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Non Royal Things => Movies, TV, Books and Music => Topic started by: Scarlet Flowers on November 16, 2010, 05:45:05 am



Title: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Scarlet Flowers on November 16, 2010, 05:45:05 am
I'm reading Wyatt Earp Speaks by Wyatt Earp and Others.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: tequiero on November 16, 2010, 09:44:41 pm
I am supposed to read Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak for my classes but now for the relax I'm reading Love, sex and politics in ancient Greece and Rome   lol lol


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: The Chocolate Princess on November 16, 2010, 09:47:53 pm
^There is a good book: Sex, Drugs and Economics ;) It describes the economical theories with more "interesting" examples as a usual textbook you read in uni. lol  I would recommend it to every Business Administration student.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: The Alley Cat... on November 21, 2010, 04:01:49 am
Paris, 1919.  Reading it for class.  :bored:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Princess Alucard on November 23, 2010, 04:25:42 pm
Nothing right now anyone got any suggestions something with monsters like werewolves and NO TWILIGHT??   :legs



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on November 24, 2010, 02:17:52 am
Pillars of the earth, by ken follet

huge book (1000 pages!), but after I saw the first part as a movie on the tv-screen I wanted to read the book, I did the same with LOTR saw one movie started to read the books.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: The Alley Cat... on November 24, 2010, 04:35:32 am
Nothing right now anyone got any suggestions something with monsters like werewolves and NO TWILIGHT??   :legs



 Blood and Chocolate (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Chocolate-Annette-Curtis-Klause/dp/0440226686)  by Annette Curtis Klause.  My best friend worships the book!!!  I won't read anything with werewolves in it, and Harry Potter was the exception.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Princess Alucard on November 25, 2010, 03:57:53 am
I read Blood and Chocolate when I was in high school. it was ok


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Ceridwen on December 11, 2010, 07:23:57 pm
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld  :study:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Earth Angel on December 19, 2010, 10:23:18 pm
"Harmony" by POW

I'm not a fan of Prince Charles per se, but I've maintained an ongoing interest in environmental issues since I was a teenager. My son picked it out, without any help, as a gift for my birthday. ... I'll do a book review synopsis after I've finished the book, if anyone's interested. ...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Scarlet Flowers on January 07, 2011, 02:23:19 am
Hells Angels: Three Can Keep a Secret if Two are Dead ny Yves Lavinge


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 07, 2011, 03:21:46 am
'Now you know royalty' by Doug Lennox
It's a cool fun facts book about royalty and it explains a lot of things like: What is the civil list? or What is the Act of Settlement?
They focus mainly on Canada (the writer is Canadian) and how the RF and the commonwealth affected their history and how much it still affects modern life.
 :thumbsup: good read!
BTW did you know that it was rumoured that queen Anne Boleyn had six fingers on her right hand? (one of the little fun fact from the book! :tehe:)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Ella on January 07, 2011, 06:09:57 am
I'm in reading:

-Kitty Kelley's The Royals
which is banned for sale in the UK unabridged due to libel laws, includes details on their Nazi ties and German roots and how they sacrificed the Romanovs to save themselves, HM was conceived by artificial means, courtship of HM and PP which George VI was against, PP's visits to brothels and affairs, racism, and other uncomfortable things (don't know if they're true, but I'm about 20% through and it's interesting). review: http://www.salon.com/sept97/royalsb970917.html

-Anchee Min's Empress Orchid
Fictionalized autobiography of the last empress of China. Really good.

-Max Brooks' World War Z
An series of short stories of people who lived through a zombie apocalypse. Fun, but depressing in a weird way.

I devour books and have no attention span so those are the main ones I'm on right now. I'm totally bookmarking this thread for material later!

@Princess Alucard: I've heard good things about Alice Borchardt's Wolf series. She's Anne Rice's sister, but I don't know if their styles are similar. Never read them myself though, so I don't know how good they are...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 07, 2011, 07:21:53 am
Sir A. C. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Sign of the Four

And, as much as I *despise* to admit it, The Diana Chronicles. 

To redeem myself, The Autobiography of Mark Twain (really good book)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mia on January 07, 2011, 03:02:39 pm
A few science books mainly about biotecnology, genetic engineering and chemestry.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Raisie on January 09, 2011, 08:45:19 pm
I am start to read about accounting,well mostly i would read this kind of books as is what i like.Somehow very slowly as i have to study German,work and help at home.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Gaeaskywalker on January 22, 2011, 11:06:31 pm
I'm reading Shadows of the Empire. It's a Star Wars novel and takes place between movie 5 (empire strikes back) and 6 (return of the jedi)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mia on January 22, 2011, 11:57:38 pm
Just started the last volume of the "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Amazing books!!!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Scarlet Flowers on January 23, 2011, 12:01:38 am
Fallen Angel by Jerry Langton


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 23, 2011, 05:15:52 pm
Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I highly recommend one of them...The Baby Story.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Gaeaskywalker on February 28, 2011, 03:46:45 pm
Dragon Wing - Weis & Hickman


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Scarlet Flowers on February 28, 2011, 03:49:43 pm
Hind's Feet on High Places


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Lauracrazygirl on March 05, 2011, 05:12:33 pm
The Kennedys - America's Emerald Kings. By Thomas Maier

Read the first 100 pages. Very impressed so far,  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Gaeaskywalker on May 05, 2011, 04:05:16 pm
Raveleijn - Paul van Loon

Now reading:
Elven Star- Weis & Hickman (in Dutch)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Ceridwen on May 06, 2011, 01:36:14 am
The First Ladies, 4th edition
(from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama)

by:  Betty Boyd Caroli



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on June 11, 2011, 04:47:09 am
A book that tells the story of Moses by Charles R. Swindoll, he made ​​a collection of books of the biblical prophets called "men of faith series, " very good, this author seems to have a good baptism with the Holy Spirit, that's good ....


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on June 11, 2011, 04:56:16 am
LCG - re The Kennedys - great book.  I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

What I'm reading (on Kindle):

The Paris Wife (Hemingway's first wife's account of life with him - I recommend it)
The Botox Diaries - Avoid like the plague
Jewels - Danielle Steele - come on!  Enjoy. Beach read
The Year We Left Home - Jean Thompson (great book; bit depressing, so far and a bit hard to follow)
TV Writing Took Kit - because my script is coming together!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Rose for Mrs. Miniver  - for my Brit friends.  The bio of Greer Garson.  Charming read. I could read it again and again.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Gaeaskywalker on June 16, 2011, 10:06:09 pm
Just finished Fire Sea - Weis & Hickman (book 3 of the Death Gate cycle)
Now reading Serpent Mage - Weis & Hickman (book 4 of the Death Gate cycle)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Queenbee on July 04, 2011, 09:54:20 pm
http://stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf (http://stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf)Midnight sun  the unfinished twilight book from edwards point of view


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on July 04, 2011, 09:58:59 pm
The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mooster on July 16, 2011, 11:23:48 pm
The House On The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier.  Also have the Ken Follet, Pillars of the Earth raring to go on my book shelf.  Have just finished watching 'The Kennedys' with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, so I now have an interest in reading something about them...I noticed on the thread that a book on this subject is being read - so, that will be one of my next reads.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Gwendolyn on August 29, 2011, 02:33:55 am
Just got back from an awesome sale at the bookstore.  Picked up Life & Times of Michael K by one of my favorite newer authors, JM Coetzee.  Also bought a book by -- this threw me -- the actor James Franco.  Between acting, being an author and getting his PhD in literature w/ a focus on the British Romantics, dude's living out all my dreams.  All he has to do now is appear in a musical and move to England.  He really should have been chosen to play Jeff Buckley in the upcoming biopic.  :(   He'd have captured his spirit, and that's what defines Jeff Buckley.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on August 30, 2011, 08:16:25 am
That sounds like a book I'd love, Gwendolyn, and I'm going to see if Kindle has it. 

Right now I'm reading:

"It's All About The Dress"  (beach read - Vicky Tiel - can't put it down)
"Rules of Civility" Amour Towles (a certain taste)
"Prime Time"  Jane Fonda (Kinda good - preachy but she's right)
"Becoming Marie Antoinette" Juliet Grey (light, good read)
"The Long Night"  Steve Wick (not sure yet)
"Night"  Elie Wiesel (Don't miss)
"Don't Bite Your Tongue (parenting book for brat kids) Ruth Nemzoff


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on September 07, 2011, 01:40:38 pm
Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri.

 Amazing. I advise to everyone  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mooster on September 07, 2011, 05:57:54 pm
The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on September 08, 2011, 02:34:45 am
The Palace Diaries, twelve years with HRH Prince Charles by Sarah Goodall & Nicholas Monson :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Hilarious little fluffy book. one of his ex-employees, A lady Clerk, tell's little anecdotes of her job at the palace and her personal life and how these two get mixed up some times.
It's very obvious she has more then just a little crush on our dear PC.  lol He can do almost no wrong in her eyes (even though she got sacked in the end)
The book made me smirk a lot, giggle a little and laugh out loud once or twice.
It gives you a unique POV from someone who is close enough to get the juicy inside palace stories and yet far enough so she doesn't get dragged in to the personal lives/fights of the royals.
It's a ideal book for train or plane, I read it on the Eurostar from London to Brussels and I wasn't bored once!

At home with the Queen by Brian Hoey  :thumbsup: :thumbsdown:
It's informative if you wanna know how the palace staff structures work,
But the writing style is not my cuppa tea, it read a bit like a odd guide to the job's inside the palace.
Not as revealing or funny as I hoped but I haven't finished it yet so it might get better.
But it gives you a good idea on what happens day to day in the palace.
Good for info not good for entertainment.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on October 06, 2011, 05:35:50 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVrIu2E2rto
This book, I would like to see the movie  :TCP:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on October 06, 2011, 09:59:10 pm
Seems to beautiful  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on October 06, 2011, 10:38:56 pm
:hug: Sorry, it was in portuguese, now it is in English   kisss


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on October 06, 2011, 10:40:01 pm
I am portuguese, so there was no problem  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on October 06, 2011, 10:58:20 pm
ah good you found an English trailer because I didn't understand it  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on October 06, 2011, 11:05:16 pm
 :hug: :shy: :tehe: :hug:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Princess Alucard on October 08, 2011, 07:51:02 pm
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

It's really good

http://jeanienefrost.com/ (http://jeanienefrost.com/)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on December 30, 2011, 03:55:18 pm
Hosea 6:3
 3 know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going, as the morning, is certain, and he will come to us like the rain, as the spring rains that water the earth.

Knowing God, this is the greatest blessing that the human heart can get to feel, that Mackintosh series of books is very desirable, it can enter into the depths of the soul to bring you closer to Jesus. The Peace of the Lord Jesus.
http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Penteteuch-Gen-15-ebook/dp/B005500SPM/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325259842&sr=1-10

Product Description
Genesis 1 - 15
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It is an unspeakable privilege to be permitted, in any small degree, to minister to the souls of those who are so precious to Christ. "Lovest thou me? Feed my sheep." Such were the touching words of the departing Shepherd; and, assuredly, when they fall powerfully upon the heart, they must rouse all the energies of one's moral being to carry out, in every possible way the gracious desire breathed therein. To gather and to feed the lambs and sheep of the flock of Christ, are the most exalted services in which any one can be engaged. Not a single honest effort put forth for the achievement of such noble ends, will be forgotten in that day "when the Chief Shepherd shall appear."
May God the Holy Ghost fill the heart, anoint the lips, and consecrate the pen of every servant of Christ, so that streams of pure and living truth may flow, in every direction, for the refreshment of all those who are on their way to glory." C.H.M.
Charles Henry Mackintosh (C.H.M.) was born in 1820 in Ireland. At a young age he came to read in J.N. Darby's Operations of the Spirit, "It is Christ's work for us, not His work in us, that gives us peace." For twenty-one years he was the editor of "Things New and Old."
Notes on the Penteteuch covers the first five books of the Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on December 30, 2011, 04:51:55 pm
The Forsyte Saga


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on January 03, 2012, 01:32:45 pm
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford

I'm thinking of read War Horse next, just in time for the movie  :laundry:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 03, 2012, 03:32:41 pm
Enjoy the book; ignore the movie, Acornia.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: lynda on January 03, 2012, 07:06:41 pm
Just finished  Catherine Coulter's book  WHIPLASH   about FBI agents Dillion & Sherlock Savich  ......  wonderful, can't wait until her next book.
Am now reading   Deep Black:  Death Wave  by Stephen Coonts           terrorists in Tajikistan,China,etc    slow going, due to all the different characters names


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 03, 2012, 10:43:09 pm
Refreshing on my runic knowledge... it's kinda rusty! :tehe:
'Runes, theory and practice' by Kalina Crasskova
'Runes, talk to the woman within' by Cassandra Eason
'De roep van de Runen' Igor Warneck Dutch translation from German org 'Ruf der Runen' I don't know if there is an English translation I checked amazon and they didn't have one so...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on January 03, 2012, 10:50:49 pm
hey akasha I think you would the like the woman who run with wolves, have you read it?

I have started two Stefan Zweig books but they are so sad  :wellduh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 04, 2012, 12:47:50 am
nope but thanks for the tip!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on January 04, 2012, 02:54:41 am
Enjoy the book; ignore the movie, Acornia.

Is it that bad? I really wanted to watch it because Tom Hiddleston is there  :-X and the trailer is good

What I really would like to see is the play though. The puppet horses are amazing!



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AlisVolatPropriis on January 04, 2012, 05:09:00 am
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on January 04, 2012, 07:29:25 pm
Emma by Jane Austen


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 09, 2012, 11:28:32 am
The Tordesilhas Treated


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on January 09, 2012, 12:02:09 pm
Well, I won a book competition and it was worth $30.00.
So, i got eight books in total, one of Jane Austen who I always love and two of Maeve Binchey (the others i haven't included here) but has anyone read any of Mauve Binchey's books?
She's really good. The one I'm reading now is called 'Quentins'.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 09, 2012, 05:39:29 pm
Enjoy the book; ignore the movie, Acornia.

Is it that bad? I really wanted to watch it because Tom Hiddleston is there  :-X and the trailer is good

What I really would like to see is the play though. The puppet horses are amazing!



