I just finished the 19th Wife about a month ago and was pretty amazed by it. Am currently on a classics kick and reading Jane Eyre.
I am reading "The Science of Middle-Earth" - it´s very interesting, at least till now.
Reading now: Into the Wind;My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life's Purpose by Jake Ducey
Without a map, nineteen-year-old Jake Ducey leaves behind a drug-filled life and college basketball scholarship to wander the world and prove we can find our dreams by following our heart. On the outskirts of civilization, often uncertain, without money and near death, he finds that everything he was seeking in the world was within him the whole time. Journeying from Guatemala to Australia, Indonesia to Thailand, and ending with fourteen days of silent meditation, he shows that our destiny is in reach if we only look within ourselves first.
My favorite review/quote is from Steve Wozniak: "Decades ago there were visionaries at Apple Inc. who changed the world; Steve Jobs and me. Now Jake is here to transform the world in his own right." Steve Wozniak, (co-founder of Apple Inc.)
It's super fun that this thread keeps going. I do often look up books that people mention and I love to see all the variety!
I just finished "The Lumby Lines" by Gail Fraser, which is about a small town in the Pacific Northwest. It's getting me in the mood for moving there...
Having just read a few fantasies it was time for a change and I am back with the classics - Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have read it before, a long time ago. It is not my favourite of her works and is perhaps not quite as good as I remembered but I am still enjoying it. There are always so many on my "to read" list that I seldom indulge in re-reading old ones except my most favourites.
Mines pretty dull...unless you raise honeybees. I'm reading the ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. It was published in 1910 but it's still the hallmark book for bee keepers. Fascinating.
Currently I am reading a textbook for econ. I'm looking forward to doing some leisure reading soon. I have 4 weeks til I can do such a thing. Such is the student life. LOL
I'm also reading, in the light of the new version of the movie The Great Gatsby a biography of Scott Fitzgerald; The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love. It's not really a biography but it tells the story of the letters that were send back and forth between Scott and Ginevra, his first and true love, the one that got away.
It's an important story because Scott based many of his female characters on Ginevra in his books and his plays. It's a fascinating read and peek into the life of a famous writer. I adore the roaring twenties and often think/wish I should have been born during that time, the elegance, the design, the etiquette, everything fascinates me.
I'm not sure if I want to see the movie after I finish the book, most of the time I feel that I have a certain idea about a story in my head and a movie is most of the time a disappointment.
I'm a big Kathy Reichs fan, yet I never watched one episode of Bones. I don't want that images that I have of the main character disturbed.
Here is a link to the biography. I could not reach Flickr today to post an image, sorry.
Elizabeth - I love bees!! I would love to have a hive but so far I have made do with lots of red maison bees which successfully laid and the babies hatched this year but the weather is so poor none of my tubes have been filled yet this year.
Christine, I know what you mean! I rarely think a film lives up to a book but it can work the other way - sometimes I like a film/TV drama very much and that spurs me to buy the book (which I generally end up prefering LOL).
I am reading some freebies from Kindle books. Some not very good but some a surprising find.I love Memoirs of a Geisha, Gone with the Wind,Scarlett and The Greenlanders. I have read each at least twice (the greenlanders) the rest 4-5 times. It always seems I get something new from them each time I read them. The mood takes over in my life..hhaha from each of them.
Next is a re read of A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Wonderful story, so very moving
quote " A Thousand Splendid suns is an unforgettable portrait of a wounded country and deeply moving story of family and friendship. It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely bond and an indestructible love.
Set in the Afghanistan, and through the period of time the Taliban rules over Afghanistan. You will never think of womens rights, without thinking of the women of this country, again
Sadie - I LOVE gone with the wind - film and book!! Not read A Thousand Splendid Suns but it sounds interesting - will go look it up and add it to the ever-increasing wish list.
Jessica, how do you like the devo? Looks like a good one.
