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Old 10-23-2012, 05:43 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Oh, and Phonelady61, can I assume that you have forgiven me for "The Language of Flowers"?
Yes you can since Im reading the wedding dress by someone elses reccomendation and also making peace , love , loss and pie and I will let you know what i think of it .
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Re--reading the Outlander series. Now on A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon.

Also listening to an audiobook - The Teachings of Don Juan - A Yaqui Way of Knowledge - Casteneda.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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What I do when suspense gets to me is read the ending. I don't find it spoils my experience of the book at all, but it takes off that edge that, in some books, makes me uncomfortable.
I do the same thing. Especially if it looks possible that a character I care about is going to die. Or if it has endless foreshadowing and I'm getting bored I like to read the end to see if it's going to be worth it. I'm still able to enjoy the book.

I'm STILL reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I like it a lot, but my reading time has been very limited lately.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I'm reading Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. At about 300 pages she becomes Empress... it's a huge book, which has led me to believe... I didn't want a portrait, just a snapshot.

Almost done with It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy, which kept me amused and laughing.

Just going to start: My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young which looks VERY funny.

In the middle of: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.

I've never been into self-help books, but I have found a genuine liking, and benefit, to reading other"s accounts of self-help - especially when written by very funny authors.

After this I should be ready for some good fiction again.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm giving up on The Price of Salt. I don't like it and I am not sure why but I realized this afternoon that I simply did not look forwarding to reading any more of it. Life's too short to waste on books that are not for me.

I decided to reread a great book I reviewed for the newpaper back in '87. Do Not Go Gentle by Gordon Stevens. It's fiction and deals with the IRA, British security and Islamic terrorists. It's not for everyone but it is for me because I learned a lot from it. Plus, all three subjects are of interest to me. I think I will learn more from it this time around because I know more now. Sad to say........

If you are a fan of the works of Martin Cruz Smith then you would probably really enjoy this book.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm giving up on The Price of Salt. I don't like it and I am not sure why but I realized this afternoon that I simply did not look forwarding to reading any more of it. Life's too short to waste on books that are not for me.
I think that that's pretty much what I wrote here when I was a quarter way into the book.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:15 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Okay both the wedding dress and the making pie book were duds . ti;me to head to the library to pick up some better ones and will come back with reviews on those two as welll . Guess i m getting dawn fever -hard on books LOL ....
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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In the middle of: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.

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Is it any good Mikala?
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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Well, I am delighted to report that I spent hours with "The Night Strangers" yesterday, and never once wanted to put it down -- such a refreshing change from my recent attempts to read!

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I realized this afternoon that I simply did not look forwarding to reading any more of it. Life's too short to waste on books that are not for me.

I decided to reread a great book ... I think I will learn more from it this time around because I know more now.
I recently came to the same conclusion about Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. It's been over 30 years since I've read Tolstoy, and longer for Dostoevsky, and I think I will get more from reading them now, with these years and their experiences behind me. I am also planning to reacquaint myself with Henry James.

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I think that that's pretty much what I wrote here when I was a quarter way into the book.
Dawn -- our book seer! (Actually, I search this thread every time I am considering a title, just to see what you've said about it. You should consider writing reviews for NYT!)

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Guess i m getting dawn fever -hard on books LOL ....
In our book world, that is like getting the gift of "second sight."
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Dawn -- our book seer! (Actually, I search this thread every time I am considering a title, just to see what you've said about it. You should consider writing reviews for NYT!)


In our book world, that is like getting the gift of "second sight."
HAHAHAHA!!!! I think you actually have to FINISH the book before writing a review for them. They'd hate my lack of commitment.
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