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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I love to read. I actually eat books. When I am on a book binge I can read a dozen books a month. I've been to the library 4 times in the last 2 weeks. Once I get started I just can't read enough. It is a nice escape and it is relaxing.

I like romance novels (like Nicholas Sparks) or funny lighthearted novels (Jennifer Weiner) and books that are a little edgier and tackle deeper issues (Jodi Picoult - my current fave).
I have been pretty limited in my knowledge of good authors. Like I said Picoult is my newest obsession and I have read almost all of her books, or have them on hold at the library. She was recommended to me last year when I put out a request for suggested authors. If you haven't read one of her books...run, don't walk to the library and try one out. They are very intricate and moving. Love them.

But now I am running out of books by my usual authors and need some new ideas. I don't like to read mysteries or fantasy. It just can't capture my interest - or scares the bejeezees out of me. I tend to really like books about relationship between people - not necessarily romance, but more about relationships than "issues". If that makes sense.
So how about you? Who is on your MUST read list?


stacy said...

I found your blog again! Anyway, try James Patterson, not his cross or womens murder clubseries, he has some "romance" type books,although you might like the womens murder club ones, they aren't intense (they are the # books). I don't remember what they are called. Also Anita Shreve has some good ones.

Gingers Mom said...

I actually just read 2 of James Patterson's romances in the last few weeks - Sunday at Tiffany's and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Are there others? I really liked those. And I have read a few Anita Shreve's a long time ago. I'll have to go see what else she has. Thanks!!

stacy said...

Yes, I know at least one more James Patterson - Sam's letters to jennifer. If you haven't read these you might like "The memory Keepers Daughter", "The Historian", "Dog of Babel" (could be dogs, I can't remember, it has been a while since I read that one), "The Incident of the Curious Dog at Midnight" (I'm not sure if that is the right title, but it involves curious dog and is about a boy with autism), hmmmmmm, when I think of more I will let you know. I devoue books and have read so many it is hard to keep track. The only one I liked by anita Shreve was "The Weight of Water".

Ginny said...

I started a book club at work because alot of us had gotten out of reading. The club reads one book a month and then we meet, eat, and talk about it. It's fun. Some of the books we have read are Pontoon by Garrison Keillor, Good Harbor by Anita Diamont who also wrote the Red Tent which I have heard good reviews on, I like Sue Miller who has quite a few good books. I just finished Let's Roll by Lisa Beamer which was very good. It's about her life with her husband Todd Beamer who died on the plane that went down in PA
on 9/11. Currently Reading The Joy Luck Club. I love reading different types of books. Oh and have you read The Deep End of the Ocean? That was really good.

Bookwork411 said...

Gingers mom,
I know all the good books to read. If you look on Oprah's book club for the most recent book: A new Earth, Awakening to your life's purpose. There are other new age books to really get you away from traditional stuff and open your mind, ESPECIALLY for mothers.
I can't do much single handedly about the war except tell people about some excellent books (and we all know who to vote for!!). Open your mind. Good luck!

Gingers Mom said...

Ginny - thanks for your suggestions. I'll check it out. :)

Bookworm - Oprah is a crackpot.

Dr.John said...

I can't help because I am into Science Fiction and Fantasy.