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    janjj...I lost my husband in Oct. Sure is a lonely time...but I love to read also. Right now reading a Brad Thor book...he writes thrillers....

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    I almost always read non-fiction. I just finished "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. It's the true story of a black woman who was treated for cancer at Johns Hopkins in the 50's (I think cervical cancer). They gave her treatment, but she unfortunately died. During the course of her treatment, they extracted some cells from her tumor and they continued to grow in the lab. These cells have been continuously growing in labs all over the world since then. And they have been used very much in medical research. The author touches on many moral issues including racism, biomedical ethics, family dynamics of Henrietta and her decedents, medical research, who should be compensated for medical advances, among others. I'm not super-sciency, but the author did a good job of relaying some complex things in an understandable way. I would recommend it.
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    I am currently reading A World Lost by Wendell Berry. Prior to that it was Where'd You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple, a very funny page turner!

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    I am reading the Language of Flowers by Diffenbaugh. It is a different type of book for the main character has a far different slant on life than most of us. It is a story of how she copes with life and the flowers are to me telling her story for she loves them so. Try it, it's worthwhile.

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    I am in the middle of "Dream of Freedom" by Michael Phillips. It is a Civil War era story. His books are not a fast, easy read - they make you think. So it takes me a while to read them. He writes mostly Christian historical fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommafank View Post
    I am an avid reader who reads almost anything. Currently reading "Body Surfing" by Anita Shreve---not the best book but a quick one. I just finished "John Adams" by McCullough, "Gravesend Lighthouse" by David Payne, "Here on Earth" by Alice Hoffman. Over summer I read all five of the George R R Martin"s "Game of Thrones" series. Anyone who loved "Pillars of the Earth" would probably like these, but know each book is a minimum of 900 pages.
    Thank you for the information on the Martin books. I loved Pillars of the Earth and am reading the trilogy by the same author (Ken Follette) Fall of Giants, now Winter of the World and the third is being written. They are about World War II from the viewpoints of four families one in Russia, Germany, United States and England. Well written and fascinating showing the varying attitudes. Long books too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    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...
    I don't think I was ever so angry with parents as I was in "The Glass Castle". It was unbelievable and yet I knew it was true, but how parents could treat their children to that life they did just enraged me. It was an amazing memoir and, because I have been in book groups and writing groups and am writing my own life vignettes, her writing impressed me. It is so worth reading.

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    The Diana Gabaldon, Outlander series, is best I have ever read.

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    LOL and here I am reading quilt books from the Library ..LOL
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    Have not read the story but seen the film was very good



    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.

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    read this book liked the format.



    Quote Originally Posted by alwayslearning View Post
    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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    I am on a kick reading historical novels, and historical biographies, etc. Right now am reading "She-Wolves" by Helen Castor. Don't particularly like the title! It is about 3 queens that ruled England before Elizabeth I. Very interesting. For lighter reading I love Jeffry Deaver's mystery books.....as well as Cornwell's historical novels, all based on something real, but reading like a good novel.

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    I loved her books, too, tho the last one I read was a little bit too explicit and differed from the earlier books in the series.

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    Thanks for those sites. I will check them out today!

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    I read 100 books last year. I've read many of the same authors as some of you. I just got a bunch of books by Lee Childs so I was glad to hear it's a good read. I am reading a series now by Lee Harris, they are lite mysteries. I am curently reading The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews. She's a fun read. M DD and I go to a book swap every Jan. This year we turned in 97 books. Last year we turned in 500. No we didn't take 500 back. LOL It's a good way to try new authors.
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    I love Lynn Kurland books they are romance books with time travel,you might check our her web sight.There is romance,suspence,funny. There are a couple with ghosts from past family members that make a lot of havic for one young lady. I have read all of her books and can't wait for a new one.They take place in Scottland or England.Some time travel from Scotland to America. I have a hard time putting them down once i start one.She has a time line of family members who married and continues the story.
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    I am reading through a series of 22 books about murder mysteries set in the 1600's which have as a main character Sister Fidelma, a highly trained lawyer who also knows church law. There is an international Sister Fidelma fan club. They are excellent. By Tremayne. I tried to read JK Rowling's newest book, an adult fiction, but it was so vulgar I turned it back into the library. The language was atrocious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme CA View Post
    Thank you for the information on the Martin books. I loved Pillars of the Earth and am reading the trilogy by the same author (Ken Follette) Fall of Giants, now Winter of the World and the third is being written. They are about World War II from the viewpoints of four families one in Russia, Germany, United States and England. Well written and fascinating showing the varying attitudes. Long books too!
    I think I should also warn you that the Martin books are graphic----lots of battles with swords and axes etc but that era was a harsh time if history is correct. There are tons of characters to love or hate. There are indexes so you can keep the families straight. He introduces new characters in each book but some continue all the way through. I enjoyed them but there is at least one more as he left the reader hanging in five.
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    I just finished A Light Between the Oceans. It is about a light house keeper on an island off the coast of Australia. His wife miscarries 3 times and then an infant washes ashore in a boat. I couldn't put it down!

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    I'm reading Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb today, then going to move onto some Dana Stabenow. I always stick to the mysteries and thrillers. My fav authors are James Patterson, Evanovitch, Stabenow, Greg Isles, JD Robb, Stephen King, etc. I can't stand romances or sugary stories. Same with my tv watching, it's NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Castle, CSI, Body of Proof, etc. I also download alot of free books onto my IPad. I have discovered a couple of new authors I like thru the free books. I have not tried calibre-ebook yet, thanks for the link.
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    I love reading books by Debbie Macomber. The Inn at Rose Harbor is a good one.

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    I enjoy amish history and amish romance I also enjoy Beth Wiseman, Jeannette Oakes, Colleen Coble, and other female Christian writers. I have a Kindle and download my books from my Metropolitan Library here in Oklahoma City. Going in for major surgery on Tuesday morning (1-29 at 7:00 a.m.) so I will be getting a lot of reading done over the next month or so.

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    Another avid reader here, Love Maeve Binchy, John Grisham, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult and others...

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    The Nineteenth Wife

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