The play is heralded, so go, go, go.  The movie has had mixed reviews and deservedly so.  I saw it and Spielberg stubbed his toe, I think.  Children will like it, but it lacks whatever magic he usually puts in to his masterpieces, for grownups.  I felt cheated and it was just too corny and schmaltzy for my taste.  Give me ET anytime over this.

As for books, I'm absolutely addicted to Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache murder series set in Quebec.  Very well written.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 10, 2012, 10:33:51 pm
agatha christy: "murder on the Nile"


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 10, 2012, 10:36:14 pm
^I LOVE that book, Akasha!!!!  It's on my Island Books - what I'd take on an deserted island.  Along with the five men I'd take. 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 10, 2012, 11:43:43 pm
well actually the book is a double crime combo thingy, second story is 'murder on the orient express'
I'm still reading 'the nile', at the moment so shht don't tell me the end! (haven't read any of AC's books up until now ...yes I know, it's a huge hole in my literature! :shy:)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 10, 2012, 11:48:07 pm
Oh, Man!  Am I envious. To go back to the virgin days of not knowing every millisecond of Agatha's books...enjoy!!!!!  The Orient Express - WINNER!!!!!!  I totally am green with envy but glad for you and will keep mum.  :winter:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on January 10, 2012, 11:52:37 pm
What?!?!? You haven't read AC's books??!?!?!?  bignono

I remember reading And Then There Were None when I was twelve and not been able to sleep afterwards. But my favourite book of hers is not a crime novel but one about intrigue and romance.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 10, 2012, 11:58:52 pm
And Then There Were None was my first Agatha Christie book and, you're right, it's a creeper.  Murder mysteries are like a box of candy to me.  I could read 'em night and day.  But AC is, hand's down, my personal fave.  And Columbo.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Earth Angel on January 11, 2012, 12:09:34 am
Currently not reading a book per se ... just reading people, in a book or sorts, called LIFE. ...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on January 11, 2012, 03:18:11 am
Quentins by Maeve Binchy


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on January 11, 2012, 06:57:02 pm
I love reading Agatha Christie again and again. And her book about Mr. Harley Quin is also very good. Very mystic.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 19, 2012, 08:06:53 pm
Sun TZU - the art of war


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 19, 2012, 09:51:23 pm
 ???
Planning on going to war my dear?
That's not exactly a leisure read but some nice philosophy quotes can be found in there!
I'm done with both AC stories BTW lovely read, the orient express plot was cool: all together, I would have never figured it out! :tehe:
At the moment I'm not reading anything except my monthly royalty mag's  lol
I'll pick up another AC pocket for the weekend I think  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mada on January 20, 2012, 10:18:40 pm
Anton Parks's The Chronicles of Girku


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 21, 2012, 08:01:54 pm
akasha2411, my dear is a classic. It talks about war, but you can also associate to you. Right now, i need to focus to find a way to defend myself. And sometimes attack is the best defense. I am passing through a terrible phase of my life, btw.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 21, 2012, 10:09:02 pm
 :there:


:goodluck: with that my dear!  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 23, 2012, 10:01:53 pm
Just finished AC's "and then there were none"
What a weird story...the idea (revenge against ppl who killed and got away with it) is cool, but the ending....:dontknow:
reading now: AC's "cards on the table" The death of the host was just discovered by Mr Poirot.... :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 23, 2012, 10:43:02 pm
thanks for the support, akasha2411!

You are the best!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 24, 2012, 12:37:58 am
Inspector Lynley.  I know I'm supposed to love it, but I'm forcing myself through it.

^^Poirot.  My adorable Poirot.  Enjoy, Akasha!

Holding good thoughts and sending peace vibes for you, memyself.  And this. :mousiekins:  (A good fairy is always helpful)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 25, 2012, 08:45:40 pm
My dear Yooper! thanks! I love you all so much! I need and i am sure she 'll come to me ( you are an angel, did you know?)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 25, 2012, 11:28:53 pm
An angel? Many would gladly say otherwise, but that was gracious of you.  I'm considering your Art of War book m'self.  I've got some battles to wage on the homefront m'self.  Thanks for the reminder.  I read it years ago, but it's a must-read whenever faced with how to deal with a little thing called Life.

 :thumbsup:

Still trudging through Lynley.  Come on!  Isn't he supposed to be interesting on PBS????!!!!  Not on paper.  Not yet, anyway.  Vewy fwustrating.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 26, 2012, 12:19:37 am
Ah I finished "cards on the table"
AC has a way of messing with your mind
I thought I had it figured out pretty quick but no sir, last chappi was a surprise like alway's! :thumbsup:
Reading "after the funeral" now, they just murdered Cora  :sly: so the old man was murdered as well, I guess....unless...oh well I'll have to read to be sure I guess! ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on January 26, 2012, 03:38:45 am
Flappers and Philosophers  by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Before that, I've tried reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (I'm trying to get into steampunk fiction) but I couldn't get past the first few pages.

well actually the book is a double crime combo thingy, second story is 'murder on the orient express'
I'm still reading 'the nile', at the moment so shht don't tell me the end! (haven't read any of AC's books up until now ...yes I know, it's a huge hole in my literature! :shy:)

I haven't read any AC books either!  :shy: Are all her books the stand-alone sort? I might read some of them one day, but I don't want a series or anything. I'm still a little burnt out from GRRM's series.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 26, 2012, 03:59:16 am
Yup all of them are printed in pocket form so they are not that expensive (I paid like 10 bucks per book)
They stand alone it's not a serie or any thing, every book is a different murder to solve.
AC has two mayor characters that solve her mystery: old ms Marple and PI Hercule Poirot.
She published like 60 books with those two in the lead alone! (I don't think they ever worked on a 'case' together tough..)
She published nearly 80 mystery and crime novels over the years, many of them were turned into movies at one point or another.
And I believe the TV show murder she wrote (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086765/) was influenced by AC novels (love that show BTW!)
It's a light read and I do enjoy the books very much.
 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 26, 2012, 05:05:44 am
Isn't The Mouse Trap still playing in London?  It's the longest running play ever, I believe, and one of AC's best.

I lovvvve Murder She Wrote.  I'll bet I could quote, verbatim, every line of the series, Akasha. 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on January 26, 2012, 05:15:49 am
Yup all of them are printed in pocket form so they are not that expensive (I paid like 10 bucks per book)
They stand alone it's not a serie or any thing, every book is a different murder to solve.
AC has two mayor characters that solve her mystery: old ms Marple and PI Hercule Poirot.
She published like 60 books with those two in the lead alone! (I don't think they ever worked on a 'case' together tough..)
She published nearly 80 mystery and crime novels over the years, many of them were turned into movies at one point or another.
And I believe the TV show murder she wrote (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086765/) was influenced by AC novels (love that show BTW!)
It's a light read and I do enjoy the books very much.
 :thumbsup:

 :thankyou: I do enjoy reading mystery books, I think I'll have a lot of fun with AC.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on January 26, 2012, 10:27:38 pm
Yooper, YOU ARE an angel! :mousiekins:

That book is amazing and teaches us being more astute in life's battles!  :sigh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on January 27, 2012, 05:09:06 am
Aren't you a doll!  I'm just glad you mentioned it because it is a fabulous book and one I need to revisit pronto.

