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ANOther
06-01-2010, 10:29 AM
I'm about halfway through The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt, and then on deck I have Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth (about a vampire who's a special secret agent to the President) and Play Dead by Ryan Brown (3 words: zombie. football. players)


Glory87
06-01-2010, 10:34 AM
I am reading The Best of Friends: Martha and Me (http://www.amazon.com/Best-Friends-Martha-Me/dp/0061661279/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275402795&sr=8-1). I just finished Happens Every Day (http://www.amazon.com/Happens-Every-Day-All-Too-True-Story/dp/B002PJ4FS2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275402835&sr=1-1) which was pretty good.

ubergirl
06-01-2010, 10:43 AM
Little Bee


Gold32
06-01-2010, 02:33 PM
I am currently finishing the second trilogy by Robin Hobb called The Tawney Man trilogy. The first was the Farseer trilogy, starting with Assassin's Apprentice. Anyone in to fantasy, I highly recommend them!

Serbrider
06-02-2010, 08:45 AM
I have to read Crime and Punishment for school. However... my "pleasure" reading is:

Small Animal Clinical Nutrition

:p

It's a textbook... but it is my pleasure reading. ;)


I'm also just reading whatever I feel like reading. My other "pleasure" book is a little more understandable. Seabiscuit. :D

ETA: The funny thing is that I'm seventeen... so yeah... will be a senior in high school this year. So yeah... and these things are what I'm reading for fun? :D

Lackie
06-02-2010, 02:09 PM
I am reading Eat Pray Love, again. Next on my list are the Sookie Stackhouse books... LOVE True Blood so I am hoping the books are better as they usually are in the case of Books vs. Movies/Shows. I have a whole summer where I have nothing to do, but spend time with the pup and the nieces and nephews. I plan to read a ton!

Alicia87
06-02-2010, 08:43 PM
I am reading Eat Pray Love, again. Next on my list are the Sookie Stackhouse books... LOVE True Blood so I am hoping the books are better as they usually are in the case of Books vs. Movies/Shows. I have a whole summer where I have nothing to do, but spend time with the pup and the nieces and nephews. I plan to read a ton!

Funny that you say this, because I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books except the newest one...Dead in the Family, which I just picked up today and am excited to start tonight :)

The book are definitely better than the show! I like the show a lot, but I've been reading the books before the show even came on and they are excellent!

My Body in Motion
06-02-2010, 08:56 PM
I am reading Little Bee, also, Ubergirl!

CanadianCutie
06-02-2010, 09:08 PM
Still trudging my way through Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving. But I also just borrowed digital copies of Books 2 and 3 in the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson

Lackie
06-03-2010, 12:15 PM
Funny that you say this, because I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books except the newest one...Dead in the Family, which I just picked up today and am excited to start tonight :)

The book are definitely better than the show! I like the show a lot, but I've been reading the books before the show even came on and they are excellent!

YAY That makes me feel a ton better! :) I looked through it and the first two books seem to be the first two seasons?

AZgal8
06-03-2010, 05:00 PM
WOW... I am a little embarassed to name my book... all the others seem like literature, and mine is pure fluff.

I'm reading The Infidelty Pact by Carrie Karasyov

vertigoskyy
06-03-2010, 07:42 PM
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Half-Assed by Jennette Fulda

AdeleA
06-03-2010, 07:51 PM
The Third Twin - Ken Follett, and after that I'll start on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

A good book and a cup of ginger tea keeps my mind (and my wanna-snack hands) occupied before bed!

ratfancy
06-03-2010, 07:55 PM
The Third Twin - Ken Follett, and after that I'll start on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

A good book and a cup of ginger tea keeps my mind (and my wanna-snack hands) occupied before bed!

Ummm - after my sushi ginger I'm having coconut green tea. That and crocheting should keep me occupied before bed!

Alicia87
06-03-2010, 09:58 PM
YAY That makes me feel a ton better! :) I looked through it and the first two books seem to be the first two seasons?

Yeah, that's what it seems to me. The show is a little different from the books, but each season one seems to follow book one, and the same with season/book 2. They're really good, I'm excited for you to read them LOL!

Lackie
06-03-2010, 10:50 PM
I am very excited too! I have been pushing through Eat Pray Love so I can get on with the Stackhouse books! I am super pumped. That means that there could possibly 10 seasons if they go by the books o.O

ubergirl
06-03-2010, 11:00 PM
I am reading Little Bee, also, Ubergirl!

