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Discussion in 'Reading & Writing' started by Sheldon Scott, Aug 9, 2015.
THE FIRST TYCOON The Life Of Cornelius Vanderbilt Fascinating!!!
I just finished "The Little French Bistro" by Nina George. I really liked her style of writing (lots of creative metaphors) while describing her travels and adventures around France. There's a lot happening from page one to the end as she leaves her old life and starts a new one. She had lots of interesting characters mostly aged 60+ including an artist which I resonate with.
There was one character into the occult (a "good witch" or "white witch") that made me a bit uncomfortable so I just reminded myself that this is fiction and just take it as that. It wasn't much until the Epilogue at the end which was full of it so I'd skip that if it makes you uncomfortable. I did, as soon as I realized it...a bit much....starting with the Druids there in France, celtic legends and lore I think, or something.
Reading, "Make Your Bed."
Reading "Ove" right now about an aging curmudgeon who supposedly will have a change of heart. Can't wait as I'm getting a little tired of the complaining he's doing...but I've only just begun.
My favorite part so far was when his dad, who was slender but had firm muscles, used to win all the arm wrestling fights in the railway yard against "giants". That night he put his arm around Ove's shoulders and said, "Ove, only a swine thinks size and strength are the same thing. Remember that". And Ove never forgot it.
Any suggestions as to how to pronounce "Ove"? It's really irritating me . I'm pronouncing it like "Ovulate" (sorry, couldn't think of a better word lol). My sister's friend pronounces it like "Oval". And then there's "Of" like "Love"
Since I'm having a short term memory problem, slowed down on reading
anything that requires deep thought. Probably won't remember much if
I did. That can be unsettling, so I try to avoid it if I can.
Like many here, I just need to 'escape' sometimes to another land,
another time in a book.
I am rereading books from the shelf that I can get lost in.
Starting the first book in the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I also load the audiobook up on my phone to listen to it when reading isn't possible.
( audiobook from the library using OverDrive app )
This seems to be a nice combination, reading and listening.
Being the tech zombie that I am, I still don't know much about my iPhone 6. I only use it make calls or to receive them. So now I'm wondering how much space would downloading a whole book take. I haven't even tried that with my iPad, but maybe it's time for me to get over my fear of technology.
I'm still reading, 'Make Your Bed', but I have started reading "Hardwiring Happiness," and "Wherever You Go, There You Are," a book on every day mindfulness. Hard wiring Happiness is almost over my head in that I can't remember some of what i think I oughta.
@Ina I. Wonder The average size of an ebook file is 2 mb of memory.
Easy to do on an iPad or iPhone, and most tablets and phones.
Audio books can range from 100mb to up to 1gb or more.
I downloaded the kindle app ( there's one for android and one for apple products )
It is worth doing, imo.
I love holding a real book in my hand, but I love reading the books more.
It's the message, the feeling the book wants me to take along...
@Tim Burr , thank you for the information. Now I'll Have to pester @Yvonne Smith and ask her how to set that up. The poor lady had to drag me into cyberspace centimeter by centimeter. I truly must be the bane of her existence, and she has never complained.
I think that you should already have the Kindle app on your iPad, and probably the Overdrive one (for the library books) as well. If you don't find them send me an iMessage, and I will give you the links to download the apps.
I know you used to read books on your Kindle, and I thought that you now read on the ipad as well. Since I have the large iPad, I generally still use the Kindle for reading a book; but if I am stuck in a waiting room somewhere (like at the doctor's office) then I read with the iPhone. It is a little smaller to read on; but it can be done.
As far as audio books, I don't like those, and I don't know anything about the Audible app; but it should be simple to get if you want it.
I have finished "Make Your Bed," and have abandoned , Hardwiring Happiness. I have found a new author, a Canadian writer of fiction mysteries, Louise Penny. I'm knee deep into her first novel, read till three a.m. This morning on my little iPod. So far, so good.
A bit off topic, but dontcha hate those people that tell endings!
An dotcha hate people that read the last page part way through AND tell endings.
And dontcha hate them what get pages sticky and stuck together b4 you get to read!
