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Old 01-22-2008, 08:37 PM
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I just finished a Jennifer Chiaverini book, The New Year's Quilt. I've read most of the Elm Creek Quilts series and have really enjoyed them.

Vivian,
I've read a lot of The Cat Who series and found them very amusing reading (quite light, as you say, but that's often the kind of fiction reading I enjoy).

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Who was it that was reading The Oak Leaves? I picked it up at the library, started it last night and read until I couldn't see the page anymore! It's so good!
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I think that may have been me. Is it by Maureen Lang?
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Liz--I read The New Years Quilt a few weeks ago. I was a little disappointed in this book as I thought there was so much back story about Sylvia--much of which we already knew. I was hoping for more interaction between Sylvia and her new daughter in law. I have enjoyed all of the Elm Creek books though.
Vivian--I have also read a couple of The Cat Who... books. I think they are fun to read. I am with you on the classic mysteries--I love them.
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jjoj, yes, the author is Maureen Lang.

I am almost done with this book and definitely would recommend it.

The Oak Leaves is two stories in one. A young couple finds an old family diary. While they deal with some health problems in their baby, they learn about 150-year-old family secrets that shed light on what they face today. This is a Christian book but it is not so overly sweet that I feel like I need an insulin shot when done reading I like that the characters' faith shines through in a real way.
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Barb, oh, yes, I really liked that book, too! I know what you mean. I don't care for anything too sweet...it makes it seem not true to life. I really don't like anything romancy, either. A little isn't bad as long as it's not the main story line.
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Picked up My Enemy's Cradle this afternoon at the library. Started reading it while waiting for Stacie when she was in post office etc I know for sure I will like it. It is by Sara Young and it is a new one recently out. Happy reading all
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Even though Santa brought the Golden Compass series at Christmastime, I hesitated to read it for all the criticism some groups gave it as anti-Christian, what was I thinking?!

God is stronger than any criticism aimed against him. And of course, now that I have started to read it, it is a very exciting and well written story and I can't wait to have more time to read it to the end.

My dd1 says the movie was nothing like the book.
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I am reading 90 minutes in Heaven & its great. I only read in the tub, ha ha so its taken me longer. Then I am reading Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore..kind of as a Bible study tool. I want to read Extraordinary Women by Julie Clinton. Anyoe read that?
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Neavon, I gave that book 90 Minutes in Heaven as a Christmas gift and the recipient said the same, very good, detailed account. I think it is great that you read in the bathtub, I used to to when I had a clawfoot in an apt. All my favorite things, warm water, soapy bubbles, peace and quiet, a story to take me away...

I am now onto the third book in the His Dark Materials series. I got on the author's website and skimmed through an interview he gave...the idea of the dust sounds no worse than merclidians (sp?) from Star Wars and we didn't have a strong objection to that!

The story continues to emphasize good and evil and compassion and staying true to one's goal. The girl Lyra is a savior figure (hero) who struggles with her mistakes that sometimes causes betrayal in her friends, so the main character does show a lot of growth and development. The vocabulary is fascinating. Many things like our own world here but with a twist and many new words. I don't find his writing offensive. It is definitely a fantasy story and well written too.
I find the mystery element of the story line also fascinating. Who is good, who is evil? I wonder if it will be as much of a surprise as the final book of Harry Potter and finding out whether Snape was good or evil.

I also like the idea of a tangible soul in the form of the daemons. That some worlds had ones inside and some outside. Of the development of consciousness as a result of these companions. I did not see them as the demons we think of in the New Testament but rather a physical form of one part of that which makes us very human. I wonder if the author chose the word he did just to 'mix it up' a little. You know, yank on some of our chains!
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