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mellowmood
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Default  Posted: 4:32 PM, July 27th (Tuesday)

I just finished a great book last week. Read it in less than a day. Then I started another one, and OMG, what a drag.

The book "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" got excellent reviews all around. And I'm just hating it.

Don't know what is wrong, but once I start a book, I always finish it. I keep thinking that somehow the book has got to be good.

I want my next book to be one I can't put down. Don't care what it is about, I'll read anything.


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April101
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Default  Posted: 5:30 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

Try my fav author, James Patterson. Usually a fast read, but some are dogs. A-related is "The Quickie" which is definitely about affair regret. Some triggers, but the woman is such a protagonist I've read it a couple of times. I like strong woman characters, but that's just me.


Me: 49 (BS)
Him: 47 (WS)
PA: 2 yrs
Married 22 yrs
3 kids
D Day: April 2008
Me: "Nobody wants to be with a cheater not even a cheater."
My D(16): 'Why should I listen to dad, he knew what he was doing was wrong and did it anyway'

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mellowmood
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Default  Posted: 5:37 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

Thanks April. I've read all of James Patterson's books. I'll try The Quicky.

Oddly enough, the book I read last week in less than a day was about an affair. And I couldn't put it down.


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Default  Posted: 6:09 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

what? What did you just read mellowmood?


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Allgoodnamesgone
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Default  Posted: 6:32 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

I loved The Book Thief about an orphaned girl that is taken in by a couple during the Nazi war. The whole story is written from the girl's perspective - a definite page turner.


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mellowmood
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Default  Posted: 6:34 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

"Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin. I bought it at a garage sale, took it home and read it right through.

And it is about two women that have been friends since childhood. One is getting married and the other is her maid of honor who cheats with the groom.

Usually I can't stomach affair stories, but this was good.


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Default  Posted: 8:56 PM, July 28th (Wednesday)

I see you're just a couple hours from me, I have a few boxes of books if you want to make the drive. :)


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


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April101
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Default  Posted: 6:45 PM, July 29th (Thursday)

I'm just finishing "A Captain's Duty" by Richard Phillips. It is the true story of his abduction by pirates in 2009 in the Indian Ocean. It is refreshing to read a story in the first person, by a man who honors his wife and family and who has survived with his integrity intact. This book especially appealed to me because my father had been in the Merchant Marines for 5 years following the end of WWII. I grew up in a military (my mom was also in the Navy WAVES) and a boating family.


Me: 49 (BS)
Him: 47 (WS)
PA: 2 yrs
Married 22 yrs
3 kids
D Day: April 2008
Me: "Nobody wants to be with a cheater not even a cheater."
My D(16): 'Why should I listen to dad, he knew what he was doing was wrong and did it anyway'

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teach5
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Default  Posted: 8:00 PM, July 29th (Thursday)

Try anything by Jodi Picoult!

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Clarrissa
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Default  Posted: 2:48 PM, August 19th (Thursday)

I found Witch and Wizard by James Patterson to be an interesting read. I'll have to find the follow up to it.

Another I found to be a page turner is Stephen King's Under The Dome.

(get it in paperback as the hardbound is a wristbreaker...)


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do-over
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Default  Posted: 2:55 PM, August 19th (Thursday)

Anything by Jennifer Haigh

Anything by Jennifer Weiner

One of my favorites is Can't Wait to Get to Heavn by Fannie Flagg. A good, funny, heartwarming story.

Other fave authors of mine include Sue Miller and Jacqueline Mitchard.

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StrugglingGal
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Default  Posted: 6:40 PM, August 21st (Saturday)

I just finished The Shack - powerful book - http://www.theshackbook.com/


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OW: 2 over 2yr period
Married: 4yrs
D-Day: over a long period of time
R: Still Deciding

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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 7:43 PM, August 21st (Saturday)

I am currently reading "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlen and really enjoying it.



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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 10:16 PM, August 22nd (Sunday)

Scratch that.. good book.. sad as hell though. It also has some infidelity that I didn't see coming... just as a warning.

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InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 12:24 AM, August 27th (Friday)

I posted about The Invisible Bridge by Julia Orringer. That was such a page turner once I got into it. 600 pages flew by. Epic. Fabulous. Best book I've read in ages. Took an afternoon off to dive into it I just couldn't stop reading.


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Default  Posted: 9:12 AM, August 27th (Friday)

Tawny Odell. Another great author.


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bluelady
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Default  Posted: 11:51 AM, August 27th (Friday)

"Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin. I bought it at a garage sale, took it home and read it right through.
And it is about two women that have been friends since childhood. One is getting married and the other is her maid of honor who cheats with the groom.

