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    The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward :)I amazing seriesss



    Fiction: The Cadfael series by Ellis Peters

    The Wikipedia link about the books is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadfael

    Non-fiction: History books written by Barbara Tuchman

    The Wikepedia link about the author and listing her books is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Tuchman

    The Cadfael books are wonderful mystery novels which are very well written literature set in a rich historical period with well developed, engaging characters and interesting mysteries being solved. Good, fun, excellent fiction by a talented author.

    Babara Tuchman’s non-fiction history books are informative, well written and read with the page turning interest normally found only in quality novels. If you like reading history at all, you will never be bored reading one of her books. And if you’ve never liked reading history, I urge you to at least try “A Distant Mirror” as one of the most fascinating, fun books I’ve ever read every bit as engaging as the best novel.



    Oh, I second, third, jillionth the recommendation of the Cadfael series – they’re wonderful!



    The Hunger Games (Suzzane Collins)

    Austin-Stoner Files (Stephen Bly)

    Horse Dreasm (Stephen Bly)

    Your Cat (Dr. Elizabeth Hodgekins, DVM)


    Renee in Arkansas

    Just about anything by [Anna Macaffee, Mercedes Lackey or Jean Auel ] or you can check out these sites to read books online

    Classic Reader Read Free Classic Books Online

    [ http://www.classicreader.com/book/95/ ]





    The Shadow Trilogy by Chris Clairmount (it’s the book squeals to the movie Willow, sooooo good! I literally killed my paperback copies and had to buy them in hardback)

    I also enjoyed Dibs: In Search of Self by M. Axline, really goo story about a neglected little boy.

    If you happen to be a star wars fan I love the Timothy Zhan trilogy and the X-wing series, both talk about what happens after Return of the Jedi.

    I also recommend anything by Anne McCaffery or Jean Auel, though my favorite McCaffery books are probably The White Dragon and Freedom’s Landing. I like strong female characters!



    I’m a huge Anne Rice fan – I’ve read all her books, they take up a few shelves in my library. All the vampire fanfare lately has somewhat disappointed me . . .

    I like to read entire collections of authors. I tend to grieve when I’ve read them all and then there is nothing left.

    I loved Anne Rice in particular because of the way she creates a scene in your minds’ eye, and the way she crafts a story so you never really know what is going to happen next. I find with most ‘popular’ books that the plotlines can be figured out within the first few chapters, and then I get bored . . .

    Does anyone know of a good collection by an author that I could delve into?



    Skyron, several collections I can think of are:

    The Cadfael series by Ellis Peters

    Some of the most enjoyable reading I’ve ever run across.


    The Cat Who books by Lillian Jackson Braun.

    A total of some 20 or so books. It is lightweight fun reading.


    The Navajo tribal police mystery series by Tony Hillerman

    Not heavy literature but good reading with a glimpse into a different culture.


    The series featuring the British police detective Adam Dagliesh by the author P.D. James. She also has numerous other books.


    William X. Kienzle was the author of twenty-four crime fiction/mystery novels featuring Father Robert Koesler, a Catholic priest who doubles as a detective.


    A series of murder mysteries set in Washington D.C. with a recurring cast of regular characters written by Margaret Truman.


    Several related series of clean thriller novels by Clive Cussler.


    There is also a very popular author Laurell K. Hamilton who has written some 20 books in a fantasy series about vampires. She lives here in St. Louis. I’ve met her several times as we have mutual friends. She has a huge international following. I cannot personally vouch for her books as it is a genre I simply do not read despite the slight personal connection to her. But I do know she is widely read.



    Cat talk rules

    I’ve just discovered LuAnne Rice and enjoy her books. A lot about relationships of friends and family. Marnet I have read and really liked some of the collections you have listed. I am going to give the ones I haven’t read a try since I see you have a similar taste in mysteries. Joan, I would like very much to get the book club going again. I really enjoyed it and broadened my reading horizons since I would have never thought to read some of the books we read. There was only one that I didn’t like.



    Oooh, when pay day arrives, I shall be amazon-ing . . .



    I add another author whose series of books are good reading, although the characters are different in each book.

    M. M. Kaye wrote a series of mystery novels as well as many other books, the best known of which is The Far Pavilions. Her books can be difficult to find these days but you might find them in libraries and/or on the internet.

    The Wikipedia link to read about her and her works is



    Cat talk rules

    I have MM Kaye’s books. I have enjoyed them especially her mysteries



    Sky –

    Did you know that Anne Rice published a werewolf book in February? It flew in under my radar (I usually pre-order anything by Anne), so when I saw it on the bestseller list in the paper this past weekend, I quite naturally had to Amazon it! If it turns out to be good, I hope it’s a series!


    I looked in and saw this thread and just had to respond.

    I have always recommended Snowflake in my Hand by Samantha Mooney for anyone who has loved and lost a pet.

    Also for a lot of fun, a large series of cat detective Joe Grey and company by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

    There are so many more that I can’t mention them all.



    another really good book that i would recomend to any one and forgot to do so before is perfume



    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    Room by Emma Donoghue

    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton



    I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society last year and absolutely LOVED it!!

    I am reading The Game of Thrones series–have to read before I watch. My students also have me reading The Hunger Games series as well!




    Commune I had a friend that worked at the school–she left after that–very tramatic. I became an adult mentor in Rachel’s Challenge. It was started by Rachel Scott’s family–she was the first person shot and killed that day. They believe that it will take students to make changes. You might want to check out her story.




    thanks for the link Soxsmom. I will check it out. I know who she was, she was the girl who said ‘Yes’.

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