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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 3:26 PM


I am reading "Miss Marple Meets Murder" which is a collection of 4 stories.... the first of which is "the Mirror Crack'd" -- wonderful story - I highly recommend it. I understand that the book Twilight has been made into a movie -- has anyone read it or the series? I will read almost anything with the exception of Anne Rice -- love Steven King-- Tom Clancy etc but I have read all my books over and over and was looking for something new... tell me what you are reading.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 3:42 PM

Whoops, I guess I did wander off a bit there. I just was wondering what people are reading and what you would recommend to read....

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:02 PM

My favorite book of all time is Gone With the Wind, which I have read at least 5 times. A close second is Phantom by Susan Kay. It's a re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera. Out of print but can be found on Amazon.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:03 PM

I am now reading 'Remember Me' by Sophie Kinsella -

I recommend anything she writes if you like British humor and easy reading. You will find yourself laughing out loud.

I recommend 'A Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. Very good story and well written.

Happy reading all,


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:03 PM

Are you asking for a favorite book? How can one have just ONE fave?

Watership Down (if I have to just pick one, that's it)
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Godfather
Gone With the Wind
Harry Potter series
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

For less classic stuff, have you read Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones? Interesting read.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:03 PM

I read the entire Twilight series (at my daughter's insistence). She is 15 and the books are geared to that age demographic. Not to say I didn't enjoy them but, they were quite entertaining, but definitely not a taxing read.

The movie is coming out on Friday and we will be first in line.. she's salivating over the thing lol.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 5:21 PM

OH I loved reading the book Gone With the Wind, I thought it was so much better than the movie --- and I have a version of the book from 1936 and I found a clipping of the movie premier when it opened in Pittsburgh. I have read the Harry Potter books over and over too! My favorite book of all is The Stand by Stephen King. Speaking of british authors, I love Dick Francis, he writes mystery stories around horse racing.

Stellamirus  (Level: 192.7 - Posts: 56)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:12 PM

I'm reading "The Tenth Gift" by Jane Johnson. So far, so good.

Maddy1303  (Level: 10.3 - Posts: 36)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:21 PM

i just got done reading all 4 books in the twilight saga, they are all very well written and i have to admit that i am obsessed with them! i have re read them and am re reading them again they are great and i would highly recommend them if you like vampire books, and love stories. it's not entirely about the love story there is much more to them then that but the love story is very much the best part of the books.

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:28 PM

Agatha Christie's mysteries were my favorite places to escape when I needed to as a young mother. There is a new British mystery writer who is very good, Tana French. She wrote 'In The Woods' and 'The Likeness' which I'm reading right now.
David Sedaris is a great read, very funny. I agree with you about Anne Rice, she seems very self-centered. Have you read Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie. It's an historical novel about the last Tsar of Russia. It may sound like it would be kind of stuffy but it isn't, it's just wonderful. Happy reading! Franny

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:48 PM

Anything by Debbie Macomber is a great read...if you like romance and comedy (Her angel series) then her books are for you. Linda Lael Miller is also a great writer of romantic fiction with stories set in the old west....I also like Johanna Lindsey's historical romances especially the Mallory series. I've also enjoyed all the Harry Potter books. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene is great if you have a girl between 10-13. These are wonderful books...I guess my favorite is The Left Behind Series. I've read them all at least three times!

Oogie54  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 7:16 PM

Recently finished "The Time Traveler's Wife", good one, and am presently reading the other book my sweetie got me, "Creativity in Anthropology". Before that it was Crichton's book "Prey"and "Life at the Edge"-readings on scientific studies of the rise of life on the planet (99% of life this planet ever supported is now extinct)

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 7:18 PM


Marley & Me

The Hunt for Red October

Red Storm Rising


Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 7:51 PM

I loved the Harry Potter series, I've read them three times, enjoyed it thorougly each time.
Gone With the Wind was a favorite of mine when I was young. I read that twice too.
Mrs. Mike was a great book I read as a teen.
I read everything Taylor Caldwell wrote when I was a teen also. It really wasn't very light reading now that I look back on it.

I love Patricia Cornwall, John Sandford, Michael Crichton (sadly no longer with us), Jeffrey Deaver, Iris Johannsen, Tess Gerritson and tons more I can't remember right now.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 8:00 PM

Im reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Soup Society, which is an absolute delight. Just finished Duveen, a fascinating biography of the well-known ar dealer.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3847)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 8:02 PM

The Call of the Wild by Jack London and The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov are definitely in the top of my favorites pile.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 279)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 11:49 PM

Amazing, I'm reading the Miss Marple short stories. It was the only Miss Marples left that I hadn't read.

If it's still in print a book called "Thorpe" is a good read. It reminds me a bit of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Another oldie is Philip Wylie's "Triumph" and of course Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth".

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 11:57 PM

It would be hard to select my favorite from James Michener's incredible tomes. If I had to, I'd probably pick Tales of the South Pacific, or maybe Chesapeake, or...never mind, I can't do it. They're all great! Past faves include Hesse's Siddhartha (as a teenager, this had a profound impact) and Trixie Belden books (pre-teen) as well as the Bobbsey Twins series (childhood).


Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:02 AM

I don't even remember how, but I got hold of "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, and it really grabbed me. This was before it was slated to be a movie, which was a pale imitation (as is usual and inevitable). I went crazy for McEwan and ordered everything I could. Some of it is too sick for me but most of his writing is just amazing.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:16 AM

Also, "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb was fantastic.

