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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by Vijaya on Today at 02:45 PM »
Oooh, House of Brede has been mentioned a couple of times. I must take a look.

I have two new adult books both set in SC: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Really enjoying it--it's based on the children that were literally stolen from poor parents and adopted by wealthy ones. There are multiple POVs but two main storylines and I find that the past storyline of the children is much more gripping than the modern day investigation. The other is Sue Monk Kidd's Invention of Wings. She's such a terrific storyteller.
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by Pons on Today at 01:35 PM »
I know what you mean, Carrots. I also have a problem with movie versions of dearly loved books.

This novel is painstakingly researched and reads like a mystery. (I'm told there's a movie, but can't quite warm up to the idea of seeing someone else's interpretation of these characters I hold so dear...)
I know what you mean. Sometimes it works out, but often not. I dearly love the Inspector Gamache series of mysteries by Louise Penny, but didn't last more than five minutes with a movie version on television. The people I was watching on screen were strangers to me.

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Book Talk / Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by Betsy on Today at 12:34 PM »
I know what you mean, Carrots. I also have a problem with movie versions of dearly loved books.
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Book Talk / Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by carrots on Today at 11:07 AM »
From the "oldie but goodie" file, I'm reading - for the fourth time - In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. Set in the 50s-60s, it follows the journey of Philippa Talbot, a 40-something business executive from London, who leaves her job - and everything else - to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. This novel is painstakingly researched and reads like a mystery. (I'm told there's a movie, but can't quite warm up to the idea of seeing someone else's interpretation of these characters I hold so dear...)
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by olmue on Today at 10:23 AM »
I just read The Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. Middle grade, about a girl whose parents are dealing with a little ptsd shortly after WWI, and the scary approach to mental health issues some people had at the time. It was well done and the girl was quite sympathetic.
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Concept books are ABCs, numbers, colors, etc.
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by andracill on Today at 08:19 AM »
Anne, I have The Way You Make Me Feel sitting in my TBR -- very excited!

Last week, I finally read the third installment in the Unplugged trilogy -- The Mind Virus, by Donna Freitas. Freitas is one of my auto-buy authors, and I *loved* the premise of these books. They're set in the future of our world where everyone is addicted to their devices, so someone comes up with a way to 'plug in' to the virtual world full-time. Bodies are left as shells while their minds are in this other world...then the story begins with the MC deciding she wants to leave the virtual world when she turns 17 (the first time they get that opportunity) and what goes on from there. It's a really intriguing look at the danger of technology and the power of addiction -- and what it means to really *live*.

I thought the first one was the best, with the last coming in a close second. The middle book, as often happens, added some glue to the whole world-building idea, but it was a little slow for me, with only the beginning and the end really as engaging as the other two books in the trilogy. Still, I'd definitely recommend the trilogy to anyone who finds our dependency on technology interesting (or alarming).
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Book Talk / Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by Pons on Today at 08:13 AM »
Sheeesh! I want to read all of the books mentioned - like right now.  :)  I hope our library has at least some of them. I love hearing all the recommendations. Thanks.
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Book Talk / Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by faygie-holt on Today at 07:35 AM »
The Book Scavenger is on my book shelf just waiting to be read ... once I finish The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress.
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