Join Us

We are 218,658 members in 84 forums discussing 161,162 topics.

Help with Abbreviations

Topic: Book Lovers Club

Forum: Life After Breast Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2010 05:04PM

konakat wrote:

I've been receiving marvelous book suggestions on another thread and it was recommended that I start a Book Lovers thread.  This is not for BC or health books -- this is pure escapism!!!  I've collated the suggestions (with snippets describing the plots) I've received thus far.  Please post your recommendations too!!

Elizabeth's Mantra: When in doubt, eat cake. When you haven't a clue, add ice cream. Elizabeth's Mets: Liver, bones, brain (yuck), and lungs (more yuck). Dx 5/2007, ILC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 13/19 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Page 259 of 259 (7,769 results)

Posts 7741 - 7769 (7,769 total)

Log in to post a reply

Nov 12, 2020 09:39PM - edited Nov 13, 2020 06:11AM by badger

Library run this afternoon. Picked up the following:

The Splendid and the Vile - Erik Larson

Oona Out of Order - Margarita Montimore

Killing Floor - Lee Child

The Book of Koli - M.R. Carey

Strip Tease - Carl Hiaasen

Minus, we subscribe to two newspapers. Yes, actual print papers! One is the Wisconsin State Journal. We get that delivered daily to our front walk via car around 4 am by the faithful Mike, who gets a nice cash tip every Christmas. We read that for state & national news, comics, and puzzles. Also we get the local weekly via US mail. We read that for local news, government (city, county & school board), and to see who got married/divorced, was born or died, got a traffic ticket, or bought/sold a house. Gotta love a small-town newspaper. Next-best thing to a police scanner or beauty-shop gossip.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 12, 2020 10:07PM voraciousreader wrote:

badger...welcome back! Carl Hiaasen IS one hilarious writer. If you get a chance, look for his 60 Minutes interview from way, way, way back when. He explains where his ideas come from. He has said, he doesn’t have to look under rocks for ideas. All he needs to do is read The Miami Herald and characters and situations spring to life. He just sharpens his pencil and the graphite does the rest! That said, in one of his books he starts off with a hurricane and the animals escape from the Miami Zoo. Interestingly, THAT did happen...a few years AFTER he wrote the book. Damn...that man has a fertile imagination.

With all of that said...I think his finest book ISN’T a novel. It is Team Rodent. Non-fiction, naturally. It is all about Disney World. And, from the title, you can guess, he doesn’t have anything nice to say about the park. What an eye opener. I wonder, since writing the book, if things have changed there for the better...


my favorite comedic author....hmmmm....well I should say...my favorite author is Geoff Dyer. A few weeks ago, I read that Steve Martin developed his style of writing from Dyer. Recently, I also read many, many people reading his books during this isolating period of time.

His books are a joy to read. Every single one. If you want to know where to begin...start with Out of Sheer Rage. The most funny book ever written. From cover to cover

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 13, 2020 06:17AM badger wrote:

Thanks, VR, I will add Team Rodent and Out of Sheer Rage to my TBR list.

Not surprising about Hiaasen's ideas coming from the Miami Herald. "A Florida Man" stories are fertile ground for weirdness.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 18, 2020 11:37AM pat01 wrote:

I'm pretty sure it was someone on this thread that turned me on to the CJ Box Joe Pickett series. Thank you! Just finished another one, always a good read.

Next up for me is my Book Club selection, Winter in Paradise by Elin Hildebrand. I like her books.

Dx 6/1/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 18, 2020 02:53PM MinusTwo wrote:

Don't know if it was me but I love CJ Box. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak & read (after Covid of course) he's a hoot.

I'm reading Bad Blood - the story of the Silicon Valley blood testing Theranos hoax. It's just unbelieable how Elizabeth Holmes sucked in so many people.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Nov 19, 2020 08:01AM badger wrote:

I'm 25% through The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. SOOO good! Other books recently read:

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. A quirky fun read. On her New Year's Eve birthday, an 18-YO turns 19 but wakes up in her 51-YO body. With each passing year, she leaps to another age at random, still a young woman on the inside but ever-changing on the outside. Interesting concept.

Killing Floor by Lee Child. The first Jack Reacher. I like starting a series at the beginning and reading in order. Good book. I ripped through it in a few hours. There are 20-some books in the series, and I look forward to reading them all. (Tom Cruise is so not Jack Reacher.)

The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey. A post-apocalyptic book set in a world where people live in small enclaves to protect themselves from genetically-engineered plants and trees that have turned bloodthirsty. The first in a series. Didn't enjoy book #1 enough to want to read the rest.

Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen. Witty but not my fave by Hiaasen. An exotic dancer gets back at a crazy ex-husband and a corrupt Florida politician.

Total Power, the newest installment in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series now written by Kyle Mills. All-too-real scenario where bad guys shut down the US power grid.

