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post #81 of 93

Haven't checked in here for quite awhile.

 

Right now I'm reading a couple of books.  One of them is a kids chapter book called The Magic Half.  (I read all the books before letting ds read them.)  I like it so far.  It's the exact sort of book that I would have loved as a child!  It brings me back to that 'anything is possible' feeling.

 

I just opened the cover of The Christmas Chronicles.  I'll update when I've finished.  

post #82 of 93

Seen at the science fiction convention... a t-shirt that reads "Phillip K. Dick is god!"

 

 

 

I'm reading a wonderful true tale now about homeschoolers that school all winter and sail around all summer. It's called The Curve of Time and its a fabulous read. The author was M. Wylie Blanchet.

post #83 of 93

Philip K Dick is the devil, more like. I just finished The Man Whose Teeth Were Exactly Alike and had a hard time preventing myself from sticking my head in a gas oven. SO DEPRESSING. Not high-concept dystopia depressing either, just dingy, people-suck depressing that leaves an icky taste in your mouth. It wasn't like his other books, Bleugh. Why write stuff like that?

post #84 of 93
joining! I am rationing out my few books because I'm abroad until January and just have the small stash of books I brought with me. I just re-read Dune---such an awesome fantasy/sci fi book, full of ecology and political intrigue. I'm now making my way through the Harry Potter series for the infinite time.
post #85 of 93

Whoo, mutli-quote and naptime for DS2!
 

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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post SO DEPRESSING. Not high-concept dystopia depressing either, just dingy, people-suck depressing that leaves an icky taste in your mouth. It wasn't like his other books, Bleugh. Why write stuff like that?

Stay away from Hardy, then.  I read Jude the Obscure (about a year after I saw the film Jude, so I knew what was coming) and it left me feeling so bleak and hollow and uuurggg.  It was very well written in a stark and cold way, but it made me feel awful. Side note, my roomie and I watched the film (also very well crafted) and we were totally unfamiliar with the story... so the end hit us hard.  We sat there, silent, in shock... credits rolling... looked at each other.... she said "I can't even talk!" and ran out of the room.  I went to our friends downstairs, and I looked so awful that they thought someone had died.  All I could say was "just a upsetting movie".  Roomie and I could not even disucss it for weeks.  It was too horrible.  Why did I ever watch things like that?  And then read the book????

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Arduinna--I remember reading and really liking the first few "Clan of the Cave Bear" books, but then something made me feel embarrassed to check them out any longer.  I got the idea that they were meant for people younger than I was or something, and started to get insecure, like the librarians were judging me for reading them.  It was a weird phase.  Now that I'm far past that, I should hunt them down again.


LOL.  I started reading that series when I was 13, and then went to check out the newest one.  It did not hold up well.  The first few are still pretty fun, but omg enough with inventing everything, Ayla!  Heh.


 

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Ok, I need to make a confession... I am stuck in a "fluff" phase.  I have been reading a *lot* of paranormal romance and can't bring myself to even be interested in anything more substantial. 

I have a serious problem.  I know. 


You and me both.  As soon as DS2 was born, I lost my ability to focus on anything "serious" or "heavy".  There's no shame in that!  My next book is Shiver which is paranormal werewolf romance, I think.  Whatever!
 

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I've decided I don't really like chick lit. I love Bridget Jones and the sequel, but it seems they're the pinnacle of the genre - all the rest I've read have been incredibly lame and feature the gay best friend with the great fashion sense, and an incredibly boring hunk of a man with whom the heroine gets together in the end, even though the book is ostensibly about self-improvement and empowerment, presumably to reward her for having finally started up her own business or broken into the fashion industry or something. I thought they could be a light guilty pleasure for when I'm feeling too sick to read deep, meaningful stuff... but they just make me want to vomit. So no more books with pink covers and perky titles, I think!

Despite my screen name, I agree.  Chick Lit as a genre sucks and is insulting.  When I want fast, light reading, I hit the YA shelves.  I will also read pretty much any Phillipa Gregory (Other Boylen Girl). 
 

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 I just requested Outlander, which I've heard good things about, and I'm looking for a book to pick up tomorrow to read before Outlander comes in.

Oooohhhh, Outlander is so good.  I love the first 3 or 4 books.  I dislike them after the cast starts to expand (found the most recent to be unreadable), but my BF adores all of them.

