Have you read any good books lately?

Lady - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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I'm having real trouble getting back into reading after the birth of my last son and am looking for some good recomendations to start me back in the habit, so anything would be helpful.
I love everything usually, crime, romance, horror, sci fi, comedy so am open for any suggestions!!
Bring it on!!

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Lady - posted on 04/28/2010

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Sharon I've got a couple of harry potter first editions too, one of them though now has a big pen drawing on the inside cover from my second daughter, I nearly flipped. My hubby likes Raymond Fiest, I've only read his magician books and the mistress of the empire series which I loved - have you tried Robert Jordan - the wheel of time series? The Robert Pulman books are good too - way better that the films.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/27/2010

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Don't Tell Mom I Work On The Rigs; She Thinks I'm A Piano Player In A Whore House.
Easy read, but fucking hilarious.

Sharon - posted on 04/27/2010

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I'm a huge sci-fi/fantasy fan. I used to read horror and crime novels. But I haven't budged much from sci-fi/fantasy genre.

James Herriot - rural country british vet from a long ago - awesome pet stories. His books are brief anecdotes of his life.

Patrick McManus - comedic writer, dry comedic writer, of natural rural life, hunting, fishing, etc. His books are also brief anecdotes of his life.

Huh - both guys, both dead, both NOT sci-fi/fantasy...

Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd who is picking up his mothers' reins with fresh ideas. He's clumsy yet, but I hope to see progress from him soon.

Mercedes Lackey - she must be a thousand years old to have written as many books as she has. I adore her writing, I love her embrasure of homosexuality and lax religious views. Mercedes Lackey often pairs up with other writers all to the benefit of the reader. I've often thought of her books as the "sci-fi/fantasy FLUFF but lately her books have taken on more depth.

Piers Anthony - AWESOME! LOL he is REALLY light reading, totally for fun. He enjoys puns, good ones & bad ones, lol. His world is set in Florida, I kid you not. Its called Xanth.

Robert Asprin - light sci-fi/fantasy writer, I love his stuff too. You have to read all the titles of his books as if you have a lisp.

Tad Williams - you cannot read most of his series without screwing your thinking cap on tight. He has one series that has soooo many characters I thought about creating a spreadsheet to keep track.

Melanie Rawn - as far as I know she wrote two 3 part series and that was it, but they were FANTASTIC books and I miss living in her world. My kids all have names from her characters.

Raymond Feist - his books are fantastic.. also a prolific writer! I have an "authors copy" of one of his books.... this is the book as the author wanted it. BEFORE the editors got their hands on it.. AWESOME friggen awesome!! Not only did the editors hack up the book, but they turned it into TWO books ...

You probably aren't intersted in my farming books, lol.

I do have all 1st editions of JK Rowlings HP books and I have the limited edition replica of nursery stories she wrote up too.

I opened the box on christmas day, put on silk gloves and we looked through the books and the common version, I read teh stories to the kids, put it away, and never looked at it since, lol. I am hoping to put it on display after hubby finishes the livingroom.

That is pretty much it. I used to read really heavy sci-fi books, Greg Bear and some others but pages and pages of mathmatical formulae started to make me feel really stupid, lol.

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Stacey - posted on 04/14/2011

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ANYTHING by "Jodi Picolt" I would easily recommend.. I have had the pleasure of enjoying every book I have read of her's this far, and she actually reunited me with my love of reading, after a year long dry spell where I had kind of stopped, from depression with a bunch of upheavel in my life at the time.. The funny thing about her books, are they are not typically "cheerful" or anything, in fact, almost all of them I end up bawling at some point or another, but that was the point, they drew me in, made me FEEL an emotion, engaged me, reminded me of why I LOVE to READ, why I've ALWAYS have LOVED TO READ!
(no, I'm NOT secretly Jodi P!)
Some good titles of her's off hand:
Handle With Care
My Sister's Keeper (way different than the movie, btw)
Nineteen Minutes....
So, now that I finally read again, baby I've been reading, what five kids? LOL! Another great book I JUST FINISHED was by Kristy Kiernan, "Between Friends" grabbed me in right from the first chapter, another one I could not put down, in fact I went out and bought her other two novels she was such a good writer!
Hope that helps some, if not to you, than some one else?
Stacey

