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  1. Well, I would love listening to David Tennant but I don't know that I'd enjoy the story!!
  2. I've only read two books so far this year, The Magnolia Story and Mansfield Park. LOVED The Magnolia Story. Still find Mansfield Park Grrr & Blah. We have been helping out a mom in crisis by keeping her two little girls (6 and 2) for about 9 hours a day. Lots of changes and adjustments, little extra time to read! Currently I'm reading Persuasion and listening to The Eye of the World and Talking as Fast as I Can and my read aloud with the 6yo is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  3. Stacia, I'm going to have to bail on Catch-22 for now. I'm so sorry. :unsure: I'll try to make a long story short. Basically Aly has been having chest pains for two weeks. Been to the ER, EKG and Chest xrays were fine. Have now followed up with pediatrician and this week the chiropractor. She is finally getting some relief with the chiro. ER Dr was no help, just said muscular and sent her home when tests were fine. Pediatrician was a little stumped and thought it might be a little plueritic pain. Chrio thinks its a nerve or possibly a pec muscle. The thing that's throwing everyone was that the pain was constant, always just above her heart going up and down in intensity, no matter what she was doing. She is having more stretches without pain now but it's been a long two weeks with lots of appointments. We are behind in everything. I'm sorry to not hold up my end but I am low on brain power and I think I'm going to need that to get caught up. I'll try and peek in over the next few weeks if I can!
  4. I second Amy’s list! My 17yo dd really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles last year. She also a fan of James Dashner (The Maze Runner). She also enjoys Gail Carringer series that begins with Etiquette and Espionage...oops that’s also on Amy’s list. ETA...Dd also enjoyed all The Ranger’s Apprentice books
  5. It just came in on Monday! I'll get going on it this weekend! I haven't been reading your posts but I keep noticing the MASH references so I sure I will have that in mind 🙂
  6. Thanks! You are right. The violence in Twilight doesn't bother me as much. I can tune it out usually, especially if it's more fantasy based. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was probably the only book in recent years that I had trouble with but even that mostly just grossed me out with the descriptions. Eww! I just can't tune out heavy language and sex. It's weird how different things bother different people! And I don't need fluffy vampires lol! I just may try this!! Thanks so much 🙂
  7. Mum2, can you give me some kind of rating?? Is there lots of R rated language or sex? This sounds like something I would like!
  8. How about Catch-22? I haven't read it, and our book club just spent September reading WWII books and discussing them.
  9. Hi! I just started getting back to the board last week! I assumed I had missed Banned Books week. I have only managed to read 4 books this summer (from June - Aug) and listen to 3 others :eek: I can't remember the last summer I read so little...I don't think that's ever happened. Not only was I in charge of a lot this summer for our church but we traveled a lot this summer and when we were finally done I was tired and way behind in everything! Also Skye is babysitting for a new family. The little guy she has been watching for 5 years went to K this year. This time she is babysitting out of our home, and we are all adjusting to having a 3 month old little girl in the house :) Our fluffy cat is sure that she is a tiny cat eater and is here to destroy him :willy_nilly: :lol: Did you have a book in mind? I can promise to try and read it ;) :D And the 4 books I read June - August Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn - weird, choppy, and unrealistic First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett- great book Close to You by Kara Isaac - LOVED! Can't wait to read her next one! The Enchanted April by Elizabeth van Arnim - been on my TBR list since years ago when we were talking about it here on the boards. Enjoyed it! We actually read it for Book Club. Book read in September - Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal - story was fine, and I learned quite a bit, but thought some elements were forced into the story and were not period correct. Listened to 2 - 4 of Twilight Saga.
  10. My favorite fantasy books/authors have already been listed....David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Narnia, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Harry Potter... but I thought I'd mention Dragonlace Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. That trilogy as well as the follow up, Dragonlance Legends, are favorites around our house too. Also, Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles is another favorite.
  11. I finished "Close to You" by Kara Isaac today. 5 stars from me!! It made me smile. It made me tear up. Such a fun and heartwarming story! Did someone here recommend this to me?? The story is set in New Zealand on a Tolkien tour. Total fluff but I couldn't put it down! Totally what I needed!
  12. I finished First Impressions by Charlie Lovett today. It was a birthday gift from a friend who knows I love Jane Austen. The book was a fictional story that weaves back and forth between Jane Austen in 1796 and young woman in present day England. A book about books and Jane Austen, love and mystery. I really enjoyed it. Though fictional, it didn't seem far-fetched like many Austen fan fics, and it seemed to keep Jane Austen close to what we know about her. It had a great quote..."A good book is like a good friend. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. When you first get to know it, it will give you excitement and adventure, and years later it will provide you with comfort and familiarity. And best of all, you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone you love enough to let into its secrets." That was book #27 for me and fulfills the "selected by a friend" in the BaW Bingo.
  13. That is crazy adorable!!!!! I have a cousin with beautiful long red hair who used to teach preschoolers music. One of the little girls was in awe and was certain she was Ariel.
