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Old 11-17-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Ugh, I gave up trying to read A Modern Utopia last night. I'm not one to give up on a book very easily, but I just couldn't get through this one. So instead I'm starting Anna Karenina, which I've been meaning to read for ages.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Southern Ontario
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I've noticed this book and it's on my "to get" list.
Please let me know, once you finish it, if it was good. Thanks!
It kept me on the edge thru out the story. I love amnesia stories(cant remember why lol) and this one had lots of twists. Not a great book but an ok read for a long winter's night--Before I Go To Sleep by S, J. Watson.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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What do you think of the Leftovers, Jess? I usually like Perotta, but couldn't get through this.....
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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It kept me on the edge thru out the story. I love amnesia stories(cant remember why lol) and this one had lots of twists. Not a great book but an ok read for a long winter's night--Before I Go To Sleep by S, J. Watson.
LMAO!!!!!

I'll put it on my "long winter's night" reading list then.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Thanks for the heads up...glad you're liking this one. I've ordered it thru my book club and still awaiting its arrival . Reviews are saying its as good as "The Stand", which I consider to be King's best.

Right now, I'm reading John Grisham's "The Litigators"...about half way thru.

Get well soon, netwit.

If this new Stephen King book is like "The Stand" will you let me know. I might try it if it is. I love King but can't read his books. I've only been able to read "Salem's Lot" & "The Stand" but I love, love, love the movies based on his books. But for whatever reason I can't get into his books. I've bought like 10 of them & ended up giving them to my sister-in-law cause I couldn't read them.

Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Today, I've read from Volume 4 of The Philokalia.

My next choice should be Hermain Cain's newest about his "Road to the White House." That is, it can be if it arrives per an online order.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:47 AM
 
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How did you like The Night of the Hunter, Jess? I really liked that book.
I'm just about halfway through with it, and I love it. I've always heard that it's an underrated book. I hope I can find the movie somewhere.

jazzcat, I couldn't finish The Leftovers either. I thought it had a great storyline, but, was too boring.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I finished Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz. I really enjoyed this book. I'm from the Civil War border state of Missouri but from St. Louis, which supported the Union in the war, and I'm currently living in the South. I've never really understood why the Southern cause is still celebrated in the South but this book really opened my eyes. Horwitz traveled around the South exploring differing attitudes about the Civil War but managed to stay fairly open-minded and very amusing. This is one of the best books I've read this year. I recommend it if you have any interest in this subject.

Horwitz recently wrote a book about John Brown's raid; if it is anywhere as good as Confederates in the Attic, then I can't wait to read it.

I am going to start Orwell's 1984 tonight. I've never read it, which, I know, is crazy.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I've been reading Song of the Dodo(The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists) forever. It really is very interesting! My problem is I'm not retaining enough of it so I keep going back & re-reading. I do feel smarter for reading it though. I'm sure it will be quite a while before I'm through!

Also a fascinating read is Sahkalin Island (Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists). I love learning about Russian history, specifically the penal institution. This is an examination of the eastern most island that was under "colonization" by convicts. Some of it goes on at length (great length) about certain statistics on the island, but it gives a wonderful, thourough picture of what life on the island looked like in 1890. After this, I'm going to have to read more Solzhenitsen! And, coincidentaly, I went to see Fiddler on the Roof last night on stage & it went along nicely with my reading.

Just got Out of Oz from the library. It is the 4th installment of Wicked. I didn't even know it was out, or coming out! I loved Wicked (the book, the story, the play, the music, the concept!) & am excited to read it.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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David Baldacci, zero day, his latest. good book so far
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