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Reuniting members of the group  Bookoholics, and welcoming new members who love to read and talk about what they're reading.

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CURRENT READS 57 Replies

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

Started by rapa. Last reply by Lyn Feb 15.

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I just finished Making Faces by Amy Harmon, I really thought it was not my kind of book to begin with, but by the end it made me cry.Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would…Continue

Started by Lyn Feb 14.

books I enjoyed 9 Replies

I sometimes feel like an interloper here.  I come and snitch ideas for books to read and yet I don't really contribute.  I have been blessed to read 3 really good books, or at least I thought they were good, so I thought I would share them here.A…Continue

Started by Lyn. Last reply by Carci Jan 31.

Best and Worst Reads of 2018 12 Replies

As we are rapidly approaching the end if 2018 and the beginning of 2019, I thought it might be fun to resume doing our list of our favorite and least favorite reads of 2018.Worst Book of 2018 would have to be Prairie Fires by Carolyn Frasier.  This…Continue

Started by Ursula. Last reply by Mandy Muffin Jan 21.

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Comment by Joanne on January 14, 2019 at 9:31am
I am reading a novel,which I feel might not be everyone's cup o' tea, but I stayed up till 2:00 AM, saying the "just one more chapter" chant.  It is Amor Towles "Rules of Civility".  My f2f book club has been considering reading it, but there are not enough copies available in the system at any one time to accommodate us.  The setting is NYC, basically at the end of 1937.  Story line is rather "haves v.
have nots", and some who are trying to become one of the "haves".  Wonderful characters, and at times the writing is almost poetic.  I am thoroughly enjoying it, and recommend giving it a try!
Comment by Baia on January 11, 2019 at 9:31pm

Hi, Bookoholics!  Last year was a little hectic for me and though I kept reading, I wasn't very good at writing them down for my Goodreads Challenge and I didn't finish a lot more than usual for me.  I figure life is too short and there are too many books there for me to try.
The book I mostly read this week was "The Witch Elm" by Tana French.  It is a psychological thriller set in Ireland and explores family relationships and trauma issues--and bullying.  I confess that I felt stressed out by the whole thing.  I tried to take a break and go back to it.  I tried reading a little bit a day.  But is was a library book and it was due and so I skipped to the end to find out whether the middle (usually my favorite part) would be worth renewing the book for.  Knowing the end didn't help a bit because I had so many questions, so I went back and read the middle.  I didn't like it.  If I were the kind of person who enjoyed that kind of anxiety-producing entertainment that would be okay, but I go to books to get relief from the news of the day.

 
The next book I read was actually a Christmas story in a series of novels by Adele Abbott which I download onto my Kindle.  The titles all begin with "Witch was when..." and are about a young private investigator who meets her biological mother as the mother is dying and receives her family witch powers without realizing it.  Her mother's dying words are "You're a witch!"  How insulting! thinks our heroine who then tries to resume her normal life with supernormal powers and a talking cat that only she can understand. These novels and stories are light, humorous, fantasies and definitely not angst-producing.

My third book this year is part of a journalistic suspense series by A.C. Fuller, an author who lives near me and whom I have never met.  We are Facebook friends, though, and I am also a fan of his father, Robert W. Fuller, the founder of the Dignitarian Movement.  Adam/ A.C. comes from a NYC journalism background, so his has some feel for the life of a young journalist.  "The Anonymous Source", the first in the series, introduces Alex Vane, a young print journalist in pre-9-11 NY who is skillful in scouting sources and getting scoops.  I found him unlikeable and had a couple of false starts in this book before I finally decided to care.  Now I care very much after just finishing the second in the series "The Inverted Pyramid".  Alex's character is developing very nicely and I can admire that. I just started the third novel "The Mockingbird Drive" in which one of Alex's sources is murdered in a random rampage just as he is about to meet Alex to give him a new story involving an old abandoned disc drive.  I enjoy these novels of journalism and various conspiracies in these time of too much news and not enough truth. Journalism isn't what it used to be, that's for sure.  I miss the old days of reporting the news with the most important facts first, tapering down to the least important facts last.  Now news is written more like a long-form sales letter that you have to read all the way through to get to the deal.  I am enjoying AC Fuller's take on modern journalism very much.  

Comment by Mandy Muffin on January 2, 2019 at 11:14am

It seems I'm still in TBD.  Some life style adjustments has kept me away for a couple of years.  My wife of 48 passed about a year and a half ago and I have been making adjustment to my life.  I'm in a Senior Retirement Complex called Otterbein, located in the countryside of Lebanon, Ohio.  It's a big change from being a snowbird, living in Kentucky and Florida.  I'm still reading; I'm still blogging, but on facebook now. Recent illness may have hampered my traveling a bit.  I was trying to take a significant trip every three to four months but my recent cruise to Alaska may be my last as I deal with some heart problems. I'll try to post something every once in a while.  

 

Comment by Joanne on December 31, 2018 at 6:53pm

Happy New Year everyone !

Comment by rapa on December 31, 2018 at 2:45pm

Wishing all our members a happy and gentle 2019!

.......at midnight I'll be doing "RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT". 

Hope that ya'll also remember this good luck chant!

Comment by Carci on December 27, 2018 at 6:59pm

rapa,  I checked out "...bones" on fantastic fiction and it sounds great... put it on hold at my library... 

the synopsis sounds like 'The Right Side' by Spencer Quinn which was one of my favorite books in recent years....  thanks

Comment by rapa on December 27, 2018 at 8:49am

BTW, I, too, was not thrilled with Kate Morton's THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER.   As I recall did a lot of skimming.

Am currently reading SMALL FRY a memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs's daughter. She certainly lets it all hang out!!!!

Comment by rapa on December 27, 2018 at 8:40am

Carci,

Here's a book I know you'll enjoy!

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier.

This is a beautifully crafted mystery, especially if you like dogs.  It's quite a page turner!

Comment by Ursula on December 27, 2018 at 8:01am

Carci, so sorry you are not enjoying The Clockmaker's Daughter as I did enjoy reading it as with all of Kate Morton's books.  I do agree that there were lots of characters and sometimes I did have to stop and figure out just what was happening.

However, Kingdom of the Blind is an amazing story and will hold you to the very end.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

Comment by Carci on December 27, 2018 at 7:32am

Having a hard time finding a really good book.  I'm almost halfway through The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton and I don't think I'll bother finishing it.  Seems very confusing with lots of characters jumping back and forth through the centuries without much explanation. Has anyone here read it and liked it? 

I have Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid on my TBR pile so will try one of those instead.  

Kingdom of the Blind is waiting for me at the library.  :)  

 

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