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Old 12-02-2014, 05:59 PM
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It's hard to believe it's December, but here we are! I hope you're all finding time to get some reading into your busy days.

It's sharing time once again. What have you been reading these past few weeks?


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Old 12-02-2014, 06:09 PM
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Finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult over the weekend. Just started Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. I'm only a couple chapters into it and can't decide if I like it or not. I might try something a little more seasonal.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:22 PM
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Want Not by Jonathan Miles- wonderful writer, darkly funny about our throw away society

I'm going to read Kerry Greenwood's first Phryne Fisher mystery, Cocaine Blues. I've been enjoying the Australian show Miss Fisher Mysteries on Netflix and thought I'd like to see what the actual books are like.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:24 PM
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I read Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult also. I enjoyed it. I always like her books.

I just started All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. It's her new one. I'm just on chapter one but I always find her books witty and entertaining.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:13 PM
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I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I'm so sad that I'm done, it was that good. It's set during WWII, but isn't your typical war novel; it's about a young blind girl in France and a boy in the German army. It's fantastic.


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Old 12-02-2014, 07:25 PM
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I just finished The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It was a great book; a smart love story on the autism spectrum.

Last week I also read Insane City by Dave Barry. It was a fun book, but did have some language and adult humor. It reminded me of the movie The Hangover.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:34 PM
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the new Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly, The Burning Room. Just finished Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger. Am now eager to read All The Light We Can Not See!
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:58 PM
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Just beginning Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker It looks good!
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:28 PM
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Unbroken, before the movie is in theaters.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:37 PM
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I'm finally reading Gone Girl! I'm always a few years behind in my reading.


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Old 12-02-2014, 10:10 PM
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I just finished "the girl with pear earring" which was fantastic.
I am starting to read "'TIS" which looks very promising.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:56 AM
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I just finished Michael Connelly's Burning room

I spent way too much money on books last month, so I'm back to re-reading Ed McBain's 87th precinct books ( I've got 53 out of 55 books in this series - I have to get the last 2!)

I read or re-read most 'Anna Pigeon' adventures in November. I truly enjoyed all of them up to #15. Then it became too graphic and disturbing for me.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:05 AM
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The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs

Just starting The Boys in the Boat

I think all were recommendations from PT. I add my recommendation.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:28 AM
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I'm reading "Whistling Past the Graveyard". Haven't quite decided if I will like it. I also have "What Alice Forgot" by Lianne Moriarity ready to read next.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:19 AM
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Just finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Love her books--she always has some interesting twists that surprise me.

I'm now reading The Enemy by Charlie Higson. It's a YA book about zombies that my oldest dd left at home when she went back to school after Thanksgiving break. Can you tell I'm desperate for something to read?
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:33 PM
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I love these threads! Thanks trasie for posting them each month.

I just finished Some Luck by Jane Smiley. I really enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's the first in a trilogy, and the next two have already been written and will be out next year. It's about a farm family in Iowa. Each chapter is a year in the family's life.

I also read Lila by Marilynne Robinson. It's a companion to her other two novels set in the fictional Gilead. It's not really a prequel, but it does examine the past of Lila, the pastor's wife. I liked it, but not as much as I liked Some Luck.

Incidentally, both books were set in rural Iowa. That was a coincidence. That seems to happen to me a lot. I will be reading a book, and then the next book shares some weird characteristic - setting, character, drama. It's not on purpose. Does that ever happen to anyone else?
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:00 PM
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I just read Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker. It was really good!
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:27 PM
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It's so much fun reading so many reviews of books I really liked.

The last two books I have read have been written by the same author, Charlie Lovett.

Bookman's Tale's main character is Peter Byerly who's wife has died. He goes to England to get away and tries to figure out if a book is forged or real. Lots of details about bookmaking. Chapters alternate between late 1700s and now. Great book.

First Impressions is about story about an author. Did Jane Austin steal the plot of Pride and Prejudice? Author goes back and forth from 1697 to present day. Enjoyed this book.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:06 PM
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Over Thanksgiving I finished the Sally Ride biography. It was pretty good. I recently started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I'm really enjoying this YA book. Next on my list is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Wish I had read more over thanksgiving break, but didn't get around to it. Hopefully I'll do more on winter break in a couple weeks.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:18 PM
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Just this morning I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I cried.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:39 AM
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I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. It's told from a dog's POV, and it's one of the best books I've read in a long, long time.

I'm still looking for my next read!!
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:56 PM
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Let's see...
Deathday and Earthrise by William Deitz - a 2-volume, sci-fi, aliens invade the planet story. Quite good, tight plot, interesting characters. Content warning - several of the characters are members of the Aryan Brotherhood - KKK - and their scenes may be a bit hard to take.

The entire "Fables" graphic novel series by Bill Wilingham. Imagine if you will all of the characters from our childhood tales - Snow White, Rose Red, Briar Rose, the BB Wolf, the piggies, Little Boy Blue, etc - were forced out of their own storybook homelands by an evil warlord and forced to live in anonymity in a section of New York City. 15 books so far, with two to go until the story is over.

The Giver - but only because it was part of our new common core curriculum for sixth grade. Still not sure if it was appropriate for that age level, SPOILERS! especially with the chapter about The Stirrings and the killing of the baby in the latter part of the novel.

The "Godhead" storyline running through all of the Green Lantern comic books for the past three months.

"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang. Recommended by several YA and TEEN book selection clubs.

January...well, with 100 in book gift cards and some spending money from the district for my classroom library, I think I'm going to be very busy..
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