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I just got a copy of my new book from the publisher. Insert dancing banana here! Check out my blog to see what happened.

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Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife by Nava Atlas

Well--this is a very different kind of cookbook for Atlas who usually writes about quick and easy vegan meals. This is very dark humor with recipes for marriage, raising kids, and divorce. Funny.

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#17 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
OK, this has to get bumped to the top of my list! NCD, you'll have to read the original and let us know what you think. i re-read iit last year and was giggly the whole time (ok, maybe not a good selling point?) i did not remember it being so funny. maybe because as a teen, everything--and especially love--was deadly serious!

i have just been reading older posts after a week off...fremontmama, hugs to you...and anyone i missed who needs a hug--one to you too!

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I'll second (or third) The Sparrow....it was very, very good, and I can't believe that I'd managed to not read it before.

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OK, this has to get bumped to the top of my list! NCD, you'll have to read the original and let us know what you think. i re-read iit last year and was giggly the whole time (ok, maybe not a good selling point?) i did not remember it being so funny. maybe because as a teen, everything--and especially love--was deadly serious!

i have just been reading older posts after a week off...fremontmama, hugs to you...and anyone i missed who needs a hug--one to you too!
I actually picked up the original recently, and if I have time this week I'm going to dive in. I'm headed to another conference tomorrow, and so I'll have a flight from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis and then a bus ride to La Crosse, WI to read (if I don't fall asleep).

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister

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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Published in 1919, it's a collection of short stories all taking place in a small town with overlapping characters. I was hoping to love it more than I did, since Anderson is supposed to have influenced some of our greatest writers (Hemingway, Faulkner). But it took me forever to read! I really liked the strong narrative style and the character observation, but the plot just wasn't gripping. It's a more meditative book, I suppose.

I should probably be doing something else right now.
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Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

Lena is a foresenic lab specialist working on a string of what at first appear to be SIDS-related deaths but then begin to look like the work of a serial killer. Intertwined into the mystery part of the novel is Lena's struggle to find her own origin. She was raised by foster parents who always promised to but never adopted her. She has flashbacks of being raised by apes after being abandoned in a rain forest -- but are her memories correct? And why won't her foster parents tell her more about her early life?

I don't think I have ever met a stranger cast of characters in a book. Everyone seemed to be dysfunctional and/or struggling with an identity crisis. I like the premise of the mystery but I am not sure I like the author's execution of it. At times I felt like there were scenes that dragged on and others that were too brief.

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How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson

This is about an overweight rich girl, Carley, who's parents are trying to get her into a good college but she doesn't like to read. They hire an author to write her a book that she'll like. But there's actually a lot more going on. Her friend Hunter--the boy who has everything--looks, charm, smarts, girls--whom she is in love with but who likes her only 'as a friend'--is becoming increasingly addicted to pills and alcohol and starts falling apart. The author is having problems of her own too. Through it all, Carley emerges as the one with intelligent insight--though she's been labeled as stupid.

I enjoyed this -- not the best I've read -- but enjoyable.

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I just got a copy of my new book from the publisher. Insert dancing banana here! Check out my blog to see what happened.
: Yay! Congratulations, Cathe!

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Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

Lena is a foresenic lab specialist working on a string of what at first appear to be SIDS-related deaths but then begin to look like the work of a serial killer. Intertwined into the mystery part of the novel is Lena's struggle to find her own origin. She was raised by foster parents who always promised to but never adopted her. She has flashbacks of being raised by apes after being abandoned in a rain forest -- but are her memories correct? And why won't her foster parents tell her more about her early life?

I don't think I have ever met a stranger cast of characters in a book. Everyone seemed to be dysfunctional and/or struggling with an identity crisis. I like the premise of the mystery but I am not sure I like the author's execution of it. At times I felt like there were scenes that dragged on and others that were too brief.
I have vague memories of reading this book, but can't quite call back what happened....
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I just got a copy of my new book from the publisher. Insert dancing banana here! Check out my blog to see what happened.
Cool!!! ::: Love the blog post too :

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OK, this has to get bumped to the top of my list! NCD, you'll have to read the original and let us know what you think. i re-read iit last year and was giggly the whole time (ok, maybe not a good selling point?) i did not remember it being so funny. maybe because as a teen, everything--and especially love--was deadly serious!

i have just been reading older posts after a week off...fremontmama, hugs to you...and anyone i missed who needs a hug--one to you too!
(thanks for the hugs)

It's now at the top of my list too, both books! Although I just got the Hemingses of Monticello from the library and it is a big book, so I think I better get to work! (I'm considering skimming the rest of Jpod, I think it's a little contrived)
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April Books:
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Red Scarf
Water for Elephants
Handle With Care
Picture Perfect

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I recommend this to anyone who cares about the environment, health, or the future of mankind (yes, I know that sounds sensationalistic...but its true).
I couldn't agree with you more! I loved that book and really need to buy it just to have.
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What book?

