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Smiling_Sara
11-01-2008, 12:20 PM
Still reading The Next Thing on my List. Hope to have it done in a day or two. Then I plan to start Passing for Thin.


kelly315
11-01-2008, 12:22 PM
I just started the new Christopher Paolini book, Brisingr. I love that kind of thing.

ANOther
11-01-2008, 01:23 PM
I'm about halfway through The Race (Richard North Patterson): the sexy young McCain-y white senator is falling in love with a black movie star

That should take me past the election by a few days and then I'll start in with Christmas reading: I have All Through the Night (Mary Higgins Clark) and The Spy Who Came for Christmas (David Morrell: ETA 11.03: that's the guy who created Rambo)


Shopaholic1204
11-01-2008, 06:59 PM
I'm happily reading the Twilight saga again :)

mazza
11-01-2008, 08:51 PM
Are there any Agatha Christie fans out there? I've been wanting to read a new book now that I have finished the most recent 'Dexter' book by Jeff Lindsay, and the MASSIVE collection of Christie's novels caught my eye last week in Borders.

Also, my friend has just finished "Twilight" and hasn't stopped raving about it. Do those of you who have read the books think I'd enjoy them even if I am not really into 'vampire' type stories generally?

movielover
11-01-2008, 10:00 PM
I am on the 3rd book in the Twilight series! The girls at my school make me read them!!! :)

wantingtolose
11-01-2008, 10:25 PM
i think i'm going to get the twilight series and start it when i get a chance. I am always on the lookout for new books to read.

Shopaholic1204
11-01-2008, 10:39 PM
I recommend that after you've read all the Twilight books..you should also check out Midnight Sun. It's sooooo good, I really hope Steph finishes it!!

mazza
11-01-2008, 10:54 PM
I think I'll go to the library now and get the first Twilight book. Can't escape the hype!

FrouFrou
11-02-2008, 12:22 AM
The Innocent Man...John Grisham

Diva
11-02-2008, 08:54 AM
I'm happily reading the Twilight saga again :)

I'M GOING TO REREAD MINE TOO JUST BEFORE THE MOVIE COMES OUT THIS MONTH! oops! Sorry about caps.

Are there any Agatha Christie fans out there? I've been wanting to read a new book now that I have finished the most recent 'Dexter' book by Jeff Lindsay, and the MASSIVE collection of Christie's novels caught my eye last week in Borders.

Also, my friend has just finished "Twilight" and hasn't stopped raving about it. Do those of you who have read the books think I'd enjoy them even if I am not really into 'vampire' type stories generally?

YES!

I recommend that after you've read all the Twilight books..you should also check out Midnight Sun. It's sooooo good, I really hope Steph finishes it!!

I hope she finishes it too!

I am reading The Vampire Vivienne #5 in the Vampire Legacy by Karen E. Taylor. I haven't read the 1st four, but this one is about someone other than her main character for the first 4 so it's alright to skip I think. It's an alright book, but it's no twilight!;)

Shopaholic1204
11-07-2008, 01:24 AM
I'm reading New Moon again.

jules1216
11-07-2008, 08:18 AM
Vampyres of Hollywood

Moonlight Mistress
11-07-2008, 10:26 AM
I also re-read the Twilight saga books whenever possible! haha. I'm totally obsessed.


Right now though, I'm reading Stephen King's newest, Duma Key. Awesome book.


~Utterly Absurd~

SeaSideSparkle
11-07-2008, 10:28 AM
Also reading the Twilight series - and I normally don't like books about anything "supernatural", including vampires, but I'm enjoying these books.

And I just finished "Such a Pretty Fat" by Jen Lancaster - go read this!! It was hilarious.

alinnell
11-07-2008, 11:40 AM
The Other by David Guterson. I really like it, although it was a tiny bit hard to start. I loved his Snow Falling on Cedars.