*gave up on Inspector Lynley*


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on February 04, 2012, 07:13:01 am
The Stand by Stephen King

It's a long novel and I'm only 1/8 through  :bored:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Maya on February 11, 2012, 10:55:11 am
I've just finished Mistress of Rome and Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn and I can't wait for the next book in the series Empress of Rome to be released in April. I literally couldn't put these books down, that good!

I'm currently reading The Last Concubine by Lesley Downer.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on March 20, 2012, 11:06:33 am
I've just finished reading a book by Edith Hahn Beer. She managed to live under a friends identity in Germany during the second world war.

There is something about this story that I don't understand. Especially I don't understand why she stayed in Germany due to a man that didn't want to marry her. And why did she leave little Gretl behind.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on March 20, 2012, 04:54:40 pm
Brain break after The Art of War:

Jackie Collins' Goddess of Vengeance
'Can't put the dang thing down.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Maya on May 15, 2012, 08:57:52 am
Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn

I preferred the other two earlier books that she wrote about ancient Rome however I will still buy the fourth book if it is ever released.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AlisVolatPropriis on May 16, 2012, 02:23:20 pm
War and peace, I started it early lol couldn't wait for the train ride. I love it.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on May 16, 2012, 11:41:36 pm
I was lucky enough to get a Kindle for mothers day and so have downloaded heaps of free books.
At the moment its called 'Mudbug'
A mother-in-law comes back to life, like that's what everyone wants right? :Kate:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on May 17, 2012, 12:18:57 am
hihi sounds like fun: a zombie MIL not only does she criticize your cooking, now she wants to eat your brain as well! lol


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on May 17, 2012, 02:33:45 am
And another I downloaded - yes a freebie - is called 'Scary Mary' but it's not Crown Princess Mary.

I love AMAZON!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Acornia on May 17, 2012, 03:57:19 am
Have fun with your Kindle Contessa!

I'm currently reading Blackout by Connie Willis.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on May 20, 2012, 02:12:59 pm
^
Thanks, I am.
HA my 23 year old son can't even understand how to use so I think I'm pretty special.
Has anyone ever read any of Maeve Binchy's novels?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on May 20, 2012, 02:29:57 pm
Oh, brother, I couldn't live without my Kindle/iPad and luvvv Amazon.

I just finished Rena's Promise about two sisters who survived 3 1/2 years in Auschwitz.  Great book, but I could sure use a little more light reading right now and I'm up at all hours, so....Any suggestions?  I love murder mysteries and beach reads.

AVP - SO glad you're enjoying War and Peace!  If you ever see the movie after wading through the book, you'll wanna throw something at the t.v.  I know that movies are never like the book, but in this case, it's just blasphemous.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on May 23, 2012, 10:18:56 pm
Has anyone books by Rebecca Shaw?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Sassy on May 23, 2012, 10:44:26 pm
I am reading the Hunger Games, the book version is much better than the movie one.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on May 23, 2012, 11:02:19 pm
Philippa Gregory: Red Queen, White Queen, Lady of the rivers.
All historical fiction about the war of the roses and the Tudor dynasty that came from it! :thumbsup:
BTW she was the author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' as well...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on May 24, 2012, 04:06:07 am
^^I've been toying with starting The Hunger Games.  Is it really that good?

I need some light reading and I don't think that qualifies, but could be wrong.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Sassy on May 24, 2012, 08:26:27 pm
^^I've been toying with starting The Hunger Games.  Is it really that good?

I need some light reading and I don't think that qualifies, but could be wrong.

If you like dystopian stories then I would recommend it, although I am not finished it yet, I saw the movie, which was a really huge disappointment as I mentioned before, but the book is a good read for me, a light read I suppose :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: D.I.R. on May 25, 2012, 01:25:47 am
I'm such a dork but I'm into the 20's & 30's glamor & hollywood movies. & so I'm reading The Sheik by E. M. Hull.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AlisVolatPropriis on June 05, 2012, 03:41:09 am
I'm taking a break from w&p, I'll read it on the train where I can't be interrupted lol. I'm re-reading Wuthering Heights, I know I should *despise* Heath Cliff but I can't.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 07, 2012, 05:21:01 pm
Philippa Gregory: Red Queen, White Queen, Lady of the rivers.
All historical fiction about the war of the roses and the Tudor dynasty that came from it! :thumbsup:
BTW she was the author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' as well...

Akasha,
Yes love them all. The best might be The Queens Fool.

Alis,
And love Wuthering Heights.

At the moment I'm rereading Tolkien. Must be for the 7'th time.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on June 07, 2012, 08:56:59 pm
Ah thanks for the tip
I haven't read all PG's book's yet (she has about a dozen books on both the Tudor era and other historical fiction's out right now)
Maybe when I get to a book shop in the states or the UK I'll pick up a book or two, I prefer to read in original language if possible.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: True Brit on June 07, 2012, 09:24:11 pm
I'm reading PG's latest book The Changeling. It's a diversion from her usual novels about Queens and real historic characters. It's still historical set in Italy during the Inquisition and so far I'm loving it.



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 08, 2012, 12:26:21 pm
Akasha, that is impressive  :worship:

Alas I'm too lazy to read a book in english.

And therefor I can only dream about all the books I would like to read but never will. As PG's books not yet translated, P.G. Woodhouse not yet translated and so on and soforth.  :sigh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Contessa on June 08, 2012, 12:55:47 pm
Just started the Miss Read collection.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on June 08, 2012, 05:11:36 pm
HC start with a book you've already read in danish. I did that with one of the harry potter books and then it got easier. It's the best way to learn a language imo.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 08, 2012, 05:27:46 pm
Alexandrine, thanks for the advice  :hi:




Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on June 08, 2012, 05:30:21 pm
You're welcome!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 09, 2012, 07:04:13 pm
Well now I'm reading a book about Frederik Fetterlein. Tennisplayer.

Amongst other things the book is about his part of the jet set life. I'll just mention one thins, as it has some royal print  :tehe:
Apparently at The Lanesborough he met a girl Magdalena in the bar. He had a romance with her but he discovered that she was an escort. She had made a bookdeal about her life as an escort. Amongst others a ministers, actors, and royals "the most wellknown in the english royal family".

But her bookdeal was dropped.  :sly:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on June 10, 2012, 03:00:06 am
Oh really? Three guesses why, and the first two don't count! :tehe: 8)
argh royal men are such fools when it come to keeping it in their pants!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 10, 2012, 06:51:39 pm
 :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AnaBolena on June 10, 2012, 08:02:19 pm
Almost finished the book "Off to the scaffold: the life of Marie Antoinette".  Does she ever remind me of someone else in many respects!  :Kate:

W+P = I have read it and enjoyed it, but I won't read it again. :nervous:

Heathcliffe... :loveshower: and I know I shouldn't, either.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on June 10, 2012, 08:12:36 pm
I sort of thought that War and Peace by Tolstoj was a bit boring.

Perhaps I should reevaluate my prejudice.  :sigh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on August 03, 2012, 09:48:17 pm
I have just finished Colin Powells biography.

It is very wellwritten and interesting. Only too bad it ends when he retires and refuses a ministerseat by Clinton.

