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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:37 PM
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I am on a Biography kick these days. The first was Rita Cosby's book about Anna Nicole ----- Now there's an eye opener

Next was OJ's book------ Same old thing, except he explained more details about how he killed them.

Next was Dog the Bounty Hunter----- Made me feel dirty somehow.

Usually I do murder mysteries for entertainment, but these all came out in a few weeks time, and I couldn't resist.

Today I am going back to what I like to read which is a good James Patterson.

What about you?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:58 PM
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Finished up the last Harry Potter book not too long ago.

Nothing is currently on my reading list, although....... I need to finish American Soilder by Gen Tommy Franks. I set it down awhile back and life got busy again... lol.

Which Patterson book are you reading Luanne?
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I, too, am a mystery fiend. I went to a used bookstore about 10 days ago and happened onto a stash of Robert Parker's Spenser books dating clear back to the early 70s. Some of them I had never even heard of. They also had all of Kathy Reich's books so I was able to pick up the ones I hadn't read. I've been having a real reading orgy and am nowhere near done.

Biography-wise, Sting's autobiography came out 2 or 3 years ago and my DD gave it to me for my b'day as he is my favorite. It was very good and very interesting. I always like insight into the creative mind.

And SARK always teaches me a lot about me.
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The latest I have is "You've Been Warned"

I have an interesting experience with the Tommy Franks book.

When it came out, I had it signed by him here on post. After I read it I sent it to Iraq for my husband to read. He then passed it around. The only condition was that who ever read it, had to also sign it. Before it was through, it had over 40 signatures. I now have it as a keep sake.
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I'm reading;
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
Any Plance I hang my hat by Susan Isaacs
1st to die, James Patterson
The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand
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Just finished the Zoo Keeper's Wife..have now started on "An Unbroken Agony" by Randall Robinson about the CIA's role in the overthrow of a duly elected President of Haiti
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I just finished reading "You Have Been Warned" by James Patterson. Before that, I read "Sweet Revenge," Diane Mott Davisons's new book. Now I'm back to reading Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz). Krentz (sp.) is a prolific writer, and the library has lots of her books.

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Recently finished:
Fresh Disasters Stuart Woods

6th TARGET James Patterson

Dexter in the Dark Jeff Lindsay

Don't Miss the Boat janet Go & Perry McGinnis

as always I shout from the rooftop, read A Trip to the Beach, by Melinda & Robert Blanchard
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For years, I've read Janet Dailey's books, right now I'm reading the latest Calder book, so far very good...
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I recently finished In Cold Blood, figured it was an American classic and I should finally read it. I imagine it was shocking when it came out as I think America wasn't as numb to that sort of stuff as we are now?
Also just finished Possible Side Effects, a collection of essays which was fun.
I'm also a big fan of biographies and history.
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Jeremiah & Lamentations. From Sorrow to Hope by Phillip Graham Ryken and R. Kent Hughes. Commentaries.
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Just finished the Zoo Keeper's Wife..have now started on "An Unbroken Agony" by Randall Robinson about the CIA's role in the overthrow of a duly elected President of Haiti
I'm reading it now....very good, so far.
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Just finished The 6th Target by James Patterson (his 6th in the Women's Murder Club series - starting on TV this week, I believe) ... the 7th due out next year. Also, read all of his Alex Cross series this summer. And, of course, the last Harry Potter book the weekend it came out. For you mystery lovers, would recommend Catherine Coulter who started out in paperback with romantic histories as did Karen Robards, Jude Devereaux and others who graduated to hardcover.
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I just finished Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential". It's been out a long time but I've just discovered him. and I am now reading "The Nasty Bits." If you have ever eaten or worked in the restaurant, especially high end you will love Kitchen Confidential. It's non-fiction and very accurate. Then again, you may never again eat out.

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Mike,
Having spent a few years inspecting kitchens for the health department Kitchen Confidential was a fun read. I swear that inspecting kitchens was the best diet aid ever! The worst was inspecting during the morning sickness phase of pregnancy....ugh.....glad that's over!
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I just finished Kitchen Confidential too, and enjoyed it immensely. It was lent to me by the restaurant critic of our local paper, who is a daycare parent.
She also lent me Chocolat, which I finished yesterday, that was a sensual (as in tasting and smelling) experience. These two books were a return favour for my having lent her An Embarrassment of Mangoes" by Ann Vanderhoof.
I plan to lend her "A Trip to the Beach" if my boss ever finishes reading it!

