Sunday, October 16, 2011

Books, books, books!

Summer Readin'
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I don't know what it is, but with this cooler weather comes a new and refreshed love for reading.  By nature I am a total bookworm; my undergrad degree was in glorious English Literature and some of my most favorite memories from college involve fall days in one of my Lit. classes, talking about books and authors and all things reading. Because most of my classes were in the same part of campus, I would often sit out front of the liberal arts building with a book and a chai tea from the union, sipping away as I got lost in one story after another, looking up only to notice someone passing by on a bike or a lonely little fall leaf skipping down the Autumn walkway. I loved college.

But even better than college? Having an hour or two to myself in the evenings to curl up in bed with a mug of Sleepytime tea and read until my eyelids get heavy. College was great, but nothing beats the feeling of reading just for fun, with no other purpose than true curiousity and the desire to learn or be entertained.

So I ask you; what is the last great book you've read? If you could suggest one book to a friend (me!), what would you recommend?  I'm looking to fill up my Kindle and bookshelves as these days get cooler, and I'd love to know what you've been reading! I like all sorts of writing, from fiction to non-fiction, memoirs to sci-fi, girly books to YA lit.  I can't wait to see what you share.

xoxo

121 comments:

  1. The most recent books I've read for fun were "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "Bossypants" ... both great!

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  2. The most recent books I've read are The Wednesday Letters which is pretty good. And The September Society which I am reading right now. It's a mystery and is really good so far and interesting.

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  3. Over this summer, I pretty much lived at the public library! I really enjoyed reading this story called "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake", by Aimee Bender and I thought it was such a different concept that it kept me glued the entire story. Also, as a big YA literature fan, I really enjoy books by John Green, and also my most recent read, "The Six Rules of Maybe" by Deb Caletti. Hope you find some good reads!

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  4. Elizabeth Taylor's Biography. I can't get enough of biographies.

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  5. I just started doing a couple of book reviews on my blog. http://morganandkim.blogspot.com/search/label/read

    If you haven't read much Hemingway, you should def try "To Have and Have Not". That is a beautiful story.

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  6. I'm currently re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia and the Harry Potter books for my dissertation. Since I have a Master's in Children's Literature, most of my reading pretty much revolves around children's books.

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  7. I love The Constant Gardener, I Don't Want to Live this Life and Crime and Punishment. My BA was in Criminal Justice so they might be a bit dark but so good!

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  8. The last book I read that I LOVED was 'One Day' by David Nicholls.

    Lauren
    http://tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

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  9. Marisa de los Santos' writing is beyond lovely. I just finished her latest novel, "Falling Together". I also adore her first two- "Belong to Me" and "Love Walked In."

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  10. I review all of the books I read on my blog. I'm a big reader!! I recommend anything by Diane Chamberlain and Jodi Picoult. =]
    http://travelingphoblogwripher.blogspot.com/search/label/book%20reviews

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  11. East of Eden or Jane Eyre! My two all-time favorites :)

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  12. I just finished "The Changeling Garden" and it was really good! I also re-read the Uglies series this month. All wonderful.

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  13. New to reading your blog :) It's turned into a daily read for me! I've been working on "My Life in France" by Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme. If you know about and are interested in Julia Child, it's a great read. She's very charming.

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  14. oooh, I love the Vanilla Sleepytime tea! As for books, lately I've really enjoyed:
    1-The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter (I read it after watching the movie, which I also recommend)
    2-Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me by Ian Cron (I am a total non-religious person and this book had me in tears...several times)
    3-Bright Before Us by Katie Arnold-Ratliff (totally melancholic but beautifully written)

    Do share some of your recent reads! I've found some of my new favorites from your blog! <3

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  15. I've been reading the Game of Thrones books (dark but so addictive) and am just about to start State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Her book Bel Canto is one of my absolute favorites, I think you'd like it.
    Also an English major! Miss those days.

