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anonymous the book shelf September 03, 2006 7:51 PM

Tell us all about your favorite books, decorate our shelves with them so that we can read them too if they catch our eye.   [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous "Imperium" by Ryszard Kapuscinski September 04, 2006 7:05 AM

Kapuscinski is a Polish journalist who wrote about his extensive travels throughout Russia/The Soviet Union.  The book tells of his travels from 1939 thru 1991.  He goes into great detail about the rulers of Russia, World War 2, the break of countries from the Soviet Union, the Russian way of life, and many  other things.  If you're interested in Russian history then this is a great book to read.  He's an incredible writer, his essays are poetic at times.  I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.   [report anonymous abuse]
 September 06, 2006 10:19 AM

I'm into mysteries right now.  (I'm in grad school so my reading for pleasure is down a little right now).  My favorite authors are:

Tami Hoag, Iris Johansen, Donna Andrews, Carolyn Hynes (she writes mysteries dealing with a young lady from Mississippi, I'm originally from GA so I like the south).

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 September 06, 2006 10:32 AM

Hello,  I am a newbie to the group and was feeling a little out of my league with the titles of others must reads.... but I must say  that I really enjoy Kate Wilhelm and Lisa Scottoline for pleasure reads, as well as Harlan Coben.  Anyone else hooked on legal thrillers and detective stories out there?


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anonymous  September 06, 2006 4:25 PM

I'm not so much into legal thrillers right now.  I've read a lot of John Grisham's stuff and it's alright.  I used to be really into the "true crime" books and I can still get into those every now and then.  I just finished reading "Imperium" last night and now I'm reading "Diary" by Chuck Pahlaniuk. I'm actually halfway through the book already. It's just that good...  [report anonymous abuse]
Michael Creighton (sp) September 06, 2006 4:38 PM

I know I raced through Jurasic Park..Grabbed me the first page. Sphere was great too, but a real BAD film. Jurasic Park (movie) was nothing compared to the book. I am not a fanatic reader. I have attention problems whe it comes to books. If they do not catch me immediately, I WILL NOT CONTINUE to read it. I bore easily.

Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone..I loved that. But I am not sure anyone else would agree. For some reason I connectied with it.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Movie shortened the name) Written By Fannie Flagg...LOVED IT LOVED IT. Never a dull moment and if it was a dull moment it didn't seem like it!!

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anonymous  September 06, 2006 4:46 PM

I love Wally Lamb's writing!!!   "She's Come Undone" was an awesome book but I connected more with his book "I Know This Much Is True".  I learned something interesting about him recently; I'd been wondering why he hadn't published any new books in a while so I did some research and it turns out he's teaching women in prison how to write.  [report anonymous abuse]
 September 06, 2006 4:48 PM

That is awesome. That only helps them. I am all for it.


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anonymous  September 06, 2006 7:31 PM

  Birthday?  It's not my birthday.    I just finished "Diary" by Chuck Palahniuk. Haven't picked out my next book yet.  [report anonymous abuse]
 September 07, 2006 8:17 AM

My book reading goes in cycles... I'm stuck in the dark ages right now, just having been reading Tamora Pierce and Gerald Morris (I know... one of these days I'll have time again to read adult books... but at least it's a step up from Numeroff, Carle and Cronin... all of whom have been the majority of my reading material lately  [ send green star]
anonymous  September 07, 2006 12:50 PM

I decided on "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow.  I promised someone I would read it so I figure now is a good time to get it out of the way.   [report anonymous abuse]
 September 09, 2006 10:04 AM

I like detective stories, the kind where it's usually a female, and they don't do it for a living but fall into it.  My authors are pretty simple, the kind you pick up anywhere. I'm the same with books, if it doesn't grab me the first page, I don't even buy it.  I tend to stay with the same authors and watch out for their newest ones coming out in paper back, so I tend to re-read stories if I enjoyed it that much the first time.

