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Old 11-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #91
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I've read sooo many books over the last few years I forget sometimes some of my favorites. As I was reading thru the post again I remembered a book that I loved and Highly recommend.

The Woods by Harlan Coben

Also I love Ken Follett as an Author. I read the whole Pillar series and loved it.
I love Harlan Coben and have read all of his books.

I read The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follet and I loved them. I plan to reread them at some point. I did not enjoy his newest series though. I started the first one and have never finished it. I haven't read any of his other books either but I'd like to try them.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #92
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I am in the middle of several books, right now.

Team of Rivals - LOVE IT!!! I can't wait to see "Lincoln" now!

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - Also love! Need to get it finished!

The Christmas Candle - Written by Max Lucado. It's great for getting into the Christmas spirit!

I would love to be part of a 2013 book challenge!!! I'll keep checking back for more titles, and for details!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #93
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I started reading a travel memoir called "Travel, Sex, and Train Wrecks". It's a "low budget"(if there IS such thing when it comes to books) book about a woman traveling Asia by alone after a divorce.

It's definitely not a fine piece of literature and while there is SOME soul searching, you definitely aren't going to unlock the secrets of the universe while reading it.

I am enjoying reading her crazy stories and the people she meets and countries she visits though. It's pretty cheap if not free for the Kindle.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:46 PM   #94
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Love the challenge idea!
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #95
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I forgot to mention a book that I finished last week that I got free for my Nook. It was a free Friday selection. "All Roads Lead to Austen." When I first started it, I thought it was going to be another "Austenland", but it was not! Thank heaven!!! I loved it!!! A literature professor took a year away from teaching to travel in South America and see if Austen's books translated well for the Latin American people. Her findings were really fun! I loved this book, as it was part literary, and part travel guide! Anyone who enjoys reading Austen's works would like this book!
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:14 AM   #96
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I just read The Outpost by Jake Tapper who's a White House corespondent. It's a book about a troop in Afghanistan who was attacked in Oct. 2009 and 8 soldiers were killed. My nephew was one of the ones who was there (and is mentioned in the book quite often), thank God he survived. Not to get political, but the book explains why they should NEVER have been posted there, they served no purpose other than to be a target for the Taliban. Anyway, GREAT book, read it!

I also just started Far From The Tree, it's about raising children who are so different from yourself, also highly recommend it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:49 AM   #97
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Ugh. When it rains, it pours!

I'm currently still reading The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) but decided to take a break at page 900 and do a quick read before settling back in for the last 450 pages to finish.

So I started Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3) - have always wanted to read the Potter series.

Well..... my library contacted me yesterday. They are holding 3 books for me to pick up this week:

Our Husband (recommended here on the DIS)
Let's Pretend It Never Happened (another DIS recommendation)
The Fault in our Stars (not sure where I got this recommendation, lol)

I don't know what to read!! LOL! So overwhelmed! 5 books at one time will not go over too well, lol.

Why do requested library books ALWAYS come in at same time??!
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:11 AM   #98
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I've just started 'Speaks The Nightbird' by Robert McCammon (Swan Song). I'm about 100 pages in and so far I am loving it. He truly brings the time period to life (late 17th century) and I like the fact that even though it is a suspense/thriller novel, he tosses in a bit of humor now and then. Even though I've not really gotten into the meat of the story yet, this could very well turn out to be my favorite book of the year. In the running so far is 'The Forgotten Garden', 'Iron House' and 'Before I Go to Sleep'.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:15 AM   #99
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Just finished "Murder on the Brain", which I expected to be a cozy mystery but it was more a Stephanie Bond-style romantic comedy. So now I'm reading what really is a cozy mystery, "Dying for a Change". I haven't read much yet, but so far I like it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #100
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I just finished reading "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters and I highly recommend it. It's a very well written gothic ghost story set in an English country house in 1949. It is a very unusual, atmospheric story with a clever twist in the conclusion. I keep thinking about it, so that says a lot!

If you decide to read it, be aware that the first 100 pages or so build the theme and develop the characters, so nothing really creepy happens for a while. However, that's fine, because the setting and plot are so intriguing - and there's a big creepy pay-off in the end!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:13 PM   #101
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I think I will be on my kids books for the next life time catching up on 27 years worth
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:32 AM   #102
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Well..... my library contacted me yesterday. They are holding 3 books for me to pick up this week:

Our Husband (recommended here on the DIS)
Let's Pretend It Never Happened (another DIS recommendation)
The Fault in our Stars (not sure where I got this recommendation, lol)

I don't know what to read!! LOL! So overwhelmed! 5 books at one time will not go over too well, lol.

Why do requested library books ALWAYS come in at same time??!
Seriously??? After picking up those 3 books at the library last night, I just got another notification that ANOTHER BOOK has come in.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

I put this one on hold well over a month ago. I've forgotten why I was so excited to read it now, lol.

I now have 6 books to read - no idea which one to read this weekend, lol. Finish the ones I've already started or move onto something new....
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #103
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I finally started Killing Kennedy. Very interesting read. Just a word of warning though, if you are not into history, or political history, you may not like the book so much. Just like in Killing Lincoln, there is a lot of history, and personal stuff leading up to everything. I myself find it fascinating, and I'm actually learning more about the Bay of pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. But I'm kind of geeky that way. All in all though I'm really liking it. Interesting peek behind the scenes of that administration.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:04 AM   #104
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Just finished Max Lucado's "The Christmas Candle." Very short, fun read. Guaranteed to be perfect for the holiday season!

Now, I've got to finish "Team of Rivals!" I borrowed it from my dad 2 years ago, and I'm pretty embarrassed that I haven't finished it!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #105
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Right now I'm reading The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One) by Jean M. Auel.

I'm really enjoying it!

I would love to join in on a 2013 book challenge!
I loved that book....read it when I was pregnant with my first child in 1984 and then read the whole series as the books came out...just loved it. Thanks for reminding me how great it was. I would read it again but there is just so many out there I want to read for the first time!!!

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