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Java Talk: Books You've Been Reading Lately


Today on Java Talk, let's talk about what we've been reading lately. I have been reading on average one book per week. 


Last night I finished a book I picked up at Barnes & Noble months ago on the clearance aisle. 

It is called "What Comes Next" by John Katzenbach, a suspense novel. I prefer reading psychological thrillers, crime mysteries, and women's fiction. Pretty much the same type of TV shows I watch.

I'll give you a brief synopsis of What Comes Next: A retired professor in his sixties has just left his doctor's office, where he found out that he has a rare degenerative disease that will cause him to lose his memory, and that will kill him within a few years.

As he's pulling into the driveway of his home, where he lives alone since his wife died, something catches his eye. A young girl, in her teens, is walking along the sidewalk. Something about her makes him stop and watch her. A few seconds later, a van pulls up close to the girl, and she is not in his sight any longer.

The van squeals away, and the teenager is gone. He thinks she's just been kidnapped. 

Of course he calls the authorities. But this girl has run away several times already. So they aren't certain it's actually an abduction. 

What follows is his determination to find out what happened to the girl. And to find her, hopefully alive, before his memory is gone.  

This is the type of book that keeps me reading one more chapter, though I am sleepy. And then another. 

What have you been reading lately? When do you usually read? Are you a night reader, like me? What kind of books have you been currently reading? And why do you feel you are you drawn to them?

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  1. Sounds compelling - just the sort of book I would choose myself! I too love the genres as you - psychological thrillers and crime mysteries and fiction including old world characters :)

    Last week I caught a fab sale of old books and bought several including The Alienist by Caleb Carr which is my current read.

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    1. I will have to check in on that one by Caleb Carr. Don't think I've read any of his books.

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    2. I have had this one a long time. Really good detailed read.

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  2. I like that kind of book too - I read all kinds of mystery, politic drama, police, I love all by John Sandford - I'm afraid tame innocent books do not hold my attention.

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    1. It's the same with me. I especially don't like romance novels. Too predictable. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. And live happily ever after.

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  3. I like a lot of mysteries and also books that 'make me think'. Current read is 'Five Fortunes' by Beth Gutcheon. So far I really like it. I need a book to grab me by page 50 or so or I quit reading it. Too many books and so little time to read something I'm not enjoying.

    Linda

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    1. Me too. Some books I can tell after a few chapters. Some I go on to read more. I hate to not finish a book. But I'm not going to waste my time on something I'm simply not enjoying.

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  4. Books, my favorite subject of all! I used to read all kinds of books but at my age find I can't read very upsetting books, I take them too personally. I recently finished The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby about the seamstress who actually made the suit that Jackie Kennedy wore when the President was murdered. I enjoyed it and do read occasional current books but as I am a night reader myself, I turn more and more to rereading favorite books on my shelves.

    I'm rereading Anne Morrow Lindbergh's memoirs, something I do every few years, and I also began again at the beginning of the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith that take place in Edinburgh. Isabel is a philosopher and these books are minus blood and gore and gentle puzzles for the mind. Isabel is one of my literary heroes.

    Place is important to me too now, and Edinburgh, Scotland is a city I would love to visit but never will be able to. In a post on FB recently from Book Addict there was something about books being the best travel agent. That struck me because that is how I do my traveling now. Just as I garden mostly, except for container gardening, by reading gardening books as if they were novels.

    But I used to read the exciting books you younger women do and see those movies. Now my son tells me if a movie would upset me!

    Happy reading,
    Dewena

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    1. I just wrote a whole comment, and somehow it got eaten. I am having more computer and blog trouble lately. Anyway, I suppose because of the things I wrote about when young, I don't get scared or upset by what I read. What upsets me is the depravity in real life.

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  5. I've just started reading Edward Rutherford's "The Princes of Ireland" ~ I loved his "Sarum" & "The New Forest".
    I'm also re-reading Lawrence Saunders' "Archy McNally" series ~ for the 4th or 5th time!

