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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:09 pm 
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I finished Exile, and I really wish I had money so I could just buy the last book of the trilogy for my Kindle instead of waiting until my hold is at the library. I really liked it and felt the author had improved a lot from one book to the next. I'm looking forward to the last book, as well as reading all her other books (which also have female protagonists, woot!).

But since I have to wait, I'll probably read The Book Thief next.

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But since I have to wait, I'll probably read The Book Thief next.

I think this is one of my favourite books of the last few years. Let us know what you think of it!

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How about the Rory Gilmore Challenge!!! Here are all 339 books referenced on "Gilmore Girls". I only scrolled down to 'g' and then I got tired and needed a nap.

Hot damn. It would take too long for me to check how many I've read.

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I read 72, is that good?

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I read 72, is that good?


Yes! I got 11, I clearly need to read more classics!

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42! though i've only seen gilmore girls twice - both times at my friend's, who happens to watch gilmore girls and it happened to be on.


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42! though i've only seen gilmore girls twice - both times at my friend's, who happens to watch gilmore girls and it happened to be on.


I may not have read that many of the books but I have seen every episode of Gilmore Girls twice!

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I just started Lorrie Moore's Bark for book club, and the first story is so depressing! Anyone read it or familiar with Moore?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:56 pm 
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NDP, I loved her Birds of America (the "peed onk" story is one of those ones that I'm pretty sure will stay with me for my whole life). It's been a while since I've read anything of hers, but yeah, I remember a lot it being kind of depressing. But depressing in a good way, if that makes sense? I'm adding Bark to my to-read list.

Right now I'm re-tackling 1Q84 (started it last year and gave up, but now I'm in more of a Murakami mood) and also reading Steal Like an Artist.

I had a weird experience with the last book I read (Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving): I started it totally unaware that it was set right where I live and that the author lives here. It references a bunch of local stuff and street names and it was SO distracting to me. I feel like I would have felt very differently about the book if it wasn't supposedly taking place in my backyard.


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I really like Lorrie Moore. Birds of America is my favorite. Her last novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was good-not-great.

Bark is on my to-read list. I'll start it whenever it shows up in the new book section of the library.

But yeah, she tends to be kind of a downer.


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I heard Lorrie Moore is a really good short story writer but I haven't read anything of hers. A lot of modern short stories are really depressing. Novels too. In my view, a lot of popular modern literature has taken a turn towards too much realism and not enough imagination. But I digress! I've heard that Moore's a good writer, yes, from trusted sources.

Well, I had to return Herzog to the liberry because someone else was waiting for it. I mean, it's a big novel, doesn't the library have a zillion copies? Why they gotta take back mine? Anyway, I'll borrow it again in a few months and finish it. I got halfway through in six weeks so I obviously wasn't gripped by the story. The writing is seriously stellar though.

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Just finished "The Pilot's Wife".
absolute drivel. Most of the passages read like a Harlequin. And the 'twist' was nothing interesting or earth shattering.
My problem is that a co-worker lent it to me because she loved it. What to tell her now??

On to the next Harry Potter.


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I'm going to re-read the Hunger Games next (before spending Saturday night watching both movies)

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Is That a Fish In Your Ear? by David Bellos. It's partially for uni, partially for fun. I like it so far.


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I'm going to re-read the Hunger Games next (before spending Saturday night watching both movies)


I just finished the trilogy a few days ago (my first time reading it). I definitely enjoyed it, but jeez... gotta love a happy ending...?

I have recently discovered that my local library does e-books that I can read on both my phone and my tablet (I have a Surface, which isn't that great tbh), so I have built up a huge 'wish list' on OverDrive and am now reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals.

With that, my dispatch from 2010 comes to a close.

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Pinko wrote:

Right now I'm re-tackling 1Q84 (started it last year and gave up, but now I'm in more of a Murakami mood)


I normally love Murakami, and yet I got about halfway through the third book and completely lost interest. I mean, seriously, I'm almost done but just can't for the life of me finish.

Apropos, I saw a fun little thing a few weeks ago where some forensic artists created composite sketches of literary figures based on their descriptions. Here's Aomame.

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I'm really in the mood for a British police procedural (just watched all the series of Prime Suspect). Any recommendations?

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blondiefk, I'm not sure if you are mainly looking for a female lead character or not, but one series I've really enjoyed is the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey. Present day-ish and based in the Bath/Bristol area.


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I'm really in the mood for a British police procedural (just watched all the series of Prime Suspect). Any recommendations?

I really like Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series.

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Attempting to read Dead Souls again. I was enjoying the book when I last read it, but I am an easily distracted human.


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I've been in that boat for a while! I got about halfway through it on audiobook a couple years ago, then saw something shiny and didn't finish it. Then I lost my place in itunes and I want to finish it, it was great so far, but at this point it just seems like so much wooork. Whine.


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I need to start using Overdrive. I'm spending way too much money buying kindle books.

I just finished oryx and crake. I liked it but the characters seemed pretty undeveloped. I'm starting the next book in the trilogy now.

Also gave up on Death at Pemberley, which was for my book club. It was so terrible! I ended up finding a synopsis with spoilers online. I couldn't say how much I disliked it at our meeting because the gal who chose it is super sweet and it would hurt her feelings.

It's finally my turn to choose a book club selection so I chose Lost City of Z. I can't wait to start it!

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Thanks for the recommendations. My library had one Peter Robinson book so I'll start there.

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I've just finished The Night Circus. It was amazing!

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I've just finished The Night Circus. It was amazing!

I read it last January and it was my favourite book of the year, I want to read it again very soon

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