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The Hunger Games

Posted By bethany0403 on Sep 30, 2010 at 6:55AM

I just finished Mockingjay and am DYING to talk to someone other than my dog, Bernie, about this series.  Although he makes some valid points, his opinions don't really make sense.  I have talked several friends into reading this series, but all are on waiting lists for the first book, so any discussion about these books would be welcome!

The Twilight Saga

Posted By FashionistaJR on Sep 19, 2009 at 4:41PM

When I first found out about Twilight, it was because the movies were coming out and the stars were becoming popular. I am constantly reading and so I am always trying to find a good book. I was in need of a new book to read and decided to read the first chapter of Twilight online- what a disappointment! I found Bella to be depressing and whiny. One day I was in half-price books and found it for $4.00 and decided that I may like it and it was worth reading- I was glad I did. I instantly became addicted to the series and the characters within Twilight. There is something about the series that has a feeling I have yet to experience in another series. There are many kinds of characters in the book and seeing them interact with one and another, their chemistry, etc, was very interesting. While I will agree that it is not as well-written as Harry Potter, I can definitely say that I have yet to become addicted to a series more. If you have doubts in your mind about this book- go to the bookstore and read some of the chapters, see if you can find it cheap.... you, too, may like it.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Posted By jamiegirl on Dec 9, 2008 at 9:55AM

I recently read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, at a friends urging. After I finished the book I wasn't sure (of anything), I called my friend and she said the book left her with the same feeling of "that's it, no that's really it"
Has anyone else read this book, have any comments about it?

the host

Posted By dlmslp on Jun 2, 2008 at 6:58PM

having loved stephenie meyer's twilight series, i am currently reading her latest book, the host. though i love sci-fi movies, i wasn't sure i would like reading them...think invasion of the body snatchers...but i am really caring about these characters. there is a very unusual love triangle forming. i am loving this and i am glad i gave it a chance. here is what amazon had to say...Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series. --Mari Malcolm

Tagged with: the host, Stephenie Meyer

America's Favorite Books - How many have you read?

Posted By Cocoangel on Apr 9, 2008 at 9:25AM

Just saw this from a Harris poll that survey about 2,500 adults. I was a little disappointed that no Jane Austen, EM Forster or Edith Wharton books made this list. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird so glad to see others appreciate it too.

“What is your favorite book of all time?”
Unprompted responses; Base: All adults

1. The Bible
2. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
3. Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
5. The Stand, by Stephen King
6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
7. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
8. Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
9. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
10. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

What other books would top your list of favorites? How many of these have you read?

entire press release is at http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080408005148&newsLang=en

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Posted By Jasi on Nov 29, 2007 at 12:29AM

From the publishers:

Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation.

Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its famous opening sentence—“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”—to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.

I'm only about halfway through part 2 (it's a looooong book), but so far I love this. It's something I have been meaning to read for a very long time. I'm glad I am doing it now. :)

Bitter is the New Black

Posted By curleyjo84 on Oct 2, 2007 at 11:47AM

I wanted to give a brief review of this book by Jen Lancaster. If you like tell it like it is, then is a perfect read. Plus it has keep my attention while tackling my friend known as "the treadmill".

Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

Ms. Lancaster is a surly, yet funny ex-sorority, chic who doesn't doesn't go a day with out her pearls.

disclaimer: do not read if swearing is offensive, because this girl can drop some f-bombs!

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Posted By Jasi on Sep 22, 2007 at 12:37AM

Let me preface this by saying that normally I HAAAAATE Jane Austen knock offs. I have read a couple and hated them all. I am an avid Jane Austen fan and really want her integrity upheld, so the books that try to continue Darcy and Elizabeth's story and their like usually aggravate me. With that said, I would like to admit that, in this case, I am happy to be wrong. This book was sooooo good and worthwhile. It was really more than just a fun read. Normally, I only reserve that kind of praise for a book that was written before 1960. And I certainly don't usually give that kind of review to something that could be classified as "chick lit." Even though, I will freely admit that I read a lot of it. Anyway, I think this book is safe to recommend to any fellow Austen addicts. It even has really great "moral of the story!" Here's what the publishers have to say:

In this Jane Austen-inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen's time.

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her love of Jane Austen has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney's borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.

Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman-and being this other woman is not without its advantages: Especially in a looking-glass Austen world. Especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson

Posted By Jasi on Sep 13, 2007 at 6:33PM

Okay. I haven't finished this yet, but so far I'm a little disturbed. All of the husbands and wives are either cheating on each other or thinking about it. Also, I'm almost halfway through, and nothing has hooked me in yet. We shall see!

Here is the blurb from the publishers:

Meet Mimi. Mimi may "have it all" -- the house, the children, the part-time vanity job, the skinny jeans, the feng shui guru -- but life chez Fleming is not as cushy as she'd like (husband Ralph prefers the trout stream to the fast lane). And when Mimi meets Si, the new billionaire on the block, at a sushi party, she soon faces a choice of keeping up or keeping it real.

Then there's her best friend Clare, neat-freak garden designer, deep in biopanic about her childlessness with eco-architect husband, Gideon. Clare monitors all illicit activity in the private West London compound, from light adultery to heavy construction, and she is watching Mimi. . . .

Notting Hell is a wickedly funny and oh-so-recognizable comedy of manners, filleting life on a communal garden in London. So take your irreplaceable numbered key and enter Lonsdale Gardens, the world of wealthy one-upmanship, where the old-fashioned laws of love still rule among the stainless steel kitchen appliances, cashmere throws, and compassionately produced cups of latte.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Posted By KathleenxCouture on Jul 29, 2007 at 10:49AM

I enjoyed reading this book because what girl doesn't want to buy everything she wants? In this book the main character, Rebecca Bloomwood, actually does (for the most part) and she teaches us all a lesson which is only buy what you can afford or you will have banks on your ass day and night because you are $10,000 in debt. Rebecca is a finacial journalist who hates her job but loves shopping, almost too much. She gets herself into sticky situations but always finds a way to learn from her mistakes and get herself out. Although it is a bit tough to follow some of the terms if you aren't from the UK (the story is based in London and various areas in England) you can catch on pretty quickly. This book is also part of a series so if you can't get enough of Rebecca in this book there are about 4 others that tell more of her story. This is a great read and i recommend it to those of you that can't get enough of Chick-lit, like me.

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