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post #41 of 216
Just started Water for Elephants and so far I'm loving it!

April Books:
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Red Scarf


March books:
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Revolutionary Road
post #42 of 216
Home Truths by Mavis Gallant

The introduction hooked me - I knew I was going to love this author. When posing the question "what is a Canadian", she surmises that it must be anyone who has a good reason to believe they are one! Short stories suited my busy life that week and these were great.

Top 10 Victoria and Vancouver by Constance Brissenden

Pretty much useless as a guide book of Victoria. A collection of phamphets from the hotel lobby proved to be much more useful.


We are moving next week and my reading has slowed to nil. I don't want to take books out of the library in case I don't finish them in time, and I don't want to take time away from packing to finish them, and I've already packed our bookshelves, so I can't take a book from there. Atleast I still have my MP3 loaded!
post #43 of 216
#18 - Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

I had read Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys' novel about Mr. Rochester's mad first wife, and was intrigued to come across this novel, written thirty years earlier in 1938. Apparently, Rhys wrote a number of novels in between the wars, then disappeared completely for 20 or 30 years, and was basically presumed to be dead, until she re-appeared after a radio performance of Good Morning, Midnight. She then finished Wide Sargasso Sea, which became very popular.

This is an incredibly depressing book! Goodness. It is a meandering, stream of consciousness first person narrative, narrated by a woman, Sasha, who, now middle-aged, has returned to Paris from England to spend some time in a cheap hotel courtesy of a friend who thinks it will help her depression and, I would say, alcoholism. Seems like a vain hope, given that Paris is where her life fell apart years before - it involves marriage to a penniless charmer, a baby that dies, desertion, and descent towards the bottle. Now, years later, she wanders Paris, drinking and taking up with strangers. She hates people, and everything reminds her of the past. The ending is disturbing and confusing.

I didn't exactly like it, or relate to it, but I won't forget it. Hm.
post #44 of 216
The Memorist by M. J. Rose

A bit like the DaVinci Code in its focus on secret societies. The author touches on reincarnation, romance and the depths we sink to when we are broken in spirit.

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

So boring I had to stop reading the book - something I rarely do.

Sleepwalking In Daylight by Elizabeth Flock

The ending surprised me. I really expected the story to end in a neatly tied bow. For that alone, I recommend this book. A good study of marriage and parent-child relationships.
post #45 of 216
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The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

So boring I had to stop reading the book - something I rarely do.
Out of curiosity, what was so boring about it? I'm seeing ads for it everywhere, full of "wow" blurbs, and I was starting to think of putting it on hold...
post #46 of 216
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The Memorist by M. J. Rose

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

So boring I had to stop reading the book - something I rarely do.
Maybe it's designed to be a sleep-aid.
post #47 of 216
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Well, I've got two, maybe three, to post (Brick Lane by Monica Ali and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (plus, I'll probably finish Ernest Hemingway over the weekend)), but it may have to wait until later. I'll most likely be incommunicado until Saturday.

I'm attending the Pop Culture Association of America Conference this week (I'm leaving Wednesday) and will be presenting a paper I wrote on Stephen King's The Shining and its depiction of '70s masculinity.

Did I mention it's four days in New Orleans comped by my University?

!Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!



Also, I'm looking forward to finally getting my hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance, NOW WITH ULTRAVIOLENT ZOMBIE MAYHEM! this week!
post #48 of 216
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Well, I've got two, maybe three, to post (Brick Lane by Monica Ali and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (plus, I'll probably finish Ernest Hemingway over the weekend)), but it may have to wait until later. I'll most likely be incommunicado until Saturday.

I'm attending the Pop Culture Association of America Conference this week (I'm leaving Wednesday) and will be presenting a paper I wrote on Stephen King's The Shining and its depiction of '70s masculinity.

Did I mention it's four days in New Orleans comped by my University?

!Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!
That's so cool -- have a blast!

Will Stephen King be there?
post #49 of 216
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Out of curiosity, what was so boring about it? I'm seeing ads for it everywhere, full of "wow" blurbs, and I was starting to think of putting it on hold...
I didn't like the characters. I am tired of the rich NYC wives genre.
post #50 of 216
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Maybe it's designed to be a sleep-aid.

