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Subject: Nicholas Sparks
Date Posted: 3/15/2009 9:27 PM ET
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I just finished Nicholas Sparks book Dear John Loved it! And I'm looking forward to reading more of his books. I'd  appreciate any suggestions.



Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:13 PM ET
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I just read Three Weeks with my Brother.  I really enjoyed it.  It was the first Nicholas Spark's book I have read - here is the info below:

As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Spark's unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragic. In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 37 and 38 respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. As Nicholas and Micah travel the globe, the intimate story of their family unfolds in the details of the untimely deaths of their parents and only sister. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the Sparks brothers band together to heal, to remember, and to learn to live life to the fullest.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 8:01 PM ET
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Honestly all of his books are awesome - he is one of my favorite authors. 

I think Three Weeks with my Brother is one of his better books, but it also was a bit away from his usual writing style.  If you liked Dear John then how about try The Wedding this is probably my second favorite book by him. 

Another author that I think writes alot like Sparks is Richard Paul Evans.  He has written books like The Carousel, The Perfect Day, Finding Noelle, the Locket,etc.  He is a very, very good author. 

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I think a few of his books kind of go together & should be read in order...like maybe you'd want to read The Notebook & then read The Wedding...the main charac. in The Wedding is the son in law of the characters in The Notebook.  And True Believer should be read before At First Sight b/c characters from TB are brought back in AFS. 

Subject: Read them all
Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Don't think you can go wrong on any of his books, but read the books and then see the movies as there is so  much more to the books!

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I loved the Notebook.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 4:26 AM ET
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I have read most of his books and I love them all. The Notebook and The Wedding are great but also try A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, and I just finished NIghts in Rodanthe which was pretty good. I've read all of his except three weeks with my brother and The Choice and all are very good:)

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 5:47 PM ET
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I have only read True Believer and I really liked it. I just got At First Sight (the sequel to True Believer) in the mail the other day. I am excited to start reading it so I can see what happens to them.  I have The Notebook too--I just havent read it yet. The movie was really good though.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 8:54 PM ET
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The Notebook is sitting on my bookshelf if you're interested;  will be adding Three Weeks with my Brother soon..........

I also have The Rescue to read.......I've read all of his books listed above;  have loved them all! 

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 8:46 AM ET
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The Notebook is my very  favorite Nicholas Sparks book! I don't keep many of my books after i've read them but The Notebook has been on  my keeper shelf for many years.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 2:35 PM ET
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Can't go wrong with any of his books.

Just finsihed True Believer, Nights in Rodanthe, The wedding and Bend in the Road . They are in my bookshelf and hardcover if anyone is interested :-)

Will be finishing At First Sight soon.

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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 3:08 AM ET
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When I first started Message in a Bottle, I thought it was hard to get into. I decided I'd give it to a certai page (don't recall what it was anymore, it was years and years ago--over 5 I'd say). Well, the next thing I knew, I was at the last 1/4 of the book and sobbed my way through it!

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:15 AM ET
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Definitely A Walk to Remember. I love that book! I have all Nicholas Sparks books in hard cover on my keeper shelf. He is one of my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 4:37 PM ET
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I will be listing The Choice and Nights in Rodanthe tonight, if you're interested. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:45 PM ET
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I have True Believer on my bookshelf - the paperback version.

Also Dear John.

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Subject: 3 weeks
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:06 AM ET
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I LOVED this book, having just discovered the genre of travel writing. The stories from his life were so wild, they made it fun to read. And the last part about his tenacity with his autistic son was quite inspiring.
Date Posted: 4/27/2009 9:53 AM ET
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Have you read The Rescue?  I'd never heard of it, loved it...........it's on my bookshelf.  Sparks wrote it thinking about his son with autism.....