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Old 01-31-2010, 09:33 AM   #61
 
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Default The Sword of Truth Series: Wizard's First Rule

I ADORE reading. When my roommate in undergrad introduced me to this book I did not eat, sleep, cook, go to class or shower until I was finished.

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There is a Tide by Agatha Christie

Actually, I can scarcely put down any Agatha Christie book. The Man in the Brown Suit is the only one of her's I've tried (I've read about a dozen) that I didn't like. I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter of that one.
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For a fun read with no literary value whatsoever: the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Laugh out loud funny!
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Anything by Barbara Kingsolver...especially Prodigal Summer and The Poisonwood Bible.

White Oleander
The Lovely Bones
Fall On Your Knees

For easy quick reads, I always like Nicolas Sparks.
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Julius Caesar by Conn Iggulden.
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The Mitford series by Jan Karon.

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YES! I got the first two for Mother's Day one year and stayed up all night reading them. Lovely, gentle reads w/o being saccharine.

Then yeah, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was pretty good.

John Ringo's Council Wars fantasy series. For that matter, The Last Centurion by Ringo. Written blog-style...excellent book. Okay, I'll read anything and everything by him (good thing he's prolific!) and just started his new one, Live Free or Die.
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I just finished reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Not teen-oriented like the Twilight series was. I work three jobs and was able to finish this in 4 days. I couldn't put it down.
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A Thousand Splendid Suns. Just finished it yesterday. I liked it better than The Kite Runner, which was also great.
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I'm currently reading The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough (The Thornbirds), her sequel to Pride and Prejudice - about a third of the way thru, and I'm really liking it. It's still in the same vein as the original Jane Austen, but easier to read than the true vernacular of the day.

Miss Mary is the spinster middle sister you hardly heard about in the original story. She's come a long way since then, and you won't believe where Ms. McCullough has taken Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley!

ETA: I underestimated how much I'd read - only about 1/4. Just a little further on, it jumped the shark and the only resemblance to the original is the characters' names - more of an adventure with murders, foul language, far-out plotlines. I'm only a little over half finished, but it gets stranger and stranger . . . I read on Amazon that McCullough wrote it to thumb her nose at the publishing world, and I can believe it - don't know what her particular beef was, though!

Anyway, just wanted to caution those who might think they're getting a Jane Austen-type story - I don't think it's bad really, but it's nothing like that.

After that, I plant to jump into Atlas Shrugged - I last read it about 35 years ago. It seems very apropos to current times!

BTW, I missed the earlier refererence to the Mitford series - I loved them all, too. I got my mother the cookbook for Christmas, and she's really enjoying it.
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"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. One of the greatest books ever written by one of the greatest writers ever. It makes you think, makes you cry, makes you search your own soul, keeps you on the edge of your seat, makes you angry, makes you hopeful......
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Most recently, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.
In the not so distant past... A Thousand Splendid Suns.
And, also somewhat recently... Twilight.
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I just started Sarah's Key, so I am looking forward to getting into it with all the raves it's gotten.

Do you think the Twilight series is too young for a 45 year old Mom? Seriously.
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I just started Sarah's Key, so I am looking forward to getting into it with all the raves it's gotten.

Do you think the Twilight series is too young for a 45 year old Mom? Seriously.
I will warn you, at first, it took me a little while to get into Sarah's Key. But once I did, I was hooked!

And no way! I know people of all ages who have read it! I think it can probably be enjoyable at any age, as long as you read it with the right mind set... Don't take it too seriously, basically! Haha
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Great -- I will add the Twilight series to my list.
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Yeah, I'm 53 and enjoyed the Twilight books.
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For irreverent humor, anything by Laurie Notaro - The Idiot Girl's Action Club and I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies).

I'll cop to the Twilight Speed Reading as well.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd was pretty good.

I also really like Ann Rivers Siddons - although her plot lines tend to resemble one another after you have read enough of them.

Going back to read through this thread - I need something new to read these days!
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ITA about Ann Rivers Siddons, but I like her and Pat Conroy, as well as his wife, Cassandra King, and also Dorothea Benton Franks - all the same genre.
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I was totally engrossed in the Sookie Stackhouse series....until I started the Twilight saga.

I'm still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, but now it's like mainly just to get through it.

I've only read the first 2 Twilight books and I feel like I could read them over and over and over again. Love.
I read Twilight first, then discovered the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really liked both, but I think the Sookie books are a little more fun. You should take a break from Sookie and finish Twilight, then continue on with Sookie. I hate to think of anyone reading them just to get through them! Plus Twilight is over and Sookie has a new one that still hasn't come out yet!
Loved the Sookie Series, the Twilight series, eh. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, I'm devouring.


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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia (book 1) by Jean Sasson
Princess Sultana's Daughters (book 2) by Jean Sasson
Princess Sultana's Circle (book 3) by Jean Sasson
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I was totally engrossed in the Sookie Stackhouse series....until I started the Twilight saga.

I'm still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, but now it's like mainly just to get through it.

I've only read the first 2 Twilight books and I feel like I could read them over and over and over again. Love.
I read Twilight first, then discovered the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really liked both, but I think the Sookie books are a little more fun. You should take a break from Sookie and finish Twilight, then continue on with Sookie. I hate to think of anyone reading them just to get through them! Plus Twilight is over and Sookie has a new one that still hasn't come out yet!
Loved the Sookie Series, the Twilight series, eh. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, I'm devouring.

This.

I just now bought the BDB books 3 through whatever...and I go through them like you wouldn't believe. I didn't like the first one that much, but the second one had me hooked!
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