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1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 5:51 PM

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

I finished Dan Brown's new book today...."The Lost Symbol". I found it to be very thought provoking. If you like mysteries, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly. I plan on beginning "An Echo In The Bone" by Diana Gabaldon tonight. (AND a huge thank you goes out to Smoke for getting me hooked on her books to begin with.) I have read all of the Outlander series and can't wait to get started on this one. Are there any books out there that you feel passionately about?

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 6:08 PM

I am reading Shilo by James Reasoner. It's my second book in the Civil War series and I intend to read them all. I read the Kent Family Chronicles and all of the Sackett novels by Louis L'amour so I might as well. I read now like I did years ago and I can thank Amazon and their Kindle II for that. Easy downloads at reduced prices and no piles of read books cluttering up the place. Well, at least not as many. My wife and I are both avid readers and some days the only sounds you hear around here are pages turning, except for Kindle of course.

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2461)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 8:31 PM

I just recently read A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. It is based on a true story of water pollution in Mass. in the 1980s. Highly recommend this one.

Jodi Picoult writes provocative books. I would recommend My Sister's Keeper.

Richard Paul Evans has a new one out called The Christmas List. He is one of my favorite authors.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 8:46 PM

I am reading an older book by (I think) a liberal pastor named Morton Kelsey called Christo-Psychology.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1582)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 11:21 PM

I'm currently reading several Jeffrey Deaver novels, with Lincoln Rhyme as the central character. I bought four of them and read three so far. I got hooked on Deaver with The Bone Collector which was later made into a movie. His books are great.

I read the Twilight series and enjoyed them alot. Stephanie Meyers followed them with a book called The Host. I loved it, futuristic, plausible and a good story also.

I read Dan Brown's latest and liked that as well. His attention to detail with an imaginative story line is what make his books so good.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 12:29 AM

I'm reading "Where Men Win Glory", Krakauers book about Pat Tillman. Love all his books, "Into the Wild", Into Thin Air", "Under the Banner of Heaven". All good.

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 3:27 AM

The State of Jones

A story of men in Mississippi that carried on a guerilla war against the Confederacy during the Civil War

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 3:32 AM

Though no longer a voracious reader, I continue to plod along through the fiction novels written by Debbie Maccomber. Of those I have read thus far, Thursdays at Eight, continues to be my favorite. Every Thursday at eight in the morning, four women who met in a journal writing class, meet for coffee at the Mocha Moments coffee shop to talk. Actually it rings of a group therapy session and the woman are as varied in age as are their stories.

All of the books are a quick, easy read... for when I am in the mood! Okay, so just color me - chick-lit!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 6:06 AM

Re-reading a magnificent Bounty Trilogy that I bought years back.
A combination of 3 books covering the Bounty Mutiny itself, the incredible escape journey of over 3,000 miles by Bligh and others in the Bounty's cutter, and the eventual life of the mutineers on Pitcairn.
Slightly dramatised, written in the eyes of narrators, but very true to fact.
A (very) long read!

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:00 AM

"The Book of Old Houses" by Sarah Graves, Maine home repair mysteries. But what I recommend by her is Dead Cat Bounce, which has to be one of the best titles, ever. No animal is hurt in it (:>>>

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:14 AM

Re-reading Twain's 'Huckleberry Finn'.
Tom Sawyer is an odious little speck of effluvium: wish Injun' Joe had got him in the first outing!

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:19 AM

I'm currently reading Firewall by Henning Mankell, a Swedish mystery writer. In Firewall, what first appears to be an accidental death and a murder are discovered to have some secret, sinister connection. Mankell's books center on a cop named Kurt Wallander and they are enjoyable. A couple were made into movies starring Kenneth Branagh, which I have on my Netflix queue.

Which reminds me of another Swedish mystery writer, Stieg Larsson. His book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was amazingly good. I haven't read the 2nd one yet. He died a while back, leaving 3 manuscripts that feature a writer and a computer hacker. The first was made into a movie, as well, but it's not available in the US yet.

