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Thursday, May 5, 2011

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  1. Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:08 am

    My eighty year old mother is an avid reader and “loans” me books periodically with the promise that I will return them. In the “on loan” stack, are two I want to read, but keep putting it off. Both books are written by Margaret Truman. One is about her Dad, Harry Truman, and the other about her Mother, Bess Truman. Well, one of these days….

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:19 pm

      That’s one of the main reasons I’ve stopped borrowing books—either from other people or the library. I take them home with the best intentions and then…life just gets in the way. I have a huge wishlist online with the public library. Maybe once I get TFP finished, I might actually have to force myself to make the time to borrow some books and get some of that reading done!

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  2. Thursday, May 5, 2011 5:29 am

    I have so many books in my book case waiting to be read books by favourite authors like Gilbert Morris, Lori Wick, Tracie Peterson.
    but not fiction there are a couple of sports books one by Mike Hussey a favourite cricketer of mine I have half read the book about 5 years ago.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:20 pm

      I usually find that if it’s been a few years since I read part of a book, it’s easier to start all over from the beginning again and try to read it all the way through rather than pick up where I left off.

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      • Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:15 pm

        Think thats what will happen except tis one is sort of an autobiography.
        The irony I read the first part really quickly.

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  3. Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:02 am

    Oh goodness. Since I have gotten my Kindle, I have about 100 books I keep meaning to read. It is a little frustrating to a reader like me, but I’m a little obsessive about gathering a library in my little ereader. 🙂

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:23 pm

      I created a “Read in 2011” collection on my Kindle into which I’ve been moving e-books as I finish reading them. Right now, it has 18 or 19 items in it . . . but only one of them (She Walks in Beauty) is a full-length book. The rest are all samples I’ve downloaded and read and moved into that folder instead of deleting because I wanted to read more.

      I’ve decided that one of the reasons I’m addicted to downloading the sample chapters to the Kindle is because it gives me the thrill of shopping (clicking that button and getting a thank-you splash screen) without actually spending any money—very important given how tight finances are right now.

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  4. Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:28 am

    Stephen King’s ‘It’. It was recommended to me by someone I knew about a year ago and I’ve made it through the first three chapters, but as of now it is being used to prop up the leg of my dining room table. I really need to get that leg fixed… 🙂

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:25 pm

      “I’ve made it through the first three chapters” . . . hmmm. Doesn’t really sound like a ringing endorsement. 😉 Is it one that you want to read or is it one you feel obligated to read because someone else recommended it to you?

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  5. Thursday, May 5, 2011 7:32 am

    So many classics I want to re-read: Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gullivers Travels, Tom Sawyer … etc. What I need to do is make a commitment to reading (1) classic every other month, then it’ll get done. You’ve inspired me now.

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    • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
      Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:48 am

      I agree about the classics (but for me, there’s quite a few that I haven’t read). That sounds like a good timetable you’ve got set up also. =)

      Another book that comes to mind is a *relatively new* stand alone Star Wars novel that I found over a year ago for about five dollars (a hardback in perfect condition) –supposedly it’s by one of the best Star Wars authors (but I’ve never any of his books), so I’m interested to see how it is.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:30 pm

      I decided in my mid-twenties that before I went back to finish my undergraduate degree, if I was going to major in English, there were some books I should have already read before I re-enrolled in school. So I read Pride and Prejudice (we’d excerpts of it in high school) and Persuasion and then the other four Austen novels, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and My Antonia, and Christy (okay, I read Christy more because I’d enjoyed the TV show than because I thought I’d be assigned to read it in an English class).

      I have a bunch of Dickens’s books on my shelves now (both literal and virtual), and I keep *meaning* to read them, but after a page or two, my mind is wandering. I think I have to be in a certain mindset to read the classics, and I’m just not there right now. Though if my historical proposal sells, I’ll be pulling all my Dickens and Gaskell novels down and perusing them to get into the early Victorian mindset.

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      • Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:30 pm

        I love Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels, especially North & South. When my youngest daughter was in upper elementary/middle school (we home educate) we read several of Dickens’ works. They are tedious to say the least! My favorite of his is Little Dorrit.

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        • Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:49 am

          I like Dicken’s tales, but I find I need to watch the film adaptations rather than read him. Most classics, I’d rather read the book, but I can’t seem to do that with Dickens.

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  6. Leah permalink
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:03 am

    Brenda To Kill a Mockingbird is AMAZING!!

    I have slowly been reading through the stack of books that I have been meaning to read for a LONG time!
    I really want to read A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin, but I just never have the time.
    I won it about 6 or 7 months ago and haven’t read it yet! (Which is awful for me!)
    I usually read at least two books a week, most time three….