LandonsBaby
11-07-2008, 02:05 PM
Prayerfully Yours: Creating the Bond Between Man and His Maker by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski. After that I'm going to try Phantoms by Dean Koontz. My hubby said it was really good and he wants me to read it so we can talk about it.

greeneggsandtam
11-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fford
I have fallen for Jasper Fford.

mom2mollie
11-07-2008, 03:16 PM
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski (definitely a bear market book) and Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd (excellent saga of the history of England)
I love LOOOONG books, and get sad when they're over... :)

jtammy
11-07-2008, 03:45 PM
Oops, I accidentally posted this on the October thread, so I'm reposting...

Ooooh, This is a dangerous thread!! I always end up seeing so many things here I want to add to my reading list. I just finished Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews (Don't bother is my review). I started Fearless Fourteen last night by Janet Evanovich. I'm also reading The Shack by William Young, but I keep putting it down and forgetting about it.

My daughter has read and re-read and re-read the Twilight series, but I just can't get far enough in them to be hooked. Plus I think she's told me so much about it that I know too much of the plot.

I've got a Jen Lancaster book requested. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Mazza, I adore Agatha Christie's books. She is my all time favorite author.
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mazza
11-07-2008, 03:48 PM
Tammy - Thanks for responding! I'm going to go to the library this week to search for some good ol' Christie reading. Any suggestions on books of her's to start with?

jtammy
11-07-2008, 04:55 PM
A couple of Agatha Christie recommendations - Christie had two main characters that were in many of her books (separately). I think a good choice to start with for the Miss Marple character is "The Body in the Library". A good beginning choice for the Hercule Poirot character is "The ABC Murders". This is not the first book with this character, but it is one of the stronger ones.

Ten Little Indians (also titled And then there were none) is also a good one, and doesn't have either of these characters in them.

Although her works carry some of the same characters, they aren't series, and you can read them in any order. Just don't read the two that were released posthumously - Curtains and Sleeping Murder - until you've read her other works.

Enjoy!

Ashley
11-07-2008, 06:57 PM
I'm reading "The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rockstar"

jules1216
11-07-2008, 07:08 PM
I'm reading "The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rockstar"

I read that a few weeks back...what did you think???

Billies Pottery
11-07-2008, 07:24 PM
I read the Twilight series after my daughter read the first one. I always like to see what kind of stuff she is reading.

They are a good read even for a 30-something like me, my sis and aunt and grandma all devoured them soon after i told them about them.

The thing i like most about the series is that my daughter's BFF who never reads, but is boy crazy, got into the books and now she is on the forth book! She is in love with Edward and calls me all the time to talk about stuff in the books. My daughter quit reading the series in the 2nd book because she got mad at it.

Needless to say, i am taking the girls to the midnight showing of the movie in a couple weeks.

The books are a good read even if you are not into supernatural stuff because they are really more of a Romeo and Juliet type story, especially the first one.

So, now i am starting on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Because i feel like it would be a good thing to go back to the story that started the whole vampire craze.

Wolf Goddess
11-07-2008, 07:35 PM
You should see the local library - you can't find the Twilight series on-shelf; it's by request only. They're that popular!

I'm reading The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jenifer Lee. It's an interesting history of Chinese-American food.

Glory87
11-07-2008, 07:48 PM
I just finished The Genius (http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Jesse-Kellerman/dp/0399154590/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226105156&sr=1-1) and it was okay - it went one way, and then another. Ultimately, I liked it.

I am reading The Next Thing on My List (http://www.amazon.com/Next-Thing-My-List-Novel/dp/0307351297/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226105257&sr=1-1) but it's a little too much cookie cutter chick lit for me, it's too much like PS I Love You.

I have a ton of books on hold at the library and none to pick up! I am going on a trip next week to see my mom and have NOTHING to read on the plane. It is great sadness :( I am rarely in a book drought!

Shopaholic1204
11-07-2008, 11:26 PM
I read the Twilight series after my daughter read the first one. I always like to see what kind of stuff she is reading.

They are a good read even for a 30-something like me, my sis and aunt and grandma all devoured them soon after i told them about them.

The thing i like most about the series is that my daughter's BFF who never reads, but is boy crazy, got into the books and now she is on the forth book! She is in love with Edward and calls me all the time to talk about stuff in the books. My daughter quit reading the series in the 2nd book because she got mad at it.

Needless to say, i am taking the girls to the midnight showing of the movie in a couple weeks.

The books are a good read even if you are not into supernatural stuff because they are really more of a Romeo and Juliet type story, especially the first one.

So, now i am starting on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Because i feel like it would be a good thing to go back to the story that started the whole vampire craze.

Oh..Dracula is on my list of things to read next. You should read The Historian.

BTW: I'm going to the midnight showing too..and then later that night, I'll be going again with my friend, lol.

mazza
11-08-2008, 12:47 AM
A couple of Agatha Christie recommendations - Christie had two main characters that were in many of her books (separately). I think a good choice to start with for the Miss Marple character is "The Body in the Library". A good beginning choice for the Hercule Poirot character is "The ABC Murders". This is not the first book with this character, but it is one of the stronger ones.

Ten Little Indians (also titled And then there were none) is also a good one, and doesn't have either of these characters in them.

Although her works carry some of the same characters, they aren't series, and you can read them in any order. Just don't read the two that were released posthumously - Curtains and Sleeping Murder - until you've read her other works.

Enjoy!


Awesome! Thanks for this :D

alinnell
11-08-2008, 12:24 PM
Glory~just an FYI that I never did finish The Host. I just couldn't get into it. My son is reading it now, and he feels the same way.

I am so enjoying The Other that I just put his other three books on my wishlist at Amazon.com!!

ANOther
11-08-2008, 01:04 PM
Finished The Race and am now starting The Spy Who Came For Christmas

I also picked up a couple of other Xmas novels: Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown and An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor

ETA 11.09: I also see Mary & Carol Higgins Clark have another one of their Xmas books (Dashing Through the Snow), I'll have to get that one too, I LOVED The Christmas Thief

nakedmango
11-08-2008, 05:47 PM
I've been reading a lot of food books lately. I'm reading Thrive Diet that a co-worker lent me, in exchange for Skinny B!tch, which I just finished (and it was in large part responsible for that last convincing to transition to going vegan). And another coworker lent me In Defense of Food, which was amazing and I can't say enough good things about.

I'm also on page 1 of the preface of Picture of Dorian Grey, for my book club.

lovemylabs
11-08-2008, 09:27 PM
I love Jody Picoult-GREAT GREAT
She has written many--The Pact, Nineteen Minutes, My Sisters Keeper

Reading new one by Nicholas Sparks; The Lucky One (it is good).

Just finished The Story of Edgar Sawtell. I really did like it.

I also really like Janet Evonovich (One for the Money, Two for the Dough.....her latest is Fearless Fourteen. These are really great to listen to on CD, the reader is very entertaining.

My all-time favorite book is Marley and Me, they are coming out with the movie Christmas day.

Shopaholic1204
11-10-2008, 12:31 AM
I'm reading Eclipse now.

FrouFrou
11-10-2008, 03:35 PM
Still working on The Innocent Man. Hoping to be finished in a couple of days so I can start another...not sure what, yet.

Cie
11-10-2008, 03:43 PM
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George. Love English mysteries though she is American.

Chele615
11-10-2008, 05:27 PM
I just finished reading "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life" by Wendy Shanker. It was alright...but I did get somewhat bored midway through. I plan on starting "The Next Thing on My List" this weekend. I bought it last month sometime because it sounded really good, but haven't had the chance to start it yet.

ollie27
11-10-2008, 05:57 PM
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Arlene Dallas
11-10-2008, 07:04 PM
Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer and just starting The Shack by Wm. Young for my book club. Thats in addition to all of the ongoing reading I have going with Louise Hay, Doreen Virtue, cookbooks and magazines.

Smiling_Sara
11-13-2008, 06:05 PM
I just started The Godmother

LisaMarie71
11-14-2008, 01:01 PM
I'm reading Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson -- a silly little vampire series. Fun so far!

alinnell
11-14-2008, 01:28 PM
Now that I have finished The Other, I have begun The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I'm in several chapters and so far I like the book.

jules1216
11-14-2008, 02:30 PM
Just finished Last Kiss by Luanne Rice, got more at the library this morning

Shopaholic1204
11-16-2008, 02:29 AM
I'm reading Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson -- a silly little vampire series. Fun so far!

omg!!! i love those books!!! i have them all!! lol

jtammy
11-16-2008, 11:17 AM
About to finish Murder Melts in Your Mouth by Nancy Martin.

