Book Recommendations

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2006 at 4:46 pm

      We have a number of readers on the forums, and it would be great to share book recommendations views with each other

      Just finished a book called PACIFIC NIGHTMARE by Simon Winchester. It is fiction but very plausible. A synopsis: On the eve of the 21st century the end of British rule in Hong Kong incites a bloody civil war in China and the North Koreans lay siege to South Korea at the same time. And then the Japanese begin rumbling.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2006 at 8:37 pm

      Marg,

      Have you read any Tom Sharpe books? I enjoy them so much and giggle most of the way through. I know you are very well read, so you probably have, but just in case ….

      [QUOTE] About Tom Sharpe
      Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his National Service in the Marines before going to South Africa in 1951, where he did social work before teaching in Natal. He had a photographic studio in Pietermaritzburg from 1957 until 1961, when he was deported… From 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. In 1986 he was awarded the XXXIIIeme Grand Prix de l’Humour Noir Xavier Forneret. He is married and lives in Cambridge.
      [/QUOTE]

      The Wilt, and Porterhouse series take place in the UK, as well as some others like, Blot on the Landscape and others. There are a few that take place in South Africa, when it was still British rule I think, but I think those may be hard for people who have not lived there to understand, specially since there are a language and cultural barriers to cross/understand.

      I thank my hubby for introducing me to Tom Sharpe, he makes me laugh!

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2006 at 8:45 pm

      [COLOR=red]I’m not an avid reader but I do recommend …[/COLOR]
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    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2006 at 2:07 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, Ali. Have ordered Great Pursuit, Ancestral Vices, Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape (obviously I have very little self control when buying books). I love a good giggle and adore British humor.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2006 at 9:35 am

      I’m so glad you did Marge. I still have a few I need to get as I have read the (about) 6 that I have 2 to 3 times each.

      I think [SIZE=4][SIZE=2]Grantchester Grind[/SIZE] [/SIZE]follows Porterhouse Blue. I found some web sites last night when looking for names for you, that have brief summaries on the books – I dont know why I hadnt thought of it before when I wanted to get more a while back. I sometimes think my mind just shuts down automatically at times 😮 .

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2006 at 11:00 am

      Dear Fireman Dave:

      I can’t find fault with your book selection, especially the part about the “GRONNNK”. That is just classic, it still makes me laugh today. Even still, I prefer “Do You Like My Hat?” It is of the same genre’ but it has a snappier, more concise reparte’ between the protagonists. Don’t hate me for disagreeing.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2006 at 12:36 pm

      [COLOR=red]’Are you my mother’ was my favorite bedtime story when I was little. Lee I could not and would not ever hate you or anyone else for disagreeing with me.[/COLOR]
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      🙂

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2006 at 9:10 pm

      [U]Go Dog Go[/U] by P.D. Eastman. Hilarious!

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2006 at 9:12 pm

      Anything by James Lee Burke is great. Same with Margaret Maron.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2006 at 10:07 pm

      Through the Green Gate
      If I were Going
      Friendly Village
      Singing Wheels

      Ahhhh to be in 3rd or 4th Grdae again

      But Scuppers the Sailor Dog is the best Golden Book.

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2006 at 12:28 pm

      [U]Merrylegs, A Rocking Pony[/U]

      [U]Carbonelle, King of the Cats[/U]

      Third and Fourth grades were great times!

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2006 at 8:30 pm

      Ali,

      The Tom Sharpe books arrived today. I’ll start by reading Ancestral Vices. The blurbs on the back cover remind me of John Mortimer’s Rumpole and my P. G. Wodehouse.

      Thanks again,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2006 at 6:48 pm

      Ali,

      You are my new hero. I looooooove the Tom Sharpe books!

      Regards.
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2006 at 11:17 pm

      Marge,

      I cant tell you how glad I am to hear that. I’ve been a little anxious, to say the least, that I had made too much about them ….

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2006 at 5:09 am

      Oh thank you, Ali!

      I was paralyzed for quite a while and, to distract myself, read Rumpole in my mind. Thank goodness for books.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 1:16 am

      Under the Bleachers
      By
      Seemor Butts

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 1:47 pm

      Soapy,

      Are you enjoying sixth grade?

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 1:54 pm

      [quote=marguerite]Soapy,

      Are you enjoying sixth grade?

      Regards,
      Marge[/quote]

      *shakes his head *

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 4:15 pm

      Was that a yes or a no?

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 4:16 pm

      [quote=marguerite]Was that a yes or a no?

      Regards,
      Marge[/quote]

      …………………………..

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 10:14 pm

      Ali,

      I’m now reading Sharpe’s ‘The Great Pursut.” Funny but not as good as the crazy peers running a porno factory, a over-the-top professor and a dead dwarf.

      More Tom Sharpe recommendations, please.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 10:25 pm

      Marge,

      Funny thing is ……. I started reading The Great Pursuit two nights ago. Went looking for my Tom Sharpe books, and all I could find was that one. I have obviously only read it once, because It still looks brand new, and It vaguely comes back to me in some parts. I TOTALLY agree with you, im not that taken with it …. in fact, I find my mind wondering off quite a bit, and I have to read some pages over and over again so that I know what has been written. What a pity ….. I think you have one or two that I havent got, I need to go back and see which ones they are and get them.

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2006 at 11:56 pm

      I’m going to the Abe used book site to see what others I can find. It is simply wonderful that we are reading the same book at the same time.

      Hugs,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      November 24, 2006 at 6:11 pm

      Just finished “Christmas JARS”, plans are to make it into a movie. Could become a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life.

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2006 at 1:21 am

      “Hannah’s Gift” ~ lessons from a Life Fully Lived. This little girl brought courage, honesty and laughter to her struggle with cancer.

