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7/14/20 12:38 P

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I love how you are reading more broadly. When I was a child and a voracious reader my mother would make sure I read all sorts of books when we went to the library. Something non-fiction, something science, a biography, etc.. I remember so many things from that time. I also read some books that we above my age level. I remember reading 1984 etc. I wish I still read so well and broadly.

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I've been reading much more broadly than I normally do. For one thing, I felt "desperate" for something to take my mind off the endless bad news so I was reading some lighter fare that I normally don't. For another thing, I decided to make an effort to read more of the recommended BLM texts, and that has been fascinating. And I finally noticed that both of my main libraries offer a decent selections of e-books so I've gotten quite a few for my Kindle.
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At first I couldn't read. I was watching too much news and I was upset. Being in Michigan, which was the number 2 hotspot at that time, it was triggering to me. I started out by reading children's books and phased out the news to a great extent, then I found my concentration returning. I'm back to reading like before the pandemic now, or even a bit more as I don't get out much. Living with a mother who has bronchiectasis (a lung condition) has made keeping Covid out of here a higher priority than it might be for many people. I haven't been in a store of any sort (or a library, or anything out in public) since March 9 and haven't seen other family, etc. Quarantining stinks, but we are alive, there is that...

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7/13/20 12:31 P

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I thought I would read lots of books during the quarantine. That has not been the case. I have definitely watched more television since we now have access to Netflix. I have been working the whole time and probably busier than ever so I think that's why my reading has slowed.

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7/13/20 12:25 P

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Has the quarantine changed your reading life in any way, how?
Very little actually. Since I am retired and an introvert, I stayed home a lot and read even before quarantine. My choices of newer books are now more limited since I am pretty much dependent on our library internet service, and it is not great. My little library has re-opened with decreased services and is not doing inter-library loans.

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7/13/20 12:14 P

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Thanks! I've added The Plague and I to my reading list, and found it on Internet Archive. Most of the other recommendations I've already read, and they are indeed great recommendations!

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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7/8/20 9:20 P

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Fascinating question, Lady Calico!
I absolutely love biographies so I'd have to recommend some of those. Betty MacDonald's The Plague and I, for example, was such an interesting recent read and had so much of relevance to our own days of quarantine.
I also remember way back when I was friends with a women in an old folks' home who was desperate for something to read. I gave her Jane Eyre and she just devoured it! Then we just kept going with the Brontes, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, and other wonderful 19th-century novelists. I don't know if it would work anymore, but those works were life-savers at the time.

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This is the second time today I have seen a recommendation for The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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7/7/20 1:45 P

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion comes to mind. Very amusing.
The Diary of Anne Frank.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, longer, but very interesting tale of family relationships.
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout - short stories, in which Olive is often a main character.

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7/7/20 10:48 A

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If a friend just discovered the joy of reading, what books would you recommend?
I think I'd go for shorter than average, gripping, very human, and a variety of genres: A Monster Calls (fantasy), A Year Down Yonder (comedy), The War That Saved My Life (history), and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Mystery).

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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6/27/20 10:26 A

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My goodness! I also disliked both Crawdads and The Tattooist. In fact, I had to abandon the Tattooist altogether, and I'm still slightly irritated that I wasted my time finishing Crawdads! So, from now on, I'm going to pay close attention to recommendations from Lady Calico and LeslieJean!!!
I asked the question because I had Lincoln in the Bardo on my list for a long time and was so surprised to find it filled with nastiness. All the recommendations? Worth nothing now, in my opinion!

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LADYCALICO - thanks. I've heard from a lot of people that I'm crazy for not liking either of those books - "it's the best book I've ever read" has been said numerous times!

