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Firefly's Book Nook
October 29, 2003
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Hi friends .. i hope i am not the only book geek in here. ive been wanting to do this... create a thread for us to share with others some of our favorite books.

if you have one you enjoyed or got lots of help from it, just list the title, author and what it was about. i have many, but will only list 2 for now.

im currently reading "The LOvely Bones" by Alice Sebold

its a fantasy-fable

"When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope."

"The Lovely Bones is luminous and astonishing, a novel that builds out of grief the most hopeful of stories. In the hands of a brilliant new writer, this story of the worst thing a family can face (loss of a child) is transformed into a suspenseful and even funny novel about love, memory, joy, heaven, and healing."

another book i enjoyed is "Beautiful Child" by Torey Hayden.

this is the true story of a child trapped in silence and the teacher (Torey) who refused to give up on her.

7 yr old Venus Fox was so unresponsive, torey initially thot she was deaf. she never spoke, never listened or acknowledged anothers presence and yet and accidental bump on the playground would send her into a frightening rage.

a classroom of 5; 6 yr old twins with fetal alcohol syndrome, a cocky agressive 9 yr old expelled from school twice, and 8 yr old with tourettes syndrome, and venus - toreys biggest challenge. she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain and need. it would be a strenous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations. in this book, torey displays the insight, intelligence, humor and heart. a must read for anyone touched by or interested in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children.

October 29, 2003
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You are good at this Firefly. Makes me think of Reading Rainbow - the kids show that encourages kids to read books and gives brief summaries. You make me want to read these books! I need to get in the habit of reading again. I am just tired when I go to bed that I fall asleep too quickly.

October 29, 2003
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ohhhhhh Firefly,

I'm a book FREAK! We have a store here where we live called "Half Price Books" - where the books are at least hafl price, sometimes even more... I average between two to three books a week! I have been wanting to read the Lovely Bones for some time. But, I had to finally promise to go through all the piles I have from my last shopping spree before buying any more from there!

I love both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Stuart Woods, Iris Johanson, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark... oh boy, I might take up too much space just naming all the ones I love!

If you get the chance read "Open Season" by Linda Howard. Not one of my favorite authors, as I'm not into the romance scene, but a friend passed it on. It is a "romance" to a degree, but it's also a riot! With a good mystery thrown in...

Little red LOUD dog enjoys sitting on my head if I'm curled up in my chair reading. Although I think he has been hanging out with you lately... right now he is mad at me because I'm working days and not deep nights. See, when I'm on deep nights, he has someone with him 24/7. Spoiled rotten pupster!

Love,

Zinnie

October 30, 2003
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I think this book nook is a great idea firefly....The giving tree by Silverstein is one of my favorites.

Pippi Longstocking too 🙂

October 31, 2003
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MJ ...(((hugs))) tell me about the giving tree ...

TS - i cant take credit for what i wrote about those books . . most of it is quoted off the covers .. or reworded to make it shorter .. they are great books tho!

zinnie - have you read, 'when the wind blows' by james patterson?

October 31, 2003
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Firefly,

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scary, scary, scary. Especially the note he makes at the end about when he got the idea and started doing research, that he found out that a lot of this was already taking place.

Really freaked me out. I keep feeling there are so many things like that out there that we don't know about.

I'm just starting "Dirty Work" by Stuart Woods.

Love,

Zinnie

October 31, 2003
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for some reason i identfied with "max" ... i dunno , ya think it was the fact that we both have wings? lol

awsome book - i have since passed it on to an aac friend. hoping she will enjoy it as much!

so tell me bout the book your on now?

October 31, 2003
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Cannot tell... been to busy at work today, and then on here... so...

I will start it tonight though.

Yourself?

Z.

October 31, 2003
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Hugs back...

The Giving Tree is about a Tree that is there for a boy who grows to be a man. The tree gives to the boy all throughout his life asking for nothing in return. It is a wonderful story. I read to my daughters and my grandchildren a couple of times and even shared it with a few adults. 🙂

November 4, 2003
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I keep begining this Stuart Woods book, but due to work I have not had time to read!

Peak time ends on Wednesday, so hoping to finally read.

Hope you are well Firefly... and all others!

Love,

Zinnie

November 4, 2003
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Hello fellow book lovers!

I love to read myself but always refuse to buy new books because I go through them so quickly...he he! I LOVE the library! I go through periods where I read like 3 books in a week and then won't read for a month or two. I am kind of a picky reader too. I love a story that comes full circle and I find a lot of them do not. There is nothing more frustrating than putting my heart and soul into a book and then it ends like crap (for lack of a better word..lol). My favorite book of all time and I know it sounds so cliche but it truly is... is "To Kill A Mockingbird". I like fiction but also books that seem somewhat true to life. It really depends on my mood. I like a good trashy book during the summer on vacation but for the most part stay away. I was hooked on John Grisham until about his 4th book and then I had enough of the same story being retold. Nancy Taylor Rosenberg who writes similar types of books (mystery/law) wrote a book called "California Angel" which I loved!!!!! Another great mystery writer is Susan Issacs. She mixes comedy in there and it makes for a great read. I also like serious stories like "A Map of the World" and have read a few by Sue Miller.
I am also a HUGE Harry Potter fan!!! I can't help myself. I whizzed through the last 800 page beauty in 2 and a half days flat...lol. JK Rowling is an unbelievable writer! If any one has any suggestions please share...I am always looking for something new to read...(I usually look to Oprah and her book club..he he)

Love, Bridgh.

