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Subject: 6 Fave books you've read this year
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 2:18 AM ET
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Since we just passed the 6 month mark, let's see what books everyone has enjoyed so far.  List the 6 books you enjoyed most so far this year.

Here's mine:

Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman

Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George

That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 2:47 AM ET
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boy this is really hard! some are a series and sorta go together to give the overall 'good feel' to the whole story!

1) Storm Front - Jim Butcher - 1st in the Dresden Files. new genre for me and I enyoyed this story

2) Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, Whispering Rock -Robyn Carr - 2nd book was my fave but characters overlap

3) Last Wolf Standing,Last Wolf Watching, Last Wolf Watching- 3 silhouette nocturne stories that tie together - 1st was my fave but all tie into the same storyline and yippee the trilogy will become a series!

4) ex marks the spot, risky business - merline lovelace - 2 harlequin Next titles that sorta go together - 2nd was my fave

5) starting from scratch - marie ferrarella - another harlequin Next title and very very good - sad and happy and I was rooting for both man and woman to be happy in this one.

this really is hard 'cause I discovered victoria laurie's psychic eye and ghost hunters series as well and silhouette nocturne's 'raintree' trilogy..and Jennifer Crusie...sigh...

ok, gotta edit 'cause I just finished 'naked in death' and am totally addicted to this series by JD Robb!

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:00 AM ET
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Hmmm...let's see.  (Thank goodness for that "Books I've Read List" I've got going here...)

1)  Change of Heart, by Jodi Picoult

2)  Patty Jane's House of Curl, by Lorna Landvik

3)  Escape, by Carolyn Jessop

4)  Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone, by Simon Beckett (new series..awesome!)

5)  The Diary of Mattie Spenser, by Sandra Dallas

6)  Billy Creekmore, by Tracey Porter

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:07 PM ET
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1. Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

4. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

5..The Metamorphoses by Ovid

6. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

7. The Animal Lover's Book of Beastly Murder by Patricia Highsmith

8. Medicus by Ruth Downie

9. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

10. any of the works of P.G. Wodehouse (so far I've read 6 of his)

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:28 PM ET
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It never fails to amaze me how fast some of you can read and how much material you get through.

Here are my faves so far this year:

By Dean Koontz: Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd. Can't wait to read Odd Hours. It's on my wish list!

By Lori Lansens: The Girls

By Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat Pray Love

By Janet Evanovich: One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three (to get ready?? can't recall the title), Four to Score  (currently listening to on tape)

Just started reading The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax because I read about her in discussions here. I think she's gonna be my new hero (I'm turning 60 in about a month and can sure relate to Mrs. P.!)


Date Posted: 7/5/2008 2:21 PM ET
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Let's see...

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Huseini

The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs

The Next Thing on my List by Jill Smolinski

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella

and one more for good luck...  Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 2:31 PM ET
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My six faves for the year are:

Summer by Karen Kingsbury

How to be Cool by Johanna Edwards

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Return to Oak Valley by Shirlee Busbee

All of the Bailey Weggins series by Kate White



Date Posted: 7/5/2008 2:37 PM ET
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1. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox: Family secrets are uncovered after a great aunt is released from an asylum after 60 years.

2. Sweet Caroline - Rachel Hauk: Christian chick lit about making choices, running a diner, and love.

3. The Association - Bentley Little:  How far does a gated community go to keep the look of perfection?  Scary tale.

4. The Blue Zone - Andrew Gross: Thriller about organized crime and Witness Relocation.  Very good!

5. The Last Town on Earth - THomas Mullen: Story of an isolated town during WWI and the 1918 flu epidemic - how far would you go to keep your community safe?

6.  ??????????????????

