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#1 Purr

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 11:50 AM

Peggy,

I forgot to mention that I love to read, too. Mysteries are my favorite and I also like ancient history. What do you like to read?? Which, by the way, I'm glad you are able to again. People have recommended listening to books on tape but it just isn't the same.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 05:29 AM

Christy - I am really hooked on the James Patterson books. I have finished all of the Alex Cross series that he writes; his new book - Sail - which I highly recommend; and now I'm on the his series of girls murder club. I really like his writing style. I also love John Grisham and true crime and mysteries. I have never read one of those romance books as I like the other ones so much I haven't had a chance to try one. I still get tired and have to quit after a chapter or two but its alot better than it used to be. I can tell when I'm too tired to do it as I don't remember at all what I just read. SEE - back to the memory issue again - - I know - - give myself some slack.................

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 05:53 AM

When I started reading again the first one I read was Sail by James Patterson. I loved it and really like his writing style so I have kept on reading books by him. I have read the Alex Cross series that he wrote and now I'm on the women's murder club.

I also like John Grisham and mysteries and true crime. I have never read the romance novels yet but may try one. I also plan on trying the Patricia Cornwell too.

Does anyone use those wireless reading devices? It supposedly downloads the books and carries all of them in it and you just carry that around instead of a bunch of books.

Our library is where I have been getting mine. It's great as I'm able to go online and order my books and then they notify me when they're in and I go and pick them up.

I still get tired and I can tell when I have to quit reading even if it's only a page as I can't remember what I read but I am so glad that I'm at least able to read again.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:36 AM

Peggy and Christy,

I also get my books from the library. Ordering the books online is wonderful! I like mysteries, how to books, decorating ideas and anything to do with health improvement. I wish I could read a book a week. I usually skip to the chapters I'm interested and then go back to the beginning.


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Posted 15 August 2008 - 01:59 PM

I love to read too. I can read a chapter before it zonks me out though, then I usually need to reread the chapter again the next night. Yes, it takes me forever to finish a book. I just checked out John Grisham's Playing for Pizza. Has anyone read this one?

I do online checking out too. It is so much easier to find books this way. I rent all my movies from there to. I have Into the Wild and Juno to watch this weekend. I rent DVDs on different countries also. What fun..a little vacation without the drama.

I own a few James Patterson books but I have not read them yet...I keep forgetting about them! I will, since everyone seems to love him around here.

Any other favorites?

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 07:44 PM

Clementine,

I haven't read Playing for Pizza. Renting movies online is great because I can watch them when I'm ready and return them whenever. I love hearing when the mailman drops them in my mail slot. I'm like a little kid running to check my mail. I also like watching DVD's of different countries. Have you ever watched Globe Trekker. That's fun to watch, it's like going away on a mini vacation.



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Posted 16 August 2008 - 04:34 AM

I have several "favorite" authors: Robert Crais, Anne Perry, Debra Crombe, Harlan Corben, Robert Parker, James Patterson....and the list goes on. I also enjoy ancient history (Rome, Egypt) and I love English history. I think if I were going to travel to any country in the world, it would be England.

For some reason, I've totally lost interest in TV and movies. It started waning when I started getting sick. Strange. :huh:

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:19 PM

I'm a reader too.

I like Barbara Hambly; she does both fantasy and historical fiction. For you history buffs, her Benjamin January series set in old time New Orleans is great.

Then there is Diana Gabaldon. She does a sort of time-traveller thing set in Scotland and North Carolina in the mid-to-late 1700's. I lived in the areas she talks about in Scotland and she really gets the feel of the places. Her main character is a woman doctor. There's a really nice love story running through her books.

For sheer fun there's Terry Pratchett, his Discworld books are full of truths told in an extremely funny way.

Um, yes on James Patterson and Anne Perry. I just 'discovered' Robert Crais and am going back for more. WEB Griffin, too. Ridley Pearson, Donna Leon, Carol O'Connell.

So many books, so little time...

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 12:55 PM

Oh Yippee! More book lovers! I have a library in my home. One room, basically wall to wall books. I did do some recent purging however.

I love all kinds of books. Poetry is my favorite, I have probably 90 poetry books. I also love mysteries and usually have a self-improvement type book going as well.

Some of my favorite authors are -

Diane Mott Davidson - she has a culinary/mystery series that is best if read in order
Janet Evanovich - the number books. Great and funny!
Jonathan Kellerman - He has a "Alex Delaware" series that is best read in order as well. They are very complex and details mysteries. Great! Reading one now!
Stephanie Bond - her mysteries are great. They are romantic mysteries. I think she does some romance types, but I don't normally care for that type of book.
Sue Grafton is great too. She does the Alphabet series ie. A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar etc. Very good!! and funny, she'll crack you up.

When I want a fast read or don't want to think, then I'll read some Danielle Steele. Actually when I was younger I read her constantly so I have her whole collection.

Happy reading!
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:22 AM

Wow! I would love to have my own library. I would like to get some type of book shelves put in our living room so I could keep my little collection of books out. Now that I'm reading more it will have to be a project I'll have to see about getting done. I envy you to have a whole wall of books! I am so very happy to be able to be reading again and I like the quiet of settling down with a good book with the windows open and I can hear the wind blow and the birds sing and I'm all comfy on the couch or in a chair reading.................................... Hey, with this disease you have to enjoy.............especially being life has changed so dramatically.....................

