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Old 11-21-2012, 08:10 PM   #46
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Last year I was on a roll with reading... this year, I think I've only read 11 books

I'm about to start The Night Circus for the book club I belong to.... I have less than a week to read it! LOL!

I can't recommend enough "Half-Broke Horses" and "The Glass Castle"... both by Jeanette Walls. Fantastic books!!!! Although the Glass Castle was written 1st, it takes place AFTER Half-Broke Horses. I read them in chronological order, rather than in order of them being written. They are memoirs and are both great reads!
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #47
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I am currently reading Deadline (Newsflesh Book 2) by Mira Grant. This series is really cool if you enjoy zombie fiction. It's a trilogy so I will move on to Blackout as soon as I am done with this one.

Next will be Cold Days by Jim Butcher as soon as it comes out. Actually, I should go order that from Amazon now since I doubt I will want to go to the bookstore any time soon!

Then Crossed and then Reached by Ally Condie.

Then I will be looking for something else. No clue what at this point though.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #48
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I've been on an autobiography kick. I'm in the middle of Gene Wilder's "Kiss Me Like a Stranger." Before that, "Camp David" by David Walliams from "Little Britain." Absolutely loved that one.

"My Mother Was Nuts" by Penny Marshall was pretty engaging and sort of raw, especially if you're a fan. Her brother Garry's book, "My Happy Days in Hollywood," was like a Hallmark card compared to hers.

"Dear Cary" by Dyan Cannon was okay. "Medium Raw" by Tony Bourdain was decent and typically Bourdain-y. "Girl Walks into a Bar" by Rachel Dratch should've been a little more insightful and comtemplative, but it was very sweet. Though the tone is quite arrogant, Frank Langella's "Dropped Names" had some great anecdotes.

In the Spring, my favorite reads were "Confessions of a Prairie _____" by Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and "Prairie Tale: A Memoir" by Melissa Gilbert. Every adult "Little House" fan should read them. "High on Arrival" by Mackenzie Philips broke my heart.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #49
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Right now I'm reading The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One) by Jean M. Auel.

I'm really enjoying it!

I would love to join in on a 2013 book challenge!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #50
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I can't recommend enough "Half-Broke Horses" and "The Glass Castle"... both by Jeanette Walls. Fantastic books!!!! Although the Glass Castle was written 1st, it takes place AFTER Half-Broke Horses. I read them in chronological order, rather than in order of them being written. They are memoirs and are both great reads!
I loved these books as well!

I just finished "Being a Boy" by Paxton Davis. The author grew up in my town and the book is about growing up here during the depression. Very interesting to me since the little boys and girls he played with went on to become the city's leaders and the history of the town is interesting. He wrote 2 more about his later years which are on my list too.

I'm getting ready to start "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson. Can't resist an Alex Cross book.

I also just finished "A Wanted Man" by Lee Child. Also can't resist jack Reacher. This one was very quick and full of action.

I'll be looking at this thread to add some more.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:58 AM   #51
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DH gave me a kindle for my birthday 5 months ago, so I have a record of what I've read. In 5 months, 24 books, several Susan Mallory, Sheryl Woods, Stepsnie Bond, Rota Heron. Right now, "already Home" by Mallery, next up "Kill the Competition" by Stephanie Bond.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:30 AM   #52
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I'm a teacher and a full time grad student, so as much as I LOVE to read for pleasure, my time is often filled with reading books assigned for grad class, or YA books so I can make recommendations for my students. However, sometimes I just have to take a break and read something for me. :-)

Books I've read recently that I've really enjoyed are:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Art of Racing in the Rain
A Dog's Purpose
The Paris Wife
Heaven is for Real

