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Old 06-29-2013, 06:11 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I finally finished The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

It didn't take like, uh, three weeks for me to finish it ONLY because I didn't like it. I've been busy with stuff. But it certainly didn't help that I didn't enjoy it. Why did I keep reading it, you ask? The choppiness -- something that I would ordinarily detest and make me throw in the towel -- worked for me this time because my available time was irregular at best. I can't even say that I'm happy that I read it -- I can only say that I'm happy that it's over.

My time is still jerky and will be until midI-April, but I'm going to start on something else soon. I just haven't decided what. Probably something short... like me and my attention span.
I just finished reading The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. I felt the same way as DawnMTL, but I had to finish it hoping for some kind of happiness in the end. But no it was rather depressing. Now I must find something a little more uplifting...I know I will try reading Stephen King's Joyland.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just finished reading The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. I felt the same way as DawnMTL, but I had to finish it hoping for some kind of happiness in the end. But no it was rather depressing. Now I must find something a little more uplifting...I know I will try reading Stephen King's Joyland.
Oh my gosh, I could have sworn that I never bothered to finish it! Ha!
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:52 AM
 
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Michael Ondaatje's "In the Skin of a Lion" is a wonderful book, packed tight with sensitivity and beauty and depth of philosophical thought. Disappointingly short, I wish it would go on much longer. In a way, it does, as he introduces a couple of characters who show up later in "The English Patient".

There is actually a lovely "trailer" for the book, created by a high school student, that very nicely captures the sense and feeling of the novel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_svB22js2cY

Edit: I think Wartrace (in the next post below) could learn quite a lot new from this book. I did.

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Old 06-29-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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As much as I enjoy fiction books I have decided to read non-fiction technical books from now on. Unless I can learn something new from a book I am wasting my time.

I am currently reading Option volatility & Pricing by Sheldon Natenberg.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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The New Jim Crow. It is depressing already and I am I only a dozen pages in. I can't help to think about my cousin who went to jail for statutory rape when he was in college. Because he at 19 had a relationship with the dean's 17 year old daughter. An how this changed his trajectory. (Prior to this his worst offense was being a teenage womanizer, hardly a crime)


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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As much as I enjoy fiction books I have decided to read non-fiction technical books from now on. Unless I can learn something new from a book I am wasting my time.

I am currently reading Option volatility & Pricing by Sheldon Natenberg.
I used to feel that way, but then I realized that a well-written story involves its reader with perspectives towards events, and the relative emotions that result in a way that is richly rewarding and enlightening -- but maybe that is just me.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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You know the light between oceans was crap to me .
Not sure that I'd put The Light Between Oceans on my crap list, but I read it quickly and then was annoyed with it for days. Pansy-a@# characters who repeatedly make unrealistic and stupid decisions.

OK - maybe it belongs on the crap list.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:59 PM
 
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"The Fufkin Diaries" -- Adorable!!!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Not sure that I'd put The Light Between Oceans on my crap list, but I read it quickly and then was annoyed with it for days. Pansy-a@# characters who repeatedly make unrealistic and stupid decisions.

OK - maybe it belongs on the crap list.
LOL ...I knew you would agree with me once you started to think about it ....:
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