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Dec 18, 2010, 4:10am

Right now I'm finishing up Rule's Bride. Then I've can either read The Swimming Pool, Witchling, or a classic that I've always somewhat wanted to read but never got around to it. Such as Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, and things like that. Any suggestions? Anyone else reading anything good?

Dec 18, 2010, 10:28am

I am currently reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino an ER book I won but I am finding it to be a very slow start but very very interesting. I also am still reading Evolussion by Kathy Bell its the second book in a series. I don't know if you are much into vampire books, a adore them Vampire Academy is a very good series. :)

Dec 18, 2010, 10:30am

I went to check on your library, we share lots of good books. Yea def check out the vampire academy

Dec 18, 2010, 10:45am

Cool I'll put it on my TBR list that seems to be always growing and never shrinking. But I guess thats a good thing because I hate to think of a world where there is no good interesting books.

Dec 18, 2010, 11:04am

I know what you mean. Books are my best friends -hugs them.- my husband thinks I like books to much and I honestly own many but even I haven't read them all. Lol there is just something comforting about buying books.

Dec 18, 2010, 11:34am

lol you and I are one in the same. My husband teases me about my books too. I haven't read over half of them but that is partially because a friend gave me 3 totes of paper back romances.

Dec 18, 2010, 11:52am

Lol me too! That's hysterical... I also buy books meaning to read it but end up forgetting or not being in the mood. Lol

Dec 18, 2010, 12:23pm

I'm reading Solomon's Oak and really enjoying it. It's an ER book I got a couple of months ago, and I thought it would be too depressing so I got off to a slow start. I really like the characters - I'm about 3/4 through.

LadyLenneth, I heard that The Devotion of Suspect X is a really good mystery! I may add it to my wishlist - let me know what you think when you are done.

The two next books on my TBR pile are Murder at the National Cathedral which will be a nice little mystery for the holidays and The Anatomy of Ghosts which is my latest ER book and looks fascinating!

Dec 18, 2010, 12:38pm

I think I am going to read Pour your Heart into it by Howard Schultz next. It is the story of Starbucks, and how they built the business. After that, I think it may be the Tessa Dare trilogy I have staring at me.

Dec 18, 2010, 12:42pm

8> will do

Dec 18, 2010, 12:57pm

I'm reading Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner. I'm finding it to be a very good detective story. Be warned--one of the themes is severe child abuse. It is handled well IMO, not exploitatively, but it might still be a heavy squick factor for some.

My husband has no call to chide me about book purchases. He's just as bad as I am. At the same time, we're both making great use of our public library.

Dec 18, 2010, 2:50pm

Just finished Graceling which was a very pleasant surprise. I'm a chapter or so into Ship Breaker at the moment. But so far it's not a great holiday spirit sort of read, so I may have to take a break and find something a bit more upbeat to read while the cookies bake.

Dec 18, 2010, 3:57pm

I really enjoyed Graceling, too, when I read it earlier this year. The companion book, Fire, has a different feel, but is also really good.

Dec 18, 2010, 6:13pm

#9 The story of Starbucks sounds like a good read. My teenager daughter is always surprised when I tell her that, before Starbucks, a "coffee shop" in the USA was a seedy little breakfast restaurant in the basement of a hotel/motel. (Okay, they weren't all seedy, but most were not places you'd go just to relax.) Starbucks started a brand new age.

Dec 18, 2010, 9:26pm

I'm enjoying Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I'm grateful for this group, because I've always had the feeling that mentioning books like this would bring on disdainful remarks in many threads.

This one IS much better than the other three. I think it's because she wrote the middle third from Jacob's point of view -- he's so witty and sardonic, while Bella is whiny and too self-sacrificing.

Dec 18, 2010, 9:28pm

I've just started When will there be good news? by Kate Atkinson but so far it is living up to all the blurbs and caught my attention immediately. Then I've got a couple of Christmas mysteries lined up. That should be very light reading, they usually are, then I wonder why I bothered.

