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1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
2. Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
4. Last Things by David Searcy
5. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
6. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
7. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
9. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
10. Chosen By A Horse by Susan Richards
11. PUSH by Sapphire
12. Girlbomb by Janice Erlbaum
13. Have You Found Her by Janice Erlbaum
14.The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
15. Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
16. Sweetsmoke by 7843242::David Fuller
17. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
18. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
19. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
20. Under The Skin by Michael Faber
21. Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
22. Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden
23. Lottery by Patricia Wood
24. The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
25. The Well and The Mine by Gin Phillips
26. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
27. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Berry
28. The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
29. The Convent by Panos Karnezis
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo is a dog who wishes with all his heart to be a person. He is one of the most likable, smartest, and most insightful literary characters you'll ever come across. Pg. 98 "In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog's master whispers into the dog's ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog's soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like. “
"I learned that from a program on the National Geographic channel, so I believe it is true. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.”
"I am ready."
In The Art Of Racing In The Rain we meet Enzo, a family dog, who, at the end of his long life and on the eve of his "one way visit to the vet's" tells us about his life, how he was adopted, how his owner Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, met and married the love of his life and the eventual arrival of a baby daughter. Enzo is thinking, feeling, and philosophizing through it all. But tragedy hits Enzo's family and Enzo takes us on their journey and the ensuing heartache. Enzo is a student of humanity, who dreams of opposable thumbs, and the ability to communicate the vast knowledge he has acquired throughout his life by observation. He helps where he can. "Gestures are all I have," he says. He uses them to punish the guilty and reward the virtuous, according to his moral order for the world. He is the ultimate silent champion for those he loves. His philosophy is part Zen, part law of attraction, and as Enzo often says, "That which we manifest is before us.
There is no denying that this book is heart-wrenching at times, but the canine digressions into doggy political opinions, doggy scientific viewpoints regarding opposable thumbs and dewclaws, and even his favorite actors, (his fifth favorite, George Clooney as he is a bit like him around the eyes) all contribute to create a deeply funny but very beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it. 4 1/2 stars recommended!
I'm very pleased to star your thread!
I must say though I listed more books then I thought I would :)
working on a review of The Well and the Mine
Roni + Donna pleased to have you
Donna Let me know how the audio is. I am curious to hear what you think of Enzo's voice, I have an idea in my mind.
Your list reminded me that I wanted to read Have You Found Her when it was offered as an ER book a couple of years ago. I had completely forgotten about it, but maybe I'll now get around to it someday.
now for Sir Richard, I really thought I would have the time to roll out the red carpet for you :) I am pleasantly surprised that you dropped in, along with all these other lovely people. Hope you cont. to stop by
oh, no stink bugs here
You list the first two books by Larsson--have you not read the conclusion to the trilogy or did you just forget to list it? (Read it! Lots gets resolved.)
thanks for the thread welcoming snacks... now I know I have crackers around here somewhere
Hi from Maine! Glad to see you took the leap to 75!
I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain - glad you did too.
Got ya starred. :)
ETA: Why are we back in 2009 though?
Hello Kara - pleased to see you in the 75ers (no matter which year!)
Wonderful review and I look forward to reading many more!
Glad you decided to join us, Kara. You will, no doubt, enjoy this fun, intelligent, quirky but especially thoughtful and caring group of 75er's.
I was going to buy The Art of Racing in the Rain last week at the library from the sale rack, got distracted and didn't. Hopefully, it will be there when I go back.
Now as for the 2009... it was a test, to see who was really paying attention to my thread LOL and Stasia is the winner!!!!
No really, I had no idea, I was tired yesterday when I started it and didn't even realize it until Stasia pointed it out. Guess that's why my brain made me put the "Go easy On Me I am A Newbie" :P
can I change that somehow? I am thinking if I do I have to start all over again right? :( well my mama always did say I had to be different and difficult
I liked The Well and the Mine very much, although I think a lot of readers found it too slow. I got a kick telling my book friends about this great book about a well and a mine...well, it was kinda humorous when I told them the title. You had to be there. ;-)
got to get the review going, maybe today :P
We're all just pleased to have you! Makes the party more fun when cool people join in.
is that kitty hair i see on your shirt? *flees to get a lint roller*
Doe, id's a thread frub tha rope I'b gudda straggle you with.
that was priceless!
not to mention perfect.
