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Old 08-16-2015, 05:14 AM   #31
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Just finished Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts, it was good.
Louise I have a Kindle Fire, a step above the Kindle. I like it, I have Internet access with it.
I can get magazines as well as books. Works great on a plane also.
I still love the feel of a book tho'
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Ginny, I'm with you in that I love books...the feel, the smell, just can't read them easily any more as type is too small...not going to the library so can't get the large font books. Sigh!

Finished the Jance books and on to Jeffery Deaver Lincold Rhyme novel... will tell more later when I'm deeper in the book.
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I love to walk into book stores and "smell" the books, or even walk into a library and "smell" the books, am I nuts? There is a certain comfort I get from doing that, ever since I was young............my dh thinks I'm one pickle short of a picnic. Anyone else know what I mean?
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I can't to this day go into a Barnes & Noble without getting homesick for the gigantic one in NYC, that I used to go to growing up.
I LOVE a bookstore, especially B&N. We have Books a Million here, it's just not the same as B&N (IMO) but I still have a hard time getting out without a book.
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Ginny I will look at the library for Whiskey Beach

Listening to Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Reading on Kindle, The Affair, Lee Child

It is a regular Kindle. Have had it for about 4 years now.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:26 PM   #36
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Doris, I know exactly what you mean! I just love bookstores and libraries. Got spoiled living in Greenwich Village in the heyday of small, privately owned bookstores. There are still a very few left, thank goodness. I've been a bookworm since I learned to read at age 4. If I have no books I want to reread I've been known to read cereal boxes and the phone book, just to have something!

The only bookstores near here are Barnes & Noble in several locations. They are just fine but some skew heavily toward best-sellers. Though the inventory is probably similar, some seem more focused on gift items than others - maybe it's the displays(?).

Ginny, I read Whiskey Beach - quite good as I recall. Am leaning toward a tablet now - it's in the same price range as the higher end Kindle Fires. Decisions, decisions. I'm waiting to hear back from my friend Kathi, who recently bought a tablet, and then I'll figure out what I'm doing.

Just started Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly. So far, so good. You might like his work, Mary, if you've not read him before.
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Thanks Louise for Chasing the Dime recommendation. I really like Michael Connelly books. Got it on my library wish list.

I don't really own too many books, nor do I want to. The library works great for me.
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:37 PM   #38
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Loretta, both Bob and I have a ton of books. Most of mine are cookbooks, craft books (mostly painting technique. needlework, and building doll house furniture and doll houses), and art books. Bob collected science fiction at one point - many by authors he wants to reread. I have several "coffee table" books on Celtic art. For many years I lived walking distance from The Strand, a wonderful used book store in Greenwich Village and bought many of my art and craft books there at rock bottom prices. Here's a link to it: http://www.strandbooks.com/

Set the Michael Connelly book aside and read Whiskey Beach. It turns out I had never finished it. Will return to the Connelly book soon. It just didn't grab me at first.

Am now trying to decide which of these to read next:

The Golden Egg by Donna Leon. She is an American expat who has lived in Venice (Italy) for 30 years and her protagonist is Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.


The Fallen Angel
by Daniel Silva. His protagonist in this one is Gabriel Fallon, an art restorer who just happens to be a Mossad agent. I love his books!

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Old 08-21-2015, 03:53 PM   #39
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Just finished 'The Nightingale' - enjoyed it very much!

Can't wait for the next book on my wishlist to become available from the library.

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Listening now to Leaving Time by Judy Picoult. Very good book.

Have downloaded to Kindle Nora Roberta Whiskey Beach. After I finish the Senator's Wife, I'll get to that.
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Has anyone read The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani? It's about Italians coming to turn of the century America. So far I'm liking it.
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No, Louise - haven't read that one.

Am starting 'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr. Have heard it's good - I'll let you all know.

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Sounds interesting, Loretta....I know their history at the turn of the century is fascinating...

I've been hooked on Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries of Kinsey Millhone...started at N, then O & P and now reading R is for Ricochet, Figured there are a couple of the later ones I've not read, so wanted to put them into perscpective. I love reading of her created SoCal venues...
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Michele All the Light we Cannot See is a very good book.

