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Smiling_Sara
11-05-2007, 10:58 PM
I looked a few pages back and didn't see a thread about this already. I love to read books, and thought it would be fun to see what other members are reading nowadays. :)

Right now, I am reading The Other Women by Jane Green.


princess_peach
11-06-2007, 10:47 AM
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. He also wrote "The Kite Runner" and they are both so good.

sxulcmnky
11-06-2007, 11:00 AM
i <3 reading

i'm currently reading "mirror mirror" but i'm not too into it

fav authors are james patterson and patricia cornwell


ANOther
11-06-2007, 01:24 PM
Double post, the second has more detail

ANOther
11-06-2007, 01:29 PM
Recent reading: A Planet for the President by Alistair Beaton: a Dr. Strangelove-like satire about the U.S. taking very drastic (think worldwide holocaust) measures against overpopulation
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham: a third-string quarterback singlehandedly blows the Cleveland Browns' shot at the Super Bowl and the only team he can find to play on is a semipro team in Italy
Fit to Die by J.B. Stanley: cozy mystery about a club of dieters on the case of arson and a dead body at an ice cream parlor
Now reading: Black Maestro by Joe Drape: biography of Jimmy Winkfield, an African-American jockey who won two Kentucky Derbys at the turn of the 20th century, then moved to Europe after American tracks drew a color line, and lived a very exciting life

melekalikimaka
11-06-2007, 02:29 PM
A Newberry Honor book called "Rascal" by Sterling North.....about a boy and his pet racoon and growing up in 1918. I always try to read my 8 year olds books before him so I can gauge what his interest level in it will be. His school has an Accelerated Reader program where they have to take comprehension tests after each book read to earn points toward their overall English grade, it's tough finding books at his level that aren't too lengthy and will hold his attention.

The last adult book I read? Does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows count? :lol:

More recently I've read "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb--good book. I also like his other one, "She's Come Undone".

mandalinn82
11-06-2007, 03:33 PM
Flower Shop mysteries by Kate Collins, and Culinary Mysteries by Nancy Fairbanks. Both are mysteries related to things I'm interested in, so its nice. And the Nancy Fairbanks ones have recipes (similar to Diane Mott Davidson, if you're familiar).

alinnell
11-06-2007, 03:40 PM
Merle's Door: Lessons from a Free Thinking Dog. It's about a labrador. I couldn't pass it up!

DS just finished a book called Spud which may be my next book--it's interesting to me to see what he likes (he dislikes reading so much, yet he picked it out and read it voraciously).

ThePrettyOne
11-06-2007, 03:46 PM
I am so not a reader, but I started a 2nd job two months ago and my job is to sit, look pretty, and do nothing else, so I read :) Since September 15th (weekends only) I've read The Da Vinci Code, Phantoms, Darkfall, and currently Plum Island. It was my second time reading Phantoms and Darkfall...I love the Dean Koontz monster books!!

sapphire9
11-06-2007, 03:46 PM
I jsut finished "In the Company of a Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant. Terrific book. Story takes place in 16th Century Venice and told from the point of view of a dwarf. I like Italian mysteries by Donna Leon (Venice), Michael Dibdin (various cities) and Andrea Camilieri (Sicily). Also read "Eat, Pray, Love." Nice combination of travel and spiritual seeking.

lointhecity
11-06-2007, 04:14 PM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for like the 4th time! Its reaaally good and funny.

chellez
11-06-2007, 04:29 PM
:lol: I'll be the weird one here!

I'm only 22 and I read romance novels.... but not just any kind... the sci fi kind! :p

All of these are vampire romance novels

Amanda Ashley Novels
Sunlight, Moonlight
After Sundown
Dead Sexy <--- Just finished this one in a day! :D

You could also check out Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night Series... that one has connecting story lines and characters where Amanda Ashley's don't.

If you're interested in more titles I have a complete collection of them. Just send me a pm and I'll send you a list! :hug:

babenwaiting
11-06-2007, 04:50 PM
"Escape" by Carolyn Jessop (and a co-writer) about her escape from the Warren Jeffs polygamist compound ... What a page-turner! My DH and I each took just two days to read a 400+ page book!

FrouFrou, agree with you about the "90 Minutes ...." by Piper. I think he's putting everybody on!!! I didn't even finish the thing, and was sorry I wasted my money. I think what he has/has had is a good imagination!

Glory87
11-06-2007, 05:10 PM
It was my second time reading Phantoms and Darkfall...I love the Dean Koontz monster books!!

