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01-02-2008, 12:18 AM
It's a new year, so I guess that means it's time to retire the old thread ( [For book recommendations, our lists of favorite books from 2007, and more, click on the "old thread" link]. It was getting pretty long!

I started reading Deadline by Randy Alcorn earlier this week, but I just could not get into it. I've decided to start on Scent to Her Grave by India Ink. It is a little shorter and seems to be more up my alley. I think almost every book deserves a fair shot, so I'll come back to Deadline when I finish the other three I've got stacked up. Next will be The Birth of Venus followed by The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real. All the books I'm working on right now were suggestions from JessieW. Wonder how she's doing...anyone know?

So, what's the first book you'll be reading this year?


01-02-2008, 07:13 AM
I'm in the middle of Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver waiting for me to finish with the ocean salvage, secret operative adventure.

This year I want to get in some of the classics that I haven't yet met, but I'll have to dig through that 2007 thread to find the list that someone mentioned. With all we have going on in the next couple months, I probably won't start on that project until the summer anyhow.


01-02-2008, 07:29 AM
I'm currently reading Peony In Love, by Lisa See. She's the same author who wrote Snowflower and the Secret Fan, which I loved. This book isn't as good, the story is a little strange, but it's interesting.

01-02-2008, 07:43 AM
I loved Snow Flower! I am trying to read Lamb by Chris Moore. It's funny, but I haven't had much time to read over the holidays. Kingsolver's has been on my list for a while now. Let me know how you like it, Kara, when you get to it.

01-02-2008, 08:11 AM
Books! I love books!

My "books to read" bookcase is overflowing, so I shouldn't complain about being snowed in. Right now I'm in the middle of Winter World with Peter Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion waiting patiently underneath (or as patiently as a large, heavy book can wait). I got Chasing Ghosts and Letters to a Young Teacher for Christmas so they're on the list too. I think I need to add some fiction though, or my brain will explode :) Suggestions? I also have quite a few audio books backed up. Think I'll go see what's fun in there! I also have an Alice Hoffman book and a Chris Bohjalian book in my order when in paperback queue at Amazon, so those will be fun.

Kara- I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I found it a transformative book. I gave several copies as gifts this year. Let us know what you think.

01-02-2008, 09:36 AM
I am currently reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (a Christmas present). The sequel is out, so I need to read this first. It is LONG, but I like it.

I got 4 other books for Christmas as well - cant wait to get into all of them! Sadly, break is over today and that will cut down on reading time, still I'll find a way :love: because I "heart" reading (quote from a friend who dreads the very idea of books!).

01-02-2008, 10:17 AM
I just heard that there is a sequel to POTE. I LOVE that book, hope the sequel is as good! Currently I'm reading A Proper Marriage by Doris Lessing, and Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.

01-02-2008, 10:28 AM
I read two ARCs over "Christmas break": You Had Me at Good-Bye by Tracey Bateman and Carpool Diem by Nancy Star. They come out in February and March respectively. The Bateman was slow to start but I was interested by the end. I would not advise anyone to touch Carpool Diem with a ten-foot pole. I found it awful!

I am almost finished with Swapping Lives by Jane Green. I really enjoy her books as a light read and this one is no exception!

I am trying to make it through a ton of books I have to review. (All 3 above!) This year I am resolved to get fewer books through paperbackswap and read more of the ones I have!! I probably have 200 books at home waiting to be read.

01-02-2008, 11:17 AM
Hey Jessie, what did you think of Deadline? DH and I were talking about it last night and were wondering if it was worth the time it would take to read it, or if it just wasn't my type of read. I told DH that I thought it would be a great book for him to try out.

I started Scent to Her Grave last night and got through chapter 5 and am really liking it, although I believe I know what happened and the situation under which it occurred. It is a mystery though, so I may be surprised. It seems like a great story, so I'm not even a little bit tempted to flip to the back and see if I'm right! :D

01-02-2008, 12:52 PM
Kim, the Randy Alcorn book I read was Deception. It was not my cup of tea and I felt like nothing happened for the first 250 pages. It got better, but it was still REALLY long. I have a coworker, however, who adored it (male).

The India Ink was also not my favorite! I hope I haven't steered you badly. I read a lot of books just because the letter worked in the list or to review (like the Alcorn).

01-02-2008, 12:59 PM
Oh, don't worry about it - I'm trying to read new authors (I've been stuck on the same ones for years) and the only way to do it is by reading, right? I'm actually enjoying the India Ink book. It's not the most intelligent book I've ever read, but it is fun! I really like the spa recipes and am actually planning on trying the first one for some friends of mine who have trouble sleeping.

I think I looked for Deception, but it wasn't available, so I got Deadline instead. I still think DH will enjoy it, and I think he might try it out after he finishes the Dean Koontz he's working on.

Thanks again, Jessie!

01-02-2008, 01:15 PM
So maybe not as exciting as some of what you ladies are reading but I just bought 2 books on triathlon training for women and how to get started.
the one I brought to work today is tittled Triathlons for Women. I am really excited to get into training and this looks like a great resource!

01-02-2008, 01:39 PM
I just finished Into the Forest, Jean Hegland (couldn't put it down, i think i finished it in one day/night!)

And i'm approaching the end of The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber (taking me a while to get through, its billed as "the first great 19th-century novel of the 21st century" but its pretty thick with Victorian themes, although sprinkled throughout with naughty bits from the main character, Sugar, a very special prostitute.:o)

01-02-2008, 03:07 PM
I am beginning the year Mary, Mary by James Patterson. Next in the pile is Bad Dogs Have More Fun by John Grogan. I am trying to work my way through the books I have at home that have yet to be read before I bring more home.
I enjoy adventures, mystery, murder-mystery and humor. I especially enjoy an adventure with humor.
Favorite authors: Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and Robin Cook.
Anyone out there who has read Evanovich and who can recommend other authors who write with similar humor mixed with adventure?
I am always looking to find new Authors/books.

01-02-2008, 03:30 PM
Skinny I luuuuuuuuuuv Evanovich! You probably missed that I bought 21 of her books for my daughter for Christmas (and wrapped them all individually). She has alot of reading to do! I don't really have any suggestions on authors like her though sorry. I am a big fan of Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell but they lack the humor of course.

As for what I am currently reading, I am working on the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.

01-02-2008, 03:36 PM
Thanks Stephanie. I only recently--about a year or two ago discovered Evanovich. I have worked my way through her whole series of current books and now her re-released older books.
I may have to change my sign on name, no one has ever called me skinny! Only my dog is skinny-he is a retired racing greyhound. Maybe I should have made my user name "Wants to be Skinny like my dog".
P.S.-If you go to Janet Evanovich's website/or her site on Barnes & Noble, there are recommended authors. Something like..."if you like Evanovich, you might like...".

01-02-2008, 03:41 PM
I've been reading Eat.Pray.Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I love it so far!

01-02-2008, 08:26 PM
I LOVED Eat, Pray, Love!

01-03-2008, 01:55 AM
I know! I usually don't get into books like that, but I absolutely loved it!

01-03-2008, 10:36 PM
My book list on booksfree is now in the 100's. :yikes: That will keep me busy this year, huh?! ;) I've made several additions since this thread started including; Eat.Pray.Love and Into the Forest.

Well, I finished Scent To Her Grave. I have to reiterate that it was not the most intelligent read, but fun and gave me a good, easy read to start 2008. I added the rest of the series to my book list and hope I get them in soon. I was right with my prediction of who the culprit was, but there were enough twists that I doubted my prediction a bit. All in all, a good read, if not for anything than the ties to aromatherapy and the included recipes.

As soon as I finish my more detailed book review on my blog, I'll be starting on The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. I'm not sure what to expect on this one. From the cover, it looks very romantic and classical, but the description steers me away from that theory. We'll see what happens!!

Happy reading! :book2:

01-04-2008, 10:06 AM
Kim, I hope you love Birth of Venus! It was my favorite book I read last year.

I finished Swapping Lives by Jane Green on Wednesday night and read the entirety of Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall last night. (I had a giant headache and wanted to sit still!) The latter is by Wendy Mass, a great YA author. The whole thing was written in verse, so it was short. It is about a girl who has a near-death experience after being hit in the head with a dodgeball during gym class and has to relive moments from being a toddler to the current day. It was cute and heartbreaking all at the same time. A fun read!

Swapping Lives was classic Jane Green, whom I love! She's a little racy for my normal tastes but her plots and characters are so good.

I picked up the second in a cozy series last night, Murder by the Glass by Michele Scott. I enjoy my cozies for a light read. :) Although I am one of those people who can never solve the mystery!

Happy weekend reading, everyone. I am super motivated to read after my husband put up an old bookcase last night and put most of my TBR pile on it. It filled up five shelves. And there are still more books downstairs. ACK!!! Must stop acquiring and read more!!!

01-07-2008, 02:14 PM
I finished Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments by Celia Rivenbark this weekend. She is a humorist and the book is a collection of articles that ran in a newspaper, I think. It wasn't hilarious and I was disappointed. I read her newer book, Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank last year and it was laugh-out-loud funny.

01-07-2008, 03:18 PM
Well, I finished The Birth of Venus. It was the book that kept me up until 4 am Friday night/Saturday morning. I was going to try and pace myself, but I just COULD NOT stop!! I loved it. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but much better. Thanks for listing it, JessieW; I never would have read it without you!

I'm currently reading The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real by Neta Jackson and I'm enjoying it so far. I'm definitely doing better at pacing myself and hope to not finish it until the weekend. I'm thinking my next set of books will be in by then.

01-07-2008, 03:26 PM
When I started reading Birth of Venus, which I think was recommended first by my dear Laurie (where is she??), she told me she envied me the experience of reading it for the first time. I 100% agree it was an experience and a lovely one at that. Sorry to keep you up, Kim!!

01-09-2008, 09:19 AM
I love to read!

I started reading the Jim Butcher Dresden Files series in November and I am now on book six, Blood Rites. I have books seven and eight waiting for me because Dh just finished them. Book nine comes out in February, so I have a few weeks to finish them. Once I am caught up on that series I plan to read a few books I got for Christmas.

One is the young adult fantasy Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I wanted to read it before the movie comes out because the movies are never as good.

I am also starting the classic, The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison because I have seen so many references to it in the Academic journals I was reading that I have to read it for myself so I will get the references, lol.

I am thinking those should get me through February and then I will make a new booklist in March. It all depends on how much time I have between work, children and housework I have to read.

01-09-2008, 09:51 AM
Oh, Stephanie. The Mitford series! Tom's mom got me into Jan Karon and I just adore Father Tim. You make me want an orange chiffon cake!!!


01-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Well, my fellow beachy readers, I sent two books back without reading them! I sent The Yada Yada book back because I just didn't get into it. I really think I needed the background of books 1 & 2 to do that. I added book 1 to my list, but probably won't read it for a while. I've got way too many books vying for the top spot right now! :D (Also, Jessie, please don't think this is your fault! I just saw your list and wanted to try something new! I've loved two of the books you suggested and am looking forward to several others on your list.)

So, what am I going to do without any new books to read in the house? Why clean, of course!! Hahaha! DH thinks that the house will be cleaner than it has been since we moved in after this weekend! :lol:

01-10-2008, 05:35 PM
I starting re-reading a book last night...that is almost unheard of for me anymore! I shouldn't, really, when I have such a HUGE TBR pile but I was feeling sort of emotional after learning my cousin is pregnant...that's another whole story but the two cousins who are very close to me in age are both preggo...and I've been having fertility issues so I've just been slightly overemotinal! Could be the hormones I am on!...ANYWAY, so for some comfort reading I picked up A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, which is one of my favorite books of all time and one I think everyone, male and female, can read and love. Right now I am (as they say here in TN) "fixing to" pack up and go home and read in bed...

I did start The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls the other night and I think I will finish it. It seems well-written although depressing. Has anyone read it?

01-12-2008, 07:30 AM
Jessie, I love John Irving! I haven't yet read A Prayer for Owen Meany but I will definitely pick it up soon!

I just finished the Cussler book I was reading. It was the first of Oregon files I've read and I was impressed. Such a fun adventure story!

I'm going to pick up Animal, Vegetable, Miracle tonight and I'll be sure to report back.


01-12-2008, 12:46 PM
I already read 2 this year! HOLY COW I have time for such? Rather enjoyed The Quickie by James Patterson, and also read The Husband by Dean Koontz. It was alright, but nothing spectacular. I still have Brother Odd by Dean Koontz (3rd in a series) and You've Been Warned by James Patterson. Those are my 2 favorites lately. I love some thrillers!

01-12-2008, 10:25 PM
Jessie I did read The Glass Castle- it is hard to say whether or not I liked it. It was very interesting and also sad. I also loved The Birth of Venus. I have In the Company of the Courtesan by that same author, Sarah Dunant wating on my nightstand. Have you read that?

So far this year I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns- phenomenal book. DH got it for me for Christmas and I definitely didn't pace myself!!

I am almost finished with Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky- it is okay.

I also like John Irving, but haven't read anything of his in years. I will have to try A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Kara Let us know about the Kingsolver book. I like her writing.

01-14-2008, 10:04 AM
I haven't read In The Company of the Courtesan, although of course I want to. I am waiting for it on paperbackswap's WL. Someday it will come in...until then I have tons of books to keep me company. I made quite a dent in Owen Meany this weekend. After this I will have to pick up review books again...

01-14-2008, 10:18 AM
I'm waiting on my booksfree books to come in, so I'll be reading Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World by Haruki Murakami until they come in. The new books just shipped, so I think I should be able to finish it again before they show up!

01-14-2008, 10:59 AM
Kim, I can't believe you mentioned Haruki Murakami. I did my master's thesis on Dance Dance Dance, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and A Wild Sheep Chase! I love his work. I looked at the concepts of post-modernism, magical-realism, individualism and corporate identity in his works.

I think my favorite of the three is Dance Dance Dance, maybe because it was the first Murakami novel I read. His mysteries are my favorites, but if you like something more dramatic Norwegian Wood is an interesting love story, although a bit on the sad side.

01-14-2008, 04:38 PM
:cloud9: *happy sigh* It is SOOOOO nice to just sit here among so many wonderful readers!!! :love: I'm glad to be among friends!

Weighing in on The Birth of Venus, I thought it was FANTASTIC...reading it was such an enjoyable experience and the detail was just remarkable. I just finished a book, The Illuminator, and one of the comments by a reviewer was, "If you loved The Birth of Venus, you'll love this book." I think that's probably true. It's by Brenda K. VanTrease and is her first book. It came out in 2005, so I bet she's published others since. She's a great writer and full of detail about the period. The Illuminator is about a cast of people from all stations of life living in rural England during the late 1300s. There's a ton of political intrigue, religious philosophy and reform, love stories, and more. My only regret was that it was realistic to the point of avoiding "happy endings" for most of the characters (hope that's not a spoiler). But that did make it seem very real.

I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last year and just loved it. It's a nonfiction book but includes Kingsolver's famous attention to detail. The book is basically about what it's like for her and her family to eat locally (food produced or grown within a half-hour of their house, mostly on their own property) for a year. There are tons of essays about the subjects introduced in the book, written by her husband, and personal descriptions of life on a farm complete with recipes, written by her older daughter. The book is fabulous and, as CyndiM noted, it's a lifechanging one, too. I felt SO guilty last night as I succumbed to the pull of the fresh berries, even though I KNOW how much oil was used to get them to me...but at least I was able to choose the organic ones and minimize some of the impact. :o I'm planning on spending a LOT more time at the farmer's market this summer. We already grow our own veggie garden but this year I'm going to be much more focused on growing things we need than on growing things that look fun or interesting. In other words, I'm going to grow things we use regularly rather than growing things that could supplement our diet. One caveat about this book, though...if you have a very sensitive soul in regards to animals, there are a couple chapters/sections you may need to skip. Kingsolver and her family raised some livestock for food on their land and she describes the slaughtering in detail, which was really hard for me to stomach. (I'm such a hypocrite, though, since I still eat meat. :rolleyes: )

I was surprised to hear someone say that they didn't think Sue Grafton included humor in her alphabet mysteries. I think they are hilarious! There are so many sarcastic asides...I just adore Kinsey!

The Mitford series is one of my big favorites!!! I was so thrilled to see a new installment at our library in the "New" section. :lol: Kara about the cake. I can SO relate to that!

Besides The Illuminator, over the break I read a ton of things--many of which were from my TBR bookshelf. ;) I feel the same guilt you all do about reading things from "outside" when I have such a huge pile of TBR at home! Here are some of the things I remember reading (yikes about how fast I forget...)

Fabulous Friendship Festival by SARK: I love this woman--her books are just amazing! I went to a workshop with her last summer, which was a lifechanging experience. I bought this book early last year but also bought a copy for my best friend and decided to wait until I gave it to her for Christmas to read it so we would be reading it together. The book had great advice for ways to be more honest with your friends, how to end friendships cleanly, ways to enhance and celebrate your friendships, and most importantly, how to be a better friend to yourself! I was a bit disappointed in some of the book--it seemed like some of the deep feeling and thought I'm used to in her books was missing. It was kind of two-dimensional. But there was definitely more than enough "meat" and book/references recommendations to make it worth purchasing and reading.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulaine by Kate DiCamillo: My SIL gave this to me for Christmas, probably because of my love of bunnies. She said she really enjoyed the book. The illustrations are absolutely, breathtakingly incredible. The only illustrator I've ever seen that is this talented is Chris Van Allsburg. The story was a little bit dry or stilted in a couple places but was otherwise magical, instructive, and fun. The book, meant for kids who can handle chapter books, is about a china rabbit doll who is very proud of himself and self-involved. He doesn't know how to love and so he ends up on a journey to learn, though he doesn't realize it at first.

A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini: This was for my book club and I have to say that I was NOT looking forward to reading it. I didn't read Kite Runner and have had absolutely no interest in it. However, I'm really, really glad that I was forced to pick this up. Even though I do believe that books like this, which are utterly desolate and depressing in topic/storyline, but written in exquisitely beautiful language, are a disturbing trend, I was shaken by the realization, as a result of reading this book, that I need to be more aware of world affairs and more involved. I've been on a "no-news" diet for over 4 years as I'd found listening to and reading the news to cause tons of anxiety over things I couldn't fix or change. There are some things we can do, though, and reading this book made me realize that I need to be more involved in helping where and when I can. It also made me feel extremely grateful for all the aspects of my life, from clean water to freedom to living in a safe, peaceful place. It's an incredible book and well worth the read even though it will tear you in two with the sadness of it.

Cesar's Way by Cesar Milan (aka the Dog Whisperer): DH and I listened to this on CD in the car. Unfortunately, he didn't realize there were four discs in all, so we only listened to three. But we have the book itself, too, so I'll just finish it in print form. This was really intriguing and gave me a lot to think about in terms of how we live with and work with our new dog. The most important lesson I learned was that a dog needs exercise, discipline and affection, in THAT order.

I'm currently reading a total fluff book called Gliding the Lady--it's a Regency romance. I think my brain needed a break and I need to read a story with a happy ending for once. ;)

Happy reading to everyone...cannot wait to hear more about what you're reading...I already have a ton of books to add to my TBR pile from your wonderful reviews and suggestions!!!

01-17-2008, 08:21 AM
I'm three chapters into Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and just love it! I picked it up last night and by page three was so sucked in that Tom had started a whole conversation and I didn't even realize it. He said he'd been talking to himself for about five minutes before he broke me out of my trance. Kingsolver's writing is descriptive, snide-to-sarcastic at times, and imaginative, and I feel like I have a real picture of the struggles she and her family faced as they attempted to change their way of relating with food. I especially have found her descriptions of the big-corporation masterminding behind the additives and processed gunk in our foods terribly interesting, and it has motivated me even more to kick the draw I have for the junk that has no place in my diet anyway.

As a vegetarian, who gave up meat because of the stomach-turning idea that it is animal organ and muscle I'd been consuming, I don't know how I'll handle the chapters you warn about, Laurie! I'm not really one for skipping parts of books so I might muscle through it with a barf bag by my side. Then again, maybe it won't bother me since I haven't eaten any meat in eighteen years... :chin:

I wasn't going to report on the book until I was finished, but I just had to comment on how much I'm enjoying it. I don't typically purchase books, preferring the more economical public library system, but this is one I will have to buy, dog-ear, highlight, and mark up in the margins! I've got grand plans for a prosperous vegetable garden in Germany!!!


01-17-2008, 02:12 PM
Oh, Kara, are you going to Germany??? :love: I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love Germany. They eat SOOOOOOO healthy there (yes, I know about all the sausages and such, but you should see the normal meals!!!). The bread is fabulous and you can eat most of it on SBD. And the cheese!!! :drool: I love the plain yogurt with muesli for breakfast. Mmmm! Okay, enough food porn, Laurie! :nono:

I think you'd get tons of support for having a veggie garden in Germany, hon! Plus, you'll have access to far more farmers' markets than we do here in the States, I think. :chin:

You'll know when the chapters are coming--they are about poultry--and can flip through a couple pages to miss the really bad parts. She gives you tons of warning. I know I'm a terrible hypocrite for eating meat. :( But I have GREAT admiration for those of you who are vegetarian/vegan! :love: Good for you! Did you know that just being vegetarian helps avoid much of the energy consumption she talks about in the book? I don't know if she talks about it, but I think her daughter (who is a vegetarian) does. It's such a good thing!

