Read any good books lately?

pfalcioni

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he did like them, once he get a handle on what he called 'the old-timey language'. "Uh...yeah. That would be 'English', son."
Haha!!! I guess reading the Iliad is out of the question for him?

I love my Kindle, and I agree that paying a bunch for an e-book is something I really hate doing. But I do want the writers to get paid, so I just keep an eye on the sales. They usually offer some good titles for $1.99, and I just grab them when it's something that I know I'll want to read. That's the best thing about the Kindle, having things on my virtual bookshelf doesn't take up a bunch of space or gather dust like the real bookshelves in my house.

I never thought I'd switch to an e-reader (I love the smell and feel of a good book), but I'll be honest it's much easier for me to read when I don't have to hold the pages open. Works exceptionally well when I'm eating lunch - all I have to do is keep one finger clean to turn the page!

I'm currently re-reading some favorites. Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is what I'm in the middle of right now. I'll probably switch to some lightweight victorian murder mysteries while we're on vacation though - Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. I don't have to concentrate on the storyline as much with those.

I love history, but usually in video form rather than book, so I don't think I'll be able to claim those Godiva chocolates! I did love Guns Germs and Steel though - that was an amazing read.
 

simbasmom

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Well, I finished "The Only Way Out" and I gotta say, it really wasn't my type. On the plus side, it was a Susan Mallery book, but on the negative side-not my type of people. He was the special forces/government spy-type with rippling muscles, etc. They jumped into bed and had wild sex, THEN fell in love later. I guess I'm just too old-in my day, girls who had sex with guys they didn't love....well, there was a name for those girls. Aren't I an old fuddy-duddy? Next book "Last Writes", a cozy mystery that so far has no sex-I think I've read more than my share!
 

quietgirll

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Well, I finished "The Only Way Out" and I gotta say, it really wasn't my type. On the plus side, it was a Susan Mallery book, but on the negative side-not my type of people. He was the special forces/government spy-type with rippling muscles, etc. They jumped into bed and had wild sex, THEN fell in love later. I guess I'm just too old-in my day, girls who had sex with guys they didn't love....well, there was a name for those girls. Aren't I an old fuddy-duddy? Next book "Last Writes", a cozy mystery that so far has no sex-I think I've read more than my share!
Ahhh I recognize you from the other boards reading thread!!
 

quietgirll

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Lol not at all, but I got such a case of deja vu when I read your post here- I was like wait...it said there were new posts?? Then the light bulb went off :)
 
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fizboBunny

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I really need to get back into the reading habit. I need to ban my iPad from the bed so I don't fall asleep looking at Disney blogs.

I love my e ink Kindle. I was very against the idea of a kindle and was a bit upset when DH bought me the first one, but now I'm hooked. The tipping point for me was when I was reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. My MIL had given me the gi-normous hard back for Christmas. It was much easier to carry around the kindle version. I had a portfolio style cover for it (opens long ways) so that I could tent the book to read when eating or sleeping. It has saved much pain in my shoulder. Falling asleep while reading an actual book is painful. I have a regular cover now and don't like it as much.

I do not like reading from the iPad. I find the screen too bright. I much prefer the kindle because when looking at it looks just like printed text from a physical book.
 

lelei

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BTW, I'll do well to read 20 books or so this year. If you read 65 (or even 52), I'll send you a box of Godiva chocolates. (Honestly. That's not sarcasm; I mean it.) :RpS_smile:
I'm already a 4th of the way there (to the 65) and I love milk chocolate, can I get some Godiva too??

I read alot of "junk" too, but honestly there is nothing wrong with it at all. I think I've learned things from the junk books too. I just finished up the Lucas Davenport series and throughout the books I was looking up Minnesota geography and general stuff on wikipedia. I've learned that I definately do not want to live that far north :)

I went through a kick of reading classics and such two years ago, and after I finished Les Miserables, I just ran out of steam for that type of book. Now, I read what entertains me or what catches my interest. Last week I averaged almost two books a day because I honestly was enjoying what I was reading and really got into the books. The week before it took me 2 days to finish a book about the riots in Chicago because it was dry and I kept stopping to look stuff up on wikipedia. I think any book that gets you curious about something is well worth the time spent reading.

The kindle cloud reader and lots of time to kill at work gets expensive quickly though :( I hate how the ebooks add up, so I check the free books section often and I try to keep an eye out for authors that are not charging $10+ per ebook. So far I've found a good detective series at 2.99 each, but not much luck with other genres. Theres typically alot of romance type books in the free section and sometimes you can catch an author trying to gain readership for a new series on there. I've found some fun fluff to read on there.

Don't be embarrassed about anything you read, the act of reading itself is something you should be proud of!

And about Stephen King- his endings are always a let down. He tells a great story but almost always disapoints with the ending. I've been a huge fan since I was young, but never remember a book of his that had a great ending. Sometimes its like he uses up all his creativity during the book and then just gives up at the end.
 

George

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The kindle cloud reader and lots of time to kill at work gets expensive quickly though :( I hate how the ebooks add up, so I check the free books section often and I try to keep an eye out for authors that are not charging $10+ per ebook. So far I've found a good detective series at 2.99 each, but not much luck with other genres. Theres typically alot of romance type books in the free section and sometimes you can catch an author trying to gain readership for a new series on there. I've found some fun fluff to read on there.
I use my local library to queue and check out ebooks. It's free. With my $32,000 property tax bill, that is.


