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I'm reading Nothing to Envy, and it's really good so far.

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I'm reading The Painted Girls. It's okay so far. It's about poor girls and ballet and Degas. (One is a model for him.) The David Bowie book I just finished reading was interesting but I skipped the parts about song structure because I don't have any background in music so they meant nothing to me.

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Starting Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson. Book three in Malazan Book of the Fallen. The second book was great and I've heard the third is equally good. The series has been good for filling my GRRM void. Huge world building epics but more typical fantasy than Martin.

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I'm a bit late to it but I've just finished How To Be a a Woman by Caitlin Moran.

The bits I liked (about 60% of it) I really enjoyed, the rest I either skimmed through or got a bit bored by.


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I finished the newest Michael Connelly a few days ago, The Gods of Guilt. I like Connelly and I enjoy the Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer) books, but this one just seemed like a phone in. The whole plot was basically laid out by chapter 2, including who did it and why. This can work in some books, but this one never got much suspense or urgency going. John Sandford has written a couple good ones where the plot was Lucas Davenport chasing a known villain, and it really works.

It wasn't a bad book, but I didn't need to pay new release prices for it. It just didn't have any of the depth or layering of the Harry Bosch books (the last Bosch, The Black Box, was great). I also really missed LA not being almost a central character.

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I spent most of the weekend cuddled up with my cat and my kindle reading the Divergent series. The first one is the best and they definitely go a bit downhill from there, but I'm halfway through book 3 and still pretty resentful that I'm at work now and can't continue until at least tonight, so that's a compliment.

I'm pretty sure they're written for young adults, but still fun for young-at-heart adults as well.

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I just finished Columbine by Dave Cullen. What a weird place to be in for a couple of weeks, like easily one of the best books I've read in years while also being horrifying and depressing and I could barely put it down. Now what do I do with myself? Something light. No more blood. Where's my Gossip Girl?

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I've just finished Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson (crime/police procedural). It's one of his Inspector Banks books and although the plots are always good, what I like best about them is the characterisation. Even very minor characters are always very believable and three dimensional.

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I spent most of the weekend cuddled up with my cat and my kindle reading the Divergent series. The first one is the best and they definitely go a bit downhill from there, but I'm halfway through book 3 and still pretty resentful that I'm at work now and can't continue until at least tonight, so that's a compliment.

I'm pretty sure they're written for young adults, but still fun for young-at-heart adults as well.


I took the afternoon off work to finish the third book and really enjoyed it. The second was mediocre though

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I just finished Jennifer Saunders autobiography - really enjoyed it, one of the best I have read in the last few years.

I'm now reading The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

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I have started Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French, mainly because there is nothing else in the house and it was leant to me by a good friend who said it was "funny, sad and moving". It is none of these things: it is AWFUL*. I am on page 35 and may have to break my "give it 50 pages before you give up" rule.

*and I mean really awful.

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I'm reading Visions in Death, the next-for-me JD Robb book.

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That was a good one. Top ten, I think.

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Fee wrote:
Now what do I do with myself? Something light. No more blood. Where's my Gossip Girl?

I'm there too actually! My sensitivity seems ridiculous right now. When I finished The Fault in Our Stars (which I didn't find depressing, just beautiful) I sped through Brain On Fire on a ferry (someone left a copy on the seat!) and it seriously disturbed me. Normally I love the disturbing shiitake when it is done well but I wasn't prepared for this onslaught of a real life story about one of my greatest fears.

I have a tonne of books to read that I'm really excited about but I think I need something right now with a little bit more positivity. I can't really get myself to swallow the Eckhart Tolle or even the Gabor Mate kind of thing so recommendations for well-written novels that will leave me pleasantly calm and impressed are much appreciated! I even reread my novel for editing purposes and it left me too depressed, and that came from MY MIND. Right now all I seem able to do to relax is speed through seasons of Downton Abbey.


