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Old 08-09-2009, 05:24 PM   #121
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As I wait for my Kindle to arrive , I am trying to read up the books I have. I found a stack of books by Anita Shreve on the bargain rack at Barnes & Noble; so far it's been hit or miss:

The Pilot's Wife: Excellent
All He Ever Wanted: Okay, but frustrating
A Wedding in December: Down right AWFUL!
Light On Snow: Just started this one, but so far it's very good

Before these, I had read two Disney books: Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler and Disney War by James B. Stewart. I thought both were excellent!
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #122
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You are going to LOVE it.

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Thank you, Kevin - your positive review of the Kindle here and on the Podcast really helped me make the decision to order one!
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #123
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I've read quite a lot this year (like 70-yes I write them all down!). If anyone needs suggestions for their child or young adult, feel free to pm me. I'm a children's librarian
I do the same thing. I have a small little notebook and in it I write the book and when I read it and anything I want to remember about the book or favorite quotes/passages. Nothing worse than trying to remember the name of a book you read a few years ago and you can't .
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:27 PM   #124
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As I wait for my Kindle to arrive , I am trying to read up the books I have. I found a stack of books by Anita Shreve on the bargain rack at Barnes & Noble; so far it's been hit or miss:

The Pilot's Wife: Excellent
All He Ever Wanted: Okay, but frustrating
A Wedding in December: Down right AWFUL!
Light On Snow: Just started this one, but so far it's very good

Before these, I had read two Disney books: Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler and Disney War by James B. Stewart. I thought both were excellent!
I' listening to a Wedding in December on CD right now. A friend gave it to me. So far I kinda like....sorry you thought it was awful. I hate wasting time on a book I end up hating. Will have to look for the Pilot's Wife.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:52 PM   #125
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i just finished Redemption Alley by Lilith Saintcrow and Small Favor by Jim Butcher. both part of series and both very good. ok i just started The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller- so far so good.


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Old 08-09-2009, 08:27 PM   #126
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I' listening to a Wedding in December on CD right now. A friend gave it to me. So far I kinda like....sorry you thought it was awful. I hate wasting time on a book I end up hating. Will have to look for the Pilot's Wife.
I think, for me, "Wedding In December" had too many characters that weren't fully developed. Also, I didn't like the addition of the book that Agnes is writing - I felt it just cluttered up an already crowded story. I also found it hard to relate to most of the characters, the majority of whom are adulterers.

However, I do recommend "The Pilot's Wife"! For me, that was excellent.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #127
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We've talked about Kindle and the library....where else does everyone get their books?

I have found Sam's Club to have the lowest prices on new releases as well as bestsellers in paperback. We have a Walden Books (which is a smaller version of Boarder's), and sometimes I can find bargain books there. Same with Barnes & Noble; I just shop the clearance sections at new bookstores. If I can't find it at Sam's, I order from Amazon or Overstock.com.

As for used books, I just went to a Half-Price Books last week. My dad found some great titles in their clearance section, and I bought some current magazines for $1. Our library has a used bookstore, and I've gotten some great stuff there, including a brand-new copy of "Fall On Your Knees" (I'd accidentally given my copy to Goodwill last year) and current magazine issues for only a quarter!
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #128
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I think, for me, "Wedding In December" had too many characters that weren't fully developed. Also, I didn't like the addition of the book that Agnes is writing - I felt it just cluttered up an already crowded story. I also found it hard to relate to most of the characters, the majority of whom are adulterers.
I also listened to "Wedding In December" and agree with what you say here.


Anita Shreve's Fortune's Rocks and Pilot's Wife and Sea Glass are all set in the same house. The is no connection between the characters in the book.

The house is in the book is in New Hampshire. I always thought that it was odd because Fortune's Rocks is a part of Biddeford, Maine!

The Weight of Water is good, based on real murders on an island off Portsmouth, New Hamshire. Tricky to follow as the story is told in two time periods. Give it a try.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:15 PM   #130
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I also listened to "Wedding In December" and agree with what you say here.


Anita Shreve's Fortune's Rocks and Pilot's Wife and Sea Glass are all set in the same house. The is no connection between the characters in the book.

The house is in the book is in New Hampshire. I always thought that it was odd because Fortune's Rocks is a part of Biddeford, Maine!

The Weight of Water is good, based on real murders on an island off Portsmouth, New Hamshire. Tricky to follow as the story is told in two time periods. Give it a try.
Thanks for the recommendations...I'll have to download those when my Kindle arrives!
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I am currently rereading(for the sixth time) the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in anticipation for the new release of her 7th book in September. Also reading Nora Roberts Black Hikks and just finished the first in her Wedding series. Love Nora Roberts. I use our publlic library every week. DD6 is currently worling her way thru the learning to read Bones mystery series.
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I am currently rereading(for the sixth time) the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in anticipation for the new release of her 7th book in September. Also reading Nora Roberts Black Hills and just finished the first in her Wedding series. Love Nora Roberts. I use our publlic library every week. DD6 is currently worling her way thru the learning to read Bones mystery series.
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Since the Kindle app isn't available in Canada (nor the Kindle itself) I often listen to audiobooks on my iTouch. Do you think The Lost City of Z would be an enjoyable "listen" rather than read? I'm looking for a few options for our next WDW visit.

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What a great idea for a post. Thanks all for giving me another pile of books.

I have the iphone and actually like reading on it better than I thought I would - you're right Kevin - I use it the most when I am waiting for the boys at practice, etc. I liked being able to read in a hotel room when my family went to bed. I was able to read from it easier than reading with a book lamp. I am thinking about the Kindle though.

I recently read The First Hour I Believed - which I didn't care for. I loved Wally Lambs other books. I also just read Secret Daughter for my book club and liked the story just couldn't feel connected to the author.

I really liked Water for Elephants. My next read is Nora Roberts new book Vision in White - I like to read one fluff in between my bookclub book.

I have so many in my pile I can't even name them.
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As I wait for my Kindle to arrive , I am trying to read up the books I have. I found a stack of books by Anita Shreve on the bargain rack at Barnes & Noble; so far it's been hit or miss:

The Pilot's Wife: Excellent
All He Ever Wanted: Okay, but frustrating
A Wedding in December: Down right AWFUL!
Light On Snow: Just started this one, but so far it's very good
If you get a chance, try The Last Time They Met. I love most of her books anyway, but the concept of this one was brilliant.
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