And dontcha just hate them what turn over page corners to mark their place
And dontcha hate them that break the 'back spine'
And dontcha hate them what are reading the same book and leave it somewhere and forget it
@Kalvin Mitnic , for myself, the answer is No. All of your points just tell me it is either a very interesting book, or it's one I should read anyway, if for no other reason than to better my literary education. In my first 35 years, I was only allowed to go to school for 2&1/2 years, so reading books from my local library was my only other form of education. After awhile I started to notice that the more worn books held my attention the most.
@Bill Boggs , I too am in the mist of reading mysteries. I just started reading again a few months back. After my son died in '14, I stop reading altogether. He and I would read the same books at the same time, and then we would discuss their merits. But I quit reading altogether, except for the forums that kept me afloat after he and his father died the same year.
I just realized something kind of weird. My family must think it strange that I don't speak of either Michael around any of them. But the truth is, I speak often of them on this forum, and another forum that helped me deal with suicide, the longing, and my grief. I have never come across such caring people as @Yvonne Smith, who talked to me for so many hours everyday for well over a year, or @Bobby Cole who gave her the space to do so.
I'm glad you found Yvonne when you needed someone, Ina. She seems to have a good heart and the know-how to render what is needed when, something not all of us possess.. Bless you, my friend.
I treat library books with respect returning as I got them. But my own books, I sometimes write in the margins, I bend the corners, I make them amy own, and treat many of them as old friends, to be read and reread.
I am now reading more books I download so I can adjust the font size as needed. I have finished the first two of Louise Penny's mysteries. I am on the third book. all are sat in the same small Canadian village of Three Pines, Canada just north of the U.S. border. She writes with much detail and the same characters keep popping up in each of her books. Her chief investigator is much to be admired. I'm hoping she introduces a bit of romance soon as I am already falling for one or two of the ladies and there is a lovely Bed and Breakfast that is convenient.
@Bill Boggs , you my man are just an old romantic softy, and evidently your libido is doing just fine.
I too like the ability to enlarge the text. Many days my near vision is terribly blurry, and of course my cateracts are not bad enough for surgery, but bad enough I can't see the letters until they are as large as I can get them.
Just one of those many things that come with age I guess.
Have you read, "The Little Paris Bookshop?"
I just finished "Stillhouse Lake", By the Texas author Rachel Caine. I found it riveting. The story started off with running pace. I tend to get bored with stories that fill you up on trivialities for the first half of the book. This writer is able to drop pertinent information on the run. I wasn't able to foresee the twists or turns before Caine was ready to let them go. It was a true mystery until the end, and now I am looking forward to seeing if her other books can maintain the space I found in this book.
Again reading Louise Penny, book 4.
Just bought "The Color Purple " on Book Gorilla. Saw the movie ages ago ...don't remember if I ever read the book but I liked the movie so hopefully I don't remember anything when I start reading...oh well, it was only $1.99.
I just finished reading a novel called "A Dark Lure", and it is one of those psychological thrillers, one that keeps you turning pages until the very end of the book. It is also a heart-warming love story about a parent's undying love for their child, and this book is free to read on Prime Reading if you have Amazon Prime.
It centers on a woman who was abducted by a serial killer, and escapes, and she changes her name and goes on with her life, thinking that the killer has been captured and is now dead............ he isn't , and he is after her again to finish the hunt and the kill.
Definitely exciting reading !
Last night I finished reading A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus.
Dr. Tori Taylor rules the operating room with a cold precision tht makes nurses cower and her colleagues takes notes. But even with her success as a respected surgeon, Tori finds herself alone in her moment of desperation--dying on her own operating table.
Tori needs a transplant, but what she receives is far more than just a donor organ...
I started reading Stranger Things by Erin Healy today. It's an interesting read but I'm having a hard time getting through the pages because it's about human trafficking of young girls and the people who can do this kind of stuff. The author has pretty much stuck to the reality of this situation in all its ugliness so that's why I find it hard reading and not a book I can just breeze through.
I hate that this reality is going on in America and other Countries and I wish there was something I could do to help stop it.
I'm a little late here, but have you read it yet? I did years ago. The book is a lot more detailed. I did like it and like the move though they are both sad.
I'm reading 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal. I found it in a thrift store. It's pretty good. More of a memoir about his family instead of an autobiography. It's a smaller book, less than 200 pages.