I'm looking forward to his next biography as he must have a lot to write about.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on August 03, 2012, 09:51:32 pm
the nightly train for Lisbon.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on August 03, 2012, 10:10:35 pm
'Diana' by Sarah bradford (Dutch translation from English original)  :dontknow: not sure yet just started reading (at the moment Charles just broke up with Di's sister because she talked to the press!)
'Vrijmetselarij voor dummy's' (original in Dutch)  :thumbsup: a good basic book on free masonry, good read on the different structures and symbols they use.
'Mathilde: Prinses der harten' by Astrid Bammens (original in Dutch)  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: bio of Belgium crown princess, interesting details about the early years her life and the start of the relationship although it stay's a bit vague and boringly proper, it was written by a huge royalist (she has a small private museum on the Belgian RF) so it's not really objective  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: D.I.R. on August 04, 2012, 06:58:08 am
if you're into edgar allan poe or like his writing or just like spookie stories.
here's a good booked called Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell

her site: http://skary.com/skary-childrin-and-the-carousel-of-sorrow/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/katytowell?feature=watch


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on September 01, 2012, 10:40:12 pm
'The housekeepers Diary' by Wendy Berry, yes I know... still haven't finished it Yoop, sorry don't hit ok! :hide:  I'll try again on the flight to NY lol
'Young Prince Philip' by Philip Eade, untill now it's a good read, fascinating family history peppered with little anecdotes of a young boy antic's (kinda odd to imagine PP as a young boy playing pranks on his sisters  :tehe:)
'Final Curtsey' by Margaret Rhodes, it's a memoires book about HM's cousin and her relation to QM, HM and princess Margaret. I plan to read that on my SD holiday so I'll tell ya more about it after wards but I think it will be a 'nice' book: nothing too juicy but not too dry either.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mooster on September 02, 2012, 02:31:30 pm
The Killing of A Princess by Nicholas Davies


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on September 30, 2012, 05:29:50 pm
http://www.amazon.com/New-Wine-Better-Robert-Thom/dp/088368036X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349022620&sr=1-1&keywords=Robert+Thom
The New Wine Is Better by Robert Thom
Im loving, loving this book...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on September 30, 2012, 09:07:57 pm
Utopia, Thomas More


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on September 30, 2012, 09:17:08 pm
Aha so you're reading and eating it at the same time huh  ;)
lemme guess your devouring it! :laugh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on September 30, 2012, 09:59:58 pm
 :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy:  I made a mistake Sorry


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on September 30, 2012, 10:06:55 pm
I know darling, I'm just pulling your leg  :hug: ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: memyselfandroyals on September 30, 2012, 10:15:10 pm
:shy: :shy: :shy: :shy:  I made a mistake Sorry


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on October 13, 2012, 06:19:13 pm
aha i just bought the new one from jk Rowling: the casual vacancy
and i went to the lib and got me some old books on the BRF
from '91 courting disaster by malcom barker memoires of a highranking royal aide in BP (forbidden in uk)
and from '97 the royals by kitty kelley


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on October 21, 2012, 05:51:31 pm
I recommend that you buy and read, very good. I'm reading and I'm loving it.
http://www.amazon.com/Respectable-Sins-Confronting-We-Tolerate/dp/1600061400/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1350838087&sr=8-5&keywords=Jerry+Bridges
"Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
Have Christians become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins? Jerry Bridges returns to his trademark theme of holiness and addresses a dozen clusters of specific "acceptable" sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves - such as jealousy, anger, pride, unthankfulness, and judgmentalism. Jerry writes not from a height of spiritual accomplishment but from the trenches of his own battles with sin. In his admonitions, Jerry offers a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcoming our subtle sins. If you lead a small group or Bible class, don't miss the companion discussion guide for this important book. See inside for details."



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AlisVolatPropriis on October 25, 2012, 12:22:23 am
Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe, I downloaded several samples from amazon and this is one of them, so far I enjoy it. My father in-law has recommended Atlas Shrugged a number of times but I am in a regency era mood.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on October 25, 2012, 10:27:19 pm
I liked Atlas but I read it when I was 18 and they say it's a coming of age novel.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on November 03, 2012, 03:30:04 am
Jackie Oh! by Kitty Kelly.  What a piece of garbage.  I'm ashamed to even admit it.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on November 03, 2012, 03:21:37 pm
Koningskwesties by Frederic Deborsu
Good read so far
The author is giving many little anecdotes about my RF that I wasn't aware off, because they happened before I was born or interested in royals.

urgh about Kitty Kelly, I tried her book on the British royals and put it down after twenty pages.. that one's going straight back to the library this week! :thumbsdown:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on November 04, 2012, 05:28:11 am
^No kidding about Kitty Kelly. I got it as a free download on my iPad, but deleted it and gave it a scathing review on Amazon.  What a piece of trash; she shouldn't even be called an author.

Right now, I'm reading, (other than the Bible nonstop because of a million reasons), Lennon, The Man, the Myth, The Music - The Definitive Life by Tim Riley.  The best I've ever read.  I also contacted the author because anything Beatle/Lennon related, I buy hard copy or buy and not open and he's going to sign all of his books on Lennon for me.  Super cool guy.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: lothwen on November 04, 2012, 05:32:19 am
Currently we are studying the book of Acts at church.  It's really interesting reading about how the church started, and what they went through,and the disagreements they had (as far as spreading the Word to the Gentiles and whatnot). 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on November 04, 2012, 06:17:22 am
^I've heard that and haven't visited Acts in a long while.  I'm throwing myself on the mercy of John right now.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AnaBolena on November 04, 2012, 05:39:40 pm
I'm currently reading - well, almost finished "The Diana Chronicles".  Has anyone else read it?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on January 03, 2013, 05:52:27 pm
John is quite good

I made it a rule to avoid The Hebrew Scriptures because they depress me

I am at present reading John  and The Book of Revelation

oh and Dark Veil which is set in Scotland of all places!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: JuneBug on January 03, 2013, 10:35:48 pm
I am currently reading through Deutronomy and I am loving it. I am using the Today's English version and that version is awesome. I love Todays English Version as opposed to the others for instance

Proverbs 17:27
In New KJV

" He who has knowledge spares his words And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit

In Todays English
"Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight"

Compare
 

In addition I am reading 3 other books'

Kiss that Frog - Brain Tracy et al
The Resolution for Women  - Priscilla Shirer
Focus - Stephen R Covey


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: berlin on January 05, 2013, 08:11:03 pm
I read the Bible in a year during 2012.  That Today's English version sounds good, but I typically stay with KJV for authenticity.  However, I'd like to try other versions for my own personal Bible study.  Does anyone ever use this site for Bible reference?  It's very useful: http://www.biblestudytools.com/


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: lothwen on January 05, 2013, 08:18:37 pm
I'm currently reading The Three Musketeers. 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: scarlett on January 05, 2013, 09:01:52 pm
My aim is to do the same, berlin. Thanks for that link, I've bookmarked it and will be sure to check it out.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on January 05, 2013, 10:50:48 pm
Thank you Berlin for the link

Yooper I shall look for the version at the moment I use KJV interesting


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: berlin on January 06, 2013, 12:11:26 am
You're welcome all.  It's very useful as it has different Bible versions, concordances, dictionaries, commentaries, and many other things.  It's really a great source.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: terrajoule on January 06, 2013, 02:28:11 am
Reading about social psychologists, right now, on Stanley Milgram and his 'Obedience to Authority' experiment.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on January 08, 2013, 12:13:32 am
I'm re-reading Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey it's a sci-fi/fantasy serie :thumbsup:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonriders_of_Pern


