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Old 08-07-2010, 12:13 PM   #31
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I just got The Help from the library! I was in line since it came out I think my place was 294. I honestly forgotten about it until I got the notice that they had it for me.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:36 PM   #32
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I too have read most of John Sandford's thrillers and finished Wicked Prey a few weeks ago. Then I got involved in a series of historical novels about the Irish by Morgan LLywelyn. The first is 1916 and now I am reading 1949. I think there are three more. The first began with the Irish Easter uprising. Very realistic with lots of history but lots of romance as well. Actually there was one in between I forgot about, 1921.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:38 PM   #33
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I've never been to interested in historical fiction. History in general isn't too interesting to me unless it's in the forum a book like Black Like Me (non fiction and excellent btw) or The Help.

I finished Spinning Forward last night and I liked it a lot. Not a whole lot of knitting or spinning in it, but it's still good.

These are all good ones to get from the library.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:51 PM   #34
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For mystery lovers, if you have not read the Mrs. Pollifax series, I strongly recommend them. I got all of mine through Paperbackswap.com and then passed them along to my sister, who agrees they are pretty good. The main character is a spunky widow of indeterminate age but white hair who basically shows up at the CIA and asks how she can help.

Currently, I'm reading Rhys Bowen's Evan Evans series - I'm a couple of chapters into "Evan and Elle". They are all set in a small village in Wales.

I recently stumbled on Lynn Kurland's books (time travel/medieval romance) which I'm enjoying.

On the non-fiction front, I have a couple of books in process, including some books on emotional eating. I just started a book that discusses the effects of social/economic inequalities, looking at all sorts of international data. It promises to be interesting.

I call myself a "compulsive reader", as you can tell by the length of my books-in-progress list.

As far as the e-book debate goes, I think I'll eventually get one. However, at the moment, it's still cheaper for me to get books through Paperbackswap.com (my choice over my library) than it would be to get books through a kindle/nook. For my sister who lives in France, though, a kindle/nook would be a good investment and a better and cheaper way to get English-language books. I mail her a big box once a year or so, but it's not quite the same.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:29 PM   #35
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I LOVED the Mrs. Pollifax series! They are written by Dorothy Gilman. I also read a few of the non series books which were also good. If you decided to try them I suggest starting with the first one.
http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/G_...n_Dorothy.html

Another good series with older heroines is the Southern Sisters mysteries. I enjoyed them greatly. The author, who passed away in 2001, is Anne George.
http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/G_...orge_Anne.html
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #36
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My favorite 'new to me' author is Louise Penny. She's written the Inspector Gamache series. Seems in the tiny village of Three Pines, there is often a murder to solve. She seems to love her characters, and even my DH, a died in the wool non-fiction reader, has read all of these.

You don't have to, but it helps to read them in order.
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There is a series I have really enjoyed by Jennifer Chiaverrini (sp) about a group of quilters - the Elm Creek Quilters. Very good even if you are not a quilter.
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Just thought of another good one that I just discovered! I got a sample of The Surgeon on my iTouch and liked it enough to get the book from the library. I just picked up the second in the series today. Authors name is Tess Gerritsen.
http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/G_...tsen_Tess.html

Great ideas for new authors everyone!
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Another mystery rec - Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series, which begins with Murder with Peacocks. It's a hilariously funny series.
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I just finished Game Over by Fern Michaels. Her Sisterhood series. I also finished Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Bought it from Amazon and downloaded it to the free Kindle Ap for my computer. (Thank you Art Lady) I like all different genre books. I also use the Library and download MP3 books an load them on my MP3 player.
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