Books you really enjoyed.

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  1. Punki
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    I love books, both the paper kind and the audio kind. They keep me company and make me very happy.

    Tonight I finished the audio version of "Seen It All and Done the Rest" by Pearl Cleage. It took me a little more than a disk to get into it, but I ended up loving it and highly recommend it.

    Thumbs up! :)
     
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    I am a lover of books as well, both the paper kind and the electronic versions as well. I recently finished "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller and "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell.
     
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    Just finished two books that I really enjoyed:
    "At Home: a Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson
    "Lost City of Z: a Deadly Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann
     
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    I love to read, print or e-reader as well.

    One of my favorite books of all time, which is actually out of print but you can find it used if you search, is Worldwalk by Steven R. Newman. I read it in my early twenties and started my wanderlust.
     
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    I just finished reading

    Highest Duty - My Search for What Really Matters by Capt Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger,

    Great read, think US1549 that landed in the Hudson River, the book doesn't cover just the landing.

    My current milepoint signature is from the book.
     
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    I find most of the current favorites shallow and pointless. Won't mention titles because they are dearly loved by others.

    That said, I will recommend "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. Despite the subject, the title reflects the name of the street where the family lived. "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." And so begins Middlesex, the mesmerizing saga of a near-mythic Greek American family and the "roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time."

    Oddly, I also enjoyed Nicole Mones' "The Last Chinese Chef" a FT Women's book club suggestion that resulted in a FT dinner in San Francisco. Her previous novel "Lost in Translation" was produced as a movie by Sophia Coppola who also produced "The Virgin Suicides" based on the novel of the same name by, guess who, Jeffrey Eugenides. (see above).

    What goes around comes around or something. Two really good reads.
     
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    Last night I finished "Safer" by Sean White. Nice little mystery.
     
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    Two of my all time favorites are Tai-Pan and Noble House by James Clavell.
     
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    I have over a thousand books in the library room, mostly sci-fi. Thank God I got a Kindle last fall! :D :D :D

    If you've never read The Forge of God by Greg Bear, you're missing out on a wonderful expression of life's quality, wonder and fragility.
     
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    Anything by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Stephen Coonts, Dale Brown, Lee Child and I'm currently playing catch-up with a certain character series by David Hagberg.
     
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    It sounds exactly like my list! I also like Ted Bell, Larry Bond, Patrick Robinson, James Huston and Nelson DeMille!
     
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    Damn, how could I forget Nelson DeMille. Especially the John Corey series.
     
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    Robert B. Parker (RIP) - Painted Ladies - I really admire his compact, unflowery style and his dialog. Elmore Leonard is my favorite for dialog, though.
     
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    Thomas Perry, especially the Jane Whitefield books.
    Ditto to Lee Child.
    Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton
     
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    Favorite, hands down, Cat's Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut.

    Also a big fan of Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (which is the source of my handle / screen name / what have you).
     
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    To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that reads well no matter what. Also A Tale of Two Cities. Love the Dirk Pitt books by Clive Cussler.
     
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    The Masters of Bow Street by John Creasey. A fictional account of the founding of Scotland Yard.

    For those interested, there is a great website, www.paperbackswap.com, where you can exchange books when you are finished with them. The gist is that someone requests a book from you, you mail it to them, and you receive a point (2-points for audio books.) You can then use that point as currency to request books from others. Don't let the name fool you... it is not just paper-backs, but also hard-backs and audio books.

    If you think it may be something that would interest you, I can send you a referral that will get you some bonus points. (I'll have to hunt up the details because Mrs. misman referred me!)
     
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    Dean Koontz is my favorite author of all time, but love Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, J.D. Robb In Death series, etc. Dean's new Frankenstein series is amazing.
     
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    BTW, Punki... did you mean to spell reallly with the extra 'L'... as in REALLLLLLLY like?
     
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    Really like J.D. Robb. Another good author is Ann Rivers Siddons. Her books have strong female central characters. And there is always Sherlock Holmes.
     
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    I love the characters in the Death series. Dallas, Roarke, Peabody....
     
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    Most anything by David Morrell, Jeffrey Archer or Ken Follett. If you're into vintage aircraft, definitely read Follett's "Night Over Water" if you haven't aleready.

    If you want a real tear-jerker, read "Same Kind of Different as Me". It's a one-sitting book that will restore your faith in mankind.

    Recently re-read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and thorougly enjoyed it (although it's probably more chick-lit).
     
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    I enjoy Ken Follet. I will check out that book.
     
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    If the book is any good, you can find me sitting on the couch all day reading it. I wont sleep until I'm done. There been many nights where I didnt get any sleep at all and had to work next morning. I love books, but really good books are rare.
     
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    I happen to love just about anything by Christopher Buckley
     
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