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Old 01-09-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: New England
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The Stand (of course), and I second Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. Anything by Sarah Addison Allen, kind of chick-lit but good.

Dean Koontz's Phantoms has been a favorite for many years, but I'm pretty sure it's not for everyone.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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I know it's sounds silly, but I love reading the Harry Potter series. It would be great for slump-busting. They are easy reads, but page-turners. The story starts out slow, but picks up pretty quickly. I'd say the further along in the series you get, the less it seems like a children's story. And it sucks me in every single time I pick it up, which isn't all that often these days. I used to read them all each time a new book was published in the series, but since that hasn't happened for a few years I haven't done so. The last time I read them was to my own children three years ago, which was an excellent experience. My kids still talk about that. I feel like it's something they'll always remember fondly because we had so much fun.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:43 PM
 
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Wanted to update that I just started As the Crow Flies, and I was hooked from page 1. thank you. (now I really hope I can stick with it- it's a great read and a great story so if I don't finish it, it's me not the book).
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Viseu, Portugal 510 masl
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Any of Asimov's fiction or any of Emile Zola's novels if you're not into science fiction
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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well I guess it took me a month to read (with the majority of days no reading at all.) I finished it and really thought it was superb. The disadvantage to taking so long to finish it is that some details and storylines got a little hazy for me. I will look for more by Jeffrey Archer. This is when I realize why some authors are so popular. It was so well done. Just when I thought it was so predictable- it was totally not
As the Crow Flies.
. thanks for the suggestions

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Old 03-14-2015, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If "getting back to reading" im,plies someone who hasn't read anything in the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion in really good readable authors in recent years. There is a great deal more good literature now than there ever was before.

A good place to start looking is the recent titles on the Booker Prize list:

List of winners and shortlisted authors of the Booker Prize for Fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are a few books on that list that I read and thought were complete duds, but in general, if you read several titles of Booker nonimees, you will be rewarded. A word of warning, though. Literature in recent years has become highly politicized, and many books are lauded not because of their genuine literary merit, but because they stroke people's need to assert diversity. As in "We need to give more awards to [insert ethnicity] writers".
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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When I'm in a reading slump,I can never be sure what will bring me out of it,but I highly doubt......though I have never tried... a previously read book.

I rarely re-read books[the enthusiasm just is not there].

I seem to have the most luck with something humorous like How Not To Live Abroad by Shaun Briley or a good thriller such as Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
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Old 04-28-2018, 06:31 AM
 
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I'll bump this since Mayvenne posted the link in another thread


I usually burn out with reading a couple of times a year. That usually happens because of life getting too busy and/or I have read too many heavy books. At that point I need fluff. So I will usually pick up a romance(gasp) or a YA novel.
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Old 04-28-2018, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I fall back on Andrew Greeley's books featuring Blackie Ryan.


I also fall back on Faye Kellerman and her Decker/Lazarus series


I've read all of both series and I started over last week. I have lots of books to read that are new to me but I'm just not in the mood for them. I'm halfway through Comey's book, too. I had to give it a rest because I am totally burned out on politics these days.


I have Michener's "Texas" on the kindle but the book is over 1000 pages. I don't even want to begin it but I will one of these days.
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Old 04-28-2018, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I fall back on Andrew Greeley's books featuring Blackie Ryan.


I also fall back on Faye Kellerman and her Decker/Lazarus series


I've read all of both series and I started over last week. I have lots of books to read that are new to me but I'm just not in the mood for them. I'm halfway through Comey's book, too. I had to give it a rest because I am totally burned out on politics these days.


I have Michener's "Texas" on the kindle but the book is over 1000 pages. I don't even want to begin it but I will one of these days.


I have several Michener books, Iberia, Centennial, Poland....but like you I keep putting off starting them...so long...

Have read many F Kellerman books too, and her husband Jonathan Kellerman's crime books....when I need a break from serious tomes
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