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on January 23, 2013, 08:10:57 pm
The Misanthrope and other plays by Moliere


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on January 29, 2013, 03:34:27 am
Patricia Cornwell's Book of the Dead


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: terrajoule on March 03, 2013, 05:22:30 am
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. A play adaptation would be neat.  :study:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mon Roi Henry IX on March 03, 2013, 04:38:21 pm
I am reading "Lord of the Isle: The Extravagant Life and Times of Colin Tennant " .
It is about the life of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. The man who bought the private island of Mustique in the West Indies and was a good friend of Margaret. The man was neurotic, eccentric, mean, wife abuser, rude to others, though never to Margaret, and also a generous man.
He was notorious for his naked Mustique parties attended by Margaret  and very famous celebrities.



http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/06/20/article-2005669-0C9DC6C200000578-53_468x459.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/10/article-1242101-004B90B300000258-228_468x365.jpg

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02386/M-couple_2386921b.jpg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217049/Princess-Margaret-A-new-book-lays-bare-riotous-antics-lord-Mustique-Colin-Tennant.html



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on March 03, 2013, 05:21:22 pm
Wow  sounds like quite the read  let us know if it is any good


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mon Roi Henry IX on March 04, 2013, 06:09:19 pm
^
It's a pretty good book. I bought it and will be donating it to my local library when I'm done reading it.
He was a very, very strange man. I recommend it, the book, not the man.  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on March 04, 2013, 06:46:18 pm
Ha!  Thanks


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: terrajoule on May 16, 2013, 08:02:54 pm
Finished Argo by Antonio Mendez. What was interesting was the artistry, ingenuity, imagination, and creativity used. To learn about the author's artist life. The history. Pretty riveting. My natural curiosity had me looking up John Chambers (Jerome in the book) and others.

Becoming Light by Erica Jong. A book of poetry.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: terrajoule on June 24, 2013, 06:15:52 am
An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews  by Henry Fielding . A satire of novel Pamela by Samuel Richardson.


Yeah... I must be bored.  :laugh:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on July 10, 2013, 03:17:57 am
changeling by philipa gregory
it's ok but I expected more from her, her historic bio-tales are ...fuller somehow
the story and characters are a bit thin but apparently it's a teenybook so....


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: terrajoule on July 28, 2013, 06:21:50 am
American History. Empire of the Summer Moon. It's about the Comanche  Native American tribe (my relatives  :tehe:) and the Comanche's "last" chief Quanah Parker. It's very well told (in the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) and interesting. 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on December 23, 2013, 06:39:42 pm
Sharon osborns auto bio 'extreme'
Wow that chick had a crazy life! :o


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on December 23, 2013, 07:58:12 pm
Stefan Zweig The Royal Game/Chess story.

It is about a man who was imprisoned by the nazis.

Stefan Zweig himself fled from the nazis to England and later to Brazil. He committed suicide during WWII in the believe that the nazis would conquer the world.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on December 23, 2013, 09:55:00 pm
^I love Zweig. I still have on my to read list his autobiography book but it's so sad that I cannot make me read it.

I am reading a couple of books at the same time, I just finished The book of tea by Okakura. Such a beautiful book, not exactly about tea more about the tea philosophy of life. And you can find it free on the web.

Also furious love about Taylor/Burton destructive love. Interesting but too much of the same and it gets boring. It also spoils you all their films.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Yooper on December 24, 2013, 02:00:39 am
^^^Sharon Osborne's bio - forgot about that one.  Thanks, Akasha!  Will try that.

I have several books going but am focusing on A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.  That book is so much more than any movie ever envisioned.  I try to read it every year.

And the Gift of the Magi - O'Henry Stories

Killing Jesus, Sycamore Row and for fun, Nothing Stays in Vegas


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: HC on December 24, 2013, 12:34:56 pm
Alexandrine,
I will absolutely read tea by Okakura, sounds interesting  :hi:

Yooper,
I love Charles Dickens. I've found Edwind Droods Mysterium. But I haven't read it yet, because the library books has to be read first  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on December 26, 2013, 06:08:06 pm
Just finished with Ozzy's bio to see hise side of the story.
Still bat sh*tcrazy life but man the story is so hilariuos l swear that guy should just get into comedy!  :laugh:
The  thing is that he doesn't always wants to be funny but dang I nearly pissed my pants once or twice because of how he tells it, ya know....
I never saw one episode of 'the Osbournes' back then but after reading this I'm sooo gonna look on you tube for some clips. :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Vesper on February 15, 2014, 10:29:48 pm
Has anyone read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini? I just loved his books, ATSS, in particular is one of my favorite, now I just started reading his latest, And The Mountains Echoed, and I'm full of anticipation.  He is a great writer.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on July 31, 2014, 10:58:46 pm
^ I've read good reviews but I'm a bit scared that they are overhyped, are they really good?

I'm going to reread Harry Potter and I'm scared that I won't like them. They are such a big part of my teenage years that not liking them can be a big impact. (I'm such a nerd  :shy: ) But I've been rereading a couple of books I liked years ago and now they seemed so badly written.


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Post by: YooperModerator on August 01, 2014, 03:25:52 am
^I'm re-reading, too, because I'm just so unimpressed with what's out there that's newly released for some reason.  So, it's Hollywood by Garson Kanin (I cannot recommend this book enough) and The Moon's A Balloon by David Niven.  Very restful before-bed books, I think. 

Oh, and a real beaut that's from the memoirs of Marie Antoinette's hairdresser Leonard.  Riveting but can't remember the name.  Super good fluff however inaccurate or what have you.  For instance, I was unaware that hair salons as we know them were not created until this period.  At least not in France.  Your maid, sister, mother or whomever did your hair.  Leonard & bros changed that, along with Marie A. and it's sprinkled with just the right amount of 'being there'.

As for H Potter, all I can say is that my son re-read it and was disappointed but I think that's due to the fact that it's not 'new' anymore, the story has been warped a bit by being put on the screen so the initial thrill is gone.  But, maybe it'll be better for you, Alex.  Hope so! 


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Post by: Pense on August 03, 2014, 09:42:08 pm
Slogging through "Queen's House - A Social History of Buckingham Palace" by Edna Healey
Half the time I'm not sure if it's about the people that have occupied it or the people that worked on it.
Was surprised to read that there was/is a great deal of shoddy workmanship in the expanded building.
Guess no one is immune from being defrauded by reno contractors.
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In preparation for the fall semester, a niece was assigned a small (and for her, boring) book about the settlement of Massachusetts. The balance of the assignment required a paper about the time period using other sources. After hearing much complaining, I recommended she read "The Wordy Shipmates" by Sarah Vowell. The writing style is unconventional (no chapters). Her book shows the differences between the Mayflower Puritans and Bay Colony Puritans. Not the sanitized Thanksgiving version of the 17th century settlements. Since niece wanted to discuss the book, I had to read it again. Sarah is a commentator for NPR. I read for awhile, set it aside, and then picked it up and read a little more. I liked her comparison's with more modern history. So did my niece.
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Finished reading "The Fall of the House of Dixie - The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South" by Bruce Levine. Was recommended to me when I told someone that I wasn't going to read yet another US Civil War novel that was a tour of battlefields and endless military strategy opinions. This book is not one of those kinds of books. The South controlled the 3 branches of US govt for most of the years until the Civil War. This book is about the economic and social effects of the Southern aristocracy before and during the war using diaries, news accounts. The books make very clear the sharp differences between the North and South attitudes towards fellow citizens and residents.
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All of the above books are published as e-books, which is the format I read them in.


