, but hope there is no damage.
Thank you for checking on us!
29. Bossypants by Tina Fey
I listened to this book based on recommendations from clamairy and a RL friend, and I am so glad I did! The book was very funny! Tina Fey discusses circumstances and situations that most women have in common in addition to those things that only a person in her career would experience. The mix is funny and refreshing. I downloaded the PDF so I could search for specific quotes. They may come in handy later.
30. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
The tragic story of the Wingo family is uncovered as Tom Wingo works with his sister's (Savannah) psychiatrist after her most recent suicide attempt. In an effort to help his sister survive, Tom is forced to work through the problems in his own life and discovers how his past plays a part in his present.
Oh my goodness. Sad, happy, sad. As with all of Pat Conroy's books, there are many life lessons to be learned from The Prince of Tides. I found it very good, but heartbreaking. I now need to read something lighthearted and funny.
31. Across the Nightingale Floor by Liam Hearn
This book follows the lives of a young man, Tomasu, and young lady, Kaede. They are each ripped from their families for different reasons and are searching for a future they can call their own. Their individual futures are held in the hands of others who have their own purposes and intentions for Tomasu and Kaede.
I gave the book three stars because it was beautifully written. There were parts that were appealing, but overall I was a little disappointed. It never really grabbed me. At some point, I may follow up with the next book to see what happens.
32. RedShirts by John Scalzi
This book will not win any literary awards, but I loved it! If you like StarTrek TOS, you will probably enjoy RedShirts. This is about the crew of the Intrepid and their assignments for the Universal Union. Members of the crew have noticed that something is just not right about their ship and away missions. Yes, you guessed it, one of the crew members always dies.
I saw this at the library the other day - it went right on the wishlist!
33. Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
Yes, I read it. No, it is not shocking. I don't know if I will read the third book. I really don't care what happens to these characters. *sigh* (So, why did I read it? Everyone around me who NEVER reads has been reading this series. I read the first two out of curiosity and to see what they were talking about. Meh.)
34. The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I by Stephen King
I read the first two installments of The Dark Tower series several years ago. I want to finish the series so I decided to start over since I had only read the first two books.
I've come to appreciate short stories a lot more as I've gotten older...go figure!
Fuzzi, I have had an increasingly difficult time focusing on anything for extended periods of time. Maybe I should try more short stories!
I have that problem, too. That is why I am using, and sort of enjoying, Lumosity.com
The idea is that if I practice focus and keeping my attention on one thing I'll be better rather than worse at it. Of course, it may just be a symptom of "Enjoying Retirement". And for you it could be "Enjoying Summer Vacation". Both are very worthy ways of spending ones time, don't you think?
Reading is a very worthy way of spending time, to the detriment of my home (cleaning).
Maggs, I am definitely enjoying my summer!
Fuzzi, I agree with you completely!
I like history, especially when it isn't written to promote a left or right view. :)
So, would you say that Glenn Beck was not promoting a right or left political view in Being George Washington? I always thought he expressed some pretty clear conservative political views.
I really didn't pick up on anything I thought was promoting a particular political view, but I wasn't looking for it either.
It probably would have been apparent if he had been pushing a political view...
42. Beneath These Waters by Sharyn Kane
This book is very interesting. It examines the history of the lands and people around the Savannah River; it is based on archeological evidence and studies of the area.
I snorkel and scuba dive in the Flint River, not the Savannah. When I find an artifact, I always wonder about the person that created and used the item. Who were they? What were they like? When did they last use the item? Did they have a family? This book shares evidence that answers these questions about other peoples who lived in the area that is now Georgia and along the Georgia/South Carolina border.
110: How readable is Beneath these waters? The content sounds interesting, but I'm a little wary of the writing style of something the US Army Corp of Engineers funded.
markon - It is technical in some parts, but I was interested in the contents. You can find it online!
43. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is the first in a trilogy of dystopian novels. Sixteen year olds must choose a particular faction that they will work for and live with. Each faction focuses on a different value in society. As each sixteen year old is tested prior to choosing, they learn which faction they are most suited for. Some of these young men and women find that they are suited for more than one; these are divergent. No one wants to be divergent; it is dangerous to be different in this future society.
This story is told from the point of view of Tris, a young woman who struggles between the faction she thinks she belongs in and the one in which she was raised. She is forced through competition with others in the faction she chooses to determine rank and try to determine who is a friend and who is an enemy. As if Tris' own issues are not enough, she discovers that an evil is at work that will destroy the lives of the entire society.
Divergent is a fast paced young adult novel that holds your attention and leaves you wondering what else could possibly happen. Life is certainly not fair in this future world.
44. Blackout by Connie Willis
Three historians from the year 2046 travel back to World War II to experience life and review the historical records. They pose as normal, everyday people who could not have effected the outcome of the war or changed history. As each tries to go back to their current time they discover that time travel may be more complicated that originally thought. What will they do if they are stuck in London during The Blitz?
I enjoyed Blackout very much. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I can't say too much. Connie Willis does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as isolated as the historians.
I've already started the sequel. I'm also reading Jurassic Park for the first time. The book is much darker than the movie!
46. White Lies by Jeremy Bates
One little white lie. That's how it all began.
This book moves along quickly as we follow a teacher in a new community trying to recover from one little white lie she told to a hitchhiker. She never dreamed a remark made in desperation would cause such turmoil in her life.
I enjoyed the book, but there are parts that are a bit of a stretch. However, it is unsettling to see how one small statement can escalate into life changing events.
47. All Clear by Connie Willis
All Clear picks up where Blackout ends. This series was very good. I loved the insight into the lives of normal people during The Blitz. Things don't turn out perfectly, but Connie Willis brings the threads together nicely.
It is amazing how Willis brought it all together, isn't it? Loved the storytelling!
#122 Ronincats - I'm now reading Doomsday Book and enjoying it very much! It actually takes place before the books listed above.
48. Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Legion was available on Audible free! This story by Brandon Sanderson is about Stephen Leeds and his hallucinations. His hallucinations are in the form of other individuals. He sees and interacts with these individuals in order to draw on their unique skills and abilities. With the help of each of these personalities, Leeds is able to solve a mystery that takes him to Jerusalem in search of a special camera.
This was a good, interesting book that I enjoyed. As with all of Sanderson's books, there are surprises and plot twists along the way.
49. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Caleb and Camille Fang are performance artists who create "art" by acting out scenarios in public that are designed to shock and surprise. No one except the Fang family is aware that these are planned events. As children, Annie and Buster Fang were parts of these events whether they wanted to be or not. As adults, they are trying to overcome their childhood and distance themselves from their parents' reputation. When Annie and Buster suffer problems in their own careers, they are forced to go home for a time. The children, called Child A and Child B by their parents, revisit their childhood memories and discover just how far their parents will go in the name of "art."
Caleb and Camille's dedication to their art superseded everything else in their lives. Their children pay for this dedication by trying to find their place and overcome their childhood. I'm still trying to decide what I think about this book. Even though there were funny parts, the more I read the more disturbing I found the book.
52. The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
The Haunted Bookshop continues to follow Roger and Helen Mifflin as they share their love of books with patrons of their quiet book shop. A mystery develops and must be solved as a book keeps disappearing and reappearing in the book shop.
I enjoyed Parnassus on Wheels a bit more, but this one was still fun. Like Parnassus on Wheels, this book is charming (Thank you, jillmwo.) in it's simplicity and innocence.
Maggs - I picked up and put down The Haunted Bookshop several times. It's an easy read, but I had a hard time getting started for some reason.
well, I fully intend to get back to it but I've got a loaded nightstand for November. I think I'll probably get Parnassus on Wheels at some point, too. Looks like good reading ahead. Thanks for your recommendation.