If you're on a Koontz binge, have you tried Lightning, Watchers and Strangers? They are my three favorites.

I just finished World Without End (http://www.amazon.com/World-Without-End-Ken-Follett/dp/0525950079/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0021127-3479263?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194382993&sr=8-1) the "sequel" to Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth (http://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Earth-Ken-Follett/dp/0451207149/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0021127-3479263?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194383031&sr=1-1) - one of my favorite books of all time. I definitely liked it, but it felt like a retread of Pillars, pretty much the same book, 200 years later.

Next up - Microtrends (http://www.amazon.com/Microtrends-Forces-Behind-Tomorrows-Changes/dp/0446580961/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0021127-3479263?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194383115&sr=1-1) and A Lick of Frost (http://www.amazon.com/Lick-Frost-Meredith-Gentry-Book/dp/034549590X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0021127-3479263?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194383145&sr=1-1) which I am sure I will hate (not sure why I can't stop reading Laurell K. Hamilton, at least I check them out of the library and don't buy them anymore).

Have you guys checked out shelfari.com? It's kinda fun. Here is a link to my shelf, feel free to "friend me." I just listed my "top" books - the 5 star books I would read again or recommend.

http://www.shelfari.com/o1517035962/shelf

Jen

NightengaleShane
11-06-2007, 05:14 PM
Speaking of Dean Koontz, I'm reading False Memory right now.

alinnell
11-06-2007, 05:21 PM
Jen~thanks for the link to shelfari. That's too cool. Now if I can only remember ALL the books I've read!!! It's going to take some time!

jtammy
11-06-2007, 05:33 PM
Just finished a Scrumble River mystery...Murder of a Pink Elephant. I'm listening to Kabul Beauty School while I exercise, a very interesting read although there is some controversy related to the author and her true role in establishing the beauty school.

ThePrettyOne
11-06-2007, 05:44 PM
If you're on a Koontz binge, have you tried Lightning, Watchers and Strangers? They are my three favorites.



I own Lightning but haven't read it yet. I've read Watchers, once in high school and once for pleasure and loved it! I haven't heard much about Strangers though!

Speaking of Dean Koontz, I'm reading False Memory right now.

I got about half way through that book, but I kept losing interest. even when I got to the supposed "climax", I was like "ehh?". I need serious action to keep my interested! I'm not a reader at heart.....more so forced into it :) Koontz is one of my favorites though :)

babenwaiting
11-06-2007, 05:44 PM
Hey, all you Dean Koontz lovers ... I tried reading a couple of his books years ago, and they freaked me out a little :o ... so I gave them away, and haven't picked one up since. That guy can seriously spook you!

LindaT
11-06-2007, 05:45 PM
I just started Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa. Quite interesting so far. Just finished Undead and Unreturnable ( Queen Betsy book)- Funny vampire series. Next up: Vanishing Point (Sharon Mccone mystery) - Marcia Mueller and The Rising: The AntiChrist is Born - The Left Behind pre-equal.

I use to be a big fan of the Anita Blake series, but I stopped buying them too. Did you find it odd how she was so pristine and virginal for the first few books, and now it seems she sleeps with at least 5 men each new book? The stories are all the same now imho.

Glory87
11-06-2007, 06:49 PM
I use to be a big fan of the Anita Blake series, but I stopped buying them too. Did you find it odd how she was so pristine and virginal for the first few books, and now it seems she sleeps with at least 5 men each new book? The stories are all the same now imho.

Me too, I definitely loved Guilty Pleasures - few too many descriptions of Anita lacing up Nikes, but I thought it was a great read. The books are hilariously bad now, 200 pages of BAD soft core furry porn, 10 pages of plot. The kicker for me - her jacket photo matches her descriptions of Anita, it's like we're reading her fantasies - every man in the world (or vampire or werewolf or undead or wombat or whatever) MUST have sex with her, just can't help himself. I read those scenes, look at the jacket photo and think she needs a therapist.

tamaralynn
11-06-2007, 08:09 PM
I'm rereading through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

tamaralynn
11-06-2007, 08:15 PM
Hey, all you Dean Koontz lovers ... I tried reading a couple of his books years ago, and they scared me so badly :o ... that I gave them away, and haven't picked one up since. That guy can seriously shake up your psyche!!! :devil:



Oooh love Dean Koontz.... I haven't read him in years - I bet he has written more since :)

princess_peach
11-06-2007, 10:17 PM
I jsut finished "In the Company of a Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant. Terrific book. Story takes place in 16th Century Venice and told from the point of view of a dwarf. I like Italian mysteries by Donna Leon (Venice), Michael Dibdin (various cities) and Andrea Camilieri (Sicily). Also read "Eat, Pray, Love." Nice combination of travel and spiritual seeking.