 

I'm reading so slowly at the moment.  When DS2 was super tiny, I was tearing through at least a book a week.  Now, I read maybe a page or two a night.  I'm being productive I guess... playing with the baby, cleaning a lot when he naps.... reading takes too much focus.  But soon I'll be back at work, and pumping, and I read a lot when I'm making milk.

 

post #86 of 93

 

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Stay away from Hardy, then.

Heh. I've only read Tess of the D'Urbervilles, for Uni... in the end it was almost funny, starting each new chapter thinking "OK, what else can the author POSSIBLY throw at this girl? The Black Death? Oh, right, hanging. Well, that figures."

 

I've been meaning to check out Philippa Gregory, but she's never on the shelves.

post #87 of 93

I need to reread some of the classics....like Tess and whatnot. When I had to read them in high school I was going through some drama and don't remember them! I do still LOVE The Scarlet Letter, though!

 

Current Read: Shadow Of The Hegemon

post #88 of 93

 

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Yes, you read that right.  I am a paranormal-romance-aholic and I turn my nose up at chick lit.  LOL!
 

me too. I love paranormal romance, but no way on chick lit. (or even regular romance. I like my romance filled with bad-a** female protagonists, magic, vamps, werewolves, and more.  I was reading a lot of laurell k. hamiliton about a month back. I read kelly armstrong, and while I liked it, it wasn't very "romancy" compared to the anita blake books. I particularly like many (but not all) of the later anita blake books. bag.gif.   (btw, any suggustions for other paranormal romance with tough female protagonists?  I really didn't like the sookie stackhouse books.)

 

The past week I've mostly been reading jewish books. (I just converted, and I bought about 8 books at the book sale at synogogue)

 

It's been hard to get to the library so I haven't been reading as many new books lately.

post #89 of 93

So I started the book On Paradise Drive by  David Brooks, the one who wrote Bobos in Paradise (another clever book).  It has me rofl.  Have any of you read either of his books.  It is satire about current day American middle class culture. 

post #90 of 93

You might like Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson books. Mercy's pretty kick-a$$ and the writing is far better than Sookie Stackhouse. 

 

 

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Yes, you read that right.  I am a paranormal-romance-aholic and I turn my nose up at chick lit.  LOL!
 

me too. I love paranormal romance, but no way on chick lit. (or even regular romance. I like my romance filled with bad-a** female protagonists, magic, vamps, werewolves, and more.  I was reading a lot of laurell k. hamiliton about a month back. I read kelly armstrong, and while I liked it, it wasn't very "romancy" compared to the anita blake books. I particularly like many (but not all) of the later anita blake books. bag.gif.   (btw, any suggustions for other paranormal romance with tough female protagonists?  I really didn't like the sookie stackhouse books.)

 

The past week I've mostly been reading jewish books. (I just converted, and I bought about 8 books at the book sale at synogogue)

 

It's been hard to get to the library so I haven't been reading as many new books lately.

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Yes, you read that right.  I am a paranormal-romance-aholic and I turn my nose up at chick lit.  LOL!
 

me too. I love paranormal romance, but no way on chick lit. (or even regular romance. I like my romance filled with bad-a** female protagonists, magic, vamps, werewolves, and more.  I was reading a lot of laurell k. hamiliton about a month back. I read kelly armstrong, and while I liked it, it wasn't very "romancy" compared to the anita blake books. I particularly like many (but not all) of the later anita blake books. bag.gif.   (btw, any suggustions for other paranormal romance with tough female protagonists?  I really didn't like the sookie stackhouse books.)

 

The past week I've mostly been reading jewish books. (I just converted, and I bought about 8 books at the book sale at synogogue)

 

It's been hard to get to the library so I haven't been reading as many new books lately.


I just finished Jeanine Frost's Night Huntress series, and the female protagonist is really kick-a**.  She is the world's only half-vampire half-human and is out to rid the world of vampires.  She has a run in with a much stronger vampire who trains her into a lean, mean fighting machine and of course romance ensues.  There are four books and they all follow the same couple. 

post #92 of 93
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So I started the book On Paradise Drive by  David Brooks, the one who wrote Bobos in Paradise (another clever book).  It has me rofl.  Have any of you read either of his books.  It is satire about current day American middle class culture. 


Haven't read them but just put both on my reading list.  Some of the comments in the review section already had me laughing.
 

post #93 of 93

I did like the first mercedes thompson book quite a bit, and have meant to check out the next one.

 

I'll have to check out the night huntress series. thanks.

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