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    Just for fun... thought I'd throw in a little "Book Club" of sorts... not exactly the typical sort though as we won't be reading/meeting/discussion the same book and such but maybe we could suggest books, talk about any we've read recently or would like to read.

    Personally, I like alllllll sorts of genres when feeding my addiction (I'm a major reading addict...LOVE LOVE LOVE my Kindle )

    Right now I'm finishing up Book 3 of The Maze Runner Trilogy... so I can then watch the 1st movie and get ready for the 2nd when it comes out here very soon.

  • #2
    I am a book addict. I love romance, especially Christmas and cozy mysteries. I read a lot! I spend most of my money on books and am addicted to Amazon and my Kindle.

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    • #3
      Since I have an hour long commute each way for work - I tend to do the ''audiobook'' route to get my reading in. I have gone through a lot of King and am currently going through Anne McCaffrey (again - I actually read them when they first came out when I was part of the Science Fiction Book of the Month Club)....

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      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        I've tried to do the audio route from time to time.. unfortunately having someone read to me almost always lulls me right to sleep ...would not be good on a drive I imagine

      • abraxas1954
        abraxas1954 commented
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        You can blame your parents for that Shan - they must have read to you at bedtime.

      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        LOL that must be it!

    • #4
      Same here Kpercyman! I will read *almost* anything but I do prefer romance, mysteries and some of the dystopian type. Amazon gets waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much $$ from me due to this I did sign up for Kindle Unlimited so that has helped a little at least LOL

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      • Shan
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        Here's the short 'blurb' from Amazon about it:
        When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet, is the message she delivers. And something about the girls arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have answers-if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

        It's a young-adult, dystopian type read... hard to 'summarize' without ruining anything inadvertently. It's along the lines of Hunger Games, Divergent type reads

      • TTOTambz2
        TTOTambz2 commented
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        Cool, I'll need to check it out. I'm thinking of buying a Kindle (maybe gifting myself for Xmas) which would be better for the environment. I've got 2 large cabinets FULL of books (half I haven't read) & probably another full of ones I've lent out & never seem to get back lol. Figure the Kindle is the way to go Oh there is a site called Good Reads which is interesting as well where you keep track of what your friends are reading and updates monthly
        Last edited by TTOTambz2; 09-12-2015, 02:16 AM.

      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        I absolutely LOVE my Kindle..I go nowhere without it. I also have the Kindle app on my phone & iPad ...lol
        I still love to go back to some of the 'real' books I've kept/saved to read/hold a 'real' one...I honestly never thought I'd 'take' to the Kindle at first but now, I prefer it! Didnt take long for me to be hooked

    • #5
      I have been on a historical fiction marathon for several years now. Have read some fabulous ones. (I hate summer and was downright depressed in July. My husband just casually said, ''Do you think you should be reading so many Holocost books? '' 😀)

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      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        my Mom is even more of a reading/book addict than I am (which I never thought was possible LOL) we bought her a Kindle a couple years back for her bday and she has gone through SO many books since! At first she wasn't sure about the whole idea of an e-Reader but now she won't put hers down! lol and her absolutely favorite genre is Historical Fiction or Historical Romance.

      • cpamama
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        Yeah, me, too. Tell her to read ''These Is My Words- The Diary of Miss Sara Agnes Prine''. There is another one called ''Sarah's Quilt'' which I haven't read yet. About settling Arizona Territory.

    • #6
      I am also an avid reader. I have a Nook. I also like romance. Danielle Steel is my favorite author. Have been reading her books since my college years (and that was a long time ago). Also like Sherryl Woods and Debbie MacComber. I like Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham. I usually discover new Authors I like by getting free books off of Barnes and Nobles. The free books are usually always the 1st in a series of books.

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      • Shan
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        I have only read one of hers "Light A Penny Candle" and thoroughly enjoyed it! Not sure why I've never found/read any more from her come to think of it..

