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Old 12-01-2007, 10:18 PM   #361
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The next Stephenie Meyer book, Breaking Dawn, is not the retelling of Twilight from Edward's point of view. That will be after, but she has the first chapter on her website. Although with disclaimers that it will probably change and be better when the book, Midnight Sun, is actually published. I enjoyed it as it was.
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I had to post again...just finished Water for Elephants and I loved it right up until the last word! It didn't disappoint me for a second! It's a must must read.

I think I'm the only one that didn't like Water for Elephants. I listened to about 1 of the 5 CDs and just couldn't get into it and really didn't like the story line and didn't care for the language. But, I know a ton of people who loved it, so it just must be me.
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any checked out www.shelfari.com ? you can connect with your friends that are readers. Kinda fun.
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I'm on Shelfari, but find I spend far more time and have more books on my "shelf" at goodreads.com -- I'm WordTrix at both sites.

I finished the Debbie Macomber book, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and picked up one that somehow got buried in the TBR pile a few years ago while I was only halfway through it. Since it's another holiday read -- A BRIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Rene Roszel -- I decided maybe I should finish it before starting something new.


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The Faith Club

This is a great book for anyone who enjoys reading about cross cultural communication, religion, women's studies or friendship.

It's the story of three women in NY (a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew) who wanted to write a book for their children after 9/11 to help them understand what happened. Instead, they realized that the reason they came together provided an opportunity for their own healing.

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I am reading A Burglar on the Prowl and just finished Skeleton Coast ( a Clive Clusser) and am also reading The Last Survior (an autobiography about Navy Seals in Afganistan). All three are "guy" books, but they were/are pretty fast reads!! I like to change things up a bit from the usual romance/girlie novels!! Just FYI if you are looking for something ELSE to read!!

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I like Clive Cussler books too. I got into them this summer when I went on a road trip with my MIL. She had "Black Wind" on cd for us to listen to in the car. I had to check the book out from the library to be able to finish the story. Since then I've read a few others. I just finished "Sahara". It's a lot different from the movie, but really good. And now I'm reading "Treasure of Khan". It's just starting to get really interesting. I've also read & thoroughly enjoyed "Atlantis Rising".

Was "Skeleton Coast" any good? Have you read any of the non-Dirk Pitt books?
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I like Clive Cussler books too. I got into them this summer when I went on a road trip with my MIL. She had "Black Wind" on cd for us to listen to in the car. I had to check the book out from the library to be able to finish the story. Since then I've read a few others. I just finished "Sahara". It's a lot different from the movie, but really good. And now I'm reading "Treasure of Khan". It's just starting to get really interesting. I've also read & thoroughly enjoyed "Atlantis Rising".

Was "Skeleton Coast" any good? Have you read any of the non-Dirk Pitt books?
I've never read any of these but wouldn't mind giving them a shot. What kind of books are they? Mystery, suspense, etc.?
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Dirk Pitt? Any chance he's Brad's long lost brother? He he
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Well I just finished Water for Elephants that so many of you have read. What a great book! I loved all the old pictures scattered throughout the chapters, too. Thanks for a wonderful recommendation - I never would have known about that book if it weren't for this thread!
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Ladies, fyi, although SKeleton Coast is a Clive Cussler book, it was actually co-written by a charming young man named Jack Dubrul! He is "co-authoring" a book called Plague Ship that will come out this spring. Jack also writes books under his own name with a main character like Dirk Pitt named Philip Mercer who is a geologist and has similar adventures. I have met both Clive and his son who is named Dirk btw, several times and also Jack. I'm going to attempt to attach a pic of me and Clive taken in November when Chase was released. Can you tell I am a fan? I've read everything Clive has written and actually have signed first editions of almost all of them as well as Jack's.
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I am reading Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts. It is the first of a new trilogy. The intro is a bit odd, but I am over half way through it and I love it! It is a bit off the beaten path for her, but very good. Kind of "Kingish" in a way.

Also, I have read The Husband by Koontz (very good) and Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (loved it---hilarious-- you will cherish it if you have any older people in your family!)

The doctor told me to read every night before bed time to make sure that I sleep well. Seems to be working...just need more books! I have read 3 books since November 15th---more books!
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Just finished Nora's first book in that series yesterday, and I am looking forward to the next two that follow....she has a series about three sisters as well-have you read that? It was also a good night's reading. Andi
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Do you mean the Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and I forgot the title of the 3rd book? I read those...if not, I am not quite sure what you are talking about. I finished Blood Brothers this morning. I can't wait until the next 2...should be interesting.
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I just wanted to jump in with a post and say that I am reading the Guideposts Christmas book!
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If it's by Nora, I've read it. I can think of 2 offhand that match your description. The "Born in" series is about 3 sisters, two from Ireland and one from America, but the "Three Sisters Island" trilogy sounds right, but the ladies in it aren't actually sisters....Sisters of the heart, I suppose. Either of these what you mean?

