"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Monday, October 19, 2015

What?


I think I just read a guy book.  Another blog listed this as one of the best books of the year.  What?  Argh!

Horrid is my review with the most obnoxious style of writing I've read.  I hurried out to Barnes and Noble for this?  So please, tell me the three best books you've ever read.  I want my head to explode.  I am batting near zero of late and need some good books to read for the coming winter.  MFK Fisher is next up.  I'm trying to read Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY and I'm not sure I'll make it through the entire book.

17 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I recently lauded Dog Stars to the skies and also lauded Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope. Sorry if it was me who steered you to Dog Stars. How about all the Alexander McCall Smith series starring Mma Ramotswe? I hope you find some good books to enjoy.

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    1. Oh no Terra. Now I feel terrible. I thought it was someone's blog I rarely read, surely not someone that reads my blog. I've decided that books are like perfume, everyone likes something different.

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    2. It is so true about taste in books being like perfume. Sometimes I differ in what I like with my husband, gal friends, and other bloggers. Glad you and I are friends :)

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    3. I'm still so embarrassed Terra. Stick foot in mouth - my best trick. You just can't take me anywhere anymore! Now, even in blog land.

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  2. God bless you Donna. I couldn't get through Chabon's book any more than I could manage Joyce's Ulysses. I liken it to trying to eat a live elephant whole.

    Although Chabon's use of language is head thumpingly stunning. He described a woman's tall wedge shoes as howdahs - had to look that one up.

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    1. I just seem to get more misses than hits. Can't figure it out. Picked Chabon because I hadn't read anything of his. Maybe some books don't come to me at the right time- I'd like them another time. Glad to get some titles.

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  3. .
    , if I get to the end of the first chapter of a book and find I am not enjoying it then I give up on it. There was a time when I used to make myself read through to the end, particularly if it was a supposedly excellent book. Now I read purely for enjoyment.
    A book I have recently enjoyed, although light and written by someone I always thought of as only one step above
    chick-lit is "The Kashmir Shawl" by Rosie Thomas. It does something so rare in books these days - it actually tells a story from beginning to end.
    Another author I enjoy reading is Jane Gardam.

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  4. The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats..
    The House We Grew Up In
    Inside The O'Briens
    The Girl On The Train
    We Were Liars
    It Was Me All Along
    Child 44



    Ok?

    Or more:)?

    :)

    Thanks for the above recommendations..The Kashmir Shawl..I will try and read..

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  5. Try Kate Adkinson's Started Early Took My Dog or Life After Life which knocked my socks off.

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    1. Oh boy, thank you. I never heard of it.

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    2. Got the Started Early... Did she also write the Life After Life?

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  6. This happens to me often - I read a review get the book and hate it. One of my favourites is The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. I'm going to have to do this more often. I went to Barnes and Noble last night and got three new ones.

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  7. Dear Donna - sometimes what appeals to one reader just doesn't to another. I enjoy many types of books but favorites in the fiction line our mysteries. Haven't had time to read a good one lately - so if I find one I will share it with you but please don't rush out to buy it - you might not like it. Hugs!

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    1. It is a tricky business Debbie. I have even been taken in by a dust jacket before. I'm certainly not going to believe the literary reviews anymore. Only thing I know is that I don't like romances. Please do tell me of a good one if you find it.

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