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anonymous  September 09, 2006 2:09 PM

I have a really hard time re-reading novels, even if I really loved them.  I tend to remember too much and don't enjoy it as much the second time around.  I can read short stories over and over again though.     [report anonymous abuse]
 September 09, 2006 2:43 PM

that is so true.  You can re-read a book in three hours since you've ear marked the best parts   


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anonymous  September 09, 2006 3:01 PM

This book, "Ragtime" is a lot different than I thought it would be.  It's really good, but I wasn't expecting it to be so, um, provocative.     [report anonymous abuse]
 September 10, 2006 5:49 AM

Hi bookies, I'm a newbie from France and really looking forward to this site.  Have just finished Romanitas by Sophia McDougall but found it a bit bewildering as history isn't usually my first choice; also Self Defence by Johnathan Kellerman (one of my favourite writers) but I didn't think it was one of his better stories and I have just started Blinding Light by Paul Theroux.  Usual favourites are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell and Ian Rankin or anyone who writes a good mystery/supernatural/murder/CSI/thriller!!!  At the moment I have a restricted reading list as they are mostly books donated by people I know (we don't have a lot of choice of English books here) but at least it means I get to read books I wouldn't do normally.  Looking forward to chatting with you.

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anonymous  September 10, 2006 8:28 AM

Hi Jackie!  Welcome to the group!   Dang... you read more than I do!    [report anonymous abuse]
 September 10, 2006 12:46 PM

probably............. totally addicted and can't sleep if i don't read for a bit first - trouble is i sometimes skim over the book if it's not very interesting then i can't remember a thing about it! everyone here seems to be reading different books than i've come across and i wonder if there's a different world of books on your side of the atlantic???  [ send green star]
anonymous lol September 10, 2006 12:53 PM

My husband and I lived in germany for a few years and it is totally different over there, especially when you're limited to the english bookstores.  We both had a hard time finding books and authors we liked over there.  Even back here in the US though, we feel somewhat limited at bookstores.  I've been buying all of my books online lately from Amazon.   [report anonymous abuse]
 September 11, 2006 12:36 AM

Oooh you temptress you!! DON'T  mention Amazon or my husband will have a hissy fit!! I spend hours just browsing their website! I'm lucky to have a few english and irish contacts over here who regularly offload their unwanted books to me and I, in turn, make sure they all go to good homes (if I can bear to part with them that is). It's certainly broadened my list of authors - although I do get a lot of 'bodice rippers' and historical novels which i don't read.  [ send green star]
anonymous  September 11, 2006 5:48 AM

  I can spend hours on Amazon too.  I'm trying not to order any new books right now as I already have 7 here that I haven't read yet, plus some of my husband's books that look pretty good.    Buying books is an addiction for me.    "Bodice Rippers"... yeah, I'm not so much into those either.   [report anonymous abuse]
 September 11, 2006 8:56 AM

Ditto, for buying books.  If I worked for Amazon or any other bookstore, they wouldn't have to write me a check since I would spend it all on books  (tee hee)  [ send green star]
 September 11, 2006 11:50 PM

Maybe we should apply to be proof readers???

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 September 12, 2006 9:50 AM

Great Idea, Jackie....I would love to do that, and just think, we could have the funnest job ever !!!!!  About the only stress would be to have to read so many books within so many day?   [ send green star]
 September 12, 2006 12:19 PM

Bliss!  [ send green star]
anonymous  September 12, 2006 12:54 PM

With my luck I'd get stuck reading romance novels.     [report anonymous abuse]
HELLO!! September 13, 2006 9:09 AM

What a great site!  I LOVE to read - it is my biggest vice.  I am always in the middle of one or two.  I love mysterys/science fiction-fantasy/suspence/myustery ... well, just about anything!!  I do go in waves of what I like to read.  Some off my all time favorites is The Stand by Stephen King, David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and A Long Vacation by Jules Verne. Other authors I like are Dean Koontz, Pactricia Cornwell, Tessa Garrison, Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child, and James Rollins. Once I find a new author I like, I gobble their books up like candy! 

Love this Site!  Cher

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 September 13, 2006 9:19 AM

Aw, romance novels, aren't my,no,no.  Mysteries, however, are a great turn on...even Koontz (I enjoyed his older ones, like the one about the smart dog and the creature...that's my problem, I can't either think of the author's name or the name of the story when I go shopping .  Cher, Welcome.  I too am a fan of books, and I just love this niche reading corner.  Great people to stay in touch with.

