March 1, 2013

Reactions to Recent Reads 03/01/13





A book about the PLAGUE! Ew indeed. Fabulous read. 




I abandoned this one. Disappointed. Boo.




AMAZING. America at its best and worst. Erik Larson writes the best nonfiction.

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  1. Devil in the White City is on my list to read as well. Glad you thought it was awesome!! Have a good weekend!

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  2. I keep looking at that last gif and thinking "She was on tv doing that?!" :-)

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    1. LOL, right?! I wish I knew the context!

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  3. I completely agree about Mr. Prenumbra's; however, I did finish it. I think it really fell off at the end.
    I didn't like Larson's book at all though. I thought he just went on and on and on about little details and I lost interest. I still want to try another of his books.
    & I tried reading one of Brooks's other titles and couldn't get into it either. Perhaps this one was a little different? I'm certainly a fan of historical fiction and the plague!

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    1. I was hoping that Penumbra's would be about books. Wrong, lol. I mean, it is...sorta ;)

      Do you ever wonder what makes a book work for one person and not for another? I know we all have different tastes..but why? I'm all about nerdy facts and details, but I don't know why!

      I've seen hit and miss reviews for a few of Brooks's books. I *think* this was the only one of hers that I've read though.

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  4. I haven't read any of these, but I'm putting Devil in the White City on my list! I read In the Garden of Beasts by Larson and liked it, and this one sounds like a really interesting premise!

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    1. I think Devil was even better than Garden of Beasts :) I know he has some other books. I need to find them!

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  5. You crack me up with these gifs :) That expression on Zoey's (is that Zoey?) face is pretty much what I look like on Monday mornings at work.

    I've been wanting to read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and I also want to read Erik Larson. I'm glad you thought it was amazing!
    I added the 'follow by email option' at my blog, just for you Miss Thing!
    Have a good weekend :)

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    1. Gif hunting is a blast ;)

      I hope you do get to both of those, they are both great reads.

      Thanks for adding that Naida! Of course there is something wrong with the feed burner tonight and it won't let me follow but I'll give in another whirl tomorrow!

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  6. I loved both Year of Wonders and Devil in the White City. Sorry to hear about Mr. Penumbra... that's been on my wish list for a while.

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    1. Sounds like we both have excellent taste ;) You might very well adore Mr. Penumbra but it wasn't the book for me :(

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  7. I love your GIFs for this! And booooooo to the 24 hour bookstore being crappy.

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    1. I was hoping for a book about books. Rats! The cover is awesome though. (It glows in the dark!)

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  8. I totally agree with both you and the gifs on 1 & 3. ;) I have no plans for #2.

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    1. Yea, can't say I blame you there. Ah well, I guess they can't all be winners right? ;)

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  9. I loved Year of Wonder too. I visited the place where it really happened years ago, so that made it even more interesting to read the book.

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    1. Oh how cool!! I would love to go there! I'm glad you enjoyed the book too :)

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  10. I thought Year of Wonder FAB, too! And have been wanting to read the Larsen like Fah-evah.

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  11. Oooh yes, get to the Larson when you can. It's fascinating!

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  12. That's quite a reaction by Emma Watson, I'm wondering what that was about! Year of Wonders sounds a strange title for a book about the plague, I guess there's goodness in it somewhere.

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    1. She looks pretty darn excited huh? ;) The title struck me as odd too, but it ends up making some sense

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  13. Too bad about Mr. Penumbra's, it was on my TBR pile. Thank you for saving me from it :)

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    1. Check out some other reviews, it seems that a lot of people liked it :) You never know, you might as well!

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  14. So glad you enjoyed Year of Wonders! And yes, The Devil and the White City is a fantastic book. His most recent book is supposed to be equally outstanding.

    Boo to Mr. Penumbra's! I've been hearing such great things about it and even have a copy waiting for me. I guess I'm not so anxious or feel guilty about waiting to read it.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I read Larson's latest (In the Garden of Beasts)and loved it! I'd really like to get to his other books at some point.

      Yea, darn book. I had high hopes. I expected something entirely different which is probably what did the book in for me. You might love it!

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  15. Oh you had me at Plague. I'm going to have to read that now! I'm sorry Mr. Penumbra wasn't for you- I found it rather whimsical. The Devil in the White City I thought was great read overall, but there was a LOT of discussion of ornamental grasses... I like gardening even, and it was a bit much for me at some points. Now I'm thinking about ice cream because ice cream cones were one of the brain children of that Chicago World's Fair...

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    1. Ha ha, ornamental grasses! True ;) I loved the perfectionism of that head landscaper though. (I want to say his name was Olmstead? Don't quote me) So many awesome things came out of that World's Fair! Cracker Jack, zippers, the first Ferris wheel...I could go on and on

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  16. I've had Devil in the White City on my TBR list, forever. At this point, I'm thinking that I'll read it on my next Chicago trip -- hopefully in September.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. That would be the perfect place to read that book Joy :)

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