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What's everyone reading?

Hi everyone,

Thought
I'd get my thread started here on what's everyone readingI'm currently
reading John Grisham's "The Summons".  It's very interesting and I hope to finish it
sometime todayWhat's on your coffee table, nightstand or end table?

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I finished reading the book "The Monopolists:Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Boardgame" by Mary Pilon. It was interesting for awhile,towards the end I skimmed thru pages.

The book I'm reading now is "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" by Rachel Joyce which is a sequel of sorts.In her previous book"The Unlikely Prilgrimage of Harold Frye",Queenie writes a farewell note to her friend from a hospice.When Harold gets the note,he decides to walk from his house to where she is to say goodbye..He sends her postcards asking her to 'hold on' until he gets there.

In this book,we learn about Queenie's childhood,where&when she&Harold became friends,what secret she never told him.I loved the previous book,took me 2 days to finish.This one is longer,just as good. Sue

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I just finished reading "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing,true story of British explorer,Ernest Shackleton's trip to Antarctica, was interesting reading what Shackleton&his men had to deal with.

Next up is"The Monopolists: Obession,Fury,and The Scandal behind the World's Favorite Board Game" by Molly Pilon. I'm always interested in reading these type of books whenever there is a scandal involved. Sue

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Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely. Convoluted plot, beautiful sentences.

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A couple days ago finished reading "Five Days at memorial: Life&Death at a Storm Ravaged Hosptial" by Dr Sheri Fink. This is a true story of what happened at a hosptial in new Orleans when hurricane Katrina&Rita swept thru the city. The author who is a correspondent for the NYTimes,spent 6 yrs investigating&interviewing hosptial personel who were there. Some patients lived others died. A couple months later a doctor and 2 nurses were criminally charged with injecting life threatening drugs to the patients that died. I use to work in a haosptial so I can imagine how frustrating&confusing it must of been for everybody during this time. i couldn't put the book down.

The book I'm reading now is "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing. The story is about British explorer,Ernest Shackelton who set sails for the Antarctia in 1914. I had heard the name Shackleton,always interested in reading about what really happened on the trip. Sue

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My latest read is the Yellow Pages and it's fascinating!

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     I recently finished reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova, and my book club will be discussing it at our next meeting.  I feel the author did a great job of getting inside the mind of a woman with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

    Now I am reading As the World Watched by Carolyn Maull.  This book is about the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 and is written by a woman who lost her best friends in that bombing.  The author helps the reader to understand what it was like for those who lived through this time of such turmoil.  Reading the book is very enlightening; the author's account of her experience is so different from that of a news report since she describes her feelings and how she and other people reacted.

     Both of these books tell how others have reacted to and coped with experiences they couldn't control.  They help me to appreciate the life I have and to have more compassion for those who are suffering.

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For me, I am re-reading the Dragonlance Chronicles (Annotated) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  I first picked it up and followed the series over 30 years ago, book by book, in a seemingly endless wait-state for each volume to be released and land on the bookseller's shelves.

Aside from the fun in the anticipation for each release, and thus the ability to dive in once again into the wonderful and fantastic adventure, the real joy WAS the adventure.

Written in a style that I found to be very Tolkein-esque, this storyline is littered with fantastic plots, subplots, poetry and prose, in a light, though sometimes serious, adventure of happenstance friends under dark clouds of war and oppression.

To pick it up again, after so many years, is akin to returning once again to that familiar place -- be it an old recliner, rocking chair, or perhaps that tree along the lake where years of fishing and nature agreed to grant you that lease to call YOUR fishing spot.  It is like wearing that old sweater, those worn out shoes, or even snuggling under grandma's quilt before the fireplace.

The Dragonlance series is a long story of many stories about friendship, time, danger, celebration, and heroes.  It has history, comedy, tragedy, love, romance, and even mourning.

In my opinion, as readers sometimes cherish and promote Tolkein's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as masterpieces, classics in the more modern fictionary realm of fantasy and adventure, so too should the Dragonlance saga be held in such esteem.

Weis, Margaret and Tracy Hickman. The Annotated Chronicles 2002 Wizards of the Coast, Wenton:WA. pp.1312  ISBN: 0-7869-1870-5

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I am reading the latest book by Lisa Shearin called Wedding Bells, Magic Spells.  I am a long time fan of this bright and witty author of Fantasy novels.  Her books are action packed and filled with interesting characters and witty dialogue.  I highly recommend her work.

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Just finishing Victoria Thompson's Murder in Murry Hill. Last week read Loving, Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright, very interesting. Need to read the classic A Tree Grows In Brooklyn for our book club in 3 weeks.

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@pb40374959 wrote:

Just finishing Victoria Thompson's Murder in Murry Hill. Last week read Loving, Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright, very interesting. Need to read the classic A Tree Grows In Brooklyn for our book club in 3 weeks.


@pb40374959  -  I love the Victoria Thompson "Gaslight Mysteries" series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy.

 

I've read "Murder In Murray Hill", all the previous books in the series, and the two books which follow "Murray Hill":  "Murder on Amsterdam Avenue" and "Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue".  Am looking forward to the next installment, "Murder in Morningside Heights", with publication date of 5/3/2016.