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. A woman and a man have a three-day fling each summer while living their separate lives. Pretty good for fluffy stuff.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Recommended by my librarian friend. A zombie pandemic has decimated civilization. Why are some children immune? Told from the perspective of a gifted young girl who escapes the safety of a special school and helps guide mankind's survival.

One By One by Ruth Ware. Love this author. A corporate retreat in a mountain chalet turns deadly when an avalanche strikes, people are trapped, and are murdered one by one. Who dunnit? (Yes, the premise is from And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.)

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Told in the voice of a young Nigerian woman trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future. Good debut novel.

I'm #6 on the waiting list for the new Lincoln Lawyer book The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 19, 2020 10:24AM MinusTwo wrote:

Wow Badger. Welcome back & great list. I want to spend more time with it but have a plumber on the way.

Instant response - 28 Summers - Does anybody remember "Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda & Ellen Burstyn? 1978 - one of my favorite movies. Wonder about the similarities? I have a friend who buys Hilderbrand so she'll pass it on eventually.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Nov 19, 2020 10:44AM MelissaDallas wrote:

Kind of off topic, but based on Badger’s post and “28 Summers,” does anyone else remember the old movie “Silent Night, Lonely Night” with Shirley Jones and Lloyd Bridges? Think it was made-for-TV based on a broadway show. Used to be shown frequently during holiday season and I so miss it. Would love to see it again

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
Log in to post a reply

Nov 19, 2020 10:47AM MinusTwo wrote:

Interesting Melissa that we both flipped to an old movie. I don't remember "silent night" but I like the actors.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Nov 19, 2020 11:19AM MelissaDallas wrote:

https://youtu.be/GCSLmTSaItI


LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
Log in to post a reply

Nov 20, 2020 05:36PM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 20, 2020 06:49PM MinusTwo wrote:

Great Ruth - and absolutely true. Glad to see you're well enough to be posting again. Keeping you in my thoughts.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Nov 20, 2020 07:51PM ruthbru wrote:

I watched three episodes of The Crown today (spoiler alert, Diana should get the hell out of there!). Maybe tomorrow I will be ready to crack open a book!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 09:48AM - edited Nov 21, 2020 09:48AM by badger

Just finished The Splendid and the Vile. Excellent book! A saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz.

Library run yesterday. Picked up the new Gamache by Louise Penny - All the Devils Are Here, Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace, and It's Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 01:46PM voraciousreader wrote:

badger...us Larson lovers loved Splendid. Last week, Ruth and I attended a zoom lecture on the book from my local library. It was a wonderful discussion. Interestingly, everyone enjoyed reading the book. The lecturer, often picks fiction books, especially classics. She wondered if it was a good idea to choose more non fiction books to discuss. I hope so.......

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 01:51PM voraciousreader wrote:

Another fantastic book about Nazi Germany that is exclusively developed from ONLY primary sources is Julia Boyd’s Greetings from Nazi Germany:Travellers in the Third Reich.


what makes Larson’s and Boyd’s books so interesting is that we get to see a bygone era of writing....so rich...

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 06:35PM ruthbru wrote:

I am definitely getting the Travelers book. Sounds fascinating.

When I know a new Larson book is coming out, I quickly pre-order it. I KNOW I will love it and want to read it over & over again (along with fondling it....he's one that I NEED the book-in-my-hand experience. The other reason that I need my own copy is that I will want to go through every one of the 40 pages of source material, plus I need it handy to look up what happened to all the characters. His books are just a joy!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 07:18PM MelissaDallas wrote:

Ruth, my sister decided we all need to start staying in more again, so she just bought four Erik Larsen books and said “bite me COVID.

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
Log in to post a reply

Nov 21, 2020 07:38PM ruthbru wrote:

I just ordered three 'Bite Me, Covid" books;

*The Daughter of Yalta (recommended at VR & my lecture)

* Travelers in the Third Reich (which VR mentioned)

*Eleanor (the new biography of Eleanor Roosevelt by David Michaelis)

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 25, 2020 06:13AM glennie19 wrote:

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
Log in to post a reply

Nov 25, 2020 06:15AM glennie19 wrote:

I have really enjoyed the Cormoran Strike series from Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowlings) and the latest book "Troubled Blood" is over 900 pages!! Reviews say it is really 300 pages too long and should have been edited better, however it will make a great "bite me covid" book.

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
Log in to post a reply

Nov 25, 2020 09:24AM carolehalston wrote:

I have enjoyed the Galbraith books, too, and am glad to learn a new one is out there. That is long, though.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 25, 2020 10:22PM voraciousreader wrote:

glennie! When I check out books at my library...i usually ask for help from a Cabana Boy/Girl or valet...in my dreams!