01-18-2008, 12:59 AM
We are, we're going to Ramstein Air Base in March (about forty-five minutes from Frankfurt, we've heard). We just decided to purchase a home there - it will be our first home that we've owned and we're really nervous and excited. I should really be reading some books on mortgages or navigating the German real estate market or something I suppose! But planning a vegetable garden just seems like more fun... I was thinking we'd see a bunch of farmers' markets over there, especially because we plan to get a bit away from the base. We heard the biggest concentration of Americans outside of the States is in the town right outside this base, so we'd like to get into "Germany" instead of being in "America-in-Germany", if you know what I mean. I'm sure we'll be doing a good part of our shopping on base still (evidently they have a 16% tax on everything over there, which we can avoid by making our purchases on base) but I'm thinking a lot of our fresh produce and breads will be coming from the local shops. Our entire goal in finding a home is to have a bakery, church, butcher, and book store on the main street! :) Think that's a little too Norman Rockwell? It just seems like what Germany should look like. (And I know Norman Rockwell isn't German...)


01-18-2008, 10:19 AM
I love it Kara...I am obsessed with small towns, mostly because I've never lived in one. When we buy a house I totally want to be in someplace like that...but in the US. :)

Still chugging away at Owen Meany....I'm getting close to the end! But it's a long book!

01-18-2008, 11:10 AM
Kara: When we were looking at the house we bought, all we really talked about was the yard and how great it would be for the dogs and our gardens (veggie and herb). I know exactly what you mean. I think I could make the inside of just about any house work for us, but the outside has to accommodate us before we ever move in!

In light of this week's events, I put aside reading for a while. My mind was too distracted to get into my books. (This is the first time that has ever happened.) I'm expecting my new booksfree books today, so I'll get back on the horse tonight! Can't wait to get back into it!

01-18-2008, 10:25 PM
I just finished reading the book Wicked by Gregory MacGuire? My dh gave it to me for Christmas and I got sucked into it. A little bizare at first but really great story about the wicked witch of the west. I'm now reading Son of Wicked by the same author. I hope to read his others. I also love any book by Jane Green, she's my favorite.

01-21-2008, 11:40 AM
Hey everyone, just had to share! One of DH's coworkers is moving in a few weeks and offered DH a leather recliner because he didn't want to take it with him. Well, DH accepted, so we went over there two weekends ago to get the recliner and also look at a loveseat he wanted to give away. Well, we got there and he said, "Did you want to look at that antique chair of my grandma's?" DH said, "No, that's alright." Well, I took one look at it and knew that it was my new reading chair. I offered to pay for it, but he wouldn't let me, so we just loaded it up and took it home! I think I may eventually reupholster it, but for now I think it looks great in my room. (It's also a great chair to crochet in AND do my homework in!)

01-21-2008, 08:50 PM
I just finished "Kite Runner" and can't wait to read "A Thousand Splendid Suns". Right now I'm reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes - very pro South Beach. It basically chronicles every major study ever done that tested the "high fat diet & heart disease connection" & how our scientists and government came to the conclusion (which the author debates) that a low fat, higher carb diet is the way to improve health. If you don't mind reading chapters about scientific methods and how conclusions are drawn, it's very compelling info. It reinforces Dr. Agatston's claims that high carb diets are killing people. I'm also reading "The South Beach Heart Health Revolution". Can't wait for the new edition of the South Beach book to come out this spring.

01-22-2008, 09:51 AM
Anne, did you just write that a low fat, higher carb diet is the way to improve health? Do they mean carbs from veggies and whole grains?

Kim, your new chair is great! I love the "feet"!


01-22-2008, 10:01 AM
While at the library I just picked up Daughter of the Sun by Barbara Wood, on a whim. It's a story based on the mysterious Anasazi people of northern Mexico, and it's a really compelling story!

01-22-2008, 10:06 AM
Anne, I'm a little confused. What kind of "higher carbs" are they talking about for a healthier diet? Are they talking about more beans, maybe?

Kim, you really lucked out with the furniture! Your chair looks similar to my wing chair in my livingroom. It looks great in your bedroom!

01-22-2008, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the recommendation, Linda! Have you ever heard the Anasazi the Spider stories? I thought they were from Africa, but perhaps they're Mexican...


01-22-2008, 10:49 AM
It seems that you and I have very similar tastes in books. I have read all of Janet Evanovich's, Dan Brown's, and James Patterson's books. I have also read many of the books written by Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and Robin Cook. I haven't been able to find another author that writes in same wacky, fun style of Janet Evanovich...(but I am still looking:)
Another series that I love is the JD Robb (Nora Roberts) detective series. They are a futuristic mystery/murder type books and are a fun read. Patricia Cornwell series books are pretty good too. I liked the earliest books in her series-read them in order if you can- I couldn't put them down.

Let me know if you find anyone that writes like Janet, and I will do the same.
Take Care,

01-22-2008, 10:55 AM
I just posted a reply to Karla about Janet Evanovich and other authors that I love. Haven't read anything by Jan Karon. Let me know what you think of her books. I am always looking for new Authors to read, and I am particularly fond of series.
Take Care,

01-22-2008, 11:25 AM
Sue, Jan Karon's Mitford series chronicles the life of a middle aged preacher (Episcopalian?) living in a small southern town. You really feel like you get to know all of the community members - each has a strong personality that adds humor and interest to the story line. There are several books in the series. I'd highly recommend them!


01-22-2008, 12:42 PM
I read a book over the weekend...called Murder Makes Waves by Anne George. It was really entertaining.

01-22-2008, 06:24 PM
Anne, I'm a little confused. What kind of "higher carbs" are they talking about for a healthier diet? Are they talking about more beans, maybe?

They're talking about the average American diet that has too many simple carbs that raise your glucose and insulin levels, due to the fact that fat is deemed the ultimate enemy, leading people to eat more carbs (bad ones) & less healthy lean meats & healthy oils.
The whole point of the book is how scientists have miscontrued the data in almost every study ever done & what an injustice this is to the public. It practically endorses a South Beach lifestyle diet.

01-24-2008, 01:08 PM
DianaG: That is awesome. My sister LOVES Murakami. For her birthday on Feb 22, she asked for Kafka On The Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I ordered them last week, (living in the boonies, our mail tends to get here late) and they came in today, on time! They're so pretty and new -- I'm beyond tempted to read them. I know she wouldn't mind, but I couldn't do that to her. I had boss-man lock them in the vault (yes, the vault) before he left so that I wouldn't be tempted. I'll have him get them the weekend she comes to see me. I know she'll read them fairly quickly, so I'll just borrow them when she's done.

01-24-2008, 03:33 PM
Wow, there's a gazillion posts! :dizzy: I'm so glad everyone's so active in this thread.

Kim, I've had times when I'm too distracted to read, but when things aren't going well, reading takes me out of myself so I can be calm and peaceful. :D LOVE the new reading's gorgeous and looks so comfy!!! I think it's hilarious that we're both like that about new books...I almost drool over them...and I've actually been known to give in to the urge to read them before giving them away. :o So I understand the whole vault thing! :lol3:

HistoryChick, I LOVED Wicked and Son of a Witch, too. I was shocked to find that he'd written a sequel, though after I thought about it, the end of Wicked did leave that possibility open... Anyways, one of my favorite things in Wicked is the comparison between Animals and animals. It's a fascinating way to get us to look at humanity, eh? Apparently, he drew from both the movie Wizard of Oz and the book--they differ on many points--like Dorothy's shoes, which became red only because it showed up more in the new Technicolor. They were originally diamond or gold or something...don't remember. Hope you like SOAW. I look forward to talking about the third book with you! :D

Cottage, that book sounds really interesting!

Do you all remember when the first "food pyramid" was introduced? The bottom was grains, telling us we should eat 12-14 servings of grains (i.e. carbs) daily. :fr: That's what she means by a low-fat, high carb diet. :yes:

I'll second the recommendation for Jan Karon's Mitford series. The main character is a very, very human pastor. They aren't preachy Christian books (not that I happen to mind that kind) at all--I think you can thoroughly enjoy them no matter what your religion is. Father Tim is hilarious, kind, and so real! He gets into trouble when he ends up inadvertently adopting a huge dog that can only be stopped when someone quotes scripture at him. Then he gets a new next-door neighbor--a gorgeous woman who writes children's literature and has a cat that likes to run away. They live in this darling little town full of people who are real characters! It's such fun!

I finished Gilding the Lady and enjoyed it very much, especially since it had a happy ending (unlike most of what I've read lately!). It's part of a several book series, but you can understand it without reading the rest. The main character is a woman whose mother died when she was young and her older brother was away at sea. She was given to a foundling home by a wicked solicitor (think Dickens!) and then, after years of mistreatment, sent off into service. Her brother returns from the war and searches for her. When the book starts, she's been rescued by her brother and his gorgeous wife, and is learning how to be a lady again. One of the most sought after men in the ton (who's an earl, of course... :lol: ) makes a bet with another man that he can turn her into a lady. Of course, they fall in love. Then a murder gets involved and a mystery, and it just keeps getting more and more fantastical, but still very enjoyable. :D

I'm now reading Don't Sweat The Small Stuff: in Love. Some of it is really interesting and influential, but some of it just seems silly or useless. The jury's still out on this one...

01-24-2008, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the info about the Mitford series. I just picked up the 1st one and can't wait to start it. I am just finishing up a book by Richard Russo called Empire Falls. It has been a highly enjoyable book so far. I am reading it for a book club that I go to once a month. I am also on the 12 book of the left behind series. (I know that these have been out there forever, but I just started them finally in September...) I have really enjoyed them also.

01-25-2008, 12:30 AM
Oh, I've heard so much about the Left Behind series and I've never read them. I really should. Thanks for the reminder!


01-25-2008, 10:22 AM
I finally finished The Glass Castle and it's definitely one of those I don't know whether I "liked," because the subject matter was so awful. But the writing is very good and it's an interesting story.

I think next I am going to read Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett, a fellow Nashvillian.


01-26-2008, 07:16 PM
"Eat the Fat, Lose the Weight". You can find it at the library. I was amazed at how much this woman was dead on long before South Beach was even a word. It almost makes me wonder how much of South Beach and Atkins was was taken from her ideas. She basically says what we have all come to learn.

The food pyramid as it stand now is not healthy for those people who are insulin resistant, including myself. And, since 64% of the American public is obese my guess is that it isn't really heath for any one.

Again, it gets back to eating leaner grass fed meats, switching to monosaturated oils like canola and olive, restricting our carbs to legumes and whole wheat grain products, mimimally eating fruits and rarely eating processed foods. When I read that book, I took notes!!

I don't care if no one else follows the South Beach Diet but, as for me, I am going to follow this to the day I die. Period.

01-26-2008, 08:08 PM
Okay, I have a big love of books too, so I thought I should join in on this thread!

I'm currently reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is such an amazing book, and reads like a total page turner, despite being non-fiction. It has been so eye-opening to read, often times in a very disturbing way (i.e., one part talks about our dependence on corn and how much corn is in what we eat and what is available to eat, not to mention the strain on our natural resources. Another part talks about big-business organic, which often times ends up hurting the environment as much as non-organic). I just finished the section on organic, where the author goes to a truly organic, sustainable small farm. It was so incredible to read about. I just can't get over how good this is! Eating truly is a dilemma. There are so many options to go after, and they each have their pros and cons.

I don't know what I'm moving on to next, but the top shelf of my bookcase is lined with new books to choose from. I'm thinking Water for Elephants.

01-28-2008, 12:49 PM
Wow, lots of fun stuff going on here (I think I say "wow" every time I visit this thread...:lol: )!

Kara, I read the first book in the Left Behind series and even though I really liked the main message in it, I found it pretty disturbing and a bit inflammatory. :shrug: I know lots of people who loved it, though.

Adagirl, how funny! :lol: I just had this hilarious conversation with a friend of mine at book club last week--I was telling her about this fabulous movie and she was telling me about this fabulous book and it turned out we were both talking about Empire Falls! If you liked the book, try the movie. I'm not sure how faithful it is to the book, but just the scenery alone was worth it! I got it on DVD from think it was a miniseries on HBO or something.

Pamatga, that's really interesting! Sounds like the information was out there if we'd looked for it...

CarCar, did you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, too? I'd really like to read The Omnivore's sounds awesome! Thanks for the insightful review! Water for Elephants is very good, but has some disturbing stuff in it. If you're looking for a light read, that won't be it, but I think you'll really enjoy it!

I'm still plugging away with Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: In Love. I don't know if this technically qualifies as a "book," but my sponsor for RCIA just gave me the greatest gift last week! It's a copy of the Life Application Bible. The information it gives on each chapter is absolutely amazing!!! Half of each page is footnotes of info, including maps for the area described, etc. I spent hours looking through it and reading the introduction and main timeline right after I got it. I'm so looking forward to spending more time with it!

01-28-2008, 02:44 PM
Laurie, My DH swears by the Life Application Bible (wow, that's a strange sentence, since the Bible itself says not to swear by anything!). Let's say, he adores it. His NASB is completely fallen to pieces.

I really have to plug the book I am reading, Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett. It is about the friendship between Patchett and the author Lucy Grealy, who wrote Autobiography of a Face (and later committed suicide). It's been on my mind since I started reading it. In some ways I identify with both the women, in other ways neither, but either way, it's had me thinking tremendously about passion and life and suicide and writing. I'll let you know when I finish it.

Amending this to say: I have been reading articles and while I had always heard Grealy killed herself it seems like it is not necessarily true. Just wanted to add that disclaimer. She died of a heroin OD which could or could not have been suicide. Truth & Beauty also made the Grealy family really angry. Still interested to finish it.

01-31-2008, 12:00 PM
Oh my goodness! I had to go to page 3 of the threads to find ours! :yikes: Well, I am well into Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World by Murukami. I can't remember so many parts of it that it's like reading it for the first time. I'm really loving it. The other thing that is weird is that I'm only able to read 2 chapters a night. I can't believe how slow it's going!! Well, I'm supposed to be working and I need to eat some breakfast! Time to go!

02-01-2008, 12:06 AM
Arrrgh! Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish came in today and I can't wait to read it!! Plus, there are 2 more reads on the way. Oh well, I'm almost done with the Murakami - should finish it this weekend and then I can start the rest next week.

02-02-2008, 02:59 PM
Hi literary chicks!
I have set aside A Proper Marriage for now. I'm about halfway through and it is good, but I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind for it now. Also, I have to find another time to read besides 10PM in bed. I never seem to get very far and the next thing I know it's 3AM and the lights are all still on and my glasses are on the floor.
The kids and I finished the 4th book of the Warrior series that DS got for Christmas, and we are now reading The House of Sixty Fathers, which I loved as a kid. We are on chapter 3 and they seem to be spellbound.
I finished Kingsolver's Animal Dreams, and in the car on Thursday on the way to and from work I had time to listen to all of an Evanovich, which I can't remember the name of right now. They were okay, but I didn't love either one of them. I get bored with the ones that go: independent girl, not looking for guy, meets awesome guy. Girl resists guy, but he is too awesome and wins her heart and they live happily ever after. Insert additional story lines and interesting details here. These were both basically from that formula.

I have started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and so far I like it. I'm looking for something really awesome though, because I haven't read a book I couldn't put down, since last July, and I'm sure you know the one I mean.

02-04-2008, 01:07 AM
I'm reading the best seller, Happy for No Reason, the South Beach Diet again, other diet exercise books, Joel Osteen's latest book, the Secret, and my business bible Prospecting your Way to Sales Success. Plus tons of articles in magazines about Diet/Exercise, I have a "theme" going - new year, new me and it's Feb!

02-04-2008, 01:23 PM
Jessie, I can totally see why your DH loves the Life Application Bible so much (:lol: about "swearing" by it...)! I'm looking forward to hearing more about Truth & Beauty. I feel like I should know the names of the authors, but I'm not sure I've read them (or about them) before... :chin:

Oh, Kim, I can TOTALLY relate to the feeling of so many juicy books to dig into and not enough time! If only we could put the world on hold and curl up in a comfy chair with our books until we're satisfied. ;) Wouldn't that be divine? :cloud9: Let me know what you think when you do read Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral! Horsey, if you get in the mood for some fiction, that book would go very well with what you are reading right now!

Schmoodle, what's House of Sixty Fathers about? Isn't it great to share books you love with kids? I don't think I read Animal it the first book before the Bean Trees one? :?: I hear you on that formula. Sometimes I like it, but other times it just makes me think, "Bleh." :shrug: Have you read Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner? That was a "can't put it down" book for me and it made me laugh uproariously and sob too. It was FABULOUS!!! :love: I think you'll like how it breaks the formula and turns it on its head! ;)

I'm getting frustrated with Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love. It seems like most of their advice suggests being more positive, not letting things bother you, etc. Maybe I'm a crotchety, grumpy ole' thing, but some of the time, I want to let things bother me and I think I have a right to be bothered! :lol: I'd like to put it aside, but I have such a hard time not finishing a book, even if I don't like it. How do y'all do that? :?: I really want to learn how...

02-04-2008, 03:06 PM
Laurie, I convince myself that life is too short to read books I am not interested in. I have too many books in my TBR pile to worry about those that aren't good! I have a 50-page rule: if it doesn't interest me after 50 pages, I have permission to toss it aside.

I don't think Animal Dreams is part of the Bean Trees/Pigs in Heaven series. I haven't read it, but the description didn't seem like it was about the same characters.

I'm almost to the end of The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy. I don't know why I read her short story volumes. They are good but she writes VERY short stories, never anything in-depth and they always frustrate me. She is too good of a writer for these volumes. I am not dis-meriting (is that a word??) short stories at all, but I think for them to work they have to have some substance and a little character development. I ADORE Binchy, but she just thinks up a theme and runs with it.

I did finish Truth & Beauty last week and it definitely does not say Grealy committed suicide, I don't know where I got that in my head. She just got into a downward spiral and had a cocaine OD. I still think it's an amazing book. What I was thinking about earlier, was that so many people in the arts come to that point of suicide or depression or drug using, etc. And I think a lot of it has to do with pent-up passion that you just can't seem to get out. In a way, I identified with that and I think it's why the book struck me so. Patchett also uses this analogy of Lucy being the wild 'grasshopper,' with tons of friends, tons of passion, completely flighty, and herself being the ant--steady, hardworking, but boring. I really see that in one of my closest relationships and that also hit me.

I REALLY have to read some review books I have stacked up now. A few Christian fiction. Then I want to read some of the books I have had in the TBR pile over a year.

02-06-2008, 01:32 AM
Jessie, that's an interesting point (well, actually, you made a bunch of them!)...I never thought about it, but if you read for a living, sometimes your reading for work can get in the way of your reading for pleasure, eh? If the reading for work is pleasurable, then I suppose that's okay...but if it's not... :shrug: Do you enjoy the things you read for review, even if you have other things you want to be reading?

I love what you said about 50 pages. That's a great motto. I totally TBR bookshelf (no kidding!!!) is huge, and the gazillion books I want to read just at my local library is insane. Why waste time on something I'm not enjoying? Especially when I can just post it online and swap it for something more fun? :lol:

I totally agree with you on the art=depression/wildness/passion thing. The more I read and learn, the more I become aware of how many talented people were also suffering from what we'd call mental illness. Of course, I then wonder, "What if what we call mental illness is just normal for them?" but I've experienced enough to know that if it makes you unhappy, you shouldn't have to suffer it, even if it means depriving the world of great art. Is it a case of having "pent-up passion that you can't get out" or is it that our society won't accept the ways that they want to let out the passion? I'm not sure...but I think you've hit on something right and true there.

I've definitely felt grasshopper/ant-ish about some of my relationships, but I think that we ants tend to feel that there's something wrong/boring/sad about us. Meanwhile, the grasshopper feels the same way about herself, seeing us as steady and happy. Did you ever read/see Jennifer Weiner's In Her Shoes? She compares two sisters who have that kind of relationship. It's a fantastic, amazing book. We read it for book club several years ago and it began my love affair with Weiner's writing. Sadly, the only thing of hers I haven't enjoyed was her book of short stories...and I get what you mean about Maeve Binchy. Where that flighty kind of approach to lots of stories works well in a book like Quentins, I don't think it works as well in the short story books she's done. Still, there's something about her that makes me want to read every word she's written! ;)

02-06-2008, 10:14 AM
Sometimes, Laurie, I think you are the only person who understands me! Hehe. I also feel compelled to read everything Binchy's ever written despite the fact I know I won't love the short stories. I have read In Her Shoes and seen the movie--it is such a great book. I don't usually think about how my reading life is kind of strange--My job is reading, I do book reviews, and then I read for fun in there too. Maybe that is why I have little patience for books that don't grab me. My Dh finally set up a bookshelf for my TBR pile. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold the whole lot of it! Ack!!!

The review book I decided to dig into is Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. It's the third in her To Catch a Thief trilogy, and I have reviewed the other two. They are Christian mysteries with a romantic twist, and well it's not what I would usually read for fun, I've found them pretty enjoyable. I think after this will be A Mending at the Edge by Jane Kirkpatrick (new author for me) and then I can read something else for fun!

