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I enjoyed the first book he wrote very much and have read it more than once but couldn't get into the second one and my friend didn't like the third one so I am curious for your opinion when you finish it. emoticon emoticon

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I just started Dan Brown's new book, Inferno. His command (and twist) on history always keeps me reading.

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I started an online writing class so I will be doing less fiction reading for the next 6 weeks. Right now I am reading two Murder She Wrote books since I love cozy mysteries. emoticon

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READING The Spirit of Python by Jentezen. Franklin emoticon

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Just finished John Scalzi's "The Ghost Brigade". If you enjoy science fiction with a humorous bent you may like this. Started reading "The Hobbit" again. I tend to read Lord of the RIngs and The Hobbit every few years. With Peter Jackson's next movie on the horizon I thought it might be worth looking back at the roiginal.

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My library also only gives me 3 weeks and if no one else wants it, another week. I go through the same thing sometimes with all the holds coming in at the same time too. Those titles/authors sound like cozy mysteries. Are they? I love cozy mysteries, among other genres. emoticon

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2. Three Strikes and You're Dead (Murder, She Wrote #26) by Donald Bain (library book)
3. The Mezuzah In The Madonna's Foot: Oral Histories Exploring Five Hundred Years In The Paradoxical Relationship Of Spain And The Jews by Trudi Alexy (library book)

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I got four new books from the library today. Why is it that I am so far back in line for the holds, and then they all seem to arrive at once and have to go back in 3 weeks?

So, on the reading list: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich; The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker; The irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses

Where to begin? I still have an evenings reading of Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber.

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I finished "Farewell, Dorothy Parker" and it was very good. I wrote a review in Goodreads about it and here it is:

When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.

Gripped by paralyzing anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to pull strength from the hallowed dining room, where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs. But she gets more than she bargained for, and the feisty spirit re-materializes . . . hitching a ride onto Violet’s already troubled life.

An irreverent ghost with problems of her own—including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife—Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming mentor, tormentor, and, with any luck, friend. Wickedly funny and surprisingly poignant, Farewell, Dorothy Parker perfectly re-imagines one of America’s most iconic voices in a touching and unforgettable tale.

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.

From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist.

Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker". Nevertheless, her literary output and reputation for her sharp wit have endured.

I enjoyed the book very much. I liked that Violet's hero came back from the dead to encourage her! How many of us can say that about our earthly heroes?! LOL

I like the themes of reaching out, inside of oneself, for strength to rise to the scary challenges of life; the themes of loss and death and saying goodbye to loved ones; walking to the light after death; new friendships and how they can change lives forever; learning from those with whom one has difficulties by reaching out and not judging solely on appearances.

And, as those of you who read my reviews know, one thing I don't like is when authors have characters take the Lord's name in vain to show a their toughness or anger. Put a bunch of symbols, please, &%%#@A8^%**, and leave the rest to my imagination. I have a great imagination. :-D

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Hi Kimberly! Are those books you enjoy fantasy books? Just curious.

My attention is kind of low so I tend to read more than one book at the time. Right now I am reading:

1. The Golem and the Jinny by Helene Wecker
2. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
3. Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister

I am also a member of Goodreads where people who love to read share what they are reading. You may find it fun and it is free too. emoticon

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8/13/13 1:22 P

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Just finished Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I enjoyed imagining the scenes, and the works by Vermeer are amazing!

Now reading Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. So far it's keeping my interest, although I'm looking forward to moving on to Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior by Mindy Budgor.

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Hi Kimberly! I have read four of her books and have enjoyed them. In Goodreads.com, she has a page and if you sign up to have her as a favorite author, you get emails every time she writes a blog. The last of her books that I read was "Thursdays at Eight."

Hi Eleyne! I saw the money back in the 1980s and never felt I could enjoy the books since I loved the movie. Weird thought, I know. When I was younger, I read more fantasy books than I do now and my most favorite, ever, is the Lord of the Rings.

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I just finished Michael Ende's "The Neverending Story". The movie of the same name is based on the first portion of the book. I'm not sure i really enjoyed the book, but I will say that it is unique and imaginative.

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Finished the DS book, now on to another in one series by Debbie Macomber.

