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Old 07-26-2015, 05:42 PM   #1
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OT: What have you been reading lately?

Thank you, Loretta, for the suggestion to start a new reading thread.

In honor of the recent PBS "Poldark" series I read books 2, 3 and 4 by Winston Graham. I wasn't able to get a copy of volume 1 but hope to go back to it soon. They are well written and engaging, though the plots have a bit of the soap opera about them. The specific titles were Demelza, Jeremy Poldark, and Warleggan. There are many more in the series (at least 10 in total) for those interested.

I read a series of romance novels by Grace Burrowes, set in mid-18th century England and well-written, if you like the genre. There are 6 titles in all, commencing with The Heir and winding up with Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight. They can get a bit risque but everyone gets married and lives happily ever after, and the continuing characters from book to book are interesting and well-depicted.

In mysteries, I've enjoyed several books by Katherine Hall Paige, The Body in the Boudoir being the most recent. The protagonist in this series is a minister's wife who originally hails from New York City but has settled in a small town in Massachusetts. They are well written with good plotting and characterization. I suggest finding the oldest copyright date first to keep the continuity of the various books in the series.

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Just finished double dexter. They amuse me and this one was not as gory as some of them. I found it in dollar tree . Hard back for a dollar !
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Jeffrey Archer's FALSE IMPRESSION
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Does no one read "Reminisce" magazine? lol
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Doris, I'd never even heard of "Reminisce" magazine before you mentioned it.

I glanced at their website this morning and was bemused by the article on cars. DH can identify the year, make and model of any car from the 1930's onward with one quick glance. There are a lot of classic car shows near here in the spring and summer and he loves to point out the rare ones we pass en route. Saw a 1934 Ford roadster recently that was a beauty (though I have very little interest in cars).
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I enjoy old cars, too, but can't recognize them, we have gone to a few shows. We like the ones that remind us of our youth, I think. Your Bob is very smart to retain all that info!!
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Doris, I used to subscribe to it....of course, loved it. I had to give up my magazine subscriptions due to the small print in them and new publishers seem to have lessened the contrast between letters and backgrounds. That makes it very difficult for these old eyes. I love the Kindle because I can change the size of the type to make it more readable.

I've been on a fantasy kick recently (go figure, my form of escapism). Latest ones have been Terry Goodkind's Landover series....first in the series is, "Kingdom for sale, Sold!." About a jaded Chicago attorney who sees an ad in a Christmas catalog for a magical kingdom for sale. I like his writing style
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Mary, "Reminisce" and all of those magazines from the same publisher all have digital editions, and they have for some time now, check it out.
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thanks, Doris, I will check 'em out...they are very good mags.
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Finished Jeffrey Archer A good read.

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I'm currently reading Storm Front by "Richard Castle." This is part of a series of books that are supposedly written by Richard Castle from the TV show "Castle." They don't disclose who the real author is but the books are fun and well-written. Those of you who enjoy the TV show will probably like them.
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Thanks...love the TV show but didn't know the books were availale. Will definitely check em out.
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Louise, thanks for the recommendation - I checked with the library and they have it. Unfortunately, I'm still working on 'The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson; and, 'The Nightingale' is waiting for me to start on. I'll certainly add it to my list to read when I'm done with these two.

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Michele, I really enjoyed THE NIGHTINGALE.

Just finished Michael Connolly's NINE DRAGONS, an audio book.

Now listening to THE BRETHERN by John Grisham.

I listen to books more than I read them.
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"The Bakersfield Sound" Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and the California Country, by the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum
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In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume. She's a children's author, but this one is for adults.
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No, set in NJ the 50s. Story revolves around a family, and the plane crashes that happened (really) in Elizabeth, NJ. Can you believe I was reading about plane crashes while flying?
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Ginny,now that was funny....

I just finished the Landover series of books by Terry Goodkind....fantasy...so I'm through with that genre for a while. Started Kellerman's Murder 101, the Peter Dexter and Rina Lazarus detective stories. This one is after Peter has retired to a small town in the Northeast to be close to their kids in New York. I have previously read it, so it's like visiting an old friend.
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I'm rereading a couple of titles from the Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson, which I really like. Her protagonist, Sarah Brandt, is a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York City. Sarah's friend/gentleman caller is Frank Malloy, a NY police detective. Many of the books are set in Greenwich Village so I enjoy reading historic detail of places near where I lived. Some titles include Murder on Astor Place, Murder on St. Mark's Place, Murder on Gramercy Park, etc. There are at least 10 in all. Do try to read them in order of copyright to follow the evolution of the characters' friendship.