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Hello Cher September 13, 2006 11:44 PM

welcome fellow newbie - great site eh? and you like all the authors i like - the stand is my favourite stephen king novel too!  [ send green star]
 September 14, 2006 8:55 AM

Ooh! I love the long boring French novels that everyone else hates: The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Miserables are two of my all time favorites (not the butchered versions of that fathead who takes credit for "writing" these so called "wonderful" musicals, and doesn't give credit to the authors... GASTON LEROUX wrote Phantom of the Opera, so up yours Mr. Weber.) *steps down off soapbox* sorry about that... it just irritates me that the movie is billed as Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera. He DIDN'T WRITE IT. *calms down again* ok... no more yelling at the poor pathetic music guy.

A book that makes me cry every time that I read it (and I can read it over and over again... one of the few) is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys.

Some of my newer favorite authors are: John Flanagan, Patrick Carman, Tamora Pierce, Gerald Morris, Mary Janice Davidson (but only her undead series) Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, Terry Pratchett, and I'm sure I'm leaving out a bunch.

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WOW! September 14, 2006 9:29 AM

wow bratgirl - i'm W-A-Y impressed!!! ashamed to say i haven't heard of most of them but am willing to start learning thanks.  i like the sound of 'flowers for algernon'......  [ send green star]
 September 14, 2006 9:43 AM

don't be impressed... the vast majority of what I read are children's books (I'm a children's librarian, so I claim it is for work... but I really just love kids books!) I'm a book addict AND I work in a library. I can't go to work without coming home with something new that I want to read!!  [ send green star]
 September 14, 2006 10:43 AM

Flowers for Algernon is really good... it is hard to read at first... not bad.. just hard to read. Bad grammar and no punctuation..., but a truly wonderful book.  [ send green star]
 September 14, 2006 10:50 AM

mixing work with pleasure then eh? lucky you!  [ send green star]
anonymous  September 14, 2006 4:53 PM

Cheryl! Nice to meet you! I would love working at a library. I'd get in trouble for reading on the job though.  [report anonymous abuse]
 September 15, 2006 6:00 AM

Brat Girl, what a wonderful job...Jennifer Cruisie is actually one of my favs also...every once in a blue moon I like a cute romance !!! But, it has to be good, and she has a keen since of humor

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 September 15, 2006 7:24 AM

Jean... yeah.. I got hooked by her sense of humor. Janet Evanovich has a similar sense of humor... I love her number series (one for the money, etc). Not huge on romances, myself, but when they have a great story and a warped sense of humor, I can't resist it!  [ send green star]
 September 16, 2006 9:01 AM

Cruisie has a special sense of humor....Janet Evanovich, well, I will again attempt to read  her # books, I did buy them, but somehow or another, I always end up putting her down, and picking up another.  But, first, I have to finish the Hitchhiker series 815 pages (5 novels) all together

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 September 19, 2006 10:46 AM

How can you not like a book where the main character mows down an ex-boyfriend with a car? I mean who hasn't wanted to do that at some point in time???  [ send green star]
 September 21, 2006 5:54 AM

or get a new ratty looking dog just by painting illegal pictures?  That was in the first book I read by Cruisie.  Loved IT !!

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 September 22, 2006 5:40 AM

You'd have to read  "just faking it" about a family who made their money at one time painting "fake" pictures of real artists...the daughter paints murels and put a whole complete name on the picture and in the corner, she paints who own signature of a dog...the story opens with that idea...she feels sorry for the dog when she finds out it will be taken back to the pound...the dog really sounds cute !!!  [ send green star]
 September 22, 2006 6:49 AM

Jean,  two of my fav books you may like based on what you have read so far, is On Bear Mountain by Deborah Smith (When Venus Fell and Blue Willow are good too) and Bad Girl Creek by Jo-ann Mapson. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver is awesome as well!

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 September 22, 2006 7:55 AM

Just Faking It was one of my Crusie faves too!  [ send green star]
 September 23, 2006 8:16 AM

Hey, thanks Mollly, I love to read, and am trying my darndest to change my genre a bit....

Bratgirl, wasn't "faking it" great !!!!  Loved the main character's family...but that dog did steal the show (especially the dog and cat scene)

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