Dec 18, 2010, 10:09pm

14: So far it's a really good read. I'm one of those people who go out of their way each morning for my cup of coffee at Starbucks. I also enjoy reading about successful businesses from the point of view of the founders. Isadore Sharp's Four Seasons: The story of a business philosophy is another great book.

15: I too thought Breaking Dawn was the best book of the series. I think that book was really where the characters grew the most. It was nice to see that growth, especially as, like you said, Bella's character is rather whiny. lol

Dec 18, 2010, 11:03pm

15 & 17 I enjoy the Twilight series but I just don't like how Breaking dawn ended but I do agree it was nice to have Jacobs point of view. I read what she had done with Midnight Sun the book from Edwards point of view and hope that she finishes it. I destested the Bree Tanner book though. Of course with most novella's I don't like.

Dec 19, 2010, 2:12pm

Hm, I like the sound of the Starbucks book too - yep, onto the wishlit it goes! Here's what I'm reading right now (I always have several going at once):

-The Betrothed
-Jude the Obscure
-The Jungle Book
-Le Morte d'Arthur
-James Madison
-A Game of Thrones
-The Year of the Flood (on audiobook while I knit, sew, or otherwise craft)

Dec 19, 2010, 2:48pm

Oh gosh, you are all so gifted. I literally can't read more than 2 books at once...I constantly have a "tough" read and a "trashy novel." They really aren't trashy, but for example I can't read Julius Caesar and the Gulag Archipelago at the same time. Right now I'm reading Undaunted Courage (Lewis and Clark) and The Last Jew. They are both great reads. This is my question, how do you get the name of the books in blue? When I post my are still in black?

Dec 19, 2010, 2:50pm

tess: Put brackets (the plain square ones) around your titles. Double brackets for authors.

Dec 19, 2010, 3:19pm

19: I have Le Morte d'Arthur in my tbr pile. How are you finding it so far? I'm hoping to read it for thee 11 in 11 challenge this year.

20: Use around all book titles to get them in blue. This way we can click on the titles to see more details about the book.

Edited: Dec 19, 2010, 4:06pm

[ ] these brackets (I used the HTML codes to show them, & #91; and & #93; (include semicolons, no space after the &)).

honeydew, what did you think of Rule's Bride? I found the two I've read of that trilogy rather annoying - too much great sex=true love, and particularly the woman going "oh, no, no, no, yes". I read it backward, so I still have the first one to read.

I'm in one of those annoying twitchy periods where I can't settle down with a book, so I have...let's see - 17 books in my Currently Reading list, though that includes ones that I started and _really_should_ get back to (a couple ER books, for instance!) but am not really reading now. I'm doing a lot of re-reading of comfort books, because I know I'll finish them.

Did manage to read (for the first time) James White's Double Contact - and was annoyed by it, he didn't manage his usual really alien aliens. Gender assumptions (every race will have male and female, female is smaller and more streamlined (assumption voiced by an insectoid!), male and female will have an exclusive pairbond) - with no one even questioning whether these things might apply to the weird new races they found. White is usually pretty good at presenting new and different cultures/body types/psychology, but this one just didn't work.

No idea what I'll be reading next. Maybe an early White...I want to dig into my TBR pile, but it's so big it's a pain to access (6 file-boxes of books!) and the aforementioned twitchy makes me nervous about trying for a brand-new book. Don't want _more_ on my CR list!

Dec 19, 2010, 4:14pm

#22: I'm very much enjoying Malory so far, but it's pretty slow going - I just can't read his language very fast at all. So, I'll still be reading it for a long time, probably - maybe we can chat later on in the year about it when you get started.

Dec 19, 2010, 4:17pm

#20 I'm with you on reading 2 (or more) books at a time with one usually a romance novel. Right now I am finishing my ER book My nine lives : a memoir of many careers in music (wonderful read) and a book that a friend loaned me, Chains of ice by Christina Dodd. She also loaned me the next novel, Chains of fire. Not as good as her historical novels.

