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From: Bama
Date: 12-28-2006, 12:19 AM (1 of 21)
I just finished "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. I was expecting more with the end but I still loved it. It was hard to put down each time I started reading it. I read that it's going to be made into a movie next year.

I'm about to start on "The Time Traveler's Wife".

What's everyone else reading?
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Hogmami
Date: 12-28-2006, 08:02 AM (2 of 21)
Cell by Steven King. Very good if you like his books.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 12-28-2006, 08:21 AM (3 of 21)
I just finished one of the new Dunes and am just starting #5 of the Janet Evanovich. It's not a serious time of year and my reading is light.
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From: dmoses
Date: 12-28-2006, 10:00 AM (4 of 21)
I'm reading The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. I'm enjoying it, even though the only time I have to read is the five minutes or so before I fall a sleep at night...and I usually end up reading the same paragraph over and over. :wink:

I read The Lovely Bones, but didn't really care for it. Parts of it were interesting, but overall, I was expecting more...I guess because of all the hype it was given at the time.
Take care,
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-28-2006, 04:53 PM (5 of 21)
I'm re-reading Laurrell K. Hamiltons series, Anita Blake Vamipre Hunter ( I have all the books)
Ok you can say reading material is just as weird as anything else I least I'm not dull...(brain dead, not dull..:shock: )
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: Bama
Date: 12-28-2006, 05:52 PM (6 of 21)
No Kath, you are not dull. :bluesmile
My son likes The Vampire Chronicles. He has several Anne Rice books he keeps trying to get me to read. So many books, so little time. I too usually only get to read before I fall asleep at night or a few minutes here and there waiting for my kids.
My son is also telling me I need to read some Clive Cussler books he has.
User: Bama
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Total posts: 2116
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-28-2006, 07:36 PM (7 of 21)
I read a couple of Clive Cussler books.. They are really attention grabbers !! And, Donna, I was disappointed in the Lovely Bones.. With all the hype , I was expecting a great book, and I was really let down.. I am reading "The 36 Hour Day".. its a book about Alzheimers.. It was given to me several years ago, when My Mom was diagnosed, but I never read it.. I got so many books.. But , this one seems to be one of the best.. One of my friends wants it for a friend of hers, so I thought I would read it before I pass it on.. Remember the title if you need to recommend a book on that subject.. The descriptive language in it is "perfect".. I read a paragraph, and I think that is my Mom, exactly....I got 2 books for Christmas, they are next for me..
Sew With Love
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From: vickki
Date: 12-28-2006, 07:56 PM (8 of 21)
I love to read magazines,I just got the latest Royality, Magesty and Peoples Friend.I read them over and over since they are so expensive (32.00) for 3.I don't have time for many books because when I start I have to finish in a day.....then I don't have time to sew...
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Total posts: 374
From: sewingrandma
Date: 12-28-2006, 09:24 PM (9 of 21)
Chrys, if you like Hamilton you'll like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. I suggest you read them in order if possible so you don't get lost. Christine Feehan has the Carpathian series, the Drake sister series, and the Ghostwalker series. Mary Janice Davidson has the "Dead" series that is a fun read. I generally have 2-3books going at the same time. Right now it is Feehan's Conspiracy Game, Terry Brooks Armageddon's Children. Just completed Kim Harrison's A Fistful of Charms (this is a series also and suggest starting at the beginning.)
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From: Rea
Date: 12-28-2006, 11:37 PM (10 of 21)
I am reading "Turnng Angel" by Greg Iles, who lives in Natchez, Ms. I love all the southern authors coming out. I got Stephen King's "Lisey's Story" for Christmas, that is next. I also have several going at once, in addition to the latest Smithsonian. Am also hooked on crocheting afghans all of a sudden. I tell ya, when you work full time, there's just not enough hours for myself.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs
User: Rea
Member since: 12-19-2005
Total posts: 47
From: SheliaHC
Date: 12-29-2006, 08:57 AM (11 of 21)
Hey Dorothy do you need to read the Janet Evanovich in order? I've read #1 and received #10 as a gift, didn't know if I should just hold on to it until I've read the others.

Currently reading Sue Grafton S if for Silence.

