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Old 06-28-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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I'm 70% into War Brides and having a wonderful time with it. Usually when Boris the Kendle tells me I am nearly 3/4 into a book I start thinking of what I will read next. But I have to say that the 70% bothers me because I really don't want this book to end.

I never dreamed I would like it this much. I'm really not sure why I bought it. I think I was trying to recover from River of the Heartbroken (which is an excellent book but left me feeling somewhat maudlin). Gosh, look at those two titles. It sounds like I am into bodice rippers and I'm really not. LOL

I finally realized what author War Brides reminds me of. Maeve Binchey ala Circle of Friends. Anyway, I hope that does not scare anyone off. This is really a good book. The characters are well defined and funny/sad. I just can't put this one down. When I try to do some laundry or some other daily chore I can feel the book calling to me "I'm waiting. I have lots of susses (surprises) waiting for you. Come on back to Boris and read!"
I LOVE Maeve's books, and I am trying to figure out how to get one more book in queue! Sheesh.

I know what you mean about feeling maudlin after reading something. I am so impressionable -- it's embarrassing.

I wish I could get into using DH's Kindle -- since HE never does, but I always seem to prefer a real book.

Have a nice day! 8)
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Well, I didn't finish it. I thought Greenfield was going to discuss things from the point of view of an historian talking about the events and what might have happened. Instead, at least in the part I read, he set up the alternative events and then narrated them with imagined dialogue and reactions. I just didn't like the format.
Thanks for the review, Marlow. I guess I was thinking more along the line you were thinking, so maybe that books not really for me, either. Happy reading, anyway!
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 6th(?) time, which is why I've been M.I.A. from this forum for awhile. I just adore those books. They are such a comfort to me, and I read them probably every year-and-a-half or so. I also always want to re-read them right after I finished them. Pretty crazy, really, as I'm 30-something and am more of a non-fiction reader than anything. Oh, well! You love what you love!

I just started In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile. I enjoyed his Devil in the White City and I hope I like this one just as much.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Ocala
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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I'm 70% into War Brides and having a wonderful time with it. Usually when Boris the Kendle tells me I am nearly 3/4 into a book I start thinking of what I will read next. But I have to say that the 70% bothers me because I really don't want this book to end.

I never dreamed I would like it this much. I'm really not sure why I bought it. I think I was trying to recover from River of the Heartbroken (which is an excellent book but left me feeling somewhat maudlin). Gosh, look at those two titles. It sounds like I am into bodice rippers and I'm really not. LOL

I finally realized what author War Brides reminds me of. Maeve Binchey ala Circle of Friends. Anyway, I hope that does not scare anyone off. This is really a good book. The characters are well defined and funny/sad. I just can't put this one down. When I try to do some laundry or some other daily chore I can feel the book calling to me "I'm waiting. I have lots of susses (surprises) waiting for you. Come on back to Boris and read!"
That sounds like a good book. I love Maeve Binchey! I don't usually like the endings all wrapped up perfectly, but, she makes you want her characters to end up with everything perfect at the end.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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That sounds like a good book. I love Maeve Binchey! I don't usually like the endings all wrapped up perfectly, but, she makes you want her characters to end up with everything perfect at the end.
True. Most times I don't see how it could all work out so perfectly but it does. Light A Penny Candle was the first book I was given to review by the book editior of the newspaper. After I read it I made a point to read everything she writes. I know she "retired" a few years ago but changed her mind. I'm so glad she did. She is one author I would love to meet. I think she has a glad heart.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 6th(?) time, which is why I've been M.I.A. from this forum for awhile. I just adore those books. They are such a comfort to me, and I read them probably every year-and-a-half or so. I also always want to re-read them right after I finished them. Pretty crazy, really, as I'm 30-something and am more of a non-fiction reader than anything. Oh, well! You love what you love!

I just started In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile. I enjoyed his Devil in the White City and I hope I like this one just as much.
I love the Harry Potter books, too. I've read them 3 times. You are way ahead of me.

I didn't care much for Devil in the White City but I really enjoyed In the Garden of Beasts. That is one book I will never get rid of. I plan to read it again in the future.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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Last night I finished reading "Interpreter of maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, (thank you, Dawn, for the recommend -- she is THAT good), and when I closed the book I felt like I was leaving behind people I had come to know and would miss knowing more of them.

This was a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, in 2000. Each of the nine stories is told from a unique perspective of new characters, all somehow connected with Indian life, though staged in a variety of locations. Some are from a youthful protagonist, others from aged, some male, some female, one from an anonymous "we." Each was charming in its own right, though they were not all a joyful experience. I read of joys, heartbreaks, loneliness, abuse, betrayal, and pettiness -- all of which were so artfully described that I forgot I was reading. This author has a gift, and is an artist in her stories.

Now, back to my Income Tax homework.... but after that, I have her only novel, "The Namesake" waiting, along with her other book of shorts: "Unaccustomed Earth." More on those, later.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I'd delved back into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Hoping to get caught up by the time the final book comes out early next year.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Last night I finished reading "Interpreter of maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, (thank you, Dawn, for the recommend -- she is THAT good), and when I closed the book I felt like I was leaving behind people I had come to know and would miss knowing more of them.

This was a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, in 2000. Each of the nine stories is told from a unique perspective of new characters, all somehow connected with Indian life, though staged in a variety of locations. Some are from a youthful protagonist, others from aged, some male, some female, one from an anonymous "we." Each was charming in its own right, though they were not all a joyful experience. I read of joys, heartbreaks, loneliness, abuse, betrayal, and pettiness -- all of which were so artfully described that I forgot I was reading. This author has a gift, and is an artist in her stories.

Now, back to my Income Tax homework.... but after that, I have her only novel, "The Namesake" waiting, along with her other book of shorts: "Unaccustomed Earth." More on those, later.
Thanks to Dawn, I was turned on to Lahiri last year. I generally don't care for short stories but Maladies quickly became the exception to the rule for me. I really loved that book. I think you will like The Namesake, too. I get so lost in her books because they seem so true to me.
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