I hope to read several more over Thanksgiving and Christmas Break now that my major paper for class is DONE!
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #53
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Just finished reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. It's a memoir of her months long hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Parts of it broke my heart, but it's very well written and very powerful.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:13 AM   #54
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To the poster who was looking for a long book (I love them big and thick as well): if you enjoy historical thrillers, try 'Speaks the Nightbird' by Robert McCammon. I haven't read it yet, but it's gotten 4 1/2 stars and it's almost 800 pages. Better yet, it's first in a series, with 4 additional books out as of right now and I believe they are all long as well. I can't wait to sink my teeth into it.
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Are two-year-olds too young to go to Disney? It depends upon their temperament. One way to find out: take them there. After all, they're only young for a short time. You're sure to enjoy your trip if you plan ahead! AND - don't forget those all-important dining reservations; they fill up so fast it's ridiculous. Have I forgotten anything? Oh yes - I'd advise you to carry a small purse or bag for loose items so you don't lose them on rides. You'll have a great vacation if you follow my advice!
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:15 AM   #55
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OMG, I just reread my post and I swear that was not intentional. I just hope the tag fairy doesn't read this thread (does the TF even exists anymore?)
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Are two-year-olds too young to go to Disney? It depends upon their temperament. One way to find out: take them there. After all, they're only young for a short time. You're sure to enjoy your trip if you plan ahead! AND - don't forget those all-important dining reservations; they fill up so fast it's ridiculous. Have I forgotten anything? Oh yes - I'd advise you to carry a small purse or bag for loose items so you don't lose them on rides. You'll have a great vacation if you follow my advice!
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #56
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I've been on an autobiography kick. I'm in the middle of Gene Wilder's "Kiss Me Like a Stranger." Before that, "Camp David" by David Walliams from "Little Britain." Absolutely loved that one.

"My Mother Was Nuts" by Penny Marshall was pretty engaging and sort of raw, especially if you're a fan. Her brother Garry's book, "My Happy Days in Hollywood," was like a Hallmark card compared to hers.

"Dear Cary" by Dyan Cannon was okay. "Medium Raw" by Tony Bourdain was decent and typically Bourdain-y. "Girl Walks into a Bar" by Rachel Dratch should've been a little more insightful and comtemplative, but it was very sweet. Though the tone is quite arrogant, Frank Langella's "Dropped Names" had some great anecdotes.

In the Spring, my favorite reads were "Confessions of a Prairie _____" by Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and "Prairie Tale: A Memoir" by Melissa Gilbert. Every adult "Little House" fan should read them. "High on Arrival" by Mackenzie Philips broke my heart.
I really enjoyed Confessions of a Prairie *****. Haven't read Melissa Gilberts yet. Check out the Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Very interesting read. Not a true autobiography in the sense of the word, but interesting all the same.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:47 AM   #57
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I really enjoyed Confessions of a Prairie *****. Haven't read Melissa Gilberts yet. Check out the Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Very interesting read. Not a true autobiography in the sense of the word, but interesting all the same.
I am looking forward to reading the above
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:58 PM   #58
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Loving this thread. I'm a right bookworm and form a particular attachment to books that are a part of a series.

I've read and enjoyed;
Stephen King - dark tower series
George RR Martin - game of thrones series
Hunger games trilogy
Trueblood series
Twilight
Harry Potter

Anything by Karen Rose - crime/thriller novels where the main characters in each book are linked to eachother. Richard Laymon - horror. Richard Montanari - thriller/crime.

Cecelia Ahern - PS I love you. Bawled my eyes out, such a soppy book. Nothing like the film.

Sylvia Day - crossfire novels. Similar to 50 shades of grey without the red room of pain, lol.

Anything by Dorothy Koomson is absolutely fantastic! She's a brilliant author. Look her up.

If you have a kindle, pixel of ink is a great website as it shows you which kindle books amazon has for free that day. I've downloaded loads to read at a later date xx
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #59
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Books I've enjoyed recently, that I highly recommend...Age of Miracles. It was our book club book, and brought up great discussion. I don't think I've seen this one on this thread yet.

I also enjoyed Paris Wife!

Currently reading: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. It's...interesting.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:06 PM   #60
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Reread The Passage to prepare for The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Even though its soooo long I loved it just as much the second time around!
Need to finish Naked by David Sedaris by Thursday for book club. It's not my favorite book by him and I'm finding it hard to concentrate/finish. Might be because I have The Twelve sitting on my nightstand!
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