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i'm reading "maggie-now" by betty smith. i revisit her other three novels (a tree grows in brooklyn, joy in the morning, and tomorrow will be better) probably about every other year or so, but i haven't read this one since high school. i got a 50+ year old copy off ebay and i'm in serious danger of od'ing off glorious old book smell.


I'm reading a paperback of They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie from 1960. I'm constantly smelling it, too!

I haven't read any other books by Betty Smith, but I used to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn over and over and over when I was a kid. I should read it again.

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I'm reading book ten in the Amelia Peabody series - The Ape Who Guards the Balance. I like it very much. I don't know what I'm going to do when I get to the end of the series.

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I'm reading "The Age of Innocence", I love the writing style even though I'm not excited by the story (might be because as a classic the Foreword author assumes you know how it ends and gives away the story, and I always read the forewords).


That happened to me with Anna Karenina! I still haven't read the book either because it was ruined! Ruined, I say!

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I'm reading book ten in the Amelia Peabody series - The Ape Who Guards the Balance. I like it very much. I don't know what I'm going to do when I get to the end of the series.


Read the Vicky Bliss series, Summer of the Dragon, Legend in Green Velvet, Camelot Caper, and Copenhagen Connection.

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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). I am enjoying it so far.

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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). I am enjoying it so far.

I started this and had to leave it after a few chapters. I just couldn't get into the characters and the story seems to be turning to the boring side. I hope you like it, if you do maybe I'll give it another try.

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Meg (Steve Alten) is the worst best book I've read in ages. It has a smattering of plausible science mixed in with lunacy, a linear plot that rockets along, cardboard characters who do suitably stupid things while spouting off hilariously earnest and cheesy B-movie dialog. And they still need a bigger boat.

It's going slow because I'm on audiobook, but it can't wait to get to the next one in this series.

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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

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Anek wrote:
jogirl wrote:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). I am enjoying it so far.

I started this and had to leave it after a few chapters. I just couldn't get into the characters and the story seems to be turning to the boring side. I hope you like it, if you do maybe I'll give it another try.

I listened to this book on audible while I was running & I really enjoyed listening to it. So much that I bought The Silkworm to listen to & I just finished it tonight. I really enjoyed that too and it's not a genre I usually read. It really helps that the guy that reads it is really good too. I think the climax of the books are very similar to the climax in the Harry Potter books.


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jogirl wrote:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). I am enjoying it so far.

I started this and had to leave it after a few chapters. I just couldn't get into the characters and the story seems to be turning to the boring side. I hope you like it, if you do maybe I'll give it another try.

I listened to this book on audible while I was running & I really enjoyed listening to it. So much that I bought The Silkworm to listen to & I just finished it tonight. I really enjoyed that too and it's not a genre I usually read. It really helps that the guy that reads it is really good too. I think the climax of the books are very similar to the climax in the Harry Potter books.

I've finished it now and I did really enjoy it. It is fairly formulaic but I love the genre so that suited me.

I've just started Kate Atkinson's Life after Life and I can't put it down.

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I'm rereading The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch and I can't believe how much I've missed reading Murdoch.


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I'm rereading The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch and I can't believe how much I've missed reading Murdoch.


I love her. I have The Sea The Sea on my Kindle but have yet to read it.

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"Running and Stuff" by James Adams, a British ultra guy. Really funny and compelling (the funniest running memoir I've read) but holy cats, he really needs someone to edit him. Not for content, but for grammar and spelling mistakes.

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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman


Loved that whole series.

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I just finished If You Follow Me. I cried so much during that book. The main character is dealing with the loss of her father, and I could relate to so much of it. Oof. I'm glad I read it.

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I've just started Kate Atkinson's Life after Life and I can't put it down.

I liked this so much that I read a bunch of her other books, but this was my favourite.

I finished Buried Angels. I usually really like her stuff, but there's a bit of the cult of motherhood seeping in that's kinda off putting. It was still good, but not as good as the earlier books where the main female character was a bit more independent.

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I loved Life after Life. Such an amazing cast of characters and original idea!

I started A man lay dead, the first of the 30+ crime stories that Ngaio Marsh wrote. She's a rough contemporary of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and usually grouped with them and a fourth one as "Queens of Crime". I adore Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers so I figured I'd like Ngaio Marsh and bought the entire collection at once, and I am not regretting it! Such a style! They just don't write books like those anymore, although I think I had a bit of the writing style feeling with Life after Life. Anyway, looking forward to many hours of pleasure.

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I loved Life after Life. Such an amazing cast of characters and original idea!

I started A man lay dead, the first of the 30+ crime stories that Ngaio Marsh wrote. She's a rough contemporary of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and usually grouped with them and a fourth one as "Queens of Crime". I adore Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers so I figured I'd like Ngaio Marsh and bought the entire collection at once, and I am not regretting it! Such a style! They just don't write books like those anymore, although I think I had a bit of the writing style feeling with Life after Life. Anyway, looking forward to many hours of pleasure.

Cool. I'll have to look her up. I'm actually reading a biography of the first Swedish "Queen of Crime" - Maria Lang.


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I just finished Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier. It was just ok. It felt like it didn't really have a plot, that all of the plot-like elements were sorta skimmed over. For example, there was a bit of talk about the French Revolution but it remained in the backdrop, and it finished before it felt like the major stories were resolved. It was well written, but just felt a bit pointless.

I'm back on Sandman next - I have vol 3-6 from the library.

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I read "the silkworm" and thought it was really good, better than the first one.

Then I read "tenth of december", short stories by George Saunders. I really liked some of the stories and other I just did not GET at all.

A graphic novel called "Skim" by Mariko Tamaki ("Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques, and finding a way to be your own fully human self--are all explored in this brilliant collaboration by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.") The story was cute, the drawing beautiful.

"Hunger: A modern history" by James Vernon. This one disappointed me. I was ready to love it so much and it never fully delivered. And it was SO hard to get through, the writing was so dense like a really bad university paper.

I also read "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" by George Packer, which I enjoyed very much but it really depressed me.

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I'm back on Sandman next - I have vol 3-6 from the library.


The Sandman graphic novels are some of my favourite books to re-read, and in my opinion they really improve a lot as they go on in the series and the characters develop. How are you finding them so far?

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Meg was so crazy sauce awesome that I'm now reading Trench, the second book.

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Just finished the audiobook of Princesses Behaving Badly. I do like my odd historical tidbits.

I learned all about Alfhilde, the viking princess-turned-pirate; Rani Lakshmibai, the Indian princess who charged into battle against the British with her infant son strapped to her back (but not really tho); Roxolana, the Russian courtesan who went from a lowly harem girl to Sultana of the Ottoman Empire; La Malinche, the Aztec princess reviled in Mexico for her collaboration with Hernan Cortez; and more. Recommended!

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That sounds great.

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I just finished If You Follow Me. I cried so much during that book. The main character is dealing with the loss of her father, and I could relate to so much of it. Oof. I'm glad I read it.


That's one of my favorite books. So good.

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