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Smiling_Sara
10-01-2011, 10:37 AM
Wow, start of 4th quarter already! Please share with us what you are reading, and let all of our lists grow longer. :)

I am about 250 pages into Before I Die (http://www.amazon.com/Before-I-Die-Jenny-Downham/dp/0385751834/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317476124&sr=1-1)

It's a young adult read about a 16 year old who is dying of cancer, only has a few months to live, and before she dies she makes a list of things she would like to do.


Huzzahforska
10-01-2011, 12:42 PM
I'm a little over half way done with the third book of the Game of Thrones series, it's really good!

CanadianCutie
10-01-2011, 03:16 PM
Halfway done Changeless (second book in the Parasol Protectorate series). Very funny Steampunk series.


theox
10-01-2011, 08:01 PM
About halfway through Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

Magrat
10-01-2011, 09:46 PM
I just finished The Tin Ticket which is about nineteenth century British women who were transported to Australia for minor crimes.

I am currently rereading Grey Is The Color Of Hope, poet Irina Ratushinskaya's memoir of her years in a Soviet labor camp.

When I get sick of that I plan to move on to Season To Taste, about a wannabe chef who loses her sense of smell after an automobile accident.

Miaka
10-01-2011, 10:36 PM
I have just started to read the help. I would like to finish it before watching the movie.

Gogirl008
10-01-2011, 11:15 PM
I have just started to read the help. I would like to finish it before watching the movie.

LOVED The Help. Haven't seen the movie yet either.

I'm reading Hunger Games, finally. Totally into it. Very easy read, but also very good. Almost done, but I'm on a wait list (library) for the next one. I hope I'm next in line 'cause I'm almost ready for it and I don't want to start something else in the meantime.

shanhat81
10-02-2011, 10:31 AM
Currently reading Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett. It's the third in his big epic series, after Pillars of the Earth (which I hated) and World Without End (which I loved).

ANOther
10-02-2011, 02:03 PM
Finally into Jump!
On deck (but it'll be quite a while yet): The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse who Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts

sumnerfan
10-02-2011, 02:10 PM
I just finished White Cat by Holly Black. It's an easy YA novel about deception and feeling as though you don't belong. It was a good, easy read. I'm also trying to read The Secret History, but I just can't get into it. Oh and on my phone I've got Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovitch. I love the Plum series sans the holiday books.

FrouFrou
10-02-2011, 02:31 PM
Going thru one of my moods again and have been a little busy so not much reading getting done. Still working on The Help...I like it even though I saw the movie, lol. Usua;;y read a book first before seeing a movie but not this time.

2fat2jump
10-03-2011, 03:16 PM
I just read "The Woman Who Wouldn't" by Gene Wilder. It was a sweet little book, though really short (took about an hour to read).

I couldn't help but picture Wilder as the male character being charming and witty.

KellyAF
10-03-2011, 05:02 PM
I'm smack in the middle of Under the Dome by Stephen King.
I am not consistent with it, but I am enjoying it.

theCandEs
10-04-2011, 01:43 PM
Currently reading Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett. It's the third in his big epic series, after Pillars of the Earth (which I hated) and World Without End (which I loved).

Oooo! I guess I need to get World Without End, cause I kinda liked The Pillars of the Earth. After reading 1000 or so pages, though, I was ready for something else to read.

Now, I'm halfway through the first book in the A Game of Thrones series. It took awhile to get into it, but it's really good now.

mzKiki
10-04-2011, 02:01 PM
I'm reading One Door Away From Heaven By Dean Koontz.

It's okay, but I'm a fast reader and have been reading this one for about 3 weeks. Can't get into the characters.

Laura G
10-04-2011, 02:12 PM
Just finished The Outlander by Gil Adamson - light easy read, and now I'm into James Rollins Sandstorm - very Indiana Jones-ish, but likeable characters.
I highly recommend Diana Gabaldon as an author - she is my favorite!
Can't wait to read the final book by Jean Auel (i forget the name of it), Ayla is my all time favorite character in all of literature!

Thanks all for the great suggestions!

Glory87
10-05-2011, 09:35 PM
Ugh, hated the last Jean Auel book. It was an awful lot of repetitive description and it really didn't seem to GO anywhere (and I got so tired of all the tedious long winded introductions every 5 pages). I slogged through it, because of how much I loved the first book.

