Fun Friday Continues….Even Though It’s Saturday

Today’s question is for all you bookworms out there. What was the last book you read and what did you make of it? To get the ball rolling here are the last few I’ve read. I read a lot much to Fionnuala’s dismay but I know that in order to succeed as an author you need to soak up as many other styles and genres as you can. Read, Read and then Read some more. I think Stephen King said that. And he’s done alright I suppose.

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • The Very Worst Missionary – Jamie Wright
  • Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions – Russell Brand
  • Sylvia Plath: A Biography – Linda Wagner-Martin

Happy Reading!

Stephen 🙂

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      1. He is the reference for Churchill’s biography. He wrote three books about him where you have plenty war history. Also, from other authors, the authorized biographies of Napoleon are great, what an interesting life he had.

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  1. The last book I finished was The Poet X. It was a mediocre book of poetry. I’m currently reading about 5 other books: Eliza and her monsters, Eleanor Oliphant, Radical Acceptance, etc. I’m not good at bibliomonogamy.

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  2. I have recently read a long way from home by cathy glass, broken by rosie lewis, groomed by casey watson, to young to be a mum by maggie hartley, all foster parents from the UK writing about their foster kids!

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  3. I just reread, Generation X, by Douglas Coupland. The first time through, I was twenty years old. I thought it was high art – our generation’s handbook on how to seek meaning in a meaningless world. Two decades later, I find the book more defeatist than rebellious. It’s still a fun read, but the magic is gone.

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  4. I’m nearly finished with First Light by Rebecca Stead. It’s about a group of people who escaped England when there was all the witch hunt hysteria, and came to Greenland where they built a colony under the ice. It’s very creative and well-done! I’ve enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the end!
    I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I’ve seen the movie. How is the book?

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    1. That sounds a very interesting plot. I only saw the Miss Peregrine movie last weekend and loved it so I bought the book. I’ve only just started it but it’s part of a trilogy and I’ll keep you updated. I read a lot of young adult fantasy even though I’m an old adult lol. It’s one of the best genres out there at present. The book I’m working on is edgy young adult if that makes sense?

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  5. I don’t read a whole lot but the last book I read that I loved was Suburban Junky From honor roll student to heroin addict. My niece told me about it and the kid was from our hometown. His father moved out of north St. Louis (a low income high crime area) to chesterfield (the land of the rich and snobby). He found heroin in the snobby land. Excellent book and three months later I was scrolling through facebook when a post said I’m so proud of my husbands book. I worked with his wife and had no idea. Made the book even better.

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  6. Right. Peek-A-Who by Nina Laden; Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton; and Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat.
    I realize many people might find them a tad simplistic; but Gregory, for one, is really a deeper study of parent-child psychological influences -particularly involving eating disorders. I’m sure Sandra Boynton is attempting to push an agenda through to unsuspecting toddlers as well…

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  7. I’m still immersed in my Great War research. Last finished: Command and Morale: the British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918, by Gary Sheffield. Reading now: nearly through with Sheffield’s Douglas Haig: from the Somme to victory (a misleading title, because much more of Haig’s life is covered than just that period). I’ve learned a few new details, but overall, I’m not favorably impressed.

    I hope you’re making progress on your novel, because I have bad luck finding good new fiction, so old favorites from the early to middle 20th Century are my default, when I need a rest from the nonfiction.

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  8. I just finished Not God Enough by J.D Greear. It’s absolutely amazing and I definitely recommend it.
    I’m now reading a Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers. It’s 5 different stories about 5 women from the Bible who changed eternity: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. I’m currently reading the story of Ruth right now. It’s really good. 🙂

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  9. The last book I read was Slade House by the author that did Cloud Atlas. I’d describe the book the same way I’d describe the television show LOST. The first three chapters/seasons, you’re wondering what the heck is going on and you can’t get enough of it. But ultimately it’s a little out there and you’re a little let down at the end. In all fairness though, the book is supposed to be closely tied to one of the author’s other books and perhaps the ending would’ve had more of an ah-ha! moment had I read that other book. Currently reading Tribes by Seth Godin which is just a positive, fun read in the sense that it encourages ANYONE and EVERYONE to be a leader.

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  10. I’ve recently started reading books without first reading the summary and let me just say, it’s definitely made me aware of the diversity of books out there. Currently, I’m reading Phoenix Rising.

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  11. One Dog Night, which is part of the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosentfelt. Carpenter is a rich defense attorney and only work when he feels like it. He mostly eats pizza and watches (American) football lol! But in each novel, he *does* end up defending someone. Also, his Golden Retriever, Tara, is his best friend.

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  12. Lost Connections I’m covering the real causes of depression and the unexpected solutions By Johann Hari

    And for fun How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

    Lost connections- amazing. Everyone should be required to read it.

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  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in research for my novel and Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.

    I’m reading about 8 others right now because I keep buying new books that I can’t wait to start! I clearly have a problem but I’m okay with it.

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      1. Part of the publishing process (don’t worry about it during the writing process) is finding comparable books to yours… you’ll have lots of research to do in the coming months, but just worry about writing right now. And reading good literature that gives you life!

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  14. The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks. I loved how this author told a great story moving back and forth between telling the story of scientific discovery (polio vaccine development, cloning, gene mapping) and the story of a poor black tobacco farmer and her family. I love to read. I believe you can never have enough books.

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  15. The Romanov Ransom By Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell. A great adventure book following the exploits of Sam and Remi Fargo a husband and wife treasure hunting team. They go in search of the famed Romanov Ransom which was stolen by the Nazi’s during World War 2. I have read a lot of Cussler’s books they are hard to put down from the first page onwards fast pace and enthralling.

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      1. I guess so. In some ways yes. Having read most of the books like i said he does have a certain way of writing. You sometimes get the feeling when reading that you have read the book before because it follows a similar pattern yet set in a different location.

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  16. I’m also a bookworm; however, I haven’t had enough focus to do much reading since my injury in November, since I’m in pain whether sitting, standing, or laying down. That said, I have managed to read a handful of books over the past month or so, but they’re hardly great works of art.

    The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly
    Blue Labyrinth
    Crimson Shore both by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

    Currently re-reading: The Eight by Katherine Neville

    I thoroughly enjoyed the books I did read, because they were written by authors I enjoy and are parts of series I enjoy. My reading tastes are all over the place normally.

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  17. The irony of you saying happy reading after listing Sylvia Plath! Lol I haven’t been able to read for a while but I really enjoy reading and analyzing any dystopian literature from 1984 by George Orwell to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and everything in between 🙂 stories that really make you think about how humanity responds in crisis and would redevelop social structures and governments even if we descended into another ‘dark ages’.

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