I'm glad you liked her newest book. I'm anxious to read it but I'm trying to be patient until the other 2 are released, otherwise I'll be chomping at the bit to get going on the rest of the story.
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I'm working on Ian McEwan's novel Atonement. Anyone else reading it? I love it so far... very rich in character detail! Hope the movie will live up to the story
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got some great books for Christmas and am looking forward to reading them:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
The Yiddish Policman's Union by Michael Chabon
The new novel about Holly Springs and Father Tim by Jan Karon (can't remember the name)
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Just finished Water for Elephants and loved it! Great story, great characters... and I loved the ending. *sniff*
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Just started Third Degree by Greg Iles. I hope it will be as good as his others. They are very hard to put down.
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Am reading "Blood is the new black" can't remember who it's by; I got it for Christmas. I've read the first couple of chapters and it reads really fast, I am enjoying it so far. Next is 'Mr. Knightley's Diary' the author has taken 'Emma' by Jane Austen and is writing from Mr. Knightley's perspective.
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I just finished Map of Bones by James Rollins. It was very good, sort of Da Vinci Code meets National Treasure (though not based in the US). Lots of action, lots of mystery and intrigue. A very fast-pased story.
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I just finished "Steve and Me' by Terri Irwin. Our family are big fans of the Irwin family and were very sad when Steve was killed. This is a wonderful book. She says her editor helped trim over 900 pages to 300, I want the other 600 pages. She told some wonderful stories about Steve and their family.
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I just finished Map of Bones by James Rollins. It was very good, sort of Da Vinci Code meets National Treasure (though not based in the US). Lots of action, lots of mystery and intrigue. A very fast-pased story.
Is this in a series or a stand alone book?
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Never mind. I found the answer. It's a first in a series of so far three books.
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Yep. I am working on the second book now and it is also very good. In case you aren't able to locate all 3, the one (and a half) I've read are full stories that stand very well on their own.
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Yep. I am working on the second book now and it is also very good. In case you aren't able to locate all 3, the one (and a half) I've read are full stories that stand very well on their own.
Thanks for the tip. I've got them on my to read list.
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Thanks for the tip. I've got them on my to read list.
You know, to be perfectly honest, I picked them up from the library and one of them has a damaged back cover, so I didn't even realized they went together until I started on the second book. I suppose I was lucky to get them in the correct order. That also goes to show how good the first book was, that there wasn't an indication that it would pick up again in a later book (no cliffhangers, etc.). Now I just wish the library had the 3rd book, as I hate to buy just one in a set and especially the LAST one.
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I'm glad you liked her newest book. I'm anxious to read it but I'm trying to be patient until the other 2 are released, otherwise I'll be chomping at the bit to get going on the rest of the story.

I haven't read these yet! (what planet have I been on?) I am going to check them out though. I love Nora!
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You know, to be perfectly honest, I picked them up from the library and one of them has a damaged back cover, so I didn't even realized they went together until I started on the second book. I suppose I was lucky to get them in the correct order. That also goes to show how good the first book was, that there wasn't an indication that it would pick up again in a later book (no cliffhangers, etc.). Now I just wish the library had the 3rd book, as I hate to buy just one in a set and especially the LAST one.
If your library doesn't have it, see if they can borrow it from another branch. Any library should be able to do that. At my library we can borrow from just about any library in the country for just a $2 fee to cover postage. It's worth a shot.
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If your library doesn't have it, see if they can borrow it from another branch. Any library should be able to do that. At my library we can borrow from just about any library in the country for just a $2 fee to cover postage. It's worth a shot.

Great Idea. Thanks!
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Just read Shoe Addicts Anonyoumous, by Beth Harbison. Really fast and fun!!!!! Read it in one evening. (home all alone for a couple of hours........ How lucky am I???) I love shoes, but these gals are way out my league!! I also am reading the Treasure of Khan a Clive Clusser book. And Deal with This by Lucy Monroe. I always have a couple of book going at once.
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I have a book from 1972 that is put with my holiday decorations every year, and this season I was going to read it again, it's Guideposts Christmas Treasury. I also get the Christmas cards each year, because they always have a super great mini story to share in each greeting card. I was not aware that they still are doing these these Christmas treasury books, have they been doing it every year?



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I just got Pillars Of the Earth by Ken Follett for my birthday and am loving it! I moaned when I opened it cause it's an Oprah book...Now, I love Oprah but was taking a break from her books cause they tend to be major downers. I read Map of the World during my last pregnancy, what a mistake!
I'm already about 1/2 way thru it, of course it helps that I am pregnant and am in bed alot these days.
If you like history and anything to do with the UK or are an architect, I highly recc. it!
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I just got Pillars Of the Earth by Ken Follett for my birthday and am loving it! I moaned when I opened it cause it's an Oprah book...Now, I love Oprah but was taking a break from her books cause they tend to be major downers. I read Map of the World during my last pregnancy, what a mistake!
I'm already about 1/2 way thru it, of course it helps that I am pregnant and am in bed alot these days.
If you like history and anything to do with the UK or are an architect, I highly recc. it!
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Im reading "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld, and rereading "Rebel Angels" by Libba Bray (I have the next book in the Gemma Doyle series, The Sweet Far Thing, in my bookshelf now, waiting, so I am rereading to refresh my memory!)

On my list of to read (I have a stack of books in my storeroom bookshelf awaiting)

"Peony in Love" by Lisa See (I LOVED Snow Flower and the Secret Fan)
"New Moon" and "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight was HOT!!!)
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Just finished "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan and am now reading "Jesus Land" by ??? Both are memoirs. Jesus Land is depressing, but very touching and well-written. It is written by a woman of her 16th year moving to the country in Indiana with her family and her (adopted) black brothers. I got it for my birthday and it reminds me of Glass Castle.
I also got "Crime & Punishment" from the library because I feel like I NEED to read the book. I've tried 2 times before and I just can't get through it. We'll see.
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:12 PM   #398
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Right now I'm reading Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel. I really enjoy the book. It's taking me a while to read it just 'cause I'm busy with life right now, but I am really enjoying it. There are parts of the book that I can really relate to.
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:02 AM   #399
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well after reading so many enthused posts about it on this thread, I finally got my hands on Water For Elephants. I'm about half way through and really enjoying it
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well after reading so many enthused posts about it on this thread, I finally got my hands on Water For Elephants. I'm about half way through and really enjoying it
This was my favorite book of 2006. I was at the bookstore yesterday and saw someone buying it-I wanted to say to her "good choice!"!
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