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4 August 2011 - 12:38am

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Hello Friends!

Since there is a movie thread, I thought I would start a similar thread for books! I LOVE to read, and I am always looking for new titles and authors.

I love to read for my profession, I love poetry, and I love all genres of literature and for all ages. I like to sink my teeth into something "deep," then follow that with a good mystery or other easier book designed for pure entertainment.

I just finished, "Water for Elephants," and I REALLY loved the book. It's way better than the movie, people! In fact, they combined TWO separate characters into ONE for the movie. That was a disappointment, although I am glad I watched the movie.

I have "The Help," on the way, because I want to see the movie AFTER I read the book. I also have my first Jody Piccoult (sp?) book on the way. It is called, "Sing Me Home." My mom has been raving about her books, so I thought I would start with that one. She is known to write about controversial topics, yet presents them in the way where she does not have all the answers, but makes us question. Sounds interesting. My mom read her book about a young man with Autism and she loved it. I ordered that one, too, but the place on Amazon just wrote and said they no longer carry it so they are refunding my money.

Anyway, through the years I have enjoyed reading Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Anne Tyler, Toni Morrison, Pat Conroy, Robert Anton Wilson and many more! I love the poetry of Robert Bly and the poet doctor, William Carlos Williams. I have too many to list, but I will post as I think of good authors and books.

I look forward to the readers in our group posting more titles and authors for me to check out!

Thanks, everyone!

Cheers!

Hope 🙂

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24 October 2011 - 11:29am
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I've just finished reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I do not quite well remember the fact of having read it before, but the plot was somehow familiar for me, as I was reading along. Anyway, I'd like to watch the movie as well, I've heard that Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring as Gatsby! The film is set to be released on December 25, 2012 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

I've also heard that an old movie version of the story is available, with the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. I think I'll watch it tonight and share my impressions in another thread about latest good movies.

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25 October 2011 - 7:11pm
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I am reading "Game in cornfield of rye" 😇 it's very good book and best autor!

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26 October 2011 - 7:37am
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I think you mean "catcher in the Rye", don't you? I love that book very much

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26 October 2011 - 10:01am
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yes yes i meant "catcher in the Rye" salivan_genius. 😜

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27 October 2011 - 8:29am
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I think you mean "catcher in the Rye", don't you? I love that book very much

I love it so much! Salinger is one of my favorites, I should admit!

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28 October 2011 - 2:44am
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Has anyone read any of Jerzy Kosinski's books? I ask, because I just barely started, "The Devil Tree," and it looks to be an interesting read, a unique style. In the reviews, someone says that "Being There" is one of his best novels. I am not familiar with this author, and I am wondering if anyone else is or has read any of his books?

When I finish, I will let you know what I think.

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28 October 2011 - 2:55am
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I am really on a reading "kick," lately, and I finished, "Blue Water" by A. Manette Ansay. She is the author who wrote "Vinegar Hill." I believe I read "Vinegar Hill" a long time ago, but I don't remember it.

At first I thought "Blue Water" was going to be boring, but I soon became fascinated by the main couple's adventure out to sea, living on their sailboat, leaving everything behind, including a recent tragedy. A part of me wanted to do the same! lol Just pick up and go and float around on the big, blue sea, leaving everything behind.

The couple meets many colorful characters, but the story goes much deeper and speaks to us about love, redemption, regret, how different people deal with grief, each in their own way, and the human's heart ability (and inability) to forgive.

I found myself enjoying the story, and the deeper meanings and messages stayed with me, days following the completion of the novel. I would definitely recommend this book!

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28 October 2011 - 3:12am
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I love it so much! Salinger is one of my favorites, I should admit!

I would like to read Catcher in the Rye again. I like to read it, like every five years or so. Quite the novel and style.

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28 October 2011 - 10:43am
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I would like to read Catcher in the Rye again. I like to read it, like every five years or so. Quite the novel and style.

I agree, every time I get to come across the book, I'm never bored of reading passages from it....

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29 October 2011 - 3:53am
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I agree, every time I get to come across the book, I'm never bored of reading passages from it....

There are a few books that are like that. So true, GM! 🙂

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1 November 2011 - 7:32am
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for me it's novels of Akutagawa and Oscar et la dame rose by Schmitt. I adore them

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1 November 2011 - 7:33am
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I've finished Name of the Rose yesterday, I really liked it, but actually was somehow disappointed in the end 😢
that review of Umberto Ecco itself is really interesting at the end of the book

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1 November 2011 - 8:30am
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I started reading F. Scott Fitzgerald novels yesterday. The collection is called the Tales of the Jazz Age.
I like his style of writing, and the way the intrigues are cleared up at the very end. I read The Diamond as Big as the Ritz! I strongly recommend this one!

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2 November 2011 - 8:37am
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I like the Great Getsby and Tender is the Night of F.S. Fitzgerald. He is my mom's favorite author and she always recommended to read his novels. That's why I had read his books at a very early age and when the teachers talked about him, I was the only kid in my classroom who had read his novels.

