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post #21 of 181
#1 - Weird Pennsylvania by Mark Moran

This book is a collection of the weird from all over PA. There's write-ups on hauntings, roadside oddities, abandoned buildings etc. - but you really get a sense of the history of the state. There's also a Weird US book and one for many other states - it's really intruiging and I'd recommend picking it up for your state!

#1 - Weird Pennsylvania
post #22 of 181
"Conversations with the Fat Girl" by Liza Palmer

Totally bad book but I was desperate for something to read (libraries have been closed for the holiday). An overweight girl trying to get some self-esteem while her formerly fat girl friend is now skinny and getting married.

Can't wait to get to the library today on my way out of town
post #23 of 181
Joining!! I don't want to set a goal right now. If I can ever finish that Million Little Pieces book....
I am also going to join my high school's alumnae book club. Can I copy/paste thier list here for titles?
post #24 of 181
I would love to join. My goal is 50 books. One a week is a bit more than I usually read, should be a fun challenge.

I just finished *Angels & Demons* by Dan Brown. I read *The Da Vinci Code* several years ago, loved it! We went to see King Kong last week, the preview for Da Vinci Code looked great so I thought I would read Angels then Da Vinci again before the movie came out. *Angels & Demons* was good however not as wonderful as*The Da Vinci Code* in my humble opinion.

Can't wait to see all the recommendations! Oh, I LOVED the *Outlander Series* I finished *Snow & Ashes* in November-delicious!

Peace & Blessings,
Mom to Ryan 5-90, Jake 1-93, Justin 9-95
all born with love at home
post #25 of 181
No numerical goal here. My main goal is to finish reading more books, or maybe pick more books worth finishing...I started reading well over 100 books last year, but most of them got tossed (well, returned to the library) about 10% to 90% of the way through when I decided I just didn't really care.

I finished 2005 with #59 for me, The Rapture Exposed by Elizabeth Zimmerman. If you think Rapture theology (as in Left Behind) is, ummm, sort of of-the-wall, this explains where it came from. Gives a bit of alternative reading for Revelation. Okay reading even if you don't know squat about theology (that would describe me).

And to start 2006, #1 The Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I checked it out for the legging pattern, then started reading the whole thing sort of by accident. I've never been a fan of hers (which is absolute heresy in knitting circles), but it was sort of interesting. That "unventing" business gags me, though.

BTW, loftmama, I think the sausage dog book is part of the series about the professor. I read Portugese Irregular Verbs (also part of the series) last year. I liked it, but I think I was the only one who did. It's very different from No. 1 Detective Agency books.
post #26 of 181
Count me in! I’ve never participated in these threads before but since one of my 2006 goals is to read more, this is a fitting thread to join right now!

The only time I really read these days in while I’m riding my stationary bike, but I’m going to try to read more when I get the chance.

I have NO idea how many books I’ll be capable of reading this year. It’s been so long since I’ve read for pleasure (well, non-parenting books that is) but I used to read an entire book in 1 or 2 days before DS was born.

I'm going to shoot for a low number to start. Let's say 2 books a month. So put me down for 24. Hopefully this thread will inspire me to read more though!

Oh yeah, I'll start with what I'm reading currently. Book #1 Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman. I’m halfway through so far and I’m really enjoying it. I will definitely be reading her other 2 books asap!
post #27 of 181
I'm taking the plunge and joining this year I have taken advantage of all the reviews given in the past so now's the time for me to step up to the plate and contribute.Hmmm what will I set as a goal-achievable, realistic,but still a challenge for me is no doubt 30.

Currently reading:
"Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me!": the Solution to Sibling Bickeringby Anthony Wolf

Not that thrilled with it thus far. Some of his opinions ring true but others do not.

#1 Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me
post #28 of 181
The Outside World, Tova Mirvas (the author of "The Ladies Auxiliary")
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory

WOOO! I re-read The Ladies Auxiliary, but I ended it on 12/31, so it doesn't count.

I need more book recommendations!!!!!!!
post #29 of 181
Mrs. Missy, I remember really liking The Ladies Auxiliary so I'm glad to see she has another book out. I'll have to request it.

Queen Gwen, I've heard about the Professor series. The Ladies Detective does sound much better to me.
post #30 of 181

#1 for LB

"Fractal Mode" by Piers Anthony

from Amazon:
As Colene, the teenage heroine of Virtual Mode ( LJ 2/15/91), and her traveling companions continue their trek across the dimensions of reality, they encounter a fractal world where a young woman struggles to change her oppressive society. This second in Anthony's "Mode" books serves as a painless introduction to one of science's most intriguing concepts as well as a story of adventure and romance. The author's protagonists are as ingenuous as ever, infusing his story with an innocence that wavers between charming and cloying. His enthusiasm for new ideas, however, is infectious, and his imagination shows no signs of wear.
I'm rereading the Mode series, it's been a while since I've read any Piers.
post #31 of 181
#1 The Wives of Bath