    I'm a night reader ~ also a morning, afternoon & evening reader!

    Favorite author ~ Rosamunde Pilcher, especially "Coming Home" & "The Shell Seekers"

    Happy reading!

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    1. I feel guilty if I read during the day. I feel like I should be answering emails, commenting on blogs, and in general trying to find a way to make money!

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  6. Fictions : am re-reading The Mists of Avalon which I loved long ago...probably my third read this round, lol
    Non-Fiction is usually a mix..a few going at once...

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    1. I used to read more non-fiction, but haven't come across any lately that I'm interested in. Do you find that you go through phases of what books you want to read?

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  7. The Narrow Road into the Deep North, Richard Flanagan winner of the Man Booker Prize
    A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

    Just the fiction I am reading!

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    1. Not familiar with the first two. But I love Anne Tyler. Haven't read any of her books in a while. Boy, we are all so different!

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    2. I should have been more precise.. I assumed that most knew what the Booker Prize is! I have my middle age moments.. a few years older than you dear Brenda. I apologize. For those of you who love fiction mystery, you might want to look at the Edgar Prize winners list. I have from college on, tried to read all the Pulitzer fiction winners over the years. Now if I start and not like, not read!

      The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker-McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.[1] From its inception, only Commonwealth, Irish, and Zimbabwean citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2013, however, this eligibility was widened to any English language novel.

      I use the library, I can not afford to buy fiction books, even half price paperbacks. Age comes patience too, I do not read to read an authors current book, I can wait. Anne Tyler, I got on my Nook, for free using Overdrive for the library. I got a Nook 5 years ago for a gift, and my BF loves to get that for me, my only holiday gift. I do like it. The library has more users of ebooks from 5 years ago, but they also buy more copies! It is her current best seller, and I was surprised how fast I got it, many holds!

      I am divorced, and if there is ever any assets of mine left over, I am leaving them to the library, which has sustained me all my life, from when my mom died at 5, my dad at 31, relationships, good times and bad, happy marriage and other relationships, divorce after 28 years! The other leave to in my will, the Veterinary College in my state.. dogs and books sustained me. I have no children!

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    3. That's good to hear. Libraries need all the help they can get before they decide there's not enough money to keep them going.

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  8. I am currently trying to read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. This is my second attempt. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I can't seem to get moving like normal. Non-fiction genre finds me reading Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh.

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    1. I have never read anything by JK Rowling, believe it or not.

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  9. OK, So I'm a bit different than most. I ONLY read non-fiction. I have a hard time getting into something that is not true. Don't ask me why. I enjoy reading though but it is generally topics related to Christianity, "self-help", motivational, how to's, etc. Apparently I feel I need the help. Hah! But I also enjoy writing about those kinds of things as well so I guess it goes together. If I WOULD read any fiction it would probably be mysteries since I love a good mystery on TV.

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    1. I'm that way about old movies. If it's an old movie, and not applicable to my time, I just don't have an interest in it. And I know that's probably not like many people. Most people I know love old movies.

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    2. Sandy, you might like the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. It was such an easy read and I enjoyed it.

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    3. Wonderful book. Enjoyed it tremendously.

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  10. I've found as I get older, I prefer non-fiction. But Toni Morrison's Paradise may be a book I reread. It haunts me years after I read it and I still don't understand the ending. I want to figure out the ending!!

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    1. I have not read Paradise. Need to check into it.

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  11. I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. It's wrecking me in some good ways.... bringing me closer back to center in some areas. A good book in helping us see our lives as they are in a first-world environment, living in the top 1%... when enough is enough, instead of always "needing" more... Looking out for others and embracing community and relationships... So far, it's an inspiring, eye-opener of a read!

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    1. Do you hear me clapping? You know how I feel about people having too much "stuff." This country needs to get on the band wagon so we don't drown in landfills.