The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips is set in a small Alabama coal-mining town named Carbon Hill in the early 1930's. Tess the middle Moore child witnesses someone dumping what appears to be a baby into the family's well. Pg. 1 Tess “After she threw the baby in, nobody believed me for the longest time. But I kept hearing that splash.” Even though this is a rather shocking act, the story is not all about who threw the baby in the well. The well incident sparks the story, and I feel it was merely a good way to bring the Moore family into focus, for this is a character driven story. Phillips writes from the first person perspective of all the members of the Moore family and they each have their own “voice.”
Albert, who has mined coal his whole life is a simple man with strong principles, he doesn't see nor understand the fuss in what occurs around him, so he doesn't bother himself with it. He assumes that a good man, regardless of race, should be treated as such. Pg.123 Virgie “To papa, good was something you could hold in your hand. Hard and solid like a coal rock. You could weigh it, measure it, see its beginning and end. You were never to hate anyone. You were to call all grown-ups “ma’am” and “sir” when you answered them.” Pg.54 Albert "You can tell a man by his rocking---slow and steady, antsy and skittish, lazy as a slug."
Leta, the hardworking and kindhearted wife and mother. Pg.21 Leta "I preferred to work by firelight in the kitchen instead of turning on the overhead bulb. Electricity's too harsh for early morning. Even the sun knows to start gentle."
Virgie, the Moore’s teenage daughter whose beauty terrifies her parents; Tess, the middle child who is longing for adventure; and Jack, the ornery little brother of the family.
The themes are significant in The Well and the Mine – mining, racism, and poverty, all affecting the people in the town who work so very hard just to get by. It explores the value of community, charity, family, and the desire to live an honorable life despite the hardships.
This is a delightful novel of warmth and true feeling in a small Alabama coal-mining town named Carbon Hill.
Claudia, yes The Well and the Mine would be a nice 50 state challenge addition. coal mining, cotton picking, and racial tension in the 1930's south :)
sjmccreary, yup Winter's Bone is not a fuzzy feel good book, I like gritty and uncomfortable books. It is not a very long book, so I am hoping sometime this week I can bang it out in one sitting, that way I get the full impact
AMQS, thanks, and welcome! :)
leperdbunny, I am there
BookAngel_a, and thank you
Sir RD, ya, middle name? tonic?
PUSH was an intense read...didn't see the movie, not sure if I want to
here is another one I like to use :)
if all else fails... staple gun ;)
>47 curlysue:: Wonderful review of The Well and the Mine. You captured the essence of time and place very well. (*groan* - another unintentional pun - they just follow me around). The book was in my Top Ten last year.
>48 curlysue:: Winter's Bone is indeed gritty and compelling. The movie was awesome. Please see it if you get the chance. It was filmed in my back yard (not literally) - about 40 miles away in the Branson area. Beautiful backwoods country, but extremely bleak in the wintertime. Very fitting.
>62 curlysue:: Apparently, even the spammers can find you! At the rate you're going, you'll have to start a new thread before the end of the month is out and you can join us in "2010!"
Love the gif! Maybe I will have put on a cap...
who am I kidding, "slightly"..... I can NEVER read a book out of sequence *sigh*
night bunny, but good afternoon now :)
drives me insane.....
I have a series I read purely for pleasure Laurell K Hamilton (enjoyable smut and fluff) I haven't read them in awhile and I know there are new ones out, so when I start to read them again I think I will have to start all over and blow through them one after another...crazy right?
read like 4 of them in one long weekend, cause a new one came out :P
I have read series out of order.. Three Pines for instance.. because I got one as an LTER book. Then I went back and read through. To be honest, I was okay with it.. lol
Love those books.
Last weekend was a motorcycle rally I attended then chores at home.....
This week has been hell at work and just too tired at night to read......
I am taking this weekend for me and Winter's Bone, maybe some light cleaning on Sat then after that, I am shutting myself away from reality
I need french fries again :)
Winter's Bone looks really good!
