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The September 2013 Informal Poll - What are you reading?

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Initial post: Aug 31, 2013, 11:21:03 PM 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 September"

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 Sep 1, 2013, 12:05:02 AM PDT
I have just finished a beautifully written book by a wonderful Southern writer. The Widow and the Tree

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 12:49:21 AM PDT
Ritz says:
Just finished reading the free (at the time) The Barefoot Sisters Southbound (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) and enjoyed it. At times a little slow; but that was part of its charm. We are, after all, reading about a hike of around 2,500 miles through rain sleet snow and ice. The relationship and interactions between the sister was poignant; I have a twin sister.
I hope the sequel Barefoot Sisters Walking Home (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) becomes free; it's on my watch list.
I am currently reading Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, but I think it will be too slow for me and I may not finish. But it's interesting about how blind people 'see' wind, space. My best friend is blind (eye disease in her 30s); she uses a cane and is incredibly independent.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 1:12:35 AM PDT
Ritz says:
PS: Can anyone recommend an end of the world book where zombies (dead, deader or alive) don't figure into the plot?
Current reading for the third time Swan Song. Read it the first time and second time before there were cell phones. Enjoying it just as much. I'm reading the DTB version. My twin sister liked it so much, she's kept it after all this time (25 years). Thanks.

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Dragi Raos says:
My absolute favorite is On the Beach, followed by The Road.

Some other good ones, in different "sub-sub-genres":
The Day of the Triffids
I Am Legend (vampires, not of sparkling, cuddly kind)
Lucifer's Hammer

I believe there's the whole forum around here for post-apocalyptic sub-genre lovers.

Edit: Here it is, but it does not seem to be too active:

Also try

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013, 1:52:18 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
The Remains of the Day - as good as expected.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013, 4:37:09 AM PDT
Agree with On the Beach (Vintage International), by Nevil Shute. He is a favorite author of mine.

Absolutely loved the recent The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 5:14:25 AM PDT
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I finished Murder as a Fine Art recently. I didn't really care for it. I loved the setting (1850's London) and the first 100 pages or so, but it fell off after that. The references to locations in London I have visited were great and made my long to return. I felt like the author started to repeat himself and he fell in love with the research when he started to put in things that added no value to the story. I had several issues with the ending. I know others enjoyed it and other work by this author, so maybe it's just me. I was looking for another The Alienist: A Novel (Dr. Lazlo Kreizler) and this one came up short.

I'm about 60% through Shadows Linger: A Novel of the Black Company (Chronicles of The Black Company) (audio) and I'm enjoying. My only complaint with the series is the character names. One of the villains is 'The Dominator' - I cringe every time the narrator says that. It's just such a silly name. The other character names are almost as bad.

I'm 15% into Stinger. Enjoying it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013, 5:53:36 AM PDT
dawnsong - agreed. I loved The Dog Stars. No one's mentioned The Stand?!

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 6:47:41 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Anna's Gift (Love Inspired)

As much as I love this series, I wish I had read them in order!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013, 7:49:32 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
I just put The Dog Stars on hold at my library because of the recommendation. The Stand is my all time favorite, I read it about once a year now. To add another to this list, last week I read One Second After, which I really enjoyed.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013, 8:44:32 AM PDT
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I second Dragi's recs and I raise him by adding The Stand!

I finished Robert McCammon's Stinger, LOVED IT!

Yesterday I read Shiftling. This was a coming of age horror novella. I thought it was just ok.

Last night I started Tim Curran's Dead Sea. I'm excited because I'm a big Curran fan. :)

Edited to add I just saw your suggestion, Mother Beaver! High five!

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 9:07:01 AM PDT
lonbeehold says:
Just finished Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel. Excellent book that brought me to tears at the end. While not a YA book, I would not hesitate letting my almost 14 yo did read it. Beautifully written. I started The Round House, which will be my first book by this author. I also have The Color Master: Stories downloaded and ready to read.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 9:24:09 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 9:42:54 AM PDT
Patsy says:
@Ritz, Dragi, dawnsong, Charlene

On the Beach, made into a movie starring Gregory Peck, Ava Garner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins. Requires a very, very large box of tissues, saw the movie probably 45 years ago, loved it. Am curious if anyone has read the book and also watched the movie, wondering how the two compare.

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Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 10:03:15 AM PDT
Josue says:
I'm reading Winter Garden as my main focus. I've only just begun and still very early on in the book but so far I am really enjoying it. I'm in chapter four at the moment and really look forward to reading the rest.

Also, as a side book I have finally decided to re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) which I already know I love. It's been about three years since I read this novel. Most recently I read Deathly Hallows and even that was months before the movies came out about two years ago or more.

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Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 10:11:43 AM PDT
Artist says:
After reading several samples, I chose Pines (The Wayward Pines Series) as my KOLL selection. I swear, these writers are writing the beginnings of their books just so the samples make the book look good! In the sample, a guy wakes up in the woods, injured and with amnesia. He starts to remember a car accident when the sample ends. I download the book, and 2 screen clicks later, he's remembered who he is and the accident that injured him. I was SO disappointed! There is a mystery unfolding after that point (very s-l-o-w-l-y), but it's not the story I thought it was going to be.

I'm also reading The Last Apprentice Book 3, but I'll probably put it aside until I finish Pines. I'm already 25% through the book after only an hour, so it won't take long.

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Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 10:28:04 AM PDT
Chhipakalee says:
I started The Shining Girls: A Novel yesterday and read deep into the night. It's a time travel book with shifting POVs and complex plotting. So far it's a seriously good page-turner.

I keep flipping back and forth to check on dates, details, and POV, so I'd recommend consuming this book in print or as an eBook because I think as an audiobook the reader might miss some details or find some things confusing.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 11:01:02 AM PDT
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Just finished Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. Although it is not as humorous as her other books, it is still diverting and chock full of interesting stuff. She starts with taste & smell (which is the heart of taste) and travels down to, well, the end. I never knew about poop transplants or that Elvis had an enlarged colon & constipation that killed him (or that his mother manually de-impacted him as a child). :-D

I just drew a paranormal out of my TBR folder: Sealed With a Curse: A Weird Girls Novel. Going from one weird to another...

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 11:21:19 AM PDT
Mary Ellen says:
I'm re-reading an old favorite that I found had been put in Kindle format and am falling in love with the story all over again:

The Dean's Watch

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 12:17:07 PM PDT
deb217 says:
OT: If anyone would like to have the audio version of Relic (Pendergast, Book 1), it is $4.95 at in their daily deal.
Back on topic: I am currently reading No Time for Goodbye. This is my first Linwood Barclay book but it won't be my last.
I have also started The Shell Seekers. I can see why this book sold so many copies. It is very good. After all of the heart-thumping bloody/violent books I have read this past month, I thought I would read a couple of warm and fuzzy books.
My two cents: While I was reading Swan Song, I couldn't help comparing it to the The Stand (which has to be in the top 5 books Stephen King has written). However, I loved, loved, loved Swan Song also.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 12:33:14 PM PDT
Jay says:
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