 

In "Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue" Sarah's parents & two other recurring characters solve the featured mystery & then resolve to form a detective agency.  The book ends on a comical note, as Sarah's father invites Frank to join their new agency. 

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It's great to see new posters here at "What's Everyone Reading?"  Smiley Happy    Welcome to each of you! 

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It's great to see new posters here at "What's Everyone Reading?"  Smiley Happy    Welcome to each of you! 


Yes, it is good to have new poster!  I have not been here as regularly I meant to be.  Life has been way too hectic.  I must go though these latest posts for new ideas.

 

I have just finished reading  Things You Can When You Are Dead by Tricia Robertson.  I heard her on a podcast and really enjoyhed listening to her.  She has a lovely Scottish accent and her subject was fascinating.   Now I am reading  Royalty's Strangest Characters by Geoff Tibballs, which is a light hearted look at history.

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I just finished and wished it was longer, John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries.  It was a mix of subjects from previous books, but different than all of them.  This man creates characters in his books who I miss after I've finished reading the book.  It is spiritual in nature, it is revolutionary in nature and it is also loving in nature.  It is one of the best books I've ever read.

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I just finished David Baldacci's The Guilty.,It is a really good fast paced story.

 

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Glad you enjoyed The Guilty. David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors. I just read Total Control a few weeks ago. Love all of the King/Maxwell series.
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I just finished reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was a great book and I understand why the author won the Pulitizer Prize for it. I really enjoyed the story although I don't usually read this type of book. I highly recommend it. 

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To Linda re: All the Light we can not see.  I recently tired to "listen" to this book on Audible but could not get into it.  I have heard it is a great book.  You indicate that you usually don't read this type of book.  What type of book is it?  How would you classify it.  What was the best thing about completing it.  Thanks.  

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Have read several of Grisham's books. So far the only one I didn't like was "The Painted House."Just finished "Rogue Lawyer" which is good. You might also like "Sycamore Row."

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I just finished a book called The Book Thief.  It is set in prewar Germany, and the thief is a little girl who loves to read.  She and her family befriend a Jew who lives in their basement for a time, and the story is moving, interesting and  poignant. 

I read most of my books from the library, and I check them out on my Kindle.  I'm a compulsive reader and go through a good many books. I mostly prefer history and biography, but I enjoy the occasional novel as well.

We have given away many books, but still have a nice library at home, so I am likely to pick up almost anything and read or re-read it.

 

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Just finished reading The Keeper by John Lescroart.    The characters in his books live in San Francisco, and since I am from there, I enjoy his books....not only for the location though....his books are fast paced and suspenseful!    Has anyone else read any of his books?   

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I love John Grisham!  I have 11/22/63 by Stephen King to read next,.  It's a huge book; I'm looking forward to diving in.  I think that it is being made into a movie.

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Finished !
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I just How Not to Die. It was excellent and very informative.
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The book I'm about to read is "Early Warning' by Jane Smiley,2nd book in her'Last Hundred Year Trilogy'about Walter&Rosanna Langdon&their 5 children who live in Denby,Iowa. I loved the 1st book as each chapter is a single yr in the life of family going thru the 20's thru the early 50's.

I hope this book is as good as the first. I've read a couple other Jane Smiley books"A Thousand Acres,Moo" Sue

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Early Warning sounds good Sue.  I guess I will start with Some Luck, the 1st part.

 

I just finished reading another non fiction about women in the 1600, The Kings' Mistresses    The Liberated Loves of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin.    Theirs were exciting but not really happy or content  lives in spite of their wealth & position.

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I finished the book"Our Daily Meds" by Melody Petersen which was interesting, was basically history of prescription drug industry. The book was written in 2008 but its still revelant today. Some things I did learn:

FDA was passed by Congress in 1938,which requires drug companies to test safety measures of their drugs,started research in finding academic scientists,money to fund research&labs

In '97,the acting director of the FDA announced the agency was allowing pharm companies to start the mutli million dollar TV blitz to promote awareness for consumers,started using celebrities to 'pitch' their products.

In '98,Pfizer  came out with Viagara 'the blue little pill which changed forever how drug companies advertised in print/media ads for their products

I recommend the book if you're interested in this topic. Sue

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I finished Shirley Jones memoir,which was interesting in some parts. She went a bit overboard when she wrote in detail her sex life with both husbands,# 1 Jack Cassidy,#2,Marty Engels. Jack became very jealous of her and son,David{from his 1st marriage} when they co-starred in classic TV show"The Partidge Family".They were married for 18yrs,she&Marty were married for 38 yrs until his death last yr.

The book I'm about to read "Our Daily Meds:How The Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves Into Slick Marketing Machines,Hooked the Nation on Presciption Drugs' by Melody Petersen.

I worked part time for 27yrs at a local hospital as a pharmacy tech,so I know some things about this topic but not everything Sue

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Just stopped by to say that I had a Christmas card from Edie  and I was so happy to hear from her.  If you are a long timer you will no doubt remember Edie.  I know she loved this group and I stopped here to see if anyone was still posting.  Glad to see that some are!

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Just stopped by to say that I had a Christmas card from Edie  and I was so happy to hear from her.  If you are a long timer you will no doubt remember Edie.  I know she loved this group and I stopped here to see if anyone was still posting.  Glad to see that some are!


Thanks Diane for posting this,I miss Edie too Sue

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