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  16. 1. The History of Love- Nicole Krauss
    2. Just Kids- Patti Smith
    3. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You- Peter Cameron (teachers especially should keep this one in mind for their classroom libraries!)

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  17. The Last Werewolf - Duncan
    The Other Wes Moore
    Just Kids - Patti Smith
    The Help - Stockett
    Does the Noise in my Head Bother You? - Steven Tyler
    Vintage Affair - Wolfe
    The Dovekeepers - Hoffman
    So Much Pretty - Cara Hoffman

    working at barnes & noble leaves me with endless suggestions. :))

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  18. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is on of my very favorites, it's absolutely fantastic. Right now I'm reading Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller, about Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Planning on reading Bossypants next!

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  19. Right now I'm reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and I LOVE It....I thought it would be chic-lit fluff, but its actually beautifully told and just so good.
    My absolute faves that I recommend to everyone are The Book Thief, What is the What, A scientific Romance, and city of thieves.

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  20. Anything by Robin McKinley. I am never disappointed by one of her stories. Some of them are recreations of classic fairy tales and some of them are of her own creation. My current favorites are Sunshine and Pegasus.

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  21. The Game of Thrones series is amazing! I was in withdrawal after the first television season ended, but the books have filled that void in my life. I never thought I'd be into this type of book series (princes and dragons and wars, oh my!), but suffice to say, I am addicted :)

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  22. I agree, reading is one of my great joys as well. I LOVE getting lost in a great book, one that I cannot put down!
    One book that I really loved was 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Loved it!

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  23. Anything by Melina Marchetta or John Green!

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  24. I just finished a bit of light reading with "My boyfriend wrote a book about me" by Hilary Winston.It's not as corny as it sounds,but extremely witty and written in a series of essays.One book I would recommend is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.ABSOLUTELY,heartbreakingly beautiful.
    -Sweta

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  25. I'm going to have to recommend Darkness Surrounding by Kat Mellon. It's a YA read about a senior in High School named Zanni who begins to experience strange occurrences. It's off-beat and doesn't center around romance, and has a fresh take on "the high school experience" and friendships.

    And BTW, I'm Kat Mellon. Totally not biased toward my own novel or anything.

    www.atavisions.com

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  26. I completely agree! Cool weather makes me want to take on all sorts of tasks that I didn't feel inclined to try when it was warmer.

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  27. A friend of mine got me hooked on The Earth's Children series by Jeal M. Auel. It follows the life of a young woman, Ayla, 25,000 years ago in the paleolithic era when the neanderthals started dying out and humans as we are today started taking over. The writer actually visits archeological sites in Europe to see how the people lived back then and to look at tools and bones unearthed so her books are incredibly descriptive and it makes me wish I could travel back in time! The first book is called Clan of the Cave Bear :)

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  28. I read "The Book Thief" this summer and it rocked my world. Man, oh man. It's one of those rare books that satisfies in every way. Huzzah for former english majors!

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  29. I agree with the others about Game of Thrones Series! SO GOOD! I'm on the second book right now.

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  30. Sleepytime tea! <3

    I highly suggest the Fablehaven series!

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  31. I've been reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's like a weird adult version of Harry Potter. It's very interesting! I also just finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safran Foer. I really loved it. It's an amazing and emotional book.

    xoxoKelsey

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  32. Alycia: Yes, loved that series so much that I adopted the alias Ayla, as my Net' persona way back in the 90s. Yes do read this series! :)

    I actually just finished the first in what seems to be a pretty good trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater called The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (Shiver, Linger, & Forever). I think its technically considered YA...but still good stuff (if you like the whole supernatural, wolves, humans, urban fantasy thing).

    I would def. recommend the Hunger Games trilogy thats also considered YA, but just as entertaining as any adult fiction! They are currently making the first movie of that trilogy...def. worth reading!

    I'm a librarian, so I love books too...just wish I had the time to read more! So many books, so little time!