Next, I need to write the review for the ER book.

Question for you - do you put in books read from the library or borrowed or purchased and given to the library book sale right after reading? So far, I've only used LT as a record of what I own but that means I can't review those books.

Dec 19, 2010, 5:25pm

#25 - for books I've read but the given away or read from the library I have separate "collections" I've set up. One is called "Given Away" and one is called "Read but not owned." Once you set these up you can move your ER books into them and not lost the review. My library books go into the "Read but not owned" collection so I don't mooch them or worse, buy them. My memory for titles is like a seive.

#20 - Tess, don't worry. I'm laughing hysterically picturing an attempt to read Julius Ceasar and the Gulag Archipelago simultaneously. The only way I can read more than one book at a time is if one is non-fiction and one is fiction, and even then it's a struggle. I also cannot listen to music while I read, and I have to wait a few hours after finishing one book before I start the next one. Otherwise I get the characters all confused! I envy people who can multitask this way!

Dec 19, 2010, 6:19pm

jjmcgaffey I know they won't the best but they to me are good enough to be rereads. Yeah they were a lil annoying. It's been awhile since I've read the first two I'm having trouble really remembering what they were about. But they were like almost any other romance book out there. There are very few romances that I'll give 5 stars to. I'm feeling one of those twitchy or all together not reading periods coming on. I'll probably reread a few books and hopefully get back to reading new ones quickly.

Dec 19, 2010, 8:31pm

I'm leaving for a ten day vacation on Thursday and will visit my mother, who always has new books on her shelves. Nevertheless I've packed four - Murder at the National Cathedral, Fingersmith, Anatomy of Ghosts and Mourn Not Your Dead. That should keep me going for a few days!

Dec 20, 2010, 1:18am

These sound like very entertaining books. Just the thing for the holidays. I'm going to take note of them, but not add them to my wishlist yet because it's getting 'way too long and I still have a tbr mountain.

Enjoy your vacation!

Dec 20, 2010, 1:51am

have a safe and happy trip.

Dec 20, 2010, 4:21am

25> Yes, like mlnelson I have various collections for the unowned books - I only put books I own into Your Library. If I read a book from the library, I tag it (Read from:(particular library)) and put it into both Read and Read but not Owned. For books I did own but got rid of I have Discarded collection, plus Discard for books I've decided to dump but I still have physical ownership of. So a book would go from Your Library to Discard to Discarded. I do Bookmooch, so the books that are on my BM list are in Discard (plus some that aren't on that list yet).

Dec 20, 2010, 6:57am

#28: Have a lovely (and safe!) vacation!

Dec 21, 2010, 7:52am

recently finished The Radleys and The Other Family which were both quite good. I am halfway through Mr. Toppit which is excellent so far.

Dec 21, 2010, 8:14am

Just started The Year of the Flood on audio book while I knit/sew/craft. Whoa, I'm completely sucked in already! Very good so far!

Dec 21, 2010, 9:55am

#13 - Haven't managed to run down a copy of Fire yet, but it's on my list. Graceling reminded me a lot of some of Robin McKinley's earlier books.

Dec 21, 2010, 10:44am

I'm reading The Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashely (touchstones don't bring up the right work). It's the perfect light read for me for this time of year.

Edited: Dec 21, 2010, 1:01pm

>35 SunnySD:

So far I've only read Deerskin by Robin McKinley, but I recently picked up a bunch of her books because I suspect I will very much like them. Which one do you suggest to read next? I used to read in an author's publication order, but I've been more random about that recently.

Dec 21, 2010, 2:10pm

The Blue Sword, then Hero & the Crown... both are good & can be read separately, but it helps to read Blue Sword first.

Beauty is great!!

Chalice is wonderful!

Sunshine is excellent, but remember that Con is "not pretty" at all!