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Whoopee! Another new Danielle Steel book "The Sins of the Mother".





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Hi Eleyne!

The one historical novel I am reading now is called "Behold a pale horse" set in about AD 600. I am also reading Ada's Rules, The Hobbit (again for my Goodreads group), Junkyard dogs by Craig Johnson (love the series set in Wyoming), The Lifeboat and "How can I talk if my lips don't move?" whose author is autistic.

Happy reading!

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I finished "Millie's Fling" and it was every bit as fun as I expected. Since I read a lot in the very early hours of the day, I found myself having to choke back laughs so I didn't wake my hubby. emoticon

I also finished reading Ken Follett's "World Without End". Epic historical novels are my absolute favorite reads.

Currently, I'm reading "Agincourt" by Bernard Cornwell, another historical set in the 1400's England and France, and Ruth Scurr's "Fatal Purity", a biography.



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I've had a run of books that I couldn't finish ... or found very unremarkable. I used to read books cover to cover, even when I didn't find them compelling, but not any more.

Right now, I'm reading "Millie's Fling" by Jill Mansell and so far it's a fun and quirky read. I expect I'll finish this one. emoticon

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I want to read that book too, Knittenmom! And yes, I love to crochet, and I'm trying to teach myself to knit, but I'm not very good at it. I do better with just one needle! emoticon

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I am reading The Help andI have to keep starting over because of the Cognitive stuff!! I need to read more but I like to knit and crochet!!

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Reading "Porch Lights" by Dorothea Benton Frank. Next up is "In the Shadow of the Banyan" by Vaddey Ratner.. I enjoy books that take place in the South (having never been there), and other times and countries.

Oh yes, how could I forget mentioning the new G.A. McKevett book "Buried in Buttercream", the 17th book in the Savannah Reid mystery series.

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Hey! I am an avid reader too! I also read a large variety of stuff. Anything from young adults to the classics and everything in between! Of course that all depends on my eyes...had optic neuritis quite a few times and there is some residual damage. I'm sure some of you have had that issue too.

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Hi gang! I love to read and usually have several books or magazines going at once, reading the Paris Wife - Paula McClain right now... then onto some of his works - Moveable Feast / Hemingway. Reading is excercise for the brain!

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I'm reading "Savannah Breeze" by Mary Kay Andrews, and I will certainly be reading her other novels
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I love to read too. Never been in a book club. I should spend more time reading than playing games on FB. However, that is my excuse to exercise the brain cells.

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I would love to get a book club started and then we could talk about the books!!

Good luck!! Everyday is a new one!!


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Currently reading Ken Follett's The Fall of Giants. I have read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End also by Follett. Good writer.

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Hmmm... OMG!,, Stephen white... i was putting the books away ( i voulnteer there once a week) I couldn' nt rembermber that fella's name. emoticon emoticon
Chelseanne what is the first title to start on stephen white and next one if you can remenber??;0)
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Just finished reading A Stolen Life. The first half was very disturbing, but interesting. Second half, boring. JMHO.

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I'm still on a Susan Wiggs read-a-thon. I'm on number three of the Chicago Fire (I think that's what it's called) trilogy. When finished with that, I will be reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Hopefully the new Danielle Steel book will arrive at the library for me as well. Then Jaycee Dugard's book, then more Susan Wiggs... emoticon

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emoticon Hi Eleyne, I have not read all that many by Follett but I did read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. If you like reading historical books, if you have not already read anything by Edward Rutherfurd, try some of his books. You may want your ereader for them though as they are VERY heavy. His first book Sarum is almost 900 pages long and that is in hard cover. I also like reading Kathy Reichs - the Bones lady - and Patricia Cornwell. There are just so many books and not enough hours in the day!!

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Hi, FunkyG1 emoticon

I've read several of Follett's books over the years, but I have yet to read this latest one. I even had the pleasure of 'meeting' him and having him autograph one of his books.

I too have eclectic tastes in reading, although my favorite genre is historical fiction, such as Fall of Giants. emoticon And since historical fiction books are usually 'heavy', I'm thrilled that so many of them are available in ereader format now. Makes for a more relaxing read.



