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Old 04-24-2012, 05:27 PM   #2081
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I'm on the 2nd Fifty Shades Triolgy. LOVE 'EM! Hot and steamy! Not for everyone. But I for one am enjoying them.
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Linda: A Swedish friend of mine recommended the Jasper Fforde books, but I have not read any of them myself. Have heard rave reviews, though.


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I love my Kindle Fire. Full of books!

Trying to decide what to read next.
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i'm loving my Kindle Touch!

right now i am reading these books, World War 2 diaries. i got the first one while it was offered for free.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_i_...qid=1335800157

i also have 25 cook books loaded! all have been free selections, so, lots of new recipes to try, LOL

Sarah's Key is on my wishlist. i can get the movie on ppv, but i wanna read the book first, plus, the movie is dubbed in english, so i am not sure i would be able to keep up,
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Sempermom, Sarah's Key was fabulous. I would give it 5 of 5 stars. Haven't seen the movie yet.

I am reading The Shoemaker's Wife which is excellent so far, just finished The Dressmaker (historical fiction about the Titanic and the trials afterward), and The Maid which was about Joan of Arc. Both of these were very good.
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Hi everyone!

I hope May is off to a good start, and that the moms in the group are enjoying a pleasant Mother's Day. Sunny and warm for a change here this weekend. I was out at our local farmer's market yesterday, and am thinking a long walk may be in order later.

Joanne: I have had Sarah's Key in Mount TBR a couple years now. Keep meaning to get to it, but somehow other books always seem to make their way to the top of the pile.


What I have finished since April 25:

Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber (Cozy mystery, Lucy Valentine #2)
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Para Romance, Mercy Thompson #1)
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Para Romance, Mercy Thompson #2)
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag (Suspense, Oak Knoll #1)
Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett (AKA Lorraine Barlett) (Cozy mystery, Booktown #2)

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Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber (Lucy Valentine #3)

I liked all except Bookmarked for Death. I really wanted to like that book more than I did, but aside from characters you can't really connect or empathize with, the goose issue got a bit old after the first few chapters (I don't want to give away anything about the plot, so won't say more on this). I loved the Tami Hoag, the first and definitely NOT the last I have read by her. If you like suspense a la Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Lowell, Lisa Gardner, Karen Rose, etc., give Tami Hoag a try. I can't wait to seek out the next two books in that series!

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Finished reading The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings last night. It was a good book, and is the basis of the Oscar-nominated George Clooney film out last year. Have not yet seen the movie, but am interested in doing so to see how it compares.

Started last night: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse #11, out last year. Yes, I am a year behind, and am anticipating the newest installment in the series, Deadlocked, coming my way soon, on loan from a friend. I hope to finish this one over the weekend.

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I am reading two books at the moment. Hero by Kevon Brown and Dog Sense by John Bradshaw.

I saw Valerie was reading the 50 Shades of Grey series. I am on the waiting list at the library but I don't think it will be my turn until next year...LOL. When I do get it I think I will get book 3 first. I hope it don't matter what order you read them in.
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I am reading two books at the moment. Hero by Kevon Brown and Dog Sense by John Bradshaw.

I saw Valerie was reading the 50 Shades of Grey series. I am on the waiting list at the library but I don't think it will be my turn until next year...LOL. When I do get it I think I will get book 3 first. I hope it don't matter what order you read them in.
The order in which you read them definitely matters! Start with #1!
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I recently finished The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult and The Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah - both excellent. Now I'm reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson - it's about Germany in 1933 as Hitler rises to power.
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I was afraid someone was going to say that. Most series (at least the ones I read) matter what order you read them in but I did come across a couple that don't. I guess wishing 50 shades of Grey were going to be one of them that don't matter was a bit a fantasy all in itself.

Thanks Linda for answering!
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Karen: I've heard In the Garden of Beasts is really good. Enjoy!

Sue: Here's hoping you get book one of the series (50 Shades of Gray) before all others!

As hoped, I did finish Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris Sunday evening. Gotta love how fast those books read!

I started another Patricia Briggs before bed last night, Cry Wolf, the first in her Alpha and Omega series. Except, apparently I really need to read the novella, (Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf), in which Anna and Charles meet, as the entire first couple chapters left me feeling like I'd missed something. Must borrow from friend when I am over to her house this coming weekend.

Can you guys believe Memorial weekend is already upon us? Where have the first five months of this year gone?

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Heather - were you surprised by the ending of Dead Reckoning as I was?
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I am now reading Vision in White, by Nora Roberts
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Heather - were you surprised by the ending of Dead Reckoning as I was?
Which part? I don't want to give away any spoilers for those who might not have read it yet, but...I guess I'd have to say not much in the final chapter or two really surprised me, other than Mr. Cataliades revelations. I am looking forward to getting the latest (next to last!) book in my hands, but have a feeling I am not going to like how this series ends.

