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Kim_Star060404 01-01-2009 12:07 AM

It's 2009; What Are You Reading?
Can you believe that it's that time again?! I can't! It's not technically 2009 here, but DH is busy saving the world playing Call of Duty, so I thought I'd get our thread started.

There was a lot of diverse reading last year between us SB chicks and I love that! It definitely helps me branch out into genres that I probably wouldn't read on my own.

So what book is taking you into 2009?

I'm still working on Ex-Libris by Ross King. I started it in Austin two weeks ago and just couldn't get into it. I'm liking it better now, but the beginning was a little slow. I figured it would be right up my alley since it's main character is a bibliophile and antiquarian in 17th century London, but it just doesn't have any teeth. Does that make any sense? :lol: Oh well. I'll stick with it a few more nights and see how it goes. I may move on if it doesn't pick up.

I've decided to start three devotionals. Now, before anyone gets concerned; they're all "paragraph-a-day" devotionals and I'll be reading one in the morning before I even get the coffee going, one at lunch and one before bed. It should constitute about 10 minutes per devotional. This way, if I find one time of day particularly difficult, it won't require learning new habits; I'll already have the other devotional times to fall back on. I look at it like checking in to 3FC a few times a day even if there are no new posts. It will help to keep me focused. My morning devotional is New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer, the lunchtime one is Daily Splashes of Joy by Barbara Johnson and my pre-bedtime one is Voices of the Faithful by Beth Moore and Friends. All three of them are by women I admire and have enjoyed reading in the past.

Well, off to wait the next 53 minutes out! I'm not so sure I'll make it to 12 a.m., but I'll try!


Barb0522 01-01-2009 09:19 AM

I just finished two Danielle Steele books and am now reading her book Sisters. It's light reading which is what I need right now.

CyndiM 01-01-2009 09:42 AM

I'm reading The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters. I found it while browsing the book store and am really enjoying it. Also audiobooking (if it wasn't a verb it is now!) Eat for Health. His ideas are interesting though I don't agree with all of it. I'm going to try to integrate some of his eating plan this year though to see if we can move the health issues at home.

For the first time I didn't get any books for Christmas. Usually there is a pile but in the last year exercising has really eaten up the free time that I used for reading so my reading has slowed way down.

Ruthxxx 01-01-2009 09:46 AM

Light reading is good. I always grab a Danielle Steele when I travel.

Just finished re-reading The Stone Diaries by Canadian Carole Shields, an excellent read.

When I was away, I read The Boleyn Inheritance which tied in well with The Tudors series that I watched in the fall.

I also read Along Came A Spider, a sort of thriller/detective novel.

Not sure what 2009 will bring to my bookshelf but I did get some Chapters gift cards so......definitely will not buy diet books or cookbooks!

cottagebythesea 01-01-2009 12:11 PM

I haven't read much in the past two months, since I've been so engrossed in my cross-stitching. I have a stack of books by Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts that I want to get to, though. They'll help me get through the long dreary months of January and February.

Jenskihere 01-01-2009 12:12 PM

I just finished a great book, read it in record time, couldn't put it down!! Cross Country by James Patterson.

I started Prospect Street last night (thanks to Laurie's recommendation) and I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! Light reading, but the story had me hooked 30 pages into it. I am grabbing every second I can to read more and more. When I started it, I didn't think it was something I would like but promised to give it 50 pages anyway. Boy was I wrong. Different from the thriller/detective books I normally read. Check it out!
OK, off to read more!! :D

ETA : Forgot to add... I also love this thread. I get great ideas and have a list of books I would like to try, all recommendations off this site.

canadianwoman 01-01-2009 12:59 PM

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Kiko 01-01-2009 03:18 PM

I am currently reading The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan. It is good, although I am not getting through it very quickly.

murphydoodle2 01-01-2009 04:11 PM

I just started the Twilight series. I didn't really think I would like it, but all of my 5th grade girls kept raving about it so I wanted to know what it was about. It is light reading and I have really liked the suspense so far. I have just started New Moon. I should have plenty of time to finish it after surgery tomottow.

lightfello 01-01-2009 04:57 PM

I just finished Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. It was a great feel good book and a quick read. Next I'm going to read The Secret Life of Bees or My Sister's Keeper.
I love this thread. I'm always looking for new books to read.

