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« Reply #930 on: April 03, 2017, 04:06:00 PM »

Since end of last year my commuter time has increased significantly. As I can't do much work in this time (security of data a.s.) and I don't like to have private phone calls then (privacy) it is excellent time to read, so my bag is filled with at least 1 book (most of the time more).

Currently, well the last couple of weeks, I am sucked into the thriller world of Karin Slaughter.
After the Sara Linton series en part of the Will Trent series, now switched to the combined Sara & Will series. Unfortunately my local library hasn't all the books Sad

Also awaiting for me is another book in the Flavia de Luce series:
https://www.goodreads.com...ries/46160-flavia-de-luce
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« Reply #931 on: April 03, 2017, 06:08:23 PM »

http://www.mulhollandbook...tive-betty-kathleen-kent/

The Dime by Kathleen Kent.  Detective story set in my neck of the woods.  I couldn't put it down and I'm usually a non-fiction reader.  Thumb up
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« Reply #932 on: April 03, 2017, 08:30:50 PM »

Since end of last year my commuter time has increased significantly. As I can't do much work in this time (security of data a.s.) and I don't like to have private phone calls then (privacy) it is excellent time to read, so my bag is filled with at least 1 book (most of the time more).

Currently, well the last couple of weeks, I am sucked into the thriller world of Karin Slaughter.
After the Sara Linton series en part of the Will Trent series, now switched to the combined Sara & Will series. Unfortunately my local library hasn't all the books Sad

Also awaiting for me is another book in the Flavia de Luce series:
https://www.goodreads.com...ries/46160-flavia-de-luce

During my recent vacation, I finished 6 books, amongst them one of  Slaughters "stand alones": Cop Town. Awesome read, it is settled in Atlanta, too, but in 1974 Atlanta, which is rather interesting. I mean, without all that computer, cell phone & modern analysis methods stuff. Just pure police work, and spiced with all that the "woman should stay home and get children" and "blacks will be blacks here in the south, always" attitudes which were normal back then. So I found it very authentic. And thrilling, as usual.

I also had the 2016 Pulitzer Price winner for fiction, "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen. It was his debut novel, and I thought, hey  if they give hi my the Pulitzer for his debut, it must be good. And it was. Gives you a whole other view of Vietnam War.

Currently I am halfway through "City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg, which is also (so far) very interesting read, like 9 stories culminating in one murder, switching between past and present (while present is New York 1977).
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« Reply #933 on: April 03, 2017, 09:58:24 PM »

I don't know if any of you watched "Big Little Lies", but I had read the book and it was fantastic. The kind of book that stays with you for a while and makes you think (that's at least how it was for me). I got super excited when I saw that they were making a mini series out of it and the author was involved, but I didn't like the series anywhere near as much as the book. It was still good though and I recommend both book & series, just read the book first preferably. I find that usually books are better than their screen versions. Harry Potter comes to mind too. Not to knock the series & films.
I can also recommend Liane Moriarty's other books now that I'm at it.
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« Reply #934 on: April 10, 2017, 01:12:35 PM »

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« Reply #935 on: June 15, 2017, 04:21:24 PM »

I started The Blue Castle on Tuesday, and finished the same day after dinner. It's lovely  Hug
It's one of the few adult books by L. M. Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame. I had never read anything by her, and I'm probably too old to enjoy her children's books, but after this book I can understand how she's still so well regarded.

Last week I read Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood. It's a memoir written by one of the daughters of a married Catholic priest. The author is a poet and it shows in the "lyrical" way the book is written. It is very, very funny, when I reached the story of the time their father took her and her siblings hunting I had to stop reading because I couldn't stop laughing out load in the underground.  

