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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Susan

    I am a big reader too. I’m slogging through The Little Friend by Donna Tartt right now (The Secret History and The Goldfinch are her two other books, each written about a decade apart). The characterization is rich but I’m kind of losing interest in the story. You’ve intrigued me with all your recommendations. I think I might reach The Never List next!!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve never read Donna Tartt but a coworker recommended her books. I have them on hold at the library but it’s going to be a LONG wait.

  2. Emma

    I just finished Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman. She picks up the characters her father, Tony Hillerman, created. I was curious how she would do picking up the Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn torch, and it was pretty good. She’s a journalist, though, and the style felt a bit more like reporting than Tony’s excellent story-telling, but I’m interested to see if she continues and how her style might develop. Thanks for the new selections – some of them look really good!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Interesting! I loved the Hillerman series. Did he pass away? I haven’t read anything recently.

      1. Emma

        Yes, he passed away about 5 years ago. I read all of his books and just loved them. I also had an opportunity to hear him speak about 15 years ago and he was just as funny and charming as I had hoped he would be. It was kind of fun to read Chee and Leaphorn again after resigning myself to the fact that they were gone for good!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I think they made some made-for-tv movies based on the books. Or at least I feel like they did. I remember watching something with them!

          1. Emma

            They did, and I thought they were okay, but still preferred the mind pictures I created reading the books to what I saw on-screen ūüôā

          2. Lisa Eirene

            I remember liking who they cast for the characters.

  3. K @ Finding a Skinnier me

    I am a huge reader. I really like the look of Afterwards after I finish all my library books sitting on my bed side table (about 4 now with 3 more to pick up). I always have a TON of spare books on my Kindle as well. I am almost done with Someone by Alice McDermott. I just finished Anne Rice’s Pandora and Vittorio. I liked Pandora but not Vittorio as much.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I have not read any of Anne Rice’s newer books. I did love the vampire series though…

  4. Marc

    The P90X Extreme Training System manual. It is 98 pages thick and has lots of pictures. I think the font is 4 and that’s only because I don’t think there is a 2. I’m glad there are intellectuals like yourself that read. I’m glad there is Cinemark for the rest of us;)
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  5. Beth

    My two fave books that I read this year were Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Right now I am reading Orphan Train. My Goodreads goal was 25 books this year – and I am reading Book #25 now. A mere fraction of your 100! Unless I am traveling it generally takes me 2 or more weeks to get through a book because my only reading time is before bed. With no school and no work the next few days hoping to get in a little more reading time. Adding some of your books you mentioned to my Goodreads list!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think you told me about those before and I have them on hold at the library. There is a long wait for the first one!

  6. Biz

    I used to be such an avid reader as a child, and as an adult – I can’t remember the last time I took the time to read a book from cover to cover!

    Sending this link to my Mom for book suggestions, she loves her Kindle!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Lisa!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Awesome! Hope she enjoys the book suggestions.

  7. Carbzilla

    I think I told you that I really liked the Whisperer. Good plot development though not so great character development. I really really love the Preston & Childs books. I just got a new one on my Kindle today. Can’t wait!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      LOVE Preston & Childs. I will check out the Whisperer.

  8. Alleigh

    Lisa, I’m impressed that you not only blog, but also write Goodreads reviews. I love Goodreads, but I’ve given up on doing more than filling out how the stars rating and when I finished reading the book.

    I recently finished reading Nose: A Novel by James Conway. It was little wine-wonky, but the other ladies in my book club who enjoy wine, but aren’t nearly as obsessed with it as I am, were still able to get into the book. If you want a quick read and like a little bit of California wine country mystery, it’s worth checking out. Right now, I’m in the middle of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, which I’m absolutely loving. It’s been on my reading list for over a year, but I never got to it. I decided it was time to get reading, though, since I need to finish it before seeing the movie. After that, it’s onto my next book club book–The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Alleigh! Sometimes I half-ass my Goodreads reviews. They aren’t usually long and I don’t analyze every detail like a lot of reviewers do. Mostly I keep up with goodreads because I often forget what books I’ve already read and this helps. LOL

      I haven’t heard of Nose, but I will look for it. Also, I need to give the Book Thief another try. I couldn’t get into it but maybe I didn’t try hard enough.

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