Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (11)


Quote of the day:
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. -William Lyon Phelps


During the past week I picked up John Grisham's  'Gray Mountain' book -if there's anything as a slow page turner then this book is it, and after reading six chapters it didn't grab me so I discontinued reading in favour of the next book in the Archer series. I may come back to it after finishing the series -the 3rd book in Jeffrey Archer's griping family saga, The Clifton Chronicles.


image: Waterstones

Best Kept Secret continues with the story of Harry Clifton (In case you missed it I talked about the first two volumes here and here ), and it provides answers to so many questions, but then again poses so many more. It involves betrayal, loyalty, dishonesty, international crime, and goes to show just how far people will go to take revenge on their enemies, over and over again.

Its a brilliant read, and builds on the suspense from the first two volumes.

So its your turn, what books are you reading?


Peace.Love.Light* 

Current Listen: Zedd Feat. Jon Bellion -Beautiful Now



85 comments:

  1. Great reading choice as I really enjoy Archer's writing and have all the books in the Clifton series

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  2. Recentky, I read a couple more of James Patterson's books, Private Down Under and Private India Burning. Both are fast reads as are most of his works, even if not especially memorable. The most recent book I read is 52 Loaves, which coincidentally I posted about today and would recommend.

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  3. Yes I agree those who love good music are the happiest of people even though 'good music' is relative. I remember passing a local pub some time ago and I saw some young men dancing - they didn't appear high and that didn't even matter but the fact that they could take a moment to dance and forget the world. What peace!

    Btw these books that you read, do you own a personal library where you archive them afterwards or you do a weekly book rental? (If that happens where you are)

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  4. I am glad you put aside your slower moving book for this book series you seem to be enjoying. This one sounds awesome. There are so many amazing books in this world, so I have learned to not waste my time on a book I am not loving (sometimes I will try it again at a later date if I am just finding it okay- to see if my mood is different). :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I love good music...that to me is sufficient. Lol

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  5. The Clifton Chronicles sounds intriguing. I can't stand slow reads - they have a tendency to put me off reading for a bit. :/

    xx

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  6. @Beatrice P. Boyd: That's wonderful, yes he is a great writer indeed. Great choice with the Patterson titles. Many thanks for visiting and sharing!

    @Honiilols: Happiness is everything really, well said. I own a small library and prefer to do rentals these days, as there's no space to store too many books. Thanks for stopping by!

    @DMS: Ys indeed, there are so many books to read that putting one aside for another means a lot. Its nice to have you here, thank you!

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  7. Hmmm. You read six chapters and it was still slow?

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  8. I'm reading the same book as yesterday, but I'm on page 61. Go me.

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  9. It sounds like your switch in reading material was a good choice. I'm reading "People, Parasites and Plowshares" by Dickson Despommier. Why, at Pat's, I'm known as "The Worm Queen." LOL

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  10. @cat eyes & skinny jeans: Yes slow reads will do that to you. Greetings!

    @EG CameraGirl: Yes it felt that way, story was becoming repetitive. How are you, thanks for visiting!

    @susie: Yay, good for you. Alll the best in the new eek.

    @Manzanita: Yes it certainly was a good switch. The worm queen...has a nice ring to it. Many thanks for visiting!

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  11. The second book sounds very good... I'm so disappointed to hear the John Grisham book is so boring... I usually enjoy his books... Have a great week :-)

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  12. Sometimes we have to switch it up when the book doesn't click.

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  13. I agree with William Lyon Phelps' quote about being the happiest people...Have a beautiful Monday!

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  14. Sounds like a great read. Every now and then I pick up a book that is far too pedestrian for me too. I just move on as you did.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  15. Wise, to not keep plowing through, a book that doesn't 'grab' you.

    Here, I am reading "The Elegance Of The Hedgehog" and "The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry"... Both quirky!!! ,-)

    Tessa

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  16. I'm rereading an oldie 'Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen. Its has such beautiful images of Kenya back in the 1920s. Sorry your other book didn't work out but at least you have moved onto better. I have put this series on my to be read list, so thanks for the suggestion.

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  17. A slow page turner? Nope. Never heard of that! But life is too short to read bad books. That's what I always say to myself. If a book isn't grabbing me, I move on to the next one.

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  18. @Launna: Yes it was disappointing, as he's one of my favourite authors. So kind of you to visit.

    @patt hatt: True that, many thanks and cheers!

    @Nancy Chan: Hello and thanks for visiting!

    @Sandee: Always nice to move on no doubt, its great of you to stop by!

