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  1. AbbysMom

    AbbysMom Thread Starter At Abby's beck and call Staff Member Moderator

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    New thread for 2019.


    I surfed on my Ipad too much in 2018. I'd like to read more this year.
     
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  2. PMousse

    PMousse TCS Member Adult Cat

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    That's a good goal!

    I set up a reading challenge at the beginning of 2018 on Goodreads: 16 books. I'm very happy that I surpassed it by 2. I have now just set up my 2019 reading challenge. First book of the year: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
     
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  3. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    Your Abby is so lovely!! and what a poser! It's so difficult to get a good pic
    of my girls.
     

  4. foxxycat

    foxxycat TCS Member Top Cat

    I too spent too much time on Facebook last year. In fact at 6pm will disconnect from the internet and go read. Lately I've discovered historical inspirational romances from Harlequin...as you know I love romance novels and been reading them since I was 9? 10?. So I found a little tiny thrift store that had books for cheap and i got enough to last me the year...and they did have some of these inspirational romances as well...

    Right now reading
    Karen Kirst The Bachelor's Homecoming . part of the Smoky Mountain matches series.
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    I read one of the other ones in this series and really enjoyed it. Husband Hunt it was called. I could relate to the main character because she is a tomboy like I am. She much prefered pants to dresses and climbing up trees on a regular basis...

    I just started this one I'm reading and so far the male main character has custody of his niece so this should be interesting.

    I also am on Goodreads. If anyone wants to follow me send me a PM so I can send u my username.
     
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  5. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I just set up my challenge, as well. My 2018 was 100 books, and I actually read 249 books. OOPS! I didn't realize, when I set the bar so low, that re-reads count, so I was going by how many books I could reasonably afford! I upped to 150 this year, and maybe went way low again, but I'm hoping to be out and about more.

    I am perfectly certain that I'm following you, but you aren't showing up on my friend's list there! HOW ODD!

    Still working my way through Maeve Binchy. I'm reading "Chestnut Street" right now. I have three more of her books on my table, and two more to order. I really love Maeve Binchy. There is just something about her prose. And the way she makes ordinary people living ordinary lives with ordinary joys and sorrows into an extraordinary tale.
     
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  6. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    You can read e-books on your IPad, right?

    I read that one a couple months ago. I really enjoyed it, however, considering the subject, it wasn't a light, easy read.

    I've been reading more historical novels myself, but I can only take Harlequins in small doses. ;)

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    I just finished Christmas Chocolat by Kate Defrise which was pretty good. Most of the book takes place before Christmas, so it wasn't really a seasonal read.

    And for something completely different, I've started Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. It was published in 2001, so things have probably changed, hopefully for the better, but likely for the worse, since then. The first part was interesting as it told how McDonalds and all the other fast food chains originated.
     
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  7. ArchyCat

    ArchyCat TCS Member Super Cat

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    For any mystery lovers or Francophiles, I suggest George Simenon. A very famous French mystery author. He started writing in 1932, his last novel was in the 70s, I believe.

    Penguin is having them retranslated to English and is republishing them. They are short, 200 pages maximum, and are available from Amazon and from Barnes and Noble. About $12.00, I believe. If you can read French, you can also fin=d them in the original French.
     
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  8. foxxycat

    foxxycat TCS Member Top Cat

    You should send me a list of titles you need. I can see if ive got them in the book shop. I've been wanting to read hers for years. I like harlequins because they are short and to the point...when sorrow has inflicted it's pain I tend to move to reading easier fluff type novels.
    I'm almost done with that novel Bachelor Homecoming...maybe will try a Maeve book after.
     
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  9. PMousse

    PMousse TCS Member Adult Cat

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    This is a dangerous thread to follow...as I keep adding books/authors y'all mentioned to my to-read list that is already too long!

    What was your FAVOURITE fiction that you read in 2018? And what was your FAVOURITE non-fiction that you read in 2018? Re-reads don't count! (I had to put a lot of parameters in these questions because y'all read so many books last year!)

    For me, favourite fiction that I read for the first time last year was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Favourite non-fiction was Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
     
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  10. aliceneko

    aliceneko TCS Member Top Cat

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    Currently reading part two to the Silver Music Box series by Mina Baites.

    My favourite fiction book that I read in 2018 was probably Love, Simon though I like the film more.
    My favourite non-fiction book was probably Matt Lucas's autobiography.
     
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  11. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I borrow e-books from the library, and rate them after I finish them, so I looked over that list to refresh my memory of what I read last year.

    Not sure if this was really my favourite, but it's the only one I gave 5 stars.
    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    I only read a handful of non-fiction, so not too many to choose from. I guess my favourite was Becoming by Michelle Obama. However, it wasn't perfect, and I preferred the beginning, and her younger life, to the end part once they were in the White House.

    Yeah, I do that too. My library e-book wishlist is currently at 625 books!
     
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  12. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    I don't get into fiction much, preferring histories instead. I just finished a book by Brian Kilmead titled Andrew Jackson and the Miracle at New Orleans. I also finished a book about a man trying to rescue his family from the Japanese in the Philippines at the start of WWII. My wife says I always have my nose in a book, and maybe she is right.
     
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  13. AbbysMom

    AbbysMom Thread Starter At Abby's beck and call Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks. :) The picture in my sig is an old one. The older she gets the less she wants to pose. :lol:

    I can, but I like the feel of a real book. :)
     
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  14. Tobermory

    Tobermory TCS Member Top Cat

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    Not a new book but Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals, is excellent. He was an extraordinary man. She had so many letters and papers to draw from to craft a picture of Lincoln, his “rivals” and friends, and the times in which they lived. I’ve often wondered what these kinds of works will look like years from now when authors have to wade through emails (which may or may not be accessible) and online media. Reading about historical events also makes me wonder how it all would have changed if communication had been as instantaneous as it is today.

    I’m currently reading The Forgotten Garden (fiction) by Kate Morton, a recommendation by a friend.
     
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  15. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I don't read much non-fiction histories, but I do enjoy historical novels, especially when the author has done their research on the era.

    True, real books feel, well, real. But you can't increase the font size in a real book, or brighten the background, two things that "older" eyes appreciate. ;)

    Just looked it up, and it sounds good. So one more added to my "to read" list. :rolleyes2:
     
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  16. marmoset

    marmoset TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I really haven't read much since buying my home a few years ago. So this year I set up a goodreads low challenge of 12. So one a month! I did not know this thread existed so I intend to follow for recommendations. I like Historical fiction, Non-fiction historical accounts of survival (books about voyages, exploration, extreme environments etc) and fiction dealing with enduring friendships. I also like non-fiction if it is science, animal or history related.
     
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  17. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Have you ever read any of the work by Stephen E. Ambrose? I know it isn't new, but there is 'Undaunted Courage', about the Lewis and Clark expedition, or 'Nothing Like it in the World', about the building of the transcontinental railroad.
     

  18. marmoset

    marmoset TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    No I haven't! I've mostly read about naval voyages and early arctic expeditions but I'm real interested in reading 'Nothing Like it in the World' great suggestion thank you!
     
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  19. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Glad you found our books and reading thread. Here's the link to the 2018 one, if you want to scan through it for recommendations.
    All Things Books And Reading Thread - 2018

    I've been reading novels set in WWI & WWII lately. Here's some I've read:
    The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
    Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor
    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
    The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith
    The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
     
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  20. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    You're welcome.
     
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