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Also just remembered that I meant to start reading the Discworld series. Tried starting the Foundation series by Asimov, but the library didn't have any, and the three I have are out of order.


I love Discworld! I have no idea how long it would take you to read them all, but I'm guessing a good long time. I recommend also Terry Pratchett's trilogy of Truckers, Diggers and Wings too though for sure.

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i want to read some good southern fiction, any suggestions? (please do not suggest cold sassy tree or stuff along the lines of dorthea benton frank)

i swooned for robert f hasting's '3 grapes and a cold biscuit' and 'back when mary alice was a blonde.' love the story he told and his writing style. he's sorta like a less sunshine & rainbows version of fannie flagg. i like fannie flagg too.

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Just finished Jeffery Deaver's XO (predictable but good). Now reading Ian Rankin's last Rebus book, which I am loving so far.

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Bookwormbethie, if you've never read them, Carson McCullers (eg "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter") and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" are well worth seeking out.


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i want to read some good southern fiction, any suggestions? (please do not suggest cold sassy tree or stuff along the lines of dorthea benton frank)

i swooned for robert f hasting's '3 grapes and a cold biscuit' and 'back when mary alice was a blonde.' love the story he told and his writing style. he's sorta like a less sunshine & rainbows version of fannie flagg. i like fannie flagg too.
Presumably you've hit the classic stuff like Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, etc.?

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For all of you YA lovers you must read Hourglass and Timepiece by Myra McEntire. I'm almost done with Timepiece and now I'm frustrated because the third book in the series doesn't come out until the end of the summer. They are so good!

After this I have to go back to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Started it a few months ago but didn't get very far.

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Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. It's something I've had for a while and never picked up. I'm excited to go to the library this week though!

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Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. It's something I've had for a while and never picked up. I'm excited to go to the library this week though!

That sounds like a good read. I might have to see if my library has it!

I've been working on two - one fiction: Violent Stars, by Phyllis Gottlieb, and one nonfiction: Uncommon Grounds (about coffee). Just finished Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson. It was quite entertaining. I liked it a lot.

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bookwormbethie wrote:
i want to read some good southern fiction, any suggestions? (please do not suggest cold sassy tree or stuff along the lines of dorthea benton frank)

i swooned for robert f hasting's '3 grapes and a cold biscuit' and 'back when mary alice was a blonde.' love the story he told and his writing style. he's sorta like a less sunshine & rainbows version of fannie flagg. i like fannie flagg too.



I suggest Reynolds Price who I think is just terrific. Perfectly formed sentences!

His 1st book 'A Long and Happy Life' (1962) is a good place to start. 'Kate Vaiden' (1986) is also
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Bookwormbethie, if you've never read them, Carson McCullers (eg "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter") and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" are well worth seeking out.


thank you, i think i might give mccullers' short story collection a try!

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I'm reading the Richard Burton diaries, am about a hundred pages in. Charming so far! I love the man, I really get the magnetism of him as a person just from reading his diary. Elizabeth Taylor also writes in his diary occasionally, which I think is pretty cute. She comments on stuff he's written (if he complains she was in a bad mood for example and they fought, she'll write "look who's talking!") and then other really sweet stuff about what they did and how she loves him--she writes only very occasionally but her presence is there. It's not as if he never says anything bad about anyone else, but what jumps out at me about him is that he's a kind man through and through. Adores his wife, loves the kids. Reports on all the stuff they do together. At one point, he says how much he loves Liz because she "enjoys everything". Last entry I read, he and Liz canceled a costuming meeting with Franco Zeffirelli (sp?) on their movie Taming of the Shrew because they'd promised the kids they'd go to see the annual spring garden at the Spanish Steps. Really enjoying the book so far.

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annak wrote:
Bookwormbethie, if you've never read them, Carson McCullers (eg "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter") and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" are well worth seeking out.



I second All the King's Men! I remember hating it in school but I re-read it a couple years ago and loved it.


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Just finished Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson. It was quite entertaining. I liked it a lot.

Spin was pretty cool wasn't it? Never read the rest of the series, though. I remember reading Baxter's Ring and Egan's Distress at approximately the same time...


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crud i was doing clicking on amazon and now can't find the book i want to buy :( something about a little girl, her 6 year old cousin, and the nanny sitting around the table? beatrice? talking? maybe the girl was hoping she would go live with her brother and her fiance? maybe i'm mixing up 2 different book summaries?! help!

found it.... 'member of the wedding'

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Hooked into Deaver now. I'm on the third one.

I didn't see the ending of Coffin Dancer coming. I had the villain figured early on, but not the twist.

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crud i was doing clicking on amazon and now can't find the book i want to buy :( something about a little girl, her 6 year old cousin, and the nanny sitting around the table? beatrice? talking? maybe the girl was hoping she would go live with her brother and her fiance? maybe i'm mixing up 2 different book summaries?! help!

found it.... 'member of the wedding'


Glad you figured it out. i was reading the description and thinking Member of the Wedding!

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I have a couple of the Camilleri books on Kindle to read. Are you enjoying them?

I used to read Donna Leon; always enjoyed those.

I hate that I'm so behind on all the series that I used to read. I got out of the mystery reading habit for 3-4 years. There were ~20 series I followed closely. After I finish Deaver (new to me, but enjoying even if the books all follow the exact same formula. I'm on book 5, I think. Just finished Stone Monkey), I think I will catch up with Sandford.

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I'm reading Zadie Smith's N-W. Im enjoying it but I dislike the more "poetic" bits.

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I have a couple of the Camilleri books on Kindle to read. Are you enjoying them?

I used to read Donna Leon; always enjoyed those.

I hate that I'm so behind on all the series that I used to read. I got out of the mystery reading habit for 3-4 years. There were ~20 series I followed closely. After I finish Deaver (new to me, but enjoying even if the books all follow the exact same formula. I'm on book 5, I think. Just finished Stone Monkey), I think I will catch up with Sandford.


I am enjoying them ... also there are only about 15 in the series ... he is now in his mid 80s so may write more but ... I think the last one was written with someone else ... I will ignore that one ...
I like the comedy in them ... I have laughed out loud a few times mostly due to the crew of police he works with. I have about 20 Donna Leon but stopped buying them ...
I now tend to read mystery series written by those whose lives are over so no worry about the next book ... I love the Dorothy Sayers books and especially the Caudwell Hilary Tamar books ... alas only four as Caudwell has died ...

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/02/charmi ... -mysteries

nothing like the puzzle of a murder to assist in drifting off to sleep ...

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Now I'll read Solaris, after having heard about it here.

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Now I'll read Solaris, after having heard about it here.

Oooh, I love that book so much.


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Finished The Handmaid's Tale and it was great, as I expected.

Finished The Fault In Our Stars, which I thought I wouldn't like because I didn't know when I bought it that it was about 16 year old kids with terminal cancer and hey, that's depressing stuff, but I liked the writing voice. Gilmore Girls-esque. Like the Girlmore girls with cancer.

Now I'm reading A Game of Thrones. For someone who is only lukewarm about the show, this is a risk. A time consuming risk.

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