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post #101 of 165
Oh good, we are allowed to have cookies for breakfast around here. I think I'm gonna like you guys. Actually, this morning DH let me sleep in until 9 AM!!! I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I can not remember the last time my body was able to wake up on it's own. Of course I was up multiple times during the night with our 20MO. But then I got to sleep straight from 5 AM to 9 AM! Even better than having cookies (and coffee!) for breakfast.

I was reading The Nine (about the Supreme Court Justices) again last night. I was kind of on the fence about it and wasn't sure if I'd keep going, but it is still keeping my interest. Someone else on this thread read it, right? Was it worth it? I have so much else to read, but I guess I am motivated in part by the current election, and honestly, very concerned about what the impact may be on The Court if McCain is elected. I am assuming I will get a better understanding of this if I keep reading. Am I right?
post #102 of 165
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I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep posting here or not, but I did want you to know that I took this as permission to have a cookie(s?) for breakfast this instant while everyone is still asleep.
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Oh good, we are allowed to have cookies for breakfast around here. I think I'm gonna like you guys. Actually, this morning DH let me sleep in until 9 AM!!! I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I can not remember the last time my body was able to wake up on it's own. Of course I was up multiple times during the night with our 20MO. But then I got to sleep straight from 5 AM to 9 AM! Even better than having cookies (and coffee!) for breakfast.
I didn't have cookies for breakfast, just half a bag of chocolate chips and flat root beer. It's too hot here for me to care otherwise.
post #103 of 165
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I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep posting here or not
Don't go ... I love your posts and have a number of books on my to read list based on your recommendations. Please?
post #104 of 165
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

This is the second in his "Dexter" series, and probably helped to inspire the second season of the "Dexter" TV series. I haven't seen the 2nd season yet, so I didn't have any of the surprises spoiled for me (although I suspect many of the plotlines in the series were created just for the show and not in the book), but I was a bit disappointed in how it was wrapped up nice and tidy (and quickly) at the end. It was really good, but left me a bit frustrated when I was finished.
post #105 of 165
I guess I forgot to subscribe to the thread this month since I haven't had time to read. I was just trying to catch up, and I have to say that I always thought the point of the book challenge was for each of us to keep track of our own reading goals, and a positive by product is getting some recommended reads. I don't think it has to be a hard and fast rule to review every book.
post #106 of 165
It seems like I can't do this for more than a month or two at a time. I haven't been around for a while (family crisis and all that ) but I'm always so glad when I do. So I'll try again. And I'm glad I made it back in time for the cookies!

Here's what I've read lately:

Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin
Definitely chick lit-esque. It had more substance and soul than is typical for the genre. It actually made me think. I would definitely recommend this book for some entertaining and still thought provoking (small thoughts) reading. It's about a woman who is happily married but runs into her ex that she had a really intense relationship. It's kind of exploring the road not taken. Quite good.

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
An incredibly dense book. It was fascinating though. I know it was from a skewed perspective but I genuinely believe no more skewed than our history textbooks. Some things in it just blew my mind.

Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster
Hilarious book. I didn't actually laugh out loud but it was still quite funny. About Jen's journey toward losing weight. I really liked it.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The woman writes the literary equivalent of crack cocaine, I swear. My DH and kids were leaving the house so I could get my sermon written and I actually had to send the book with him because I knew I wouldn't have enough discipline to put it down. Not literary genius, but wonderful, full characters. I didn't want it to end but couldn't stop reading it.

Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose
A true Southern cookbook with great recipes and neat stories. I got it from the library but think I'm going to ask for it for my birthday.

Lady of the Snakes by Rachel Pastan
Got this one from the NPR summer reading list. It was good. Some of the descriptions of motherhood in this book were so accurate and terrific that it made the book for me. I read it and thought, "yes, exactly!" The plot is good even without those descriptions. A new mom tries to figure out how to juggle motherhood and a really neat career in academia. I felt like the author kind of let the story peter out at the end and it wasn't quite as good. Almost seemed like she got tired of writing and wrapped it all up quickly. Still a good read and those descriptions were incredible. Like this just after the main character has her first child. "She felt she might cry, as she had cried twice already today, exhaustion hollowing her out and a powerful brew of hormones shooting poisonously through the emptiness. Jane didn't cry often, and the feeling of tears in her eyes was almost as foreign as that of the milk on her nipples. She didn't like the way so much emotion had moved in, a guest who'd left all the faucets dripping. Who was this Jane from whom unfamiliar liquids seeped, who lay beeched like a whale against the pillows?" Good stuff, huh?

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Reading her adult book inspired me to go back reread the other series. Still just as good though I find myself more impatient with Bella, the main character than I was last time. Still a terrific read and a slightly less addicting version of literary crack.
post #107 of 165
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Originally Posted by NewCrunchyDaddy View Post
: just coming to post that. This was going on long before I joined MDC, and I think we need to scale back here and realize that we all have different expectations for the Book Challenges there are no hard and fast "rules" more of what you'd call "guidelines" (in the words of Captain Barbossa).

As for those "guidelines" all I've been doing is reproducing what someone else wrote a year or so ago ... so they're not even mine.

Anyway, let's try to keep it all friendly and above the belt here? Can we agree to that? I know I, for one, would hate to see the Book Challenge head south, so to speak.
I agree! Let's keep it all friendly and play nice with each other! I enjoy this thread. : And thanks for the Captain Barbossa quote too, brought a smile to my face. And I would eat cookies for breakfast if I had any.