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emoticon Hi all, I am new to the book club but I love to read. I have very eclectic taste in books and have read everything from SciFi/Fantasy to true crime. Currently I am reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. Has anyone else read his books?

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I am currently reading Climbing Higher by Montel Williams. I love it. I have gotten a couple more of his books from the library.
I have also read Below the Surface by Karen Harper that was really good too.

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Have a wonderful trip Carolyn! What a fun trip. Can't wait to hear all about it when you return!! Bon Voyage!!
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Nycki: When I was first diagnosed I was not sleeping well at all due to the stress of my diagnosis. I read more than I have ever read in my life - every time I would wake up I would grab my book and lose myself in my book. It was my great escape!! Reading is good!!!
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Hi Beth - I've been under the weather - my fault. However I'm away next Saturday for a month with my Dad, so I'll definately be out of commission then. Taking a 2 week trans-atlantic cruise stopping in Azores, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, France and UK then spending 2 weeks in UK visiting family and friends. I've never been off this tiny rock for longer than 2 weeks, so I'm excited and hesitant at the same time. Will be reading plenty I'm sure.
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i appreciate the suggestions. i am reading a book every 4-6 days depending on how long they are and at that rate i am going to run out of my favorite authors. plus i want a variety. LOL

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Carolyna: How are you? I haven't seen you around for a while...or maybe I've been AWOL too?

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Try James Patterson - he's are really good - except the Maximillian ones.
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Diane Chamberlain is a lot like Jodi Piccoult. Also like Jennifer Weiner and Janet Evanovich. :)

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beth - she has become my favorite lately. i have this one that I am reading from the library. i also have the pact, and nineteen minutes. my mom has picture perfect. i haven't read this much in years. emoticon

love to read now.

if anyone has any other authors they like please let me know. i do not like the sexy romance novels. i do like karen harper who is a mystery romance writer and i like her. i like mystery, true crime and drama.

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Nycki: You are reading one of my favorite authors - Jodi Piccoult! LOVE HER!! I think I've read everything she's ever written. :)

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I have been reading up a storm. I finished a child called it and the lost child both by david pelzer.

i also finished "keeping faith" by jodi picoult.

i am now reading "handle with care" by jodi picoult

i joined the local library because i am reading a lot but dont have the money to keep buying books.

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Just finished 3 books by Steven White and really enjoyed them - thanks Chelsea!
Velvet48 - thanks for the link and will see what books of those I can get my mits on!!
I see James Patterson has another one out - Tick Tock. I enjoy his, but geez, he certainly rolls them out eh?
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Nycki: I saw David Pelzer interviewed on Oprah. It is a very heartbreaking story!

I am reading another Diana Galbadon book from the Outlander series. They are longer than long, but so good they hold my interest the whole time! I love them! Still go back and forth with her books, Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, and Diane Chamberlain.

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I just finished a book called "Below the Surface" by Karen Harper. If anyone likes mysteries it was agreat book. At first I was going to give up on it because it seemed slow moving then all of a sudden it got interesting and I couldn't put it down. I hope to read more by her. I hope they are as good.

Next book I am reading is "A Child Called It" by David Pelzer. I think I started it before and never got a chance to finish but we'll see.

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The latest in "The Lakeshore Chronicles" by Susan Wiggs just came out. It's called "Marrying Daisy Bellamy". emoticon

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I see how to do it now ;-) This is the link about the book Sarah's Key. emoticon

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How do you hyperlink a url on here??

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I love to read, MY MS has got so bad the past year that all I can do is sit. So I read a lot. I am always looking for New Authors and books.
MY recommendation for one of the best books I read this year is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. If you like books based on true historical facts made into fiction. About the roundup of Jews in July 194? in Paris during World War 2. Written through the eyes of a little girl who went through it and then 65 years later a journalist who does a story on the event and finds there is a connection to her family.
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I just finished reading those books recently, also. They're worth rereading, in my opinion. I'd borrowed them, and then bought my own copies.

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I thought I'd share a trilogy I read recently and my whole family has or is now reading. These are technically children's books (probably early teens)..but wow wow wow wow wow.. they are fabulous.

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Well written (first book is a teeny tiny bit slow)... great concept, and leaves the reader with something to think about (humanity and it's deteriorating). I've had some nice conversations with the kids and hub about them.


