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NOVEMBER READS 4 Replies

Read two terrific books this weekThe first was Nicolas Sparks EVERY BREATH. If you enjoy some time with soul mates and African safaris, this is for you!The next is DEAD MAN RUNNING by Steve Hamilton. This was a super good nail bitter about a most…Continue

Started by rapa. Last reply by rapa Nov 30.

CURRENT READS 47 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 Nov 1.

SUMMER READS 46 Replies

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

Started by rapa. Last reply by Ioruach Sep 24.

Cozy Reading Nooks 13 Replies

Here are some cozy reading nooks some with eccentric plans (I like number 9 although these look like law books)What does yours look like?…Continue

Started by Lip Service. Last reply by Ioruach Sep 5.

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Comment by rapa on June 13, 2018 at 1:39pm

Apposite, I so enjoy following your adventures! Will you continue teaching in Brevig Mission?  Hope someday you publish your memoirs!

Any book you can recommend that includes the tragic life of Gen. George Edward Pickett during the Civil War?  He is a distant relative and I've visited his grave in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va. Many of his slain troops are buried near by. 

Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 1:09pm
Interesting comments on Michener. I was never a fan but I don't care much for historical fiction either. I love reading history and enjoy a good novel but not mixed. There was a time when historical novel we're popular when Dana Fuller Ross put the series on the states together. I think if a person has a good grounding in American history it might be interestingly to see how the plot line is weabec into the times. John Jake's did something similar with the Civil War. If I remember, Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" was well received. Newt Gingrich worked with a historian to do a Gettysburg novel. I read the first several chapters and it was accurate but my personal preference is to read it straight.
Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 12:30pm
Rapa, yes I live in Alaska; it is home. I was teaching fifth grade in Wainwright, an Inupiat Eskimo village up on tippy top of of Alaska along the Arctic Ocean. It is a whaling community as are all villages along that far north coastline. I am moving to another Inupiat village called Brevig Mission on the Seward Peninsula which is down along the the west coast. Nome, of 1901 gold rush fame, is the hub for that area. Russia is not far from there across the Bering Sea. At this point I am at home in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula near Anchorage and will go to Brevig on the 6th. Brevig Mission was visited by a Lutheran missionary from Indiana or Illinois about a hundred years ago and the communities in that area were all affected by the influenza virus of 1918. Anyway maybe information overload but many of the several hundred villages in Alaska were impacted by missionaries of our various Christian faiths. Other impacts to Native peoples were whaling, gold, commercial fishing, and fur trading. All these communities are still affected although one has to come yo understand that little by little.
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!

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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!

 

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