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Smiling_Sara
04-01-2012, 04:56 PM
Happy April everyone! Please share what you are reading this month. :)

I have just started Pretty in Plaid By Jen Lancaster (http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Plaid-Condescending-Egomaniacal-Self-Centered/dp/0451228537/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1333313690&sr=8-7)

Very funny so far.


pluckypear
04-01-2012, 07:39 PM
Just finished 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle'. www.animalvegetablemiracle.com

Still reading IQ 84.

rlb1987
04-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Just started Game of Thrones, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna like it. :halfempty


shanhat81
04-01-2012, 10:57 PM
Just finished The Hunger Games (all three books).

Am reading Metamaus, which is Art Spiegelman's retrospective on his Maus books and Lawrence Beesley's Titanic book (he was one of only a handful of men in Second Class to survive). I thought that the latter was timely. I am taking Team of Rivals -- Doris Kearns Goodwin's Lincoln book -- to NYC with me this week when my grandfather has surgery.

neon_zephyr
04-02-2012, 12:54 AM
"The Alchemy of Stone" by Ekaterina Sedaris. It's going to take me a while to get into it b/c I've got grad school work due soon, but, I've read the first chapter and love it so far. Vivid, lyrical, unexpected. It's told from the perspective of a clockwork doll.

alinnell
04-02-2012, 11:25 AM
Just started Game of Thrones, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna like it. :halfempty

I wanted to like it but couldn't get into it at all. Never finished it.

I'm reading Fifty Shades of Grey (http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Shades-Grey-Book-Trilogy/dp/0345803485/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333380256&sr=1-1). Now I know why they call it Mommy Porn. It's way over the top and quite unbelievable but interesting enough to want to finish it and perhaps get the next two books to complete the trilogy. Not sure if I can share with DH though!

roxmysox
04-02-2012, 01:45 PM
Subbing.

I'm actually just wrapping up Jane Eyre (thought it was a good time for a classic!) and I'm looking for a new book to start!

tessendicott
04-02-2012, 10:05 PM
Rose Madder and getting ready to start The Night Circus and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Might read Catching Fire and Mockingjay over again as well.

alinnell
04-03-2012, 09:37 AM
Okay, Finished 50 Shades of Grey. I'm still not sure if I'll get the other two books or not. In the mean time, I have new Jonathan Kellerman and Harlan Coben books to read.

I also read Guts by Kristen Johnston. Interesting, funny, fast read.

Lunula
04-03-2012, 10:13 AM
I just started reading "American Tabloid" by James Ellroy; totally different than stuff I normally read, but I heard a review of it on NPR so I thought I'd try it out. It's taking me awhile to get used to the diction, it is very odd!

Trazey34
04-04-2012, 11:51 AM
I tried 50 Shades of Grey because of the hype, but I didn't find it very well written and maybe I'm square, but a dude who wants to hurt a girl for kicks is not romantic :(

I'm reading "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick DeWitt simply because of this review I read LOL :

“A gorgeous, wise, riveting work of, among other things, cowboy noir…Honestly, I can’t recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths.”
—David Wroblewski, New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

MiZTaCCen
04-04-2012, 12:11 PM
Rose Madder

I read that when I was younger, I remember skipping a dozen pages because it got boring, than really good! I forget the ending tho.

I'm re-read "Why men love *****es" by Sherry Argov.
I also have on the go "I got your number" by Sophie Kinsella it's really cute so far, but unfortunately haven't had time to finish it or even get half way through. I think since I now have a weekend off I'll make time to relax and read. :D

MonteCristo
04-05-2012, 03:41 PM
I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire last night, and will be starting The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest this evening. Which I expect to finish by noon tomorrow, lol. No idea what I'll read next.

Vex
04-05-2012, 08:20 PM
I actually just finished a new book that came out last week. It's called "Escape from camp 14" - a true story about a man who was born in a North Korean gulag and escaped in 2005.

Fantastic book - highly recommended.

rlb1987
04-06-2012, 10:57 PM
I've set aside Game of Thrones for the time being (can't get into it) and started reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank. It's a quick, funny read and most definitely a page turner. I didn't want to put it down when it was time for me to go to bed! Probably gonna finish it up tonight.