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 3:04 PM ET
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In no particular order

Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles- Margaret George

The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

The Kitchen Boy-Robert Alexander

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabahn- JK Rowling

Rhett Butler's People- Daniel McCaig

Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey- Alison Weir

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 3:15 PM ET
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1. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

2. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

3. Lord of the Fading Lands & Lady of Light and Shadows - C.L. Wilson

4. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

5. Something Borrowed & Something Blue - Emily Giffin

6. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 3:22 PM ET
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When the Elephants Dance

P.S., I Love You

The Prince of Frogtown

Not Me

Shadow in the Wind

A Walk in the Woods--This is the 2nd time I've read it and it was still better than most of the other books I've read so far this year.  :)

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 4:42 PM ET
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1. Atonement by Ian McEwan

2. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

3. Snow Blind by PJ Tracy

4. Murder in Scorpio by Martha C. Lawrence

5. Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle

6. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer

Audition by Barbara Walters

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Wintrop Woman by Anya Seton

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:54 PM ET
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Not in any special order..

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:54 PM ET
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Not in any special order..

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max

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Subject: FAVES So Far
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Any Sue Grafton book

Comfort of Strangers :Ian McEwan ~ real surprise hit ~stays with you!

Away ~Amy Bloom~also stays with you!

Slaughterhouse five~Vonnegut~One of my fave of all Vonneguts work!!

Still reading but liking alot~ A Blessing Over Ashes~about a an American families adoption of a Cambodian boy,very interesting!

Still Reading but know it will rank in my faves~ Middlesex and Emperor of Ocean Park ~very involving and intriguing, Steven Carter is one I will be reading more of!

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 9:16 PM ET
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The top three have been my favorites

come back: a mother and daughter's journey through hell and back by Claire Fontaine & Mia Fontaine

Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup (Lester really liked this too, and it was reviewed by him)

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Jesus Land by Julia Scheers

72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie Farrell (or something similar - too lazy to look it up) or The Shack by William P. Young


Date Posted: 7/5/2008 9:31 PM ET
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So many of you have books on your list that are in my TBR pile....I have got to start reading faster!!

Here are my six so far, in no particular order:

#1  The Kite Runner

#2  The Invention of Hugo Cabret

#3  The Other Boleyn Girl

#4  The Kitchen Boy

#5  The Year of Living Biblically

#6  Steve and Me by Terri Irwin

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 2:33 AM ET
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I forgot I read "Steve and Me" by Terri Irwin.  Add that to my list.  It was so sad - I wanted it to end different.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Thanks to one of these discussion threads, I've been choosing my Book of the Month for each month this year.  Here are my six for this year:

The Devil in the White City

The Book Thief

One Thousand White Women:  The Journal of May Dodd

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Not Me

The Prince of Frogtown


Date Posted: 7/6/2008 10:42 AM ET
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Here's 5 of my top reads so far this year but i have at least another half dozen that all got an A- or better.

Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah
Even Now
Karen Kingsbury
In Search of Eden
Linda Nichols
The Friday Night Knitting Club
Kate Jacobs
Ever After
Karen Kingsbury

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 12:33 AM ET
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It's hard to narrow it down to six, but I'm going with, in no particular order:

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

The World Made Straight: A Novel by Ron Rash

Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann

No Nest for the Wicket (A Meg Langslow Mystery) by Donna Andrews

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 8:50 PM ET
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I've got quite a mix lol

1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
2. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (I cried so hard at the end of this one, very unusual for the genre.)
3. Tapestry by Karen Ranney
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (loved, loved, loved this book!)
5. Creation in Death by JD Robb
6. Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson (funniest of the lot)


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Date Posted: 7/10/2008 9:53 AM ET
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I have exactly 6 that I gave a 5/5 to this year!

1) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2) The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer

3) Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

4) Escape by Carolyn Jessop

5) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

6) No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 10:40 AM ET
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Mine are:

PILLARS OF THE EARTH By: Ken Follett (I LOVED this book, already sent to a lucky wisher)

TOTAL CONTROL By: David Baldacci  (on my shelf, great book) GONE

THE HUNTED By: Alan Jacobson(on my shelf, good book)GONE

WE'LL MEET AGAIN By: Mary Higgins Clark (on my shelf, great book)

MORE THAN YOU KNOW By: Helen Myers( on my shelf, AWESOME book)

NAKED INTO THE NIGHT By: Monty Joynes( off to a new home, AWESOME book)

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