*snicker* That is a good one.
post #51 of 216
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*snicker* That is a good one.
Well, seriously with a title like Ten Year Nap -- you can't expect too much to happen.
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Will Stephen King be there?
Probably not ... at least, not as far as I know, but I'm looking forward to crayfish for dinner and cafe au lait and beignets for breakfast.
post #53 of 216
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I have this in my TBR pile. Speaking of zombies... who is going to be the first to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and report back to us?
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I have this in my TBR pile. Speaking of zombies... who is going to be the first to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and report back to us?
I'm desperately trying to get my hands on it ... it's sold out here, I'm going to try and find it while I'm in New Orleans.
post #55 of 216
19. Minimum Space, Maximum Living
20. To Kill a Mockingbird
post #56 of 216
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Well, I've got two, maybe three, to post (Brick Lane by Monica Ali and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (plus, I'll probably finish Ernest Hemingway over the weekend)), but it may have to wait until later. I'll most likely be incommunicado until Saturday.

I'm attending the Pop Culture Association of America Conference this week (I'm leaving Wednesday) and will be presenting a paper I wrote on Stephen King's The Shining and its depiction of '70s masculinity.

Did I mention it's four days in New Orleans comped by my University?

!Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!



Also, I'm looking forward to finally getting my hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance, NOW WITH ULTRAVIOLENT ZOMBIE MAYHEM! this week!
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I have this in my TBR pile. Speaking of zombies... who is going to be the first to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and report back to us?
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Probably not ... at least, not as far as I know, but I'm looking forward to crayfish for dinner and cafe au lait and beignets for breakfast.

Nice! That sounds like fun! Have some etouffe for me, and definitely a few beignets and cafe au laits too. The paper on The Shining and 70's masculinity sounds interesting too.

And yes, I am waiting to see who reads the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies too!


#13 Wonder Woman The Circle

A collection of one story arc of Wonder Woman comics. Pretty fun. They all relate to some present day stories and also the story of before Wonder Woman was born. My only dislike was switching artists halfway through. I liked the tougher looking style and the switch to different artists brought in a more sweetie pie looking Wonder Woman, pouty lips and big eyes, too cutesy for me. She's an Amazon warrior for pete's sake!

#14 The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life--My Quest to Become a Dalai Mama by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Cute quick little read of parenting witticisms. Nothing earth shattering. Super quick though, I think I read it in 2 sittings, one just waiting for the kids to wake up after a car ride.
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Darling Jim by Christian Moerk is pretty scary but the writing was great . . . Here's the amazon page and after I read the advance copy, I immediately contacted the publisher to find out if the author could be the keynote speaker for my writers' conference.
I'm still not putting books on hold (one more week of Lent) but I've had this one on hold since January-- I'm number one, but it's still on order!
post #58 of 216
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I'm attending the Pop Culture Association of America Conference this week (I'm leaving Wednesday) and will be presenting a paper I wrote on Stephen King's The Shining and its depiction of '70s masculinity.

Did I mention it's four days in New Orleans comped by my University?

!Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!
DH went to the regional one in Alb. last year. We've talked about all going next spring, to the regional one (quite the family vacation, i know). He loved it.

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#14 The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life--My Quest to Become a Dalai Mama by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Cute quick little read of parenting witticisms. Nothing earth shattering. Super quick though, I think I read it in 2 sittings, one just waiting for the kids to wake up after a car ride.
I really like her.
post #59 of 216
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I'm still not putting books on hold (one more week of Lent) but I've had this one on hold since January-- I'm number one, but it's still on order!
It just came out last week so they should have it soon . . . just in time for after lent.
post #60 of 216
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#14 The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life--My Quest to Become a Dalai Mama by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Cute quick little read of parenting witticisms. Nothing earth shattering. Super quick though, I think I read it in 2 sittings, one just waiting for the kids to wake up after a car ride.
I like Rosenthal too . .. I heard she has a new picture book out that's supposed to be hilarious. I asked our library to order it.
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