Recently read the following: The Art of Racing in the Rain which I wouldn't have read if it hadn't been a gift. It was okay. I think it would make a better movie than a book.
Another gift was Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, by Anna Quindlen. Kind of a series of essays on life and growing old. Somewhat thought-provoking with humorous moments, but I found myself flipping through it at the end and wishing I didn't identify with so much of it.
SmokinSeventeen and Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich. I like the numbered series and Seventeen didn't let me down, but I keep getting gifts of her books and those written with a co-author (Charlotte Hughes) are STINKERS! I was so relieved that Wicked Appetite was a fun read.
I've kind of given up on Steve Jobs, although it is next to my bed in case I have trouble sleeping.
Also read Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. It was compelling enough, but I have mixed feelings about the dog fighting, and am wondering if the author participates in it, and debating whether the novel glorified or condemned it. Really a little bit of both, I think. Whatever the case, I doubt that the author would have hoped that that was the lasting thought or impression one would obtain from reading her novel, so at the least, it was a distraction.
If this thread and a recipes thread were left up and running after OT Day (or OT two weeks?!) closed, I would be so happy! I have had so many awesome book recs from this thread. Probably the best was "Shadow Divers" - I read it, then both my mom and my Dad did, we all loved it, and they have now passed it onto friends.
LOL - my sister was engaged to John Chatterton back in the late '70s. He was an interesting guy. Loved reading Shadow Divers and seeing how he turned out.
I recently finished Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. It was a very touching Southern family story. I highly recommend it.
I just finished JK Rowling's book (for adults), "The Casual Vacancy". I ended up loving it. I almost had to forget it was Rowling, it is absolutely nothing like the HP books, no adventure or supernatural story lines. It is about local politics and quirky personalities in a small town in Britain, told in the perspective of various individuals. I thought the characters were very well-developed and the story just sucked me in. I would call it a "quiet book", but found myself going to bed earlier just so that I could read more. Probably not a book for everyone, but I wish I could find more like it.
I just finished JK Rowling's book (for adults), "The Casual Vacancy". I ended up loving it.
Ohhh, i saw that in the store the other day and i wondered if it was good. luhv harry potter almost as much as my dog.
i am in a bit of a reading lull right now but am reading Riding Towards the Light, which was a book rec'd by Jimmy Wofford (an eventing guru for those unfamiliar with him). It's about this slightly obsessive dressage rider's life, journey to being a great rider, and his comparisons of riding with zen buddism. I find it quite inspiring actually, though he can get a little ranty given his obsession with perfection.
also listening to age of innocence by edith wharton. wonderful period piece.
And the wise, Jack Daniels drinking, slow-truck-driving, veteran TB handler who took "no shit from no hoss Miss L, y'hear," said: "She aint wrapped too tight."
I finally decided to read 50 Shades of Grey and see what all the fuss is about I wasn't expecting it to be quite that umm intense. I'm debating on starting the second book. I admit the writing is horrible and the story unbelievable but part of me wants to read the next one.
Totally engrossed in the Charlaine Harris Aurora Teagarden series.
Really great I figured since I loved all her sookie stackhouse series, I might try them. Fun mysteries! Next the Stephanie Pope mysteries.
Hilary Mantel's excellent Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall. I liked WH, i REALLY like this one...Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Beautifully written and not as confusing as the first one. Maybe because now I know who everyone is
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Oh, I'm glad this is back up cuz I just started a lu-lu for discussion: When she Woke by Hillary Jordon. Get this, it takes place in a futuristic society which has been taken over by the extreme Christians. The main character has aborted a fetus she and the local well respected married minister produced and since she won't reveal the father (in more ways than one) or the Dr. who did the abortion, she has been found guilty of second degree murder. This society infects felons with skin coloring depending on the degree of severity of crime. She has been made blood red....
I borrowed this book based on your description. I enjoyed it. Nice take on a dystopian society.
I also read 99% of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It's the story of a small English town frowning upon the budding romance of two seniors. One's an English Major and the other is a shop-keeper of either Pakistani or Indian descent. It wasn't gripping, and I put it down for a week and realized I didn't really care about the last 15 pages.
Prior to When She Woke I finished Divergent, by Veronica Roth, another dystopian society novel in a similar vein to The Hunger Games. Quick read, some interesting points made, so I may pick up the sequel.
You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng