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MEM
05-23-2007, 02:23 PM
I figured this fit under the Budget Boards since none of us would dream of buying a book when we could borrow it from the library?

Other than the last book in the Harry Potter series, does anyone have any must-reads for the summer? I just finished a terrific book that I read in one sitting - a memoir by Abigail Thomas called "A Three Dog Life". It doesn't sound like it would be enjoyable, considering its about how she handles her husband's traumatic brain injury, but some of the scenes are so funny that I laughed until I ran out of tears.

I just reserved from the library a book titled "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less," by Terry Ryan.
Its the true story of a woman with 10 kids, married to an alcoholic, who helps support her family by entering contests and writing jingles and such.

What is everyone else reading?

Bren's Mom
05-23-2007, 02:37 PM
Love this thread!

I got 'turned on' to Jodi Picoult last fall and I am a total addict. Don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of her books! My first was 'My Sister's Keeper'...if you read this book make your best friend or someone else read it too..you WILL want someone to talk about it with! I also read Tenth Circle, Perfect Match, Plain Truth, Keeping Faith and The Pact.

I'm temporarily on a 'Picoult' hiatus and reading Jonathan Kellerman's 'Rage'.

And I got all of my books from the library!

KristiA
05-23-2007, 04:06 PM
Jodi Piccoult is great. I read a lot of Christian fiction- Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorites. Love the Redemption series. Will pick up Danielle Steel once in a while when I just feel like a real easy read. I like Patricia Cornwell too.

I have read some of the funnest books this year with my DD in a mother daugther book club- They are
-The Thief Lord
-Fairest- Gail Carsone Levine
-The Tail of Emily Windsnap
-Esparanza Rising
-The Fairie Path (one of my favorites)- Frewin Jones
-The Year of Mrs. Agnes
-Every Little Bird that Sings
-Everything On A Waffle

I can't remember all the authors off the top of my head- hopefully the titles are right. These books have been really fun to read!

Daxx
05-23-2007, 04:51 PM
Some of my favorite reads:

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory -- reads like watching a movie. V. fascinating!!!

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Have to second (or third?) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult! Excellent book!

For fun, light "beach" reading ...
The Devil Wears Prada
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic and Sister -didn't care for Sister too much though -, Shopaholic and a Baby).

C_leen
05-23-2007, 05:02 PM
Hi!

I read all the time, so here are some high points recently. I think I read all of these via the library, borrowed from a reading buddy, or bought cheap from Target & then passed on.

Young Adult
I agree The Thief Lord is good. I also liked Eragon & the Bartimaeus Trilogy. I too am waiting on Harry Potter.

Adult
Eat Pray Love (non fiction)
Shadow Divers (non fiction)
An Unexpected Light, Travels in Afghanistan (non fiction)

Light Adult Reading/ Romance
I'm a sucker for Nora Roberts but her quality has waned. If you've never read her, start with her older material as some of the newer stuff isn't that good.

Janet Evanovich: Again her quality has waned so start at the beginning of her series about her female bounty hunter in New Jersey. The first 3 or 4 books are hilarious!

Last night I read Witchling by Yasmine Galehorn. Its a new romance, supernatural series & the next one is due in July. This is like a PG-13 Laurell K. Hamilton with humor. I like Hamilton, but Anita Blake's story now gets lost in hard core sex. Not that I don't need some education in such matters, but I'm not one for blushing at the pool as I read!

I'm also fond of Linda Howard for quick reads. I read Cover of Night by her two days ago and it was good.

Windwalker by Natasha Mostert
The Time Traveler's Wife

I also dig Margaret Atwood and Isabel Allende. Allende's Zorro is quite fun!

Happy reading!

sb4k
05-23-2007, 05:25 PM
Sometimes I'm ashamed to admit that I love Harry Potter. The kids and I are so eagerly anticipating this one. It will come out at midnight and we leave for vacation that morning at 8:00. I'm praying that our little local bookstore will have a midnight opening to sell it or I won't be near a store for a week!