ETA: I decided to read My Sister's Keeper yesterday. Great book. I stayed up half the night just to finish it.

Chelby29 01-01-2009 05:05 PM

I just finished reading South Beach Diet. :)

The new Janet Evanovich book Plum Spooky is coming out on Jan 6. I'm too excited! Janet is my favorite!

me4life 01-01-2009 05:48 PM

i'm reading a woman after gods own heart...on my road to one of my resolutions

Frannie57 01-01-2009 06:23 PM

I am starting Deception Point by Dan Brown. Finishing Audition by B Walters and also The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.......

canadianwoman 01-01-2009 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by Chelby29 (Post 2520708)
I just finished reading South Beach Diet. :)

How does that go? ;)

canadianwoman 01-01-2009 06:27 PM


Originally Posted by Frannie57 (Post 2520809)
I am starting Deception Point by Dan Brown.

I want to read that one when I finish my current book. I would love to know what you think of it when you finish it.

Kim_Star060404 01-02-2009 09:37 AM

Jenski: Who is Prospect Street by? It sounds interesting...

I'm really getting into Ex-Libris now. It's started covering the fall of Prague Castle to King Frederick of Bohemia and that is a very interesting side-story. It also turns out that the whole subject of the book is to find a missing volume of the Corpus hermeticum, a collection which, in that time, was declared a work of fraud. It's starting to get really exciting!!!

So, tell me more about what you're reading!!

Jenskihere 01-03-2009 02:18 PM

Kim - this book did not disappoint me. The author is Emilie Richards. I am going to check out some more from this author. I liked it that much.
Here is the description from Amazon:
It was a mystery to Faith Bronson why her 15-year marriage had gone from passionate to platonic, but when she discovers her husband in the arms of another man, the solution turns her world upside down. Now an even greater mystery awaits her as she and her two adolescent children begin anew in a ramshackle Georgetown row house that has been in her mother's family for generations. Nearly 40 years ago, her parents' first child, Hope, had been kidnapped from the upstairs nursery, and the mystery of her disappearance has haunted and divided the family ever since. As Faith works to unearth family secrets and renovate her ancestral home, she encounters Pavel Quinn, a sexy neighbor whose attention she welcomes until her investigation uncovers the truth about Pavel's own shadowy past. The story of a newly-single woman struggling to reinvent herself in the wake of a divorce is hardly a new one, but Richards does the predictable plot proud through this compelling story of a family's destruction and resurrection

Just a great story. A story about a mother's journey to start over, a little mystery, a little love. Just kept me hooked and wanting to read it every free second I had. I finished 450 pages in 2 days, which is record time for me!! Great story to get lost in for a while. Check it out!

Need to head to the library. I have The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan waiting for me.

cottagebythesea 01-03-2009 02:33 PM

KIKO, how are you liking The Bonesetter's Daughter? I couldn't get into it.

JENSKI, I have Prospect Street on reserve for me at the library after hearing you rave about it. I hope I enjoy it as much as you have!

Jenskihere 01-03-2009 02:44 PM

Cottage - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did too!!! Even rereading the description, I didn't think I would like it that much. It just hooked me.

timetostart 01-03-2009 05:06 PM

Don't know if it was mentioned before, but I just finished Shelter Me by Juliette Fay. It was great, I highly recommend it. Such a good read.

JessieW 01-05-2009 11:33 AM

Thought I would share my list of books I read in 2008. Would be happy to offer commentary on any of them if you're interested!

Right now I am listening to Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reischl about her life as a food critic. Fun, but it makes me hungry!! I'm also reading The Girlfriend's Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood by Vicki Iovine.

