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Subject: What Should I Read? Pick My Next Book!
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Okay, I'm almost done with Nefertiti, and I'll be starting a new book over the holiday weekend while relaxing at the lake.  Sigh. I can hardly wait. After I finish Nefertiti, I will have completed HF Challenge #1!  Woo hoo!  Now to chip away at HF Challenge #2.  Anyway, what shall I read?  (Some of the following will help with Challenge #2 and some won't, but I don't care.)  I'm trying to decide between -

Enemy of God, Bernard Cornwell. I read the first book in the King Arthur series earlier this year and want to finish the whole series by the end of the year.  (I actually HAVE to read the third book Excalibur before the end of the year as I'm using it for the letter "X" in HF Challenge #2.  LOL!)  Plus, I could use a little Cornwell fix.

Serena, Ron Rash. I just got this in the mail from PBS yesterday, so it's still sitting on my table.  Should I put it in the camper for the weekend or shelve it for now?  This one is wishlisted, and I'll be needing credits soon.  LOL! 

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon.  I promised myself I'd read at least 2 or 3 books in this series this year.  Might be a good summer read.

Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati.  I've had this on my shelf for a long time, but lately I've found myself thinking about finally picking it up.

Hawaii, James Michener.  I was toying with making this my "Summer of Michener." Can you believe I've never read one of his books.  I'd like to read Hawaii in the summer as if I read it during our brutally cold, blustery, snowy Minnesota winters, it'll just make me sad and long for beautiful weather.  (I'll read Alaska in the winter so I can "feel" the atmosphere.  LOL!)

Yeah, there are almost 200 other books on Mt. TBR, but for some reason these are in the front of my mind for now.

So, everyone post your pick, and I'll see what the majority says by tomorrow afternoon before I leave for the weekend.  Which would be the best Memorial Weekend read?

Thanks, guys!

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:04 AM ET
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I've read #s 1, 3, and 4 and I loved all of them.  I guess I'd say go with whatever location and era appeals to you most at the moment.  Dark Ages, war leader; 20th C woman finds herself in Jacobite Scotland; or Colonial upstate NY.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:17 AM ET
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My first choice would be "Serena", but it's kinda dark for a lakeside read. For some reason, I think books read by the lake or at the beach must be light and fluffy reads. I guess I'd go with "Outlander".

I usually keep all my unposables for summer reading by the water.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:28 AM ET
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With each book, I thought - "Oh, yes! That one!" Then I would read the next choice ... and we'd start all over again! (With the exception of Serena, of which I know nothing about.)

I was a little slow in picking up up Enemy of God, but when I did, I wondered why I had waited so long! It is wonderful & you'll be right back in the thick of Dumnovia (is that correct?) in no time.

HOWEVER! Outlander !!! Oh, what a book! And a great book for the lake ... unless you need to be doing other things, because this one will grab you & not let go.

HOWEVER! The sweeping saga of Hawaii is also wonderful. This one may take you a little longer to get into, but is so worth the effort. Michener is wonderful; my favorite of his is Chesapeake.

HOWEVER! Linda has read the entire Sara Donati series and has *loved* every one of them. She is anxious impatient for me to read them as well.

So ... guess I'm not much help ... but I am very interested in your decision!

Kelly

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:44 AM ET
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I loved the OutLander Series,

While we were in S.C. in April I read all of the Sara Donati Wilderness Series, I took the first two with me and luckily they had the others there at the library and my SIL check them out for me.



Last Edited on: 5/27/10 11:45 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 12:41 PM ET
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I vote Outlander.  =)  

sigh.  Jamie.  =)

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 12:59 PM ET
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Amen to that Shannon!wink

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 1:13 PM ET
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I am not an Outlander fan, but I really liked Hawaii, so that'd get my vote.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 2:35 PM ET
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Shelley, I read Hawaii from your selection and I can say that the missionaries, Abner Hale and his wife, Jerusha, are truly unforgettable characters.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 2:40 PM ET
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Aaargghh, you guys aren't making things easier.  There's supposed to be an overwhelming concensus!  LOL!  Keep your votes coming, peeps!

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 3:06 PM ET
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Okay 1 vote Outlander!

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Aye!

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:24 PM ET
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I vote Outlander as well! I've vowed to read the first few of that series this summer and as soon as my library books are read, I'm picking that one up. I can't wait! :)

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Date Posted: 5/28/2010 7:08 AM ET
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OUtlander. I stayed up to 3 am reading that one, you will fall in love with Jaime and Claire.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 7:39 AM ET
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Outlander, definitely. It's the lake. It beckons a light read.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:29 AM ET
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Okay, I've packed Outlander, Hawaii and Into the Wilderness in the camper and will decide which one to read this evening.  I should finish up Nefertiti this afternoon.  Looks like Outlander is leading the pack for now.  Will check back here this afternoon to see if any more votes came in.

I decided against Serena for now since, as Valli mentioned it's "darker" and probably not a fun, kick-off-the-summer Memorial Day weekend type read.  I also axed Enemy of God for now simply because my copy is a big paperback, which I bought new, and I don't want to risk water damage (good thought, Valli!).  The copies I have of the books I'm taking, while in great shape, are smaller paperbacks (well, they are all quite thick paperbacks!), and I won't spazz if they get a little wet.  I'll use them as unpostables (I myself don't mind a bit of water damage to my books as long as the whole book isn't totally wavy and it doesn't smell like mildew or anything) or pass them on to my SIL or MIL to read. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 10:22 AM ET
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Sorry I am late on this Shelley, but I think Outlander would be a perfect choice.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 12:23 PM ET
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I am not an Outlander fan, but I really liked Hawaii, so that'd get my vote.

+1

 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 4:31 PM ET
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Genie, has a good point.  For relaxing weekend at the lake, a light read is best.  I would wait with Hawaii. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 5:04 PM ET
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Serena is the perfect book to read when you're feeling too happy and need something to remind you how nasty, evil, greedy, and malicious people can be -- I loved it!

 

ETA: Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!



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Date Posted: 5/30/2010 11:10 PM ET
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Well, since I know you've all been laying awake these past couple of nights wondering, I'll tell you so you can get some sleep!  I went with Outlander!  So far, I'm over 200 pages into it and yes, I am loving it!!!!

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 11:15 PM ET
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Whoohoo!!!  =)  I'm glad you like it.  200 pages in and how many more books in the series to go?  =P

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 1:41 AM ET
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Thousands and thousands of pages to go. :=P

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:23 AM ET
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YAY!!!!!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:27 AM ET
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I think Jaime Frazier is one of my alltime fictional favorites. I think I read somewhere and I don't know if it is true she going to do a graphic novel prequel to Outlander. Not sure why she would do a graphice novel and not a regular novel.

Alice

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