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Subject: I need some new ideas for what to read!
Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I'm looking for some good LIGHT reading. I've pretty much exhausted most of my favorite authors so I'm looking for something new. I like Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, Rita Mae Brown, Lillian Jackson Braun....mysteries, romance, sci-fi, fantasy....anything really as long as it's LIGHT!

It's summer and I'm looking for junk food for the brain!


Anyone have any suggestions?

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Have you read Mary Daheim's Bed and Breakfast Mysteries?  They are light and funny, but well crafted mysteries. 

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Here's a great site of authors to start you off..

Find Me an Author

I'll search for some read-a-likes when I get a chance....or do a search of the author's names you've suggested.. People ask for read-a-likes all the time.  By this time tomorrow you'll have more suggestions than you'll know what to do with!  :)

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Try something from Marian Keyes,  Ellen (think that's her first name) Hildebrand-Blue Bistro is EXCELLENT!-, or Katie Fforde. 

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:15 PM ET
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Here's a link for a previous discussion about "Books Like Janet Evanovich Plum Series".

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=101198

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:37 PM ET
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A cute one that I just read and posted to my shelf:  Bachlorette #1.  A story about a journalist who goes undercover on a reality show like the Bachelor.

~Karen~

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:40 PM ET
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Thank you for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it!  It's giving me a lot to look into!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:01 PM ET
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I really enjoy Victoria Laurie and Cleo Coyle series.  Happy reading!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:12 PM ET
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You might also like Jennifer Chiaverini's books.  Their light but well written.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:28 PM ET
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The Psychic Eye Mystery series by Victoria Laurie are great.  They have mystery romance and a little something extra.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 7:37 PM ET
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The Sookie Stackhouse series but Charlaine Harris.  I call these Vampire-lite books.  I didn't really like the vampire books until I found these.  They aren't so dark and gloomy.  There's kooky charactars, some romance and a mystery. 

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 9:55 PM ET
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I 2nd the 'Psychic Eye' series by Victoria Laurie, as well as her Ghosthunters series (2 out so far). These are light and funny.

I also enjoyed Meg Cabot's Heather Wells 3 books: chick lit mysteries and read in order! Size 12 is Not Fat, Size 14 is not fat either, and big boned. These were light cute mysteries with a touch of romance.

Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, Getting Rid of Bradley are good in the funny  romance genre as well as Vicki Lewis Thompson's 'the nerd who loved me' and 'nerd gone wild' (there are several nerd books but these are my faves and hers do tend to get pretty descriptive in the s-e-x though the entire book is funny but if that bothers you maybe don't go there or skip over it!

another good romance series that's sorta light but has some seriousness to them is Robyn Carr's Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, Whispering Rock - there's a bit of drama but there's some humor and great romance.

I liked JImmie Ruth Evans' Trailer park mysteries also

I'll probably think of more but now I"m drawing a blank!

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 10:43 PM ET
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If you like Nora Roberts, I'd recommend any Debra Webb book. If you like sci-fi, she has a new series out that's both romance and sci-fi, called the Eclipse series I believe. I have almost the whole series, but I don't like sci-fi books, so I'll probably post them on here.

Also, if you like romance/mystery combos, check out Jayne Ann Krentz. I especially like her Eclipse Bay trilogy. :)

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 10:50 PM ET
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I really enjoy Donna Andrews' Meg Lanslow series. Whenever I need a funny read, I know to pick up one of her books.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 12:08 PM ET
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What about Cecelia Ahern's books?  I just finshed PS, I Love You and it was wonderful...funny, romantic, a little sad.  It was completely different from the movie, which I also enjoyed.  I've already got Love, Rosie coming my way and I have Rosie Dunne on my wish list. 

If you like mysteries, I suggest anything by Dennis Lehane.  I currently working my way through his Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro series, which included Gone, Baby, Gone.  He also wrote Mystic River.

Another one of my favorite series is the Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani. 

All of these books are easy, fun reads.  :)

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 8:58 AM ET
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Michelle, so what did you come up with?    :)