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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!!

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Jan 24, 2021 08:21PM - edited Jan 24, 2021 08:43PM by MinusTwo

Ruth - thanks for reaching out. I'll give it some thought.

I have learned how to Zoom, however I'm don't know if I'd be interested on BCO. I usually check in at random or odd hours and don't want one more thing I'd have to schedule. I've met a number of members around the country and enjoyed delicious meals & conversation. And I'm looking forward to doing that again - maybe by the end of the year.

Edited to add I agree with what Claire said on the exercise thread. I may be a valuable addition to BCO. Just not for me.

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Jan 25, 2021 05:01AM badger wrote:

Ruth, I agree with Minus. Zoom may be great for BCO but it's not for me. I guard my image jealously and am one of those people who have a sticky note obscuring the camera on my PC.

Finished Old Bones by Preston & Child. Realized I'd already read it but kept going to see if I remembered the end correctly. I did, but had forgotten that Special Agent Pendergast makes a guest appearance.

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Jan 25, 2021 08:30AM L8Blmr wrote:

ruthbru,

Ditto to MinusTwo and badger's comments. Although, I think it could be beneficial for many, it's not for me. I gather so much information from BCO (badger & ruthbru, love your book suggestions), because of the luxury of doing it on my own time. But, I would hate to miss the information shared during a Zoom call, too. I like the idea that BCO is reaching out.....Zoom may make it easier for someone to get information and that's a BIG WIN. Good luck with the information gathering.

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Jan 26, 2021 07:08AM badger wrote:

Welcome L8Blmr! Fun screen name. :-)

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Jan 26, 2021 11:16AM SandiBeach57 wrote:

I just watched a movie on Amazon Prime that is based on a play, I believe, by the same name. I was hoping it was based on a book so I could read it.

"An Inspector Calls". My DH and I are still talking about this movie. Based on a suicide and investigator showing up to the home where she was employed.

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Jan 26, 2021 02:34PM JKL2017 wrote:

I just completed Team of Five by Kate Andersen Brower. It's a story of the “Presidents Club in the Age of Trump" and was a very interesting (and easy-to-read) book. It's uplifting to see the respect and affection these former Presidents and First Ladies have for one another. I don't remember whether it was recommended by someone on this thread but, if it was, thank you!

Badger, I love Preston and Child's Pendergast series! (He's such a dark and unusual character.) I don’t know whether I've read any of the authors' other books but I will definitely look for Old Bones. And SandiBeach, I am going to check out An Inspector Calls - I'm always looking for something good to watch while I walk on the treadmill.

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Jan 26, 2021 02:59PM badger wrote:

JKL, you may want to start with Thunderhead (goodreads calls it Nora Kelly #0 LOL).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/136636.Thunderhead

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Jan 27, 2021 01:12AM MinusTwo wrote:

Oh Badger you are so quick. It actually took me awhile to get L8Blmr and I probably wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't picked up on it.

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Jan 27, 2021 11:46AM carolehalston wrote:

I watched Agatha Christie's England last night, a PBS program we had recorded. I found it very interesting. She was amazingly prolific.

I "discovered" Martha Grimes this winter after bypassing her books many times as I downloaded ebooks to my Kindle. Now I am reading another of her books and it isn't as engaging at the beginning as the previous Richard Jury book. I hope it gets better.

When browsing the public library website for Kindle books in the mystery genre, I'm much influenced by the cover of a book. I am not interested in reading a book with a "silly" cover. It was Martha Grimes' covers that put me off but I've read so many books and exhausted the offerings of so many authors that I'm having to gamble on authors I have previously bypassed.

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Jan 27, 2021 12:02PM JKL2017 wrote:

Thanks for the suggestion, Badger. I’ve added it to my reserve requests at my local library. (I can’t possibly afford to buy all of the books I want to read; thank goodness for libraries!)

And welcome L8Blmr! Love your screen name. - I’m adding it to my list of favorites (along with MinusTwo’s!)

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Jan 28, 2021 12:39AM MinusTwo wrote:

Carole - I like Martha Grimes but agree - preferred the Jury books. I have a few on my shelves next to Deborah Crombie & Elizabeth George. Interesting to note that while I really like Brit mysteries, I haven't saved as many as American's Sharyn McCrumb, Margret Maron, Stephen White, and maybe my all time favorite, Carolyn Heilbrun. Of course I'm only looking at the bookshelves in the computer room so...

VR - you'll be glad to know I finally got around to ordering "Out of Sheer Rage". Coming along with "Silent Patient" that my niece in law said I MUST read "immediately".

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Jan 28, 2021 09:48AM ruthbru wrote:

I am reading Silent Patient right now. It is one of those books you stay up way too late reading because you can't put it down & you are annoyed when 'real life' interfers with your reading time.

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 10:26AM carolehalston wrote:

Minus, Elizabeth George is one of my favorite mystery authors but I have read all the titles available for Kindle at my library, which has expanded the number of ebooks one can borrow from 10 to 20. It's interesting that she is American and sets her stories in England with a Scotland Yard main character.

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Jan 28, 2021 09:12PM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 11:04PM MinusTwo wrote:

WONDERFUL Ruth. I'm going to copy and sent to all my nieces & nephews.

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Jan 30, 2021 06:07PM ruthbru wrote:

Here is another great meme!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 30, 2021 06:09PM ruthbru wrote:

The Silent Patient was wonderful, with a completely surprising ending. Two thumbs up from me!