    @Tessa~ Here there be musing: Yes very wise indeed. Nice, I know you enjoy quirky things so no surprises there Tessa. Thanks lovely and have a nice week!

    @My name is Erika.: Sounds like a fine read, and thanks for that -yes I moved on to something better, and you are welcome. Nice having you here!

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  19. I have had over one year to read a book... ;)

    Have a great start of the week :)
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  20. There's nothing worse than a slow book. I'm not reading anything right now.

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  21. I just finished The White Spider of Savignac. What a wonderful book. I swear the author's sense of place is as well written as anything on the best seller's list. I was inspired to write when I finished. Write well.

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  22. I just finished Natural Radience by Lama Surya Das and am now reading The Handmaid's Tail, by Margaret Atwood. Quite a contrast. :)

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  23. I'm like you, if a book doesn't hold my attention I read the ending and decide whether to continue. Almost put down Perfect by Rachel Joyce but after reading the end decide to plow on. Overall not as good as her first, the one about Harold Fry. Heard of it? Now reading one that I was on a waiting list forever. It's the annotated autobiography or Laura Engles Wilder. A picture into pioneer life in US in late 19th century. The book itself is not long but the introduction and all the explanatory footnotes make it a tome. Hope to finish it today.

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  24. Awesome reading inspo! Thanks for sharing!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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  25. The George Harrison bio, Behind the Locked Door. More of an influence in the band then I ever knew.

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  26. Nice choice! I wish you a great week.

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  27. I have never heard of this author but I love to read. And I too will promptly put a book down if my attention has not been captured by the first few pages.

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  28. I don't know this book. I've been reading 'The Thorn Birds' again.

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  29. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the quote at the beginning of your post! That is so very true! Thanks for so much inspiration on Monday! ♥ I'm actually just looking for a good book so this was more useful than you might think! Have a wonderful Monday my dear!

    ♥ HAPPY MONDAY! ♥

    THE KAWAII PLANET

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  30. I used to finish all the books despite the fact that I didn't enjoy some of them. I don't do that anymore because I think it's important to focus on what we really want and enjoy. I'll check out that one :)

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  31. Another really lovely quote - so positive! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  32. nothing right now.
    Just doing puzzles, just finished a 138 page book of puzzles and started another. I have to go to the library this week so all bets are off i probably return home with 8 to 10 and do a marathon read. Am going through withdrawals.

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  33. Hello, I love the quote today! And thanks for your book reviews. I hope you have a great day and week ahead!

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  34. I haven't read Archers book. I don't want to be the one to state which laws hes broken but hey why not put it into a book? So long as its a great read and sells.

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  35. Like you, a book has to grab me in the first few chapters,,I'm a James Patterson fan for that very reason..Thanks for visiting my blog..Have a wonderful week..

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  36. Love that beautiful quote, my friend, it truly is me :)

    After reading all three books in "The Dark Witch" trilogy by Nora Roberts in only a few days...I have decided to wait a few days before starting on another read :))

    Have a beautiful evening~

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  37. @Launna: Yes it was disappointing, as he's one of my favourite authors. So kind of you to visit.

    @patt hatt: True that, many thanks and cheers!

    @Nancy Chan: Hello and thanks for visiting!

    @Sandee: Always nice to move on no doubt, its great of you to stop by!

    @Tessa~ Here there be musing: Yes very wise indeed. Nice, I know you enjoy quirky things so no surprises there Tessa. Thanks lovely and have a nice week!

    @My name is Erika.: Sounds like a fine read, and thanks for that -yes I moved on to something better, and you are welcome. Nice having you here!

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  38. Sounds like an exciting trilogy. I'm reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and listening to Little, Big by John Crowley. They're both phenomenal if you're into fantasy, that is ;) Happy Monday!

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  39. I just finished reading 'Sins of The Father' in this series and decided to take a break and read something else for a few days, so I'm presently reading 'Death Cure' by James Dashner. It's also a continuation of a series. As soon as I'm done with it, I'll be starting 'Best Kept Secret' to continue the story of Harry Clifton. I'm one step behind you in this interesting, fast-paced series!

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  40. I'm surprised Grisham's book didn't grab you at the beginning. He's supposed to be a really good author. I guess even the good ones don't always produce hits.

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  41. I have just finished Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. Interesting!

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  42. I love the quote of the day!
    Have a nice week:)

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  43. Hi dear
    Good pics
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  44. Too bad about the Grisham one, I used to like his books, but have not read any in a long time

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  45. I have a hard time putting down a book once I've started it. I'm always so sure it'll "pick up" soon!