I have just finished "Tavern Wench" by Anne Ashley. A good old fashioned romance, in the style of Jane Austin. One part could have been lifted straight from Pride and Prejudice! When Lady Katherine is telling Elizabeth that she will not have her marrying Darcy and polluting the line!! Except in Tavern Wench, Emma decides she is right! It all ends very happily though!
I am currently reading
It is about the new Pope. I am really enjoying it and have learned a lot so far.
Before I found this site I would read in the morning with my coffee. Mow I can't wait to come here and see what is happening. I am reading J.D. Robb's Delusion in Death.
Hi Sharron - I like to pop in with my morning tea too - I'll wave (but we're probably in different time zones ). Looked up Delusion in Death - sounded interesting!
Hi Dawn Well you can just wave anyway and I will get it when I get here. we are in the Mountain time zone. I just love the J.D. Robb books and eagerly await each new one. J.D. Robb is actually Nora Roberts The In Death books are all murder mysteries bases in 2060 or so.
I like historical romance and historical mysteries. The Secret Mistress looks good. Have you ever read anything by Stephanie Laurens? I love her Cynster series and The Bastion Club books.
I love JD Robb and Nora Roberts books. I'm pretty sure I've read them all. I didn't read the Nora Roberts vampire books though. I don't know why, but I have a thing about reading vampire books...just won't do it. Silly because I read all the other stuff where I have to suspend reality to get into the story.
At the moment I am reading The Millenium Trilogy...
Just thought I'd post my ABSOLUTE FAVOUITE BOOK:
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a Spanish writer, but his books have been translated to English - it is a wonderful book, brilliantly written with poetic style; historic fiction with a bit of mystery and romance- quite long but definitely a book I feel everyone should read.
This book is the first of a series - I love love love the books!
Another of my favourites was The Night Circus:
@Aunt Lew - I think you may love The Shadow of the Wind!
If you are a booklover, consider joining GoodReads - once you rate books, the recommendations given for similar books you might like are quite accurate - that and similar books on Amazon - I'm terrible when it comes to buying books for my Kindle - it's too easy to find books I'd love... I do love a real book more than anything though! GoodReads
I started The Count of Monte Cristo and always go back to Jane Eyre almost every summer.
@Jessica, I have been meaning to return to Jane Eyre for some time now!! It was one of the first real classics I read, and I have a special place in my heart for it. I read it in 7th grade, though; I suspect I'd find new things to appreciate about it.
I have set a goal for myself to read 3 Victorian novels this year, and I'm trying to work through a different Bronte sister, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is okay so far, but (so far) does not have quite the depth of Charlotte Bronte.
Oh and @Bianca, I added Shadow of the Wind to my to-read list. Sounds like it would be up my alley.
Bianca - I love the Stieg Larssons and the other 2 look very interesting. There's a few people here already on GoodReads - I'm here http://www.goodreads.com/DawnEvans
Got to love Jane Eyre!! I really enjoy Anne Bronte too - possibly more than Emily - though Austen is my favourite!
And I guess you can find my profile here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/19793731-lorien
I still need to read Stieg Larson´s trilogy... Too many books, too little time...
Does anyone read Imaginarium Geographica series? I´m on the second book. In thesis, it´s a young adult readings; pratically, it´s a tribute to mythis, fairytales and fantasy literature....
@Lórien: The Imaginarium Geographica series sounds really interesting. I will definitely have a look at that!
One of my favourite books is Illusions by Richard Bach. I have an old, battered copy that is falling apart and every corner has become rounded with age. It is one of those books that I can just open anywhere, anytime and find an interesting passage to read.
Humm.... I haven´t read ilusion, althout I´ve read some of the Richard Bach ones. When I worked with reading mediation we often used John Livingston Seagull.
I have an edition pretty much like this from one of my favorite books: "Earth, Wind and Stars", by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - but it´s around 40 years old. A friend found in flea market and, knowing that I loved that book but didn´t had a copy, bought for me.
Thanks everyone - I'm definitely adding to my to-read list!