Your favorite novels? 3 pages: 1 [2] 3
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:51:24 AM
Tabz, I'm a total sucker for cheesy paranormal romances! You've managed to make my list even longer with that plus a few other things you mentioned.

Marcia S, I was about to download "Water for the Elephants" when my eyes slid to another of her books, "Ape House," and I downloaded that instead. I'm already totally involved. Excellent writer and will likely read my way through her list.

We're all going to read ourselves blind.
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:57:27 AM
I leapt out of bed--well, crawled out of bed--when I remembered having recently read that the number of people reading books rose from 2002 to 2007 and then the number plummeted. Huh? I mentioned this to my son, and without an intervening beat, he said, "The iPhone." My response was unprintable.

All my life, I've consistently hated all phones, no matter how smart or dumb, and this includes the dial phones in my childhood. They interrupt life. At about the same time as reading books began to decline, my own reading statistics rose in reaction to TV's increasingly insipid shows.

Okay, got that out of my system. I'm going back to bed where the heating pad and my Kindle wait patiently.
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:06:49 AM
Colorwash wrote:

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

I've seen bits when Dish satellite had free previews featuring HBO and can see why people would watch it....though as a basic subsciber I'm not used to all the nudity.....but the books...since I like books better than TV....I just couldn't deal with.

d
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:35:47 AM
I just now checked "Game of Thrones" to see where it originated, and it appears to be from a book series by George R. R. Martin, the first of which had that title. I'm not sure it's up my viewing alley, though I might take a look at the books.
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:16:48 PM
CW, if you liked Watership Down you might like a book I read some time ago called "The Plague Dogs" by Richard Adams.

Written about two lost roaming dogs and their encounters with humans in a experimental laboratory. Written from the dogs point of view. It was interesting, sad, bittersweet and infuriating all at once. If you don't like books that shake you up though, don't read it. Obviously it left a mark on me.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:27:23 PM
I tried reading "Plague Dogs" and ended up not being able to. I love Adams' writing, but it upset me, which you obviously understand.

Mentioning Adams' suddenly reminded me of a book of his I loved called "Maia."

I'm currently here and not in bed because I suddenly remembered two cat books for the cat people out there:

"The Autobiogrpahy of Foudini M. Cat" by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, which I passed on to someone else who passed it on again and may still traveling the globe.

"The Fur Person" by May Sarton, which I couldn't pass on in the usual way because I lost it. However, I found the Kindle version on Amazon and sent it to a friend who was in the hospital. A good alternative to hospital interruptions.
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 4:19:47 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I tried reading "Plague Dogs" and ended up not being able to. I love Adams' writing, but it upset me, which you obviously understand.

Mentioning Adams' suddenly reminded me of a book of his I loved called "Maia."

I'm currently here and not in bed because I suddenly remembered two cat books for the cat people out there:

"The Autobiogrpahy of Foudini M. Cat" by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, which I passed on to someone else who passed it on again and may still traveling the globe.

"The Fur Person" by May Sarton, which I couldn't pass on in the usual way because I lost it. However, I found the Kindle version on Amazon and sent it to a friend who was in the hospital. A good alternative to hospital interruptions.


you wouldn't have liked the end either then... I will not spoil it for anyone that might be planning on reading it though. For some odd reason I could not put it down even though it was upsetting me.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 4:49:54 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I just now checked "Game of Thrones" to see where it originated, and it appears to be from a book series by George R. R. Martin, the first of which had that title. I'm not sure it's up my viewing alley, though I might take a look at the books.


Don't. I made it through the 1st 3 and should of quit sooner. I just wondered if it was just me.

d
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:45:33 PM
some great suggestions here - but who will man my z shop if i am reading!
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 3:51:21 AM
marcia s. wrote:
some great suggestions here - but who will man my z shop if i am reading!

Zazzle will. Go read a book. LOL
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:57:51 AM
Did you ever read something in a novel that dumped you right out of the book? I'm currently reading "Dark Witch" by Nora Roberts, the first part taking place in Ireland in 1263 when the main character speaks a couple times of boiling potatoes. Um, nope, not possible. Potatoes are originally native to South America and appeared nowhere else until sometime in the 1700's. I'm forgiving Roberts because it's probably an easy mistake to make and because the book is excellent.

