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  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. Hi everyone!


    So glad to hear you and your family are safe and able to go home, Rose :grouphug:


    Colleen, congratulations to your son! :hurray:


    A big thank you to Kareni for talking about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R. A. Dick. Loved this! I've seen the movie many times and always enjoyed it and after Kareni mentioned it I decided I just HAD to read the book. So glad I did! The banter between the Captain and Lucy was good and I liked having the extra characters there, too.


    How Not to Run a B & B by Bobby Hutchinson. This was a mostly entertaining look at running a B&B. I read it early in the morning when I was having trouble sleeping.


    I started a spooky read - In the Grip of It - and have about a quarter of it left to read. I would have read it during my sleepless nights but it was starting to freak me out a bit. Not so much the story but the style of writing is what is getting into my head. I'll finish it during the daytime. :)


    Can I get a few suggestions from everyone? I'm trying to find some good books for my 10yo and 17yo daughters. Their birthdays are almost here and they both asked for books! It's hard to find stuff that they will like, haven't already read, and is quality and yet will not upset their dad. He is NOT a reader and tends to be very conservative in what he thinks the girls should read. sigh


    My 10yo is a voracious reader and has asked for long books - over 300 pages.She's read so much that is appropriate for her age and it's really hard to find books that are long enough without being too adult. In the past she has enjoyed The Warrior series, the Little House books, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Hunger Games (yeah, I know - she's the youngest and everyone else had read it so I let her read it, too), and the All Creatures Great and Small series.


    My 17yo hasn't been much of a reader in the past so I am anxious to find her some books that she will enjoy. She's read much of the same as my younger dd with the addition of manga like the Naruto series, Death Note, and My Love Story. She doesn't want romances and leans toward science fiction. Historical fiction is ok as long as it isn't centered on a girl who wants to meet a boy and get married, lol. So far I've gotten her Code Name Verity https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1423152883/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1and Redshirts https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0765334798/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.



    eta - Congratulations to everyone who has finished War and Peace :thumbup: - I'm still working on it. :)




    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

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  4. Finished Catch-22 tonight.


    Quite a brilliant, biting, sarcastic, silly, sad, rebellious, & revolutionary book. Highly quotable as it examines the absurdities of life & war (even if it was a bit too long, imo).


    Very glad to have finally read this classic & I look forward to discussing it with you, Angel.



    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 🙂



    Conditions deteriorating, heavy wind. The girls and I are getting out of Dodge, heading south to stay with friends in Half Moon Bay. I'll check in when I can.[/quote


    So glad you are headed out to a safe place!!

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  5. I started Catch-22 earlier this evening & am really loving it too.



    Re: trickster figures.... Have you read Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi? You might enjoy some of the trickster figures woven throughout it. Mr. Fox is one of my favorite books.


    Ohhh. I hope you love The Elementals. I think it mostly got lukewarm reviews here on the thread last year except from me (because I loved it). I think he did a marvelous job with modern Southern gothic -- dark humor, creepy happenings, atmospheric locations. If I have time this year, I may re-read it.

    I requested Catch 22 yesterday!

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  6. Prefacing this with a request for anyone else who has read this to help me out because the trilogy is huge and in my memory it is one huge book. I read\listened back to back and can't separate, the need to continue was definitely there. Also it was a year ago and it's fuzzy with favorite scenes sticking out. Giving Angel an opinion on these is making me very nervous!

    This book is great post apocalyptic fiction. It's violent in the sense that huge groups get wiped out violently by these vampire creatures called Virals. No romantic Vampires here. The virus kills or changes almost everyone. There are some icky descriptions but I don't think they are overly long, more factual as in this is what happened. I don't remember there being descriptive adult scenes but there must have been scenes because there were couples but the couples generally had much bigger problems. ;). One of the fascinating things for me was these books are essentially about a very small group of characters. Everyone has a story and eventually you learn it.

