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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:33 pm 
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I'm about 2/3 finished with Childless Revolution by Madelyn Cain and it's absolutely awful. Truly a waste of time.

I also just started Half Empty by David Rakoff.


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I just took I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie out of the library and am trying to figure out which I want to start with.

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I'm reading "Light on Life" by BKS Iyengar. I really liked the first half but the second half is more of a struggle to get through.

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Just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany. That was an excellent book.

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Started AWOL on the Appalacian Trail. So far, so good. The last two books that I have read of this type were about extreme amateurs, but this guy is just blasting along

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Just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany. That was an excellent book.


Read that a couple years ago and loved it so much.

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Yes! It really was. I need to read more of his books, because I really enjoyed that one. Have you read anything else he's written?

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Yes! It really was. I need to read more of his books, because I really enjoyed that one. Have you read anything else he's written?


Yeah! I would say that The Cider House Rules is essential. (If you have seen the movie, please forget all of it and read the book instead.) The World According to Garp is great/horrible too.

I haven't read Irving's more recent stuff but it's due to a shift in my interests (been rocking more of the memoirs the past 4-5 years) than anything to do with him.

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I have seen neither movie, so the books will be completely fresh to me! I will put those two on my list.

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Ummm, and by list I mean that I just bought them. I REALLY liked APFOM

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Seriously, you won't be sorry. If you're sorry, I'll totally paypal you $5 because I've gotten that much out of John Irving.

I didn't know there was a World According to Garp movie before Robin Williams' death (oy, sadness, oy) and I still can't decide if it's something I want to see or not.

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Well, I pretty much build my reading list off of suggestions in this thread, these days. I haven't regreeted a book yet!

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I'm so glad you liked Owen Meany Invictus! I agree with C&S about Garp and Cider House Rules, and would also add The Hotel New Hampshire (weird but brilliant) and A Widow For One Year.

On the subject of films, there is a film based on Owen Meany which should be avoided at all costs.

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Jogirl. thanks for the protip on the Owen Meany movie. The Cider House Rules movie was bad enough that I was already shying away, but this gives me more fuel.

Beyond that, Invictus, I hope you'll like it! If not, ummmmm, read something else I recommended in this thread (Stephen King? a memoir?) and I'm sure you'll be good.

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Ummm, and by list I mean that I just bought them. I REALLY liked APFOM



I have read this 3x ... repeat reads because I hoped it would end differently ...

Anne :-(

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Ummm, and by list I mean that I just bought them. I REALLY liked APFOM



I have read this 3x ... repeat reads because I hoped it would end differently ...

Anne :-(

Ha, I too have read it several times, and I cry at the end every time!

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coldandsleepy wrote:
I didn't know there was a World According to Garp movie before Robin Williams' death (oy, sadness, oy) and I still can't decide if it's something I want to see or not.

I really liked this film, but admittedly watched it years ago and have never read the book. My BFF has, though, and still likes the film (though not sure which she prefers).

I'm almost finished with Lady Chatterly's Lover and kinda don't really like it. It's a product of its time, I realise, but it's so hard to read the casual racism and misogyny, the elitism, etc. Some of it is good, but I forget about the good parts when I read that stuff.

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jogirl wrote:
I'm so glad you liked Owen Meany Invictus! I agree with C&S about Garp and Cider House Rules, and would also add The Hotel New Hampshire (weird but brilliant) and A Widow For One Year.

On the subject of films, there is a film based on Owen Meany which should be avoided at all costs.



Could not agree more. Owen Meany is my all time fav book but that movie, Simon Birch, will scar you for life.

I have tried several of Irving's later books (e.g.'Until I find you') and couldn't get beyond the first 50 pages. Dreadful. And I hate saying that because I have really loved his older works.


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Just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany. That was an excellent book.
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I didn't know there was a World According to Garp movie before Robin Williams' death (oy, sadness, oy) and I still can't decide if it's something I want to see or not.
It's actually pretty good. I was devoted to the book when I was in HS and was a little nervous about the film (which does make a few changes, as I recall), but overall I liked it; Williams gives a good performance, and the rest of the cast is good, too (John Lithgow as Roberta!). I never saw the Cider House Rules or Owen Meany movies because I heard they were terrible.

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^Yes, I remember the movie Garp back in the day (I saw it in the theater was it...1983 or so?) and while at the time I thought it was "weird" (probably because I was raised on the nuclear family mentality a la Leave it To Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet and whatnot) it was also a compellingly good film, as I remember, or at least in parts, even then. I've never read Irving's (I think you're talking about John Irving) books at all though. I rarely read fiction novels but I might try APFOM soon.

Still working on the R Carver stories. Just read a TERRIFIC one: A Small, Good Thing. Excellent short story, just excellent. The best so far in the book, IMO.

Also reading favorte parts of my fave Lawrence Sanders book: The Third Deadly Sin. God, I love how LS does characters. Every character, even the smallest ones, has a distinct flavor all their own and are so vividly alive and believable as people. He is just amazing at that as a writer.

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i just started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Aside from meeting a boy in her first weeks at college, I totally feel her introverted, not talking to roommates, not wanting to try to do anything anxiety. That was so me in my freshman year. Just replace writing fic with downloading songs from napster. ha.

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i just started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Aside from meeting a boy in her first weeks at college, I totally feel her introverted, not talking to roommates, not wanting to try to do anything anxiety. That was so me in my freshman year. Just replace writing fic with downloading songs from napster. ha.

I just finished Fangirl and really liked it. There were times where it so perfectly described me in college it was ridiculous. I would like to read some of Rowell's other stuff now, I heard from friends that Eleanor & Park is great as well as Landline. I also laughed a lot at how Midwestern it is, it reminded me of home.

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