1. Swapping Lives by Jane Green (1/2/08)
2. Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass (1/3/08)
3. Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments by Celia Rivenbark (1/5/08) (NF)
4. Murder By the Glass by Michele Scott (1/7/08)
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1/19/08) (M) (reread)
6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (1/24/08) (NF)
7. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (1/30/08) (NF)
8. The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy (2/4/08)
9. Payback by Melody Carlson (2/08)
10. Better Read than Dead by Victoria Laurie (2/18/08)
11. Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (2/23/08)
12. The Next Level by David Gregory (3/1/08) (M)
13. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch (3/2/08)
14. The Island of Heavenly Daze by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland (3/8/08)
15. The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy by Erika Lenkert (NF) (3/8/08)
16. The Shack by William Young (M) (3/10/08)
17. And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson (3/15/08)
18. Grace in Autumn by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt (3/18/08)
19. A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie (3/21/08)
20. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly (NF, M) (3/29/08)
21. Callie's Tally by Betsy Howie (NF) (4/3/08)
22. Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson (4/8/08)
23. Mustard Seeds by Lynn Coulter (4/8/08) (NF) (proofed)
24. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury (4/18/08)
25. The Men I Didn't Marry by Lynn Schnurnberger and Janice Kaplan (4/27/08)
26. I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro (NF) (4/29/08)
27. When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty (5/5/08)
28. Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie (5/08)
29. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (5/9/08) (M)
30. Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker (5/10/08)
31. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregancy by Vicky Iovine (5/08)
32. Bed Rest by Sarah Bliston (5/15/08)
33. Crime Seen by Victoria Laurie (5/19/08)
34. What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg (5/21/08)
35. 32AA by Michelle Cunnah (5/24/08)
36. The Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater (5/27/08) (NF)
37. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (5/28/08)
38. Murder on a Girls' Night Out by Anne George (6/1/08)
39. Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn (6/9/08)
40. Notes from the Underbelly by Risa Green (6/15/08)
41. Skid by Rene Gutteridge (6/19/08)
42. Icing on the Cake by Laura Castoro (6/22/08)
43. Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (6/28/08)
44. Digging to America by Anne Tyler (7/1/08)
45. Manual for Motherhood (vol 1) by various (7/3/08) (NF)
46. Better Off Wed by Laura Durham (7/6/08)
47. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (7/7/08)
48. Me Times Three by Alex Witchel (7/12/08)
49. Confessions from an Honest Wife by Sarah Zacharias Davis (7/16/08) (NF)
50. That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman (7/20/08)
51. Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik (7/21/08)
52. Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly (7/23/08)
53. Charlotte Leaves the Light On by Annette Smith (7/26/08)
54. Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (8/3/08) (NF)
55. Emma's Gift by Leisha Kelly (8/13/08)
56. The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart (8/16/08)
57. Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn (8/19/08) (reread)
58. Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier (8/24/08)
59. The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik (8/25/08)
60. A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson (9/1/08)
61. The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama (9/8/08)
62. The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery (9/12/08) (NF)
63. The Rice Room by Ben Fong-Torres (9/23/08) (M, NF)
64. Katie's Dream by Leisha Kelly (10/5/08)
65. Rorey's Secret by Leisha Kelly (10/9/08)
66. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (10/13/08)
67. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (10/18/08)
68. The Birth Book by Dr. Sears (10/19/08) (M, NF)
69. The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt (10/24/08)
70. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (11/08) (reread)
71. Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul (11/11/08) (NF)
72. Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman (11/18/08) (NF)
73. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult (11/08)
74. The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory (12/9/08)
75. Girl's Night In by various (12/08)
76. A Warmth in Winter by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland (12/19/08)
77. A Perfect Love by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland (12/29/08)
78. Hearts at Home by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland (12/31/08)

sophie 01-05-2009 07:22 PM

wow, jessie what a list. Is there any one that is totally your favourite.