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6/26/20 11:03 P

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LESLIEJEAN43, Again, I though I was the only one who had a problem with Crawdads...Since I live in the Coastal Carolinas, I was amazed at the inaccuracy of her description of our flora, fauna, and geography,and the author is supposedly a wildlife expert! I too found the murder mystery pretty hokey, and also wondered why the people of that area kept going to Asheville and Atlanta to shop or handle business when Wilmington's in their backyard and they bypassed cities like Charlotte, Charleston, and Savannah to go to these out of the way cities--weird, just weird!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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6/26/20 10:42 P

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LESLIEJEAN43, I thought I was the only one who had trouble believing The Tattooist... I don't know if it was the aged Lale telling the story or the writer, but one or the other is telling fish tales. Having read memoirs of other Auschwitz survivors who worked sorting the possessions of inmates, the lax security and lucrative black market Lale described could not possibly be true. Seriously, prisoners just walking out with all that gold and jewelry and not a single guard caring enough to do his job where a fortune of valuables was concerned!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Another book with very poor character development, in my opinion, is The Tattooist of Auschwitz. emoticon The subject is well done by Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, and Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Thanks FITMARY! Have you ever started a "bestseller" that everyone is recommending only to decide you do NOT like it at all? Lately all the time. In the last few years it seems to me either the quality of writing and the art of character development have deteriorated badly or else publishers are choosing badly, because it is a rare book published recently that I've liked. The psychopathic characters, so lacking in basic humanity and decency, in Little Fires Everywhere, The Glass Hotel, and American Marriage were hard to take. I also disliked There, There and American Dirt, to name a few that I though were just poorly done.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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6/26/20 3:15 A

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CATFISH_FAN and LESLIEJEAN43--I, too, have a small local library, so Internet Archive has been a blessing to me. Since it offers only books donated from other library discards, it may take a few years for a newly published book to get there, but you'd be surprised what's available, including some hard to find books that aren't even in my library's internet loan system.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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6/26/20 3:02 A

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I was extremely disappointed in Where the Crawdads Sing, which everyone had been raving about. I did love the descriptions of nature, but the story itself was first preposterous, then predictable. emoticon

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6/15/20 7:57 A

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The only books I buy are by using an Amazon gift card, although this year I have been out of luck because the Amazon card is only for the US version, and right now they are shipping very few books to Canada, and, of those, few ship to my rural location. The few that they are willing to send are sent only by priority shipping, with exorbitant fees! I hope they will get back to regular shipping soon!
I also buy used books at the library book sale each fall.
Now I have quite a collection of used books that I have been working my way through.
Occasionally people give me books, but unfortunately they are rarely books I want to read.
Most of the books I read come from our very good library, or inter-library loans.
I don't have a Kindle.

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6/10/20 4:12 P

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I have a library room full of books (mostly unread) that I collected at rummage/garage sales and library used book sales in the past, or from Thriftbooks.com. I rarely buy books new. Most of my reads now come from the library as audio or e-book (or both since I immersion read), I belong to 5 different libraries. Only select books that I can't get from a library electronically come from Thriftbooks.com in print format now. I have a local library that is no more than a hole in the wall with poor selection because I am so rural, so I don't go to a physical library building, I would have to drive to a city for that. My local library e-book selection is poor also, so I belong to Brooklyn Public Library and Houston Public Library for better selection.

I tried Kindle Unlimited for a year but I found that most of those authors are independents trying to make a name for themselves and the books are not NY Times bestseller quality. I won't be renewing that membership.

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6/10/20 12:48 P

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What are your main sources of the books that you read?
I used to get my books from charity book sales and the used book sale rack at the library, but now that I have a computer and kindle I rarely buy books. I get my newer books from the library ebook service but since it has a poor selection, I often have to trudge to the physical library and get a physical book. The vast majority of my books I get free online at Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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6/6/20 12:26 P

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That genre really doesn't call to me... emoticon

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6/5/20 3:57 P

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FITMARY, looked up Crewel World, looks like a fun one; Crewel Yule looks cool, too.

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I'm going to try Crewel World for my first cozy mystery. I'm familiar with Miss Marple, but only through the t.v. series.

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6/3/20 9:10 A

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What do you feel about cozy mysteries?
I read very few since they are read today/forgotten tomorrow. However, when I do read one for fun, they are indeed so much fun! There is something delightfully macabre about a fun book involving a murder among a cast of characters most eccentric. The authors do tend to be rather nice about making the deceased a sleaze whom everybody hated; I think it must be a cozy mystery ethics thing. Besides, the books often have a cute cat on the cover!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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6/1/20 2:13 P

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I LOVED The Curious Incident...!!