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jerusalemboheme6 wrote:
I spent most of the weekend cuddled up with my cat and my kindle reading the Divergent series. The first one is the best and they definitely go a bit downhill from there, but I'm halfway through book 3 and still pretty resentful that I'm at work now and can't continue until at least tonight, so that's a compliment.

I'm pretty sure they're written for young adults, but still fun for young-at-heart adults as well.


I took the afternoon off work to finish the third book and really enjoyed it. The second was mediocre though


I was really kind of disappointed in the 3rd book. I'm wondering if reading those extra 0.1 Four's version bits would make up for it, but I don't know. I had to re-read the first 2 because I had no idea what was going on when I went to start the 3rd, and I just didn't like it as much the second time through. It felt a bit more moralistically heavy-handed?

I'm reading The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6) by Alan Bradley now, and I'm enjoying it, but I don't know. I'm still a bit sad about it, too. Maybe I need a Gossip Girl hit as well.

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I just finished Das Boot, which I loved but it was really intense, and I can't decide whether to find a fluffy book to take a breather with or whether I should start Roots. I bought it a month ago and its been staring at me ever since.

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jerusalemboheme6 wrote:
I spent most of the weekend cuddled up with my cat and my kindle reading the Divergent series. The first one is the best and they definitely go a bit downhill from there, but I'm halfway through book 3 and still pretty resentful that I'm at work now and can't continue until at least tonight, so that's a compliment.

I'm pretty sure they're written for young adults, but still fun for young-at-heart adults as well.


I took the afternoon off work to finish the third book and really enjoyed it. The second was mediocre though


I was really kind of disappointed in the 3rd book. I'm wondering if reading those extra 0.1 Four's version bits would make up for it, but I don't know. I had to re-read the first 2 because I had no idea what was going on when I went to start the 3rd, and I just didn't like it as much the second time through. It felt a bit more moralistically heavy-handed?



I totally agree on the morally heavy-handed...by the end I felt like I'd accidentally tripped and fallen into a late 80s sitcom where ever chapter had to have a poetic, life-lesson that was shoved at you so hard it knocked you over. She definitely ended up preachy...too bad.

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I'm happily reading through the entire Sandman series by Neil Gaiman again :) (Actually, I only read books 1-9 before as I split up with my partner who had the whole collection before I got to number 10; it turned out in the end that that was the only sad thing for me out of the whole end of that relationship!)

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PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon

This book is a deep map of one Chase County, in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Mr. Least heat Moon gives an in-depth look at the landscape, the history and the people of one very rural county. He is one of my favorite writers because of his penchant of storytelling and providing natural history of the places he explores. I also highly recommend 'Blue Highways' and 'River Horse.'

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I'm between books now. I just read "Laura" by Donald Zochert, which has left me with a crazy urge to re-read the entire Little House Series.

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I was going to start with One for the Money, but I think I'm going straight for the Ranger books.

Does anybody else read Evanovich? I've lost track of the series for a few years, but goofball fun is what I need now. I'm a Ranger fan. My mom read them too, but she preferred Morelli, which makes no sense since Ranger is practically Batman.

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PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon

This book is a deep map of one Chase County, in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Mr. Least heat Moon gives an in-depth look at the landscape, the history and the people of one very rural county. He is one of my favorite writers because of his penchant of storytelling and providing natural history of the places he explores. I also highly recommend 'Blue Highways' and 'River Horse.'

I read Blue Highways in college and really enjoyed it. I will check the library for the others!

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I was going to start with One for the Money, but I think I'm going straight for the Ranger books.

Does anybody else read Evanovich? I've lost track of the series for a few years, but goofball fun is what I need now. I'm a Ranger fan. My mom read them too, but she preferred Morelli, which makes no sense since Ranger is practically Batman.


I read the first 18 or so, but then got sick of it. I just don't like some of the characters! I am a Ranger fan, definitely. He could do so much better than Stephanie though...

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