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Subject: What would you suggest?
Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:00 PM ET
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I am in the mood for a really good "can't put it down" page turner. Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:23 PM ET
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Sure - all the books on my shelf.

What kind of books do you care for?

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:43 PM ET
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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is very good.  Also all of Philippa Gregory's books are great.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:46 PM ET
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Hi Katie,

The last book I finished was Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See, it was great. I would also recommend Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. If you're not looking for historical, then I would recommend Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. You may have seen the movie, but the book really is better. Also, Fall on Your Knees and Drowning Ruth were good.

Good Luck!

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Well, I loved the Harry Potter series. I was pretty sad when I read the last one =). I also like horror and anything that makes me laugh!

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:10 AM ET
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I liked Harry Potter too. Have you read Paolini's Inheritance series? Eragon and Eldest are available. The last one is coming out in September. I have really liked them--I started reading them right after I read the last HP book.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Water For Elephants.

I just read it for a bookclub.  I allowed myself 3 weeks to read it, and read it in 4 days!  I couldn't put it down.  It's not my usual genre, but it sucked me in and wouldn't let me go!  I really liked it.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 7:13 AM ET
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Well, Katie - if you like horror then you will really like my bookshelf. I read mostly horror. Good luck!

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:05 PM ET
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Ellen,

Sounds great- what would you say the best horror book on your shelf is?

(Katy- ordered Eragon-thanks!)

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:33 PM ET
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I really liked Magic Hour. I read it in 2 days (I usually only read about an hour a day).  

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 2:39 PM ET
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I liked the Harry Potter series, and I've been enjoying Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass).  Once you get through the first few chapters of the first book, it moves at a great pace, and it is hard to put down.

Another series I couldn't put down was the Belgariad by David Eddings (starting with Pawn of Prophecy).  It is a 5 book series about a child who is prophesized to bring down a god.  More typical fantasy than Harry Potter was, but still very good.

There is also a tag called "if you liked Harry Potter" that you can browse through and that will give you a good idea.

 

www.paperbackswap.com/tags/index.php

 

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 2:49 PM ET
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Yup - every Ravenloft book ever. :)

Just a note - the Inheritance book that is coming out in September was suposed to be the last one, but Christopher Paolini decided he had too much to tie in, so it's actually being split into TWO books! The next one is Brisingr, I don't know what the other will be.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 11:50 PM ET
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My vote is for The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It's really long but so fascinating that you wish it were even longer...

Jody 

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 11:32 AM ET
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Rosemary,

I think I'll have to buy that one! I put it on my wishlist, but I am number 467-yikes! =) Thank you though, I will definitely check it out!

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 11:42 AM ET
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KatieSue, I hope you like it!  I sure did.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 12:11 PM ET
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Middlesex was a page turner for me, so was Lonesome Dove and Gone With the Wind. Crimson Petal and the White was very good but it ends rather abruptly. 

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 12:51 PM ET
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Hi everybody! Thanks for the great suggestions! So far I've put all of these on order, wish or reminder (I don't have a lot of credits right now!) Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 12:54 PM ET
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I just posted some more books and two were on wishlists! Hopefully I will be able to order some more of your suggestions sooner than I thought! =)

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 1:42 PM ET
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Just a note - the Inheritance book that is coming out in September was suposed to be the last one, but Christopher Paolini decided he had too much to tie in, so it's actually being split into TWO books! The next one is Brisingr, I don't know what the other will be.

Really? Interesting! I'm looking forward to the next installment, then! :)

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I'm reading The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly and it is WONDERFUL.  I hate it when I have to put it down to do stuff around the house (making a grumpy face).

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Sounds great- what would you say the best horror book on your shelf is?

Oh, Katie - what a difficult question. I really enjoyed Shadows by John Saul, Island by Richard Laymon, Evil Whispers by Owl Goingback, Prey by Graham Masterton for starters.

My favorite author is Sarah Rayne, but they left my shelf like wildfire.

Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 7:19 PM ET
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A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay was a great book.  I started it late in the day and still could not go to bed until i finished it.  Needless to say I didn't get to bed until 4:30 in the morning, the bags under my eyes were totally worth it though.

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 12:01 AM ET
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I just finished reading "T" is for Trespass by Sue Grafton.  I really enjoyed this book and read it in 2 days.  I was hesitant to start it because I did not like her last book "S" is for Silence.

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 4:54 AM ET
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Thanks everyone! I'm so glad I asked! I'm putting these others on lists right now!