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Don't go ... I love your posts and have a number of books on my to read list based on your recommendations. Please?
Yes, please stay Bufomander!



I dont have any books to post yet, my last few books have been proceeding slowly to the end. I'm not sure I am going to make my goal this year. I cant even remember what my goal was actually.....85 books? I think I'm at 26......

Okay, I just looked at January's thread and my goal is 75 (thanks for always linking the other threads NCD )
post #108 of 165
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I was reading The Nine (about the Supreme Court Justices) again last night. I was kind of on the fence about it and wasn't sure if I'd keep going, but it is still keeping my interest. Someone else on this thread read it, right? Was it worth it? I have so much else to read, but I guess I am motivated in part by the current election, and honestly, very concerned about what the impact may be on The Court if McCain is elected. I am assuming I will get a better understanding of this if I keep reading. Am I right?
I read it. I thought it was worth the read...but one thing about book reviews is that they often say more about the reviewer than they do about the book!

(I did skim some parts, though I found most of it to be really interesting.)
post #109 of 165
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And...........what did you think of it? Good? Bad? Worth other people's time?
About the Adoration of Jenna Fox . . . I didn't put a recommendation because it was just so-so. Pretty good but great, great. I always write when I love a book or hate a book - but this was one that was one I could take or leave.
post #110 of 165
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Dear Everyone At MDC Who Read Case Histories by Kate Atkinson,

Thank you for reading it and posting it here. I wouldn't have found this book without you.

Love,
Me


This isn't the best book ever for me but it's good. I've read good books lately that made me want to keep reading, but the pages of Case Histories demand to be turned. I love that in a book. It did unravel a bit toward the end. As though the author couldn't maintain the intensity and just GO THERE. But it's still very much worth reading.
YAY! THat was my recommendation
post #111 of 165
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I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep posting here or not, but I did want you to know that I took this as permission to have a cookie(s?) for breakfast this instant while everyone is still asleep.
Buf - I'd really, really miss you and your book recs. Please stay . . .
post #112 of 165
Two GREAT books - both from recommendations on this thread and both completely different:

"Still Waters" by Jennifer Lauck

The sequel to "Blackbird" - more about her disfunctional and sad childhood - god what a messed up family and life she had. Heartbreaking but great book.

"Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair" by Laurie Perry

This was so funny about a women getting divorced (by her husband's choice) and how she gets through it. Very fun.
post #113 of 165
Question: what if we cut-n-pasted a brief description of the book that someone else had written, like on Amazon, as well as whether or not we'd recommend it?
post #114 of 165
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Question: what if we cut-n-pasted a brief description of the book that someone else had written, like on Amazon, as well as whether or not we'd recommend it?
I've cut and pasted amazon's description lots of times.
post #115 of 165
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Question: what if we cut-n-pasted a brief description of the book that someone else had written, like on Amazon, as well as whether or not we'd recommend it?
Whatever works for you and the time you have to post.
post #116 of 165
Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

(from Amazon)

"Not as exciting as Datlow and Windling's previous anthology,

A Wolf at the Door, these fairy-tale retellings are driven more by ideas and message than by story. In fact, the general introduction-- fairy tales were originally told to adults before they were sweetened and simplified--and the commentary on the stories are sometimes more interesting than the tales themselves. But the ideas are fun, and the lively, contemporary play with the old tales will entertain many teens. Neil Gaiman makes us think about Scheharazade. Will Shetterly questions where that 'handy woodsman' really comes from to save Little Red Riding Hood. Far from passive, Rapunzel frees herself, and Sleeping Beauty actually wakes up regularly and secretly gets things done." I didn't realize that this was geared towards a younger age bracket when I started reading it (it was in the grownup's section of my library!), but realized it must be so after a few pages. Still, it was an enjoyable read. The title story was beautiful, although heartbreaking.

(I think this makes book #9 for me this month. This morning I started on Map of Bones by James Rollins, recommended by someone else on this thread.)
post #117 of 165
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Question: what if we cut-n-pasted a brief description of the book that someone else had written, like on Amazon, as well as whether or not we'd recommend it?
A while back (maybe all the way to the 2006 thread? or early in 2007?), people used to do this fairly often. And then another member said that it was a waste of space and that she could go to Amazon herself if she wanted to hear what they had to say. :

I'm totally fine with cut and paste descriptions, just wanted to say how/why I'd slowly started doing that less... (It's that Lincoln quote all over again...isn't it Lincoln?)
post #118 of 165
"Maya Running" by Aniali Baneriee

About an teenage Indian girl growing up in Canada. Not as good as I thought it would be.
post #119 of 165
Not sure if anyone else is on GoodReads (www.goodreads.com) but this is another site in which you can post your own reviews and then others can see them. As opposed to Amazon. Just a thought. Of course you would still have to write a review yourself, but I really like GoodReads. My bookclub uses it and now I have gotten my mom to sign up too.
post #120 of 165
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Not sure if anyone else is on GoodReads (www.goodreads.com) but this is another site in which you can post your own reviews and then others can see them. As opposed to Amazon. Just a thought. Of course you would still have to write a review yourself, but I really like GoodReads. My bookclub uses it and now I have gotten my mom to sign up too.
Nancy Pearl was just talking about that website on NPR yesterday. I think I'll have to check it out.
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