Books to Read Over Christmas Break!

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  1. Starista

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    Hi! =)

    So I have 19 days without my beloved first graders and really want to read some wonderful books!

    I thought about re-reading the Harry Potters ~ but ~ I think I'd like something different!

    I went to the library and got out some standard Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts (I'm a sucker for the romance novels!) but wonder if anyone has some wonderful book titles they could recommend for the break?

    Thanks so much! :love:
     
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    How about re-reading Gone with the Wind? I haven't re-read it in years and need to do so soon.
     
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    Great suggestion, Alice. I re-read Gone with the Wind every 5 years or so, and love it every time! Starista, if you like romance, Diana Gabaldon has written a fabulous series of historical romance books set in Scotland. I've asked for a couple of books for Christmas, so am hoping I can spend a few days curled up with a good book as well!
     
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    I usually love Elizabeth George, but her latest was a disappointment to me (What Came Before He Shot Her.)
    If you like English mystery, try Ann Granger.
    I plan on reading Cornelia Funke's books over the holidays - Inkheart, Inkspell, etc. They are for kids, but my higher students have been raving about them.
     
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    I had forgotten all about her! I read one of hers and it was just amazing!!!
     
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    Yes, Gabaldon is pure escapism...there is a new one I haven't read yet; if it isn't under the tree I'll get it for myself--perfect for curling up in front of the fire with a plate of Christmas cookies and a glass of wine. (Speaking of cookies, I'd better go and bake some shortbread.)
     
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    I love any and all of the Fern Michaels books. Romance, drama, funny everything all rolled up into one. I've also been reading Iris Johansen . I can't wait to read the new James Patterson book(Cross.
     
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    I just finished Must Love Dogs and it was even better than the movie (of course). Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah was excellent, too. I've already finished 6 books this month and plan to read a few more before I go back on Jan 3rd.
     
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    I'm finishing Caleb Carr's The Angel of Darkness--it is a follow-up to The Alienist. The first was better, but both are good historical fiction/murder mysteries. I especially like how the fictional characters hang out with or move in the same social circles as "real" people--Clarence Darrow and Elizabeth Cady Stanton keep popping up in this book, Theodore Roosevelt and J. P. Morgan were big in the last.

    Next up will be Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming--a friend recommended it.
     
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    I have just started reading Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan and it is excellent!!! I also loved Joy Luck Club. After I am finished ith the first book I will start A Strange New World by Aldous Huxley.
     
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    The new Nicholas Sparks was GREAT!! Its called Dear John
     
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    :) :love: Speaking of Nicholas Sparks! I also plan to read "The Notebook."

    I hope I like it!
     
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    I absolutely LOVED The Notebook:love: !!! I was bawling my eyes out reading that book! It is one that you can't put down!!!:angel:
     
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    I love all of Janet Evanovich's book...the series starts with One for the Money, but you could start anywhere really
     
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    I didn't even know there was a new Amy Tan. I'll have to get it.
     
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    Anything by James Patterson is good. also some of the Patricia Cornwall mysteries are fantastic. Terry G.
     
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    If you like Nicolas Sparks, you have to read At First Sight.
    It is by far the best, although I absolutely love ALL his novels. :love:
     
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    The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
     
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    I second The Memorykeeper's Daughter - you could finish that one in 2 days, it is hard to put down!
     
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    I too heard Janet Evanovich's books are great although I've never read them.

    I was planning on reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. I've had it since the summer if not longer, but I only started reading it. I never finished it because of a family difficulty (now a miracle) that I think of each time I see the cover.

    Let's hope I'm not bawling my eyes out while reading this.
     
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    I read Water for Elephants during fall break. It is so good. I'm not sure who wrote it.
     
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    Reading the Caleb Carr Novels

    I followed your suggestion and got the Alienist and the Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr. I started reading the Alienist tonight. It is creepy and suspenseful.I love murder mysteries and historical novels. come with more suggestions. Terry G.:thanks: :p
     
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    I just finished The Bean Trees. It was excellent. I MUST read Great Gatsby before school starts, but I am also hoping to get my hands on the new Robert Jordan.. (ok, new to me, not sure how many weeks it has been out, though).
     
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    Great Gatsby is one of my all time favs!!!!
     
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    I found the new Elizabeth George disappointing too and I love the Cornelia Funkes.

    Interestingly, I have also spent this break re-reading Harry Potter. How long till the next one?
     
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    Jodi Picoult is easy and very involving. I loved My Sister's Keeper - one of the most amazing endings ever (as good as Anita Shreve at the unexpected ending). Try Plain Truth by Picoult.
     
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    I just saw, for the first time ever, the movie Pride and Prejudice. Needless to say, I'll be picking up the book today-- somehow I've never read it!
     
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    I thought the ending of My Sister's Keeper was very predictable--I was not a fan of the book. I keep meaning to read another novel by Picoult to see if I'd like her any better.


    You will love it. It is so witty and intelligent, and the plot is just so lovely. Make sure that you cast Colin Firth in the "picture in your head version" because the story simply isn't complete without him as Mr. Darcy. :D
     
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    Oh, that made me smile. :D Both were my dad's suggestions, he loaned them to me. I'll be interested to hear how you compare The Angel of Darkness to The Alienist--I felt The Alienist was more compelling/suspenseful/etc., due in part to the narrator change and I think also to just a different storyline (more court room, less investigation), but was still a good read. My dad felt the same way.

    I'll ask my dad for some similar recommendations--he likes murder mysteries (I'm not usually a huge fan but was home with nothing to read). I know he is reading The Italian Secretary by Carr right now, which is a novel incorporating some Sherlock Holmes aspects. I think he got the new Laurie R. King for Christmas as well.
     
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