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Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

 

Alex, a high-school junior at an exclusive boarding school, wakes up naked in bed with a boy she doesn't know and and finds she is no longer a virgin. As the hazy events of the night before come back to her in flashes, Alex realizes she has been date-raped. Afraid to go to the police or her parents, she asks the Mockingbirds, a student run judicial system, to take her case.

 

Enjoyed it . . . though just slightly preachy.


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Year of Wonders: A novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks

 

a while back i had read a few reviews on this thread--the voices of surprise, indicating that no, a novel about the plague was not just a depressing book, but beautifully written and well worth reading.  i really enjoyed it.  the pain of loss, the surprises of strength and endurance, the herb lore and period language all wove a lovely book. 

 

always, in any time period, i find it very very hard to read about someone losing a child.  however, when i realized i had survived novels about the Taliban, i decided i could handle this just fine.

 

 

on a much lighter note, next up i have Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour


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The Personal History of Rachael DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

 

Enjoyable book about a African American family homesteading in the early 1900's.


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Room by Emma Donoghue

 

Sorry of a girl who was kidnapped when she was 19 and locked in a shed in the man's backyard. During that time, she has a child. The story is told from the child's (Jack's) point of view beginning from his fifth birthday. Room is the only world he's ever known. I read this in one day . . . just had to know how it was going to turn out. I don't want to give away more than that.


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Year of Wonders: A novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks

 

a while back i had read a few reviews on this thread--the voices of surprise, indicating that no, a novel about the plague was not just a depressing book, but beautifully written and well worth reading.  i really enjoyed it.  the pain of loss, the surprises of strength and endurance, the herb lore and period language all wove a lovely book. 

 

always, in any time period, i find it very very hard to read about someone losing a child.  however, when i realized i had survived novels about the Taliban, i decided i could handle this just fine.

 

 

on a much lighter note, next up i have Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour


It was really good right?  Her writing is amazing.  And Anthony Bourdain is a good follow up, much more lighthearted :D

 



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Room by Emma Donoghue

 

Sorry of a girl who was kidnapped when she was 19 and locked in a shed in the man's backyard. During that time, she has a child. The story is told from the child's (Jack's) point of view beginning from his fifth birthday. Room is the only world he's ever known. I read this in one day . . . just had to know how it was going to turn out. I don't want to give away more than that.



That sounds kinda fascinating.....I'm adding it to my list :D

 

 

I have a bunch of books to post.  I'll be back tomorrow once I get my desk at work clear :D

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Secrets of Eden, Bohjalian

 

 

 

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I was a little disappointed by this, I felt like as soon as I knew there was a "twist," I knew exactly what it was going to be.  But overall an interesting perspective on domestic violence.

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Obsession, Jonathan Kellerman

 

 

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 Once again, Delaware, an accomplished psychologist, teams with his friend Milo Sturgis, an LAPD detective, to probe a mystery, though this time there's considerable doubt as to the nature of the puzzle. Teenager Tanya Bigelow, whom Delaware treated as a child for obsessive-compulsive disorder, consults him because her aunt Patty, who raised her, conveyed a cryptic message just before she died, apparently confessing to a crime. Shortly after Delaware and Sturgis start investigating, one of Patty's former neighbors turns up dead, the first in a series of corpses that appear, possibly as a result of the duo's turning over old rocks. Since the identity of the killer is revealed relatively early on, the final sections are short on suspense.  

 

 A solid contribution to the Delaware series...some gaps in the plot (one character, who basically solved the puzzle, appeared out of nowhere) but a suspenseful look a the seedy underside of Hollywood's B-list nonetheless.

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Room by Emma Donoghue

 

Sorry of a girl who was kidnapped when she was 19 and locked in a shed in the man's backyard. During that time, she has a child. The story is told from the child's (Jack's) point of view beginning from his fifth birthday. Room is the only world he's ever known. I read this in one day . . . just had to know how it was going to turn out. I don't want to give away more than that.



This was such an intense plot!

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Sunstroke, Kellerman

 

 

 

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 Uncovering a secret life isn't a very original plot, but then again, neither is boy meets girl; it all depends on what the writer does with it. And in his extraordinarily self-assured debut novel, playwright Kellerman (son of Faye and Jonathan) shows that he could probably take us on a compelling journey to the water cooler. L.A. novelty-company secretary Gloria Mendez, in love with her boss, is heartbroken when he dies while on vacation in Mexico. No family comes forward, so she heads south to claim the body. In sun-bleached Aguas Vivas, a dead town whose only industry is its graveyard, she finds ashes and a suspicious-acting cop. As Kellerman teasingly plays pieces of the puzzle, Gloria soon learns that nearly everything about the man she longed for has been a mirage--and she learns a few things about herself, too.

 

 

The characters in this story were very well-drawn -- however the plot seemed to have some gaps.  Interesting first novel, though.

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Spirits in The Wires by Charles De Lint

http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/spirits-desc01.htm

I just loved this book and from the description I was not sure I would!

When a new website is created a Spirit takes possession of it and the site has a life of its own. People are born out of this site. All goes well until the site gets attacked by a virus, and then people get sucked into the website. It becomes a quest to rescue loved ones involving the help of tinker who travels between worlds, a guitar player who has made a pack and sold his soul to the Spirit of the Crossroads only to figure out how to live forever and a fairy queen who lives in a shopping mall. Like all De Lint novels the human characters are very real and likable.