      • TTOTambz2
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        There is a book containing a trilogy by her: The Glass Lake, The Scarlet Feather & Quentins

      • Luanne
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        You read the same ones I do. I also enjoyMaeve Binchy. You might like Karen Kingsbury, esp. Her first books. I still buy the books. Have not tried the Kindle. I keep certain authors but pass most along to my Aunt and sister-in-law. I have the hard book copy of all the Danielle Steele.

    • #7
      James Patterson is one of my favs, but only books he has written, His character Dr Alex Cross is awesome. Not crazy about books he co-writes with other authors. Think he adds his name to help the author. Another author that writes an exciting book, Brad Thor. He has a character named Mitch Rapp, and if I was single (married 40 years) would look to have a affair. LOL

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      • aprilshowers
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        The movie is never as good as the book. In Safe Haven, they rewrote the most intense part of the book. The book was so much better.

      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        so very true aprilshowers!

      • TTOTambz2
        TTOTambz2 commented
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        Absolutely agree. I've NEVER seen a movie do a great book justice. The Time Traveler's Wife as I mention below is one of my absolute favorite books but the movie paled in comparison. There was just no way to even do the book justice in 2 hours. I think the closest a movie ever came to conveying something close to the book was To Kill A Mockingbird, then again I LOVED Gregory Peck so maybe that's why :-) My Grandpa used to tell me I was born a couple decades too late b/c I was always drawn to old B&W movies and stars of that era.

        But I always said to him but I'm a technology brat so what would I have done without my cell phone & lap top lol

    • #8
      Read "The Kite Runner" and the other 2 books by that author earlier this year. Also read "Wild". All good reads but keep tissues handy.

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      • Livzee
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        Loved the kite runner... Too lazy for caps right now.😉

      • Luanne
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        I rill have to look for that one.

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      Read a lot of the series of books that the TV show "Bones" is based on. Can't remember the author's name right offhand

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      • PipelinersWife
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        Kathy Reichs, haven't read the books but watch the show.

      • Shan
        Shan commented
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        same here... love the show!

      • birdiefriend
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        Kathy Reichs is the author you're thinking of! Great books!

    • #10
      Love this..I'm building my 'to read' list even longer

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      • #11
        Anyone read the JD Robb series of 'In Death' books? It's Romance/Murder mystery. I'm addicted to those.

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        • birdiefriend
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          Yes, I've read them all - I love Dallas & Rourke!

        • ManaDee
          ManaDee commented
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          So good! I like the future aspect of it too. I find myself wishing we had Auto-Chefs all the time. Ahhh.

        • Luanne
          Luanne commented
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          I have read a couple. Will have to catch up.

      • #12
        W.E.B. Griffen wrote several series, but my fav is the Badge of Honor series. Cop Shop in Philly. He has several characters thru out the series, (11 or 12 books) and the main character is a young man named Matt Payne. Exciting cop series.

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        • Shan
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          haven't read those either ..but a quick peek at them now and looks like another I'd like to read! Man oh man....my list is growing longer & longer

      • #13
        Oh this is exciting I've jumped down to comment, but will go back up to read everyone's favorites. I don't get much time to read given my hectic schedule but I'm voracious when I do. Some of my all time favorites are: The Time Traveler's Wife (I actually laughed out loud and cried reading it) Love an oldie but a goody John Steinbeck's East of Eden (long but a great read). I read the first of the Hunger Game trilogy in less than a day but wasn't as enamored with parts 2 & 3 as much. Rebecca Wells two books in one: Little Altars Everywhere & The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood are both great reads. And I read Memoirs of a Geisha pretty quickly as well. Obviously I like either a great romance, suspense or a book that covers eras. Also enjoy Biographies: some of my favorites include OPEN (Andre Agassi) which is a great read, another couple of really good bio's (especially if you like old films) are Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, The Kid Stays in the Picture/Robert Evans (more 70's era about Evans life first as an actor & then when he took over Paramount & brought Love Story & The Godfather to the screen). The latter being the best Hollywood type book I've ever read.