I'm in the middle of The Reluctant Matador, A Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor. The protagonist is the chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. This is the second of his I've read and both are very well plotted mysteries. He has published at least 5 books thus far.

By the way, Ginny, I love Judy Blume.

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I'm reading "Fresno Growing Up, A City Comes of Age:1945-1985", and interesting book for anyone who grew up in or near Fresno during that time period.
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Don't know how many of you (if any) read 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, but I admit I did and truly enjoyed the books. Overlooking the erotica and the whole sub/dom things, they are really well written, plotted and show an extremly strong woman who doesn't simply submit to his stuff. I particularly enjoyed Anastasia's development through the series.

I'm now trying to read the book as written from Christian Grey's viewpoint and finding it very boring...to much of the sex stuff. I've heard it said that most (young) men think of sex several times a minute, so maybe it's just reflecting that. I'm not sure how much I'll slog through, but probably not too much more. Lot's of books in my library so I'll have lots of choices, including one by J.A. Jance so will move on soon.

Thanks for recommending Victoria Thompson, will check her out and will definitely read in order if I succumb. (which I probably will as I'm always looking for new ((to me)) authors.)
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Mary, my husband read all three of those books, first books he bought in years, and he even missed tv shows to read them. I began with the first one, it only made me mad, I wanted the gal to do the guy in, so I never continued to read it, but I didn't think it was well written, but I also never finished the first book, so that is only a quick opinion. We still have the books, but I don't even have time to read what I want to read now, frankly. Daughter in law here wants to read the books, but she has no time to read books, either. Daughter in law in California enjoyed the books, my husband didn't know there were 3 until she told him there were, lol.
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Finally finished The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson - sorry, but I really didn't care for it. So much detail, so much information, so little tie in. I kept waiting for him to bring it all together and then he never did.

Have now started 'The Nightingale' and am liking it so much more already.
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I did read all 3 volumes of 50 Shades of Grey and got mad at it because of the endless repetition. Can't remember what it was but the same thought/expression was used over and over by one of the characters and led me to skip pages. I think it could have used better editing. I have far better erotica in my collection. My theory is that the audience it was targeted at had probably never been exposed to erotica before - hence the blockbuster appeal. Just a theory mind you.

I might add that my first husband, Buck, was the last American editor at Grove Press, a branch of The Olympia Press, based in Paris. They were publishers of erotica and avant-garde fiction, including Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, among others. Search for The Olympia Press and you'll get an idea of what they published. The erotica collection I inherited is top of the line, so I'm spoiled.
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Reading on kindle a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. THE AFFAIR It seems that lately I have been enjoying mysteries more than ever.

Michele it took me a few chapters before I started to enjoy The Nightingale. It was very good.
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Just finished J.A. Jance's, Trial by Fire, an Ali Reynolds novel. This one was especially good and I couldn't seem to put it down...a elderly women burned and in hospital protected by a nun who's acting as a patient advocate. Ali is hired by the sherrif's department to act as media rep and takes on discovering who, what, when and where....very good.

I've said before how much I enjoy Jance's writing so it comes as no surpris. I read the Joanna Brady series in order, but can't seem to do the same with the Ali Reynolds and Beaumont's ones. But find that it's not too distracting reading them out of order...if you're not familiar with her works, check 'em out. Particularly if you like Arizona where the Reynolds & Brady books are situated to Washington where the Beaumont books take place.

No to dig something else out of the Kindle library and off to bed....
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Loretta, I love Lee Child, especially the Jack Reacher books. DH Bob introduced me to him - he's a real fan and now I am, too. Mary, I like J.A. Jance as well. Have read most of her books. Also like Erma Bombeck, Doris. She's very funny.

Our local library now allows you to check out Kindles. Bob checked one out for me and I'm trying to decide whether or not I like it. I've been debating buying one and this will give me a chance to "test drive" it first. I'm stunned at how many books it holds. Am currently reading Inferno by Dan Brown on it. A Kindle, or similar, would be a great thing to take to chemo with me.

Not sure if I'll get a Kindle or a tablet. Want to be sure I can read magazines as well as books.
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