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Old 02-02-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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I'm starting this thread to list all our favorite books. Please post some of your favorites and I'll keep updating the list. Please put after the author/title the type of book, mystery, love story, etc. You can print out this list

Andrews, Donna
Arnout, Susan: "Frozen lady" love story in alaska
Atherton, Jane: The aunt Dimity mystery series
Austen, Jane
Baldacci, David mysteries who done it
Ball, Alan, American Beauty
Binchey, Maive "Tara Road"
Block, Francesca Lia, Wasteland -young adult book
Bohjalian, Chris The Double Bind
Bradley Marion Zimmer "Mists of Avalon" king arthur and his knights
Bradford, Barbara Taylor "a woman of substance" series about family dynasty emma harts retailing
Bristow, Gwen "Calico Palace" about the gold rush & Jubilee rail
Bronte, Charloote: Jame Eyre
Brown, Rita Mae and her cat
Brunstetter, Wanda-Amish
Camillari, Andrea : Montalbano series
Cato, Nancy "all the rivers run" about australia
Childs, Laura tearoom mysteries (10) with "Teaberry Stranger"
Christie, Agatha: mystery
Clavell, about japan "Shogun", "nobel house", "taipan"
Clement, Blaize
Coben, Harlen
Conroy, Pat South of Broad"
Cornwall, Patricia mystery Kay Scarpettas novels
Coulter, Catherine: Regencies and suspense
Davidson, Diane Mott, frothy mysteries with recipes
Davidson, Mary Janice, undead and unwed-funny!
Dawkins, Richard: The God Delusion - nonfiction
Delinsky, Barbara
DeMille, Nelson mystery
Diamant, Anita : The Rid Tent
Dibden, Michael: Aurelio Zen series
Donati, Sara historical romance and adventure
Evonovich, Janet Stephanie Plumm very funny
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The great Gatsby
Flagg, Fannie
Follet, Ken historical fiction or mystery who none it
Ford, Jamie Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet
Gabaldon, Dianna series historical romance couldnt put them down-Outlander
Gaiman, Neil: Coraline
Gerritsen, Tess Rizzoli & Isles mysteries
Gilman, Susan Jane Undress me in the Temple of Heaven
Grafton, Sue read up thru "U"
Giffin, Emily...chick-lit
Gordon, Mary: Final Payments
Hannah, Kristen
Harris, Charlaine: Sookie Stackhouse series...hard to put down
Henshaw, Susan mysteries with "Elected by Death”
Herzog, Brad Turn left at the Trojan Horse
Heinlein, Robert: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Hoag, Tami have newest waiting for me "Deeper than Dead"
Hosseini, Khaled The Kite Runner
Irving, John Cider House Rules
Karon, Jan The Mitford series
Kaye, MM about india and their culture love story ,"The Far Pavillions"
Kellerman, Jonathan for a good mystery...also his wife and son has good books.
Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Kidd, Sue Monk: The secret life of bees
Kohen, Kathleen historical fiction adventure "Through a Glass Darkly","And Now Face to Face"
Krantz, Judith "Mistrals Daughter" her other books are great to
Lamb, Wally "She's Come Undone
Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
Leon, Donna: Brunetti series
Lescroart, John - if you like a good, well-written mystery, start with 1st book
Lively, Penelope
Ludlum, Robert spy who done it espionage mystery" Bourne Iden tity" series
Macomber, Debbie
Markhan, Beryl: West With the Night
Marshall, Catherine: Christy, A Man Called Peter
Mason, Marion ?? writes about judge in NC???
Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anne of green gables series and Emily of New Moon
Murakami, Haruki: fiction and non-fiction
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita (literary)
Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler's Wife
Niven, David: The Moon's a Balloon, Bring on the Empty Horses
Page, Katherine Hall (8) with "Body in the Gallery" waiting for me
Palahniuk, Chuck: Fight Club
Parker, Robert (Spenser series are funny, mystery
Patterson, James just finished reading the 9th judgement
Perry, Martha writes about the Amish. i've learned a lot
Piercy, Marge “Gone to Soldiers”
Pigeon, Josie series and have 3 left there.
Pilcher, Rosamonde historical family dynasty "Coming Home", "The Shell Seekers"
Quindlen, Anna: Every Last One (Literary)
Rice, Luane
Roberts, Nora
Runbeck, Margaret Lee: Time for Each Other, Our Miss Boo
Sanford, John
See, Lisa: Sunwflower & the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls
Setterfield, Diane The Thirteenth Tale
Sedaris, Dave: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Siddons, Ann Rivers
Simenon, George: Maigret novels
Smith, Alexander McCall Ladies Detective Agency series
Smith, Betty: A Tree grows in Brooklin, kid or older book
Smith, Wilbur ..family dynasty,s in africa, egypt "river god" and "7th scroll
Steele, Danielle worthless and inane
Stewart, Mary: Merline/Arthur trilogy
Stockett, Kathryn: The Help
Studdert-Kennedy, G.A.
Swanson, Denise (11) with "Wedding Bells" waiting for me
Tanenbaum, Robert mystery
Trollope, Joanna
TYheroux, Paul: travel books
Whitcomb, Laura: A certain Slant of Light (literary)
Woods, Stuart
Wolzein, Valerie
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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King, Laurie Mary Russell mysteries (actually anything she writes is good)
Peter, Elizabeth Amelia Peabody series
Oh, and its Nancy Atherton.