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        • Shan
          Shan commented
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          great reads/suggestions! (I added another couple to my list from your post! )

          I felt the same with the Hunger Games trilogy... I plowed through all three over a short weekend but the first was definitely the best.

          Loved The Time Traveler's Wife..did you see the movie as well? Niffenegger is said to be writing a sequel to this that focuses on their daughter, Alba. I heard this some time ago but haven't seen/heard any updates as to when it might be done/available.

        • TTOTambz2
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          Yeah I commented on the movie. The book was just so amazing a 2 hour movie couldn't come close to doing it justice. It's the one book I've lent out & make sure to get back each time b/c I revisit it every couple years. I've bought about 10 different copies as gifts for friends going on vacation or when they are laid up from illness. And I've probably gifted East of Eden about 5 times

          Books are a great gift if people enjoy reading especially if they are laid up. When I had to be in hospital for a week I read like 5 books. My problem is I'll start reading a couple different books at the same time & then if I get busy I don't finish any lol. I've tried at least 3 times to finish Jane Fonda's bio but can't get past a certain part that really drags. One day I'll just have to plow through it.

        • Shan
          Shan commented
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          definitely a great gift for those times (and for me, ANYtime ) I go through 'phases' ...where I will read, read, read and get through SO many books and then I'll hit a little 'slump' where I might not read for a few days...but right back at it pretty quickly

          I agree on the Time Traveler movie..no way it could have been done in that small of time frame. If they'd done a 'mini-series' TV movie maybe? lol

      • #14
        Another avid reader here. I like Margaret Maron (a NC mystery/romance writer), Ridley Pearson, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (books they do together),Matthew Reilly, James Rollins, I like James Patterson books that he writes himself but not so much that he has the ideas/plot but lets other do the actual writing. Same with Clive Cussler. I like Stephen King - especially the books he wrote before his accident and the more recent ones. I also like reading books by local authors and ones on local history. Forgot to add Robin Cook, Ken Follett, Michael Crichton, Kelly Armstrong.
        Last edited by kokomogirl; 09-12-2015, 12:17 AM.

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        • TTOTambz2
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          Oh there is a Michael Crichton book I loved called Timeline where a bunch of scientists go back to 14 Century France to rescue their professor. It was so good I stayed up reading it until I finished it (couldn't put it down). My description doesn't sound that exciting, but it's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

        • llongori
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          Yep, Timeline was awesome.

        • kokomogirl
          kokomogirl commented
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          TTOTambz2 - After you mentioned Crichton's Timeline, I remembered I had it (for years) but had never read it. I can't put it down! Thanks for reminding me to go get it off the shelf and start reading it!

      • #15
        Some of my faves:

        Stephen King - He can write some fabulous stories, but he almost always peters out at the end, not able to find a good solid ending. After seven books and 20 years of waiting for him to wrap up the gunslinger series, I literally laughed out loud at the absurdity of the ending.

        Anne Rice - The woman is seriously warped (not necessarily in a bad way) but she writes in a way that builds such a rich picture in my mind. In one of my favorites, Cry to Heaven, I could almost hear the sounds of the arias the characters were singing. Most men, though, can't get past the first line in the book: "Guido Maffeo was castrated when he was six years old..."

        Carl Hiaasen - Light-weight, laugh out loud at times, mysteries set in Florida.

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        • kokomogirl
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          Read the first 4 books in the gunslinger series, grew tired of waiting for the next one to come out. By time it did, I had moved on to other authors and never went back to finish the series.

        • Shan
          Shan commented
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          King has always been one of my favorites as well but I agree and find the same to be true of him in regards to endings. Like kokomogirl, I got tired of waiting and never went back to finish the gunslinger series either.

          Love Anne Rice ...in all her warped-ness (yes, she most definitely is lol) LOL @ most men can't get past ...

          Can't say I've ever heard of/read anything from Carl Hiaasen..will have to check him out as well

        • llongori
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          Re the gunslinger: I, too, lost interest waiting after book 4. But years later, when I found out the 7th and finally final book was coming out, I hit the public library and power read through the entire series in one summer.

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