And now, for those who read in Spanish, I'm re-reading for the nth time one of my favourite books from my teenage years, "El último Catón" by Matilde Asensi. I read it before the Da Vinci code came out (and all the books it inspired) and it ruined all the mediocre novels in that genre for me Wink. Last Christmas I discovered the Catón sequel in a library and I bought it for my bf. Six months later I'm finally reading the prequel to prepare for the second book  Grin
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« Reply #936 on: June 28, 2017, 12:32:18 PM »

I started The Blue Castle on Tuesday, and finished the same day after dinner. It's lovely  Hug
It's one of the few adult books by L. M. Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame. I had never read anything by her, and I'm probably too old to enjoy her children's books, but after this book I can understand how she's still so well regarded.

As a huge Anne of Green Gables fan I took your recommendation to heart and borrowed this book from the library. I loved it! Thank you so much for posting!
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« Reply #937 on: June 28, 2017, 02:22:56 PM »

Just stopping by to put in a massive plug for Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway series.  If you like crime fiction with a healthy dose of history and archaeology and a completely endearing set of protagonists, you'll love them.  First one is called The Crossing Places and they really are best read in order.
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« Reply #938 on: June 28, 2017, 06:39:55 PM »

Thanks Tinika, I'll check them out for sure, after reading the two Catón books I mentioned the other day I'm re-reading another book, Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, it seems I'm only reading mysteries/crimes with a heavy dose of religious and/or historical and archaeological stuff.


I started The Blue Castle on Tuesday, and finished the same day after dinner. It's lovely  Hug
It's one of the few adult books by L. M. Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame. I had never read anything by her, and I'm probably too old to enjoy her children's books, but after this book I can understand how she's still so well regarded.

As a huge Anne of Green Gables fan I took your recommendation to heart and borrowed this book from the library. I loved it! Thank you so much for posting!
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Wonderful Temi, I'm so happy you enjoyed it  Smiley
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« Reply #939 on: June 28, 2017, 10:10:44 PM »

Fab, Clara, really hope you enjoy! x
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« Reply #940 on: July 18, 2017, 11:23:02 AM »

R.L.Stine's goosebumps.

i've found the entire collection at the hotel where i vacationed in june and read it with great joy. after erasing the thought: what am i doing at the beach reading a children's book after another,with crazy titles and neon green pages? i became addicted !!!
they are fun fun fun.

ciao belle,have a fine tuesday and kisses to you all
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« Reply #941 on: July 18, 2017, 11:51:25 PM »

As big a fan as I am re:Game of Thrones TV series, the books so blow the doors off the TV version. We have been waiting for book 6 for 3+years. Not to mention book 7.
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« Reply #942 on: July 19, 2017, 12:19:10 AM »

R.L.Stine's goosebumps.

i've found the entire collection at the hotel where i vacationed in june and read it with great joy. after erasing the thought: what am i doing at the beach reading a children's book after another,with crazy titles and neon green pages? i became addicted !!!
they are fun fun fun.

ciao belle,have a fine tuesday and kisses to you all

Those are great books Ortensia!  I have read them and enjoyed them, too.   Hug

Right now I am reading the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. It is a continuing story of dragons geared toward young readers so an easy read but I am enjoying the story and it is fun for the summer.

I am also concurrently reading the host by Stephanie Meyer. This is a heavier plot about a species that comes to Earth and takes control of humans by inhabiting humans and suppressing the individual soul/personality. 
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« Reply #943 on: July 19, 2017, 12:29:19 AM »

As big a fan as I am re:Game of Thrones TV series, the books so blow the doors off the TV version. We have been waiting for book 6 for 3+years. Not to mention book 7.


For me, books are always much better than the movie. 
I do not watch Game of Thrones but I thoroughly enjoyed the first 5 books.  By the time book 6 is released I will have read the others again.
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« Reply #944 on: July 29, 2017, 12:27:50 PM »

I have read the first 2 books of GoT, I didn't enjoy them though. By the time we meet again a acharacter on their own chapter, I have totally forgotten where we have left them and it was hard for me to reconnect with this particular storyline. This is a huge miss for Martin and, for me, makes the books unattractive.
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