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Post by: Tealight on March 17, 2015, 09:49:57 PM
I am currently reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and am totally digging it.  What are you currently reading?
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Post by: Quinn on March 18, 2015, 11:15:02 AM
I tend to read a lot of nonfiction, but a recent novel I read was wonderful. It is Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. The author had a different take on reincarnation, our purpose in life, and how a tiny decision can have profound effects. It was an engrossing read 
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Post by: NoGNoG on March 19, 2015, 09:14:15 PM
Cuba Like a Local by Peter Greenberg

and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald
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Post by: AnthonyByNight on March 23, 2015, 08:40:01 PM
I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent. Going to steal it off a friend when she's done with it.

Currently reading:

Conditions of Love, by John Armstrong.

Too many fantastic passages to mention, but there is this that applies to what I/we do, if you're ever discussing the difference between sex and intimacy, or sex with a partner vs an escort:

'There are two ways in which people have imagined that we can find satisfaction in sex and in love at the same time. One is the traditional Christian view that love is the proper basis of sex... it is the expression of complete closeness between two people.
The second vision separates sex and love. Sex is regarded as no different from other physical pleasures: the enjoyment of food or sport, for example. Just as the argument goes that you should never have to play tennis with your lover, it is absurd to think that you should only ever have sex with the person you love.
The troubling fact is that both positions are correct.'
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Post by: delir!ous on March 23, 2015, 09:33:06 PM
I'm reading Agent Storm, the autobiography of a young Danish gang member who converted to Islam, studied in Yemen, made lots of jihadi friends and then went to work for Danish intelligence, MI5 and the CIA as an undercover agent. Particularly interesting in the light of the men and women who are racing off to fight with ISIS etc.

And then I have the latest novel from one of my favorite writers - World Gone By, by Dennis Lehane. Fiction definitely likely to be less astounding than truth in this case.
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Post by: NoGNoG on March 23, 2015, 11:54:56 PM
I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent. Going to steal it off a friend when she's done with it.

Currently reading:

Conditions of Love, by John Armstrong.

Too many fantastic passages to mention, but there is this that applies to what I/we do, if you're ever discussing the difference between sex and intimacy, or sex with a partner vs an escort:

'There are two ways in which people have imagined that we can find satisfaction in sex and in love at the same time. One is the traditional Christian view that love is the proper basis of sex... it is the expression of complete closeness between two people.
The second vision separates sex and love. Sex is regarded as no different from other physical pleasures: the enjoyment of food or sport, for example. Just as the argument goes that you should never have to play tennis with your lover, it is absurd to think that you should only ever have sex with the person you love.
The troubling fact is that both positions are correct.'

My humble opinion, love should be unconditional.  This is why I am a proponent of Polyamory. My experience is love expands within this environment.  Society attaches sex to love then there you are; Love is conditional.
I'm more with the second vision then the first.
Thank you ABN.  I will put Conditions of Love in my future stack.  
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Post by: Tealight on March 24, 2015, 07:00:10 AM
I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent.

I enjoyed it, though it did have its issues.
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Post by: Pennylover on March 24, 2015, 08:28:15 PM
Please tell us more about Girl on a Train, Tea.  Your thoughts?

Ari
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Post by: Tealight on March 25, 2015, 08:31:31 PM
Please tell us more about Girl on a Train, Tea.  Your thoughts?

Ari

I'm sitting here wondering how to talk about it without giving too much away.  I'm a little rusty on book talks :/

Well, Girl on a Train is the story of Rachel, a woman who takes the train into London everyday.  On its way back and forth, the train stops just behind a row of houses, where Rachel is able to look in on Jason and Jess; a couple who are very much in love.  But why does Rachel travel to and from London every day? Does she know Jason and Jess?  Who else lives in that row of houses?  And, after witnessing something from the train window -- something she cannot bring herself to believe -- what will Rachel do that will end up getting her more involved than she should be?

I enjoyed this book because the author's pacing was impeccable; making this a real page-turner.  An aspect of the story I've heard others dislike but is that none of the characters are likable but I didn't mind it -- give me flawed characters any day!  However, it can be frustrating to find oneself yelling, "What!? Why? Stop it, why are you doing that!?" to fictional people who are only words on a page.