Stacey - posted on 04/14/2011

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ANYTHING by "Jodi Picolt" I would easily recommend.. I have had the pleasure of enjoying every book I have read of her's this far, and she actually reunited me with my love of reading, after a year long dry spell where I had kind of stopped, from depression with a bunch of upheavel in my life at the time.. The funny thing about her books, are they are not typically "cheerful" or anything, in fact, almost all of them I end up bawling at some point or another, but that was the point, they drew me in, made me FEEL an emotion, engaged me, reminded me of why I LOVE to READ, why I've ALWAYS have LOVED TO READ!
(no, I'm NOT secretly Jodi P!)
Some good titles of her's off hand:
Handle With Care
My Sister's Keeper (way different than the movie, btw)
Nineteen Minutes....
So, now that I finally read again, baby I've been reading, what five kids? LOL! Another great book I JUST FINISHED was by Kristy Kiernan, "Between Friends" grabbed me in right from the first chapter, another one I could not put down, in fact I went out and bought her other two novels she was such a good writer!
Hope that helps some, if not to you, than some one else?
Stacey

Lady - posted on 06/02/2010

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No leprosy in Wheel of Time - they are the ones with Rand and Perrin, Egwene and the Aes Sedai. Robert Joran died before he could complete the last one but left instructions so someone else could end the series for him. I only managed to get to book seven but Iain has read nearly them all - he loves them and is looking forward to the last book coming out!

Sharon - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hey Gillian!

I did get started on Robert Jordans wheel of time series but for a while he and another of my authors were cranking out books to fast and I had to choose one or another.

I'm trying to remember if that was the series with the guy who had leprosy? or if that is another series of books altogether.

Jackie - posted on 06/02/2010

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"James Herriot - rural country british vet from a long ago - awesome pet stories. His books are brief anecdotes of his life"

SHARON!!! I LOOOVE JAMES HARRIOTT!!!

So are truley some of the BEST books ever. I didn't think anybody would know what in hell I was talking about.

Also, the WICKED series by Gregory Maguire are GREAT books. It's not at all what you would expect.

Suzette - posted on 05/30/2010

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My husband is reading a book called "Lost Things" where the books talk to this 12 yr old boy. It sounds extremely interesting, it was a book I picked out for him at the book store, and I couldn't even tell you why now. lol.



http://www.johnconnollybooks.com/novels_...



He says that it is a bit disturbing, but very, very interesting. I plan to read it once I've caught up on everything else in my mini-library. (Which is QUITE a bit lol)

Susan - posted on 05/29/2010

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yes my son bought me a book for my birthday best bit he bought it without any promting and out of his money he earnt doing paperround total surprise .the book is called love against all odds .about a welsh girl who falls for german lad gets pregnant runs away to keep her baby and goes through trial and tribulations falls for spanish bloke has his daughter he dies in navy in war has to move out of his mothers house ect then through chance meets up with her first love from her village and spends rest of her life with him having a daughter with him .really good

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2010

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Shawshank Redemption is FANTASTIC! Stand by Me and Green Mile are both great books AND great films!
One flew over the cuckoos nest is another one where i like them both.
On the whole though, books win!
The only time i've ever thought a film was better than the book, was The Prestige" awesome film, but didn't like the book at all!

Lady - posted on 05/02/2010

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The books are always so much better don't you think? About the only film that's as good as the book is Shawshank Redemption because they were exactly the same IMO.

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2010

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I saw the film of The Time Travellers wife, thought it was really good! You've reminded me i wanted to read the book!
I have a bit of a thing about reading the books films were based on.
My husband gets annoyed because i'm always sitting there going "well, it wasn't like that in the book!"

Lady - posted on 05/02/2010

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I just don't get that book Jocelyn, I found it really boring and quite a chore to read. Maybe I completley missed something because I know a lot of people who have really liked it. I think my problem is I love happy endings, if a book or a film doesn't have a happy ending then it ruins the whole thing for me lol!!

