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    I download lots of free books to my Kindle. All are good so far but they are part one books to get you to buy the next one.
    Still prefer paper books and my favorites are the People books by Gear and O'Neal Gear. They are about North American Indians of the past. Since the authors are archaologists they have the facts to write fiction stories.
    I read alot and have had to make a list of all my reads to keep track so I dont buy the same book again.
    Also love the Lee Child books about Jack Reacher.

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    A broad range of interests here! I am reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and really enjoying it. It is not an easy read (complicated story with lots of subplots) but the language is so evocative- her characters really come alive and the historical setting is right up my street! It is also surprisingly funny- she has a fabulous sense of timing in some of the dialogue.

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    Re-reading "Ayn Rand." Read "Tootle" each morning to my grandson. "Tootle" most relaxing and more fun!

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    I like mystery/adventure books with female heros! Tricia Fields has a female Chief of Police in her book The Territory, and has a new one coming out in early March, called Scratchgravel Road, according to Amazon.
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    Wicked......

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    Picked up a book at Sam's club, The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle. Wonderful author, and I have read two more from local library. Catagory is mystery.

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    I just finished the Aviators Wife, the story of Anne Morrow Lindberg. Great real,lots of history and family interactions.

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    i likee the books by KKen Follett. Pillars Of The Earth is one of my all time favorites. Just got his latest series.. Have to finish Janet Evanovich Notorious Nineteen. If ou like series books, Susan Howatch wrote a good one starting with Sins of the Fathers.

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    Thank you so much for this information regarding the e-reader. Seems I have been paying for all my books for my Nook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    I just finished The 18 Year Defense of Caril Fugate by Jeff MacArthur and have now started Tell No Lies by Julie Compton.

    I'm looking forward to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker but have not convinced myself to pay for it. Your accolades may be what I need to get off the fence.

    For you e-reader folks, be sure to check out www.bookbub.com You can tell them what genre you like and they will e-mail you about free book. You can also do it by with a "Like" on Facebook. I get many free books through them.

    Also remember www.calibre-ebook.com It is a free software download that allows you to convert e-book formats. This means if you have a Kindle you can use free Nook books and vice versa. It gives you a chance to get many more books for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I like to know what others like to read. I love to read. I just finished The Hangman's Daughter by OliverPötzsch and will start the 2nd book of the series The Dark Monk. It's a mystery series set in the 1600's. Very interesting withall the details of life back then. I finished all the books of Game of Thrones and waiting for the next book in the series. Love those!
    Hmm, going to have to look into these offerings. I really love mysteries and historical based fiction....Now am reading (from library)Tess Gerritsen-Last to Die/Rizzoli and Isles--I have downloaded some books for Kindle (free only), some are ok, others are ?????. Have joined the local library's monthly book read/discussion group.....this month's was Life of Pi, did not do that one...sounded sooooo deep, maybe one day I will attempt to read it; next month will be The Great Gatsby...read it a million years ago, but will have to refresh my memory....tried looking for free kindle...no go, so I will get from library...I understand there will be a redo of the movie...remember vaguely seeing the first one..........again, memory of it is lost....life got in the way. I will see if library has Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, sounds good. Have read all of the elm creek series...except last....getting to drawn out and conviluted...so on to others........

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    I just finished "Good in a Crisis" written by a doctor who goes through a difficult time mid-life (divorce, brain tumor, more) and her experiences in dating. Not as depressing at it sounds. lol Also reading "The Newlyweds" on my Kindle about a woman from Bangladesh who marries an American and moves to Rochester NY (caught my interest because I grew up in Rochester).

    I also recommend "Witness" by Nora Roberts. I am not usually a fan of her books and I have no idea what made me pick it up but it was diiferent from her usual fare and I could not stop reading.

    Getting ready to start "The End of Men and the Rise of Women". A friend recommended it - we'll see. Also on the list is several books on how we make decisions and weigh the outcomes of those decisions. It's a subject that fascinates me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I recently read parts 1 and 2 of the Follett "100 year" trilogy ("Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World") and am awaiting part 3. I enjoyed them so much I picked up Follett's "Pillars of the Earth". All are works of fiction with historical accuracy. I often found myself running to Wikipedia to get more details of the events that were described. All are highly recommend if you like "period" novels with historical accuracy. "Giants" and "Winter" take you from WWI through the end of WWII - with characters based in England, the US, Germany, and Russia. "Pillars" is a rough sketch of the relationship between the monarchy and the church in England in 1100-1170.

