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#3 - I LOVE Pillars of the Earth. Looking forward to the long-awaited sequel, but I'll have to wait for the paperback as I'm not a big fan of hardback books.
#4 Be interested to know your thoughts on The Beak of the Finch when you've finished it.
I've also purchased a Kindle and two e-books to try it out with. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and What's Wrong with the World by G.K. Chesterton.
I'm currently reading When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. I recommend all her books, especially her Wales Trilogy beginning with Here Be Dragons, she's one of my favorite authors. My favorite of hers is The Sunne in Splendour about Richard III.
In my opinion, the Ranger's Apprentice series aren't as in depth as Harry Potter but they have my attention just as much. A really great story and easy to visialize. I smell movies.
I loved Into the Wild, especially the digression about others whose judgement just wasn't quite there. It's a chapter about outdoorsmen who really aren't outdoorsmen. Foolish actions with fatal results.
Change of subject (matter). I also highly recommend Beak of the Finch. Not only does evolution occur, but it frequently occurs within generations, not within eons. Fascinating stuff.
I am reading An Incomplete Revenge by Jacquiline Winspear...the latest addition in the Maisie Dobbs series, highly recommended.
Also, I am reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn...I loved her first novel.
For non-fiction, I'm reading Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big by Peter Walsh...he's fantastic and inspiring.
Thanks for the tip on Beak of the Finch...I love those kind of books.
So, I'm doing a reread while waiting for the second book to come in the mail.
At present I`m reading Large Type Killer by Richard Williams (actually by Jack Trevor Story) and dipping into In These Times by Bernard Levin on an occasional basis.
Just remembered, I`m also reading Marie Smith (ed), Golden Age Detective Stories, but I read that literally at a rate of one story every two or three weeks, depending how the mood takes me.
I've not fallen as deeply into the story here as I did into TEP. (The many times I read it...) My first time through that one had it's bumps in the road, as well. The first section had me hooked and those early days of the characters sucked me in. Now, 80 pages into it, they've fallen away from each other and I wonder if any of them will ever find one another...
But his prose is perfection to me.
Currently reading Happier for my 888 Challenge and recommending friends pre-order The Wednesday Sisters because I loved it.
And finally, finished reading some fanfic written by a girlfriend whose creative flow is really running. So she dived into her NaNo from last November and the 50k she wrote then turned into 90k on a quick rewrite and it turned into a terrific tale of merfolk and magic and muggles.
I'm sensing a theme...guess I've been reading stuff with intricate plots lately!
I am currently reading Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill. It is a fascinating story about a little girl who falls down a mine shaft - the story is told through a series of tales about her ancestors, starting from 1,000s of years ago and up to the recent past. Each of the tales is really absorbing and each one equally as good as the last.
I haven't finished it yet so can't tell you if it is a happy ending or not. I'm hoping it is!
Like everybody else in this group I love the Outlander series. They are wonderful romances, but just chock full of tidbits of historical facts, not to mention the plant lore and the chemistry and biology that is discussed on every page. I also like the characters. They are all fully rounded and people you would like to meet. Great stories.
I'm currently reading House and Home by Kathleen McCleary, but next on my list the Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. I've heard great things of this book and I'm so excited to read it.
Up next is Christine Falls, a mystery set in Ireland in the 1950s. I'm two chapters in and so far, so good.
Currently reading Kristin Lavransdatter with the Reading Group here at LT, and Jane Eyre for the first time (*sniffle*).
#69 I keep hearing both really good and really bad things about Edgar Sawtelle. I'm next on the library's hold list but I've kept it frozen there for weeks. I hadn't thought of listening to it - maybe that would be better...
I'm currently enjoying Obama's Dreams from my Father.
I'm listening to Small Gods on my commute because nothing relaxes me on the way to work like Terry Pratchett. The turtle moves!
The audio books of his novels are wonderful, if you like listening in the car or somewhere. It's almost Hogfather season and that's a wonderful book to listen to in Nov/Dec.
I've read GE several times. I loved it even in high school, when I would never have admitted I did since everyone else was groaning about the length.
I have several waiting in my TBR pile and I'm not sure what to read next. I think it will be The Centurion's Wife from LT's ER program. It shouldn't take too long; the books is not long at all.
