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The October 2013 Informal Poll - What are you reading?


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Initial post: Oct 1, 2013 7:03:28 AM PDT
Patsy says:
I've taken the liberty of copying Charlene's "copy" of Michael's post that started this great discussion group so many of us enjoy:

"Here's how this works - list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

And here's my standard continuation of each month's request for prior participants in the poll: if you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you're like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further. Since we are all a little community here, and while I realize each review is each person's opinion and we may not like the same thing, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate your honest assessment of the likes and dislikes without providing a spoiler - I know I would! Your reviews don't need to be a long dissertation of the book, I like to keep them short, sweet, and (hopefully) to the point.

Anyway, that's all for now. Have a great October"

And thanks to Michael for starting this thread almost every month and for Charlene who started November and for all the posters who take the time to share what they are reading. I know I have found many an enjoyable book from this thread.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:10:11 AM PDT
Patsy says:
Stayed up past 3:00 am reading The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, the third book in this most excellent mystery series.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:26:32 AM PDT
dawnsong says:
Reading Michigan author Joseph Heywood's older novel The Snowfly, which was recently released on kindle. It is a flyfishing/mystery/travel story that is very interesting and a pleasure to read.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:27:23 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
Just started Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book without Instructions

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:34:18 AM PDT
T. Ramsey says:
Nearly half way through The Oath.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:34:51 AM PDT
I'm here! I just started From Here to Eternity: The Restored Edition (The World War II Trilogy, Book One) which was KDD recently.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:40:32 AM PDT
Breeze says:
I am reading The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. In my opinion, this is the best in the series. So glad to have discovered it on this thread!

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:43:40 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I'm still reading The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade by Susan Wise Bauer

Also reading Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise: A Novel of Bright's Pond

This morning I started Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything that I picked up yesterday. It's currently on sale for $1.99

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 7:57:06 AM PDT
I recently finished Watership Down: A Novel (audio version). I really enjoyed it. The narrator did a good job as well.

I'm about 15% into Horns: A Novel. I like the premise, curious to see where it goes.

My next audio book will probably be Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013 8:15:36 AM PDT
Thank you for starting us off, Patsy!

I am just over 70% through Doctor Sleep: A Novel. I am loving it. I don't find it to be anywhere near as scary as The Shining was, but the character development, as always with Mr. King, is top notch and the story is quite engaging. I can't wait to finish it up!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013 8:27:17 AM PDT
Seggybaby says:
I am finishing up A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four (Martin, George Rr) and will be going right into A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five. Many have noted that Feast was the weakest entry so far of the series, however I found it to be very engrossing due to different POV's of many characters that were not represented in the other books.

OT, T Ramsey, do you recommend reading The Oath?

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 8:38:25 AM PDT
Finished Bluff City Butcher......three stars......and I have just begun Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery)

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 10:23:20 AM PDT
Varney the Vampire (The Feast of Blood) (1847)

One if the earliest of novels, and originally published as a 'Penny Dreadful'...a few pages at a time, costing a penny, or so, and leaving off at cliffhanger moments, so readers would be driven to buy the next week's edition. Several versions are available, and most seem to be missing pages here, or chapters there. This $0.99 edition is supposed to be complete. It is about a remorseful vampire who yearns to become human again, and feels that marrying a good woman is what is needed. Varney served as the basis for Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows fame. There are some similarities, and some differences. This tale is based more upon the Norwegian, and Irish, vampire tales than on the Romanian ones. Varney can be killed by bullets, etc, but revives if his corpse is touched by the light of the full moon. The story is drawn out, and scenes are repetitive, since authors then got paid by the word. Scenes are more descriptive than is common today...detailing colors, sounds, smells, and so on. It is not a style everyone will like, but can be interesting.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 10:32:57 AM PDT
L. Boyles says:
ASIN:B0092EE3K8 The Aviator's Wife: A Novel]] Just finished reading The Aviators Wife and really enjoyed it and wish it had been at least 200 pages longer.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 11:02:17 AM PDT
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❤ Ann says:
I spent the weekend reading A Place Beyond Courage (William Marshal Book 1) , a solid medieval historical.

I'm now about 40% into my (late) September KOLL borrow, War Brides .

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 11:20:29 AM PDT
Shirley says:
About half way into Bitter Nothings (Mystery/Suspense). Very good book and an excellent author. Have read all of her books and enjoyed them all.

David I am also reading the Walt Longmire series and we seem to be at the same book. I like them a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013 12:50:14 PM PDT
Breeze - wait until you read How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. It's the best so far in my opinion!

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 12:57:24 PM PDT
Nina says:
I finished Doctor Sleep: A Novel this afternoon. I think it was one of King's better books. I find some of his books verbose , but not Doctor Sleep. I loved catching up with Danny. I recommend reading the Shining first if you've never done so.

I'm now reading Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire). It's a much faster read than Doctor Sleep. (I tend to read king's books slowly because at a certain point I'm filled with dread and my reading slows to a crawl.). I'm about 60% through the book & enjoying Kindness Goes Unpunished - it's a nice change of pace in the Walt Longmire series.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 2:31:53 PM PDT
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wlc says:
Just finished War Brides due to recommendations on this thread. Enjoyed it very much, although I thought the ending was a bit rushed. Would like to read more about their lives after going their separate ways. Recommend.

edit: grammar

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 6:03:28 PM PDT
I put Anna Dressed in Blood aside even though I was enjoying it because several library holds became available all at once.

The Escape Artist was the first book I've read by Diane Chamberlain. Don't know how I managed to miss her books because I really enjoyed this one.

The Sassy Belles (A Sassy Belles Novel) was just okay. The plot and characters weren't believable enough for me to enjoy it. I'm very familiar with the town it is set in, and did not find the author's portrayal of Tuscaloosa to be accurate.

I really enjoyed The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. A solid 4 stars from me and I will look for more books by her.

My library just made 8-10 of Thomas H. Cook's books available so I am going to be reading three of his that I had missed as soon as I finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel which I am enjoying so far.

Any other Thomas H. Cook fans here?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013 6:14:16 PM PDT
Shirley says:
Alabama Kindle Fan, I am in Alabama also. Strange you mentioned Diane Chamberlain because just this afternoon I was talking to someone that recommended this author. Looked her up and thought I would try one or two. Do you know if they are stand alone or have to be read in order?

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 6:40:17 PM PDT
Josue says:
Love and War: 2 (The North and South Trilogy), 20% in and really enjoying this one. John Jakes is a great author, one who makes you feel like you're there with the characters. First one was really good and this one is proving just the same. Looking forward to the rest of it and part three of the trilogy when I finish this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013 7:51:45 PM PDT
Hi Shirley

I have looked at several of Diane Chamberlain's books that are available from the library and it looks like they are all stand alones. I'm on the wait list now for The Good Father.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 11:50:27 PM PDT
I was reading Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.) last night, and am very annoyed because I woke up with the kindle nesting on the pillow with me, and I have no idea how far I got. No time to check since I had to rush to get to work on time. If I finished it last night I'm sure I would remember, right...?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2013 12:43:26 AM PDT
Shirley says:
That was the impression I had. FictFact shows two series by her. One has three books and the other only two.
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