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  12. I've been reading the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by J. Winspear. They are all so good and I was able to get the new one at the library. Now I'm reading A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott. She wrote the Dressmaker and it was excellent. Hugs!

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    1. I haven't read those. You do a lot of reading!

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  13. I've been on the lookout for a good thriller...this sounds great! I have been doing some light reading lately. Just finished up Astor Place Vintage which I really enjoyed. Before that I read The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins. Both had a nice historical aspect to them.

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    1. I like to go to B&N and gather up Clearance books and sit down and go through them to see if I think they're worth the $5-$6. I have a membership there, but the new books are still pretty expensive even with the card, and I don't have that kind of money right now.

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    2. Brenda do you have a good library nearby? I cannot buy books and utilize my libraries for all my books.

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  14. I like cozy mysteries! But I am rereading Lord of the Rings for the 5th time now...I think they are my favorite books!

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    1. I love to cuddle up with the pupsters at night and read a good thriller or mystery till I get sleepy.

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  15. I love women's fiction and I also read a lot of non-fiction on subjects that interest me (health and nutrition, addiction, spirituality, decorating, etc., etc.). I mostly read at night before I go to bed. It relaxes me and I'm able to fall asleep easily.

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    1. You read a diverse round of books. Makes for a well-rounded person!

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    2. I've heard that the computer or tv right before bed keep us from falling asleep. So I read for at least 30 minutes before turning out the light and it works a charm if I've been on computer or watching a movie (no tv). Currently, my read is Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.

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  16. I just finished.... The One I Was. It was an interesting book that held my attention until the very end. I'm not sure how I would classify it. It's a bit mystery....not murder mystery..and about how two people come to terms with events in their lives and come to forgive themselves. It was a bit thrilling at times too. I recommend it. It's written very well. I find many current novels are written rather juvenile with predictable phrases and endings. I stay far away from dark novels.

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    1. Only a few times have I gotten to the end of a book and been TOTALLY surprised. But I love when it does happen.

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  17. Sounds interesting, Brenda. I'm reading a mystery by Kate Ellis right now. It's the first one of hers that I've read . XO Laura

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  18. I'm not familiar with her. Will have to look her up.

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  19. Reading is my love of my life. I read for an hour before sleep, and in the afternoon outside in the sun with my cat by my side. Sometimes after dinner I read as I am not a screen watcher by nature, I prefer books. It is absolute bliss to me to take an hour or two in the afternoon and read. I read a diverse selection of mysteries, cozy mysteries, legal thrillers, women's fiction, political thrillers, self help, grieving, coping with life self helps, nutrition and regular fiction. I blend it with the occasional Biography. My favorite recent book is WILD by Cheryl Strayed. Every women should read it. I am currently reading Jan Porter, The Frog Prince which is a delight and makes me laugh out loud. I am also re reading Michael Connolly Jane Whitefield series of a women that is a native American with the special skills of making people disappear that are in danger. They are the best thrillers and worth reading again. Great topic.

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    1. You mentioned some books I'll be looking up. We are sisters in our love of books!

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  20. The book sounds interesting. Well my reading is a mixture of my interests and some of the books my daughter is reading. I'm currently reading a Thomas Hardy, some other classics, and a book that has been newly released. I usually read at night. I tend to like serious books.

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  21. I will be purchasing your book -- sounds fascinating! I just finished reading "The Husband's Secret" by Liana Moriarty. I think you would like it! I just started reading "Defending Jacob" by William Landay for my neighborhood book club. A great book to read "11.22.63" by Stephen King. I couldn't put it down.

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    1. I've read The Husband's Secret. Fantastic book!

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  22. I am currently reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I am a very slow reader and this one is taking extra long. The main character is a alcoholic, for me she is draining and I can only take so much then I stop reading for a few days.

    The next book I will be reading is A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell, I have a flight next month and thought this one might be a good one to start on the plane.

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    1. That's what's so wonderful. We can take our books anywhere.

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