Speaking of Italian mysteries, I am also reading I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis. It's told from the perspective of Mona Lisa in 15th Century Florence. It's a little more historical fiction than mystery, but it does have good twists. I also like Philippa Gregory.

Lovely
11-06-2007, 11:10 PM
Reading buncha books by Charles de Lint. Most Currently: Spirits in the Wires. (If anyone's interested, I suggest starting with Dreams Underfoot. A solid collection of short stories.) Constantly picking up Mercedes Lackey (the newer Elemental Masters) and anything in the Sci-fi/Fantasy area that seems cool... And as always re-reading Stephen King's The Dark Tower Series. The-best-seven-books-he-has-EVER-written.

sxulcmnky
11-07-2007, 08:37 AM
yay! so i am going to get 2 books from the library today that were talked about in here :D

ThePrettyOne
11-07-2007, 09:41 AM
Hey, all you Dean Koontz lovers ... I tried reading a couple of his books years ago, and they scared me so badly :o ... that I gave them away, and haven't picked one up since. That guy can seriously shake up your psyche!!! :devil:

Oh yeah....I sleep with the lights on after reading one of his books! Darkfall had a lasting effect on me when I read it when I was younger so I don't know why I picked up again, but I did, and it was better than I had remembered! Also, Servants of the Twilight was amazing! I started reading it because it was the only thing around, not thinking I would like it, but I was addicted!!

modkittn
11-07-2007, 10:09 AM
I'm reading "And Eternity" by Piers Anthony. The 7th in a 7 book series. Actually there are going to be 8 when the 8th one comes out in December, but the original series is approx. 20 years old. If you like fantasy and haven't read it, it is an amazing series!

cbmare
11-07-2007, 12:58 PM
Some mangey polecat put a hold on the Outlander cd so I had to return it yesterday. I've put a hold on it so in 3 weeks I'll be able to get it back and finish it. I've read the book but wanted to start the series over. I love having someone read me a story as I commute to work.

Since I had to return it, I checked out Fleeced (on cd) by Carol Higgins Clark.

cbmare
11-07-2007, 01:00 PM
Fit to Die by J.B. Stanley: cozy mystery about a club of dieters on the case of arson and a dead body at an ice cream parlor

Wonder which ones of us that would be. :o

StillTryin
11-07-2007, 03:15 PM
I am reading 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber. It is the newest in a long series, I get a new one each year in September and usually have it finished in a week, but this year I have been busy so I have only got to pick it up last week. But I should be done in a couple days, then I will be looking again!

lointhecity
11-08-2007, 05:38 PM
:carrot: I finished harry potter the other day. Now I'm reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez 100 aņos de soledad . no idea what's the english title, though.

NEWYEARNEWME
11-08-2007, 05:56 PM
Double Cross, Jame Patterson I love a good thriller and I love the Alex Cross novels by James.

JULS

Pallas
11-08-2007, 08:39 PM
I love to read but once I started school this semester I didn't have time to read. So the last thing I've read is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read the entire series over the summer. Before that though I read The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. I really like his books, I love love stories.

shadowclaw
11-08-2007, 08:59 PM
Just ordered Stardust from Amazon (loved the movie), so I'll be reading that soon

Some recent reads:
The Icewind Dale Trilogoy (in progress)
Blood and Chocolate
Interview with the Vampire
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter

techwife
11-09-2007, 07:04 AM
I have been on a kick reading about the queens of England that were Henry VIII's wives. What a SOAP OPERA! I first read The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory...then Mary, Queen of France by Jean Plaidy....now I'm reading The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory.

If you're into historical romance...these books are for you!!

modkittn
11-09-2007, 09:07 AM
I just finished the Piers Anthony book I was reading. I have one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books in my queue, but I am really tempted to read The Mist and The Golden Compass (actually all of the His Dark Materials trilogy) before the movies come out!

DGAdDawg
11-09-2007, 09:46 AM
Jumping in..I'm currently reading The Boelyn Inheritance and its ok...I don't like it as much as I did The Other Boelyn Girl which I read last week and LOVED. I can't wait to see the movie. I'm kinda hurrying through this one cause I have 3 books from the library waiting on me:

Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like A Skank---Being from GA, I love reading southern humor books, especially about southern women.
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
Deadly Persuasion--By Jean Kilbourne, it talks about the effect of advertising on women and young girls. I've seen her "Killing Me Softly" videos in my advertising classes in school and I like her work. And, I'm an advertising nerd...good thing I plan on making communications my career!

And I plan on buying soon...or maybe asking for Christmas..Rhett Butler's People. I'm so stereotypical---From Georgia and LOVE LOVE LOVE Gone With The Wind. I of course love the movie and i've read the book 3 or 4 times.

StillTryin
11-09-2007, 10:29 AM
DGA, OMG "Gone with the Wind" has to be my all time FAVORITE movie and book.......

rubberlegs
11-09-2007, 10:49 AM
Slash's autobiography :devil:

DGAdDawg
11-09-2007, 01:42 PM
OMG "Gone with the Wind" has to be my all time FAVORITE movie and book.......

Same here...However, I found that while I LOVE Scarlett in the movie...reading the book, she makes me want to strangle her! Rhett is so obviously in love with her and she's an idiot!!

ANOther
11-09-2007, 05:24 PM
:carrot: I finished harry potter the other day. Now I'm reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez 100 aņos de soledad . no idea what's the english title, though.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

weezerloo
11-10-2007, 04:34 AM
After reading the final Harry Potter this summer, I wanted to start back from the beginning and read through the series again. But alas, with the 10-11 hour work days I've been having, I am still at the Beginning of Goblet of Fire. Hopefully I can spend a lot of the three day weekend reading it. I am dying to reread Deathly Hallows again, but I won't let myself until I finish the others. :book2:

bargoo
11-10-2007, 09:19 PM
I'm reading " The Faith Club " this book is written by three women, a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew. Written after 9/11 a non fiction book about these three women of different faiths.

sxulcmnky
11-11-2007, 02:40 PM
thanks to posts in here... i have picked up I Mona Lisa.... i've been reading it for a couple of days now and really like it. i need to carve out some time to read it more.

NemesisClaws
11-11-2007, 03:38 PM
Ahh...I love this topic! Here are my reads....

Her Way by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. This is all about the life and ambitions of Hillary Clinton. It's a very fascinating read, and indeed, as one reads further into the book, not only do you realize how much the choices we make in our lives shape our character, but also how it affects others. I'm a political junkie, so I tend to read a lot of bios on politics. This one is by far the best comprehensive on Hillary.

From Daniel to Doomsday by John Hagee. The author is a preacher, and you can watch him on TV preaching his sermons. I am currently reading up a lot of his books because he is very closely aligned with my own religious beliefs on the end days.

Dark Possession by Christine Feehan. Love this author! This book is the latest in a long series of Dark (good) Carpathian vampires looking for love. I don't normally get into vampires, but this series has hooked me from the start! :dizzy: Maybe it's the buff bods on the covers? :D


90 Minutes in Heaven...Don Piper-very skeptical about this one. I honestly don't believe he died for 90 minutes and went to heaven...can't believe I actually finished the book but I did. I do believe that people see the light etc. but to actually die for 90 mns. and go to heaven??? You would have to read the book to know what I am talking about.

I have read this book a while ago, and the author definitely struck me as being sincere. I can't imagine going through what that man went through, living through it, and then writing a book on all of it. I'm aware most folks do, but a lot of his (earthly) experiences you must admit were deeply personal and embarrassing to even admit to. As for his heaven experiences, I do believe he saw all he did. Why is it not possible for him to have died for 90 mins, seen heaven, and then come back? I could see your point if his description of heaven was a bit generic, but it wasn't from my perspective. I just can't see the man being dead for 90 mins and all he saw was a bright light. :^: Heavenly experiences aside, his book is inspirational and thought provoking. I loved the part where he helps a young boy deal with the same issues he faced with all of his therapy and having a metal rod inserted with pins.

Smiling_Sara
11-13-2007, 01:04 PM
Some great stuff in here guys. :) *adding books to my list*

DGAdDawg
11-16-2007, 09:52 AM
Speaking of adding books to lists....are any of you on goodreads.com? I signed up the other day and its a great way to keep track of what I have read and what I want to read!

blondebritbrat17
11-16-2007, 01:17 PM
DGA thanks for that website.. I'll check it out since I am an avid reader myself! I love James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, Dean Koontz and any kind of mystery book with maybe a little romance sprinkled in. I'm currently reading The Money book for the young fabulous and Broke by Suzie Orman. It's really helped me out on what to do since I have absolutely no credit and no clue on how to go about getting started on that since I can't buy something and put it in my name for example I always either have to put it in my mom's name or my husband's name which I hate (makes me feel so dependent on them) and what types of investments to make for my retirement and how to save for a down payment on a house. It's really been helpful for me and two other friends who are freshly out of college themselves. Anyways.. Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

practiceliving
11-16-2007, 03:16 PM
DGAdDawg - I LOVE GoodReads. It's so fun to see what other people are reading!