Mary, I have read most of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries too. I enjoyed them
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Loretta, who is the author of The Senator's Wife, sounds like a good book.
Louise, I love Adriana Trigiani. I haven't read The Shoemaker's Wife yet.
I'm about to finish, The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow. It's alright.
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Ginny, Sue Miller is the author of the Senator's wife. It is a fairly good book.

I haven't read any of Adriana Trigiani's books. I will look for them.
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This was the first Adriana Trigiani book I've read and I really liked it. Will look for more of hers at the library.

Now getting back to The Kite Runner. I love the writing style - just not sure if I can handle the horrors of Afghanistan's years of strife.

It reminds me of a shopowner I knew in Greenwich Village. Mr. Nusrati and his family fled Afghanistan in the late 70's and have had an Afghan import store almost every year since then. He was some kind of professor there - not sure what specialty - and was fortunate to have enough savings to be able to emigrate and open a business in the U.S.

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Loved The Kite Runner but was a bit rough in some places.
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I'm listening to Alert by James Patterson. I have Sue Grafton's X to listen to in the wings. I went a little crazy when I saw the audio books on the table at Costco. Ha!
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Well, since I've been sitting here reading almost all day and just finished 'All the Light we Cannot See', I have to agree with Loretta, it was a very good book.
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Have been trying to get into 'Girl on the Train', since it's so popular.

I just don't get it; I actually intensely dislike it.

So let me ask you all - at what point do you just say 'that's it' and start on something else. Life is too short to spend it on crap. But, something inside of me, says try to keep going, it might get better.

What do you think?

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I used to think it was an insult to an author's work to quit reading the book....now, I consider it an insult to myself if I don't. A lot depends on how the writing is as to when I give up on one. As you know, many books will start out slow and then something will click and you realize it is a really good read. As to when I quite reading something I just can't wade through....I can't really say. Sometimes I'll quit after only a few pages, sometimes when I'm into it quite a ways. My brain will just say, "no more...I can't take it any longer." I know this doesn't help but to support you in giving up on something that just doesn't hook you in.

Still on the alphabet Grafton books....hmm, will have to see is X is available in Kindle reads.
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Michele you made me LOL Life is too short to spend it on crap. But, something inside of me, says try to keep going, it might get better.
Once I start a book I like to keep going but every once in a while I just CANNOT bond with the story and do give it up.

Listening to another Jeffrey Archer book ___ A PRISIONER of BIRTH. It's good but long.
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If I don't enjoy a book right away, I usually page ahead and see how that seems, and page ahead again, and maybe one more time, and if it doesn't turn me on, forget it!!! I also won't waste time on a book that doesn't "send" me..............same thing with a tv show or movie.
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Finished my latest reading of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries with the new one, X. I didn't know she was born in 1940, I thought she was a younger lady....not one of us. Since I started this last marathon of her books at L, I'm now tempted to go back read the earlier ones too but will wait a while before I do.

I read Agatha Christie's Death at the Vicarage as I picked up for next to nothing her complete collection of Miss Marple stories,

Now I've moved on to Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy...Dragonsong which Amazon had a sale on the other day. I love her Pern Series of books but haven't read them on the Kindle which has been my exclusive reading venue for the last five years. So now I'm in Pern for a while.
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Reading on Kindle, Whiskey Beach, Nora Roberts. I am enjoying it so far.

Listening to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Mary I read most of Sue Grafton's books. I need to catch up on the end of the alphabet.
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Wow...can't believe in only 11 days or so that I've read four books in the Harper Hall series and moved on to John Grisham. Read his first, A Time to Kill and followed with his sequel in Ford Count, Mississippi, and Jake Brigance, Sycamore Row. I found it interesting that the publisher made a run of only 5000 books of the first and it didn't sell well at all until his later books hit the public's interest. Afterward, it, too, became a best seller. I learned more than I want to know about estate law in Mississippi, fershure...very interesting, tho' and quite enjoyable.

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Just started 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore' by Robin Sloan'. So far so good!

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Still reading Whiskey Beach, almost done

Listening to Lila by Marilynne Robinson. I would recommend it.

I will look at the local library for Mr. Penumbra
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Yes our library does have it. Not available at this time but I have plenty to listen to now. I put it on my wish list. By the description it sounds like it will be good.
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