Ruthxxx 01-06-2009 07:42 AM

Just finished "Treasures" by Maeve Binchy and am reading another James Patterson "Cross". The last is large print so I can read it on the treadmill.

cottagebythesea 01-06-2009 08:05 AM

Ruth, I just adore Mauve Binchy, she's my favorite author alongside of Margaret Pilcher. Their books just make me feel all snug and content. :)

JessieW 01-06-2009 09:01 AM

Ruth--I can't find a Maeve Binchy book called "Treasures" on Amazon. Is it a short story? I adore her as well and I think I've read most all of her books.

Sophie--I would say it's a toss-up between American Shaolin and Water for Elephants. If you haven't read A Prayer for Owen Meany, that's one of my favorite books of all time and SO good. If you like Jodi Picoult, I would also highly recommend Second Glance. It was different than her normal strand because it doesn't involve a court case.

Ruthxxx 01-06-2009 09:17 AM

Jessie, it's an oldie from a box going to the yard sale. I'll go check the title and the publishing date because I can't find it either.
I'll watch for Second Glance. I've read two Jody P. books, one good and one not so will try another one.

sophie 01-06-2009 07:05 PM

Thanks Jessie, I did read A Prayer Owen Meany, years ago, will have to revisit it sometime.
I've read two of Jodi P. books and really enjoyed one but found the plots sort of in the same direction. Will look for the one you suggest.
I did enjoy Knit Two and as the cover on the first book The Friday Night Knitting Club states - its New York's Steel Magnolia but still a good read and I can see a tv series or movies made out of it. I sort of pictured whom I would like to see play the different characters.
Currently reading Ominvore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and find it very slow read but its opening my eyes to the production of today's food.

Kim_Star060404 01-12-2009 12:37 PM

Where is everyone?! Are we still reading?

Hey, Jessie! I read your list on your blog and added a few to the "want to read" list I'm keeping. I hope to read half that many books this year!

I'm still working on Ex-Libris. I'd be finished by now, but every time something happens, I jump up to google it! Lol! I spent several hours researching the Corpus Hermeticum and the fall of Prague Castle. It's very weird, but I can't keep from looking this stuff up! I'm learning a lot, though. I also spent some time researching the term "ex-libris" itself. I'm sure I'll finish it up by this weekend. I only have a few chapters to go and then I'll be done.

I'm going to plan on moving on to Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan next Monday night.

beachgal 01-12-2009 12:52 PM

Thanks, Kim, for starting us off! I was so tempted to do it on 12/30 when I was online, but knew that wasn't fair...unfortunately, I haven't had time to post while home during break. So much clean-up and sleeping to catch up on after we got home from my parents! :lol:

I'll try my best to respond to as many as I can, but there's a lot of posting for so early in the month--not that I'm complaining! I'm SO glad to have our little reading corner here! :grouphug: I get such wonderful ideas from you all!

Kim, I hear you on books with teeth! I love a book named Ex-Libris (the MLA is changing to italics instead of underlining, so I'm practicing!), but it's by Anne Fadiman. It's a bunch of short biographical essays about being a book lover. I really respect your plans for devotionals--wish I could carve out more time in the day for that in my life. It's so important to me, but every day somehow goes by without my managing it. I've been trying to fit in meditation time, too, and that hasn't happened yet, either, unless you count meditating to sleep while cuddling the dog... :rolleyes:

Cyndi, it sounds like you've made some really good changes in your life in terms of exercise, but it's a shame to lose reading time. Can you listen to books on tape while you exercise? I love listening to podcasts on my iPod. If I were less cheap, I'd buy some audio books to do that with, too! My library actually has a way of "renting" mp3 audio books, but it doesn't work with iPods. :(

Yay for light reading! I did a bunch of it recently and it's been so much fun and really cleared my mind for other things.

Jenski, I'm so glad you liked Prospect Street! I got it at a used book sale, but I'm definitely going to be looking out for more books by the author. It was such an engaging book--so hard to put down! I loved the story and now I'm dying to go check out that area of WADC! :D I'm sure it doesn't hurt that I'm fascinated by restoration of old houses. Oh, and history and genealogy, too. ;)

Murphy, how did your surgery go? Hope you're okay! :hug: I've heard most adults say that they could finish the entire Twilight series in a couple days. A couple of my adult friends loved it, but most just said it was okay. It's great to know what your kids/students are into by experiencing it yourself, though.

