Is anyone reading anything good out there??

@sharone74 (4839)
United States
January 29, 2008 11:22am CST
I love to read. Fiction and historical books exclusively. I don't like reading the newspaper, nor biographies of the rich and famous, I hate textbooks, and instructional guides. But given a good book I seem to think nothing of relaxing n the tub with my book for an hour or two a night. Whenever I am able to snatch some qual;ity time with my books I do. Though being on my computer as much as I am hampers me from just devouring a book a day like I used to reading is still one of my all time favorite inexpensive passtime. So I am coming to the end of a really good story. Catherine Coulter's book Blow Out. So would anyone on mylot have any book recommendations. What types of books or authors do you like to read. I love mysteries, historical fiction, horror novels, and (don't laugh!) romance novels.
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@VampAmber (308)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I'm currently in the middle of Sphere by Michael Crichton, which is very, very good so far in my opinion. As for book recommendations, if you like mysteries and haven't read Sherlock Holmes yet, you should. I love him soooo much. ^_^ And two romance novel series I want to suggest is the Twilight series by Maggie Shayne, and the six-book series (I don't know if it has a name) by Kristine Greyson about mages. And one of my favorite horror writers lately is Bentley Little. His books are great, but kind of odd. And there's always the Anita Blake series, by Laurell K. Hamilton. It's my best recommendation.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
29 Jan 08
"Bentley Little" I've never heard of him....and I love "odd" LOL....I have some friends who are seriously into the Anita Blakes and Hamilton books but I've not checked them out myself..
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• United States
29 Jan 08
Oh, you should try them, they're absolutely delicious. I adore her writing style, and in my opinion, Anita is one of the coolest characters ever.
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I am gonna have to check those authors out as I like Lady J. am a lover of the odd. Thank you so much!
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• Australia
30 Jan 08
If you like historical fiction, you should try Bryce Courtenay's Australian Trilogy, which can be bought as one book, or each seperately. The books in the series are The Potato Factory, Tommo and Hawk and Solomon's Song. You need tissues with all three of these though.
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I shall give them a try. I am always on the lookout for a good author to follow! Thanks for your response.
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• United States
29 Jan 08
I enjoy mostly fantasy novels because they can be so out of the box. Anything can happen in a fantasy novel because it isn't bound by reality. I also enjoy sci-fi for the same reason. One never knows what will happen and that makes these books suspensful. Historical fiction is interesting because one can learn by reading them without having to look in a textbook or a long, dull article online. They can give one a firsthand view on a war or important event that makes it seem interesting and important rather than just information.
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I too love those two genres for the same reason. However I also love fantasy novels set against a historical background. I just read a great book that exemplifies this. It's called Temeraire i will get you the author's name and post it here. But it's about Napoleon and his attempt to conquer Europe. Here's the twist Temeraire is a talking dragon! He's a member of Britains Aerial corps which fight other dragons in the war.
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@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I love to read. Mostly while I am relaxing in the tub as well or laying on the bed in the afternoon. Winter months help on this because I tend to be more lazy about taking daily walks and such. Romance novels is my all time favorite. I love to read anything by Danielle Steel. She's a good author. I also prefer the older romance novels to the newer ones because they are genuine. Other things I like to read are palmistry, paganism, wicca, numerology, dream books, tarot, astrology, Chinese astrology, and anything out of the ordinary. The list can go on and on. Also a big fan of Sylvia Browne, Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
30 Jan 08
You just named several of my favorite authors. I also love Sidney Sheldon, Anne Rice, and Anne Mccaffrey. Also Piers Anthony, Judy Bloom, Robert Jordan and several others that I can't think of right off the top of my head. Have you tried the dark tower series by Stephen King. They're a different motif but chilling nevertheless as is Stephen Kings newer book Cell. His son has started writing too. And his wife Tabitha also writes some great novels. Also try David Poyner's novels.
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• United States
30 Jan 08
I'm currently on a magic phase. I'm currently reading a book called "Stray" that is about werecats. I'm getting ready to start a book called "Witchling". I adore the book "Wicked" and "Son of A Witch". But I am just like you. I love reading. And we seem to like alot of the same genres. I will look through the bookshelf and see what else I can suggest.
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@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I'm always reading something good! The way I see it I don't have time to read anything that I'm not enjoying, since there is too much good stuff out there. :) I enjoy books of all types, but right now I seem to be on a women's fiction kick. I sometimes enjoy young adult novels if I am looking for something that doesn't require a whole lot of effort. For romance type books I suggest Debbie Macomber or Fern Micheals. Have you ever read anything by Jodi Picoult? Her stories are FANTASTIC! They are often about a controversial issue made into a fiction book. I would highly recommend 19 minutes to start with. Have tissues ready for any of her books, though!
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
5 Feb 08
You are so right! Life is to short to read all of the good books out there left alone stick on a story that is not moving you or even one that you find just plain boring. Books are like windows into multiple worlds. You can go anywehre with a good story so if it is not bag it and move to the next. I love Fern Michaels and Jodi Picoult is a tear jerker. I rarely find myself in need of an emotionally wrenching saga or story but the woman tells a story like no one does!
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• United States
5 Feb 08
My favorite thing about Picoult is that she takes real life news stories or things that have happened that are controversial and turns them into fiction. She then gets to control the story and add an ending or details that make the book perfect for reading groups or discussing with others.
@MGjhaud (21115)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
I love reading those that you’ve mention except textbooks and historical ones. It bores me. I’m currently reading Robert Ludlum’s The Sigma Protocol. I love spy novels by the way. If you’re into romance, try grabbing some of Judith McNaught’s novels, she’s a wonderful romantic writer. ;)
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@mari_skye (1638)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
I love reading novels. I love books written by John Grisham, James Patterson, Tom Clancy etc. I used to read books by John Saul but now that I live alone most of the time, I have avoided his books, LOL! I find my imagination really gets to me! I also like to read light and witty stories like those written by Sophie Kinsella.
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@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
31 Jan 08
2 years ago, I discoverd that I really like kinda fantasy book like Eragon. Right now I'M ready the trilogie His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and I just love it. I'M already at the second book. I also can't wait for the third book of the Eragon serie that his suposse to be release this summer I think. But I also like other kind of book and my favorite author is John Irving. I still haven't red his last book, but I did red all of the others. I really recommand the book A prayer for Owen Meany. ut you have to like his style of writing to really love his book. But you should read it :)
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@wrongway (277)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I love to read also but don't always have as much time to read as I would like. I love mysteries too and am always looking for new books/authors. A friend of mine is a avid reader and she has turned me on to a few new authors and lately I have been reading like crazy. Janet Evonavich is a wonderful writer. I love her Stephanie Plum series as they are mysteries but you can't help but laugh (and sometimes relate) to Stephanie. I have read everything I could get my hands on of hers and am awaiting her new book coming out in June. I also read a lot of James Patterson books that feature the Woman's murder Club (where the TV program came from). Of course you can't judge the books by the show as they have to make the stories short but I am sure you would like his books. Then there is also Stuart Woods. He has two characters I enjoy reading about. One is an ex-cop who is now a private detective and his best friend is an italian cop married into the mob. Makes for quite a mix and you can't really figure out what is going on until close to the end of the books. I also read a book that featured a woman sheriff in florida. She was ex-military and took a job as a sheriff in a small florida town. I don't remember the author right off hand, however the 4 books featuring her had the work orchid in the title. Blue Orchid, Orchid Beach and two others. They are very well written and I couldn't put them down.
@HAYAM78 (44)
• Indonesia
25 Mar 08
books that say about the end of day