Jude Deveraux Always, Forever, Always and Forever. Summerhouse and Return to Summerhouse, oh shoot many of Jude's books are my "guilty pleasure" reading. She and Catherine Coulter.

Hmmm, I think there are more on your list from the Golden thread.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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Bobbolink - Thanks for posting such a long list of favorites. At least half are some of my favorites too, so I'm now eager to check out some you listed that I haven't read.

Bunti - Are you referring to the Mary Russell books by Laurie King. I have read all of those & they are great.

Another mystery series I love that I didn't see listed is the Kathy Mallory series by Carol O'Connell. The first book in the series is Mallory's Oracle & this is one of those series best read in order.
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Here are a few of my favorites:

The Cat Who......series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I think this would be one of the cozy mystery types. Start with the first one and read them in order.

The southern sisters series by Anne George. Another of the cozy mystery types. First one ~ Murder on a Girls' Night Out. About two sisters (golden girl aged). There are only eight of these ~ again ~ start with the first one. Sadly the author passed away and so there will be no more of these.

Then there were the Sadie Shapiro stories by Robert Kimmel Smith. Again start with the first one. There are only three of these. Wish there had been more ~ I loved Sadie (a senior citizen). They were funny and heart warming.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:03 PM   #5
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Ooops, yes I meant Mary Russell-- love em!! (I changed the original post to be correct)
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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Hi All,

Gotta love a thread about books!

Two of my favorite cozy mystery writers are Mary Daheim & Joan Hess.

Daheim writes a Bed & Breakfast series, & the Alpine mysteries series.

Hess writes a series called the Claire Malloy Mysteries, & the Maggody Mystery series - both are pretty funny.

The author that writes the series about the judge in NC (Judge Deborah Knott) is Margaret Maron. She's a favorite of mine too.

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #7
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A classic-I do love to read Jane Austen (I have her collected works) and Agatha Christie (Death on the Nile,etc.) but I love J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings (Triology) The Simarillion, etc. I was so happy when a real tribute to his works was made in film; The Hobbit (two films) begins filming this month!
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If you have a dog or just love dogs, read:

A Dog's Purpose
By: Bruce Cameron

It was honestly the best book I have read in a long time! You will laugh and cry...sigh. So good. Read it!
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Another good one about dogs is Cruellest Miles - about the Serum Race in Nome - so exciting! I have new respect for the Alaskan peoples and their beloved dogs & for Togo!
Southern Sisters! I loved that series! I'd read at lunch in the Breakroom & just burst out laughing! Wonderful sense of humor.

I love mysteries - Robert Crais (wrote for TV - Cagney & Lacey, for one)
and Victoria Holt.
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Tana French - a GREAT writer - award-winning mystery series - In the Woods, Likeness, and Faithful Place.

Also - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. One of my all-time favorites.
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I'm a reader. I read a lot of Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Tammy Hoag, Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, Michale Connelly, Mary Higgins Clark, Kathy Reichs, Jeffrey Deaver and the list goes on and on ...... I love to read.
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Love this list! In addition to many of the authors above I also at the moment am reading J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) Eve Dallas series and loving them. I'd suggest reading them in order. There are a bunch- 32 novels and several novellas and short stories included in other compilations. It's like one huge long book where the characters are like friends.

Also read all the Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters series which I also loved. There are 16 of them and definitely read them in order.
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I was a librarian many years ago and never burned out from reading. I love mysteries, fantasy and some science fiction. Currently I am reading James Lee Burke and Rachel Caine.
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If you like cozy mysteries, try "The Thin Woman : An Epicurean Mystery" by Dorothy Cannell. I've enjoyed the whole series, starting with this one about Ellie Haskell, an overweight woman who hires an escort to accompany her to a family reunion.
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Thanks, I made a note of this author and will get it next time.
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