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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#52 Pearl of China by Anchee Min

A fictionalized account of Pearl S Buck's life told from the perspective of her best childhood friend.  I felt like I learned a lot of Chinese history.  I knew a little about the Communist revolution, but not a lot about what had happened before that.  Very interesting.  I'd like to read more by this author and also Pearl S. Buck's books.  Those have been on my list for a long time.

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#54 Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

I really liked this book, and checked out Lawrence of Arabia from the library after reading it just to refresh my memory.  This is a story about an "old maid" school teacher from the early 20th century.  She's lost her entire family to the influenza epidemic and decides she's not going to be a shrinking flower anymore and retires and travels to the Middle East.  She ends up spending lots of time with TE Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Gertrude Bell.  Fascinating stuff.

 

#55 A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

A story about a young woman in rural NY state at the beginning of the 20th century.  She could have a future going to college, but circumstances are against her.  She's the oldest in a large poor family that lives on a farm and her mother has passed away.  It's difficult for her to even think of getting a job and/or spending time on schoolwork.  Sounds bleak, but was actually pretty good.

 

#56 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Hmmm, I wanted to like this.  And I enjoyed Oscar Wilde's prose.  However, I found most of the characters in the novel so, well, repulsive is a strong word, but really, not likeable, not relatable, irritating.  So, I had a hard time getting into the book.   Beyond that though, cool storyline, beautiful writing.  I'll check out some of his other books.

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 

#58 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Good story about an autistic boy who solves a mystery.  My daughter did not like the cover of the book showing the dog with the pitchfork stuck in it.  I liked his narrative voice though. 

 

#59 The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Enh.  Story of an older woman who was the family household caretaker for a wealthy Italian family in Sicily.  She dies and it's a mystery to solve as to why she requested her obituary and memorial be handled the way it was.  Interesting story line, and I read to the end just to find out what happened, but I felt like they sort of drew the story out just to add pages. 

 

#60 Intuition by Allegra Goodman

Story about a research facility and what happens as a potential mistake gets uncovered.  Good insight into research facility culture.

 

post #42 of 51
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#54 The Passage (Audio)
by Justin Cronin

read by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden
>>There's been a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I have to say that it is all pretty much justified ... at least for this reader.  I highly enjoyed it, in spite of the fact that the audiobook's 36.75 hour-length took me 78 days to get through ... talk about a reading (or rather, listening) commitment.  Though I will warn, if you are looking for closure in your books, then this might not be the one for you, I have only just found out that it is Part One in a planned trilogy.  Talk about cliffhangers!


#1 Tales from Outer Suburbia, #2 The Men Who Stare at Goats, #3 Under the Dome (Audio), #4 Benito Cereno, #5 Doctor Who: The Rising Night, An Exclusive Audio Adventure (Audio), #6 UR (Audio), #7 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, #8 Shutter Island (Audio), #9 Watchmen, #10 The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection (Audio), #11 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #12 Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy, #13 Lovecraft: Tales, #14 Hellboy: Oddest Jobs, #15 Danse Macabre (Audio), #16 Doctor Who: Ghosts of India (Audio) #17 The Iron Man: A Story in Five Nights, #18 The Pop-Up Book of Phobias, #19 The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares, #20 Horns (Audio), #21 Blockade Billy, #22 Titus Andronicus (Bantam Anthology), #23 Doctor Who: Dead Air, An Exclusive Audio Adventure (Audio), #24 The Puppet Masters, #25 The Body Snatchers, #26 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, #27 The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House, #28 Psycho, #29 The Silence of the Lambs, #30 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, #31 Leviathan (Audio), #32 Android Karenina, #33 Mythologies, #34 The Short Secret Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Audio), #35 America, #36 The Post-Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, #37 The Shining, #38 The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, #39 Rosemary's Baby, #40 Blood and Guts in High School, Plus Two, #41 Naked Lunch: The Restored Text, #42 Watchmen: Redux, #43 Lolita, #44 Beloved, #45 Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, #46 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, #47 Dracula, #48 Behind a Mask: Her Unknown Thrillers, #49 The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings, #50 Goblin Market and Other Poems, #51 Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing, #52 The Stepford Wives, #53 Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, #54 The Passage (Audio)


 

post #43 of 51

Interesting recommendations to check out when my pile gets lower  . . . . .

 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

 

I'm pretty sure I read this before but in any case I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is just so rich and the characters wonderful. I'm reading A Christmas Carol to my daughters, as well.

 

post #44 of 51

Just finished White Fang.  Not sure what number - 89ish.  I need to make it to 100 before the year is up.  I'm torn between which I like better, White Fang or Call of the Wild.  I think I will read the other one again so I can compare.  The Call of the Wild, of course, is about a tame dog becoming wild and White Fang is about a wild dog/wolf becoming tame. 

 

Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?

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Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?


Just don't turn it in and tell them you lost it, then pay the replacement fee.  Same difference.

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 

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Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?


Just don't turn it in and tell them you lost it, then pay the replacement fee.  Same difference.


That's what I was going to say too.  I just bought a children's book for $15 that my daughter accidentally left in the backyard and it's been sitting out there since September.  It's a little water damaged. lol.gif

 



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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 


Oh, I wouldn't feel guilty about liking something better than No. 1 Ladie's Detective Agency.  The novelty wore off on those for me about 2 books in.  How many are there?

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 


Oh, I wouldn't feel guilty about liking something better than No. 1 Ladie's Detective Agency.  The novelty wore off on those for me about 2 books in.  How many are there?

Oh good.  :)  I feel very vindicated.  I think there are at least 6 or 7 now.

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