Not a Debate-What Kind of Books Do You Read?

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Just out of curiosity, and always looking for new books to read!

I love paranormal romance, the more erotic and steamy, the better ;-) Well, hubby benefits from it! Right now I am reading the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. I read every single night in bed to unwind. Sometimes my son climbs in bed with me with one of his books and it's the funniest picture! (Imagine me with a steamy novel cover, and my son with Little Shark or Trashy Town)

I'll grab an occassional parenting book at the library, if something catches my eye. More recently, I read the article in Time about Raising an Only Child. (Remember, only does not equate lonely!) From that article, I checked out a book from the library, but it was a basic generic parenting book which I found redundant to the article.

I'll read the occassional teacher's book if a colleague recommends it. I have a book about Differentiating Curriculum for High School on my desk.

I am finally, finally proud to say that all of those kid books that I practically memorized to my son...well he is reading them now on his own! Not that I don't still love reading to my son, but now he reads to me :-) Brown bear brown bear what do you see?!!!!!

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Paige - posted on 09/29/2010

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For adult dark fantasy I recommend these authors - Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine series and Jill Kismet series , Karen Chance - Cassandra Palmer series, Kelley Armstrong - Women of the otherworld series.



For young adult fantasy I recommend Lili st.crow (aka Lilith Saintcrow) - Strange Angels series, Holly Black - Tithe and Ironside are both good books. Otherwise the rest of the young adult novels I've read have been listed here.



I also like reading Kathy Reichs books for some mystery. Otherwise I read about religions, sometimes self help books, and books on psychology.



Edited to add: I also really like the funeral planner by Lynn Isenberg. It sounds morbid, but it's so funny at times and other times makes you want to cry. Also, Janet Evonovich is hilarious!

Sara - posted on 09/27/2010

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Loureen, you'll like them! Some are better than others, but the overall story I find to be very intriguing. Let us know what you think!

Sharon, a new one just came out last month "No Mercy", it has one of the Peltier's in it (Dev). I thought it was really good, couldn't put it down. I like the Were-Hunter books a lot. Though Acheron is my new fantasy. :)

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I also read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies :-) A fun read!
Toni, I also read the Sookie Stackhouse Books and loved them. Although I admit that by book 9 & 10, it was getting dull. The Vampire Diaries, Blue Blood series, Vampire Academy, House of Night series, and all the LJ Smith books I've read. All Young Adult books. Again, it helps that my students and I would swap books. But for more adult vamps....you'll LOVE LOVE LOVE the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward and the Dark Hunter series by Sherilyn Kenyon. The Anita Blake series is the next to tackle by Laurel Hamilton, after the Demonica series.

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Angela - posted on 05/08/2013

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If you love really steamy, erotic paranormal romances try a series called The Endurers by Rose Wynters. There are two books in the series so far. One is Curvaceous Condemnation and the other is Rubenesque Rapture. I wasn't able to put them down.

Joanna - posted on 09/30/2010

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Laci, have you seen the kids "Where is my Cow?" book by Terry Pratchett?

My brother likes him (and some other authors you named, like Douglas Adams), so he bought the "Where is my Cow" book for my daughter and it's her absolute favorite book (we're on our 3rd copy she likes it so much).

Bonnie - posted on 09/30/2010

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Reading is important for us and our children. Check out a few articles on the importance of reading in the home for young children. Scroll down to th bottom and click on reading and books in the labels contents at www.parentforward.blogspot.com

Joanna - posted on 09/29/2010

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I love fiction, doesn't really matter the kind though. I go through cravings. Sometimes I crave some chick-lit, sometimes I crave something about a different culture, sometimes I crave some dark comedy.

Sunny - posted on 09/29/2010

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I love love love Harry Potter! Die hard fan for sure!
I love Aussie writers Margret Clark and the Tomorrow series by John Marsden.
And Matthew Reily, Ice station is one of my favorites.

LaCi - posted on 09/28/2010

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Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams. Those are my faves. There are others who have written books in my favorites, but anything written by the above will make me happy. Satire, dark comedies.

Candi - posted on 09/25/2010

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I've never read the love/romance books. Maybe I should start! Might make me sleep better. haha

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"I just bought it on Amazon on your recommendation girls , it better be good LOL"

Loureen, your partner will thank you for reading the Dark Hunter books. Just make sure the kids are asleep ;-)

Charlie - posted on 09/25/2010

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Sarah B said Sharon, I loved the Dark Hunter Series that you suggested, I have read all 20! They were really good.

I just bought it on Amazon on your recommendation girls , it better be good LOL

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I love romance, but not the trashy ones...okay once in a while a trashy one hits he spot lol...I mostly read Nicholas Sparks I love him and have read every book at least 2 times or more. I love Harry Potter too I started them in HS and still read them today!!! I also like biographies.

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Oh I totally agree Mylene! Tina, the movies are TERRIBLE in comparison to the books, but then again, most movies are when compared to the books.

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@ Tina, I had read the series before seeing the movies and to be honest I was disapointed in the movies. I went to see The order of the pheonix with one of my friends and I had to explain EVERYTHING to him because there were so many details left out.

