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Subject: What to read next?
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 5:53 PM ET
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I'm sitting on 6 or 7 credits and have no idea what to add to my TBR stack.........

I've read all of the Jodi Picoult & Elin Hilderbrand books and love them.    Recent reads include Water for Elephants, The Secret Life of Bees, Come Back....

Can anyone recommend some choices that might complement what I like?

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 6:36 PM ET
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What is it you like? Do you want mystery, humorous, lite? Maybe check out some Wish Lists to see what others are reading. Do you get the Daily Digest from PBS. That would tell you what is available.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:17 PM ET
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I would recommend books by Marian Keyes.  All of her books are good.  Also, another great author, if you like history, is Diana Gabaldon.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Clara, I hate to display my ignorance, but how do you get the daily digest???


Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:35 PM ET
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I like a variety of genres-  historical, modern, romance, biographical.   I just don't like the typical "Harlequin" style romance books very much.   I love a good well told story with some depth.

I've tried to read some of the recent Middle Eastern themed books-  the Kite Runner, some book about Tea in Kabul---  I wasn't crazy about them although people raved about the stories.   It's very rare that I start a book without finishing it but that happened with both of those.

I've read just about everything by Marian Keys-  I love her!!

I never realized I could look at other's wish lists-  I'll have to check them out.b

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:39 PM ET
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I like those authors as well. One I recently read and really liked was Digging to America by Anne Tyler.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:47 PM ET
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Well, I always recommend "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith. But I also just finished reading "On Wings of the Morning" and it was pretty good. About WWII pilots (one male and one female) and it follows them through the course of the war. Another good one if you like classics is "The Black Tulip" by Dumas. "Till Death Us Do Part" is a great true crime novel that was fast paced. It's about two murders in LA and it is written by the lawyer involved with the cases (same lawyer/author of Helter Skelter).
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Try Sara Gruen's other two books--Riding Lessons and Flying Changes (I think that's the correct order).  She has a new one coming out in the fall.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Kendall - your last 3 reads were some of my faves, so I looked at my book journal to see what else I really enjoyed.  I gave the following 4 or 5 stars...

Couldn't Keep it to Myself by Wally Lamb;  anything by Charles Martin, but especially When Crickets Cry ; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells; Jesus Land by Julia Scheers; P.S I Love You by Cecilia Ahrens; Middletown, America by Gail Sheehy; Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews; 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell; Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley; Random Family by Nicole ?; The Last Juror by John Grisham; The Color of Water by James McBride; Beautiful Boy by David Sheff; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Green, and too many more to list.

Some or most may be on waiting lists; it depends on your reading taste if any would appeal to you.  Good luck, and let us know what you decide. 

 ETA:  I second Capture the Castle


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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I, too, recommend books by Anne Tyler.  Her books are a great read.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:32 PM ET
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If you like fiction, I would recommend the Warrios series starting with Warriors Into the Wild. An author I really like is Suzanna Fisher Staples. She writes nice stuff.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:43 PM ET
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You guys are great!    I've got a HUGE list now.


Thank you!!