The theater that TGWTDT was going to be played in was also showing Winter's Bone, so when the people came out after seeing Winter's Bone I asked a few what they thought. One older gentleman said that he hated it, it was so depressing, he even screwed his face up into what I call a stink face. His wife said she liked it but then again she knew what it was about and her husband didn't because she dragged him there.... I think I would have liked the movie. I like dark, gritty stories :P
busy busy busy at work, first week of the month and the last week of the month are insane for me. 64 patients have to have their medication and treatments checked by me and another nurse. 1 patient can have up to 8 pages to check :/ just crazy. So tomorrow and friday I will be doing that Yippee for me :( Next week I do monthlies on 64 patients (basically it is pulling each chart and documenting EVERYTHING medical that happened to them in that month).....ugh!
Good news is this Saturday hubby and I are going to a Halloween costume party (son is going to homecoming) so it will be a fun night out just the two of us :)
Oh and I booked a 4 night 3 day cruise the sunday after thanksgiving LOL It will be just the girls...me, my sister, and my mom. Can't wait!!!
And then there's that upcoming cruise...
Mark, haven't seen the movie yet....still only half way through Winter's Bone my thoughts are mixed right now. Don't get me wrong I do kinda like it, it's gritty and harsh but some things in it are making me want to choke some characters LOL I would like to see the movie after I finish the book. Let me know what you think of it :)
Tammy, I am a nurse for an ICFMR (intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded) we are 4 buildings with 16 developmentally disabled individuals in each house = 64 Their level of care ranges from the profound to what we call "walkie talkies" (need supervision on daily living skills)
Donna, well for sure we are dressing up :) Halloween is my favorite holiday. Husband is going as Hannibal Lecter, orange prison suit and the face mask like he had in the movie. I am going as a Gothic Vampire. Long dark dress, wig, face paint, fangs (which I still need to get the denture cream for) fake blood...the works :) And, I went and bought a latex piece that I will put on hubbies neck that will look like I have been gnawing on him :) Looks really cool!
And then there is that cruise......Going on Royal Caribbean cruise line. Ship is Freedom of the seas. Sailing to their personal island of Labadee, Haiti. Gonna drink, sleep, read, eat and do this :) http://www.royalcaribbean.com/shoreExcursions/product/detail/view.do;jsessionid=...
The Halloween costumes sound great! We are going to get ours tomorrow night - nothing like procrastinating. One year we waited so late that the store had Christmas decorations out. We were a Christmas tree and an angel that year.
The reality was probably your tiredness after a long, hard day at work.
Forgive me... I'm bad. :(
hope your trick or treat evening was somewhat fun...
the paper work is enormous is an understatement, the only thing we have computerized is the monthly summaries I do, everything else is by hand. :( Wish we were more like a hospital where everything is done by computer but such is life I guess...
work has been unusually rough with our corporate office head honchos coming down for their "visit"
too many people, my boss included, running around like the sky is falling in..... and me just trying to find a nice quiet place to do my work and avoid the riff raff.
So I avoided the chaos at work by leaving early and headed home to vote :P
I bought a new car :) well it is a 2007 but it looks and smells new. Whoever had it kept it in pristine condition and it has only 33,000 miles on it. The best part about it is that hubby is going to make the payments :) My 1994 Camaro was getting to the point where I just didn't trust it on the highway. It has broken down on me a few times, we had it fixed but I was just not comfortable in it anymore :(
SO, it now belongs to the 16 year old of the house...local driving only :)
Still haven't reviewed Winter's Bone yet....I will, I promise
Making progress on The Secret Scripture and it really is drawing me in.....
her name is Audrey (Audrey the Audi) after Audry Hepburn :)
Audrey has replaced Candy the camaro
I just want to thank you again for being such and angel and trying so hard to help someone that you don't even know.
You are a very special person.......
mark.... been here but my stops have been brief, busy at home and work
stasia.... thanks, yup wanted a sporty car with a little more luxury to it :)
no, wasn't off with the new car and no Stasia you didn't scare me away...here is what has been going on
one week before thanksgiving my oldest dog got some kind of stomach bacteria, so hubby and I were getting up at 5am to clean (yuck) but thank god for tile :) got some meds from vet. 3 days after older dog started meds the middle dog got it :( (double yuck) started him on the same meds. they were not eating so had to bribe them with cheese and pieces of hot dog so they would at least take the medicine. vet said they picked the bacteria up from the yard, we have some lousy dog and cat owners who let their fur kids roam our neighborhood and for some reason they like to use our yard for their toilet. my older dog trims his own toenails with his mouth soooo bacteria was spread from toenails to mouth to stomach to my tile, middle dog must have picked it up from the tile (youngest dog is crated, she didn't get it) I should have bought stock in TIDE laundry soap and BLEACH those 10 days lol god you got to love my life sometimes lol
while my fur babies were sick my job was an absolute hell zone. we had 3 cases of unexplained injuries and I mean serious injuries so things were crazy to say the least.
