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Subject: Finally broke down and read . . . .
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Yes, I did it!   I finally broke down and read the "popular" book.  I never, ever read paranormal, vampirey, fantasy type books.  But I did because there's so much hoopla and even a movie!  Did you guess it yet?  

TWILIGHT  

Yup I read it and I have to admit I LIKED IT!  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I already have New Moon coming my way! 

So I was thinking, is there any book that is "popular"; and you think you'll never read that because you'll never like it?  Then you went ahead and finally read it and thought to yourself;  "Why did I put that off?  It was great!"

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:20 PM ET
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I put off reading The Outlander series and was so glad that I finally did read all of them.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 3:28 PM ET
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Yes on the Outlander series - as least the first 3 books of it.

I did start Harry Potter after all the books were out because everyone was raving about it.   I just didn't what was so great about a book written for 4th graders.  I gave up after two books.

Doubt if I'll read Twilight.  Simply doesn't interest me at all.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 4/24/2009 8:02 AM ET
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Cozette, the Harry Potter books get better as you get higher up. THe first book is at 3rd grade level, 2nd is at 4th grade, 3rd is at 5th grade level,  you get the picture. The last two books are really not appropriate for younger kids. They are very intense. The movies do not cover a lot of what is important to the story. They make the movies entertaining for kids, but leave out the depth of the story like the background of harry's parents and the connection of harry and nevel.  .

I put off reading the Harry Potter books until a few years ago because I didnt think I would like them, But I was wrong. I agree with Cozette that the first two were not as entertaining. Now i am sad the series is over.



Last Edited on: 4/24/09 8:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/24/2009 3:13 PM ET
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I really like Clive Cussler, and he is very popular.  His books are like candy, very addicting.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 3:29 PM ET
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Irene:

I can totally relate to Twilight series - I did not consider reading them until a good friend of mine went through them and liked them and we have similar tastes. The first one held my interest but I didn't see what all the big hoopla was about. The second one was better; by the 3rd and 4th I could not put them down and now cannot wait until more movies come out or another book in the series.

I have put off reading Outlander series - mainly because the books are so thick that I feel it will take me months to get through just one. I don't have a lot of time to read so I have to maximize the time I do have. I have also put off Harry Potter although I have all the books in both of these series. One of these days I will break down and dig in.

I had also put off Kite Runner and then when I did read it, it stayed with me for weeks afterward. I had to get the movie to watch but was disappointed in the movie. Now I am procrastinating on A Thousand Splendid Suns -- why??? If I loved Kite Runner so much, you would think I would snap the next one right up.

I guess I see a trend here as I type -- I must be a procrastinator over all! :)  Actually, just a busy working mom with a side business as well - too many irons in the fire!

Currently reading: Just Take My Heart - Mary Higgins Clark            Just Finished: Charlaine Harris - Dead Until Dark (liked it and can't wait to get into the rest of the series).         Next up: WinterGirls -- read about it here in Hidden Gems and decided to get it from the library as it was rated 5 stars by several members.

Check out my bookshelf people! I have over 200 books and keep adding weekly. I am open to deals!

Marilyn (Indulgeyouself)

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 3:36 PM ET
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I have put off reading some classics for exactly that reason, because I am just so sure that I won't like them.  And I have often been surprised that I like so many of them alot!!  For example, Tess of The d"Ubervilles, The Great Gatsby, Gone With the Wind, etc.  I guess I keep having to re-learn that classics are 'classic" for a reason.

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 3:21 PM ET
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I have no interest in reading the Twilight or Outlander series. 

The Harry Potter books were fantastic on audio.  They do get much better as they go along and there's a lot of stuff left out of the movies.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I finally just read The Other Boleyn Girl. It wasn't bad but I could have lived without reading it. I also only gave in on reading Prep after I read American Wife, and really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 6:47 PM ET
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I had also put off Kite Runner and then when I did read it, it stayed with me for weeks afterward. I had to get the movie to watch but was disappointed in the movie. Now I am procrastinating on A Thousand Splendid Suns -- why??? If I loved Kite Runner so much, you would think I would snap the next one right up.

 

I put off reading The Kite Runner because the entire world seems so in love with it. I saw the movie, like it, and wanted more. I read the book and fell in love with literature all over again.

I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and enjoyed it too.

If you like Heisseni's (sp?)  writing style, try Jhumpa Lahiri. She's very similar.