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1. Room by Emma Donoghue- I enjoyed this book, especially seeing how a Mother could keep a child entertained in such a small space for so long.  A must read, in my opinion.

2.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- I dislike the circus to the point where I will not entertain the idea of doing a circus unit in my classroom.  Still, a friend suggested that I read it.  It was hard for me to read some sections, but overall I did enjoy the book.  It still makes me dislike the circus. 

 

Currently I am reading Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin.  I am about halfway through.  I wasn't expecting to enjoy it, but she is a good writer and it flows really well.

post #102 of 110

 

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

 http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/patricia-briggs/silver-borne.htm

The 5th book of the Mercy Thompson Series.  Great Urban Fantasy with Mercedes Thompson, a shape shifter living in a world filled with werewolves, vampires and Fae. Well written, suspenseful with a bit of humour.

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M is for Magic, gaiman

 

 

Quote:      
 "He knew that if you ran away you sometimes met bad people who did bad things to you; but he had also read fairy tales, so he knew that there were kind people out there, side by side with the monsters."
     

 

Intruiging little collection Gaiman's short stories.  Apparently many have appeared in other collections, and one was an excerpt from the Graveyard Book...but a great introduction to his stories.

post #104 of 110

finished The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson.  i loved it!  a young woman moves from the US to Cairo after college.  even before going, she wants to convert to Islam, but her family/friends are areligious and she worries about their reaction.  she describes life in the city beautifully, she converts, she grows.

 

have not written my review, but for now i recommend this one.

 

& if anyone has travel/life abroad books to recommend, i'd love to hear about them.

post #105 of 110

February 2011

1. Room by Emma Donoghue- I enjoyed this book, especially seeing how a Mother could keep a child entertained in such a small space for so long.  A must read, in my opinion.

2.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- I dislike the circus to the point where I will not entertain the idea of doing a circus unit in my classroom.  Still, a friend suggested that I read it.  It was hard for me to read some sections, but overall I did enjoy the book.  It still makes me dislike the circus. 

3. Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin.  I wasn’t expecting much, but she is a good writer and it flowed really well.  I enjoyed it.  The pictures in the back were really nice of her and her little girl.  

post #106 of 110

Today I started reading, A World Apart, Women, Prison and Life Behind Bars, by Cristina Rathbone.

 

I also started a GoodReads account today but I am not sure how to add people to it yet.

 

Will we have a new thread tomorrow, when March begins?

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24.  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

 

This is my favorite book I have read so far this year.  It's about a woman at the top of her career who is also juggling three kids.  She is completely swamped and always multitasking, including texting, emailing and making phone calls in the car.  She gets into a terrible car accident and suffers brain damage that results in something called Left Neglect.  She has no concept of left.  She isn't aware of the left side of her body, cannot look to her left and does not see anything that's on her left, only eats the food of the right side of her plate, only reads the words on the right side of the page, etc. 

 

This book was fascinating and although I have never heard of such a disease, it's common and very real.  I enjoyed reading how the woman coped with the disease and saw her life for what it was and what it could be after the accident forced her to slow down.  I usually don't like contemporary fiction but this had just the right twist to make it interesting.  I highly recommend this one.


I've got this one on hold and LOVED her first one -- Still Alice.  She's coming to a local bookstore soon.  I'd love to see her.
Last two for Feburary:

29.The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
30. Redemption by Laurel Dewey

 


 
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I've got this one on hold and LOVED her first one -- Still Alice.  She's coming to a local bookstore soon.  I'd love to see her.
Last two for Feburary:

29.The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
30. Redemption by Laurel Dewey

 


 



I liked Still Alice, too, and thought Left Neglected was even better!

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Ooooo -- I also loved Still Alice. Can't wait to read this one!

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