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Old 08-17-2019, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I just finished I'll Have What She's Having by Rebecca Harrington. Author tries all the celebrity diets and makes jokes. It was light, fluffy and short. It was a good way to pass the time while doing stuff.

I'm on Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler. Author hires a Navy SEAL to live with him for 30 days to get him in better shape, and makes jokes. I give this one a 50/50 chance.

In book form I started Bad Advice (or why celebrities, politicians and activists aren't your best source of health information), by Paul Offit MD (one of my faves).
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (book club pick)
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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An amazing author protagonist link. Pages are turning.

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Old 08-18-2019, 07:10 AM
 
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Just selected this one off the library shelf because of the title and thought it sounded interesting...

"The Book That Matters Most" by Ann Hood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...t-matters-most

This was a 2 star read for me and should have given up on it when I just wasn't feeling it.
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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Just selected this one off the library shelf because of the title and thought it sounded interesting...

"The Book That Matters Most" by Ann Hood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...t-matters-most

This was a 2 star read for me and should have given up on it when I just wasn't feeling it.
Yep - I remember that one. And not for good reasons.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Southwest Suburbs
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The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, translated by F.P. Long
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Finished up The Ditch, and I gave it 3 stars on goodreads. I enjoyed reading it, but at the end, I didn't quite get it. I was hoping for something a little more.

Oh well.

Onto Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigeig.
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Things I know:
1. I do best with books that have fewer than 300 pages. I get bored quickly.
2. My new rule was to tell you only once I *finish* a book. I bail on books quickly.

But:
1. I just started The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer. It's 1,074 pages.
2. You'd think that I was dead. See ya in mid-2021!
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:24 AM
 
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Things I know:
1. I do best with books that have fewer than 300 pages. I get bored quickly.
2. My new rule was to tell you only once I *finish* a book. I bail on books quickly.

But:
1. I just started The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer. It's 1,074 pages.
2. You'd think that I was dead. See ya in mid-2021!
Wholeheartedly agree! I was at book club yesterday and we were sharing different books for recommendations. I said the same thing- that those books under 300 or 350 pages that are good, get extra bonus points from me as well. I can totally relate.

I read [b]Executioner's Song[/B years ago, and remember liking it a lot. Not a pleasant story at all, but it was captivating. Not to offend anyone, as I barely remember it except that I liked it, but from that book I could never understand the popularity of the name Nicole. That name became more and more popular after I read the book and it was always an association that stuck in my brain. (At this point, I am not even certain who it was but I think it was his girlfriend??). Anyway that's my recollection. A very good book! You can do it Dawn!!!
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Wholeheartedly agree! I was at book club yesterday and we were sharing different books for recommendations. I said the same thing- that those books under 300 or 350 pages that are good, get extra bonus points from me as well. I can totally relate.

I read [b]Executioner's Song[/B years ago, and remember liking it a lot. Not a pleasant story at all, but it was captivating. Not to offend anyone, as I barely remember it except that I liked it, but from that book I could never understand the popularity of the name Nicole. That name became more and more popular after I read the book and it was always an association that stuck in my brain. (At this point, I am not even certain who it was but I think it was his girlfriend??). Anyway that's my recollection. A very good book! You can do it Dawn!!!
I'm at 6% now. Hahahaha! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

The writing is... I don't know. It's no In Cold Blood (Truman Capote), that's for sure. Maybe it gets better. I'm staying with it for the story.

I read a skimmed a few reviews before I started and, yes, Nicole was his girlfriend. How he got a girlfriend is beyond me. I just got to the page where he meets her.

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