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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 7:47:10 AM
Why am I asking? Because two demon discs in my back that have haunted me off and on for years are currently forcing me to spend huge amounts of time (happily) reading in bed thanks to my Kindle and downloads from my local library.

Here's a tiny selection of my own favorites:
Pillars of the Earth
Aztec
Watership Down

most anything by Dan Brown (currently reading Origin)
all of Sheri S. Tepper
The Dead Zone
Tailchaser's Song
The Mirror of Her Dreams
The Skook
(It's an odd one most people have never heard of)

The above are suggestions for you if you're in need.

I'll read anything that's well-written and that doesn't scare the pants off me.

It doesn't matter when you read it. If it's been stuck in your head for a number of years, it must have been good.

Help!

Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 8:12:55 AM
Based off of your list you also may enjoy

Scott Lynch's Gentleman * Series (though warning... it's not finished and he's not the most consistent writer...)
All of Robin Hobb's books - she has several series that share a world, but are not terribly intertwined
Kirsten Britain's Green Rider series

all of those have a lot of books... if you can find them online they'd keep you busy for a while Smile

LOL... the first one got auto censored.. It's the Gentlemen B a s t a r d series..
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 8:44:17 AM
Oh my! I could talk about books all day and I read a ridiculous variety of stuff.

If you love Mirror of Her Dreams, I assume you've read the second book in the series? I actually love all of Donaldson's stuff, especially The Gap, which is his sci-fi series. (That said, The Gap and Thomas Covenant have far more extreme anti-heroes at their cores, which isn't everyone's cup of tea.)

- Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series
- Mistress of the Empire trilogy by Raymond Fiest (my all-time favorite; it's the other side of the Riftwar Saga, which you might read first)
- Lyonesse trilogy by Jack Vance
- Anything by Ruth Ware - psychological thrillers, think Sleeping with the Enemy only better
- Pink Carnation series - historical fiction that goes between current time and the French revolution; I've only read the first two and there have been many others added to the list since then
- Anne Perry - Either Thomas Pitt or William Monk series is great; historical fiction mysteries

And stopping there. I can recommend a ton of fun things to read that are meant for young adult, mystery series, historical fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, as well as crazy mixes of genres.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 9:04:58 AM
Penguin, I'm writing them all down for safe keeping.

Lewister, yes, I read the second Donaldson book. I've always meant to read Dragonriders. More to write down!

Thank you, guys!
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 9:23:32 AM
I note you've also read some Tad Williams. If you want to be occupied for a looooong time - The Otherland series is interesting it's part fantasy, part sci-fi and reality is slowly catching up to it... It takes some patience though. None of it is boring - but it certainly takes it's time introducing all of the characters and the plot line.

I started re-reading it recently, but I've put it aside to read Game of Thrones as there isn't a year long waiting list to get the books from the library now... yeah - I'm like one of the few people in the world that hasn't read it or watched the TV show... I'm on book 4 and I am enjoying it.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 10:22:03 AM
I showed up to see if there were any additions, and see you spotted my cat tale, which for whatever reason didn't tell me to search out more of Williams. A loooong time to be occupied is current very important. :-)

P.S. I have a Notepad file open and am copying a pasting the recommendations.

Back to bed.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 2:35:46 PM
I am thinking of re-reading the ALVIN MAKER series by Orson Scott Card (Love all of his books). Alvin series is Fictional History (rather than historical fiction I think) Characters are familiar from the current time-line, but there is witchcraft and other twists to events.
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 8:11:08 PM
I can usually read about anything.....in fact I can't sleep unless I read first but.....

I don't have HBO and wondered about the Game of Thrones books (I know they're not finished). I gave up on the third one and wish I'd never gotten that far. Has anyone made it through them?

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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 9:31:22 PM
I read one when I was a kid that stuck with me all these years called

The Phantom Tollbooth

I used to devour historical novels like

A Wayside Tavern by Nora Lofts

and

Child of the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge
edit: correct title is "The Child from the Sea"

my two favorite fiction authors.

I also loved all the books by James Herriot (not really novels but close)
All creatures Great and Small
All things Bright and Beautiful
etc...

I don't read fiction much anymore




Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 10:15:52 PM
Two herniated discs frequently send me heading to bed with a good book and a heating pad too, so I sympathise Colorwash. Thank God for ebooks cuz I couldn't afford to buy enough books to keep me going.

I really enjoyed the Thomas Covenant and the Dragonriders of Pern series too.
The Dune books by Frank Herbert are another one of my all-time favorites. I read them first as a teenager but reread Dune not too long ago and there's a reason they're a sci fi classic. Oh yeah, and Ender's Game.

I read lots of different genres (I'll even read the back of cereal boxes if I'm desperate) but the sci fi stories seem to be more memorable.


Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 4:55:14 AM
BKMuir, I'm adding the Alvin Maker series to my list because I've read other Card books, in particular Ender's Game, and thought he was an excellent writer.

Deemac1, I have HBO and never watch it, so I'll have to see what Game of Thrones is about.

Shelli, I'm going to look up "The Pantom Tollbooth" because I've never heard of it. The mention of Lofts and Goudge send me back in time! Yes to the Herriot books. I devoured all of them.

Array, we're a couple of pathetic sisters! "Dune," for sure. I suggest that, if you've never read any of her books, try Sheri S. Tepper. They're a blend of sci-fi and fantasy that can suck you in. My favorite is "The Gate to Women's Country" but I never read anything by her I didn't love. She also wrote under a few pseudonyms, Olyphant being one of them, which she used for mysteries.
Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 8:48:42 AM
Now you've got me thinking about things I read as a kid... One of my more favorite books was a quite obscure one called A Walk Out of the World, by Ruth Nichols - it (and The Chronicles of Narnia- which I still quite vividly remember getting the whole set as a gift from my grandmother at around the age of 7) may have set me up for life to love reading fantasy... apparently she did not write very many books and has a somewhat tragic life... Now I totally feel like I should try to track down some of her other work. Her books are meant for kids/teens - so they aren't terribly long, but her writing is quite good and has a very dreamy quality to it. Unfortunately getting a hold of these ones digitally may be next to impossible...

We sound like 3 of a kind... I was a precocious kid and loved to read everything I could get my hands on - including the cereal box. I remember once being refused a book at the public library because it was considered to be "Young Adult" and I wasn't 12 yet... (it was I Am the Cheese)... I looked at her all confused - "But, I've already read it....." she still wouldn't let me check it out.. She had noooooooo idea... I was already regularly reading the books my mother checked out of the library.

Another suggestion if you like Sci-fi satire. Harry Harrision's Stainless Steel Rat books are awesome. I suggest you actually read them out of order and start with A Stainless Steel Rat is Born.
Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 12:17:10 PM
My father launched my addiction, reading to me every night, sometimes until he got hoarse. The books I remember from when I started reading on my own are "Bambi," the complete Nancy Drew series, and "The Black Stallion." I also began reading "adult" books quite young because I ran out of books in the children's section (small town library), but I was never stopped from doing so because it was a little old lady who needed a job who ran the library. She probably didn't know that "Dracula" would scare the pants off me.

Sci-fi satire--probably the closest I ever got to that was "Stranger in a Strange Land."

I opened a separate tab to my library, searching for both Ruth Nichols and "A Walk Out of the World," but there was nothing. However, she's listed in Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=Ruth+Nichols
Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 10:00:15 PM
Here is a great story about the author of The Phantom Tollbooth.

https://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/141240217/my-accidental-masterpiece-the-phantom-tollbooth

I am an only child and my mom was an avid reader. But I learned to read from watching Public television and commercials apparently.

She loves to tell how when I was about 3 years old at the grocery store as we passed the cereal aisle I informed her that I wanted "General Mills" lol. So I must have been reading the cereal boxes too.

I read a lot but I also drew pictures in every book I ever got on all the blank spots...and on walls and boxes etc...


PS. hope your back heals soon!
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 3:42:50 AM
If my back doesn't straighten itself out soon, I'll go blind from reading! I finished the Dan Brown book last night, simply scanning the final two chapters. He's one of those writers who doesn't know enough to end a book when the story ends.