02-06-2008, 11:08 AM
Well, I finally finished the Murukami. I'd forgotten how wonderful it was, but I wish I had more time per day so that it wouldn't take too long. Tonight I start on Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral. It looks like a short, easy read, so I'm really looking forward to it. While I like Murukami, sometimes his work is a little too analytical for me. Add that to the required reading for school and I'm really looking forward to a bit of "Chick-Lit".

Well, I really need to stop posting and start working, so I'd better go!

02-06-2008, 11:12 AM
horsey, I set the other books aside to re-read The South Beach Diet last night. I just felt like I needed a refresher after almost a year, but I skipped the menus and got through it in one night. I did pick up on things I didn't the previous times through.
Laurie, House of Sixty Fathers is a Newberry book about a little Chinese boy who gets separated from his family during the Japanese invasion and ends up traveling through the mountains with only his little pig, eating leaves to survive and sleeping in little caves during the day. For some reason as a kid, I always loved the books that were about kids that had to survive on their own after some terrible calamity befell their parents. Not sure why, I really never wanted anything to happen to my family. It's the same theme as some of my other faves, Flight of the Doves, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Giant Peach, and of course, Harry Potter.
Anyway, sometimes that formula does work, like in Outlander, when the story is rich and well-developed, and doesn't depend too heavily on boy-gets-girl. But if that's all there is, I get bored. I will definitely try Good in Bed. I made a reading list based on a lot of the recommendations from this thread and that one is on it.

02-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Want to write to everyone, but for now, this is just a bump! ;)

02-08-2008, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the bump, Laurie!!

I really got into Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral last night. I shouldn't have stayed up so late to read that much, but I just had to get to the end of a certain chapter. I cried twice and had to stop myself from laughing out loud and waking up DH several times. I have to admit that the first chapter was just a little fragmented and confusing, but once I got into it, I was fine. The only thing that has bothered me other than that is that it seems the women in the story cuss like sailors! I end up cringing a bit when I read certain words, but I'm looking past it because this looks like it will be a good book! I'm really looking forward to getting further into it tonight!

Happy reading!

P.S. I just wanted to give you an update on the "reading chair". It seems to be the only surface that does not get littered with school books or dirty clothes, etc., etc. throughout the week. It has been universally accepted as sacred territory for me and DH and I both respect the chair! It's so nice to finally have a dedicated reading of these days I'll have a dedicated reading room! ;)

02-08-2008, 04:41 PM
Kim, The reading chair sounds so nice!! I read once that Robin Jones Gunn's family knows that when she sits in her certain chair and lights a candle, she is studying her Bible and is NOT to be disturbed. I need a place like that! I am forever considering trying to make a corner of my walk-in closet a prayer closet. :) But then where would I throw my dirty clothes?? I'm so glad you like Annie Freeman! It's been a hit on this board!

02-11-2008, 12:38 PM
This weekend I happily devoured the fourth in a teen series, Payback by Melody Carlson in the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series. I have read 2-4 now and I love them!

02-13-2008, 12:58 AM
im reading for 2008 my mom wrote and published her first novel dance by the light of the moon by arlene rose

02-13-2008, 11:19 AM
Blondy, that's phenomenal! Go, Arlene! :cp:

Jessie and Kim, I totally think a special area for reading/praying/studying scripture is a fantastic idea! I was watching Oprah the other day and they showed a house that Nate redid for a couple that took in their four nieces and nephews. On the landing of the second floor (which is open to the 2 story foyer), Nate placed a fainting couch, a little endtable and a couple of candles. He said it was a special place for the wife to read, and that he made sure she could still hear the kids, just in case. I nearly fell on the floor from desire when I saw looked soooooo yummy. :love: I would love to have my own reading area and the time to use it. ;) Glad the chair is working out, Kim! I hope you've read about this already, Kim, so I'm not spoiling, but your discussion makes me think of Marie's rule about her bedroom--how her husband and kids know never to disturb her when she's in there. I think we all need a special place to retreat to and find our center again! There's a tiny bit of space along the wall on my side of the bed. I stocked it with spiritual books, prayer books, my Bible, and my devotionals. I hung a little string of temple bells on the window and put a yummy-smelling candle on the register (which is turned off in the basement). I sit with my back to the bed and spend time there. I guess it's not the most decorative of places, but it's cozy and I really love it. :D

I hear you, Kim, on the cussing. I'm not one to use that kind of language and usually associate it with people being violent and angry...but after I got used to it, it became part of the character (isn't it Katherine who cusses?) and kind of made me laugh. But it's not my thing, either. Glad you can see past it.

I'm working on Pride & Prejudice. I've read it many times before but we're reading it for the next book club. I treated myself to an annotated version of it from Amazon and even though it's totally fascinating, I'm making the slowest progress! There are footnotes for nearly every sentence...yikes! :lol: I'm most fascinated by the use of variant spellings for "chuse" for "choose" and "teazing" for "teasing." Maybe the latter is a British-English spelling? I know our z/s thing is different depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on... :chin:

Jessie, I hear you! :hug: It's nice to know someone else feels like I do about books! :love: I actually have a friend here who feels the same way about Binchy. Guess it's a fascination with which we all get infected! I followed your wise lead and put down the Small Stuff. Thanks!

Thanks for explaining, Schmoodle! That sounds like a fantastic book! I used to like books that involved kids dealing with a major illness/disability, etc. My mom thought I was morose (guess I'd be considered "emo" today! :lol: ) and didn't want me reading books like that, but I just loved them! Did anyone ever read the book Mandy by Julie Edwards (it's actually Julie Andrews...this is her married name)? It's FANTASTIC!!!! I also loved The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and a novel whose title I can remember that was about a teen who lost her sight after getting sick over the summer. Island of the Blue Dolphins was a huge favorite too, Schmoodle! I actually lived about an hour south of the islands where she lived (it's a true story...but you probably know that?). We read it when I was teaching 4th grade and then took a field trip to the Mission of Santa Barbara. That's where she was taken after she was rescued from the island. She's buried there and they have some of her things on display in the museum section. It just thrilled me to actually be where Karana had been.

Speaking of favorite kid books...did anyone else love From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Phantom Tollbooth?

02-13-2008, 11:37 AM
I hope you've read about this already, Kim, so I'm not spoiling, but your discussion makes me think of Marie's rule about her bedroom--how her husband and kids know never to disturb her when she's in there. I think we all need a special place to retreat to and find our center again! There's a tiny bit of space along the wall on my side of the bed. I stocked it with spiritual books, prayer books, my Bible, and my devotionals. I hung a little string of temple bells on the window and put a yummy-smelling candle on the register (which is turned off in the basement). I sit with my back to the bed and spend time there. I guess it's not the most decorative of places, but it's cozy and I really love it. :D

You're right, Laurie I just read that part this weekend while I was in my chair and didn't make the association! That's really cool. DH and I have our devotionals on the "don't sit on it" sofa. The one that is too nice for regular use. It's great because the sofa is always clean and the dogs are never allowed on it to distract us. Your special place sounds wonderful!!

Rebecca is the one who says the "s" word all the time and Katherine is the big cusser, but they all have done it at some point or another. I'm getting better at skimming over them without noticing now. It is definitely a wonderful book so far. Right now they're on the plane leaving NM. I'm going to try to finish it by Friday.

02-13-2008, 12:57 PM
Boo-hoo, I am bookless until the bookmobile comes (next Tuesday) or I find something when I rifle through my mom's bookshelves Friday night. I got the KIngsolver's from her and had my eye on some others but didn't want to be greedy. Now I can't remember what!
Even with the kids, we finished House of Sixty Fathers, and I've got nothing waiting...
Laurie, Phantom Tollbooth is another of my all-time faves from childhood. I recently read it to my kids. As you can tell, I use them as an excuse to re-read my favorites! They don't seem to mind.

02-18-2008, 04:34 PM
Kim, I'm so glad you made the connection, too--your sofa sounds fabulous!!! :love: I love that you and your husband do devotionals together! Do you do them at the same time? I'd love to do that with DH, but I usually do mine before bed and he goes to bed much earlier than I do. :( I'd love your recommendations for good devotionals!

Schmoodle, I think that's great (rereading your favorites to the kids)! Your enthusiasm for them has to be "catching!" Have you ever read The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease? It's awesome, but at least half of it is a huge compilation of great read-aloud books for all ages, including older kids. You might get some other ideas from it. The last edition just came out early last year, so it's pretty up-to-date. :D I hear you on the pain of not having something to read. Have you joined any of the online paperback switching sites? I'm amazed at how much I've read and shared since I joined last year--thanks so much to those who recommended it on here! I just got a thick compilation of C.S. Lewis' greatest nonfiction hits. :love:

Our local library recently had a brainstorming session for the community to help come up with ways the library can meet their needs more effectively. One of the suggestions was the possibility of book deliveries (like pizza). Wouldn't that be DIVINE??? :cloud9:

I'm a third of the way into my annotated edition of Pride & Prejudice. It's fascinating and making the novel so much more rich for me! There's so much there I didn't catch in my 3 other readings in the past. However, it's super-slow-going...I have to finish by our March 3rd book I better start reading faster!!! :lol:

Hope everyone's got their nose in a good book--come tell us about it! I have a feeling Jessie's going to have a particular theme in her reading for a while... ;)

02-19-2008, 10:57 AM
Hi darlings. I don't know when I missed so many posts to this thread! I was looking this morning thinking it was lost somewhere.

I finished a cozy mystery the other day, Better Read than Dead by Victoria Laurie. I can't decided whether I love this series or not, but I liked it enough to pick up the second book. The series is about a psychic who helps police solve mysteries some.

Last night I dug out my Goodwill copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting. :carrot: I am excited I will actually be HOME tonight to read some and relax. Hallelujah!! The last few days I've been running on adrenaline but I'm starting to be way sleepy again.

02-19-2008, 04:59 PM
I just finished Stephen Kings Cell. I like to throw one of his books in every once in a while to shake things up! I really enjoyed this book. It is a sort of "end of the world" story that takes shape after an unknown source sends a pulse out through every cell phone. The pulse immediately causes everyone to go completely mad! The books follows the survival of those who were fortunate enough not to have used a cell phone.

02-19-2008, 06:27 PM
I finally finished Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral. I don't know if it's ever taken me that long to read a book! Anyhow, I absolutely loved the whole thing. I stayed up WAY too late reading it last night because I just had to finish it. I will be suggesting this book to all of my friends.

One book down in the pile, I'm not sure what's up next, but I'll take a look and let you all know later.

Laurie: DH and I did Prayer of Jabez, Holiness in Hidden Places and My Utmost for His Highest. (I think those are the titles, but I'll have to double check). Right now we're in the middle of Financial Peace University, so are focusing on that by going over the verses and etc. in the workbook. We only have time right now to meet once a week for it, but it's a wonderful thing.

magnolia blossom
02-19-2008, 07:19 PM
Okay...I'm new to the South Beach boards, but I saw this thread and had to read it. Then I had to respond...;)

I love anything by John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany is my favorite, though I've read them all. They didn't do it any favors in the movie, imho - but that's always the way.

I also love Margaret Atwood, although I could *not* get through Oryx and Crake.

I have a book (that I left at school today) to start reading A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton.

I teach fourth grade and right now I'm rereading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle. I'm going to do a literature circle with it for some of my students.

Anyway, I love this thread! :)

02-21-2008, 11:30 AM
:welcome3: Magnolia Kim (we have another Kim, who will have to be "Kim Star" from now on... ;) )! Glad to have you with us! I absolutely loved A Prayer for Owen Meany, though I agree about the movie. I've rarely been satisfied by a movie version of a book, though I was hugely surprised by the movies for Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith (both by Sarah Waters)! They were done by the BBC, though... ;) I haven't read any other John Irving...have any suggestions?

I love Margaret Atwood, too! I know it's cliche, but I just adored The Handmaid's Tale. It still affects my thinking, even over 15 years later. I can still see some of the images that formed in my mind as I read it. She's amazing! I've also read The Robber Bride and the Blind Assasin, but I know I haven't even hit the tip of the iceberg! What are some of your favorites? Do you also like her poetry? If you see her around, you should ask Ellis for tips on good Canadian literature. She adores reading Canadians (well, she is one, too...)

You know, I think I've heard of Map of the World... :chin: You'll have to tell us what you think!

Oh, I just loved A Wrinkle in Time!!! L'Engle is phenomenal! That book is another that left pictures in my mind permanently! Fourth is a very hard grade to teach--kudos to you for doing it! :D

Jessie, you are just darling! :cloud9: I love that you're digging into your baby books--and your new ticker is wonderful! You'll have to tell me what you think of What to Expect. I found it so difficult to follow (things are laid out in totally erratic patterns, or so it seemed ot me) that I had to put it down! I just couldn't get how things connected. I know that makes me sound like a dunce, but usually I'm fine with that kind of thing! Really! :lol: I have a feeling you're going to get sleepier (or be less able to run on adrenaline)! My friend (who's having her boy on 2/26) Mel has been SO tired after work each day...the baby really can take a lot out of you! So pamper yourself and stay in bed...with a good book, of course! ;)

Kim Star, I'm so glad that you liked Annie's...Funeral! It took me a while to read too. I felt I needed to put it down every now and again just to rest my mind. It's a really "active" book! Your devotionals sound wonderful, as does the practice of getting together once a week for that! :love:

magnolia blossom
02-21-2008, 12:15 PM
A Widow for One Year was good. If you're not into racy, I don't suggest Until I Find You. Irving's novels all tend to revolve somewhat around sexual themes. I read Cider House Rules several years ago and only recently watched the movie, which was pretty good (probably because he wrote the screenplay).

The Handmaid's Tale is my favorite Atwood book, but Alias Grace was excellent, too. Surfacing is another one I enjoyed. I like her poetry, but her prose, to me, is just so rich and full and thought-provoking that I am always left with echoes of each book.

Some books you read don't even make an impact (I call them trashy lit) and some just resonate forever - both Irving and Atwood are like that for me.

You know, I think part of the reason that I like teaching intermediate grades is because I get to read good stuff. I read Shiloh to my students and now I'm reading Where the Red Fern Grows to them. These are all pretty much city kids - even though we live in a rural area. They need to be able to experience things that are different. I had one child just finish The Secret Garden. She loved it, even though the language was difficult for her at first.

Thank you for the warm welcome. :)

02-25-2008, 04:29 PM
MagnoliaKim, thanks for the suggestions! I love "discovering" new authors! :love: I don't mind racy--one of my most favorite books of all time, Tipping the Velvet, is very the point where I'm very cautious of recommending it to others, sadly, since it's definitely one of those types of prose that "resonate forever." I agree with you about that--those tend to be some of my favorite books. Ones that I go back to over and over for ways to understand life! I love a lot of intermediate grade literature too! I'm not sure if they are too young for your students, but I absolutely love Lois Lowry's books, especially The Giver (what a great discussion-provoker that one is!) and Gathering Blue. I'm also a huge fan of a book called Frindle. It's about the way that we create and affect the development of language...and it's funny. Plus, it gives kids a sense of the ways in which they do have power and control over their own lives. Your choices for your students sound wonderful--they are lucky to have you!

02-25-2008, 05:31 PM
Hi literary chicks!
I guess I've been on a Kingsolver kick lately. I hadn't read anything by her until last month I read Animal Dreams, which I didn't like very much, but I already posted about that. Then I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which I liked a lot. I just took with me on my trip her Homeland short stories, and that was pretty good and a quick read.
I had tried reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marcia Marquez last month, but there were so many characters and so much going on I never got past the first 80 pages. It's hard to read challenging stuff when you're in bed half asleep! But I didn't have anything else, so I took it with me on my trip. I ended up stranded in the Houston airport for 12 hours on Thursday, and so I was able to really focus on the story, and I liked it so much I ended up reading it through twice by the time I got home.
Laurie, I have not read that book but I'll have to check it out. I do love to read aloud, and the kids still love to listen. I don't know how long it'll go on, as they're almost 10 and 11 now, but I will miss it! Paperbackswap sounds great, but i haven't gotten around to checking it out yet.
Jessie, Glad you are doing well - get lots of rest!
Hi Ada! I love some Steven King books, can't stand others. Cell sounds interesting, kind of like the Stand?
Hi Magnolia Kim, I am an Atwood fan too. I loved The Handmaid's Tale, I've read it several times. I also read Cat's Eye, but not Oryx and Crake.

02-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Brian and I finally finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows last night. It takes quite awhile to read over 700 pages aloud when some nights we only have time to read for 15 minutes. And every night I hear - Mom.....can't you read a little bit more (in that pleading tone that kids do so well). Last night we started back with the first book since I only read him the last three books. We've seen all the movies but the books have so much more detail.

I've also read three of the more recent Anne McCaffrey/Todd McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern books. I really like the ones the son has written.

magnolia blossom
02-26-2008, 07:37 PM
Laurie: There is a second book to The Giver, but I can't remember the name offhand. I loved Number the Stars by L. Lowry, too.

Schmoodle: I read Cat's Eye, too...I really do love, love, love Margaret Atwood. Between her and my thing for Rush, I think I'll be Canadian in my next life...;)

A Map of the World was good - not great, but worth reading. It does leave you thinking about choices we make and what inner strength really is.

02-27-2008, 10:09 AM
howdy booklovers!

i'm a sbd and an online community newbie...not up to par on my netiquette ;)so i hope it's ok if i just go ahead and post away!

i have been alternating between chick lit escapism (perfect for bathtub reading)namely all books by sophie kinsella--some humor :"the idiot girls' adventure club" by laurie notaro and the seriously disturbing yet amusing "running with scissors" by augusten burroughs
and i have gotten hooked to alexander mccall smith's number 1 detective agency series...seriously feel-good pick-me-up lit !! almost better than hot chocolate mmmmm.

02-27-2008, 10:37 AM
Haven't been reading too much...sleeping is getting the best of me! But I did finish Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. And I still have a whole pile of review books to read...

02-27-2008, 11:53 AM
Not a lot of reading going on with me being out of town so much. While in my hotel room last Thursday and Friday, I read both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl. Just love those books - I know they're kids' books, but I still have fun reading them.

Last night I had fits of insomnia and ended up reading Ghost Hunting : True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society by Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Michael Jan Friedman. I know, I know. Ghost hunting? Really? Yes, yes. DH and I are fascinated by it and really respect the methodology used by TAPS. We love the show, but are really more interested in the behind-the-scenes stories. I honestly believe that one day I'll be telling all of you about our latest ghost hunting adventures. On a side note, we're both skeptics who want to be proven wrong. Anyhow, the book was interesting for its content, but the writing was sort of bland. DH got it for me for Valentine's day, which is too cute and too funny!

I think that after work I'm going to hop on over to the library to get a book or two for NM this weekend.

magnolia blossom
02-27-2008, 10:02 PM
I love those books, too, Kim! I watch Ghost Hunters, too. My husband makes fun of it because they don't usually find much. After they went to the sanitarium in Kentucky for Halloween, I did some research on the place...very interesting - all ghosts/spirits aside...

02-28-2008, 01:59 PM
Okay, I'm reading this thread and drinking some magnifico hot chocolate, so it's like heaven! :cloud9:

It's so nice to be among fellow bibliophiles...*happy sigh*

Schmoodle, Kingsolver is really delicious. Having loved so many of her books, I was really thrilled to read Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and learn more about her own life. It somehow made my previous experiences with her work richer. My favorite of hers, beside the Poisonwood Bible, is probably Prodigal Summer. I listened to it as a book on CD and it came complete with forest noises! I felt like I was right in the story! After reading A,V,M, you'll understand why half the story is about organic farming! ;) I'm so glad you read to your kids. Trelease recommends reading to them even through High School and has this great photo of him sitting at the kitchen table, reading aloud, while his teenage son is doing the dishes! It's almost enough to make me want to have some teenagers right now--just so I can read aloud to them while they do my chores! :lol: Just kidding...sort of. :s: I'm so sorry you got stranded in the airport for so long...yikes! :fr: I actually had some trouble sticking with A,V,M at first but when I took it with me on my flight to Florida, it was so easy to stay focused! Some books are just meant for travel...

Barb you are Super-Mom-Of-The-Year in my eyes for reading all of HP aloud!!! I'm not worthy! That's a whole heck of a lot of I've said before, Brian is one lucky kiddo. :love: I was bedazzled when I read that you are reading McCaffrey! I had a huge crush on her in High School--I read everything I could get my hands on that she wrote about Pern, then moved on to the Crystalsinger series and the Ship Who Sang series...when I was reading Pern, she had pretty much come to a standstill on writing new books but just as I was moving out of that phase, she started writing again. I collected many of the new books, but didn't read them and now it's been so long I think I'll have to start over...a hard thing to think about when I have SOOO many books in my TBR pile! :( I know it's a cliche, but "so many books, so little time" totally describes my life! :lol: Anyways, the main reason I was so shocked to read that you're reading Dragonriders with Brian is that I haven't heard about Pern in years and just last week I met a girl on MySpace who's a huge Pern fan! We "talked Pern" quite a bit and it was so much fun to relive a lot of it! Those books just entranced me...I especially loved the musical ones featuring Menolly (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums, I think...). The girl I was talking to on MySpace also said that even though she was really worried that he'd ruin the series, she was very pleasantly surprised at what a great job Anne's son did with it! I'll have to check them out!