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Post by: Alexandrine on August 03, 2014, 10:56:18 pm
^I'm re-reading, too, because I'm just so unimpressed with what's out there that's newly released for some reason.  So, it's Hollywood by Garson Kanin (I cannot recommend this book enough) and The Moon's A Balloon by David Niven.  Very restful before-bed books, I think. 

Oh, and a real beaut that's from the memoirs of Marie Antoinette's hairdresser Leonard.  Riveting but can't remember the name.  Super good fluff however inaccurate or what have you.  For instance, I was unaware that hair salons as we know them were not created until this period.  At least not in France.  Your maid, sister, mother or whomever did your hair.  Leonard & bros changed that, along with Marie A. and it's sprinkled with just the right amount of 'being there'.

As for H Potter, all I can say is that my son re-read it and was disappointed but I think that's due to the fact that it's not 'new' anymore, the story has been warped a bit by being put on the screen so the initial thrill is gone.  But, maybe it'll be better for you, Alex.  Hope so! 

I haven't finished Marie Antoinette by Fraser because the story is so tragic, that I cannot move on. But the book was good in case you are interested in a more serious bio of Queen MA. Though the book by the hairdresser sounds interesting. There is also a book about how luxury started on the french royal court and that one was really good however I do not remember the name. If you are interested I could look it up.

Harry Potter is being ok. I am already on the 5th book. The first three ones are really fun although I can know see that the writing is a bit lame and there are some points I didn't notice before that I do not like.


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Post by: cate1949 on August 04, 2014, 03:24:16 am
Pense - you just added a few more books to my list of "to be read".  Thanks - the one on the puritans sounds especially good.  I've read some very good books on the politico-social south - I read a very original one were the author had combed through land ownership records and agricultural sales records.  His assertion was that the image of a southern culture defined by wealthy planters was inaccurate - rather that it was more like Tobacco Row - small holders with no more than three slaves were the majority.  Mostly livestock raising not cotton.

I am reading a couple of books now - the latest Bernard Cornwall in the Saxon Tales and a very good book on WWI - Sleepwalkers.


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Post by: terrajoule on August 22, 2014, 12:23:02 am
1.) The Psychological Evaluation of Children's Human Figure Drawings
2.) Feminine Psychology by Karen Horney MD.
Mostly textbooks... :study:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Pense on November 02, 2014, 12:42:54 am
Borrowed 3 e-books that the librarian recommended and next time I will look for the other librarian for recommendations. One book I slogged through because I was intrigued by the bits of information that I had not read elsewhere about the San Francisco earthquake. The other two books never made it past the second chapter.

Luckily, read/reading two more books with better results. Was asked by a teacher friend to read a YA book and give her a 3-line synopsis as well as any heads-up about iffy character situations. Synopsis: Priest and girlfriend go kayaking and whale plays with the kayak. That night priest begins to hallucinate and hear voices. The lives of many living things depend on his determination to find the source. There were some references to bad guys wanting to make advances to priest's girlfriend but were always thwarted. "Exodus 2022" By Kenneth G Bennett. It was a good quick read with an interesting ending - suitable for sequels.

Current read is more interesting. "The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret" by Catherine Bailey is about the 9th Duke of Rutland. His mother was Violet Manners; one of his sisters is Diana Manners (Lady Diana Cooper). The 9th Duke was obsessed with preserving the family papers but destroyed certain papers pertaining to his life. The book is about filling in the missing links. Of necessity, it also describes parts of aristo society at the time which is late 19th to middle 20th century. I had not intended to read about the 9th Duke. I was actually looking for a book about place names that are not pronounced as they are spelled in English. For instance, Worcester and Gloucestershire. Belvoir cracked me up. I had to look up its history -- and then I found the book.


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Post by: YooperModerator on November 02, 2014, 04:03:45 am
Re-visiting Crime and Punishment.  One of my favorites.


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Post by: HC on November 02, 2014, 03:06:23 pm
Camus the plague


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: KGap on November 22, 2014, 05:29:36 pm
I am reading The Fault in Our Stars keeping the tissues close by.


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Post by: KGap on November 30, 2014, 06:42:38 am
I have just started to read gone girl, Has anyone else read it?


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Post by: terrajoule on March 11, 2015, 09:17:26 pm
Genealogy. An ancestor by the name of Bassingbourne  lol Throckmorton  and a Count Louis DeMas from France.  :bored:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on March 12, 2015, 12:25:21 am
I'm late getting to it but Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.  Riveting.  Hitchcock would've been all over it.


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Post by: Countess of Holland on March 12, 2015, 10:46:26 am
I am reading 'A narrow road to the deep north'..a great read. It is a novel that deals with the thousands of men (POW's) who were forced to work on the Birma Railway by the Japanese occupier during WW II.
A good read and the author received the Man Booker Prize for the book last year...well deserved.
BTW Author is Richard Flanagan, he is an Australian.


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Post by: HennyPenny on March 12, 2015, 10:51:32 pm
Im reading Patricia Briggs "Dead heat"


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Post by: AnaBolena on March 16, 2015, 12:50:41 am
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on October 01, 2015, 04:07:57 pm
Finished Furious love at last! I still enjoy Elizabeth Taylor but Richard Burton sounded like a total bore. Funny is that the book was done to help his image. Didn't work for me  :bored:


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Post by: YooperModerator on October 01, 2015, 05:05:03 pm
^Other than Mike Todd, all paled next to Elizabeth, to me.  I've read that, in person, Richard Burton had an electricity that never transferred to many.  No clue, but I agree but enjoyed the book.

Am reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough of John Adams fame.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It's not all technical about flight design but about their lives and overcoming a multitude of challenges.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mia1984 on October 01, 2015, 10:46:51 pm
I am reading The Organized Mind. Interesting but a bit verbose. It is all about how our minds have a limited processing capacity and why multitasking doesn't work. It would have been great if it had advice and tips on how to a more organized mind!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on October 01, 2015, 10:50:32 pm
Yes, I agree! Mike Todd seems the only one who was good for her both professionally and for herself. If he hadn't died I doubt Taylor would have divorced him or at least they would have lasted a long time.

I preferred the first part of the book it was more about Taylor but the second part it make it all seem like Burton was a lost lamb that Taylor had misdirected. Not that Liz was perfect but the book doesn't portray her as someone whining all the time like him. This is the reason I ended up bored with Burton.

Aren't they also making a film about the Wright brothers?

@Mia maybe you would like How the mind works by Pinker? Very thought provoking for me.


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Post by: YooperModerator on October 01, 2015, 10:56:30 pm
^Agree all the way around.  Oh, I hope they're making a movie about the Wright Brothers and fingers crossed they're using the book for a road map.  It's riveting. 