  14. I came up an Escapist...no real surprise there, I've always said I read for pleasure. I mean I LOVE happily ever after and Flufferton Abbey!! However, the English Major may be a close second. I recognized only 2 out of the 5 books recommended for me - The Night Circus, which I gave a try and totally gave up - and Outlander, which is a little to racy for me! The list of books that Ali posted as recommended for the English Major appeal to me more. My IRL friend and fellow book clubber love love loves The Modern Mrs. Darcy. She devours the podcasts and reads her blog all the time. And I'm afraid to admit this, because I've had trouble sticking with anything lately, but I did start War and Peace...my library had the Maude translation for my Kindle app and I got that one. I'm on Chap 25, which I thought was behind but it seems like I'm not too far off. I'm surprisingly enjoying it. It is an easy read, which totally shocked me. I have a little trouble when they call the same person by lots of different names but when they stay put for a bit I've got it down. We'll see if I can stick with it or not! No other books finished since last post. I'm working on First Impressions and listening to Eclipse, as well as War and Peace.
  15. As usual, I don't remember what I've posted 🙄 So I have finished Anne's House of Dreams - another sweet installment - actually I think I remember saying that so I believe I posted that 🙃 I finished a YA book, Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn - a book that was billed as "a novel of the Titanic" in which the Titanic didn't even make an appearance until 200 pages into a 300 page book. The author pushed modern day issues into the early 1900's with characters making statements that I didn't feel were period appropriate. She also tried to fit as many historical characters into 300 pages. It was a hot mess! And I finished listening to New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - I'm really new to audio books and I'm still shocked at little things I pick up on when listening to a book. I am a fan of the Twilight books as fluff, and this has always been my least favorite. But I found myself really rolling my eyes while listening. One can only take Bella gushingly describing Edward's features so many times. 😠I must ignore that in the books!
  16. Oh, Stacia! I'm so sorry! ((((Hugs)))). It's so hard to lose a pet, let alone two.
  17. I finished Hidden Figures last week...finally. I really wanted to like this book! And indeed there were some good coherent parts. But, overall, what a slog!!! I feel like her editor should have had her rewrite with a more fluid story line. The author would be talking about one of the main women but then literally from one sentence to the next not only transition from the woman we were talking about to a different woman (usually one we had not be introduced to yet) but also transition to a different time period!!! There was absolutely no fluid timeline and while that can work, all it made this book was confusing and disorienting! I felt no connection to these amazing women that I didn't know existed. It read like a textbook that I had to finish. I guess it made me mad because it was a problem that could have been easily fixed. Split the book up into decades or by the women, anything to make it more readable and less confusing. I gave up trying to look back at which women were which after about 150 pages. Ugh!! I also finished Anne's House of Dreams yesterday. Another sweet installment of the Anne of Green Gables books :001_wub: Aly and her friend were reading through these this year. Due to some unexpected life events in the friend's family, we will only get through this book. I will probably get around to finishing the rest off, but it's summer and I want to do some pleasure reading while I have the time! I'm at 24 books for the year. I was going to read The Plover in June but my library doesn't have a copy! I'm going to check Half Price Books or 2nd and Charles. My IRL book club is doing a book that takes place on the sea read for June, and I'm trying to start Master and Commander. We'll see if I have the brain power for it or if I'm going to have to find a fluff book to check off that box. Also, if any of you would like to say a prayer for me,I'd appreciate it. I came down with strep throat late Monday night and was running a 102 temp by yesterday. I'm now on antibiotics but I'm still pretty miserable and we leave for vacation Sat. I have so much to do but I'm quarantined on the couch till tomorrow because I'm highly contagious till antiibiotics kick in and can't get anyone else sick :crying: :thumbdown: Skye actually asked me this morning if I should be in the kitchen :rolleyes: I just wanted something to eat!
  18. I have read two great Flufferton books in the past two weeks! One is actually billed as a YA, Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey. Predictable but that didn't bother my enjoyment of the story. The other was a free Kindle book I had downloaded awhile ago, maybe on someone's suggestion here. Falling for Chloe by Diane Farr was just sweet Regency fluff. I also read Remote Contol: The Power of Hollywood on Today's Culture by Carl Kerby. I was looking at the Bingo but I don't think I'll make it this year as I've had a large proportion of rereads already. I'm still plugging away at Hidden Figures, which is written in too disjointed of a fashion for me to enjoy.
  19. Just looked up the tv rumors...thanks for the heads up Rose!
  20. I finished listening to the 2nd Michael Vey book, The Rise of the Elgin, today. I'm not sleeping well with this cold/allergies but too tired to actually put on my glasses and read so just been mindlessly killing zombies and listening to the book.
  21. That was the third book I've read in the series and my least favorite. The 6th Extinction was my favorite so far You are finally getting somewhere!! 🤗 TV Version .... of Wheel of Time???? I would love that! Though I don't know that it would work. There is not the s*x and language that's in Game of Thrones in Wheel of Time and I would hate for them to ruin it.
  22. Thank you!😘 Aly gave me her cold for my birthday 🤧 so it was pretty low key. Hoping to get a rain check for some Cheesecake Factory when I feel better. Aly just finished their homeschool theater's performance of Singin' in the Rain. Four performances in two weeks! It was great! Found out the girl loves to tap dance and is really good at it. Not much reading happening😕 too busy living at the theater for six weeks. Aly and I finished our read aloud of Jurassic Park. And I've listened to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the first Michael Vey. I also finished the second Sigma Force book Map of Bones. The audio books that I've been listening to at night have kept me caught up. I'm at 18 books for the year.
  23. I second this!!!!! And we also randomly quote the one hump poop quote🤣
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