Carb Counters - Bringing back The LC Book Club!!!

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01-09-2004, 12:56 PM
We need to bring back our book club thread since the crash.

So put your favorite book recommendations here, if 2 of you want to send a book to eachother go for it! If you are a library person still make your recommendations but if you read a book off the list let that person know so that we can discuss the book.

For recommendations put the book and you can rate it....

1-4 :). Give part of the story line or just why you loved or hated the book.

OOOOO this is gonna be fun!!!

Foufy...does that sound right?? Like what we had last time??
How do we make it a sticky thread??

01-09-2004, 12:58 PM
I think Leens or someone needs to make it into a sticky!

My previous recommendation was:

Perfume, the story of a murderer by Patrick Susskind.

Takes place in France...about a boy born without a sense of smell which causes many trials and tribulations in his life as he grows - saga of his life really....great fiction..very riveting and hard to put down - unlike anything you have read before - very eye opening and enlightening about the meaning of life.



01-09-2004, 01:04 PM
MY recommendations......

Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden ; excellent, timeless story!! One of the best books I have ever read. 4:)

Where The Heart Is by Bille Letts; feel good story about a young girl that has her baby in Walmart, then she turns her life around!! Great book! 4:)

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb; Great story and has a weightloss story in it and is a feel good story about overcoming obsticles and raising self worth. 4:)

Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen ; Crazy story but fun...lots of twist and turns. A crappy excuse for a human being gets stalked because he throws trash out on the side of the road. Soon he loses everything! Government corruption meets stalker! 4 :)

Take It Like A Man, Autobiography Of Boy George by Boy George and Spencer Bright ; the be all tell all, great book couldn't put it down!! 4 :)

01-09-2004, 01:25 PM
I second TG's recommendation of "Sick Puppy." I definitely give it four big stars! My boss gave it to me for Christmas. At first I thought he was psycho, but then I ended up not being able to put it down. So many twists, turns and craziness! And, it's set in Florida, so that made it even more fun to read.

TG: Have you read any other Carl Hiassen books? I'm definitely going to check his others out. If there even half as good as "Sick Puppy," I'll be happy!

01-09-2004, 09:45 PM
Hi how do we decide which books?

One of my MOST favourite books is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. It is a romance historical fiction book set in both modern day time and Scotland in the 18th century. Very much a page turner! This was the first in a series of 3 other books continuing with the main characters.

Ken follett.......Pillars of the Earth
Wally Lamb...........I know this much is true.
Jean Auel..........Clan of the bear cave

01-09-2004, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by Theo'sgirl
MY recommendations......

Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden ; excellent, timeless story!! One of the best books I have ever read. 4:)

I agree completely! I also like Clan of the Cave Bear (the first one!)

The Lives of Dax by Various Authors-4 This is pretty much for ST DS9 fans, but I think anyone can read it and realize if you had more than 1 life to live the decisions and mistakes you would make.

From the First Bite: A Complete Guide to Recovery From Food Addiction by Kaye Sheppard-3.5 Dump the food plan and you have an excellent guide for expectations of the ups and downs of a 12 Step program for recovery from any Eating Disorder.

Kingdom Come by MarK Waid- 4 Ever wonders what happens to Superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman when the world changes? A definitive view of the DC Character growth.

I could go on but I got to save more for later. You can check out some of my books at

Miss Chris :D

01-10-2004, 01:14 AM
Well I guess if you see a book that might tickle your fancy listed, just say you are reading it and whoever else has read it can discuss it, or then if more people want to discuss it then we can all read it.
We can get more organized about it as we go along.

02-11-2004, 11:24 AM
Just finished reading The Red Tent. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book that much.

Not sure I could put it into words but I know that Star also read this book and she said that she loved it also.

02-15-2004, 06:21 PM
I did read it and it was wonderful!

Some other favorites of mine:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr - murder mystery type book. Reminds me a little of Sherlock Holmes

Jemima J by Jane Green - Story of a woman struggling with her weight and learning about true beauty.

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb - another story of a woman and her weight. This one focuses a lot more on the messed-up-ness of the main character's life and how she has to overcome it.

Notes From an Unfinished Revolution by Merideth Maran - non-fiction by a bi-sexual feminist about where women were, what the advent of feminism was all about and finding a happy medium between two extremes.

The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love by Jill Connor Browne - This is a must have! Real Southern Belle humor and realism. Including such life altering knowledge as:

* The True Magic Words Guaranteed to Get Any Man to Do Your Bidding
* The Five Men You Must Have in Your Life at All Times
* Men Who May Need Killing, Quite Frankly
* What to Eat When Tragedy Strikes, or Just for Entertainment
* The Best Advice Ever Given in the Entire History of the World

02-18-2004, 03:04 PM
OMG Star I LOVE the Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, I so want to be one of them! They're my sort of people. The recipes in the back of the book (tried them before Atkins) are pretty decent too.

My recommendation is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. This book moved me and haunted me. When I find someone else who has read it we talk to each other about it very very quickly for about 5 minutes and then sit back with a goofy smile on our faces..... it's like brain sex.

02-23-2004, 05:44 PM
Princess: you know who you are - is it any surprise I had to read this one? Very funny book about self-empowerment through a sense of entitlement and how it not only benefits you, but everyone around you. Fun, easy read. :queen:

03-12-2004, 01:24 AM
OH I just read a really good book. I couldn't put it down.

