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Old 07-12-2009, 11:03 AM   #21
 
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I'm in the middle of the Gemma Doyle trilogy and highly recommend! The first one is A Great and Terrible Beauty.

As always, I can't say enough about the Twilight Saga
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I love Virginia Andrews too! Have you ever noticed how almost every one of her original books have some type of incest or sexual abuse? And she has a love of blonde haired blue eyed people. Just makes me wonder if anything happened to her...

I'm a bit of a sci fi/fantasy reader (would help if we knew your fav genre):
  • Brent Weeks (Only has one trilogy out so far, excellent new writer)
  • Robin Hobb, the Farseer trilogy is the best.
  • Sherwood Smith- All books.
Non-Fantasy:
  • Chinese Cinderella
  • Virginia Andrews - Flowers In The Attic
  • Kathleen Tessaro - Elegance
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:28 AM   #23
 
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Angela's Ashes by frank McCourt. Also, T'is and Teacher man (second and third in the series)

The Road by Cormack McCarthy

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Pretty much any book by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul or Clive Barker.

All of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

The list goes on and on - I love to read!
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:43 AM   #24
 
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Here are some books I couldn't put down and a small commentary on them.

"Wasted" by Marya Hornbacher - This book is about her trials with anorexia and bulimia. She writes with such candor and grit that you can't help but love it. She doesn't candy-coat anything. I loved this book and it is my all-time favorite book. I've read it probably at least twenty-five times since I first purchased it.

"Misadventures In The (213)" by Dennis Hensley - This is a very humorous book! It's about the L.A. elite and wannabe-elite and all of the things they can manage to get themselves into. It's very chick-lit, and to be honest I didn't think I'd like it, but I ended up loving it.

"Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom - This is a very sad book. It's about Mitch's visits every Tuesday with his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz. Morrie had ALS, and in this book there are so many wise things to be learned. Be warned though, you will cry at the end.

"The Audacity Of Hope" by President Barack Obama - I love everything he had to say in this book. He has some great ideas in it and it was very well-written. There's also some humor in it, and the rhetoric in which it's written isn't a lot of political jargon. It feels like you're just in a conversation with him. It's a very good book, I'd highly recommend it.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:11 AM   #25
 
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"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett (Has 500+plus five- star reviews on Amazon)
"Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See
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The Mitford series by Jan Karon.

http://www.mitfordbooks.com/
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:54 AM   #27
 
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Many of the ones already mentioned, but especially the Outlander series by Gabaldon, a time travel historical series, Gone With the Wind, and Stephen King's The Stand, a post-apocalyptic odyssey (after an accidental germ warfare strain of flu leaks out from a government facility) with a classic battle between good and evil - I'm re-reading it now for about the fourth time. I like most King and Koontz, but this is in a class by itself - a classic in any genre.

Too many others to list . . . .
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:18 PM   #28
 
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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossini (i know I definitely spelled his name wrong)...

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:02 PM   #29
 
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Jane Eyre comes to mind right away. I stayed up very late reading it and finished it in basically two days.
Lolita is another. Life of Pi was like that even though I didn't care for the ending.
MichelleBFT, I've been curious about that book for a while. I mostly read classics, but have been reading some current stuff and that one looks interesting.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:42 AM   #30
 
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (I think, and prob misspelled her name)
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:58 AM   #31
 
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The Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. It's alternate history fantasy and it's so, so good.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:05 PM   #32
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Night by Elie Wiesel

Any of the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis

A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Nancy Drew books (yeah... I know)

Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Most any Holocaust novel.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:21 AM   #33
 
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Some great books have already been mentioned, including:

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The Other Bolyne Girl is good. My sister who has never read a book in her life couldn't put it down.

The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini are also very good
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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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******* out of Carolina- Dorothy Allison
I Know This Much is True - another Wally Lamb
Rebecca - Daphne du Marier
Fall on Your Knees - Ann Marie MacDonald
The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve
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Some great books have already been mentioned, including:

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The Other Bolyne Girl is good. My sister who has never read a book in her life couldn't put it down.

The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini are also very good
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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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******* out of Carolina- Dorothy Allison
I Know This Much is True - another Wally Lamb
Rebecca - Daphne du Marier
Fall on Your Knees - Ann Marie MacDonald
The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve

I like She's Come Undone quite a bit better than I Know This Much is True, although it's good.

Love Rebecca and almost all du Maurier, although except for it, I haven't read most of them since high school or college.
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A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story by David Thibodeau and Leon Whiteson
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ANY book by Swedish author Henning Mankell. He has a series of detective/mystery novels featuring a gritty, flawed detective hero Kurt Wallander who solves all these absorbing mysteries. Each book in the series is absorbing and a must read.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:43 AM   #37
 
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If you want some lighter reading....but impossible to put down---try the sookie stackhouse series better known as True blood.

This entire series is so addicting and they also have a tv series on hbo called true blood (but in my opinion the books are way better)....
I have not yet met someone who has not loved this series of books by charlaine harris.

give it a shot
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If you want some lighter reading....but impossible to put down---try the sookie stackhouse series better known as True blood.

This entire series is so addicting and they also have a tv series on hbo called true blood (but in my opinion the books are way better)....
I have not yet met someone who has not loved this series of books by charlaine harris.

give it a shot
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"Misadventures In The (213)" by Dennis Hensley
I LOVED THAT BOOK! It was so much fun!

There are a lot of others that people have already mentioned - the Gemma Doyle (yes, it's ya) series, Water for Elephants, the Outlander series (come on, new book - although I'll be USELESS when it finally comes out).

Everybody Was So Young - Amanda Vaill
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets - Eva Rice
the Auntie Mame books - Patrick Dennis
the Tales of the City series - Armisted Maupin
Fingersmith - Sara Waters
Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue
White Mans Grave - Richard Dooling
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"Misadventures In The (213)" by Dennis Hensley
I LOVED THAT BOOK! It was so much fun!

There are a lot of others that people have already mentioned - the Gemma Doyle (yes, it's ya) series, Water for Elephants, the Outlander series (come on, new book - although I'll be USELESS when it finally comes out).

Everybody Was So Young - Amanda Vaill
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets - Eva Rice
the Auntie Mame books - Patrick Dennis
the Tales of the City series - Armisted Maupin
Fingersmith - Sara Waters
Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue
White Mans Grave - Richard Dooling
Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone is to be released September 22, per her own website.
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