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Old 10-29-2018, 10:43 PM   #121 (permalink)
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For a nice Halloween read, try Baby Teeth.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:58 PM   #122 (permalink)
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I'm so happy to find this thread! Reading has always been a wonderful escape for me. There's nothing better than soft pajamas and a new book.
Baby Teeth was written by Zoje Stage. If anyone reads it, let me know what you think.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:07 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Looks like some of you enjoy mysteries/suspense. I love Elizabeth George and had no idea she wasn't from England!
My book club read Our House, by Louise Candlish, this month.
LOTS of twists and turns, set in modern-day London. Watch out for those CCTV cameras that they have everywhere! Made me a bit paranoid for a few days.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:13 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Also, is anyone else the only sober member of a book club?
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:36 PM   #125 (permalink)
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Welcome to Anna is Reading, Zevin!
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:17 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Hi bookworms (hope that name is ok!) I just found your thread Anna.

Some great suggestions which has resulted in me buying two for my kindle.

One good book I read, many moons ago, so you may have read it is,
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Buried in the back streets of Barcelona lies the Cemetery of Lost Books - a mausoleum for out-of-print works, salvaged by the bibliophiles of the city. There, 10-year-old Daniel Sempere discovers a book called The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax, which captures his young imagination.

But when he investigates this unknown author, he finds out that his is the last surviving copy, as a mysterious figure called Laín Coubert has dedicated himself to eradicating Carax's work completely. But in Carax's book, Laín Coubert is the name of the Devil.
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Zevin, I haven't read Baby Teeth. It sounds very dark. I'm glad you joined the thread. Oh, and the Book Club thing - every single book club I look at in my area is more of a dinner/wine/more wine/oh and maybe a book, kind of a club. I belong to a couple of book clubs on Goodreads. I have put Our House on my To Read list.

Mags, I have read The Shadow of the Wind, and really liked it. It's intriguing and mysterious. You have reminded me to continue reading more of his books.

Right now I am reading The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland, one of my favourite authors.
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Becoming by Michelle Obama

I LOVED this book. There had been a lot of hype in the weeks before it was released and I wondered if I'd be disappointed. Not so. This is Michelle Obama at her finest - open, honest, a woman, a wife, a mother. You will believe that she is sitting across from you and speaking only to you.

Michelle is brilliant, ambitious and very family-oriented. She speaks of the struggles she had as a wife and mother, coming to terms with Barak's ambitions, being the best mother she could and maintaining her own place in the world.
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I ordered my copy of Becoming from Amazon the other day. I am excited to receive it. I have always thought she was an intelligent woman with a lot of class.
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I just finished Transcription by Kate Atkinson and, as always, a darn good read.
Taking place in pre WW2 London, the protagonist is a transcriber for an operation carried out by MI5, the British CIA. She transcribes recordings of an operative who is surveilling British Nazi sympathizers. She gets caught up in the operation and, several years later, learns that actions have consequences.
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I'm on the Library list to receive Transcription soon.
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It was very good, Anna.
My favorite Atkinson is Life after Life, which is very twisty but thoroughly intriguing as a woman experiences parallel lives.
That’s really all I can say without going into a confusing muddle of a description.
When Will There be Good News? Is also very good.

Now I have a funny story for those of us of a certain age.
I am a huge fan of the short story genre, esp. mystery and suspense.
For years I subscribed to the Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen monthly magazines, which published short stories by writers like August Derleth, Lawrence Block, Jack Ritchie, Ray Bradbury, and John Dickson Carr.
Those guys were masters of the short story.
And I used to read the Alfred Hitchcock anthologies when they came out: Stories to Stay Awake By, Stories not for the Nervous, a Month of Mysteries, etc.
I have recently discovered a bunch of these books at my library.
Now, I read them all years ago, and there hasn’t been a new one published in decades, as anthologies have become somewhat less popular.
But...and here’s the funny part: I read them so long ago that I forgotten the plots of the stories, so it’s like reading them anew!
Who says it’s no fun to get old?
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LOL, yes absolutely! I've done the same thing myself.
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Love You Gone by Rona Halsall

This is the second novel by Rona Halsall. Her debut novel was Keep Me Safe which was a great read.

Love You Gone starts out as a story of a woman who goes to join her family on holiday, after being delayed at work, only to discover that they are gone. She finds a note saying that her husband and children have gone for a hike and will return but as night falls, she fears that something has gone really wrong.

Halsall uses spousal abuse as the key concept which develops the story and all that unfolds. It explores themes associated with abuse, such as the trauma and impact it has on the victim, by writing the story from the husband's perspective and it's a welcome change.
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Black Out by Lisa Unger

This is the ultimate book of unreliable narrators. Whoever says anything is not to be believed. Evidence is not to be believed. The very existence of some of the characters is not to be believed. Annie, the main character, says "The truth is that I may never be fully able to discern between the actual events-or people-in my recent life and the dreams created by my psyche to heal itself. Sometimes I'm not so sure it matters."

I really like Lisa Unger's writing. This book was really good, and in spite of the all the craziness involved, Lisa kept a firm command on the plot. The ending, however, was a let down.
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