The Lovely Bones By Alice Siebold

About a 13 yr old girl that gets murdered and then she watches from heaven how her community and her family deal with and finally overcome her death, she also watches the killer and meets the other girls he has murdered. Very good read!!!

03-17-2004, 04:52 PM
I just read Eaters of the dead by Michael Crichton.It was real good I also read To Kill a Mockingbird and oldie but a goodie :lol:

03-30-2004, 12:31 PM
Body Outlaws - very good compilation of essays on body image.

03-30-2004, 02:38 PM
good book!!! Billy Letts "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon" just a feel good story, easy to read and as usual Billy has really fun characters!!

Mrs H
04-28-2004, 01:40 AM
I just read a book last week that I could not put down. It was called "A Child Called It" by David Pezler. I started and finished it without moving. lol it was that good. It was really a heart warming story about a young boys will to survive. Makes one think of how lucky they really are! It's a very sad book also! This book was the first in a triology. The other two are called "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Called Dave" I have those two on reserve for me at the library when they come in. Can't wait to read those!


07-13-2004, 04:59 PM
I have to agree with Clan of the Cave Bear!

As a matter of fact, I have the whole set. They are as listed in correct order:

Clan of the Cave Bear
Valley of the Horses
The Mammoth Hunters
Plains of Passage
Shelters of Stone.

I am on Plains of Passage. I started the first book in August and ALL of them are as equally good! You just keep hanging on to see what will happen in Ayla's life next. And you don't have to read a previous book to know what is going on. You can start anywhere in the set.

I LOVE Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Twilight Eyes (D.K.) and The Stand (S.K) are 2 totally timeless classics. :lol:

07-13-2004, 06:35 PM
Lisa - I just noticed you read 'A Child Called It'. Was it really good? I've picked it up a few times at the store but have always been afraid that I couldn't stomach it.

I love Stephen King! I highly recommend the Dark Tower series. It doesn't fit into the horror genre, but the books in the series that have been released so far are amazing.

And for those of you who like a more difficult and bizzare read, 'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski (Poe's brother if you know who she is) is one of my all time favorites.

Mrs H
07-13-2004, 06:48 PM
Star: I read "A Child Called It" in one sitting. I couldn't put the book down. Most parts are not that bad, but there were a few parts where I felt really sick to my stomach. The 2nd and 3rd books in the series are not at all bad though. In my opinion, it's well worth reading! Hope you read and enjoy it!!


07-14-2004, 01:46 AM
Hmm, I will have to check out "A Child Called It". What exactly is it about, there are certain topics I won't read.

Mrs H: Ya know one of the best pregnancy reads I ever bought was "The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy". Down right hysterical! :hyst: She also has the "Girlfriend's Guide To Baby's First Year" which is cute but not as good. I HIGHLY recommend the pregnancy guide. It isn't full of anything scary either!

Star, I LOVE the dark tower series. I have the whole collection and will be first in line when another comes out. I don't know if you have ever read "The Talisman" (totally awesome!) but he came out with a sort of a sequel to it where Jack is an older retiring cop and kids start disappearing/being murdered in this new town. Very good but not as great as the first one. It's called Black House, pretty rivoting. I read it in about 2 days :lol:

Mrs H
07-14-2004, 09:54 AM
Randi: "A Child Called It" Is a true story about one little boy's journey through child abuse. The first book is a very sad book, but the other two books are very enlightening and are about his life after he was removed from his mother's care. Very interesting, but the first book is a little sickening at times!

Thanks for the recomendation on the pregnancy book. I will have to check it out. Every book that I have read so far on pregnancy hasn't been at all funny! :lol: Some can really scare the crap out of you! I was thinking that maybe had I ready them before I got pregnant, well I probably wouldn't have gotten pregnant :lol: Guess being a first time mommy I am just scared as to what to expect!

07-14-2004, 11:04 AM
Ok, I have to add a little bit about "A Child Called It". Lisa's right on the topic, but you must be warned: his case is considered the worst California has seen and he's pretty descriptive. Like I said, I've read parts and it's almost unbelievable what happened to him. Especially when you consider that his father was there as were his siblings, but the abuse was focused on him.

07-14-2004, 07:50 PM
Thanks for heads up Star. I will check it out a bit before deciding to read it. I won't read anything about child sexual abuse and it sounds like maybe I shouldn't read this one.

Mrs. H - That is exactly why I recommended the Girlfriend's Guide. Not to long ago I was becoming a first time mother myself and I remember all the scary things. All I can say is don't read those parts unless you have reason. Otherwise you will just worry yourself sick. I also liked having a pregnancy journal. I found an awesome one at Target for like 10bucks that told you each day how your baby developed, what to expect and left a spot for you to write in it. Nothing icky in there either! :lol:

07-14-2004, 08:29 PM
Cinny - you may want to try looking it up on They always have plenty of helpful reviews of everything. :)

07-15-2004, 01:20 AM
Thanks, I didn't know you could read a couple of pages from it. Of course, I did and now I have to go buy the darn thing. :lol:

07-20-2004, 04:26 PM
Well, I borrowed "A Child Called It" from the library yesterday. I finished it in one sitting last night. Definitly worth reading. I totally think that the abuse he suffered is heartwrenching and sickening, but I think the part that bothered me the most about it was his dad. I mean WTH????? HOW could you let your child go through that and then leave him there knowing you were his only protection and barely at that!?!?!? I don't understand and almost hate him more than the mother! :(

I am for sure going to check out the other 2 books in the series. I think this book ended a bit abruptly and left a lot of questions. I hope they are answered in the next two.