    There is a great site called goodreads.com that allows you to put in books you are currently reading, want to read or have read and they make recommendations to you based on your selections. There are a lot of book groups to join, giveaways and the ability to add friends and their lists of books. I would totally recommend to all you readers to go there and find books based on material you enjoy. Beware though, it's one of those sites you can spend way too much time on!

    Keep us posted on what you decide to read!

    Ayla

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  33. I can also recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - two of my favorite books.

    This summer, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and it moved me so much. It's a really great, eye-opening read!

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  34. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the best books of all time! I also just finished Just Kids by Patti Smith and I loved it

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  35. this summer i read "i´m a cat" by Natsume Soseki..and i think it´s great!i laugh a lot!you have to read it! :D

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  36. "What I loves" and "Sorrows of an American" both by Siri Hustvedt (Paul Auster's wife..) is probably two of my all time favorite books!

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  37. I just read The Help and Little Bee, both amazing!

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  38. The Girls' guide to hunting and fishing. It's not about hunting and fishing! x

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  39. Currently reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - weird and wonderful so far!

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  40. I am currently reading a Lee Childs book- to be honest, I've been reading for about a month and still haven't finished it! i must do that this week as I'm only half way through and have four more books that I have laying around to rad!

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  41. The night circus by Erin Morgenstern is really nice!

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  42. I recently read " The Help" which was a moving and beautiful novel. It was so compelling I didn't want to leave the train on the last station so I could continue reading :)

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  43. I was an english major too. I'm currently re-reading Harry Potter on my kindle. But really enjoyed Divergent, The Iron King (Iron Queen, Iron Daughter ... series), Holly Black has some really messed up fae books, Cassandra Clare, and Glimmerglass (also a fae trilogy).

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  44. the lover by marguerite duras. it's one of my favourite books - very beautifully written.

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  45. I just finished The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. I'm pretty sure I remember you liking The Hunger Games, and this Is a similar series. I also second (or third or fifth haha) A Game of Thrones; Martin's characters are so well developed, the series is so addictive.

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  46. I read the YA novel THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson in about two days. It's about a girl who's sister just died and finds herself torn between a new crush AND her sister's boyfriend! I know that sounds a little soap operay but it's not! The book is beautifully written, with bits of poetry throughout, really sad (I cried) but also hopeful at the end. So good!

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  47. Here kitty kitty by jardine libaire - it's a quick read, but her writing style is dark and twisty and amazing. I keep if in my beach bag and read it over and over...

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  48. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss...I have a lit degree as well, so this list could be much longer.

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  49. AND the princess bride by William goldman - it's the basis of the movie but the book is really two stories. William pretends he's abridging the original book by s. Morganstern. It's the best - another one I've read over and over

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  50. If you liked The Hunger Games or Matched or just dystopian set books, which I think I remember you saying you, read Divergent by Veronica Roth. Seriously, I'd say it's even better than Hunger Games, which says a lot.

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  51. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is probably my favourite book ever. Beautiful. The film is gorgeous too.x

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  52. I do the EXACT same thing in the evenings, down to the cup of Sleepytime tea! :) Right now I'm reading "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" which is pretty good so far, but I have to also recommend Betty White's latest memoir "If you ask me". Its a crazy short read (you could finish it in a couple of hours) but it really does just make you smile! Can't wait to hear when/if you do another book review!

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  53. Finished The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian yesterday. Very creepy. You will not be disappointed.

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  54. I'm currently reading The Help and just love it. Also, The Hunger Games series was a huge favorite of mine this summer :) If you haven't read those yet, you must!

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  55. I've got this on my "to-do" list for a blog post but you beat me. :)
    Right now I'm reading The Hunger Games series and it's pretty awesome. I really loved "The Book Thief" and anything by Mitch Albom, his books really make me think about life.

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  56. Great post! A few of my favorites this year so far include:
    -Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    -The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    -The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    -The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
    -Atonement by Ian McEwan
    And I'm currently reading The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.
    I would also recommend anything by Kurt Vonnegut-I love everything of his!
    P.S. I love that photo!