Alyj89
04-06-2012, 11:56 PM
Im reading the Birthmarked series (young adult dystopia setting similar to hunger games ! ). I just started the second book. the hunger games finally got me into my kindle fire again.

drake3272004
04-07-2012, 09:35 AM
I went back to classics too. I am almost done with Jane Eyre, found that one on a swap table & when I forgot it at home one day I found Wuthering Heights for my kindle! About half way done now with that.
I caught Jane Eyre on television quite awhile ago, so was curious on how close they stuck to the book. And Wuthering Heights just happened to catch my eye on the free book list.

LindaWW
04-07-2012, 11:45 AM
Last week I read Still Missing, On the Island, and Handling the Undead. This week I'm reading In Leah's Wake, and have several others on deck in my Kindle, that I can't remember the names of right now.

Teacher2B
04-07-2012, 03:55 PM
I am currently reading the LotR trilogy one more time. Currently reading "The Two Towers" :D

TurboMammoth
04-07-2012, 05:52 PM
I went back to classics too. I am almost done with Jane Eyre, found that one on a swap table & when I forgot it at home one day I found Wuthering Heights for my kindle! About half way done now with that.
I caught Jane Eyre on television quite awhile ago, so was curious on how close they stuck to the book. And Wuthering Heights just happened to catch my eye on the free book list.

What a coincidence!! I started Jane Eyre this afternoon. I wanted to read it for a long time... I want to see the movie (big fan of M. Fassbender) but I wanted to read the book first.

drake3272004
04-08-2012, 03:23 AM
TurboMammoth


What a coincidence!! I started Jane Eyre this afternoon. I wanted to read it for a long time... I want to see the movie (big fan of M. Fassbender) but I wanted to read the book first.

I didn't know there were so many movies made from this book! This was the one I caught on tv:

http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-Samantha-Morton/dp/0767020294/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1333869451&sr=8-16

treasureBelle
04-10-2012, 01:09 PM
I actually just finished a new book that came out last week. It's called "Escape from camp 14" - a true story about a man who was born in a North Korean gulag and escaped in 2005.

Fantastic book - highly recommended.

Sounds interesting... I'll have to look at that one. :)

At the moment, I'm working my way through Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. Loving it so far.
I've read Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice since last year, but, although I like them, I didn't enjoy them in quite the same way as I'm enjoying Monte Cristo. I actually feel kind of sexist in terms of my classic preferences :dizzy: ... I hated Gaskell's North and South, because it took a page and a half to basically say, "Mrs Shaw didn't attend the wedding because she didn't have a new dress to wear." I like the way Dumas fills his books out with historical context and the like, because it actually informs my perspective of the story and my general knowledge. :^:

ANOther
04-10-2012, 02:13 PM
I didn't know there were so many movies made from this book! This was the one I caught on tv:

http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-Samantha-Morton/dp/0767020294/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1333869451&sr=8-16

TCM just showed one not long ago from 1944, with Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, and Elizabeth Taylor as the little girl who dies of pneumonia after marching a punishment drill in the rain

Soon to finish Star Island by Carl Hiaasen. Some stuff I want to read (out now, but put them in abeyance for the last-quarter mega-holiday season): Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith to be the big Christmas read, and there's a couple of sequels to Blood Oath (The President's Vampire, and I forget what the third one is called) that would make for good Halloween reading

paperclippy
04-10-2012, 04:59 PM
"The Alchemy of Stone" by Ekaterina Sedaris. It's going to take me a while to get into it b/c I've got grad school work due soon, but, I've read the first chapter and love it so far. Vivid, lyrical, unexpected. It's told from the perspective of a clockwork doll.

I read that one a couple years ago! It was pretty good.

I just finished reading "The Daemon Prism" by Carol Berg, which was excellent (it's the third book in the Collegia Magica trilogy). Started yesterday on "The Edinburgh Dead" by Brian Ruckley.

I read the first Game of Thrones book several years back and didn't like it enough to bother reading the rest of the series. Same with Wheel of Time ages ago.

konfyoozed
04-10-2012, 08:10 PM
still reading the outlander series by diana gabaldon currently about half way through "voyager" and will be starting "drums of autumn" soon.

also just finished "the christian athiest" and started reading "men of the bible" and will follow that with "women of the bible"

MonteCristo
04-11-2012, 09:30 AM
I'm reading A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is the first book in the series that the new Disney movie John Carter is based on.