MagnoliaKim, yes...I loved Number the Stars, too! Is Gathering Blue the sequel? I know it takes place in the same society as The Giver, but it doesn't feature the same least I don't think so... :chin: If that's not it, I'd love to know what the sequel is! I'd be thrilled to read it!

:welcome3: Jandaman! I'm SO glad you were courageous enough to post! :high: Anyone who wants to join in is totally welcome!!! (hear that, lurkers? that means YOU! ;) ) I loved your suggestions for fun books! I often need a "mind candy" book after reading something heavy, serious, sad, or taxing. In this day and age where the trend seems to be beautifully written books about seriously disturbing subjects (Kite Runner, Water for Elephants, Thousand Splendid Suns, etc...), I find chick lit and other fun books to be essential! I love fun mysteries...I'll have to check out McCall Smith! Have you read the Aunt Dimity books? (Jessie knows how much I enjoyed them, as does Cottage) They're fabulous, funny mysteries featuring a woman who communicates with her dead aunt through a journal. I also greatly enjoyed Dorothy Cannell's Elie Haskell series (more mysteries). They are written in such fantastic humor and the main character is someone to whom we can all very much relate (especially since she is overweight and loves to eat...)! The Thin Woman ( is the first book in the series, which is 13 books long, I think.

Jessie, only a baby would be able to keep you from your books! ;) How are you feeling besides the fatigue? I'm so excited for you! My dear friend Mel just gave birth to her first baby on Tuesday. He's gorgeous and she and her DH are sooo happy. It made me think of you and where you'll be in just a few short months! :cloud9:

KimStar, I love Dahl's books...they are fabulous!!! My sisters were huge fans of the Witches and the BFG. I loved Matilda and especially enjoy his short stories. I think my favorite was one about George and the magic potion he makes for his evil relative. Your Ghost hunting book sounds fun...and I love that your DH gave it to you for V-day! :love: It's real love when you know each other's interests so well!


I'm still working my way through Pride & Prejudice, but it's going much quicker now that we're at Lydia's "elopement." I'm learning SO much that I didn't know before with the help of the annotations. I just hope I finish it before Monday's book club! :lol: I have so many books to read at home--I looked up the author of the Five Love Languages (a fabulous read for any couple!!! Very fast and easy to read and it comes complete with tests for each partner and what to do with the results), Gary Chapman, and found that he's written tons of books! I requested one of them at the library-- Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way and can't wait to read it! I have a really hard time admitting that I'm angry because I just don't know how to handle it. I hope this gives me some good tips, because I think that "stuffed" anger may be a major reason I overeat... :chin:

I also have some books I got for Christmas, along with the next book for our book club, which I'm hosting (we're going to do a "couples'" book club...or at least try...). The book is The Good Guy by Dean Koontz. It's not at all my type of book, but I'm interested in seeing what it's like.

02-28-2008, 05:31 PM
Do you avid readers ever do the "trick" one of my friends taught me years ago...when you buy a book to give as a gift, very very carefully read it first! She also taught me that when giving a book as a gift you should write a personal note in the front. I have tried to remember to do so.

03-03-2008, 09:53 AM
Hi, SkinnyDog! :wave:

I usually tend to give books for gifts that I've already read, but the couple of times I haven't, I did (carefully, so as not to crack the spine) read them! Shhh...don't tell. ;) Actually, I gave SARK books to my aunt for Christmas a couple times before I read one--and once I did, there was no going back. I had to read them all! :cloud9: She's amazing!

I always write on the inside cover (or some available space) when I give books to friends and am sure to include the date. I know it makes me happy to see my friends' inscriptions when I read the books they gave me. My dad just finished a book I gave him a couple years ago for Christmas and said seeing the inscription each time he opened it made him very happy (we live far away from each other). If I'm unsure whether a friend has the book or not, I write the inscription on a post-it and put it inside. ;)

Well, I'm done with P&P (just in club meets tonight! :fr: ). Honestly, that ending just never gets old! It makes me happy every time. :love:

I'm pretty sure I'm going to give in to my desire to jump on the Gary Chapman Anger book. Let's hope I learn something! ;)

What are you reading???

03-03-2008, 10:22 AM
I finished a very short review book this weekend, The Next Level by David Gregory. It is a VERY thinly veiled allegory for Christian life and my DH and I both found it laughably bad. Wouldn't recommend to anyone...

I decided since I wrote two reviews for this week I could read a fun book--especially since DH is out of town--so I started The Island of Heavenly Daze by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland. I love Lori Copeland; I tried to read one of Hunt's books but wasn't into it. This I like so far. I haven't read the Jan Karon books--although darn it, I intend to some day--but I think from what I know this series may have the same feel...VERY small community bonded by a church. Main character is the pastor. I think there are five in the series and I have the first two. It's on my list of "First 30 Books I Got From Paperbackswap and Haven't Read Yet" that I want to read in 2008. Will let you know how it goes!

03-03-2008, 12:00 PM

Hope it's ok that I join the conversation. I am reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult right now. It is such a good book. You know, one of those books that you keep reading, even when you're cooking. It is about a high school shooting and what lead up to it as well as the aftermath for the whole town. I haven't read any of her other books, but I am looking forward to getting them from the library.

03-03-2008, 01:37 PM
I'm reading a piece of fluff right now and have 2 more "fluff" reads on my nightstand. The current one is Sex in the City. I enjoyed the TV/cable series and thought it would be fun to read the book on which the series was based. So far, it is just ok. I don't like Candace Bushnell's flow of writing, or I should say, lack of flow.
The next 2 books are Janet Evanovich. One is the new Plum Lucky and the other is one of her older books that has been re-released Wife For Hire.
After the girly books I will go back to James Patterson and catch up on his character Alex Cross, starting back with Mary Mary.

03-05-2008, 11:25 AM
Oooh, Jessie, I loved Jan Karon's books (I thought they were over but I think I saw a new one recently? :?: ). Is the Island of Heavenly Daze the first book in the series? I'm :lol: about "thinly vieled allegor" --those drive me nuts! I want to yell at the author, "Oh, just come on out and say it, already!" :lol3: I'm glad you're getting some reading in just for you. What's DH doing leaving his pregnant wife all alone? I hope he brings back presents! ;)

:welcome3: Erinea! You (as well as [I]anyone else--hear that, lurkers? ;) ) are always welcome to join in at any time! We love talking with anyone about books!!! As I often tell people, they're the only things I love more than food, and that's saying something! :lol: Jodi Picoult is one of my very favorite authors!!! Though I sometimes get frustrated with her exacting attention to detail, I appreciate the richness it can add to her writing. Her stories are incredibly engaging and SO hard to put down!!! Plain Truth is my very favorite--it's an incredible page turner and had me looking everywhere for novels on the Amish (I even read a Nancy Drew in my urgency! :lol: ). I've also read Vanishing Acts (which was really good) and Keeping Faith (which I especially enjoyed). I haven't read Nineteen Minutes yet, though--we'll have to compare notes as we work through her books! ;)

SkinnyDog, I've never read Sex and the City (though I loved the series, too and can't wait for the movie! :hyper: ), but I read another of Bushnell's books, Trading Up. I was definitely engaged, but I was saddened by the lack of growth in the main character. I don't think I'm a "sex and shopping" book girl--though I enjoy the romance in Danielle Steel's books, I've never been that into Jackie Collins-ish books. :shrug:

Me: I'm working on Gary Chapman's Anger book. It's fabulous!!! I had about sixteen "A-ha! moments" (as Oprah calls them) while reading it last night. He's so clear and so smart! I'm already putting some of the strategies into practice and they are helping immensely. :cloud9:

03-05-2008, 02:06 PM
I like Jodi Picoult, but 19 Minutes was not my favorite. Plain Truth and The Pact I liked the best. I've also read My Sister's Keeper (very good) and The Tenth Circle (I could take it or leave it). I know I have several more of hers laying around the house to read, but I have to be in the right mood and willing to put in a lot of time to read her books.

Laurie, Yes, The Island of Heavenly Daze is the first book in the series. Have you read much Beverly Lewis in your quest for Amish books? I think my favorite of hers is The Redemption of Sarah Cain, which is also one of her few single titles. I love reading about the Amish too...sometimes I wish I were Amish. I think I would like the plain living. Sometimes I feel like I should have been born in the 1800s.

DH is at a math conference in Boca Raton, FL...planned pre-pregnancy. I am doing OK...mostly sleeping!! I am actually excited to go to church tonight because there will be people there!!

03-05-2008, 09:51 PM
I forgot that I am also reading Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. Jessie's pregnancy and the suggestions you all had for her to read reminded me of this book. I had always wanted to read it and I ran across it at Target the other day. I have this one in my work bag and when I have time, I read a chapter.

03-06-2008, 11:00 AM
Wow, lots of reading going on here! I'll have to set aside time this weekend to read everyone's reads and reviews and make a list for myself for the next time I make it to the library.

I ended up doing a lot more reading on vacation than I initially thought. It was a lot of fluff, so bear with me! First up was Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Loved it. We actually went out the next day in search of a bookstore that had the next book. I didn't find it, so I boutght Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson. That one was great, too. It takes place in a small Texas town, so it had a lot of familiar themes in it. Finally, I bought Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Great so far, but I really want to finish it by Friday because the did have the next Kinsella at the library.

Well, I really need to get to work, but I will do my best to check out the posts I've missed. I really want to know what you're reading!

03-06-2008, 08:19 PM
I just started My Sister's Keeper. My favorite author is Dean Koontz. He has a couple of different writing styles, some funny, some scary, some just strange, but always entertaining.

03-07-2008, 11:30 AM
I just loved My Sister's Keeper! I read it on vacation and couldn't put it down. I read Nineteen Minutes a couple of months ago and I thought it was good, but not nearly as captivating.
I just finished reading Sleeping Beauty byPhillip Margolin. It was a quick read murder mystery with many twists in plot. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I think I will try another one of his books.

03-08-2008, 01:03 PM
I just finished reading The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt. It is not what I normally read at all, but I loved it. I can't wait to dig into the rest of the series.

03-13-2008, 12:15 PM
Jessie, I'll have to check out The Pact...I don't think I've read that one. I hear you--I definitely have to be in the right mood to put in the energy for Picoult, but she's just wonderful when I am! Oh, I love Beverly Lewis!!! I haven't read the one you mentioned, though. I really loved the series that started with The Postcard and also enjoyed The Heritage of Lancaster series (The Shunning, etc.). I started Abram's Daughters and have read two, but put the series on my wishlist for birthdays and Christmas, so I haven't read the rest. It's been on that list for a long time, so I think I better get them myself, eh? ;) I think it would be really amazing to be Amish. As much as I love my computers, I definitely yearn for a simpler life and would LOVE to have a slower pace! I'm so glad you did okay with DH gone--he's back now, right?

SkinnyDog, that sounds fun! I think Jenny McCarthy can be really funny at times. I assume it has something to do with her pregnancy?

:lol: Kim, I have a really good friend who's an avid reader and she LOVES the Shopaholic books!!! She came for a visit last year and wouldn't leave until I promised to get them immediately and read them. She bugged me by e-mail for days until I told her I'd read the first one. :lol: She was right, they are fantastic! So easy to relate to! BTW, I think if you like Kinsella's books, you might also love the Traveling Pants series. It's a totally different topic/genre/audience, but I think there are a lot of similarities in terms of showing people as they really are with all their good points and flaws. I hope you didn't rush Good in Bed, though...I think that stands as one of my all-time favorites. :love:

Erinea, what do you like about Dean Koontz? Our book club got this idea to try a couples' book club night, so we picked a book we hoped would appeal to the guys--Koontz' The Good Guy. Unfortunately, we abandoned the couples idea but decided to keep the book--which I'm very uninspired to read. Anything you can say to help me be more motivated? :please:

Adagirl, that sounds like an interesting book! Was the title indicative of any kind of relation to the fairy tale?

I'm still reading Gary Chapman's book on anger. It's awesome. :love: I'm also listening to a book on CD by Amanda Quick, The River Knows. It's REALLY good...I'm so eager to get back in the car to hear more! It's a historical romance with a mystery. The characters are very unique and I've found that their relationship isn't formulaic like in so many romances. I usually love Jayne Ann Krentz' books and her Amanda Quick (pen name) books are fun, too.

I just finished listening to Anita Diamant's Last Days of Dogtown on CD. Have any of you read it? She's the author of The Red Tent, which I know several of us have really enjoyed. This book is very different, although it's a historical fiction as well. The book is based in truth--Dogtown did exist and Diamant was inspired to write about it after receiving a pamphlet about the history of the area that was full of sensationalized stories. She uses the book to tell the stories of the real people who inspired those sensationalized versions of their lives. It takes place in the late 1700's/early 1800's in Dogtown, Massachusets. I don't know much about this colonial era in this part of the world--and it was fascinating to learn more about their lives. She also involves two African-American characters, which is unique, considering how early it was in the history of freed slaves. The characters are really easy to get in to, and I was impressed with the cyclical nature of the storylines. It's a great read!

03-13-2008, 12:21 PM
Laurie: Thanks for the tip! I've decided to put Good in Bed on hold because the Shopaholic book I'm working on is due back to the library next week. I think I'll work my way through those and pick Good in Bed back up over the summer when I'll have more time for it. I don't want to rush it, either!! :)

03-13-2008, 02:00 PM
I'm in the middle of Love in the Time of Cholera right now, but it's slow going because it's bedtime reading (10 minutes, ZZZZZ...).
And the kids and I are waiting for some books to come in, so we are re-reading some of Goblet of Fire while we wait.
I've got the next in the Warriors series on hold at the library for them, along with Redwall, which we haven't ever read yet, but I thought they might like since they like Warriors so much. For me, I put Good in Bed on hold, but I won't get these until the next bookmobile, another 2 weeks almost.:(
Oh, and DH keeps telling me to read Sarum by Edward Rutherford. He just finished it and said I would like it since I like Pillars of the Earth. He said it follows five families living around the area of Stonehenge from the Stone Age through modern times. Hmmm, seems like it would be reallllly long. He must've skipped a few parts! Anyone here read it yet?

03-13-2008, 03:31 PM
This is my first time coming in here....kind of weird because I read A LOT. Mostly light chick lit books. I have to agree with Laurie, Good in bed is one of my favorites! I LOVED that book. I also really loved Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed and the second book Something Blue.

I just finished reading The Nanny Diaries. It was pretty good. I have now started a book called The Grrl Genius Guide to Sex (with Other People) by Cathryn Michon. It is pretty good so far. Anyone else read it? I picked it up at Barnes and Noble when they were having a big sale. I picked out about 10 books...all under $6.00.

03-13-2008, 05:07 PM
My most recent read was The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy...aren't you surprised? LOL. But I am also reading And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson, which is great so far, and another YA book for review that is awful but I need to get through! I'm also dying to read the second Heavenly Daze book...I need to spend more time reading and less time working!! ;) Or, you know, sleeping. Ha.

03-13-2008, 06:37 PM
Laurie, if you enjoy Beverly Lewis, you'll enjoy reading Wanda Brunstetter's books, too. They're very similar. I get excited reading these books because the settings are very familiar to me. We have some Amish friends (thanks to my brother who lives right smack in Amish country!), and I've always admired their lifestyle. I know I could live happily in the Amish world. :) I love the Aunt Dimity series, unfortunately, my library only has 4 of them.

I just picked up a bunch of Nora Roberts' books at a used book sale that I haven't read yet, so I'm looking forward to getting into them. My DD just gave me Gary Chapman's The Five Languages of Love to read, too. She loved the book and is giving a copy to everyone she knows!

03-15-2008, 10:40 AM
I think I am going to go retire upstairs for a bath and try to finish And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson. It is very gripping despite not being incredibly fast-moving. I will let you know the update on whether to read it or not when I finish!

03-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Good plan, Kim! Like you, most of my reading is organized by when I have to get the books back to the library! :lol:

Schmoo, Sarum sounds awesome, but I hear you on how they must have cut out a part or two... I have only read the first book (when I read it, it was the only one there was!) in the Redwall series, but I absolutely ADORED it. I still look at the world in some of the ways I learned in that book. It's fabulous for kids and adults. :love:

:welcome3: Gurly! I love chick lit and fun books too. I'm currently listening to an Amanda Quick novel, The River Knows, on CD. It's so good I'm sad to be on the last disc! I absolutely loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue! It was SO interesting to see things from the other perspective in the second book--very unique! Have you read any of Giffin's other books? I haven't gotten to them but am intrigued... I loved Nanny Diaries, too. One of the authors is the daughter of a professor at the college where I used to work (boy, that was a convoluted sentence!!! :dizzy: ) and so they came to read from their new book (at the time) while I was there and I got to meet them. They are even funnier in person! The book they read then, Citizen Girl, is quite good, too. I hadn't heard of the book you're reading, but if the title is any indication, it sounds rawther amusing! Do share what you think of it when you finish!

Jessie, you're too funny! :lol: Less sleep indeed! I think your kiddo might have something to say about that! ;) Do you like The Real Deal? I don't think I've heard of that one!

Cottage, I truly loved Chapman's Five Love Languages. It's brilliant! I think my only criticism is that by having a test for a "wife" and a test for a "husband," he excludes same-sex couples from using the book as effectively (though I'm not shocked since he's writing from a conservative Christian perspective) and that the tests show the influence of male and female stereotypes. But I think the theory is a very sound one and I really love the way Chapman writes. I hope you like it as much as I do! :D Do you think DH would take the tests with you? They're pretty short. Thanks for the tip on Brunstetter--I put a couple of her books on hold at the library!

My reading hasn't changed too much--though I did take a break from Chapman's anger book to read some magazines a friend let me borrow (I've had them for weeks and felt guilty about not getting them back to her!). They're called The Sun ( and are published by a non-profit in North Carolina. They have wonderful writing (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, writing submitted by readers on a specific topic, and beautiful black & white photography. Fun!

03-19-2008, 04:52 PM
I love most of Dean Koontz books. He has a couple of different styles. I just finished his newest "The Darkest Evening of the Year" It was a great book but finished rather quickly, like he had a deadline to meet.
With his books you have to suspend reality. They get strange but if you keep going it works. My favorite is "The Face" it has the most wonderful ending.
Give him a try.

03-24-2008, 12:03 PM
Laurie, The Real Deal Guide is something brand-new I read for review. It is entertaining but slightly repetitious and not sound medical advice or anything. My doctor recommended The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy and the First Year and I got it but it scares me. It probably weighs 20 lbs.

Just a quick bumping up! I finished the second Heavenly Daze book (Grace in Autumn) and the third Abby Cooper book (A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie). Been loving these series lately. Right now I am reading a great memoir. It's American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of the Iron Crotch--An Odyssey in New China by Matthew Polly. The author was a junior at Princeton when he decided to travel to China to study kungfu with the monks at the infamous Shaolin Temple. I guess I probably love it because of my love for China and Chinese culture, but I also think it's really well-written and interesting probably to most people. Would highly recommend it if you're looking for something to pick up.

03-24-2008, 03:54 PM
I'd be scared of the Mayo Clinic book too, Jessie! :dizzy: I have trouble understanding What to Expect When You're Expecting...I can only imagine how difficult the Mayo one would be to get through! :lol: But I guess if you want comprehensive information...

American Shaolin sounds really interesting! You'll have to let us know what you think when you finish it!

I finished Chapman's Anger book, and it was truly fabulous. I need to put in a request at Paperbackswap for it so I can mark it up and stick post-it flags on it! :lol:

I'm now working on a book that was highly recommended at a dog site I visit--Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. It's an interesting read, though the author comes across as exceedingly biased. She obviously believes that behavior modification/operant conditioning work with dogs, but she seems to also believe that no other method is even slightly effective. :shrug: I feel like she has a lot of good information to give but I'm taking it with a grain of salt as I can already think of things my dog does or experiences I've had with dogs that don't agree with everything she says. I think the truth is usually somewhere in a grey area, myself...but I like the point she makes that dogs are dogs and are not people and that we do a disservice to them and to us by trying to treat them as people.

03-26-2008, 11:39 AM
I forgot how many books I put on hold at the Bookmobile until I picked them up yesterday! I decided to give up on Love in the Time of Cholera and start Good in Bed. I just wasn't feeling it anymore, and it was becoming more of a chore than a treat. I got about 2/3 through, so if anyone read it and can tell me it gets more compelling towards the end, maybe I'll try it again after a break.
The kids were really excited to jump back into the Warriors last night.
And I had also put on hold Deceptively Delicious, which is a cookbook all about sneaking vegetables into your recipes, and The Beck Diet Solution, about which I've heard good things. So that's enough to keep me busy for a while!

Laurie, what was the Anger book about? I scrolled back to see if you'd discussed it, but couldn't find it. Sorry if I missed it.