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5/31/20 2:49 P

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Haven't read it yet, but also on my list is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time," which is apparently also YA.

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5/30/20 9:03 P

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Thanks, FITMARY! The Book Thief should have been on the top of my list of great YA books for people of all ages.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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5/30/20 12:06 P

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Thank you both for the suggestions!! emoticon

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5/29/20 9:40 P

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The only YA books I can recall reading are The Book Thief and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I enjoyed them both. I read Harry Potter too, both with and without kids so I think that counts!
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LESLIEJEAN43--There are some books considered YA because they are written specifically for people of that age group, but there are many others that deal very richly with themes common to humanity but just happen to be about a young protagonist--and the latter are among my favorites. Some YA books you probably would not regret reading are A Monster Calls, A Year Down Yonder, and The War that Saved My Life.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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In recent years, I've read 2 YA books by John Green: Turtles All the Way Down, and The Fault in our Stars, and really enjoyed them. I did read a lot of kids' books when I was young, and when my kids were little, so I don't feel the need to read them now.

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Do you read YA or children's books, for yourself not just for your grandkids, why or why not?
Yes, I didn't have much access to kid books when I was young and read mostly adult books I found lying around. In the last few years I've been trying to catch up on the classics kiddielit that I missed plus the more well-regarded ones written during my working adult years

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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5/19/20 10:51 A

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FITMARY--LOL, but approach cautiously and please stay far away from Junia's front or back end!

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Not for me, Lady Calico. But I am going to try The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek just to see the mule now!

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Do you find the inclusion of an animal in novels enhances your enjoyment of that book--if so, your favorites?
As SC's foremost crazy cat lady my answer is too predictable, "oh, yes, CATS!" However, dogs and horses also add a lot. However, I must admit two of the most enjoyable animals in books that I've read recently are Junia the mule in The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek and N'kima the grandiose little monkey in the Tarzan series.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Curbing my acerbic tongue.... Yup, that is a problem for me too. Ouch!
But I like the idea of a book club and just may look for one, if I ever retire.
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My feelings about book clubs are identical to yours, LADYCALICO! I don't like to be told what to read. I like to read things at my own pace. I do have friends in book clubs so learn about what they're reading, and can add those books to my reading list if they interest me.

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Book clubs; what do you like and dislike about them?
Book clubs can introduce me to books I might otherwise not have heard of or read. I also like the IDEA of friends getting together and sharing opinions about books because of the social aspect, but the REALITY of book clubs, not so much. I don't like other people choosing my books and maybe having to force myself to read something I am hating, knowing I will have to curb my acerbic tongue in the discussion so the friend who made the choice isn't insulted. I also like to get my books from the library, and that isn't possible if there's a local group wanting to read it at the same time, thus I will probably have to buy the book.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Oh, fun! I had to look up what the PopSugar Challenge is, but I'm in!

I would go with the quirky. That's right up my alley...
Book by a nomad. Book by a first-time woman author. Book by an author writing for the first time in English. Book originally written in Russian. Book about Mongolia. Book about a kind of art you normally don't like. Humorous novel.

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If you were asked to make the list for PopSugar Challenge, what categories would be sure to be on your list?
A Western, a Play, a YA, a Science Fiction, a Graphic Novel, a Fantasy, a book with a cat, dog, or horse as a major character; a book from a detective series, a book written before you were born, a book set in a locality where you live or used to live.

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True Crime books are great, too. They are better than the fictional detective novels, but more emotionally upsetting, since they happened to real people.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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4/30/20 9:45 A

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I love non-fiction history and fictionalized history. I've been on a WWII kick lately, but most of the twentieth-century is fascinating. Favorite authors? Hmmm.... Any and all?

