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What are you reading? August 2014

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Post by Brenna » Tue August 19th, 2014, 5:56 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Lol. I vote for Wild Swan.[/quote]

Funny story-I picked up Wild Swan from the library and noticed the cover looked awfully familiar. I called my Mom as I knew she would know if I had ever read this series before and before I could even finish the author's name she starts laughing and says "Yep, I read those to you as bedtime stories, you liked them much better than Goodnight Moon."

Still giggling about it and a bit worried about other reading material I have obviously banned from my mind. I guess Mom wanted to enjoy reading time too!

She will now be bringing up the entire series for me to read!
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Post by Misfit » Tue August 19th, 2014, 6:11 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Funny story-I picked up Wild Swan from the library and noticed the cover looked awfully familiar. I called my Mom as I knew she would know if I had ever read this series before and before I could even finish the author's name she starts laughing and says "Yep, I read those to you as bedtime stories, you liked them much better than Goodnight Moon."

Still giggling about it and a bit worried about other reading material I have obviously banned from my mind. I guess Mom wanted to enjoy reading time too!


She will now be bringing up the entire series for me to read![/quote]



Seriously? I recall some sex in those books :D
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Post by Brenna » Tue August 19th, 2014, 7:49 pm

If I had to guess, I would say she either skipped over those parts or read them quietly to herself once I fell asleep. Considering I don't remember her actually reading them to me, its a safe bet that I wasn't traumatized in some way :-)
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Post by fljustice » Tue August 19th, 2014, 8:27 pm

Finished A Tree Grew in Brooklyn (enjoyed it) and started The Origin by Irving Stone. I'm about 100 pages in with 600 to go and not enjoying it--too slow, too much description, no action, little emotion. I'll give it another chapter or two (Darwin is just about to start out on The Beagle), but if it doesn't pick up, I think I'll get a good biography of Darwin instead.
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Post by Madeleine » Wed August 20th, 2014, 8:07 am

I've just started "Secrets of the Sea House" by Elisabeth Gifford - looks like a present day/past type of book but not sure if it's a time-slip yet - very atmospheric and a bit creepy but enjoying it already!
Currently reading "The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper & "The Christmas Railway Mystery" by Edward Marston

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Post by Lisa » Wed August 20th, 2014, 8:34 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just started "Secrets of the Sea House" by Elisabeth Gifford - looks like a present day/past type of book but not sure if it's a time-slip yet - very atmospheric and a bit creepy but enjoying it already![/quote]

Ooh that one looks interesting, I've added that to my insanely long Overdrive list. There's just something about creepy houses on Scottish islands...

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Post by Madeleine » Wed August 20th, 2014, 9:05 am

[quote=""LadyB""]Ooh that one looks interesting, I've added that to my insanely long Overdrive list. There's just something about creepy houses on Scottish islands...[/quote]

Yes they seem to be very popular at the moment :)
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Post by Brenna » Wed August 20th, 2014, 2:33 pm

While I await the delivery of my mother's Celeste De Blasis books, I've started by first Michener: The Source. Pretty good so far.
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Post by Susan » Sat August 23rd, 2014, 4:36 pm

Second book in this mystery series that takes place in pre-World War I Vienna, Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis. The detective is a psychiatrist and a follower of Freud who did make some appearances in the first book.
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Post by fljustice » Sat August 23rd, 2014, 7:39 pm

Set The Origin aside while I read The Woman Who Would be King, an ARC for an early reader program. Also reading a classic, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell for commuting.
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