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Old 08-10-2009, 10:06 AM   #136
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I recently read Peter and the Star Catchers by Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry.
I found it a thoroughly enjoyable, fun book!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I also loved The Pillars of the Earth
Hey Everyone: I'm just joining the thread after my vacation. I saw this, and had to reply. We listened to the audio recording of Peter and the Star Catchers on our drive to and from Williamsburg. It was a fun book to listen to, and it was read by Jim Dale who does the audio recordings for the Harry Potter books.

I love Life of Pi, and I'm reading Pillars of the Earth now.

I'm reading the thread now, but has anyone mentioned "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger? I loved that book, and read it a couple of times. I'm actually dissapointed they're making a movie out of it. The trailers I saw look nothing like how I pictured the book in my mind.

Kevin, I also read "Devil in the White City" - I really like the historical books.

Here's another historical fiction book I liked "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. I also loved "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I think I need to read Middlesex again.

OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
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OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
Oh WOW - "IT" I loved that book - it truly scared me. Of course I've never been fond of clowns. There is a water containment building in a neighborhood close by. After reading that book and driving by that building - all I could think about was that underground area. It still gives me a chill whenever I drive past that place.

I have to say though that my favorite Stephen Book is "The Stand". It was the 1st book of his I read & from then on I was hooked
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Oh WOW - "IT" I loved that book - it truly scared me. Of course I've never been fond of clowns. There is a water containment building in a neighborhood close by. After reading that book and driving by that building - all I could think about was that underground area. It still gives me a chill whenever I drive past that place.

I have to say though that my favorite Stephen Book is "The Stand". It was the 1st book of his I read & from then on I was hooked
Marilee, "The Stand" is probably my favorite Stephen King book after It. I've read that one a number of times too - the original version and the uncut.
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If you listen to books - the audio version of Middlesex is fantastic! The story is great, too.

I also enjoyed listening to Life of Pi. I'd love to discuss that one!
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Finished "Light On Snow" by Anita Shreve in just two nights - great story!!
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:31 PM   #141
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Hi, just joining in too.

I'm reading The Collectors by David Baldacci, the book that comes after The Camel Cub. I believe there are four in the series. I would call them political thrillers/mystery. Pretty good.

Also reading Northanger Abbey.

Don't know if this was mentioned because I haven't read all the way through this thread but our library has downloadable audio books you can check out. You download them to your MP3 player or listen on your computer. What I'm listening to now isn't really a book, but they had The Twilight Zone episodes redone recently for XM radio.

Probably one of my all time favorite book series is Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Those are the only books I can re-read and still laugh out loud.
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OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
I'm another Stephen King fan I haven't read a lot of his...a few short stories and The Stand the uncut version. I loved the Stand!! Think it is one of the best books I have ever read. I really like the story and the characters. I am also a fan of the Langoliers. Now if they could just make a decent movie out of his stories



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I think, for me, "Wedding In December" had too many characters that weren't fully developed. Also, I didn't like the addition of the book that Agnes is writing - I felt it just cluttered up an already crowded story. I also found it hard to relate to most of the characters, the majority of whom are adulterers.

However, I do recommend "The Pilot's Wife"! For me, that was excellent.
Yeah I agree that the morals of the characters in that book aren't very good. But I think she tells a pretty good story. Now I haven't read any of her other books....if you say they are better then I will have to check them out.

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We've talked about Kindle and the library....where else does everyone get their books?

I have found Sam's Club to have the lowest prices on new releases as well as bestsellers in paperback. We have a Walden Books (which is a smaller version of Boarder's), and sometimes I can find bargain books there. Same with Barnes & Noble; I just shop the clearance sections at new bookstores. If I can't find it at Sam's, I order from Amazon or Overstock.com.

As for used books, I just went to a Half-Price Books last week. My dad found some great titles in their clearance section, and I bought some current magazines for $1. Our library has a used bookstore, and I've gotten some great stuff there, including a brand-new copy of "Fall On Your Knees" (I'd accidentally given my copy to Goodwill last year) and current magazine issues for only a quarter!
I buy books at lots of places Walmart has good prices on paperbacks just not much of a selection. I also buy at Borders, Books A Million and Barnes and Noble...mostly the clearance sections here or when I have a coupon. If you sign up for their cards they email lots of coupons. And we have a great used book store close by.
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Hey Everyone: I'm just joining the thread after my vacation. I saw this, and had to reply. We listened to the audio recording of Peter and the Star Catchers on our drive to and from Williamsburg. It was a fun book to listen to, and it was read by Jim Dale who does the audio recordings for the Harry Potter books.

I love Life of Pi, and I'm reading Pillars of the Earth now.

I'm reading the thread now, but has anyone mentioned "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger? I loved that book, and read it a couple of times. I'm actually dissapointed they're making a movie out of it. The trailers I saw look nothing like how I pictured the book in my mind.

Kevin, I also read "Devil in the White City" - I really like the historical books.

Here's another historical fiction book I liked "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. I also loved "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I think I need to read Middlesex again.

OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
I loved The Time Traveler's Wife - I feel the same about the movie, but I will probably go see it, but I doubt they will do it justice. Also a big Steven King fan and agree with the others The Stand is my favorite.

I am so happy that Dean Koontz FINALLY came out with the third book in his Frankenstien series - it's been 4 years.
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I'm reading the thread now, but has anyone mentioned "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger? I loved that book, and read it a couple of times. I'm actually dissapointed they're making a movie out of it. The trailers I saw look nothing like how I pictured the book in my mind.

OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
IT is my favorite Stephen King, as well! I've read several SK books and like most of them, but finished 'Lisey's Story' not too long ago and was bored out of my mind. If I never hear the word 'smuck' again in my life, I'll be a very happy girl!!

I just finished reading 'The Wedding Girl' by Madeleine Wickham on Sunday and haven't picked up anything new yet. 'The Time Traveler's Wife' is one I've been contemplating, so you've just made up my mind...I'm off to download on my Kindle!
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Hey Everyone: I'm just joining the thread after my vacation. I saw this, and had to reply. We listened to the audio recording of Peter and the Star Catchers on our drive to and from Williamsburg. It was a fun book to listen to, and it was read by Jim Dale who does the audio recordings for the Harry Potter books.

I love Life of Pi, and I'm reading Pillars of the Earth now.

I'm reading the thread now, but has anyone mentioned "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger? I loved that book, and read it a couple of times. I'm actually dissapointed they're making a movie out of it. The trailers I saw look nothing like how I pictured the book in my mind.

Kevin, I also read "Devil in the White City" - I really like the historical books.

Here's another historical fiction book I liked "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. I also loved "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I think I need to read Middlesex again.

OK, here's my secret vice though - Stephen King. I love Stephen King, and it was about all I read for pleasure in college. My all-time favorite Stephen King book, and maybe favorite book of all time is "It".
I find I can read for hours on end. If I listen to a book....I'm asleep in minutes. I think it has to do with the fact that I'm not doing anything.

I read The Alienist many years ago. Great book

Also loved Middlesex. I was enthralled.

Used to be a Stephen King fan but that dropped of. I loved The Stand and The Shining.

Hated It....that sucker would have been a novella if the main character hadnt stuttered.

And I usually dont like Stephen King movies....but we love Delores Claiborne.

The new Dan Brown novel comes out next month....not that I'm waiting.
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Used to be a Stephen King fan but that dropped of. I loved The Stand and The Shining.

Hated It....that sucker would have been a novella if the main character hadnt stuttered.

And I usually dont like Stephen King movies....but we love Delores Claiborne.
re: "It" could have been a novella.

Yeah, I've kind of fallen off Steven King too. I haven't read anything new recently. Although in the past few years I re-read "It" and "The Stand". You know I never read "The Shining". I should read that one.
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For Kindle readers...

I found a pretty decent freebie, I think. (Can't tell for sure, as I haven't read it yet! )

Anyway, it's called Paranoia by Joseph Finder. Sounds pretty interesting, and since it's free, I figured why not...

Anyone read anything by him before? His other (older) books are priced at $7.99 for the kindle version...
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For Kindle readers...

I found a pretty decent freebie, I think. (Can't tell for sure, as I haven't read it yet! )

Anyway, it's called Paranoia by Joseph Finder. Sounds pretty interesting, and since it's free, I figured why not...

Anyone read anything by him before? His other (older) books are priced at $7.99 for the kindle version...
I have this loaded nd aready to go.

Havent read anything else by him...but ya cant beat free.
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So, I am trying to stop myself from plowing through the entire Stephanie Plum series too quickly and bought a few other books on Saturday. I got two that were teacher related because there was a sale at Borders. I'm reading Teach Like You're Hair is on Fire right now. I've always been curious to read this book since it came out last year. However, because I am an avid Ron Clark fan and the author criticizes him heavily throughout the text, I've been hesitant. I finally caved and am enjoying it so far. It's definitely going to be a quick read...if I ever get off of this evil box computer.

I also got The Freedom Writers Diary. It sounds very familiar and apparently was made into a movie. I have never seen it though. It looks like it'll touch upon breaking down barriers. It looks promising. Anyone ever read it?

I also got Julie & Julia. I am very excited to read this. I want to see the movie as well, but now am not sure if I will just yet. I'm one of those people who always prefer the book version more than the film. I tend to get very excited when a book I have read becomes a movie and it makes the experience more fun. I may just wait until J & J is on DVD to watch it.

Oh, and for any of you out there who read it, Eay, Pray, & Love is being made into a film. It's actually in progress right now in New York and will be out in 2011. That should be interesting. I didn't fall in love with this book like so many other women did, but I'm excited to see it on the big screen.
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Somebody mentioned Ridley Pearson a few posts up. Has anyone read his new book? I believe it is called Last Summer? I saw it at Borders on Saturday and was interested, but already had three books in my hands. Pearson did the Peter Pan series that is popular with a lot of kids (think Peter & the Starcatchers). He also wrote Kingdom Keepers which I really enjoyed.

Does anyone know if there is an iPhone app where you can store all of the books you want to read? lol
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