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Oh how I read!! Love it. Love James Patterson and Sandra Brown especially, but am really looking forward to start reading the books written by Stephen White - thanks for the link Chelsea!!
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HERESHEIS: My friend got a Nook Color for Christmas and loves it. She says one can read magazines and get email too on it. I love to read in bed and I thought holding a Nook would be easier than a book. I love real books too, though, and some are better as a book, I believe, than a Nook or Kindle. For example, art books, how-to books, science books. AND I am like you - I read more than one book at once. I love to read! It keeps my mind sharp which is important with MS.

Eleyne: It sounds like you also read non-fiction. I love non-fiction and my genres/subject matter changes depending on what I am doing in my life. I found this website where, if you get approved (wasn't hard), they send you free books to read. They ask you write about them on your blog and a commercial website such as Amazon. I am reading The Jesus Inquest as a non-fiction. Very interesting.

I just finished Private Practices by Stephen White and it was great! I am reading Kill me by Stephen White; Tandem; The Jesus Inquest; and 3 art books: one to learn to watercolor; one to learn about oil pastels and one to learn ink-pencil techniques. I used to do art, for me, a few years ago, and have missed it. Nearby there is a brand new community center and they have a lot of art classes. I am saving my money to go!

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Slow and 'painful' days do produce more reading, for me, anyway. emoticon

I finished "The Hunger Games", as well as its sequels, "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay". All winners, in my books.

"Castles in the Air" was charming, if a bit predictable. It was originally written as a serialized collection of short stories, which explained its lack of an over-all plot.

I'm still reading "A Clash of Kings". I'm also reading "The Writer's Journey" (an examination of STORY) by Christofer Vogler, and "The Way To the Lantern" by E. A. Lindop.



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I love this idea! I'm reading between 3-5 books a week. I LOVE my Kindle as we live remotely and it allows me to order books but I'm still a sucker for the library and real books too. I started with loving Austen and I read everything from Evanovich (she makes me laugh) to more serious authors. =0)

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Hi Nycki! Hi everyone!

My reading has been slow during the holidays but I am starting again. I went online trying to find places where I could get free books sent to me if I blogged about what I read and found two. The books are okay but it is slow going.They are:

1. The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster (non-fiction)(free)
2. Tandem by Tracey Bateman (fiction)(free)
3. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (fiction)(for book club where I live)
4. Private Practices by Stephen White (fiction) I've read it before but I'm starting his series again.

That's it! Happy reading!

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I just finsished reading the Patrick Swayze book. It was really good. Slow moving in spots but overall I really enjoyed it.
I tend to like this type of book. I also like true crime.

Istarted "A" is for alibi the other night. So far so good. But we'll see if it picks up enough to get my attention. emoticon

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I've never read anything by Dan Brown, yet. My poor TBR pile grows faster than I read. emoticon

My daughter suggested "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and I'm calling it a winner. And a relatively quick read, for those of us with 'limited' concentration powers. emoticon

I'm also reading "A Clash of Kings" by George R.R. Martin. This is the second book in his Fire and Ice Series. Fantasy without the wizards and fairies. One of the premium cable stations is going to be showing "A Game of Thrones" (the first book) later this spring, and I am SO up for that.

I'm ALSO reading Orszy's (of Scarlet Pimpernel fame) "Castles in the Air". Nothing highbrow about this book. it's humorous, in a gentle manner. All of the laughs are at the expense of the Main character. If you can wrap your mind around the somewhat archaic language, it's a fun read. (Check out Google books, if interested.)

I didn't get the books I wanted for Christmas, but I got a gift card to my fave used book store, so I'll be checking in THERE soon. emoticon

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Finished Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol while in Chicago for Christmas. LOVED IT!!! Very thought provoking and I love Dan Brown's style of writing and how descriptive he is - felt like I was in D.C. Need to get Digital Fortress next. Thanks for getting me back into Dan Brown girls!!

Just started a quicky by Anita Shreve, Resistance. I'll report back if anyone is interested. I, for one, am a huge Anita Shreve fan! emoticon

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Hi Eleyne! I am going to check them out at the library. I love to read about WW II but most of the time I read about the Holocaust. I like to read survivor stories and how people made it through horrible situations. I don't read them often since it is a hard subject. Your book sounds really fun and interesting, a light twist to a heavy war. I like to read historical novels too especially in the Victorian area.