03-26-2008, 01:42 PM
Hi, Schmoodle! :wave:

I'm sorry if I forgot to say more about the anger book! It's called Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way ( and is by Gary Chapman, the man who wrote The Five Love Languages. It's really constructive and helpful. I have a real problem with admitting to anyone, including myself, that I'm angry because I don't have any healthy ways of dealing with it. This was a great companion to the work I'm doing in therapy on my anger issues. :D

Schmoo, I've had a similar experience with a book that I thought was Love in the Time of Cholera, but I'm not sure that was it. It might have been another similar book. I understand that feeling, anyways. I'd love to hear what you think of Deceptively Delicious. While I've grown to really enjoy many vegetables, I think I could definitely benefit from "sneaking" more in! :idea:

03-26-2008, 02:19 PM
Laurie, I don't really have a problem getting the veggies in anymore, but I figured there is always room for more! Plus, I thought I should really start to work on my kids' diets along with mine. Theirs has improved too, but they are not so great with the veggies. I didn't realize until after I got the book that it is written by Jerry Seinfeld's wife, and that they have three kids. She talks about the family all through the book, so it's kind of interesting if you're a Seinfeld fan.

03-26-2008, 03:07 PM
My DH and I like to read to each other. We started doing that a couple of years ago. We had heard about enneagrams and have read two books regarding that: "The Spiritual Dimension of Enneagrams" and "Discovering Your Personality Type" I am an 8 and he is a 9. I think, it was pretty on target although like anything else that "labels" people, it doesn't seem to allow for people's individualism. I am very leery of labeling people although I know that we all have a tendency to want to box in everything. Still, even having said that it is what an 8 would say. 8s are "Challengers". LOL.

03-31-2008, 01:40 PM
Yeah, Schmoo--I saw her on Oprah talking about the book and was really intrigued by the idea! I'm always frustrated when I hear how hard it is for my friends to get their kids to eat veggies and think about how little I ate of them when I was a kid. I fear having malnourished kids one day! Do the recipes look easy?

Pamatga, that's really cool! I wish DH and I would do more tandem reading or even reading the same thing and talking about it. He usually reads very slowly since he doesn't have much time to devote to it. I read very quickly and we have different tastes in books some of the time, so... Anyways, I find books like the ones you mentioned fascinating. You're right about people being different. DH and I actually used a book recommended for us by our couples' therapist. It's called The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do ( is by John M. Oldham. DH and I both loved it! The idea of the book is that for every personality disorder (e.g. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD) there's a personality type (e.g. a "neatnick") who is able to manage their inclinations in ways that make it possible to function within society. He uses this to help people see their personality--and instead of popping up a black or white "type," the test ends with you creating a sort of bar graph or line graph that gives you the impression of what your personality "looks" like. We found that it was especially useful for us to go back and compare our exact answers in categories where we were at the same level. For instance, in the one category where we had the same number of answers, we found that DH answered "yes" to half of the questions and I answered "yes" to the other even though we both are ranked high in that category, it's for different reasons. I don't remember what it was exactly, but I think the category was something like being a risk-taker. DH was willing to take more physical risks (like sky-diving) while I was willing to take more emotional risks (like following my intuition). Neither of us was willing to do what the other was (I'd never sky-dive! and DH is a logical-type guy). It was fascinating and I highly recommend it! I'm also a big proponent of Chapman's Five Love Languages--let me know if you want to know more about that! :D

Well, I finished Culture Clash and pretty much agree with most of the reviews I've read. The author's sense of superiority and lack of basis for her scorn for other techniques make her much less credible. It makes it hard for me to trust anything she says. I think I took away some good things from the book, most notably a strong desire to learn clicker training, but I didn't respect a lot of what she said, usually because of the way she said it rather than what she was saying. :shrug:

I moved on to a Wanda Brustetter novel, The Merry Heart, which, like most/all her novels, is set in an Amish community. It's wonderful! Thanks, Cottage, for the suggestion!

03-31-2008, 02:30 PM
Laurie, We did clicker training and it worked great!! Very easy.

I finished American Shaolin by Matthew Polly and I absolutely loved it. Very well written, funny, educational. Right now I am reading Callie's Tally by Betsy Howie, about how much her daughter "owes" her for her first year of life. Probably not the best book to read right now as I might hyperventilate. ;)

03-31-2008, 04:04 PM
I finally finished Good In Bed! Unfortunately, it was due to a case of nightmares and insomnia that hit this weekend, but I'm SO glad I finished it! It really ended up being a wonderful book. I wanted to rush to the library this morning to find another one of her books, but I didn't since it took me so long to read this one. I'm hoping that I'll have more reading time in about a month when school lets out.

03-31-2008, 04:51 PM
Kim, In Her Shoes by Weiner is really good!!

03-31-2008, 04:55 PM
That's the one I'm going to pick up next!

Btw, Jessie. I found out today that one of my best friends is pregnant! She's pretty sure she's about 8 weeks! I'm SO happy for them. They've been ttc since they got married last April. They're both 41 and they were really feeling the pressure! Yay! (Maybe I'm next! ;))

03-31-2008, 05:11 PM
Does anyone use audio books from the library? I listened to Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns on CD. It was so much easier to do while running errands, driving to work, etc. I just finished Water For Elephants. It was in an MP3 format. Comes in a case with the player, earphones & an extra battery from the library. They also use readers who really know how to express the feeling of the character and some have the ethnicity of the writer, as in the Khaled Hosseini novels. In Water for Elephants they had two different readers/narrators-an elderly man and a younger one. This really added to my enjoyment of the book. I plan to check out more books in this format. :book2:

03-31-2008, 08:30 PM
I'm reading A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson, and thoroughly enjoying it. It reminds me of a similar book I read years ago, A Walk Across America. I loved that book, too. As soon as I'm finished this, next on my nightstand waiting to be read is Just A Couple of Days, by Tony Vigorito.

04-01-2008, 10:45 AM
Oooh, I love Bill Bryson and I especially loved A Walk in the Woods.

Anne, I do get books on CD from the library and enjoy listening in my car. With novels set in different countries I definitely think it makes a difference to have the accent there and just makes for a different experience. I listened to Angela's Ashes on CD and it was read by Frank McCourt--really excellent! I also find I'm more tolerant of things on CD...I will listen to just about anything. LOL.

Some of my favorite books on CD have been:
Animal Farm by Orwell
For Matrimonial Purposes by Daswani
The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
Niagara Falls all Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken

Makes me feel the itch to go down to the main library and grab one this afternoon! We have a HUGE gorgeous main library a few blocks from where I work downtown. It is the palace of audiobooks. I could live there. :) Gorgeous atriums, beautiful children's area, comfy chairs... ahhhhh.

04-03-2008, 01:52 PM
Yikes, Jessie! Is Callie's Tally a humor book? If not, put that down and pick up Porn for New Moms (!!! :lol: (seriously, check the link--there's no nudity or anything you wouldn't look at with your grandma.) You'll be feeling much better in no time. ;) I'm so glad clicker training worked for you! Did you go with a local trainer, use a video, or what?

Oooh...sounds like something's in the water, eh, Kim? ;) I do hope you're next! Congrats to your friend. :bb: SO glad you liked the book. I actually finished it during our 14 hour drive to my in-laws' for a visit. In Her Shoes is really good and a couple characters from Good in Bed are in it for short cameos! I didn't like her third book, which was a collection of short stories, but she has a new full-length book coming out in April, so I'm excited to read it!

:welcome3: Murphmitch! I love audio books!!! I agree--sometimes (especially with books written by writers of other ethnicities) the reader can add so much to your reading experience! I loved listening to Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver on audio book. It included little forest noises as background and was SO well read. I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha on tape. It was very well read and I really appreciated understanding how to say all the words I didn't know. Did you like the books you listened to? We read A Thousand Splended Suns and Water for Elephants for my book club last year. They were both incredibly well-written with beautiful language, but the subjects were SO incredibly sad, violent, and horrific. I was really sad to see a trend of books that are beautifully written about awful subjects. :(

Cottage, what's the Tony Vigorito book about? I love Bill Bryson, though I haven't read A Walk in the Woods. My SIL gave DH that book for Christmas several years ago and he loved it, so he rented several of his audiobooks and we've rented others together. He's absolutely hilarious and so informative. We just listened to his newest book, Shakespeare, on our weekend trip. It wasn't nearly as funny as some of his other books, but it was very interesting and well-written.

Oooh, Jessie, I'd love to live in a library, too! There was a kids' horror novel that came out when I was younger about a kid trapped in a library overnight. I remember thinking at the time that the book was my personal fairy tale! :lol:

I finished A Merry Heart last night. There were parts of it that weren't as well-developed as one would hope and the general storyline wasn't as deep as I'm used to, but the details about the Amish world were well-woven in to the story and I really enjoyed it! I have another to read but I'm dropping off books at the library today and picking up some holds, so I might get tempted in to reading one of those! :devil: I put a bunch of emotional eating books on hold yesterday after reading about the Beck Diet Solution in Nessa's post in the daily. We'll see how many I can actually get through! :lol:

I'm also listening to another Amanda Quick on CD right now--this one isn't as good as the last. It's called Late for the Wedding and features two characters that have been in other novels of hers. Uniquely, they aren't married, though they are in a relationship. The characters aren't as lovable as the ones in the last novel, but I'm enjoying it some anyway.

04-03-2008, 02:15 PM
Laurie, Callie's Tally is mildly humorous and I put it down last night with mayb 15 pages to the end. That's how tired I am right now!!! I will check out the link although if I get a book with the word Porn in it I am afraid of being fired immediately, despite what it is or isn't!! LOL. I work for an extremely conservative Christian employer.

Has anyone discovered a good book about being a working mom? I have tons of books about being a SAHM which it seems I won't be able to use until baby is about 1 or so. :(

We clicker-trained with a local trainer in her home. She was awesome and I am so glad we did it! Chester is so funny though. He is not especially food-motivated and it took me the whole 8 weeks to find some food he would consistently want. It ended up being tiny pieces of lunchmeat. You have to click a lot and therefore feed a LOT, so you need itty bitty treats that keep them interested. What kind of doggy do you have, Laurie?

It makes me sad to see this thread go days without posts! That probably indicates that I have no life or am not working. Lurkers...what are you reading? I want to know!

04-03-2008, 08:07 PM
Laurie, Just A Couple of Days was recommended to me by my DD. It's an uplifting story of how a mischievous artist kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting the simple phrase "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?". Someone slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." Then the fun begins. I haven't started reading it yet, but Monica said she knows I'll love it. I'm almost finished A Walk In the Woods, but it's one of those stories I wish would go on forever. ;) I'll have to check out Bill Bryson's other books after this. I love his sense of humour!

04-03-2008, 08:47 PM
Eat, Pray, Love - Fantastic

The Kite Runner- One of my favs!

04-07-2008, 06:23 PM
Right now I am almost finished with a little cozy mystery, Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson. It is the first in a long series that is still being written!

04-07-2008, 07:28 PM
I just started reading The Gospel According to Dan Brown. It takes Dan Brown's views and compares them to Christianity. My father asked me to read the book so we could talk about it, so I thought I would give it a shot.
I'm also reading Future Men (a parenting book about raising boys), Dare to Discipline by James Dobson, and The Friday Night Knitting Club (which is great! It's tough to put down!)

04-08-2008, 01:58 PM
the curious adventures of a real CSI by Dana Kollmann. I love the CSI tv show so I thought this might be interesting.

5 Minute facelift by Robert The'. I have done the exercises a couple of times. It does seem to release your sinuses so if you have allergies, keep a Kleenex nearby.

04-09-2008, 12:05 PM
Jessie, I'm sorry that you're so tired! :hug: My dear friend who has a little one that turned six weeks old yesterday says that all the tiredness while you're pregnant just prepares you for the tiredness after! ;) I hear you on wanting this thread to stay vibrant--I love hearing what others are reading!

Hmm...where's LitChick? I haven't "seen" her for a while! :mag:

Cottage, that book sounds like a lot of fun! I love when someone who knows my taste well recommends a book. :love: I'm so glad you enjoy Bill Bryson! He's fantastic! His Australia book is good, but I think I especially love the ones that focus on travel in England/Europe.

Zeffryn, who writes the Friday Night Knitting Club? It sounds familiar! I don't agree with all of Dobson's views, but I love his advice about raising children and figure if I ever have any boys, I'll be running to the bookstore for his books! :lol: Let me know what you think! I've heard the most about Bringing Up Boys (I think that's the title...)

Pamatga, that title is absolutely hilarious! Is the book written in a humorous way?

I finished the second of my Wanda Brunstetter books from the library, Going Home. It's about a woman who was raised Amish, but left at 18 (before joining the church) to pursue a life as an entertainer. 10 years later, after her husband died, she realized she couldn't drag her six-year-old daughter with her on the road alone, so she plans to take her to live with her parents, then go back on the road. The book is about her experiences being back home and involves a romance. I didn't get into it as strongly as I did A Merry Heart, but I liked the premise. I put in a request for the second book in each series at the library, so we'll see. :)

I finally gave in and started reading The Good Guy by Dean Koontz. I've been whining about having to read it for book club, and am surprised to find myself enthralled! It's very fast paced and I can't seem to put it down. I'm not sure how he can keep up this pace for the length of the book. The killer is very, very disturbing, so I may have to stop reading it if he actually starts killing people. :( We'll see. So far, there hasn't been any actual violence.

I'm also still listening to Late for the Wedding on CD. It's getting better.

04-09-2008, 12:37 PM
Beachgal I don't always agree with Dobson's views either, but I think he's spot on about parenting. Dare to Discipline and Bringing Up Boys are two of my favorites from him. I should probably re-read Bringing Up Boys as we're starting to get to the terrible two's (which haven't actually been all that terrible). Dare to Discipline has been the best book I could find on disciplining children. His views on discipline are profound and so rational. Common sense tactics like never losing a battle of wills with your children (seems like a no-brainer to me, but I can't believe how many people lose a battle of wills with a two year old). A few of people claim his child rearing tactics are child abuse, as he does validate spanking (NEVER ever ever in anger) and he says that spanking is not for everyone. If a person is physically unable to refrain from being angry at their children while they discipline, they should avoid it like the plague.

I would highly recommend it, and if you do have boys...Bringing Up Boys and Future Men are very valuable tools. Also Shepherding Your Child's Heart is a great read.

About the Friday Night Knitting Club. It's written by Kate Jacobs. It's a great little read. Fast paced, really easy to lose yourself in. I read it in two days. It was a book-club book, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite novels.

I just started a Son Called Gabriel. It's beginning a bit slow, but I can't really find the time right now to actually get into it. Maybe this weekend, it's supposed to be rainy :(

04-09-2008, 01:45 PM
I've only read the first two chapters but it seems like it is done in a light-handed manner. She begins by telling how when she was a kid she brought dead animals home to cook off the meat so her science class would have skeletons to study. She would keep dead things in her room until they smelled.

As a mom, I would have to draw a line on some of this. My daughter brought home a lab rat from school and kept it as a pet. I told her I refused from that point on to go in her room to vacuum. It just freaked me out. Finally, all the experiments that had been done on it gave it tumors. Then, her step dad insisted she take it to a vet and put it to sleep. He had the family car so he suggested that she take the public transit. I told him, there is no way they would let her on there with a rat (even in a cage) so he gave her $20 to take a cab to the vets. I can only imagine what the cab driver thought of that.

No, this lady is definitely a science geek that is writing it but it is entertaining and interesting.

04-09-2008, 03:04 PM
Gave up on Love in the Time of Cholera. Just couldn't do it anymore. And it was due back, so enough already. I don't really care if they end up together or not.
Finished Good in Bed last weekend. It was okay, I thought. I was hoping I would love it. I found it entertaining and an easy ready, but a little girl-y for me, and not one that will stick with me, I think.
I have skimmed the Beck book, but I am resistant to it for some reason. Not sure I've really given it a chance. I haven't tried any of the work yet. How about you Laurie? I think Nessa's having success with it. Maybe it's just not my thing.
I think I will try to start Sarum tonight. It's a BIG book, so I guess I will be chewing on that one for a while...
pamatga, forget the facelift, maybe those exercises are good for people with bad sinuses!
Jessie, what kind of working mom books are you looking for? Organizational stuff, or how to fit it all in (which I think is the biggest challenge as a working mom)? I haven't read any childrearing stuff in a long time, but the best book I had as a young mom was something I received from my insurance company (BC/BS) called Taking Care of Your Child. It was great because you could look up any symptom or injury and follow these handy flow charts to find the best way to treat and if a call or visit to the pediatrician was necessary. I used that book to death for all three kids. For organizational stuff, you might want to check out flylady's website. It's not specifically geared to working mothers but is great for helping you to generally get your life in control. Kids don't come with manuals unfortunately, but if you listen to them, they will help you out a lot as you are figuring things out. The best advice I can give you is that you will receive and read all kinds of advice. Disregard most of it, particularly if it sounds weird to you. Nobody knows how to raise your kid better than you do, although you may not realize it yet.

04-09-2008, 03:10 PM
schmoodle I really enjoyed Good In Bed. I thought it was a great beach read, nothing too heavy....just simple, entertaining reading. I went through a phase where I read books like that all the time. Now, when I do have the time to devote to reading, I usually choose something a little heavier such as parenting or philosophy.

Could someone give me a recap of the Beck book? I've heard so much and keep forgetting to check it out at the book store. Should I buy it?

04-09-2008, 03:17 PM
The book is The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. It applies cognitive therapy techniques to effect long-term lifestyle changes resulting in permanent weight loss, and can be used with any diet. However, that's about all I can tell you because I haven't really gotten too far into it. There is a Beck thread on this board (I'll go find it and put up a link), and you could probably PM ladybugnessa if you want more details, as she has been applying the techniques.
I got mine from the library.

04-09-2008, 03:20 PM
It sounds interesting. Thanks for the link.

I think I might do as you did and check it out from the library. Our personal library has gotten too big lately.

04-09-2008, 03:26 PM
I read the Beck Diet Solution a couple of months ago. I found the principles in there to be presented in a tone that didn't set well with me. However, having said that, I have found it to be basically about getting rid of your "Fat Head", which if you are dieting long enough, you will get, even if it doesn't show on the scales. I was a naturally thin person for 30 years of my life. I had no reference to being fat until I gained a lot of weight very suddenly. I believe I developed a "Fat Head" during the process of trying a lot of strict low calorie diets.

I do think that it is very important to lose the "Fat Head" along with the "Fat Body" or you will gain the weight back. I do think this book is one of many that addresses this issue. Let's face it, some of this is common sense and some of it is just becoming aware of how we sabotage our best efforts.

There are many paths to the same Truth and this is but one of them. It is just currently the one that is the most hot off the press. I don't think this woman had a serious weight issue her entire life. She did though have a "Fat Head". If You've got a "Fat Head", read this book!

I had a "Fat Head"--now, all I have left is the "Fat Body". When I lose the rest of this weight, I will be naturally thin again. I allowed myself to take a very long detour but once I found my way back(---and yes, you do have to address the mental and emotional aspects of being fat and food-oriented---at one time or another), I plan to stay back and never return to "Fat Land".

Someday, I want to look back over this quarter of a century as the "25 years I spent as a fat woman". Just another chapter in my life, not the whole book.

I would recommend it to any one who can't figure out why they have no willpower, poor impulse control or, just in general, wonders why the heck they are fat and not thin?

Sometimes, it is just that simple.

04-09-2008, 05:22 PM
Hiya girls. The reading has taken a backseat to the rest of life lately, but I plan to reward myself with some quiet reading time this weekend.

I just got an email from Amazon that Jennifer Weiner's sequel to Good In Bed is out. Anybody bought or read it yet? I'm thinking about heading to the bookstore in town to see if they have it.

04-09-2008, 05:42 PM
Kim, I haven't read the sequel but I've heard good things. I might just have to pick it up from the library for some summertime poolside reading. Our pool is just getting warm enough to be in for extended periods of time. DS wanted to swim yesterday and he was in for about 10 minutes before his lips turned blue and I pulled him out :)

Bathing suit season, here we come :(

04-09-2008, 07:24 PM
Gave up on Love in the Time of Cholera. Just couldn't do it anymore. And it was due back, so enough already. I don't really care if they end up together or not.

I tried to read this book also & finally took it back to the library. I just couldn't get into it or his style of writing. Guess I'll just see the movie.

04-09-2008, 09:14 PM
I finally gave up trying to read Just A Couple of Days. I just couldn't get into it. :dizzy: I have a few Norah Roberts books laying around that I picked up at a yard sale, so I'm going to get started on those.

04-11-2008, 12:35 PM
I have felt the need to re-inspire myself in this weight loss journey by reading. I looked here at 3FC in the book reviews and found a few. Yesterday I started reading Rethinking Thin-the new science of weight loss -and the myths and realities of dieting by Gina Kolata.
"Rethinking Thin is a lively and liberating challenge to the conventional wisdom about diets and weight loss. In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends and impossible ideals."
I've just started reading, so I can't give my own opinion yet on the content. It seems to be a story about a research study comparing Atkins and a low calorie diet and the journey of some of the participants in the study.
I also have waiting in the wings--The Beck Diet solution & the workbook, Secrets of a former fat girl and a cookbook- Against the Grain-150 good carb Mediterranean Recipes.
I just feel the need to totally obsess about diet, weight loss, health & exercise right now. I also subscribed to Fitness magazine after receiving an issue in the mail to the wrong address. Maybe that could be a new marketing technique for magazines...
Happy Reading!