I had difficulty time sleeping last night, despite a nice walk before dinner and being super exhausted, so ended up reading a huge chuck of Cry Wolf. Am now about halfway through.

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well, Dead Reckoning is the newist book - are you reading out of sequence?
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Dead Reckoning was last year's book. The new one is Deadlocked, which I don't have yet.

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See, I can't even google correctly! LOL Not only that, but I don't even know what book I just read..............
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YES, I just read Deadlocked.

thanks - IT will throw you for a loop. I will say no more - - hahahaha
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Karen: Oh, now that's just cruel! Tease!

My friend dropped off a bunch of books this evening in exchange for fresh fish from my boss, but --- alas! -- Sookie will have to wait until I am caught up on Patricia Briggs, which could take two or three weeks, at the very least. Same friend loaned me one of her Nooks, and there are four novellas and two novels I am to read before returning it to her.

And yes, she has two Nooks. She bought the Nook Color last year, but because you can access internet on it, the battery only lasts 8-10 hours max. Which is not very convenient if you plan to spend an entire weekend reading, or are traveling. So earlier this month when B&N had their most basic reader on sale, which stays charged for up to two months, she bought one. Though it is seven months away, I have a feeling I may be getting one for Chrsitmas, LOL.

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Love this series!!! very good series!!

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Heather - you should really just drop everything and read Sookie - bwhahahahaha


Jennik - I have finished Vision and can't wait to read the others!
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Karen: I enjoyed the "bridal" series, too. I have the first two books of her new "Inn Boobsboro" series waiting in the TBR pile. Maybe I'll wait until i have book three so I cn read them all at once, hehe.

As for Sookie...you are evil.

Have finished Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, next up is the companion novella, Alpha and Omega, that actually preceeds the book I just read. Since it is on my friend's nook, and I have never used an ereader before, it will be interesting to see how fast I read it. I know it would take forever trying to read it on my computer.

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I just finished reading all the Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli & Isles books. Love the TV show and loved the books! I just started to read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
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Finished yesterday: Cry Wolf (A&O 1) and Alpha and Omega (A&O .5) by Patricia Brigss. Also read two of the short stories in the anthology Down These Dark Streets (read the two by Charlaine Harris and Patricia Briggs) -- don't know if I will read the rest of this one or not.

Now reading: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.


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Anyone know why you can no longer edit posts in this thread? I noticed this last week, just wondering.

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I asked previously about the "Tuesday Next" series. I was able to download one from my digital library, but I didn't care for it very much. So glad I didn't pay for it!

Now reading "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and really enjoying it.

I rec'd 2 Amazon gift cards for my birthday; I know I want to order "The Book Thief" for my Kindle, but not sure what else to get. Any recommendations?
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Finishing the Michael Bennett series of James Patterson - will start his Private series when I finish this one.
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I loved "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ...his next book The Angel's Game is very good as well. I'm about halfway through Cutting For Stone which is terrific. I think my next book will be Fifty Shades of Gray....Our library has a ton of copies and I've been moving up on the list. Hope I'm done with "Stone" by then. Before that I read a great mystery...if you like John Sandford type books pick up The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen. It's about some twenty-somethings who can't find jobs so they take to kidnapping to raise money until..they mess with the wrong people. It's fast paced and really holds your interest. I also read Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. Anyone else read this? I hated it. I know that's pretty strong but I was bored with it and I didn't like the characters. It was a big guilt trip....I only kept up with it because it hinted as some big payoff at the end...and there wasn't really. It got great reviews but I did not care for it.
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Jennik - I have finished Vision and can't wait to read the others!


She has a new series out. The Last Boyfriend (#2) that jsut came out at the beginning of the month and The Last Always (#1). Both of which are just as good as Vision and the others. I bought the 2nd one right when it came out, thinking that I would be to hold out until I went on my weekend trip with my mom. naaaaawwwww. not a chance.

Good thing I had a new Janet Evanovich, Love in a Nutshell to read.

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Thanks, Polly, for the recommendations. I've downloaded the sample of "Cutting for Stone" to my Kindle - it's great to get to try it out before you buy. And I checked out "The Professionals" - sounds really good. I know I've read John Sanford, but it's been so long ago, I can't remember what I read.