Spoiler (written in white, highlight to read)
My biggest disappointment was no mentiuon of the Clan or resolution for Ayla's son, Durc. I know it's probably more realistic that she would have had to give him up and never see him again, but I was still hoping for closure!
/end spoiler

I just came back from a trip to Texas and I have been reading my tookus off. Here's my goodreads list of read books: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1035707?shelf=%23ALL%23

Highlights:

Ready Player One (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/030788743X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317861169&sr=8-1) - an absolute must for an 80s fan, double must for any 80 video game geek

Bossy Pants (http://www.amazon.com/Bossypants-Tina-Fey/dp/0316056863/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317861226&sr=1-1) - very funny

The Magician King (http://www.amazon.com/Magician-King-Novel-Lev-Grossman/dp/0670022314/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317861259&sr=1-1) - liked it EVEN BETTER than the first book, and the ending was magnificent

CanadianCutie
10-06-2011, 11:34 AM
I am reading The Help, and Jane Eyre. I started with Jane Eyre, but with the writing style I know it is going to take me awhile to finish, so I started on the The Help as well.

Laura G
10-06-2011, 11:44 AM
I also recommend Sarah's Key, although I can't remember the author's name. It's about a polish girl who was rounded up in the **** sweeps. Poignant. Don't read if you are bothered by the injustices the Jewish people were subjected to in that time - it can be very upsetting.

Rainy Day
10-06-2011, 03:13 PM
I finished reading The Help a few days ago. I absolutely loved it... well, maybe not the ending. I felt the ending was too abrupt. I actually kept clicking the 'next page' button on my Kindle expecting more but that was it for the story.

I'm reading Jurassic Park. I always wanted to. I'm about 1/3 of the way done and it focuses more on the science-y part of it but I like it. It gives the movie more depth.

loveAcat
10-10-2011, 11:07 AM
I loved "The Help" -- I haven't seen the movie yet, but I definitely want to!

Just finished "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells for a book club. I liked it (never read it before) and it was a quick read.

I'm almost done with "The Dirty Life" -- it's an autobiography about a woman from Manhattan who falls in love with a farmer. She gives up her Manhattan life style to start up an organic farm with him. It's good so far (I never appreciated how complex a farm can be!).

ade903
10-10-2011, 01:04 PM
Just started Night Road by Kristin Hannah. Good so far.

bubsy111
10-10-2011, 05:15 PM
I am reading "Full Dark, No Stars" by Stephen King. I enjoy his books as well as Dean Koontz. I am just waiting for the 5th book of Koontz' 'Frankenstein' series to come out.

Gogirl008
10-12-2011, 03:27 PM
Reading Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Boy, it was off to a slow start but I think it's starting to pick up a bit. It has great reviews so I hope I can stick with it.

shanhat81
10-12-2011, 05:50 PM
Just finished Fall of Giants

I stand corrected ... Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are not in this series.

However ... FOG was *great*. I loved every minute of it. And it's a BIG book, so there were a lot of minutes

pockets
10-17-2011, 09:51 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo it's my hands down favorite book and I read it at least once a year!

I'm also working on the Winds of the Forelands series. I'm really enjoying them, I haven't read fantasy before. Unless you count Harry Potter or Twilight! lol

WinterCricket
10-18-2011, 07:48 AM
I have just started Fat Girl by Judith Moore. I am on these type of memoir reads lately.
I have so many book son my e-reader sometimes I have no idea where to start. hehe

Prism21
10-18-2011, 10:07 PM
I just started reading Game of Thrones. It's good and I'm glad I went ahead and bought the 4 book set.

Smiling_Sara
10-19-2011, 09:56 PM
I have just started Fat Girl by Judith Moore. I am on these type of memoir reads lately.
I have so many book son my e-reader sometimes I have no idea where to start. hehe

I remember this one from a few years ago. It was a good read.

rachaelm
10-21-2011, 01:25 PM
Nothing good right now.

I need a good series for my ereader. I love to read & am a pretty fast reader, so a long series would make me happy too. I like fiction.
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. I loved the Harry Potter books. Twilight was good too, but not as good as JK Rowling. I did like the Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series too. I usually like Oprah's recommendations, and Nicholas Sparks makes me cry, but I enjoy them too.

Any suggestions?

Laydeitrippstuh
10-25-2011, 11:38 AM
I'm reading Hunger Games, finally. Totally into it. Very easy read, but also very good. Almost done, but I'm on a wait list (library) for the next one. I hope I'm next in line 'cause I'm almost ready for it and I don't want to start something else in the meantime.

I love the Hunger game series. I use to have dreams about being in the game.. It probably didnt help that I finished all the books in about 4 days. Haha. I also heard Battle Royale was kind of like the Hunger games but could never find the book. :)

Anyone have any good series they read? Im more into fiction and young adult.

Just finished reading a Nora Roberts book and about to start reading The Room.