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Since summer is rapidly approaching I figured I'm not the only one thinking about books to read on vacation...or shows to watch.

I'm working my way through The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson -- a fictional account of Errol Flynn and his time in Jamaica (starting in 1946 and it includes an illegitimate love child, etc.) My hubby gave it to me for Xmas and I finally dug it out of the 'to read' pile. Not sure I'd buy it for myself but it is well written.

When I'm done with that one I'll read Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jennie Lawson. She's The Blogess online. Should be entertaining.

Also we just watched, on DVD, Luther which was a great (very dark) BBC detective show. Loved it. Each episode has a crime (usually pretty heinous) that needs to be solved but there's a baddie introduced in the first episode that reappears in later eps. Lots of mental games...not to be watched if you're feeling down. Idris Alba plays Luther and he's always amazing!

Anyone else have books/movies/shows they want to share?

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I am attempting to read P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, I loved the movie so I am seeing how the book compares, then there are a bunch of new James Patterson books on request at our library.

I don't watch many movies except for when a new one based off a Nicholas Sparks book comes out. As far as television though, my family is big on police shows. Our show list includes Bones, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI NY, Blue Bloods and NYC 22. My daughter and I enjoy medical shows which include House, Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy. Other shows that we watch are American Idol (my two girls love watching this), Fashion Star (if only I could become a fashion designer, but instead I just have notebooks full of designs), Undercover Boss and Once Upon a Time (very interesting twists on fairy tales). Not sure what we will watch after May sweeps though, probably reruns as they come on or the cooking shows that come on Living Well Network and the Create Channel...right now my husband and I watch these late at night.

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

and a biography of the Roosevelts by Doris Goodwin.

I have about 20 books piled up here... :rolleyes:

Watching: The Killing on AMC (dark) and Game of Thrones (even darker and bloodier) and waiting for Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey to return (they take too long between seasons!)

TV series I never miss: NCIS and Person of Interest.

MOVIE: I just watched Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (did not like the book, but hubs did very much so he convinced me to watch the movie) and I told him the ending just before it happened. He says "C'mon, how did you figure that out??" Duh.

Guilty pleasure? and one I would never, ever admit to :lol: : Watching "Revenge" on ABC. Totally bitchy and devious and I like seeing her take down her enemies one by one and avenge her father's death. Cannot figure out how her dog is still alive after all these years, though?? He would be about 17 or 18 but he still looks pretty perky to me ... :lol: as if THAT is the ONLY hard part to believe?? :lol: :lol:

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I've been reading a book called 'Buttons and Foes'. Don't know who wrote it and I'm too lazy today to run up stairs and look. It's just a fun mystery about a woman who runs a dry cleaners who is willed these dresses that are covered with a womans button collection. The woman was perhaps murdered and dry cleaner is trying to find out why and if the buttons are valuable and the reason her friend was killed.

I also have been watching The Killing but a couple of my favorite shows, Being Human (both the BBC and SyFy) and The Fades are on break right now. I am totally addicted to Sheldon and the guys on The Big Bang Theory. Grimm is fun also. I am also impatiently awaiting 'The Woman in Black' to come out on pay-per-view since I missed it at the theater. I tend to watch the scary shows the day after they are on so I can watch them in the daylight hours. Heck gotta have something to do when I am waiting out the 3 hours when I get up before I can do anything. Ah for the days when I could get out of bed, get dressed and run out the door. Sure do miss them.

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yes, Raven! the BIG Bang Theory is hilarious--they are very funny and I can goof on my scientist hubs at the same time!! :lol:

And I never miss Fringe.

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I have a pile of unread books, including the newest one by Ann Rice, The Wolf Gift, but it is baseball season and I'm pretty much glued to that. :) We also watch NCIS, Bones, Idol, The Finder, Swamp People and a few others. We love movies too.....The Debt just came from Netflix.

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Oh The Lucky One book by Nicolas sparks! I just started reading daughters for a time by Jennifer Handford. So far it's really good! I also like The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

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Oh The Lucky One book by Nicolas sparks! I just started reading daughters for a time by Jennifer Handford. So far it's really good! I also like The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

I love anything by Nicholas Sparks, I own all his books! I enjoy most of Jodi Picoult's also, but those I get from the library since I don't usually reread her stuff.

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Big Bang Theory! Re- runs on every night that my boys watch. Very educational for boys whose favorite classes are physics. They try hard not to become Sheldon. ;)

Tried to read the 50 Shades of Grey. Really didn't get far. I hate " heroines" that let themselves be victims. Worse, a woman that lets a man degrade and physically abuse her.

Just got an unauthorized autobiography of Agatha Christie. I'll let you know how that goes.

