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Old 01-01-2012, 06:55 AM
Location: Central Florida
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I had wanted to read Girl with the Dragon Tatoo but none were left in the library, and since this is not the genre I tend to collect, I will not buy it, so I put myself on the waiting list. I have heard nothing but good reviews about it and wished I would have read it sooner!

BUT right now, I am re-reading Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise as I have a student who actually LOVES this book (go figure!), and we are going to pick out a chapter that he can teach his peers and compare it either to Gatsby in regards to his style, or Catcher in the Rye and compare Amory's school experience to that of Holden's.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:45 AM
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Just finished this one. Excellent book.

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Old 01-01-2012, 11:45 AM
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I tried to read Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn but, my God, it was terrible. It's so ironic, really, that it's a book ABOUT books and writing, but THIS book had no flow, no continuity, no ooh-la-la.

Feh! What a disappointment.

I have four Kindle books for which I'm on my library's waiting list. I also have some Amazon reseller orders that should be delivered soon, but I think I'll read some of The New Yorker Stories, short stories by Ann Beattie, until it's my turn for one of the library e-books.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:54 PM
Location: Texas
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I'm reading Coyote by Allen Steele.

Coyote is a planet and the story revolves around the settling of it by Americans. It's really a pioneering story. The characters are not as defined as I would like for them to be. I love character-driven stories. However the overall human experience is really wonderful. It's not a violent book but there are things that happen that are somewhat bloody. That's natural for pioneers. It's a good read. I care what happens to these people.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:39 PM
Location: Bangor Maine
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Just started Stephen King's 11/22/63 and like it so far. Only thing is that it is huge and hard to read in bed, so this is going to be daytime reading for me.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:42 PM
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I just started Gone With the Wind. I'm actually enjoying it. Not sure how I feel about that.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:08 PM
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I know what you mean Laura. I didn't read that book, but read an article and saw a special on tv about who really gets the $$$ from charities.

"King of Cons
by Aaron Tonken
After you read this book, you'll really think twice about donating money to a celebrity headed charity or political fundraiser because of the demands by the pampered celebrities who do them. It just makes you want to puke...and the book names names, too. The author is in jail or was in jail for financial crimes so he isn't behind any door, either, but it's the celebrity excesses and demands that will just make you sick. "

We no longer give to charities. We give to the people themselves, who need something. Heres an article about one of the charities here. They actually threatened the elderly to give them money. They sent them horrible, mean letters. I'm so glad this guy is off the streets. His whole family should be in jail!

Lawsuit: Larry Jones Took Bribes, Hid Porn at Feed the Children - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:55 PM
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Originally Posted by tigerlily View Post
I've read quite a few books in the last few months due to chaotic circumstances in my life. I agree with all the positive comments on Edward Rutherford's New York. Most of the books I read are suggestions from NYT although I don't always agree with their recommendations. Here's just a few.

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Candice Millard
Meticulously researched and a fast read. I couldn't put it down.

Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
I loved reading about Jobs' thought process in creating products I use and love. After borrowing from library, I purchased.

The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach
The book was interesting the first third, dragged in the middle and the third part (especially the cemetery scene didn't make sense.

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War
Hal Vaughan

I'm not sure Vaughan made the case that Chanel was a true collaborator with the Nazis, but this book was interesting.

In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson
Here's another page turner. I loved this book. At first I hesitated to read because anything about the Nazis just disgusts me.

Boardwalk Empire
Nelson Johnson
I am enthralled with this HBO drama series and wanted to read the true life account of the main character portrayed and how the boardwalk came to be.
*parts snipped*

I've gotten a little behind on this thread, but thank you very much for your reviews! There are several books on this list that I have on my to-read list and your reviews are very helpful.

Happy Reading!
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:11 PM
Location: Ciemnogrod, Mazovia
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Almost all books currently I read has no English translation, so it is no need for mention about great "Ostatnia Kohorta", "Statek", "Aecjusz ostatni Rzymianin", "Lód". Only book I read at this moment, who has English version is Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
When I will have more time, I will try to read "The_Merchant_of_Venice" of Shakespeare and some books of Machiavelli in English and I will try to find "De optimo senatore" in Polish or English translation.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:17 PM
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August, 1914 by Solzhenitsyn.
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