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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:11 pm 
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I just finished Speechless by Hannah Harrington - loved it
Now reading Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett - also really good and both are contemp YA

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Ken Jennings' Brainiac. Oh my god I loved it, freal. It was probably the fastest I've ever read a book. It's just so fun to read and really well written. I didn't know I was a trivia nerd until now. Totally recommended.

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I finished Broken Harbour. I didn't love it, not the way I loved her other stuff. I just never really liked the main guy. He was a bit of a dick. But now I really wanna buy the first 3 for the Kindle so I can read them again. I've probably forgotten most of what happened in them anyway.

Now I'm reading The Beautiful and the Damned from others' recommendations of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm not sure about it, but I'll keep reading.

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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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From the beginning! Start with Casino Royale.

Don't expect the books to be like the movies (they are much grittier). The titles of the books and movies also don't match up.

Personally, I love the books. They are a product of their time, however. Don't read them if you want political correctness.

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I just finished Behind the Beautiful Forevers. It is such a good book but very sad. A deep look at India and how the poor live.

I was planning on reading Code Name Verity next as its ready for pickup at my library. However, I just looked up Ken Jennings' Brainiac after RandiJM's note and now feel like that is what I want to read. I read a number of pages from the Amazon preview and was laughing already. Decisions, hmmmm.


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I just picked up Code Name Verity last night!

Right now, though, I am reading The Red House by Mark Haddon.


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Yay I sort of influenced someone! :) I learned so much from it because trivia bits easily become part of the prose. For example, did you know the same person created Wonder Woman AND invented the lie detector? Like, what the fizzle. That's cool.

Boyfriend really wants me to start the Game of Thrones books now. I watch the show so I'm not excited to find out what happens. Should I? So many books to read!

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I finished Broken Harbour. I didn't love it, not the way I loved her other stuff. I just never really liked the main guy. He was a bit of a dick. But now I really wanna buy the first 3 for the Kindle so I can read them again. I've probably forgotten most of what happened in them anyway.


I am currently number 407 in line for this at the library.

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RandiJM wrote:
Yay I sort of influenced someone! :) I learned so much from it because trivia bits easily become part of the prose. For example, did you know the same person created Wonder Woman AND invented the lie detector? Like, what the fizzle. That's cool.


Ha. I'm looking forward to reading it. I did not know that Jennings put out this book. Frankly, my to-be-read pile just keeps getting higher and higher and I try not to look for new books to read. But I can't pass this one up.


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rachell37 wrote:
Now I'm reading The Beautiful and the Damned from others' recommendations of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm not sure about it, but I'll keep reading.

Read it once some time ago and not his best book. However, the blooming talent is in evidence and there are some stunning passages in there, as I remember.

I finished Inherited Risk and it was quite good. Now I want to see some Errol Flynn films and read Dispatches.

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I finished Dracula, which I loved more and more as it went along. I've just read a couple of Ruth Rendell thrillers for pure pleasure because I love Wexford (the detective character), and I'm just about to start As You Like It, which I need to read for work.

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Just finished The Fault in Our Stars and This Is Where I Leave You. Absolutely loved both, now I'm starting Jonathan Tropper's Everything Changes hoping it will be as good as This Is Where I Leave You. Also really want to read Gone Girl but it's still only out in hardcover.


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Finished Beloved by Toni Morrison WHICH WAS SO SAD but really really good.

Now reading This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.

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Shadows of Night, the follow up to A discovery of Witches. After having re-read the latter, the former is making much more sense. Enjoyable, but less exciting and captivating than the first.

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Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala. Loving it (as much as you can love something that forked up).

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The Cambridge Murders by Dilwyn Rees (I love the old Penguin covers!) and Just My Type by Simon Garfield.


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How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

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How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

How are you liking it? I've heard extremely mixed reviews.

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About to start reading "Watchmen"- not sure if that counts since it's a graphic novel... but I saw some words in it, so...


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How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

How are you liking it? I've heard extremely mixed reviews.



I am on the first chapter...so far I do not. I read it is supposed to be funny and witty, I do not get that so far. :/

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About to start reading "Watchmen"- not sure if that counts since it's a graphic novel... but I saw some words in it, so...

Graphic novels always count!

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Hoiw to Make Love to Adrian Colesbury. Fluff, but very funny fluff

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How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

How are you liking it? I've heard extremely mixed reviews.



I am on the first chapter...so far I do not. I read it is supposed to be funny and witty, I do not get that so far. :/


I feel like I should read it even if just to critique it, but I read a really super cissexist quote on Tumblr and I just about died.

I'll put it in a spoiler tag just in case it might trigger

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“Do you have a vagina? Do you want to be in charge of it? Congratulations! You’re a feminist.”


Way to exclude trans* folk and gloss over the fact that there are many many legitimate reasons why someone might not identify as a feminist.

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Do audiobooks count? I'm listening to "The Prisoner of Zenda" compliments of Librivox. I could eat the reader's voice with a spoon. (But I'm not sure if that's vegan.)

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“Do you have a vagina? Do you want to be in charge of it? Congratulations! You’re a feminist.”





I think that was her trying to be funny? Honestly for a book that was labeled as a fresh funny take on things I am puzzled...

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