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April 16, 2005

Library Happiness

I got my library card today! Actually, I was still in the library system, so they just had to update my info and issue me a new card. (I was surprised I didn't have any fines from nearly a decade ago!)

I've been having so much fun looking through my Amazon wishlist and choosing books to request. *grin* I've missed the library.

I picked up a Carl Hiaasen book today. He's a Florida crime fiction author. Not a genre I often read, but Hiaasen is a great writer and portrays Florida in a humorous and earthy way.

So, what are you reading? Anything that I should request online from my library?

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Check out 'Gilead' by Marilynne Robinson. I've just started it, and it is living up to all the hype I've heard about it. Can't remember the last time I've heard so many folks raving about a book they loved. Plus, it just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 2005.

Posted by: amy c at April 16, 2005 11:45 PM

I'm enjoying Carl Hiaasen too! Love that he writes so concretely about places that I know or at least have heard of. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: Laura at April 17, 2005 07:01 AM

I'll second Gilead. We're reading that one now and it's very good.

I'm also reading A Song I Knew By Heart by Brett Lott and it is also really good.

Posted by: Megan at April 17, 2005 04:38 PM

I have more time now. Let's see:

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Real Love for Real Life by Andi Ashworth
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
Thr3e by Ted Dekker
TwentySomeone by Craig Dunham and Doug Serven
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
On Writing by Stephen King
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Ordinary Losses by Elisa Stanford


Okay, that should get you started! :)

Posted by: Megan at April 17, 2005 06:44 PM

I read this post this morning. Now this evening I'm surfing and listening to "60 Minutes" while I surf and there's a piece on Carl Hiaasen. I had never heard of him before I read your post.

Posted by: Missy at April 17, 2005 09:05 PM

Be careful of The Eyre Affair by Fforde. I loved it! but it was really crass in its use of words which begin with the 6th letter of the alphabet.

Just a note.

Posted by: Krista at April 18, 2005 03:40 PM

Thanks for the disclaimer, Krista. I guess I forgot to do that. If anyone reads the King book On Writing, consider yourself warned about that one too.

Posted by: Megan at April 18, 2005 04:32 PM

Well, if you can get past the language, The Eyre Affair is a scream. I read it a few weeks ago and I'm waiting for the sequel from my library.

I also enjoyed the Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. It was harsh in some ways but it was good for me to read something real.

I've been afraid to try Gilead as I found her previous book, Housekeeping, quite disturbing. Lovely, but it got me down.

Posted by: Liza Q at April 18, 2005 08:17 PM

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