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Old 06-30-2015, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Hey Dawn, Lori Lansens is even from Canada, so surprised you didn't hear about The Girls. Got a lot of good critical acclaim. But hey, you got to enjoy it, even if it has been years from when it was published, so it's all good (I would never say "it's all good" in real life, but I felt cool typing it!). And considering how long your to-be-read list must be, even if you had known about it, you might not have gotten to it until now---although you seem pretty flexible in prioritizing...I don't think you necessarily just read the ones at the top of the list first.

Since we are unlikely to ever have the opportunity to encounter anyone in real life who has read The Girls, it's so wonderful to have this forum where we don't have to feel like visitors from another planet who read outside-the-norm books!
Yup! I saw that she is (was) Canadian. (She's in California now.) I just reached 77% -- I had more work to do -- but I'm going back to it for a bit, until I'm too tired. It's so fabulous, I don't want it to end.

I love how you know me so well -- that you remember that my "to read" list is miles long and know that I don't read them in order. I like "flexible in prioritizing" -- I'm going to put that on my C.V.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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I finished My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry. I loved it! One quote that was just, to me at least, superb.

I started The Last Layover as soon as I finished the above. It was an intriguing premise and I could imagine it happening but the writing was flat and the characters were very shallow. Not a great book, not even a good book but also not terrible. An interesting story that wasn't well written.

I will be starting a new book this evening. Like Dawn, my TR list gets longer and longer, but I can't read it in order. Flexibility rules!!!! I will decide what to read after I get snuggled into bed with my Kindle. I may start the Outlanders series or The Plum Tree. Also Considering The Invention of Wings. We shall see.....
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: The Mitten.
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Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class on my Kindle.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:36 PM
 
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Crud...I'm cuddled up with my Kindle and iPad and brought up the outlander series. I didn't know it was a romance series. Gag,gag,barf,barf....the one genre I hate is romance. One reviewer called it kilt porn....I am just so not into that. I think I'll pass and give The Plum Tree a whirl.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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I'm with you, Holly-Kay. I'm not into romance novels. "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry" looks like it MUST go on my TRL, and probably I will bump it up in queue. I'm the 32nd in line on 19 copies.

I have noticed that I tend to read from the most recently added over the first added. For example, I learned today that "The Uncommon Reader" is ready for me to pick up.

I finished Henning Mankell's "Faceless Killers" just a bit ago, and it definitely is one of those that I liked well enough but probably would not recommend.

Next in queue is "Dead Water" by Ann Cleeves. I don't even know how this got on my TRL, but it was and I reserved it and now here it is.
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:19 AM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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Read the 5-star Amish suspense~ Vanish In Plain Sight by Marta Perry,and the first two in the YA Artemis Fowl adventure series~Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl:The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer. They were fun reads,but not great.

Next up~The Roswell Conspiracy:Tyler Locke 3 (An International Thriller) by Boyd Morrison

For fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY is a "masterful thriller" (James Rollins) "full of smart, intense action" (Patrick Lee). BOOK DESCRIPTION: After the 1908 Tunguska blast levels a Siberian forest the size of London, a Russian scientist makes an amazing discovery amongst the debris. In 1947, ten-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she's ever seen. More than sixty years later, former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke rescues Fay from gunmen who are after a piece of wreckage she claims is from the Roswell incident. Incredulous of her tale, Tyler believes the attack on Fay is nothing more than a burglary gone wrong. But when he finds himself locked in the back of a truck carrying a hundred tons of explosives and heading for a top secret American base, Tyler knows that he has stumbled onto the opening gambit of something more sinister than he ever imagined. Because disgraced Russian spy Vladimir Colchev is after an Air Force prototype code-named Killswitch, an electromagnetic pulse weapon of unprecedented power. Although Tyler is able to avert catastrophe at the US facility, Colchev gets away with the bomb and plans to turn it on America itself. To complete his mission, he needs only one other key component, a mysterious object recovered from the Roswell crash. In a desperate race against time, Tyler must unmask a conspiracy a century in the making to rescue the United States from electronic Armageddon.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:11 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class on my Kindle.
I think I'll order this. I miss department stores.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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What the heck?!? You're the second person (the lovely fromupthere is the other) who already read The Girls (by Lori Lansens for those looking it up). I just happened to "find" it by reading through Gaylenwoof's thread about multiple points of view. Otherwise I would never have even heard about this gem. What else are you keeping from me, jazzcat?!?

