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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 02:18PM

I prefer fiction, even though I am reading Educated. I managed to keep myself from dumbing down too much during my marriage. I've read the BoM at least three times over the 2008-2009 season. Also read the D&C straight through 3 times.

The more I read them, the more ridiculous they got. That was all I read, and now, I feel dumber because of it. Anyway, any fiction you would suggest?

I am debating the Mode series by Piers Anthony. I read a couple in the series, but not all of them. So, will need to restart and complete the series.

I started to fall asleep with the LoTR series, even though it's been acclaimed for years. I should read The Hobbit before I try that series again, correct?

Any recommendations?

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 02:23PM

If it is fiction you want then read the buy bull.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:02PM

War war war.. oppression... on and on.

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Posted by: kentish ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 02:34PM

You did not specify what type of fiction you like. Some popular authors I enjoy include Daniel Silva, James Lee Burke, Robert B. Parker, Philip Kerr, Michael Connelly. An all time great is Raymond Chandler. I recently discovered Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian writer. My go to for rereads every few years is the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 02:36PM

the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester.

hah hmm

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:10PM

But it seems to only be available in Audiobook.

I will try looking elsewhere. Maybe an interlibrary loan from the LoC.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:15PM

Amazon has the books, about $12 each.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 01:30PM


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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:15PM

Remember, I'm only quoting books from my past. When I used to read a ton in high school. That was about 30 years back. I'm showing my age. LOL

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:15PM


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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:21PM

I'm only saying who I liked in general in high school. Then my love for fiction died when I was just barely getting married. Reading the BoM was a disaster. I believed it enough to shun all else.

I really don't what I like anymore.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:22PM

I guess all I can do is read everything.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 03:34PM


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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 02:49PM

Romney's 'A Reckoning' at the local branch. How bad could it be?

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 04:19PM

I feel like I should be asking my mom, since she has read over 100 fiction books in about 2 1/2 years time. She always has a book to read.

For someone that has a wonderful assortment of fiction books in her hold folder, she told me that it may take while, since I need to 'learn how to read fiction again'.

I used to participate in NaNoWriMo about 5+ years back. I was always in a mad dash to finish, because my thought processes were always faster than my fingers when typing.

From my writing, I seem to like a mixture of erotica, mystery, history, and understanding for LGBTQIA+ Readers. Memoirs are good, since I read Stephen King's On Writing.

That book taught me that writing takes reading first, so you can find your voice. I also have other books on writing, and novel writing.

I agree with King, because he read a lot in order to write Carrie.

I think I still have it on my bookshelf, which was wiped out in one fell swoop, while deep cleaning my room one Saturday about a year ago.

Maybe I could start there. Mystery, erotica, general history, and LGBTQIA+ themes. There is a wide assortment of books all over the place in those genres. I *like* writing mysteries. Maybe I'll start there.

Thank you all so much for your recommendations! I will try some!



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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 04:47PM

https://www.gutenberg.org/

I am very partial to P.G. Wodehouse!

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 12:15AM

I'll bet Dorothy feels betrayed.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 12:20AM


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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 11:58AM

Dracula is a great read. I read it every winter.

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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 08:07PM

If you have not read it, Dune is a great ride. Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice is an under appreciated, fantastic book. No vamps, witches or ghosts, historic fiction.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 11:42PM


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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 11:51PM


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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 01:23PM

I like the Chronicles. The first few are good then IMHO Anne kind of went off the rails. She had a lot going on in her personal life and dealt with her own problems with religion and Catholicism. The TV series is trash. I adore Witching Hour and read it every winter. I am a huge history nerd. The second and third books are ok - ish. Again the TV series is trash. Neither of the TV shows have much to do with the books really.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 01:34PM


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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 12:14AM

I fell asleep during the first movie made from Dune. I saw an ad for Dune 1 and 2. Are they in the same book or a series? Ugh I need to look through Goodreads too. I liked Safari, but it's gone, absorbed by Amazon.

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Posted by: Heartless ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 08:50PM

Have you tried the Dresden Files series?

For old time fantasy, the John Carter of Mars or the Conan series.

Stay away from Lovecraft to avoid nightmares.

Josephus might help you sleep!

The Wheel of Time series may be fun.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 09:05PM

> Josephus might help you sleep!

And there you enter BoM territory as well.

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 09:12PM

"How Democracies Die"

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Posted by: BoydKKK ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 10:33PM

The PREY novels by John Sandford. Minnesote cop series, well done with varied characters.

John Grisham novels. All well done. Most are legal thriller tpes.

C.J. Box novels that feature Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett.

All easy reads and entertaining.

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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 11:51PM

Another vote for the Prey series. The Jonathan Kellerman Dr. Delaware books are good too.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 23, 2023 11:59PM

Wow... So many wide-read people!

Come January, I will need to focus on school, but I will read everything you all suggest.Thanks. I'll tell you what all, I am going to print this entire thread, check Libby (local library system app) and start checking them off one at a time.



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Posted by: catnip ( )
Date: November 27, 2023 04:27AM

I'm with you, Sus. I love Alex D and his buddy Milo!!

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Posted by: Twinker ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 12:01AM

Fiction:
The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak
Bel Canto ~ Ann Patchett
The Silent Patient ~ Alex Michaelides
Miss Benson’s Beetle ~ Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ~ Rachel Joyce
The Book of Lost Friends ~ Lisa Wingate
Have You Seen Luis Velez ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde
Remarkably Bright Creatures ~ Shelby Van Pelt
The Lost Apothecary ~ Sarah Penner
The Ship of Brides ~ Jojo Moyes
Horse ~ Geraldine Brooks
The Magic Hour ~ Kristin Hannah
Middlesex ~ Jeffrey Eugenides

Non-fiction:
An Immense World ~ Ed Yong
Far From the Tree ~ Andrew Solomon
The Blank Slate ~ Steven Pinker
The Rightous Mind ~ Jonathan Haidt
When the Moon Turns to Blood - Lisa Sotille
God is Not Great ~ Christopher Hitchens

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 12:05AM


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Date: November 24, 2023 01:44PM


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Posted by: Heartless ( )
Date: November 24, 2023 05:38PM

Don't forget to find "Dracula's Guest", the "missing" opening chapter.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: November 27, 2023 05:23AM

I've read two books by sci-fi author Andy Weir, and I enjoyed them both. If you liked the movie, "The Martian," he wrote the novel on which it is based. I read, "Project Hail Mary" through once, and then repeatedly in chunks. I just got finished with "Artemis" which is a quick, fun read.

Weir brings real-world science into his books, so everything is in theory possible if not very plausible. He's great at characterization and plot development. I'm not normally a science fiction fan, but I find his books highly entertaining.

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Posted by: lousyleper ( )
Date: November 27, 2023 11:33AM

Cool! Will have to check him out!

Thanks!

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