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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 25, 2016 4:03 AM CST
I finished The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak recently. I enjoyed it, hardly able to put it down. It seemed to be both a mystery story and a romance. A woman named Maisey, who's trying to get over a divorce and the unfortunate SIDS death of her baby, returned to the SC island where she grew up, thinking she'll help her brother who's got mental and drug addiction issues. But she also has to face her domineering, critical and mostly cold mother. The mystery comes up when something happens to bring the siblings to remember, just dimly, that they once had an older sister....but what happened to her? And Maisey meets a man she remembers and is very attracted to.
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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 25, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Sad to say, I just read mindless junk..............."Bodice Rippers", if you will. Rolling on the floor laughing And there are SO MANY of them free that I have not had to buy a book for years. I love my iPad and the Kindle app. Yes, I know...........I'm shallow. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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crawgarden
Dec 25, 2016 11:39 PM CST
Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbreck, non fiction about Benedict Arnold and George Washington, great book!
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Dec 26, 2016 12:35 AM CST
AnnaZ said:Sad to say, I just read mindless junk..............."Bodice Rippers", if you will. Rolling on the floor laughing And there are SO MANY of them free that I have not had to buy a book for years. I love my iPad and the Kindle app. Yes, I know...........I'm shallow. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


I have gone back to some of them, Anna. I've gotten tired of graphic violence in books and want something simple.

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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 26, 2016 6:23 AM CST
I deleted one just the other day..............too much vulgar language and I don't want to deal with it. That is something that you don't "get" in the 25 words or less synopsis they give on the book. And since it was a free one, I have no guilt over getting rid of it. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Cheryl
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Dec 26, 2016 8:02 AM CST
North to Freedom by Ann Holms, an award-winning book from 1963 was THE book in the 3rd grade that was responsible for me becoming a Book Lover. I searched for it on Ebay and this year, I bought it in hardcover to re-read again. I figured, if i can remember a title for 50 years is worth a second go around. It never occurred to me to reread it while in the 3rd grade.
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crawgarden
Dec 27, 2016 10:25 AM CST
Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, incredible story of the 1936 Olympic 8 oar rowing team, great non fiction. Reads like a novel. Highly recommend.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 27, 2016 8:53 PM CST
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. The circus arrives without warning and is only open from nightfall to dawn. Magical tents and acts amid a mysterious competition between two young elusionists driven by their respective ageless teachers. Fun read.

Anything by Kent Haruf - salt of the earth books, well written.

"The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Dual story of foster care system and the language of flowers, told from distrustful foster child's view.

"Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller. Funny and poignant memoir of childhood in south Africa, in the voice of the youngest child of a struggling farm family. I believe she has also written a sequel, but have not yet read that.

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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Dec 29, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Since The Dark Tower Movie is going to be coming out next Summer I finished re-reading all the books in the series and now re-reading the connected books Talisman and Blackhouse.
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jmorth
Dec 30, 2016 12:22 AM CST
Talisman was a really good read!
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 30, 2016 7:44 AM CST
Talisman was one of my favorites Thumbs up
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jan 1, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Straub and King are supposed to start writing the third book in the series in the next year or so.
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Kabby
Jan 2, 2017 2:32 PM CST
I never could get into the The Dark Tower series but I adored The Talisman. It's probably my 2nd favorite Stephen King book with It being number one.
I tend to stay with certain authors and read their books but occasionally I go off the beaten path.
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Jan 2, 2017 5:19 PM CST
Never could get into Steven King. Or the Harry Potter ones either.
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Bonehead
Jan 2, 2017 5:50 PM CST
I've read almost all of Stephen King (weird twist to his mind...) but Harry Potter has no appeal to me. My son keeps telling me to try one (he read them aloud to his daughter over the years and they both loved them), but magical wizards just doesn't call my name. Likewise to all the hobbit books, started one in high school but never finished it.

I sometimes will follow an author (Barbara Kingsolver comes to mind) but usually just pick up books on a whim or as recommended by a friend.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jan 2, 2017 8:20 PM CST
It is also being remade into a movie this year so time to give a reread on that one also. Would have to say Stephen King is my favorite author closely followed by H.P. Lovecraft.
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Kabby
Jan 2, 2017 8:58 PM CST
@NJBob he is mine also. Very disappointed with my latest acquisition though, a compilation of short stories of which many I had already read on my Kindle. 11/22/63 was magnificent though and I always enjoy when Stephen slips in characters from his other books. He even mentioned Lee Child's character Jack Reacher in Under The Dome.

I have cut out Patricia Cornwell, she was getting too far fetched in some of her plot lines.

This a great thread @LindaTX8. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Jan 2, 2017 9:12 PM CST
I got bored with Stephen King and stopped reading him a long time ago. I really didn't feel like I missed anything.

I often follow authors. I like seeing them develop and particularly like series. I'll keep the books of an author I like and go back and read them again a few year later. I already know I am going to like the book, but enough time has passed that I don't really remember the ending. Works for me.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 2, 2017 10:16 PM CST
I'm not a big fan of series. They seem to get tired and/or repetitious after a few. I only keep a few books I've already read, but do pass them on to other readers (unless I find them terrible, in which case I put them in those blue book repositories). All part of my on-going decluttering. I had lasik surgery about a year ago which did not go so well for me, and I now find it more difficult to read. I struggle with reading glasses, as my favorite reading position is lying on the couch and the glasses are always jabbing me one way or the other. I've tried electronic books (to increase the font size), but find that the back light irritates my eyes. My next foray will likely be audio books. Disappointing to a 63 year old reading fanatic... Sigh.
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jmorth
Jan 2, 2017 11:50 PM CST
H P Lovecraft is my favorite author followed by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(as a team). A movie was made from their first effort called Relic. Their best novels are techno thriller/horror and feature a character named Pendergast.
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