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I'm currently reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I love the writing style and voice. It's very British, but homey and down-to-earth.

The book is written as a series of letters between an author, her friends, editor, and the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was established on the Channel Island of Guernsey during the WWII German occupation of the island. It's a fun, witty read that also has a lot of interesting snippets about life in England and occupied territories during the Second World War. It's a very different world than what we Americans know.

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Hi Kim! Hi fellow readers! emoticon I've missed the last few days but I'm back. Kim, I read my first Debbie Macomber book last Christmas and loved it. I'm reading her book entitled "Summer at Bloom Street" and I'm enjoying it. I'm also reading 2 eBooks from my library entitled "The profiler" by Pat Brown (non-fiction) and "61 hours" by Lee Child (great suspense fiction).

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I finally got the book Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi from the library and started on it today. I also got three more of Susan Wiggs books, a Debbie Macomber book that's one in a series of angel/Christmas stories, and one about a former food critic and her undercover adventures. I'm set for awhile!

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Hi! I went online to look up the books you are reading and they sound very good. I will check them out at my local library.
Right now my reading is slow and I am trying to be less on the computer.
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Lately I have been reading The Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs. They are good reads, a bit of sex, but not too detailed, and a swear word or two per book, but easily looked over. It is a series of 7 books so far, but any one of them can be read by itself, you don't have to go in order (although I have a "thing" about reading books in order).

I recently finished reading The Help, finally. The first time I got it from the library was too soon after a relapse, and my brain just couldn't take the "Southern black" way of talking, and I didn't get through the first chapter. This time I read it in 2 days, I just couldn't put it down. It will be interesting to see the movie when it comes out.



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I am trying to balance the time I spend in front of the computer vs. reading books. It is SO easy to loose track and just keep on going online. I need to take the bus today to my class (last day) and I will read in the bus. It takes an hour there and an hour back. I will share in a blog what the class was about and why I took it.

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I just finished Jennifer Weiner's Certain Girls this morning. She's a great light read. I loved this story!! The characters stay with you.

Before that, I'd finished off another one of my Diana Galbaldon books from the Outlander series. They are very long, but oh so good. I needed a quick read or 2 before I jump into the next one.

I didn't read Digital Fortress. For some reason, I lost interest in Dan Brown's style for a bit there. But the current one you are reading sounds fun! I'm putting it on my list!

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Did you read Digital Fortress too Beth? Decent not as good as Angels and Demons etc.. This though is entirely unrelated.. political and involves Nasa.. so far.. oh gosh.. I'm on the edge of my seat!!

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I loved Angels & Demons and the other one...DaVinci Code! Very good! I will have to check that one out, Hazel!

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Yes Chelsea I am reading Dan Brown's Deception Point.. it's fabulous! Was just going to update you all on it.. if you are Dan Brown fans.. oh my.. you won't be disappointed.

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Thanks, Eleyne, for letting me know. I will check them out.

Reading the last few posts of what people enjoy reading, I checked out the following:

1. One for the money by Janet Evanovich. I had another SP friend suggest her too so I'm starting with book one.
2. Deception point by Dan Brown. I think Nancie (HAZELDREAMS) is reading it now. I've read other of his books and they are great.

I went to the library to check them out. I also got:
1. The forensic psychology of criminal minds by Katherine Ramsland.
2. Certifiably insane by Arthur W. Bahr (fiction)
3. Denial by Keith Ablow (fiction)
4. More show me how by Derek Fagerstrom, Lauren Smith and the Show Me Team (non-fiction)
5. The last lie by Stephen White. (My signed copy) emoticon

While training to be a Guardian ad litem for 5 1/2 weeks, I read nothing but stuff for the class so I'm happy I'm reading for fun again.

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Susanne Alleyn writes mysteries set in late 18th c France, and she really knows her time and setting. Her hero is Aristide Ravel. He's a rather down-and-out police informant turned 'detective'.

I'll check out these books. I know I can get them for my eReader, so I can read anytime, even in the middle of the night. LOL!

