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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:59 pm 
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Finally read (it was a huge hype when it first came out) The Crimson Petal and the White. Liked it well enough!

I can't make it to the library so I'll have to bust out my Kindle.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:31 pm 
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I'm reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. So far, I'm really enjoying it and would definitely recommend it to YA fiction fans.

I've had it on my to-read shelf since it was released but I'm putting it off because I am sure I will cry, a lot! Enjoy, I've heard SUCH good things.

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The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern....my friend told me he loved it & sent me a copy!

I've read good things, I bought a copy on the weekend.

Nice to see some YA being mentioned in here! I am reading Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan - YA sci-fi, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book, hoping the sequel is just as good.

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Took a chance on the Hunger Games trilogy, reading Mockingjay for closure, but I am finding it to be fairly tedious. Stepping back into lif fic and away from YA after this.


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The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester. I've fallen out of the reading habit so I needed something easy.


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I just finished the Hunger games trilogy. I think the first book was the best, the 2nd was a bit of fluff and third wrapped things up. The love story is a bit tedious but its an interesting premise and there are parts I don't care for at all but it isn't bad.

I need to get back in the habit of reading regularly again, not sure what my next book will be.

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Just got back from the library and picked up my reading material to take to the cottage with me next week:

Inherited Risk: Errol Flynn and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam. Everyone knows about Errol "In Like Flynn" ad nauseum blah-blah-blah, but his son Sean is an interesting story. Sean disappeared on a front line assignment in Cambodia in April 1970 and his body has never been found. When I picked up the book, I was a bit disappointed to see that only about twenty pages were devoted specifically to Sean's story and most of the book is about Errol, but it's by Jeffrey Meyers, a biographer whom I like, so it still should be a good book.

Also, carrying on with my MM obsession: The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, also by Jeffrey Meyers. I've read so much on Monroe, I often read bios on her now and pick out what I believe they've gotten wrong or what I know to be inconsistencies but again, JM's a good researcher and thorough so I have faith that maybe it will give me some new insights, who knows.

Excited to read these books while I'm away!!!

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:01 pm 
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Just got back from the library and picked up my reading material to take to the cottage with me next week:

Inherited Risk: Errol Flynn and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam. Everyone knows about Errol "In Like Flynn" ad nauseum blah-blah-blah, but his son Sean is an interesting story. Sean disappeared on a front line assignment in Cambodia in April 1970 and his body has never been found.

If you haven't read it, Dispatches by Michael Herr features Sean Flynn a lot (and is an excellent read).

In other news, I am about halfway through Dracula and am enjoying it immensely, which I didn't think I would.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:38 am 
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Almost done with Skippy Dies and I feel like I changed my mind a little bit, though it's still not my favorite read. It's weird, but I feel like I'm witnessing the author's skill strengthen as the book progresses. The last third is definitely stronger than the first two thirds. I don't know that I'd go so far as to recommend it, though. Oh well!


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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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jogirl wrote:
seitanicverses wrote:
Just got back from the library and picked up my reading material to take to the cottage with me next week:

Inherited Risk: Errol Flynn and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam. Everyone knows about Errol "In Like Flynn" ad nauseum blah-blah-blah, but his son Sean is an interesting story. Sean disappeared on a front line assignment in Cambodia in April 1970 and his body has never been found.

If you haven't read it, Dispatches by Michael Herr features Sean Flynn a lot (and is an excellent read).

Thanks for the recommend! On second look, there are more pages about Sean than I initially thought in the Meyers book (the entire first chapter is devoted to him, too) but Dispatches looks like an excellent read as well.

I'm not sure I like how Meyers treats Marilyn Monroe on flipping through the book last night. He might draw too many definitive-seeming conclusions about her personal motivations with a surety I can't believe. I don't mind an author speculating on the reasons why their subjects do things or behave in certain ways, but I have a problem when such speculations are presented in a factual tone. Also, his depictions of her seem to trend to stereotypical and chauvanistic; in other words, I don't think he actually delved too deeply into her character. Still, it looks interesting on the whole and I'll read it.

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I'm about halfway through the first Game of Thrones book. I like it! It makes the show less confusing, but I still can't keep everyone's relationship straight.


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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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And now I'm reading Demons, by Dostoevsky.


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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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The Year of the Flood!

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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The Year of the Flood!


Love that book!

Just finished The Kite Runner which I really enjoyed and just started Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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I love Fall on Your Knees but I read it years ago. I should re-read.

I'm just starting Tell the Wolves I'm Home and I can tell it's going to be terrific.


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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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Wow, In Cold Blood was so good! I'm going to start The Things They Carried next.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:00 am 
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I love Fall on Your Knees but I read it years ago. I should re-read.

I really wish Ann-Marie MacDonald would write some new novels! Or plays. I'll take anything.

I'm re-reading Bill Gaston's Sointula. It is a gorgeous book.


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I realized after a few pages into Shadows of Night that I had forgotten most of the previous book so I have to re-read it. It's good though.

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I just finished The Lost Dogs a few days ago. My dog is probably glad I did because she was extra spoiled during and for a few days after. I've just started Killing Yourself To Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman, so far so good!

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I am reading Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier. It is interesting, but slow going because of there is not really a plot line. Its a summary of over 200 memoirs from early settlers. The author wrote the book in college which I find very impressive.

I am still trying to read Wally Lamb's The Hour I First Believed. I am finding it incredibly sad and don't want to be sad. Perhaps, I'll grab something else tonight.


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Just finished Gone Girl. It was pretty good, definitely sucked me in for a couple days.

Next I think I'm going with The Ask by Sam Lipsyte.


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I'm reading "Fat Girl" by Judith Moore. It's kind of a big bummer but it's written well.


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Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

So far, it's a string of beautiful and horrifying fairy tale nightmares.

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How to Make Love to Adrian Colesbury. Silly fluff, but funny.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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does anyone have recs for a James Bond/Ian Fleming book? I haven't read any (and I know there are issues....) so I don't know where is a good places to start.
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