General chatter - What are you reading--August Edition..

07-31-2009, 10:48 AM
Yes I know it's actually July 31, but I couldn't find the July thread...hope everyone doesn't mind I started a new thread

I had to spend alot of time waiting while my dad had surgery yesterday--this is one of the best books I have read in awhile--very sad but very suspensful, this new aurthor is a great storyteller,

WARNING:once you start reading it's hard to put down!!!

Late to the game
07-31-2009, 11:53 AM
Wow, that sounds good!

07-31-2009, 12:00 PM
Yay - a new thread!

That book looks pretty good - I'll throw it on my library queue.

Let me see, what have I read since I last posted?

Prayers for Sale ( - Sandra Dallas. First, I'm a huge Sandra Dallas fan. The Diary of Mattie Spencer and the Persian Pickle Club are two of my all time favs. This one - was a limp excuse for a Sandra Dallas book. The time period was intesting, it was nice to touch base with one of the other characters from an earlier book, but the plot was phoned in (an older woman tells stories to a younger one) and the ending is ridiculously over the top happy.

Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy ( Not sure why I'm so fascinated with the founding of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and their early history, but this book was just fascinating.

A Reliable Wife ( Very gothic, the plot had some good twists. It reminded me a little of the Crimson Petal and the White (which I loved).

End of Overeating ( - Brilliant. I was a little amused, the book went on for 200+ pages about why it's so tough to stop eating sugar, fat and salt. Their final technique (presented in a few short pages at the end) for not eating these foods - well, just don't eat them.

Local News ( - just okay. It was slow and not much happened, but I think that was the intent.

Dogs of Babel ( - I really liked Carolyn Parkhurst's Lost and Found but this was very different. I loved this book when it stayed firmly grounded in reality, when it veered into a little bit of surrealness, it lost me a bit. Overall, an excellent, sweet book that made me cry.

Pretty in Plaid ( - while nothing tops Bitter is the New Black - this book had a few laugh out loud moments. I'm such a big Jen Lancaster fan, I think she's hilarious. We're about the same age, so her memories of 80s fashion/music made me nostalgic. She just seems like a person who would be really fun to have a drink with and some serious girl talk.

Girls in Trucks ( - turned out to be a series of interelated stories and not a novel. It was just okay for me, dawg. The prose was nice in places.

Citizen Girl ( - someone in last month's thread posted they hated this book, and I know it's sick, but sometimes I like to read books I hate because hating on books can be fun. So, I checked this one out of the library. I ended up liking it okay- probably because I could identify with the feeling of being a powerless corporate drone with a boss who makes demands that seem impossible to put into action. I hated the "precious" character naming, and it was over the top in places, but overall I liked it.

Life of Pi ( - everyone keeps saying how fabulous this book is, so I finally read it. I can see why other people liked it, but it was way too religious for me and I dislike books that are surreal. It does get bonus points for the M. Night Shamalayan ending, which nearly redeemed it for me.

Home Safe ( - Elizabeth Berg is another favorite author but this book kind of sucked. The main character was so helpless and weak. I know there have to be real people like this, but I just wanted to SLAP HER. And negative points for trite happy ending.

Serena ( - gothic and over the top and I couldn't put it down. Disliked ALL the main characters and didn't understand their motivations, but somehow still compulsively readable.

Next up -

Strain ( - vampires!

There may be some overlap between the last time I posted, but I think that puts me up to date. Can't wait to see what everyone else is reading this summer - I need to update my library queue.

07-31-2009, 01:39 PM
I just finished reading Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. I have to admit I was disappointed. I didn't like Julie very much, and there was very little in the book about Julia's life, and most of that was from her husband Paul's perspective. I hope this is one of those cases where the movie is better than the book.

I'm also reading My Life in France Julia's autobiography, which I am enjoying very much.

07-31-2009, 01:54 PM
I read J&J last year and liked it - I'm looking forward to the movie. I usually love Amy Adams, but I'm horrified by what she's done to her hair for the movie - so mousy and strawlike! Meryl Streep looks like a HOOT.

07-31-2009, 02:03 PM
i loooved Dogs of Babel, one of the saddest books ever. it does go a little surreal but i am just so in love with the characters and the over all sadness that i can over look it. :)

i am working on a Morgan Llewellyn book right now called The Elementals. I think it's old, it was a used book store find. It's definitely not like her usual stuff, and it's becoming a slow read for me, but it's interesting.