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I found his books by mistake and they are wonderful psychological thrillers.

What kind of books does your friend, the author, write? And YES, I think it would be great to have a whole collection of books by the same author signed! emoticon

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OK, Chelseaane, which of Stephen White's book SHOULD I read first, so I know which one to get first?

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I'll look for these books. They sound interesting.

I have several signed books. Some of them were signed when I got them at the second-hand store, but I've stood in line for some signatures, also. A friend of mine if releasing a new book next week, and I'm going to see if she'll sign my copy of that, plus the other unsigned ones. I think it would be cool to have an entire signed collection. emoticon

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Hi everyone! I have missed these conversations.

I think I mentioned this before but one of my most favorite authors is Stephen (not Steven) White. In real life, he is a psychologist with MS. In his books, the main male character is a psychologist who is married to a lady lawyer with MS. I love the books and it is better to read them in order too. PLUS, I found out he was signing books in Boulder, CO, at a particular bookstore and I emailed them to see if he could sign a book there and then mail to me and they did! This is my first signed up ever! Now the bookstore emails me when other authors have signed books there.

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Try to read the Anita Shreve in order. Many times the time period changes, but the location stays the same. Very fun, I think!

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Chelseanne, I enjoy Anita Shreve's novels. Easy reads, no violence, not too graphic. Always an interesting, surprising story twist.

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Nancie, CHarlaine Harris writes the novels that the cable TV show True Blood is based on. Her first is Dead Until Dark. I haven't read it yet, although it's sitting on my shelf, glaring at me. LOL.

I have way too many books to read, and it seems like READING is an invitation to SLEEP sometimes.

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Oh Eleyne I loved loved loved all the Anne of Green Gables books.. I so want to go to Prince Edward Island some day.. sighs.. Gorgeous!!

I've seen that Charlaine Harris author.. might give her a go if I can pick her up cheaply.. I find that there are so many of a certain style of book out there right now and only a few of the authors are good at them. At the moment I just picked up a new Dan Brown book. Two chapters in and I'm sucked in good! Now that's a mark of a good book to me!! I think it's called Deception Point.

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I need to see if I have read any books from the authors you mentioned (Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, and Diane Chamberlain). Maybe I have and don't remember! emoticon

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11/7/10 6:00 P

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Janet Evonovich books are very popular on the Paperback Swap site. I got all the ones I didn't have or couldn't wait for through them, then posted them myself, and got rid of them right away, too!

Other favorite fluff authors of mine are: Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, and Diane Chamberlain.

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Good afternoon, everyone!

When talking about "fluff" books, when I want easy, enjoyable reading, I love to read the "Murder she wrote" series. AND I love the show too. Some day I hope to own all the DVDs to the show.

And Nancie, Janet Evanovich is a very popular author in my local library. Her books are never on the shelves long enough. If people want to read them, they have to order them and when they come in, they are called to come and pick them up.

Eleyne, I used to work in the library and I know books are misfiled. But, since I used to work there, I feel kind of embarrased. What if I really lost it? The book they say I lost is one that I wouldn't mind owning so after I clean my apartment, who knows? I may find it and then it will be mine! emoticon

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11/7/10 11:09 A

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Nancie,

Were you perhaps thinking of Laurell K. Hamilton and her character, Anita Blake? I've never READ any of her books, but several of my friends like them. And while they're NOT romances. have you checked out any of Charlaine Harris' vampire books?

My 'fluff' reads are usually old favorites, something I've read before and enjoyed. If I wasn't in the middle of a couple of other 'reads', I think I would reread the Anne of Green Gables books. They're fun, and they don't tax my brain. emoticon

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11/7/10 10:59 A

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Chelseaanne,

I KNOW libraries mis-file books. I find them all the time when I go in, and I've filed more than a few myself, both as a worker and a patron. emoticon

I would certainly ask them to RE-search for the book before paying for that book. Perhaps, if you have the time and/or feel it's worth it, you could search the shelves too. (On the other hand, I just found a book I SWORE I had returned ... probably a decade ago. Sheesh.)

Take a bit of time and read a book for fun. An old favorite, perhaps.



