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please do leave recommendations about books and authors at any time in this section.

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I stayed up until 1:30am this morning just to finish the novel Winter Sisters by Robin Oliviera. It was excellent - considered historical drama. It’s set in the year 1879 in Albany, NY - which happens to be 35 miles from me and a city I know quite well. After an historical blizzard two young sisters are missing and the beginning of child exploitation ensues. Oliviera also wrote My Name Is Mary Sutter.

Man in Moscow sounds intriguing - I’ll add it to my list. I realize I don’t post often enough, however, I “check in” often and appreciate everyone’s suggestions and opinions. Keep them coming!
I absolutely agree! I enjoyed that book as well!
Has anyone read The Letter by Ruth Saberton? It keeps popping up on FB and sounds interesting. It’s set in 1914 Cornwall to present.

I’m presently reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. This one is set in Lyme Regis UK. It’s quite good and just realized that although it’s a novel it is historical. It’s the early 19th century life of Elizabeth Philpot, a fossil collector. It also centers around Mary Anning, a renowned paleontologist and fossil collector. Now it’s even more interesting!
It mentions places such as Charmouth, Gun Cliff and others.

Chevalier also wrote Girl With a Pearl Earring.
I read Educated as well. Quite an “eye opener”.
Wow, it’s been awhile, but I’ve been reading all this time! Last night I picked up at my local library Calling Major Tom. I think it was mentioned here and I’ll be starting it soon. I noticed that he’s the author of the Gideon Smith series - has anyone read any of them? At any rate, I can’t wait to get started. I’m trying to finish A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler. Very interesting book about the Vanderbilts and the gilded age. Quite an eye opener I must say.

Just to weigh-in on Crawdads - I truly enjoyed it and consider it one of my top ten for this year.

Peter May has been mentioned and I was wondering if anyone read Blackhouse? Another one on my list (from someone here!) is the Housekeeper and the Professor. Once again, thanks to all of you for taking the time to make recommendations. I appreciate it!
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Just to mention, I’ve had no problems here either getting email update posts, just the “security page” mentioned.

I finished Olive, Again and would recommend it, definitely. It’s written differently I feel. There’s not as much “Olive” in each chapter - mostly about community members (and what a diversified crowd!) with at times, Olive just stopping in. And then there are a few just pertaining to her. Certainly worth reading.

Now I’m reading an old one titled Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, published in 1889! Just TOO funny! Some one here recommended it - thank you! Needless to say, it took forever to get through our library system.
I finished Three Men In a Boat and enjoyed it. Some funny parts that’s for sure! Many towns were mentioned during the course of their boat ride such as: Pangbourne, Clifton, Culham, Streatley, Wallingford, just to name a few, and I’m wondering if all these towns still exist or are they towns “in book form” only! Just wondering.

I’m about to start The Alice Network tonight. Has anyone read it?
Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
Good morning everyone and Happy New Year!

I’m just stopping in but noticed the other day a couple of readers here are reading Three Men In a Boat. Have you finished - and what did you think?

My goal this week is to finish The Alice Network. Someone here mentioned The Lost Vintage so I am on a waiting list for that. It was described as an easy read and I could use that right after the holidays! Thanks for the mention!
I’ve finished The Alice Network and found it a very interesting book. I really enjoy historical fiction - and there are so many to choose from! Now I’m reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This is actually historical fiction as well - but closer to home - New York City 1929, out to the Midwest and back to 2011 Maine. We’ll see.

A friend recommended The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. Has anyone read it?
I just started The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry the other day and I’m really enjoying it. It’s an easy read as well. Might be worth checking out!
I just started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. So far, so good. It’s about a gentleman who decides to walk from Kingsbridge, England to Berwick-upon-Tweed to visit a dying friend. Plods along a little, but it’s a nice read. Has anyone read it?
I just wanted to mention that I finished the Harold Fry book and ended up really enjoying it. One of my favorites too. I’ll soon be looking for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy which is the follow up novel.

Right now, though I’m reading A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey. It’s a different kind of read as it’s written in the form of letters. Not something many people enjoy. Probably won’t be one of my top reads of 2020 but it’s good.

Also, through Overdrive, I’m reading The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. This is a WWII book - I enjoy historical fiction. And, of course, this is why I’ll check into Geraldine Brooks that someone here has mentioned.

Has anyone heard of and used Project Gutenberg? A new way of borrowing ebooks similar to Overdrive.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!
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I wanted to mention I just finished a book called A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz. Quite an interesting read as it’s about his and his wife’s golden retriever. But it’s much more than that. He talks a lot about their lifestyle and their love for their dog. And philosophical as well. Very thought provoking - probably not an author I would read much of but this one’s excellent.

Stay Safe!
Has anyone read “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng? I’m close to my 100 page decision. Although I’ve heard a lot of people like it, I’m not sure if I should continue. It’s very slow going, I feel. Does it pickup sooner than later? Thanks for the input!

I believe it’s been made into a series - or a movie. Not sure which.
Just wondering here, has anyone read Normal People by Sally Rooney? It just came up on Overdrive but I have other books to read as well. So little time.......
I finished Little Fires Everywhere and ended up liking it. Not the best I’ve ever read, but not bad either. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if there’s a continuation of it down the road. Now I’m reading Normal People. Not sure how to describe this one! The writing style is different from most, not that that’s a bad thing. We’ll see!
Well, it was time for me to find a nice, easy read so I’m now reading the last book (7th) in the Mitford series by Jan Karon. It’s about small hometown life through the eyes of an Episcopalian priest. Anyone could pick up this one book and get the gist of it all but it’s not for everyone. Lots of hometown detail - but what an escape!

Crawdads and Olive Kitteridge were two of my favorite books. And I, too, would much rather hold a book in my hands. And it’s a good thing, too, as I have a lot of them just waiting to be read! Unfortunately, our libraries are still closed and I’m really not sure when they’ll reopen. Someone here mentioned What the Wind Knows which I’ll look into.
Our library isn’t open yet, but hopefully soon.

Since I’m still in the “easy read” mode, I’m finishing up on Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan. A very intuitive Labrador Retriever is involved!

Next on the list is The Dream Daughter by Diana Chamberlain. Has anyone read it?
Here in upstate NY things are getting a little more relaxed - in some areas anyway. Our library is open to the public now with limited hours. They still offer curbside pickup which I really like. After dropping off a book and noticing it became “overdue” I called and found that after removing books from the drop off box, the books are in “quarantine” for four days. Oh my!

I wanted to mention that I read The Dutch House and really enjoyed it. Oddly enough, the library classifies it as “suspense”. There is nothing suspenseful about this book, IMHO. I recommend it as a nice novel to read.

I’m now reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s so simply written that I’m not sure if I can finish it. Next one up is Saints for All Occasions.
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