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What's the best book you've read this year? - Page 2post #21 of 696/20/13 at 6:19ampost #22 of 696/20/13 at 11:59am
Game of Thrones - love the high fantasy, drama and painful reality of the era it portrays
Outlander series - great love story, adventure
Peaceful Parent, Happy Child - the best parenting book i have read so far
Chick Days - quick fun read/manual on raising chickens
Gone Girl - fast read, dark psychological thriller
post #23 of 696/20/13 at 12:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
I'm looking at Amazon's Best Books of 2012. Anyone read anyone of these?
The End of Your Life Book Club
The Round House
The Yellow Birds
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
The Fault in Our Stars
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Gone girl and Wild are both great books!post #24 of 696/20/13 at 1:09pmThread Starterpost #25 of 696/20/13 at 8:57pm
Keep it coming ladies! I want MOAR! I'm also looking for some reading as sadly, The Song of Fire and Ice series is boring me to tears, not page turners like the first few eventually became. Anyone who has been following the show "Game of Thrones", must know by now...Warning -- Spoiler! (Click to show)
that they killed off characters (UM ALL THE STARKS almost) I really liked and introduced more characters which was confusing and annoying in the books. I personally think the show is better than the books, and HELLO have you seen some of the sexy men in that show? Oh me oh my!
But this is coming from a closet Twilight Saga fan (and Harry Potter too) so you might not trust my judgement.
What about Anne Rice? If you are into a great summer read (though a bit twisted) the Lives of the Mayfair Witches are fantastic. Her vamp series is good as well. I also really loved the Hunger Games series though the main character annoyed me at times and it's written for young adults.
I started Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper" and liked it, but it wasn't exciting enough for me. I guess I'm a tween when it comes to books *sigh*
Everyone recommended "Graceling" from Kristin Cashore since I liked Twilight/Hunger Games. It's YA as well.
I also started reading "50 Shades of Grey" from E. L. James and promptly DELORTED it from my Kindle. I read a few chapters and felt like I needed a good washing afterwards. It wasn't GOOD erotica either, I like Anne Rice in that genre, she's classy about it and it's sexy not shocking. It was also poorly written and Twilight fan fiction that the James' chick managed to get away with publishing. Can you tell I'm a hater?
A book I heard a review from on KCRW (a pretty well known local station here in California), sounded *really* good. Here's the description from Amazon:
The Interestings: A Novel
"The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge."post #26 of 696/21/13 at 12:39am
Nuture Shock IS shocking. For example doctors debunked 15,000 studies in one swoop. Assumptions we make are way off, say, about increasing a child's confidence by telling them they are smart. Or, research results on the effects of sleep on IQ levels, ADD and ADHD. The authors also describe studies on why Sesame Street increases bad behavior. And much more, of course. I loved it because as a Continuum Concept Consultant, Jean Liedloff had told me all this, but there was not the hard science behind some of it like there is now. Most folks do not want to follow what Ms. Liedloff promoted; we do NOT want to take responsibility for the behavior of our children! Biggest excuses are, "My child is "high needs" or "sensitive" or "has colic." Our son was labeled ALL THESE in spades for months before I took Jean's advice, which permanently eliminated all negative symptoms in ONE day! But alas, I digress. Nuture Shock does not cover the parent INFANT influence. However, we do set some habits of parenting then, by stating words such as "good girl" or "bad girl."post #27 of 696/21/13 at 6:38amThread Starter
I LOVED the movie My Sister's Keeper but I don't usually read a book after I've watched the movie. Ruins it for me somehow.
Thanks for the 50 Shades of Grey info. I heard the same from a friend and avoided that series.
I am interested in the Hunger Games though. I saw the movie and really enjoyed it. I don;t usually read a book if I;ve watched its movie but since it's a series and I liked it so much maybe it's worth it?
Real Simple magazine had a list of all time best books to read (or something like that). in their May (I think) issue. I'll see if I can find it and post the list.post #28 of 696/21/13 at 6:50amThread Starter
It was the June issue of Real Simple - "50 Books That Will Change Your Life". Here it is:post #29 of 696/21/13 at 5:31pm
I read "The Woman in White" and "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins this year and loved them.