    Finished "Pillars" yesterday and started a "The Sign of Four" which is an Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) novel. Strangely enough ... I've never actually READ Doyle. Enjoying it so far and so far I agree that Downey Jr. was a much better Sherlock than Rathbone. Boy they sure did "tone down" Sherlock in those old movies. Anyway, this is what I am reading (listening to ) in my car.

    My other book (an actual book - I like to read in bed) is "Bliss" by O.Z. Livaneli. So far I like it.
    Loved those Follett books!!!!!! Doyle's Sherlock Holmes--read the adventures of.... way back when...loved the logic of the man.....also like the new Elementary on TV...sort of a modern Sherlock....sort of interesting so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey View Post
    Although I only began reading "Sarah's Key" yesterday afternoon I'm about 2/3's through it already. Story unfolds in chapters alternating between France in 1942 and present day France. I belong to a small quilt/book group within my guild and this book is the most interesting book on our list in a long time.
    This was an eye opening book. For another different view of WWII, try Mary An Shaffer's Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is an interesting view of life in the occupied Channel Islands during the war. And it is much lighter than Sarah's Key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I recently read parts 1 and 2 of the Follett "100 year" trilogy ("Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World") and am awaiting part 3. I enjoyed them so much I picked up Follett's "Pillars of the Earth". All are works of fiction with historical accuracy. I often found myself running to Wikipedia to get more details of the events that were described. All are highly recommend if you like "period" novels with historical accuracy. "Giants" and "Winter" take you from WWI through the end of WWII - with characters based in England, the US, Germany, and Russia. "Pillars" is a rough sketch of the relationship between the monarchy and the church in England in 1100-1170.

    Finished "Pillars" yesterday and started a "The Sign of Four" which is an Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) novel. Strangely enough ... I've never actually READ Doyle. Enjoying it so far and so far I agree that Downey Jr. was a much better Sherlock than Rathbone. Boy they sure did "tone down" Sherlock in those old movies. Anyway, this is what I am reading (listening to ) in my car.

    My other book (an actual book - I like to read in bed) is "Bliss" by O.Z. Livaneli. So far I like it.
    I just finished reading Follett's "World Without End" and absolutely loved it, so I will have to look into the "100 year" trilogy you described. I really liked his writing style and this was the first time in a very long time I read anything that took me more than a day or two to finish reading. I read a great book last month, "Blood of Flowers" which was set in 15th century Persia that I enjoyed tremendously. In the past year, I've read: Kite Runner, The Zookeeper's Wife, The Land of Anonymous Women, and anything at all by Robyn Carr. There were many others that I can't recall the actual titles of, but I am such a fast reader that I usually get through most books within 2-3 days. I will have to check into getting the other Follett books and start on a new adventure. Oh, and I've read several of Phillippa Gregory's historical novels about the royal women of England and also Henry VIII's queens. Apparently I am drawn to historical novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by booklady View Post
    I am a High School Librarian so when I do get the chance to read I usually pick something off the shelves at school. Although the kids seem to think I have read them all, that is just not the case! It helps me to promote the books if I've read them and can "booktalk" them to the students. It also helps when I ask them about their book when it's returned. They perk up when I say something about the ending or something that happens in their book choice.

    When I tear myself away from the sewing/crochet/knit/crafts room I usually just head for something entertaining. I'm a big Nora Roberts fan. Also historical fiction, especially when it's places I know. We have a BIG used book sale here three times a year at our Main Library so I keep well supplied.
    Thank you, to you and all the librarians out there who take the time to engage and encourage students (really everyone) to enjoy reading. My kids had a wonderful school librarian.

    My son is dyslexic and she did a great job of suggesting books that helped get him reading and coming back for more!

    My daughter is a voracious reader and when she was in 7th grade they started taking a group of students to the Sr HS library. I was concerned about the age appropriateness of some of the books she was bringing home, so I started reading them. This allowed me to relax and gave us common ground during some of the challenging teenage years.