I'm also reading the non-fiction Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I loved his book The Tipping Point and so far, this one is really fascinating, as well. It's about the process of unconscious thought, or what he calls "rapid cognition."

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:23 AM

We're currently receiving the whole Swedish series of Wallender films on UK TV (with English subtitles!).
They're great.

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:26 AM

Student papers.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.8 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:40 AM

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb I just finished reading one of his other books The Hour I First Believed he is a great author.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 3:58 PM

I am reading "Hello Darlin' " by Larry Hagman...It's a pretty good read....
Vickie

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 5:41 PM

Just finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife - very well written and I thought it was a good story so I would recommend this book. Don't know what to read next.....any suggestions?

Jo

tiggerdb
Tiggerdb  (Level: 82.2 - Posts: 37)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 5:49 PM

I just finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It was wonderful!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 6:30 PM

I was telling this customer of mine about a fantastic book I had read because she had a book with her, and said she liked to read. I explained very briefly the premise of the book and she said "Oh, I won't read that". Now, IMO, someone who likes to read will read just about anything. What about all you fine people who posted on this thead, is there a book you won't read? And I don't mean satanic books or the such, just books in general.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 7:32 PM

I read everything from biographies to horror to history, but I will not read Anne Rice --- I opened one of her books and found it so black, I refuse to read her. I know now, that I was in a deep depression, when I tried to read her book,...... never have I had such a reaction to a book, it made the blackness I was feeling so much deeper, with just a few words, I remember during that time, I thought the theme song to the show Angel, was the sadest music I had ever heard..... since things got better, the same sadness doesn't resonate with me, when I hear it, but I am not willing to even try reading Anne Rice again.

What I am reading --- a collection of Agatha Christie stories, they are just charming... and I just finished "the Streets of Loredo" by Larry Mcmurtry, the sequel to Lonesome Dove, and I just finished Odd Hours, by Dean Koontz.

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 8:05 PM

I'm reading The White Garden by Stephanie Barron, a mystery about Virginia Woolf, and Vita Sackville-West's white garden at Sissinghurst Castle. An interesting read on Woolf's suicide.
Just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I didn't realize the story of the building of a cathedral could be such a page-turner.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.8 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 8:22 PM

I was fascinated for a time about Virginia Woolfe, I read Mrs. Dalloway. I am also a big fan of Sylvia Plath, I also read the biographical novels of Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. I guess I am fascinated with morbid thinking and living life on the edge of death so to speak. I love any biography, so I really like non fiction as well as fiction. I also love true accounts of events such as Helter Skelter, and I read the horrible story of the Jim Jones in Guyana debacle. Which is probably why I don't trust evangelical people. Truth really is better than fiction sometimes for interesting reading.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 2:40 PM

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. I have yet to solve one of her mysteries but that just makes them even more fun. "Lonesome Dove" is one of my all time favorites. I still hate Blue Duck to this day. But then anyone who has a father named "Buffalo Hump" can't be real likable.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 11:13 AM

"Don't know what to read next.....any suggestions"? Jo and anyone else who may asking the same question . I belong to the website Goodread. Book reviews and recommendations from readers all over the world as well as groups to discuss books they have read. One can establish a "book shelf" to add the books you have read and/or those to be read. An excellent resource - goodreads.com



fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 12:43 PM

Another good resource is actually whatshouldireadnext.com! You type in the name of a book you really liked and it makes suggestions that are not exactly the same kind of story, but something similar enough you should like it. For example, when I put in The Time Traveler's Wife (which was a very good book) it made tons of suggestions such as:

EVA Moves the Furniture - Margot Livesey
Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett
Never Let Me Go - K. Ishiguru
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud - Ben Sherwood
Children of God - Mary Doria Russell
Brother of the More Famous Jack - Barbara Trapido

As to the question of whether there are things I won't read....There are lots of authors I've tried and didn't like and haven't ever gone back to, but in general, I don't like vampire stories. Pretty much anything else is fair game.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7573)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 1:17 PM

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