07-31-2009, 02:53 PM
I recently read The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which I have mixed feelings about. The concept is really interesting and has a lot of potential, I just think the author could have done a lot more with the story. The whole book, I kept waiting for something, like maybe a twist, or I don't know, just something. (But maybe that's the point, since the book is actually about waiting.) It was somewhat pretentious and name-droppy, and nearly all the characters sounded exactly the same. Anywho, I can see how most people who have read loved it.

I'm currently reading what has been my favorite book for about ten years, since I read it in 8th grade: Watership Down by Richard Adams. It's overly descriptive at times, but I love the story, the characters, and everything else about it.

07-31-2009, 09:26 PM
I'm about halfway through Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger, which is set in my home state of Minnesota

08-02-2009, 01:18 PM
Reading Baby Proof by Emily Griffin. I hope to get a good chuck of the book done today.

08-02-2009, 01:27 PM
I think that Life of Pi was one of the greatest books I ever read. I am not religious at all, in fact, I am rather anti-religious but I don't think it was about religion. At first, I was taken aback by all the pondering on various religions but fortunately, it became quickly obvious it's not a book about religion. I read it 4 years ago and I think I will have to reread it.

I just finished a truly awesome book, Brothers by Yu Hua. It's very entertaining but you must be an avid reader - 640 pages. Although that is only half the size of The Suitable Boy (the author's name escapes me at the moment - East Indian - also a terrific book - 1340 pages of great reading!!).

08-02-2009, 11:36 PM
I am in the middle of reading the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I am in absolute love with it.

A Kiss of Shadow ( - The first book of the series. I'm currently about to begin the 6th book, A Lick Of Frost.

Hamilton also has the Anita Blake series, which I also enjoy, but I have loved the Merry Gentry books more.

I will give a little warning for this though, Hamilton is horror fiction writer and there are a lot of sex themes in her books.

For a light summer read, I loved Chasing Harry Winston (

And for reading just for the sake of reading a good writer.. Ahab's Wife ( Sena Neslund immediately became one of my new favorite writers from the very first sentence of this book.

I am a huge reader.. and really could go on with a lot more of my all time favs, but I'll just stick with these that I've read recently ;)

08-03-2009, 12:58 AM
I love to read books about time traveling, fantasy and mysteries
I am currently finishing up a book called Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey.
It has a very interesting story and lots of interesting characters.
It has a little of everything from love to war, it is the first book in a series of 3 books. I can['t wait to get to the end to start the next book....

08-04-2009, 12:21 PM
just about to start My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

08-04-2009, 04:28 PM
I think Laurell K. Hamliton is into some creepy wish fulfillment. In both of her series - one dark, curly haired woman (surprisingly like LKH herself!) is the object of raging desire of every beautiful man she meets (all with long long long hair). The first couple of Anita Blake books were awesome, but it's all orgies and little plot now. To be fair, the Merry Gentry started out with orgies.

I still read them, but it's mostly "flip flip flip flip" to get past the sex scenes which are repetitive to get to the 5-10 pages that actually advance the plot per book.

I finished The Strain and it was okay. It was very much written like a movie. There were some creepy bits, but some huge gaping plot holes. There was also a lot of filler, I really felt the authors were stretching to make a trilogy.

Now, I'm reading The Leisure Seeker ( which so far is very sweet and touching.

08-04-2009, 10:01 PM
I like the sex scenes ;)

But yeah, LKH is definitely NOT an author you should read if sex scenes offend you.

I agree that the Anita Blake series has gotten more sex filled as the books have gone on... But surprisingly, the Merry Gentry series has dwindled down to barely any. I kinda miss them.

LKH said on her blog that things will be steamier in the new book coming out in December and the the series is taking on a whole new plot line. :dance:

08-05-2009, 02:03 PM
dumped The Elementals- just couldn't get through it anymore. I got a bunch of used books for my birthday so I'm back in reading new stuff! I have an entire shelf now of nothing but books i have not yet read.
I'm reading Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses. So far- really great! I love her.

08-06-2009, 02:36 AM
I'm about halfway through Silent in the Grave ( and I really like it so far.

08-06-2009, 04:12 AM
Still Alice was a great book that really gave me an understanding of Alzheimer's disease. I would highly recommend it... it gives you a deep appreciation for your memory.

I read Twenties Girl - the new one by Sophie Kinsella.. it was alright.. I could of done without it, but if you are looking for a brainless read, it was fine.

08-06-2009, 04:20 AM
Well currently I am reading "Salem Falls" by Jodi Picoult, the same author who wrote, "My Sisters Keeper" which I have also read, which was very good. I have also just read, "Accidental Mother" by Rowan Coleman and now she has a sequel out to that book, "Accidental Family" which I also want to read.