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#20 - The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Fluff, and not the best Christie out there. Her conspiracy-theory books are def not as good as the English village murder mystery ones. Reminded me a bit of a cross between The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton, which I read last month (but with none of its depth or ambition) and an Austin Powers sequel (without the laughs). Oh well, it was a quick read.
Interesting. I'm a Christie fan but haven't read this one. Guess maybe I won't.

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Animal Vegetable Miracle.
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Oh yeah!

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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Well--it took me a while to get through this. The writing was good and it was an interesting style -- each section went back in time -- but it was not that page turning.

This was about several people in England during world war II who all had some relation to each other. A women is in a relationship with a married man, her brother is recently out of jail and sort of floundering. Another lesbian couple are having problems because one is very jealous -- and her ex-girl friend is in the picture too, looking for someone of her own.

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The Face On Your Plate by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

This was similar to Pete Singer's The Way We Eat and other books that detail how factory farm animals are raised, treated, and slaughtered -- but he takes it a step further to talk about the emotions and feelings of the animals. He also talks a lot about denial.

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I have been on a huge reading binge. Is it too late to join? I have been reading the Sookie Stockhouse books (Charlaine Harris) and a very funny (not great lit but just fun) series nick named Queen Betsy. (yes I am in a vampire mood)

I also finally finished the Harry Potter series (does reading aloud to your kids count?)

I read back a few posts and see that I am not the only one that reads Charlaine Harris.

So how does this work? Do I list the books as I finish them or my goals for the month?
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Welcome Candipooh! -- and yes, reading aloud counts.

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Woohoo then I can add Harry Potter (last 2 books, the others were read last year) and The Trumpet and the Swan (loved it, I had never read it before) And Wrinkle in Time. I am not sure I liked the last one. Jury is still out,lol. I found my mind wondering a lot while reading it.

Next I want to read my daughters
Island of the Blue Dolphin

I am working on Queen Betsy book 5
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I love Trumpet of the Swan -- haven't read it since I was a kid though . . .

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A good YA novel about a world where the government strictly controls family population numbers because of a food shortage scare. I found myself increasingly upset with Luke's family and their selfish attitudes toward his "imprisonment". I couldn't tell if they were genuinely concerned for him -- or themselves.

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I love Trumpet of the Swan -- haven't read it since I was a kid though . . .

It is a GREAT book. I loved how wonderfully educational it was for vocabulary.
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I have been on a huge reading binge. Is it too late to join? I have been reading the Sookie Stockhouse books (Charlaine Harris) and a very funny (not great lit but just fun) series nick named Queen Betsy. (yes I am in a vampire mood)
Candipooh, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books AND Queen Betsy. She is too funny!

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A good YA novel about a world where the government strictly controls family population numbers because of a food shortage scare. I found myself increasingly upset with Luke's family and their selfish attitudes toward his "imprisonment". I couldn't tell if they were genuinely concerned for him -- or themselves.

Ooh, I'd forgotten how much I love this series til you brought it up.
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Candipooh, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books AND Queen Betsy. She is too funny!
: I was almost embarrassed to mention them. Ya'll are reading such deep inspirational books and here I am with my Queen Betsy.
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#17 Stormborn by Richelle Mead

The first book in yet another series written by Mead. This is the last one of her series, and I have to say, I don't think I like it as much as her other two series. I just could not identify with the main character despite feeling like I should be able to. And, the big reveal at the end---way too contrived and neat for more tastes. I didn't see it coming, but not in a good way.

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The School for Husbands by Wendy Holden

Sarah is growing increasingly resentful towards her husband Neil. His new job keeps him working later and later and seems to have no regard for her role as a a working Mom. When he fails to come home one night, Sarah and the baby move in with her mother. Neil is desperate to win back his wife and son so he enrolls in a School for Husbands to improve his bad behaviors.

I think the author did a good job at presenting the little irritations that build up in a marriage especially when you add a baby into the mix. However, it was disappointing that all the fault was with the husband. I would like to have seen more of a balance -- but I guess that wouldn't make for a very good chick lit book.

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I have been reading some young adult stuff...

34. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Michael Cera reminds me of Evanna Lynch in that what you see on screen really IS his personality, believe it or not. The book was very good, although I liked the movie even better because the actors really bring their characters to life.

35. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry pokes fun of "old-fashioned" stories and there are all kinds of funny references to Anne of Green Gables, James and the Giant Peach, Jane Eyre, Mary Poppins, etc.

This is what you get right from page one and it keeps getting better:

"Barnaby and Barnaby were ten-year-old twins. No one could tell them apart, and it was even more confusing because they had the same name; so they were known as Barnaby A and Barnaby B. Most people, including their parents, shortened this to A and B, and many were unaware that the twins even had names."

36. Skellig by David Almond

A young boy explores the new (old, dilapidated) house his parents bought and finds a strange creature living in the garage.
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My daughters and I loved The Willoughbys.

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Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron

this is a short book (<100 pages) written by a buddhist teacher. it offers very practical advice, relevant for all faiths. she teaches about the origins of violence in our own hearts, and practical ways to de-escalate anger etc. (i actually heartily recommend all of her books. she is a great teacher.)

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