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23 November 2009


I told you you'd beat me ;) I'm a little more than halfway through, and I am very much loving it so far. Love, love loving it. It always takes me a little while to get through fiction, but it's so far making me very happy.

Glad to hear you loved it.

We may have to communicate outside of comments when you finish. I have some questions about the ending for you. I'm glad you're liking it so far.

sounds good to me. i'm hoping to finish it today or tomorrow. feel free to email me or to message me on fb :)

Since I rarely agree with Nancy Pearl, and since the laws of the universe prevent you and me from liking the same fiction, this will be a very useful book for me: If I am tempted to read a novel, but you two have endorsed it, I will know to stay away.

An outside observer might think that I am being mean-spirited and snarky. I'm not. Really I'm not. I just think it's funny how our fiction reading tastes are so different.

I've started a list of fiction writers and books we like in common. Here is my list:

1. The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald.

I would like to read this one, mostly because I love the cover. I am not that interested in the Time Traveler's wife, but I just love the spooky stories.

I LOVE the idea of a fiction list we can both stand. Talk about a list of "Sure Bets"! If they can make it past both of us there's got to be something universally pleasing about them.

Nancy and I have widely divergent tastes too, interestingly enough, so I hope we've covered a lot of angles in the new Now Read This III.

p.s. You never lose any points by being mean-spirited OR snarky here at CR. That's the sort of thing that makes me love you!

I would love to hear what you think of this one. I think guys might be able to read it--but maybe not. Either way I think you should give it a try. It's not really a typical ghost story, though; so I wonder if you'll find it spooky. And yes--the cover is one of its best features. And again, it makes sense from one particular story in the book. I love it when it appears cover designers have actually read the book.

My favorite example of a cover designer who might not have had read the book: Chris Crutcher's Whale Talk. The kid on the cover was white while the main character was African American. Sigh...

P.S. If I knew how emoticons worked, there would have been hearts after Crutcher's name. Talk about a YA writer who not only understands kids, but truly respects them.

Finished HFS last night and 100% loved it. It has literally haunted me since I put it down. I had to lie there and think about if for a good long while before I could get up and do anything else. It broke my heart to put it down.

Oooo...looks good. Sounds like a perfect holiday weekend read. One question, why does mention of a ghost make any book more appealing??

bookie, i was telling cr that We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson is very similar in tone to HFS but half the size. it doesn't involve a ghost, but it does involve two sisters, family secrets and a Victorian house, so i'd recommend that one very highly for holiday weekend reading as well (i read it over Halloween weekend this year). and yes, ghosts always make things more insteresting, don't they?

If you can't tell, Beth and I really enjoyed this one. Let us know through the comments here if you read it; we've been chatting over the ending on email because we don't want to give anything away, but we have questions!

And Beth, thanks for suggesting the Shirley Jackson. I'm not a real ghost story fancier, usually, so I'm glad someone else out there has further reading ideas!

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