Lightfello, you picked two great books to read! I bet you'll like The Secret Life of Bees even more than Keeper, though both are wonderful. I love anything Picoult writes even though some of them are bigger favorites than others.

Frannie, what did you think about The Lucky One? I've enjoyed many of Sparks' books, but some of the latest ones haven't been as good, IMHO. I really like The Lucky One, though I felt like scoffing at some of it. Maybe I'm getting too cynical? :o I consider it worth reading, though...it's got great suspense, lots of wonderful dog scenes, an excellent villian (though the ending wasn't as good as it could have been in terms of him), and a sweet love story. Oh, and I just loved the character of Nana. She was hilarious!

Cottage, I predict that you will LOVE Prospect Street...I think you'll really admire and be inspired by the main character. :hug:

Jessie! It's so fun to "see" you again here! :hug: How's motherhood? I absolutely ADORE Vicki Iovine's Girlfriend's Guides. I've read the wedding one (which may be out of print now) and the one for pregnancy. I hope one day I'm in need of reading the one you're on now. What was Confessions from an Honest Wife by Sarah Zacharias Davis like? I'd also love to hear what you thought of Second Glance. I haven't read that one yet. How do you keep track of your reading? I'd really like to do that somehow. I'm using two programs on Facebook to track my reading, but a friend there recommended an online site called Library Thing. Does anyone use that or something like it?

Ruth, I adore Binchy. :love: What was Treasures about? I don't think I've done that one... I wonder if it's one of the older ones that have been renamed and republished? I just can't get into Patterson. Maybe I've read the wrong books? We read Honeymoon for my book club and it was just so graphic that it made me sick. :barf: I had awful nightmares, too. I read a couple of his more mundane books (like the Letters one) and didn't really get much out of them. Does he write any thrillers that aren't graphic? I know so many people who adore his books... Which Picoult books did you read? I really loved Keeping Faith but Plain Truth is my absolute favorite. It's a little bit like Agnes of God (I've only seen the movie), but set in a Amish family. So fascinating!

Sophie, I'm interested in Omnivore's Dilemma too, but I'm worried it'll be too dry to get through. Wonder if I can get it on tape? Do you think The Friday Night Knitting Club would be interesting to someone who doesn't knit?

Me: I read a ton over the break but I only received one book for Christmas. I got a big stack of 'em at the library before heading to my parents for the holidays. Here's the rundown:
  • Zanna's Gift: A tiny Christmas book that was compared to The Christmas Box but was nowhere near as good. In my opinion, it was pretty much a waste of time--it would have made a good short story if most of it were cut and a new ending was added...
  • Diamond in the Ruff and Gone to the Dogs by Emily Carmichael: These are the two next books in the series that starts with Finding Mr. Right, which I read sometime in the last couple years. I got a copy of the latter one from Paperbackswap and realized I didn't have the one in the middle, so I got it from the library. In the first book Lydia Keane is killed by a burgler while out on a date with her best friend's husband, with whom she is having an affair. Lydia has been a very, very bad girl in her life, so she's given the task of finding another husband for her best friend--only she has to do it reincarnated as a pudgy corgi dog (not fun for a woman who was stunning and skinny in her former life...). Mysteries and lots of suspense feature in these romances and, though they are light reading, they are a lot of fun, especially for dog lovers. We used to have a corgi mix, so I really enjoyed Lydia's antics as Piggy, the corpulent corgi. :D In the last book, she introduces several woman with pets who are all members of an animal therapy group (they go to hospitals and nursing homes to comfort the patients). She has a couple of books out that feature these women and their own romances. If you're a cat lover, she also has books that parallel Piggy's experiences, only with a reincarnated cat (well, if the formula works, why fix it? :lol: ). I think the first one of those is A Ghost for Maggie.
  • Mortal Curiosity by by Ann Granger: The second in her series of Lizzie Martin mysteries, this book was fantastic!!! It was on the new shelf at my library and I can't wait to read the first book, even though a couple of hints about it were given out in this one. This series takes place in England in the 1860s and the author has done painstaking research to make sure every detail is accurate. The characters nearly stand up out of the book--they are so well drawn that they truly seem alive. I could hardly put this down. She has written a ton of other mysteries--one series features a man/woman team but I think they take place in the England of today.
  • The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe: While entertaining, much of it is really fluff. A good laugh but not much information. :shrug:
  • It's a Dog's Life...but It's Your Carpet: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Four-Legged Friend by Justine Lee, DVM: This was incredibly well-written and absolutely hilarious. I finished it on our flight out to my parents and enjoyed it immensely. Like a Why Do Men Have Nipples? book about dogs, this explains, in a wacky Q & A format, why dogs do the things they do. The vet who wrote the book says that most of the questions are the ones she's asked over and over. I definitely learned a lot about our dog!
  • I reviewed The Lucky One above.

