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The Fault in Our Stars

 

Cathe said everything...seriously, just go read it.  I love Greene's work.

 

Just downloaded it! 
 

 

post #42 of 74
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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 

Final book in the Hunger Games series.  Not as bad as I was expecting, but definitely my least favorite in the series.  Will make a great, action-packed movie, though.  If, or when, they get to it. 



I can't wait to start these books!



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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

 

I went into this book having no idea what it was about. All I knew was, John Green had come out with a new book and that was enough for me. So, I'm going to give all of you the same option I had to just be completely surprised and blown away. All I will say is that this was both the funniest and saddest book I have ever read. I laughed out loud, I cried real tears . . . sometimes at the same time. This is a brilliant book. And it's not just me . . . the books been out like 3 days and already has 144 5 star reviews on amazon.com.
 


Okay, it's on my list now.  Two recs in a row bumps it up for me.  :)

 



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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

 

Such a great book!


I'm wary of her books since I read Bel Canto.  Bel Canto's ending made me so angry!  Although, up until then, I really enjoyed it.  She is a good writer, I just did not enjoy the plot twist.  Should I give her another chance?

 

I've been reading The Sun Also Rises, actually just finished it for one of my book clubs.  Did not like.  I thought I would.....but it was so....macho and dated and I did not find the people likeable at all.  Just started Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, and she is just such a fantastic writer, I'm enjoying it already.

 

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I can't wait to start these books!


Okay, it's on my list now.  Two recs in a row bumps it up for me.  :)

 


I'm wary of her books since I read Bel Canto.  Bel Canto's ending made me so angry!  Although, up until then, I really enjoyed it.  She is a good writer, I just did not enjoy the plot twist.  Should I give her another chance?

 

I've been reading The Sun Also Rises, actually just finished it for one of my book clubs.  Did not like.  I thought I would.....but it was so....macho and dated and I did not find the people likeable at all.  Just started Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, and she is just such a fantastic writer, I'm enjoying it already.

 

 

I agree about Bel Canto. I felt a bit ripped off. I had a completely different experience with "State of Wonder". I hope you enjoy it.
 

 

post #44 of 74

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Last book in the series...for those who previously enjoyed the books, I do really recommend listening again as audiobooks.  There were so many things I forgot, and that I understood so much better.  The audiobooks are really, really well done.

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I don't think you'll have the same experience with State of Wonder . . . I really enjoyed it!

 

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I agree about Bel Canto. I felt a bit ripped off. I had a completely different experience with "State of Wonder". I hope you enjoy it.
 

 



 

Definitely felt ripped off with Bel Canto!!  That's the perfect way to put how I felt.  I'll give her another chance if you say so :)
 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Last book in the series...for those who previously enjoyed the books, I do really recommend listening again as audiobooks.  There were so many things I forgot, and that I understood so much better.  The audiobooks are really, really well done.


We've listened to the first two audio books.  A good audio book is a thing of beauty :)

 



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I don't think you'll have the same experience with State of Wonder . . . I really enjoyed it!

 



Thanks Cathe!  I'm definitely going to try it.

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Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

 

Second in the YA zombie series ... very well written, very exciting, very gory.

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Such a great middle-grade novel. Funny, scary, happy, sad. About two boys -- one very big who thinks he's not smart, one very tiny who thinks he is brilliant. Both friendless and misfits who find each other. Loved this!

 

 

post #48 of 74

6) Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl. This book took a bit longer to read than I anticipated. I really needed to read it when I was uninterrupted. Each word and sentence made me really consider his experience, his losses and how he used everthing to formulate his "Logotherapy". I am very interested in reading more of his writings about "Logotherapy" as it focuses on assisting people in finding what the meaning is in their life so they can move forward instead analyzing our pasts in an attempt to figure out why we do certain things or who we can blame for the challenges we experience in our lives.

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I've had a little - pleasure - reading time.  It's been ridiculously busy for the past few weeks; classes started up again, 16 year old German exchange student arrived and just a ton of work.   Things are starting to settle back into a routine, so hopefully I will be able to get some pleasure reading books back into my schedule.  fingersx.gif

 

 

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook - read by author)

 

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Nobody Owens, a living, breathing boy whose home is a graveyard, raised by a guardian who belongs neither to the mortal world nor the realm of the dead. Among the mausoleums and headstones of his home, Bod experiences things most mortals can barely imagine. But real, flesh-and-blood danger waits just outside the cemetery walls: the man who murdered the infant Bod’s family will not rest until he finds Nobody Owens and finishes the job he began many years ago.

 

A wonderfully imaginative story and the author's reading was just superb.  I did find myself distracted a lot while listening, though.  I liked the characters, but at the same time, I didn't feel as invested in them as with other characters. 

 

post #50 of 74
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Just started Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, and she is just such a fantastic writer, I'm enjoying it already.

 


me too! her Year of Wonders was masterful, and I'm having the same good feelings here thus far. also, I am a Boston native & love reading books that include detailed colonial history of MA. plus religion geek helps ;). (for the record, I also find Hemingway dull and impossible to stomach.)

 

continuing to read Erin Hunter's Warriors saga with dd. I forbid the author from letting anymore cats die—fictional cats, yes, but sheesh, we still get attached. we are on Omen of the Stars, Book Two: Fading Echoes.

 

also re-reading The Heart of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. I love his balance of scholarly and accessible.

post #51 of 74

Lol, I think I fell off the posting wagon last year. . .but will try to keep up this year.  I've joined three book clubs, so that's at least 3 books a month. . .maybe I'll hit 50+ this year.  

 

What I've read so far in January: 

1.  The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

"Love" story about Hemingway and his first wife.  I did not "get" the love story part.  The book was okay, definitely not a favorite.  I had a tough time liking either character.