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  57. I've always loved your reading recommendations (Hunger Games! Whoa!), so here are a couple of books I've enjoyed lately.

    Swamplandia by Karen Russell. Magical realism, quirky, strange, hilarious, dark and heartbreaking. Ican't even begin to decsribe this story, but it involves alligator wrestlers, kitschy roadside attractions, ghosts, a crumbling family with a coming-of-age feel to it. Russell is a beautiful writer and she's so young, which is inspiring to me. “Hopes were wallflowers. Hopes hugged the perimeter of a dance floor in your brain, tugging at their party lace, all perfume and hems and doomed expectation. They fanned their dance cards, these guests that pressed against the walls of your heart.”

    The Passage by Justin Cronin. For Halloween I wanted to read a good spooker. I'm half-way through and so far, this book lives up to my expectations. It's a post-apocalyptic story of a virus that sweeps the world, turning most of the population into vampires. It's kind of like a zombie movie, but replace zombies with vamps. They are not the pretty kind of vampires, either. I like that.

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  58. Danielle,

    The Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani is just fantastic. It is a crazy wonderful story that follows a woman in Big Stone Gap, Virginia as she figures out where she really comes from. It's so intriguing. I'm re-reading the series for probably the 10th time right now.

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  59. If you really wanna nerd out, I also recommend checking out Goodreads.com. I've discovered so many favorite books this way! I love using the site as a way to organize my reading list, read reviews and save my favorite quotes.

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  60. i just finish the trilogy of Katherine Pancol's books!
    amazing!
    love this post!
    xoxo

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  61. "Sisterhood Everlasting" is the one I'm finishing up right now and I really like it. It's by Anne Brasher & it's the final, 10-years-later part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants series. (If you didn't read them I definitely recommend them.) :)

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  62. I really loved "Up till Now," which is the very silly, always entertaining, and yet really interesting autobiography of William Shatner.

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  63. Some of my very favorite books:
    -The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
    -The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
    -Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
    -Little Bee, Chris Cleave
    And of course The Hunger Games Trilogy. :)
    Books are so wonderful, and I like getting more good ideas by looking at all these comments! I also think Goodreads is a wonderful tool for finding and organizing books online.

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  64. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. An odd little duck of a book, I really got pulled in though.

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  65. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's a memoir about her spending a year trying to be happy in her life... has some great research and SUPER great ideas on how to modify your own behavior. I loved it!

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  66. Hey Danielle.
    I absolutely love to read!!
    Here are a few of my recommendations:

    1. The Help (you've probably read this already)
    2. A Game of Thrones (a more difficult read but well worth it)
    3. I'm really into the Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood) right now... so much happens and if you want an easy and fast read, this would be your go to book!
    4. Eat, Pray, Love. So uplifting!! Anytime I was having a bad day, I'd pick this one up and feel better almost immedietely!
    5. Something Borrowed and Something Blue... also easy reads but really great characters! Such cute books.
    6. Go Ask Alice. This is a very disturbing book about a young girl who gets lost in the world of drugs. It's a diary but it's so interesting. Oh my goodness.

    Let me know if you end up reading any of those!!!

    -Jessica

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  67. Oh yeah, and obviously Harry Potter. Haha. Favorite books of all time.

    Oh and the Hobbit! The Hobbit is amazing.

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  68. My recent favorites are the Help and Water for Elephants! Both so good! I've also recently read I am Number Four and Sense and Sensibility. Now I'm starting Delirium and so far I'm hooked!

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  69. I am just finishing up "Fall on Your Knees" by Ann-Marie MacDonald. It chronicles the lives of four sisters in a writing style that I haven't really encountered before. I have loved it - filled with mystery, secrets, sorrow and quirks. It's the author's first novel but I think she did a really outstanding and unique job.

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  70. Anything by Douglas Coupland. He writes great fiction for the 25-35 year old set. And Jasper Fforde is another amazing writer! And I think a great one for an English Major...his Thursday Next series takes place inside THE library where all books are created!! And features many famous literary heroes...as characters!! It blew my mind, honestly.