As for now, I'm currently reading the Daily Show with Jon Stewart's America: Democracy Inaction. It's styled on a textbook and is absolutely hilarious while being suprisingly informative. For instance, I had no idea that Madison contributed so much to our nation!

I have a big TBR pile waiting for me at home: a stack of Junie B. Jones books to catch up on (I just love those books!!!), Deceptively Delicious (cookbook), two books on training dogs, a couple of Ellis Haskell mysteries, and I have The Companion (the first Lizzie Martin book) waiting for me at the library. I better get to it! :read:

JessieW 01-12-2009 01:25 PM

Honestly I am not that fond of the Girlfriends' Guides. I don't know why! I just read the Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood. I guess I just don't think she is as funny as SHE thinks she is. Also anyone who repeatedly tells you they are 115 lbs. should be shot, in my opinion. ;)

Confessions of an Honest Wife is a collection of essays from Christian wives. I thought it was very interesting and good, although not quite what I expected.

I LOVED Second Glance. It is a ghost story and so interesting and pretty unlike the other Picoult novels I've read. It is like 600 pages and even with a newborn I read it in a matter of days.

I just keep a list of the books I've read as a "note" on my Paperbackswap public profile. I have heard goof things about Librarything too, though. I'm just not that disciplined!

CyndiM 01-12-2009 04:37 PM

Laurie - Omnivore's Dilemma is on tape. I listened to In Defense of Food that way (though I had to listen to some sections more than once - the hazard of listening before sleep!). We listened to the Jon Stewart book while driving - it was perfect!
Unfortunately I use music to motivate me and set my intervals when working out and I am a news junkie so listen to podcasts when driving. I'll get it all figured out eventually and balance things :) I've been a serious reading junkie since I learned to read.

sophie 01-12-2009 06:19 PM

I got Second Glance at Costco this weekend and started reading this afternoon. Really enjoying it so far.
You have to read The Friday Night Knitting Club before you can enjoy Knit Two. There is very little technical stuff in it and definitely a non-knitter would enjoy it just as much.
I really enjoy this thread although I don't contribute much but I have noted some of the books for my reading list.

JuliaDH 01-12-2009 06:27 PM

Marley & Me
The Love Dare

But must finish them up and get the next pile of books going! Kinda on a self help kick for relationship building. Then after I always crave FICTION!

Jessie Confessions of an Honest Wife is a collection of essays from Christian wives. I thought it was very interesting and good, although not quite what I expected. [U]

I have this one in my pile. Maybe I will read it when complete Marley & Me in the next few days.

Steen 01-12-2009 08:42 PM

I am almost done Boots On The Ground At Dusk: A Tribute to Pat Tillman. I'm sure those of you in the US are more familiar with the event of Pat Tillman's death then us over here in Canada. A story of a great hero.

