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  • I need (book) suggestions, please

    Please help cure upcoming bordome....
    my laptop is dying a rapid death and needs to be send back while still under warrenty, unfortunatly that means no computer time for me (pout) or at least very limited time (on hubbys computer)...
    because of a rather complicated work situation I end up with aprox 2 hrs evey afternoon where I have nothing to do, and can not leave my spot (hence all my micechat time )
    so I have decided before I send in my computer I need new books (and a lot of them!) I will probably be computerless for a couple weeks
    I was checking on Amazon and have a few books in my cart including:
    DisneyWar
    How to be like Walt
    (has anyone read those, are they any good?)
    at home I also have Ya-Ya's in Bloom (I love Rebecca Wells books)
    that I am waiting to start.

    some of my favorites to give you an idea of my taste I have read all Stephen King, Rebecca Wells (Ya-Ya books), Bridget Jones diary, Dan Brown books (Da Vinci code and Angels & Demons) The Nanny diaries
    just to name a few, so I like all types of books

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me, think fun, I think the 2 Disney books are enough for me on a biography note (at least for this shopping trip)
    I am hoping for fun girly (but not romance novel) silly, heartwarming, you really feel like you know the charactor type books...Did that make sense?

    Thanks for your help
    -Tink
    procrastibating

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    My fav book ever is Rebecca by Daphne Demaurier. It is SO GOOD. I have gotten a lot of people to read it and everyone of them loved it. Romance, mystery, suspense all rolled up into one!!!!!

    It is definitely one where you feel like you know the characters and it gets you emotionally invested. Try it- I guarantee you'll love it!!!!!
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    • #3
      I think I may have read that one.....:scratching head:
      it seems like i did, but I cant remember...hmmm may have to read it (again?)
      procrastibating

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      • #4
        I :love: anything by Robin McKinley! She write really engaging fantasy novels about strong female characters. She has written adaptations of Beauty and the Beast and Robin Hood that are OUTSTANDING! Her Sleeping Beauty adaptation is really good as well. I can't say enough about her. A great novel of hers to start out with is "The Blue Sword" and its' prequel "The Hero and the Crown" I have read both hundreds of times- they are not too long and really engaging.
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        • #5
          DisneyWar is a great read. I couldn't put it down.
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          • #6
            Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series are great fun. Sue Grafton has a new one out since last fall. I just finished a silent screen bio on Clara Bow that was one of the best movie bios I've ever read and really gives you a feel for early Hollywood and a truly tragic life. And if you've never read it...A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
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            • #7
              The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn. Very cute story.

              Have you read the other two Dan Brown Books? You could always get the illustrated version of Da Vinci Code. I can't wait to read it that way.

              I loved A Year in Provence. I know there is at least one more in that series.

              What about A Series of Unfortunate Events?

              Or you could always read Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

              (Have you read the Dark Tower series?)
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              • #8
                Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy trillogy..... (all 4 books and one short story...)
                by Douglas Adams

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                • #9
                  WOW! you guys are great, I knew you would help, these sound great!....keep the ideas coming please I will ahve a great deal of time to use "productivly"

                  Originally posted by mamabot

                  Have you read the other two Dan Brown Books? You could always get the illustrated version of Da Vinci Code. I can't wait to read it that way.
                  I had just written them down in my 'notes to remember, I forget the titles but his books are fun and I will be looking for them this weekend.

                  and thans for all the suggestions I will look into them all...


                  (Have you read the Dark Tower series?)
                  Yes I did, but they were the only SK books I didn't like as much, I just couldn't get into them, though I may give them another shot this summer.

                  again everyone thank you for your suggestions...Keep going...
                  I will be spending a fortune at the book store this weekend I think....but I love to have a long list of suggestions to select from...

                  you guys are great
                  procrastibating

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                  • #10
                    The Last Juror by John Grisham

                    Those Who Trespass (novel) by Bill O'Reilly

                    The DaVinci Code by Dan ???

                    I have read the top two and they are wonderful. I am now just starting the last one and SO far I really like it

                    Hope that helps you out!
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                    • #11
                      May I recommend....

                      A rather obscure book called Handling Sin by Micheal Malone. One of the funniest things I've read in a long, long time.

                      For historical fiction (such an oxymoron but I love it) try Gary Jennings. He's written books on the Aztecs, Marco Polo, and one about a 19th century Circus (Spangle).

