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What Are You Reading Part 3

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elf1590

It's been way too long since I updated this lol Since There Will Come a Darkness I've read:

The Last Place You Look (Mystery/Thriller)
What You Want to See (Mystery/Thriller)
Dizzy Spells (Cozy Mystery)
My Lovely Wife (Thriller)
Again, but Better (NA Contemporary)
City of Ghosts (Middle Grade)
Tunnel of Bones (Middle Grade)
The Stories You Tell (Mystery/Thriller)
Waking the Witch (Nonfiction)
Mud Vein (Dark Romance)
Year One (Adult Fantasy/Dystopian)
Of Blood and Bone (Adult Fantasy/Dystopian)
Witchy Business (A Terrible, Awful, No Good, Cozy?)
The Recovery (YA Dystopian)
The Babysitters Coven (YA Fantasy) HIGHLY RECOMMEND
39 Clues: The Black Circle (Middle Grade Adventure)
Secondborn (YA Fantasy)
Traitor Born (YA Fantasy)
Rebel Born (YA Fantasy)
The Last House Guest (Thriller)
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good (Short Stories)
Quackery: A brief history of the worst ways to cure everything (Nonfiction)
Someone We Know (Thriller)
The Flight Attendant (Thriller)
My Sweet Audrina (Whatever VC Andrews Genre is lol)
Spellbook of the Lost and Found (YA Fantasy) Terrible book lol
Whisper Network (Not great murder mystery. I think they were going for Big Little Lies vibes)
Lock Every Door (Thriller)
Stalking Jack the Ripper (YA Historical Fiction)
Hunting Prince Dracula (YA Historical Fiction)
Escaping from Houdini (YA Historical Fiction)

And currently reading Capturing the Devil

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viii

Thank you, @elf1590! I was just thinking I need some new reading ideas and you provided me with a great list!

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elf1590
56 minutes ago, viii said:

Thank you, @elf1590! I was just thinking I need some new reading ideas and you provided me with a great list!

Oh good! Which of those sounded good to ya?

Instead of double posting I'll go ahead and post my reads since my last post :P

Finished Capturing the Devil (YA Historical Fiction)
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered (Nonfiction, from the ladies that make the podcast)
Winter in Paradise (Family Saga)
What Happens in Paradise (Family Saga)
Every Thing You Are (Dark Family Saga)
The Vine Witch (A darker cozy witchy mystery)
Witch You Well (Cozy Mystery)
Rags to Witches (Cozy Mystery)
Witch and Famous (Cozy Mystery)

Edited by elf1590
typo, Famouse isn't a real word lol

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clueliss

Just finished The Long Way Home (Louis Penney) on audio.  

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viii
2 hours ago, elf1590 said:

Oh good! Which of those sounded good to ya?

My Lovely Wife
Year One
Babysitters Coven
The Last House Guest
The Flight Attendant 

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elf1590
On 10/22/2019 at 4:05 PM, viii said:

My Lovely Wife
Year One
Babysitters Coven
The Last House Guest
The Flight Attendant 

Those were some of my favorites of that big list :P Babysitters Coven and My Lovely Wife are probably my #1 and #2 :)

 

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CTRLZero
On 10/14/2019 at 11:14 AM, church_of_dog said:

Re the Great Basin, I can recommend three books:

Thanks for all your recommendations.  I've read a book by McPhee a few months ago (can't think of the title right now) and enjoyed it, so I'll look for "Basin and Range."

I just finished Wallace Stegner's "The Gathering of Zion."  This book is mostly restricted to the development of the Mormon Trail.  Talk about hardship!  It's a good way to learn about the cast of characters and landscape that set up the church emanating from Utah. 

A couple interesting side notes by the author.  He comments that while the early emigration to Salt Lake City is thoroughly documented by journals, some of the journals are restricted and not for public view, so Stegner had no access to those.  The book is copyrighted 1964, and I wonder if that is still the case today.  He also includes a Word on Bibliography which is worth reading.  He notes, "I write as a non-Mormon but not as a Mormon-hater...If I have a home town, a place where a part of my heart is, it is Salt Lake City...Nevertheless, I write as an outsider, and I make no attempt to whitewash the Mormon tribal crimes, which were as grievous as their wrongs..."

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elf1590

Since my last post I finished Christmas Witch List (the last of a witchy cozy mystery series). And started American Predator (True Crime)

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CTRLZero

I finished an audio book "Burning Paradise" by Robert Charles Wilson.  This is a sci-fi novel about alien beings that set up house in humans.  Remember the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" -- something like that.  It's well written, and is worth reading for not only a decent plot, but also the social commentary and ethical dilemmas.  It's also one of those novels that I can't explain too much without spoilers, so suffice it to say it moves right along and has a few unexpected moments. 

 

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CTRLZero

My latest audio book is "The Gone World" by Tom Sweterlitsch.  It's about a time traveling NCIS agent who pops into the future to see if she can figure out how to prevent the end of the world.  The plot is very good, but as with many time traveling novels, it can get a little confusing following all the threads as history gets rewritten.  Lots of cruelty, so be forewarned.  There are some not very nice humans rampaging through the timelines.  

I'm planning to check out his other novel, which appears to be post-apocalyptic.

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sparkles

Just finished the audiobook of "She Said" by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, one of two recent books about the Weinstein investigation. It did an excellent job of covering how exhaustive and meticulous the investigation was and I highly recommend it. I also got about halfway through Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill" but gave up and got the Kindle version because his narration was so distractingly bad. For some reason, he decided to act out the various players and trust me, he didn't inherit Mia's acting chops. When he was speaking a female part, he got all breathy and almost simpering. His various accents (which he kept losing) were  cringeworthy. Italian, Eastern European, Russian, whatever, they all sounded the same and the effect was so bad, it nearly trivialized the material. I wasn't sure if he was trying to uncover a serial sexual predator or plot to capture Moose and Squirrel. I'll definitely finish it though and it will be interesting to compare. Both books reach the same end, but from different perspectives.

Another recent audiobook was "Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia" and "The Radium Girls." Both were excellent; the later was infuriating, heartbreaking and empowering.

Currently listening to Daniel Okrent's "The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America," which couldn't be more timely. Also reading "God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America" by Liz Lenz.

I'm not much for fiction, as you can probably tell. :D

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CTRLZero
12 minutes ago, sparkles said:

I also got about halfway through Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill" but gave up and got the Kindle version because his narration was so distractingly bad.

I understand!  I am new to audio books and my first few experiences were excellent.  Then, I tried listening to a book where the narrator's voice just grated like fingernails on a chalkboard.  It was a shame, too, because the short stories were absorbing, but I couldn't get past the squeaky voice.  I'll eventually try to get my hands on a hard (or Kindle) copy.

15 minutes ago, sparkles said:

"Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia"

I looked at the description on Amazon, and it looks like my type of book.  I've been browsing trying to find a book on worldwide human migration patterns, and this one seems interesting.  A couple of years ago I got interested in that area of the world and read all sorts of books of early [European] exploration of that area.  Thanks for the recommendation!

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vspielman
4 hours ago, CTRLZero said:

  Then, I tried listening to a book where the narrator's voice just grated like fingernails on a chalkboard.

This reminded me of a book trilogy that I LOVED (not FSOG).  And then I tried listening to the audible version and the narrator's voice was so dreadful that it actually ruined the books for me.  I only got through the first couple chapters and I haven't read the books since because now I hear her voice when I try.  I never knew how sensitive I am to voices until this happened.  I will stick with using Alexa to read my books to me. It's just safer.

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