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    Anything Nicholas Sparks but my fav book of all time is Jemima J by Jane Green.

    Love Jackie Collins too :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by I am not Esther View Post
    naww, don't tell me that

    i've got them sitting in my ipad all nice and pristine, waiting for my uni holidays. now i don't know if i want to read them anymore (but i will. i'll also read the girl with the dragon tattoo - because both are my 'you're done for the year' rewards )
    Just because I didn't like them, doesn't mean you wont. I honestly found them sooo boring and hard to get into. The author has ZERO writing talent IMO anyone with a bit of time could have written those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babycake View Post
    You have not read pure trash until you have read a Danielle Steele novel
    i'm sure i have at some point!
    basically i will read the back of a cereal box, so on holidays once i have finished what i have brought with me i raid the communal book shelves.
    it's an absolute treasure trove.

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    All time favorite would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird. I was about 13yrs when I first read it and it made a huge impression.

    Too many others to list, I devour books

    At the moment I have some textbooks (work related) on the go and The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, a great read so far.

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    I couldn't possibly pick one book. I've read and enjoyed books for most of my life and different books have spoken to me at different stages in my life.

    As an angst ridden (and slightly pretentious) teenager, my three favourite authors were D.H. Lawrence; Hermann Hesse and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and I loved poetry. Mind you, I still have a soft spot for Byron and Yeats.

    The following are some personal evergreen favourites I have read again and again over the years and they have all left an impact for different reasons.

    The Call of the Wild - Jack London , mainly because this is the first novel I remember reading when I was about seven.

    The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing, quite a compelling and provocative read set in the context of family life.

    Written on the Body - Jeanette Winterson, a beautifully written unconventional love story.

    The Heather Blazing - Colm Toibin - touchingly nostalgic story with gorgeous prose.

    Dreams of Leaving - Rupert Thomson - bit of a modern day fable with a twist, could really relate to this book having grown up in a small town.

    The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood -loved the themes explored in this book and I'm also partial to a bit of science fiction.

    Exodus -Julie Bertagna - this is actually a novel for children or young adults but I still enjoyed it and found it quite thought provoking. It's a cautionary environmental tale set in Glasgow in the future after the polar ice caps have melted and the sea levels have risen.

    Dirt Music - Tim Winton - because his writing is so beautiful and so evocative of the Australian landscape.

    For brain candy, I mostly read crime novels, Ian Rankin, James Ellroy, PD James, Minette Walters etc but I have also been known to read "chick lit" on occasion.

    Because I'm a True Blood fan, I also devoured the entire series of Southern Vampire Mysteries novels in the space of 2-3 weeks so I certainly read my share of trash as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SausageFest View Post
    A Thousand Splendid Suns
    by Khaled Hosseini .
    Oh love to read that one too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsausage View Post
    All time favorite would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird. I was about 13yrs when I first read it and it made a huge impression.

    Too many others to list, I devour books

    At the moment I have some textbooks (work related) on the go and The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, a great read so far.
    LOVE To Kill a Mocking Birdand was about the same age when I read it and love Richard Dawkins too

    For fantasy novels I love George RR Matin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. If you like fantasy read these! I have read the series at least five times - still waiting for the next book though

    I also recently read Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - fantastic!

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    I read ALOT, so i have a few firm favourites.

    All time Fave: Black Jewels Series by Anne Bishop ( dark fantasy but is really a love story)

    Historical Romances by Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens.

    The Deed of Paksenarrion a triology all in one book by Elizabeth Moon (when separate: Sheepfarmers Daughter, Oath of gold, and cant remember the name of the middle book) - this book changed the way i looked at the world. i thought that very impressive for a work of fiction.

    Also The Harry Dresden Series by Jim Butcher - top notch.

    Anita Blake series by Laurel K Hamilton ( only the first 5 books are any good, then it degenerates into vampire porn, unfortunate but true)

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    Well it's been a long time since I've read anything other than parenting (I'm self-improving) and birthing (study) books and hard to remember any right now! But I did love 'one hundred years of solitude' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, read it a couple of times and would like to read again as I've forgotten it again! Also 'cry the beloved country' by Alan Paton. One I read last year that was nice light, not needing to think too hard, was 'chasing bohemia' by Carmen someone, made me feel like packing my bags and taking off to brazil (I wish!!)...

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