Do be warned that I figured out "who-dun-it" pretty early on and I'm not a seasoned reader of the mystery genre.   However, that shouldn't deter a reader who is, as it is a well-crafted story. 

Another warning -- the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.  It's not overt, but it's there.
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Post by: Pennylover on March 26, 2015, 02:10:39 PM
Thanks, Tea!  I'll check it out.

Ari
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Post by: NoGNoG on March 26, 2015, 09:34:41 PM

the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.


Tea, Is this from a feminist view?  Or from a 1950 household point of view?
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Post by: Tealight on March 26, 2015, 10:31:49 PM

the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.


Tea, Is this from a feminist view?  Or from a 1950 household point of view?

I would say from a feminist viewpoint, but something tells me I'm not as well-read on the subject as you  ;)
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Post by: alexslogan on March 27, 2015, 04:31:13 AM
Speaking of mysteries. Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey (sp?), and PD James - Adam Dalgleish (sp?) are both worth adding to the list; their protagonists are men but both have very strong women in them play significant on-going roles.

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Post by: NoGNoG on March 27, 2015, 08:48:34 AM
'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This novel had been sitting on my future stack for over a year.  I purchased it upon seeing the NY Times Review, " Realities of Race" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/books/review/americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/books/review/americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie.html?_r=0) and had not gotten to it until...

...last week, I saw a young woman reading it in my local Starbucks.  I was pleased when she looked happy to share her observations within her reading of the novel.  I was somewhat embarrassed to tell her much has not changed here in the states on racism.  We both were in agreement especially after the Ohio fraternity bus story. That night I picked it up.

I find the book addictive in how it is literary, vivid, and thought provoking.  I have to put the book down and schedule time to read it.  This book is vivid and parts make me cringe as I read it and empathize with Ifemelu.  This book feeds my mind, love of literature and vocabulary. This book is an excellent read.  /thumbsup
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Post by: Liquidfyre on July 14, 2015, 07:25:15 PM
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August -Claire North.   Fantastic novel about people who live and die over (and recall their earlier lives) and over, the bad seeds among them.
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Post by: Smith Curren on July 22, 2015, 04:46:14 PM
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology (http://www.amazon.com/Zeus-Grants-Stupid-Wishes-No-Bullshit/dp/039916040X)

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Post by: Kai on August 02, 2015, 10:56:24 AM
Finally got around to picking up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. It's not my usual cup of tea as I'm more of a Sci-fi/Fantasy person, but it's keeping my attention and I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Tealight on August 02, 2015, 01:09:11 PM
That's a good one. I was reminded of it, recently, when I read Buzzfeed's "53 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down (http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/53-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down?utm_term=.tuaXgrVdjD#.owJ6XzoQd)

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Post by: Kai on August 02, 2015, 06:44:03 PM
I enjoyed the link and there are so many books to read...there's so few hours to do it in. Beautiful.
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Post by: Tealight on January 25, 2016, 08:37:44 PM
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.  I don't know why I'm so surprised that I found the book to be better than the movie.  I will say that the filmmakers did a very good job with the adaptation.

Favorite quote: "It's not about knowin' where you are. It's about thinkin' you got there without takin' anything with you."
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Post by: Tealight on March 07, 2016, 01:55:02 PM
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and it's breaking my heart...
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Post by: Tealight on November 02, 2016, 09:23:19 PM
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

When I first heard about this incident, I found it terrifying.  The author provides an excellent description on the events leading up to the incident, as well as the investigation immediately thereafter.  He is also able to debunk some common theories and provide a somewhat plausible alternative explanation based on science, rather than the paranormal.  That being said, I was left wanting a little more when the book ended.  Not more of an explanation...perhaps more of a denouement?  Or, maybe I read it too fast?
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Post by: Quinn on November 03, 2016, 06:51:40 PM
That sounds like an interesting read, Tea. Very suitable for Halloween week. I don't like to be scared, though, so I probably won't read it.
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Post by: Tealight on November 05, 2016, 08:51:32 PM
It actually wasn't that scary!  The idea of what happened is terrifying but the presentation of the facts in the book is more "just the facts" then anything.
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Post by: NoGNoG on December 11, 2016, 03:25:15 PM
You two are such teases...  I can't get to everything.  I would enjoy a book club that gives book reports on different books not necessarily everyone reading the same novel.