I also work in a library part time and have absolutely loved these authors - all fiction. Mostly fluff pieces but since I'm a mostly stay at home mom who thinks TV has gone to crap, that's about all that my brain can handle.

Adriana Trigiani - Big Stone Gap series
Ann B. Ross - Miss Julie series
Love Nora Roberts and JD Robb
Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips
Emily Giffen
Sophie Kinsella - Confessions of a Shopaholic series
Stephen King but only the classics, his new stuff doesn't interest me
James Patterson
Tom Clancy
Steve Berry

And to whoever said the Eat, Love, Pray non-fiction book - You betcha

NEVERENOUGHWDW
05-23-2007, 06:28 PM
I figured this fit under the Budget Boards since none of us would dream of buying a book when we could borrow it from the library?

Other than the last book in the Harry Potter series, does anyone have any must-reads for the summer? I just finished a terrific book that I read in one sitting - a memoir by Abigail Thomas called "A Three Dog Life". It doesn't sound like it would be enjoyable, considering its about how she handles her husband's traumatic brain injury, but some of the scenes are so funny that I laughed until I ran out of tears.

I just reserved from the library a book titled "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less," by Terry Ryan.
Its the true story of a woman with 10 kids, married to an alcoholic, who helps support her family by entering contests and writing jingles and such.

What is everyone else reading?
There was a movie made about that Mom......I only buy books, library books have never worked for me.

wendithepooh
05-23-2007, 07:35 PM
Anything by Nicholas Sparks i.e.The Notebook,A Walk To Remember,etc.Romance.

I also like Dorthy Keddington but she maybe hard to find.Romance.

I cut a guys hair that has a book on Amazon.His name is Devin Pine.It is a short but good book.Romance.

None of these books are hard core by any means,just good books.

DH gave me another book for mother's day by a different guy that I cut his hair.The Survivors by Gregg Luke which I haven't read yet.(saving for my long trip to DLR)

But my favorite books are The Harry Potter series.I started reading them because DS was getting old enough to read them and I wanted to see what they were.I have since made everyone in my family fans as well.As a matter of fact,(I'm so embarrassed to admit it)Everyone in my family,except me,have magic wands from the movies.When I was in NYC 3 weeks ago DH went to FAO Swartz and bought 2 wands.1) was HE Who Must Not Be Named's and 2) was Lucious Malfoys' cane.Nerd,huh?Oh well, he could be a gambler or drunk or something.Oh yeah, for the last book DH made us all maroon shirts that said "I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good." DS12 is sad because his shirt doesn't fit anymore.He asked for a new one.We are all a bunch of nerds.:thumbsup2

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flying_babyb
05-23-2007, 08:03 PM
Anything by joyce spizer!

Debbie
05-23-2007, 08:24 PM
Janet Evanovich for me. I just ordered the "Full" set form my library on Monday, and I'll reread the Stephanie Plum ones, too. Light, funny, an easy read.

justcruisin
05-23-2007, 09:33 PM
Here are my recent memorable books:

Kite Runner
The Memory Keepers Daughter
Timetravelers Wife
Namesake

Any of the No 1 ladies detective agency

flying_babyb
05-23-2007, 10:02 PM
Just- if you like dective stories- Try "the cop was white as snow by joyce spizer.

disneycutie84
05-23-2007, 10:26 PM
Here are a few books I love:
1. The Lovely Bones (one of the best books I've read in my life!)
2. The Mermaid Chair
3. Harry Potter series :wizard:
4. Memoirs of a Geisha
5. The Devil Wears Prada (very fun, very light reading)
And right now I am working my way through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Very well written and imaginative but jeez, those books can get wordy and slow at times. :scared:
Enjoy!

belle and woody fans
05-24-2007, 11:02 AM
My all-time favorite books are....

Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon ( I absolutely love this book. Well, all of his earlier books actually)

Honeymoon by James Patterson ( I like this one best, although I have read all of his books)

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen (Don't let the science jargon get in the way!)

