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Old 03-13-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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OK so now the to be read list is growing out of control... I had heard of Maeve Binchey but never read any. Since you all are recommending her (and I hope I enjoy them too because when I love a book, it's usually the only or maybe maybe one of two the author has written)... will be checking those books out AFTER I finish THE GOOD SOLDIERS (about 60 pages left) and then PERSEPOLIS and then the 19th WIFE all in the house from the library waiting for my eyes to grace their pages.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I love this thread, it exposes me to so many titles I might have missed.

Re the Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, I prefered Glass Castle..but enjoyed Half Broke too.

I recently read Steven King's new collection of novellas..Full Dark, No Stars. Loved it, especially the last story....ooooooh, it was so full of malice! LOL

I am currently reading SK's Under the Dome, a massive book that is addictive. I am absolutely loving it.

Next on my list is another huge work, Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (of Pillars of the Earth fame, one of my favorite authors)

Happy reading!! Keep em coming!
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm reading 2 actually, 1 on my nook, & 1 is a actual book. I'm reading Heather Grahams "The Seance" & on my nook I'm reading "Switched" by Amanda Hocking.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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At present, Caroline Moorhead's "Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life."

I really admired Gellhorn, after reading her works: "View From the Ground" and "Travels with Myself and Another," which I still recommend, but reading Moorehead's account of the woman war correspondent's life and responses to it uncovers a complicated woman at one side fearless, and another neurotic and abrasive. I'm not finished with the book, yet, and I admire Moorehead's work, but her subject has lost some of my admiration of her.

I guess that's the danger of "getting to know" one's heros.

When I can stay awake long enough to read, my bedtime reading is Holmes Welch's "Taoism, The Parting of the Way." I've had the "The Illustrated Tao Te Ching" for more than a decade, but didn't fully appreciate it until I started reading Welch's account of the accepted author (Lao Tzu) and the history surrounding the book. BTW -- the Taoist's do not actually recognize the work as central to their beliefs.

As for my "favorites" there are just too many, depending on my category. I read for pleasure, I read to understand, and I read to learn. Mostly, I read about world religions and history to understand, mysteries to escape reality for awhile, and how-to books to learn.

As far as I can tell, the best thing you can do for the world is teach a child the love of reading, and guide them to read constructively.

Happy reading!



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Old 03-13-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Have you read all of her books? I was reading Whitethorn Woods when I got the call that Minding Frankie was in. It's so good, and I'm so glad you are reading it because I need to ask you something about an incident in it when you are through. You know how she brings up a lot of the same characters in different books? I would think that would be mind boggling, to keep them all straight. I know she has a system set up for that, but still, goodness, I wouldn't want to do it.
My favorite book of hers was Scarlet Feather. This other book I'm reading, Who Do You Think You Are, is one of the best memoirs I've read, and I've a lot of them.
Yes, Jess, I've read them all. I love how she keeps mentioning folks and establishments from prior books, like Quentin's and Scarlet's.

I still have quite a way to go in Minding Frankie. I'll let you know when I'm done. However, keep in mind that you remember things much better than I do....as we have seen in the past.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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I love this thread, it exposes me to so many titles I might have missed.

Re the Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, I prefered Glass Castle..but enjoyed Half Broke too.

I recently read Steven King's new collection of novellas..Full Dark, No Stars. Loved it, especially the last story....ooooooh, it was so full of malice! LOL

I am currently reading SK's Under the Dome, a massive book that is addictive. I am absolutely loving it.

Next on my list is another huge work, Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (of Pillars of the Earth fame, one of my favorite authors)

Happy reading!! Keep em coming!
I finally got around to finishing Full Dark, No Stars, but I liked Big Driver the best of the 4 stories
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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... and then the 19th WIFE.
I enjoyed that book, but was a bit sorry I watched the movie. I liked the way he ended the book, not a disappointment.
(As usual, too many things were diff. in the movie to keep me from enjoying it.)

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I'm reading 2 actually, 1 on my nook, & 1 is a actual book. I'm reading Heather Grahams "The Seance"...
I just picked up two of Grahams books. I've never read her before, but I liked the titles and I got them from the Library's used book store, so at $2 a book, it wasn't taking a big chance. The Presence and The Island.
I often read two books as well, but usually one is fiction,the other non-fic.

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As for my "favorites" there are just too many, depending on my category. I read for pleasure, I read to understand, and I read to learn. Mostly, I read about world religions and history to understand, mysteries to escape reality for awhile, and how-to books to learn.
I am the same; I love to read in many genres. I enjoy many self-help & how-to books, but I'll read just about any non-fiction.

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I am currently reading SK's Under the Dome, a massive book that is addictive.
I used to be a big SK fan, but stopped reading much of his work after Gerald's Game and the cell phone novel. He's been more disappointing lately,IMO. I do like the sound of Full Dark, No Stars, I'll have to give it a try.

I love his longest novels, e.g. The Stand--after reading it 5 times, I feel like I know those characters so well! So engaging. So if you tell me a bit about Under the Dome, perhaps I'll give it a try. It reminds me of Bradbury (or was it Asimov?)'s story about astronauts on Venus, back when they thought it rained there all the time.

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Next on my list is another huge work, Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (of Pillars of the Earth fame, one of my favorite authors)
I forgot to mention that I loved Pillars of the Earth. An excellent book, and I loved that it covered so many years. I tried to read its sequel, but didn't enjoy it as much as Pillars.

A book I highly recommend is Black Cross by Greg Iles. I don't normally like intrigue, but this book just captured me. I like it so much I've read it three times in 5 years, and cried at the end each time.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Flippin AR
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The Dexter series books, like Dearly Departed Dexter. And for fantasy buffs, Demon Lord, for free on the Barnes & Noble Nook (numerous series sequels for minimal cost).
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:12 AM
 
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Not a book, but I am notw re-reading The Pit and the Pendulum with my English class. They loved the Poe unit I did and so I add my Poe stories and poetry in to cover other objectives I wanted to hit. I love that they love it.
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