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Lindsey H
11-14-2005, 12:14 AM
I've noticed that some of you are including favorite books and/or books you are currently reading. I have started listening to books on tape/CD while I knit. I don't have time to knit and read so this is my compromise. I love to read but I have not have much time in the last few years (especially since I do not have the willpower to put down a good read and do things like cook dinner :rollseyes: ). I need suggestions. I love mysteries, historical fiction (not of the romance variety) and just nice stories such as the Mitford series :D . For the most part I only listen to books that my children can hear if they come into the room :oops: . I like Sue Grafton's books and some of the language is a little salty but I just listen when the are in bed.

Thanks for you help

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Jan in CA
11-14-2005, 12:24 AM
Oh boy... I LOVE to read! I usually read in bed before I go to sleep. I'll give you a list of my favorites and the best thing to do to see if you like them is to copy the author and/or title into amazon and read the summary about it and what reviewers say. That's how I find a lot of books. Okay here goes..

My favorite authors are:
Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovich ( I LOVE THESE!! They are hilarious!)
Patricia Cornwell
Jan Burke
Robert Crais
Diane Mott Davidson

A few books that are just random, but REALLY good:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
An Egg on Three Sticks by Jackie Moyer Fischer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Bamboo Chest by Frederick Graham
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon
The Secret Live of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

kimmie
11-14-2005, 08:36 AM
I second Jan's recommendations of The Secret Lives of Bees and My Sister's Keeper. I'll have to take a look at the other ones that she listed too. I also enjoy books by Maeve Binchy and Anne Tyler. I love Elizabeth Goudge's The Scent of Water, but I doubt it's on tape/CD.

kimmie

punkhippiemom
11-14-2005, 08:55 AM
Here's our Blog for Book Talk (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1076&sid=a8c4275d52eca4bdc3a48d85b0b0491b)on the blog page - several pages of recommendations there ;) Ps... re: salty language - headphones!!! Plus it blocks out most of the noise of children/husbands/various assorted housepets! :thumbsup:

gardenia
11-14-2005, 01:10 PM
Lindsey,

These are historical mysteries you could listen to with kids in the room:

Anne Perry, the Thomas Pitt Series (set in Victorian England -- good mysteries).

Fiona Buckley, Ursula Blanchard series (mysteries set in Elizabethan England).

I'm sure I can come up with a lot more. I love historical mysteries, too.

Hope this helps!

gardenia (I'm back!)

aprildavis99
11-14-2005, 01:21 PM
For good clean and funny mysteries, I have loved "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun.


Or maybe you could look for the classics on CD/tape. Like Little Women or Treasure Island, or The Secret Garden. Something maybe the kids might want to listen to with you...if they promise to be quiet, that is... :rollseyes:

Jan in CA
11-14-2005, 01:31 PM
For good clean and funny mysteries, I have loved "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun.


I've seen these, but never tried them. I've read everything by the authors I posted so I'm always looking for more. Thanks!

Or maybe you could look for the classics on CD/tape. Like Little Women or Treasure Island, or The Secret Garden. Something maybe the kids might want to listen to with you...if they promise to be quiet, that is... :rollseyes:

What a great idea to introduce them to the classics! They'd probably only take it in short bursts, but then you could listen to what YOU want when they split. :lol:

Shandeh
06-01-2006, 02:46 PM
My favorite authors are:
Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovich ( I LOVE THESE!! They are hilarious!)
Patricia Cornwell
Jan Burke
Robert Crais
Diane Mott Davidson


Okay Jan - I'm taking your advice. I just found a bunch of paperbacks on eBay by Jan Burke and Patricia Cornwell. I'm gonna give 'em a try!

Shandeh
06-01-2006, 02:47 PM
For good clean and funny mysteries, I have loved "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun.

I LOVE "The Cat Who..." books! I've been collecting the hardbacks now for about a year. So far, I have 16!

Jan in CA
06-01-2006, 02:58 PM
For good clean and funny mysteries, I have loved "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun.