The Babysitter by Diana Diamond (Interesting, easy read)

I read about 3 novels per week, so I have "run out" of things to read for this summer. Keep adding books!

MEM
05-24-2007, 11:14 AM
Here are my recent memorable books:

Kite Runner
The Memory Keepers Daughter
Timetravelers Wife
Namesake

Any of the No 1 ladies detective agency

Good to know! I just reserved Memorykeepers Daughter from my library. I also love the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

It has been my habit since I was a teen to go back and re-read certain books over the summer - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, All Creatures Great and Small, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Chosen are just four examples.

peggster
05-24-2007, 01:14 PM
I just started The Memory Keeper's Daughter, so I'm glad to hear the positive reviews. One I'll recommend is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, which we just read for book club. It's non-fiction but reads like a novel, and I got totally sucked in; definitely a page-turner.

Also for the murder mystery fans, anything by Margaret Maron is great.

Hope that helps!

AmericangirlinFrance
05-24-2007, 01:18 PM
James Patterson and John Sandford's series are both pretty good if you like murder mystery/detective stories. I just finished reading "Archangel" by Robert Harris, sort of a historical thriller that was good. Also "A Small Death in Lisbon" by Robert Wilson is GREAT.

Oh - and Lee Child's Jack Reacher books are all good reads. Keep the recommendations coming, I burn through books in the summer!

gdulaney
05-24-2007, 02:01 PM
I'm reading the "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz. I'd never read Koontz before, but if these books are good indicators, I'm going to start reading them. I've also started the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The SciFi series is based on his books.

I just finished The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini. It's a series that centers around quilt making. If you like Jan Karon's Mitford Series, you'd probably like this series.

I also read Sue Grafton's mystery series (A is for Alibi, etc). Love Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella, and James Patterson. Kathryn R. Wall has a great series based in Hilton Head SC. It's the "Bay Tanner" mysteries. I absolutely recommend Mary Kay Andrews. Here books are very funny...but you might find some off color language.

Ginny :cutie:

Rubbertops
05-24-2007, 02:21 PM
I also liked the Time Travellers Wife.

I recently read The Red Tent and The Bad Mother's handbook. (chick lit.)

theprincess
05-24-2007, 02:28 PM
I like Debbie Macomber. I'm reading Back on Blossom Street now and it is very good. Her books are a good,light summer read. Give her a try.

pperfectmom
05-24-2007, 02:41 PM
I too loved "The Time Traveler's Wife".:thumbsup2 I did not, however care for "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" at all. Some other good summer reads I would recommend are "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue(about changelings and sooo entertaining), ""The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, "Ahab's Wife" by Sena Jeter Naslun(a fictionalized account of the wife of the Moby Dick captain-she also has a new book about Marie Antoinette that I have on my shelf to read called "Abundance") and "The Secret History" by Donna Tart. These are all books that I have read and absolutely love. I am getting ready to start "In Memory of Running" soon. Has anyone read that?

Also, the person who recommended "Eat, Pray, Love" did you like it? I read her book "The Last American Man" and found it very entertaining reading.

badblackpug
05-24-2007, 03:04 PM
I, too, love the Harry Potter series. I can't wait for the new one.

Right no I am reading "The World According to Garp" here are some of my favorites:

The Color Purple
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Kite Runner
Water for Elephants
The Rapture of Canaan
The Grapes of Wrath
The Prince of Tides
The Lovely Bones
Roots
Middlesex
The Secret Life of Bees
Gone With the Wind
Good in Bed
The Red Tent
The Devil Wears Prada
The Nanny Diaries
She's Come Undone
Where the Heart Is
A Map of the World
Ellen Foster
Bridget Jones Diary
Falling Leaves
Fortune's Rocks
Cold Sassy Tree

muggy425
05-24-2007, 03:08 PM
If anybody is looking for a summer read. A book called Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson is terrific. About 5 kids that actually save Magic Kingdom. Ages 9 to 90/ One that you shouldnt miss:cheer2:

mrsbornkuntry
05-24-2007, 03:10 PM
I think most of my faves have been mentioned, but I'll second them anyway:
John Sandford--the Prey series and Kidd books are good, Dead Watch I'm reading now and it's kinda slow