 

2.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A boy gets caught on a life boat with some dangerous animals?  Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.  I really enjoyed this one.

 

3.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A boy goes on a journey to find his Personal Legend.  Yeh, I didn't get it. . .I thought it was boring and I really don't understand why so many people are in love with this book.

 

4.  Kiss of the Highlander by Karen M. Moning

One of the Highlander series by KMM.  I really loved her Fae series and thought I'd give these Highlander books a shot.  I don't like them as much, but I  am enjoying them. . .they're like candy, not a lot of substance, but a fun read.  

 

I am currently reading:

a.  The Dark Highlander by Karen M. Moning

b.  Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

c.  Swamplandia by Karen Russell

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7) Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.

 

What a lovely children's book. I felt so connected to the main characters. This book really hit on so many topics that a parent/teacher and child could discuss: adoption, being different and being ok with that. friendships changing, loss... such a well crafted story too.

post #53 of 74

Sister, Lupton

 

 

 

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When the body of Beatrice’s beloved younger sister, Tess, is discovered in an abandoned building in Hyde Park and ruled a suicide, Beatrice knows the police have made a mistake. She’s certain her sister was murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Beatrice impulsively begins to hunt for clues on her own. So begins Rosamund Lupton’s stunning debut, Sister, at once an engrossing thriller and a powerful meditation on the bonds of family. Writing her story as a letter to Tess, Beatrice gradually connects the strange, varied occurrences leading up to Tess’s death--Tess’s pregnancy; a trial drug from a pharmaceutical company; a man who may or may not have been a figment of Tess’s imagination. Beatrice’s former life falls apart as her search veers toward obsession, and she realizes she might pay a terrible price for the truth.

 

 

 

post #54 of 74
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I've had a little - pleasure - reading time.  It's been ridiculously busy for the past few weeks; classes started up again, 16 year old German exchange student arrived and just a ton of work.   Things are starting to settle back into a routine, so hopefully I will be able to get some pleasure reading books back into my schedule.  fingersx.gif

 

 

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook - read by author)

 

 

A wonderfully imaginative story and the author's reading was just superb.  I did find myself distracted a lot while listening, though.  I liked the characters, but at the same time, I didn't feel as invested in them as with other characters. 

 


 

I love Neil Gaiman....I've got to pick up another one of his books this year.  How was his reading voice?


 

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me too! her Year of Wonders was masterful, and I'm having the same good feelings here thus far. also, I am a Boston native & love reading books that include detailed colonial history of MA. plus religion geek helps ;). (for the record, I also find Hemingway dull and impossible to stomach.)

 

continuing to read Erin Hunter's Warriors saga with dd. I forbid the author from letting anymore cats die—fictional cats, yes, but sheesh, we still get attached. we are on Omen of the Stars, Book Two: Fading Echoes.

 

also re-reading The Heart of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. I love his balance of scholarly and accessible.


 

Wasn't Year of Wonders amazing?  I knew I was in for a ride when I cried before I hit 100 pages.  People of the Book was amazingly good too.  Caleb's Crossing is a good one too, for sure!  The historical stuff about Cambridge was fascinating.


 

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Lol, I think I fell off the posting wagon last year. . .but will try to keep up this year.  I've joined three book clubs, so that's at least 3 books a month. . .maybe I'll hit 50+ this year.  

 

What I've read so far in January: 

1.  The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

"Love" story about Hemingway and his first wife.  I did not "get" the love story part.  The book was okay, definitely not a favorite.  I had a tough time liking either character.

 

2.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A boy gets caught on a life boat with some dangerous animals?  Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.  I really enjoyed this one.

 

3.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A boy goes on a journey to find his Personal Legend.  Yeh, I didn't get it. . .I thought it was boring and I really don't understand why so many people are in love with this book.

 

4.  Kiss of the Highlander by Karen M. Moning

One of the Highlander series by KMM.  I really loved her Fae series and thought I'd give these Highlander books a shot.  I don't like them as much, but I  am enjoying them. . .they're like candy, not a lot of substance, but a fun read.  

 

I am currently reading:

a.  The Dark Highlander by Karen M. Moning

b.  Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

c.  Swamplandia by Karen Russell


 

How do you like Swamplandia?  And 3 book clubs!  That'll keep you going!

post #55 of 74

I want in on this thread, looks like a lot of titles to add to my wish list :)

 

Right now I just started Hey Nostradaumus! by Douglas Coupland.

When I'll finish it, no one knows.  It belongs to the library and DS has already spit up on it once. 

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I love Neil Gaiman....I've got to pick up another one of his books this year.  How was his reading voice?


 

 

Awesome!  His voice really fit the atmosphere of the book, if that makes any sense?

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Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 

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Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

 

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

 

This was a quick n' sweet little love story.  I enjoyed it. 

post #58 of 74
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Evernight by Claudia Gray

 

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Bianca wants to escape.

At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

 

I'm a bit ambivalent about this one.  It was OK, not great... but enough to make me want to read the next book in the series.  There was a big surprise in the middle of the book that made me feel like I was being purposely lied to and led on.  I didn't really like that, but again... it was enough to spark a bit of interest to read the next book. 

post #59 of 74
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Awesome!  His voice really fit the atmosphere of the book, if that makes any sense?



Makes sense.  :)  I'll have to check it out.  I love a good audio book.

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7) Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.

 

What a lovely children's book. I felt so connected to the main characters. This book really hit on so many topics that a parent/teacher and child could discuss: adoption, being different and being ok with that. friendships changing, loss... such a well crafted story too.



I just sent this book to my niece.  I'm glad you enjoyed it; hopefully she will, too! 

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