04-11-2008, 01:00 PM
I tried checking out the Beck Diet Solution yesterday at the library, but they didn't have it. The one thing I hate about having multiple branches of the parish library is they have a copy of the book...but it's never at the branch I go to!

I also looked for the sequel to Good In Bed, but they didn't have that. It might be too new.

I did pick up Big Boned by Meg Cabot. It looks pretty cute and is also a murder mystery! I'm going to try and get some reading done this afternoon. It's icky outside.

Karla, I'm going to look for the Against the Grain book. I checked it out on Amazon and it looks great. I'll look for it at the library next week :) Thanks for the list! Good luck with your new dieting. If you're interested in fitness magazines, Self and Shape are also really great for women's health and fitness. You can get all the magazine content online, so I wouldn't worry about paying for a subscription. :)

04-11-2008, 01:00 PM
Even though I've just started Sarum, I am loooving it. It seems right up my alley. Hope I am still feeling this way once I've gotten farther into it. I haven't found a really good book in a while.

04-11-2008, 01:08 PM
Well, I set a goal for myself of following week 1 of the Firm Jump Start Calendar and am one workout away from meeting that goal. My "reward" is two hours of reading time with NO worries about cleaning, homework, laundry, etc. So, since I know I will make my goal, I'm going to the library at lunch to pick up Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, the second in the Shopaholi series by Sophie Kinsella. I loved the first one and can't wait to get into the second one.

I've also started REALLY reading Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey on my breaks at work and before bed. I really love his information and techniques, so it's actually a fun read for me.

04-11-2008, 02:00 PM
I've been reading The Bible each day. I find the information very timely and important to read. It also relaxes me before I go to sleep. My DH and I read it together. Right now we're in Luke.

04-14-2008, 10:48 AM
This weekend I finished Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury. I didn't like it as much as the others I've read by her--maybe because it wasn't romance. Also just a very upsetting topic.

I am trying to read a book for review but it's an ARC and not edited at all. It's driving me insane (I'm an editor...I can't help but want to attack it with a red pen). Also tried to pick up The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold but again, a very disturbing first chapter. Not sure if I want to read the rest or not.

04-14-2008, 11:02 AM
I picked up a couple of fun, easy-reading books Friday at the library. I just started reading Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews, and I'm not sure whether I'll enjoy it or not yet. The other book is one of Debbie Macomber's latest books, 74 Seaside Avenue. I've always liked her, so I hope this book is another good one.

04-14-2008, 04:17 PM
Yikes, I'm THRILLED to see so many posts but I know I can't reply to them all! :faint:

Pamatga, that sounds like a hilarious book! I was always bringing plants and stuff from the yard in my bedroom. My mom went nuts with the results--like swarms of flies from rotting fruit, etc. :o If I ever get kids like me, I'll be doomed!!! :lol:

I'm sad that you didn't like Good in Bed as much as I did, Schmoo. :( It was such a cathartic book for me--I could totally relate to so many of the main character's emotions. I'm pretty "girly" so maybe that's why! :lol: I can't wait to read the sequel, though part of me wishes Cannie's future was still shrouded in mystery... BTW, the book In Her Shoes (also a hilarious movie), is about a different set of characters, but features a cameo of the characters from Good in Bed.

Zeffryn, thanks for the great info about Dobson's books. Sounds wonderful! I have the same problem with our library, so I use the online catalog and place holds for the books at other libraries. Through the interlibrary loan system, they send the books to my home library. It usually takes a very short time unless someone else has put in a hold. It's a lot of fun, like internet shopping with someone else's credit card! ;) I'm sure you can do that at your library, though they may make you place requests in person at the library.

I'm excited to try the Beck books. I've been fat all of my life, and didn't think I'd gotten past seeing myself as a fat person, but with my small regain last year, I found myself feeling disoriented. I had started to think of myself as a "normal" person and couldn't fit in my extra weight with that definition. I'm having the hardest time getting my head back into the "normal" stage. :p However, I've felt pretty much disdain for women who think they are fat when they are a gazillion times skinnier than I am. :( I know that's not right, but if the book is written from that perspective, it might not do as much for me. :shrug: I found a ton of books on Amazon that are related to that one, so I put them on my wish list for PaperbackSwap (they weren't at my library). Those are: The Rules of "Normal" Eating: A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between! by Karen R. Koenig, Thin for Life : 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off by Anne M. Fletcher, and If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get it Done by Brooke Castillo. The second one is a review of the Weight Loss Registry members. I was really stunned when I looked up information on it and realised I could join! :yikes: We have several maintainers who are's an amazing study!

SkinnyDog, I think Geneen Roth's books are a must for anyone who overeats. I've found them helpful even though I diet (she promotes not dieting). One of the funniest and easiest to read is When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair : 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But). I also really like When Food is Love. I found a TON of helpful information in Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self by Frances Kuffel. It's phenomenal!

Jessie, how are you feeling? :hug: I hear you on the ARC book. I go nuts at all the typos! I picked up a shirt at Old Navy on Saturday and loved it because it was about the area in CA where I grew up. But it had an extra apostrophe where it didn't belong and I just couldn't buy/wear an ungrammatical shirt! :lol3: Later we saw a sign that said, "Lets ______" with no apostrophe in "Let's!" Guess that's where the shirt got the extra apostrophe? ;) Hope you were able to make it through the book.

Well, whomever wanted me to try the Dean Koontz book (The Good Guy), you were right. *sigh* It was so engaging I had the hardest time putting the darn thing down! It's wasn't anywhere near as violent as I thought it would be, but the "bad guy" was breathtakingly evil, and he frequently described what he wanted to do to people or had done in the past. It was enough to give me bad nightmares, so no more for me, but I really did enjoy the book. Thanks for urging me to give it a try! :D

Went to the library on Saturday and picked up the Beck Diet Solution and the workbook for it, Is It Me or My Meds? (which was recommended by a friend who's also on anti-depressants), and the second books in the two Brunstetter series I started reading. I got a lot of reading to do! :lol: In the meantime, I decided to finish Leslea Newman's Girls Will Be Girls, which has a bunch of short stories and a novella. I was halfway through the novella when I stopped, maybe two years ago! :o I'm almost done with it. I loved another book by her that was made up of the columns she's written--it was so funny I had the hardest time not laughing out loud and waking my friend's baby when I was reading it in bed during my visit! This one isn't nearly as funny, but there are lots of interesting details.

Hope everyone is having fun reading! :cloud9:

04-14-2008, 05:29 PM
I am now a bit more than half way through Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata. It is quite an interesting read. I have no idea whether there will be an "answer" towards the end or whether it will just raise more questions on the how's and why's of weight loss/obesity etc. There are so many theories about obesity, overeating & weight loss that are dispelled by the evidence based scientific studies.

04-24-2008, 12:46 PM
It's frustrating, isn't it, SkinnyDogMom? I was just talking about that with the people in my Mood and Food therapy group yesterday. There are SO many components to weight loss that it's very hard to figure out why something does or does not work sometimes. I'd love to hear what you think when you're done!

Well, I finished listening to Late for the Wedding. It turned out to be much more suspenseful than I expected and I eventually warmed to seeing the familiar characters again. I'm now listening to another Amanda Quick--this time it's The Paid Companion. I love the premise (an Earl hires a paid companion to impersonate his fiancee, then, I assume, falls in love with her), but am not so entranced by the main character. I think the way the reader is voicing him has a lot to do with it. The voice is very annoying and nasally, so it's hard to imagine the guy as a romantic hero. :shrug:

I really enjoyed the novella in Girls Will Be Girls, but I was a bit frustrated at the end. Instead of being written so that the entire story could wrap up naturally at the end, it was like the author was writing a complete novel but stopped in the middle and slammed on an ending. :p Not my cup o' tea.

I'm a couple pages from the end of Is It Me or My Meds? but wasn't very impressed. I just haven't had the kind of experiences the people in the book did--my meds have never changed my personality or who I am and I've never really wondered if they were changing my authentic self, other than before I tried them. I think everyone thinks, "what if it changes me into some other person???" but after you take them, you realize that all it does is allow you to be your best self again. It was an interesting read, though it felt too long for the subject. I skipped a chapter here and there.

I've started The Beck Diet Solution and the workbook that goes with it. I'm stopped at day one because I have two tasks to do and haven't gotten to them yet. That's my goal for next week--to at least do one day's work.

I picked up a couple of intriguing books at the library yesterday: a young adult novel called Hello, Groin and a self-help book called This Year I Will... about making resolutions happen. But I also have Eat, Pray, Love that I need to read for my bookclub in a couple weeks. I'd like to read that, but I still have another Wanda Brustetter to read, too, and that sounds more fun at this point...but we'll see. So many books, so little time! :lol:

04-24-2008, 01:58 PM
I finished Rethinking Thin. I am planning on reading it again after a couple more "books to read" are off my nightstand.
In a way, many of the results of the research studies are discouraging.
On the other hand, I think it makes some very good points/insights into the reality of obesity and weight loss/diets. One of the most interesting to me is that being overweight/obese should not be a morality issue or a psychological issue. There are proven biological and genetic reasons why we struggle.
I take away from this book the fact that it truly is a struggle and only a few statistically are able to lose weight AND keep it off. This to me reinforces the fact that this is a lifestyle change, I must be diligent in my efforts the rest of my life.

04-24-2008, 02:01 PM
I just started reading The Beck Diet Solution.
I have only read the intro & chapter 1, so no thoughts yet.
Next is Secrets of a Former Fat Girl, I will probably read this simultaneously as I read Beck.
Happy Reading!

04-26-2008, 07:22 AM
My DH has suffered with chronic depression his entire life. He said that a friend who is a psychologist recommended this book Mind over Mood so we read the first chapter last night and did the first work sheet together. As usual, I am under more stress than he is. I think he was startled to realize that. I just wish sometimes he would say to me: Gee, honey, you sure handle a lot and you do so well too. I guess, I will quit feeling like my problems are the only ones in the Universe. LOL. Ya think that is going to happen??

I just think it is like what one of our niece's said to her younger sister (after she had "beat her up") " Y'know, Mary Therese, what you need to be is more resilient" (she was 5 when she said this and to a 3 year old!) "Out of the mouths of babes!" We got a chuckle out of that. Where did she learn such a big word for one thing? Maybe, I am just more resilient than he is???

I think I think healthier thoughts than my DH does. And, that includes about losing weight. I say to heck with what the experts say. How about that? My attitude is if I got myself fat (in debt, etc etc) I can also get myself un-fat, out of debt, etc. etc.

Maybe, you can liken it to walking into a room. Has anyone tried walking backwards out of a room? I mean if we lose something what is the first thing someone says to us. Have you retraced your steps? Right? Well, I figure that if I retrace my steps, I will get un-fat or thin. It makes sense to me. ;)

04-28-2008, 12:50 PM
Right now I am reading I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro. She writes humor essays. It is my first book by her and it's entertaining although not as laugh-out-loud funny as I thought it would be. The only essay that had me really laughing was about her playing The Sims 2, and that was because I play that and knew what she was talking about. :)

I went away this weekend and listened to a whole book on CD: The Men I Didn't Marry by Lyn Schnurnberger and Janice Kaplan. It was fun chicklit about a woman who is newly separated and decides to look up all her old boyfriends. I found the characters pretty realistic and it was cute. I also got The Olive Farm on CD so maybe I will listen to that during my driving shifts to Alabama and back next weekend.

Thankfully, halleljuah, we are going on a cruise in between driving to Alabama and back to Tennessee! I can't wait to plant myself in a deck chair and read to my heart's desire. I was going to see if I could post my To Be Read pile from paperbackswap but it doesn't look like I can. But here are some books I've had around forever. Help me decide which ones to take on the cruise with me!!

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Blessings by Anna Quindlen
Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini
A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama
Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
A Penny for your Thoughts by Mindy Starns Clark
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick
A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

04-28-2008, 01:30 PM
Still on Beck...LOVE it.

Jessie - Blessings, by Anna Quindlen is great.

04-28-2008, 02:34 PM
One of the most interesting to me is that being overweight/obese should not be a morality issue or a psychological issue. There are proven biological and genetic reasons why we struggle.
I take away from this book the fact that it truly is a struggle and only a few statistically are able to lose weight AND keep it off. This to me reinforces the fact that this is a lifestyle change, I must be diligent in my efforts the rest of my life.

I feel the same way, SDM! The maintainers here have taught me that--it's harder for us to keep it off, but that just makes me want to be one of the rare ones that does it! Grrrr! :strong: I'm just starting the Beck Diet Solution and the workbook...I really wanted to get started on the first step by now, but no cigar, yet. :( It looks like a sound program, but I wonder how long it'll take me at this rate?

Pamatga, my first therapist likened it to those "thermometers" you see on signs for charity fundraisers. You know, the ones with the big red line that goes up to the top when they've met their fundraising goal? Anyways, she said that every person has two of these--one for ability to cope with stress and one for the amount of stress. If you have a really high coping thermometer, it's going to take an exceptionally high amount of stress to cause you trouble. On the other hand, if you have a very low amount of coping skills, even a little stress can be a very tough situation. Sometimes you can change the amount of stress you're under. But it's much easier to focus on developing better coping strategies. It sounds like you have better coping strategies than your DH does. Even though you have a large amount of stress, it's still less than your level of ability to cope. Your DH may have more or less stress than you, but he definitely has more stress than his amount of coping skills can handle. Perhaps you can share some of your coping strategies with him? How do you keep calm and relaxed in the face of all the stress you handle?

In terms of depression, sometimes you're too depressed to use the coping skills you have. That's why meds (or something like exercise, supplements, etc.) are so important--they make it possible for you to work on developing more coping skills which help in the long run. If you can't work on them, you just can't get better. Depression is awful--I suffer from it too--and until you experience it, you just don't know how much sufferers want to get better and how hopeless that feels. It's not a case of having to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. I've talked to several people who've experienced depression for the first time after years of watching a loved one deal with it. Every one expressed huge surprise at how it felt--none of them really thought it was real or knew the grip it can have on you. :shrug: Just be gentle with DH and, if you feel that you're pulling more weight than he is, work with him to help you more when he's not as depressed and know that it all comes out fair in the end. I'm sure there have been (or will be) times when he does far more than his share because you can't (illness, etc.). That story about your nieces was hilarious!!! :lol3: Let me know what you think of the book! :D

Jessie, that's disappointing about I Love Everybody--the title is really funny! I find David Sedaris to be like that...I don't laugh out loud at his books, but when I hear him read his books aloud, I end up on the floor with tears streaming down my face--he is SO funny! Weird, eh? The Men I Didn't Marry sounds interesting--unique premise. I absolutely loved The Olive Farm. My aunt gave me a copy after we talked books one day. I was just thinking yesterday how much I wished she'd written a third book. Who's the reader, Jessie? Congrats on the cruise! You deserve to be pampered, girl! :D I'm not familiar with any of the books, but I've always enjoyed Quindlen.

Finished Is It Me or My Meds? and moved on to Eat, Pray, Love, which I'm loving, of course. She's a fabulous writer and I love her ethics! This one is for book club, so I'm looking forward to talking about it with everyone. I peeped into The Year I Will, which looks good, too.

Over the last couple days I flew through two gift books. One was a birthday gift from my sister--Disapproving Rabbits ( was so funny I nearly fell off my chair! The other is one I've wanted for a very long time--though it didn't come out until recently. I'm a HUGE fan of the Mutts comic strip ( especially enjoy the "Shelter Stories" ( ones that come out each year during "adopt a shelter pet" week each year. They make me cry! Last year, the author, Patrick McDonnell, opened up a contest for people to submit photos and stories ( their pets that were adopted through a rescue or shelter. Fans voted for the pics/stories that would be featured in a book, called Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed., with all of the "Shelter Stories" strips. My other sister gave me that book for my birthday. It arrived on Thursday and I had finished it by Saturday night. It was SO good! :love:

04-29-2008, 10:32 AM
Laurie, Carol Drinkwater is the narrator for her own book--fitting since she was an actress! I am glad I know some French! I listened to most of the first CD last night and they sure sprinkle the French phrases in there. Is there not a third Olive book? I know I have The Olive Harvest at home--maybe this will be the motivation to finally read it!

05-01-2008, 10:17 AM
:yay: WOW!!! :dancer: :hyper: You're RIGHT, Jessie, there IS a third book! How FUN!!! I found Carol's website ( the books (which looks fascinating). I love that she narrated the book--I'd love to hear her voice talking about the book. You're not kidding about the French, though...thankfully most of it is easy to figure out in the book--not sure about hearing it out loud though. Reminds me of reading old books from Jane Austen's time--they throw in French phrases like everyone will know what they mean--probably because they did! :lol:

Thanks so much! I'm so excited to read it! :hug:

Looks like she has a fourth book out too--not necessarily part of the story about her farm, but about the route people traveled to transport olives in ancient times. It's called The Olive Route (

05-11-2008, 11:01 PM
Wow...this thread is dead! I read FOUR books on my five-day cruise this last week...wahoo!

When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty--third in a mystery series. I have only read #2 before this one but I liked this one better. I think they are good mysteries and don't make me so confused by having 8,000 characters.

Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie--fourth in a cozy mystery series about a psychic who helps solve mysteries. I don't know if I even believe in psychics but these are well-written and interesting to me. Quick reads. :)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire--I've been meaning to read this since about college. It's by the same author as Wicked. Like Wicked, it is very wordy and the author is just strange. I find this one much less political and much easier to read. An interesting story and good retelling.

Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker--a Christian chicklitty book about a twenty-something who is diagnosed with breast cancer and her experience going through a masectomy and chemo. It is touching and deals with the subject in a good manner.

05-12-2008, 12:05 AM
You're right, Jessie - the reading thread has been dead lately. I've been neglecting my reading quite a bit lately. I reread HP 1 & 2 last week and will start on 3 tonight. We're going through a stressful time at work and I find that revisiting old friends is the best thing for me to do when that hits.

I'm also praying about starting one of the track reading plans for the Bible. I don't know that I can get through it in a year, but I do know my knowledge of The Word is lacking and that I need to read it with more reverence and reflection.

Another goal I will start working towards is to start reading more nonfiction. Maybe a book every two months? I'll have to see what the library has that interests me and move on from there.

05-12-2008, 01:08 AM
Barbara wrote >>
Brian and I finally finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows last night. It takes quite awhile to read over 700 pages aloud<<

I am reading Harry Potter 6 to the boy I tutor. It fills up random parts
of our day when we both get tired of trying to stuff
long division into his brain or life just gets a bit too rough.
I also find it a wonderful vocabulary source for him, painless and entertaining.

k :)

05-14-2008, 10:10 AM
:welcome: Frogponder! I used to read Harry to a man I tutored, too! It's a wonderful series to read aloud.

Sorry, Jessie...I've fallen behind in keeping the thread up! :o Glad you had such a great vacation! Where was the cruise to? How are you feeling? Must be wonderful to be eating for two when you have all that lovely cruise cuisine at your disposal! :devil: The books sound great! I loved Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister--like you said, it's not political like Wicked. I think, though am not sure, that he has one more book in that vein besides that one and Wicked...but don't remember the name!

Sorry things are so stressful at work, Kim! :hug: I hear you on revisiting old favorites, though I haven't done it in forever because my TBR pile is absolutely HUGE!!! I have gotten so many books from used book sales, Alibris, and that I have a lot of reading of new ones to do! :yikes: I understand about trying to read the Bible in a's tough. I think for some people, though, it makes it more motivating or makes them stick with reading when things are busy. Keep praying and I bet you'll find the answer! I'm always shocked when we read passages in Bible study that feel "new" to me! :o

Well, I finished Eat, Pray, Love for my book club and just adored it, over and over. I have about a million little post-it flags in the book and tons of highlighted sections (the book club girls teased me all night about my "tags"). I learned so much about myself from it and loved the inspiration and humor.

I also finished The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick, which I was listening to on CD. It was pretty good. The male lead didn't do too much for me this time, but it was voiced by a woman, so maybe the weak voice had something to do with it? The mystery was good--involving an underground hidden river in London, full of ancient roman relics. That was cool!

I'm working on Brunstetter's On Her Own, number 2 in the Webster County Brides series. It's pretty good. I have a pile of books to read that include: The Year I Will, Hello, Groin (a YA book), and Jennifer Weiner's new one, Certain Girls. I'm currently listening to Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me (the first non-Shopaholic book she's written in a long time) on CD. It's really good, but there's an element of childishness or silliness that kind of hits me the wrong way. I thought it was part of the main character in the Shopaholic series, but it turns out it's just the way Kinsella writes. Shame. :shrug:

little chick
05-14-2008, 11:46 AM
Hey chicks, I have not been on this thread before, I love to read but don't seem to do it as much as I should. So I am trying to read a little everyday. Right know I am reading the secret. I am trying to read it slowly so I can take it all in. Anyone else read this one?

05-14-2008, 02:30 PM
I think the other Maguire book you're thinking of is probably Mirror Mirror. It's (loosely of course) based on Snow White. I listened to it on CD a few years back, don't remember that much about it except the "dwarves" being stone that comes alive?? Also, the only Kinsella book I have liked is The Undomestic Goddess. The Shopaholic books makes me want to kill the main character. LOL.