But leave out the potatoes, Nora! LOL
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 1:49:49 PM
my book club is (re)reading 1984. so far i am not enthralled - if it wasn't a book club read, i would have put it down after the first few pages.

- marcia s.
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 1:51:11 PM
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Marcia S, I was about to download "Water for the Elephants" when my eyes slid to another of her books, "Ape House," and I downloaded that instead. I'm already totally involved. Excellent writer and will likely read my way through her list.


haven't read the apes, but don't miss water for elephants...

- m
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 2:39:19 PM
I read 1984 back when I was under the thumb of academics. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have because I don't generally care for that kind of book.

Apes was good for me, not only because of the bonobos in it--fascinating--but because the writing didn't slow down from the first page to the last.
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 2:48:57 PM
I agree with reading Water For Elephants. Really good book. I am rereading The Wizard of Oz books. I really enjoy those. Should only be around a dollar for all of the books on Kindle or Nook. If you like The Wizard of Oz, you might also enjoy the Wicked series by Gregory Maguire. I've read that series 3 times already. I also like these books: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb and Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts.
Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 5:13:12 AM
Jdspenguins, Water For Elephants is in my to-be-read list at the library. I'll have to look at the others you've mentioned. As for paying for the books? Have Kindle/Have Library/Spend Nothing, which is good for readers and not so good for writers.

ArtAttic, Watership Down is one of my all-time favorites!

TabZ alert!!! Have I recommended books by M.J. Rose yet? If not, I'm doing so now, these in particular only because I haven't read her others. Listed in order of publication, and reading that way is suggested though not necessary:

Reincarnation Series
The Reincarnationist
The Memorist
The Hypnotist
The Book of Lost Fragrances
Seduction
Collector of Dying Breaths

Daughters Of La Lune (history and witchery stirred together))
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
The Secret Language of Stones
The Library of Light and Shadow

There are occasional flaws in her writing, but they're utterly forgivable because her stories suck you right in almost instantly.

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 7:13:42 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Jdspenguins, Water For Elephants is in my to-be-read list at the library. I'll have to look at the others you've mentioned. As for paying for the books? Have Kindle/Have Library/Spend Nothing, which is good for readers and not so good for writers.

ArtAttic, Watership Down is one of my all-time favorites!

TabZ alert!!! Have I recommended books by M.J. Rose yet? If not, I'm doing so now, these in particular only because I haven't read her others. Listed in order of publication, and reading that way is suggested though not necessary:

Reincarnation Series
The Reincarnationist
The Memorist
The Hypnotist
The Book of Lost Fragrances
Seduction
Collector of Dying Breaths

Daughters Of La Lune (history and witchery stirred together))
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
The Secret Language of Stones
The Library of Light and Shadow

There are occasional flaws in her writing, but they're utterly forgivable because her stories suck you right in almost instantly.



I've added them to my want list on Goodreads. If you don't have an account there, I highly suggest it. It's a great place to find new books Happy

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15052923.Tabz_Jones
Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 2:23:01 PM
Tabz Jones wrote:
I've added them to my want list on Goodreads. If you don't have an account there, I highly suggest it. It's a great place to find new books Happy

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15052923.Tabz_Jones

I have an account there but don't usually sign in because I find books I want to read there, then search for them on my library's site, add them to my list of books to read, and download three at a time. It's this pig's mud. LOL
Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2019 6:15:20 PM
Pawn of Prophecy by David Edding was my first given to my by grandad, the first that lead to a list of books.

Best saga was Wheel of Time, sad Jordon died before finishing it off, the substitute author that finished it was couldnt get the characters right.

Now I listen to audio books more often than I read. Trying to avoid the headaches that comes with reading, I have an tendance of getting lost in books for to many hours.

