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Subject: Special Books
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 8:50 PM ET
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What books will you never get rid of?

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I am not really a book collector so I tend to get rid of mine.  But I will keep my James Michener books, especially "Hawaii".  I have read that book at least 5 times.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:38 PM ET
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my Tolkien collection and my Star Wars collection.  And of course my old books that are irreplaceable and my leather-bound Shakespeare and Poe. 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Gone With The Wind and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn 

I've read them both several times and will read them again.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I am currently buying the Library of America books and I will keep these as a collection. So far I have over 130 volumes.
Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:40 AM ET
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Alice Hoffman collection.......also Ed McBain, Stephen King and all of the Calvin and Hobbes books.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Harry Potter set, my Stephen King books, to name a few!  I'm a keeper :-b

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 11:55 AM ET
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson; The Outsiders by SE Hinton, The Great Gatsby, The Temple of Gold by William Goldman; The Princess Bride, also by Goldman...


Of the Stephen King books I currently have, the only one I may consider getting rid of someday is The Green Mile.  Even then, it's only because I'm currently reading it for the second time and I'm remembering every detail before it happens.  Also, I have the movie, which is pretty close to the book.  It's very well written, but I can't decide if the writing is great enough that I'll keep reading it over and over again.  (Like I definitely have and will continue to with the ones I've listed above.

Oh, and some non-fiction: It's Not Easy Being Green by Jim Henson, Robert Fulghum's book on Rituals, and possibly The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:47 PM ET
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My Lord of thr Rings books.....All of the Terry Brooks books.....Harry Potter Series..... The Stand by Stephen King....His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Subject: A Prayer For Owen Meany
Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:56 PM ET
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A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving. It's the best book I've ever read and the one that makes stop and think every single time I read it. I try to read it about once a year, usually in January or February when it's cold and snowy here in Massachusetts and there are few things better than a good book, a fleecy blanket and a hot cup of tea or coffee.

I've been known to pick up extra copies (paperback) to give to people I think should read it, but I have two first-edition hardcover copies that I will never get rid of.

I've always thought it was kind of funny that this is my all-time favorite book, but it's not written by my all-time favorite author (Pat Conroy)!

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Date Posted: 8/21/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I don't normally keep books after I read them but am trying to find all James Herriots books. He writes about his adventures as a veterinarian. I've read most of them more than once.  

I also have the complete Harry Potter set!

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 9:57 PM ET
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I will always keep my "I capture the castle" hard bound book as well as all my Jane Austen books. I will also most likely keep my Stephanie Plum series because I have the complete set currently. I also collect those Barnes and Noble Classics series (soft backs). I used to collect their hard bound editions, with the black covers, but they stopped producing them and I only have a small amount of those.
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 4:04 AM ET
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Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia set, Jane Austen collection...

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:55 PM ET
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Dean Koontz,  Stephen King, James Patterson and Sophie Kinsella are all keepers for me.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 1:57 AM ET
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My keepers include Terry Goodkind, Joey W. Hill, Whitley Strieber's "The Hunger" trilogy, some of Stephen King, Chelsea Cain. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series...

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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Most of my Heinlein novels, Dune, my Riverside Shakespeare and Chaucer.  I have some other rarer ones, too...a collection of mostly forgoten Elizabethan plays, and the original complete Sherlock Holmes from 1930.  I have other books on a 'keeper' pile to reread, but I don't know if they're 'forever' books. 

I'll probably hang onto my DAW and Laser science fiction books as a collector's item, but I don't know that I'll reread them all.  Some are good, and some are stinkers, but I want to get the whole 1400+ set eventually.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Stephen King, John Irving, Harry Potter series.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 2:51 PM ET
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My copy of "Plain Speaking" Merle Miller that belonged to my dad.   The books, "In Love and War" which is beautifully inscribed to me from Jim and Sybil Stockdale, "A Gathering Of Eagles" given to the Stockdales by the author and by them to me,  "Prisoner At War" by Scott Blakey, and "Over The Beach, The Air War In Vietnam" by Zalin Grant.       Not that anyone except me would want them.         I keep very few books but these I treasure.   Oh and one more, "Sitting by My Laughing Fire" by Ruth Bell Graham, a lovely book of poems that got me through so rough times over the years.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I don't ususally like to keep books because I accumulate them too fast.  I will however, keep:

1) Green Darkness by Anya Seton

2) most hardback books for home and garden

3) several books written by family members

4) reference books

I've got two bookcases and any overflow I just trade or take to the UBS.


Subject: Favorite authors
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:02 AM ET
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Layrve Spencer, Julie Garwood (The Gift). Jude Deveraux (Wishes), Pamela Morsi, Janet Evanovich (The Stephanie Plum series).

Debbie Macomber never disapoints.  Just started reading Luanne Rice books.