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Old 07-02-2013, 04:19 PM   #1831
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Since we are halfway thru the year, I will set a goal of 20.
I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed it, but absolutely hated the ending. But I'm intrigued by the author, so I'll check out Dark Places and Sharp Objects.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #1832
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I'm on holidays so I've read 3 books this week

Goal 100

#73 The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler-Anne Tyler is my favourite writer and this book didn't disappoint
#74 Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth-I did enjoy the stories but I didn't warm to the author
#75 And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini-not my favourite of his but he writes fascinating female characters

I have started around three other books that I have struggled to get into. I love having a kindle on holidays!
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #1833
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Although I won"t count it towards my total, I feel I must recommend the book I have just finished. It is called Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. It is about a Mother and her teenage daughter, who get caught in a fire at a school, and how they try to find out who set the fire...and why. This really was a great book, a real page-turner. I started it on Sunday and have barely been able to put it down since. I really identified with the characters and the relationships between them. I was honestly sad when I finished it as I didn"t want it to be over. A very firm 5/5.
I read that last year-I agree, it was fantastic.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #1834
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Since we are halfway thru the year, I will set a goal of 20.
I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed it, but absolutely hated the ending. But I'm intrigued by the author, so I'll check out Dark Places and Sharp Objects.
OK, I'll mark you down for 20! Welcome, GaBelle!
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #1835
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Book 14/40: America's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago

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América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester County, New York, she takes it as a sign that a door to escape has been opened. Yet even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life, daring to care about a man other than Correa, she is faced with dramatic proof that no matter what she does, she can't get away from her past.
I liked the plot of this book. It was a good story. I thought the writing was pretty poor and it was not at all helped by the horrible Kindle version, which featured creative spelling of simple words such as "ypu" and "E1-le" (He. Yes, really. That's how Kindle spelled He in this book.)
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:43 PM   #1836
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Goal: 75 books this year.

#59 down and done.

Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen by Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer. This was a very interesting book, chronicling the process of transferring the stage musical to the big screen. As a confessed Les Mis uber-fan, I found the whole thing fascinating, from concept to fruition. It was neat to read about the little behind-the-scenes tidbits, and the pictures were gorgeous. A must-read for any fan of the stage musical or the movie.

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #1837
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Book # 26 The Book Thief.... I've had this on my Kindle for almost a year, and I'm not sure why I've put off reading it.... it was an amazing book! I'm so sad that I've finished it...
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #1838
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Book # 26 The Book Thief.... I've had this on my Kindle for almost a year, and I'm not sure why I've put off reading it.... it was an amazing book! I'm so sad that I've finished it...
I'm not participating in this thread (I have a challenge on Goodreads) but this caught my eye. I've had this book for a couple years and haven't read it yet! Maybe you will inspire me.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:18 AM   #1839
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Book # 26 The Book Thief.... I've had this on my Kindle for almost a year, and I'm not sure why I've put off reading it.... it was an amazing book! I'm so sad that I've finished it...
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I'm not participating in this thread (I have a challenge on Goodreads) but this caught my eye. I've had this book for a couple years and haven't read it yet! Maybe you will inspire me.
I also have this book on my Kindle (and have had for a couple of years). I have read nothing but good reviews of it and I really don't know why I am so reluctant to read it, I suspect probably because I like books that are 'easy to read'. I will definitely get round to it though as it seems a shame to be missing out on a potentially great book because of some unfounded reservations.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #1840
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Everyone should read The Book Thief. It's such a great book. One of my favorites of all time.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #1841
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I also have this book on my Kindle (and have had for a couple of years). I have read nothing but good reviews of it and I really don't know why I am so reluctant to read it, I suspect probably because I like books that are 'easy to read'. I will definitely get round to it though as it seems a shame to be missing out on a potentially great book because of some unfounded reservations.
The Book Thief was not as difficult to read as I thought it was going to be. I started to read it about a year ago and put it down because the beginning was a bit "strange" I thought... but after my son was assigned it for 9th grade Honors English summer reading and so many people were talking it up, I decided to try it again...

The 2nd time I started it, the beginning didn't seem so strange to me. Either I was expecting it or I was just ready to plow through it - not sure, but after that part - it was just a regular book. It is considered a YA book. The topic it pretty heavy... but it is a great discussion book! It was fascinating to read a Holocaust book from the German perspective as Death told the story. Once I started - I could not put it down!!! It drew be back every time I had to leave to do something else. (I love those kinds of books.)

It's being made into a movie...
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #1842
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I just finished The Paris Wife. I loved it. After I finished the final chapter and the epilogue and author's notes I cried. I was just so full of emotion and sadness. Sadness at Hadley's life, sadness at Ernest's life and torment and suicide and also that I finished the book. I am now going to read A Moveable Feast then A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises. I have to know more about this man and his writing. I can't wait to go to Paris later this month and walk in Young Hemingway' Paris.
I've also added the biography of Zelda Fitzgerald to my list of want to read.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #1843
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#76 Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Not really a fan of this. It wasn't what I expected at all.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #1844
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Just completed Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O'Farrell.

This book is the first I've read from this author. Amazon reviewers seem to like the author, so I thought I'd give this one a try. GoodReads rates this book with 4 stars.

I would have to say I kind of liked it. The character development was good which is important to me and the plot was interesting. Not overly thrilled with the ending. I mean, I pretty much knew the author's purpose with the ending but I thought she could have provided more detail.

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:12 AM   #1845
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Book #46-Act Two by Kimberley Stuart. This is my first "Christian Fiction" book, and so far, since I've never read Christian Fiction, I'm very pleasantly surprised. I was afraid the religion might be kind of heavy-handed for me, but it isn't at all. The book so far (I'm only 20% into it) is very cute and enjoyable.
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