November 4, 2003
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Hi bridgh and all!

Libraries are great, as are the book resellers. Great way to pass it one without wasting more tree's!

Funny thing about Grisham is that I found pretty much what you did. To me it seems that his first novel was the best (A Time to Kill), since then they have remained the same. I did get one of his that I have not yet read (now I can't remember which one and I'm at work), for $1.00 in hardback at 1/2 Price Books.

I like Stuart Woods, although I have read them out of sequence and he has several characters that have evolved, so I think I would like to start at the beginning.

I love "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well, still one of my all time favorites - not a cliche, a literary great.

Zinnie

p.s. - Firefly? Are you off somewhere reading?

Love,

Z.

November 4, 2003
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Yea book time. Oh my gosh, reading is my heart. It is my favorite thing in the world. Rather I read at home or spend hours in the bookstore. It's my comfort place. A cup of coffee and a book. I love the Christmas box series. I have read tons os the Oprah books too. It's funny, I've read so many self help books over the last 2 years. I havent read just to read, in so long. This weekend I'm going to go buy me a present. A new book. Thank you Firefly. This is going to be great.

It feels great to think of normal stuff!!!!!!!!!

November 5, 2003
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Hi Butterfly,

What kind of book are you going to buy for yourself? What do you ENJOY reading?

Z.

November 5, 2003
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heyyyy - im so glad to see other book worms in the house 🙂

yes zinnie - i have been off reading somewhere! hee hee

i went to barnes and noble over the weekend ... well, you guys know what that is like if you love reading ...

i did good tho - only got one book - the one i intended to get .. its on fibromyalgia .. the mind-body-spirit connection. really good book in understanding it all.

im still working on 'the lovely bones', and book called 'know why you believe' and my fibro book. i have 3 books going and hardly any time to read lately. business is crazy, im out with music twice a week. just go go go.

my favorite classic was catcher in the rye.

have a good day everyone! keep readin'! 🙂

love, firefly

November 5, 2003
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Hi Firefly,

Glad you made it to the book store. I have finally made it through the big peak at work, so I will hopefully have some more reading time on my hands.

Has the little red LOUD dog been keeping you company? I was trying to read this morning a bit, and he was sitting on top of my head at the time. I'm telling you, the boy is odd! But, I love him.

Z.

November 5, 2003
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Oh barnes and Noble, thats my favorite book store. I love to read stories. It helps me get away for awhile. I dont care for romance types. Just a good ole story. Ilove Little women. Where you get inside someone and feel like you're part of their life. I used to love true crime books, but now I think there is enough saddness in life, I dont want to read it for fun. I used to read all the time. Then when I left my husband, I stopped doing any of the things I used to do. I dont know why. It's like I was lost. So I dont know what book I'll buy, but I'm gonna.

December 27, 2003
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hey zin .. my latest book im reading is 'the pet psychic' by sonja fitzpatrick. almost done with it. its cool if you like animals. the beginning is about how she got this ability to "talk to the animals" when she was a little girl but no one believed her and she supressed it until much later in life. ...and she began to use her abilities to help animals. i have seen her on animal planet and the woman is amazing and so compassionate for our furry friends.

December 27, 2003
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Hi Firefly,

I have enjoyed watching her on Animal Planet as well. Did you see the episode with her and the blonde boxer? He wanted to know how come his humans did not give him more french fry's?

I would hate to think what readings she would get from the little red LOUD dog.

Can you imagine?

Z.

December 27, 2003
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Hi Firefly are you feeling better? I sure hope so its no fun being sick.

Take Care
Bel

December 29, 2003
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Hi Bel ... im feelin some better today. i called the doc but they wont prescribe anything unless i go in and i dont want to do that .. so, just gotta ride this one out. its been a doozy ...starting to clear up some now .. i think. thanks for asking.

(((hugs)))

December 29, 2003
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Hi Firefly,

Sounds like you are feeling better. Glad to hear that. I got a new book "Anam Cara" - yes, like our Anam, but have not started it yet.

Z.

December 29, 2003
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what is it about?

i havent gotten any new books yet .. i still have several started.

i saw a new james patterson book advertised on tv .. cant remember the name tho!

December 29, 2003
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So glad your feeling better firefly, I had the bug a few weeks back and it was awful.

I love to read and used to read anything I could get my hands on but nowadays my reading is limited. If I read to long my eyesight gets bleary and it take time to refocus again.

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