                      A Very good horror writer is Clive Barker. I highly recommend Weaveworld or Everville.

                      Peter Straub and Steven King wrote "The Talisman", and the sequel "Black House". If you've not read those, they're good. It's actually very difficult to tell where one writer leaves off and the other takes up.

                      How about the Harry Potter books? I've read them all and they are a good read. In fact, there's a new one due out on July 16. Yeah, I know, kid stuff, but it's well written kid stuff. Speaking of well written kid stuff, don't overlook the Narnia Chronicles. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is coming out from Disney studios on Dec. 9. I'm quite looking forwards to it.

                      I could go on and on (and on) but those are all good fun reads.

                      p.s. for Literary Junk food I like Olivia Goldsmith (The First Wives Club) and Dick Francis (english who-done-it's that are mostly horseracing oriented)

                      Happy reading!


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                      • #12
                        "Girly" type books:
                        Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (heck, the book's even pink!) She also writes Confessions of a Shopaholic.
                        I Love Everyone and Other Atrocious Lies...can't remember the author but this one had me laughing out loud!
                        Both are fun reads.
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                        • #13
                          For a fun quick read you can't be Series of Unfortunate Events. What a great great series. They are wonderful. In fact in your 2 hour time slot you could probably read one a day

                          I also love James Patterson, not one in particular just all of them. :o

                          And for raunchy stuff Jackie Collins, I know I know, but I just love it.



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                          • #14
                            Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore is a very funny novel...It has a comical view of Christianity in general, without being disrespectful of the religion itself.

                            Also:
                            Harry Potter Series
                            The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
                            Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
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                            • #15
                              I have a really easy read, fun book you might enjoy. It is a very teen girly book. It is called "Girl, 15, Charming but Insane" by Sue Limb
                              It is a really funny book, I recommend it.



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                              • #16
                                "How to be Like Walt" is an excellent Self Help book. I enjoyed it. It was very eduactional, in it gave a round about way an idea of how Walt thought and acted in some of the toughest situations in his life. I never realized how tough it was for Walt Disney to lose his parents the way he did. Check it out with an open mind and enjoy the idea of "plussing" Great book!
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                                • #17
                                  Oh you guys are fantastic! This is great, I meant to get to the bookstore today but well life got in the way and we didn't make it so I have to go tommorow and now I can't wait...such a wonderful list to look through, I will look at all of them and pick a few from them, thank you all....You guys Rock!
                                  procrastibating

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                                  • #18
                                    Do you like fantasy?

                                    If so, I would recommend the Deaths Gate series and the Dragonlance Chronicles series by Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

                                    If you need more, I can go on for while.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by dramaqueen
                                      I :love: anything by Robin McKinley! She write really engaging fantasy novels about strong female characters. She has written adaptations of Beauty and the Beast and Robin Hood that are OUTSTANDING! Her Sleeping Beauty adaptation is really good as well. I can't say enough about her. A great novel of hers to start out with is "The Blue Sword" and its' prequel "The Hero and the Crown" I have read both hundreds of times- they are not too long and really engaging.
                                      I was about to recommend McKinley! "Beauty" is one of my favorite novels, and is sitting next to me at the moment.
                                      Another amazing female novelist that I recently discovered is Tracy Chevalier. She writes beautiful and enthralling historical fiction. My favorite of her four novels is "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (you might have heard of the movie that was based on it).
                                      I never get tired of threads like these, I can always use more books to read...

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                                      • #20
                                        Ok I just got back from the Borders armed with a long list of suggestions (thank you all) I did get a couple off the list
                                        Can you keep a secret? (thanks Jenn)
                                        Deception point - Dan Brown (thanks mamabot)
                                        and Borders had a sale 3 for 2 off of one table so I scoured that (hey when you need to buy a bunch a once....the library by my house is pittiful)
                                        so I got
                                        The Right Address (that was on my original list)
                                        Angry housewives (yeah, well)
                                        The Second assistant
                                        I had Ya-Ya's in Bloom
                                        at home waiting for me
                                        and I was about to get Disneywar but after a quick call to mom...I'll borrow it when she is done.

                                        6 at home ready and waiting, that should keep me busy for a little while...now I just have to wait I can't start them until I send the laptop in for repair (prob. this week)

                                        When I finish those I will head back to the book store for more from your recommedations (that's all the bank acct. would allow right now.)
                                        procrastibating

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