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2 November 2011 - 11:21am
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I should agree with your mom! I decided to share my favorite part of "The Diamond as big as Ritz" with you, this is an extract of John and Kismine first dialogue:

"You have made an enormous impression on me," said John's eyes, "and I'm not so slow myself"
—"How do you do?" said his voice. "I hope you're better this morning."
—"You darling," added his eyes tremulously.
So romantic!!!!! 🌹

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8 November 2011 - 9:33am
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Fabulous!

I've started 1984 of Orwell yesterday night, my friend recommended it and also, I have read Animal Farm of Orwell and liked it very much. I'll share my impressions after finishing it

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15 November 2011 - 12:59am
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Does anyone like reading True Crime stories? Lately, I have been reading a few books like that. One is by Ann Rule, the one investigator who worked along side Gacy without knowing it until much later in life. The book is not about him, but some of her other cases, and it is "part II." I won it on a website where I bid on items with points (no money). I am starting another True Crime book now, so I guess I am on a kick. It is called The Girl in the Cellar. After this, I will have to read some more meaningful literature, some classics to make up for these scary, sad stories.

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I quite enjoy reading true crime stories, but mostly those published in magazines... In one of the weekly magazines there is a section dedicated to the memories of the ex-investigator, who now decided to share. Quite interesting.. but sometimes too dramatic....

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I read this book a long time ago, and I sometimes give it as a gift. In fact, it is on my Christmas list this year, because my copy was destroyed in a fire, long ago. It is non-fiction, but SO fun to read and so interesting. There are several little stories (an easy read and fascinating) and in each story there is a different perception of time and space. In other words, "it's all relative," lol. I will let you read the rest here:

http://www.amazon.com/Einsteins-Dreams-Alan-Lightman/dp/0446670111

The book is called, "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman.

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One more from the past, that I enjoyed immensely.

This books is called, "Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All," and I believe this was Allan Gurganus' first novel. It is incredible, in that a male narrator is telling the story from a female perspective, and he does an incredible job finding her voice. This book was made into a movie, but of course, the book is always better.

This is one great story that is impossible to put down. Another I would like to revisit someday soon! 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Oldest-Living-Confederate-Widow-Tells/dp/0375726632

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I've finished 1984 and actually it's so thematic for many countries today : the story is really fascinating and the end 😢
I must stop here, otherwise I would make a spoiler 😂 just read it, you won't regret it 😉

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22 November 2011 - 7:47am
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Hi Salivan, were you reading it online, or do you have a book ? I was searching for it but could,t find one. Also, in what language did you read it ?

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I've finished 1984 and actually it's so thematic for many countries today : the story is really fascinating and the end 😢
I must stop here, otherwise I would make a spoiler 😂 just read it, you won't regret it 😉

I have read this a few times, the first time being in school, and YES, I did enjoy it. This is a classic...a timeless novel. I am not big into Science Fiction, but this book was a true exception and brilliantly written.

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1984 is a great novel. What is most scary is how relevant it is today with things like online tracking and facial recognition technology, plus the vastly overstated "terrorist" threat that governments use to keep people fearful.

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1984 is a great novel. What is most scary is how relevant it is today with things like online tracking and facial recognition technology, plus the vastly overstated "terrorist" threat that governments use to keep people fearful.

So very true, CL-Ed. A prophecy, and "right on," for sure.

I read a really interesting article a few years back, and it was so true. It was about, instead of "one big brother watching us," there are now "100 little brothers," with Facebook and aps that can track what store you are in to send a coupon, and so many cameras everywhere, etc. I will have to find that article and link it. Kinda gave me the creeps. lol

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29 November 2011 - 10:27am
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LOL hope. please find and share it 😀 I've recently read A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J. D. Salinger! Once again I admit that J. D. Salinger is one of my all time favorites !

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Thanks for suggestion, GM. I have never read that one, and I will have to look into it. To me, there are "so many books, so little time!" lol!

I will have to do some digging to find that article. I think the link is in a email that my middle son sent me. I tried Google, but no luck. I will keep trying, at least. 🙂

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I just started reading A Song of Ice and Fire after seeing the tv show Game of Thrones. Could be a looong read as there are 5 books so far and more to come.

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yes, 1984 is great as it adjusts to many situations even now. and as I have read it, when I watch tv and politicians are talking, it reminds me phrases and quotes of the novel. just so similar 😢

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I just finished a quick read called, "For One More Day," by Mitch Albom, who is the author of "Tuesdays with Morrie." If you have not read, "Tuesdays with Morrie," I HIGHLY recommend that book first. It is a true story, and an amazing read. The book I just finished is fiction, and the cover says, "If you had the chance, just one chance, to go back and fix what you did wrong in life, would you take it?"

My words: A grown man, who has many regrets in life, is involved in an accident. He wakes up in his mother's home, and she is visiting with him as if she never left. The thing is, she died several years before. This is his chance to learn from his mother and to tell her those things he never had the chance to tell.

I don't want to give away too much, but this is a fast read and a perfect, little story.

Tuesdays with Morrie:

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For One More Day:

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