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Old 01-29-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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"On an Irish Island," by Robert Kanigel

I was enamored with this book at the start, but like a young schoolgirl in the throes of her first love that she married in haste; I had the remainder of the book to repent at leisure. At the end -- and it took a l-o-n-g time coming, I felt acrimonious toward the author for even writing it. Probably because it was good enough to keep me reading, but left a feeling at the end that I'd wasted the nine days it took me to read it. (Why is it that the marginal books take longer?)
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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Now reading: "Philo of Alexandria," by Samuel Sandmel

Philo is repeatedly referred to in "The Evolution of God," and his cosmos was very advanced. Pity he wasn't as self-promoting as Paul, formerly known as Saul.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm going to read yet another book! Yes, yes, I am! Well, I'm super busy through to next week, but I'll start it tonight anyway.

I don't remember the convoluted way I'd heard about this book -- The Great Lenore -- but it sounds pretty good. Worth a shot.

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Lenore-J...e+great+lenore
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042 by Susan Cernyak-Spatz.

It's the autobiography of a Holocaust survivor. She is a professor at a university in the US.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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Reading Richard Morais' Hundred Foot Journey.


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Old 01-30-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I don't remember how I came across The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder but from the Amazon reviews it sounded like it was a well-loved classic (?). This is a kid's book which I don't normally read but it has a sweetness about it and I'm almost through it. And I am sure I would have adored it as a pre-teen.

Is this some sort of children's classic that everyone else knows about but for some reason I never heard of?

I was dabbling in this book and that book, unable to settle down to any book really. I don't lack for books to read but sometimes my head won't settle into one.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This is about a movie but the movie is based on one of my favorite books The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

I saw the movie trailer. It's due out this summer. The two main characters are presented exactly as I envisioned them while reading the book. I'm not sure I can stand to watch the movie because the book broke my heart. It broke my heart but it is a masterpiece that I will read again and again.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Im reading The Last Girls " and "Leeway cottage " / Both seem to be really good so far and im hoping they turn out to be really good . I have been on a reading frenzy with all this dog gone snow and ice . It is so cold and it is nice to snuggle up with a good book and a nice cup of hot tea yeah .
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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I just got Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau in the mail today and he also signed it so im just digging into that now
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Utah
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OMG I just finished Escape from Camp 14
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...e-from-camp-14
I've been meaning to read it for a while, but couldn't find it. I finally broke down & paid the $9 or so dollars on my kindle. I'd figured I've read a lot of Soviet Gulag & human rights violations books, but it was surprisingly brutal.

Villa Triste improved...but I could have lived my life just fine if I'd skipped it.

Currently I'm reading David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (not far into it, but he's usually a good read) for one book club, & A Land More Kind than Home for my other book club.

And I'm trying to find a book that would make a good discussion for my pick for both book clubs soon! We've done many WW2 in both of them, so I'm trying to avoid that. And my one book club says I always pick books that are set in other cultures, so finding something off that track is my challenge.
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