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  71. The last book I finished was a memoir: Let's Take The Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell. It details the friendship of two women writers, one of whom gets diagnosed with cancer. I read it in two sittings - total page turner AND the writing is great.

    I'm currently re-reading When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. Because I needed something light and funny this week, and Sedaris never disappoints in that arena.

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  72. Holy comments girl you've got enough book recs for the rest of your life!

    Anyway I am almost strictly a YA lit reader and girly books and that kind of thing. I also work in the YA lit section at my store. I JUST wrote a post 2 or 3 days ago about what I'm reading so if you want some fun recs, feel free to check it out :)

    Also that's totally not a way to get you to be reading my blog or anything, I just have like over a dozen recommendations over there so even if you've read a few, you might find some other ones that you really like! I love giving recs... It is after all what my job is hehe :)

    Here's the link: http://imlivinginadream.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/october-books/

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  73. My favourite book of all time has to be Atonement by Ian McEwan. It's so sad, but so good.

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  74. With autumn well on it's way, I've gone back to more reading too. Currently it's "A Discovery of Witches" - super-exciting and very romantic. I just can't get enough of it (even though I'm usually not really into fictional stories about magic and witches and vampires and stuff).

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  75. the best book I've recently read was "A Brief History of the Future" by Stephen Clarke. I basically love every book he writes, but this one was particularly awsome!

    Love from Austria,
    http://bellezzalibri.blogspot.com/

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  76. Pleaaaaasssse read "Lola and the Boy Next Door" ASAP!!!

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  77. Do you know with uni I barely have any time to pick up a book nowadays. This post as seriously inspired me to go to the library for a gander :)

    Amanda | http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  78. I've been enjoying The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series (there are 12 books currently) and also Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris.

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  79. I also forget books that I loved until I see them again... but one that sticks out is The Double Bind. It plays off of The Great Gatsby. Just loved it.

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  80. I know what you mean - I'm the same way. The cold weather starts and my need to break out the fiction books grows! I just finished "Witch and Wizard" by James Patterson. It was just okay. Now I'm reading "Ur" by Stephen King. So far that one is pretty interesting. :)

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  81. Isn't reading the best?! I'm almost done with the book I'm reading and looking for a good one to read next, so I'll definitely be checking out some of them on this list! I'm currently reading "Traveling With Pomegranates" - and I LOVE it. It's a great story about a mother and daughter traveling the world. It makes me want to Greece!

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  82. My most recent favourite book was "The News Where You Are" by Catherine O'Flynn. I think perhaps her books are a bit British-quirky, but I love her writing style - maybe you can read them and tell me if they work for Americans?!

    I'm currently reading "The Secret Life of Words" which is a history of the English language - it's slow going but fascinating!

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  83. Mule- A novel of moving weight. It is about the tests that one would put themselves through in order to live the dying American dream as a 20 something parent during the economic downturn.

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  84. The Help... I'm reading it right now and I already love it!

    Also, in the psuedo fantasy realm... Wheel of Time. Excellent series!! :)

    Sarah
    http://nobodyputssarahinthecorner.wordpress.com

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  85. I just read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy over the summer, and it was amazing! There are a lot of different names/places to keep track of especially in the first chapters, but if you can keep up, it's definitely worth checking out!!
    I would also recommend the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series as well. These books are for young adults but kind of cool if you enjoy Greek mythology :)

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  86. ok, we totally would have been friends in college (and now) because you would always find me in front of the liberal arts building, under a tree lost in a book with a latte!
    currently i am reading barbara kingsolver's animal vegetable miracle and it's great.
    i recommend anything by margaret atwood, wally lamb and i love toni morrison....and she's from ohio :)

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  87. I am an English major in a Young Adult fiction class right now and we have read some great stuff! We just finished Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion, M.T. Anderson's Feed, and Suzanne Fisher Staples' Shabanu. They were all really great! My favorite book of all time is Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It is amazing, absolutely amazing. A book I read last year for my class on the American Novel (not YA) that I really enjoyed was called Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. Oh! One more! This one is YA too, and is outstanding! It is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Yay for Young Adult fiction!!!