I LOVE "The Cat Who..." books! I've been collecting the hardbacks now for about a year. So far, I have 16!

I hope you like the books! I've never read "The Cat..." books. Have to try them sometime.

njknitter
06-01-2006, 03:07 PM
I also agree with Jan's suggestions, especially Janet Evanovich (start with "One for the Money"). If you find them on tape, they are NOT NOT NOT for when the kids are around!!

I also like Linda Fairstein and David Baldacci for the mystery category. And for a truly unique historical fiction book, check out One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312199430/qid=1149188680/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-0073396-0790317?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)

Happy reading/listening!

Lynn

Stonington
06-01-2006, 03:13 PM
I love this site! :heart: It is so diverse! I love to read too, addicted you could say. We moved this weekend and I panicked because I could not find my current read amongst the boxes. DH suggested taking a ride right then to the local used book store.. abandoning our unpacking lol - he is so understanding! :heart: Currently I am reading "The Magician's Assistant" by ann patchet. It is very good.... I read just about any genre'. Enjoy - mysteries, historical fiction, series--Diana Gabaldon :cheering: , James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Jonathan Kellerman... too many to list. Thanks for starting this Lindsey H!

anne
sebago, ME

newamy
06-01-2006, 04:04 PM
Oh I love to read... But knitting does interfere. A very good series- which if you chose to listen to on tape is appropriate for all ears is the the Number 1 Lady's Detective agency. I think there are now 6 books in the series and they are by Alexancer McCall Smith. They are set in Botswana. The stories are simple yet touch on what is really important in life. They are quick enough reads that you might be able to make time to actually read them instead of listening.

I love the already mentioned Sue Grafton and Janet Evonovich. Carloyn Hart's Death on Demand books are really good and is now quite an extensive series. I like April Henry as well. Her first mystery was Circles of Confusion. Followed by Square in the Face, Heart shaped box and Buried Diamonds---shape themed titles. She has some stand alone books as well.

If you really are addicted to reading I will suggest the following web site: www.bookcrossing.com Where there are loads of on line book discussions and you can find out where to find books in your commnity that have been released and are now "free".

Happy reading

Celine
06-01-2006, 05:26 PM
I love to read but I must confess that the ONLY books I've been buying and reading lately are books about knitting!! :XX: :XX:

My favorite author is/was Catherine Cookson. She's was from England and I LOVE most all of her books and I have every single one of them.

I also enjoyed reading books by Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope. I admit they have been dead for over a hundred years but their books are victorian stories and really held my interest. I have almost every single one of both of their's too. Need I say I need a library room. :oops:

I may have to look into "listening" to books now that I don't seem to read any lately. Do you get them from the library or buy them?? I really have no idea about them. :??

Sara
06-01-2006, 09:11 PM
You should also try reading Laurie R. King. The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the first in that series. I :heart: her.

Shandeh
06-01-2006, 10:01 PM
I may have to look into "listening" to books now that I don't seem to read any lately. Do you get them from the library or buy them?? I really have no idea about them. :??

My local library has TONS of them - on tape or CD. There is really no way I could ever finish listening to all of them. It's so nice to be able to check them out for free!

KatyKoolkat
06-01-2006, 10:51 PM
I loved the info about 'One Thousand White Women', and the author, Jim Fergus has written another one here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786888652/sr=8-1/qid=1149216380/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-9636840-7775354?%5Fencoding=UTF8). Happy reading!!

JLC
06-02-2006, 08:37 AM
I also love Sue Grafton. I'm patiently (well, not really) waiting for my library to get the latest one in. If they don't get it soon, I'll have to buy it. Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and Faye Kellerman are some of my other favorites. Right now I'm reading all the JD Robb books - I love them. I haven't tried the Janet Evanovitch books yet, mostly because I absolutely can not read series out of order and my library doesn't have the first few books.

NinaT
06-02-2006, 08:55 AM
I love the books you just mentionned! I haven't tried the JD Robb books yet but I'm going to request some from the library today. I LOVE the Janet Evanovich books! I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard at a book before. I also like the Diane Mott Davidson series and also Earlene Fowler.