I listened to Neil Gaiman's short story, Click-Clack Rattlebags. It was only about 12 minutes, and I wanted more! The story was fun, and Gaiman's narration was wonderful! The story is free from Audible. For every download, Audible is donating $1.00 to Donors Choose, an online community helping with supplies for public schools.
54. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
A historian, Kivrin Engle, lives in a time when she can go back in time to witness events as they took place. Despite Professor Dunworthy's warnings, Kivrin is scheduled to travel to the14th Century and see for herself what Oxford was like in the 1320s. Kivrin has studied the time period, had her immune system enhanced, and is ready to go through the net and travel back in time. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes on both sides of the net, in the current Oxford and with Kivrin in the 14th Century.
This book was fantastic! The characters are interesting and the plot was well developed. I was scared for Kivrin and concerned for those she left behind. I hated to see the book end, but my emotions needed the relief!
(I love the name Kivrin!)
Sorry I didn't make it by the chat yesterday evening. Mrsdrneutron made a special dinner and opened a bottle of wine, and I lost track of time. ;)
GD, I decided I could not resist any longer, must put Doomsday Book on my wishlist!
Maggs - You will love it! The holiday season is a great time to read the book! It takes place around Christmas.
That's okay, DrNewt. MrsDrNewt and wine, yep, we forgive you. :)
55. Wool by Hugh Howey
Wool is about a future earth where people live in subterranean silos. These silos house hundreds of individuals who each have specific jobs to perform to maintain life in the underground city. The people spend their entire lifetime inside the silos. The only ones who go out are those who are sentenced to "cleaning." No one has ever returned from a cleaning until one person decides to question why things are they way they are in the Silos.
I loved this series of stories and look forward to more from Hugh Howey.
56. First Shift: Legacy by Hugh Howey
When a select group of humanity decides to save itself from impending disaster, which side do you want to be on? What if you have no choice? First Shift: Legacy by Hugh Howey throws the reader into a near future in which those decisions are made for you without your consent or knowledge. This is the sixth installment in the Wool series, but it is actually the story of how it all started. I found it chilling and unnerving; I could not put it down. Much of this installment takes place in Georgia. I think that made it all the more horrifying to me.
Before reading this installment, you should read Wool Omnibus Edition or the first five stories in this series. As soon as I finished this sixth story in the series I downloaded the seventh. Hugh Howey has me completely wrapped up in his all too near future of mankind.
Whisper1 - I agree! Hugh Howey has a way of drawing the reader into this fictional world.
Thanks! I've added the Wool Omnibus Edition to my wish list.
Happy Sunday to you!
Happy Sunday to you!
I want to start on the next book, but I have too much to do. It will have to wait until later.
57. Second Shift: Order by Hugh Howey
This story continues to follow the people living in the Silos and also those who were behind the plan. Second Shift: Order focuses on Silo 18 and "The Great Uprising." This uprising was mentioned in the first five books. It was interesting to read about what actually happened as opposed to the stories passed down through the generations.
Hi, Cindy, I hope you are doing well, and that thanksgiving was great for you and your family.
59. The Plagiarist by Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey has a way of taking life and twisting into something eerie and, on some level, believable. The Plagiarist involves college professors, digital simulations who don't know they are not real, and, of course, plagiarism. I enjoyed this book, but quite as much as Howey's Wool series.
60. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowrys
While I was reading this book, I thought Lois Lowry meets Lemony Snickett. The Willoughbys claim to be an old fashioned family. On the surface things may look happy and serene, but of course that is not the case. The parents are trying to rid themselves of the children and the children are trying to do away with their parents! There is even a rich recluse, an orphan, and a nanny who saves the day.
61. In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill
Do not go near the grass no matter what cries you hear coming from the grass. Do not go near the grass.
62. Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill
The first sentence sets the tone for the book: "They rode west from the slaughter...." A motorcycle gang is splintering with the younger guys on one side and the older, long time members on the other side. They are both involved in the slaughter mentioned in the first sentence, but disagree on how to proceed and handle the situation. As they travel, they realize they are not moving away from the trouble. It is literally following them every mile of the way.
63. I'm Starved for You by Margaret Atwood
The community of Consilience is a social experiment designed to combat spiraling unemployment, overcrowding, and rampant crime. No one moves into Consilience and no one leaves. Every move is monitored and people share homes with alternates, each taking the home for a month at the time. Even when things appear to be working, people still have dreams and desires. They crave excitement in their lives Some will go to almost any length to make those dreams come true.
I decided to knock out some of these quick reads since it's difficult for me to read for any extended period of time right now. I've got a few more lined up.
65. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I've had the book for a while, but just got around to reading it. I enjoyed it very much! Wilkie Collins had my stomach in knots in places. I kept wanted to "fix" everything for the characters. Now I need something light.
I did love reading A Child's Christmas in Wales and I might have to take up this suggestion myself.
I may make it to 75. What happened to those years when I read well over 100?
I picked up a copy of A Child's Christmas in Wales but have not read it yet. It looks like a short/quick read. :)
159> It was a short, quick read when I read it! It's definitely worth reading.
#158 - Yes, Blue, a very busy and trying year.
A Child's Christmas in Wales does sound interesting!
66. My Mother was Nuts by Penny Marshall
I bought this when Amazon had it as the Daily Kindle Deal and then got the audio version so I could try Amazon's Whispersync. Penny Marshal's deep Bronx accent made the book! The book starts with the description of her family (parents, siblings, and grandparents) living together in a two-bedroom apartment. She discusses each member in detail, finding humor in the good and bad. She then takes you on her journey describing her life to the present. I was thoroughly entertained through the whole book!
Oh, I'm so glad you reviewed that book! I have been wondering about it - adding it firmly to the WL.
67. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The only other book by Edith Wharton that I have read is The Age of Innocence. After reading Ethan Frome I'm sure I will read more of her books. Her writing is very detailed and emotional This book tells the tragic love story of a man, his wife, and his wife's cousin. I did like the book even though it has heartbreaking scenes. I will be looking for something funny, again!
Our real life book group is reading Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis for this month's book. It is quick, and funny, and quite different. If you can find a copy, read it. I recommend it for laughing out loud. And yet, it does treat serious topics such as What is literature?
Thanks for the recommendation! I found a very inexpensive copy on Amazon and ordered it.
cool! I'll be curious to see what you think. It is quite different.
68. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
I read this book many years ago, but could not resist the audio version read by Tim Curry.
I'm currently finishing up reading a couple of books and listening to Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I'll start one of my SantaThing books (thanks again, Morphy) next.
Did you enjoy it again, GeorgiaDawn?
I was on a Jules Verne rampage about age 13, so I really don't recall much of this book...except someone's fear of heights!
Yes, fuzzi, I did! I guess I should have added that above. I had forgotten the amount of detail in the book! It does seem to bog down from time to time, but I think that's because I know the story so well. I wanted it to move faster and get to the really good parts!
69. archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis
I read this book based on Maggs' recommendation. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea who archy and mehitabel were. They first started as a series in a newpaper by Don Marquis. Archy was a cockroach and Mehitabel, an alley cat, was his friend. Archy would jump on the typewriter and type poems in free verse about himself and Mehitabel. The poems are observations from Archy's point of view and included a great deal about society.
This book was definitely different, and I enjoyed the change of pace.
70. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
I've read several of the Outlander books. This novella tells the story of what happened Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. It is not necessary to read this in order to follow the other books, but it does shed light on the mystery of Roger's family.
So, GD, being diplomatic, aren't you. I think you were not thrilled with the humor in archy and mehitabel, but I am glad it provided you with a change of pace. Hope you are doing well.