Thanksgiving I worked the floor 7am-4pm, it wasn't bad, I liked being back out on the floor doing direct care instead of being cooped up in an office. Ate dinner at my sister's house after work :) The Friday after Thanksgiving my family and I went down to a Disney resort and watched some cheesy piano player/comedian, my Dad was there and the kids had fun doing audience participation stuff, I laughed at the kids not cheesy piano player/comedian guy.
Then the Sunday after Thanksgiving I went on my cruise.... what bliss!!!! returned on Thursday had Friday, Sat and Sun off, now back to work :(
Did manage to finish The Secret Scripture. Good book, the ending I saw coming about mid way through reading it.... so it was a disappointment in that I was hoping Barry would put a real spin on the last few pages but nope :(
still need to review Winter's Bone and now The Secret Scripture hope I can get to them, with my luck some monkey will throw a wrench into my life and I won't get to them for another month. Oh well, what am I gonna do? shit happens :)
Reading now The Painted Darkness ER book that I got almost a month late. Short little book so I should have it done within the next few days, goddess willing and the creek don't rise ;)
Oh and by the way, I did do some quick lurking on all my starred threads, in between the madness called "my life".
Glad to see you survived and enjoyed a cruise to boot! At that point, you sorely needed and deserved it...welcome back!
fur babies are CURED, for now *fingers crossed*
thanks guys and gals for the kind words.... didn't think I would be missed that much......
work is blah
finished The Painted Darkness today! amazing for me because I did it at work waiting for the Podiatrist to show up so I could do rounds with him.
3 stars I give it, quick read (couple hours?) need to think a little on it because it really didn't blow me over and I just might bump it down to 2 1/2 :(
son is using my laptop for his English project at night so maybe this weekend for the reviews
Glad furbabies are better. I hate when one gets sick then they all get it!
2 out of the 3 dogs got sick....kitty nothing either, go figure since she roams the house and had ample access to the creeping crud
well off to bed, long day tomorrow..... doing rounds with the primary physician this time
had every intention of starting The Convent today while waiting on the doc to show up but..........too much drama, you would think I was back in high school
cold here in florida gonna snuggle up with one of my fur babies and continue reading The Convent
I think mother earth has had it with us.....................
I did the quiz and was going to post the results but the HTML thing wouldn't work.... no pretty box thing with the graph just the stupid words
got fed up and just quit LOL
What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Dedicated Reader
You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.Literate Good Citizen Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm Book Snob Fad Reader Non-Reader What Kind of Reader Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
what the heck is nbsp?
my Literate Good Citizen and Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm are even on the graph... Obsessive-Compulsive ain't that the truth lol
ETA #173 :D
You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.
I definitely believe it would be! :)
Winter’s Bone tells the story of Ree Dolly, a sixteen year old girl living in the dirt poor areas of the Missouri Ozarks. The Missouri Ozarks are one of the poorest areas of the country, and one of the most insular. It's almost like its own little nation... full of bitterly feuding families who would, nonetheless, band together immediately if any outsiders infiltrated their community. It seems like everyone’s main source of income is drug related in some way. Ree’s father cooks meth and regularly stays in trouble with the law. But, this time he used their house and land as collateral for his bail bond and has since disappeared. If he doesn't show up for the trial, Ree and her family have no place to live and nowhere to go.
the rest is here here
couldn't decide if i wanted to link it to my review page of the books page :/
Henry paints against the darkness. He doesn’t know why and he has no memory of the horrific events that happened during his childhood that led to this compulsion. After an argument with his wife leaves him alone in the middle of a violent winter storm, Henry must face the monsters from his childhood that have seemingly and impossibly found their way into his cellar if he is to survive. Freeman uses the novella format to tell his story, switching back and forth between the present and the past. It works because the story isn't novel-length and the constant switching never becomes tiresome thank goodness.
the rest is here
and I just noticed that I have a hot review too :)
I still have two more to review....probably on Sun, the day after Christmas. Then I will be done for 2010 :)
To be honest I still haven't decided if I am going to start a 2011 thread.... I feel bad when I look around and everyone is reading so much and some times I can't crack a book for 2 days.... this is called the 75 books challenge and I hate to not pull my weight, so to speak.
