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Subject: What was the last book that really "grabbed" you? I just can't seem to get
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 4:21 PM ET
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Subject: Angels and Demons!
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 5:12 PM ET
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My first Dan Brown, I was at the hospital waiting on my mom to have tests done and suddenly I was zipped to the Rome, it was well written and I

really couldn't seem to find enough time to keep reading!

Stephen King's Duma Key was similar, you just had to keep reading!,

If those aren't your cup of tea I can honestly recomend: Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz, you have mystery, romance, small town,

         and if you can visit Pico Mundo once and never pick up part 2, 3 or 4, then you'll be the first :) It's just an all around feel good


Date Posted: 7/6/2009 5:58 PM ET
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More like a series - It was Giles Blunt's Forty Words for Sorrow, followed rapidly by his other books!

The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins was another recent "can't put down."

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 10:34 PM ET
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I just finished And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and I believe it was the best book I've ever read!

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 1:44 PM ET
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I love Stephen King and have always looked at "Odd Thomas". I'll have to check the other suggestions as well!

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 3:01 PM ET
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I read Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane a few weekends ago and literally couldn't put it down. Finished it in under 2 days, you just get totally engrossed and want to find out what happens.  Can't wait to see what Scorcese and DiCaprio do with the movie!

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 8:25 PM ET
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That's easy!  It was Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson.  It even "grabbed" my husband, who is a more critical reader than I am.  And it had been highly recommended to me, originally, by someone whose education, compassion, and discernment in reading material I very much respect.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:51 PM ET
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I just finished, Island of Missing Girls. It was great! I read it in one day.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 4:29 PM ET
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I am LOVING The Art of Racing in the Rain. Told from a dog's POV.
Subject: Water for Elephants
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 8:52 AM ET
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I've had the book sitting on my shelf for months, but every time I picked it up I thought, do I really want to read a book about a circus? So, I kept putting it off and would pick up something else. Well, I finally started it and I couldn't put it down! It was fantastic and I read it in one day. I've even picked up some other books by the author - I'm hoping they're just as good!

Also - "My Name is Asher Lev" is another great one. Chiam Potok is an amazing author.

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 12:35 PM ET
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My Sister's Keeper was impossible to put down, but then I was captivated by Robotic Arm Adjustment Vol. III: Pressure Regulation and Duct Tape: Tips and Tricks too

Subject: :)
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Love your Simpsons quote, Greg. Haha.

Subject: The Red Tent
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 5:13 PM ET
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"The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant is one I read earlier in the year and I'm still raving about it to anyone who'll listen.


Date Posted: 7/25/2009 1:44 AM ET
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Anything by Ted Dekker will immediately grab you and keep you in your seat! Thr3e is especially good.

Subject: Freedomland
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 8:49 PM ET
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If you haven't  seen the movie, try reading Freedomland.  I loved it.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 12:38 AM ET
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Absolutely agree with Amanda's choice, "The Red Tent"; couldn't put it down, either.  And, "Water for Elephants" was excellent as well.  I just finished a book called "Jewel" which I loved and couldn't put down, and am now almost finished with "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith -- a total gem!!

Subject: Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 10:36 AM ET
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This is one of those where I thought, Oh I'll just read a little before bedtime and the next thing I knew, it was 4AM and I was nearly finished reading it. Well, no sense in trying to sleep at that point. Her other two, The Serpent's Tale and Grave Goods are equally irresistible.
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:37 AM ET
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The Art of Racing in the Rain -- I think about it even a month later.

Water for Elephants and Kite Runner -- total grabbers. When I have to tell my husband what is going on in the story at bedrime, I know I have a book I am totally excited about reading. He politely listens (he's not a reader).

Same is happening with the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum series (One for the Money, Two for the Dough, etc). I laugh out loud while reading them and have to take the book everywhere I go in case I get a few minutes to see what Stephanie and her motley crew are up to -- it is like following a twitter. Totally enjoyable -- I have a hard time putting them down.

Thanks to everyone for some great ideas on this discussion thread. I love following up on new authors and books I would never know about if it weren't for this wonderful website and insight from others.

Subject: "the Runner"
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:36 PM ET
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by Cynthia Voigt, it is part of a the Tillerman series.  Great stuff.  As for hidden gems try:  Raney by Clyde Edgerton, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Into thin air/ into the wild Jon Krakauer.  Any of the Travis McGee series by John D. Macdonald.

I'm looking for a good medical triller (no by Robin Cook) or a good legal thriller (not John Grisham).  IM we will ideas!!

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 3:42 PM ET
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The last book I read that really grabbed me was The Double Bind- Chris Bohjalian.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:14 PM ET
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The last 2 that really grabbed me were: Wesley the Owl and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.  I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain.  It was a Christmas present from my daughter's dog!

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Date Posted: 7/28/2009 7:12 PM ET
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Monkeewrench by P J Tracy.  Before I finished it (in two days) I had to order the next three in the series.  On pins and needles for the next.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 11:34 AM ET
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the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.  It is just great-- history/ time travel.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Water For Elephants and The Poisonwood Bible

I loved them both.  It took me a few chapters to get into Poisonwood but when I did, I didn't want to stop.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 11:38 PM ET
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Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. Bought it by mistake on Amazon and decided to read it. I couldn't put it down!