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From: MaryW
Date: 12-29-2006, 11:54 AM (12 of 21)
I got a copy of My Friend Leonard by James Frey. He is the same one who wrote A Million Little Pieces that caused so much hype. Remember Oprah raking him over the coals.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 12-29-2006, 12:32 PM (13 of 21)
just finished At Risk by Patricia Cornwell, interesting but not as good as her Scarpetta series, will have to get S is for Silence soon :re: , also received some new books for xmas, looking forward to that if I have time to read....
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From: DorothyL
Date: 12-29-2006, 12:34 PM (14 of 21)
Shelia --
I guess it depends. I don't worry about them being in order. Of course I don't read them one after another. Just once in a while. The plots don't seem to depend on each other and Evanovich does a good job with background so I don't feel lost.
I'm sure there are some real fans and purists here that will say you should read them in order and give you a good reason why.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Rea
Date: 12-31-2006, 10:54 AM (15 of 21)
I read books on tape or cd when I am in the sewing room. I have to keep the door shut because of the cats, and sometimes the tapes help me to get back in ther, to find out what is happening next,lol. The best on tape are James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton or Mark Hammer. Janet Evanovich has a good reader, and makes her books hilarious, but I have gone as far as I can go right now.
Karin Slaughter is another good southern writer, very young, but very good.
Sometimes I think I would go insane if I could not lose myself in a good book.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs
User: Rea
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From: lendube
Date: 12-31-2006, 12:05 PM (16 of 21)
36 Hour Day is a great book. I got a lot out of that one when my father was diagnosed. (Turns out he didn't even have Alz. just the symptoms. He died of Arterial Sclerosis which presented the same way - lack of oxygen to the brain causing brain disfunction.)

I am still working on the Benni Harper series by Earlene Fowler. Light but fun reading. The titles are quilt designs but the books have little to do with quilting.

I'm listening to a great book, Beautiful Lies, in the car and can't wait to get back to that one.

Gotta read! Always told the kids, "You'll never be bored if you love to read."

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From: AndreaSews
Date: 12-31-2006, 01:40 PM (17 of 21)
I'm just about to finish An Elm Creek Quilts Album, a collection of 3 novels by Jennifer Chiaverini. She has a whole bunch of books in the collection, contemporary and historical, each of which explores the significance of quilts in the characters' lives.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: craftedbylouise
Date: 12-31-2006, 06:58 PM (18 of 21)
Back in the days before I got my first computer (before 1998) I use to average about 2-3 books a month (standard hardback) and 7-10 a month if they were the smaller paperbacks.
Prior to 1998 though I had read EVERY Danelle Steel book that came out and couldn't wait for a new book, and right now I have about 8 of her books waiting for me to get started on.

I really should get back into the books on tape/cd while I am in my sewing room.
Brother nv1000 since 12-15-06
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-01-2007, 12:33 AM (19 of 21)
I used to read a lot more than I do now...just don't seem to have the time but have recently finished Crisis by Robin Cook - he left the ending open for a sequal which is nice. Also just finished Stash Envy by Lisa Boyer-cute, light reading that was nice change. Currently reading Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr-one of her Anna Pigeon series.

Bama, I like Anne Rice too-which she'd do more Mayfair Witches...liked that and her Vampire series. Some of the more recent are difficult to get into for me.

AndreaSews-thanks for the link, I've been wanting to start that series but could never remember what the titles were or who the author was.
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From: Shellymoon
Date: 01-01-2007, 08:35 PM (20 of 21)
Hey dmoses...

I read several Amy Tan novels and my favorite was the "Bonesetter's daughter" (If I can remember the title right). I like her take on the Asian cultures. It's very interesting.

I am currently reading "Lipstick Jihad". It's the memoir of an Iranian woman who grew up in California and then moved back to Iran to work as a journalist when she was an adult. I recently read another novel written by an Iranian woman called "Reading Lolita in Tehran." It was fascinating.

I know we're not supposed to talk about religion on these boards, but I've learned more about the Islamic religion from these two books than I could have any other way. They also help open your eyes about why there is such a hatred of America. I found them both very eye opening.

Has anyone read Freakanomics? It's always checked out of the library when I try to get it. I've heard it's very interesting.
Shelly Moon
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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 01-09-2007, 04:14 PM (21 of 21)
I just started reading the Harry Potter series. I love the movies, so I thought I'd read the book....awesome stories...
May your bobbin always be full-
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