Tales of the Dying Earth has a great narration, but couldnt stand reading it. The Foundation was the complete opposite hated the audio but enjoyed the book. Odd the way the mind precives things.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:53:08 AM
Last night, I finished "A Dog's Purpose" by Bruce Cameron, a book I never intended to read because it isn't my usual type of book. And then after a reading a bit of it, I thought I'd probably quit, but somehow I didn't, and then eventually I couldn't quit it. I read it all the way through in spite of myself, and I recommend it even if, like me, you're a cat person.
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 9:36:39 PM
This is how I choose novels to read. I walk down the fiction aisle at the library, stick my hand out, and pluck a book from the shelf. Without looking at it, I check it out.
When I get home, I find out what I'll either be reading or returning to the library, unread, the next day.
It's a system that makes no sense, but it entertains me to do it. And it's free entertainment! Laughing
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 4:02:04 AM
Belle Glen Studio wrote:
This is how I choose novels to read. I walk down the fiction aisle at the library, stick my hand out, and pluck a book from the shelf. Without looking at it, I check it out.
When I get home, I find out what I'll either be reading or returning to the library, unread, the next day.
It's a system that makes no sense, but it entertains me to do it. And it's free entertainment! Laughing

My method with Kindle books is to look at the cover art, which says something about the story. Three books end up being downloaded, and so far, I'll get at least one good read out of the three.

Right now, however, I'm picking up recommendations from this thread to add to my saved list and will continue to do so because it's been fruitful. I can't look back far enough at the moment to discover who recommended Nora Roberts, but thank you! I'll check as soon as I post this.

Huh? I read through the entire thread twice and didn't spot anyone recommending Nora Roberts. Was it deleted? Did it just float into my head in a drug dream caused by Tylenol?

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:11:50 AM
I mentioned Nora Lofts, Maybe your subconscious changed her last name to Roberts...

if you got a good read out it that is cool.

I think my Mother in law reads stuff by her.
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:53:44 AM
Oh for goodness sake. Of course! It's Nora Lofts! I'm on my second book of hers, and thank you for both the recommendation and correction, the latter being important if I want to find more of her books. LOL

EDIT: Nope, it's Nora Roberts and her rip-roaring paranormal/witchy books. Could I have found her on my own?
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:46:54 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Oh for goodness sake. Of course! It's Nora Lofts! I'm on my second book of hers, and thank you for both the recommendation and correction, the latter being important if I want to find more of her books. LOL

EDIT: Nope, it's Nora Roberts and her rip-roaring paranormal/witchy books. Could I have found her on my own?


Sounds like something Tabz or Lori would have recommended.
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:16:06 PM
I checked them because I thought the same thing, but they didn't either. I must have searched "witch" on Goodreads.com and Nora Roberts popped up.

If you're listening, Tabz, check her out. Not all her (vast number of) novels are paranormal, but there are enough of them to please.
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:39:27 AM
Colorwash wrote:
I checked them because I thought the same thing, but they didn't either. I must have searched "witch" on Goodreads.com and Nora Roberts popped up.

If you're listening, Tabz, check her out. Not all her (vast number of) novels are paranormal, but there are enough of them to please.


I've heard her name, but I don't think I've read any of hers yet.

If you enjoy the more comedic side of PR, I suggest Nina Bangs. That woman is hilarious.Happy
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:44:48 AM
Tabz Jones wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
I checked them because I thought the same thing, but they didn't either. I must have searched "witch" on Goodreads.com and Nora Roberts popped up.

If you're listening, Tabz, check her out. Not all her (vast number of) novels are paranormal, but there are enough of them to please.


I've heard her name, but I don't think I've read any of hers yet.

If you enjoy the more comedic side of PR, I suggest Nina Bangs. That woman is hilarious.Happy

Doing a mini-research journey on her, I landed at GoodReads where she writes about her (non)journey into writing. She had me hooked without having ever read anything she's written other than that. A new addition to my list. Thank you!
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 12:52:16 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Oh for goodness sake. Of course! It's Nora Lofts! I'm on my second book of hers, and thank you for both the recommendation and correction, the latter being important if I want to find more of her books. LOL

EDIT: Nope, it's Nora Roberts and her rip-roaring paranormal/witchy books. Could I have found her on my own?


She also writes a semi science fiction New York detective series. I'd read several Roberts novels and wasn't impressed (have to try the witchy ones) but I do like the JD Robb series.

I have a severe love/hate relationship with Justin Cronin's trilogy The Passage, The Twelve and City of Mirrors. I've re-read them several times.....and if you have watched the TV version.....totally different. In fact the only thing I've liked in both book and screen version are David Brin's The Postman and the movie with Kevin Costner. Only somewhat superficially similar but actually liked both.

d
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 1:37:20 PM
The book I'm reading by Roberts right now is so-so, but she's nevertheless a good writer, so I'll add her pseudonym to my list. Thank you! (Pseudonyms drive me nuts.)
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