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OT - Getting to know you QOTW - 3/24

Read any good books lately?

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I typically have a couple of books going at once (out of sheer laziness - if I keep one in my purse and one on my nightstand it involves less transferring around.) I just finished The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston, which is a look at the cultural and historical attitudes surrounding "wifehood". It is pretty interesting, and really made me think about the wedding industry in particular - how they have managed to produce this niche where people think that they NEED X,Y, and Z for the "perfect wedding" and that going thousands into debt is totally justifiable for a "dream wedding" and whatnot. I think I might have done some things for my own wedding differently if I had read this book 7 years ago.

I also just finished Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (thanks Melissa for the recommend) which is about a wrongful birth case for a little girl born with Oesteogenesis Imperfecta. Cried buckets. I think another poster on here mentioned that she didn't like the book because she hated the mom, but I actually thought that the mom was a really good character. Not "good" in the sense of "morally good" but just "good" in that she was well written and made for an interesting read.

Right now I'm reading Spook by Mary Roach (LOVE Mary Roach) where she tries to take a sort of scientific/scholarly approach to look at whether or not there is an afterlife. I'm also trying to read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson because everyone says it's great, but I'm having an awful time getting into it. It's fairly early in the book (I only just met the girl with the dragon tattoo today) and I have heard that it starts slow and picks up, so I am hanging on to hope. But thus far I'm finding it deadly boring.

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Ha. Started one yesterday and when I had read the back it looked like an easy read. We're going through trying to find out if dh can have kids after the chemo and on page 2 of this book the story starts with her getting IUI because her husband was infertile after going through the same crap we did (down to the surgery and frozen sperm).

I usually believe in signs and this kinda ruined my month. I'm thinking about burning the damn thing and I'm usually pretty strict about treating books well.

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I recently re-read A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I love.

I'm currently working on Last of the Mohicans for my next book club... And I hate it! I much prefer contemporary literature, but am slogging through because I said I would Smile

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I just finished Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine. Fantastic account of her dedication to going an entire year only buying absolute necessities, food and toiletries. She also goes into factual detail about consumption in the US, it's history, growth and how it compares to consumption in other countries.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I typically have a couple of books going at once (out of sheer laziness - if I keep one in my purse and one on my nightstand it involves less transferring around.) I just finished The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston, which is a look at the cultural and historical attitudes surrounding "wifehood". It is pretty interesting, and really made me think about the wedding industry in particular - how they have managed to produce this niche where people think that they NEED X,Y, and Z for the "perfect wedding" and that going thousands into debt is totally justifiable for a "dream wedding" and whatnot. I think I might have done some things for my own wedding differently if I had read this book 7 years ago.

I also just finished Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (thanks Melissa for the recommend) which is about a wrongful birth case for a little girl born with Oesteogenesis Imperfecta. Cried buckets. I think another poster on here mentioned that she didn't like the book because she hated the mom, but I actually thought that the mom was a really good character. Not "good" in the sense of "morally good" but just "good" in that she was well written and made for an interesting read.

Right now I'm reading Spook by Mary Roach (LOVE Mary Roach) where she tries to take a sort of scientific/scholarly approach to look at whether or not there is an afterlife. I'm also trying to read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson because everyone says it's great, but I'm having an awful time getting into it. It's fairly early in the book (I only just met the girl with the dragon tattoo today) and I have heard that it starts slow and picks up, so I am hanging on to hope. But thus far I'm finding it deadly boring.

That was me! I didn't hate her, just found her unrelatable. I wanted to scream at her for overlooking her older child to such a degree and for the sacrifices of her marriage/family/best friend for that lawsuit. Just my own personal differences with the character though, not that it wasn't well written. As for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you have to get past the first 100 pages...they are dense and dull and I have a financial background. After that, the story is quite enjoyable. I have read the first two books and have the third waiting for me right now.

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I recently finished A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Behl. It was fantastic! I must confess that the book before that was Are You There Vodka? It's me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. I laughed until I cried. I was laying on the beach on vacation laughing and snorting and crying sitting there all by myself, but it was totally worth it Smile The Secret Life of Bees was great and I've just started reading The Help.

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book 1 of the Dresden Files series.

finished "Feast for Crows" (book 4 of the Song of Ice and Fire series. HBO is making the books into a television show, "Game of Thrones").

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Not really, I started reading one I hoped I would love but never got into it, London by Edward Rutherfurd. At the moment I am reading a history book hubby bought from the op shop for DS and listening to Julie and Julia as an audio book while I do housework and stuff

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I read "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" on the way to Chicago, "It Takes a Village" on the way back, and now I'm almost finished with "Survival of the Sickest".

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I just read Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese and I absolutely loved it. Every page.

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I just read The Stand for the first time and loved it, so I will probably be on a Stephen King kick for a while. My friends have an informal bookclub thing going and next in line is Pride and Prejudice so that is next on my list.

I have read a lot of Jodi Picoult in the past but not in the last year. I got all excited about her books and read maybe a dozen or so but then got completely burnt out on them. They do tend to run together almost. Maybe I should try her out again.

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I haven't been able to find a good book to read in a long time. So the only books I've been reading are Jace's books to him.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

I haven't been able to find a good book to read in a long time. So the only books I've been reading are Jace's books to him.

Sounds like me. The last three books I read were The Outsiders, The Giver, and Tangerine. I *love* Tangerine; probably one of my favorite books ever. DD2 reads an iCarly book to me on the way home from school. Does that count?

I received The Great Typo Hunt for Christmas. I'm about halfway through it but tend to procrastinate about reading it. Right before Christmas I finished Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin.

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Sounds like me. The last three books I read were The Outsiders, The Giver, and Tangerine. I *love* Tangerine; probably one of my favorite books ever. DD2 reads an iCarly book to me on the way home from school. Does that count?

I received The Great Typo Hunt for Christmas. I'm about halfway through it but tend to procrastinate about reading it. Right before Christmas I finished Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin.

What is Tangerine about? I liked The Giver a lot, I read it back in high school.

Don't judge me but I totally enjoy teenager to young adult books, lol. I mean technically I am a young adult since I will just be turning 25 next month, but I still feel a little embarrassed checking them out at the library, hehe.

I have always recommended Chelsea Handler's books if someone can enjoy a crude sense of humour.

Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand is also a very good book - "a chronicle of the most unusual, macabre and malodorous experiences from 10-plus years of crime scene investigation. Kollmann aims to educate those with "a Hollywood mentality about a Hell's Kitchen kind of job," and to that end she accentuates glamourless, largely drama-free case-solving."

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

I have always recommended Chelsea Handler's books if someone can enjoy a crude sense of humour.

She's my guilty pleasure, the book I hide when grown ups come over Smile I really enjoy her crude sense of humor! Laughed so hard I cried on last book of hers I read.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

What is Tangerine about? I liked The Giver a lot, I read it back in high school.

It's about a very dysfunctional family. You don't realize just how dysfunctional until the end. The main character is legally blind and plays goalie for his middle school soccer team. His brother (the family's golden child) is the place kicker for the high school football team. Throughout the book, the main character is trying to come to terms with why he resents his brother so much and his blindness.

The Giver is supposed to be made into a movie. But that's been the rumor for years.

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I am currently reading my way through the Dragon Riders of Pern books. There are about 20 of them! This pleases me greatly as I love a good long set of books.

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I am reading Wuthering Hights for my book club right now, even though barely anybody reads the books in my book club (but dont tell our husbands:p). I am really enjoying it and am surprised I haven't read it before. I love most books. Suspence, Young adult, fantasy and romance are my favorite genres, but I will read pretty much anything, and with a degree in english lit, I feel like I have read alot!

ETA: OK, so I wasnt really thinking. I only really like fiction. My husband loves to read non-fiction and I dont get the appeal at all. I like my books to 'take me away', not throw the world in my face:)

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Just downloaded The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks for bookclub, excited to read it.

Finishing up Cinderella Ate My Daughter and "Where Men Win Glory" about Pat Tillman.

Love books. Am on Goodreads if anyone wants to share booklists, just PM me Smile

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Henrietta Lacks was good stuff.

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I'm finishing the List Gardner "Detective DD Warren" series. They're cheap on my Kindle so my DH gives me the OK (I spend way to much on digi-books).

They aren't bad - entertaining when I'm in the lactation room at work, well, lactating!

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"Potter75" wrote:

Just downloaded The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks for bookclub, excited to read it.

Finishing up Cinderella Ate My Daughter and "Where Men Win Glory" about Pat Tillman.

Love books. Am on Goodreads if anyone wants to share booklists, just PM me Smile

How did you like Cinderella Ate My Daughter? After reading your post, I looked it up and I'm thinking about ordering it because it looks really interesting. Just wanted to get your thoughts on it. Thanks!