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Old 04-02-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Well I finished The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye and I am so glad I read it. I think it's one that would lend itself to a book club- I could use some discussion. What a touching book. I was in tears.. I guess I will be looking for the Queenie book someone else mentioned.
I decided not to start Signature of All Things just yet. I thought the Miss Buncle series sounded perfect ; but I don't think my library has them. They have a bunch by the author though, D E Stevenson, and I just started The House of the Deer. I looked at a few of the books, and honestly this one had the most legible print. Most of the others were old editions, and the print was very light and small. So far so good. I guess when I finish this one, I will tackle the Signature. I am looking forward to it.\
I know, I know. Wasn't it great? I just loved that book and it made me cry too. Unfortunately, I am not able to get into the Queenie book. I hope you have better luck.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I did finish all four books of The Giver and upfromthere was right - they do tie the loose ends together. I am glad I read it.

And then I somehow came across a book called The Game by Terry Schott. I don't find anything particularly interesting about his writing style - it's more or less one conversation after another - but nonetheless, I was hooked on the story in spite of my very best efforts. So I am now on book 3 of that series.

The premise behind The Game is that the characters are all in a realistic computer simulation and don't know it. So 'the game' is the game of life. And it looks like book one is free right now on Amazon. The Game (The Game is Life Book One) (Volume 1): Mr. Terry Schott, Mr. Alan Seeger: 9781484904831: Amazon.com: Books

It is a fast-paced book that should appeal to a lot of people.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:59 PM
 
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I did finish all four books of The Giver and upfromthere was right - they do tie the loose ends together. I am glad I read it.

And then I somehow came across a book called The Game by Terry Schott. I don't find anything particularly interesting about his writing style - it's more or less one conversation after another - but nonetheless, I was hooked on the story in spite of my very best efforts. So I am now on book 3 of that series.

The premise behind The Game is that the characters are all in a realistic computer simulation and don't know it. So 'the game' is the game of life. And it looks like book one is free right now on Amazon. The Game (The Game is Life Book One) (Volume 1): Mr. Terry Schott, Mr. Alan Seeger: 9781484904831: Amazon.com: Books

It is a fast-paced book that should appeal to a lot of people.
I think The Game might have been made into a movie. At least there was a movie called The Game with a similar premise: The Game (1997) - IMDb

I liked the movie so I'm going to download the first book. Thank you!

ETA: The movie came out in 1997 and the book in 2012, so clearly they aren't the same. But I'll download it anyway.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:01 PM
 
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For all you Donna Tartt fans, I bet you will enjoy A Little Life by Hanya Yahagihara as much as I am. Like Tartt's books, it is richly written with really intriguing, well-developed characters. I have the feeling that something big/tragic/surprising/devastating is going to happen or be revealed, but it hasn't happened yet (13% in) and I'm completely content enjoying the slow ramp-up as I get to know the four main characters.

So happy to have found this one!
I just looked this up on Amazon and it sounds amazing. I am afraid to read it though. I'm not sure that I am at a time in my life that I can read about such heartbreak and abuse. It's going on my TBR list but I am going to wait until I am feeling less fragile.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:41 PM
 
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Just finished You: a novel from recommendations on this forum. I enjoyed the book but felt the author ran on somewhat just to meet page requirements. For example she could have really cut down on her Peach scenarios. I felt a lot of them were just page-fillers. But otherwise a decent book.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I read that Zoo Story a while ago. I enjoyed it a lot. He (the author) actually taught my daughter for grad school in writing and she thought very highly of him.

And , I also had never read Silver Linings and really liked it. I first read his newer book. The Good Luck of Right Now which I really loved, and then went onto Silver Linings. ( I also don't go to movies much).
I kept mentioning The Good Luck of Right Now and recommending it because it was just so captivating.

Zoo Story was a good book to hear what goes on behind the scenes.

I'm in the minority again as I did not really like Silver Linings. I'm sure it has to do with me not liking professional sports and hating the men who turn into boys while watching sports. I call them ra ra's and I cannot stand them but that is me. Since 50% of the book was about those yahoos that I can't stand the book was ruined for me, lol. I will give The Good luck of Right Now a try as long as there is no long drawn out chapters about sports fans and what they do.



Now I am reading The House We Grew Up In and I am enjoying it. I really want to know what made the mother a hoarder and how her mind works.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Texas
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For all you Donna Tartt fans, I bet you will enjoy A Little Life by Hanya Yahagihara as much as I am. Like Tartt's books, it is richly written with really intriguing, well-developed characters. I have the feeling that something big/tragic/surprising/devastating is going to happen or be revealed, but it hasn't happened yet (13% in) and I'm completely content enjoying the slow ramp-up as I get to know the four main characters.

So happy to have found this one!
Wow! This sounds very, very good. Thanks, pinetreelover.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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I'm in the minority again as I did not really like Silver Linings. I'm sure it has to do with me not liking professional sports and hating the men who turn into boys while watching sports. I call them ra ra's and I cannot stand them but that is me. Since 50% of the book was about those yahoos that I can't stand the book was ruined for me, lol. I will give The Good luck of Right Now a try as long as there is no long drawn out chapters about sports fans and what they do.
OMG,this is so hilarious,I Love It,and I am with you totally,LOL!

I've been having trouble trying to decide what genre I want my next book to be in,so instead I've been playing my PC games[Little Shop Of Treasures,and Hero Of The Kingdom],LOL!
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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I just read "Cane and Abe" by Grippando. I didn't like it much. I want to go back to books more like
The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. I have had too much mystery, serial killers, etc and am getting gloomy reading about it. Any authors you know like Kate Morton???? I have read all of hers.


".....getting gloomy reading about it...."
That's just how I felt about 'The Book of Ruth'. I read that years ago & I still remember being so depressed when I finally finished it. But it was pretty powerful.

Lisa, I picked up The Elephant Whisperer & am sending it to my mom. I thought about reading it first, then sending it...but I looked at the 12+ books on my shelf still waiting & decided to start one of those instead. I'm flipping a coin between starting 'The Orphan Train' or 'Emily and Einstein'.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished Little Known Facts by Christine Sneed. I can't pinpoint why I enjoyed it, but I did. Sure, it was a little fluffy (which is something that I hate) and it was a little soap opera-ish (which I detest), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Would I recommend it? Nah, not wholeheartedly, but it hit the spot that I needed hit, I guess.
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