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  88. A book that I am currently reading and enjoying is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. It really is a great book, set in New York in the mid-1800's. The characters are trying to find a serial killer based on the new advances of their time. Psychology. It's awesome.

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  89. The Handmaid's Tale. The descriptions are visceral.

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  90. I also like the YA books Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness. I love all the southern, mossiness of the descriptions. The City of Bones, City of Glass books, etc were good too.

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  91. I recommend The Paris Wife by Paula McLain!

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  93. I'm reading The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli and I can not put it down. I came home from work the other day and picked it up to read a few pages and the next thing I knew, it was dark outside, I hadn't pulled anything out for dinner, and my husband was walking in the door from the night shift. LOL

    Really great review by the times in the link :)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/books/review/Trussoni-t.html?pagewanted=all

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  94. I'm a bookworm by nature and was also an undergraduate English major (librarian at heart!). I always have a book in tow, and I listen to audiobooks while I drive to and from work each day. I can't get enough! The best books I've read lately are "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin (I tore through it in only two sittings), "Lost Laysen" by Margaret Mitchell ("Gone with the Wind" is my favorite book of all time), and "Nerd Do Well" by Simon Pegg. I also love J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey," the "Harry Potter" series, "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood, "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, and "The Wasp Eater" by William Lychack. I also love "The Millennium Trilogy" by Stieg Larsson...I could really go on and on! Do you have a Goodreads page? I'd love to check out your favorite books! I have one and also love reviewing books on my blog.

    Blog: http://hello-dear-wind.blogspot.com/
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/mandyistiny

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  95. I'm sure you've already read this, being into books and all, but definitely 1981 bu George Orwell. Fantastic book (:

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  96. Two of my all-time favorite books (other than The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Bell Jar and The Great Gatsby which I'm sure you've read! -- and I KNOW you've read The Bell Jar!)are High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. If you haven't read either I highly recommend them!
    One recent book that I really loved is The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. It's the story of a newspaper in Rome told through various people that work there. It was incredible and although I might be partial because I'm a journalist, I think anyone would enjoy the writing ... each chapter is like a short story itself, just amazing.
    And always, David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley.

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  97. I just finished reading "Eat, pray, love" and I liked it a lot. Now I´m about to begin the second book of The Hunger Games series.

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  98. Can I give you 2?
    The Yearling.
    I've read it at least 4 times.
    Beautiful, rich, inspiring.
    Mt Name is Aher Lev.
    Deep, powerful, thoought provoking.
    Please, please, please tell me if you read either one and what you think. So few people take my book advice cause it's not current fiction.
    Love from,
    Greta

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  99. The last three books I read were:

    1. White Cat by Holly Black (mystery/fantasy, great writing style, interesting premise, but an easily guessed plot point)

    2. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (YA/ fantasy/ mythology/ mystery, really quite good [better than I thought it would be!], although pretty obviously aimed at kids without much knowledge of greek mythology. I was actually talking to the main character in a "nooo, don't go into that garden gnome shop! The owner is Medusa!" kinda way ~_^)

    3. Death Most Definite (fantasy/ mystery/ action, a really good read with a lot of interesting concepts, and set in Australia without including clichés which I really enjoyed ^_^)

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  100. anything and everything by ann patchett. favorite book ever is bel canto but i also loved in truth and beauty (a memoir about her friendship with lucy grearly), and then following it up with autobiography of the face (written by lucy)

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  102. The last book that really got me hooked was "Host" by Meyer. But, taking the risk of sounding extremely childish, I have to say that one of my faves of all time is "Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH"
    :)

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  103. As a child, I once spent a whole summer reading. I took over my parents' study and made it my own, complete with a little day bed. Every morning I'd climb a ladder outside and pick a big bowl of purple grapes growing over our back fence. Then I'd take them inside and lie on the couch reading, all day. I think by about week three or four my parents forced me outside for at least some time. But I still remember that wonderful summer. To reading... my favourites lately have been The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which I just finished, and I Capture the Castle, glorious. Happy reading!!