I have one more book on the Kindle to read, and then I'll look for some of the suggestions you folks have given me.

You know what's great about Kindle books? You don't have to dust them.
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 6:12:06 AM
Colorwash wrote:


You know what's great about Kindle books? You don't have to dust them.


True, but some books you need to have physically. I love the weight in my hands. Only my most cherished books are physical. The rest quick novels are electronic.

Which brings me back to the subject of dust on books. I'm in the process of doing a Marie Kondo with my "things". Partly because I do love decluttering and partly because we may have a major move in our future with houses.

I did my books yesterday and it was a treat to revisit some of these books again. They are like old friends. I did create a pile for the library's little bookshop but by and large I kept most of them. I did find 6 books I purchased and have not read... yet. Yikes!

I see many above listed that I enjoy from the fantasy recommendations. My gateway was the Narnia Chronicles. My adult author fetish for fantasy has been Tolkien. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but the sophisticated language, the depth of history and world building and the classic themes and subjects about humanity had me hooked a long time ago. I even enjoy the stories he hand't finished or the many iterations of the stories that his son have published after his death.

I could recommend lot's of other authors but you've got your plate full Colorwash. lol I do hope your back is better today.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 7:28:08 AM
Everyone has read or seen The Wizard of Oz. But there are 15 books in the series, each waiting to take you on a magical journey.

Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse, is the first of the incarnations of immortality series. I'm HAPPILY reporting eight books, because I only read five of them Grin WOOT!!

Some other good faves:

A Brave New World
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Catcher in the Rye

For a while, I devoured Jackie Collins novels, but they are like Hallmark movies, just change the title character and the job they do, same plot and storyline.

And who didn't go thru the 80s reading The Thornbirds? *or get hot flashes watching it with Richard Chamberlain when it went miniseries on TV*

**thinking...**
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 7:40:53 AM
RGebbiePhoto wrote:
Everyone has read or seen The Wizard of Oz. But there are 15 books in the series, each waiting to take you on a magical journey.

Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse, is the first of the incarnations of immortality series. I'm HAPPILY reporting eight books, because I only read five of them Grin WOOT!!

Some other good faves:

A Brave New World
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Catcher in the Rye

For a while, I devoured Jackie Collins novels, but they are like Hallmark movies, just change the title character and the job they do, same plot and storyline.

And who didn't go thru the 80s reading The Thornbirds? *or get hot flashes watching it with Richard Chamberlain when it went miniseries on TV*

**thinking...**


yes! Piers Anthony, When I was into my fantasy sci-fi groove I read a whole bunch of his stuff but the first one was my favorite and now I can't remember the title, but something about a tapestry and a jumping spider... Idea
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 7:43:34 AM
I love "cozy" mysteries (light stuff that's not heavy on the gore and violence). Some of my favorite authors are MC Beaton- she has 2 mystery series plus a historical Regency Romance series that I am not in to, Dorothy Cannell's Ellie Haskell Mysteries, Carol Higgin's Clark, and Mary Higgins Clark, Carol's mom who writes a bit grittier mysteries that still really aren't too gritty, but maybe not cozy.

I like lots of young adult series like Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy, all of Rick Riordan's young hero's series that puts modern teens in to the world of Greek/Roman/Egyptian myths. There is a fun series called Fablehaven. absolutely loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books when I was little as well as the Trixie Belden Mysteries which were in the same vein as the Hardy Boys. Oh, and Roald Dahl- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and James and the Giant Peach.

I have read all of Jane Austen's books and love them as well as, The Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Edgar Allen Poe, and To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my teen favorites also.

I haven't read them, but my MIL and SIL love James Rollins' Books which are thrillers like Tom Clancy-who is the only fiction author my Husband reads.

I'll stop now because I could go on and on. Grin
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 8:18:17 AM
Tolkein, yes! This, even though I'm very persnickety about fantasy worlds and so read very few of those books. The type of fantasy I enjoy is of the closer-to-reality sort involving time travel and maybe bits of paranormal stuff (not horror, though). Epic battles and dragons (except for "How to Train Your Dragon") rarely attract me.

"Catcher in the Rye" wasn't an approved book by the school board in my high school, so my English teacher bought 25 copies of it out of his own pocket and gave one to each of us.

I took a Russian lit course where we read "We" by Zemyatin, being told he wrote it at exactly the same time as Huxley wrote his "Brave New World," neither author being aware of the other, both of them having reacted to the same things they saw going on in the world. It was amazing how the two authors reacted in precisely the same way.

Melrose, I love the light stuff too, which certainly includes the cozies. I read every last one of those silly "Cat Who" books, and most of Rita Mae Brown's books. If you've never come across Sarah Addison Allen, I suspect you'll love her. Just the lightest touch of paranormal (for instance, an apple tree with attitude), well-drawn characters, and her writing is smooth and beautiful.

I'm off to search out MC Beaton and Dorothy Cannell.

You folks ought to see my waiting-to-be-read list at the library's web site. Not only have I added your suggestions, but in the process of searching for them, I found other books that intrigued me.

If, by chance, any of you like animal stories, try "The Winter of the Fisher" by Cameron Langford. I've read it three times and will doubtless read it again. The only other book I read more than once was "Bambi." This book is for the grownup me.




Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 8:57:20 AM
I already bookmarked this thread with so many good reading suggestions. Grin
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 11:04:41 AM
I gave the link to a specific page, but here's the homepage of Goodreads that all us book addicts should bookmark. It's a huge, virtual library that you can create an account in, but it's totally unnecessary. You can use it without.
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 11:22:46 AM
Sorry to hear about your back! Hope your on the mend soon!

I love to read anything by Dean Koontz. I also really enjoyed Alas Babylon by Pat Frank.
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 1:12:41 PM
ValeriesGallery wrote:
Sorry to hear about your back! Hope your on the mend soon!

I love to read anything by Dean Koontz. I also really enjoyed Alas Babylon by Pat Frank.

Thank you. It's been feeling quite a bit better today, probably because I've spent very little time sitting here at the computer.

I've enjoyed a lot of Koontz too, though my all-time favorite is "Watchers," followed by "Twilight Eyes."
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 3:35:57 PM
Colorwash wrote:

Array, we're a couple of pathetic sisters! "Dune," for sure. I suggest that, if you've never read any of her books, try Sheri S. Tepper. They're a blend of sci-fi and fantasy that can suck you in. My favorite is "The Gate to Women's Country" but I never read anything by her I didn't love. She also wrote under a few pseudonyms, Olyphant being one of them, which she used for mysteries.
I've often thought we had a lot in common Colorwash...similar viewpoints and sense of humor. In fact I sometimes don't bother with replies because you've already said what I think only you've said it better than I could have...lol. Sorry to hear we also share afflictions!

This is an awesome thread...given me so many new authors to check out and S. Tepper will be on that list for sure.Smile
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 4:03:36 PM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
RGebbiePhoto wrote:
Everyone has read or seen The Wizard of Oz. But there are 15 books in the series, each waiting to take you on a magical journey.

Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse, is the first of the incarnations of immortality series. I'm HAPPILY reporting eight books, because I only read five of them Grin WOOT!!

Some other good faves:

A Brave New World
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Catcher in the Rye

For a while, I devoured Jackie Collins novels, but they are like Hallmark movies, just change the title character and the job they do, same plot and storyline.

And who didn't go thru the 80s reading The Thornbirds? *or get hot flashes watching it with Richard Chamberlain when it went miniseries on TV*

**thinking...**


yes! Piers Anthony, When I was into my fantasy sci-fi groove I read a whole bunch of his stuff but the first one was my favorite and now I can't remember the title, but something about a tapestry and a jumping spider... Idea


I'd bet it was "With a Tangled Skein"

This is a list of the books in that series:
On a Pale Horse (1983)
Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
With a Tangled Skein (1985)
Wielding a Red Sword (1986)
Being a Green Mother (1987)
For Love of Evil (1988)
And Eternity (1990)
Under a Velvet Cloak (2007)
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 4:34:50 PM
RGebbiePhoto wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
RGebbiePhoto wrote:
Everyone has read or seen The Wizard of Oz. But there are 15 books in the series, each waiting to take you on a magical journey.

Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse, is the first of the incarnations of immortality series. I'm HAPPILY reporting eight books, because I only read five of them Grin WOOT!!

Some other good faves:

A Brave New World
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Catcher in the Rye

For a while, I devoured Jackie Collins novels, but they are like Hallmark movies, just change the title character and the job they do, same plot and storyline.

And who didn't go thru the 80s reading The Thornbirds? *or get hot flashes watching it with Richard Chamberlain when it went miniseries on TV*

**thinking...**


yes! Piers Anthony, When I was into my fantasy sci-fi groove I read a whole bunch of his stuff but the first one was my favorite and now I can't remember the title, but something about a tapestry and a jumping spider... Idea


I'd bet it was "With a Tangled Skein"

This is a list of the books in that series:
On a Pale Horse (1983)
Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
With a Tangled Skein (1985)
Wielding a Red Sword (1986)
Being a Green Mother (1987)
For Love of Evil (1988)
And Eternity (1990)
Under a Velvet Cloak (2007)


I read On a Pale Horse
and With a Tangled Skein

I looked it up earlier because it was bugging me and it was Castle Roogna. that was the first one I ever read and still my favorite.

my daughter has probably read them all. Laughing
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 8:53:17 PM
sara gruen - water for elephants
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 4:49:22 AM
Array Stores wrote:
Colorwash wrote:

Array, we're a couple of pathetic sisters! "Dune," for sure. I suggest that, if you've never read any of her books, try Sheri S. Tepper. They're a blend of sci-fi and fantasy that can suck you in. My favorite is "The Gate to Women's Country" but I never read anything by her I didn't love. She also wrote under a few pseudonyms, Olyphant being one of them, which she used for mysteries.
I've often thought we had a lot in common Colorwash...similar viewpoints and sense of humor. In fact I sometimes don't bother with replies because you've already said what I think only you've said it better than I could have...lol. Sorry to hear we also share afflictions!

This is an awesome thread...given me so many new authors to check out and S. Tepper will be on that list for sure.Smile

I hope your sense of humor hasn't gotten you into trouble the way mine periodically has. :-)

Marcia S: Looking up Sara Gruen... Found her, then found "Water for Elephants," and added it to my library's list of books to read. My list groweth!

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:27:07 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
RGebbiePhoto wrote:
Everyone has read or seen The Wizard of Oz. But there are 15 books in the series, each waiting to take you on a magical journey.

Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse, is the first of the incarnations of immortality series. I'm HAPPILY reporting eight books, because I only read five of them Grin WOOT!!

Some other good faves:

A Brave New World
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Catcher in the Rye

For a while, I devoured Jackie Collins novels, but they are like Hallmark movies, just change the title character and the job they do, same plot and storyline.

And who didn't go thru the 80s reading The Thornbirds? *or get hot flashes watching it with Richard Chamberlain when it went miniseries on TV*

**thinking...**


yes! Piers Anthony, When I was into my fantasy sci-fi groove I read a whole bunch of his stuff but the first one was my favorite and now I can't remember the title, but something about a tapestry and a jumping spider... Idea


As a self confessed bibliophile, now y'all are speaking my language. LOL

Piers Anthony is also one of my favorites, though I favored his Adept series over Xanth and IOI. I loved the mix of tech and magic in the Adept series.
Also, his brother Mark has a series that I really enjoyed. It's called The Last Rune. It was very involving. I devoured them.

Joan D. Vinge is another great author. The Summer Queen series is good, and the Cat books got me through my teens.

The Dragon Prince and Star Scroll books by Melanie Rawn were very good as well.

I also enjoy a good classic murder mystery. Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen are my personal favorites in that genre.

I have a not so secret love of cheesy paranormal romances as well. Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton, Carole Nelson Douglas,and Yasmine Galenorn just to name a few.

I could go on and on. Books are my weakness. Happy
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