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Sarah, I don't know anything about Schubert, so if you've got any recommendations on what to listen to while I'm reading, I'd love to hear them.

 

I would recommend any of his symphonies, specifically #8 (mostly known as the "unfinished symphony") and pretty much any of his art songs. Those are what I am more familiar with.

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Ooh! Is this a follow-up to The Magicians?

 

I've read some of the same books as gogo, in part because I'm shameless Goodreads stalker. :lol Whenever someone marks a book as read (especially if they rate it 4 or 5 stars), I check it out to see if I want to read it too.

 

God, I love my library. Most best-sellers take a couple of months to get here, too, but I put a ton of books on hold at the library and then just wait for them to start rolling in. It's like my library Netflix queue. Sometimes it creates an unexpected book logjam (bookjam?) but usually I have a good enough mix of new and not-new that I can keep up and renew if needed.

 

I recently read this and loved it:

 

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And now I'm reading this:

 

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I enjoy Jhumpa Lahiri's writing very much, but I wish she'd try a really cheerful book sometime.

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Ooh! Is this a follow-up to The Magicians?

 

I've read some of the same books as gogo, in part because I'm shameless Goodreads stalker. :lol Whenever someone marks a book as read (especially if they rate it 4 or 5 stars), I check it out to see if I want to read it too.

 

It is! Haven't started it yet, but I just re-read The Magicians, and I'm looking forward to it. I've been trying to read new, different books, I'm starting to feel like I'm old and running out of time to read everything I'll ever want to read :lol so I don't really want to waste time on re-reading a ton of stuff anymore. But I do love to re-read, even something that's just a fun read, it's always interesting to me to go back and see what I missed the first time, pick up on things that I read differently once I know how the story ends, etc.

 

And I'm also a Goodreads stalker! Not quite as fast as you, though. :)

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Just finished this and boy did I like it. It reminded me of a lot of John Irving's work.

 

In the middle of Art of Fielding right now, a good read. I hadn't previously thought of it, but I agree with the John Irving reference.

 

Before that, I read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. (I haven't mastered the ability to display the book covers when using my iPad). A non-fiction account of a Syrian family in New Orleans during and after Katrina. Excellent book. And infuriating to read what out of control police state government can do.

 

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As discussed here previously, I have some problems with Dave Eggers :twitchsmile but I like when he gets out of the way of the people he's writing about. Zeitoun is an excellent example of that.

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It was amusing, for sure. But it was a little too in love with the idea of itself, if that makes any sense. Hard to talk about why I wasn't crazy about it, without getting too spoiler-y. He's very readable, but overall I wanted more from the characters and the story.

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I'm going to sound very contrary today! He's funny, but his book felt a bit padded (there's a framing device that he pretty much comes out and admits is padding), and it lacked a lot in the "tell-all" category. It's one of those sweet happy memoirs where the worst thing that happens to him is that his parents split up, but even that's OK because he gets the best step-dad ever out of the deal! Not that I need a ton of drama or anything, it's just very very light, with some odd bits of serious film criticism thrown in. You could do worse, but don't be expecting anything too wild or juicy.

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Sounds like I'll be missing that one. Maybe instead I should read the Mick Jagger biography my sister was telling me about, where the author makes reference to Mick's big brown eyes.

 

Um, nope...they've been blue Mick's whole life. :lol

 

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Powerful stuff.

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Just finished the Scotty Bowers book about his life in Hollywood turning tricks and hooking up various big name "stars" with men and women from his stable. He really exposes a lot of secrets in this one. Good read for anyone Interested in old Hollywood and the behind the scenes shenanigans that went on.

 

I'm a few pages into the Fleetwood Mac one, so far so good.

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Just finished Tess of the d'Urbevilles which I absolutely loved. Such beautiful writing.

 

Next month we're going to see English actor Simon Callow do a spoken word show on Charles Dickens (which I'm really looking forward to) and, never having read any of his novels, I've just started:

 

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Just finished Tess of the d'Urbevilles which I absolutely loved. Such beautiful writing.

 

Next month we're going to see English actor Simon Callow do a spoken word show on Charles Dickens (which I'm really looking forward to) and, never having read any of his novels, I've just started:

 

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How do you like this? This is one of my all-time favorites! I listened to it on CD in my car, and the guy who read it was hilarious with the aunt's line "raised you by hand!" There's more humor in Dicken's work than he gets credit for. And lots of insight and riveting plots, too.

 

The Simon Callow show sounds like fun; report back here afterwards? :)

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How do you like this? This is one of my all-time favorites! I listened to it on CD in my car, and the guy who read it was hilarious with the aunt's line "raised you by hand!" There's more humor in Dicken's work than he gets credit for. And lots of insight and riveting plots, too.

 

The Simon Callow show sounds like fun; report back here afterwards? :)

 

I'm only three chapters in but there have been plenty of chuckles already.

 

I shall indeed report back on the SImon Callow show. Hopefully I'll finish this book before the show so I'll at least know what he's talking about when he's referencing this Dickens novel.

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