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Subject: Great books that you could literally not put down!!!
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 8:05 PM ET
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What are some really really good books that kept you on your feet, and that you just COULD NOT put down? I would like some good reading ideas.

Please help!


Date Posted: 10/2/2007 11:55 AM ET
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The only two I can think of that I was like that with lately were:

Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

I wouldn't say either is the best book ever, but fun reads where I really wanted to know what happened!

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 9:05 PM ET
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Thanks for the book ideas!!

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 9:40 AM ET
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Hi Wendy! 

Two books that popped right into my mind are both by Margaret George:  "The Memoirs Of Cleopatra" and "The Autobiography Of King Henry The VIII With Notes From His Fool, Will Somers".  VERY thick books-but SO good!  Both would be considered historical fiction. 

Also "The Legacy" by Susan Kay-historical fiction about Elizabeth I.  GREAT "couldn't put down" book! 

Books I just read:  "The Heart Of A Thirsty Woman" by Lana Witt.  This book reminded me a bit of some of Barbara Kingsolver's books.  The main character is kinda quirky, and alot of the book is set in Arizona.  IMO the book starts out just a bit slow, but stick with it-it's a quick, very enjoyable read. 

"City Of Light" by Lauren Belfer.  A FANTASTIC book!  Takes place in Buffalo, NY, in 1900.   The town is growing, and rich men are just starting to harness the power of Niagara Falls for electricity.  The main character is a woman who runs a school for girls.  There is a bit of a murder mystery, intrigue, racial tension, women's rights, bit of romance... this book has a little of everything!  VERY interesting history about the Buffalo area and some people in the book were real people, although the book is fiction...nice to learn something while enjoying a good story.  The book is long but you won't want it to end! 

And my old standbys-I always enjoy a book by Anne Rivers Siddons, Anne Tyler, or Maeve Binchy.   All are good-but these were my faves:

Anne Rivers Siddons:  Downtown, Outer Banks, Hill Towns, Colony.

Maeve Binchy:  Evening Class, Quentin's, Tara Road, Firefly Summer.

Hope you can find something!  Have fun choosing something!

Anne Tyler:  Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant, A Slipping Down Life, A Patchwork Planet, Breathing Lessons.

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 11:57 AM ET
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Hi Wendy,

I would add Tyler's Saint Maybe and Binchy's Scarlet Feather to the above list, I agree about the authors.  I have a Patchwork Planet on my shelf.

If you can handle fantasy, check out George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series.  They read more like historical fiction than fantasy and are in fact based on the English War of the Roses.  Talk about gripping...one of my copies has food marks on it because I couldn't put the darn thing down long enough to cook and eat.  The first book is A Game of Thrones.

Have fun!

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 2:29 PM ET
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The last in The Sunslinger series by Steven King, The Dark Tower.  This thing was huge and I finished in one weekend. Of course I didn't see my family much that weekend, and at 3 am every morning I was still up....

It was so very good. It is a good think I don't come accross one that good very often.

Dean Koontz is another that keeps me up all night reading.


Date Posted: 10/3/2007 4:32 PM ET
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One that I didn't expect to like but not only liked it --- loved it.... I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE  by Wally Lamb. Great read!

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 6:49 PM ET
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I just posted a like-new HC copy of I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb if anyone wants it.

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue was excellent.  I read that one in one weekend. Also, I loved Left to Tell

by Immaculee Ilibagzia, but I warn you to have a box of tissues handy for that one.

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 9:17 PM ET
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Oh, I loved I Know This Much is True - one of my all-time favorites!

I just finished Blind Dates Can be Murder and yes, it was really cute.

The most recent books that were hard to put down were Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson and Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:27 PM ET
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The Poisonwood Bible Author: Barbara Kingsolver    was a recent read that I was compelled to polish off in a weekend !

 Sir Vidia's Shadow Author: Paul Theroux  

was a complete surprise in that I've never read books by either Paul Theroux or V.S. Naipaul -once I started reading I couldn't stop - now I'm intrigued to read more by both authors

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:46 PM ET
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I also agree with I Know this much is true! It's one of my new favorites!
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 12:00 AM ET
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well a really good book that i know of is "twilight" by stephenie meyer.. its a fictional young adult novel and its part of a series (the first of the series) once you read it you have to know what happens next and you'll be reading the book from cover to cover! it really is good.


Date Posted: 10/4/2007 1:17 AM ET
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I absolutely loved Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It's a classic and I simply could not put it down.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 11:21 AM ET
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Oh, I loved Rebecca too!!  My copy is totally shot, if anyone has a nice copy and wants a credit, please PM me!


Backing up a few steps in the discussion, I'd was thinking about I Know This Much is True but was put off by my experience of reading She's Come Undone.  I found it to be depressing and a little tedious.  If you've read both, is I Know This a better read?

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 11:51 AM ET
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The 13 1/2 Lives of  Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers

I love this book, Moers is a German author and the publisher is British, I found it in a bookstore on Bainbridge Island WA, the cover compares him to J.K. Rowling, Shel Silverstein and (brain freeze) the guy who wrote the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Universe

It's a great story, with great illustrations, you'd think it's for kids but the vocabulary would be too difficult for them, and it was filed in the adult section in the bookstore.

It starts with the tiny naked bluebear floating in a walnut shell in the ocean, he is heading for a whirlpool but he is rescued by a ship of minipirates.................the book goes on to describe his other 13 1/2 lives,

I find myself laughing out loud.


Karen Horvath

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 2:21 PM ET
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Jen, you asked if  I KNOW THIS MUCH WAS TRUE was better than his other book, SHE'S COME UNDONE? Absolutely. I read SHE'S COME UNDONE after the other one and was disappointed. It was an ok story but couldn't compare to I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 7:11 PM ET
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The Kite Runner without a doubt. I was up pretty late for a whole week reading this amazing book. Right now I really have a hankering to get my hands on A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 8:57 PM ET
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The books which I absolutely couldn't put down are anything by Raymond E. Feist.  I expected to hate them and then by the end of the first chapter I couldn't quit until I would finish the entire book.  With his more recent books I haven't been able to quit until I finish the entire series.  Literally I will go days without sleep in order to finish them...it drives me nuts in the best sort of way!

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:51 PM ET
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Thank you to everyone for all your input. I have me a list of books to look for now. Please send me YOUR ideas of a book that you could not put down!!


Date Posted: 10/7/2007 12:35 AM ET
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Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. I just finished it a few hours ago and it is the best book EVER! I loved every second of it!

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 5:06 PM ET
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Shadows From the Past by Ashley Dawn is the last one I read that meets this criteria

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 8:58 PM ET
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I was surprised by how much I absolutely loved "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand when I read it several years ago. It ranks as one of my favorite books ever. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:59 PM ET
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Last year a buddy of mine told me about an author by the name of Barry Eisler. He has written a series of books about a Japanaes Amercican named John Rain who is a trained assassin. A product of our country's trips to Vietnam and Afghanistan, Rain freelances as a guy who makes a hit look like natural causes. The books are very well written, witty, full of tradecraft and full of non-stop action with very little lag time.


Date Posted: 10/8/2007 2:43 PM ET
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Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) FABULOUS!!

Memoirs of a Geisha

The Magic Circle (Katherine Neville)



Date Posted: 10/8/2007 2:47 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Wicked and the Red Tent.  It has been years since I read I know this Much is True, but I did enjoy that one as well.  One book that I liked that is sort of off the beaten path was The Eye of Horus.  I didn't have high hopes for it when I picked it up but I quickly got wrapped up in it.  Ended up loving that one to.  OOh and Life of Pi.

Gosh, there are so many really good books!