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The August 2013 Informal Poll - What are you reading?


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Initial post: Aug 1, 2013, 6:52:52 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 August"

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.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 6:59:39 AM PDT
I'm currently reading Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel which I borrowed from my local library. All I can say is, "WOW!" I think this is the best in this series.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 7:00:16 AM PDT
My son came running in at 7:20 this morning, carrying his Kindle, saying, "It's August first! Get me the next Harry Potter!"

So he's happily enjoying The Half Blood Prince.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 7:07:13 AM PDT
Patsy says:
Finished my July KOLL freebie The Hindenburg Murders (Disaster Series) last night - really enjoyed this mystery set in 1937 with its mix of historical facts woven into the fictitious storyline. Then I started Birds in Paradise (humorous mystery novella), only a few pages in so no opinion yet....

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 7:18:04 AM PDT
Thanks for starting August off for us, Patsy!

I am reading Rick Hautala's The Mountain King and I'm enjoying it. It's a scary sasquatch book. How fun does that sound? :)

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 7:56:59 AM PDT
T. Cannon says:
Pro Bono - The 18-year defense of Caril Ann Fugate and
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:07:44 AM PDT
I finished Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro) which was great but also sad because Patrick seemed so unhappy about his life toward the end. Also, Bubba wasn't in it enough. I started Mystic River which is incredible so far--the best one yet.

I also started listening to Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel from Audible and, as always, I am in awe. Even though I've read most of the Dave Robicheaux books that may be my next challenge--to read them all in order.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:11:47 AM PDT
Jason says:
I am in the middle of The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of 'The Wheel of Time'. Just started the series in July with The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'. Started this series several years ago before all the books were out. Looking forward to re-reading the first 8-9 and reading the rest for the first time.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:11:48 AM PDT
katydidit says:
I read The Light Between Oceans: A Novel which I got up extra early this morning to finish. Excellent! Thanks for the recommendations from the previous months threads.

Also listening to The Storyteller which is also excellent. I love Jodi Picoult. I love how her books make you uncomfortable, agitated, and think outside the box.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:13:00 AM PDT
Susan Solin says:
Decided to re-read the Virgil Flowers novels in order before the new one comes out finished Dark of the Moon (A VIRGIL FLOWERS NOVEL) and am now 1/2 way through Heat Lightning (A VIRGIL FLOWERS NOVEL). Nobody writes like Sandford. I just love all his books.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:18:55 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I quit The Pig Did It (The Pig Trilogy) at around 46%. Just could not read any more. It was tedious. Something that could have been described in 2 sentences, went on for 4 very long paragraphs.

I started Baker Towers

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 8:35:39 AM PDT
I finished The English Girl yesterday; enjoyed it very much, as I do all the Gabriel Allon novels. I was especially happy with the ending of this one.

I'm just starting The White Princess (Cousins' War), but love the way it began. I adore Philippa Gregory, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this book as much as I've done all her others.

This will likely be my last book before we leave on vacation. I've amassed a little stockpile of books for the trip, including The Husband's Secret, Love Anthony, and The Secret History. Hoping to get through at least 2 of the 3 while we're gone.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 9:32:05 AM PDT
Thank you so much to Denise in the July thread for reminding me of Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader (a freebie from September 2012) - I am really enjoying it:) I have read the HP books so many times I have no trouble following his discussion, and have already learned a lot.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 11:32:05 AM PDT
musicmomma says:
I put aside The Cuckoo's Calling for a . The book is very good so far and I have heard very good things about it.

I had to read the book The Mist. It is part of the book Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. I have watched the movie several times and just had to read the book. I am weak--I admit it. I will get back to the Cuckoo's Calling when I am done with The Mist.

I have already put 2 books on my wish list from this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 11:35:27 AM PDT
The Mist is a GREAT story! I hope you enjoy it, Sue!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 11:35:58 AM PDT
musicmomma says:
so far so good!!!!

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 11:48:21 AM PDT
Capricorn1 says:
Reading Silo Saga: Greatfall: Part 2 (Kindle Worlds Novella)

Second of three short books along the Wool silo theme. I'm enjoying them very much.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 11:50:50 AM PDT
T. Cannon says:
Never heard of this book but it is going on my Wish list now. Thanks for sharing!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 1:05:40 PM PDT
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CoachD says:
Folina, Random Reader: We picked the Harry Potter books via KOLL last year & early this year....7 months in a row. My wife had read them all in hardback, but she enjoyed them again on her baby Kindle.

I am finishing up on a digital library loan: Arrowhead (The Afterblight Chronicles: The Hooded Man Trilogy) by Paul Kane. A very good Robin Hood reteilling, set in the future as an End Of The World As We Know It event killed off most of the world's population. I should be finished by tonight. An easy 4 to 5 star will soon follow.

My August KOLL book will be Killer Protocols (Richard Paladin Series) by David Manuel. My first Richard Paladin story. The author says this Richard character is a kick butt action guy, on par with big name action stars like Dirk Pitt. I'll save a whole $3.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 4:29:35 PM PDT
deb217 says:
Katydidit, I read The Storyteller. I agree with you, I thought it was an excellent book because it was different. Loved the ending.
Finished The Great Santini. I liked it but it isn't my favorite book of Pat Conroy.
Went to the library and picked up The Light Between Oceans: A Novel. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one but so many people in this forum have recommended it and so I thought I would give it a try.
I just started A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro) today and I re-e-eally like it so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 4:46:46 PM PDT
Denise says:
A post filled with many books I've enjoyed! I too like Santini but it's not near the top of my list of favs from him.

Loved Storyteller and Light Between Oceans. And I thoroughly enjoyed A Drink Before the War.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 4:52:53 PM PDT
ShariB says:
I started The Last Testament: A Memoir (sitting in my tbr pile since October 2011) and found it quite enjoyable/very funny/most entertaining. I love the way he (God) explains events from the bible from his perspective. Not sure if I want to try The Tombs (A FARGO ADVENTURE) as the reviews are both good & bad but I really like Clive Cussler and the kindle version finally dropped in price.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 5:01:33 PM PDT
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☀ Suze says:
I started Juliet in August and am liking it. It's small-town life in a Canadian prairie. In the "Customers who bought this also bought" section I have read or own all 5 of the first 5 hardcover books and quite a few of the other suggestions.....it's my kind of book it seems!

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 5:05:54 PM PDT
Jay says:
The Man With Two Left Feet A light comedy by P.G. Wodehouse. Classical, funny, affordable.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 6:50:59 PM PDT
TexasMom says:
My library hold of The Light Between Oceans: A Novel came in today. I was between big reads so enjoyed Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools (Old Fool Series) very much. Quick read. Then I started Shaman's Crossing: The Second Son Trilogy (Soldier Son Trilogy). Unfortunately The Queen of Bedlam also came in from the library. So now I have gone from zero books to read to three overnight. And I have a book club read Committed: A Love Story, not my usual genre. I guess I will read them all at the same time.
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