I really like it... do you?

seabiscuit
06-04-2010, 04:49 AM
I'm reading Open by Andre Agassi and the Four Day Win (someone on here said it was good so I decided to read it) - both are very good! :)

SCraver
06-04-2010, 08:36 AM
I am half way through Jemima J (http://www.amazon.com/Jemima-Novel-About-Ducklings-Swans/dp/0767905180) by Jane Green

I'm reading ... the Four Day Win (someone on here said it was good so I decided to read it) - both are very good! :)

I am also reading The Four Day Win!! So you like it so far?? I like that it is a focus on all the emotional stuff rather then "eat less, move more".

helwa588
06-04-2010, 08:55 AM
I just got finish reading "the third summer of the sisterhood of the traveling pant"

ohlove
06-05-2010, 07:16 PM
I just finished reading Water for Elephants, and I'm thinking about making a trip to the used bookstore soon. I might check into Eat, Pray, Love. I've never seen True Blood, but maybe I'll try those books too. Could be interesting. :D

LisaMarie71
06-06-2010, 08:53 AM
To those of you reading The Four Day Win: I liked that book too! I did a four-day win, the first one where you pick a habit that's easy to change, and I stuck to it for a while but then kind of slacked. Oops! But I like the concept of the book, and I like that it's funny!

I'm reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. I'm also reading some fluff -- Glory in Death, the second in a series by J.D. Robb, who's actually Nora Roberts. Her stuff isn't literary greatness, but I really can't figure out how she writes so many books!

Lackie
06-06-2010, 11:51 AM
So I started the Sookie Stackhouse books and I am already half way through the first. It is so good! I started reading yesterday and couldn't stop. :)

AnnieDrews
06-07-2010, 02:06 PM
I also just finished Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen. I saw online that it is being made into a movie with Robert Pattinson. Very good story.

caribbeangirl02
06-07-2010, 03:06 PM
I have a few books on my Ipod:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. On this last one, I have to say that I've never been into misteries but decided to give this one a chance considering all the publicity is has gotten this last few months. The book was extremely entertaining with well develop characters. Looking forward to reading the other two of the Millenium trilogy...
Happy reading everyone!!!


Caribbean Girl

TheBunneh
06-07-2010, 03:27 PM
I just started Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs, the fourth book in her Mercy Thompson series. I think the series is pretty cool, if you're into fantasy. (Which I really really am. =P)

Iatxgirl
06-07-2010, 03:38 PM
I'm almost finished with The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

OverOverWeight
06-07-2010, 04:01 PM
I am reading Eat Pray Love, again. Next on my list are the Sookie Stackhouse books... LOVE True Blood so I am hoping the books are better as they usually are in the case of Books vs. Movies/Shows. I have a whole summer where I have nothing to do, but spend time with the pup and the nieces and nephews. I plan to read a ton!

The books are waaaayyyy better than the TV series. I love love loved them!

OverOverWeight
06-07-2010, 04:05 PM
The Third Twin - Ken Follett, and after that I'll start on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

A good book and a cup of ginger tea keeps my mind (and my wanna-snack hands) occupied before bed!

I'm reading the 5th book in the Outlander series. I had to take a break between books 3 and 4 because my mental voice had developed a Scottish brogue. Love this series!

L R K
06-07-2010, 04:14 PM
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski

Lackie
06-07-2010, 04:46 PM
The books are waaaayyyy better than the TV series. I love love loved them!

AND WHOA to the plot changes they made to the TV series o.O

effie12
06-07-2010, 05:15 PM
I have a few books on my Ipod:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. On this last one, I have to say that I've never been into misteries but decided to give this one a chance considering all the publicity is has gotten this last few months. The book was extremely entertaining with well develop characters. Looking forward to reading the other two of the Millenium trilogy...
Happy reading everyone!!!


Caribbean Girl


I'm starting the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it has been on my 'To Read List' for ages, and my Swedish friend has been badgering me about reading it for nearly that long. If you haven't seen the movie (the Swedish/Danish one, I know that there is an American remake coming out, but those are never any good) I thought it was fantastic. It is very intense, but seeing as you've read the book, it shouldn't be too shocking. But it definitely is not a movie for the faint of heart.

