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Friday, October 31st, 2003

Subject:*looks up from A Time To Kill*
Posted by:bravesbelle.
Time:9:46 pm.
Hi, Jillian, 22 from Cincinnati.

I'm new. I check out at least a dozen books at a time from my local library...and finish them in the alloted three week borrowing period.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2003

Subject:Beware boyfriends. Enter with caution.
Posted by:bluej5.
Time:2:05 am.
The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays
By Cindy Chupack

Buy it - highly recommended because everywhere else it's at least $20

Hilarious! Would you expect anything less from a writer of Sex and the City? I think not. It honestly reads out like an episode of the famed show minus the main characters noting each word and a lot less raunchy sex. It reads like a friend telling you about her dating/sex life. It's great humor about some of the bad and good things that happen to single women or perhaps the single man. I could have gone about nine more rounds with this book and was sorry to see it end, but all good things must.

Excerpt from Lone Rangered essay:

Some men admit they avoid confrontation because they're afraid we'll cry. Of course we'll cry: we cry at Hallmark commercials. What they don't understand is that we're not crying because of them, we're crying because now we have to get naked in front of someone else. It's enough already.
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2003

Posted by:gavinahand.
Time:3:42 pm.

There is a new community called Book Swaps. http://www.livejournal.com/users/book_swaps/
check it out. email gavinahand@hotmail.com for questions.
If I'm not allowed to post this here, I apologize and I'll delete it.
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Saturday, August 30th, 2003

Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:6:51 pm.
historylit is a brand-new community dedicated to the discussion of historical fiction and history in non-fiction. Please join and post away!

I'm also thinking of creating communities dedicated to world literature and classic literature as soon as I can obtain codes. What do you all think? Would you join either? (EDIT: worldliterature and theclassics are now realities! Join away ;))

(X-posted to many communities. Apologies to those seeing multiple posts)
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2003

Subject:Tuesdays With Morrie
Posted by:jenny_rambles.
Time:8:55 pm.
I had been putting off reading this book for awhile - my grandmother had died from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and I really didn't want to read about someone else going through it.

This was an amazing book....one of those novels that you want to use to map out your life. Morrie - the man dying of ALS in this case, was a sociology professor at a Boston University. This book was written by one of his students who - when he started dying - decided to get all these meaningful "life answers".
Its a really easy read - bits of his life are mixed in with his present observations on life, society, love and family.
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?
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Friday, August 1st, 2003

Posted by:_bloodfairy.
Time:2:59 am.
hey, my name is Lamia, and i'm new. just thought i'd introduce myself.

add me if you wish, i'll return the favor.
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Sunday, July 20th, 2003

Posted by:walkawayslowly.
Time:8:19 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
Hands for those that remember NSyncGrrl? Of Forever.net? The little darling has been writing "original" fiction since taking down her site, and I, like the sick little obsessed fangirl that I am, bought her first two books. (Yes, first two. She currently has three published. Published, can you believe it?)

The first is Operation Starseed, which, according to the backCollapse ) is truly awful.

Seriously. Anyone remember Navigator's Log? Read that one and you've read this. I was looking for a whole new level of deliciously bad porn and came up empty handed.

What I love most about it is the fact that Justin and L*nce- I mean Dylan and Neal, are *constantly* ready to get it on. Even in the face of death and misery, they're constantly pawing at each other and making lewd innuendos. Nothing less than I'd expect, really.

Case in point...Collapse )

The second is a collection of four novellas, Scarred. All of them are about the same level as her NSync fic, but none of them are rehashed NSync stories, as far as I can tell. Maybe there's one I'm forgetting? Doubtful, but possible. Anyway, my favorite of the four is the title story, "Scarred." According to the backCollapse ), it's also pretty bad.

But! If you are as sickly obsessed as I am, both of these are absolutely necessary reads. You might be a little disappointed in OS, but Scarred will definitely make up for it.

I'll give you info on her third book Power Play as soon as dine finished it and mails it to me. :)
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Monday, June 30th, 2003

Subject:new poster
Posted by:miyyu.
Time:9:44 am.
Hello - I am new to this community and just wanted to make a short intro post. I, like you all I am sure, am an avid reader. I spend way too much money on books. My favorite place to go on the weekend is the library. :)

I will read almost anything, though I have been off non-fiction for a bit lately because I just finished graduate school in December and I am in desperate need of a novel fix. I enjoy any book that is thought-provoking, though my favorite genre would have to be fantasy/science fiction. My favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and Orson Scott Card.

