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FunkiQuilter
December 11th, 2009, 02:49 PM
When I am not doing any of the demands of my house or my family, or if I'm not sewing, I like to read. I truly read alot of books! I thought it would be interesting to see what you like to read.

My interests are not in the romance department. This is usually the only department that I stay away from.

I have kids, so I read alot of childrens books and teen/preteen books. I like to read them before I let my kids read them because books are not rated like movies and TV shows. (I think they should be!) I want to know what is in them before I let my kids read them.
My oldest gets around that by asking her Nana (my mother) for the books. This is how she aquired the Twilight series of books. So she got to read them first. I am just ready to start the 4th book in that series. (Hey, I just started reading them on Sunday night when she brought them home from Nana's house, not when they came out like most people.)
I enjoyed the Harry Potter books. She was excited about that because we were at the book store parties at midnight waiting for the releases with her friends.
My oldest daughter would impress so many people by reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", including the dedication page, front to back by the age of two. What most people didn't know was that she was actually not reading it. She had the whole thing memorized. But she enjoyed impressing people just the same.

I like to get the crap scared out of me with a good book. You know the kind. The kind that you read in bed at night and find yourself in a personal dilemma. Anyone who has read a good horror story knows what I am talking about. The dilemma would be (to those who don't read such scary stories) the fact that you have to go to the bathroom. It seems like a very long walk down that hallway now, and it seems soooooo much scarier and darker then it really is. Do you wake your husband up to escort you? You want to. Even though you know he is going to laugh at you for such a "silly" idea and gripe about it. You would think this kind of book would be horrible to read, but this kind of book is my favorite.

I love a good mystery. I have a hard time finding a great one though. Usually I am too smart for my own good and I figure out the mystery too soon. I guess its good that I am really smart, but it sucks that I know the ending before it comes. The book just seems to drag out then.

Back to the smart thing. I read alot of educational stuff. I am always trying to fill my brain to full capacity. I am waiting for the Inspector Gadget like red flashing light and the warning sirens to start. I know what they will say. Emergency, Emergency! Put the book down! You have hit maximum storage capacity! Luckily (unlike my computer) the brain automatically deletes files that you no longer use, so there is a never ending capacity. (Trust me, mine would have exploded years ago!)

I also like true stories. How cool is it to know that the fairy tale ending of a book is really true? Somebody out there really did have that happy ending.

Ahhh..... fantasy. Running with vampires and slaying dragons. A unicorn standing in a beautiful forest. The spells and enchantments. Its easy to see why they are so much fun to read! They take you out of this world.

What do you like to read?

shell.scraps
December 11th, 2009, 03:37 PM
I belong to a book club that I started about 3 years ago. We read everything from non-fiction/biographical to sci-fi. Some have been out of the park super..and others..well not so much. Last month we read The Giver. Liked it right until the last 5 pages. I also just finished Under the Dome (Stephen King's new one) and it was okay...and long! I have to run right now...but I'll check back later and share some more of my recent reads...

debinmalaga
December 11th, 2009, 06:23 PM
My all time favorite still remains Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie is just so much fun that I re-read her as well.

Rosie
December 13th, 2009, 12:50 AM
If you have kids around 8-10 years old, I would strongly suggest Charlotte's Web. That is hands down, my favorite childrens' book. It was one of the first chapter books I ever read myself and I never wanted it to end. If you have really little kids, I love the book "Guess How much I love you." I'm buying vinyl lettering with a quote from that book to put on my daughter's wall.

By the way, my daughter loves the Very Hungry Caterpillar too and we found this puppet show on youtube. It's so cute! http://www.youtube.com/user/hagleyproductions#p/a/u/0/nKKdwGwOlK8

ginampls
December 14th, 2009, 12:35 PM
richard bach. every once in a while i pull it back out... to help me soar.
kid book " the giant jam sandwich."and the little mole in search of who dunnit."

Carmen
December 17th, 2009, 01:59 AM
I love the whole Harry Potter Series. My brother told me that I'd love it, but I seriously doubted it. I've never been heavily into the whole fantasy genre and have never been particularly intrigued by magic, witches and wizards. Boy was I wrong! I sat and read for weeks straight and finished them all. Now I'm sad that I'm all done!