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 11:02 AM

Peggy you sound like me. There is nothing more relaxing for me than to cuddle up on the couch and read. Life's little pleasures are the best.

P.S. It's not one wall of books it's 3!!! :)
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 11:31 AM

Oh dear, I have you beat~ Got 3 sets of shelves in the bedroom, 3 walls in my "workroom" (hah hah! work??), the whole long wall in the living room and I'm trying to talk my hubby into shelves in the dining room for the cookbooks~ That shouldn't be hard 'cause he had me put up a little shelf in the bathroom to hold his cup of tea and book for his early morning reading sessions.

IF I buy a lottery ticket and IF I win really big on that ticket, I'm getting glassed in shelves everywhere so I don't have to cringe in embarrassment at the clouds of dust floating down whenever anybody pulls a book out.

We're really fortunate to have several really great used book stores not far away so the habit is affordable, more or less. OK, so dinner out is a burger at a pub down the block from our most favoritest UBS, but ya gotta have priorities.

Sweet, do you Stephen White's stuff? It's set in Boulder, CO, and his mysteries never fail to fox me. If you like J. Kellerman, I bet you'd like his a lot too. Have you read Faye Kellerman? She's Jonathan's wife and you end up wanting to put her characters on your card list for the holidays. Not the villians, of course!

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:07 PM

Oh wow I jumped in at just the right time! I LOVE to read and when I don't have something to read its like I've lost something. Mysteries are my favorites too, I also love John Grisham James Patterson Tom Clancy so many I can't remember their names. Fortunately my daughter in law has the same tastes I do in reading and brings me BAGS of books, which I devour. Not long ago I sent a bag back to their house with my son and she said "Where does your mom find the time to read all these books? He replied , She doesn't have a 5 year old and a 3 year old anymore to keep her from reading. I can't understand how someone can not like to read! It puts you in places and situations and fun and well you'll all know what I mean. I have lots of books too, in boxes on shelves you name it sometimes I wind up reading them more than once! Of course my siamese cat 'Stinker' knows when I want to read and will promptly curl up on the book! No matter I just ease the book out from under him and read anyway. Should see what he does to the newspaper! Well guess its time I finally go to bed! Mary

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:27 AM

Hey JJ,

Way to go girl!

Thanks for the new author name. I've never read Stephen White, but I'll give him a try. I haven't read Faye, but I did hear she was really good. She's on my list. I have a list of over 85 books that I want to read. Pathetic right? It never gets smaller, because it seems I always hear of something else I want to read and so it gets added to the list! Just like now, I'll add a Stephen White book!
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:42 AM

Hey Sweet,

I've heard that you'll never die until you finish your reading list, so keep on adding to it! I hadn't read either Stephanie Bond or Sue Grafton. Wow, I might live forever. Woohoo!

JJ

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:42 PM

Oh JJ I like that! I'll keep on adding!!
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 04:11 PM

I love to read also. Reading helps me to decompress after a long day of working. I too am a James Patterson fan. I got to meet him last year at a book signing. I like his Alex Cross series as well as the Women's Murder Club.

I enjoy suspense writers like Mary Higgins Clark and Phillip Margolin. I stopped purchasing books because I'm running out of space. I recently did some purging and gave books to my local library. A box is ready to go to my hairstylist too. I am now only keeping the books I wouldn't mind re-reading. Unfortunately my memory is so short that I forget sometimes that I've already read a book. I can get halfway through and it'll begin to read familiar. I will often forget the endings so I re-read because I remember it being a good read, but have forgotten the details. I hate this short term memory thing.

I like the tip about making a list! ;)
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 08:57 PM

Hey Smac,

Philip Margolin? That's a new one I'll have to look out for.

Every time one of the book stores sends me one of those "people who enjoyed [so and so], also bought [this book]" emails, I stick the info on my check-it out reading list.

My short-term memory is so bad that I have a folder full of author sheets, with lists of their books that I tick off when I've read them, that I lug along to the library, used book store, or the regular book store when they send me good 30% off coupons! :lol:

A couple of friends and I lend each other books. We all have 2 el-cheapo canvas bags - each friend has an in-coming and out-going bag. The out-going bag goes to whichever friend you see first. When your book gets back to you, you pull it from the bag. Since none of us are contendors in the memory stakes, some times a book makes the rounds several times and by then nobody remembers whose it was! :lol:

A couple of our local grocery stores have a table full of books - drop one off and take one. Another one has a similar table and the 25-cents per book fee they charge goes to a good local charity for battered women and children. All on the honor system. Nice ideas, huh?

Keep on reading!

JJ

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 02:22 AM

Does anyone read J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)? I prefer the J.D. Robb books myself (especially when Eve takes out the bad guys! :D . I read some Jeffery Deaver, too, but I'm not sure if I like his style or not.

JJ - I really like those ideas for sharing books! Someone suggested taking them to nursing homes, too.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:35 AM

At my old workplace someone put a bookcase in the cafeteria for people to bring their discarded reading. The idea was that you could leave some you had read and take home some you hadn't. Pretty soon the readers caught up, so that the supply was outgrowing the case. Then we started giving the books to a local hospital.
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