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Old 02-25-2014, 05:17 AM
 
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How do any of you read 4 books at a time my goodness ...the most I can juggle is two at a time .
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:09 AM
 
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Currently listening to "Undone" by Karin Slaughter. Quite good so far.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:32 AM
 
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I was in the mood for something light so I started reading Mahjonged by Elaine Macko.
It's a murder mystery and one of the funniest books I have read in a long time.

I really needed a good laugh, just as we all do from time to time, and this one has filled the need. No, I was not depressed. I have read some heavy stuff recently and needed to laugh. This book is not for everyone because it is a bit "Snoop Sisterish." Our heroine quotes Winston Churchill on occasion which impresses the heck out of me. Then she also quotes characters from Downton Abbey. It's hysterical.

Who done it? I don't know yet and really don't care. It was one of 15 women at a home mahjong party. Even that is funny. You don't need to know about the game to enjoy the book.

Her paperbacks are 10 bucks on amazon (even her first one). And they aren't in libraries. I'm going to have to pass. It sounds like a good read.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Like Wolves in The Fold: The Defense of Rorke's Drift
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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Just finished "Don't Cry, Tai Lake" -- it was okay. I don't think I will look for another of his Inspector Chen mysteries, but I may look for his "Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai." It was one of 2010 Top Books awards.

Moving on to "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune," by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.

It's the most wanted on my stack of checked out books, and least likely to be able to renew so I am diving in!
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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How do any of you read 4 books at a time my goodness ...the most I can juggle is two at a time .

I am not sure about others that read multiple books at a time, but when I have several books going at once, they are usually books of completely different genres. The stories are not similar to each other at all, so the details are not difficult to keep separate.

One book may be light and entertaining, another an interesting biography, while another may be a serious non-fiction military or history book, or novel...and so on. I give each book my undivided attention while I am reading it, and become absorbed in each, so I am not missing any details, but I am able to disconnect temporarily while picking up the next book and read where I left off, (and often even need the brief respite in a particularly emotional book.)

For example, when I read "Unbroken" and "Lone Survivor" , I did not read them in the same week as they were each so absorbing, dramatic and emotional. I read a few Bill Bryson books, during those same weeks to enjoy, and escape a bit, as well. (There are times I simply do get so absorbed in a particular book, I keep reading non-stop cover to cover, as well, then go on to the next book.)

I also tend to read each book at a different place and time throughout the day and week, (when reading multiple books), such as reading one particular book at bedtime, and another on the Kindle, while on the Metrorail or another one that I may keep in my bag/purse when waiting at an appointment.

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Old 02-26-2014, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Like Wolves in The Fold: The Defense of Rorke's Drift
I have that book in paperback. I bought it after reading about it in the "History" forum. It's simply amazing to me that such a small contingent of soldiers could ward off the vast, massive enemy for so long.

It actually was quite honorable for a bloody battle. It led me to read more about the Zulu, The Boar War and Natal.

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Old 02-26-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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I am not sure about others that read multiple books at a time, but when I have several books going at once, they are usually books of completely different genres. The stories are not similar to each other at all, so the details are not difficult to keep separate.

One book may be light and entertaining, another an interesting biography, while another may be a serious non-fiction military or history book, or novel...and so on. I give each book my undivided attention while I am reading it, and become absorbed in each, so I am not missing any details, but I am able to disconnect temporarily while picking up the next book and read where I left off, (and often even need the brief respite in a particularly emotional book.)
Sort of like visiting with friends that are completely different from each other. I can relate to that!
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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I finished Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson last night. It is set in New York primarily, and it is very similar to Donna Tartt's Goldfinch, although Tartt is the more elegant writer. That may be because Ten Thousand Saints is a first novel and maybe her only novel - a search of Amazon turned up Alphabet City but I think that is what they called the French release of the book. What is different about Ten Thousand Saints is that it is not written in the first person but from the perspective of many people, the main character being a boy. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for anything new by this author.

ETA: Some of the people who didn't like Goldfinch because it seemed like nothing was happening, might just like this book since it shows different perspectives.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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I finished Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson last night. It is set in New York primarily, and it is very similar to Donna Tartt's Goldfinch, although Tartt is the more elegant writer. That may be because Ten Thousand Saints is a first novel and maybe her only novel - a search of Amazon turned up Alphabet City but I think that is what they called the French release of the book. What is different about Ten Thousand Saints is that it is not written in the first person but from the perspective of many people, the main character being a boy. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for anything new by this author.

ETA: Some of the people who didn't like Goldfinch because it seemed like nothing was happening, might just like this book since it shows different perspectives.
It's interesting that you compared it to The Goldfinch because, as much as I loved The Secret History, I just couldn't get far into The Goldfinch. It just felt exhausting.

I have Ten Thousand Saints in hand and I'm DEFINITELY going to read it. Pinky-swear promise! I'm looking forward to it but haven't been in the mood for that type of book. (You know what I mean about book vs. mood.) It's at the top of my list, though, for when the mood strikes me right.

Speaking of moods and books, I don't know what made me start Unsaid by Neil Abramson, except that the reviews -- including that of our very own Phonelady -- are excellent. But it's about death and animals and the death OF animals and that's all so difficult for me. I'm about 15% in and although I'm fine through most of it, I'm struggling with parts and have to put it down because I get into a (dark) mood.

ETA: Oh, I read (and finished) Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. It's a memoir about living with parents -- her father in particular -- who are hoarders. It was interesting and an easy read. If she was truthful in her account, she's a wonderful daughter.

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