I decided to bum around and read Southern Living instead of starting a new read. I've requested the fifth Abby Cooper book by Victoria Laurie and also The Cook and the Gardner by Amanda Hesser, a food writer for the NY Times. It's total food p*rn, but if you like to read about food her book Cooking for Mr. Latte is really fun. So I'm waiting for the library to transfer them to my branch, reading magazines, and reading bits and pieces here and there. I have a 2 1/2 hour flight on Monday and back on Thursday and what seems to be like a good amount of free time at the conference I'm going to next week. Should be good reading time!

Also still listening to The Olive Farm. Love it!!

05-16-2008, 01:02 PM
Hi chicks, sorry I have not been around here much but there has not been much time for reading lately (non-work related anyway). I am about 2/3 of the way through Sarum, and I still really like it. It's just very long.
With the kids I finished up the Warriors series, and we got started on Redwall, which is very cute and they are enjoying it too. I have read most of the Harry Potters aloud to the kids - they are very fun read-aloud books. I love to read aloud. I always try to focus on my delivery and make the story come alive. Have you read-alouders noticed that some books just feel good in your mouth, while others the language is more challenging and doesn't really flow? I remember reading something Frank McCourt said about how Shakespeare felt like jewels in his mouth, and I understood completely what he was saying so eloquently (I am really paraphrasing here, I'm sure). I will be sad when the kids get too old for this because it's as much fun for me as for them, and a good excuse to re-read all my childhood favorites, but hopefully I'll have grandkids to read to someday, or I can volunteer at the school.
I did recently finish going through Deceptively Delicious, and The Complete Quick & Hearty Diabetic Cookbook, and copied some interesting recipes to try.
Happy reading chicks, I have not even thought about what I'll read next because it will be a while!

05-16-2008, 01:07 PM
I'm listening to The Secrets of Judas on cd. It's extremely interesting and well worth the $4 that I paid for it.

I've been pretty lax about starting new books lately. I don't know what it is. I can't seem to get into non-fiction right now, my mind is wandering too much. I've started and put down quite a few fictions too. Meh, I guess I'm just not in the mood to read. I'm sure it will start up again when pool season starts. :)

06-17-2008, 04:14 PM
Tsk, tsk, chicas! I know I've been gone a lot lately (:sorry: ) but I was shocked to see this on the 5th page! :faint:

It's a great time to talk about books...summer and beach reading! :beach:

I've read tons lately, but I don't have time to post them here are some of my favorites:

I read a Canadian author, Beth Goobie, who writes tons of YA fiction. Her book Hello, Groin, is fabulous!!! She really gets in the mind of adolescents. The main character volunteers in her H.S. library. When asked to make a display for the bulletin board in the library, her choices become the center of a huge controversy at the school. It's very well written.

I love him in his films but had no idea Gene Wilder was a writer, too! I didn't read his first book yet (but it's on my TBD list!), but I picked up The Woman Who Wouldn't. It's very enjoyable, short, funny, but memorable and pithy. The story is about a violinist that seems to go crazy and is sent to a retreat place in the Black Forest at the turn of the century. He meets and befriends Anton Chekhov (a fellow patient) and a mysterious woman who refuses to do anything he asks (such as eat with him or share a glass of wine). Great story!

I also read Jennifer Weiner's newest, Certain Girls, and loved it. :love: It took me a while to get into it, but I really enjoyed being with Cannie again! Her book, Good in Bed, was one of my all-time favorites.

I also listened to Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me on CD. It took some time to get into that too...the main character really frustrated me...but I really enjoyed the plot twists and the ending. Worth a read!

Right now I'm listening to Tipperary by Frank _______ (famous Irish author) on CD. It's fascinating...full of Irish history, romance, and mystery.

What are YOU reading? :book2:

06-18-2008, 10:47 AM
Laurie! I've missed you!

I just last night finished a good little Christian fiction read, Skid by Rene Gutteridge. It was funny and enjoyable.

Before that I read Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn. It's the second in a cozy series and very cute, much better than the first in the series.

I read tons of books in was my run-down from my blog:

Here's what I've read this month. Eleven books! Whoa! But I did travel a lot and have spent most nights just resting. The number beforehand is where it falls in books I've read in 2008; M is male author and NF is nonfiction, both of which I try to keep track of since I never read enough of either!

27. When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty (5/5/08)--3rd book in a mystery series that I really enjoy. Sort of "light" Christian theme. They're good though, I don't get confused by having 1,000 characters like many other mysteries.

28. Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie (5/08)--I love these mysteries. The psychic aspect is just so intriguing and Abby realistic in spite of it. This is #4 in the series.

29. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (5/9/08) (M)--one that's been on my TBR forever. I'm glad I read it, it's interesting, but I don't think it will stick with me. His books are always so strange they're borderline on being insane!

30. Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker (5/10/08)--great book about a young woman who has breast cancer and her journey through chemo, reconstruction, and life.

31. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregancy by Vicky Iovine (5/08) (NF)--I am not a fan. I am not crunchy granola girl but Iovine's opinions on how you WILL have an epidural, shouldn't exercise during pregnancy, and other stuff bothered me immensely.

32. Bed Rest by Sarah Bliston (5/15/08)--cute and VERY fast read in diary-form about a mom-to-be and her family and friend trauma as she conducts life from her living room.

33. Crime Seen by Victoria Laurie (5/19/08)--5th in Abby Cooper series. They're still good!

34. What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg (5/21/08)--easy read about two sisters growing up and their relationship with their mother especially. I thought the prose was very nice and I enjoyed it.

35. 32AA by Michelle Cunnah (5/24/08)--and now for something completely different! This book was actually really fun chicklit, good writing, cute story

36. The Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater (5/27/08) (NF)--I listened to this on CD. Other than her British pronunciations bothering me, it was very enjoyable hearing about the goings-on of the farm in Southern France.

37. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (5/28/08)--a lot better than I thought it would be. I could barely put it down to sleep--and I'm pregnant! About a girl who tries to disappear into the fabric of her boarding school.

By the way, Laurie...I am having a little girl!! YAY! I'm reading The Birth Book by Dr. and Martha Sears on that well as keeping up with Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week and What to Expect.

06-18-2008, 11:01 AM
I still haven't finished Sarum, chicks. It's very good, but it's the kind of book you really need to spend some time on and 15 minutes a night isn't cutting it. I'll need to take it on a trip or to the beach to finish it, I think. In the meantime, I felt like revisiting my old friend Shirley Jackson, so I re-read Private Demons (her bio), and An Ordinary Day. I just started Tom Sawyer with the kids. This is a challenging read-aloud because of the dialects.

I was remembering this time last year when I was so excited about the last HP book coming out, and feeling sad again that it's over. So I think I may re-read that one again sometime soon. I'll never run out of things to read because I'm the kind of person that can read my favorites again, and again, and again....:dizzy:

Oh, I have a guilty admission. At the pool they keep a small library of donated books for people to borrow and read around the pool. Of course, they are all westerns and romance novels! I was desperate so I grabbed one last week and it wasn't really so bad as I expected.

06-18-2008, 11:05 AM
Schmoodle, I used to reread a lot before I discovered Paperback Swap. Now I have SOOO many books in my to-be-read pile I think I've only re-read three books in the last two years--HP #5 and 6, and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. In a way, I miss rereading my favorites!! But then I feel like I'm missing out on something new. :)

06-18-2008, 11:18 AM
Hi Laurie and Jessie! I've been VERY negligent of the reading thread of late. I've been ready some old familiars with all the madness of vacation and getting settled back in again. I received an awesome journal from my mom while on vacation and I've decided that I'll use it for book reviews. Then I can just transpose the "worthwhile" ones to here.

Seems like you're both reading more voraciously than I. I'm taking a trip to San Antonio in July and I'm planning on getting my first audio book from the library for the trip. We don't have a great selection, so I'll have to see what I can come up with.

06-18-2008, 11:35 AM
I don't know how you all do it! I used to be an avid reader but now I'm so tired when I get in bed that I'm asleep within a page or two. Makes it hard to finish a book! Maybe with summer here I'll get some time in the hammock and start catching up! Apparently exercise is interfering with my reading ;)

06-30-2008, 11:46 AM
I just finished listening to a book, Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout. In some ways I thought it was very good. But the premise is sensitive and the sexual scenes were too explicit for me. I am reading Digging to America by Anne Tyler now. She is one of my favorites and the book is great!

06-30-2008, 12:00 PM
I've been going back to the library and focusing on lighter reading lately instead of health and medical books.

I read Queen Camilla last week - fun but a bit silly. (The royal dogs talked!)

Just finishing Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner and enjoyed it. I make pick up another of hers later this week. Her book reminded me of Jodie Picoult's writing.

06-30-2008, 12:04 PM
I don't know how you all do it! I used to be an avid reader but now I'm so tired when I get in bed that I'm asleep within a page or two. Makes it hard to finish a book! Maybe with summer here I'll get some time in the hammock and start catching up! Apparently exercise is interfering with my reading ;)
I find that the paying job gets in the way of reading. :) I stayed up far too late last night reading, and haven't finished the book.

I didn't come back just for the book posts, really!

at work, so really no time now but I'll post on my reading later.

06-30-2008, 12:24 PM
I didn't come back just for the book posts, really!

Yeah! Like we believe you! :rofl:

06-30-2008, 12:37 PM
I forgot my books for the beach last weekend, so I went to a used bookshop near where we were staying and picked up Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, and a biography of Katherine Mansfield. I finished both over the weekend, and the bio was good, but I LOVED PM.

06-30-2008, 01:01 PM
Schmoodle - I LOVE Alice Hoffman! And she's so prolific you may never run out of books :)

I've resorted to audio books. I can listen before falling asleep and when the cats wake me at night. They're also good for long car trips and those much imagined but yet to be experienced hours in the hammock. Of course I go for the least exciting book I can find. Right now I'm listening to In Defense of Food. It's actually pretty darned interesting from the SBD having lost weight perspective. He is a big advocate of "real food".

Can you tell I am not having a motivated at work day?!

06-30-2008, 01:14 PM
I've been going back to the library and focusing on lighter reading lately instead of health and medical books.

I read Queen Camilla last week - fun but a bit silly. (The royal dogs talked!)

Just finishing Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner and enjoyed it. I make pick up another of hers later this week. Her book reminded me of Jodie Picoult's writing.

I bought Certain Girls for our drive up to Minneapolis in August. I keep looking at it now though. It's tempting to just listen to it before we go. :)

I'm glad it was good...although I'm sure DH won't agree ;)

I also just started reading Rising Tide; The Great Mississippi Flood, it's VERY thorough and historical but definitely compelling.

06-30-2008, 01:17 PM
Cyndi, do you have any particular favorites? I don't think I've read anything by her except maybe Turtle Moon, but I'm not sure. But it was a great light read, and I love books that are kind of like fairy tales, with a little magic mixed in. Are they all like that?

I find I can't do books on tape, although I wish I could. When I have to drive to work, I have plenty of time, but the traffic is so bad, I keep realizing I'm paying too much attention to driving and have lost the thread of the plot, or too much attention to the book, which can be dangerous.

06-30-2008, 01:53 PM
One of the best things about Brian taking swim lessons is I have 45 minutes where I can read!

I finished Mercedes Lackey's Reserved for the Cat last week and now I'm reading the latest in Ann McCaffrey's Acorna series. Light, enjoyable reading which is what I need right now.

06-30-2008, 02:36 PM
Garden Spells ( by Sarah Addison Allen is wonderful.
Did you ever read a book that
* you couldn't put down
* you couldn't rush through, because the language was so beautiful
* you couldn't read another book right after right away, because you have to let the one you've just read sink in some more?

This is one of those books. It's "magical realism" which I think is a fancy shmancy literary way of saying "fantasy novel in which the fantasy is set in the real world and fairly subtle." It's set in the NC town of Bascom, where certain families seem to have a certain knack. We meet Claire Waverley, whose garden of edible flowers and apple tree have certain, sought-after magical effects. Emma Clark, who has inherited a talent for great sex , and Evanelle, who somehow just KNOWS she has to give people things they are going to need. The plot is kick-started when Claire meets the attractive man next door at about the same time her sister returns home (with daughter in tow) after leaving her abusive and violent boyfriend.

Schmoodle, there are some similarities to Practical Magic, but this book is even better!

06-30-2008, 04:20 PM
I am totally addicted to the Stehpanie Myer "Twilight", "New Moon", "Eclipse" Trilogy......not something I would ever read (not my type of subject) but after a friend went on and on about it I borrowed the first book and was hooked :)......the fourth is coming out in august...can't wait :)....

Fat Melanie
06-30-2008, 04:43 PM
I've read a ton of books in the past week or two, I'm an avid and fast reader. There can never be enough books in the world for me, I love 'em.

I just got done reading the most interesting and odd book. It's called "The Book of Shadows" by James Reese. It is a recent novel but it takes place in 19th century France, in the 1800's, and the writer has the most beautiful way with his words, his prose is very true to the time period.

But, it's definitely NOT for everybody, it has some pretty sensitive subject matter for some, and some very explicit sexual scenes (it's not a romance though), and other sensitive subject matter concerning religion, sexuality, and violence. It involves a young teenage hermaphrodite, witches, homosexuality, burnings at the stake, vivid and strange sexual scenes, witchcraft, a priest who has intimate relations with hundreds of his confessors, both male and female, and who is burned at the stake for it, then becomes an incubus (a sexual demon of sorts), and then there is the demon succubus Madeleine, a 14 year old girl who in life had become pregnant by the priest (who is in his 30's, so.... yeah... that's disturbing and sick, although in their time, it was the 1600's and normal) who cuts out her throat when the priest is burned, and her child dies, and her mission is to find a witch who can help her end this immortal death... since she was a 'suicide', she was buried beyond the crossroads and the Church has kept her from a peaceful afterlife and all she wants is to be free.. and just, a lot of stuff that may be fascinating to some, and really off-putting to others. Hence why I said it's a book of 'senstive' material, not for everyone.

I LOVED it. I do know it's not for everyone, however, like I said. That writer is blessed with the most incredibly vivid imagination and beautiful writing. He was very well researched about the time. It was his first novel and I do look forward to reading more.

I also recently read this gritty thriller/murder mystery, and I can't find where I put it. Will post about it later. It was fantastic.

06-30-2008, 04:54 PM
I've read a ton of books in the past week or two, I'm an avid and fast reader. There can never be enough books in the world for me, I love 'em.

I just got done reading the most interesting and odd book. It's called "The Book of Shadows" by James Reese. It is a recent novel but it takes place in 19th century France, and the writer has the most beautiful way with his words, his prose is very true to the time period.

But, it got some pretty sensitive subject matter for some, and some very explicit sexual scenes (it's not a romance though), and other sensitive subject matter concerning religion, sexuality, and violence. It involves a young teenage hermaphrodite, witches, homosexuality, burnings at the stake, vivid and strange sexual scenes, witchcraft, a priest who has intimate relations with hundreds of his confessors, both male and female, and who is burned at the stake for it, then becomes an incubus (a sexual demon of sorts), a 14 year old girl who becomes pregnant by the priest (who is in his 30's, so.... yeah... that's disturbing, although in their time, it was the 1600's) who cuts out her throat when the priest is burned, and her child dies... and just, a lot of stuff that may be fascinating to some, and really off-putting to others. Hence why I said it's a book of 'senstive' material, not for everyone.

I LOVED it. I do know it's not for everyone, however, like I said. That writer is blessed with the most incredibly vivid imagination and beautiful writing. He was very well researched about the time. It was his first novel and I do look forward to reading more.

I also recently read this gritty thriller/murder mystery, and I can't find where I put it. Will post about it later. It was fantastic.

The plot-line for The Book of Shadows sounds similar to The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Have you read it? I absolutely loved it. The material is probably a little less "interesting", but it was good all the same.

My reading has fizzled out. I had Glossed and Found by India Ink on vacation, and it wasn't good for the first 4 chapters or so. It's now sitting on my bedside bookcase waiting to be sent back to booksfree. The other book I got from booksfree is Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson. I'm not sure how I came across that title and decided I want to read it, but it's waiting just the same. I'm planning on starting it tonight so that I can mail it off this week.

While I'm out of town this weekend I hope to read at least one of Murakami's short story collections. I borrowed Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and The Elephant Vanishes: Stories from my sister and I'm sure she wants them back soon. She doesn't like going without Murakami for too long!

06-30-2008, 05:16 PM
Kim--Astrid and Veronika is AMAZING. See description above, whoever wrote that the book couldn't be put down yet the language was too good to be rushed. I hope you love it too.

Melanie--that sounds interesting but maybe a little too much for me!

Hm..I really love looking down and realizing my right hand is swelled to much bigger than my left hand. Pregnancy is so interesting.

Fat Melanie
06-30-2008, 05:46 PM
The plot-line for The Book of Shadows sounds similar to The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Have you read it? I absolutely loved it. The material is probably a little less "interesting", but it was good all the same.

Nope, haven't read it, but I'll definitely add that to my list of books to read. Thanks! :D

Fat Melanie
06-30-2008, 05:55 PM
The same thing happened to me. I have this picture of me in the hospital, on the labor bed, before giving birth, where like my face was all "swole up" as we say here, and my hands were like, disgusting bloated .... things! All while my skinny boyfriend sits in a chair beside me, leaning towards me and beaming for the camera. He loves that picture. I HATE it. Hehe.

Anyway, since you guys keep talking about that Astrid and Veronika book (is that by a swedish writer?) I'm about to add that to my "books to read" list.

06-30-2008, 06:59 PM
Cyndi, do you have any particular favorites? I don't think I've read anything by her except maybe Turtle Moon, but I'm not sure. But it was a great light read, and I love books that are kind of like fairy tales, with a little magic mixed in. Are they all like that?

They are and I can honestly say I've never read one I didn't love and devour instantly :) And I've read them all up to the new one that isn't in pb yet. At Risk (very different from her others), Here on Earth and River King are favorites. I think the Ice Queen is my current favorite but it might be too quirky for some. Years ago a friend worked for Random House and picked up Turtle Moon and Seventh Heaven from one of the overstock tables there. I've been hooked ever since.

Rebel - I so don't need another author but now I need to check this one out :) Sounds perfect for the hammock at a campsite, something on my to do list in a couple of weeks.

Barb - Did you like the Lackey book? I read through the Valdemar series the summer before last and have been looking at a couple of the other ones.

I have Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind sitting on my bedside table. That's how tired I've been - usually his new books don't last a week unread!
I do love books.

06-30-2008, 08:26 PM
Just read Atonement by Ian McEwan, after I watched the movie, and it fleshed out the story beautifully.

06-30-2008, 09:56 PM
Thanks Cyndi, I will definitely pick up some of her others.
And rebel, I look forward to Garden Spells too after such a glowing recommendation!

06-30-2008, 11:19 PM
Rebel - I so don't need another author but now I need to check this one out :) Sounds perfect for the hammock at a campsite, something on my to do list in a couple of weeks.

She only has 2 books published - Garden Spells which was released Aug 2007, and The Sugar Queen, which was released late May 2008. And which has a LOT of candy mentioned, so if avoiding candy is tough then skip this book for now. ;)

07-01-2008, 12:22 AM
Cyndi - I think I have read everything Mercedes Lackey has written (or almost all of it). I even have some of her filk songs and some tapes/CDs of her songs from the Valdemar series. Her Elemental Mages series is now up to 6 books I think and that is the one I most recently read. I did really enjoy it.

Marathon Mom
07-01-2008, 11:12 AM
Reading Water for Elephants... I love it.. Great read!!

07-06-2008, 10:59 PM
Well, I only read one chapter of Astrid and Veronika this weekend, but I've liked what I've read so far. I was hoping to read much more while I was out of town, but I don't know who I was kidding. I spent SO much time doing stuff with the family that I plopped into bed every night and passed out. Oh well. I'll get back to it tonight and hope to finish it by Friday.

Belle Mer
07-07-2008, 05:16 PM
I'm reading:

Resistance, by Anita Shreve

Night Soldiers, by Alan Furst

About to start:

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. His other book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, was great.

Against the Grain: 150 Good Carb Mediterranean Recipes, by Diane Kochilas

I'm also reading/critiquing my friend's (not yet published) novel.

I love to read, but I often become distracted from it.

07-07-2008, 11:57 PM
56) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA speculative fiction

This story is told as journal entries by a 16 year old girl. A meteor collides with the moon, causing changes in tides, weather, etc.
I found this story absolutely gripping and had trouble coming out of it to deal with reality. ("How can you be wasting water to play in the sprinkler when we don't even know how long the water will last?" "How can you guzzle down that beer when it's THE LAST ONE?" "what, I have to go to WORK?)

57) the dead and the gone by Pfeffer

This is a companion novel to the previous one. It occurs in the same time frame, but the protagonist is a Puerto Rican teenage boy in New York City. In an urban setting, some of the things that occur are different from in small town Pennsylvania. Also he's a poor kid, going through this with 2 younger sisters and being responsible for them It's told in second person. It doesn't have the small amount of teenage romance that the other book did. It's more bleak.

