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IBShep Mar 20th, 2020 07:44 AM

What are you reading while you practice social distancing?
 
And how are you reading it? Online library databases, purchases, or something else?

We will incorporate your unique insights in our upcoming newsletters, social media, and articles!

marlib1951 Mar 20th, 2020 07:53 AM

The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel, it is the third book in the Wolf Hall series. I preordered through Amazon and it automatically downloaded onto my IPad on day it was released. I am enjoying the third book as well as the first and second one. I do sometimes find it a little hard to follow; i.e. hard to tell who is talking and what a vocabulary! I would have thought enough has been written about Henry VIII and that era but it is a fascinating read and it a different portrayal of Thomas Cromwell.

ibobi Mar 20th, 2020 10:45 AM

Just finished , a pretty good sci-fi vampire future apocalypse novel (first of a trilogy). There was a very short lived Fox show of it last year which I did not see.

thursdaysd Mar 20th, 2020 11:58 AM

I still have some physical library books, although the library is now closed. There is also a system for borrowing e-books and audio books from the library, although the selection could be better. For some time I have been getting a daily email from bookbub, with deals on e-books and have been gradually building a Kindle collection. When I was flat on my back after eye surgery I had a trial subscription to Audible.

I just finished Susan Fowler's "Whistleblower" - recommended. I made it half way through Deborah Lipstadt's "History on Trial", but decided I didn't need all the courtroom detail. I am currently alternating P. Carl's "Becoming a Man" and rereading Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series (eleven books). When I finish those I have "Unmaking the Presidency" and "Call the Midwife". I recently finished the companion to Deborah Harkness' All Souls books, and may reread the trilogy - just read the fourth book.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/b...-susan-fowler/

https://www.simonandschuster.com/boo.../9781982105099

Paksworld: Books

https://deborahharkness.com/all-soul...s-world-books/

janisj Mar 20th, 2020 01:18 PM

I have a pile of various mysteries - mostly based in England so vicariously traveling there while self isolating. A few books on my iPad including the fascinating 'A Woman of no Importance", the story of Virginia Hall a one legged American woman who managed to exist undercover in Vichy France 'Free Zone' and basically held the British efforts and French resistance together in WWII.

Plus lots of actual hard copy travel books hoping to be able to tick off a few more bucket list destinations in the next year or two

thursdaysd Mar 20th, 2020 01:21 PM


Plus lots of actual hard copy travel books hoping to be able to tick off a few more bucket list destinations in the next year or two
Yes, I was just looking at the Swiss guidebooks sitting on my coffee table....

KarenWoo Mar 23rd, 2020 11:31 AM

I still purchase or borrow "real" books. I have never read a kindle book; I know, I must be odd. However, I love the feel of a book in my hands, and I love browsing bookstores.

Just finished reading:
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict - historical fiction about Clementine Churchill, who I knew nothing about. I loved it, and found it very interesting and learned a lot.
There There by Tommy Orange - on the bestseller list for a year or so. Funny, heartbreaking and depressing. I think it should be part of the literature canon for high school and college students. It was sometimes confusing because it's told by 12 different characters.

Currently reading:
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley - a mystery thriller set in Scotland at a remote highlands estate in the winter. So far so good!!!

Books I have at home waiting to be read:
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
And I have two collections of short stories.

passangsherpa5577 Apr 3rd, 2020 09:02 PM

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and Mindset by Dr Carol S Dweck

kapia Apr 8th, 2020 06:16 PM

Currently reading A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes. Had this book for a while now but never got to finish it.

thursdaysd Apr 9th, 2020 04:40 AM

Decided I needed something soothing and am now reading "The Annotated Alice" which has been on my bookshelves for years.

crellston Apr 9th, 2020 09:29 AM

Just finished Dictator, the last in the Robert Harris trilogy about the life of Cicero, the Roman, politician, orator and philosopher.

fourfortravel Apr 16th, 2020 12:04 PM

"Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert"

Oh, KarenWoo, good luck. My best friend and I tried reading that book and couldn't make it past the first chapter. We then tried to watch the movie and gave up on that, too. "Insipid pablum," if I recall correctly, is how we described it.

I am a hardcopy reader, nothing online or electronic for me.

Just finished:
Dutch Houses. Perhaps not the best book to read when you're in "Stay-at-home" mode, but a good story otherwise.
Educated: A Memoir. A good read, but maybe a bit ahead of Ms. Westover's time. She hasn't quite figured out her story yet.
With All Due Respect. The Nikki Haley book about her time at the U.N. I liked it for the personal historical perspectives she wrote about but did not love it overall.
Lilac Girls. Meh. Historical fiction with too much emphasis on the latter.

Just for fun I reread the entire Griffin & Sabine series.

Am currently diving into:
The Strangeness in My Mind. Phew.
Other Minds. The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life. I'm starting to feel bad for eating calamari.

