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Name: TT
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Nov 14, 2021 9:49 PM CST
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Hi yall! DIL visiting and telling me about book series she is reading.
The series, Keri 1, 2, 3, 4.....8, is a true story of author's abuse as a child.
The story takes place in Great Britain, so we compared child protection services.
She is really "into" this book series. As a teen, my DIL lived with her aunt & uncle.

When my DIL started telling me about the book series,
she said she is reading book about way things were in the 60s and 70s.
After she mentioned some things, I asked are talking about 1960s & 70s?
I said I lived through most of those things.
I never thought they are viewed as "the old days"!

I don't think I could read this real-life book series.
My DIL said the author's therapist encouraged her to write the books.
So the writing is therapy for the author,
and hopefully, a strong supportive shoulder for others in these situations.

Sally, unfortunately, I am one of your "friends" who quit reading.
Though, as Rosie said, I have stacks of books waiting...and waiting....!!!
Hope I live a long time after I retire to work on all these projects!

One of my grandmothers had very nice furniture and travel souvenirs.
It was always interesting there!
Yet my favorite place in her house was standing in front of hall bookcases.
She enjoyed reading and making presentations, especially to international students.

She built a book case along hall wall.
I thought that was the greatest thing I had seen!
Being able to line up all your books!

Hopefully, some of the reading habit is passing on to grandsons.
Tonight, one of the boys took home a book about fire trucks.

His little brother tried to come back in the house.
His mom gently escorted him back to the car!
It would have been nice if they could stay to relax and to read!
Now I realize that saying young grandsons stay to relax is a joke! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Rosie
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MISSINGROSIE
Nov 17, 2021 12:40 PM CST
I bet that was a WONDERFUL wall TT!!

Billy summers.. I found it funny that if I could read Portuguese ..it would cost me $7.99
German I believe $24.99
English $15.99
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Name: TT
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hiyall
Nov 18, 2021 1:25 PM CST
Hi Yall!

Yes, Rosie, I loved the hall wall library!

I need to find a way to organize reading materials.
They seem to grow in different rooms, and in car!
Guess I will have to start book donations.

Still Life by Sarah Winman.
is GMAs November book club choice.
It takes place in Italy during WW II.
TV interview with author got my attention.
Book review also gets my attention.
Wish reading will get my attention!

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Name: Johannian
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Johannian
Nov 30, 2021 3:43 PM CST
Merrill's Marauders by Gavin Mortimer is what I'm reading right now. It's a history book on the invasion of Burma. Very enjoyable read so far.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Nov 30, 2021 5:35 PM CST
I am almost done Midnight in Chernobyl, having watched the Chernobyl miniseries recently too. Some details from the show are also in the book, which makes me think both were well researched.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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Dec 1, 2021 2:45 PM CST
Just purchased two books at a local thrift store. Ones a book about ancient Egypt published by Bantam books in 1985, one from a series called The Greatest Historical Novels. Would Y'all believe it's bound in leather, with gold lettering? I thought Bantam only did paperbacks. It's written by Mika Waltari, and translated by Naomi Walford. The actual title is the Egyptian. For all purposes it's a brand new book.
The other book is Blasphemy by Douglas Preston. Total cost? Seventy cents.
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plantmanager
Dec 11, 2021 6:53 PM CST
We have a 16 yr old grandson who says he likes sci fi and fantasy books. Can anyone recommend a good one we could get him for Christmas? We used to love reading the old science fiction from years ago, but are out of touch with it today.
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Dec 11, 2021 8:38 PM CST
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 11, 2021 8:40 PM CST
Author Terry Pratchett.
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Name: TT
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hiyall
Dec 12, 2021 1:47 AM CST
Does Harry Potter fill request?

Maybe I can ask my neighbors.
She is a school librarian, though younger ages and have teenager!
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 12, 2021 7:19 AM CST
A school librarian or public library staff are good to ask for current popular titles/authors. Terry Pratchett is not 'new' but seems to be 'classic'

Honestly, that is a tough question- because you don' t know what he's already read. Chances are great he's already read Harry Potter, or isn't interested. It is SO popular and been around so long. If he does read currently, he may have read the current books.
I think I'd go with a real classic that I liked. How about the book Dune by Frank Herbert, which came out as a movie? Probably few have read the book. And probably on the shelf at the bookstore or Target etc , because the movie came out.

Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, Neal Shusterman.. are some authors coming up as within last five years that I might suggest to a teen boy if one was asking me.

Terry Pratchett 'Nation' was on our school reading list, an award winner
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plantmanager
Dec 12, 2021 10:51 AM CST
Thanks, Sally. We did end up getting him Dune. He has read Harry Potter.
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sallyg
Dec 12, 2021 11:01 AM CST
I may get one for my kid Thumbs up Karen
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MISSINGROSIE
Dec 12, 2021 9:27 PM CST
Dune.. the BEST choice

I tried to read Wool - should ret again

and if you can get your hands on The Ice People .. (doubtful) every few years I hear rumors about a movie.. but nopeā€¦.I think it would be impossible ..

Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 16, 2021 7:15 AM CST
To make me feel smart and worldly, I am ''reading' Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer in French. Bear in mind of course, I don't know nearly all the vocabulary. But I also have the book in English at the same time, so I go back and forth to verify the gist of it. Also, I have read it in English at least 3 times before, so I really know it well.
The story (climbing Everest, disaster) is told in such depth as to the possible mindsets of everyone involved, the doubts, the fateful ''mistakes' in hindsight.. It just fascinates me. I feel the author does a good job of saying 'the plan was doable but people are fallible, other things are unpredictable, the stakes are REALLY high for many decisions that seem minor at first, and that's the way it is climbing Everest'. And there is some heroism and amazing survival that puts a little hopefulness back into it.
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Dec 16, 2021 10:58 PM CST
plantmanager said:We have a 16 yr old grandson who says he likes sci fi and fantasy books. Can anyone recommend a good one we could get him for Christmas? We used to love reading the old science fiction from years ago, but are out of touch with it today.

It may not be too soon to introduce him to the classics - Bradbury and Asimov spring to mind for young SF readers; Anne McCaffrey and Fritz Leiber (the Fafhrd and Grey mouser books) for fantasy. And for endless fun and though-provocation: Terry Pratchett's Disc World series.

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Dec 17, 2021 8:49 AM CST
There's always Tolkien. Can't get any better than that. I started reading him at that age. I like the ones Vera suggested, too.
Another good author is SM Stirling; lot of his books are about the world post apocalyptic events, very thought provoking. He must be having a revival because all his books on Amazon are rather high priced. He is (or was) a very prolific writer and tended to write in series. There are some very good stand alone books by him.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Dec 17, 2021 12:17 PM CST
I was disappointed that Target did not have Dune on the shelf, luckily I remembered the independent bookstore that sells some new and nicer used books in the (half empty ) indoor mall. I got Dune, and Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, I read that it may not be THE best in the series but it's #1 so went with that. It was 14.99. Excellent condition but not brand new.
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NJBob
Dec 17, 2021 8:42 PM CST
The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountain of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft are science fiction horror at its best in my opinion. Fahrenheit 451 a novel by Ray Bradbury is another classic.
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Dec 18, 2021 8:27 AM CST
I was going to mention Lovecraft, but I did read it at the tender age of 14 and it gave me nightmares. Still does. Whistling
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