OT: any good reading recommendations

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  1. alicia1506

    alicia1506 DIS Veteran

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    hi all,

    so i will read most any book in most any genre as long as it is written well. i read voraciously, and at quite a fast pace, so i like to always have a new book to read when i set down my previous book.

    regretfully, i find myself in need of new (or older that i haven't stumbled across before) material, as i have read everything i currently own/have downloaded.

    i recently finished the 5 part epic that is George RR Martin's Song of Fire & Ice opus and i am enchanted with the world he has created, however since he has yet to grace us with books 6 and 7 in the set, i am seeking other reading materials.

    i will take any recommendations from any genre, trashy romances, epic fantasy, historical, thrillers, murder mysteries, chick lit, etc. actually the only things i don't read are 'real life stories' or autobiographies or non-fiction. i like a little escapism in my down time.

    so... any recommendations for good books you've recently read, or not so recently read?? inquiring minds would love to know.
     
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  3. WAMUMOF4

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    :rolleyes1 The only reading i seem to get done these days is on the disboards :eek:so i'm not much help but i can say there are some very comical threads on here:rotfl:
     
  4. BecBennett

    BecBennett Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

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    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series - the first book is either called Outlander or Cross Stitch, depending on where you buy it from (I'm pretty sure it's Cross Stitch here) - amazing book, which is also part of an amazing series, there are currently 7 books in the series, and hopefully the 8th book will be released early next year.

    Favourite series of books ever! (Much better then the teen books that seem to get so much press)

    Alternatively for just as good, but a lighter read is anything by Marian Keyes.

    ETA - I'm not a cryer at all, but Diana's books make me tear up, they're so good.
     
  5. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Okay, I'll share some chick lit.
    Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz. Really easy reading.
    Stephanie Plum series - Janet Evanovich. Really enjoyed the first 6 or 7 books. Got up to 10 - 12. Haven't read 16 or 17...or is she up to 18? Anyway, the books are better than that movie.
    Outlander series - Diana Gabaldon.

    Some kids/fantasy I've been checking out (my excuse is because DS is reading these)...

    Deltora Quest series - Emily Rodda
    The new Doors series by Emily Rodda (2 out of 3 released)
    Inheritence series - Christopher Paolini (okay more for me than for DS)
    Young Samurai series and the follow up Ring series - Chris Bradford. Set in 16th century Japan.
    I'm going to try to get DS into the David Eddings Belgariad series next. We'll see.


    I personally love the fantasy genre...so anything by Raymond E Feist.


    I'm trying to re-read the Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I read it years ago when it first came out and I know that there is a movie coming out soon. If I recall my thoughts when I read it the first time, I thought it was a book that I just couldn't grasp what the analogies to real life were. And I think that there was meant to be lots. Maybe re-reading it at a different stage in life will make a difference.



    What are you reading?
     
  6. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    :thumbsup2 Me too!!! Can't wait for the next book.

    I haven't started on any Marian Keyes yet.
     
  7. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    And I should say that I have two books that I need to start...more for personal development more than light reading. Bought these months ago....the Dis keeps getting in the way. :rotfl2:

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus
     
  8. australiankaren

    australiankaren I do love me my free H20...thank you Mickey.....DV

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    oh where to start......just google the authors, too tired to type them all out

    1. the house of silk
    2. water for elephants..so much better than the movie
    3. happiest refugee
    4. Jane Austin book club..so much better than the movie
    5. love and biology at the centre of the universe
    6. My silent war
    7. the mummy at the dining room table
    8. never have your dog stuffed
    9. pinheads and patriots
    10. queen bees and wanna bees
    11. reading in bed
    12. selected tales by Edgar Allan Poe

    & so much more...oh where to begin
    i am a librarian..this is what i do pirate: while not being a pirate fireman on a moped pirate::firefight:moped:


    and thank you for no one saying Hunger games...kill me now
     
  9. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Ohhh....I'm so jealous! you get to work with books all the time!

    What's the Happiest Refugee like? Another one on my reading list..
     
  10. battymum

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    THink Ill go to bed and continue reading The Happiest refugee - I usually save books for when I have no internet connection :rotfl2:

    I dont read too much, cause I cant choose books and if it doesnt grab me on the first page i'm done!
     
  11. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Good night. I think I might go join my bed as well. I'm looking at the Outliers book and I think I might start that.
     
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    11.22.63 by Stephen King. Really really enjoyed this book.
     
  13. austraveler

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    I usually steer clear of 'the latest thing' but I LOVED the Hunger Games books. I am also a huge fan of CS Harris. They are regency mysteries with a touch of romance. The first one is What Angels Fear.
     
  14. australiankaren

    australiankaren I do love me my free H20...thank you Mickey.....DV

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    Awesome, LOL kind of book...really recommend it.
     
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    People keep raving about "50 Shades of Grey". Can't say i've read it, but apparently its a good book. I think there are a few in the series.
     
  16. BecBennett

    BecBennett Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

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    50 shades of grey is just the new type of mills and boon, it's called mummy porn as it's so full of explicit sex scenes. :blush:

    I'm not a fan, but it is on the best sellers list
     
  17. welley

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    :rolleyes1 Didn't realise that! Sorry.
     
  18. australiankaren

    australiankaren I do love me my free H20...thank you Mickey.....DV

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    just be careful what you read on the flight :rotfl:
     
  19. alicia1506

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    thank you all so much for the recommendations... aside from the hunger games (awesome world building, not so fussed with the actual story line) i have not read any of these authors/books, so this is a great compilation.

    i have made a note of all of these, and will start downloading soon :)

    on another note, just finished season 2 of gossip girl and am about to start season 3 tomorrow. i am so in love with chuck bass...
     
  20. LizfromOz

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    I am about 1/4 through this book...fantastic!
     
  21. BecBennett

    BecBennett Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

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    lol, don't apologise! My boss' wife came in raving about the series, so a couple of us read the first book, and we had a bit of a giggle about it
     

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