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The December 2013 Informal Poll - What are you reading?


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Initial post: Dec 1, 2013 7:30:10 AM PST
Patsy says:
I've taken the liberty of copying 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..."

And thanks to Michael for starting this thread almost every month, Charlene who started November, and lonbeehold who has started last month 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 Dec 1, 2013 7:41:48 AM PST
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Patsy says:
Just started Black Butterflies. (The Greek Village Series Book 2) for a little something different from the Chief Inspector Gamache series (which I am trying to make last as long as possible...) Only a few pages in, but I read the first in the series The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Series Book 1) and enjoyed it very much, the perfect "I just need a light, fluffy novel with interesting characters to read" book, I'm hoping Black butterflies fit the bill.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 7:59:51 AM PST
mebe says:
The Choice (The Returned)
The First (The Returned)
The Sparrow (The Returned)
The Returned
and hoping we get goooood deals tomorrow

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:12:39 AM PST
lonbeehold says:
I finished Harvest: A Novel last night. Well, actually at 2:30 am... So well written and engaging. I couldn't put it down. Now to continue with The Goldfinch. I just picked up Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. so I'll read some of those essays while the reading The Goldfinch, which is quite long.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:22:41 AM PST
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Mary Ellen says:
I just finished re-reading a book I enjoyed many years ago:

The Dean's Watch

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:40:00 AM PST
Denise says:
I'm re-reading Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games), because when we went to see the movie last Wednesday I found that I had forgottem some of the plotlines.

In audio I'm still plodding through The Luminaries (Man Booker Prize)

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:40:16 AM PST
deb217 says:
I am still reading and enjoying Live by Night: A Novel. Gosh Dennis Lehane is a good writer.
I have also started The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn) which was published in 1970. It is the first in the series, introducing Joe Leaphorn. This is not a police procedural book (Michael Connelly need not worry). I find Tony Hillerman books extremely interesting and I like his main character. In addition to the story, Hillerman answers questions about his books and also profiles the Navajo Nation. For example, he answers why his books have so many "glitches." If you are looking for the next "sit on the edge of your seat" mystery novel or even a book where there are no "glitches", stay away from this one. Great reads? No .... Detailed police procedural? No .... Great mystery? No .... Interesting reads? Yes.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:40:28 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:45:22 AM PST
ShariB says:
Started reading Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss which was written by Jai Pausch after her husband Randy (author of The Last Lecture The Last Lecture died). I really liked his book and reread it last summer. Her book brings the perspective of the caregiver to light. Highly recommend both books for anyone dealing with terminal cancer. Caregivers need to remember to take care of themselves as well.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 8:53:16 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
38% through book 6 of the Outlander Series A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 9:02:40 AM PST
jp7395 says:
I am rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Just started the Fellowship. After I finish the trilogy I'll reread the Silmarillion. And then after that, I'm planning to read Fall of Giants by Ken Follet.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 9:15:30 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
I just finished my KOLL book for November, The Palace Job, which was a lot of fun.

Since I was in the mood for more in that vein, I've started reading Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic (Discworld). I picked up several of the Discworld books on sale a while back, but hadn't gotten around to them until now.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 10:05:03 AM PST
Finished Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel, a DTB I borrowed from my local library. While I have enjoyed this series, this book was just more of the same: Stephanie Plum needs to make a choice between Joe Morelli and Ranger; she needs to stop having her and Ranger's cars damaged or destroyed; and she either needs to get a different job or stop whining about being a bounty hunter. I think I will take a break from this series unless there are some changes.

I'm now reading A Killer's Christmas in Wales: A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Penny Brannigan Mysteries), another DTB I borrowed from MELCAT. This is the third installment in the Penny Brannigan Mystery series and I'm enjoying it so far.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 10:58:06 AM PST
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Josue says:
Apparently I'll be done with Ender's Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) sooner than what I thought. I have only three chapters to go one of which I'll be reading tonight. I am really enjoying this book and an glad to have read it. There are still some final questions I have but I'm sure I'll get to that soon enough. Most likely I will not continue the series but mostly because I've heard that some are just retelling of some parts from other character's point of view. But even so, this book is leaving me satisfied as it is and I feel no need to continue on after I finish.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 11:49:12 AM PST
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Angel's Mum says:
Finished The Murder Stone (Chief Inspector Gamache) and started Of Windmills and War, which was my Prime Lending pick for November but I got involved with Inspector Gamache and didn't get to it yet. They just keep getting better and better!

Need to read Diane Moody's book now so I can pick something else for Dec. I'll probably wait to continue Louise Penny's series until after the holidays or I won't get anything done before Christmas ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2013 12:42:45 PM PST
Skip says:
Have read all the Hillerman books up to his untimely death, and liked them all. You may not kmow that his daughter Anne has picked up the Leaphorn/Chee series and is carrying it on. Liked her first attempt.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 12:45:35 PM PST
Susan Solin says:
Tried to put myself into the Christmas spirit and read Gingerbread Cookie Murder which is a compilation of 3 novelettes written by 3 different cozy authors. It was so-so, not really very Christmassy in my opinion. The read Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) which is only $3.99 right now. I borrowed the book from my local library but liked it enough that I bought the kindle version for my son and sent it to him as a Thanksgiving surprise. I thought this book was very good and it made me think a lot about overpopulation of the planet.

Then for something completely different and more in the holiday spirit I read When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State (Serge Storms) which is currently only $1.99. It's a zany twist on Christmas. Made me want to read all of Tim Dorsey's books.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 12:55:24 PM PST
Angel's Mum,

When I read your post I thought I had missed one of the Inspector Gamache books. After researching on Louise Penny's website I learned that "The Murder Stone" is the Canada, U.K., Commonwealth title for "A Rule Against Murder." I was hoping there was another book.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 12:57:35 PM PST
Mary Ellen says:
I'm also reading two non-fiction books that I'd really like to finish this month:

I don't know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 1:09:58 PM PST
Mieko* says:
I am halfway through 'Turn Back Time' which is about a Kentucky family in 1924.
They just had Christmas with the whole extended family, so that part was topical. :)

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 1:14:11 PM PST
I just downloaded the third goldie lock book- Baehrly Alive (Goldie Locke and the Were Bears Book #3) it's my Kindle library month choice.

If anyone does freebies the first Cindy Eller book by Elizabeth Reeves was free last year. When I went to buy it I found I already had it in my cloud (yay). I haven't read it yet but I really like the goldie series, so it's a taste of her writing if you already own it LOL

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 1:44:14 PM PST
DinDC says:
I just started reading In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel, loosely based on the author's experience growing up in Cambodia as a young girl when the Khmer Rouge took over. Liking it a lot.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 1:57:21 PM PST
Holly says:
Last night, I finished the fifth book in Kate Kingsbury's Pennyfoot Hotel mystery series Check-Out Time (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery). This is a series I have enjoyed very, very much and look forward to continuing it. Definitely a cozy and lots of fun. The early installments have been out of print for some time, but they are now available for $3.99 on Kindle as well as being available in the KOLL. Looking forward to the next one.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 2:41:15 PM PST
I finished Something Real which is a YA book due to be published in the spring of 2014. I really enjoyed this book about a girl growing up on a Reality TV show. I recommend this book and will post a review on Amazon as soon as it is released.

I am not sure which book I will pick up next. Time to look through my TBR pile!

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 3:13:07 PM PST
Chele says:
I am still reading House of Evidence. I hope to finish that one soon. I have less than 2 hours left! Just got Soy Sauce for Beginners which I may read next. Since I'm a Prime member I got it for free through Kindle First.
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