RE: GE and other "hated" high school required reading...I'm of the opinion that perhaps they push the really good stuff onto us too soon!! I think it takes a certain maturity to really enjoy them, for several reasons!
I'm still enjoying Dog Eat Dog, by Laurien Berenson, poodle lover that I am. It's a better series than you might think, and definitely fun to learn more about the dog show world, particularly from the poodle owner/handler/ breeder point of view!
I'm currently reading and enjoying Now You're One Of Us by Asa Nonami a book recommended on another forum. I'm really enjoying Asian fiction at the moment, especially horror/thriller, so any other recommendations gratefully received!
There are lots of books I hated as a young adult / preteen that I think now I was just too young to "get". For example:
- Madame Bovary
- The Sun Also Rises
- Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy
...and they are on my list to re-read someday.
I also recently read Portrait of the Artist as I was preparing myself for Ulysses. I started Ulysses as a group read here on LibraryThing. I am still slogging. Tough going.
ETA I have a few 40 something friends who enjoyed Twilight, but I think I'll leave it to my tweenage 12 year old daughter to read. The movie didnt do anything for me and she's watched it 5 times! A story about a girl interested in a boy vampire who could eat her at any stage, breaks-up and then goes for a werewolf, was a bit too much for me to suspend disbelief and enjoy ;-)
I just can't read Twilight....I tried but nope, couldn't do it.
I just finished Let Me Eat Cake and enjoyed it quite a lot. It is light and fluffy. :) I also recently read Inkheart which thrilled me and reminded me of the days reading to my daughter by flashlight. I'm now reading Inkspell. Wonderful series.
Earlier this week I finished The Gift of Rain and loved it!
I was participating in a challenge to read the 2007 Booker prize short-listed and some long-listed nominees and it is the second last one!
It is one of my top 3 for that year along with Animal's people, which made it onto the 2008 edition of the 1001 list, and Mister Pip which should make it onto everyones must read list, in my humble opinion ;-)
The Welsh Girl was also an original story that I'd recommend.
Interesting enough none of these were the winner ;-)
KimB: that's the thing about "must read" lists....everyone's is different:)
Thanks for letting me interlope and I'll be loping back again, you've got a lot of great recommendations.
#129 That was it! Thank you!
#130 I keep hearing how good that book is must look out for it.
I have just finished Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game and I already have students in mind to recommend these books.
I'm finding it slow going to get into Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace though.
What group is reading master and margarita? If its a librarything group I'd like to join. That is a book that i have had on my TBR pile for several years and just keep moving it back down whenever it rises to the top. Maybe now is the time to read it!
Hope that is what you need:)
ETA well one of the groups, popular book at the moment=time to check it out:)
The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
I've just started the new Jane Smiley, Private Life. I'm introducing her at a reading at Kepler's in Menlo Park - lucky me!
I just finished A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage - one of the best books I've read in some time. Wonderful story for anyone - women's fiction, book clubs, thriller lovers, mystery fans - but writers in particular will admire the invisible seams. (I so so so admire the way this one is written!) My review at http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=megwaiteclayton
I reread Turn of the Screw also and, once again, did not find it creepy or eerie. The governess seemed almost eager to fall to pieces. I thought Woman in Black by Susan Hill was more of what I like in a ghost story.
I have so many new books to look for that I have found on this thread. Thank you!
I'm also reading Elias Canetti's Auto da Fe. Comical and very uncomfortable to read at the same time. I have Crowds and Power on my shelves; haven't read yet but he won the Nobel Prize in the wake of its publication, and I am looking forward to reading it. May take on hol with me. Canetti is, for me, a new favourite.
I just finished Water For Elephants which if you seen me on any other thread, you know I dreaded hoping I could get thru any downers with animals.
The book was very good, the audio was fabulous---just speed through any animal parts and there aren't many but you know how we animals lovers are.
Reading The Distant Hours now. I'm on page 158 of 560 and I'd like to get it going. Morton's The Forgotten Garden is on my TBR pile hope it's not as slow moving.
The first two volumes are there, but I don't see number three yet.
... Ignore me. These are still in Russian.
Currently reading Floating Worlds: The letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer and once that's done, The Woman in White seems like a good, dark, late fall/winter book.