Recently read" Miss peregrines pequilar children". It's a kids book but quite interesting.

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Recently read" Miss peregrines pequilar children". It's a kids book but quite interesting.

I read that one recently and really enjoyed it. Baum's Oz series is one of my favorite reread often series. The modern take off on the Oz books is pretty good also. Wicked was one of them and that was great. I am still looking for the rest of them.

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Wicked was one of them and that was great. I am still looking for the rest of them.

I thought Wicked was one of the best books I have read in the last few years (and I read a lot of books). I hated for it to end. :(

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I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. My favorites are Watchers, From the Corner of His Eye, One Door Away from Heaven, and the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series. His stories, to me, are so hopeful, and have such a feeling of family and enduring loyalty - type stuff. Love Dean Koontz! Not the only thing I read, of course, I'm such a bookworm. I'd have to list favorite authors rather than favorite books. For Tv.... I like 24 or other crime shows for intense TV, and stuff like Burn Notice or Stargate for fun Tv. Anybody watch Leverage, or Farscape?

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When I'm done with that one I'll read Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jennie Lawson. She's The Blogess online. Should be entertaining.

That book got a great review. Please let us know what you think?

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I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and quite liked it. I'm not sure what I'll pick next!

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Ooo NCIS and Bones! My 2 favorite shows! Love McGee! Haha!

I'm reading the Bible...best book ever :)

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I just finished Let's Pretend This Never Happened (on audiobook -- totally addicted to them for when I walk the dog...we have a Border Terrier and he needs serious exercise as in 45-60 minute daily walks or he turns into the equivalent of a very bored and mischeivious 3-year old child...sorry, rambling...)

IT WAS HYSTERICAL!!!

There was one chapter that literally had me laughing so hard my sides hurt (did not help my continuing abdo pain but nice to laugh so uncontrollably) and I was crying. CRYING! When I tried to tell my husband about it later that day at dinner it set me off again and he and my daughter just stared at me bemused because I couldn't stop laughing enough to speak clearly.

It probably helps that my hubby is a Texan, and I had a friend who lived/worked in San Angelo (near where she grew up) so some things that might seem sort of "huh" to those who don't know the 'Texan' attitude made total sense.

But there were also some rather sober parts...if you follow the Bloggess online you know some of her health issues and she does touch on them.

Also, if you have issues with animals erm, her dad was/is a taxidermist and that did have an impact on her life as a child. As in road kill, him hunting, etc. So it might not be for you.

Now on to the latest Sookie Stackhouse!

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Have you finished this? Wondering what you think/thought about it. I loved the time he was in Mexico with Rivera, Kahlo, etc. but overall the entire book didn't draw me in like her novels usually do. Think my favs have to remain The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer. Oh, also LOVED Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

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Now on to the latest Sookie Stackhouse!

The new one is out? Guess I will be going to the library :)

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Have you finished this? Wondering what you think/thought about it. I loved the time he was in Mexico with Rivera, Kahlo, etc. but overall the entire book didn't draw me in like her novels usually do. Think my favs have to remain The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer. Oh, also LOVED Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

The Poisonwood Bible was a fabulous novel.

The Bean Trees was very good.

But, I have to admit, I'm slugging through The Lacuna

like it's molasses. Not ready to give up just yet.

But I have been known to get even 200 or more pages in

to something and decide I can't take it anymore and just chuck the whole thing :lol:

and sometimes, just one page is a clue that it's not for me.

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Also, if you have issues with animals erm, her dad was/is a taxidermist and that did have an impact on her life as a child. As in road kill, him hunting, etc. So it might not be for you.

thanks for that head's up.

Someone gave me The Story of Edgar Sawtelle a few years ago.

That was the WORST ending to a novel! I was actually pissed off for days over that one. :lol:

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I just finished reading The Doomsday Key by James Rollins.

It's fiction with religion, history and science, an action thriller. It was fascinating, all about GM crops, especially corn and how they are doing it to control over population. At the end of the book he tells the reader what is true and not true.

Way to much of it is true.

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Watching - Game of Thrones & Mad Men, while I wait not so patiently for True Blood & Downton Abbey to resume

Reading- That Woman: the Life of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor (excellent, when I actually have the time to read. We are closing on a house in less than a month!)

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I watched a documentary a few weeks back called "I AM". I highly recommend watching.

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Watching - Game of Thrones & Mad Men, while I wait not so patiently for True Blood & Downton Abbey to resume

Reading- That Woman: the Life of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor (excellent, when I actually have the time to read. We are closing on a house in less than a month!)

I know this is off topic, but I have to say it:

Your dog has the most adorable face! OMG, what a doll!

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I know this is off topic, but I have to say it:

Your dog has the most adorable face! OMG, what a doll!

Second that!

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