KarenWoo Apr 17th, 2020 08:31 AM

Fourfortravel,
I bought Eat, Pray, Love secondhand for $1.00 so if I don't like it, it's no great loss. Have you read anything else by Elizabeth Gilbert, and if so, would you recommend it?
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and Educated by Westover are on my book group's list for later this year.

I just started reading The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. So far I am really enjoying it. Some of it resonates with me because my husband is Chinese. It combines a love story with WWII history set in Seattle during the 40's and 80's, and is especially relevant today.

The other day I ordered the following books online from Barnes and Noble:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Death of Mrs. Westaway

crellston Apr 18th, 2020 08:47 AM

Just finished the final book in the Robert Harris trilogy about Cicero, the renowned Roman orator/politician/philosopher. Written from the perspective of Tiro, his slave, friend and lifelong companion, it is a very readable insight into the machinations of political life in the Roman Empire.

Things are getting desperate, may have to re read The Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time :)

thursdaysd Apr 18th, 2020 09:06 AM

@crellston - lol. I used to reread it often. Currently rereading "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", among others.

aliced Apr 18th, 2020 01:04 PM

Elizabeth Gilbert just released City Girls a year or two ago, and I loved it more than Eat,Pray,Love. NYC, letter written from the perspective of a very old woman to her young granddaughter or great-granddaughter, loved the characters.

KarenWoo Apr 22nd, 2020 07:11 AM


Originally Posted by aliced (Post 17095540)
Elizabeth Gilbert just released City Girls a year or two ago, and I loved it more than Eat,Pray,Love. NYC, letter written from the perspective of a very old woman to her young granddaughter or great-granddaughter, loved the characters.

Aliced, thanks for the recommendation of City Girls!
Who is the author of NYC?
Thanks!

Vttraveler Apr 23rd, 2020 05:54 AM

Amazon is offering 9 free kindle books to celebrate World Book Day. This offer is good through tomorrow.

For people looking for more book ideas, the book threads in the Lounge have lots of good suggestions.

Wm May 3rd, 2020 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by crellston (Post 17091553)
Just finished Dictator, the last in the Robert Harris trilogy about the life of Cicero, the Roman, politician, orator and philosopher.

Loved this series. Made me want to know more about Roman History. Enjoyed The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough.

theohub May 31st, 2020 11:58 AM

Pride and Prejudice
Christies' novels

rantapawan Jun 1st, 2020 01:36 AM


Originally Posted by IBShep (Post 17081571)
And how are you reading it? Online library databases, purchases, or something else?

We will incorporate your unique insights in our upcoming newsletters, social media, and articles!

Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from Indiaís Poorest Districts.

PatrickLondon Jun 3rd, 2020 10:46 PM

Just recently I read Sarah Helm's A Life in Secrets, a biography of Vera Atkins, a key figure in the running of the French section of the WW2 Special Operations Executive, and in tracking down exactly what had happened to those captured in France. It uncovered much interesting material on quite why she was so secretive about herself.

Currently waiting on delivery on a couple of the Pieter Posthumus series of crime stories set in Amsterdam, by Britta Bolt

Stormspark Jun 4th, 2020 04:24 AM

Iím going to reread Johanna Lindseyís Mallory Family books. Along with some of the other recommendations Iíve found on this thread.

Suikor Jun 19th, 2020 02:04 PM

Now I'm reading Thackeray Vanity Fair. After watching the series, I decided to read this book again.

Suikor Jun 19th, 2020 02:05 PM

And not so long ago I finished reading the book Green King by Paul Lou Sulitzer

HappyTrvlr Jul 22nd, 2020 01:05 PM

Just finished “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson. It is the story of Winston Churchill and his leadership during the Battle of Britain. I couldn’t put it down.

Vttraveler Jul 23rd, 2020 04:02 AM

For anyone who is interested and able to participate in the Lounge forum, the Fodors Book Group is reading Ordinary Light, a memoir by Tracy K. Smith for its August selection. There will be a discussion thread starting August 1st but you can read the book later and add your thoughts then.

As an aside, I don't understand what the current criteria for joining the Lounge are. I can't find an explanation anywhere.

oldemalloy Jul 24th, 2020 02:45 AM

I would like to see that discussion, but no longer can get into the lounge since i can not log in with my old user name. I do not know the rules for “new” posters either.

zebec Jul 24th, 2020 01:53 PM

The Book of the Dead:Toronto by historian A. Bunch. A great collection of his short story-articles that trace our city's history from its earliest native roots all the way through to today. He writes with economy and pace. Very very readable and a superb way to learn more about ages past.

I am pretty much done my own book and now need to secure an editor, while making the final photo selections. I self-published last time through the University of Toronto, but will likely go with a new press located at our city's Reference Library.

I am done. The end.

aliced Sep 29th, 2020 01:20 PM

Burnt Orange Heresy - which movie will be released soon featuring of all people, Mick Jagger
The Overstory - Pulitzer prize 2019 - not easily read nor forgotten
Harlan Coben's latest and greatest always
Greek Mythology - fascinates me
several forgettable beach novels.....


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