You might be interested in the series on paper rather then on screen.

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Sara, I stopped reading the Dark Hunter series after Acheron. I just needed a break from the series, but I'll go back to them. One of my students loaned me Infinity: The Chronicles of Nick, which does have some Dark Hunter characters, but it is a young adult book about Nick's life at age 14. But, it is nothing sexual in the least since the target age is teens.

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I love Bill Bryson Krista! Currently reading her one about Australia. I love how he's so informative but funny at the same time.

Krista - posted on 09/24/2010

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Oh, I also really enjoy Bill Bryson's books -- they're such an entertaining combo of novel and travel guide. :)

Francine - posted on 09/24/2010

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Well, I did read all the twilight series like really fast! loved it, But other than that I love to read anything uplifting, no novels. Real life stories, self-improvements and so forth. But really really really what I read most of the time all the time and love dearly is my gospel reading.

Tina - posted on 09/24/2010

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I've also read the Twilight Series, Anne Rice's Vampire series, her Witch series, and the Pretty Little Liars series. I also love JD Robb and her Eve Dallas books.

As for books outside of a series, I love anything by Robin Cook, Jodie Picoult is very original, if you've ever read her books you might notice that there is usually one main character in her books that is greatly talked ABOUT, but never anything from their point of view. She also has one from the point of view of the dog. Pretty cool, if you ask me. Stephen King is a master, love him.

I have a confession to make. I have NEVER read the Harry Potter books! Nor do I have any inkling to do so. I've seen a couple of the movies, but I just can't seem to get into the characters or the storylines. Not sure why not.

Tina - posted on 09/24/2010

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I read almost anything. I like a good series, and have been reading both the Gossip Girl series and the It Girl series. I like reading young adult series. At the moment, I am reading a Vampire series, adult series, the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur.

Sara - posted on 09/24/2010

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Sharon, I loved the Dark Hunter Series that you suggested, I have read all 20! They were really good.

I will too admit that paranormal romance is one of my guilty pleasures. I just started reading the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian, and I'm really liking it so far.

I love Harry Potter, and I have read the Hunger Games, which are excellent and I highly recommend. I also LOVE a series called "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare. She also just published a new book last month called "Clockwork Angel" which is the first in a series called the Infernal Devices, which is kind of a prequel to the Mortal Instruments. All VERY good and very well written.

My favorite story of all time though, hands down, is Pride and Prejudice. Lizzie Bennett is the best female character ever written and Mr. Darcy! Oh! I would love me some Fitzwilliam Darcy. Mmmm.

April - posted on 09/24/2010

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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. If you don't know her, you'll likely know some of the movies that have been based off of her books. Most recently, My Sister's Keeper came to DVD here in the US. Other movies include: Plain Truth, The Pact, & and The 10th Circle. They were aired on the lifetime channel here in the US (except my sister's keeper)

Alison - posted on 09/24/2010

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I'm not an avid reader, but when I do read it's most likely non-fiction. Right now I am reading Freakonomics and I am learning so much!

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I read a bit of everything from parenting books, to self-help, fiction, non-fiction, etc. I love to read and the type of book I read simply depends on my mood.

I loved the Harry Potter series and Twilight as well. I used to read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark books but they all come back to the same general idea and bore me to death. One of my absolute favorites is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. "The Perfume" by Patrick Sunskind was also excellent but quite disturbing. The descriptions of smells are so detailed, you can smell and taste the story.

I read a few Christopher Moore books and I don't get his humor to be honest. I have read "Fool", "You suck" and attempted to read "A dirty job" but could not get into it.

Petra - posted on 09/24/2010

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@ Anika - I know! I started reading Kellerman when I was 12 or 13 and my little mind was blown by the detail then... now I suffer through them out of some weird sense of obligation to my 13 year old self.

I used to read a lot of Patricia Cornwell and I tried to read her newest one last year and put it down just a few chapters in. Let Kay retire, dude. I don't buy her as a sexy, smart ass-kicker any more. She's gotta be like 60 by now.

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I belong to a book club, so we're always reading something new. Right now we're reading "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett..... Super good.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010

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I love reading Jodi Picoult...she is probably my favorite author right now. I also enjoy true crime books!

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@Petra - Urgh, I tried Jonathon Kellerman and he drove me NUTS! The level of detail, down to the characters belt colour and the exact route he drove, made me scream at the book in frustration! Seriously. It was a good story though, but I couldn't stand the writing style.
Does anyone else who reads Patricia Cornwall feel she's getting really lazy with her stories? It's like she's on autopilot, just turning out a new story every year. It's a bit disappointing...

