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Old 05-28-2014, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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just finished the Fire Within by Chris d'Lacey. One of the main characters was 11-written for that age level, but I enjoyed it.

Made me believe in dragons for a bit.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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just finished the Fire Within by Chris d'Lacey. One of the main characters was 11-written for that age level, but I enjoyed it.

Made me believe in dragons for a bit.
Aww..that sounds sweet. My DH and I are taking our granddaughter to see How To Train Your Dragon 2
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm giving Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" a grade of A. Very nice book, no more than the usual number of plot defects, which are impossible to avoid in a story that deviates from known science.

I don't read reviews until after I've read the book. I did not find the book "disturbing" in any way whatsoever, nor any hint of what The New Yorker called her "fixation on terror". I have no idea what those reviewers are talking about.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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I am reading eleanor & park and I am really enjoying it. I borrowed The Rape of Nanking from the library, but after looking at the pictures, I just don't know if I will be able to stomach reading it. I also got 2 by Susan Gregg Gilmore (author of The Funeral Dress which I enjoyed) and they are The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. Since they both sounded good and both were available at the library, I checked them both out.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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I am reading eleanor & park and I am really enjoying it.

I have that on my list. I may order that on my next library round
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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I just finished Watcher by Dean Koontz….I loved it. If you like thriller type books and dogs you should try it



Last night I started The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
The Round House: A Novel: Louise Erdrich: 9780062065254: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am reading eleanor & park and I am really enjoying it. I borrowed The Rape of Nanking from the library, but after looking at the pictures, I just don't know if I will be able to stomach reading it. I also got 2 by Susan Gregg Gilmore (author of The Funeral Dress which I enjoyed) and they are The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. Since they both sounded good and both were available at the library, I checked them both out.
I have it downloaded and not sure if I will be able to get through it either
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've finished Election by Tom Perrotta. It's my fourth Perrotta book. Obviously, one of my favorite authors.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green. A heartwarming story. I will read more books by John Green

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved this book. Zevin is predominantly a YA author, but this an adult novel. A great summer read. It is delightful, charming and thoroughly enjoyable. Both humorous and sad at the same time. Excellent writing, wonderful story and Zevin paints beautifully drawn characters. The novel has been compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. The latter I really enjoyed. I have the Harold Fry book on my kindle but, as yet, unread.

"Why is any one book different from any other book? They are different, A.J. decides, because they are. We have to look inside many. We have to believe. We agree to be disappointed, sometimes so that we can be exhilarated every now and again."

I put aside the The Ghost Map by Stephen Johnson for the time being. It's summertime, and I'm not in the mood for all the technical data contained in the book.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved this book. Zevin is predominantly a YA author, but this an adult novel. A great summer read. It is delightful, charming and thoroughly enjoyable. Both humorous and sad at the same time. Excellent writing, wonderful story and Zevin paints beautifully drawn characters. The novel has been compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. The latter I really enjoyed. I have the Harold Fry book on my kindle but, as yet, unread.

"Why is any one book different from any other book? They are different, A.J. decides, because they are. We have to look inside many. We have to believe. We agree to be disappointed, sometimes so that we can be exhilarated every now and again."
So weird. I just saw this book as an Amazon recommendation and clicked over to this thread to see if anyone had mentioned it!
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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OMG - I just finished To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. I can't believe I actually read the whole thing. Why did I? Gak! I LOVED his first book Then We Came to the End. And I find his style very funny. But To Rise was . . . gak! I hate books that use religion as a thematic crutch.

I'll never look at dentists the same way again, though. Time to go floss! And I think I'm going to buy a water pik.
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