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What are you reading?

Asked by Katniss (6620 points ) February 2nd, 2014

My son got me a Kindle for Christmas so I’m looking for books to download.
I just plowed through Doctor Sleep.
What are you reading?
I’d love some good book suggestions.
Thank you in advance. :0)

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Coloma's avatar

I’m back on mu personality theory jag, been reading socionics lately, confusing but interesting.

gailcalled's avatar

I have just finished “The Dinosaur Feather,” by S.J. Gazan. it was voted The Danish Crime Novel of the Decade, if that is your thing.

flutherother's avatar

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. It is fascinating, like all his books.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’m reading The Green Mile by Stephen King. Great book, but basically identical to the movie, so I wouldn’t bother if you’ve already seen it.

tups's avatar

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster.

mazingerz88's avatar

Lord of the Rings. : )

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Lolita and Neuromancer

Cruiser's avatar

The Happiness Project

Kardamom's avatar

Right now I’m reading Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble # 14 of 15 in the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross.

If you choose to read this series, they can be read out of order, but it’s much better to read them from the Beginning. This is my personal review: The first in the “Miss Julia” series by Ann B. Ross. These are the tales of a Southern woman of a certain age, who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She finds herself in a unique situation after her husband dies. She’s a reluctant adventurist with impeccable manners and a cast of characters that you’ll feel like you know, or if you don’t, you’ll fall in love with them.

Here’s some other books that I loved reading.

The Hot Flash Club. This is my personal review: Disregard the unfortunate title of this book. This is the first in the series by Nancy Thayer about a group of middle aged women who unexpectedly meet and become friends, although their backgrounds are quite dissimilar. They’re all on the verge of love and adventure, hilarity and heartbreak, and always a big mystery that needs solving. Set in Boston and Nantuckett, you’ll want to be there and be part of this group of friends.

Also by Nancy Thayer ^^ although very different are
Beachcombers

Summer House

Then there’s The Lumby Lines. This is my personal review: The first in the “Lumby” series by Gail Fraser. A heartwarming story about a couple who has left the rat race to restore an abandoned abbey in a quaint little town in Colorado. Their plan to turn the abbey into a bed and breakfast takes a lot of twists and turns, but the monks who used to live in the abbey help them out, and in turn, the monks are helped by the couple to start a gourmet food business. You’ll learn about bee keeping and plastic flamingos, and the whims of the quirky townsfolk.

Anything by Fannie Flagg, but especially this one.
Standing in the Rainbow. This is my personal review: An extraordinary story about ordinary people. I love all of Fannie Flagg’s books, but this one is my favorite. Set in simpler times, you will meet a bunch of people that you will probably wish that you could know, or could have met if you had lived in the 1930’s thru the 1970’s in a small town in the midwest. The main character, Dorothy, is a mother, a wife and radio host who doles out common sense advice about cooking, the weather, the news and keeping a home. I wish I could be more like her.

Anything by Rosamunde Pilcher, but especially these 3.
Coming Home

Winter Soltice

The Shell Seekers

Then There’s The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

These 2 books by Sandra Dallas
Alice’s Tulips

The Persian Pickle Club

Then there’s The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.

My Name is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

Anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens or Amy Tan.

Happy Kindling : )

syz's avatar

I’ve finally gotten around to The Kite Runner

Recent favorites: The Mercedes Thompson series, almost anything by Bill Bryson, and absolutely anything by Sue Hubbell.

Blondesjon's avatar

I am in the middle of Keith Richards’ autobiography Life which I am reading exclusively in the bathroom at a limit of one chapter per sitting. The narrative was a little tough to follow at first but fell in to place when I started reading it with the proper accent in my head.

I am getting ready to start book one of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy.

Pachy's avatar

Stories by Sholem Aleichem and J.D. Salinger.

blueberry_kid's avatar

The Song of Achilles. It’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.

I’ve recently gotten into James Patterson’s series Witch vs. Wizard. Its pretty good even though I’m not really into series books anymore.

jaytkay's avatar

The Song of Achilles

That sounds engaging. Thanks, @blueberry_kid!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Seabiscuit. Again. I LOVE that story.

jaytkay's avatar

If you liked Seabiscuit then you might love Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.

My favorite things about Seabiscuit were that he had a pet goat (Pumpkin) and that losing a race would make a horse sick with disappointment

Dutchess_III's avatar

And how he’d spend hours “lolling under the branches of the juniper tree.” And about how much he ate. He even ate the flowers off of his winner’s blanket once! Eat and sleep. That’s all he wanted to do!

Darth_Algar's avatar

I’m currently reading ‘The Account’ of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, ‘Two Years Before the Mast’ by Richard Henry Dana, ‘Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War’ by Che Guevara, and ‘the Call of the Wild’ by Jack London. I recently finished ‘Love is the Law’ by Nick Mamatas.

rojo's avatar

Only have two going at this time;

Running to the Mountain by Jon Katz
&
Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel

I am also reading the Lonesome Dove Series by Larry McMurtry but after having finished three of them, I am having to await my wifes’ completion of Streets of Laredo before I get a shot at it.

ucme's avatar

Right now, this thread.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jaytkay I just ordered the book Rin Tin Tin. Thanks. (Amazon is so freaking awesome!!)

yankeetooter's avatar

Wicked, by Maguire
Watership Down, by Adams
Sword in the Storm, by Gemmell
The Sharing Knife (first book)
Without Warning (don’t have it in front of me for the author)

Blondesjon's avatar

@yankeetooter . . . I read Watership Down because of Stu Redman’s “going tharn” reference in The Stand.

I was not disappointed.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Watership Down! Awesome!

janbb's avatar

The Goldfinch bt Donna Tartt

filmfann's avatar

I just finished Doctor Sleep. Pretty good.
I am now reading Under the Dome and Wonderful Tonight, which is an autobiography by Patty Boyd Harrison Clapton HoBag.

tedibear's avatar

Just finished “Scottish Girls About Town,” a book of short stories by female Scottish authors. I recommend it, as well as “Irish Girls About Town.” Currently I am reading “In Sunshine or in Shadow,” which is another book of short stories. I have “The Husband’s Secret” and “Maphead” waiting for me.

Kardamom's avatar

@yankeetooter Oh yes! Watership Down. Excellent selection!

yankeetooter's avatar

@Kardamom (and others)...I read it years ago, and had a student reading it over this past summer. Talking to her about it got me wanting to read it again. The Plague Dogs by Adams is good too, but rather sad…it’s about two dogs that escape into the English countryside from a scientific research facility that performs all kinds of inhumane experiments on animals…

Dutchess_III's avatar

I vaguely remember The Plague Dogs. Disturbing if I remember correctly.

gailcalled's avatar

I am now rereading an astonishing novel, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, that takes place in North Korea.

“In making his hero, and the nightmare he lives through, come so thoroughly alive, Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.”

Leanne1986's avatar

I have two books on the go, Haunted Scotland (I can’t remember the author and don’t have the book to hand to check) and Patsy Cline’s biography.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

Inferno by Dan Brown

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^Any good?

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