ANOther
06-17-2010, 02:08 PM
I'm about wrapping up Blood Oath: I think it's pretty cool, but YMMV depending on whether you like books about zombies (this is NOT your Twilight- or Undead and- type vampire story, and zombies also figure very strongly in the plot). I think before I read Play Dead I'll read something else to cleanse my palate: I have Absolute Power by David Baldacci, and I've ordered Wicked: A Tale of Two Schools by Jilly Cooper (no relation to the book about the Oz witches or its Broadway musical)

WinterStarzz
06-17-2010, 02:17 PM
I am currently reading the Dexter series, and waiting for 'Sizzling Sixteen' from the Stephanie Plum series (by Janet Evanovich) to be available at the library!

Alicia87
06-17-2010, 02:52 PM
Insatiable by Meg Cabot is my latest book! I have been waiting for it to come out (it came out last week, but it's been crazy busy for me lately), she is my favorite author!

bliss
06-17-2010, 04:53 PM
I'm reading 'The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova. Vamp lovers should give it a try. I have all the Sookie Stackhouse books but have only read book one. I thought I'd read them as I watched each seaon of True Blood but found they don't really match up.

Just finished reading a few books by James Herbert. I have 'The Magic Cottage". Great somewhat scary book! Another writer I want to recommend is Christopher Moore. I've read almost all of his books. They are quirky and fun. Vamp lovers try 'Blood Sucking Fiends' and 'Bite Me", and then there's the book about a reaper called 'A Dirty Job".

I go to my local library almost every week so I read a lot. I also love the book sales they have. I have shelves of books to read!

Great thread!
bliss~

alinnell
06-17-2010, 05:40 PM
I'm starting the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it has been on my 'To Read List' for ages, and my Swedish friend has been badgering me about reading it for nearly that long. If you haven't seen the movie (the Swedish/Danish one, I know that there is an American remake coming out, but those are never any good) I thought it was fantastic. It is very intense, but seeing as you've read the book, it shouldn't be too shocking. But it definitely is not a movie for the faint of heart.

I was so excited to go see this! I had DH read the book and then we went a couple months ago. It's not rated. They did that because had they rated it, it would have gotten an NC17. We took my 15 year old son with us. :o He loved it, though, and I doubt he was too traumatized!

misspriss78
06-18-2010, 08:25 PM
I also just finished Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen. I saw online that it is being made into a movie with Robert Pattinson. Very good story.

so excited to hear that there making it into a movie! I really loved the book. Robert Pattinson sound good for the part too.

As for me, im reading what i think is book 8 or 9 of the Sookie Stackhouse books "Dead and Gone" just started it last night and of course its fabulous.. ! I also LOVE trueblood i couldn't hardly wait for the third season to finally start.
:cheer2: GO TEAM ERIC ( just some trueblood spirit:p)

Onederchic
06-18-2010, 08:28 PM
My bf is a big fan of Greg Iles so I have been reading some of his books. I just started Turning Angel by him last night. I also still reading The Lovely Bones via my new MP3/e book reader thingy I got for my birthday :D

Glory87
06-18-2010, 09:20 PM
I just finished reading Justin Cronin's The Passage. It got wonderful wonderful advance reviews and it should be everything I like - vampires! the end of the world! post apocalyptic societies!

I wanted to love it, but it had a lot of precious metaphysical BS which is a huge turn off for me. I don't know what it says about me, I'm willing to suspend my disbelief for the government doing secret experiments and unleashing a horde of vampires on the populace, I'm not willing to accept a miracle child who can speak to animals and is some kinda special savior (not to mention the mystical nun!). And it's the first book of a trilogy!

blindcantaloup
06-19-2010, 07:22 AM
I'm reading Shakespeare's Macbeth. Trying to get a familiarity with Shakespeare. But I'm waiting for another book to come in the mail; how to make love like a porn star; a cautionary tale, an auto biography of Jenna Jameson.

CanadianCutie
06-19-2010, 11:38 AM
I am currently reading the Dexter series, and waiting for 'Sizzling Sixteen' from the Stephanie Plum series (by Janet Evanovich) to be available at the library!


I've read all the currently released books in the Dexter series, and can't wait for the new one to come out. I also love the TV series.

Ruthxxx
06-19-2010, 12:45 PM
Just started "Through Black Spruce" which is quite interesting. Author is Joseph Boyden, a Canadian author although he and his wife live in Louisiana right now where he teaches literature at the University of New Orleans.

Does anyone else belong to a book club? Mine is great and gets me reading books I might never have noticed before. We have eight of us, both men and women, and the age range is 34 to 77.