Before that I read "Prarie Tales" by Melissa Gilbert and before then, I can't honestly remember because I have read quite a few books. lol. I work 3rd shift and work very long hours and my coworker is currently studying to be a Paramedic, so she is usually studying, so I read. lol.

So this thread is a blessing to find so I can have other books to read! lol. I grabbed the last book, "Accidental Mother" and got lucky that it was a good book. lol.

I just remembered the other book I read, "Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her *** Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer (Paperback)" by Jen Lancaster. It was HILARIOUS! She also has other books that I want to read: "Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office (Paperback)", "Bright Lights, Big ***: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? (Paperback)", and "Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-*** Phase (Hardcover)"

Anyways, Happy Reading!

08-06-2009, 04:43 AM
The last book I read was The Lovely Bones ( and I just started Live a Little (

08-06-2009, 11:22 AM
Let me know what you think about Live a Little. I know it was a plot device, but I couldn't forgive the main character for her cruel deception to her family. I stopped reading about halfway through. I'm usually a big fan of the library, but I actually bought that one (suckered by the super cute cover art, I think). Let me know if it's worth picking back up!

08-06-2009, 11:25 AM
Paperskin - Loved Still Alice. You might like The Leisure Seeker which I just read. It has a more humorous overall tone but a similar theme.

Sassy Chick - I am hit/miss with Jodie Picoult, I remember thinking that one seemed to drag in the courtroom. I have Prairie Tales in my queue in the library - looking forward to that one.

I'm a big Jen Lancaster fan - I just finished her newest one, Pretty in Plaid. It was very funny, but Bitter is the New Black remains my absolutely favorite.

08-06-2009, 11:42 AM
I clicked on your weight loss story. It is truly inspiring. Just what I needed to read today.

08-06-2009, 05:46 PM
I just finished a "reread blitz" of all of Dan Brown's books. I should have waited a little longer though, because now I'm entirely too geeked to get 'The Lost Symbol' in September.

08-11-2009, 10:34 AM
I haven't been on here in a while.. so lets see...

I've read
Better Then Chocolate ... really good book. I like the ending.
The Senator's Wife... another good read, but it seemed to drag out in parts.
I am reading The Starter Wife now.... iffy, I like it, but yet again it sems details are dragged out. Good plot line and such thus far.

I've got a bunch of books here from the library... just need to figure out what one to read next?

08-11-2009, 10:57 AM
I liked the Senator's Wife :)

I finished Silent in the Grave and it was really great - until about the middle. Then, the author made the mistake of making the male lead the BESTEST at everything (total Ayla from Mammoth Hunters syndrome). Ugh. It went from being a 4.5 book to about a 2.5 book. Still, I just requested the sequel from the library!

I am now reading Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Plonder ( and I don't know if I'm going to be able to take the cornpone treacly-ness of it. It's so cutesy pukey southern! I'm super busy the next few days getting ready for a visit from my mom, so my reading time has taken a hit.

08-11-2009, 01:52 PM
I haven't quite finished The Hundred Secret Senses, but I left it at work over the weekend! So I picked up another book "the B!tch in the house" it's a collection of essays written by women and they're excellent! I have almost devoured this whole book in like 3 days.

08-11-2009, 04:35 PM
I love anything that Amy Tan writes. She could write a grocery list and I'd buy it.

08-11-2009, 04:43 PM
Paperskin -

Sassy Chick - I am hit/miss with Jodie Picoult, I remember thinking that one seemed to drag in the courtroom. I have Prairie Tales in my queue in the library - looking forward to that one.

i must agree with you on that. II was reading her one book a few months ago, and I thought the way she had everything play out, it just went on and on, but I kept reading b/c I wanted to know what happened in the end.

right now Im reading the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Just got done reading The curious Case of Benjamin Button. Nothing like the movie.:p

08-11-2009, 05:07 PM
I just started another book called Sword of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff

It is supposed to be a time travel book.

08-11-2009, 08:01 PM
I found a paperback copy of Dan Follett's Pillars of the Earth on a park bench about a week ago. Fun book. Especially if you like history/adventure/romance type stories. Takes place in the Middle Ages in England. (Plus, the price was right!)

Shrinking Mama
08-11-2009, 08:21 PM
It's been a while since I checked in here. I have so enjoyed seeing what others are reading. I've taken many of your suggestions and have read more this summer than I have in years.

