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Old 07-31-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I just finished Death Spiral. Wow fast paced book great read. I actually learned a few things about Thai culture along the way. LOL
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Michael Ondaatje "Divisadero" is a very good book. Extremely gifted writer.

Just finishing Herta Müller's "The Land of Green Plums". Stylistically unorthodox, and a bit ragged, probably due to a weak translation. It gets better as you work your way through it, but still only an averge read.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I have so many lists around my computer that I finally decided to do two things with the list of books I want to read.

1) I keep a 12x18 monthly calendar near me and I write the book titles on it. The calendar is too big to misplace.

2) This one takes a bit more time but it really works. I send myself an email listing books. Then I move those emails into a folder cleverly titled "To Be Read."

Yeah, I am weird.
You gotta do what works!

I use amazon's wish list as my books to-read list. I've also been using goodreads for about 6 months now; I love being able to put my books in the different bookshelves and also see what my goodreads friends are reading. It has been another great resource, after amazon, for reader reviews, too.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; I really liked it. It was fast-paced and I enjoyed the mystery. I was surprised by some parts
Spoiler
the violence
but it didn't make me enjoy the book any less.

I started The Girl Who Played with Fire the same day I finished the first book, but that was a few days ago and I'm only about 70 pages through it so far. I am just having a hard time getting into it. Did anyone else who read the books have a hard time with the second one? I read some reviews on goodreads and a bunch of readers felt like it didn't pick up until about page 175. I'm still going to read it because of how much I enjoyed the first book and my husband and father-in-law enjoyed the series, but it might take me a bit to really get into the book. Besides, the Olympics are on! Books come in secondary to the Olympics for me. I'm a sports nut.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Pa
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America's Galactic Foreign Legion by Walter Knight. Satire at its best. Yes it's a scifi sort of but it really makes fun of todays politics.
LOL ATM machines are the recruiters of the future. Strategically placed in casinos LOL....
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Oooh! I have that (and 57 other books ) loaded onto my Kindle. I hadn't heard anything about it before you posted. It sounded good based on the Amazon blurb, though, so I got it. I don't know when I'll get a chance to bite into it, but it's good to hear that someone is liking it (aside from all those Amazon reviewers, who could be friends of the author ).

I finished it yesterday. Finally. It was a great story, well-told historical fiction that made me see the Civil War with a different set of eyes. I definitely recommend that you read it.

Not reading anything yet, but I have several to be read items on my Goodreads list to check out.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Going to start 'A thousand splendid suns' after I liked the kite runner.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Woodinville
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The Bourne Dominion. Just like all the other Bourne books: AWESOME

Next up: Shutter Island
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; I really liked it. It was fast-paced and I enjoyed the mystery. I was surprised by some parts
Spoiler
the violence
but it didn't make me enjoy the book any less.

I started The Girl Who Played with Fire the same day I finished the first book, but that was a few days ago and I'm only about 70 pages through it so far. I am just having a hard time getting into it. Did anyone else who read the books have a hard time with the second one? I read some reviews on goodreads and a bunch of readers felt like it didn't pick up until about page 175. I'm still going to read it because of how much I enjoyed the first book and my husband and father-in-law enjoyed the series, but it might take me a bit to really get into the book. Besides, the Olympics are on! Books come in secondary to the Olympics for me. I'm a sports nut.
It does take a while to get into Fire but I had the same problem with Tattoo. He set up several situations in all his books and it took a while for them to come together. Honestly, though, the wading is well worth each and every of the books in this series, Midge.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I made it to 40% on A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates before I wanted to scream and then slap her. Maybe it was because she was still in pain over the loss of her husband, but her editor could have done the dirty work: the weird punctuation and her chronic overuse of the Em Dash (really! use a comma, lady! and you can't keep separating fragments of a sentence with Em Dashes -- that's not good writing, that's just sloppy!).

OK, I'm done yelling.

I'm going to read My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok next.
Or maybe The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen. I'm not sure.
Or one of the other 53 books on my Kindle. Sigh.. Too many books, way too little time.

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