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Subject: Reading Hidden Gems recommended by others.
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Just thought it might be nice to tell others if you took their suggestion of a hidden gem and read the book.

Mine so far:

The Girl Next door- very disturbing book, and very well written. A book best read during the day and outside!

The Handmaids tale- Just started this one, first book in a very long time I did not even read what the book was about. I am finding it very engrossing and want to read more, but the more I read the more uncomfortable with it I become.- Finished the book and it was great, definitly one I would recommend to others.

My hubby is reading the Simon R Green Nightside series because of recommendations on here and cannot wait until he gets the next book in the series!

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Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Patricia Cornwell's Portrait of a Killer

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:52 PM ET
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It's hard to remember all the wonderful books I've found here.  I do recall The Color of Water a biography about a man whose mother was white and father black.  It was his story and his mothers.  It was an amazing book.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 4:24 PM ET
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The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. An absolutely fantastic read.  I read mostly romances and this was outside of my favorite genre and I still loved it.  Highly recommend it.


Date Posted: 9/26/2008 5:26 PM ET
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I have read, or have on my TBR, most of what we've talked about in the Thoughts on Memoirs thread.  One of the best so far was Zippy, Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana.  I was surprised to find it wasn't about a dwarf.  Oh, many more.  I'll be back after I think about it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 6:40 PM ET
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     All the Numbers
Judy Merrill Larsen         One of my all time favorite books and I doubt if I'd have known about it if not for this forum.  BTW - the author just happens to be a member of PBS.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:01 PM ET
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I think this one was recommended in a Hidden Gems thread - Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith - really enjoyed this book! Also have Rebecca that was recommended in the same thread to read soon.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:01 PM ET
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OOH thanks for that Cozette, will have to put that on my TBR..

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:49 PM ET
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The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough. I thought it was a pretty fun quick read!
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 8:47 PM ET
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I loved the book, All thr Numbers,  I am a parent myself and I found myself crying several times during this book.  I passed it along to my mom and a co-worker who also loved the book.  Does anyone know if this author has written any other books?

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 6:51 PM ET
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No, she ahsn't yet Wendy.   I keep waiting to hear that she's finished another one.   She has posted on here a time or two, but that was a long time ago.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:34 AM ET
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I got hooked on Brian Keene from the suggestion of someone in the horror forum.  And some Holocaust books recommended by others.   I just got a PM the other day from someone thanking me for recommeding a book in a forum.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I have gotten a lot of good books off of ths site that it will take me a long time to finish them off but the most recent one I got was The Girl Next Door by Patricia MacDonald.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:18 PM ET
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I have gotten a ton of great ideas from the "best Young Adult" thread that hung around for quite awhile.  So far the most notable one has been Lois Lowry's The Giver.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:34 AM ET
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More than a few have been added to my Wishlist due to being recommended here. Does that count (you evil, evil Enablers!)?

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 6:02 AM ET
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I found the Jack Daniels series by J A Konrath and the wonderful series by Brendan O'Carroll.  I have found so many here that my TBR pile is huge and it doesn't get any better when I find a new series and feel  I must read them all right now.  I need to stay away from this topic so I'm not tempted to start new books before reading all I have now.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 6:13 PM ET
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I'm reading 2 books that I have seen recommended by others on here. 

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

Lost and Found- Carolyn Parkhurst 

I'm just about done with the Lovely Bones and I really like it,  Just started Lost and Found..will be back to let ya know what I thought of it! 

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 10:34 PM ET
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Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman  It was reccomended on here and it became one of my all time favorite books.  It's not a long book but it's deep and it brought me to tears and really moved me.  It's a book I'll never part with.


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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:13 PM ET
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Thanks Jenn, I just added it to my reminder list (seem to never have enough credits! uugghhh! )  hahah I look forward to reading it!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:36 PM ET
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A book I throughly enjoyed based on a review in Hidden Gems was Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson.  It is a story of the discovery of a WWII German U boat found off the coast of NJ, the divers who explored the wreak, and the quest to discover the U boat identity.   The book was well written and was a terrific human interest story. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2008 12:53 AM ET
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A Long Way to Go by Borden Deal was a good read that was suggested on this forum.  It's hard to find unless you go to your local library.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/3/2008 3:21 AM ET
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How to Breathe Underwater. Short stories that will leave you...thinking, at least.  Not happy stories, by any stretch, but well-written and they stay with you.