I have recently finished:
The Late Bloomer's Revolution by Amy Cohen
While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
The end of overeating by David A Kessler
Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

Up next I have Michael J Fox's book to read.

08-12-2009, 01:49 AM
i agree paperskin - i am actually starting to think she might be my favorite author! i love the kitchen gods wife i think it's going in my list of - books i read once a year. i have one more waiting for me and then i think i will have read them all.

08-12-2009, 03:20 AM
I am reading The Book Thief - different and very good. I'm about halfway

Other books I've read this summer

Loving Frank
I Know this Much is True (Wally Lamb)
The Omnivores Dilemma
and a nonfiction book about 2 divers who discovered a lost U boat sub from WWII - very interesting, actually
Also a non fiction called, I think, The Wizard of Oz was a Narcissist - about Narcissitic Personality Disorders

Next I'll be Starting Zookeeper's Wife (I think that's the title)

08-12-2009, 11:56 AM
Currently winding up Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy. I was getting rid of some clutter in my room and found two books I haven't read yet, Dead Weight by John Francome (a British horse-racing mystery a la Dick Francis, and both Francome and Francis are retired jockeys: aren't there any Americans who write racing thrillers?) and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and one of those will be next

08-12-2009, 08:22 PM
I found a paperback copy of Dan Follett's Pillars of the Earth on a park bench about a week ago. Fun book. Especially if you like history/adventure/romance type stories. Takes place in the Middle Ages in England. (Plus, the price was right!)

Oh gosh, one of my all time favorite books! (and it's Ken Follett :) ) The sequel World Without End[I] is just as good. I actually listened to both of these on my MP3 player (30+ hours each!), the reader John Lee is great.

I just started another book called Sword of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff

It is supposed to be a time travel book.

Have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? There are 5 books, with the 6th due in September. Great time travel/history/romance/just plain fun to read books!

I'm now listening to [I]People of the Book which is very good, and I love the Australian reader. Before that I listened to C. J. Box's Blue Heaven which was quite suspensful, and just a bit creepy. Enjoyed it a lot. :lol: I'm reading, or rather I'm rereading, Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mysteries as she has a new one coming out this fall. Otherwise this summer I've been reading fluff. :lol: Most of it I can't even remember the name of - Death by Cashmere was one. I know when I flip to the end that it's time to take the book back to the library.....

08-12-2009, 09:08 PM
Just finished "The Story Sisters" --good but sad...

just starting "My Sister's Keeper"

08-13-2009, 11:20 AM
OMG I love the Outlander Series. I just reread the first 6 books and am anxiously awaiting the 7th in Sept!
I am currently reading [I]Taking Woodstock[I].

08-13-2009, 11:29 AM
My first time in this thread :D

I am reading Jim Butcher's Stormfront, I hope it's good XD

08-13-2009, 11:33 AM
My first time in this thread :D

I am reading Jim Butcher's Stormfront, I hope it's good XD

Love the Dresden Files :) When I'm done reading Taking Woodstock I'm starting on the 6th Dresden Book. They are awesome!

08-13-2009, 08:23 PM
Just finished Nora Robert's tribute and am waiting for Janet Evanovich finger lickin fifteen to go to paperback, am now reading a true crime book called Missy's murder. I love Suspense romance, true crime, mysteries and anything about the wives of Henry the 8th

08-14-2009, 03:25 AM
finished my amy tan and womens anthology and moved on to a book called Brigids Charge by Cynthia Lamb - so far it's really good.

08-18-2009, 12:03 PM
I'm about 120 pages into New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Wanna read it before the new movie comes out.

08-18-2009, 01:26 PM
I hope to get the book - "I Hate You, Please Don't Leave Me" soon.

08-19-2009, 11:36 AM
Hi chickies :wave: I posted this in the General Support forum, but it occurred to me that the avid readers here will probably be able to answer my questions.

As you may know, the Kindle e-reader isn't available in Canada, and I thought I'd be clever and order one anyway, have it delivered to my step daughter in Miami, and have her send it up here to Ontario.

That part all worked fine, but having read some of the Kindle forums at Amazon, I'm a bit worried that you have to have a US credit card, with a US address, to download books.

Any Canadians (or other non-US residents) here have a Kindle? How did it work out for you? I hope I'm not going to have a problem; I'm so excited to get my new toy! I ordered a cute pink cover for it and everything....

08-19-2009, 11:55 AM
Just finished The Time Traveler's Wife and have to say, that the ending tarnished the whole book for me. I probably got too emotionally involved. The writing was good, but I couldn't help but be mad at Clare at the end.

