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post #221 of 365
Woops -- forgot the second book.

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

This was about a women after the death of her daughter trying to get over her grief and back into life. She joins a knitting circle and one by one finds out the stories of the other women in the group. This was okay -- sad.
post #222 of 365
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4. Water For Elephants (Sara Gruen)

I really liked this. It was interesting and eye-opening to read what circuses are like (or were like) from an insider's perspective. I like the author's writing style, too--just enough extra detail so that it feels a little "deep" without being too frilly or overly complex. The only problem I had with this one is that the romance between the main character and another character seemed a little sudden and unbelievable to me. Overall I thought it was a good, easy read.

I'm changing my goal to 75 books this year, because I've seen how impossible 109 is going to be for me!
Hmphf! Thanks for convincing me to add ANOTHER book onto my shelf. :

Seriously, I heard people talking about this book for a year, I give in! Sounds very interesting, next time I go book shopping, I'll bringing it back home.
post #223 of 365
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I've got two I'm almost done with, so I'll post when I'm done, but I just wanted to say:

Happy 200th Birthday Edgar Allen Poe!

Celebrations HERE and HERE
post #224 of 365
#7 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I think everyone has heard about this one by now. I liked it. I thought the voice of story was very unique - very British but also carefree, fun, intellectual, witty. I usually don't care for books of letters, but that didn't bother me this time.
post #225 of 365
#9-The Turn of the Screw-SPOOKY!!! I'm not done cuz I don't want to read it at night.

I'm kinda falling behind my quota here because another resolution of mine was to get back into watching films often. So I'm trading off movies one night and books the next. LOL
post #226 of 365
So happy I found this.

I've already made a personal goal of a book a week, with a two week break for the year. So 50 books.

I am currently just working through books two and three. I just made my goal a few days ago.

So far:
Book#1 The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb
Loved it. The book was sad but left me fullfilled as a reader and with that warm fuzzy feeling inside. I've loved Lamb since I was 12. I've read and reread his other two works numberous times and find a new level of depth each time.
post #227 of 365
#2 The Birth House
This was a fiction book about midwifery and the challenges of a Doctor coming to the area. Also includes some romance. I loved this book!!

Still working on Suze Orman's book. I don't know what I'm going to start next though...
post #228 of 365
8. Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson

Ann Holmes is teenage runaway who is making a meager living picking mushrooms when she sees a vision of the Virgin Mary in an Oregon forest. I just couldn't get into this book. The author refuses to use quotation marks which made it hard for me to decipher statements from thoughts. The characters were all creepy. And the author fluctuated between bashing and promoting religion. All in all, just a strange, strange book that I am happy to be done with.
post #229 of 365
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg

Well--this was just okay. Short stories about weight, diets, getting old, mothers and their kids, etc.
post #230 of 365
Starting an Adolescent Literature class this week and am supposed to read as much YA stuff as possible in a variety of genres.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

Well, I love Castellucci's YA novels so I thought I'd try her graphic novel. I really enjoyed this and so did my dd. A teenager Jane moves from Metrocity to a small suburban town after a bomb goes off killing many people and her parents want to keep their daughter safe. At her new school, Jane ignores the popular kids who want to befriend her to find a more interesting group of kids. She discovers a group of misfits all named Jane. They eventually form a clandestine group, People Leaving Art In Neighborhoods (PLAIN), which puts the town in an uproar.
post #231 of 365
1. Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin - the 4th book in the Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin. Loved it, love the whole series. I'm ready to take a break now though and try something else. Off to snoop through everyone else's posts!
post #232 of 365
#4. For the love of God: the faith and future of the American nun, by Lucy Kaylin
i have probably read too many books about nuns so this one did not tell me very much new information. if you have a curiosity about nuns and why they choose to be nuns, or challenges they face, this is a good intro for someone unfamiliar with the subject.
what i really love are the less journalistic, day in the life books about monastic life, such as Kathleen Norris's Cloister Walk

i have not had good luck with my last couple of fiction picks. i am off to re-read the posts above for ideas.


