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Author Topic: Who are some of your favorite authors, and favorite book of all time  (Read 22395 times)
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GoingNUTZoverthis
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« on: March 26, 2008, 05:20:25 AM »

I just thought I would start a fun thread since things are dying down around here this wil give us something to chat about for a while.  I love to read when I have time, I usually read fiction and I prefer suspense/mystery.


Anne Rice- Vampire Chronicles and Witch series
John Sanford-  Prey series
Jeffery Deaver- Lincoln Rhymes series
James Patterson- Alex Cross series and women's murder club series
Sue Grafton- Kinsey Milhone series
Kate White, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark,Paricia Cornwell,Karin Slaughter, Janet Evanovich and many many more.

My favorite book though was My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult


http://www.jodipicoult.com/my-sisters-keeper.html





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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 07:21:25 AM »

ooooh good topic!

Regulars rereads:
  • Jane Austen - et al
  • J.R.R. Tolkien - The Silmarillion
  • The World Without Us - Alan Weisman  Grin

Flavor's of the month:
  • James Rollins - The Black Order was the best
  • Steve Berry - Currently reading The Venetian Betrayal

This two are the main ones I am looking for right now.

I can't wait to see what others post.  I am always looking for a good read.


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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 08:45:35 AM »

I read every day, so I will tell You all my favs in bit.
But My favorite book of all is -Swan Song. Now I have to find the author. It's just the best. I love books.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 08:58:17 AM »

I think my favorite books of all time were the James Herriot series,  All Creatures Great and Small and the others in his line.  I read these when I was younger and to this day still remember alot of them.

The others running a close second were the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Loved those!

Now that Im a wee bit older, just a tad mind you  Roll Eyes  I like my smut books by Danielle Steele.   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008, 09:00:36 AM »

I Love books!  Gotta go to the library at least once a week.  Our library district is really good.  I feel naked unless I've got 4 or more books laying around! Grin

It's too hard to pick just one favorite.  A couple that come to mind are  Cry of the Kalahari, by Mark and Delia Owens.  They are a couple who spent a year(? I think) in the Kalahari studying the lions.  The other one is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.  It was made into a movie, but the book was better!

Also laughed and cried when I read all of James Herriot's books.

I have less time to read books, now that I have Itchmo.   Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008, 09:10:40 AM »

I must have read Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf half a dozen times and I have the video as well as a book of illustrations by a Czech artist, Bradac.

Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" is about his early days as a writer in Paris. It's a series of short easy chapters, very well written, about the characters who were there at the time, like Gertrude Stein.

Last year, I read anything I could get my hands on about the Knights Templar, starting of course with the Da Vinci Code.

Animal books:

An interesting book from an animal's perspective was Timothy Findlay's Not Wanted on the Voyage about Noah's ark and told from the perspective of the cat, Mottyl.

Laika, an illustrated graphic novel about the first dog in space. Very sad, and very well done.

From Baghdad with Love, about the little Iraqi puppy who was rescued and brought to the US.

I'd guess Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe always have a special place.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 09:31:43 AM »

I love Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale".  I saw her interviewed by
Bill Moyers on PBS.  She said she never dreamed that our society could ever
actually move in the direction she imagined in her book, yet here we are.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008, 09:32:06 AM »

If I go back to my earlier years.........................one of my fav others was Judy Blume.

Forever and
Are You There God its Me Margret?

Beverly Clearey books Henry Higgins and Roma and Beezus
Mr Popper's Penguins  not sure of the author

And the first book I ever read when you had to bring one home to read to your parents was

Are You My Mother?  when the bird falls out of the nest.





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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008, 09:41:19 AM »

Oh, lots of good ones already mentioned - Herriot, Wilder, loved & read both sets of those lots of times.  Cry of the Kalahari was also very good, and exhausting & sad.  Atwood is always good.

Anne LaBastille's books about her life as a woodsmoman & ecologist have probably been the most influential books for me.  Her first 2 books chronical her move into the remote woods.  Then she wrote a book about her years in Guatamala trying to save a rare bird at Lake Atitlan, the war that drove her from her beloved lake, her friends, and the birds, & the aftermath.  All very good.

My stack from the library reflects my mindset these days - lots of books on self-sufficiency, food storage & food safety.  And a few tearjerkers from the pet section about wonderful dogs that changed their peoples' lives but I'm sure die in the end.  I don't know why I p ut myself through those.  I just finished 'The Dogs Who Came to Stay' for the second time a few weeks ago, then before that, the beautiful but heartbreaking 'Dog Years:  A Memoir' by Mark Doty.

I finally got 'World Without Us' from the library the other day Bridgett!  It's on audio CD - I didn't ask for that format, but that's good since I don't have as much time to read lately.  House cleaning will be fun today because I'll get to listen to that the whole time.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2008, 10:02:30 AM »

Everybody seems to read non-fiction but me,  it can not keep my attention.  I tend to like internet articles and magazines for that stuff. 

I did read a so called biography the other day ( I am reliving my hair band  glam band 80's days)

I read Nikki Sixx:  The Heroine Diaries.  (guy from Motley Crue)

I hate to say it but it was suggested to me by 2 different individuals and I was surprised I could not put it down.  All the proceeds go to a runaway boys home, that he has opened to help kids not end up like he did.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2008, 10:12:11 AM »

That reminds me, I've been going through a similar 'music' stage with audio books for my commute - Jim Morrison biography, autobiography of Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, now one about Laurel Canyon where all the hippies, musicians & artists lived.  I wasn't really looking for these, they just happened to be in the CD section & looked interesting. Strangely they are all interlinked.

I go through fiction stages too, but lately I guess I've been on a knowledge quest with all that is going on in the world.

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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2008, 10:37:08 AM »

petslave,

Laurel Canyon is also a movie, it is pretty good.

I was told to read Basketball Diaries, which is about Jim Carroll and I also was told Slash from G n'R has one out that is really good.  I have been recording Metal mania everyday on VH1 Classics and it is make me long for my younger years  *SIGH*  I originally started to watch for the Motley Crue videos Nikki Sixx talks about in his book that he was so messed up in he could barely stand?  Now that has turned into memory lane with Slaughter,Bon Jovi,Cinderalla, Skid Row, Poison, Def Leppard ETC..... and longing for a redo on life.  LOL   

I was convinced Bon Jovi was going to be my husband and my back up plan was Sebastian Bach from Skid Row.  Something went wrong with the plan.
 Huh

Skid Row is actually playing here in VA Friday night I would love to go, but probably won't.  Just saw Bon Jovi in Feb
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2008, 10:54:01 AM »

HAHAHA, GN, that's too funny, sounds like you're REALLY going down memory lane!  Your husband plans sound too familiar.  I had a few on my list like that, makes me wonder about my sanity now.  During one really bad phase, I used to prop Burton Cummings' album cover up on the table & moon over his picture while the record played.  But Alice Cooper??  Whoa, where was my brain back then?  I'll leave the many actors I adored off the list for now. 

I'll look for that Laurel Canyon movie.  I did go through some Morrison videos after listening to his biography.
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2008, 11:12:37 AM »

petslave,

So funny I literally use to get heart sick when Bon Jovi You Give Love a Bad Name, video would come on.  LOL  Those red panits he got from Earth wind and Fire rumage pile. 

Alice Cooper Poison is one of my all time fav songs.  Right now I am watching Rock of Love 2 on VHi trying to figure out if Brett Michaels is bald or not.  Do you know?
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2008, 11:17:18 AM »

I don't know about Brett Michaels, but Burton Cummings is sure getting that way!
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