      I keep it by my bedside as a reminder of how to live life to it’s fullest.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 2:35 pm

      Dying Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. author-William E. Hablitzel M.D.
      This book is Beautifully written. I am going to tell every Dr. who I come in contact with to read it. I think it should be a must read in med school.:)

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 3:59 pm

      The Mitford Books, by Jan Karon.

      Nice stories, good lessons about living life.

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 2:41 pm

      Enjoyed Enoch the Prophet, a bunch I didn’t know.

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 4:28 pm

      Anything by Alexander McCall Smith.

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2007 at 5:19 pm

      My hubby bought me the book “Flags of our Fathers”. Incredibly interesting! I am shocked at the death rate on Iwo Jima, and the pacific in general.

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2007 at 11:28 pm

      “Bed Number Ten” by Sue Baier is old,but makes you feel blessed that we know so much more about GBS now.I’ll never forget reading it!

    • Anonymous
      January 27, 2007 at 1:01 pm

      Marge started this thread and I would like to add, she loved anything by New Jersey author Janet Evanovich, I think that’s how you spell her name.

      Marge sent me some of her books to read ,she’s quite a funny author.

    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2007 at 8:42 am

      For young girls “Daughter of a King” by Rachel Ann Nunes.

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2007 at 2:34 am

      Mari, I hope you enjoy this thread!

      I enjoy most of Anne Perry’s books – some do tend to be a little tedious though. The first two series of books I got hooked onto were the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. Both series are Victorian detective novels. As I said, some them are really good and others are quite boring so you have to just carry on trying when you come across one that doesnt quite take your fancy……. [B]BUT [/B]dear friends, google Anne Perry for fun and read all about her own drama and how she was invloved with the murder of someone when a teenager. 😮
      (By the way, Marge was the one who told me to google Anne Perry…..I do miss her greatly.)

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2007 at 5:09 pm

      [B]I miss her too Ali, more then words could ever say.:( 🙁

      Wonder what kind of trouble Marge and Frank are up to. LOL[/B]

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2007 at 6:18 pm

      Funny thing Donna, last night when I felt that awful loss again, I recovered quickly because I though of her humor, and I could imagine her making some sassy remark to Frank (I always remember you saying you wonder what the two of them are getting up to, so I think of the one with the other 😎 )

    • Anonymous
      May 1, 2007 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Ali,
      I finally got back to read this and I found several books I want to get. If I don’t have something to read I just can’t seem to make myself stay on the bed. I do want to read “Christmas Jars”. Sometimes I just want something really meaningful to read. “Tuesdays With Morrie” was like that as was author Mitch Albom’s other book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”.

      A friend suggested Sue Grafton books and I have a couple I haven’t read yet so have no opinion as yet. Same with Abronovich.

      I like to read biographies of some of the famous people from the past. “Here’s Johnny” by Ed McMahan, about Johnny Carson, was a disappointment. But “King of the Night” told a lot more about who Johnny really was, and it sure didn’t paint a pretty picture of him. I read several of George Burns books and found them to be quite boring. “Truman” is interesting in parts but I keep getting lost in the political details.

      I’ve got a good start on my own crime library but recently found I can still crochet so my addictioin to reading has suddenly turned into another addiction for crocheting baby blankets for charity. Am on number 15. Now hope I don’t get carpel tunnel from doing this!

      Mari

    • Anonymous
      May 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm

      Mari,

      I enjoy Sue Grafton when I need something light and fun, they are really good then.

      I read a J.Edgar Hoover Biography about 3 years back, also about 2.5 inch. thick. Boy did I learn a lot from that. However, I did find I needed to reread some pages again, and did skip over a few pages here and there, otherwise a VERY interesting book. I cant remember who wrote it though …. sorry, but I think he is an interesting subject.

      Also a very uplifting, sad book, though very short was “The Christmas Shoes”. You may have heard the song that they play at Christmas time, its the story behind that. I just cried and cried. Even though I thouroughly enjoy books like this, I cant read them often as I become very morose and sad. (Let me know and I can mail you it if you’re intrested – Also some Sue Grafton if I have some copies at home still).

    • Anonymous
      May 2, 2007 at 10:35 am

      A book I reccommend is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

      Its about Anna, who was was conceived by in vitro fertilization so that she would be a genetic match for her older sister Kate, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia when she was 2 years old. When Anna was born, her cord blood was donated to her sister, but when the leukemia returned she then had to donate blood and bone marrow. When Kate’s kidneys fail Anna is expected to donate a kidney to save her sister, but she hires a lawyer to be medically emancipated from her parents and gain the right to make the decision for herself.

    • Anonymous
      May 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Ali for suggesting “The Christmas Shoes”. I just finished it and am still sniffling. What a wonderful meaningful book. Can’t believe I never heard this song. I also have “The Christmas Jars” suggested by another poster and will get into that tonight.

      Mari

    • Anonymous
      May 26, 2007 at 6:42 pm

      Mari,

      Here is link where you will hear the song, make sure your sound is on. Over the past few Christmases I have got used to it and dont feel like crying each time I hear it.

      Cut and past, then remove the spaces at the beginning.

      h t t p : //peachpatch.com/shoes.html

    • Anonymous
      May 28, 2007 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Ali, for the website of the song. Very nice.

      I just read “The Christmas Jars” that I think jfitzen recommended. What a wonderful book, and I agree it should be made into a movie classic. I hope real soon. I managed a 3-hour rest while reading it. I hope this book generates a kindness revolution. This world could sure use a boost in that direction.

      Mari

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2007 at 4:05 pm

      All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience by Neal Maxwell

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm

      [IMG]http://a69.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00574/86/08/574558068_m.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2007 at 8:43 am

      Prophecy and modern times. Very interesting.