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This week will hit triple digits here in Texas.  Am happy to be able to stay inside with the company of a good book. Just finished Lisa Scottoline's CORRUPTED. Have found all her books captivating!Arriving at library today for me is THE SUMMER I MET…Continue

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PBS will broadcast The Great American Read on Tuesday May 22 at 8:00 PM.  Viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorite novel.  Remember when we used to vote for our favorite book of the year?  In the Parade magazine there is a list of the…Continue

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A list https://pima.bibliocommons.com/list/share/324401457/1130516417Have only read the Terry Pratchett oneLet us know if you have read (and if you enjoyed) any other books…Continue

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Have been reading up a storm  lately.  Habitually head to bed at 11:00 pm and read until 3:00-4:00am crawling out at 11:00am. Guess it comes from years of being a night nurse! Definitely not a morning person!!Here are the three books I'm returning…Continue

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Comment by Gloria Helmer / Datsunlvr on June 12, 2018 at 9:28pm

I did something this summer that I should have done a long time ago. Thanks to some of the comments here (and other places,) I have been re-evaluating some of my old favorite authors including Michener. I think one of the things that drew me to his work in the first place was my love of history. He had a way of building an entire world around certain historical places, people, and events. The reader had to keep in mind though, that his books weren't truly historical works but works of fiction. First and foremost, they are novels built around history. He thus provided me with many years of wonderful reading. That being said, it has been several years since I had the luxury of sitting for hours burying my nose in one of his generational stories. This past week, I decided to change that. I dusted off three of my favorites and decided to re-read them over the summer. Well, I barely got through the first few pages of the first one, The Source, when it dawned on me that he had a terminal case of had-itis, and-itis, and run on sentences. Why had I never realized that before? The only explanation that comes to mind is that before, I read merely for pleasure and such things didn't stand out to me then. My reading habit has changed. Since becoming a writer myself (and editing my own work,) I see books through the eyes of an editor not just someone that reads for the pleasure of it. I wish I could turn it on and off at will, but alas, it doesn't work that way. I am still going to finish what I started and read all three, but sad to say, it won't be quite as enjoyable as I anticipated. Here’s hoping his writing (or editing?) improves with the later ones I have chosen, Alaska, and Space.

Comment by rapa on June 12, 2018 at 6:25pm

Apposite, are you still in Alaska?  Hope your move went well!

Comment by Apposite on June 12, 2018 at 6:22pm
I have not been reading lately it need to start again as I am done moving.
Comment by Ursula on June 12, 2018 at 5:33pm

Tonight is rather bittersweet, my F2F Novella Group has decided to close up shop.  For the last 4 1/2 years, we have met for lively discussions about little books.  We have read old as well as new; classics as well as not so classic.  We haven't always agreed, but we have provided food for thought.  Tonight's book is Melville's Billy Budd.

Comment by Apposite on May 22, 2018 at 5:04pm

Still here! Been busy reading a smattering of stuff but am otherwise preoccupied with life matters.

Comment by Carci on May 22, 2018 at 3:11pm

I would post this on current reads discussion but it seems noone has posted since May 1 when I did... YIKES!   Where is everyone....

I just read a fantastic book that I think some of you will love as much as I did. I just pulled it off a library shelf and was so surprised since no one had recommended it to me.  Title: The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld.  I read it in less than 2 days... that compelling!


Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder," Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl, too.

Comment by rapa on April 30, 2018 at 7:21pm

Remember to "RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT" after midnight tonight as tomorrow we welcome May!

Comment by Apposite on April 23, 2018 at 11:30am

I have ordered "The Great Alone" from Amazon. It should be here any day according to Amazon tracking. I am reading yet another general history of the Civil War, now the fourth such general history called "A Savage War" by Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-Siang Hsiah (2016, Princeton University Press). Bringing background information like - the timeline/sequence of battles, the generals involved, military rank/file, geography, and some of the various other events like the the Emancipation Proclamation - helps to make each author's perspective unique as well as reinforcing the material. There is a real pleasure in having long term study and understanding behind you in any field. This war has fascinated me since childhood. The book I am reading can be read by anybody but it is richer for those who have grounding in world history because he authors bring other wars and people to their to bear on the Civil War. This is particularly so of the Peloponnesian War and Thucydides. Most of us here are familiar with books of note like James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom". I would recommend that as a first read if you are wanting a good foundational understanding. 

Comment by Joanne on April 23, 2018 at 10:33am

I am reading an older book I picked up at library book sale, a spy thriller in the vein of John LeCarre.  "The Tourist" by Olen Steinhauer.  Published 2009.  Very good, especially if you like intricately told thrillers!

Comment by Slopok on April 23, 2018 at 2:54am

Yea world book day...I'm reading; The Cuban Affair, by Nelson Demille. It is ok so far although nothing special.


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