Jocelyn - posted on 05/01/2010

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I just finished reading The Time Travelers Wife (again!) and bawled my eyes out. That happens every time I read it... It's one of my faves.

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@ Sarah M.



To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most amazing books written. I want to name our second daughter Harper after the author but my husband said no. I wonder if I could slip Atticus by him for a boy?



@Sarah and Gillian



I couldn't get into The Hobbit either. I read 3/4 of it then quit.





Some other favs that I haven't read in a while:

Wuthering Heights

Rebecca

The Shack

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Harry Potter

Huckleberry Finn

Little Women

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (kinda lame, but I liked them)

Secret Garden

Screwtape Letters



And of course, Gillian B. Smith's upcoming novel available soon in a store near you. =)

Johnny - posted on 05/01/2010

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I just finished reading, "When You are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris. He is a writer for the New Yorker. Hilarious book full of seriously quirky little personal vignettes. It took me 3 months to get through, lol. Right now I've decided that crossword puzzles are easier to finish than books with a toddler running around.

Stefanie - posted on 05/01/2010

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Stephanie Meyer and P. Cast at the moment...
I haven't read anything lately which is bad! not a lot has grab me apart twilight saga ( YES i love twilight lol )
i cant get into sci/fi either when later i'm going to write a book in that genre, i'm too focus on other things to read!
plus vampire daires the series in a discration lol and flash forward....

Tanya - posted on 04/29/2010

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I just finished Under the Dome by Stephen King.
It was great I couldn't put it down.
Also the Dark Towers books by Stephen king.
I love the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charelain Harris (sp?)
Oh and Les Mis by Victor Hugo

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I'm not usually into murder/thriller type books book The Skeleton Man by Jim Kelly it's amazing!

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I love this thread. I've been looking for some good books to read.

I usually prefer fantasy novels but have been looking for something different. The last few books I read were:

SAHM I Am by Meredith Efken. I'm not a SAHM but I enjoyed it anyway. The story is told through a seris of emails. It's an easy read.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Set in 1950s England, it tells the story of an 11 yr old girl who solves a murder.

American Gods by Neil Gaimen. I don't know how to describe his writing, kind of scifi/ fantasy I guess, I find it very unique and he's currently one of my fav authors. The story is about how all the old gods are being replaced by new ones.

I'm currently reading True Lies of a Drama Queen by Lee Nichols,it's a total chick book and so out of norm for me, and Walk This Way, The Autobiography of Aerosmith by Aerosmith with Stephen Davis. I love a good rock biography now and then.

My all time fav books are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery, The Hictchickers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and The Annointed Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

Emma - posted on 04/28/2010

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O I did read something again not to do with crime
Fingerprints of the gods by Graham Hancock,
my hubby only just finished it and wanted to discuss so had to do a refresher read..lol

Emma - posted on 04/28/2010

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I don't read fiction and doubt most would be interested in my bedtime reading but the last couple of thing i have read where:
Criminal Profiling, Third Edition: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis by Brent E. Turvey
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Current Perspectives in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behavior by Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol
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Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Fourth Edition by Robert R. Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess

Not the lightest read i must admit .....lol

Lady - posted on 04/28/2010

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Yeah I didn't like the hobbit much either so didn't even try lord of the rings, I don't like the films much either by my husband loves them books and films - he was a bit of a geek at school as well as being a heavy metal rocker, funny how the two often go together over here but acording to every american teen film I've seen the two are quite often very sepertate - although I'm sure the films aren't always acurate!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm the odd one out because i really don't like fantasy stuff!
Tried to read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.....just couldn't get into them! :)

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Isn't it just =] I love the Harry Potter books too by J.K.Rowling and love The Hobbit but hate Lord of The Rings books!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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To Kill a Mockingbird is GREAT!
Forgot one of my favourites authors......DOH!
Nick Hornby! Anything by him is awesome! Except Fever Pitch coz it's all about football *yawn* :)

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My recent obsession are Star Wars novels lol! However, I recently read a book which I've read loads of times but ikt's just so good!!! "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. It's great and I first read it for my English Literature GCSE.