Here's the description from amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
Holden affectionately skewers marriage and parenthood in her latest charming farce (after Azur Like It) about two expectant couples who, having fled bustling cities for a slower pace of life, find themselves in the same prenatal class in the small city of Bath, England. Alice, a lawyer, got pregnant after a "one-teatime stand" and impulsively married environmentally conscious Jake, who soon becomes an eco-fascist under the pressures of fatherhood—refusing to bathe, giving away Alice's belongings and insisting they only feed their child stewed organic vegetables. Notorious celebrity journalist Amanda loses her job and decides that a baby will be her latest trendy accessory. But then she lands a new position and her hunky husband, Hugo, a real estate agent, finds himself plunged into fatherhood, left as sole caregiver for a squirming, baffling baby. He turns to down-to-earth Alice for help, and soon the two develop something more than friendship. With crisp, witty dialogue and none of the clunky exposition that hobbles so much chick lit, Holden's book soars above other volumes in the genre and grips the reader with an escalating succession of humorous, diaper-laden escapades.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
post #32 of 181
#1 The Kite Runner - Say, this was pretty good, but I also thought that parts of it were sloppy and a little too obvious.
post #33 of 181

goal: 100

Last year, I must have read at least 100 books cover-to-cover, but I didn't keep a list for 11 months of the year. In December, I read 10 books cover-to-cover (and another 14 partial reads). That seemed like a good pace to me, and I'm tempted to say my goal is 125 for next year, but I'll play it safe and say 100.

A few of my December reads were Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood; Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family; Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls; and Lovingkindness by Anne Roiphe.

I haven't yet started any books in the 3.5 days of 2006, but I'll post thoughts on each one as I finish.

DD and I are going to the library this afternoon to see if I can find a book I was reading last month (...until I lost the copy I owned on the airplane).
post #34 of 181
MrsMissy - Have you read Dara Horn's In the Image? If you liked Mirvis, I think you might like this as well.
post #35 of 181
I'm in! My goal will be 100 books.

My first one is The Cereal Killer by Diane Mott Davidson. It's in the Culinary Murder series and very good. The first one in the series is Catering to Nobody.

post #36 of 181

#2 for LB

"Sin and Sensibility" by Suzanne Enoch
fluff read.
post #37 of 181
#2 A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
#3 B Is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
#4 C Is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

I am a mystery nut and realized that I had never read a Kinsey Millhone Mystery, so when I saw a ton of Grafton's books at BJ's Wholesale I grabbed 3. I have to go back for more. Fun, easy reads.

#5 At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This was my purse book, so I have been reading it since June. I little bit here and there, while waiting in the car for hubby - usually when I forgot my knitting at home.

Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

As any knitter can attest to, this is an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. To soothe the unraveled knitter's soul, Pearl- McPhee has selected some of her favorite quotes to cast off from, and then, like the standup comic of the knitting world, she rants, raves, and reflects on common experiences that are sure to leave avid knitters in stitches.

At Knit's End captures the wicked — and wickedly funny — musings of someone who doesn't really believe it's possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on a regular basis in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has seen it all — from the deadly “second sock syndrome,” to a house so full of yarn she can't find her washing machine, to desperate all-nighters spent feverishly finishing gifts.

This hilarious collection of short, pithy readings offers plenty of reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, “Am I alone in my mania?”
post #38 of 181
I'd like to jump in. I've always read the thread for ideas, so I thought I'd keep track of what I was reading. My hubbie is far from an avid reader, and he doesn't "get" my passion for books.

Here's my first for the year.

"Vanishing Acts" by Jodi Picoult

I am currently reading "A Million Little Pieces." I always seem to read the Oprah Books AFTER the shows.


post #39 of 181

#1: Jane Austen in Boca

#1: Jane Austen in Boca, Paula Marantz Cohen (novel, 2002)

from Amazon:
A clever update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this first novel is set in a Jewish retirement community in Boca Raton, FL. Carol Newman is obsessively seeking a mate for her widowed mother-in-law, May. When Carol decides that the recently bereaved and very wealthy Norman Grafstein is the ideal candidate, the resulting comedy of manners is worthy of Austen herself. The author's perceptive observations of life among the retirees of Florida are combined with skillful parallels to the plot and characters of the original novel. The narrative flows, and the reader will be chuckling, trying to guess who from Boca is a character from Austen. Particularly delightful is Flo Kliman, the contemporary Elizabeth Bennett character, a retired librarian from the University of Chicago with a keen intellect and acerbic wit. Although certain aspects of the plot seem contrived, this fiction debut by humanities professor Cohen, who has written scholarly studies such as Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth, will amuse readers everywhere.
I thought I’d read this before I dig into Cohen’s latest novel, Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan (2004), which is also sitting on my shelves. It was amusing – much of its pleasure for Austen fans (like me) lies in reading the novel while simultaneously recalling comparable characters and scenes from Pride and Prejudice, the unfortunate downside of which is that, having mapped characters between the novels, I already knew the rest of the book. The style was fun and often flip, but it wasn’t enough to make up for knowing how the plot will unfold, although I was sufficiently entertained to continue reading, naturally. The final chapter where the seniors discuss Pride and Prejudice’s characters, especially Mrs. Bennet, redeemed it somewhat. Although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, I’m glad I read it nonetheless.

DD is asleep, so after dinner, I think I'll read some Christina Rossetti poems in honor of her birthday.

I did make it to the library yesterday afternoon and picked up My Name Is Asher Lev (I lost the copy I owned on the plane), so I'll probably continue that next.
post #40 of 181
#2 Red Lily by Nora Roberts

Book #3 in the Garden Trilogy. Quick, entertaining read
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