Most recent book I read: Ringworld by Larry Niven. I read it because it's considered a classic in the genre and I wanted to find out why. I was a bit disappointed, mostly because I felt unable to keep up with the science (or pseudo-science) that supports the novel. I wonder whether or not this is a fault of the author, because I consider my science background to be strong. It had some good moments, though, and I can see why it was a landmark for when it was published.
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Thursday, June 19th, 2003

Posted by:ex_misadvent483.
Time:4:20 am.
Hi. I've been a member of this community for awhile, but I've never posted anything until now. For the most part, I've always loved to read, but for a short while, I read mostly *nslash until like with everything else, I grew bored with that and went back to regular books. My favorite books as of late have been by Augusten Burroughs.

Running With Scissors and DryCollapse )
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Subject:One of the best books I have read.
Posted by:newvance.
Time:7:59 am.
Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates

When I first picked up this book it was because I knew it had a gay story line. After finishing it I was very glad that was not all this book had. In actuality, the gay story line is just a matter of fact part of the book. I really enjoyed that the book did not focus totally on the boys' relationship, because it let you into their world.

By about halfway through this book I was talking to the characters saying "don't do that" or "don't say that" just as if they were right in front of me. Yates did a splendid job of making you feel welcome yet out place in their world. The book welcomes you in with a friendly tone, but soon challenges you to deal with out of what the characters go through.

Very well written book. I would recommend it to everyone. Actually I would buy everyone a copy if I had the money. :-)
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Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Posted by:elasticatdwaste.
Time:10:08 pm.
I think someone may have posted before about Elizabeth Wurtzel's editor Betsy Lerner, whom she makes many references to in More, Now, Again. Well she suffered from an eating disorder as well as depression. I have just bought her memoir and so far it is an interesting read.
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Thursday, June 12th, 2003

Subject:Last three reads
Posted by:geddyfan.
Time:9:47 am.
Alma Mater - Rita Mae Brown: a disappointment, since I've been an RMB fan for many years. This is not one of her cat mysteries, but a story set in Williamsburg about a college student coming to terms with her sexuality. The narrative seemed rushed, and if you've read RMB's other books you might find the characters in this novel are more like ghosts of previous characters.

Last Call - Diane Dean-Epps: amusing mystery novel where a witness to murder (a barfly) is being stalked by the possible killer, while cooperating with the local authorities.

Tahitian Destiny - Julie Eberhart Painter: romance novel concerning a woman's search for her Tahitian roots and the mythological legend to which she is connected.
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Sunday, June 1st, 2003

Subject:"You'll have to follow through with every word I say."
Posted by:bluej5.
Time:9:04 pm.
Mood: hot.
It's My F---ing Birthday by Merrill MarkoeCollapse )
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Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

Posted by:winoforever.
Time:8:54 pm.
I just finished The Dive from Claussen's Pier by Ann Packer. Despite the fact that it is rampant in every bookstore, Target and Wal-Mart, you may not have seen it, but I just wanted to post that I really liked it.. couldn't put it down actually.
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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003

Posted by:mitajoey.
Time:6:29 pm.
I've stalled on the reading for the past few weeks, but my roommate asked me if I wanted to read Eric Jerome Dickey's newest book before she let her friend borrow it. I was bored, so I started reading it and its become one of my favorites. I enjoyed it so much. I mistakenly tried to read a bit of it before I started work this morning, and was soon hiding it under paperwork, so that it looked as if I was working. I finished it before lunch. Totally surprised me with the ending.

Oprah once said that she chooses which books to read by reading the first line. If that grabs her, then she'll read it. The Other Woman's first line would have grabbed be, even if I didn't make it a must that I read whatever he writes:

I shouldn't have been surprised when I met my husband's lover, but I was.

The Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey.

He's another one of my favorite authors and he can also be found in the African-American section of the bookstore. There was one book of his that I started but haven't finished, and that was over three years ago, I think. I believe that was during the onset of my fascination with fanfic. Its in my plans to pick the book up once again and finish it.

However, in the meantime, I'm going to start the book he wrote right before The Other Woman, which is called Thieves' Paradise. It seems a bit different than his other stuff.

My favorite EJD book is, hands down, Friends and Lovers. Talk about emotional rollercoaster.

Info can be found HERE.