Regarding non-fiction, I've thoroughly enjoyed several Bill Bryson's. Currently I'm reading "Made in America", about how America's shaped the English language - it's fascinating with lots of digressions on matters he just happens to find interesting, which I love. He wrote a good one on Shakespeare, too.post #30 of 696/21/13 at 5:38pmThread Starterpost #31 of 696/22/13 at 12:14amThe Hunger Games series was very good. A little more brutal and shocking then I thought a book for "young adults" should be but I am sensitive. I thought the movie was really really good! That's not the general rule for books like these I think. The first book is still my favorite.
I enjoyed the actors from the movie so much I think I'd not feel like the book was ruined. You could skip the first book but I have to say-- the intensity of when Katniss first enters the Games is a page turner. I read the series twice! You also have some time to get to the second book before the movie.
Going to check out that list from Real Simple and this Nuture Shock sounds *really* interesting. I'm pregnant with my 2nd so it's good timing!post #32 of 696/22/13 at 6:52amThread Starterpost #33 of 696/22/13 at 7:00am
I've read The Hunger Games series several times and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I think that even though they are labeled Young Adult they are thought provoking and intense enough for adults to read too. Also, I watched the movie first but there is so much more detail to the book. For example, Katniss in the tree before she knocks out the tracker jacker nest is a whole chapter. Whereas, in the movie this part is over quick. It is a very good, page-turning series.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is a good book too. It's about a doctor who gives away his newborn daughter because she has down syndrome and tells his wife that she was a stillborn baby. This daughter has a twin brother. It starts out in the early sixties and follows the two families as the children grow up.post #34 of 696/22/13 at 7:05amThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by mama Adhiambo
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is a good book too. It's about a doctor who gives away his newborn daughter because she has down syndrome and tells his wife that she was a stillborn baby. This daughter has a twin brother. It starts out in the early sixties and follows the two families as the children grow up.
Ooooohhhhh. This sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks!post #35 of 696/22/13 at 10:17amQuote:Originally Posted by Monica S
Two of my favorite novels:
1) Middlesex - by Jeffrey Eugenides
This is the 1st person narrative of a hermaphrodite. A beautiful story - be warned that this is a page turner! - Can't wait for a movie to be made out of it and hope it will be as good as the book.
2) The Giver - by Louis Lowry
This is more of a sad, dystopian novel. I read it on my Kindle in December 2011, while I was on a backpacking trip in Patagonia, trying to stay warm in my tent, in a place where the sun is up until almost midnight. A surreal environment to read and finish such a surreal book. Apparently it is considered a children's novel. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giver - but you may not want to, as it also contains plot spoilers.
The giver reminds me of pre teen books called Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras. Great books. Not usually my genre but catchy. It is a world of perfect people and a perfect world and when kids turn 16 they are turned pretty like everyone else. Very thought provoking and interesting.
My favorite book is The Kitchen House.post #36 of 696/22/13 at 10:30amI just began reading Raising Freethinkers, which is written by Dale McGowan, who also wrote Parenting Beyond Belief. If this subject of encouraging critical thinking and curiosity is your cup of tea, I would highly recommend this. Even though I just began reading it, I can tell it is one that I will buy and refer to often.post #37 of 696/22/13 at 12:59pmQuote:
I haven't - I've just read whatever I can find at the library or borrow from SIL, and haven't come across that one. I've read his one about domestic life - "Home"? Can't remember the title. The history of houses, basically - very interesting. And "A Walk in the Woods", and "Notes from a Big Country" (about the USA), and... a few travel ones. "Bill Bryson Down Under", I think. Anyway, he's consistently engaging and obviously very knowledgeable, and makes sharing knowledge fun - he reminds me of Stephen Fry in that regard, but less tweedy - so I imagine anything he writes is probably worth checking out.
I also enjoyed The Hunger Games. Not great literature perhaps, but excellent page-turners. My little sister made me read them, and it was before I knew they were a huge phenomenon (which is just as well, or I probably would have been too snobby to enjoy 'em!) - and I haven't been so engrossed in a series for years. Marvellous fun.
Lois Lowry is one of my favourite writers. If you want a tearjerker, "A Summer to Die" is FANTASTIC. It's about the relationship between two sisters, and one has cancer... hard to describe and hard to get hold of, but I really really love it. Never fails to send me into gusts of sobbing. :ppost #38 of 696/22/13 at 3:23pmThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by Smokering
Lois Lowry is one of my favourite writers. If you want a tearjerker, "A Summer to Die" is FANTASTIC. It's about the relationship between two sisters, and one has cancer... hard to describe and hard to get hold of, but I really really love it. Never fails to send me into gusts of sobbing. :ppost #39 of 696/23/13 at 12:38am
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