MosesMom1
04-12-2012, 02:55 PM
I just finished Lover Reborn by JR Ward :)

roxmysox
04-12-2012, 03:05 PM
I didn't know there were so many movies made from this book! This was the one I caught on tv:

http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-Samantha-Morton/dp/0767020294/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1333869451&sr=8-16

I watched this version last night since I had finished Jane Eyre (I was pronouncing it like "Eerie" until I saw the movie) and I was so disappointed in all the wonderful parts that were missed!

TurboMammoth
04-12-2012, 04:32 PM
I watched this version last night since I had finished Jane Eyre (I was pronouncing it like "Eerie" until I saw the movie) and I was so disappointed in all the wonderful parts that were missed!
God I just realized I absolutely have no idea how to pronounce Eyre LOL

LeilaJey
04-12-2012, 04:42 PM
I just started 'Fat Is A Feminist Issue'.. really interesting so far and it's talking about compulsive eating a lot. Seemed like a good time to read it.

loose seal
04-12-2012, 04:44 PM
Am reading The Hunger Games series. Finished THG and started the second book, only to be informed by my youngest that "MOM! Mocking Jay is the third book you have to read Catching Fire next!". Welp, guess I know how the second book ends.

I. Am. So. Duh.

roxmysox
04-12-2012, 04:48 PM
God I just realized I absolutely have no idea how to pronounce Eyre LOL

It sounds better to me as "Eerie" but in the movie they said it like "Air" (or maybe "Heir")

FrouFrou
04-13-2012, 10:08 PM
I have had a slow few months of reading and have been working on A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan...just not been in a reading mood.

ANOther
04-15-2012, 12:33 PM
Death Roe by Joseph Heywood

ANOther
04-15-2012, 04:25 PM
It sounds better to me as "Eerie" but in the movie they said it like "Air" (or maybe "Heir")

No, I've always heard it pronounced as "air". ETA: Where are you from, roxmysox, that you think "air" and "heir" sound different?

NurseMichelle
04-16-2012, 07:26 AM
I've slowed my reading down too....I am reading Burned by Ellen Hopkins (my new favorite author!) but I am finding it slower than the rest of her stuff so I find myself not as motivated to pick it back up, not like the rest of her stuff, that I couldn't put down, and would read every free moment I had.

50 Shades of Grey
Night Circus
Water for Elephants


....are coming up next! I LOVE MY NOOK!

konfyoozed
04-16-2012, 02:25 PM
forgot to take one of my books with me over the weekend, so stopped by barnes and noble and picked up a awkwardly binded copy of 'the lovely bones' for $5 and read it in 2 days! i thought it was great, once i got used to the awkward POV it was written in.

loose seal
04-16-2012, 07:15 PM
I've slowed way down my reading as well.

I blame the interwebz and Pinterest. Pinterest! Who invented that? Like I need even more things distracting me? :dizzy:

alinnell
04-16-2012, 09:09 PM
I've started a new book: Gravity And The Lack of It (http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-And-The-Lack-ebook/dp/B007SB5GF8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334624763&sr=8-2). Not sure about it yet, but I bought it because I know the author! So far, he's made references to his dog, Molly and the ice cream place he has a franchise of (Cold Stone Creamery).

drake3272004
04-25-2012, 11:49 AM
Finished Jane Eyre last night. Seems like it stuck to the movie I saw, at least 3/4ths of it. Ending was different, but I am sure they were crunched for time & cost. But I also wonder if they changed it cuz St. John was her cousin. Makes me want to see other versions of the movie now!

Still have Wuthering Heights to finish.

konfyoozed
04-25-2012, 12:04 PM
Just started reading "The New Rules of Lifting for Women"... LOVE IT.

especially the part where it says "eat more and exercise like a man" :D

MiZTaCCen
04-25-2012, 12:23 PM
I'm starting on hunger games right now!

CanadianCutie
04-27-2012, 09:49 AM
I'm reading Damage by John Lescroart. It's not normally the kind of book I pick up, but it looked interesting and so far it is.