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    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:45 am

      Leah, stop everything you are doing and go read A Memory Between Us. Excellent book. Have you read the first one? If you haven’t you probably should read it first. I like the fact that the hero and heroine in A Distant Melody are both plain looking. Most of us are so that makes it more of a reality to me than a lot of books I read.

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  7. Lyndie Blevins permalink
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:30 am

    Moby Dick

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:32 pm

      Um . . . rent the movie. You’ll waste less of your life that way. 😉

      (Not a big MD fan here…)

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  8. Sylvia M. permalink
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:43 am

    I haven’t yet read Little Women or Gone With the Wind. Those two I plan to read sometime, but just haven’t done it. I’ve read a short condensed version of LW one time, but that doesn’t really count imo. I started GWTW one time and really enjoyed the writing style of MM, but finally took it back because it was due at the library.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:31 pm

      As someone who has read LW and GWTW multiple times, I would say those are MUST READS, Sylvia! I loved them both. Much better than either movie-version. I will admit, I skim the war scenes in GWTW, but I think that’s permissible. 😉

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      • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:34 pm

        I enjoyed Little Women, especially coming to it for the first time in my twenties.

        I have tried to read GWTW, and I couldn’t get past the fact that I absolutely hate the main character. I can’t stand Scarlett from the first page, so I just can’t bring myself to want to spend twenty or more hours reading about her. Especially when I know how the story ends (or doesn’t).

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        • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:38 pm

          Ah, but it DOES end, and for those of us who were rooting for Rhett Butler, rather well! There’s a feeling of “she got what she deserved” that I found I rather liked. As a person who usually avoids books with irritating main characters (Pat Conroy’s “South of Broad” for example), I don’t know WHY I love this book . . .

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        • Sylvia M. permalink
          Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:14 pm

          I have seen the movie of GWTW twice and was just drawn into it. I agree, Scarlett is horrible and I don’t like her very much. The little bit I read in the book made me feel like the author didn’t like her very well either. Since some of it is from the narrator’s viewpoint I get the feeling that the supporting cast members are the normal people whom the author likes and roots for. At the same time she was fascinated by this unlikeable character in Scarlett and decided to get into the head of someone like that. Sort of like people who might write a book from the viewpoint of a villain.

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        • Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:19 pm

          I haven’t read gone with the wind and never will. I finally watched the video about 18 months ago and felt like I will never get that time back. I too hated Scarlett. The only part I really liked was when Ashley died now how bad am I!
          I just couldn’t get into it and found it way to long.
          my mum saw it when it first came out only she left at interval thinking it was over. I can see why
          Sorry to all the GWTW fans

          I did read Little women, Jo’s men and I think there was another one. Loved them.

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  9. Rebekah W permalink
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:17 pm

    I am terrible at reading one book, but then putting it down to start another. I have been meaning to finish the Harry Potter series. I got 4, then I stopped. To stop this vicious cycle, I have made a list of books I want to ride. Right now I working on ” A Case for Love.” Love it so far. Next I plan to finish ” Bed of Roses” by Nora Roberts. Then another favorite christian author of mine is coming out with a third book in a series I have been working on, so I plan on reading that to.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:36 pm

      I finally, after my daughter ranted and raved over discrepancies in the 4th Harry Potter movie (apparently they left out a totally pivotal and necessary Quiddich match), read them all in a row. I totally enjoyed them, and was sad when I got to the end!

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      • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:46 pm

        It was probably the fifth movie, not the fourth—the fourth was the Goblet of Fire, and they canceled Quiddich for the year because of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. 😀

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        • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:49 pm

          Now that I think about it, I think it was the 3rd, “Prisoner of Azkaban,” because that was Emily’s all-time favorite of the books. And what about that cancelling Quiddich in the4th? What about the aspiring professional Quiddich players who lost out on a WHOLE YEAR of college scholarship opportunities and experience? 😉

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:36 pm

      Yes, you definitely need to finish reading the Harry Potter series! While the quality of the writing craft isn’t the greatest (fair to middling), J. K. Rowling’s character development and storytelling ability is magnificent.

      I probably *should* read some Nora Roberts. I never have, and I know so many people who rave about her books (again, fair to middling on the writing craft but high marks on the storytelling, or that’s what I hear, anyway).

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      • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:41 pm

        I haven’t read her either, Kaye. Like you, I feel I “should,” but then I balk and resent even feeling that way! I refuse, even as a public librarian, to cave in to pressure of “should reads.” Yes, my husband AND daughter are English majors who dispair of me.

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        • Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:35 pm

          Nora Roberts older books are much better than her current ones, imo. She was much less graphic in the sex dept way back when, and didn’t have such strong language 🙂 She’s a master storyteller, though. Keeps you riveted!