Candi - posted on 09/23/2010

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I am very picky. Mostly nonfiction for me. I also like historical fiction and poetry. I love Poe and used to read him to my children as bedtime stories. I love to read Grimm brothers also. My son tried to get me into Harry Potter, but can't get it. He also tried to get me into his Eragon series and teach me dragonology....again, couldn't get into it as much. With 3 kids, I think I hve read every children's book in publication, but I love to read

Amber - posted on 09/23/2010

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I read everything. There are very few books that I won't pick up and read. Romances, biographies, mysteries...anything.
I also love Harry Potter and Twilight.
And for you ladies that like Twilight. You should read a 5 book series by Rosemary Laurey....It is the rated R Twilight for adults...except each book shifts the focus to a different character's life. (It would be like showing Jasper or Rosalie's story as a seperate book in more detail.)

Krista - posted on 09/23/2010

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Another J.K Rowling fan here. I also love Marian Keyes and Diana Gabaldon. One I always go back to is To Kill a Mockingbird. And I've read pretty much everything Stephen King has written. Oh, and another author that I absolutely love is Jennifer Crusie.

Petra - posted on 09/23/2010

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I loves me some chick-lit like Twilight or Anita Blake or Sookie, but I'll read pretty much anything. I've read a lot of classic lit, fantasy, history, junk (huge Jonathan Kellerman fan since my early teens), and lately, steam-punk & cyber-punk (Neal Stephenson and China Mieville). I highly recommend George R.R. Martin for any medieval/fantasy readers and The Strain by Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro for any adult vamp fiction lovers. I'm a big fan of Christopher Moore and Chuck Palaniuk for really good, really offside, really funny fiction with some crazy ideas. God, I could go on forever, I love books.

My partner wants an iReader and I told him to stuff it. I love the feel of a book in my hands and I love love love owning books. Big nerd here.

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Anika I know, I know I'm going to have to buy them because nobody has listened to my requests I have been asking for a few years now. I just never get around to buying them I always have something more important that I need to buy. Yeah my hubby laughs at me for my Twilight obsession too.



Sharon that list is awesome! I have write it all down, I am going to work my way through it, although it may take some while I only get to read when Ethan is asleep and my jobs are done. :-)

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You HAVEN'T read Harry Potter yet Toni!? That is a travesty! I must admit I did resist for a while but I caved and I LOVE them. My husband mocks me about it but I don't care. I reread them every year! How sad! LOL but they are great. Twilight is piffle in comparison.

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Right now I'm attempting to read through Jane Austen. The only one I've finished is Pride and Prejudice which I LOVE! I like other historical novels too. The Bronte sisters would be on my list of favorites.

I loved Harry Potter and enjoyed Twilight well enough. My middle school teacher friends have recommended the Hunger Games series and Lightening Thief series, which I'll look into when I'm done with Jane Austen. If I'm ever done with Jane Austen ;).

I also enjoy the occasional teacher and parenting book, though I don't go looking for them. If someone recommends one, I'll borrow it or get it from the library to read. For me, add religious non-fiction (religious fiction, especially religious romance fiction, is kind of silly sometimes) and you have a good idea of what my bookshelf looks like.

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I LOVE Twilight, I read the books after Ethan was born and I could not put them down, I am going to re-read them when I get them back (currently my SIL has them and my niece had them before her), I can't wait.

I love crime fiction, Mark Billingham is a favourite at the moment, but in that genre I still like Patricia Cornwall, James Patterson, Lee Child and John Grisham.

I have just finished reading The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (film with Kate Winslet) and a few weeks ago I read Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane they were both brill.

I have just started reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding (literally the first chapter) so I don't know if I like it yet. I went a little mad in the library (I only went to change Ethan's books over) oops.

Anika I really want to read Harry Potter, I keep asking for that and Lord of the Rings for xmas and birthdays, and now I have added the Southen Vampire stories (Sookie Stackhouse novels - True Blood novels) and the Vampire diaries to my list.

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While I enjoyed Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles in the 90's, it was the Twilight series that completely SUCKED me back into the paranormal genre (pun intended). It also helped that for 10 years, I taught 7th/8th grade Language Arts, so I read pretty much what my students were reading. It was my former babysitter that made me read Twilight when it first came out. Oh, and I will never ever forget the student that made me read the first Harry Potter book in 2001! He nagged and nagged me about reading this book so to shut him up, I read it...and of course fell in love with Harry Potter too :-) I grew up in NJ, so I am also in love with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, which is a stereotypical Jersey Girl crime/mystery/sex ;-)

As an English teacher, there were certain books that I loved to teach. I had a dream about 1984 by George Orwell the other day, so I pulled it off my shelf. It's been 6 years since I last taught that book, so I am going to re-read it and probably teach it to my Honors class. I have to check with the 10th & 11th grade teachers first.....grrrrrr.......protected grade level book list.

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I'll admit it, Harry Potter is my absolute favourite. LOL.
But really, I like crime ones (like Patricia Cornwall), funny ones, (like Ben Elton or Bill Bryson), Chick lit (like Marian Keyes) or just general drama (like Jodi Picoult). Once I find an author I like, I buy everything they're written and read it! So I'm always looking for new good authors.
I'm not a fan of sci-fi/fantasy but I must admit, shame of shames, to reading Twilight like an obsessed being, even though I thought Bella was a complete doormat loser. I like reading history books too but find a lot of historians rather lacking in the story telling department. Maybe JK should start writing history books, LOL :)

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