I also enjoy a lot of non-fiction books. I love studying about nutrition, even though I'm not the best at applying everything I learn! :cry:

jrchapman
December 20th, 2009, 10:50 AM
richard bach. every once in a while i pull it back out... to help me soar.
kid book " the giant jam sandwich."and the little mole in search of who dunnit." I love the little mole in search of who dunnit! My mum bought it for my little niece and she makes us read it over and over again. Can't go wrong with a story about cute animals and poop.

sondray
December 21st, 2009, 12:37 AM
I love books by Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell, John Saul and Nora Roberts. I usually pop in an audio book while sewing.

FunkiQuilter
December 21st, 2009, 02:04 PM
If you have kids around 8-10 years old, I would strongly suggest Charlotte's Web. That is hands down, my favorite childrens' book. It was one of the first chapter books I ever read myself and I never wanted it to end. If you have really little kids, I love the book "Guess How much I love you." I'm buying vinyl lettering with a quote from that book to put on my daughter's wall.

By the way, my daughter loves the Very Hungry Caterpillar too and we found this puppet show on youtube. It's so cute! http://www.youtube.com/user/hagleyproductions#p/a/u/0/nKKdwGwOlK8

Have you seen "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt" yet?
http://www.andoverfabrics.com/QuiltDesi ... 0Quilt.pdf (http://www.andoverfabrics.com/QuiltDesigns/Hungry%20Caterpillar%20Quilt.pdf)
http://andoverfabrics.com/OurCatalog/Si ... aterpillar (http://andoverfabrics.com/OurCatalog/SingleGroup.asp?GroupName=The+Very+Hungry+Caterpil lar)

My daughter loves this quilt.

FunkiQuilter
December 21st, 2009, 02:08 PM
My all time favorite still remains Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie is just so much fun that I re-read her as well.

I just picked up the book Agatha Christine this week. I added it to the stack of books to read next pile. Man is that stack getting high!!! Thanks for the recommendation! :D

FunkiQuilter
December 21st, 2009, 02:17 PM
I love the whole Harry Potter Series. My brother told me that I'd love it, but I seriously doubted it. I've never been heavily into the whole fantasy genre and have never been particularly intrigued by magic, witches and wizards. Boy was I wrong! I sat and read for weeks straight and finished them all. Now I'm sad that I'm all done!

I also enjoy a lot of non-fiction books. I love studying about nutrition, even though I'm not the best at applying everything I learn! :cry:

I am not sad that I am all done. I reread them all the time. They are my number one rereads of all time. I am sad that it is over. I would like to see more to this story.

I love series books! You really become attached to the characters. I prefer to read series over single books, but I do read single books as well. I just usually find myself enjoying the series better.

Who is good at applying nutrition? Not many people. :oops: I can't stay out of that cookie exchange topic. :oops:

shell.scraps
December 21st, 2009, 03:02 PM
Here is my current (but ever evolving and growing) list of books to read:

Sarah's Key - Tatiana deRosnay
The Next Thing On My List - Jill Smolinski
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
Stil Alice - Lisa Genova
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Piccoult
The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb
The Whistling Season - Ivan Doig
America Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld
Physik Book Of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
Cold Rock River - J. L. Miles
The Last Lecture - Randy Pauch
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrel
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Good Harbor - Anita Diamant
Love Walked In - Marisa de los Santos
The Spirit of Sweet Grass - Nicole Seitz
The Ruins - Scott Smith
Girls In Trouble - Caroline Leavitt
The Gathering - Anne Enright
Drowning Ruth - Christine Schwartz
Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah
Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum
Whistling in the Dark - Lesley Kayen
Queen of the Road - Doreen Orion
Runaway Grandma - Ann McCauley
Run - Ann Patchett
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Peony in Love - Lisa See
Testimony - Anita Shreve
Sweeping Up Glass - Carolyn Wall
Limelight - Melody Carlson
The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio - Terry Ryan
Mary Mary - James Patterson
The Next Big Thing - Johanna Edwards

Vicki L
December 21st, 2009, 06:21 PM
Hi all,

I love Nora Roberts and Christine Feehan books. I simply love all things paranormal.

Vicki L

stitchywoman
December 29th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Oh Shell! What a list! That's fantastic! I love to read as well and am always looking for good books :) I'm 28 but a big fan of the teen fiction books! I've recently read the hunger games and it's sequel Catching fire, The Mortal Instruments series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I loved Harry Potter and Twilight I also love Jane Austen and am plugging through The Lord of The Rings (It's an interesting range I know :) ) I loved the movies so I decided to read the books and get a little more of the story. It's taking awhile though. What can I say? I'm a mom.

Most recently I finished Fairest it's the Snow White story written by the same author who wrote Ella Enchanted. It was quite good in my opinion. I love seeing all your reading fun!

piebaldbully
January 6th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Murder, Forsenics,Suspense, and medical .... no romance ever....
I have read alot of Patricia Cornwell, J.D Robb, Tami, Hoag, James Patterson, Iris Johansen, Lisa Gardner,Karen Harper
I read when ever I can ... I think I would like to read Twilight... I made my 13 yr old go with me even though she really didn't want to go because I had to sit thru a three hour musical.
Beverly Lewis & Wanda E. Brunstetter( amish series) Wendi

emailjeanie
January 31st, 2010, 01:55 PM
I just finished The Help and Sarah's Key. Both excellent books. My current read is The Fire, which is a sequel to The Eight ( Both by Katherine Neville -- The Eight is one of my favorite all-time books). The Eight was a book as cool as The DaVinci Code but waaaaay before the DVC was written. Also in the queue is a PG Woodehouse book, and Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. WOTS takes place in in Franklin, TN (where I lived for ten years) during the civil war...

maggiegarcia06
February 8th, 2010, 03:01 AM
Hello,

I am reading This Present Darkness by Frank E Peretti and it is fantastic. He also has a teen series out that i read when i was a kid. I'm also a big fan of success/leadership books as well as personality books and anything to help my relationships with people (including my hubby ;) ) The list of those is way too long to put on here at this time of the night, but at some point maybe i'll pick out a handful to put up.

of course i also read a ton of board books and children's books because i have a 2 1/2 year old boy and i babysit a 1 1/2 year old girl. my sons current favorites (we read them every night that he doesn't fall asleep before i put him to bed) are goodnight moon and pajama time ... he also really enjoyed the soldiers night before christmas this year because my husband is in the army and currently deployed.

thats about it for now :) happy reading!

SondraR
March 15th, 2010, 09:11 PM
I love the Elm Creek Quilts Novels, by Jennifer Chiaverini. Reading them brought back so many memories of sitting with my grandma, while she quilted, which I thought were gone! I've read most of them, just need to read the newest, "The Quilter's Holiday" and can't wait for "The Aloha Quilt"! I've spent all my time READING about quilting, and I have yet to actually finish something!!!

dawn
March 16th, 2010, 01:26 PM
I really like to read Nora Roberts when I'm not reading text books for school. Homework never done.

Darlene
March 16th, 2010, 04:18 PM
I have discovered two authors this winter that are so good. Elizabeth Berg and Mary Alice Andrews. They are both excellent and write about women.:icon_hi:

toggpine
March 16th, 2010, 11:19 PM
I love to read. I have found that with an audio-book I can read and do a million & one other things. Most errands around here start with a half-hour drive to the freeway, so that is an hour of guilt-free reading/listening! I can sew and read & that is my favorite! I get most of the audio-books from the library.
I have recently read (in paper) the last of the Harry Potter series. I am totally addicted to J.D. Robb & her murder mystery books. I am currently mixing those up with several other authors. Anne McCaffrey's series about Pern & it's dragons, Fern Micheals & her Sisterhood series, Diane Mott Davidson, Sophie Kinsella, and some of the Elm Creek Quilts series. I have picked up some other random books as their title and summaries have intrigued me. Some of those have not made it past the first disc as they didn't hold my attention.
Some of my favorites are the kids books I remember and can't wait to read to my daughter now that she is getting older. Mrs. PiggleWiggle, The Boxcar Children, and several others. I have recently reread the C.S. Lewis series of the Loin, Witch, & the Wardrobe. Tad Williams' series with the Dragonbone Chair. I have more, but the exact titles escape me.

craftyrad
March 17th, 2010, 10:58 AM
<snip>Here is my current (but ever evolving and growing) list of books to read:

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
Still Alice - Lisa Genova

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld

The Gathering - Anne Enright

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield


Our book group read The Glass Castle, Still Alice and The Gathering. I would put The Gathering last on your list -- we all hated it! The other two were good.
I read The Thirteenth Tale and really liked it -- it was recommended by a friend.
I started American Wife at my daughter's, but put it down for other books. It was OK as far as I read, but not great.
Just my $.02, and probably worth just that!

Here are some other books our book group read and I really liked:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

We are reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett for June -- I read it already and loved it.

ktbb
April 4th, 2010, 03:14 PM
good thread...hope to get some ideas of what to add to my "To read" shelf. I read a little bit of everything but primarily for enjoyment and to learn something new.

My favorite book in the past couple of years has been/is "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". The book is a wonderful, uplifting story and is told through a series of letters between characters. It centers around the Isle of Guernesy, which is the only land under the English flag that was occupied by the Germans during World War II...the story takes place several years after the war and is...well, you need to read it, if only to see how the author gets the story across though letters.

AS for children's books that I keep around and give away, they are ones written by Judith Viorst. I didn't like her adult novels, but love her children's books...and my boys did too. Tenth Good Thing About Barney helps children deal with the death of a pet. "Anthony who used to be rich last Sunday" is about a boy managing the money given him by a grandparent... and my boy's absolute favorite (they loved to holler out the repeated, key phrase) deals with the fact that "sometimes even mothers make mistakes". I like to re-read these just for my own enjoyment!

SondraR
April 11th, 2010, 07:31 PM
My daughter just got a new book from school called The Pout-Pout Fish. It is adorable!!! Definitely one of my favorite children's books. I can't wait to read the Chronicles of Narnia to the children, once they are all old enough to sit still long enough for a chapter book, and My all time favorite book to read to them at bedtime is, and will always be, Love You Forever. I've read it so many times i've got it memorized, and i still cry every time!!! There is also a book called Someday which is something you would read to a daughter only. My mom got it for me as a gift when I was fully grown, and it is very special!!

janluna
May 27th, 2010, 07:09 PM
I love Nora Roberts and J D Robb. Same person I know, but she is just wonderful. I also like kerasote, Linda Howard, bios, and auto bios. Actually I'll read any book I get my hands on. If it's good, it's good!

Sava Tennoio
July 22nd, 2010, 09:39 PM
Our book group read The Glass Castle, Still Alice and The Gathering. I would put The Gathering last on your list -- we all hated it! The other two were good.
I read The Thirteenth Tale and really liked it -- it was recommended by a friend.
I started American Wife at my daughter's, but put it down for other books. It was OK as far as I read, but not great.
Just my $.02, and probably worth just that!

Here are some other books our book group read and I really liked:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

We are reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett for June -- I read it already and loved it.

I read The Glass Castle as part of a required reading when I started my first year at college (Fall '07). Jeannette actually came to our campus and signed books so I have an autographed copy. It was a pretty good read - touching, beautiful and at times very painful.

My top favorite books are usually full of some oldie but goodies:

*Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
*Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
*Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

And recently I've been reading some great novels by Ted Dekker.

hillbilly
July 23rd, 2010, 01:27 AM
I'm a Narnia fan and have been since gradeschool. I did my Sr. Thesis on it.

I also love old classics such as Little women, etc.

My fave quilt books are the Elm Creek series.

I haven't read in a very long time. Unless its for my kids' school. I pre-read every book. Currently I'm reading "The Yearling" outloud to the kids.

middlesis1966
July 25th, 2010, 02:08 AM
LOL hillbilly! It brings back some special memories for me. I was a stay at home mom for awhile. When I read to my son, his favorite book was Go Dog Go. That was a must read on a daily basis. There was no skipping pages either. Thanks for the memory. Hes 17 now and I miss that, sniff ,sniff.

Judy in Waco
July 25th, 2010, 02:25 AM
When I was younger, I loved the Nancy Drew mysteries and another series about a nurse named Cherry Aimes (I think). Does anyone remember those?

All time favs have to be Where the Red Fern Grows and All Creatures Great and Small.

I also remember spending time at my grandparents during the summer curled up under some of her wonderful quilts reading the Reader's Digest condensed books in sets of three. I would also hide a Tiger Beat magazine or two and drool over David Cassidy. LOL!

SondraR
September 22nd, 2010, 08:38 AM
Judy, I have many of the Cherry Ames Nurse Series. I loved them! Also had some Vicki Barr, Flight Stewardess books. Those were wonderful as well. The author of all of them was Julie Tathum.

sally
September 23rd, 2010, 12:28 AM
I enjoy Amish fiction and Mary Higgins Clarke mysteries.

proxious
October 6th, 2010, 03:00 AM
stephen kings are my favourite, master story teller

janluna
October 6th, 2010, 06:58 AM
I also like anything by Charles Dickens, Loved pride and prejudice, the Bronte sisters are excellent. Linda Howard, Catherine Coulter are good too. Gone with the wind was fine. Love Laura Ingles Wilder and all of her books. Loved the House of Green Gables. Loved I Claudius. I just love to read.

toggpine
April 16th, 2011, 02:28 AM
Just read one by David Morell called The Spy Who Came to Christmas. Odd ending and there was no definite conclusion for the central characters, but it was still a good listen.

Patrice
April 16th, 2011, 07:45 AM
loved Harry Potter. My favorite was Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Loved that book and I also like Dean Koontz Intensity..wow. you can not put that book down

Loonwatcher
April 16th, 2011, 07:49 AM
I liked the Harry Potter series too. Was hooked on the Wheel of Time series but the story got too big and convoluted (sp?) and had to wait too long between books. then the author died and they've made the last 1 or 2 books from his notes. I haven't bought them yet because mine are all packed and I can't remember which number I've gotten to (12 or 13?) and it's all one continuous story. Also like Dean Koontz, JD Robb and James Patterson.

Mia
April 16th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Oh My goodness....... what a great thread. I love to read also.... and share so many of the favorites mentioned here. When I was younger I read and loved all the Laura Ingall Wilder books along with Nancy Drew and Ramona Quimby... they were so much fun. Some years ago I was at the book store and asked the clerk to recommend an author ... she thought for a bit and asked if I'd read anything by Janet Evanovich. I hadn't at that time but have since read all of her Stephanie Plum series. The last few were disappointing but for the most part I really enjoyed them. (Grandma Mazur was always a hoot!). I have read most of Nora Robert's and went through most of Danielle Steel's. As you can tell, I am more into "light" reading. But I'm always open to a new read. I have a Kindle, which I loved until I got my new Ipad for Christmas. It's so easy to buy a book and read it without going to the store.

twnkeyes
April 16th, 2011, 01:37 PM
I love historical fiction. Bernard Cromwell is a favorite but right now I'm reading Redeeming Love. I have had women stop and comment when I take it when I'm waiting at the dr.'s office, coffee shop, etc. and exclaim what a wonderful book it is and go on and on. I have to say, it's hard to put it down but quilting always wins over.

MaryB
April 16th, 2011, 09:18 PM
I love to read too and will give anything a try. In fact, I get withdrawal symptoms if there aren't at least half a dozen books on my bedside table, so I am really pleased to see this wonderful thread. So many titles here that are new to me, I feel like I opened the best box on Christmas morning!!!

At the moment its Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home and listening to Vermilion Drift as I sew. Have read and loved most of the Elm Creek books - The Sugar Camp Quilt is a special favourite - love Joan Rivers Siddons and Dorothea Benton Frank, Kathy Reichs, Pat Conroy, Sarah Addison Allen, Bill Bryson, Anita Shreve, Chris Bohjalian, Nicholas Sparks and Adriana Trigiani. And there are lots of English and Australian writers I enjoy as well.

I love children's books too from picture books to youth fiction and have a special collection which my grandchildren have cut their reading teeth on. Granddaughter is reading as much vampire stuff as she can get her hands on - aren't all teenagers !!!???? And not just teenagers either. I love poetry and biographies ... oh, oh, oh .. that's enough!! I'm going to bore you all to death here.

Ladies, do keep your favourites coming and thank you so much for sharing.

Mary B.

Mia
May 21st, 2011, 03:08 PM
Hi Sondra,

I love "Love You Forever" too. ... and it always brings a tear. Thank you for reminding me I haven't read it in a long time.

Mia
May 21st, 2011, 03:16 PM
A friend recommended that I read Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken.
It is a biography of Louis Zamparini .... a World War ll air crew member who was shot down and spent the war years in a Japanese POW camp. This isn't a book I would seek out but since my friend recommended it so highly, I decided to download it to my Ipad and give it a try. The first night, I read until 3 a.m...... I just couldn't put it down. The book is amazing. .... truly amazing and I learned what pride, honor and patriotism these American soldiers and airmen had in a time of horror. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Hope you'll give it a try.