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Old 10-03-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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I have two books that need to go back to the library as they have other holds on them. This weekend I will be starting.

The Little Paris Bookshop and Did You Ever Have a Family

I am also reading Gray Mountain for a buddy read which I was supposed to read last month


Hopefully I can finish them all before my library run on Thursday.
Is that humanly possible?
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:35 PM
 
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I'm reading David Benioff's City of Thieves, which is outstanding.

Set during the siege of Leningrad, it follows the mission of a teen and a young soldier, arrested for looting and desertion, respectively. Normally both charges would warrant summary execution, but a colonel's daughter is getting married the following week and the colonel insists there by a wedding cake. Cakes require eggs, and eggs are an exceedingly rare commodity in the starving besieged city. But if Lev and Koyla can find a dozen eggs, all charges will be dropped and their ration cards returned.

It's been some time since I've been this impressed by a first-time read. I highly recommend it!

The original New York Times book review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/bo...an-t.html?_r=0

Yep- one of my favorite books ever! If you like short stories, David Benioff's collection, When the Nines Roll Over, is terrific!
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'm reading David Benioff's City of Thieves, which is outstanding.

Set during the siege of Leningrad, it follows the mission of a teen and a young soldier, arrested for looting and desertion, respectively. Normally both charges would warrant summary execution, but a colonel's daughter is getting married the following week and the colonel insists there by a wedding cake. Cakes require eggs, and eggs are an exceedingly rare commodity in the starving besieged city. But if Lev and Koyla can find a dozen eggs, all charges will be dropped and their ration cards returned.

It's been some time since I've been this impressed by a first-time read. I highly recommend it!

The original New York Times book review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/bo...an-t.html?_r=0
Excellent book.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Is that humanly possible?

I'm working on it. Tomorrow we are getting two pallets of sod delivered so I really don't think I will be doing much reading after today.




I finished Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg. What a beautiful story about love, loss, family, grief, and the resilience to move forward. It shows us through quite a few different people how the threads of each of our lives are interwoven with other's lives. It is a wonderful story.




I am halfway through The Little Paris Bookshop. I loved the beginning and now I am along for the ride.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:12 AM
 
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"Dune" by Frank Herbert
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:37 AM
 
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Finished A Ballad for Sallie by Judy Alter last night and started My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman. So far so good. Yet another busy 2 weeks ahead but hoping I can get it read this week as I have 2 other library books to read too.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King and ... I'm not sure. It's a straight-up detective story about a retired cop who is contacted by a murderer who wants to taunt him. So far no horror and nothing supernatural. It's not my usual genre, but the characters are interesting enough and there's a lot of suspense. But it's very dark and there's a creepy incestuous relationship that turns my stomach. I'll probably finish it but don't know if I'll read the next one involving the same retired cop.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: CO
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Don't remember who recommended After the Parade by Lori Ostlund but it was an excellent read. Great writing just flows and the story of a 40-year-old man who escapes his life to start anew is fascinating. I stayed up till 2AM to finish this book.

Tried The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry and just couldn't do it. I should have paid attention to the cover which shows a diaphanous pink gown. It shouted "insipid reading ahead." True.

Now I'm reading Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters. Not sure I really care about these characters yet but I'll give it a go. A woman finds a letter tucked into a book that brings her grandmother's life story into question and searches for answers.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm reading [i]Fields of Fire[i] by James Webb. It's an older Vietnam novel, and I thought the description said it was required reading in US schools. Overall, readers gave it high marks but although it initially grabbed me, at 1/4 in, I'm finding the writing dated. I paid for it, and so I'm trying to finish it but it is starting to feel like a chore.

Is anyone planning on reading Patrick Kennedy's book which came out today? I saw the interview he did on 60 Minutes. The book is pretty expensive. I did read the sample but I'm not sure I'm interested enough to buy it. However, the more torturous I find the Vietnam book, the more interested I become in something else.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm rereading Escape by Carolyn Jessop. She managed to escape the FLDS with her eight children.
I like this book even though the life in the FLDS was terror filled. It ends happily and Carolyn's tenacious journey is interesting.
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