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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Books you stay up to read ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Books you stay up to read
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Date: 7/22/10 8:27 PM

There was recently that wonderful thread on must-read books, but many of those, while wonderful books, aren't particularly good to read while sweating.

I'm looking for books to read while on the exercise machine. These are books that you say 'just a couple more minutes of sweating is worth it in order to finish these few pages!' The same ones that you stay up late reading, despite the important meeting you have the next day with your boss.

On of my favorites is The Curse of Challion by Bujold. Wonderfully written, interesting and complex adult protagonist, and a good story line. I enjoy her other books as well, but this one the most.

I'll mention some others later, but I have to get off the computer for a bit.

So which books do that for you? I know they are different for everyone, but perhaps some of yours will work for me & others also.

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Date: 7/22/10 8:37 PM

I really liked Pillars of the Earth from Ken Follett. I think it has about a thousand pages but it ended up being a pretty quick read for me because the characters drew me in.

JT

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Date: 7/22/10 9:02 PM

I find that I never want the Barbara Kingsolver books to end. Ever.

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Date: 7/22/10 9:31 PM

Two adventure tales did that to me when I first read them; I found them so enthralling that when I finished them--I just read them over again right then!

They (and this is surprising even to me) were Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, far more techno and research-driven than I usually like, and Crichton's Timeline. The two warring castles which are the centerpieces of Crichton's work are still standing, btw.

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Date: 7/22/10 9:49 PM

I love the Dan Brown novels (well, not Digital Fortress, but the rest of them). I read the Da Vinci Code in one marathon session that lasted until the wee hours of morning. I managed to take a couple of breaks during Angels and Demons.

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Date: 7/22/10 9:57 PM

I've a multi-decade love affair with the writings (both novellas and full length novels) of Joyce Carol Oates whose most popularly well known novel is "We Were The Mulvaneys."

She writes of the dark, aberrant and sometimes violent aspect of American Society (along the lines of Southern Gothic Novelists, although her themes are not limited to the locales and common grievances against the old Southern society). Her high points are just as high as her low points are low.

Warning: you'll either love or hate Joyce's works. --Lily

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Date: 7/22/10 10:17 PM

Don't know if you're interested in non-fiction, but I could NOT put down The Family That Couldn't Sleep about prion diseases (such as mad cow). Fascinating and extremely well-written.

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Date: 7/22/10 10:17 PM

I read quite a lot, sometime 2-3 books a week. I wont bore you all with what could be a massive list of 'favourites' but will say one I especially enjoyed recently was "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosney.

This is the books description as written on FantasticFiction.com:

"Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode."

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Date: 7/22/10 10:52 PM

My library has a reserve list and posts all the new books, mostly fiction and topselling nonfiction, that come in. We can be put on a list and keep the books for two weeks. Plus we have paperbacks that do not have a time limit. Add the regular books to that -- they can be renewed indefinitely, and I have more than enough books to read.

Unfortunately, I will stay up almost all night if I get into a good book. I like a large variety -- from Nora Roberts, to Iris Johannson, to Stephen King, to Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Richard North Patterson plus -- when I don't want to have to concentrate but need something quick -- I may read a romance novel -- not very often. I really like medical fiction (deadly viruses, etc.) crime novels, and some historical fiction. I also read nonfiction at times. Add this to sewing, and I keep pretty busy. There are so many other authors out there that I won't ever run out of books. I have about 5 boxes of paperbacks that I will one day return to the library -- but they can be kept as long as I want because so many come in all the time that they don't have room on their racks for them. Once school starts and I no longer have DGS, I will be spending a lot more time reading and sewing. I read about 750 words a minute, so can get through a thick novel in one evening. I always carry a book and read at doctor's appointments, when DH is driving, etc.

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2013 Goal: 400 yds (again)
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
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Date: 7/22/10 11:17 PM

Can I just say; I stopped reading when I started sewing 4 years ago. I hope this thread will help to revive my reading habit as I used to be an avid reader.
Now whenever I try to read a book, I can't sit still as I feel like I have too much sewing to do.

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Alexander May, 2.5 years old

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