DotMom61
06-02-2006, 09:01 AM
I haven't had time to get through the entire thread here, but I had to throw in my favorites, too. :lol:

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Pope Joan by Donna Cross

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

A Wrinkle in Time (and the rest of this series) by Madeleine L'Engle

And I think that's it for now. I *loved* the Mitford Series, btw!!

JLC
06-02-2006, 09:13 AM
Oohhh...I loved the Wrinkle in Time series, too. Wow, it's been a long time since I read those. :shock:

DotMom61
06-02-2006, 09:24 AM
I recently read them w/ DS, and we both loved them. Then we got to Many Waters - the last one - and we both kinda lost interest. :-| I think I could make it through -- if I took the time -- but he's moved on to the Anthony Horowitz Diamond Brothers series.

I *loved* A Wrinkle in Time, though!!

TwoLeftNeedles
06-02-2006, 09:28 AM
Clean, historical, non-romance:

The Jack Aubrey / Stephen Maturin series by Patric OBrian. The movie "Master and Commander" was a mash up of several. All available on audio.

Anything by Charles Dickens; The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (and several others of his).

Anything by Dorothy Dunnet, though I am not sure she's availabe in audio.

I like Elizabeth Goudge as well. My favorite of hers is Gentian Hill. Two books by her that children would also enjoy are The Little White Horse and Linnets and Valierians.

Squishy
06-03-2006, 01:09 AM
Oohh.... Wrinkle in Time is good! I like her other series too- Earthsea.

Altime fav (totally cheesy) "Jane Eyre" . I love this book!

Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear (scifi)

Cyteen by C J Cherryh (scifi)

A Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein

The Moral Animal by Robin Wright (evolutionary psych)

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Ahab's Wife by Sena Naslund

The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Contact by Carl Sagan

I could keep going....but I think that's enough. I'm reading a great one right now, well two really, by Marion Nestle, on nutrition and the affects of large food companies and their marketing upon our food choices. I thought nutrition lables were complicated before, but now it's really depressing.

Andrea
06-03-2006, 05:48 AM
My all time favorite author is Jodi Picoult (http://www.jodipicoult.com). She is FABULOUS! :inlove:

Jackie M.
06-03-2006, 06:31 PM
Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series. OMG they are hilarious. If you haven't read any of them, and want to, be sure to read them in number order. Each title has a number in it. "one for the money", Two for the Dough, three to get Deadly, etc.........

Jeremy
06-03-2006, 11:15 PM
I like anything by John Irving especially A Prayer for Owen Meany. Mysteries by Elizabeth George, the Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell.

Andrea
06-04-2006, 03:40 AM
I like anything by John Irving especially A Prayer for Owen Meany. Mysteries by Elizabeth George, the Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell.

I love John Irving too, Jeremy! I LOVED LOVED LOVED A Widow For One Year, pretty sure it's my all time favorite book ever!!!

ekgheiy
06-04-2006, 10:50 AM
Dragonworld by Byron Preiss and The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris stand out for me. I used to like Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Series, but she switched gears and started writing porn. And the stories morphed into flat-out stupid, so I stopped reading her.

Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz are decent too. I wouldn't call them my favorite, but I have fun reading some of their books.

I haven't been reading as much as I like because like Newamy, my knitting does interfere with my reading. :mrgreen: Hehehehe...