(I just checked & you don't have Blue Sword listed!!! and no copies on BM or PBS!!! and I just checked my shelf & my personal copy is missing!! YIKES!!)

The stories in Imaginary Lands are also very good & easy for short reading spurts.

I hope this helps!!

**back to lurking**

Dec 21, 2010, 3:05pm

Finished The Jungle Book this afternoon. I liked it much better than Just So Stories, which I read not too long ago; the Mowgli stories are what make this one a good read. Some of the other stories are darker than I thought they would be, but otherwise an enjoyable read.

To take its place on the reading list is Otis Spofford - I'm trying to work my way through Cleary's bibliography (the ones I didn't read when I was a kid!).

Dec 22, 2010, 12:42am

Somewhere up above I mentioned that I had just started When will there be good news? a mystery by Kate Atkinson. I have just a few pages left and it was wonderful. If you like mysteries you must look out for this one. Different people in different places whose paths eventually come together. Recommended highly. Even better if you don't have to get up early in the morning - I was reading until 3am last night (this morning).

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 4:00am

#40 I have that on my TBR pile. I have loved all of Kate Atkinson's other books - Behind the scenes at the Museum is one of my favourite ever books, and, although I don't care particularly for mystery type novels, I have enjoyed the Jackson Brodie books so far.

At the moment I'm reading (mostly re-reading) Christmassy books. I've got several Miss Read books with Christmas chapters, the opening chapters of Little Women, A Christmas Carol - I've got a lovely audio version of that - and various Christmas anthologies. I keep books in various places around the house so I've always got something to hand at short notice! This year I've started a Christmas Reading collection so in future I shall be able to find something Christmassy easily when I need it.

ETA: touchstone for Miss Read won't load - for those who don't know her she has written two series of books set in the villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre, in the picturesque English countryside, starting in the late 1950s. They're very 'gentle' and comfortable, on the whole.

Dec 22, 2010, 3:29pm

>38 skittles: I suspect that Blue Sword is one of the books in my secret LT santa batch because I may or may not have taken a little peek at my list... So I'll start with that one :)

Dec 22, 2010, 5:41pm

#42 How did you get a peek? I tried (hang my head in shame) and was told, no peeking! I'm still awaiting my package, which I will open immediately - no willpower!

Dec 22, 2010, 7:02pm

>42 macsbrains: and >43 fdholt:. Peeking? I hate finding out ahead of time what my presents are! It spoils the fun! :-)

>40 VivienneR: - VivienneR, this one just went on my wishlist along with the other Kate Atkinson, Behind the scenes at the museum. Nice to have somethig picked out to spend my gift cards on! Now I just have to wait for the SantaThing box to arrive, so I don't duplicate anything.

So many books!

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 7:15pm

>43 fdholt:
Don't Log out and go look...

>44 mlnelson01:
Normally I really like to be surprised, but it occurred to me belatedly that I would have to remove anything from Santathing from my regular wishlist, to prevent potentially getting it twice.

I only briefly skimmed the titles. My Santa didn't pick from my working wishlist so to stay a little bit surprised I didn't click through to find out more about them. It will still be enough of a surprise, I suppose, but now I can relax about duplicates.

Dec 22, 2010, 7:21pm

I've also started reading Hercule Poirot's Christmas. Love holiday themed books during the holidays! I just have to finish them before the holiday is over.

Dec 22, 2010, 7:36pm

I peeked to see what my Santa got me too!

I just finished The Lace Reader and liked it a lot. I'm actively reading 5 other books right now, so we'll see which one captures my interest enough to stick with it.

Dec 22, 2010, 7:53pm

#45: log out?!? log out of LibraryThing??!!!??

You speak blasphemy!!!

just use another browser!!

or use a private session or proxy....

"there are ways to get that information... mmmwaaahhh!!!"

Dec 22, 2010, 8:01pm

#45 Never thought of that - now I have to resist the urge! I can feel the resolve slipping! No, I will not, I will not. Repeat 100 times.

