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Old 02-18-06, 10:54 AM
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Read any good novels lately?

I love to read, but it's so hard to find a novel that will hold my attention. The last book I enjoyed was "Memoirs of a Geisha" (haven't seen the movie yet). Got any recommendations?

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I have several!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
* this was my most recent read - it's an wonderful story about a boy who finds his neighbour's dog dead. He is accused of killing it, but he didn't so he sets out to find the killer, in the meantime he learns interesting things about his dead mom and his father, who cares for him. The author never says the boy has Autism, he writes such a clear description of the boy idiosyncracies, that you are aware that he has Autism.

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

Davinci Code, by Dan Brown

All of the Harry Potter books

My favorite that I can read at any time:
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee


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Living! You took my list!!!

I'm reading "The Curious Incident..." right now & love it.

The Lovely Bones is disturbing at times but a very insightful book about healing....

My favorite novels of all time are really, really long ones you can't put down:

The Stand by Stephen King &
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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Old 02-18-06, 02:21 PM
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All those books are marvelous - just like us, barbyma!

Lovely Bones got a little disturbing, but the way Alice Sebold wrote it made it not too difficult for me, but there were definitely some parts of it where I had to take a breather from reading it (I usually hyperfocus and read books straight through).

I LOVE the Curious Incident of the Dog!! It was surprising to me that the author didn't have Autism, because he so clearly writes autistic behavior.

I haven't read The Stand, just because I don't read Stephen King. The type of books he reads, I can't handle. I hate being scared. But, I also have to be honest and say I have no idea what The Stand is about.

Gone With The Wind is an excellent read, barbyma! I loved that book so much more than the movie.

I also liked The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner.

Another of my favorites is actually an adolescent teen book called "Star Girl" by Jerry Spinelli.
It's a blue book cover with a stick figure of a girl and a star is over her.
This girl is a little odd, she wouldn't conform and soon becomes an outcast in her new school. With time, however, she becomes popular, but popularity can be fleeting. This book reminds people that it's ok to be different.
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Sunshine by Robin McKinley- the best vampire book I've read. Couldn't put it down.
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amy tan's books are good, too. the bonesetter's daughter; kitchen god's wife.

women of the silk by gail tsukiyama and the language of threads

daughter of fortune by isabelle allende and the follow up to it, portrait in sepia: a novel.
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May I just say GREAT idea for a thread!! I too love to read but I am really bad at picking books that hold my attention.

The Stand is a really good one! I just couldn't get my head out of that book!
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The Janet Evanovich booksabout Stephanie Plum. Its a series of 10 or so. Really funny
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if you like mystery/thriller types, then i recommend Jonathan Kellerman books, as well as his wife's, Faye Kellerman.

books by jonathan:

When the Bough Breaks (1985)
Blood Test (1986
Over the Edge (1987)
The Butcher's Theater (1988)
Silent Partner (1989)
Time Bomb (1990)
Private Eyes (1992)
Devil's Waltz (1993)
Bad Love (1994)
Self-Defense (1995)
The Web (1996)
The Clinic (1997)
Survival of the Fittest (1997)
Billy Straight (1998)
Monster (1999)
Dr. Death (2000)
Flesh and Blood (2001)
The Murder Book (2002)
A Cold Heart (2003)
Therapy (2004)
Double Homicide (2004) (With Faye Kellerman)
Rage (2005)
Gone (2006)

faye writes a lot, too:
The Ritual Bath (1986)
Sacred and Profane (1987)
Milk and Honey (1990)
Day of Atonement (1992)
False Prophet (1992)
Grievous Sin (1993)
Sanctuary (1994)
Justice (1995)
Prayers for the Dead (1996)
Serpent's Tooth (1997)
Jupiter's Bones (1999)
Stalker (2000)
The Forgotten (2001)
Stone Kiss (2002)
Street Dreams (2003)

and i think i have read them all, except gone, so far.
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It's so hard for me to read...if it's bad, I never finish it, if it's really good, I can't put it down and end up reading for like 40 hours straight! Maybe I have a little OCD in my after all! LOL!
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Ya'll, thanks so much for your input! This will help me cut my bookstore browsing time in half.

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Oh, living in chaos I LOVED "Star Girl." So good - I'm sure I got more out of it reading it as an adult than if I had as a teen. Curious Incident and Lovely Bones were great, and I re-read Mockingbird at least once a year if not more.

I love mysteries - Nora Roberts' futuristic series under the pen name J.D. Robb are personal favorites (the "In Death" series.) Also Lisa Gardner is a terrific suspense writer (The Perfect Husband, The Other Daughter, The Survivor's Club, The Third Victim.)

I'm always trying to figure out "whodunnit" though, so when I want something lighter that doesn't require as much focus or mental processing, anything by Sophie Kinsella is a winner. She did the "Shopaholic" series (Confession of, Gets Married, And Sister) and the absolutely hilarious "Can You Keep a Secret?"

And for a combination of mystery and hilarity, Dave Barry's "Big Trouble" can make me laugh out loud no matter how many times I've read it.

The Sweet Potato Queens books are also a hoot.
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I loved "Star Girl" and completely agree with you, Irish Mermaid, I'm sure I got more out of it as an adult, than I probably would have as a teen. But I think it's a good read for teens.

I also enjoy lighter reading too, especially when I'm in the middle of a semester at school.
An author I'm always looking out for is Sue Grafton. I enjoy her alphabet Kinsey series. I got some great laughs from reading "Can You Keep a Secret"!!
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David Baldacci's Split Decision-in progress.

Recently finished John Grisham's The Jury.
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