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  • I'm having surgery in the am, so i thought it'd be a good time to catch up!

    Posted by Virginia, 4 years ago

    129 A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
    I've had this sitting on my shelf for a while, but never got around to reading it. My step-sister asked for it for Christmas, so i read it quick before i sent it to her:P I am amazed that someone could come out of that situation relatively ok, and horrified that someone could inflict such trauma, or allow such trauma to be inflicted, on someone they *should* love most.... i used to really like this kind of book, for the "overcoming" parts, but i'm not sure i do anymore....

    130 Silent Night by Stanley Weintraub
    A non-fiction account of the Christmas Truce the first Christmas of WWI. I've long been intrigued by this incident, and i learned quite a bit from this book:) A little military jargon-y for me at parts, but all in all good:)

    131 The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
    I really really like Gaarder's work, and this was a quick, enjoyable, peaceful story that also taught me some history in a neat way:) I think that's what i like most about him- he teaches a lot, but is never boring:P

    132 Adrian Mole The Wilderness Years by Sue Townsend
    I'd been curious about this series for a while, and this one got good reviews form my aunts, so i borrowed. Unfortunately, i was very disappointed. I understand this starts when Adrian is 15, and his character might've been ok at that age, but at 24, it's frustrating, grating, immature.... i think this is the only book i've finished that i've rated 1 star here:(

    133 The Indian Trilogy By Lynne Reid Banks (Indian in the Cupboard, The Return of the Indian and The Secret of the Secret of the Indian)
    I enjoyed these as a kid, and i'm happy to say i enjoyed them jsut as much as an adult:) I was a little concerned about racism or prejudice, but in fact they offer the exact opposite in many cases:) Yay for kids' books living up to their memories;)

    134 And my Shoes Keep Walking Back to You by Kathi Kamen Goldmark
    A n easy read with some heft to it:) there were a few parts toward the end when I had to willingly suspend my disbelief, but that was ok for this:P i fun ride i'd recommend to anyone:)

    135 A Field Guide to getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
    (i have to confess, i still have 10 pages to read:P) I borrowed this from my brother on his recommendation. For the most part, i really don't like it. I find her flighty, wiht awkward transitions, and self-centred and condescending. Even in the parts i liked overall, i was often frowning or furrowing my brow. I like her recounting people's stories and experiences, or histories of areas or things, but i can't stand her "philosophizing".

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  • Kay

    4 years ago

    Hope all goes well, Virginia. Look forward to your posts in 2010.

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  • Lady Ethereal Butterfly

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    4 years ago

    I'm sure all will go well with your surgery. Take care of yourself and feel better soon!

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  • 4 years ago

    thanks ladies:) Surgery went well, now jsut to recover:P At least i'm well stocked with books to keep me occupied;)

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  • Lady Ethereal Butterfly

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    4 years ago

    I'm glad to hear that! It's nice when surgery is over because then you can just focus on healing and feeling better without having the stress and anxiety of an upcoming surgery. Now you can lay back with a good book and let other people do all the hard work until you're all better. Have a great Christmas Virginia!

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  • 4 years ago

    Thanks for the Weintraub & Gaardner suggestions - wanted some more holiday reads! Unfortunately, I'll probably have to count them in 2010...This has been the best "group" that I have ever joined. Best wishes for a healthy & happy holiday season to each & everyone in this 'group'.

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