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Old 08-11-2009, 09:11 AM   #161
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Just finished P.D. James' Innocent Blood, and my head is still spinning. It was one of the most unusually constructed books I have read. P.D. James' usual clear-eyed take on English class and society in a situation that unfolds rather than being reconstructed as it would have been in a whodunnit.
Thanks IP, this is a P.D. James I was not aware of. Now have a request at the library for it. DW is interested in it too -- and she's a voracious reader so I better watch out and start turning the pages fast when it arrives .
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Just finished Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. Very sad, but inspirational.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:18 PM   #163
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Probably get grief over this one, but I decided that this summer I would read all the Harry Potter books (need to keep up with the nieces and nephews, and have something to talk about with them). I'm on number 4 now, To my surprise, I'm having a lot of fun, and that's what counts.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:42 PM   #164
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I'm another one who only reads non-fiction, mostly biographies.

Someone a few pages back mentioned "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. I loved that one, read it when it first came out. I also love Jon Krakauer's books.

I'm currently reading Larry King's, "My Remarkable Journey". I'm enjoying it a lot.

Before that was "How I helped O.J. Get Away With Murder", by Mike Gilbert, his former agent. I had mixed feelings about reading about someone helping OJ but I learned a lot about the man, the crime and the recent aftermath that finally got him some prison time. The author seemed upfront and sincere and had great remorse about the role he played.

Another good one was "The Gardner Heist", by Ulrich Boser about a large, unsolved art theft.

Frank McCourt was one of my favorite authors, I was sad to hear he died. After reading Angela's Ashes I had such cravings for fish and chips!
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:50 AM   #165
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I started reading "Your Money or Your Life" again. Hopefully with winter coming, I'll be able to read my books on Lincoln, the Pony Express, and a few Clive Cussler works
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Probably get grief over this one, but I decided that this summer I would read all the Harry Potter books (need to keep up with the nieces and nephews, and have something to talk about with them). I'm on number 4 now, To my surprise, I'm having a lot of fun, and that's what counts.
The Harry Potter books are fantastic. Anyone who would give you grief over reading them is a literary snob. And they probably never read the books themselves.

There are plenty of non-fiction readers on this site, but I'm not one of them. I started Your Money or Your Life and haven't finished it because I got too bored midway through.

I'm currently re-reading Regency Romances written by Georgette Heyer. Kind of like Jane Austen with more romance and less social commentary. Might disturb my manly image, but I enjoy them. I'm also reading a martial arts book written by a guy I periodically train with. Does that restore some of my macho cred?
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A few days ago, I finished Paper Money by Adam Smith, a pseudonym of George Goodman. I have read his The Money Game many years ago and wanted to read his other books, but kept forgetting about it. By luck, I ran across a hardcover copy of Paper Money donated to the library and offered for sale by the latter for $1.

Published in 1980, this book talked about the contemporaneous economic issues then, namely the inflation, the housing bubble in California, the oil crisis of the 1979-1980, and how the father of OPEC was not an Arab but a Venezuelan lawyer named Alfonso. More than intending to protect Venezuela's interests, as early as the 1940s Alfonso realized that oil was a finite resource and wanted higher prices as a means to reduce wanton waste - oil was as low as 10c/barrel in the 1930s.

An interesting read, this book is a keeper for me.
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I just read a couple of novels by a new, young author named Nick McDonell. Twelve, is sort of a Less Than Zero style story about 17 year olds from the upper east side of New York. Pretty amazing work given he wrote it when he was 17. An Expensive Education, is a thriller about Harvard students drawn into the CIA. Both are worth a read and McDonell is worth keeping an eye on.
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Like to re-read it every few years. The pain and pleasure of perfecting travel to the instantaneous.

Now let's begin Level Flight..........
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I'm another one that read all the Harry Potter books, had to have them on the first day they were released and wouldn't leave the house until it was read. I love the way they call on your imagination.

I've just finished a light-hearted book Vroom With A View by Peter Moore. If you like Italy you will like this one. Basic premise of the book is the 40 yo author travels to Italy and buys a 40 yo Vespa he names Sophia and proceeds to ride it from Milan to Rome. It's all about his adventures and if after finishing this book you are not ready to jump on a plane to Italy and buy a Vespa and do the same journey I will be surprised.
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My current Trashy Novel is Jeffrey Archer's "A Prisoner of Birth". I'm on page 100 of a 600 page book and so far it's got me interested in the plot. It's a whodunnit based around a murder trial and if I know Jeffrey Archer, the innocent guy who's likely to be convicted for the murder will get his revenge in the end. Archer spent time in jail for fraud and had plenty of time to do literary research there!

Meadbh: I listened to it as an audiobook. To tell you the truth I found it disppointing, too predictable. And I am your regular best seller reader!
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I know he's an old timer, but I just discovered Ken Follett and love it. Big John LeCarre fan. Anything by Updike.

Got a Kindle 2 for my recent b'day and loading it up. Keep the suggestions coming.
Does that Kindle thingy allow you to listen to some books?
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I'm reading "Run for your life " by James Patterson . It really holds your interest and keeps me turning the pages . Much better than Grisham's new book which I thought was slightly boring.
Which Grishamīs new book? It itīs The Appeal I totally agree with you.
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Other good spy fiction is Daniel Silva's books with Gabriel Allon as a Mossad agent. Daniel Silva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I am reading Moscow Rules today.
I am currently reading "Prince of Fire", while my husband has finished all of them. Silva is a terrific writer.
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I just started Curious? by Todd Kashdan. I believe that this book was mentioned by someone on this forum, but, can't remember for sure. Downloaded it to my Kindle yesterday just before taking my doggy for a day trip to a nice quiet state park.
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I have spent the last month reading The Stephanie Plum books . They are laugh out loud funny and the perfect summer reading . I also just finished "Whistling in the Dark " by Lesley Kagen . It is a nice light fiction .
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Recently read "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson. It's about a former drug addict and porn star whose life changes completely when he suffers a severe burn. He becomes involved with a very strange woman who lives a fantasy and believes she has lived since the 14th century. I'ts gross and engrossing at the same time. Actually I read it on vacation and couldn't put it down: I finished it in one day. It's a first novel. Either this author has a wonderful imagination or he is seriously weird. The critics loved this one. I look forward to his next book!
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I am currently reading "The Night of the Gun " by David Carr . How a reporter for the New York times could write a book this boring is beyond me . It's the perfect cure for insomnia . Bring back "A million little pieces " by James Frey . Sure it was fiction but at least it was interesting fiction .
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Just finished Ender in Exile, published in 2008. This is a must read if you are a fan of Orson Scott Card's Ender series. It actually fits in as a story filling in details between the last two chapters of the original Ender's Game.

I am about half done with Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon. It deals with identity theft and the desire to disappear from your life that many young people (and not so young) fantasize about. Very good so far.
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Read "This Is Not A Game" by Walter Jon Williams during the 5 1/2" downpour that was my Outer Banks vacation. I didn't expect much, and can't exactly say why, but it grabbed my attention and I read it straight through, 5 hours until 3 am. I liked the ARG tie in and the concept of the group mind doing footwork and solving problems. I think I could see this happening in real life pretty easily.
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