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#52 Pearl of China by Anchee Min

A fictionalized account of Pearl S Buck's life told from the perspective of her best childhood friend.  I felt like I learned a lot of Chinese history.  I knew a little about the Communist revolution, but not a lot about what had happened before that.  Very interesting.  I'd like to read more by this author and also Pearl S. Buck's books.  Those have been on my list for a long time.

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#54 Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

I really liked this book, and checked out Lawrence of Arabia from the library after reading it just to refresh my memory.  This is a story about an "old maid" school teacher from the early 20th century.  She's lost her entire family to the influenza epidemic and decides she's not going to be a shrinking flower anymore and retires and travels to the Middle East.  She ends up spending lots of time with TE Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Gertrude Bell.  Fascinating stuff.

 

#55 A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

A story about a young woman in rural NY state at the beginning of the 20th century.  She could have a future going to college, but circumstances are against her.  She's the oldest in a large poor family that lives on a farm and her mother has passed away.  It's difficult for her to even think of getting a job and/or spending time on schoolwork.  Sounds bleak, but was actually pretty good.

 

#56 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Hmmm, I wanted to like this.  And I enjoyed Oscar Wilde's prose.  However, I found most of the characters in the novel so, well, repulsive is a strong word, but really, not likeable, not relatable, irritating.  So, I had a hard time getting into the book.   Beyond that though, cool storyline, beautiful writing.  I'll check out some of his other books.

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 

#58 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Good story about an autistic boy who solves a mystery.  My daughter did not like the cover of the book showing the dog with the pitchfork stuck in it.  I liked his narrative voice though. 

 

#59 The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby

Enh.  Story of an older woman who was the family household caretaker for a wealthy Italian family in Sicily.  She dies and it's a mystery to solve as to why she requested her obituary and memorial be handled the way it was.  Interesting story line, and I read to the end just to find out what happened, but I felt like they sort of drew the story out just to add pages. 

 

#60 Intuition by Allegra Goodman

Story about a research facility and what happens as a potential mistake gets uncovered.  Good insight into research facility culture.

 

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#54 The Passage (Audio)
by Justin Cronin

read by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden
>>There's been a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I have to say that it is all pretty much justified ... at least for this reader.  I highly enjoyed it, in spite of the fact that the audiobook's 36.75 hour-length took me 78 days to get through ... talk about a reading (or rather, listening) commitment.  Though I will warn, if you are looking for closure in your books, then this might not be the one for you, I have only just found out that it is Part One in a planned trilogy.  Talk about cliffhangers!


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Interesting recommendations to check out when my pile gets lower  . . . . .

 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

 

I'm pretty sure I read this before but in any case I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is just so rich and the characters wonderful. I'm reading A Christmas Carol to my daughters, as well.

 


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Just finished White Fang.  Not sure what number - 89ish.  I need to make it to 100 before the year is up.  I'm torn between which I like better, White Fang or Call of the Wild.  I think I will read the other one again so I can compare.  The Call of the Wild, of course, is about a tame dog becoming wild and White Fang is about a wild dog/wolf becoming tame. 

 

Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?

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Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?


Just don't turn it in and tell them you lost it, then pay the replacement fee.  Same difference.


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December's Thread is here: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1283131/december-2010-book-thread


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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 

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Does anybody know if it is possible to purchase a book you have checked out from the library?  I checked out a book that I fell in love with and I don't want to give it back.  I'm wondering if they will let me purchase it or buy them a new replacement in exchange for this old, beat up copy that I love so much?


Just don't turn it in and tell them you lost it, then pay the replacement fee.  Same difference.


That's what I was going to say too.  I just bought a children's book for $15 that my daughter accidentally left in the backyard and it's been sitting out there since September.  It's a little water damaged. lol.gif

 



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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 


Oh, I wouldn't feel guilty about liking something better than No. 1 Ladie's Detective Agency.  The novelty wore off on those for me about 2 books in.  How many are there?

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I can't remember what I have already posted, so some of this might be a repeat.  Just cleaning out my little file of what's been on the stacks lately.  My goal to get everything out of the pending to read piles in the closet is going okay.  I haven't counted but it's almost down to one really tall stack.biggrinbounce.gif

 

#53 A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Always a good one, Diana Gabaldon.  I've read all of her books, so I feel like I am visiting with old friends when I read another one.  Would read the next one in the series right away, if it were not for my clean out the closet full of books goal. orngtongue.gif

 

#57 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Loved this.  I remember liking the movie when I saw it years ago.  Whodunit, conspiracy, mysterious science experiment, fun stuff.

 


hmmm... maybe I should re-read some Claire and Jamie...

I remember not liking Smilla's Sense of Snow and I've been somehow equating that dislike with my dislike of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.....  ?

 

I'm just finishing up Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope:  How to Guide Children and Teens through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis with the RAINBOWS Approach by Suzy Yehl Marta and it has just been excellent.   One of many blog posts I wrote about it.

 


 

I kinda thought Smilla's Sense of Snow reminded me of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Maybe it's that Scandinavian bleak wintry flavor or something?  I liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo though :D


Yeah, I think it is the bleak hopelessness...I feel guilty, though -- in a similar vein to my guilty over liking the Isabel Dalhousie books better than No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 


Oh, I wouldn't feel guilty about liking something better than No. 1 Ladie's Detective Agency.  The novelty wore off on those for me about 2 books in.  How many are there?

Oh good.  :)  I feel very vindicated.  I think there are at least 6 or 7 now.

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