    The author you're reading now is one I'm not familiar with. I'm reading a Jan Karon book... and author I haven't "visited" in a long while. Just finished The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.

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  46. I'm in between books and need to pick my next one.

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  47. That's great you can move on from a book when you aren't feeling it! have a great week. :)

    I'm reading The Gratitude Diaries.

    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  48. I'm almost finished with The Language of Threads. Gail Tsukiyama never fails to impress me with her stories, and this one has been wonderful.

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  49. Surely this is a great book.
    Greetings.

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  50. I just Read your post about things you have learned about life. A very good post. Change is inevitable and should be treated as a positive and let go of the past, links with it.

    I read a lot but have never read a Jeffrey Archer.

    Greetings from Rachel

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  51. Hi Blogoratti! I'll have to check out the Jeffrey Archer series! I'm currently reading "The Orenda" by Joseph Boyden. He's a Canadian author, and he has written three very different books about Canada's native people. All excellent and unforgettable. Have a good one!

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  52. At least you had one ready to go. So many books... :)

    I'm currently reading the Conquering Dark.

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  53. This sounds like a good book , you know , my big brother has a mini book shelf dedicated to Jeffrey Archers books and i've never thought to borrow one to read ( i'm more of a Sydney Sheldon , Danielle Steel fan ) and i have read all Sydney's books, I think next time i visit him i'll borrow one. Great post and have a lovely week.


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  54. I love your choices of books, Mr. Sounds like a good read as always.
    Have a blessed week. :)

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. I wonder if I have any of Archer's ebooks. I'll have to check my Kindle.

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  56. I give a book maybe 5 chapters at the most, so you were pretty generous.

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  57. I am reading "Fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh currently.
    Archer is a great author. However, I am not sure I have read the one you are reading currently.
    Have a Happy Week!!
    Peace :)

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  58. I love the quote! I love good music and I am a terrible but happy dancer.

    Right now, I am reading school books trying to play catch-up after maternity.

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  59. Isabel Allende, City of the beasts, is the book I'm reading :)
    Love your quote of the day, I do agree with it!
    Have an amazing week ahead :)

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  60. I am coming realize that the more we appreciate such happiness that lies in simple, ordinary places--a morning sunset, gentle breeze, a babys laugh--the more light we will see in ourselves and others. Beautiful, touching quote. Thanks for sharing --xx

    www.apoemaday40days.blogspot.com

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  61. Lovely quote . Do agree with it
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  62. I've never read an Archer book. Perhaps I should! And yes, music and good literature and art make my soul very happy :)

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  63. I've never read an Archer book. Perhaps I should! And yes, music and good literature and art make my soul very happy :)

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  64. Interesting to hear your thoughts, I haven't read a book for awhile actually.

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  65. I am still on Jonathan Kellerman's 'Therapy'. It's good but it took a while to get used to his writing style. I find it difficult making the decision to stop reading a book halfway through but in some cases it has to be done.

    I like today's quote.

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  66. I really love Jeffrey Archer's books... His narration is so gripping... I have this book, but have never read this :(

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  67. Currently I'm reading Stars, a SF/fantasy anthology inspired by the songs of Janis Ian.

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  68. I have read enough books for now I am trying to not strain the last of my sight in my one good eye.

    BUT if you're looking for what i consider to be Grishams maybe 2nd best work pick up his Novelette "A Painted House" not a lawyer in sight.

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  69. it look great!
    have a nice day <3
    Isidora
    http://highheelpoodl.blogspot.com/

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  70. Nice post!

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  71. great reads. have to check some of them out...

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  72. I just won some books in a blog contest so I'm waiting for those to come. Happy Reading.

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  73. I'M reading an old book by Desi Arnaz. Talking about coming to the U.S., marrying Lucille Ball and enjoying great success with "I Love Lucy." The last thing their production company produced was Star Trek. All quite interesting.

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  74. i need to finish up my sydney sheldon.blog didnot allow me to read oooo

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  75. I need to learn to let go of books that are hard for me to read. I've been struggling to finish Richard Branson's "Losing my Virginity", and it's keeping me from moving on to another book. I'm just so determined to finish it, and I don't know why.

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  76. Jeffrey Archer is popular with many ...

    I do like the quote you've used.

    All the best Jan

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  77. Jeffrey Archer is popular with many ...

    I do like the quote you've used.

    All the best Jan

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  78. There are not any pins in your viewport.

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  79. Usually I don't read post on blogs, however I would like
    to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and
    do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me.
    Thanks, quite nice post.

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