PunkyG
06-13-2006, 03:32 PM
Have any of you read Debbie Macomber? She has 2 books that might intrest some of you http://www.debbiemacomber.com/shoponblossomstreetexcerpt.htm and http://www.debbiemacomber.com/agoodyarnexcerpt.htm I read both of them and loved them. She also has some knitting books out as well.

feministmama
06-13-2006, 04:04 PM
I think I'm the only person in the US who hated that book The Secret Life of Bees. :rollseyes:

I luuuurve Aguston Burroughs, Anne Lamotte, Elizabeth Berg, Ayun Haliday (sp?) and Ariel Gore and all the Hipmamas, I also love Harriet Learner's books (the Dance of xyz) and I really like memoirs like Margaret Cho I'm the One that I want. Non fiction stuff too Inga Muscio (sp?) and feminist writers. I don't get to read a lot though. mostly I can get a chapter in while I'm on the excercise bike. Most of my reading is for class. Very dry boring feminist theory. But school is over this week and I'm going to a conference tomrrow in Oakland. I SOOOO want to make a visit to City Liughts Bookstore in San Fran.

smartcat
06-14-2006, 01:26 PM
I may have to look into "listening" to books now that I don't seem to read any lately. Do you get them from the library or buy them?? I really have no idea about them. :??

My local library has TONS of them - on tape or CD. There is really no way I could ever finish listening to all of them. It's so nice to be able to check them out for free!

My library offers MP3 downloads through their website and the library county next over, offers the MP players with the downloaded book pre-loaded for checkout. I love being able to download audio books for a 3 week checkout, although the selection is not as large as the selection of books available on CD or tape. But I do love to listen to a good book while I am knitting or crocheting. I will definitely look for some of the authors mentioned here on audio download.

I love the JD Robb series and most of the Nora Roberts books, however they are definitely not kid-friendly or what my mother would consider clean reading, but solid story lines. I also like Laurell Hamilton and Christine Feehan (vampire type books) not clean reading (read *hot and heavy at times), romance.

Freyja
06-14-2006, 04:49 PM
When my DH finished the book 90 Minutes in Heaven : A True Story of Death & Life] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/104-3395359-9202319?search-alias=aps&keywords=90%20minutes%20in%20heaven)and asked me to read the prologue. If you read the prologue, you will get hooked. The book is a very quick read.

Squishy
06-15-2006, 01:37 AM
My library offers MP3 downloads through their website and the library county next over, offers the MP players with the downloaded book pre-loaded for checkout. [quote]

How does this work? how do you give it back after three weeks?

Nikki
06-15-2006, 08:00 AM
Feministmama-come sit by me. I didn't like The Secret Life of Bees either. So, that makes two of us on the planet, :lol: .

Lots of great ideas here, thanks to all. Something I've done that's worked well for me, get books that you haven't been able to get into reading or books that stretch your comfort zone a little. Listening to them while knitting or driving is a good way to try them.
Nikki

Shandeh
06-15-2006, 10:03 AM
When my DH finished the book 90 Minutes in Heaven : A True Story of Death & Life] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/104-3395359-9202319?search-alias=aps&keywords=90%20minutes%20in%20heaven)and asked me to read the prologue. If you read the prologue, you will get hooked. The book is a very quick read.

Cool! I might have to check that one out.

cheesiesmom
06-15-2006, 01:07 PM
I'm a fan of "The Cat who..." series, also, particularly since they take place in upper Michigan and I'm a Siamese cat lover. (One of my cats has a lot of siamese blood and I can relate to the two in the series.)

I've also enjoyed the Rabbi series by Harry Kemelman and of course, Agatha Christie is great. It'll take you a while to get through her novels. She was pretty prolific. Very G-rated if you discount the actual murders.

fruitcake
06-15-2006, 04:08 PM
I love reading!! Although lately I haven't done too much of it as I've been so busy knitting :XX: :D

I like to read any novels, but my favourites I think are Victorian novels - I've read a few Dickens novels, and I also like Thomas Hardy and the Bronte's. I really like modern novels that are set in Victorian times, too - especially Sarah Waters's Fingersmith - one of my favourite books of all!!

I sometimes think I may have been a Victorian servant in a past life, that might explain why I'm so obsessed with the time! :roflhard:

Shandeh
06-16-2006, 10:10 PM
Along the lines of this topic, I think it would be neat if each of us who love to read would knit a bookmark!

Maybe we can mail one to each other as kind of a "pal swap" thingy. I know I've gotten to know my yarn swap pal very well, and it would be fun to make something for one of you.