#1 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle --B. Kingsolver, #2 Righteous --L. Sandler, #3 Stargirl--J. Spinelli
post #233 of 365
#4 How To Become A Famous Writer Before You're Dead by Ariel Gore

I love Ariel Gore. And even though I don't quite fancy myself a writer, I wanted to see what she had to say. I enjoyed her how to become a writer suggestions and the interviews were great too. At the very least, I have added some new books to my want to read list
post #234 of 365
5. Images of America: Claiborne Parish

This is really a book of super old photographs of our neighboring parish (which is like a county in other state), where my grandfather and his siblings grew up. But there are sooo many *long* captions that I felt like I read a whole novel, so I'm counting it. Very informative and neat to look at, although I didn't see a picture of my grandpa like I'd hoped. A lot of the photos date back to the early 1900s, and there were even a couple from the 1890s. I'm going to see if there's a book like this for my parish.
post #235 of 365
Wow y'all are reading like gangbusters.

I loved Middlesex. Great book.

#3: American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

I remember when Prep came out and I didn't want to like it. The author was 15 when she wrote it? She's a girl and her name is Curtis? Sssshyeah. Please. I'll pick it up just to see how bad it is.

But I loved Prep, and The Man of My Dreams (her second), and I loved American Wife possibly even more than the other two. It's a novel based on the life of one Laura Bush (recently deposed, er well, you know, as First Lady). Alice Lindgren is Laura in the book, and...I won't give anything away. Sittenfeld is an amazing, layered writer. I think some of the narrative paragraphs could have been cut...I did find myself skimming near the end. But the story is great, the characters are finely cut and believable (ever wonder why Laura married W? What *did* she see in him?), and I'd read it again if it weren't on the requested list at the library.
post #236 of 365
Is Prep a young adult book? If so, I was just looking at that at my library this afternoon. I came thisclose to getting it.
post #237 of 365
4. Lord of Misrule - Rachel Caine
YA/Vampries/Series - 2.5 out of 5 stars. This is book 5 in the Morganville Vampires series. I'm 100% aggravated that this book and the last ended on a cliffhanger. I HATE when series books don't have a complete storyline. The first three were complete "episodes" with a beginning and end, and then books 4 & 5 come along and are just part of one big story that now at least extends into book 6, if not more. I'm not sure I'm going to continue reading them if this trend continues.
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1. One Foot In the Grave - Jeaniene Frost 2. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead 3. Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooling Life - Rue Kream 4. Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5) - Rachel Caine
post #238 of 365
#8 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This was like something Margaret Atwood would write. Some kind of alternate reality where something has gone terribly, terribly wrong with the world and people are being treated unfairly while everyone just goes along with it. I liked the story a lot but I was also left thinking, "That... sucks." I liked Remains of the Day better.

This was a good read, but I felt some disbelief that none of the characters in the book ever come to realize the true outrage and horror at what is being done to them. It seems like they could just leave and go start a free life somewhere, but none of them even consider it because they have lived such a sheltered life and they don't know anything about the world and what their many options are in life. The only person that seems to envision a different life... dreams about how wonderful it would be to work in an office. That's sad.

Also, the question of souls comes up in the book. I think the author should have made more of an attempt to show that the characters do have souls. Kathy takes such an if/then approach to relationships and seems to manipulate what she says and how she reacts to people and also overanalyzes every little thing her best friend says. She doesn't seem to have any interests, she never falls in love, she seems kind of "eh" when the people close to her die and doesn't even question the purpose of her own life... on second thought, I didn't like this book very much. Maybe I am missing something. It was an interesting story, but I took nothing from it. I know a lot of people here have read this one. Please tell me what I am missing!
post #239 of 365
#2 Breaking Dawn by Stehpenie Meyer

I don't usually get sucked into hyped up series but one of my friends tossed me the first book and asked if I wanted to read it. Anyways here I am sleep deprivated because I had to read the books faster than I could get my hands on them.
Nice light cheesy romance novel. A tad predictable but nice to get my mind off of things.
post #240 of 365
#16 Blood and Chocolate- Fun, easy read

and #17 will be A Great and Terrible Beauty followed by the last two in the series. Which will probably be done in a couple of days
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