While I'm in a posting mood, I also wanted to mention a couple of other books that I really loved:

Sugar and This Bitter Earth by Bernice McFadden. Sugar is the first part, so to speak, and This Bitter Earth picks up where Sugar ends. I'm not even sure I can explain the book without giving things away, and the surprise and shock at the revelations are what made these books such great reads. I was up many a night, fighting sleep, just because I couldn't put them down.

I've read a lot of books that I'm sure wouldn't appeal to a lot of people. Some that I always feel apprehensive about mentioning, afraid that what I look for in a book, is way different than what others look for, and then people will be like "what is she thinking?" Sugar and This Bitter Earth are books that I feel no shame in recommending.
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Friday, May 9th, 2003

Posted by:boblovin.
Time:12:31 am.
Mood: sleepy.
We sit in restaurants creating, modifying,extracting. There are deals to be made, lies to be told, directions to be taken. There are so many things that we need to consider, she says. She says this a lot.

Fake Liar Cheat, by Tod Goldberg starts out fast paced and stays that way until you turn the last page. I usually read the first page or so before I decide to buy a book, I'm sure that I read more than that when I picked this book up. I found myself involved with Goldberg's main character, Lonnie Milton right from the beginning. Lonnie meets Claire and his life goes from boring to dangerous, he becomes her accomplice and he becomes an underground legend.

There are so many things we need to consider.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2003

Subject:If anyone had ever told me...
Posted by:lady_angst.
Time:6:19 pm.
...that I'd be enthralled by a book about trapeze artists in the 40's and 50's, I would have laughed. But that's what happened with The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Here's how it happened. I read The Dreyfus Affair after ghettogreta mentioned it in her journal. (And that entry also led me to this community, so thank you!) I really enjoyed that book, and, as I often do when I like a book, I went to Amazon.com to read customer reviews. This, for me, is a good way to find similar books. You know, the "if you liked X, try Y" kind of thing. And sure enough, someone recommended The Catch Trap. I was familiar with Marion Zimmer Bradley, of course, from The Mist of Avalon, but when I went to the Amazon page for The Catch Trap, I was skeptical. Still, the idea stayed with me, and a few days later when I was at work (I'm a librarian) I went and found it. Again I read the description, and considered putting it back, but I decided to give it a try. That night, I took it with me to the gym, and was instantly captivated. To the point where I didn't notice that I had finished my time on the exercise bike and was just pedaling away with no resistance. I didn't even notice that the CD which had been blasting into the earphones had ended.

So, that's my story, and I hope the book brings someone else as much pleasure as it brought me.
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003

Subject:the all-nighter
Posted by:walkawayslowly.
Time:4:33 pm.
Mood: thoughtful.
There are those books that I start reading and absolutely can't put down until they're finished. Had this experience on Monday evening and was up until 4:30 am finishing this book.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Ever heard of the kids book about the girl with a billion older brothers who get turned into swans by their stepmother? And the girl can save them by sewing them shirts of nettle that make her fingers bleed and swell, and the entire time she can't speak a word to anyone?

It's like that. It's a grown up retelling of this story, and it's the first of a trilogy, but it's not too much of a cliff hanger.

So. I highly recommend. :)

That and I just finished The Fourth Hand by John Irving for my English class. I liked it, but it got to a certain point past which I couldn't enjoy the story anymore, because it was just too weird. I don't really think he did exactly what he set out to accomplish, which was write a funny love story, but it is funny. And, if you squint at it sideways in the right light, it might resemble a love story. Also recommend, though not as highly.
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Subject:x post...
Posted by:elasticatdwaste.
Time:6:44 pm.
Books I have finished in the last two weeks:

-Life Size by Jenefer Shute
-Where it Stops, Nobody Knows by Amy Ehrlich
-The Hours by Michael Cunningham
-Cut by Patricia McCormick
-Brave New Girl by Louisa Luna
-My Body, My Enemy by Claire Beeken

Books I am currently reading:

-The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
-Bright Red Scream by Marilee Strong

Unread books on my shelf that I plan to read:

-White Oleander by Janet Fitch
-Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by Michael Gerber
-Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

I also plan to get hold of The Fuck Up by Arthur Nesesian.
Based on these, any suggestions??
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Sunday, April 20th, 2003

Subject:Old habits die hard.
Posted by:bluej5.
Time:11:28 pm.
Mood: stressed.
For Better, for Worse: A Novel by Carole MatthewsCollapse )
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