Whatcha reading part two
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Now I am reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, the only one of her books I have not read. I also picked up a freebie Kindle book- Topper by Jason Thorne Smith, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
So far I am enjoying it, but I am just barely in to the 2nd chapter, so I am not sure I can recommend it yet. I finished the Amazon sample and downloaded the full book ($9.99). We moved a lot when I was younger and somehow I never had a good course in early American history because I kept changing schools. I hope this will be a fun way to catch up.
So you liked John Adams?
I did like John Adams, but then, I'm rather a geek and think that The Histories by Herodotus was one of the more entertaining, chatty, and gossipy books I've ever read. :D
I do have to say, however, that I enjoyed reading Dearest Friend by Lynne Withey better. Maybe because Abigail was a bit more engaging and not quite as unbending as her husband was. Or because she was simply an amazing woman who I look up to.
Taking a little break from all the classics Marius is holding for me to read a paper book (gasp!)- Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh. This looks like a quick read, however, so I will probably start on Wuthering Heights before the weekend.
I am going to take a break and read The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Then I might take tasidog's suggestion of One Minute to Midnight. I was a young'un during that time, but I remember my friends all had bomb shelters in their basements.
By the way kindley group, if you have a Mac, you probably know you can't use mobipocket reader for conversions. But there is a new program called Stanza for macs that works for conversion into Kindle and it is free. The website is http://www.lexcycle.com/
I find it a lot easier to use than sending stuff to amazon for conversion. It will export the book or pdf right into the kindle!
I am slogging through a biography of Frances Hodgson Burnett. It got a good review in the NYTimes, but I am finding the writing rather shallow.
I had a pdf of "Isaac Newton" by Gale Christianson from Wowio that I had Amazon convert. I tried Stanza, but there were too many typos. The Amazon version was better. In the end, I liked the Kindle store version enough to buy it anyway ($7.16). The formatting was just so much better I decided it was worth it. I am reading it now. Starts off with Oliver Cromwell and the execution of Charles I. Great historical context.
I have a bunch that I am waiting to start - such as Pillars of the Earth.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm star and I started with the first group of "pioneers". I LOVE my kindle and I'm a reviewer. Unfortunately, I'll be in the hospital for a while...so, it's very nice to see SO many new faces and I'll try to be around as much as I can. Nice to "meet" you all!
And to those of you that know me, Love ya!
Nice to meet you. I am presently reading Escape by Carolyn Jessop about her experiences growing up in a polygamous family of the FLDS sect. I am thinking of a long novel after that. Count of Monte Cristo? Something else? Who knows? I always seem to pick my books at the last minute.
Hope you get well soon,
Hope it's not too repetitive.
Btw, I took Kindle with me to the meeting and it was a great asset during the decision-making on what to read next. I could read reviews of the suggested books to the group in mere moments.
Her father is a good cook, so all of her reminiscences revolve around food, and each chapter ends with a recipe.
Our Cover to Cover book club is reading NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks and it's a quick read but, so far, a bit disappointing since it seems so formula driven. I'm hoping there is a turn in the plot soon.
I'm reading the Man-Booker prize winner, THE WHITE TIGER by Aravind Adiga. Very good!
I decided to go back to memoirs. I am reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It is very good, especially when she gets to the part where she is trying to leave her traditional, repressive life behind. Oddly enough, it reminds me of Escape by Carolyn Jessop. Strange to think that fundamentalist Islam and the FLDS would have elements in common, but they do.
It's amazing the injustices that go on right in our own back yards and each book makes me more and more aware of the madness.
Yes, it is very interesting to read the experiences of women in the Middle East. I am hoping that In the Land of Invisible Women will be out in kindle format soon. k4k
The book is Distant Cousin, a sci fi/adventure/romance that you can read about at Amazon. Basically, a girl speaking an extinct Indo-European language shows up at an observatory warning of imminent disaster and she's tossed out, chased by SWAT teams, but finally figures out how to get her message across, and maybe make a boy friend in the process.
I think the free sample feature helped, and maybe the bargain price. I'm starting to love the Kindle! For anyone interested, Distant Cousin is the first. Distant Cousin: Repatriation is the second, and Reincarnation is the third. Go, Kindle!
I haven't posted much recently, I've been too busy reading; 146 books since I got my Kindle last February.
I good free Gutenberg book I finished recently was Tenting To-night by Mary Roberts Rinehart. She was a prolific mystery writer at the turn of the last century, but this book is an account of her trip through Glacier National Park in Montana before it was officially a park. It's well written and very funny. If you get the HTML version, it has some very nice pictures in it.
I'll have to be content for 7-10 days with whatever I've already downloaded from Amazon and with anything I get from free sites like Feedbooks! (So I won't be able to read the sixth book of Kim Harrison's "The Hollows" series until then....)
Hayley Mills way my very first screen crush, from back way more years ago than I want to admit. My favorite Hayley movie, though, is The Trouble with Angels and Jane Trahey's Life with Mother Superior isn't available on Kindle. One of these days I'll have to break down and buy it out-of-print in treeware, but it's kind of pricey on Amazon or eBay.
Now reading: CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese...awesome first book of fiction by the talented and humane physician who wrote MY OWN COUNTRY.
So far, not really enjoying the story as each chapter jumps to a different time period and a different person. The author does not give many hints as to what time period the chapter is in or even who the main character is of that chapter.
The book has many great reviews so I will stick with it - as at some point it must start to make some sense (I hope) :)
Right now, I am reading The White Tiger. I love it! After that, I am planning to co-read Madame Bovary with a friend who just purchased a kindle. We like to read a book at the same time so we can talk about it.
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