Usually I can't stomach affair stories, but this was good.

I've read this one a thousand times. I've also read "Something Blue". It picks up right where "Something Borrowed" left off, except this time it's from the point of view of Darcy, the bride.


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lorilook
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Default  Posted: 12:35 PM, August 27th (Friday)

Pillars of the Earth. After kicking it around for months, I finally picked it up to read. Could not put it down. It will be a page-page-page-page-turner since it is nearly 1000 long.


Me(BS) 40/Him (WS) 43
M-18 years
2 beautiful & resilient children
DDay 12/05/08
False R for 5 months
He moved out 5/1/09
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OW#1 has always been alcohol.

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Default  Posted: 2:20 PM, August 31st (Tuesday)

I am currently reading "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlen and really enjoying it.

This was my first (and last) Quindlen, and one of a very few books I've read in my life that I'd put on the regret reading list. Seemed like a tribute to everything teenagers hate about adults. By the time we hit the infidelity portion of the program, I was neither surprised nor did I care.

The only positive piece of the book was when the former friend tried to run down the protagonist in her car.

My favorite page-turners, when I'm in that mood, have been Grisham and Crichton. Some love the Dan Brown books for that purpose (DaVinci Code is far, far better than the others).


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Default  Posted: 10:23 PM, August 31st (Tuesday)

Try the trilogy beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, then The Girl Who Played with Fire, and finally, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.....so many twists and turns!


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3 kids: 25, 23, 21
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Threnody
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Default  Posted: 12:46 AM, September 1st (Wednesday)

Haven't read the rest of the thread, but the topic caught my attention. Try Phillipa Gregory's first book Wideacre.

I just finished it. I have managed 3 hours sleep the last 2 nights to read it.

It takes a lot to shock me. I was appalled, and I adored every second of it. It's the first in a series. Signing off now to start #2.

ETA: I'd also highly recommend the Niccolo and/or Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnett. Spent a lot of nights greeting the dawn with those books.

Oh! Oh!! And also, K.J. Parker. It's a pseudonym. You'll love and hate the characters all at the same time. Either start with the Engineer's Trilogy, or start with The Company. I'm never sure who I'll adore and who I'll hate by the last page. Sometimes it's the same person for both.

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Default  Posted: 4:42 AM, September 1st (Wednesday)


It's pure fluff, but I've been up until 2:00 the last few nights with Marian Keyes' The Brightest Star in the Sky.


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Default  Posted: 6:23 AM, September 1st (Wednesday)

I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and WOW they are excellent. I know they're marketed as "teen" fiction but there is nothing sparkly or silly about them. I highly recommend this series!


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capri
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Default  Posted: 12:04 AM, September 9th (Thursday)

I've managed to get in a little more reading than usual over the past few months. (I used to read a lot more.)

Timeline (Michael Crichton) was a page-turner (time travel into medieval France.) Ted Dekker's Circle trilogy is pretty good, and so is THR3E--sort of a psychological thriller.

I'm reading one called The Thirteenth Tale right now about a novelist who finally decides to tell the truth about her background, and loved on called Blue Bells of Scotland, another time travel/ historical fiction to medieval Scotland.


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neverendinghurt
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Default  Posted: 3:55 AM, September 9th (Thursday)

I second The girl with the dragon tatoo and the other two books by this author. I did find the first one a little hard to get into at first, but mainly because of where it is set I think.

Loved them though, sad that the author died and there will be no more.

I am currently re reading Stephanie Plum books, they are light, quick and entertaining, sometimes laugh out loud funny.

If you like thrillers try

Karen Slaughter
Tess Gerritsen
Greg Illes


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Default  Posted: 10:38 AM, September 9th (Thursday)

I'm reading "Bright Shiny Morning" by James Frey.

I like it because it revolves around several characters, with each chapter shifting from one character's story to the next.

It's almost like a collection of short stories, but they all are connected by the fact that it all takes place in Los Angeles.


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Default  Posted: 2:43 PM, September 20th (Monday)

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner.

This is the first novel of hers I have read but I love. I have to force myself not to read the entire thing.

I think it is a page turner.


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Default  Posted: 8:15 AM, September 21st (Tuesday)

I am a big fan of Harlan Coben - I stay up to all hours of the night reading his books.

"No Second Chance" was the first one I read and I almost read it in one sitting...


Me: BGF - 33
Together 11+ years - not married, no children.
D-Day: 2/9/2010
OC Born: 10/9/2010
Status: He chose OW/OC and left immediately.

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