LisaMarie71
11-17-2008, 09:33 AM
omg!!! i love those books!!! i have them all!! lol

I'm about 3/4 of the way through it now -- I like it! I'll probably read them all. Can you recommend any other vampire series? Besides Twilight, of course, because (like the rest of the planet) I've already read all those!! I really want to see the movie but with a 3-month old baby it's going to be a bit tough to get out!

Shopaholic1204
11-17-2008, 12:20 PM
Umm..I'm going to start reading the Sookie Stackhouse books soon. I saw the first one at the bookstore, so I'm gonna buy it. I also want to start reading Marked and all those books. Someone said Vampire Academy is good too. But those are like teen books. OH I really liked the books by Kerrelyn Sparks.

Shopaholic1204
11-17-2008, 12:20 PM
I'm reading Breaking Dawn again.

Glory87
11-17-2008, 03:08 PM
I'm about 3/4 of the way through it now -- I like it! I'll probably read them all. Can you recommend any other vampire series? Besides Twilight, of course, because (like the rest of the planet) I've already read all those!! I really want to see the movie but with a 3-month old baby it's going to be a bit tough to get out!

I really liked Tanya Huff's vampire books: Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Pact and Blood Debt. They turned them into a TV show, but I've never seen it. The first 3-4 Anita Blake vampire hunter books are good, but the series drops off in quality fairly steeply after Obsidian Butterly (in my opinion). The first book is Guilty Pleasures (http://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Pleasures-Anita-Vampire-Hunter/dp/051513449X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226952503&sr=1-1) and I really enjoyed it.

I also liked the first 2-3 Sookie Stackhouse books (but to me, they also suffer a decline in quality). The author, Charlaine Harris, is also writing a non vampire related series that I enjoy. The first book is Grave Sight (http://www.amazon.com/Grave-Sight-Harper-Connelly-Mysteries/dp/0425212890/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b) about a woman who can sense the dead.

LisaMarie71
11-17-2008, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll look into them.

I finished Undead and Unwed today -- it was a nice bit of mindless fun!

I started reading the novel Whacked by Jules Asner. I can't tell if I like it yet -- it may be a bit too "Hollywood insider" for me, and I couldn't care less about that stuff. The author was a host of E! News a few years back, and I believe she's married to director Stephen Soderbergh.

Smiling_Sara
11-19-2008, 01:13 PM
I'm about 120 pages into Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. Really good so far!

Chele615
11-19-2008, 02:44 PM
I read "The Next Thing on My List" this past weekend on my flights. I love flying somewhere for the main reason that it's usually like 2 hours (each way) of uninterrupted reading time!!! haha It was really good...highly recommend it! I kind of want to make my own list of things to do before I die now!

ForeverLove
11-19-2008, 03:32 PM
Also in the process of re-reading the twilight saga for about the millionth time! haha. cant WAIT for the movie tomorrow night!!! and the Sookie Stackhouse books are very good. Theres just something about vampires and romance that really gets me going. haha

ANOther
11-25-2008, 07:46 PM
About halfway through Grailblazers by Tom Holt

skinnyjenni
11-25-2008, 08:04 PM
Don't laugh, but i am currently reading Harry Potter and the half blood prince again. Just a thing I do before I see a movie based on a book.

alinnell
11-26-2008, 12:09 PM
Okay, I finished The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (I didn't quite understand the last chapter but I really liked the overall story) and have moved onto The Other Queen. So far it is pretty much like the other two Phillipa Gregory books I've read.

Glory87
11-26-2008, 05:54 PM
Oh, I hated the ending of Edgar Sawtelle!! That last chapter really pissed me off :)

I read Patricia Cornwell's Predator - laughably bad, Slummy Mummy - "Bridget Jones has a family knock off" and the new Stephen King book of short stories - not bad but not as good as some of his other collections. I'm currently reading Testimony by Anita Shreve, and it's pretty good.

alinnell
11-26-2008, 06:01 PM
Oh, I hated the ending of Edgar Sawtelle!! That last chapter really pissed me off :)

Yeah. It was like he didn't know how to end it so he wrote that weird chapter!

ANOther
11-28-2008, 11:23 AM
Finished Grailblazers last night and now starting Murder with All the Trimmings by Elaine Viets

LisaMarie71
11-28-2008, 11:48 AM
Glory, I've read five or six books by Anita Shreve and have enjoyed them all. I believe Fortune's Rocks was my favorite. I have her A Wedding in December but haven't yet read it.

Since I last posted, I finished Whacked by Jules Asner, which was decent but a bit odd. Possibly one of the most unrelatable main characters ever, but that's not really clear until the end. It's kind of a weird little ride to go on. I also finished Girls in Pants, which is the third book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Since I started teaching 9th graders, I've taken to reading young adult stuff on occasion, and I like this series. I want to read the 4th book as well before renting the second movie (which is based on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books).

I've also been reading lots of books about babies and their sleep problems!! I'm currently on The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. Suuuuure she will...

I just started reading Moral Disorder, a book of short stories by Margaret Atwood, my favorite living author. I'm not really in the mood for short stories, but I'm biding my time until I get my next shipment from Bookswim, which will include the next Queen Betsy vampire book and World Without End by Ken Follett.

Long post!

alinnell
11-28-2008, 05:44 PM
Lisa~I recently tried to read a Margaret Atwood book (The Blind Assassin) and had the hardest time getting into it that I finally dropped it. I had never read her stuff before, but did like the movie The Handmaid's Tale. I may have to try another of hers.

Sarah C0nn0r
11-29-2008, 09:19 AM
I've started the DaVinci Code, but so far it is so dry and sterile! I like a book that grabs me from the beginning and takes me for a ride. I fear this one is not it.

But I'll give it more of a chance. We will see.

Glory87
11-29-2008, 10:39 AM
Glory, I've read five or six books by Anita Shreve and have enjoyed them all. I believe Fortune's Rocks was my favorite. I have her A Wedding in December but haven't yet read it.

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I just started reading Moral Disorder, a book of short stories by Margaret Atwood, my favorite living author. I'm not really in the mood for short stories, but I'm biding my time until I get my next shipment from Bookswim, which will include the next Queen Betsy vampire book and World Without End by Ken Follett.

Long post!

Hey Lisa, I just finished Testimony and I enjoyed it. It really built and built up to the ending. I loved Pillars of the Earth (top 10 favorite book of mine) but was kind of "eh" over World Without End - mostly because I thought it was too deriviative of Pillars. Both books shared the same arch type characters. I guess if I had never read Pillars, I would have loved World, but as it was I was frequently annoyed by what I felt was laziness by the author!

I finished Jennifer Crusie's Fast Women, and it was just okay. I'm not sure what's next!

LisaMarie71
12-02-2008, 12:28 PM
Allison - The Blind Assassin is my favorite Atwood, but I read it after years of reading all her other books and getting used to her style, so I probably didn't notice that it was tough to get into, though I can see how that would be the case. You might like The Robber Bride or Cat's Eye.

Glory - I'm wondering if World Without End is worth reading, but I think I'll probably give it a go. I'm glad to hear Testimony was good. A Wedding in December was really good. I actually loved it. Just finished it this morning. Something about Anita Shreve's writing is just really lovely. I found mysef wanting the book to keep going as I turned the last page.

Sarah - I hated The Da Vinci Code. Yes, the subject matter is interesting, but the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking I'd be better served by reading a well written article or nonfiction book about it. The cheesy thriller setup and crappy writing did nothing for me.

Speaking of cheesy, I'm putting the Atwood stories aside for a while so I can read the next installment in the Queen Betsy vampire series, Undead and Unemployed. Very light reading after the slightly heavy Shreve book. After that, possibly the Follett.

alinnell
12-02-2008, 12:59 PM
Lisa~I'll try some more Atwood books. Thanks for the recommendation! Just to let you know, I loved both of the Follett books.

You want to know what's sad? Yesterday at Costco, I was perusing the book stacks and I couldn't find a single book that appealed to me. What will I do?