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Subject: Dry Spell - Blast Me Out of It, Y'all!!
Date Posted: 11/29/2011 6:19 PM ET
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What rattled you cage lately?

I can't settle down on a book.  Everything's feeling kinda flat.

Everything that really piques my interest seems to wishlisted up the ying-yang.

So what was you latest knock-your-socks off read?  (open to all genres)

Lay it on me.

Date Posted: 11/29/2011 10:11 PM ET
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Ugh, I feel your pain.  I've felt like that all year.....  Just some older ones, in case you haven't read any of them....

  • The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
  • The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
  • Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  • Whistling in the Dark - Diane Kagen
  • Anything by Geraldine Brooks

I loved all of these books.... Of course, I just looked and they're all wishlisted, but not with a bazillion wishers. 


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Date Posted: 11/29/2011 10:40 PM ET
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Everything by Pat Conroy.  Especially The Prince of Tides.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 10:49 AM ET
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Try a different genre from what you usually read.  That worked for me....

Graceling by Kristin Cashore - YA fantasy

Facade by Zahra Owens - M/M Erotica

A Game of Dress-Up by Elliot Mabeuse - M/F Erotica

Rot & Ruin by Jonathon Maberry - YA Dystopian - Zombies!

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Bk 1) by Ilona Andrews - Urban Fantasy reads like Paranormal

Truthseeker bt C.E.Murphy - UF read like Fantasy

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Bk 2) by Suzanne Collins - YA Dystopian

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Bk 1) by Chloe Neill - UF/PnR

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - YA SciFi

My personal favorites from these?  Truthseeker and Unwind.  Both are books that have stayed with me long after I finished reading them.  Both are also books I had offered in a game here, mailed off, then purchased my own copy for my keeper shelf.  I don't do that very often...

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 12:00 PM ET
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Like Cindy said; change-up genres that should help.


Date Posted: 11/30/2011 7:28 PM ET
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I went back over what I have read this past year and pulled the ones that I remember really kept me up nights reading:

I see you like dogs, The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog's Purpose were great.

People of the Book;   Moloka’i or Honolulu by Alan Brennert, Mistress in the Art of Death, Austinland  by Shannon Hale - really fun book, A Dark Dividing was good.

I really couldn't stop reading all three of the Hunger Games.  And most recently - Sarah's Key

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Date Posted: 12/1/2011 9:03 AM ET
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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 9:07 AM ET
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Oldies but goodies:

Hawaii by James Michner - loved this one.  I've read it several times

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut - odd, but then all his stuff is a little odd.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - it's Steinbeck.....they're all good!

Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) by P. J. Tracy - whole series is great!

Heartsick (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 1) by Chelsea Cain - female serial killer.  See, women can do it too!  One of the few Mystery/Thrillers I keep up with


I'm sure there is much more - but these are all available to order in the system, so you could have your own copy quickly!

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 5:55 PM ET
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Oh, I'm excited - thanks for the suggestions (I'm off to check some of them out).  You all are fab-you-lous!  I appreciate your time and trouble, I'm stoked.

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Date Posted: 12/2/2011 6:34 PM ET
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I just thought about another one..... "The Spellman Files" by Lisa Lutz.  It's an absolutely ridiculous and funny book about a family of private detectives.  It was a pleasant diversion for me after I'd had a long spell of really bad books. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2011 10:16 PM ET
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I too have had quite a year of terrible books. So I did what some of the others have suggested an read books I probably would have bypassed. I  am very thankful for having done so because I was starting to forget what it felt like to read a book I couldn't put down! Some of them were:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Rising by Brian Keene (The City of the Dead was good as well but the first broke me from my dry spell!)

Needful Things by Stephen King

Date Posted: 12/19/2011 1:33 AM ET
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Craig Johnson's series...even if you don't like mysteries, he is such an awesome writer. 

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 6:32 PM ET
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I see you have Crooked Letter Crooked Letter on your wishlist. That was one of my favorites this year. You might also like A Single Shot by Matthew F Jones. It's kind of a backwoods thriller type book. I just finished it and thought it was really good, also one of my favs from this year.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 10:02 AM ET
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street tough reading>> Black Flies  --by--  Shannon Burke

cute & fun>>  Ella Minnow Pea  --by--  Mark Dunn

elephant story ?>> Hannahs Dream  --by-- Diane Hammond

funny memoir>> Dark At the Roots  --by--  Sarah Thyre

feel good book>> The Richest Season  --by--  Maryann McFadden


of course we could go on and on and on and on etc

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 7:00 PM ET
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I thought I'd share a couple of good ones that I've read recently. In no particular order:

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan
Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum
Stormchasers, by Jenna Blum
How to be an American Housewife, by Margaret Dilloway
Right of Thirst, by Frank Huyler
If Today be Sweet, by Thrity Umrigar
Leeway Cottage, by Beth Gutcheon
Small Island, by Andrea Levy
The Secret River, by Kate Grenville
Molok'ai, by Alan Brennert

The Abortionist's Daughter, by Elisabeth Hyde

A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

Oxygen, by Carol Casella




Date Posted: 1/2/2012 7:44 PM ET
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I was really feeling the need for a good fiction read, something I could really get lost in. Stephen King has been filling that need for me the last couple of weeks. 11/22/63 is excellent, and I also enjoyed Duma Key.