ANOther
06-19-2010, 01:53 PM
The Jilly Cooper book didn't arrive yet so I started on Absolute Power

Glory87: Hey, a lot of us LIKE precious metaphysical BS! ::ducks and runs:: Actually if you like the vampire-y stuff in the Passage you should really like Blood Oath, it's got a vampire who's a personal secret agent for the President and a mad scientist creating an army of zombie mercenaries

tuende
06-19-2010, 06:27 PM
A couple of people mentioned reading Little Bee- intense, but SO good!

I've been reading Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. It's her autobiography- she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work in environmentalism. She is one amazing woman and is so inspiring- if everyone could just be a little more like her, our world would be a better place. She's also a wonderful storyteller!

alinnell
06-19-2010, 07:11 PM
I just downloaded the new one by Bret Easton Ellis--Imperial Bedroom. I also had to down load it's precursor--Less Than Zero to re-read first. Of course, I'm only 30% done with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest so it'll be a while before I get to these. And I also have Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy...If only I had more time! I'm hoping DH puts together my bike so I can read and ride at the same time (can't manage that with the elliptical or treadmill).

Onederchic
06-21-2010, 02:12 AM
Just finished up 'The Lovely Bones'. Loved it, was much better than the movie to me (as books tend to be :D) and I like the movie. I am still reading on 'Turning Angel' by Greg Iles and just started the first book in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles as well :)

2phatinvictoria
06-21-2010, 02:46 AM
I'm currently reading the outlander series by Diana galbadon !! super super good and i have a bunch of marian keyes books to be read.. she is so funnny!

eyks
06-21-2010, 03:53 AM
I am half way through Jemima J (http://www.amazon.com/Jemima-Novel-About-Ducklings-Swans/dp/0767905180) by Jane Green

One of my all time favorite easy reads! I hope you enjoy it!

Also, I just finished The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer. And I have just started Hope In A Jar by Beth Harbison.

Glory87
06-21-2010, 09:38 AM
Hope in a Jar was okay :)

Thanks ANOther - I added The Oath to my Good Reads queue.

I am reading House Rules by Picoult. I'm about 40 pages in and she's NOT in the courtroom yet! It's a miracle. I either like her books or get hugely annoyed, we'll see how this one goes.

seabiscuit
06-22-2010, 05:14 AM
I just finished Open by Andre Agassi and really liked it-

Scraver, I couldn't really get into the 4 day win. I don't know why. Maybe I will try reading it again at another time.

Smiling_Sara
06-22-2010, 10:18 AM
While on vacation, I read Get Lucky by Katherine Center. It was a quick read. Was only alright for me.

Now I"m reading The Ice Man. http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Man-Confessions-Contract-ebook/dp/B000VMBXD0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1277216266&sr=8-6 Absolutley chilling story of Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski

Smiling_Sara
06-22-2010, 10:23 AM
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Half-Assed by Jennette Fulda

Awesome awesome......and did I mention awesome? Book!

comforthaven
06-22-2010, 10:35 AM
I'm reading,"The Power of Intention" by Dr. Wayne W.Dyer.

CanadianCutie
06-22-2010, 10:57 AM
I'm finally onto Underground by Kat Richardson. Still trudging through Last Night in Twisted River. It's good, but I can only read so much at a time. At some point I may have to go back and read The World According to Garp, I read it in high school and loved it. Not sure if I would now.

caribbeangirl02
06-22-2010, 11:09 AM
So many books, so little time.....
Ubegirl & My Body in motion, I am also reading Little Bee!! Perhaps we should do a book club???
Next on my list I have:

Sout of Broad by Pat Conroy
The Girl Who played with fired by Stieg Larsson (loved the 1st one of the Millenium trilogy!)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Berghese


Caribbean Girl

TIARA
06-22-2010, 08:10 PM
i just finished reading the vampire academy series.. i must say iy was very good. im just upset that i must wait for the last book.. lol

now i am waiting for the house of night series.. i ordered it from the library so that is what will keep me busy this week.

as you can tell im into the whole vampire world.. lol

My Body in Motion
06-22-2010, 10:13 PM
Finished Little Bee (thumbs down), and I'm on to In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.

Next I'm re-reading Eat Pray Love for my book club.

Mikan
06-23-2010, 11:40 AM
I am reading "All Over Creation" By Ruth Ozeki. It is a fictional account of the dangers of the farming industry. I would recommend her book "My Year of Meats" which is about the livestock industry mixed with interesting plot and storyline, but it actually has a bibliography of real sources, any day.