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Jan 30, 2021 08:20PM MinusTwo wrote:

I received Silent Patient, but reading a fun old Lawrence Block book - The Burglar who Traded Ted Williams (1994). Bernie owns & works in a bookstore when he's not "burgling", and a friend of his is wondering if Sue Grafton is gay. And if not Sue, maybe Kinsey Millhone. He's trying to explain that Kinsey is a character in the books. I took this book to my 1st Covid vaccine and the waiting time just melted away.

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Jan 31, 2021 09:25AM JCSLibrarian wrote:

Finally got the Hiassen book, Squeeze Me. Very entertaining! The ties to the past administration were a large part of the humor. I am now reading The Deepest South of All about Natchez, Mississippi. I have read only the first few chapters, but the writing is good and lots of information.

My library has stopped applying overdue fines to any books. Items out for six weeks are seen as ‘lost’ and the replacement cost of the book is charged. This fee will disappear when the item is returned. This has worked out well for the customers. Our director is determined to remove barriers to library use. Not sure I could have survived this pandemic without the ebooks options

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Jan 31, 2021 03:46PM badger wrote:

Minus, I love Bernie Rhodenbarr, the gentleman thief of The Burglar Who ...series! Oldies but goodies.

DH read the Jack Reacher series along with me. We've both finished and are waiting on the newest one The Sentinel. He saw me reading Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and asked if it was a new Reacher. I said no, that's Lee Child, but their books are so good. Got him a few and he's digging in to Thunderhead and will read Old Bones after that. We're both waiting on the new Nora Kelly The Scorpion's Tail.

I also got him The Ice Limit (which I had read years ago but re-read to remember the ending) about a giant red meteorite with strange properties and the wealthy man who goes to the ends of the Earth to possess it, and Beyond the Ice Limit (which I had not read, but introduced me to Gideon Crew, who risks his life to save the world from the big red rock). I now have the other four Gideon Crew books on my library request list. :-)

He asked for Mount Dragon, Riptide, Relic, and Reliquary. The last two will introduce him to Special Agent Pendergast. I wonder how he'll like him.

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Feb 4, 2021 10:36AM badger wrote:

Finally got Deadly Cross, the new Alex Cross by James Patterson. It was good but not great. Better than the last few books in the series. Alex investigates a double homicide, a serial rapist / murderer, and a nut shooting rich people in the butt. Short chapters and familiarity with the characters allowed me to zip through it in about six hours.

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Feb 4, 2021 11:17PM MinusTwo wrote:

I read James Patterson for years, but when he stopped writing them ("written by"), I quit reading.

Stayed up all night a couple of days ago reading Silent Patient. I agree with everyone - a good read.

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Feb 5, 2021 03:22AM Joan272021 wrote:

Two of my favorite authors are Lee Smith and Silas House so I recommend anything by them.Goodreads is a great app for searching for, reading synopsis and reviews, and organizing books read or to read.

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Feb 5, 2021 04:04AM - edited Feb 5, 2021 12:10PM by magiclight

Joan27, thanks for recommendations. I've just placed a library hold on Silas House's Southernmost book. Having an interest in Berea College and Appalachia, it is great to learn that House is Ass't prof. of Appalachian studies at Berea College -- one of the many hats he wears. BTW, I bought a beautiful decorative broom from the Berea College gift shop... Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe - Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe (bcshoppe.com)

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Feb 5, 2021 10:51AM badger wrote:

Welcome, Joan, and thanks for the recommendations. I agree about goodreads.

Minus, the Alex Cross series may be the only one Patterson is still writing himself. I don't read much of his stuff anymore, either. He's pretty much phoning it it.

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Feb 8, 2021 09:09PM - edited Feb 8, 2021 09:10PM by voraciousreader

just enjoyed Manhattan's Hotel des Artistes: America's Paris on West 67 Street. New a bit about the building before reading the book. The descriptions of the building and its artist residents kept me googling for days. What a fascinating book filled with stories and so many beautiful pictures of its inhabitants. I highly recommend.


Also...In Pursuit of Fashion:The Sandy Schreier Collection. What a magnificent book! The Metropolitan Museum of Art is being gifted more than 150 clothes of Ms. Schreier's collection. She was collecting clothes for their beauty, way before museums were collecting fashionable clothes. Reading the book, I became aware of unknown fashion houses. The Met was thrilled to receive the gift because it is now filling in gaps of those lesser know EXTRAORDINARY designers along with popular named houses in the fashion industry. Again, I spent countless nights learning about designers who should be appreciated....


And...Dominic Bradbury's The Iconic American House Architectual Masterworks Since 1900....pretty self explanatory...

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Feb 10, 2021 08:19PM dreaming wrote:

I am an avid reader in several languages, lately I have been reading about the German occupation of France, and the Armenian genocide.

Love Connally, old books, all the Chinese themes like Taipan etc, Robert Elegant.

Good customer of Amazon and Abebooks.

I will look into some of the tittles I read here.

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Feb 10, 2021 09:09PM - edited Feb 10, 2021 09:10PM by voraciousreader

dreaming...welcome!

Speaking of the German occupation of France....earlier today, book lover Ruth and I attended a zoom. lecture on the women spys of WWII, specifically, the ones trained in England and sent to France. Ruth should be along shortly with a book recommendation of one of those truly heroic women!


Earlier this evening, I spent an hour researching the topic..

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Feb 10, 2021 09:16PM kathindc wrote:

I'm currently reading "A Woman of No Importance" by Sonia Purnell. It's about an American woman trained by the British to spy on Germany in occupied France. A very informative read and very different from all the other books I've read on WWII.

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Feb 10, 2021 09:18PM ruthbru wrote:

That is the exact book I was going to mention!

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

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