Clive Cussler--I like his Dirt Pitt series (undersea adventures/mysteries)

Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele, and Janet Daily for light reading

Nicholas Sparks

I'm in preschool mode right now so I'm having trouble remembering some authors and titles, but I really liked the DaVinci Code and the other book by the same author.

disynut
05-24-2007, 04:14 PM
Besides my "normal" stack of young adult books I have set aside to read(I'm a middle school librarian) here are the ones I am reading for myself:

Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'
Murder Plays House by Ayelet Waldman
Bergdorf Blondes

I like to read fluff for myself, I don't want anything I have to think about when I'm reading for enjoyment:rotfl2: I think it's because even though I enjoy reading the young adult books for the library--it's still kind of like "work" because I feel like I "have" to. I don't read them all, but try to read the popular ones.

I am very unpatiently awaiting the last:sad2: Harry Potter and the next Stephanie Plum(by Janet Evanovich) novel. These are my favorites. I also like Sue Grafton and James Patterson every once in a while---his sometimes scare the pee out of me!:scared1:

The young adult novels I have a stack of:
Cirque du Freak
The Higher Power of Lucky
The Road to Paris
a few more I can't think of right now....

My2Cinderellas
05-24-2007, 04:28 PM
lots of my favorites have been mentioned here,

The Time Traveler's Wife
anything by Ariana Trigiani
shopaholic series
Water for Elephants

I'll probably re-read the Diana Gabaldon Outlander books and anything by Dorothea Benton Frank is good for the summer.

pperfectmom
05-24-2007, 05:54 PM
lots of my favorites have been mentioned here,

The Time Traveler's Wife
anything by Ariana Trigiani
shopaholic series
Water for Elephants

I'll probably re-read the Diana Gabaldon Outlander books and anything by Dorothea Benton Frank is good for the summer.

Oh, I forgot "Water for Elephants" on my list. Loved it!!!!

starbox
05-24-2007, 06:35 PM
I too loved "The Time Traveler's Wife".:thumbsup2 I did not, however care for "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" at all. Some other good summer reads I would recommend are "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue(about changelings and sooo entertaining), ""The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, "Ahab's Wife" by Sena Jeter Naslun(a fictionalized account of the wife of the Moby Dick captain-she also has a new book about Marie Antoinette that I have on my shelf to read called "Abundance") and "The Secret History" by Donna Tart. These are all books that I have read and absolutely love. I am getting ready to start "In Memory of Running" soon. Has anyone read that?

Also, the person who recommended "Eat, Pray, Love" did you like it? I read her book "The Last American Man" and found it very entertaining reading.


Your tastes are very close to mine. Read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. You will love it. I promise. :goodvibes

larkles
05-24-2007, 07:57 PM
LOVE Harry Potter and can't wait for the new one :cool1:

Serving Crazy with Curry- funny and soulful
The Bean Trees (anything Barbara Kingsolver!)
The Power of Focus -Jack Canfield
Walking Across Egypt- Clyde Edgerton- laugh out loud, short and funny
The Secret Life of Bees- I second that one!
Jodi Picoult- love her work
Dresden Files- just starting this one- saw SciFi rendition and thought it was cool


Love, love, love to read on vaca :banana:

thiabelle
05-24-2007, 08:52 PM
First- I just finished "Eat, Pray, Love" and LOVED it! highly recommend it!
Also- if you have a slightly twisted, macabe sense of humor try Christopher Moore. I read "Dirty Job" last May and just finished "You Suck- A Love Story". One of my favorite authors.
Also looking forward to an adult book by the author of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (which I admit I absolutely loved- weird looks from my junior high students when they would catch me reading!)
I love the library:cool1:

ptmmg
05-24-2007, 09:31 PM
my faves are

The kite Runner
She's come undone
I know This much Is True
The Red Tent
The Time Travelers Wife

I to love all of Sidney Sheldons early work!

