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Over Memorial Day weekend, I raced through Nightlife and Moonshine by Rob Thurman and then told iamtheenemy to go buy them immediately. So very good. About two brothers dealing with the supernatural in New York City. The narrator, Cal, is a smart ass and I just love him. Definitely recommend them both.

I've also read Secrets of My Hollywood Life. It's a young adult book about a hollywood It Girl who decides to do something "normal" for awhile. Predictable but entertaining.

And then, just to see what the fuss was about, I picked up The Secret. Big mistake. Seriously, AVOID THIS BOOK. It was just awful and shallow and evil.

I am currently reading The Wild Trees by Richard Preston. I saw this guy on The Daily Show at the beginning of May and this book is narrative nonfiction about the really huge redwood trees and the world that exists up there. So far it's highly interesting.

So come on guys! What are you reading? Make some posts! Or are y'all too busy reading?

Finally, Vox has an easier way for me track books I've read, so I tend to post over there as I finish books: http://tommygirl.vox.com/


Well I just joined this community because I read about it in a post by Mare and I do so love to read books. I've been trying to read a lot this summer since I'm out of school, but surprisingly I've had a social life that's eaten into my reading time. I suppose it's sad that sometimes that bothers me a little, not that I love my friends and the time spent with them any less.

Anyway, I just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman, whose writing style I love. I somehow managed to read Anansi Boys before I read this, which is a little backwards even if they aren't directly sequels. But I loved both, and I definitely loved Shadow's character. All of Gaiman's stuff is recommended if you're looking for something interesting to read.

Right now I'm actually devoting a little time to comic books/graphic novels. I've got Identity Crisis by Brian Meltzer and Freshmen, written by Seth Green, which is, of course, just hilarious. I don't know how well the comic books fit into this "book" community, but hopefully I'm not the only one who's into the superhero stuff.

just read...

I just finished the first of rachelcaine's Morgainville Vampire Series and loved it. I checked it out because I'm a huge fan of the weather warden series, and I'm glad I did. Now I must track down the second book.

What are y'all reading?

::pokes community::

Kurt Vonnegut

In memorial of Kurt Vonnegut passing, I was wondering if anyone else would be interested in doing a small book club reading on one of his books. I'm up for any of them...so suggestions? Anyone actually interested?


new reads

Hey everyone! So I've been reading lately, but it's mostly been nonfiction, self-help/cooking/eating right types of books. I'm going through what I call a "year of personal growth" so I've been ingesting lots of books for tips and motivation.

Aside from that:

I read the last in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants book and ended up walking away with a great love for two characters that I didn't like in the first book - Lena and Bridget. Definitely enjoyable if you enjoyed the series of books.

I also read the new Jim Butcher book that came out last week. It's awesome as most of the books in the Dresden series are.

This weekend I picked up Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, along with the Bob Woodruff book.

So what is everyone reading? Make some posts, guys! Or are we all too busy reading!
randombtchchick beat me to the punch with her Twilight/New Moon recommendations earlier, but I compiled a little list of the other books I read on my vacation.

Savannah Blues, Mary Kay Andrews: This is the second of Andrews' books that I've read and they're quick, breezy reads. Southern characters are a plus for me, and her heroines aren't the usual stupid-girl chicklit fare. A good beach book, IMO.

Vince & Joy, Lisa Jewell: I read a review of this one in E Weekly and decided to check it out. The summary on the back is: Back in the 1980s, teenagers Vince and Joy met, fell desperately in love, and never quite said good-bye. Now nearly twenty years later they've both begun to ask themselves if that long-ago romance was the enduring love that they'd been searching for. Vince is a little too *nice* for my tastes, but I enjoyed it. The summary makes it sound as if it's the story of these two people being reunited and falling madly in love and being boring and nauseating, but it's more about the journeys they take to get to that point.

Prisoner of Trebekistan, by Bob Harris: I read this one because Jane Espenson told her blog readers to, and because there's a Joss Whedon blurb on the back. It's about going on Jeopardy and about life in general--and if that description is too bland, I will tell you that it made me cry a little. And it also made me laugh. Check it out.

what books are you reading?

Hi everyone! So what are the latest reads you've all been enjoying? I recently finished The Book Thief and I really loved it. It has an interesting narrator, a good story, and it's written in a format that's a bit different, but not hard to follow. Definitely recommend it.

I haven't been reading as quickly as I normally do lately. I'm hoping to rectify that situation, but in the meantime, I'm still on my young adult kick.

Speaking of, must recommend Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I made iamtheenemy read it and she can vouch that it's really good stuff. It's a quick read and if you don't end up loving Edward Cullen, I will worry about you. There is a sequel, New Moon, which is good, but it's not nearly as great as the first book.

So make a post with your latest reads and let us know if we should give them a go or not.

Also - If you're interested, I've taken to using my vox account (tommygirl) to post about books more frequently. They have an easy feature of accounting for books that I'm enjoying.


to get discussion going

Hey guys! So this community has been somewhat dead. I guess we're all too busy reading. So I thought, we could each make a post with our Top five favorite books and why.

I'll have to think on mine a little as this is very hard to narrow down. Understanding this, if you want to make lists like "Top Five Historical Romances" or "Top Five Fantasy", that's cool too.

current book reads

Hey everyone! So what has everyone been reading lately? Any good recommendations out there that you want to share?

I just finished both A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. I highly recommend them if you haven't read them already. Don't be put off by the fact that they are considered "young adult" because they are highly enjoyable books. I especially love the underlying theme of these privileged girls who feel they have no power/freedom/rights in their regular lives, but are the ones to control things in this magical world.

I borrowed The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer from the library, but I'm not far enough into that I can say how I truly feel about it yet.

And next week the sequel to Twilight by Stephenie Meyers comes out. If you haven't read that book, I recommend that one as well. I made iamtheenemy read it and she's now excited for the sequel too.

So yes...what have y'all been reading?

well, that's odd

So in my continuing quest to "read books I liked as a kid" this summer, I'm doing Winnie the Pooh, all of them.

Anyone else reread these as an adult? Maybe its total heresy to say so, but...good LORD there are times when the characters are annoying. It's kind of like the Mary Poppins syndrome...the Mary in the books is SO TERRIBLE, like a seriously witchy person, and then it gets Disney-fied and Julie Andrews-ed and she's a saint. I feel like the same thing happened with the 100 Acre wood gang.

Everyone is just so passive aggressive...Eeyore and his constantly being "woe is me" and "I'm really smarter than all of you" and Piglet with his internal competition with Pooh..ahck, it's just weird!

Christopher Robin is still my favorite character, though, and both Kanga and Roo continue to be awesome. Though I'm only two books in, so that may change, you never know.

Am I just bitter? Or has anyone else experienced this?

(Sorry this isn't a recommendation...I guess I'll throw in that you should read "Dry" by Augusten Burroughs. It's a memoir about alcoholism and love and trying to grow up and it's really really fantastic.)