Barb1111  (Level: 114.8 - Posts: 215)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:16 AM

There is no way I could list all of my favorite books but right now I am reading the latest J D Robb book, Salvation in Death. I recently read the Twilight series because of all the hype. I liked the first two but then the books seemed to get a bit silly for my tastes.

I also just picked up all of the Sookie Stackhouse books because I just love True Blood on HBO.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:52 AM

Wow! Some really great reads mentioned here. If you enjoy chatting about books, come on over to groups and join the Book of the Month Club.

All-time fave is To Kill a Mockingbird. Stephen King's newer ones are really good. Just finished his latest short story collection and I enjoyed all but one story. Dean Koontz's books are good, I especially like the Odd Thomas books. For murder/mystery, I recently discovered Tess Gerritson and she is great. Very tight, gripping stories. Oh, and I love Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories. He's a kick-@$$ ex-MP who serves up his own form of justice when needed. Very cool.

Some more recent faves: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Life of Pi, The Book Thief, The Secret Life of Bees, The Time Traveler's Wife, Eat Pray Love, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Water for Elephants, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

There's a website called Put in the name of a book you've liked recently and it will generate other books you may like as well. Also, (you may see the paper ones in your library) is a good source for new books.

Cujgie  (Level: 183.3 - Posts: 754)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:37 AM

Merle's Door - Ted Kerasote (who found an abandoned Lab mix while on a camping trip in S. Utah, brought him home to WY, and....well, read the book) I've read lots of dog books, but this is just about the all-time best!

The Last Time They Met - Anita Shreve (cleverly laid-out storyline)

Fortune's Rocks - Anita Shreve

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (The first true-life murder mystery--364.1523 at your local library--that created the genre. I read it every decade of my life and am fascinated every single time.)

Cleveland Amory's cat trilogy (about his real cat, Polar Bear)

Peter Gethers' books about his Scottish Fold cat, Norton

Any cat story.

When Elephants Weep - Jeffrey Masson (plus his other books on animals and their emotions)

I have worked in public libraries for nearly 30 years. Oh, how I wish I had time to read every book!

Aquamar  (Level: 187.1 - Posts: 926)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:53 AM

I really enjoyed reading "North and South" and "Thornbirds" and of course "Gone with the Wind". Jean Auel"s Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of Horses and Mammoth Hunters.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 6:45 AM

Martin Eden--Jack London
A Fine Balance--Rohinton Mistry
A Fan's Notes--Frederick Exley
Invisible Man--Ralph Ellison

I like really good, really depressing books apparently!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:35 PM

Thought about this a lot, and decided that I simply must include short story collections by these authors:

Flannery O'Connor
John Cheever
Guy de Maupassant
O. Henry
Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allan Poe
Eudora Welty
Edgar Lee Masters
Sherwood Anderson

Short stories may be my favorite form of literature. They can be savored in a single sitting, without necessitating obsessive all-night page turning.


Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:48 PM

I've read lots of great books lots of them have been mentioned here. And I tend to reread them over and over. But my all time favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 2:13 PM

I have a signed copy of TKAMB

By the way, here is a good bar bet -- author Harper Lee? Still alive,,,,was only 30 when she wrote it. She's 82. One hit wonder, never published another book.

Personally, my favorite authors are PJ O'Rourke, PJ Wodehouse, and Micheal Lewis.

Bokeelia  (Level: 197.4 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 2:26 PM

The Stand by S. King would have to be right up there. Very relieved to see no one suggested the Bible.

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 4:00 PM

Just one's a list of some of my favorite books/series
Iris Johansen- Eve Duncan Series
Dean Koontz- Anything he has written but I really love the Odd Thomas Series
John Saul-
Jeffery Deaver- I loves me some Lincoln Rhyme stories
Harry Potter- Except for book 7 because I hated favorite was book 5 for some reason.
The Lord of the Rings- Though I have only managed to read the series once I enjoyed them a great deal.
John Sandford- Prey Series and the Kidd Series
James Patterson- I like the first 3 Maximum ride books, don't know about the 4th one though, it seemed to stray too far from the original feeling of the books.

I could go on forever and ever but I will stop there instead of listing my top 50 la la......I spend too much time reading. I need to get my nose out of a book once and a while and get a la la la.......

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 5:11 PM

Everyone has their own favorite authors.
For me its Jane austen; it is hard to imagine that a writer of her period was able to put her finger so precisely on the foibles of human nature; don't be prejudiced against trying her because of her reputation. She's really very funny.

At the other end of the spectrum; for an engorssing read and agood puzzle I always enjoy Nero Wolfe. My favorite is The Silent Speaker.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 5:15 PM

Cool about Harper Lee, I looked her up in wikipedia... and got a kick out of this

While attending an August 20, 2007 ceremony inducting four members into the Alabama Academy of Honor, Lee responded to an invitation to address the audience with "Well, it's better to be silent than to be a fool."[13]

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 5:34 PM

Well, swiped from -

"Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

....of somewhat controversial lineage, but generally thought to be Twain.

Yonux  (Level: 189.9 - Posts: 37)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 12:47 AM

"To Kill A Mockingbird".
Recently, Joe Hill's "Heart Shaped Box" is quite good.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 1:20 AM

The Secrets of Harry Bright - Joseph Wambaugh

The Bible

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 9:30 AM

Lots of folks in my Southern home town believe that Truman Capote was the real author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Of course, his cousin lives there, and she hinted a lot at inside info about it, and Truman visited our area quite a bit as a child and young man.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 7:31 PM

You'd think Capote would have spoken up.

It is a fact, however, that Harper Lee worked with Capote on his early research for "In Cold Blood"

Maybe they traded.

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