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Subject: Which great book has been overlooked on your shelf for too long?
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 6:54 PM ET
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I'll start with...

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
By Lemony Snicket



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Date Posted: 10/15/2008 7:07 PM ET
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Mystic River......it was my introduction to the author Dennis Lehane. I have since read everything he has written and just got his new book today.  I know that Mystic River is an old book but there must be some members who have never read it or seen the movie (which was also excellent but read the book before seeing the movie)

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 7:31 PM ET
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hmmm I don't usually post a lot of the things I think are great...I tend to keep those!

But on my bookshelf at home I have put off re-reading Jane Eyre for far too long. I'm reading it again for a class now and I'd forgotten how much I loved it!

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:45 PM ET
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I have to agree.  The books on my shelf are ones I'm not too crazy about.  Except for Running With Scissors, I actually have two copies and am willing to part with one.  Another good one is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.  Again, I've got two copies of that one too.  :)

On my bookshelf at home, I've been neglecting to read Water For Elephants.  Going to start that one tonight.  I hear it's great!

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Tasha,

Water for Elephants is Excellent!  I had picked it up so many times to start it but never did.  I didn't think I would like it.  I finally started it and seriously could not put it down. 

Did you really like Running with Scissors?  I thought that was quite possibly the WORST book I ever read.  Nope, I take that back because I couldn't finish it ...if it wasn't for the fact it belonged to one of my co-workers I would have thrown it in the trash.

 

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:23 PM ET
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I have to say that Running with Scissors was a good book if you like that kind of say...humor...dry is a good word for it hence the reason one of his books is titled Dry. He is a good author in my opinion but you have to be in the right frame of mind for his stuff my daughter and I are both hooked on his books! But back to the topic at hand I would have to say I have sat on This Charming Man by Marian Keyes since the day it came out...but I started it last night and seriously I do not want to put it down. Its a little different to start but I have to say it is definately good. I too also am sitting on Water for Elephants and the Memory Keepers Daughter.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:29 PM ET
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What exactly would you call 'dry' humor? I have Running With Scissors and I have heard lots of mixed reviews.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I would say its sarcastic ...and funny if you can get passed the OMG moments that normally we think are inapproprate. I guess I cant think of the words I want to write about it but I tend to think things are funny that most people are taken aback by.Its not your everyday hahaha humor I guess its more the shock humor! If that makes any sense! I do have to say I thought that the movie was terrible but I still have my copy and share it with anyone that needs a good "weird" laugh!

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:41 PM ET
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copy of the book that is ...not the movie....

 

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:49 PM ET
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WERE HISTORY : THE 20TH CENTURY SURVIVORS FINAL EXAM :: Jaime O'neill
ISBN-13: 9780684829227 - ISBN-10: 0684829223

My husband and I had so much fun quizzing each other on so many events of the 20th Century. Great for people who enjoy trivia and/or history.

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Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Overlooked no more...



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Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:41 PM ET
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I love sarcastic humor. I think I am going to read Running With Scissors next. I love that 'shock' value that some people can't handle. :)

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:54 PM ET
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Awesome! Hope you enjoy it ! Let me know what you think about it !

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:59 PM ET
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Dracula; I keep thinking I'm going to read it "next"...

War and Peace; looooved Anna Karenina and Resurection, but just can't get past the opening soiree scene.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

 

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 11:55 AM ET
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It's true that the books I like the best are the ones I keep. But since I tend to like mysteries a little on the cozier side, I don't keep some very well-written books. Blood Junction by Caroline Carver is a really nice hard-boiled Australian mystery with a strong female protagonist and a great sense of place. It's been on my shelf for a while now.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 12:09 PM ET
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Colleen..let me know what you think about Running w/Scissors.  I love dark humor but this one??? Bleah!

Anyways, I have 3 books that I just can't believe no one has requested yet.

* Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  She is a wonderful author and this book will grab any one who is a parent.  By the 4th chapter I had cried, oh I don't know maybe 4-5 times already.  The first chapter is the one that really gets you as it sets the stage for the book.  Her writing reminds me a bit like Jodi Picoult.  I passed this book to my mom and co-worker to read who equally loved it.  It is a sad topic but certainly well written and the ending will make you think.

* Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst.  I read this one awhile ago and just fell in love with it.  A woman has (maybe?) committed suicide and the only witness is the family dog.  This book is told from the point-of-view of the husband who is trying to find some answerrs. 

* Those Can-Do Pigs by David McPhail.  This is a childrens book and is an extra one from my kids.  It has this great rhyming text and is so cute.  These Can-Do Pigs are amazing and do it all - from sleding down the hill, to dancing, to fixing a broken tire, etc.  In the end it is always good to have a Can-Do Friend.  I have been reading our copy of this book to my boys since they were about 3 years old.  My oldest is 6 now and he still loves it!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:24 PM ET
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Down and Dirty - 69 Super Sexy Short Stories - Alison Tyler.   This is erotica.  I don't read a whole lot of this genre but whenever I do and post the book it is taken almost immediately.  They are usually on someone's WL but if not they get snapped up quickly.  Not this one though..........

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:50 PM ET
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Oh, I love The Dogs of Babel, and when I first joined here 3 years ago, it was a very popular book.  Now a spare copy languishes on my husband's shelf. 

I despised Running with Scissors, and wished every dollar he made off the book to burn up.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:52 PM ET
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So many opinions on Running With Scissors...but I can see why. 

Wendy,  I did love it, but have to agree that it's "shock" humor that's admittedly inappropriate.  I totally understand why some readers can't take his writing.  I also agree with Machelle that I have to be in the mood for that kind of writing.  I love Augusten Burroughs' other books too, though... 

As for Water For Elephants - I started it last night and have about 30 pages left.  What an excellent book....so sorry I have neglected to read it for so long!  I haven't loved/hated characters this much in a long time.  Machelle - you've got to read this one!  Also, The Memory Keeper's Daughter was another favorite of mine...

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 7:30 PM ET
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Regarding Running With Scissors---well, there Is "shock" humor and "sdchlock" humor.  Yech!!  I can't even explain how much I loathed this book.   Never have I disliked a book more.  It's my all-time worst book.  

I sincerely suggest you not waste your precious time attempting to gut through it.  Just toss it in the fireplace, or the garbage pail, quickly.  I wouldn't even want you to post it to PBS.  Just let it fade to oblivion.  Heaven forbid some unsuspecting and innocent PBS-er get hold of it. 

That's all.  Ick. 

 

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:29 PM ET
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Stephanie

You took the words right out of my mouth..those are my exact sentiments about Running w/Scissors.  Do you know that they actually made it into a movie?  I have no idea how any actor/actress read that script and thought..Hey, I want to star in this movie.

 



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:28 PM ET
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The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier which I consider her best book.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:24 PM ET
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It always amazes me that there can be such a difference of opinion regarding books.  I read Running with Scissors a couple of years ago, and according to my journal..."Published as memoir, truly bizarre tale of boy w/crazy mom, alcoholic dad, who lives in wildly eccentric household of his mother's psychiatrist"...and I went on to give it 3 of a possible 5 stars.   Admittedly it was a startling and not always believable story, but there are books that I hate much worse.  Like anything by Jodi Picoult, Laurie Notaro, or Carl Hiassen, all of whom I find wildly overrated.

Guess it's a good thing though that we don't all like the same books...imagine the wishlist!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:43 PM ET
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I sincerely suggest you not waste your precious time attempting to gut through it.  Just toss it in the fireplace, or the garbage pail, quickly.  I wouldn't even want you to post it to PBS.  Just let it fade to oblivion.  Heaven forbid some unsuspecting and innocent PBS-er get hold of it.

I don't care how much you hated the book, there is someone out there who will enjoy it. Throwing away books? ICK!

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 8:26 AM ET
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   Mine is a once read copy of "Where the Woodbine Twines" which is an excellent coming of age story. It's a small hardback and excellent, especially for those times when you have time to sit down with nothing else to do but READ.

                                                                    Kathy

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