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post #81 of 229
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Not loving the book I'm reading now, but I won't let myself not finish it. Do you always finish books you start, or is it my compulsive nature?
I used to try and finish every book, but now I give it 50 to 75 pages. If I'm not feeling it by that point, I give up and move on. There are way too many good books out there for me to waste my time on one that I'm not enjoying. I think I got the okay to do this from Nancy Pearl's Book Lust book too. Love her. I also like to think that sometimes I will return to a book later on down the line. Sometimes it's true that the timing is off for the right time to enjoy a book.
post #82 of 229
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I've read this before but I'm doing a paper on the author and have to compare two of her major works. This is a great book about a teen who has been raped and doesn't know how to speak up about it.
post #83 of 229
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Not loving the book I'm reading now, but I won't let myself not finish it. Do you always finish books you start, or is it my compulsive nature?
I've put books down that I didn't really get into, but this usually happens only when I'm reading multiple books.
post #84 of 229
24. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I always hear this book/author referred to on the Gilmore Girls... so I thought I should read it. ("Hey, did anyone ever think that maybe Sylvia Plath wasn't crazy, she was just cold?") All I knew about Sylvia Plath was that she was mentally ill and considered something of a new thinker. I looked her up on Wikipedia after reading The Bell Jar and it is shocking how much of the book is actually autobiographical. She did a good job creating the character of Esther because obviously she knew that character very well as herself.
post #85 of 229
#8 Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Got this rec off of one of these threads, and I loved it! The dialogue was great and a very charming, witty main character.
post #86 of 229
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Not loving the book I'm reading now, but I won't let myself not finish it. Do you always finish books you start, or is it my compulsive nature?
yeh, i give a book around 100 pages too and then bail on it. i have a hard time not finishing a book but if after 100 pages it isnt doing well, i will stop and perhaps pick it up later (i am currently reading 1812 and have been for a very long time..i like the book well enough...but it never grabs me and i cant finish it or discard it...so i keep going back to it every few months to see if i can get through it).

one Q: how do those of you who listen to audio books get into them? i have never used them and am now listening to my first one and its just strange to me. did it take you a few books to get into the mode? our library has a system of audio books, but you cant d/l them to ipods yet so you have to burn CD's. im hoping they fix this soon but i am now listening to an 8 CD book.
post #87 of 229
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one Q: how do those of you who listen to audio books get into them? i have never used them and am now listening to my first one and its just strange to me. did it take you a few books to get into the mode? our library has a system of audio books, but you cant d/l them to ipods yet so you have to burn CD's. im hoping they fix this soon but i am now listening to an 8 CD book.
It took me a while to get into them, but now I can't imagine not having one loaded on my iPod to listen to as I drive back and forth between work, school and home. So, I'd say give it a little bit and you'll get used to it.

Of course it helps if you have a good book/good reader, I've had some real stinkers that take some real slogging through; the Twilight series being the most recent ... the reader is dreadful!
post #88 of 229
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley keeps a journal, not a diary! This is the 3rd in the series and in this story Greg’s dad is trying to toughen Greg up so he’s not so wimpy. He tries sports and is thinking about sending him to military school. While not dealing with that Greg tries to attract the attention of the 4th prettiest girl in school (the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prettiest have boyfriends).

This book is so funny. I was laughing out loud within the first few pages and didn’t stop though the whole book.
post #89 of 229
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24. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I always hear this book/author referred to on the Gilmore Girls... so I thought I should read it. ("Hey, did anyone ever think that maybe Sylvia Plath wasn't crazy, she was just cold?") All I knew about Sylvia Plath was that she was mentally ill and considered something of a new thinker. I looked her up on Wikipedia after reading The Bell Jar and it is shocking how much of the book is actually autobiographical. She did a good job creating the character of Esther because obviously she knew that character very well as herself.
Oh, I read that too, for the same reasons I think, the get the cultural references to being "in the bell jar" etc. That book made me blue.

#7 Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (did I post this one already? can't remember)

I liked this one almost as much as World Without End, although, I'm thinking I shouldn't have read them back to back b/c I got a little tired of his writing and plot style.

#8 Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Your typical fast moving quick read Picoult novel. The story is about a man who might be a murderer on death row, he might also be a messiah, and he wants to donate his heart to the surviving daughter of the family who lost the dad and another daughter in the murder. Nice and twisty story line. Although, I sorta guessed some of the stuff that happened before it was "revealed".
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#8 Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Got this rec off of one of these threads, and I loved it! The dialogue was great and a very charming, witty main character.
Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! I love her books, they are so fun. She has two other series - one is similar, urban fantasy (Storm Born) the other is YA - Vampire Academy. They're all fun for different reasons.
post #91 of 229
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley keeps a journal, not a diary! This is the 3rd in the series and in this story Greg’s dad is trying to toughen Greg up so he’s not so wimpy. He tries sports and is thinking about sending him to military school. While not dealing with that Greg tries to attract the attention of the 4th prettiest girl in school (the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prettiest have boyfriends).