I've read all of the "Fifty Shades" books. I loved the first one, liked the second one, and liked the third; that is, until I got to the epilogue. Couldn't leave well enough alone, could she? Seems like Ms. James had to dumb it down for us dear readers. (Don't say you haven't been warned - lol). That's all... for now. (her words, not mine)
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Lois, there's another Gerritsen Rizzoli-Isles book coming out in August:

Amazon.com: Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (9780345515636): Tess Gerritsen: Books

I read "Harvest", "Life Support", "Bloodstream" and "Gravity" several years ago, and have the first 6 Rizzoli novels on my shelf to be read. And I'm way behind the times: I didn't know there were 3 more she had written! And definitely didn't know there was a tv show based on the Rizzoli/Isles books. I've got some catching up to do!
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Yes, the show's new season starts June 5th or 6th at 9:00pm CST. I cant' remember which date it is.
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Linda: "The Book Thief" is an excellent choice. Have you read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer? That was a really good one. "The Descendants" by Kaui Hart Hemmings and "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford were also pretty good.

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Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Paranormal/urban fantasy; Mercy Thompson #3)
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (Cozy Mystery, Booktown #3)

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Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Paranormal/urban fantasy; Mercy #4)

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Heather, I read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and loved it; and "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" is on my shelf to be read; I had several books on my wishlist at Amazon, but was able to order them from Half.com for 75 cents each with free shipping. So now I'm looking... and unable to come up with much of anything that sounds interesting to me.

One that is definitely on my list is "Written In My Own Heart's Blood", #8 in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Can't wait until it comes out.

Has anyone read either of the Dorothy Dunnett series, The Lymond Chronicles or the House of Niccolo series? I have all of the Lymond books (but haven't started them yet); and needed 2 to complete the Niccolo series, which I found on Half.com, so can't wait for my order to arrive.

Actually, I have so many books to be read that I should tackle those before I think about ordering more!

Has anyone read the Margaret of Asbury series by Judith Merkle Riley? I have read the first one, "A Vision of Light"; and I have the other two ("In Pursuit of the Green Lion" and "The Water Devil") but haven't read them yet. I got the first one free from the owner of a used-book store - a hard cover with no dust jacket, so I had no idea what it was about. I loved it, so I'm looking forward to reading the other 2.

Has anyone read any of the Erik Larson books? I have "Thunderstruck" and "Devil in the White City". I was thinking about ordering "In the Garden of Beasts" by him, but am undecided.
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Linda: I have several pages of books on my Amazon list, and an even longer wishlist on my computer. Too many good books out there! And I just picked up nine more this morning between the library's used book sale and Half Price Books (in addition to the half dozen I got at HPB last weekend). Most were parts of series I have been reading, with the exception of two my Nancy Pickard and one by Robin Paige.

Nancy Pickard is the June featured author for the Cozy Mysteries group I am in at GoodReads. I was actually surprised to find book one in two different series by her, Generous Death (Jennifer Cain #1) and The Whole Truth (Marie Lightfoot #1). The Robin Paige is book one in a series, Death at Bishop's Keep. I liked the Beatrix Potter books I read last year by Susan Wittig Albert, and Robin Paige is actually SWA writing with her husband William.

I did not know there was another "Outlander" coming out--but then, I have fallen way behind in that series. I think it's the size of them I find daunting. Not so much the reading of them, since I read the first three books in the series in only a couple days each, but the holding of them. Those huge, heavy hardcover books tend to cramp my hands.

Dorothy Dunnett sounds familair, but have not read her or Judith Merkle Riley. I have not read Erik Larson, but do have Devil in the White City somewhere in Mount TBR. Have heard mixed reviews on that one, and a lot of good reviews on Garden of Beasts.

I finished reading The Time Machine Thursday afternoon, an interesting read (and a heck of a lot different from the movie version I've seen), and am almost done with Bone Crossed. Next up will be Silver Borne, Mercy Thompson book 5 (with three more to go after that).

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I did not know there was another "Outlander" coming out--but then, I have fallen way behind in that series. I think it's the size of them I find daunting. Not so much the reading of them, since I read the first three books in the series in only a couple days each, but the holding of them. Those huge, heavy hardcover books tend to cramp my hands.

Heather, THAT'S why you need a Kindle! Love, love, love mine! I have all of the Outlander series in trade paperbacks, but when I got my Kindle, they were the first thing I ordered! (And I have the entire series in audio books - unabridged, which I can also load on my Kindle. Can you tell I'm a huge fan???)

I saw your post where you hope to get a Kindle for Christmas - I think you will really like it. I debated for a long time before I got mine. It's so unobtrusive that when I first started reading on it, I would find myself reaching to turn the pages as I read. And when I flew to visit my son at Christmas, I didn't have to worry about which books I would take or the extra weight - I could take a whole boatload of them.

I still love to curl up with my books - the Kindle won't replace those. I just pinned something on Pinterest that fits me to a T: "I'm not to be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card." And another: "If I'm going to be stranded, I hope it's inside a bookstore."

I'm on Goodreads also; may I add you as a friend, and if so, how do I do that? And another question: Exactly what is a "cozy mystery"?
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Downloaded the first 50 shades of grey book and skim read it after I realized what type of book it was. Now I have to find a way to permanently remove it from my account.
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