Erin - posted on 04/27/2010

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I am a huge fan of Tori Spelling and all of her books were great. I know she has another one due out this summer along with a children's book. Right now I am reading Chelsea Handler's new book........she effing funny and Brian "Head" Welch's book.

Sunny - posted on 04/27/2010

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Does Harry Potter count? lol! I love those books :D
I just read six sacred stones by Matthew Riley its was ok but not as good as ice station.
My fave book of all time is back on track by Margaret Clark but its hard to get because its no longer in publication :( (i have two copies though lol)

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I don't read much, but after seeing a Tori Spelling interview (I must mention that I am not a fan), I decided that I would read her book sTori Telling. I could not put it down! I laughed, I cried, I was hooked. I shared some of her experience and look forward to others. I thought it was great and would definitely recommend it.

I normally read suspense.

Carolee - posted on 04/27/2010

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Dean Koontz and Stephen King are my usual go-to's. My absolute favorite book is Bram Stoker's "Dracula". I also love Poe, but I have to be in the mood to read him. One of my guilty pleasures, though, are Tori Spelling's books.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/27/2010

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I just read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It's the third book in the Da Vinci Code installment. I didn't have extremely high expectations, because I liked the first book best, the second one was okay, and I was just reading the third for the sake of completing the series. It was excellent though. I couldn't put it down.

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have just recently found the time to read again. The last two books I read were picture of dorian grey and wuthering heights. I really like the Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth novels if you like fantasy I never did but I read the first one one day when I was bored and it was the only book in the house I hadn't read and didn't want to go out and get a new one and fell in love with it I read the whole book over 600 pages in a day I couldn't put it down. The sword of truth books have recently been turned into a tv series and in is in the second season so I am watching that now.

LaCi - posted on 04/27/2010

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I've been trying to read many lol. I stocked up on terry pratchett, neil gaiman, and kurt vonnegut. I've read most of what I have, and you can't go wrong with any of them. They are my favorites as of late. I highly recommend Good Omens if you haven't read pratchett or gaiman ;)


All Time favorites: Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Galapagos, Good Omens, Brave New World..... Annnd I lost my train of thought again

Elizabeth - posted on 04/27/2010

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Have you read the "curious incedent of the dog in the night-time"? Also if you like Stephen King you might also like Anne Rice and Stephen Donaldson, and if your wanting a quick read "the five people you meet in heaven" is really beautiful, so is "The Lovely Bones"... Ummmm..... I'm a bit of a book muncher yeah.... The twilight series is a nice light read, ( I read the whole series in about 2 weeks.) But i could go onlike this for a long time I'll just leave you with that

Lady - posted on 04/27/2010

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Thanks guys, my favourite authors are Christopher Brookmyer - a scottish crime/comedy writer, Sophia Kinsella - shopaholic series, JK rowlings and still Stephen King. Loads more too!

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I just joined a Jane Austen book club. Supposed to be reading "Sense and Sensibility" but haven't started yet. The last fiction book I read was...can't remember honestly. Probably one of the Chronicles of Narnia. I've been reading that series for over a year now. Or it might have been one of the Twilight books. Anyway, I read a lot of Christian non-fiction, but I won't bore you ladies with that. ;) But I would recommend Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" I read a lot of non-fiction if you can't tell.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2010

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Ooooh, i read a really good/weird book called "The Dice Man" by Luke Rhinehart recently that was good. :)

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2010

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Oooooh, i do love a good book!!
Jodi Picoults books are really good.
Stephen King (my guilty pleasure!)
Memoirs of a Geisha is fab if you haven't read it already.
My all time fave books are Little Women/Good wives and Jane Eyre.
Erm........i'm sure i'll think of more! haha :)

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i usually love crime novels aswell, but i'm telling you you HAVE to read "when engulfed in flames", by david sedaris. it is beyond funny. he has the most skewed, fucked of view at the world, but at the same time, you sit there and think the same things sometimes, this guy just words things better! love, love love anything from him, but this one is his best that i've read.

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