Yes, I read a book that I was thoroughly enjoying from beginning to (almost) end, but then I couldn't recommend it because I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE ENDING! I had no idea what the *beep* happened. And that book is Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. Don't read that book. If you do, though, and you understand what happened at the end, please tell me. No, actually, don't. I'm too angry at the book to care now.
I still think about The Girls from time to time so I hope they stay with you, too, Dawn. I remember after I read it that I was interested in reading more Canadian authors so I'm thrilled when you and Netwit and whoever else mention authors from Canada.

Ah good old Etta and Otto and Russell and James. the author wants to leave us confused at the end or allow us to understand it in our own way or some sort of hoo-hockey like that. Where did I read that? I can't remember - Amazon? Back of the book? I don't know. But she seemed to think it was a great thing. I think it's stupid. But if you do read it, Jazz, and you can make something of it, well you can tell me and just tell Dawn it's all about the potato.

I finished Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist last night and started The Truth According To Us. So far I'm enjoying it and not entirely confused by all the people. At first I thought I was going to be but then it all started to come together and I know who is related to whom and how. After 3 crazy busy weeks, I'm happy that this one is less busy and hopefully next week will be the same.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I still think about The Girls from time to time so I hope they stay with you, too, Dawn. I remember after I read it that I was interested in reading more Canadian authors so I'm thrilled when you and Netwit and whoever else mention authors from Canada.

Ah good old Etta and Otto and Russell and James. the author wants to leave us confused at the end or allow us to understand it in our own way or some sort of hoo-hockey like that. Where did I read that? I can't remember - Amazon? Back of the book? I don't know. But she seemed to think it was a great thing. I think it's stupid. But if you do read it, Jazz, and you can make something of it, well you can tell me and just tell Dawn it's all about the potato.

I finished Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist last night and started The Truth According To Us. So far I'm enjoying it and not entirely confused by all the people. At first I thought I was going to be but then it all started to come together and I know who is related to whom and how. After 3 crazy busy weeks, I'm happy that this one is less busy and hopefully next week will be the same.
The Girls is (are) definitely going to stay with me for a good long time. I think I'm at 86% now, or around there, and I'm so sad to be at the end. It increased my interest about conjoined twins, so I'll certainly read Darin Strauss's Chang and Eng (fictionalized true story) sometime. I don't think Chang and Eng are going to be as funny as Rose and Ruby, though. They are really funny gals.

Potato! HAHAHAHA!!! Potato/potahto. I hadn't read any of that hoo-hockey about Etta and Otto and Russell and James -- not before, not after. This is news to me. I just thought that I'd completely missed something. Or had a stroke. I was just dumbfounded.

The Truth According to Us... I also thought that I'd need to refer to the family tree that's at the beginning of the book but I was wrong. The only person that I lost track of is, near the end, which man has the really deep voice. (It doesn't matter. I don't know why it bugged -- and obviously continues to bug -- me.) You're going to love this book. I thought it was perfect from beginning to end. The end? Potato. Just kidding -- the end is perfect too.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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The Girls is (are) definitely going to stay with me for a good long time. I think I'm at 86% now, or around there, and I'm so sad to be at the end. It increased my interest about conjoined twins, so I'll certainly read Darin Strauss's Chang and Eng (fictionalized true story) sometime. I don't think Chang and Eng are going to be as funny as Rose and Ruby, though. They are really funny gals.

Potato! HAHAHAHA!!! Potato/potahto. I hadn't read any of that hoo-hockey about Etta and Otto and Russell and James -- not before, not after. This is news to me. I just thought that I'd completely missed something. Or had a stroke. I was just dumbfounded.

The Truth According to Us... I also thought that I'd need to refer to the family tree that's at the beginning of the book but I was wrong. The only person that I lost track of is, near the end, which man has the really deep voice. (It doesn't matter. I don't know why it bugged -- and obviously continues to bug -- me.) You're going to love this book. I thought it was perfect from beginning to end. The end? Potato. Just kidding -- the end is perfect too.
I think I've been fascinated with conjoined twins for more year than I can remember. Interestingly, though, there was a separation done like 2 or 3 years ago here at the big medical facility in my town, but I didn't really follow that story at all. Weird. Anyway, what I have learned about Chang and Eng is that I do not think they were as funny as Rose and Ruby. That's all I'm going to say.

I think as far as Etta, et. al., I went looking after I read it to see what others said about the ending. That's how I came across some comment by the author.

I was so excited for a potato to show up and now there isn't one?!?! I really would rather not be working today so I can just kick back and enjoy TTATUS. It feels like it flows well and will be a fast read even though it is 500+ pages.
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