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Do you read non-fiction books, and what is your favorite non-fiction genre/author?
I try to work in several every year, but I am not very original in my choices--I tend to read Bill Bryson, Erik Larsen, and Jon Krakauer. I also am drawn to history books, primarily about the Depression, WWII, the Indians of the Old West.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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If I had endless time, what series would I read?
Hmmm.... I'm sure I would put the main texts from all the major religions on that list, but for sheer fun I'd do something like Dashiell Hammett too. Galsworthy? Ford Madox Ford? I'd go back and give "A Dance to the Music of Time" another chance. I'd read all of Mo Yan. And on and on....

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Going back to an earlier question.

I spend more time putting books on my to read list than actually reading them. And I rarely go to check it out. I end up spontaneous reading something that catches my fancy.

I love to read but I don't reward myself with enough time to read. The problem is that if I enjoy a book I don't want to put it down.



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4/20/20 11:35 P

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CATFISH_FAN: Aargh!!!

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I would second Agatha Christie. I was at a yard sale and a little old lady had a paperback collection of ALL of Christie's books for sale. I could have had them for $1 or less each, read them, and sold the lot on eBay for 3-4 times that. I kick myself every time I think of it for not buying the whole set.

Someday (I keep telling myself) I am going to read The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I haven't ever started it though...

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Heavens to Betsy! you folks are super-readers. Let's go a step further: What book series would you love to complete if you had all the time in the world to read?

Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare's plays, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series, and P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster series

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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I did the Harry Potter books with my kids (twice!) and the Animorphs series (surprisingly compelling) with them too. And I've read all of Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti books. Then some classics too, if we're not counting correspondence---Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell.... Alas, I no longer have the patience to read lesser works by good authors or even "great" works that don't grab me for what ever reason... Life is too short!
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I have read everything published by Terry Brooks (starting when I was a teenager a looong time ago). I own hardcovers of almost all of his books in first editions, excluding the early ones that are rare and valuable. I've also read all of Matthew Quick. I am working my way through Stephen King slowly, in publication order, I think I am up to 2008 maybe?

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Have you ever tried to work your way through an entire series or an author's complete works? If so, which ones?
I've worked my way through Tarzan, Sookie Stackhouse, Stephanie Plum, Harry Potter, J.D. Robb's ...in Death series, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, and everything but the latest from Robert Crais.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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FITMARY--indeed, great minds think alike. One of these days I want to read Dave Barry's Peter and the Starcatchers.

Thanks! I checked my library's ebook service and they just added The Yellow House, so I was able to get myself on the wait list early and am #2!

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Oooo, Lady Calico! Our stashes are so similar!
I really enjoyed Pachinko when I was doing a little Korean mini-series a while ago, and The Dutch House is on my list too. But currently top of my list are The Splendid and Vile, The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, and, because I'm looking for a gentle laugh, Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry.
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Of the stash you've selected for quarantine/social distancing, which three books do you think you're most likely to read?

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, and The Splendid and the Vile by
Erik Larson

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Hmmm.... I can't think of any pet peeves. But I'm no longer willing to keep reading if I lose interest in the characters.

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Some grammatical things really irritate me: 'graduate high school', which I think should be 'graduate FROM high school' and 'the both of you' which I think should be either 'both of you' or 'the two of you'. My son thinks I am being too picky.
I agree with you too LADYCALICO, on all counts!!

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Do you have any pet peeves that make you grit your teeth whenever an author commits them?

Oh, yes indeed! Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) heroines, Historical fiction that plays fast and loose with history, re-writes of stock, generic plots and characters; plot dependent on more than two bizarre coincidences, cop-out, deus ex machina endings; and excess, and gratuitous profanity and sex scenes.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Fit Mary: your response puts me in mind of those old bumper stickers from the '70's--Don't Follow me, I'm lost!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Ha ha ha! That is exactly my approach. I have a long, long list (current total 949 books), which I only consult in absolute desperation. I've often wondered why I don't go there to do something besides ADD books. Now I learn that I'm just following Lady Calico's lead!
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My TBR list has approximately 3500 books, but there are a good number of duplicates. emoticon

When I order books from the library, I do order some from that list, as well as 'impulse' books I've just heard about or been reminded of.
The books I order from Amazon are all from my TBR list.

























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