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I read Orhan Pamuks "The White Castle", I re-read it but I'd forgotten pretty much everything. I find it exhausting but its worth it in the end, the style mostly. I want to get all the other Faber 80th birthday edition books if I can find them. They're so pretty! I also got The Bell Jar and another one.

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I'm reading India Rising right now. Whilst I was away I read For Fukui's Sake: Two Years in Rural Japan, and Holly Smale's Geek Girl.

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I finally finished Catching Fire. Now I miss all the characters :-(

I think I will now reread the Drawing of The Three by Stephen King.

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Just finished "The golden egg" by Donna Leon, it was nice but the later books seem to be more and more about stereotypes and exaggerated views of italian ways of life than about investigations. That was always the underlying flavor, but it's becoming almost all the story.

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Just started 'Jitterbug Perfume"
Have already laughed out loud about 4 times. It should be a fun ride.


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Just started 'Jitterbug Perfume"
Have already laughed out loud about 4 times. It should be a fun ride.

I just reread it last month! Still a favorite, there are so many great lines!

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I finally finished the Book Thief. It took me a really long time, it was excellent but hard to read for me. I was disappointed with the ending and would have liked some more details after all of that reading, but I was still very happy with it overall.

Also, just finished The Fault in our Stars. I'm still weeping.

On to the Divergent Series next!

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I'm in the middle of "The little old woman who broke all the rules", it's quite good. Not page-turning good, but a nice and funny read nonetheless.

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Finished Artemis Fowl: the Opal Deception. It was ok, not great.

Now I'm reading Dorothy L Sayers' Lard Peter Wimsey books. I've read most of them before, but not the one I'm on now, Clouds of Witness.

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Finished Artemis Fowl: the Opal Deception. It was ok, not great.

Now I'm reading Dorothy L Sayers' Lard Peter Wimsey books. I've read most of them before, but not the one I'm on now, Clouds of Witness.

I've been on a 30s detective kick lately and have reread some Sayers and Christie. I'm thinking I should probably get 'round to reading those Wimsey novels I haven't read yet. I must say that Clouds of Witness wasn't one of my favourites.


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Just started 'Jitterbug Perfume"
Have already laughed out loud about 4 times. It should be a fun ride.

I just reread it last month! Still a favorite, there are so many great lines!


This is one of my favorite books ever.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Just started it so I have no impressions but it's supposed to be excellent and it's one of the top banned books.

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It's a western written by a woman that is largely shown from the woman's perspective. I'm loving it - awesome almost-summer read.

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It's a western written by a woman that is largely shown from the woman's perspective. I'm loving it - awesome almost-summer read.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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^ This sounds interesting.

Im reading Donna Tartt's "The goldfinch". Its ok so far, only 200 pages in. Only 600 to go.

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So, I read all 4 of the Alex Morrow series by Denise Mina. I liked her other 2 series and was hopeful about this one, but it just wasn't as good. I think part of it was Alex just not being terribly likeable, even after she sorted her anger problem. Most of the books had really unsatisfactory endings - they felt abrupt, unfinished, even unjust. I dunno, I just didn't feel as satisfied when they were finished as I did with her other books.

Now that I'm done with those, I'm on to Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim #3).

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Im reading Donna Tartt's "The goldfinch". Its ok so far, only 200 pages in. Only 600 to go.


I've just finished this book. I'd be interested to know what you think when you finish it.


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I will. I realized though, that since it's the German version it's actually over 100 pages long. So, I still got 600 even though I read a lot in it today!

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I haven't read The Goldfinch yet. I bought it when it was on $1.99 Kindle. I've always found her to be so overrated so I'm curious if I'll feel the same about this one.

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I read The Goldfinch and The Secret History. I liked The Goldfinch better. I found myself hating most of the characters in Secret History, but there were a few characters in The Goldfinch I was ok with.

Now I'm reading The People in the Trees by Hanya Yangahira. I like it, but the main character/narrator is an awful person.

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Im reading Donna Tartt's "The goldfinch". Its ok so far, only 200 pages in. Only 600 to go.


I've just finished this book. I'd be interested to know what you think when you finish it.

Ok, just read the last of the 1020 pages. I thought it was good but not great, I felt the style was like a teenage novel or maybe crime, not the "high literature" that it's sold as.

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Im reading Donna Tartt's "The goldfinch". Its ok so far, only 200 pages in. Only 600 to go.


I've just finished this book. I'd be interested to know what you think when you finish it.

Ok, just read the last of the 1020 pages. I thought it was good but not great, I felt the style was like a teenage novel or maybe crime, not the "high literature" that it's sold as.

I read secret history years ago because someone recommended it and I did enjoy it. I don't normally go for really lengthy books but thought I'd give the Goldfinch a go. I agree, good but not great. I did like the idea of the story and I liked lots of the characters but I thought one of the choices made by Theo near the end of the book seemed unlikely really. I'm glad I read it but not sure I'd rave about it to other peope like I do with other books.


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Not sure what choice you mean. I thought it was a bit.. lazy maybe... that every 200 pages someone he cares about dies and then he has to react to the death..

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That's exactly how I feel about Donna Tartt: why is everybody calling this "literature."

I'm reading Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. They are Georgian era romances. She is a good writer so they are high quality fluff. I didn't intend to get sucked in. I just had one from a Kindle sale, and now I'm on the fourth.

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Trying to finish a Swedish crime novel (Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt) but I find myself irrationally irritated by it. Why is this woman so prized? I've read one of her books before and while I mostly enjoyed reading about one of my favourite places I don't remember it being this bad. The police should just talk to an archaeologist already. Gah. Only 150 pages to go.


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