WinterStarzz
06-23-2010, 12:14 PM
I've read all the currently released books in the Dexter series, and can't wait for the new one to come out. I also love the TV series.

Just finished the first season last night! So good!!! Loving the books, too. :D

WinterStarzz
06-23-2010, 12:17 PM
i just finished reading the vampire academy series.. i must say iy was very good. im just upset that i must wait for the last book.. lol

now i am waiting for the house of night series.. i ordered it from the library so that is what will keep me busy this week.

as you can tell im into the whole vampire world.. lol

The House of Night books are pretty good.

If you like the vampire books, try Evermore! I think there are currently two or three in the series at this point.

ParadiseFalls
06-23-2010, 01:10 PM
Hey, everyone! I'm reading "I Am Charlotte Simmons" by Tom Wolfe. It's radically different from his successes (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, Bonfire of the Vanities), but I'm enjoying it so far. We'll see how it goes.

JMfan
06-23-2010, 05:47 PM
Accidentally Dead-Dakota Cassidy
Master Your Metabolism -Jillian Michaels
Skinny Dip- Karl Hiaasen

kariatari
06-24-2010, 01:00 PM
I'm reading Open by Andre Agassi and the Four Day Win (someone on here said it was good so I decided to read it) - both are very good! :)

I llllloooooooovvedd Agassi's book!

kariatari
06-24-2010, 01:19 PM
Just finished Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Adored his lush prose - great story if you can get over the fact that the protagonist is kind of a creeper. :)

Now reading Forget Me Not by Jennifer Anker and The Gulag Archipelago by some Russian dude whose name I can't pronounce, let alone spell. (Reading the latter on a recommendation from my cousin...but I'm thinking it might be too intense for summer reading...LoL!)

ANOther
06-24-2010, 06:10 PM
The Gulag Archipelago by some Russian dude whose name I can't pronounce, let alone spell

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I'm about halfway through Absolute Power, and my Jilly Cooper book finally arrived: it looks every bit as door-stopping as anything Solzhenitsyn ever wrote, but must be infinitely more fun to read

Paramedic
06-27-2010, 12:26 AM
I know this seems fairly cheesy, but I'm making my way through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I seriously love this series, partly for the fact that it's an easy read (something I can pick up when I'm getting ready for bed and not very conscious) and the author goes to extreme lengths to describe the world of the wizards. It's very realistic, I think.

But, anyway. I started with the first book at the beginning of the week and just made it to the third book the other day. When I first read the series, I only made it to the 4th book, so I'm eager to go beyond that this time.

CookieLuvr
06-27-2010, 11:22 PM
Earlier in the week I finished The Help and have started The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes.

So far so good and I really enjoyed The Help.

Onederchic
06-27-2010, 11:23 PM
I know this seems fairly cheesy, but I'm making my way through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I seriously love this series, partly for the fact that it's an easy read (something I can pick up when I'm getting ready for bed and not very conscious) and the author goes to extreme lengths to describe the world of the wizards. It's very realistic, I think.

But, anyway. I started with the first book at the beginning of the week and just made it to the third book the other day. When I first read the series, I only made it to the 4th book, so I'm eager to go beyond that this time.


I have the book series but have yet to start them. I will get to them one day, I am sure :D

CanadianCutie
06-27-2010, 11:42 PM
About the Harry Potter books, nothing cheesy about them at all. I've read them, and at some point I'd like to read them again.

loveAcat
06-29-2010, 09:40 PM
The Third Twin - Ken Follett, and after that I'll start on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

A good book and a cup of ginger tea keeps my mind (and my wanna-snack hands) occupied before bed!

I loved the Outlander books! Well, the first four... after that, the story dragged on too much for me :)

I'm finishing up "Born to Run," which is an excellent book, and very motivating (I find myself googling "tarahumara" and "how to run barefoot" way too much!)

Also, I hope my amazon order comes in tomorrow, with "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See, "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan, and "Sweet Dates in Basra" by Jessica Jiji.

Looks like I'm all set for the next... two weeks or so ;)

TIARA
07-07-2010, 02:29 AM
just finished book 2 of house of night and on to book 3.. loving it so far..

TIARA
07-30-2010, 04:17 AM
The House of Night books are pretty good.

If you like the vampire books, try Evermore! I think there are currently two or three in the series at this point.

thanks for the top.. im currently on the 3rd book in the evermore series i love it .. :hug::carrot: