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- member since February 3, 2009
Mary, this is a completely late response, but thank you for your comment re: Unbroken. It is my absolute favorite book that I've ever read and will not be surpassed for a long time, if ever.
Any good reads that you can recommend for my to-be-read pile? :-)
Hi Mary. Happy 2011 to you.
Sadly, I did not make it to my fifty book goal ((cough cough)) or even come close. I read just shy of thirty, at twenty eight. Partially, this was due to the length of the books I read, but mostly it was just poor planning.
Some standouts that I read in 2010 were Ice Bound by Dr. Jerri Nielsen, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. How about you?
How are you liking The Corrections?
What an experience of a lifetime that you had seeing King and Irving. Irving is one of the best writers of our time, if not the best, as you know. Oh my. I would have fainted. I have read only good things about Stephen King as a person/philanthropist.
Not quite in the realm of those two, but I will share my author meeting story with you. Last October, at the Southern Literary Festival in Nashville, I met Kathryn Stockett (author of The Help) and she signed my 1st edition book. The Help is flying off of shelves for the past year now and has already been compared to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (singular grand success) and has been published in 32 languages! I took pictures and was in euphoria for the whole day after.
Whew, my reading challenge is just that; a challenge. We'll see how I do with it, lol. Thank you!
I enjoyed reading Circle of Friends. There were many nights when I just had to read another "50 pages" before I closed my eyes.
For our book club meeting, the host decided to play the movie for us, and I while I found the actors to be an accurage portrayal of the characters in Binchy's book, it was too "fairy tale'ish" for me. The book felt authentic while the story line in the movie didn't have the same believability I found. But what's new with movie portrayals, right?
After I have knock(glen)ed out a few more books for my A-Z authors challenge, I will pick up more Binchy books beause I am smitten.
I see you read many Peter Straub books. Are they in a series and what genre? Would you recommend them?
Oh goodie! Yay! I read Catching Fire and (check back with me after you have read it) I have to say that I MAY like it even a bit better than The Hunger Games. At the very least, it's a tie between the two. I'm so glad you liked it. I'm going to pick it for my book club in a few months because several of the women in the club have not read it yet. We keep passing the baton with this book, lol. Take care.
Hi Mar - I have read a bunch of Stephen King but honestly, not since college!
I think "It" was the last SK book I read before Rose Madder and that was when it first came out, maybe in 1987?
I've read the popular ones, like Carrie, the Shining, the Stand, Pet Semetary, a few books that contained multiple short stories, etc. and the freakiest one ever was one he cowrote with Peter Straub and I can't remember the name but it had to do with an alternate universe and it was one of those books that required an open mind and imagination to get through. If I can find the name of it on here I'd like to read it again, since I read that one in, like, 1986!
I'm reading another creepy book now called DROOD. It's really long, though, and a little bit of a snore in some parts, so I keep picking it up and putting it down to read other things in between.
Hi there! I'm dropping by to recommend a book to you. I know that our shelves are very similar :-) so I'm just putting it forth as an assumption that you may enjoy reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? There is a sequel to be released on Sept. 1st titled Catching Fire (I've pre-ordered it already like an overeager book fiend, lol) If you have any suggestions, send them my way any time!
How was the book the other Bolyn Girl? I'm reading Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. It is cute, funny, and interesting so far. Thank you for the compliment about Alex. Have you been reading any chick lit books lately? Please write back. Your friend, Judy