What do you think?

Here are some patterns:
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/bookmarks.php

HeatherFeather
06-16-2006, 10:17 PM
check out my website for my favorites!!! :)

www.librariansbooklist.blogspot.com

Shandeh
06-17-2006, 10:24 PM
I just got a GREAT deal at my local discount book store.

Debbie Macomber's "A Good Yarn" in HARDBACK for $4.50!

Yee ha! :cheering:

Jan in CA
06-17-2006, 10:38 PM
That was a great book, Sandy! You'll enjoy it!

Yvonne
06-18-2006, 03:19 PM
I can't add any more comments than all the others re: Janet Evanovich! She is the best! I'm on the waiting list at the library for #12.

For those of you who love Patricia Cornwell, you will also like anything by Kathy Reichs or Tess Gerritson, too.

Jodi Picoult is one of my all-time favorites.

Did anybody already mention Wally Lamb? He wrote "She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much is True" which are both FANTASTIC reads.
Debbie Macomber, yes!

Dean Koontz, Stephen King also good.
If you liked the Little House books when you were a kid, you might like reading books by Jeanette Oake (sp?)

My current favorite author is Elizabeth Berg. RUN to the library and take out anything they have by her. You will be so happy you did. Any woman will really resonate with any book of hers. Wonderful!
I also like anything on life after death, near-death experiences, hypnosis, meditation, stuff like that.

DotMom61
06-28-2006, 07:58 PM
Oh!! Thank to all of you who mentioned Jodi Picoult. My neighbor had mentioned her to me because she thought I'd enoy Keeping Faith. I've heard she's a great author.

Wow ... I haven't been reading much lately, but I have such a long list of favorites, and I can't remember what I've already posted here :oops: and I'm trying to fix dinner *and* read this @ the same time ... stooopid. I need to go. :lol:

I put the Jodi Picoult book on hold @ the library, though.

The kids & I just finished listening to Peter and the Starcatchers in the car ... great story! Lots of fun!

Jan in CA
06-28-2006, 08:42 PM
Reading:
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

How do you like this one? We've read several of his books and they are a hoot! :roflhard:

DotMom61
06-29-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm not too far into it, yet, Jan, but so far I'm enjoying it! I'm actually "pre-reading" it for the kids.

(I wasn't really concerned about the content, I just wanted to read it. :shifty:)

Andrea
06-29-2006, 09:02 AM
Well, Julie, I hope I'm one of the person's who mentioned, because I do try to hype her up whenever I see the Book thread surface!!

I love love love love her. Absolutely my favorite author of all time. I have all of her books and always lend them to the gals in my family. :heart: :heart:

DotMom61
06-29-2006, 09:14 AM
:?? You must *really* love 'er, 'cause you just can't seem to stop talking about 'er.


:roflhard:



BTW ... you *were* the first one to mention her -- that I saw, anyway. So, yes, THANK YOU! ;-)

gimmesanity
06-29-2006, 09:25 AM
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult is such a good read.

Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time favorite authors.
For the most part, I stick with reading the classics. When I want some mind-candy, I really enjoy Augustus Buroughs, Tom Robbins, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Right now I'm reading Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060518499/103-8282805-0691828?v=glance&n=283155).

Andrea
06-29-2006, 09:28 AM
:oops: I didn't know I posted twice :oops:

I do really love her though! :lol:

EssenceRose
06-30-2006, 09:25 PM
OOps. I should have looked harder and seen this thread before I started a similar one. Sorry about that. :oops:

My favorite books are anything by VC Andrews (aka Virginia Andrews). I also read some Dean Koontz and mystery types.

My husband works in a retail book chain and he's always bringing home new books (reading copies) so we're never without something to read in this house. LOL

Angelia
06-30-2006, 09:37 PM
For mystery lovers, M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series are must-reads! Beaton's style is really clever, the narration is hilarious, and her characters are completely loveable.

I also like Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries, "The Burglar Who..."