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#469246 - 07/30/13 01:57 PM Book List?  
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I'm a reader and I suspect some of you out there have a passion for books too. Beyond the usual (and fun) thrillers and mysteries, lie out-of-the way books that can delight and fascinate - but these may not land up as easily on one's reading list or nightstand.

Would love it if book-lovers might post titles of quirky, engaging, not-in-supermarket reads from time to time?

I've just finished two remarkable books and would like to share titles with you:


"Emergency Sex (and other desperate measures) - A tale from Hell on Earth"

"One Hundred Names for Love"


And for adventure junkies - some great true life tales:

"The Lost City of Z"

"Escape from Shangri-La"


OK - readers - your turn to post?!



#469247 - 07/30/13 02:35 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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"Z" was awesome.

check out Alaskan Fire by Sara King


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#469249 - 07/30/13 02:58 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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I've been reading books from the 60's and 70's and have really enjoyed John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. At first glance they are simply detective novels but I am loving the approach from another era with different morals, judgements and expectations.

Both the mister and I are voracious readers. I am so looking forward to this thread!


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#469257 - 07/30/13 06:31 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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Books are one of the many great things about living here. So many tourists bring books with them to read and then leave them.

There were a number of places that I frequented that told me I was welcome to any they had. Then too friends bring me books they liked and I always buy a bunch when I am in California.

I have read so many but I will limit myself to the few that most fascinated me:

1. A trilogy about the Knights Templar by Jack Whyte: Knights of the Black and White, Standard of Honor and Order in Chaos.

2. Everything that Sue Grafton or Janet Evanovich writes.

3. Most of the Women's No.1 Detective Agency

4. Shantaram novel by Gregory David Roberts

I like hard backs the best and love to keep my books. I'm having lots of books shelves built into this house.

Thank you Diane for starting this.



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#469260 - 07/30/13 06:46 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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I am a huge reader myself and usually read a novel a week. I also like what ScubaLady posted above, #2, anything by Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson North, Robert Parker, James Burke, Nora Roberts...

Two non-fiction books I recently read and really enjoyed:

Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost about a trip through the islands of Fiji and Vanuatu.

The Cloud Garden by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder, a true story of adventure and survival in the Darien Gap of Panama and Colombian jungle. Two guys were captured by FARC guerillas and held captive for 9 months, made it out of the jungle alive.

No Kindles or Nooks for me...makes me feel like I am on a computer. I prefer having an actual book to read and real pages to turn!

#469266 - 07/30/13 08:04 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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Thanks for the new ideas. Three books that I read in one go that have always stuck with me were Ishmael, The Story of B and My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

#469268 - 07/30/13 09:24 PM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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http://www.amazon.com/Above-All-Else-Skydivers-Adversity/dp/1616084464

This was written by one of my dearest friends. He nearly died in a plane crash and came back to win numerous world skydiving championships. It's a very intense, easy to read, gutwrenching yet heartwarming account of his life. Dan is also a motivational speaker and is by far the best in the business. It's on e-books too. Non skydivers love this book, my wife has read it twice.

#469271 - 07/30/13 11:01 PM Re: Book List? [Re: reaper]  
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Is she a slow learner smile


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#469283 - 07/31/13 05:07 AM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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OK - I'm shopping! And I agree with Laurie - BOOKS.


#469288 - 07/31/13 05:33 AM Re: Book List? [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. An amazing story about a ex president in the uncharted Brazilian rainforest. I read it and then almost immediately read it again.

http://www.candicemillard.com/

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