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Post by: Alexandrine on October 01, 2015, 11:01:42 pm
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In fact, Spielberg already has plans for a Wright Brothers project. Back in April, HBO announced it had picked up the rights to David McCollough‘s nonfiction tome The Wright Brothers, with the intention of turning it into a miniseries produced by Spielberg and Hanks’ Playtone Productions.

http://www.slashfilm.com/steven-spielberg-wright-brothers/


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: AnaBolena on October 07, 2015, 02:28:56 pm
'Gone Girl' and I loathed it. 


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on October 07, 2015, 03:52:34 pm
^^Thank yew!!!

^I couldn't make it through and have no idea where the hype comes from on this really bad book so thanks for validating that judgment.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on October 07, 2015, 06:49:12 pm
Is it so bad? I loved the film but I didn't want spoilers and for the first time in my life I avoided the book until I watched the the film.

I'm reading now the Dresden files. It's a supernatural/fantasy series about a wizard that works with the police. The idea is good but the characters are not well developed and some mysteries are not interesting enough. Though I'm still on the 3rd book and will continue the series to see how it goes.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on October 07, 2015, 07:14:34 pm
^I didn't see the movie, Alex, so I'm no help at all there but the book itself, for me, was like tap dancing in quicksand and then I skipped to the end which isn't an ending at all.  What a disaster.  The plot lines stop for no reason, the characters are so hateful and even the author, I think, said she got stuck somewhere in the book and just sort of wandered out to the finish.  It read that way to me anyhow.  I requested my money back and got it.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on October 08, 2015, 04:15:46 pm
^SPOILER: the film changed the ending. So you may like it better, though it's a weird ending. I think you won't like it either.

But for me what was entertaining was that the female MC was hateful. It was refreshing to see that kind of character. I also liked how the actress portrayed her. And Affleck was perfect as husband. Even the director mentions how suspicious it is that he is a natural at cheating. Then his divorced happened  :laugh



Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on November 11, 2015, 11:52:53 pm
Reading through Georgette Heyer books. I prefer Austen but Heyer is a nice substitute though not all her books are good. Some are terrible bores.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Joanna on March 04, 2016, 10:12:05 pm
I'm reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I'm surprised by how I like to feel constantly in the dark about the characters.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on March 05, 2016, 11:58:25 pm
War and Peace. I still don't know who is the main character even when I've already read 300 pages or so. Also sometimes it is too similar to a soap opera but with the war in the middle. Although the writing is very good in some parts even when I'm reading a translation, he can make a war and battles interesting and making you experience what a normal solider would have.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on March 06, 2016, 12:22:24 am
^Boy, I hear ya.  I slugged through War and Peace and finished it but had to take notes to keep track of everybody and then one person has about four different versions of their name.  But, it is a great story of the Napoleonic wars.  I've heard that the Russian version is much much better.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Alexandrine on March 06, 2016, 12:35:17 am
 :laugh: I can understand that as there are so many characters especially in the war parts of the story.

Also some of the characters are so idiotic that I have to stop reading sometimes, their actions make me feel anxious  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Joanna on March 06, 2016, 11:01:21 am
^ I totally agree. It was confusing to me too, in the beggining I had to check who the characters were because of what you've mentioned, several names for the same character. :shy: When I finished reading, it became one of my favorite books. The russian version must be wonderful.


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Post by: deGuernsey on September 30, 2016, 09:20:30 pm
The idiot's guide to criminal investigation - truth! :king:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on December 02, 2016, 08:02:15 pm
The photographers handbook


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on December 02, 2016, 08:47:21 pm
Marie Antoinette's Head:  The Royal Hairdresser

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Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Léonard Autie from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette.
By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, French History professor and expert Will Bashor, tells Autie’s mostly unknown story.

Fabulous and fun read.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on February 08, 2017, 01:36:45 pm
I just realised the Jack Reacher novels are free online and so light to carry! Yay! Haven't read one yet but for leisurely reading I shall switch between vampyre novels, Jack Reacher and Murder She Wrote books... :worship:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on March 23, 2017, 06:38:59 pm
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs. It is very, well, adult.....  :o I actually find it disturbing. I wonder if I shall manage to finish it. :o


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Post by: YooperModerator on March 24, 2017, 01:20:07 am
Memoirs of Mlle. des Escherolles.  An earlier version Anne Frank style.  Gripping diary of a young girl and her family's desperate attempts to survive during the French Revolution.  Highly recommend to history buffs.


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Post by: deGuernsey on March 24, 2017, 06:50:56 am
^ Sounds good. I'll look for it online for when my stomach settles from reading Naked Lunch....   :ick:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on November 15, 2017, 07:20:01 pm
I just found "understanding fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements" by Richard T Antoun looks good


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: LadyLaura on December 12, 2017, 03:45:59 am
Memoirs of Lady Hamilton
Six wives of Henry VIII (an old fave)
Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Mary Shelley's Journals


wow, I just found this thread, this forum is full of hidden rooms  :tehe:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: YooperModerator on December 12, 2017, 06:23:24 am
^Yea, it is!  Enjoy finding them.   :flower:

I just finished And The Sea Will Tell by V. Bugliosi.  About the Palmyra atoll murders.  A couple from my other home, San Diego, were murdered down there in the mid-1970s by a pair of total losers.  I somewhat recall the outrage at the time but now I see why everyone hated Bugliosi so much then.  Or at least 10 years later when the trials finally finished.  Grisly story.  He defended the girlfriend.  Wish I hadn't read it.

^Shoulda read one of your books instead.  Lady Hamilton will be next.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on January 15, 2018, 04:10:44 pm
The Urban Sketcher   I love street art, too...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: LadyLaura on March 14, 2018, 03:15:11 am
The Brontes by Juliet Barker


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: deGuernsey on March 22, 2018, 05:59:20 pm
Deadly Skills the SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation by former US Navy Seal Clint Emerson. I love anything (well, almost lol) US/UK Marines and Army. Esp Special Ops/Security/AT. Awesome read.


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Post by: LadyLaura on April 11, 2018, 11:00:20 pm
Pausanias description of Greece....love it  :flower:


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: LadyLaura on September 25, 2018, 08:40:05 pm
my first double post  :sorry:

Reading the Bronte juvenilia about the imaginary kingdoms they created. It's astounding the level of genius possessed by every young member of the Bronte family.
Has anyone here ever been to the parsonage? I dream of going there, I'd love to see Emily's little room where she wrote her secret epics.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Rosella on September 26, 2018, 12:01:33 am
I've been to Haworth Parsonage. Years ago now, but it was as I imagined it to be.. I love the Bronte books especially Wuthering Heights.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: LadyLaura on September 26, 2018, 12:26:52 am
Wuthering Heights was my first favorite book!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Rosella on September 26, 2018, 12:30:46 am
Yes, it was such a tragedy that Emily died young before writing anything more. Her poetry is beautiful and Wurhering Heights is so unusual a book for its time. No wonder it's been so popular. I like it better than Jane Eyre in some aspects, actually. In many ways it appeals to people now more than it did then, I think.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: LadyLaura on September 26, 2018, 12:35:52 am
I have to agree, there is a timeless power to wuthering h. "the utterance of a baby god" as someone wrote about it. Em was writing another book when she died but it's thought that Charlotte destroyed it, possibly at Emily's wish. It is sad that none of the Gondal stories have survived.