I love sharing books with others, and getting recommendations from others as well.
This week, no books, but I have magazines to catch up on!

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Cruznut, I just finished Catherine Coulter's Maze, on books on tape, I am waiting for another one of hers, from the library. I am listening to Barbara Parker now, another great mystery writer.

Mike Anthonty was interviewd by Leslie Stahl on Sunday Morning last week, Did you kow he just became a Father? I love his irreverence, he displays on his show, and he did not disapoint me Sunday:):)
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You know what I don't read much of anymore? Romance books. I use to love them, but found that life just wasn't like that.

In the book, the man would come home from work, and ravish the woman, with all his animalistic ways, as the wind gently blew his hair away from his cherry red lips.

Then Jim would come home with a six pack of beer, wearing his plaid shirt, and as he winked he would say, "You know it's almost Saturday, so you know what that means."

I decided murder mysteries were better. The man came home with his six pack of beer, and because it wasn't the wife's brand, she shot him.

Now that's what I am talking about.
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Very funny, Luanne!

I, too, am on a mystery trend, have been for a few years now. I just finished Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson and listening to the Ladies Murder Club mysteries by James Patterson. I can't wait for the tv show to come on - hope it's good.
I am now starting my way through the Alex Cross mysteries by James Patterson. The first one is Along Came A Spider. It's nice that there are a few in this series for me to catch up on. Most of the other series I've been reading, I'm all caught up on. (Can't these authors write a little faster, LOL)
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Three excellent books I recently read are:

"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen (very entertaining)
"The Kite Runner" by Hosseni
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Hosseini

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I am waiting for the next book in the Yada Yada series to come - I pre ordered it. I have mostly been reading magazines lately. I'm also reading the book I am using for a Bible Study with two different friends - Praying the Names of God - by Ann Spangler.
Not sure what I'll read while I wait for my new book to come. A quick glance at my book case just brought my eye to "Tea with Jane Austin" I think that my be what I dig into next or my Big Papi book written, with help, by David Ortiz - since I love the Sox!
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I recently have been deficient in my reading however I am ordering this book for my cruise next month:

Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Francis

The book I most recently finished:

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer

I like mysteries as you can see, but my reading does vary.
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OOH, OOH, Diane Mott Davidson has a new one! I was doing some library reserves today on the computer and trying to think of authors I haven't read lately. I'll have to go back and reserve that one. I like Joan Hess and have been catching up on her Claire Malloy series, since there hasn't been another hilarious Maggody book for a while.
I also have been reading Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron and have been catching up on the delightful Amanda Quick romances. I tend to go in streaks.
I'd like to recommend to mystery buffs, who also like humor, Sharon Short, a Dayton native. I love funny mysteries--Jill Churchill, Joan Hess, Janet Evanovich, and others, whose names escape me at the moment.
I also like Nevada Barr, Elizabeth George, Deborah Crombie, Francine Mathews, Jeffery Deaver, Katherine O'Connel, Katherine Hall Page, Carolyn Hart, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Lowell, Susan Wittig Albert and her pen name, Robin Paige. Well the list goes on. So many books, so little time! Just like cruises!
I always take several paperbacks on my cruises and sometimes have to take out a book from the ship library or buy one on board to get me home.
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I recently finished In Cold Blood, figured it was an American classic and I should finally read it. I imagine it was shocking when it came out as I think America wasn't as numb to that sort of stuff as we are now?
Also just finished Possible Side Effects, a collection of essays which was fun.
I'm also a big fan of biographies and history.
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angela - one of my favorites in the last few months has been, "Truman" by
david mccullough. you might enjoy it.
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Being between semesters, I was able to get one recreational book in. I read Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. Very interesting. Unfortunately, it only took me 9 hours to read 430 pages.

Future reading:

The Traitor by Steven Coonts
Takedown by Brad Thor
Act of Treason by Vince Flynn
Knights of the Black and White by Jack Whyte
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Wow, so many great suggestions, thanks guys.

I like to mix it up, romance, murder mystery, comedy, etc.
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All you female mystery fans MUST read the entire Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch! Laugh myself sick every time and have the TWO sexiest heros in detective fiction. First one is One For the Money and go up a number each time.

Of course, Dorothy Sayers is my all-time favorite.
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Luanne, based upon your comments, you may start wanting to read history non fiction books
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In that case, do you have a story of your life, I could read?
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nah it's much too boring for you..no romance
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