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February, 2014 Informal Poll--What are you reading now?

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Initial post: Feb 1, 2014, 4:11:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 4:14:58 AM PST
J. W. Scales says:
For everyone who has been celebrating the Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) we will try to start February off quietly. Just remember that this is a short month and you have to read an additional 4 minutes a day to make up for it.

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 Patsy who started December 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 Feb 1, 2014, 5:11:59 AM PST
I am reading Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons which is set to be released on Tuesday. I am 18% into this medical thriller and am really enjoying it so far.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 7:00:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 7:04:19 AM PST
ginger krz says:
I'll start off February by updating what I read in January. I read some really good books last month that I thoroughly enjoyed that I didn't get around to posting about here.

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One - I realize I'm a little late coming to this party but I've finally arrived! I've been meaning to read this book for years and it was one of my New Year's resolutions to read it this year. I really enjoyed it and it prompted me to do a marathon viewing of the first three seasons of the TV series. Wow-really good. I definitely plan on reading the other books and can't wait for the next season of the series.

A Dog's Purpose - such a sweet book! It's written from a dog's POV as the dog gets reincarnated over several lifetimes. Someone else in this thread stated it should be required reading for all dog lovers and I would agree with that.

Winter Garden - this book got off to a bit of a slow start but was really good. It's about 2 sisters who were raised by a very cold, distant mother but well-loved by their father. When the father is dying, he asks the daughters to try to get to know their mother and asks the mother to tell her daughters her life's story. It's quite fascinating. At first the mother tells the story as a fairy tale and you don't know what in the story is real and what is made up and what character in the tale represents the mother. As you get more and more drawn into the story, you have more and more empathy for the mother. The story will stick with me for awhile.

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - I liked the first half of this book more than the second half and rated it 4 stars when I finished it. However, I just keep thinking about this book and since it seems to have affected me so much, I should probably bump it up to 5 stars. It's about a lighthouse keeper and his wife on a remote island off the coast of Australia where two oceans meet. After the couple suffer several miscarriages, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a baby. The decisions made by the keeper and wife regarding what to do with the dead body and the baby have some significant repercussions and make for a great story. Highly recommended reading.

The Firebird - another winner by Susanna Kearsley who has become one of my favorite authors. I find it so interesting that she always manages to tell 2 stories in one book - one from the past and one from the present and she intertwines them so well. The story in the past in this book takes place in St. Petersburg Russia, which is different from her previous books that all take place in England or Scotland. However, it has some significant tie-ins to Winter Sea so if you haven't read that yet, you should read it before The Firebird. I loved this book!

Editted for clarification

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 7:16:57 AM PST
ginger krz says:
Other January reading included

Midsummer Night (A Lady Julia Mystery). I felt a bit cheated by this one. I bought it as a pre-sale item and it was advertised as a new Lady Julia Grey novel but it is really a novella. It tells the story of Julia and Brisbane's wedding day. While I enjoyed it, I am really wondering when we can look forward to a new full length adventure by this interesting couple.

Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables) - this is the fifth book in the series. I read the first four near the end of last year and really enjoyed them. This one I did not enjoy anywhere near as much. It is more about Anne's children that about Anne and it drones on and on about some of the other islanders and neighbors, a lot of which is not particularly interesting. It had a very different tone from the others, which may be the result of it being written quite a bit later than the others.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) - I figured I'd check out this YA series that my daughter read in grade school. Delightful story - fairly short but well written.

An Imperfect Witch (Witch Central Series: Book 1) - the first book in a new series by Debra Geary which really takes up where A Modern Witch series takes off - same characters. These have almost gotten to be like comfort reads for me. Light reading, interesting story and characters.

And last but not least, The Organist Wore Pumps (The Liturgical Mysteries). This one was enjoyable, but not my favorites in the series. Hayden and the other offbeat characters in this series have gotten to be like old friends and I enjoy visiting with them periodically, so I've been reading a couple of these books a year so I always have another to look forward to.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 7:17:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 7:19:58 AM PST
I bought Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents: 13 Tales of New American Gothic because I've been enjoying short stories lately. I also took advantage of the one free month of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. I don't know if I'll keep the subscriptions--it depends on how good the stories are.

I also picked up Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm and Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon for $2.99 each. I have a LOT of short stories to read!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 7:18:49 AM PST
Josue says:
I've read three of those books and loved them all! A Game of Thrones, I'm late as well ti the party but I'm glad I finally made it! The Winter Garden and The Light Between Oceans are even better. All three are among my favorites. I have The Firebird but have not read it yet.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 7:51:23 AM PST
Just finished Killing Jesus by authors Martin Dugard and Bill O'reilly
Excellent book in novel form twist to an old and well known story.

Just started The Husband's Secret .

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 8:04:32 AM PST
Just finished Sin City Goddess and Z-Burbia: A Zombie Novel z-burbia was my prime KLL for Jan.

