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petuniak

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 08:29
A buddy of mine is going on a trip and asked if anyone knew of a good book to take with her. I thought this would be a great topic. I am also looking for some good summer reads.

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BHA

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 08:33
Thanks pet...If anyone is interested the The Hunger Games is a good one to pick as well..I can hardly put the book down...Can't wait to see who is reading what..this should be interesting...Surprised)

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fatoldlady

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 08:44
The best book I have read in a while is The Help. That book kept me up to 2:00 and 3:00 am for several days.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 08:50
I'm rereading Starting Strength 3rd edition.
lisakp71

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 09:59
I loved all the Hunger Games books too! Blew through all of them in a week or something ridiculous like that; my 12-year-old daughter did the same - they were hard to put down!

I'm reading the Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter one right now - JUST started it, so no opinion yet - and next up will be the Stephen King book based around the Kennedy assassination called 11/23/63.

Downloaded the heck out of a few others to my Kindle - I have a couple of LOOONG travel days coming up, so I wanted to be loaded for bear. Smile I will be watching this to maybe even get some more ideas!
Deserve...

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 10:46
I agree about The Help and Hunger Games. Though, it didn't take long to read the Hunger Games so that may not suit if she is going on a long trip. I'm absolutely loving the Game of Thrones series. I'm almost done the third book.

If fantasy books aren't your thing, then I would recommend The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (its the book that the movie was based on, but they did a HORRIBLE job of the movie. I couldn't put the book down) or another good one is The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner ( Will Smith did the movie, and I thought the movie was well done, but it barely touches the magnitude of the book)


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sheapish

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 11:56
I just finished "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks. She is a historical novelist and the book is set in the mid 1600's . I saw her speak recently about the book and the way she chooses facts and then creates a story to tell them. It is a mix of history and drama set on
Martha's Vinyard and later at early Harvard. Good read and could be of even more interest to any one adding it to an East coast vacation.

I am on to something lighter "a good and useful hurt" set in a tattoo parlor (variety is the spice!), and then The Hunger Games is on the list for our book club next.
Mom2Boxers

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 12:24
"Time Travelers Wife" isn't really a light read for the beach. It pops around alot. You have to be in the mood to concentrate for this one. I never finished the book as it was too easy for me to put down. You either love it or hate it. I was just not into it when I read it, I guess. There are a lot of interesting books here and really appreciate everyone's input. I never know what to read next. I have "the Help" here to read. I believe that will be my next book. I also have "Water for Elephants". Let us know what you pick out, Bren! Wink
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lisakp71

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 12:31
Sheapish, I just read the sample of "A Good and Useful Hurt" and am so intrigued! I think that one will also get a turn on my Kindle. Smile

I did so because I had just finished "Nickel Plated" by the same author (Aric Davis, for everyone else) and LOVED it!! Anyone who enjoys detective/PI novels would probably get a kick out of that one - to tell you that the main character is a 12-year-old would not do the story justice; there is nothing childish or simple about it. He reminds me of Robert B Parker's character Spenser, no lie. That book was a marvel!
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 12:57
I think it sooo depends on your mood..... I tend to take a romantic novel, a funny one, a steamy sexy one, a black magic one and a thriller one... I like Sophie kinesella (funny and romantic), Maeve Binchy, Barbara Erskine or Danielle Steele (romantic), Clive Barker or James Herbert (magic).

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 14:50
I love the Kay Hooper's Bishop series (Sleeping with Fear, Stealing shadows, etc.). They are murder mysteries with a psychic twist. They keep you engaged. I also loved the Hunger Games series. And "1000 White Women" is a great book. I highly recommend it to everyone I see.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 15:19
I am reading brain Rules.. it is about gettin smart.. and guess what rule number one was.. freaking exercise.. WTH I can not get away from that topic no matter how hard I try.. sneaky bastards.. I am only on rule 2 (of 12) so far I would say it is worth reading.

sheapish

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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 17:27
Thanks for the reply on "a good and useful". I didn't mean to imply childish or simple in the read. "Light" for me means I travel with the story with out thinking especially hard on data or motives (which I do enjoy doing). I imagine I am also enjoying the setting in the story since I was once offered a job in a tat parlor as a piercer. Would have been wonderful people to work with and learn from, but I just couldn't see having regular conversations on why we wouldn't pierce "that part" or in that manner requested. The health department loved this business since they were so very responsible.

I also very much agree a read can depend on what is going on with yourself, or what you have just read and all as far as your window for how you view or enjoy the next selection.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 19:55
If your into erotica, I would recommend the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. The writing itself isn't all that great, but the story line in very addictive.
petuniak

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 07:39
Lol no Ceebee you can't. Sounds like a lot of good reads so far. My book list is getting longer. Mrshill I wondered if "the fifty shades of grey" stood up to all the hype they are getting. I thought "the help" was a much better book than movie and I also enjoyed "water for elephants". Thank you for all your replies so far.









petuniak

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 07:42
Deserve I am on the third "game of thrones" myself. Addictive book series.









Deserve...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 11:09
If you like the Game of Thrones, you could try the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Those are my favorite books of all time! Though there is a little more magic/mystical creatures in those than in Game of Thrones.


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Eringiffin

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 14:54
I am reading the third book in the Game of Thrones series(small world!) currently and I am enjoying it. I read most of the Sword of Truth series also, but got bored when it seemed like each new book was so much like the last one. I also am a big fan of the author David Weber and his Honor Harrington series or the Safehold series. For non-fiction, I highly recommend "A Walk In The Woods" by Bill Bryson. I loved "Water For Elephants", also. If you like zombies (who doesn't??), I recommend "World War Z".
boog9

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 15:49
I absolutely loved "The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss. Couldn't put em down!! Can't wait until the 3rd one comes out. Kind of Lord of the Ringish. Lemme know if u like em
davidswife16

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 16:37
I am currently reading The Lucky One cause I seen that the movie came out a little while back. I too read the Hunger Games and found it to be quite exciting. I am looking for a series to start reading...that way I have a couple books in line before I have to go looking for another. Smile
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