    I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with the great range of choices today's youth has. The young adult section was not nearly so large and varied when I was looking for books at that age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey View Post
    Although I only began reading "Sarah's Key" yesterday afternoon I'm about 2/3's through it already. Story unfolds in chapters alternating between France in 1942 and present day France. I belong to a small quilt/book group within my guild and this book is the most interesting book on our list in a long time.
    I loved this book so much that I read it a second time after our book club discussion; only the second time I allowed myself to read only a chapter at a time so that I could mull over it. I then checked out the DVD from the library with bonus features ... outstanding movie too! Can you tell that I could talk about this book for hours?
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    I've been reading the Alex Delaware series by Jonathon Kellerman. I read his wife's books, the Peter Decker series. I like mysteries. But I've also read most of he Elm Creek series too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    LOVED "The Kite Runner"!! Outstanding read.
    We saw the play! It was very good, really enjoyed the acting and the story!

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    I like John Grisham and Jeanette Oak also, but have gotten involved with collecting and reading the Robyn Carr books called the Virgin River series. (At least 13 of them) that focus on a area of California near Fortuna . It is a small forrested area with a lake and cabins, and has a combo of romance and adventure. I am enjoying getting to meet all the characters and the interaction over the years that come and go. The area was named Virgin River and is a real small community that grows some when tourist come and rent the cabins to fish and/or hunt. I've really enjoyed them. Collecting them from Amazon.com, sometimes for a penny, so it becomes a $4 book and worth every penny.
    I do want to someday obtain Killing Lincoln and seeing what that is about. Have lots of quilting and knitting books as well.

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    I read mystery romanitic fiction-usually by females writers. I also read fantasy I read to escape from the everyday stress so I read what is considered fluff. I love Nora Robert, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Christine Feehan, Terry Spears, Lyndsey Sands, etc. I prefer to read than watch TV as does my husband. We watch sports together unless I decide to quilt.

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    My all time favorite read is a memoir by Jeanette Wallis "The Glass Castle". did spend one summer reading all the John Grisham books I could get my hands on.
    My moms all time favorite book is "Beach Music", can't think who the author is, I couldn't get into that one.
    Gave Killing Kennedy to DH(actually for both of us) for xmas, maybe I will get that one started soon.
    PS: i spend so much time reading QB I don't read much else...

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    I love science fiction, mysteries, romance-mysteries, hystericals(that's what I call historical romance), paranormal.

    Authors: Anything by Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb, Linda Howard, Robyn Carr, Christine Feehan, Janet Chapman, Janet Evanovich, Kat Martin, Sabrina Jeffries, Carla Neggers, Elizabeth Peters (Her Egyptian Series - amusing mysteries - the author is a Eqyptologist). I think I have read all the dragon books by Anne McCaffrey. Her son Todd has taken over the series since her death. When I was a kid I loved Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein.

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    I read Charles Frazier's (Cold Mountain, Thirteen Moons)Nightwoods yesterday. It felt just a bit like the classic Davis Grubb The Night of the Hunter because Mr. Frazier is able to root his characters in time and place as did Grubb. I've heard Thirteen Moons criticized for being so different from Cold Mountain but these are not Series books (which are fun, if predictable). It took some work and thought to go through Thirteen Moons--and well worth the effort. When I read Frazier I can smell the forest, the dust, and feel the mist and wind of the mountains and look through the eyes of his characters.
    Night of the Hunter takes a reader to the depression era Ohio Valley. Davis Grubb was also criticized because his subsequent works were not Night of the Hunter. He deliberately experimented with his writing style.

    I recommend both authors although it's likely difficult to find any other Grubb titles (Voices of Glory, Fools Parade, The Barefoot Man). And for old movie fans (ME!) I do not find any modern slasher film more frightening than the purely evil Preacher portrayed so unforgettably by the (handsome, great, sexy, veteran) Robert Mitchum in the old black-and-white Night of the Hunter.
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    Found a used book called "Prayers for Sale" excellent! I enjoy historical novels. Also wish Phillip Gulley would write more, he is wonderful. You can identify with his characters. He is my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    I download lots of free books to my Kindle. All are good so far but they are part one books to get you to buy the next one.
    Still prefer paper books and my favorites are the People books by Gear and O'Neal Gear. They are about North American Indians of the past. Since the authors are archaologists they have the facts to write fiction stories.
    I read alot and have had to make a list of all my reads to keep track so I dont buy the same book again.
    Also love the Lee Child books about Jack Reacher.
    Can you explain to me about free books for my kindle? If they are free, does that mean they will never expire from my Kindle? How do I actually download them? If I download one can I read it whenever or will it go away? not sure how this all works. Thank you so much for any advice you can give me. I love my Kindle but so far only play words with friends and solitaire!! lol!

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