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  104. There is nothing better than a hot cuppa and a good book! :)
    My 'book of the year' was "The Secret of Lost Things" by Sheridan Hay... however my favourite classic is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde... both very good books with lovely description! :)

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  105. The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon!

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  106. One of my favorite books of all time is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. It's an amazing memoir and if you've never read it, I urge you to! It's sooooo so good.

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  107. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, The History of Love and (currently) The Devil in the White City have been some of my favorites lately!

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  108. UNDERGROUND, HARD BOILED WONDERLAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE are all great books by Haruki Murakmi. He's got this great surrealist, funny, and a bit creepy at times writing. Also LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, it's a vampire novel, but not that kind. Happy reading!

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  109. I study Dutch Language and Culture and have a Bachelor degree in Modern Dutch Literature, so you could say that I love books and reading too!

    I saw that some other people were recommending The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and I couldn't agree more with that. Amazing book.

    Some translated Dutch literature: The Tea Lords by Hella Haasse (she passed away a couple of weeks ago, sad times..). It's a historic novel set in the Dutch East Indies of the 19th and 20th century.

    The Aussault by Harry Mulisch is also a book worth reading. It's about the Second World War and it deals with the guilt and misunderstandings of the main character about an Nazi assault.

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  110. That is so true...I was doing basically what's akin to an English degree but in Spanish when I was in school, so there was a LOT of reading involved...but it wasn't really for fun because the entire time I was trying to think critically or answer questions about the books. And since I was so busy with actual school work, I wasn't "allowed" to read books just for fun.

    Now that I'm out I am reading probably two novels a week.

    One that I really liked recently was Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. It starts out kind of meh, but gets REALLY good.

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  111. Oh man, I also love reading so much. Unfortunately, most of the time my reading involves textbooks. I dream of the day when nap time and time after the kiddos go to bed can be spent reading something I've actually chosen. But for now, I just "pin" books that I want to read when that time comes :)

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  112. I'm a huge bookworm and my favourites have always been the classics. Since having a baby, not only has my 'me time' gone out the window but my ability to focus has too. So, while pre-baby me would never have called the last book I read 'great', I can say that it/they were incredibly entertaining and transported me to a world without dirty diapers. A win! That was the Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire series.
    The book I would always recommend to a friend is also an 'easy read'..if you want it be. It's Blind Faith by Ben Elton. I love his satires and i think this one is both interesting and relevant. Oh, and entertaining. I've read it at least 7 times.

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  113. "In The Land Of Invented Languages" is my most recent read - fun and informative! Really great if you're interested in languages and history.

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  114. The last book I read was Columbine. I don't recommend it unless you can take it. I'm super sensitive to horror movies, anything violent, so of course, I had night terrors reading this. But the writing was stellar. Could not put it down.

    The other book I remember reading this Summer is Play. Such a fun book to remind us to just chill out!

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  115. My favorites:

    -1491 by Charles C. Mann
    -Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
    -Never Done : A History of American Housework by Susan Strasser

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  116. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky! It is a fairly new YA dystopian novel. It was such a good, quick read! I loved it! Currently I'm rereading To Kill a Mocking Bird (one of my favorites). Go book lovers! :)

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  117. I just read "Working it out" by Abby Rike. She was on the Biggest Loser a few years back, and she is such an inspiration! She lost her husband/love of her life, two week old baby, and her 5 year old daughter in a car wreck. I can never even imagine going through what she went through, she is a whole new woman because of it.... It tugs at your heart, but she is amazing and full of grace.

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  118. Shantaram! a great novel I still haven't got through in a year!its about an australian convict who is on the run in india and its all about the bombay culture and the slums there - epic and brilliant! x carrie

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