General chatter - What are your Reading-Aug 2013 Edition




Smiling_Sara
08-01-2013, 10:07 AM
New month everyone! Please share what you are reading this month.

I am just finishing up Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin. Next up I think I will go into her next book Where We Belong.


Eva03
08-01-2013, 10:33 AM
Ooh, love this thread! I just finished rereading In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. First read it when I was fourteen... I'm nearly 23 now and it's been one of my favorites for all the years in between. It's a beautifully, beautifully-told story (historical fiction) of the Mirabal sisters, who opposed the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic during the 1940's and 50's. Absolutely gorgeous and moving. Highly recommend!!

Nienna86
08-01-2013, 11:15 AM
A week or so ago, I had a dream that I was Harry Potter, fighting Voldemort in an underground railway station. I was extremely disappointed to wake up and find that I am not, in fact, Harry Potter, so naturally I decided to reread the series. At least I can live vicariously through all of the cool characters!

I'm also reading House of Leaves, but I'm not very far along.


lollerskates
08-01-2013, 11:45 AM
I just started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green after my sister recommended it. It is really easy to read and engaging--I'm never quite sure what is going to happen next, and I can be crying one page and laughing out loud 4 pages later. Also, it's written from the point of view of a teenage girl and it is Spot. On. I feel like most writers of young adult fiction rely on stereotypes of "oh, this is a teenager, so she is .... angsty? And likes boys?" The main character really feels like a person, and I often find myself nodding my head at her choices.

Haha, so yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I'm totally hooked. :)

TheSecondHalf
08-01-2013, 11:51 AM
I don't know anyone who has made it through House of Leaves. I just didn't get it. Good luck!

My pile of books is extra tall this month. I guess all my library holds came it at once. I'm currently reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.

In The Time of Butterflies was really moving.

Smiling_Sara
08-03-2013, 06:54 PM
I just started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green after my sister recommended it. It is really easy to read and engaging--I'm never quite sure what is going to happen next, and I can be crying one page and laughing out loud 4 pages later. Also, it's written from the point of view of a teenage girl and it is Spot. On. I feel like most writers of young adult fiction rely on stereotypes of "oh, this is a teenager, so she is .... angsty? And likes boys?" The main character really feels like a person, and I often find myself nodding my head at her choices.

Haha, so yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I'm totally hooked. :)

That one has been on my list for a while!

MauiKai
08-04-2013, 12:55 PM
I'm a fan of Amish fiction, so I just finished "A hopeful heart" and I'm planning to start on Beth Wiseman's newest "Plain peace" ASAP.

ShyHeather
08-04-2013, 10:40 PM
I just finished Beautiful Creatures (so much better then the movie) and started reading Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Buffinlovin
08-04-2013, 11:45 PM
Still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, on book 6 or 7. Just kind of reading them in succession on my Nook, so not really keeping track of the number. It's strange to see how far the show has deviated from the books, but I like both for different reasons. Hoping to get to the final book before the end of the month!

AwShucks
08-05-2013, 12:11 AM
I just finished a bit of fluff - Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews, and also Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter. Both were just OK. Yesterday I started State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - it's great so far! I usually read a book on the treadmill, and not at any other time in order to entice myself to get to the gym. Not sure I'll be able to resist with this one!

luckyme0510
08-05-2013, 01:31 AM
Just finished She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb, I really enjoyed it so I moved on to another one of his books I Know This Much is True, but I don't like it as much. I've realized that, with the exception of Harry Potter, I'm not really into books written from the male perspective.

I'm almost done with The Short Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. It's a more modern novel but contains a lot of historical fiction from the Trujillo time period in the Dominican Republic (same time period as In the Time of Butterflies). It's one of the best books I've ever read. Very real, very funny. Another exception for male perspective I just realized.

MaryQ
08-05-2013, 03:22 AM
A week or so ago, I had a dream that I was Harry Potter, fighting Voldemort in an underground railway station. I was extremely disappointed to wake up and find that I am not, in fact, Harry Potter, so naturally I decided to reread the series. At least I can live vicariously through all of the cool characters!


I'm glad i'm not the only potterhead here ;) I'm rereading the series too , I just can't get enought of it :dizzy:

gardenerjoy
08-06-2013, 12:20 PM
I'm reading Cooked by Michael Pollan which is really good and motivating me to step up my game in the kitchen.

I just finished Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb and it was a fun addition to the series.

smashlers
08-06-2013, 05:53 PM
I am in the middle of a pretty deep non-fiction binge. I just finished Freakonomics, just started Lean In.

AwShucks
08-06-2013, 06:42 PM
I just found Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn at the Goodwill for $1.99 in hardback! I'm so excited. I never find current books there. I can't wait to get started, since I've heard great reviews.

KYgirlinSC
08-07-2013, 07:10 AM
I am also re-reading the Harry Potter series...glad I am not the only one.

PreciousMissy
08-07-2013, 04:47 PM
I'm reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It's about a girl's life in Afghanistan. I really enjoyed Kite Runner and his writing style so I thought I'd give it a try.

alinnell
08-07-2013, 08:18 PM
My Oh My! Just got back from a 15 day vacation to Europe and after the numerous day trips, we basically retired to our suite and read for hours each afternoon.

Let me see if I can name them all!

City of Saints (a freebie for my Kindle--okay read)
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens (good)
Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (one of my favorite authors--another good one)
The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Mill Valley Recluse (finished this on the plane to Spain)
The Forgotten by David Baldacchi
The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (now I have to watch the movie again!)
And finally The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (part way through).

penmage
08-07-2013, 09:15 PM
I'm reading "A Vision of Murder" by Victoria Laurie. It's the third book in her Abby Cooper series, about a woman who's psychic. I'm about 60 pages in, but it's good so far!

newleaf123
08-07-2013, 09:55 PM
Just finished She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb, I really enjoyed it so I moved on to another one of his books I Know This Much is True, but I don't like it as much.

I absolutely loved She's Come Undone. I never finished I Know This Much is True (which I partially read years before She's Come Undone); it just didn't compel me.

I'm on a bit of a non-fiction kick. I'm reading The Lost Whale which is only okay so tonight I'm going to start Wild Ones. I don't know much about it, except that it's about how we populate our worlds with representations of cute animals (whales, owls, bunnies, etc) while ignoring the realities of what is happening to the wildlife population around us. It got great reviews on Amazon, so fingers crossed...

gardenerjoy
08-08-2013, 11:09 PM
penmage: I love the Abby Cooper series!

I've started Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett. I read another of her novels a few years ago and liked it.

seabiscuit
08-20-2013, 08:51 PM
Hi!

I am a definite bookworm, I love to read and I have felt more compelled to read since I have been without TV for a week because of my move.

Recently I read:

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses

My Guy, Barbaro by Edgar Prado

and now I am reading Dorothy Hamill's autobiography :)

I love this thread and I love to read! :cool:

gardenerjoy
08-20-2013, 10:39 PM
seabiscuit: I would be afraid a book called The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop would make me hungry! Was it good?

I just finished The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison. Fortunately, I don't have easy access to great French cheeses!

seabiscuit
08-20-2013, 10:45 PM
Gardener joy,

You are funny!! :D. That book was a romance novel, believe it or not! It talked about food some, but more about the romance and it is a fun read!

You got me to laugh and smile, thank you!! :cool:

FatSass
08-21-2013, 01:52 AM
I just finished Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, and started reading Horns by Joe Hill.