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Old 02-21-2019, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I haven't read that one but I've read (and enjoyed) several of his Gordius the Finder mysteries.
I sank into it like a warm blanket. On audio I have I, Claudius.

Roma is about the founding of Rome, so no Emperors, and complete speculation and story, but really like it.
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:18 PM
 
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I just finished The Library Book which was really surprisingly engrossing. Non fiction; just an all around interesting book. Definitely recommend.
I think next I am going to try Less.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:06 PM
Status: "I have read 26 books this year!!!" (set 6 hours ago)
 
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I just finished The Library Book which was really surprisingly engrossing. Non fiction; just an all around interesting book. Definitely recommend.
I think next I am going to try Less.
I just checked this out from my school library. Thanks for reassuring me! The Library Book by Susan Orlean, I mean.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:54 PM
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Just finished reading "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine". I enjoyed it, and found it compelling.

I have to say, though, I'm shocked by People Magazine's Review: "A wacky, charming novel . . . hilarious and moving", and Reese Witherspoon's comment, "Beautifully written and incredibly funny".

What? This book is as funny as an old person falling down a flight of stairs, which actually, some people do find funny.

There were many witty observations, (alarmingly, maybe even plagaristically similar to Britt-Marie was Here's title character) but this book is NOT a comedy.

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Old 02-22-2019, 05:30 PM
 
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I adored Eleanor Oliphant. I was so impressed that this was the author's first novel. Just had book club today to discuss it and there was just so much to it.There were parts that were quite funny but I agree with you ClaraC --- I don't think I would describe it as a funny book. I found I laughed and cried quite a bit.
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Will be starting this weekend...


A Ladder to the Sky
by John Boyne
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Just finished: The Fireman by Joe Hill. My first 5 star book this year. Well written, suspense all through the book and I didn't see the end coming. Wonderful. I need to order more of his books!
In addition to The Fireman, I've read 20th Century Ghosts, Heart-Shaped Box, Throttle, Horns, and NOS4A2. All good!

Reading Dear Mr. M, Herman Koch (2011).
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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I started Less, and I don't think I am loving it. It won the Pulitzer for 2018. i see that Underground Railroad also won, and although I thought it was pretty interesting, I wasn't overwhelmed by it either.

I am going to try to stick with Less but I am looking over the Pulitzer lists, and of the ones I have read, very few were books I loved. (more in the I don't see what the fuss is about and I just don't get it).
Oh well. At 35% and trying to stick with it.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:53 AM
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The Storyteller's Secret just crossed my radar. All copies checked out in the library. Has anyone read it? You hardly ever see a book with 5 stars on Amazon.
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Old 02-24-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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The Storyteller's Secret just crossed my radar. All copies checked out in the library. Has anyone read it? You hardly ever see a book with 5 stars on Amazon.
I never heard of it, but of course I had to look it up on Goodreads where it has many ratings and review and 4.45 which is really impressive. So , I have added it to the to be read list.
and to update about Less, I am now at 75% and it's better and quite witty and all that, but really I am forcing myself to stick with it.
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