Heart

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 26, 2020 05:21AM badger wrote:

Library run yesterday. Picked up two Lee Childs (Reacher #3 & 4) and two Erik Larsons (Thunderstruck & The Devil in the White City). While browsing, someone asked the librarian for The Splendid and the Vile, which I had just returned and was on the post-quarantine cart for re-shelving. (They quarantine books for 48 hours before putting them back in circulation.) I remarked on how much I enjoyed it and got to chatting Larson books with the other patron. She has read all his stuff and said her fave by him is the book about the storm in Galveston, which my library doesn't have but I can get through inter-library loan. So, putting Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History on my TBR list.

The new Terry McMillan was pretty good. It's Not All Downhill from Here is about the ups & downs in the lives of a group of older (i.e., my age) Black women friends. It read like a Tyler Perry movie.

Really enjoyed All the Devils Are Here, the new Gamache by Louise Penny. It's a murder mystery set in Paris not Three Pines. Great read w/corporate skullduggery, heroic reference librarians, and a twisty plot where one doesn't know whom to trust. It's my fave by her (so far).

Just starting Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace. It's about the 116 days between the death of FDR and Pres. Truman, who knew nothing about the Manhattan Project, making the decision to drop the A-bomb on Hiroshima.

Speaking of bite me COVID, our library is closing for in-person browsing due to the spike in cases here in WI. Can still request books on-line and pick up curbside.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Nov 26, 2020 08:47AM glennie19 wrote:

badger, I really enjoyed Countdown 1945. It was very interesting.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett was also excellent. Just finished that.

Currently my library has limited browsing hours but I haven't been inside yet. We've had curbside pickup since May, and now you just go to the door and show your card to get your books. Still just requesting online and picking up at the door.

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
Log in to post a reply

Nov 26, 2020 10:41AM voraciousreader wrote:

badger...i LOVED Isaac's Storm! When Katrina was heading toward New Orleans, I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV! I was yelling like an INSANE person...HASN'T ANYONE READ ISAAC'S STORM? Omg!


As always with Larson's books, you always want to read more about the lives of the people in the book. In Isaac's Storm, you will be introduced to Rabbi Henry Cohen. Afterwards, I read more about him. Fascinating.


Countdown 1945...again, wanted to read more about the people. I did. Fascinating.


Terry McMillan...she is TERRIFIC.Loved A Day Late A Dollar Short.

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 26, 2020 10:17PM MinusTwo wrote:

I actually liked Isaac's Storm better than the Devil in the White City. Well after all, I do live next to Galveston and although was born in Evanston, IL - we left before I was 5 years old.

My niece says i HAVE to read this: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Sorry to say I was bored by Bad Blood - the story of Theranos and the Silicon Valley fake. Even though I was very familiar with the places and knew many of the people, still... Hard to see how she pulled the wool over so many prominent eyes.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Nov 26, 2020 10:42PM voraciousreader wrote:

minus...bad blood....I was following the story in the Wall Street Journal. So, when the book was published, I didn’t think there was more to learn. But, I felt there was more to the story. And yes, I agree with you that it is hard to comprehend how she pulled the wool over so many people’s eyes. But when you think deeply about it, it isn’t that hard to understand. There is another book that you might enjoy reading that tells another perspective. Snakes in Suits....that book is about corporate psychopaths. Think Bernie Madoff. The sad reality is that there are many, many psychopaths operating in corporate positions. From start to finish it was obvious that she was a paychopath....


and, I will tell you one more chilling thing. I watched her being interviewed by Charlie Rose before the you know hit the you know where, before both of them became infamous. I was listening to her and I said to myself, “What is that woman talking about?” You can go on youtube and find the interview. It was just stunning! I kept saying to myself, “Someone must give me the Cliff Notes because there are huge gaps here in my knowledge or....she is talking BS.” I was left stunned by the interview. I really thought I was missing something. It really bothered me for a while. So when the sh#tshow started leaking out in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, I read EVERYTHING. And I learned a great deal about how gullible and stupid and greedy some people were. And for a young man to come forward and figure everything out...jaw dropping...


then again, book lovers don’t have to waste their time reading hundreds of pages...all they have to do is read the short version of the story which has been told many times before....


the Emperor has no clothes.

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
Log in to post a reply

Nov 27, 2020 05:02AM badger wrote:

Minus, I agree with your niece: read The Silent Patient. A woman is in the psych ward after being convicted of murdering her husband. She hasn't spoken for years. A psychotherapist tries to find out what's behind her silence. I did NOT foresee the plot twists at the end.

I was very lazy yesterday. All I did was read, nap, and eat. Finished Countdown 1945. A very interesting book with short chapters and lots of pics.

Got so much sleep that I'm up before dawn. So I put on some coffee and started Tripwire, Reacher #3.

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

Page 259 of 259 (7,769 results)