I loved both these books. My 13 yo loved both these books, but the first one more. He read LAWKI twice, once when it first was out, and again just prior to the dead and the gone, which was just released June 1.

07-07-2008, 11:58 PM
58) Skin Deep by E.M. Crane

If all the world’s a stage, Andrea Anderson is sitting in the audience. High school has its predictable heroes, heroines, villains, and plotlines, and Andrea has no problem guessing how each drama will turn out. She is, after all, a professional spectator. In the social hierarchy she is a Nothing, and at home her mother runs the show. All Andrea has to do is show up every day and life basically plays out as scripted.
Then one day Andrea accepts a job. Honora Menapace–a reclusive neighbor–is sick. As in every other aspect of her life, Andrea’s role is clear: Honora’s garden must be taken care of and her pottery finished, and someone needs to feed her dog, Zena. But what starts out as a simple job yanks Andrea’s back-row seat out from under her. Life is no longer predictable, and nothing is what it seems. Light is dark, villains are heroes, and what she once saw as ugly is too beautiful for words. Andrea must face the fact that life at first glance doesn’t even crack the surface.

good book. not great, but very good.

07-09-2008, 12:43 PM
I thought I posted here yesterday but I guess I just read it. I finished Digging to America by Anne Tyler, which I thought was very good! The last few days I've read two cozies as I laid in bed and tried to not get sicker: Better Off Wed by Laura Durham and Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke. Both were pretty good and I think I will continue the series.

07-09-2008, 02:23 PM
This is just a test to see if my ticker is working....

07-09-2008, 02:27 PM
second test for a second ticker for first goal :)

07-09-2008, 11:58 PM
So, I went to Barnes and Noble and splurged. I got a bunch of new books and another audio book.

I picked up Jennifer Weiner's new book Certain Girls, and couldn't I jumped in the minute I got home.

My question is this.

Cannie mentions having a baby by Bruce, her ex, and I can't remember if that was included in the ending of Good in Bed. I don't want to dig through storage to actually find Good in Bed so I've decided to ask everyone here!

Help me out. How did Good in Bed end?

07-10-2008, 12:01 AM
I am totally addicted to the Stehpanie Myer "Twilight", "New Moon", "Eclipse" Trilogy......not something I would ever read (not my type of subject) but after a friend went on and on about it I borrowed the first book and was hooked :)......the fourth is coming out in august...can't wait :)....

Is it a sequential series? I bought Twilight the other day. Is that the first of the series?

07-10-2008, 07:12 AM
Zeff, I read Good In Bed, a ways back, but I can't remember whether Cannie had a baby or not. :?: I don't think she did, but I may be wrong. How are you liking Certain Girls? I really like Jennifer Weiner, especially since she's local. I'll have to pick up more of her books for some good summer reading. I just started reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I didn't think I'd like it, but it's pretty good so far.

07-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Cottage, I don't think she actually had the baby in Good in Bed either, but I think she might have found out she was pregnant....

I had to put down Certain Girls until I could answer this question. :) I'm neurotic like that.

I had bought the Certain Girls audio book for our summer vacation, but returned it and got the book instead. We have tons of audio books and I don't think that DH is going to appreciate listening to that one.

I LOVE Jennifer Weiner, she is definitely my favorite "Chick-Lit" authors. I've read all of her other books and they have all lived up to my expectations.

Lately, my brain just feels like jello. My reading comprehension is horrible, so I've had to stick to light reading instead of philosophy or theistic topics. It isn't so bad though, it is nice to be able to fully escape into a book.

07-10-2008, 10:32 AM
Zeff, I can't remember if she'd actually HAD the baby by the end of Good in Bed, but she shows up in cameo in another book...I think In Her Shoes...and I'm pretty sure she has the baby with her in that one. :) She is pregnant almost all the way through Good in Bed if I remember correctly.

07-10-2008, 10:39 AM
Why do I not remember this. Does your brain feel like jello too? I have the worst memory when I'm pregnant, it drives me crazy!

I'm going to have to dig out Good in Bed AND In Her Shoes. ;)

07-10-2008, 10:48 AM
I seem to remember Cannie and Maxi making a big to-do about Cannie being pregnant. I just used Google Reader to see if I could read it in the preview, but so many pages were omitted. The entire last half of the book was gone.

07-10-2008, 10:54 AM
She had the baby at the end. It was the ex's girlfriend that shoved her in the bathroom that sent her into early labor. I think it was a girl baby. Remember thay were all anxious at the hospital over whether or not they would be allright? I think I remember this correctly as I read it not too long ago, but I didn't like it too much.

07-10-2008, 11:40 AM
NOW I remember! :) Thanks, Schmoodle, it's been on my mind all morning!

07-10-2008, 01:42 PM
Thanks, Schmoo - As I read more of Certain Girls it started to come to me.

07-10-2008, 02:29 PM
Yes, zeff, my brain is complete mush!!

07-10-2008, 02:54 PM
Just started Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume...
so far, so good..interesting and strange.
I love the way he combines words.

07-10-2008, 02:56 PM
for my bday dh bought me the book i wanted - half a$$ed a weight loss memoir nad I can't seem to put it down

07-11-2008, 01:55 PM
Just finished Certain Girls, it took me about a day. I just couldn't put it down.

I loved it. I thought it was light and funny and heartwarming.

Jennifer Weiner's books are always good for a second, third, tenth read also...which is why I buy them instead of borrowing them from the library.

I don't know what I'm going to read next...Maybe Twilight. I've heard it is exceptional.

07-24-2008, 04:29 PM
I just finished a great book! It is Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly. I believe it is the first of a five-book series about this family. It takes place in the Depression and I loved reading about farming and cooking without electricity. I zoomed through it!!

Also recently I listened to Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik on CD. I think Landvik is so talented and often overlooked. Her book Oh My Stars is really superb. Anyway, Patt Jane was also a great "read"!

07-24-2008, 06:55 PM
I am reading Scarlet for like the 5th time. Looking for something along those lines for any of you that have read Gone with the wind and/or Scarlet.

07-24-2008, 08:34 PM
Okay, you all motivated me :) I just finished Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind. I love his writing but did find this book very disturbing. It's well written and interesting, just disturbing.

I needed a light follow-up so I'm back to Mercedes Lackey, reading The Lark & The Wren. Seems like every summer before camping trips I start a fantasy series. They make perfect tent reading :)

I'm also still listening to In Defense of Food and am starting the Beck Workbook tomorrow.

07-25-2008, 08:54 PM
Hi chicks, I was on vaca this week and did lots of reading on the beach. I have Scarlet Feather but I can't remember the author... the lady that wrote Circle of Friends. It's okay but I'm not too wrapped up in it. That was my "take to the beach book" because it's paperback. I also have World Without End by Ken Follett, which I read in the condo because it's a huge hardback. Really, really good. If you liked Pillars of the Earth, this is the sequel, and just as good IMO.

In the car the kids and I listened to Wind In The Door on tape by Madeline L'Engle, which they really liked. And I listened to Sam's Letters to Jennifer, blah and barfy romantic.

07-29-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm still working on Astrid and Veronica, but I will finish it tonight come **** or high water. I love it so far and I can't wait to see how it ends.

I've got two books from booksfree . com in the mail and 4 books from a swap stacked up to read. I should have taken something camping, but I didn't think I'd have time to read. Of course I would have, but its too late now.

What book is on your night stand right now?

07-29-2008, 11:58 AM
I've been reading The Language of Threads ( by Gail Tsukiyama.

07-29-2008, 09:16 PM
That book sounds good, Jessie! I've read Women of the Silk, and really enjoyed it, so I know I'll like this one. I'll have to put it on my library list.

Schmoodle, I loved The Scarlett Feather! Mauve Benchy is one of my favorite authors and I've read every book she wrote, including her latest one, Whitethorn Woods. Her stories always leave me feeling all warm and homey. I especially like the books concerning Quentin's. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the book. :(

I just finished reading Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner. At first I wasn't that into it, but midway through, the book got really good. Now I'm reading The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells.

07-29-2008, 10:18 PM
I'm checking out Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood tomorrow from the library. I have a huge list of books to get :)

07-29-2008, 10:21 PM
You will LOVE the "...YaYa Sisterhood!" Great Book! I am just starting "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch....I've been itching to read it - sadly, his death only a few days ago was my last spurt of motivation..... :(

07-29-2008, 11:27 PM
cottage, It's not that I don't like it, I just haven't gotten that far into it yet, and I was reading it at the same time as World, which I was really into, so maybe that's why. I finished World today, so maybe now I will get more into it. But Ya-Ya is one of my all time favorite books, so I hope you and zeff will enjoy it. It is difficult to read at parts, but really excellent.
I went to the bookmobile today and checked out Certain Girls, and I was reading a bit of it a while ago, and really liking it (more so than Good in Bed). I also got The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff, which I know nothing about but caught my eye because it has a cool cover.

07-29-2008, 11:50 PM
Well, I finally finished Astrid & Veronika and I have to say that it will most likely become one of my favortie books of all time. I have to admit that it was, at times, a little slow, but I could sense that it would be worth it to read on. I'm glad I did. Reading it was such an emotional experience for me. I cried, I laughed out was really moving. Great book! Thanks to everyone who suggested it!

I'm starting Life Laughs by Jenny McCarthy next. My booksfree books aren't here yet and I felt like I needed something light to read. I wouldn't say I'm even remotely a fan of hers, but a dear friend sent it with high accolades in a swap, so read it I will. It's worth a night to check it out if she speaks so highly of it. :D

07-30-2008, 10:11 AM
Cottage, The Language of Threads is the sequel to Women of the Silk. I've read Women of the Silk but it's been quite awhile--I think I read it on our honeymoon (4 years ago).

Maeve Binchy is also one of my favorite authors. I've read all her novels and most of the short story compilations, although I don't love those as much. Some of my favorites are Circle of Friends, Echoes, and Scarlet Feather.

Kim, I'm so glad you liked Astrid and Veronika. I think it's a very special book!

07-30-2008, 07:36 PM
I've just started reading the Robert Ludlum "Bourne" series. I saw the movies and have always wanted to read the books. Bourne Identity is the first and I am only just starting.
I just finished reading Janet Evanovich's Fearless Fourteen. This is her 14th Stephanie Plum, bonds agent (bounty hunter) series. It was good, better than 13, but it seems like the stories have become shorter and not as many of the repeat characters showing up anymore.
Kim--I am not a huge fan of Jenny McCarthy, but her book Belly Laughs is a laugh out loud, she says all the things you might think but don't usually say!
After I finish the Ludlum books I am going to try to read some of the books from the list of the BBC's Big Read. They did a poll for the nation's best loved novel and the list has the top 200.

07-31-2008, 01:50 PM
Kim--I am not a huge fan of Jenny McCarthy, but her book Belly Laughs is a laugh out loud, she says all the things you might think but don't usually say!

I'll say its laugh out loud! I've been reading a chapter during commercials while we watch our favorite tv shows and DH keeps looking at me funny because of all the laughing I've been doing! I will admit that her delivery is a bit crude at times - not words or images that I'd consider appropriate - but her opinions are honest and I think that most, if not all, married women can relate to at least something she's written about. I'm about half-way through and plan on finishing it before moving on to something else.

Fat Melanie
07-31-2008, 02:08 PM
Oh I see some mentions of some really good stuff.

Kimstar, I am not a Jenny McCarthy fan, she generally irks me on television and in movies, but my sister let me borrow a copy of one of her books on her pregnancy. I dubiously read it... and I was laughing so hard I nearly peed. Her accounts of the horrid pregnancy gas and all of that was just so hilarious. It showed me that although she does come off as a dumb bimbo, she is actually really hilarious. Can't say I'm a fan still but would definitely read another of her books. I find crude humor to be hilarious because I may be a girl, but my inner being is just a 18 year old boy! Heh. :p

SkinnyDogMom, me and my mother have always loved the Stephanie Plum series. Janet Evanovich is HILARIOUS.

My mother brought me this book called "Through Violet Eyes" by Stephen Woodworth. It looked like one of those paperback throwaways and even started off seeming as such, and then turned out to be really good, couldn't put it down. It's set in our modern world, except there are people born with a gene that causes them to be clairvoyant. They all have violet eyes, and they work with the police, FBI, etc. What really interested me was the fact that due to the Violets, criminal cases were a slam dunk! Usually murderers would just admit to doing what they did and accept a plea bargain rather than go to trial with a violet. This was because a violet would be strapped to a chair, hooked up to electrical crap, and be given a "touchstone"... a personal item of the murder victim. Then the murdered person's soul would enter the Violet's body and use the body of the Violet to testify at the trials of their killers. AWESOME! It'd be great if that stuff really happened, then we could find out what happened to poor John Benet Ramsey. Then the Violets are target of a serial killer themselves, and the race to the end to find out who is doing it and why keeps you from putting this book down. Also, I cried at the end of this book.

Then I saw a preview of the sequel and got really excited, BF is supposed to buy it for me and my mom. SCORE!

Mom brought me another book to read, Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag. I just read another of her books Mom let me borrow and I really like the suspense thriller element of the books, but the romance part is gross. She's not considered a romance writer but she always has a man and a woman and you always know what's about to happen. "She quivered underneath his manly touch... he was so male she ached with need for him... . as his eyes burned into hers, also with great desire and need, eyes dusky with wanting... " VOMIT!!!!!!!!! VOMIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!
In real life it's like, "come here baby!"
"But baby..."
"NO, I HAVE A HEADACHE!!!! GIT" (as if you're shooing a dog...) Heh heh.

07-31-2008, 07:52 PM
I've been reading two, I won't mention because it is political in nature and will likely spark a debate on a topic that isn't meant for is fabulous though....if you're interested, PM.

the other, "the house on 1st street" - about a woman from New Orleans and her life as a journalist through the Edwin Edwards campaign. It is slow going so far....I hope it gets better.

08-01-2008, 04:32 PM
Okay, so I finished Life Laughs by Jenny McCarthy during a fit of insomnia last night. I'll have to admit that I laughed out loud while reading it even after what I consider a very disappointing turn of events. The lead-in to that point was great, but I didn't see it coming and almost didn't want to finish reading it after that point. Her humor is quite crass and I was able to get past it, but I know several people who would find it completely inappropriate and stop reading. I would probably read her other books if they were given to me or on sale, but I wouldn't buy them brand new or waste one of my booksfree rentals on them.

Speaking of booksfree, if my new books aren't in my mailbox when I get home, I'll be starting The Great Gatsby tonight. Can you believe I haven't read it yet?!

08-01-2008, 04:49 PM
I really like Jenny McCarthy as an author - she probably couldn't go much beyond the realm of writing that she is in now....but she is awesome when she talks about parenting. She is real and honest, and I enjoy that there is actually experience tucked into her writing and not just some stuffy doctor's opinion on what to do.

08-01-2008, 04:50 PM
I finished Certain Girls yesterday, and World Without End the day before. I will buy WWE for DH for Christmas because I know he'll really like it and I want it for the permanent library.
I really enjoyed Certain Girls. I think what bugged me about Good in Bed was that I don't tend to have a lot of patience with women (real or fictional) who make some really dumb decisions when they should know better, and then want to whine about it and get sympathy, and that's the way that book came across to me. But the heroine is much more sympathetic to me as a mother in Certain Girls, and the daughter is a pain but also very likable. Also, I did not see some of the events in the book coming, and I like to be surprised. Anyway, I give it a thumbs up.

I started Monsters of Templeton last night, and it is kind of weird, but maybe in a good way and too early to tell, but it has promise.
And I haven't found Scarlet Feather since unpacking beach stuff, but once I do I'll get back into it with an open mind and I'm sure I'll like it since you chicks did.
And one of these days I'll have to finish Sarum, just so I can put it back on the bookshelf and get it off my bedside table. It is huge.

Kim, Gatsby is one of my faves, hope you enjoy it. I did my High School Senior project on it for Advanced Composition, and got an A. Fond memories...

08-01-2008, 04:54 PM
I felt the same way, I liked Good in Bed but really, really enjoyed Certain Girls.

Just finishing up House on First Street, should be finished with it a few hours into driving.

Picked up Garden Spells and Divine Secrets... for the trip....but will mostly listen to audio books on the drive as I tend to get carsick. I'm really looking forward to listening to David Sedaris' new book.

08-09-2008, 11:42 AM
Ack! Our thread was on page 4! Shame on us! :nono:


Anyhow, I finished two books this week. The first was Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. I loved this book. I turned into a couldn't-put-it-down that kept me up all night. I ended up reading the entire book in about 6 hours! :yikes: Needless to say, the next day at work was not fun. This is the first book I've read by her and I will definitely be looking for more of her books to read. It was such an interesting setting, one you don't read about that often, and it seemed so well-researched and the plot flowed so interestingly.

The other book I read was Finding God in The Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware. The Introduction was interesting and things started off nicely enough, but I felt that the grammar was a little weak and that the use of "intelligent" words was unnecessary. I think it would serve well as a light devotional because the themes were powerful. All in all, I'd call it a decent read, but it was something that I, at times, pondered sending back without finishing it.

Well, I'm off to Austin for training this week. I'm bringing along two of Murakami's short story books as I should be spending quite a bit of time studying for my exam on Friday. I'm hoping my booksfree books will be here by the time I get back!

08-09-2008, 11:47 AM
I'm reading The Lake House by James Patterson, 2nd in a series (first is When the Wind Blows followed by the Maximum Ride books.) I can't wait to finish the series. It's a little out there, but it holds me.

And I just joined Doubleday Book Club. I figure as many books as I read, getting 5 for 99 cents each (and a free one for joining, plus free shipping) and only having to buy 4 in 2 years, I may as well do it. Just ordered a Rachael Ray cookbook, two James Patterson novels, a Dean Koontz novel, and two other mystery/thriller type books that I don't remember.

08-11-2008, 10:22 AM
Kim, Plain Truth is one of the best Picoult novels, in my opinion. I haven't read them all but I have read a good handful and it's one of my two favorites. My other favorite is The Pact. I really liked My Sister's Keeper (well, liked is maybe not the best word. But it was a great book) and found The Tenth Circle and Nineteen Minutes just OK.

I'm reading the second book in the Wortham Family series by Leisha Kelley--Emma's Gift. Really, REALLY love these books!

Don't know if I mentioned that last week in the car I plowed through Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth. Found it very interesting and informative and a lot of good techniques if the nonmedicated path ends up being the one I go down.

08-11-2008, 01:06 PM
Schmoodle, I hear you about Certain Girls. I loved it for many of the reasons you stated. I love it when an author surprises me! :D Scarlet Feather is fantastic...but I listened to it on CD. If you have a chance, you might do that--the Irish brogue makes it that much more fun! What's Monsters about?

Zeffryn, I've found that I literally laugh out loud, repeatedly, when I listen to David Sedaris' books, but find them pretty boring when I read them with my eyes (for lack of a better way of describing that!). I'm committed to only listening to them on CD from now on! What one will you listen to?

Kim, I absolutely adored Plain Truth, too! It was my first Picoult as well--I got it at a used book sale, of all things, and just fell in love! Her books are all different, though they all feature the same meticulous attention to detail (which can sometimes seem overdone, but is often really useful at drawing you in deeper to the story). I find books about the Amish really engaging, and like several Christian authors who write fiction about the Amish. I don't remember names right now, but I've mentioned them before in this thread, if you look. One of the better ones is called The Postcard. Hope you're having fun in Austin!

Weezle, I've really enjoyed being a member of book clubs in the past. Hope you have fun with it! :) What kind of novels are the Pattersons? More like the Letters book or more like his thrillers?

Jessie, I agree about Picoult...although I really liked Keeping Faith. I listened to it on CD, so that might have something to do with it, but I think the combo of romance and the incredible bonds of a mother and her child have a lot more to do with it. I also liked the way it made me think more about religion.

I've read a ton this summer! Of course, all the titles seem to be swimming in my head! :dizzy: Here are some I remember:

I listened to The House at Midnight on CD during a long car drive to WI and back. Sadly, even though the tension built nicely, the ending totally let me down. There was none of that "Oh, so that's why!" feeling. She made it seem like there was going to be a big revelation that tied things together, but it never came. And she left a major character in danger when she ended the book, which I think is ridiculous. I definitely don't recommend it!

I'm currently listening to Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen. It's about a young girl's experiences in society in the 1700s. Interesting...though I'm not sure where it's going.

I'm currently reading After Long Silence by Helen Fremont for book club. It's fascinating (much to my surprise), but I know it's going to be very hard to read from now on--Hitler just invaded Poland and from hints she's dropped, it's going to be a very, very awful ride to the end of the book. :( If I wasn't in charge of the book club as of this month, I'd skip this one. I just don't want to fill my mind with these images. :cry:

What are you reading?

08-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Hellooooo? :listen:

All my readers have their noses stuck in their books, I bet... :book2:

08-14-2008, 02:57 PM
I finished Emma's Gift last night and it was great. I may just go ahead and read through this series because I think I have most of the other ones in it. I just love them!

I did also start The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart. Has anyone else read it? It seems very interesting and will be a quick read, I think. It's about a girl whose estranged best friend from college writes her a letter eight years later and I think the journey for them to meet again.