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11/7/10 7:44 A

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I like a lot of different types of books. I used to only read sci/fi and fantasy as a kid to young adult.. early 20's.. in my 30's I started branching out to other things. I still mostly read fiction, but occassionally read biographies, and non fiction. I have a few "political" books to read right now but I'm stuck in needing a fluffy book. I read romances when I really want easy non challenging reading.. but I like the style that is more comediac in nature Janet Evanovich, or more like the vampire romance novels (Sherrilyn Kennyon?).. There is another one I like better than her but can't remember her name. I love the Kitchen Witch books.. Annette Blair I think.. and really need to find one of her newer books so I can just kick back and chill for a bit..

Books are my mental calgon!

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New book purchased.. Hope it's a good one. Dan Browns Deception Point.

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Beth, I would like some information on that. I do have some books maybe I could trade. I used, in the past, another website where I could also trade books and try to get other books I wanted, including out-of-print books. I stopped using them because the post office is not in a convenient place here where I live and it was too hard. I may use them again. I will compare them with your website and see which one meets my needs best. Here is the link to the one I have used before: bookmooch.com/ (Book mooch)

I haven't read a lot lately stressed out AND I owe the library money too including a book they say I didn't return and want to pay for. Ugh!

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11/4/10 11:20 A

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I belong to Paperbackswap.com. It's a great way to trade your books (hardbound or paperback). If any of you want to join, I can give you the information. I've gotten rid of a lot of books that way, and gotten some I really wanted!

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11/4/10 10:39 A

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What sort of books do you like to read, Nancie?

Our public library has a rack of paperback books, where, for a donation, one can take a book. I usually give them a handful of change, try out any new/interesting books, and then return them to the rack when I've finished them. They're not the latest best seller, but for a buck, I can 'taste' a new author/genre, and not feel 'taken'.

I usually give any books I don't want to the library. They either shelve 'em or sell 'em.

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11/4/10 6:30 A

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Oh gosh on book of the month club.. I don't know if I could let anyone else pick out a book for me.. yikes. I have been branching out in what I read via the 2nd hand stores, so that I don't get that cruddy feeling that I wasted $7 if I didn't like it.

I really need to make a trip soon.. I'm about done with this book I've got right now and literally there is nothing else in the house I am interested in reading (some of hub's Clive Cussler books..but I can't bring myself to do it..lol)

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11/3/10 11:27 A

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I usually buy from the half-price stores also. This book was most likely one that 'appeared' in my mailbox because I forgot to return the selection card when I was a member of a bookclub, several years ago. I doubt I would have CHOSEN it in the first place.

It will not take up any more of my time or space, though. I have a box for the likes of it, out in the garage. It will make a one-way trip to either the library or the second-hand store ... within a week or so.

Now, on to the NEXT book on my list. emoticon

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11/3/10 10:23 A

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Yes it definitely does.. the way I make it easier on myself is to buy second hand books from Savers.. I feel a lot less guilty if a book turns out to be a nothing read and I've only spent a $1 on it. lol

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11/3/10 9:55 A

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Well, I've decided ONE of my 'reads' is NOT worth the time spent. I hate that. The book has sat on my shelf for a few years, I spent good money on it, and it is just not worth either the time or the money.

What a waste of a perfectly good tree.

Does this happen to any of you very often?

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Almost done with the Shack by WM. Paul Young. Defintely recommend it. It's been a challenging read as there is no ability to skim through this one.. Deep book, but very worth the time.

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For your first question, I haven't read "The help" but when I worked at the library, that book was very, very popular.

And as far as the Rocky Mountain MS Center, why couldn't the nurse who waited 5 days to return my goal to tell me that there were 2 other doctors? Oh well...

I am glad to hear from you. I was wondering if you were okay especially after the Halloween weekend.

I hope you have a great day today! emoticon

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Chelsea: I think I forgot to comment on your post on the Rocky Mtn MS Center. There is a doctor there, Dr. Bowling, who only takes cash. The other doctors are through the University/Anschutz, and I don't know the full relationship between the 2 offices, but somehow they merged. Dr. Bowling has a book out, and does teleconferences (for free) that I've been a part of. Amazes me that he only takes cash, and that he has patients who can afford to see him, but he must do OK since he's still in practice after all these years.

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