My life is so scattered right now and it seems my stack of books is reflecting it as well.  /LOL
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Post by: Quinn on December 12, 2016, 08:01:52 AM
NoG: "I would enjoy a book club that gives book reports on different books not necessarily everyone reading the same novel. "

Well, we could do that without even calling it a club. We could post such book reports here, perhaps more like a synopsis, giving away the ending of novels, or a summary of nonfiction. What do you think?
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Post by: NoGNoG on December 18, 2016, 06:45:48 PM
That's a good one. I was reminded of it, recently, when I read Buzzfeed's "53 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down (http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/53-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down?utm_term=.tuaXgrVdjD#.owJ6XzoQd)

I'm going to the play sometime in 2017. I don't know if I should read the story or not?

Opinions would be appreciated.
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Post by: NoGNoG on December 18, 2016, 06:48:22 PM
NoG: "I would enjoy a book club that gives book reports on different books not necessarily everyone reading the same novel. "

Well, we could do that without even calling it a club. We could post such book reports here, perhaps more like a synopsis, giving away the ending of novels, or a summary of nonfiction. What do you think?

Quinn - I would enjoy that immensely.
Currently I am reading a book named "Sway" https://www.amazon.com/Sway-Irresistible-Pull-Irrational-Behavior/dp/0385530609
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Post by: Tealight on December 18, 2016, 11:33:25 PM
My response to that question will always be, "yes!" ;)
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Post by: LostInWilderness on January 07, 2017, 04:14:50 PM
Some obscure economics book about history of corporations and managements.
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Post by: Quinn on January 08, 2017, 07:58:18 AM
I read a lot of nonfiction. Most recently, I finished "Life Lessons" by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler. It's an older book, but very relevant. The two experts on death, dying, and grief share what they have learned about the important things in life from people who are at the end of their lives. The regrets humans have as they near death are things we probably all know, but mostly ignore because everyday life can get in the way: being true to ourselves, taking time for those we care about, the importance of patience, making time for play, etc.  The book serves as a good reminder to remember what is really important,  and gives advice on how to do that.
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Post by: Tealight on March 07, 2017, 06:57:15 PM
I've been in the mood for escapist fiction and have been devouring the Amory Ames series written by Ashley Weaver.  It’s a cozy mystery set in the early 1930s and the first book is titled Murder at the Brightwell. The lead sleuth is a woman by the name of Amory Ames who, while experiencing problems with her marriage, runs off to the coast to help out an ex-fiancée.  While there, a murder occurs and, with her ex-fiancée as the prime suspect, she can’t help but try to help solve the mystery…with the help of her husband!
 
I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
 
Another book I read was The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni.  It’s shelved as mystery but I am a little less inclined to call it a true mystery.  It’s the story of a nature photographer named, Miranda, and the year she spends on the Farallon Islands with a group of biologists.  Yes, there are crimes committed and, at the end, the perpetrator revealed, but they almost seem beside the point and don’t really drive the plot.  The true story is about people running away from the past.  What I thoroughly enjoyed about the writing was her description of sublime nature and the natural order of things.  These descriptions can be a bit brutal but they were well-done, so I would most likely pick up another book by her.
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Post by: Tealight on August 31, 2017, 05:37:30 PM
I recently began reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and am really enjoying it, which surprises me. Not great literature but good stories and characters. I will say that some of the descriptions of violence can be graphic and disturbing, but so far, those scenes have been few and far between.
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Post by: Tealight on September 04, 2017, 10:59:43 AM
I recently began reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and am really enjoying it, which surprises me. Not great literature but good stories and characters. I will say that some of the descriptions of violence can be graphic and disturbing, but so far, those scenes have been few and far between.

Update: I take it back. I just read an earlier book in the series and it was much more filled with graphic violence. I'm still enjoying the series just wanted to provide a warning.
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Post by: NoGNoG on September 07, 2017, 10:27:32 PM
I love Jack Reacher. I've read every book in series.

Currently, I'm reading The Handmaiden's Tale.  Disturbing read. Institutionalized rape is not light reading.