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 8:08pm

#49: Be strong! You are Strong!!!

(I think you'll like the books. I checked for you.

One is very dark... black & grey & shadowy.

One has stripes.

and one is very pretty!!

I think you'll be very happy!)

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 9:12pm


Now I am getting more curious. But I cannot, I should not, I will not.

Edited to add: I probably will have to sit on hands and abandon computer.

Dec 22, 2010, 9:25pm

#51: You are strong!! You can resist the temptation!!

Just think of the great fun of opening the box!!

You can survive the suspense!! You are strong!!

Dec 22, 2010, 9:38pm

Resist, resist!

It's only a couple more days!

Dec 23, 2010, 11:45am

>51 fdholt: I also looked for you and I have never heard of any of those books. You should totally go peek! (cackles through an evil grin)

Dec 23, 2010, 1:11pm

#51: No!!! Don't peek!!

Be Strong !!!

Don't Listen to those GRINCHES who would ruin your SantaThing!!!!

**again, sorry for yelling! I know this is a quieter LT**

Dec 23, 2010, 1:23pm

I haven't peeked - but it's hard. No package today from USPS but FedEx and UPS come late afternoon. So maybe.

#55 Thanks for the strength and encouragement. #54 Makes me want to peek - unusual books? I hope my package comes today or tomorrow but, if it doesn't I will peek on Christmas day.

Dec 23, 2010, 2:04pm

I am listening to The Forgotten Garden by, Kate Morton and I'm really liking it.
And reading my ER book Sweetie by, Kathryn Magendie which is just wonderful!

Jan 2, 2011, 8:35pm

Here is a book that's both 'quiet' and 'good', not to mention thought-provoking: Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones. Find a spot where you'll not be distracted and settle in for a beautiful read.

Jan 2, 2011, 8:39pm

Right now I'm reading UR by Stephen King. I'm not a huge fan of his but so far this story seems to be going well. I've had awful luck finding interesting books lately so I'm scouring the thread for ideas.

Jan 3, 2011, 2:35am

I just read the first Castle Waiting compilation - and it is truly wonderful. I just stumbled across it in the library; it happens that the second compilation is just out (so I requested it - I'm second in line!). Gorgeous.

I'm also reading the Roselynde series of historical romances by Roberta Gellis - fun. I like the period - the first two are in Richard the Lionheart's reign, the third is in John's reign...and I'm missing the fourth so I can't read the fifth and sixth. But on that same trip to the library, I found they had the 1.5-th book - one written later and not in the main chronology, but set between the first and second book. It's not wonderful (not bad, but not as good as the mainline books), but it's another bit of the story. The best thing about Gellis's books is that the history part is quite reasonably accurate (OK, she makes up events that are pivotal to her characters, and sometimes bends historical characters to fit - but the events that are known happen the way they did in history), and the settings - clothes, foods, attitudes, buildings, etc are true to the time. The romances are fun, but there have been other fun romances that were spoiled by my constantly having to say "Noooo! It couldn't have been that way...(a medieval woman _knows_ how to ride, it's not optional. There are no carriages with crests on the doors in the 1100s. A lord does not fall in love with a serf's daughter! Not!). Gellis doesn't do that to me. The books are Roselynde, Alinor, Joanna, etc.

Jan 4, 2011, 6:18pm

Hmmm - good recommendation! I just checked out the reviews of Castle Waiting, and I think I may have to track it down.

Just finished Fire Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which I thought was even lovelier and more powerful than Graceling. It reminded me a bit of To Ride Hell's Chasm in tone although it's not quite as dark.

Jan 4, 2011, 7:55pm

I am reading The Eyre Affair and loving it!

Edited: Jan 5, 2011, 4:08pm

I have just zoomed through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest on my new ( for Christmas, yay!) Kindle, having also devoured The Girl who played with Fire over the Christmas holidays. Recommended reading, the first in the trilogy is the girl with the dragon tattoo.

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