    I think you just might like these books. I'll be honest a saying that I am basing my statement partly on the fact you like the Twilight books which I remember as being quite violent in p!aces. These are definitely not a Twilight style romance. But I don't think the levels really exceed those found in Twilight but violence definitely makes them an R.



    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 🙂


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  7. The Passage and it's sequels were last years spooky obsession. I love them all thanks to a recommendation from here. Pretty sure it was Erin. :) Good enough that I will probably read or listen to again in the future. The voice on the audio was the best! ;)



    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!

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  8. :hurray:


    I think I feel more able to aim above picture books (unlike last year). :lol:


    How about one of the following banned classics?

    • Beloved or Song of Solomon, both by Toni Morrison
    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    I have read (eons ago) The Catcher in the Rye but none of the others.


    Or, if we want something from the most challenged list from 2016, there are some young adult books on there:

    • This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    • Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    • Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    • or other YA ones on the list

    So, select one of the above & that's what we'll tackle this year.

    How about Catch-22? I haven't read it, and our book club just spent September reading WWII books and discussing them.

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  9. Angel!?! Just wondering if you are around at all since it is Banned Books week? And, if so, are we reading a book this year?


    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.  

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  13. 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.



    "English major" here too. But like Jane, I'm more a mathy person by vocation--not a math major (industrial engineering), but a math teacher who took English classes for fun. And I do like to read the books my kids are assigned. And I am reading War and Peace--that's got to count for something. I do like to make sure I read at least one classic every year. That should always be a bingo square in my opinion.


    Maybe you're a bona fide English major; maybe you're one at heart. Either way, you believe in books that have stood the test of time. You love to see what's on current school reading lists. You enjoy old classics and modern classics, as well as books about the reading life.


    My recs below:




    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.

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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!  


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  16. 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.

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  17. Happy birthday, Angel.  Hope you feel better soon and glad you are enjoying James Rollins Sigma Force books. 



    That was the third book I've read in the series and my least favorite. The 6th Extinction was my favorite so far



    I finished Lord of Chaos, #6 in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.  I feel like jumping immediately into #7 since my mind is still immersed in Rand's world, but before I do, have a few other worlds to visit.   Currently in Jane Yellowrock's world with Faith Hunter's newest in her series - Cold Reign.  Razor's Edge is waiting in the wings.

    You are finally getting somewhere!! 🤗




    I was also confused about when we were meant to start The Razor's Edge, so I finished Part 1 & 2 last week, but I'm going to hold off on continuing till we discuss the first part. It's funny, I read this book back in 2005-ish for a book group, and I remembered nothing about it. I had a toddler and was pregnant in 2005, so that might explain it, but I'm treating this like a fresh new read - I have some vague memories of the characters but no recollection of what happens. I'm enjoying it quite a lot, though. I'll look forward to talking about it with you guys next week!


    Other than that, I'm very uncharacteristically just reading one book at the moment. I almost never do that. It's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which is convoluted enough, with its multiple characters and flashbacks, that I probably wouldn't be able to follow it if I read it any other way. I'm enjoying it. Dh is off work and we're taking Spring Break this week, putting in a garden and maybe going camping, so I think I'm going to mostly candy-read.  I have Cory Doctorow's new book Walkaway coming in at the library, and a Georgette Heyer mystery Footsteps in the Dark, which I picked up on the library paperback for-sale rack. It's one of the few GH's that I've never read and didn't own. I'm also reading Bring Up the Bodies and A Feast for Crows, both parts of series that I've read before and am impatiently waiting for the next book.  :toetap05: . Get with it, Hilary Mantel and GRR Martin! 


    All this talk of The Wheel of Time and the TV version makes me think it might be time to revisit that series again . . . maybe this summer. So many books.

    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.

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  18. Angel,




    Happy Birthday Angel!!!!

    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.

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  19. Amy, all three of my kids, at the age of 2-7, absolutely loved the book Everyone Poops. Oh, how many times I read that book. We still quote the book at random, "A one hump camel has a one hump poop..."



    I second this!!!!!


    And we also randomly quote the one hump poop quote🤣

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