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  1. Cindy

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    I just finished a really good book. It's called In The Presence OF My Enemies. It's the story of Martin and Gracia Burnham. They were the Americans who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. What an amazing couple. If you need something to read this summer I recommend this book.
     
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    Mary Higgins Clark's, Where are the Children, is my all time favorite book and I am not really into mysteries!
     
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    My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews is a great book. I haven't read it for a couple of years but I remember reading it quite a few times. I also enjoyed a couple of the Oprah's book club books... We Were the Mulvaney's and The Poisonwood Bible (a great book) are my two favorites on her list.:p

    Does anyone know of or enjoy reading fiction or nonfiction books about the supernatural/ghost stories, etc.? Those types of stories have always fascinated me. I love to be scared and the mystery of the stories...
     
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    My favorite author is Patricia Cornwell. Unfortuntely, I've read everything she's written. I spend much more time waiting for the next book than I do reading one.
     
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    patricia cornwell

    I am a kay scarpetto fan too!
    I love pete and lucy etc....

    I cant quite understand how vc andrews is able to continue to publish books and i thought she is no longer living! hmmmm.
     
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    Nicholas Sparks is my FAVORITE!!! A must read is Bend in the Road... excellent book. I also enjoy the Chicken Soup books.
     
  8. Guest

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    Yeah, but you have to admit that V.C. Andrews' writing has really gone downhill since she died!

    I love Diana Gabaldon...every woman out there has GOT to try Outlander...it is not an optional assignment! Tad Williams rocks...I can't wait until my kids are old enough to share the books too. Barbara Erkskine has some wonderful books too, but her later ones are really hit and miss. I loved The Far Pavillions, another not an option, E.M. Kaye I believe.

    For the supernatural mystery fan, try "The Mask" by Dean R. Koontz, if you haven't yet. It is my all time favourite from the genre, though I loved "It"...oh, and the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.

    Oh...okay, shutting up now!
     
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    Let's see, favorite authors:

    Mary Higgins Clark
    Anne River Siddons
    Danielle Steele
    used to read VC Andrews - not anymore
    Maeve Binchy
    Rite Mae Brown and Lillian Jackson Braun for the lighter side, cat loving side of me
    John Saul if I am in the mood to be creeped out

    I am currently reading Saying Grace by Beth Gutcheon.
     
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    My favorite books are any CHICKEN SOUP books, I have read tons of them!
     
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    Margo, for the "lighter, cat loving side", pick up a copy of Tad William's Tailchaser's Song (I mentioned him before, but I was actually thinking of one of his series, not this book...). It is like a classic, fantasy novel...good vs. evil and all that, starring cats (including the mad hermit going by the name of Eatbugs). It was wonderful!

    Oh, and another great book, for anyone who hasn't read it, is Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon. Oh, and The Green Mile, by Stephen King...and anything by Vonnegut, especially Welcome to the Monkey House (there is one short story in that one about a little orphan in Germany after "the war" who attaches himself to an American soldier, assuming that this soldier must be his father because he is black too, an amazing piece of writing...).

    My favourites of all time, though have to be Yes, Minister! and Yes, Prime Minister! They are based on the British sitcoms of the same titles and are hilarious! So worth the effort of hunting them down!
     
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    TARA,
    Which one is your favorite Chicken Soup...favorites?
     
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    I have been keeping a diary which lists every book (and its author) which I have read since 1993. Beth Gutcheon is one of my favorite authors. Others include Susan Isaacs, Anita Shreve, Gail Godwin, Jane Smiley, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg ... and more. Keeping this record makes it easy to look up a favorite author whose name you've forgotten. I sometimes refer to it before going to the library. I love writing which illuminates the nature of people for me.
     
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    I have read lots and this is really a toughy but I would say it's a tie between Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul (remember I'm still a teen), Chicken Soup For The Kids Soul (I read these to my class sometimes, and have read the whole book probably 5 times!), or Chicken Soup For The mother's Soul, which I just started readint his since I just had my baby 3 weeks ago(Read "Hi Everyone" on tecaher timeout)... What are your favorites? DizneeTeachR
     
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    Tara,
    I've read the Sister's Soul, Teachers, Mother's & Daughters, Romantic Soul. All Really good. I bought a couple while in TN on vacation. I have to read the Traveler's and 4th edition. My husband got for the Soul at Work. I'll probably read that as well.
     