On a different note and tone...I am currently reading The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue I started it last night around ten thirty and before I knew it it was midnight....really liking this one and I have had it for a long time but you know how it is ...you just haven't gotten around to it..
funny thing my husband picked it for me to read. when I finish a book I choose 4 or 5 that I want to read but for some reason I can never decide which one to read first, so I line them up and then ask him to pick a number from 1 to however many books I picked.... the number he picks is the book I read first :)
he thinks I am weird LOL but he picked a good one this time
Great review of Winter's Bone. Now you must see the movie for full appreciation of the bleakness of The Ozarks this time of year. I'd love it if you could send a little Florida sunshine our way!
Say "hi" to Audrey for me. That is my 6-yr-old granddaughter's name. She will be thrilled to know that there is a car named for her!
If I start a 2011 thread it will be on Jan1 and thanks for the link Donna :) knowing me I would start one for 2010 since I started this one as 2009 ;)
yup I need to go rent Winter's Bone to appreciate The Ozarks... the movie stays true to the book right?
Sunshine today in Florida, still a little chilly in the morning tho :) the past couple of days have been grey so it feels good to have sunshine to go along with the nip in the air
I will tell Audrey you said hi! Donna.....I love it when kids get excited over what we adults think are little things, it shows their innocence
Do NOT leave our group! Do not go to jail, and do not pass go!
Pleeeeeeeeeze stay! Pretty please? :)
Working today then off this weekend for Christmas
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a merry Christmas!
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! :)
I have been neglecting my thread and puttering around on others or haunting as some say :)
Still haven't made up my mind regarding starting a 2011 thread. Kinda leaning toward starting a 2011 thread just for the challenge aspect of reading 75 in a year and the fact that I get lovely company here :)
I need to think of some kind of title or theme...everyone always has catchy titles to start their thread.
As for title/theme, how about "Five-and-seventy in Two Thousand Eleven(ty)"? It's got that rhyming thing going for it.
By the way, I love that ghost graphic! Maybe you could use that "haunting" in your 2011 thread?
will keep those ideas in mind....
really like the "haunting" one, maybe for Oct 2011?
I know what you mean about trying to think of something catchy for a theme...I'm not good at that myself. But, there are lots of loyal, witty, supportive friends here who will see past the title. Remember, they are all avid readers!
>200 klobrien2: good ideas!
I will be starting a 2011 thread :) and hope to see you all there :)
then I made my rounds on FB and LT then went back for a nap :)
I do have 2 books that I finished in 2010 that I still need to review....maybe tonight on this thread?
Then start fresh? depends on my mood I guess
Hope everyone had a great but safe New Year Eve night and everyone is accounted for....we stayed home and cooked a late dinner, played some backgammon and just hung out :) I think we all went to bed around 3ish?
well, let me get to those reviews.....The secret Scripture and The Convent
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
One Hundred Year old Roseanne McNulty was one of the most beautiful girls in Sligo, Ireland in her youth. She has been confined in the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, since the days of World War II and is now facing an imminent upheaval. The decrepit institution that she calls home is soon to be demolished, leaving its remaining residents uprooted in a modern Ireland that has all but buried its violent origins. Attempting to organize her memories, some reliable, others shifting, she embarks on scribbling her life story on scavenged paper---“The Secret Scripture”.
the rest is here
The Convent by Panos Karnezis
The Convent is set in a 16th-century nunnery in the mountains of southern Spain. By the early 1920’s only six nuns are left at Our Lady of Mercy. Their bishop visits from the city once a month as the nuns' confessor and has given them a car so they can go for their provisions. Otherwise they live in absolute isolation. The Mother Superior, Maria Ines, is the central character, and her ordeal begins when an infant in a suitcase is found on the convent steps. Sister Maria Ines believes the baby to be a miracle and a sign of unearned redemption and she starts a rapid slide from responsible judgment into self-delusion and irrationality.
the rest is here