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4 August 2011 - 12:38am

Read any Good Books, Lately

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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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31 December 2011 - 7:57pm
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I lost my copy of this book, Einstein's Dreams, in a fire we experienced some nine to ten years ago now. I was blessed to receive TWO copies, a hardcover and a paperback, lol, for Christmas this year. This is one to have on the bookshelf, because you can go back to it, time and time again. Each chapter is different.

The book is a brilliant little book by Alan Lightman and each chapter is not only different, but it is a different reality. A world that is "all relative," and each chapter asks, "what if?" What if the world was like this? What if the world followed THESE rules? What if ?

There is a world where time stands still. There is a world where there is no time. There is a funny world that has to do with the ritual of "spring cleaning," but not what you would expect. Those are just a few examples of many different worlds.

This one is a GEM, because you can read it and re-read it and never get enough. You can begin to imagine your own worlds and you own "what ifs."

This has been one of my favorite books since the first time I read it:

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

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1 January 2012 - 4:02am
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I do read a lot of books, most of em however just in and around the subject of World War 2! Some friends do think Im a bit wierd beeing 28 years old and spending many hollidays travelin around in the world visiting WWII memorial places etc.. 🙂 But hey we all have our hobbies dont we? 🙂

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1 January 2012 - 4:12am
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I do read a lot of books, most of em however just in and around the subject of World War 2! Some friends do think Im a bit wierd beeing 28 years old and spending many hollidays travelin around in the world visiting WWII memorial places etc.. 🙂 But hey we all have our hobbies dont we? 🙂

I can think of worse hobbies, so let them laugh. 🙂 I think that is cool that you are interested in history.

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I do read a lot of books, most of em however just in and around the subject of World War 2! Some friends do think Im a bit wierd beeing 28 years old and spending many hollidays travelin around in the world visiting WWII memorial places etc.. 🙂 But hey we all have our hobbies dont we? 🙂

My ex was very interested in civil war history. He visited many battlefields, read many books and was very happy doing just that. He had an extensive book collection and read almost all that he had. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your hobby!

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2 January 2012 - 9:21pm
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I do read a lot of books, most of em however just in and around the subject of World War 2! Some friends do think Im a bit wierd beeing 28 years old and spending many hollidays travelin around in the world visiting WWII memorial places etc.. 🙂 But hey we all have our hobbies dont we? 🙂

100 Years of history in ten minutes. I ran across this on the AOL page today, and I thought I would share. 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/02/100-years-in-10-minutes-video_n_1179411.html?ref=culture&icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl1|sec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D124261

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2 January 2012 - 9:21pm
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My links are not showing up as active today, so sorry you will have to copy and paste! 😢

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Not your fault hope - that site uses a weird linking code and it seems our auto link detector thinks its Greek or something!

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3 January 2012 - 1:13am
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Not your fault hope - that site uses a weird linking code and it seems our auto link detector thinks its Greek or something!

Good to know! 🙂

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16 January 2012 - 11:36am
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I've recently read Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar. It has a very interesting structure. One book goes traditionally from a chapter to a chapter, but there's another book, written with a different numeration of chapters, for example there's written that after chapter 45 you should read chapter 13, after it chapter 67 and so on/ I've only read the traditional one and now I want to continue with this interesting thing 😂

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17 January 2012 - 2:16am
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My son had a book that had sort of the same idea. You had to read booklet one first and the final booklet last, but the rest you could read in any order. I enjoy creative books like that with definitely new ideas. I will have to look that one up, SG. 🙂 (And find out the name of the book my son had).

Another one I used to LOVE and owned was Bantock's Einsteckalbum art-book trilogy for adults, Griffin and Sabine. These books were written with pull out letters and postcards, kind of like The Jolly Postman for adults, lol.

Here is information on one of those books:

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Sabine-Correspondence-Nick-Bantock/dp/0877...

Here is the Jolly Postman:

http://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Postman-Allan-Ahlberg/dp/0316126446/ref=sr_1...

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25 January 2012 - 6:37pm
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I am almost finished with my latest book, and it has taken me a long time to read. This winter, I have been hooked on True Crime stories, for whatever reason, and Anne Rule is the Queen of true-crime writers (although Diane Fanning is becoming a close second). Ann Rule waited over 20 years to write, "Green River, Running Red," because it took over 20 years to make an arrest for the Green River murders. In the end, Gary Ridgeway admitted to killing over 40 women and girls, but many believe the total is closer to 100 women and girls. I am near the end where the victim's families are speaking out. It is so strange how serial killers have NO remorse, except when it involves themselves. They all have much in common in that way.

I think I like these books (and shows), because I like to try to solve the crime and try to figure out how they are going to catch the person. In this case, the killer hid in plain sight for many years. Very frightening and horrifying. Early on, this person even passed a lie detector test, and I am certain it was due to his lack of feeling/emotions.

If you like True Crime, there is a website, that I will also post in the websites thread, where you can read complete stories about true crime, including stories about serial killers. This is an extremely extensive library of everything under the sun involving true crime, including links to books and even videos you can watch and article length stories, too.

The book I am close to finishing is 661 pages of fine print, which is why it has taken me a while to read.

Here is the link to the true-crime website:

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/index.html

Here is a link to Green River, Running Red, by Ann Rule:

http://www.amazon.com/Green-River-Running-Red-Killer-Americas/dp/0743238516