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Subject: A book that stayed with you
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:50 AM ET
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I'm looking for a book, of any genre, that stuck with you after you read it. One of those books that you want to be reading when your not reading it, and your sad when your done with it. I finished Stephen Kings Dark Tower series and I still think about it. So let me know if you have read a boook that stuck with, weither it be because it was a good plot, it had good characters, or it was inspirational.

Subject: Dreadful sorry by Kathryn Reiss
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 3:38 AM ET
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This is a young adult book that I first read when I was about 13, but I never forgot it and had to order it off here just so I could reread it. It is a fantastic book! It is about reincarnation and it is  interesting to think about how weird it would be if reincarnation did or does exist as part of God's plan for humanity. The great thing about this book is that it is science fiction, romance, historical and modern fiction all wrapped up in one book. If you can't tell, this is by far one of my most favorite books EVER!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 11:08 AM ET
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The Book Thief...everyone should read it.  :)

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 11:55 AM ET
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Katie - what an excellent question.  I have a few books that have stayed with me...not sure if I have all the authors correct but here goes:

The Kite Runner - K. Hosseini - I had put off reading this for a long time because I thought I wouldn't like it and it might be hard to understand.  I was so wrong.  It is wonderfully written and it weaves a tale of two boys growing up and thier relationship with one another. 

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen - The way the story was written was just so wonderful.  The ending was beautiful and I came to love many of these characters

Still Missing - Beth Gutechson - While I don't want to give away the ending it is about a boy who walks to school and one day never makes it.  As a mom I can certainly relate to what the mother goes through.  It is very tense.

Perfect Match and My Sisters Keeper - Jodi Picoult - what can I say - I love Picoult's books.  She writes about current stuff happening in the world and always keeps me on the edge of my seat.  In both of these books the endings will surprise you.

All The Numbers - Judy Larsen - a mom of 2 young boys endures a tragedy that no parent should have to endure.  I can't say much more without giving it away.  I had cried oh at least 6 or more times before the end of the bok. 


Subject: Truth is Absolutely as Interesting as Fiction
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Just finished reading two excellent works of nonfiction that will stay with me for a long time (both in my mind AND on my bookshelf so I can rearead).  They are:


A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts.  It's about an Englishman known throughout the world in the early 19th century as "The Blind Traveler."  Lt. James Holman was a fascinating man who, after going blind at age 21, began traveling the world alone and writing about it.  It's a very well written book that includes history, adventure, and geography.  The sad thing is, Holman was eventually discredited by those jealous of him who claimed he couldn't accurately report on his travels as he was blind.  Unfortunately this kind of thinking was easily accepted by those of the day because blindness was considered pitious and its sufferers discounted as not whole.  Thank goodness Jason Roberts accidentally stumbled upon a reference to Holman and decided to research him and write this book! 


The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is another page turner I couldn't put down.  Again, it's full of history and intrigue.  This time it's the 1892 World's Fair in Chicago side-by-side with the story of a serial killer who took advantage of the Fair to gain his victims.  The story of the Fair is primary and covers its inception through its finish.  What a monumental endeavor and success!  At the same time, you get a sense of the underside of Chicago as you read about Dr. H.H. Holmes and how he was able to murder young women without coming under suspicion during the time of the Fair.  Amazingly well written when you consider the complexity and sensitivity of the two topics.  I read this one cover to cover and fully intend to read it again sometime in the future!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I would have to say....................

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen (I'll second that one)

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom.  I absolutely loved this book.  It made me think.  It made me cry.  I thought about it for a couple of years after I read it.

SCARECROW by Matthew Reilly.  This was my fave book with him as a character.  It has so much action in it and lots of emotion.  It took me a couple of weeks to come down off this one.

THE CHARM SCHOOL by Nelson DeMille.  This book was incredible.  I don't know what to say other than this has to be one of my all time faves.  (I think I have suggested this on a couple of threads) 


edited to finish - hit submit by mistake

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Date Posted: 12/21/2008 4:51 PM ET
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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is my all-time favorite book.  Also The Terror by Dan Simmons, The Stand by Stephen King, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 6:17 PM ET
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The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. I cannot say enough about this book: the prose, plot, characters, you name it. It's the best book I've read in a looong time ( and I've been around a loong time!)

Subject: A Prayer For Owen Meany
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 11:39 PM ET
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A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving has stayed with me since the first time I read it and I try to read it once a year. I try to make it one of the first books I read in a new year, so I guess I'm about due to read it again.

The basic premise of the book is how would you live your life if you knew the exact day you were going to die? (And seriously...that isn't giving away any part of the story.)

I suggested it to many people and, more than once, I've bought another copy and given it to someone.


Date Posted: 12/22/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Fiction - The Time Travellers Wife

Non-fiction - The Glass Castle

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Date Posted: 12/22/2008 7:36 PM ET
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I really enjoyed The Heretic's Daughter, by Kathleen Kent:

my review:


Coraline, by Neil Gaiman


American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfield


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows



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Subject: Books
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 7:49 PM ET
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava

The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley

Blue Birds by David Frasure

the last 3 Harry Potter books.


Date Posted: 12/22/2008 8:28 PM ET
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Fiction:  The Female Man by Joanna Russ

Nonfiction:  Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote

Date Posted: 12/23/2008 4:34 PM ET
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The Kindness of Strangers-----(oh my ) i just went blank on the author

All the Numbers by Judy Larsen-have the kleenex ready

After the Storm by Diane Chamberlain just finished this morning, WOW

Date Posted: 12/23/2008 10:59 PM ET
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The Giver by Lois Lowry. I just got around to reading it this year. It was really moving and thought-provoking.

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Date Posted: 12/27/2008 1:27 AM ET
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I have a hard time picking a single book. Two that were compelling, well-written and I couldn't stop thinking about for days afterward were Parable of the Sower and Kindred, both by Octavia E. Butler.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 1:29 AM ET
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Ah, I also read The Giver and Coraline this year and enjoyed them as well.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 8:40 AM ET
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I also just finished Jesus Land and found it difficult to get out of my mind.  I thought it was extremely well-written )a memoir) by Julia Scheer about growing up white with two adopted black brothers.  Their parents were heavily into church missionaries who devoted more time to this than raising their children. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 10:40 AM ET
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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

To Kill A Mockingbird


Your Money Or Your Life (totally changed my views about money)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


Date Posted: 12/28/2008 7:34 PM ET
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Froggie(wendy c) I have to say that my all time favorite books are the ones you listed.  Before I was getting ready to post I was mentally listing the same books.  Thats just too weird.  I'll have to check out your bookshelf.  LOL
Also, I would like to add The Red Tent.
I am currently reading The Shack (just started).

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:30 PM ET
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I'll definitely second (third? fourth?) Water For Elephants, that book was amazing. The Time Traveler's Wife stuck with me, too. I also really enjoyed The Book Thief (it's a YA title) and The Kite Runner.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 6:17 AM ET
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Debbie, I haven't read the Red Tent yet, I will have to read that in 2009.  I have read one other book by that author (I think) which I liked. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I thought of another one: Crippen by John Boyne. That book had me so "involved" that I'm actually thinking about getting Thunderstruck since it is about the same characters ( although written by a different author).

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 1:01 PM ET
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The Judas Child by Carol O'Connell.  It's a stand alone, not part of the Mallory series.   If I had to give it a genre, I'd say psychological suspense and crime drama.  The story has always stayed with me, although I'm hard pressed to say exactly why.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:40 PM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee