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    That last might be interesting. I like that sort of thing.

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    -Tamar Myers--Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries. Amish/quilting themes
    -Joanne Fluke--Hannah Swenson Mysteries. (Hallmark has made them into movies)
    -Walter Mosley--Easy Rawlins Mysteries and
    -Cheryl McCullough--Hattiesville trilogy (Wedding Party, Absent One from Another and Christmas Dinner) http://cherylmcculloughwrites.com/
    Last edited by gshannon1008; January 3rd, 2016 at 08:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjkaiser View Post
    Yesterday I just finished Girl on a Train by the author of Gone Girl (which I did not read). Train was such a good mystery I could not put it down! The first third of the book there is hardly any dialogue, just to warn you--but keep reading it is a great book!!
    Girl on a Train is a very good book. Highly recommended. It was written by Paula Hawkins. Gone Girl was written by Gillian Flynn.

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    Right now I am reading Cat Coming Home: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. I also liked Dean and Me by Jerry Lewis, anything by Carolyn Brown especially the ones set in Cadillac, Texas like The Ladies Room, and for those who like fictional history try The First Assassin by John J. Miller. It's about Lincoln. A book about a quilt and the lives it touched is The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow.
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    Oh boy, love this thread! Reading is my other passion! For all of you who love to read, have you ever been on https://www.goodreads.com/? I've been on there a few years now and just love it. It is great for keeping track of books you've read as well as creating a TBR (to be read) shelf. I've joined a few groups as well and love to talk about books, see other people's book reviews, etc. Last year I joined a group that read 52 books for the year. Each week is a different category. It got me reading some books out of my comfort level that I wound up loving. This year's group is https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/174195 The categories this year are:
    The 2016 List
    1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't
    2. A book set in a different continent
    3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
    4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
    5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
    6. The highest rated on your TBR
    7. A book about books
    8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
    9. A book that was mentioned in another book
    10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
    11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
    12. A childhood classic
    13. Reader’s Choice
    14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
    15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
    16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
    17. A book with a beautiful cover
    18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
    19. A non-fiction book
    20. A book with a first name in the title
    21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
    22. The first book in a new to you series
    23. The next book in a series you are reading
    24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
    25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
    26. A book everyone is talking about
    27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
    28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
    29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
    30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
    31. A work of young adult fiction
    32. A historical fiction book
    33. The 16th book on your TBR
    34. A book about mental illness
    35. An award winning book
    36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
    37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
    38. A book about an anti hero
    39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
    40. A novella from your favorite genre
    41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
    42. A top 100 fantasy novel
    43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
    44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public
    45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
    46. A crime story
    47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
    48. A dystopia
    49. A book with a great opening line
    50. A book originally written in a language other than English
    51. A short story from a well-known author
    52. A book published in 2016

    It's a lot of fun! My favorite 5/5 star books from 2015 were:
    Career of Evil - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    All the Bright Places - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What made this Nation Great - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...&from_search=1
    Eleanor & Park - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...&from_search=1
    To Kill a Mockingbird - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    Wesley the Owl - The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    Wonder - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    The Thirteenth Tale - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    The Silkworm - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service
    Anne of Green Gables - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ersion=service

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    Thanks for the Louise Penny recommendation just read the first two books and real!y enjoyed them!
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    I have been reading the series that starts with "An Anatomists Wife" by Anna Lee Huber. I love it. It is a historical fiction mystery / romance. (Light reading)

    I loved the book "Book Thief".
    I have recently started reading "All the Light we Cannot See". The characters capture you from the very beginning.
    If you like Sci - Fi , try the LONG series in the wheel of time. It is great!

    Now, I also read lot of non-fiction technical texts... bet you can't wait! (This is the reason my other reading is mostly fiction!)

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    My favorites this past year in no particular order:

    1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    2. All the light we cannot see by Andrew Doerr
    3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    4. 5 days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

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    Quote Originally Posted by marytfnp View Post
    My favorites this past year in no particular order:

    1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    2. All the light we cannot see by Andrew Doerr
    3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    4. 5 days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
    So Mary.....did you like The Goldfinch? I've been curious about that one.
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    I have been reading again and love it. I joined a book club at my church to get me to reading again and talk about good books. I also am on GoodReads.com and really like it - add me as a friend if you like. There are so many groups and list of good books I find myself adding more and more books to my Want To Read shelf. It's a great way to keep track of what you are reading.

    I've found I tend to read more historical fiction than anything else so I joined an active HF group on GoodReads. They read a variety of HF and have quite a few lists and challenges to join.

    I started reading the Elm Creek Quilt books by Jennifer Chiaverini. I think I'm about halfway through that series. I also read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...n_s_Dressmaker. I wasn't as pleased with that book as I had hoped.

    If you like Amish Christian fiction, you might want to read Kelly Irvin's books. I had to read her books for two specific reasons.... 1-I know her because she goes to my church and 2-I had never heard of Amish fiction. I'm not a fan of Amish fiction as it's more like a Harliquin romance in an Amish setting.

    This year I have set a goal to read 24 books. Since I'm in two book clubs, one in real life and one online, I think I'll be able to meet my goal.

    One of the ladies in my book club LOVES Anne Tyler. We read Ladder of Years, it was a good story, but I didn't like the ending. I want to read A Spool of Blue Thread too.

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