I just assembled a new bookcase, twice the size of my old one, and gathered all the books I had stashed around the house to put in it. Well, it wasn't big enough! Lol! But, I did find a stash of books that I bought and hadn't read, so I'll be reading The Other Boleyn Girl next.

08-21-2009, 07:12 PM
Just picked up "Look Again" by Lisa Scottoline

here's the Amazone link

Also got a few ALice Hoffman books--I really enjoyed "The Story Sisters" and thought i would try some more...

08-21-2009, 09:30 PM
I just finished reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" and loved it!!! I have heard about it for awhile, but it sounded like it was all science fiction to me, so I put off reading it until I saw the commercials for the movie. However, now that I have read it and liked it so much, I might hold off on seeing the movie until it's out in rental or something. LOL

I think I am going to move onto "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Piccoult next.

08-22-2009, 12:44 AM
Just finished The Time Traveler's Wife and have to say, that the ending tarnished the whole book for me. I probably got too emotionally involved. The writing was good, but I couldn't help but be mad at Clare at the end.

I picked up my copy to re-read as soon as I got out of the movie. Why were you mad at Clare - for waiting?

I loved that book just as much as I always do - for my birthday one year, my boyfriend got me a signed, limited edition copy.

I haven't read much new lately - with the mom visit and the TTW re-read. Since my last post, I've read:

* Red Carpet Suicide ( - now I love celebrity gossip, to a possibly unhealthy degree but this book was mean spirited and even worse - boring!

* Forgotten Garden ( - easily figured out, but it was okay.

* What Was I Thinking? ( - other people's painful relationship stories are so interesting.

In a fit of masochism, I checked the new Anita Blake book out of the library. I'm on page 2, and I'm amazed there hasn't been any sex yet - she is SLACKING. I keep telling myself this book has Edward and I love Edward. I'm sure I will read it just to make mental snarky comments and then give it a 1 star personal review. Sometimes, I like reading books I don't like - I have no idea why!

08-22-2009, 01:32 AM
They Fought Like Demons, Women Soilders In The Civil War
By. Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

It's non-fiction and it's about women that disguised themselves as men and fought in the civil war. Interesting bedtime read.

08-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Gobbled up Bright Lights Big *** by Jen Lancaster in a day in a half.

Now I'm starting Love and Other Natural Disasters.

08-24-2009, 03:21 AM
Have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? There are 5 books, with the 6th due in September. Great time travel/history/romance/just plain fun to read books!

I'm in the middle of the first one. I'm listening to the Audio version and i LOVE it!

08-25-2009, 01:15 AM
I started reading Tom Venuto's - Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle tonight

08-25-2009, 02:38 AM
I just finished reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson.
Pretty much identical to the movie.

08-25-2009, 03:10 AM
just started Tad Williams' Shadowmarch - started off a little slow but is getting much better.

I really enjoyed Brigid's Charge.

08-25-2009, 02:13 PM
Has anyone read The Host? How similar is it to the Twilight series? Better, Worse, about the same?

08-25-2009, 02:18 PM
Re: The Time Traveller's Wife

I found I was annoyed at the ending too... and not so much because she waited but because you got the sense she didn't do much of anything else... as though all the rest of the time she had was pointless (and not worth mentioning... as the book skips over it) because he wasn't there.

But then I also felt a little cheated by the powerlessness of their situation. I wanted them to overcome their fates...

But that was just my reaction to it.

I liked the rest of the book and I thought it was beautifully written.

I'm currently reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I'm enjoying it so far.

08-25-2009, 04:27 PM
Has anyone read The Host? How similar is it to the Twilight series? Better, Worse, about the same?

I only read the first Twilight book and I hated it. I read the Host and I loved hating it. It is a fabulous premise but I feel she just wasted it. I loathed/despised the main character who gets the most ridiculous "mary sue" ending I've ever read (and I've read all the Anita Blake books!). And the author's "no sex before marriage" thing really gets old (for me). That being said, I'll probably still read the sequel (I think she's working on one).

Here's my original post about it last summer!

08-25-2009, 05:21 PM
Finished Dead Weight last night and tonight start Good Omens

08-25-2009, 05:25 PM
I'm currently reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I'm enjoying it so far.

I meant to add: I loved The Space Between Us! One of my top 10 from last year.

I'm in a bit of book ADD mode. I keep picking books up, flipping, putting them down. I'm almost through with Addition ( which has been a really fascinating look into OCD. I keep trying to read Crazy for the Storm ( but I get so bored with all the flashback stuff.