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    • The book I am currently reading is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.

      It is the story of an elderly woman descending into dementia that embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. It is also interlaced with memories of the disappearance of her sister shortly after WWII.

    • Your book sounds interesting. There was movie with similar themes a few years ago with Christopher Plummer.

      Would you mind if I suggested adding the topics book recommendations and reading? @Felicity used these topics last week and got some good discussions with them.

    • Thanks, added those topics.

      Elizabeth is Missing is an interesting book, it does give a bit of an insight into what it must be like to live the similar diseases

    • I’m reading Treasure Island aloud to the kids and we are all enjoying the pirates and high adventure. My six year old son gets a little nervous but he’s desperate to find out how it ends so he’s sticking it out. 😀

      I just finished A Wizard of Earthsea. I don’t consider myself a fantasy fan, but I really got immersed in the story after the pushing through the first chapter. Now I want to read the whole series!

      I also just finished The Yearling. I’m sucker for a good coming of age story and that one moved me to tears.

      (I’m reading through the Mensa list of great books for 7th & 8th grade.)

      Finally, I read A Place for Us, which came recommended by so many friends. It was beautiful and painful at times, but a really carthartic read that changed the way I want to parent my children. I talked my husband into reading it next! 😜

    • I've been sleeping rather badly lately, so I decided to take a break from my recent diet of disturbing political and economic non-fiction. Just started My Brilliant Friend, the first of Elena Ferrante's series of four Neapolitan Novels. So far, so good.

    • I just finished rereading Reamde by Neil Stephenson because I was redirected to it as I was reading Life After Googe by George Gilder, as a way of thinking about cryptocurrency again. I like Gilder's way with words, and both Gilder and I think Neal Stephenson is one of the best living authors of today.

      I just finished Cixin Liu's Ball Lightning which I found interesting but not compelling. I know many love whatever Liu writes, but I find them interesting but strangely not that engaging.

      I am almost finished with Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz about what Google searches are telling us about people. People don't always tell the public the truth - who would have guessed that!!

      I did a speed read of Mortal Engines but didn't really get into it as a great read, but it was clearly designed for a movie/video screen and I did like the move Mortal Engines a great deal.

      A book I have not heard mentioned that I found interesting was "The Great Halifax Explosion" by John U Bacon. Part one is titled "A Forgotten Story" - which most of us have never heard about, but on Thursday, December 6, 1917 the most destructive man made explosion until Hiroshima occurred - about 0.6 Kilotons of high explosives destined for the front in France in WWI, detonated in a marine freighter inside Halifax harbor. The explosion was so large that it was studied by Robert Oppenheimer to better understand large explosive devices, like atomic bombs.. The human story of this explosion in Halifax in the dead of arctic winter is quite compelling, and aid sent by Boston and other American cities contributed to the strong bonds between Canada and America that did not really exist in the 19th century. Canada was settled by lots of Torries who left the US after the American Revolution, including Halifax. Needless to say, feelings between the American Patriots, and British favoring Tories, were not warm for many years.

      I found the book very interesting and informative, even though it was not one I had initially thought might be that compelling. Well worth reading.