Ileana
05-24-2007, 09:44 PM
Wally Lamb - She's come undone
Wally Lamb - I know this much is true
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex


Something a little different:
If you're into Zombies
Max Brooks - World War Z

Currently I'm reading "Confessions of an ugly step-sister" by Gregory Maquire who also wrote:

Wicked
Son of a Witch
Mirror Mirror

Then of course there's always the classics!!
I love books like:
1984
Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451
Anthem
Lord of the Flies
etc...

I browse B&N & Borders and look at the "Summer Reading" book tables they have set up for the kids and I pick books from there.

After I read the Gregory Maguire books, I'm going to read "The Jungle"

disynut
05-24-2007, 10:47 PM
Also looking forward to an adult book by the author of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (which I admit I absolutely loved- weird looks from my junior high students when they would catch me reading!)

Thiabelle,
I read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants aloud to my husband on a road trip once...he was laughing out loud at parts of it! When is her adult book due out?

Wilsonfamily4
05-24-2007, 10:55 PM
Okay I have to add my 2 cents:

anything by Kathy Reich, Dee Henderson, Nicholas Sparks, Laura Childs
The Sisterchick series by ROBIN JONES GUNN
Miracles on the Water--Non-fiction but o, so interesting

For a classics I like Wuthering Heights and anything by the Jane Austin or the Bronte's

I try to read a non fiction and a classic a summer.
Gosh there are so many good books. I feel like I could go on and on

Ileana
05-24-2007, 11:21 PM
my faves are

The kite Runner
She's come undone
I know This much Is True
The Red Tent
The Time Travelers Wife

I to love all of Sidney Sheldons early work!

You should read Middlesex - the style was a lot like Wally Lamb IMO

Wilsonfamily4
05-24-2007, 11:22 PM
Also you should try paperbackswap.com

You list paperbacks and then you get like 2 books. Then as members choose your books you get a credit for another book. So all it costs you is postage to send the book someone requested from you! It is great.

Ileana
05-24-2007, 11:32 PM
I just thought of more

Amy Tan is a wonderful writer

These are her books I've read that I loved:
The Joy Luck Club
Kitchen God's Wife
Bonesetter's Daughter

I have "Saving Fish from Drowning" but haven't read it yet.

trulygoofy
05-25-2007, 12:23 AM
I noticed that a couple of people suggested "To Kill A Mockingbird". I am reading it now and I can't put it down. I also like anything by Conelia Funke.

thiabelle
05-25-2007, 05:53 AM
Thiabelle,
I read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants aloud to my husband on a road trip once...he was laughing out loud at parts of it! When is her adult book due out?

I think sometime in June- I admit that I bought this book and the new Evanovich because I didn't want to have to wait in line at the library. I think if you search BN.com with her name it will come up under "to be released" or something like that!

starbox
05-25-2007, 06:25 AM
Then of course there's always the classics!!
I love books like:
1984
Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451
Anthem
Lord of the Flies
etc...


Have you read Margaret Atwood? You'd probably like The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake if you tend to like dystopian fiction.

MomofCKJ
05-25-2007, 08:39 AM
I love Nicolas Sparks for easy summer reading. I also really enjoyed Marley and Me, a must read if you are a dog lover/owner, bring the tissues.

My 9 year old is blowing through the Lemony Snickets series, she is really loving those.

Allyson :)

fiveforall
05-25-2007, 08:53 AM
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. He also wrote Devil in the White City. Both are excellent.

Other posters have mentioned The Time Traveler's Wife. That is my favorite book of all time. I love it.

(young adult) Twilight and New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Ileana
05-25-2007, 09:10 AM
Have you read Margaret Atwood? You'd probably like The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake if you tend to like dystopian fiction.

I LOVE The Handmaid's Tale!!

That was the first book "adult" book I read when I was about 8 years old.

I'll definitely have to pick up Oryx & Crake then! I never bothered to look up what other books she wrote - but thank you very much for the recommendation!

