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Elysa Mac
04-10-2011, 10:36 PM
It is another week of reading and I'm loving my book....ONE THOUSAND GIFTS! :kiss:

I am SO thankful for you FIAR moms turning me on to Ann Voskamp's book. Get it? Thankful? ;)

What are YOU reading?

Shauna
04-10-2011, 10:48 PM
I'm glad I bought my own (Kindle) copy of One Thousand Gifts when it first came out, as I'll definitely read it more than once.

I'm just starting Neta Jackson's Who Is My Shelter?, the fourth in her Yada Yada Prayer Group spin-off series. After that I'm going to start my first Salman Rushdie book, Luka and the Fire of Life.

Stacia
04-10-2011, 11:00 PM
After that I'm going to start my first Salman Rushdie book, Luka and the Fire of Life.

I'll be looking forward to your review. :) I just recently read Salman Rushdie for the first time (his book for kids: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (http://www.amazon.com/Haroun-Sea-Stories-Salman-Rushdie/dp/0140157379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301854310&sr=1-1)). I'd like to read one of his adult books, but don't know which one to select first.

What I'm reading this week:

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I am still working on both The Broom of the System (http://www.amazon.com/Broom-System-Novel-Penguin-Ink/dp/0143116932/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301854171&sr=1-1) (one of my 'pick a book by its cover' choices) and Cleopatra: A Life (http://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Life-Stacy-Schiff/dp/0316001929/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301957146&sr=1-1). I haven't had much reading time this week, so I didn't get very far in either book.

Shauna
04-10-2011, 11:04 PM
I'll be looking forward to your review. :) I just recently read Salman Rushdie for the first time (his book for kids: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (http://www.amazon.com/Haroun-Sea-Stories-Salman-Rushdie/dp/0140157379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301854310&sr=1-1)).

This one is apparently a sequel to Haroun and about his brother, which I didn't know until now! I think I still have The Ground Beneath Her Feet somewhere and have always meant to read it. (I have far too many books I've been meaning to read for years but have never picked up!)

MelissaSS
04-11-2011, 12:49 AM
Still working on Middlemarch. It's long, so I may be at it for awhile ;)

Negin
04-11-2011, 03:44 AM
Been reading some Rick Steves travel books. Very confusing and overwhelming. For example, in Paris, if I understand correctly, he writes:
to not go to most museums and sights on Sundays since they're closed on Mondays and are super-crowded
they're closed on Mondays - so that's out
to not go on Tuesdays, since they were closed on Monday - and are super-crowded once more
many are also closed on Wednesdays
and the list goes on ... :lol: :confused: So what gives? I would just rather "Forget Paris" altogether, like the title of the movie. I have to say that the Paris part of our upcoming trip, so far, is becoming the part that I am truly least looking forward to :unsure:. Sorry to complain. I should be more grateful. :blush:

Just started Tears of the Giraffe (http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Giraffe-Ladies-Detective-Agency/dp/1400031354/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302507821&sr=8-1) and really liking it so far. Light and sweet.

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Michele
04-11-2011, 08:34 AM
Almost finished One Thousand Gifts and still reading The Winter of Our Disconnect and No Regrets( by Apolo Ohno). In the interest of full disclosure, I added another book, The Distant Hoursby Kate Morton. I don't usually read so many at a time but it's just evolved :unsure:.

JuliaT
04-11-2011, 08:38 AM
I finished "Red Herring Without Mustard" by Alan Bradley. I adore this book! I think this was even better than the first two in the series. I also read "Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova (same author of 'Still Alice') Its a humorous but informational story of a woman who received a brain injury in a car accident. I enjoyed this book as well.

I am still slowly inhaling "One Thousand Gifts." I am glad that I bought this book as it will be reread many, many times. I am having quite a few lightbulb moments with this book. I am also reading "Olive Kitteredge" by Elizabeth Strout. I am liking this book even though it is a depressing and dark read.

Michele
04-11-2011, 09:02 AM
I am also reading "Olive Kitteredge" by Elizabeth Strout. I am liking this book even though it is a depressing and dark read.
I really liked that book. The character development is rich and the plot well developed. Enjoy!!

Laura F
04-11-2011, 09:08 AM
I am also reading "Olive Kitteredge" by Elizabeth Strout. I am liking this book even though it is a depressing and dark read.

Keep reading. The story line sucks you in the farther you read. I felt so very sorry for Olive by the end of the book.

Ronette in CA
04-11-2011, 02:09 PM
I'm reading Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers. It's OK so far.

Last week I read The Handmaid's Tale and I hated it! Yuck!:lol:

Michele
04-11-2011, 02:36 PM
Keep reading. The story line sucks you in the farther you read. I felt so very sorry for Olive by the end of the book.

I agree Laura. I felt sorry for Olive, but I still didn't like her!!!

KathleenM
04-11-2011, 03:05 PM
I finished The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello - her books don't disappoint!

I plan to start The Wet Nurse's Tale this evening.

Shauna
04-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Last week I read The Handmaid's Tale and I hated it! Yuck!:lol:

It was certainly disturbing! And not exactly subtle in bludgeoning the reader with its message. :lol:

JuliaT
04-12-2011, 08:18 AM
I finished "Olive" last night. I loved this book! Yes, Laura, I felt sorry for Olive as well. Michele, I did like Olive. I probably wouldn't like her if I knew her in real life but in reading her thoughts and how she really felt about things, I did find myself liking her.

Now I am reading "Peace From the Broken Pieces" by Iyanla Vanzant.

Robin H in VA
04-12-2011, 11:39 AM
Haven't done this in a while, so I am back.

I just finished Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. So sad think about what this girl went through and not being able to tell. :sad:

Stacia
04-14-2011, 09:23 AM
I finished The Broom of the System (http://thepursuitofalife.com/review-the-broom-of-the-system/) by David Foster Wallace last night.

It was bizarre. I enjoyed it. Parts of it were very, very funny; other parts just were confusing or odd. The storytelling is a bit uneven in parts. (And I really disliked the first chapter.) I think that if you were a college student in the late 1980s, you are the best demographic to enjoy some of the humor, puns, satire, etc... in this book.

It's a very unconventional, somewhat plotless, stream of consciousness filled, philosophy & psychology heavy book with an unexpected (or maybe not?) ending. I'd give it a qualified recommendation as this is definitely not mainstream fiction (and therefore would not generally appeal to the masses). If you're comfortable stepping outside of mainstream fiction, I'd suggest giving this book a try.

The author's magnum opus is Infinite Jest (http://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Jest-David-Foster-Wallace/dp/0316066524/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1302787279&sr=1-1), which I haven't read yet. (I need to wait until I have time to tackle a 1,000+ page book. ;)) I'll definitely be adding it to my list to read as I think he is a very talented author.

LisainUtah
04-16-2011, 11:07 PM
I'm reading The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Daughter-Memoir-Mothers-Hidden/dp/0446534978/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1303009319&sr=8-4). :thumb: so far.

Negin
04-17-2011, 03:42 AM
I'm reading The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Daughter-Memoir-Mothers-Hidden/dp/0446534978/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1303009319&sr=8-4). :thumb: so far.
Added this to my wish list :). The Iran part seems interesting.