This thread is amazing, I have a great list to take to the library with me now!

I just finished re-reading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I love the His Dark Materials trilogy, and I'm very excited for the TGC movie in December!

I'm also reading a non-fiction book called Roots of Empathy about a school program that teaches kids empathy through babies. It's really neat!

losinitin07
11-16-2007, 08:52 PM
The Visitation Frank Peritti(Sp) Just started this book think it's going to be good.

Dumplin
11-16-2007, 09:17 PM
Hey.....I just finished a book called 3fc On a Diet. It was really good!!!

ANOther
11-16-2007, 09:20 PM
And his description of heaven brought to mind the painting on the wall at the Precious Moments Chapel in MO

Precious Moments Chapel??? YMMV, but speaking as a born-again deist with somewhat more sophisticated tastes in art, ::gag puke:: For art to the glory of God, give me Westminster Abbey or Notre Dame anyday!

littlelady25
11-16-2007, 09:25 PM
I am reading the Privilege of Youth, by Dave Pelzer, it is a memoir about his life, and this is a really good book.

maryblu
11-17-2007, 04:13 PM
They aren't all non-fiction, either.

I read Dune 30 years ago, and I have never taken water for granted. Makes things even scarier now, listening to the measures to which those in the drought areas are driven.

Stranger in a Strange Land --again, 30 yrs. ago, but I never took life so seriously......especially relationships/entaglements ..again.

Mary Stewart certainly is a bright spot...The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment

I didn't see J.R.R. Tolkien getting his due..what an artist.


I can't get over the brilliance of J.K. Rowling. I have always thought that the horrible he-who-must-not-be-named was really a metaphor for what we are facing now with global warming... And....It just knocks me out ..the Dumbledore revelation......not so sure she planned that from the start, but it is pretty cool no matter what....:D So much for those criticizing the books about not being tolerant (the whole fat lady flap)

Of late, it is The Omnivore's Dilemma that is consuming me..or I am consuming it..not sure, but it certainly is food for thought......sorry, couldn't resist:D

Get n healthy
11-17-2007, 09:38 PM
I am loving thread. I start to panic halfway through a book if i dont have one lined up to go next. Too funny.

My recommendations: The Long Walk, Stephen King writing as Richard Bauchman...this is my ALL TIME FAV. i fell in love with the kids in this book, you really feel attached to them.

Cornwell fans: I am just starting her new one. I have been drooling for a new one of hers for what feels like forever.

Just finished: Almost Moon...it was good. With an opening line like, "when all is said and done, killing my mother came easily"...i was intrigued and HAD to read it. glad i did.

I have a question, those of you that have read Golden Compass. I have heard the author is an atheist and that that is the basis of the Golden Compass. I wanted to know, if this is the symbolism that you all got from this book or is it just a bunch of paranoid hogwash? I am a Christian and just wouldnt feel comfortable reading about something that is "pro-atheism". Any ideas? Do you know what i mean by "symbolism"...kind of like Lion witch and the wardrobe is a religious novel based on symbolism. I have heard golden compass is great...i just dont want to support atheist stuff....its just a personal thing with me.

Smiling_Sara
11-23-2007, 07:52 PM
I am now reading a book called Inappropriate Men by Stacey Ballis.

Here is a little tidbit on what it is about

Sidney Stein's life is overflowing with inappropriate men. The first, somewhat surprisingly, is Mark, her husband of nine years. Sidney loves Mark, but their relationship has stagnated and they are little more than friends who happen to be married. Which is how Sidney finds herself drawn to Geoffrey Fahl, one of the partners at her father's law firm, who is also in a loveless marriage. The two begin a torrid affair that allows Sidney to face some hard truths and end her marriage. Not so with Geoff, who wants to make things work with his wife, and have Sidney on the side. On the advice of her brother, Sidney places a personal ad and starts to date, but she can't quite let go of Geoff. Sidney's wisecracking, funny observations should appeal to fans looking for a smart-about-life--if not love--heroine. Set in Chicago, Ballis's debut is a witty tale of a thirtysomething who unexpectedly has to start the search for love all over again. Kristine Huntley