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Ruby Emerald
Ruby Emerald
Super Steeper

Jul-27-2006 03:15

I know we already have the Sleuths Bookshelf, but people there talk about their general tastes, what books they liked in childhood etc. I'd like all of us to share with others what we are reading now, do we like it or not and to recommend the books we like. Possibly we could have a similar thread for movies.

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48484848
48484848

Mar-19-2008 17:59

All so wonderful! I'm currently reading 'Daughter of the Stars' by Phyllis A. Whitney. It's a great novel. Its about at girl named Lacey, how she undertakes the history of her family she never leaned, also how she deals with it all.

Aunt Pittypat
Aunt Pittypat
Well-Connected

Mar-19-2008 19:01

I have started Pillars of the Earth (See Diane's post above). Then I got sidetracked with reading A Heart Shaped Box - this is a horror novel that I "think" was written by Stephen King's son. I read that somewhere but have not came across it since. It is OK. It about an aging rock star who buys a ghost on an online auction site.

I usually read medical mystery novels, but I have read so many of them now when I read the Synopsis they all sound the same and I can't remember if I already read it.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-19-2008 21:03

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - a series written by Alexander McCall Smith. I bought some of these in a 3 for 2 deal and they're kind of quaint and amusing, or maybe they're just amusingly quaint. They're set in Botswana, and about a female detective Precious Ramotswe. It's all very homespun and basically something to read when you want to find something good to think about the world.

I have the follow up to Pillars still wrapped up in its Christmas paper. I loved Pillars when I was younger and really don't want to diminish the memory.

I like a good anti-hero, so have just read The Last Days of Newgate, set in late 1820/early 1830 London. About demise of Bow Street Runners (kind of the unofficial police force before Scotland Yard kicked off.) The main character Pyke is one of those characters you can connect to, but then you shudder and throw your book away when he does something that just goes against the grain.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Mar-22-2008 15:59

Anybody read self help books? I'm currently reading "Stop Smoking NOW!" by Dr Garland Y. DeNelsky. It's actually a helpful book. Taught me that when the urges for a smoke come to just tell myself "smoking is not an option" between the book, and mostly the support I have from family and friends, it's been almost a month now since I had a cigarette. I'm cranky as all hell, but smoke free none the less!

Diane Russell
Diane Russell
Well-Connected

Mar-23-2008 15:57

If you can quit for a month, you've got it beat, I should think.

Good for you.

nicnic
nicnic
Battered Shoe

Mar-29-2008 01:36

Good for you ctown!!! I'm smoking a cig as I am posting this and I desperately want to quit. I have heard that "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" is a very inspirational book that people I know have read and quit. I don't think a book is going to do it for me though. I think I need drugs. Just need to find the right one.

What I'm reading now.... In the year 2000 the Modern Library published a list of the Top 100 novels of the 20th century. I have made it a personal goal to read the entire list starting from #100 and moving up. I also started a mini-movement amongst my friends and family and they wanted to do the same. I started in about 2003 and have only read 15 books so far. The predominant reason is that some of the books I've read have been tortuous and I would stop reading them for 6 months at a time. Everyone I know who started doing this has also quit out of frustration. But I am back on the kick again and have decided that I will try to get through one a month no matter how painful they are. It's a bit of an ego thing. I just want to be able to say I did it. So I am currently reading #85 Lord Jim by Joseph Konrad. The first 30 pages aren't doing anything for me but I'mtrying to plough through it...


Diane Russell
Diane Russell
Well-Connected

Mar-29-2008 09:35

Wow, that's quite a lofty goal, nicnic, I commend you!

I'll have to look up that list and see if I should read some of those books. I read the Heart of Darkness by Konrad a long time ago (for school) and it was tough at first, but then it drew me in, so stick with it. It's amazing that English wasn't his first language, either.

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Huntsman

Mar-31-2008 07:51

I'm a book hopper...

Born fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America (just started this weekend)

Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings" (very interesting in parts, very dull in others)

Watchmen (the graphic novel, this is my current escape book)


haskenhoff
haskenhoff
Con Artist

Mar-31-2008 13:09

The Organizational Culture of Global Business...Kreitner

I can hear you all dozing off!

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Huntsman

Mar-31-2008 19:44

Wow! I was worried that I would be the only one reading a snoozer.

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