This book is so funny. I was laughing out loud within the first few pages and didn’t stop though the whole book.
Would you think it was appropriate for a seven-year-old boy? My son was interested but I have to watch what he reads. He has Asperger's Syndrome and likes to repeat "funny" words at inappropriate times.
post #92 of 229
#34 Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Guess I have to take the advice from the book flap:

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We don't want to tell you WHAT HAPPENS in this book.
It is truly a SPECIAL STORY and we don't want to spoil it.
NEVERTHELESS, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this:
This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again -- the story starts there...
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds.
Not the best book I've read this year, but since it's my 34th, I'm not sure that says much.
post #93 of 229
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Would you think it was appropriate for a seven-year-old boy? My son was interested but I have to watch what he reads. He has Asperger's Syndrome and likes to repeat "funny" words at inappropriate times.
Is he first grade or second? My second grade 7 year old loves the whole series and has read them over and over numerous times. Also, it would depend on his reading level--these don't really work as a readaloud because the cartoons on almost every page are such a huge part of the humor.

The character has just entered middle-grade but really seems more like upper-elementary except for liking a girl. The language is not vulgar at all--but there are some words like ploopy or other silly words they call each other.

I guess you could check it out of the library to see what you think. I think it's mostly recommended for 4th grade and up book.
post #94 of 229
He has a reading level of 5th grade or up so he could read it (he's in first grade but tested out of all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade reading curriculum). I got the impression the language was meaner or nastier but I am glad to know its just regular silly talk. I will check it out. Thank you!
post #95 of 229
Recently finished:

The Shack- 4/5 stars, great book and have encouraged everyone I know to read it.

The Year of Fog- 5/5 stars, This book sucked me in and I don't think I set it down for the entire 2 days it took to get through it.

Eat Drink and Be Vegan- 5/5 stars, fabulous recipes, so far I'm impressed with everything I've tried from this book. I will definitely buy this when I get a chance.

Challenging The Pacific: The First Woman to Row the KonTiki Route- 5/5 stars, another great book. This was suggested to me and honestly, I thought it looked a bit boring. But it was great! I read it in a day as it was another that pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.

Dealing With Disappointment by Elizabeth Crary- 5/5 stars, hands down my favorite parenting book that I've read to-date. Easy to apply to your life, and it's effective. I've never had such good results with a parenting "strategy" with my spirited 3yo, as I did with this one.

Swallow the Ocean by Laura Flynn- 4/5 stars, really good book. Not something I would typically read but it was for bookclub. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it a lot. I wish there was MORE, I was left with so many questions at the end, and it can be a bit drawn out and slow at times, but overall a very good book.
post #96 of 229
I don't think I've posted in almost a month. : My reading has been slow, but thouroughly enjoyed.

#6. Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kalles
The more I read of this one the more I got into it despite the character developement being ackward. It seems as though the author decided to completely can the view point or actual personality of one character, and it wasn't personal developement within the character or anything to that note. I can't really explain it very well. It was also a tad predictable but an enjoyable read.

#7. Please Don't Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr
I loved it. Just a nice light read, full of humour. Jean Kerr is witty and sarcastic.
post #97 of 229
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

A nerdy boy pulls a huge prank which earns him community service and a reputation. He starts his senior year with a new muscly physique and lots of enemies when a popular girl takes and interest in him. Good book.
post #98 of 229
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one Q: how do those of you who listen to audio books get into them? i have never used them and am now listening to my first one and its just strange to me. did it take you a few books to get into the mode? our library has a system of audio books, but you cant d/l them to ipods yet so you have to burn CD's. im hoping they fix this soon but i am now listening to an 8 CD book.
I fell in love with audio books right away. When I only had access to books on CD, I would put them on the computer and then onto my MP3 player. PM me if you would like to see my Goodreads account - I have a separate file for all the audio books I've listened to in the past year a half or so, maybe there will be something in there you like and can get.
post #99 of 229
I get audiobooks on CD from paperbackswap. I'd like to get an ipod as I think that would be easier but I haven't gotten that far yet.

Then We Came to the End, Ferris
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It's 2001. The dot-com bubble has burst and rolling layoffs have hit an unnamed Chicago advertising firm sending employees into an escalating siege mentality as their numbers dwindle...Written with confidence in the tricky-to-pull-off first-person plural, the collective fishbowl perspective of the "we" voice nails the dynamics of cubicle culture--the deadlines, the gossip, the elaborate pranks to break the boredom, the joy of discovering free food in the breakroom.
I found the use of the collective first person to be both challenging and brilliant. It puts the reader in the position of the employees, and then splits off to encounter the specific fates and fortunes of each.


#1 Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, #2 Moosewood Restaurant New Classics, #3 Autobiography of God, #4 The Ghost Orchid, #5 The Poe Shadow, #6 Knit One Kill Two, #7 Citizen Girl, #8 The Fourth Bear, #9 The Third Secret, #10 Change of Heart, #11 Guardian Angels, #12 The Gore, #13 The Undomestic Goddess, #14 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil T. Frankweiler, #15 Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, #16 Blood Memory, #17 A Thousand Splendid Suns, #18 Then we Came to the End
post #100 of 229
#9 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Again, very good. Entertaining and quick read and just the right amount of fluff versus substance ratio.

As for audio books, I've found that the reader really makes or breaks the experience for me. I would recommend any of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett as the 2 readers (Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs) who have done his books are phenomenal.
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