I will be starting Mein Kampft shortly. I have given up fiction to educate myself on true events. I don't miss my Nora Roberts at all!

beachgal 01-15-2009 10:41 AM

I'm not really getting anywhere of late...though I did read a quick Junie B. Jones book (Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder) just for fun. I love those books!

I'm still wading through America: Democracy Inaction. Though at times I'm a little bored, there are lots of parts that make me laugh so hard!

I need to start The Companion, but I keep forgetting to take it upstairs with me. I brought another Junie B to read at lunch today--this one's Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants. Should be fun. :D

zeffryn 01-15-2009 11:49 AM

I have been re-reading The ABC's of Breastfeeding and still trying to finish Knitting Two. Knitting Two just didn't grab my attention like The Friday Night Knitting Club did...it has been rather slow.

I'm looking forward to starting Pillars of the Earth in the next few days.

beachgal 01-21-2009 03:43 PM

Good for you, Zeff, on doing Pillars of the Earth. I haven't even put it on the TBR pile yet, but it sound fascinating.

I'm almost done with The Companion, which is just as awesome as the second book. I can't wait for her to write more! :drool:

Our new book club choice is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Even though I love books with dogs, I'm not too thrilled about this one. I find I'm becoming a horrible escapist in my book choices. :o Why does a book have to include "the extremes of what humans must endure" (from the synopsis of Edgar Sawtelle) in order to be worth reading? :shrug: Oh well...I joined book club to be forced to read things I wouldn't normally read, so... Has anyone read this book?

I'm also listening to Picoult's Change of Heart on CD. It's fascinating. A little bit Green Mile hits Picoult's Keeping Faith.

cottagebythesea 01-21-2009 06:35 PM

I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of Prospect Street at the library yesterday, and it's hard to put down. Thanks, Laurie and Jenski, for recommending it! I like the way Emilie Richards pulls you into the story and will have to search out more of her books. :)

Schmoodle 01-22-2009 08:07 AM

I was going through a box of old books and found one I hadn't read yet - A Single Pebble by John Hershey. It was pretty good. I usually really like fiction that is set in China. It's the story of a young engineer (American or British, I can't remember which) that is sent up the Yangtze River on a cargo junk to evaluate putting in a dam. Culture clash ensues...

And yet again I say, PotE is one of my all-time, all-time favorites. Hope you guys like it. It's a long book, but it goes quickly because you can't put it down.

Quiet around here - we must be busy chicks these days! I stopped by the bookmobile this week and picked up some things:
Jarhead by Anthony Swoford
13 Moons by Charles Frazier
Eat. Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert

I started 13 Moons last night, no opinion yet, I've only read one chapter and it hasn't grabbed me yet, but it's too soon to judge.

rebel 01-24-2009 10:23 AM

Hi, everyone. I haven't been here for a while, several months at least, and now I'm back for the book lists but not back on SBD.

congratulations, Jessie and Zeffryn!

Jessie, I've read a number of the books on your list.
I highly recommend A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. (only mentioning this here since you read a book by her.)I loved it, my then 10 yo dd loved it, my then 13 yo ds loved it, my mother loved it. It was the first of her books that I read, and the others were a little disappointing in comparison.

Laurie, I started to use Library Thing to catalog my books. You can do 200 for free, I think, and have to pay for more. I may be wrong on that. but I only started to use it for cataloging books that I own. that was over a year ago. this is me: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/rebelsm
and then I started using another, goodreads.com, which I used for the books I actually read, most of which are from the library. I used that for, oh, a couple of weeks. but I know people who use that a lot. I just found my goodreads page http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1185962 and it looks like I never did really use it on an ongoing basis - I only ever entered book titles on 2 dates, in May and October 2008. so, for me that's not a good method.
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

Very good book. This is about a New York librarian who goes to Kenya to run a camel bookmobile and bring books to illiterate nomadic villages in the bush.

Somehow I missed the words: A Novel on the front of this, and thought (initially) it was non-fiction. It was interesting to read right after having read Three Cups of Tea.

here's information about the real camel bookmobile: http://camelbookdrive.wordpress.com/

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