PatriciaH
05-25-2007, 04:35 PM
Broken Paradise
In Broken Paradise Cecilia Samartin offers heart wrenching insight into the tender balance between hope and grief that shapes the immigrant heart and exposes the struggles of everyday people amid political turmoil.

Cuba, 1956: Cousins Nora and Alicia are accustomed to living among Havana's privileged class -- lavish dinners, days at the beach, dances, and dresses.

Their idyllic lives take a turn for the worst after Castro's rise to power. Food becomes scarce, religion is forbidden, and disease is rampant. Alicia stays behind while Nora emigrates to the United States and struggles in an unfamiliar land. Both of their identities are challenged as they try to adapt to the changes forced upon them.

The situation in Cuba deteriorates and Alicia is beset by bad fortune, while Nora painfully assimilates into middle-class U.S. culture. Her heart, however, remains in Cuba. Letters between the cousins track their lives until Alicia's situation becomes so difficult that Nora is forced to return and help. But what she finds in Cuba is like nothing she has ever imagined.

Broken Paradise is an extraordinarily powerful novel about passion, love, and the heart's yearning for home.


The Book of Lost Things
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.



Water For Elephants
Jacob Jankowski says: "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn't always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn't a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn't write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison.

Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob's life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the "menagerie" and all its ills. Uncle Al, the circus impresario, is a self-serving, venal creep who slaps people around because he can. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Jacob is the only person in the book who has a handle on a moral compass and as his reward he spends most of the novel beaten, broken, concussed, bleeding, swollen and hungover. He is the self-appointed Protector of the Downtrodden, and... he falls in love with Marlena, crazy August's wife. Not his best idea.

The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary: grifters, roustabouts, workers, cooch tent, rubes, First of May, what the band plays when there's trouble, Jamaican ginger paralysis, life on a circus train, set-up and take-down, being run out of town by the "revenooers" or the cops, and losing all your hooch. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that truly evokes the magic a circus can create. It is easy to see Marlena's and Rosie's pink sequins under the Big Top and to imagine their perfect choreography as they perform unbelievable stunts. The crowd loves it--and so will the reader. The ending is absolutely ludicrous and really quite lovely. --Valerie Ryan

The Thief of Time
It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?

Heart Shaped Box
Do you sleep with the light on? Are you in the habit of checking your doors and windows before you go to bed? Maybe even checking under your bed? If you are about to crack open Joe Hill's chilling thriller Heart-Shaped Box, you might want to rethink your nighttime habits--Hill's story about an aging rock star (with a penchant for macabre artifacts) who buys a haunted suit online will scare you silly.

Reviews from Amazon!

hddanis
05-26-2007, 01:27 AM
A couple I have not seen mentioned:

The Thirteenth Tale, By Diane Setterfield

Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon..Absolutely WONDERFUL and if you can listen to the unabridged audio version...even better (Audible.com has the first 3 books) My library had all of them too. Don't let the size of the books deter you though!

I'll also put in another vote for Time Travellers Wife and the Lovely Bones

My list for the summer includes:

Water for Elephants
Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Memory Keepers Daughter
Eragon
Eldest
Harry (of course)
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Double Bind
Simple Genius
My Sister's Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
Any JD Robb books I've missed

I have most of these on my MP3 player, but couldn't top listening to the Outlander series, so now I'm "behind" on my reading.

MsAmerica
05-26-2007, 07:32 AM
I highly recommend East of Eden. I read it a few years ago when it was selected as one of Oprah's books, the first time I ever read one of her selections, and it remains an all time favorite of mine to this day.


MsA

koziclan
05-26-2007, 08:48 AM
I love this thread! I read at least 2 books a week and need suggestions! Since I read so much I have a hard time with favorites. Most of mine have been mentioned before.

I started and finished Body Surfing by Anita Shreve yesterday. It was good, even got a little teary eyed.

The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag is today's book.

I still waiting for my library to get A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I hope it is as good as The Kite Runner (one of my faves)!