Maggs, I didn't mean for it to sound that way! I did enjoy the book and the quirky humor. I recommended it to my son!
71. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy which takes place in post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this installment the "divergents" become more open and active in an effort to keep one faction from taking over and controlling the other four. Tris learns things about her family and Tobias that force her reevaluate her feelings. If you don't like cliffhangers, you might want to wait until the third book is published.
GD, oh, good! I want my friends to like it because it is so quirky and fun.
BTW, I did get the dog. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Benny. Very sweet. Wiggles.
Here's a weired set of coincidents: my birthday is 11.11.44; my foster daughter's is 7.11.64; Greta Garbo's is 5.11.04; and Benny's birthday is 11.10.09
Strange and weird. Not worth a novel, though.
He thanks you. He is feeling more at home. He has decided sleeping on my bed is just swell. And at dinner or breakfast time, he likes to dance on his hind legs and jump up and down. Makes me giggle. It is a good thing.
Maggs, he is beautiful! I saw his photo in your other thread. Love your coincidences!
I'm going to look at a dog on the 30th. Actually, I'm looking at two, but only need to leave with one. I keep telling myself, "One dog, Cindy, one dog."
archy and mehitable has found it's way to the table beside my son's favorite chair at my house.
What kind of dogs are you looking at? You do know, don't you, that two is good, because they keep each other entertained while you are away a "little too long".
I hope your son thinks the archy is funny.
Happy Christmas, girl. And here's to having an excellent New Year, too.
Two dogs can keep each other company.
Now I wish I could "sell" my dh on a second dog...
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I want to wish you a glorious celebration of that time of year when we all try to unite around a desire for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All. Merry Christmas, Cindy!
Thank you all! I hope each of you have the best Christmas and holiday season ever!
I had a Black and Tan Coonhound growing up and loved that dog! I'm going to look at a female Black and Tan and a male Bluetick. They make surprisingly good house dogs because they are very intelligent. These are from a rescue group and are already house and crate trained. They are both just a little over a year old. The foster family has a couple of others, but these are the two I am primarily interested in meeting. I'll let you all know Sunday what I decide!
Yes, I know two would keep each other company. I know, I know. :)
And those are relatively big dogs, yes? I've seen pictures of both and they are quite handsome! Good luck.
72. Look Homeward, Clockwork Angel by Elias Anderson and E.C. Belikov
This is a story about an unlikely band of three individuals (an ex-lawman, a master mechanic, and a lady who is mad at the world) setting out to right wrongs for people who can't help themselves. They are paid, most of the time, to work just outside or barely within the confines of the law.
Look Homeward, Clockwork Angel is a steampunk novel that almost goes over the edge with respect to body enhancements for some of the characters. The plot was good, but I got lost in trying to not correct obvious mistakes in the text. They need an editor. That being said, I will probably read the next in this series and see how it goes from there.
Edited because I need an editor!
Yes, Magggs, they are large dogs. I have plenty of room for two, but I am still saying one. One. One!
Sounds like an interesting steampunk concept. I'll have to see if I can stir it up!
I'd have another one...if I could convince my dh of it. He's not a pet fan, but is very tolerant of my menagerie...
73. Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in The White House by Elizabeth Keckley
I read this after watching Lincoln. Ms. Keckley bought her freedom and that of her son. She had a reputation as a master seamstress and was able to support herself. Through a series of events, she made her way to Washington and Mrs. Lincoln heard of her reputation. In addition to making her wardrobe, Elizabeth became Mrs. Lincoln's confidant and friend.
Ms. Keckley tells the story from her point of view, following Mrs. Lincoln through four years in The White House and after President Lincoln's assassination. The narrative includes many letters and first-hand accounts.
It was interesting to read Ms. Keckley's account of President and Mrs. Lincoln. It is clear that she respected both of them and enjoyed their company.
Oh, my, that sounds like a wonderful book. I think I'm putting it on the wishlist!
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