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The July 2013 Informal Poll - What are you reading?


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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 6:48:26 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 July"

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 Jul 1, 2013 6:52:57 AM PDT
Patsy says:
Started Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel last night, about 10% in - so far so good.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 6:55:45 AM PDT
Oops just posted this in June (didn't catch that July thread had begun yet) so I'm doing a quick copy/paste:

I broke down and ordered the first 4 books of The Game of Thrones series in paperback over a year ago, but have not managed to crack open even book 1 yet.

I'm currently reading Terry Goodkind's Naked Empire (Sword of Truth) book 8 from the Sword of Truth series on kindle. Although I am enjoying the storyline overall, I'm not totally liking all the detour books which pretty much leave all the main characters out and don't show any advancement story-wise for them including a book where we were introduced to a whole bunch of new people only to have them almost all killed by the end of the book. I also firmly believe that everyone of these books I've read so far could stand a healthy going over by an editor. I can't believe all the mistakes in such a popular, big name published series of books!

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 6:56:07 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
About half way through Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

Just started Prague Winter (Enhanced Edition) by Madeleine Albright

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 6:58:50 AM PDT
Denise Long says:
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (US Edition)

I liked the first one,
so reading the second one.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 7:13:19 AM PDT
Denise says:
This month I'm hoping to re-read the Harry Potter series. My daughter and I read each volume as it came out, but I haven't revisited them as a series. So, since I purchased the bundle when Pottermore opened up last year, I figured it's time to take this Muggle back through the story. :)

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 8:31:23 AM PDT
 Ann says:
I'm in the middle of The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga), and my 11 year old and I are both reading Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) - she's almost finished and I'm just starting.

Up next is the KOLL book I borrowed in June - The Case of the Perjured Parrot (Perry Mason Series Book 14)

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 9:36:01 AM PDT
Over the weekend I sat on the porch and read The Match which is a pretty creepy short, Whiskey Devil, which needs some editing but is very disturbing story, and then started Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania, which I am enjoying a lot. I seem to be on a folklore binge.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 9:43:33 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
I just finished reading: A Conspiracy of Alchemists: Book One in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor "Elle" Chance, that is-the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.

When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.

Read this book for a book club that I belong to and loved it. I just pre ordered the 2nd book in the series: A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 9:51:25 AM PDT
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Jazzy_Jeff says:
I am almost done with Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel. I plan on starting Under the Dome: A Novel.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 10:13:33 AM PDT
Willow3§3 says:
Hello, July!

I'm still reading The Skin Map (Bright Empires). It's not a new concept, but I am intrigued to learn where the author takes it. Still loving the "Britishness" of the main characters.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 10:14:54 AM PDT
Shirley says:
The Hit (Will Robie). About half way into it and completely enjoying. Have not read Baldacci in a while and forgot how good he is. Last Man Standingis still my favorite.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 10:26:50 AM PDT
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katydidit says:
This weekend I finished The Forgotten Garden: A Novel which I loved. I will be reading more by Kate Morten.

On the totally other end of the spectrum I'm about half way through listening to Swan Song which is definitely not an English country garden! However, I have to admit - I'm hooked and interested to see how this will all come out in the end, I'm very invested in a few of the characters. Also am finding it very thought provoking - - - I find myself wondering (maybe has to do with so much of the dystopian, zombie, apocolyptic reading and movies) what it would be like at the end of the world as we know it. (Way too deep for a Monday morning!)

Also picked up Aunty Ida's Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) which was recommended by someone on this thread months (and months?) ago. Just fun and easy reading. Wish I could go to Aunty Ida's - LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 10:41:29 AM PDT
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Peachy Pat, are you enjoying Boy's Life?

Thanks Patsy for starting us off! I, too, posted on the other thread, so I'm copying and posting it here. :)
I finished reading Blood Riders with my horror group. I have no idea as to how to explain this one. Historical fiction/vampire/steampunk/thriller. I thought it was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the sequel. I gave it 4* and recommend it.

I am currently reading a novella by John Connolly The Wanderer in Unknown Realms: A Novella (Kindle Single). Mr. Connolly is one of my favorite authors and this story is a bit of a departure for him. I'm really liking it so far.
Then, my group is reading Sineater. I have high hopes for it, as it won a Stoker a few weeks back.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 11:05:27 AM PDT
I am always happy to see anyone reading Boy's Life one of the best I read in 2012...

Hope you enjoy as much as I did..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 11:07:28 AM PDT
Ann,

tell us about being a " Kindle Forum Pro "......I always like the comments.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 11:36:53 AM PDT
Right Ho JeevesRight Ho, Jeeves. Typical P.G. Wodehouse...which is to say "Great!" Light humor in a British flavor.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 11:49:37 AM PDT
Patsy - I love Louise Penny. Her books get better and better and the characters are wonderful. I hope you enjoy Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel enough to continue the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 12:07:20 PM PDT
deb217 says:
Charlene, Thank you for reminding of John Connolly. I have had Every Dead Thing on my TBR list for over a year now. It is the first of Connolly's Charlie Parker series. This book grabbed me from the very first page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 12:38:48 PM PDT
Pete Morin says:
Eager to know how you like it, Denise. I'm enthralled by the first one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 12:49:14 PM PDT
Deb, thanks so much for letting me know how much you're enjoying it!
John Connolly is just so damn good. Charlie Parker will always have a special place in my heart. :)

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 1:44:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2013 1:58:50 PM PDT
I finished Red Herring, The (A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery) this morning. Intriguing entry for the series, being a bit of a departure with an incursion by MI5. The series is set in the early 60s and this book takes place during the Cuban Missile crisis.

For lunch today I will be starting Full Blooded (Jessica McClain). Well, I'll be eating too, but hey--the book's the thing, right? ;-)

ETA a "with" where it would do the most good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 1:49:27 PM PDT
Holly says:
I have absolutely loved every Louise Penny mystery and have reached the point I pre-order them and pay full price on my Kindle. :)

For those who might be interested, she appears to be going on an old-fashioned book tour promoting her new release coming out August 27th. You may want to Google it and see if she is coming to a location near you. The closest to me is 3.5 hours away, and I just might go!

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 1:49:39 PM PDT
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albertagirl says:
In the last week or so:

SEALed Justice - Book One Of The Jason Turner Saga; somewhat slow going at first -- probably the first 35% (with the exception of the prologue, which was SO well written it kept me going with the story) was all in "setting up" the action/adventure I bought the book to get. After that, the story did get a lot better, but was still pretty simplistically written and plotted. A very average 3* for this one.

Mossy Creek; enjoyable series of inter-connected stories, by different authors, about life in a small southern town. Very reminiscent of Sweet Tea & Jesus Shoes; not surprising I guess as both are from the same publisher. I'll read more of the "Mossy Creek" series, in time; but I'm ready for a change of genre, for a while, first. I'd give this book 4*.

American Rust: A Novel. (Sigh.) When will I ever learn? Another "critically acclaimed" book; so much so that, despite the rather high price point, I got sucked in. This is what I euphemistically call "a head book." Too much time - waaaay too much - in the heads of the characters, and not enough on the story.

I probably would have loved this book when I was a twenty-something liberal-minded self-proclaimed egg-headed know-it-all. Now, not so much. It's just too much work...although I did persevere because the "outside-the-heads" story demanded to be resolved.

Better than I've probably made it sound. To be fair, probably a solid 3* -- with the last half-star grudgingly given. I'm torn....which in itself might be a recommendation, of sorts.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 2:03:34 PM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
I haven't posted my reads in a long while, but I just finished The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It's one of the best books I've read in years. Hilarious! 5 stars.
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