And about Stephen King- his endings are always a let down. He tells a great story but almost always disapoints with the ending. I've been a huge fan since I was young, but never remember a book of his that had a great ending. Sometimes its like he uses up all his creativity during the book and then just gives up at the end.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption? Pet Sematary? The Shning? 'Salem's Lot? Dolores Claiborne? The Green Mile? There are plenty of satisfying King endings out there, but I understand what you mean about how he drops the ball sometimes. Under the Dome was extraordinary, but the throwaway ending was unworthy of the story it finished. 11/22/63 kind of got bogged down in the last 200 pages or so, but the coda was a return to good storytelling and wrapped up that epic beautifully.
 

pfalcioni

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Robert Heinlein's books have a bad habit of just sort of dribbling off at the end, but I love his writing, his worlds, and his ideas, so I put up with them. I always swore that I'd just put his books down before I read the last chapter but I never got the nerve.

The week before it took me 2 days to finish a book about the riots in Chicago because it was dry and I kept stopping to look stuff up on wikipedia.
I love the ability to instantly look things up on my Kindle. It's like when I was a kid and reading a bit over my comprehension level and having the dictionary there next to me for reference. With the Kindle it's like having the dictionary and the encyclopedia right there!

I forgot that our local library also lends out e-books, I've got to sign up for that next time I'm in town, thanks for the reminder George!

I really wish Amazon would offer a discount on the kindle version of a book I've already purchased from them. They do this on some music CD's, if you've bought the cd they now automatically give you the MP3 versions of the entire album for free. They also have a deal where if you buy the kindle version of a book you can get the audiobook for just a few dollars more.
 

lelei

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Of the ones you mentioned, I think Dolores Claiborne was the most "satisfying" ending. But, I still think none of the endings hold up to the rest of the book for his work. Sometimes it seems like he drags out the ending too much, but then other books it seems like if he had gone on longer it might have turned out better. He has an amazing ability to create enthralling stories, but his endings just don’t do the stories justice.

The most disapointing endings for me were The Stand and the dark tower books. I will say that in his short stories he seems more consistant from start to finish.
I admit that I have gotten more bitter since the dark tower books, but I still buy his stuff as soon as it gets out and enjoy the stories. But, still.... If I read 7 books in a series and get that invested in the characters, I want something more than “he falls down a hole and it all starts over again.” I hated the movie “Groundhog’s Day,” and when I read that ending I felt like King had just ripped off the plot of a very annoying movie.

I'll have to see if our town does ebooks. Its a smaller suburb, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprized :) I wish the amazon ebooks were priced the same as physical books. Paying more for an ebook than a phyiscal book really irks me.
 

George

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I forgot that our local library also lends out e-books, I've got to sign up for that next time I'm in town, thanks for the reminder George!
You can probably sign up online. Our library system even has an app to look up, reserve, wait list, and check out. I can also use the app to sign out books at the library. No waiting at the desk. What they can't do these days.
 

pfalcioni

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Ours allows you to fill out the paperwork online, but then you have to take it in to finish the process. I guess they need to see your driver's license to be sure you actually live in their service area.
 

drischar

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My eyes are almost swollen shut and I can't breathe through my nose after finishing The Book Thief this morning. I had a hard time getting into the story for most of the first half of the book (made worse by very limited amount of reading time for the last 2 months) but the second half and especially the ending was very moving.
 

George

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Ours allows you to fill out the paperwork online, but then you have to take it in to finish the process. I guess they need to see your driver's license to be sure you actually live in their service area.
That's strange. Don't you have a card already?
 

pfalcioni

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Not since I moved. Here they expire every 3 years if you don't use them, and we're 35 miles from the library so I don't visit often!
 

DopeyRunr

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Our library system's ebook lending process is ridiculous. There's an EXTREMELY limited list of books available, and usually just one "copy" of that book available, so you have to queue up to "check it out." It's usually faster to get on the hold list for the paper copy of bestsellers because there are dozens of them in the library system.
 

momto6

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I just finished The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card. It was excellent. He also wrote my very favorite book, called Enchantment. It is a modern day story of Sleeping Beauty.
 

Janine

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My eyes are almost swollen shut and I can't breathe through my nose after finishing The Book Thief this morning. I had a hard time getting into the story for most of the first half of the book (made worse by very limited amount of reading time for the last 2 months) but the second half and especially the ending was very moving.
I really enjoyed that book too.
 

Grumpy

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Haha!!! I guess reading the Iliad is out of the question for him?
Maybe he'll get there eventually, but The Iliad is out of the question for me. Classic lit is one thing, ancient lit is a whole different animal. I read enough Shakespeare to get me through school, but never really cared for it, and slogging through The Canterbury Tales was the only assignment I ever had that made me want to poke myself in the eyeballs with a fork.

I'm already a 4th of the way there (to the 65) and I love milk chocolate, can I get some Godiva too??
Absolutely. Because I like you.

(I like everyone I've met here so far, but the last thing I need is for someone to spread the word at That Other Board that there's some idiot over here giving away free chocolate. Uh...no.)

I use my local library to queue and check out ebooks. It's free. With my $32,000 property tax bill, that is.
Good heavens, man. That's outrageous. Did you replicate Downton Abbey on the shore of Lake Michigan?

One of the few good things remaining about living in the south is the ridiculously low property tax.
 
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