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    It seems their addictive, ya know? Once I read one, I was hooked. I think they are such great books. Anyone else on here like Chicken Soup books?
     
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    I love to read!

    Some of my favorite authors are:

    James Patterson
    Patricia Cornwell(love the Scarpetta series)
    Nora Roberts
    Danielle Steele(earlier works especially)
    Nicholas Sparks
    John Grisham

    and many more...LOL
     
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    I love mysteries but I've run out of my favourite authors so any suggestions would be welcome.

    Teacherkasey: Kay Hooper writes excellent supernatural mysteries- there's a series but I forget the titles.

    Seich30: if you like Patricia Cornwell(I love her but was disappointed in her last 2 books) you'll like Kathy Reichs(I think that's the spelling) She a real life forensic anthropologist based between South Carolina and Montreal, Quebec. Her novels are great, she has 4 in paperback so far.

    I also love Faye Kellerman and her husband's(Jonathan Kellerman) books. He's a psychologist and his character is a psychologist who helps the police solve crimes. Sometimes a character from Faye's books comes into Jonathan's books so that's kind of fun.

    I'll just mention one more(as you can tell, I love books!!). Elizabeth George is an excellent mystery writer. All her charactors continue from one book to another so I'd suggest you start with the first one. She has wonderful characterization and her novels are based in Britian so you learn a bit of history and geography too.

    Happy reading:)
     
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    I absolutely love Elizabeth George - and I'm not totally a mystery fan. I love her characters. And I love books set in England. Just for light reading, also set in England, are the Mrs. Pollifax books. Very cute.

    Anyone who loved To Kill A Mockingbird must read "The Secret Life of Bees". One of the best books I have ever read.
     
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    Michael Crichton, in my opinion, is an excellent writer! Also, the book A Day No Pigs Would Die was very good. It was lower on the reading level, but I cried and cried through the end (maybe it's because I'm an animal lover ;))
     
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    If you enjoy Patricia cornwell, you might also like Kathy Reichs. She is also a forensic antrhropologist.
     
  22. Guest

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    Yes, I do agree that V.C. Andrews' books have gone a little down hill since she died but they are still good. I read them all the time. Right Now I am reading "Ruby". I have read just about all of her books. But they are just not the same.....
     
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    I also agree that the V.C. Andrews books have gone downhill, but I still read each new one that comes out, lol.

    I have just finished reading The Lovely Bones, and it was EXCELLENT! I highly recommend it!!!

    I am currently reading Dave Pelzer's A Man Named Dave. It's the 3rd book in his series, the first two were A Child Called It, and The Lost Boy. They're true stories of the abuse he went through as a child. Such sad books, but really well written.
     
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    I've only read the first two of Peltzer's books, they're SO good... but hard to read (because of the subject matter) (at the same time, hard to put down!)
     
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    about Lovely Bones

    Shawn,
    I, too, just finished this book. It was awesome! I knew I was getting into something really great when one of the critics on the back of the book said 'I envy the reader who is about to jump into the world of Susie Salmon and her incredible family.' What a powerful comment!!! It's too bad now that it's over, I don't know what to read next! Did you read Icy Sparks from Oprah's old book club? It was really good too!
    BTW, is your first name Shawn? I think that's a really neat girl's name (I have mentioned it to my husband, Sean, about naming a future baby after him).
     
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    I love "Phantom" by Susan Kay, "The Anita Blake : Vampire Hunter" series by Laurell K. Hamilton (she also writes the "Mery Gentry" series), and ANYTHING I can get my hands on.
     
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    Yes, my first name is Shawn. I hated it growing up because all the kids used to tease me and say that it was a boy's name, but as an adult, it's unique. And nowadays it's popular to use different names for boys and girls.

    No, I haven't read that book you mentioned. I'm really starting to get into always having a book to read, I find that with 4 kids, I need to take those moments to enjoy a good read!
     
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    Oooo...I have to read Susan Kay's Phantom again (that is the one about the Phantom of the Opera's earlier years, isn't it?) I loved it too, but it has been so many years...I got shivers when I read the title, though! I lent it out years ago (along with all my Musical programs...and never got them back...)...I will have to track Phantom down again, though...or the girl I lent it too!
     
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    I'm a Patrica Cornwell fan too. I have a friend that has loaned me her past books so I could catch up to Point of Origing. If you like a good suspense/thriller then Nelson DeMille is also good.
     

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