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Discussion in 'Funstuff and Inspiration' started by dlgodud, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. New in NY

    New in NY New Member

    I have not read it myself, but was recently at a dinner party where 6-8 (bright, educated) women had started to read it. Only one actually finished the book and she agreed with the others who could not bring themselves to keep reading that it was a terribly written book. Reminds me of the DaVinci Code craze.
    Recently read: Sense of an Ending, Drowning Ruth, Amsterdam, the Tiger's Wife, the Sherlockian, Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor.
     
  2. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    I could not force myself to finish 50 Shades of Grey. There. is. no. point. It's gratuitously pornographic!

    I'm in the middle of Love in the Time of Cholera. I bought it in 2008 so I've had it for four years, and I guess roughly a year or so I pick it up and read maybe 30-40 pages of it. It always felt so slow and tedious. When I relaxed and enjoyed the story I realized how beautifully written it is. Actually, it's translated from the Spanish and I love it so much I think I'm going to get it in Spanish too.
     
  3. GGinrhinestones

    GGinrhinestones Well-Known Member

    Went through my usual holiday process of reading lots in a few days...

    Meg Cabot's latest...total bubblegum novel (as a former English teacher used to call them), but fun.

    "No Easy Day" - Mark Owens, about SEAL Team Six and the Osama bin Laden takedown - very good read

    "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" - good book, quick read...I can see why it's constantly on the "banned book" list, but like most banned books, that's all the more reason to read it

    And, because I saw the movie and haven't read the book since high school, I'm working my way back through the unabridged "Les Miserables" again...it's even better as an adult.
     
  4. Aura

    Aura Active Member

    Reading during summer is the best time for me because I have ton of required reading for college.

    Some highlights from the school year:

    Descartes' Meditations

    A portion of Petrarch's Canzoniere

    A portion of Cervantes' Don Quioxte (really made me laugh)

    John Milton's Paradise Lost

    The last three works were all for the same class, but the general aim wasn't to go through books. Rather, I think the class was designed to explore the overall thought pattern of Renaissance themes in literature. Out of all of them, I enjoyed Milton the most.


    For the summer, I like to go one book at a time so I'm reading The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. I read The Silmarillion and The Hobbit (second time) before that to get some good context. I didn't know this, but according to the introduction of my copy, its not really a trilogy. It's a single novel of six books that is commonly published in three volumes. I guess a trilogy is three full novels that make up a series, but Tolkien published his single novel two books at a time per volume. I absolutely love it so far.
     
  5. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    dan brown inferno

    steve berry the kings deception
     
  6. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    Currently reading (on/off) The Closing of the American Mind.
    Just bought a cool big reference book at the thrift store. Prescription for Nutritional Healing.
    I have been hooked on James Patterson, particularly his Women's Murder Club series. I love my Lindsay!
     
  7. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Has anyone read Flowers In The Attic and the follow up novels by V.C. Andrews? I see that an adaptation has been produced to be shown on The Lifetime Channel next month. Hope it's better than the 1987 movie which altered the story.
     
  8. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    I've read several of those books. I can't imagine a proper adaptation for TV. But, I'm a bit of a purist. The books are what they are.

    I keep thinking about the Little House books, and the horrible bastardization of those books on TV. Little House on the Prairie was a nice family show, but it totally distorted the characters of every member of the Ingalls family according to Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. I hate that.
     
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  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    Thinking Fast and Slow.....by Kahneman....loving this....a great look at the ways in which rational and intuitive tendencies impact our lives
     
  10. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Huh. I gave up on that one after a while. LMK what I'm missing; I may go back to it.
     
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    will do...admittedly, I am only at the beginning...I may tire of it as I am a fast thinker so I inherently decide that I can intuit the rest of a book :)
     
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  12. SwayWithMe

    SwayWithMe Well-Known Member

    Recently read "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. One of the best novels I've read in a very long time!

    About to start "The Golem and the Jinni"
     
  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    recently read: "Peaches for Father Francis" (the sequel to Chocolat), the Winter Family, and the Golden Son.....regret that I passed them all on before noting the authors...oops....read another that I thought was called the Song of Hartgrove Hall...enjoyed them all
     
  14. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    I read thinking fast and slow also great book

    Born a Crime: by Trevor Noah
     

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