Not sure what I'm in the mood for next, something light and frothy..

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 8:08:30 AM PST
Susan Solin says:
If anyone likes Dean Koontz books I received several e-mail this morning looks like all (or most?) of his books have been dropped to $4.99.

Started September Fair (The Murder-By-Month Mysteries), not far enough in to have an opinion yet.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 9:24:21 AM PST
I am about 30% into Brilliance and am very intrigued.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 9:39:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 9:39:48 AM PST
And Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles are $1.99 each. They were a great read! The first one is Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles). The fourth book in the series will be out in March.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 10:48:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 10:49:07 AM PST
lonbeehold says:
I watched the first two seasons of GOT, but stopped watching when I realized that the series was not tracking with the books and jumping ahead on some points. I decided to stop watching until I finished all 5 books, so now I can go back and watch season 3. There was a moment in season two that I had just finished reading in book 3 (which was my favorite-I misstated in the January thread that book 4 was my favorite). The moment was so surprising and delicious to read that I would have been seriously disappointed if I saw it on the show first and was denied the pleasure of discovery of the scene in the book. I also had to accept that the series has definitely taken liberty with the the events and even characters themselves from the books and treat them as completely separate entities, each to be enjoyed on their own merits.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 11:02:04 AM PST
Artist says:
I'm currently reading The Given Day. I'm not enjoying it so far and it hasn't grabbed me yet, but I'm pushing through because I love Dennis Lehane.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 11:48:54 AM PST
Josue says:
I'm about 65% into the same book and overall really enjoying it. The beginning is a but slower but it sites pick up even though it's still a fairly simple book. A lot happens but not in the action packed way as other novels. Still, worth the read for sure.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 12:05:44 PM PST
P. Houle says:
This is my first book on Kindle: 9% read The Woman in White
I've downloaded several free books and one for .99 cents; that should keep me busy for a while. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 1:00:03 PM PST
Bkworm Bren says:
@The Artist
I know what you mean about The Given Day. I'm a fan of Dennis Lehane, but I couldn't get through all the baseball stuff in the beginning of the book. I'll give it another try at some point in the future since the entire subject matter of the book isn't baseball (apparently).

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 1:06:08 PM PST
Pageturner says:
Richard Russo's Elsewhere: A memoir has been a delight. Much of it is about his mother who had many issues. Russo and his wife both had the patience of Job throughout his mother's life, and it was sometime after her death that he learned what his mother's problem had most likely been. My favorite book of his is That Old Cape Magic which I have read twice, and anyone who has read it will recognize it in this memoir. It is a departure from his gritty mill town stories, among which is the incomparable Empire Falls (Vintage Contemporaries), another favorite of mine.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 1:22:36 PM PST
Artist says:
Thanks Josue and Bookworm Bren. I will keep pushing through because I know it will get better.

The baseball stuff in the beginning was really boring for me, and I was outraged at the way the white men were treating the black men. I know it was normal for that time, but it still bothered me greatly to read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 1:23:57 PM PST
Artist says:
Welcome to the Kindle Klub, P. Houle!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 1:33:51 PM PST
Josue says:
The book is definitely a lot more than just baseball. I was also outraged by the way they treated the blacks. There will be others moments when you will feel that way but it's not too the extreme.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 1:59:42 PM PST
Denise says:
and I'm a fan of Lehane as well as baseball, and I got bogged down in the first third of the book and just couldn't finish. I'll have to try it again sometime.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 2:15:11 PM PST
albertagirl says:
Just wrapped up Of Windmills and War. Great read. I'll read more by this author. Not sure about Blue Like Elvis; which had a preview at the end of this book. Doesn't really look like my cup of tea; maybe I'll have another look later.

Meanwhile, on to The North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and Hell. Likely I'll break this up into its three parts. I've heard nothing but good about this offering, and I've been looking forward to starting on it...but that looks like a BBBBIIIIIGGGG bite to take all at once!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014, 3:04:22 PM PST
Josue says:
As one who has read the first book and currently in the second book of the North and South Trilogy I must say that while it is a very good series a break is a must. I took about seven months in between both books and even now in the second book I am taking a break halfway through. Once I finish The Given Day I will go right back into book two which is about 1k pgs long. I'm already halfway through. A lot to take in but we'll worth the experience.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 3:18:26 PM PST
I just finished Sweetly (Fairy Tale Retelling), which was 3 1/2 stars. Good, not great. And Sinful Folk, which was fabulous.

I am starting The Madman's Daughter today.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014, 3:46:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014, 3:46:53 PM PST
End of January: I finished Warm Bodies and found it entertaining. Warm Bodies: A Novel

January into Feb: Reading -- Jungle: The Whispering Ruins. Enjoying it!!! The Whispering Ruins (Jungle)
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