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      • Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:54 am

        I’ve been forced to read two Nora Roberts books in book club. I like the stories, but her writing style drove me up the wall. She head hops a lot. At least in the two I read. There’s another writer who’s work I’d rather enjoy as a movie adaptation. I love to watch the NR made for TV movies.

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  10. Rebekah W permalink
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:32 pm

    Even though I have read Pride and Prejudice several times, I am also in the middle of it again. heheheh

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:38 pm

      Persuasion was my favorite from the first time I read it. But right now, I’m so burned out on “All Things Jane Austen All the Time” that I can’t even bring myself to pop in one of the DVDs when I’m looking for some noise in the background as I straighten up the house or do laundry. I’m sure I’ll fall back in love with Austen one of these days, but right now, I’m shying away from everything Regency.

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      • Rebekah W permalink
        Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:02 pm

        NO! Kaye, how could you stray away!! Come back to the Regency side! We have Darcy and Mr. Thorton!! Wait, Thornton was in North and South and that is way after the Regency time…

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        • Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:47 pm

          And as I mentioned in another comment, if my current historical proposal sells, I’ll be immersing myself in Dickens and GASKELL, including N&S! Which means repeated viewings of N&S, Wives & Daughters, Young Victoria, Victoria and Albert, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, Cranford (1 and 2) . . .

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        • Rebekah W permalink
          Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:55 pm

          I didn’t care much for Bleak House. I liked Wives and Daughters. Young Victoria was amazing. Oh, and King’s Speech was amazing!!!

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        • Sylvia M. permalink
          Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:27 pm

          The only Charles Dickens books I have read are Bleak House and Little Dorrit. I enjoyed both of them and eventually plan to read some of the others for which I have seen good film versions ie: Our Mutual Friend, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol.

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  11. Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:34 pm

    So many books, so little time! I find myself trying to read so many NEW books, mainly in Christian Fiction, that I forget to check out the other shelves of older books I may have missed. My bookmobile librarian highly recommends Daniel Silva, and I think I’m going to try one of his. A book I read most of and didn’t finish was Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I got bogged down when I had to create my mission statement. I know. Lame.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:43 pm

      Ugh–Seven Habits…. I worked for a manager at the newspaper years ago who quoted from that book incessantly—in meetings and, especially, on performance evaluations (which I had to type for her—so I got to the point at which I could type them without having to look at what she’d written down). Then Who Moved My Cheese came out and all of a sudden, the Seven Habits… were passe and it was all about finding the Cheese.

      So, yeah, I can’t say I’m a really big fan of books like that. Mostly because I had way more exposure to them than I ever wanted.

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  12. Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:57 pm

    Gosh, so many I don’t know where to start. 🙂 However, one of my goals this year was to read all of the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron – I’ve read a few but never caught up with the series. I’m on #4 now, so maybe this will happen in 2011! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:23 pm

      I started reading the first one in the Jane Austen mystery series and never finished it. They went into such detail with time period descriptions and proper language that it took a while for the mystery to get going. While I enjoyed those details I would rather have had a good mystery without the description and romance or a good Regency book without the mystery. That’s why if I read a mystery book that has romance I would prefer it to be a whole series with each book having a separate mystery and the romance being spread out over the whole series.

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  13. Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:10 pm

    One of them I’m reading now, Jane Eyre. The other big one is Gone With the Wind.

    I like Little Women, but An Old-Fashioned Girl is her true masterpiece.

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    • Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:11 pm

      I haven’t read An Old-Fashioned Girl, but I did enjoy Eight Cousins.

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  14. Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:29 pm

    I have so many books I’ve been planning to read. Usually these non CBA books get moved to the bottom of my pile:

    The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent
    The Blue Tatoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margaret Mifflin
    March by Geraldine Brooks

    and The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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  15. Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:56 pm

    that would have to be “the chronicles of narnia.” i have all of the books in one giant book and have read through “prince caspian.” i keep meaning to read the rest but it’s on the bottom of my “to read” stack : ) one of these days…

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  16. Saturday, May 7, 2011 1:01 am

    I keep meaning to finish Les Miserables. I love the story. The musical is a masterpiece (Seen it 3 times and listen to the cd’s all the time.) Jean Valjean, Cossette, Eponine. I love them all. But the book? Sheesh. Victor Hugo needed an editor. I keep getting bogged down in these long scenes where he describes in way too much detail, all of Napolean’s battles and strattegies. It sucks me right out of the flow of the story. I’ve made it half way through, but now it’s been so many years, I’ll have to start over. I’m actually thinking of buying an abridged version (The horror!)

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