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Good morning, everyone. Yes, Mackenzie, I've read the entire Virgin River series and loved it. She carries the characters over in her stories so you feel like a part of the town. I have read the entire Cedar Cove series, too. I love all of Debbie 's books.The hardest part of reading a series is waiting for the next one to come out - LOL.
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Good Evening all you readers,
Weather is tolerble here in west central MN. We need lots rain in order for the crops to mature. But the crops are not looking as bad as many I see on tv.
Freddie, I am reading IMICHAEL BENNETT like you and am thinking about putting it aside. I've always liked Patterson, but I think this latest is lacking something.
Beema, I have a kindle fire and love it - not because of the ability to download books and read them, but because of the internet access. I have tried to check out ebooks from my library, but the ones I want are never available. Still like holding a book in my hand.
Stacey, I read every one of the Maggie O'Dell novels and loved every one of them.
Mackenzie, I've read all the Virgin River books as well as the Cedar Cove ones and loved every one. I hope neither series introduces to many more characters or I am going to have to write them down on a piece of paper to keep them straight.
Finished another Brian Freeman book, STRIPPED. Can't wait to read his latest which takes place less than 15 miles from where I live - Granite Falls and Montevideo MN.
I also read STILL ALICE. It's aout a woman who slowly loses her memory to Alzheimers. Gripping story, but the author holds a PhD in neuroscience and it was hard to pronounce and know so many technical words. For that reason, I did not finish the book.
Time to sign off and get ready to have grandchildren stay the night and then bake cookies with them tomorrow. Fun times that they quickly grow out of.
As a former participant with this group (I was active while Mary Kay was a member), I just wanted to add my two cents about e-books. I have a Kindle, but, I was reluctant to start using it regularly. Then I went on an opera tour to Italy and I LOVED MY KINDLE! Beema, as a person who does much travelling (even to places such as Kyrgistan) I always felt I needed to take an extra suitcase just for my books. No more;especially the way airline travel is these days:( With the Kindle, it is think of a book, bleep, it is yours to read.(Of course loading it with books still must be done in the USA<unfortunately>.)
At first I was hesitant to use the Kindle only for my trips,but my eyes are not so young anymore (73 and counting!). One of the things I did when aging eyes started to catch up with me, was to be certain, I always had "gobs" of light. I added an additional reading lamp in my bedroom which has helped me immeasureably. I, too, had/have 20/20 vision, but aging eyes are NOT the same as young eyes (don't I wish they were). One needs way more light with aging eyes. Talk to your ophthamologist about light requirements for aging eyes. I am sure he/she would be able to give you some good suggestions..Another great thing with the Kindle is, I can make the print the size that is most comfortable for my eyes.
I often feel like I am the last Luddite around, but with a little patience and practice, it has been possible for me to join the 21st century occasionally,(and converse with my grandkids!!)
I am a huge Robyn Carr fan and have all her books. I love the setting she has for the books and the continuing characters. She focuses on the military and retired military. Her own son is a doctor in the military. I also love Brad Thor and read his new book Black List in two days. Has anyone read the mysteries by P.J. Tracy. They are wonderful books and most of them take place in Minnesota. Tom Young is another good author. He writes mystery thrillers. And Vince Flynn has a new book coming out the week of November 13th.
You are so lucky to just be on the second book of the Virgin River series...you have a lot of wonderful reading ahead of you!
I was sad to red about the death of Maeve Binchy this week. I've liked some of her books better than others....can remember reading LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE when it first came out. Is still my favorite of all her books. Liked CIRCLE OF FRIENDS but hated what they did to it in the movie...but isn't that usually the case. Can't remember the title, but her books always came out in Ireland before the US...I was traveling in Ireland in 2000, and I kept seeing a new book by her and was tempted, but it was quite expensive. Kept thinking I can wait and get it at the library when it comes to the US....was strolling through the Dublin airport, and saw a huge display and decided to bite the bullet and i bought it. Was so glad.........I read about 600 pages during that 8 hour flight! The time literally "flew" by.
Robyn Carr has 4 new books coming out starting with the Christmas book focusing on the last Riordan brother. His name is Patrick. She is writing such wonderful books in the series I cannot wait until the new ones come out. I have so many favorite authors these days and some of them are really good authors. I cannot get into Jodi Picults books. I love Catherine Coulter's books and also Faye Kellerman's books. Harlan Coben is okay. And Richard North Patterson is a great writer.
I just finished reading the Witness by Nora Roberts and enjoyed it very much.Also, read I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgans Clark and did enjoy it. Have started Friends Forever by Danielle Steel. Apparently D.S. wrote this book because she said she has seen the decline in what friendships use to be in today's society. Not that far intoit but it seems interesting
We are having lovely summer weather in PA right now. Loving it.
I'm reading War Brides by Helen Bryan, a freebie from Kindle, and really enjoying it. Listening to The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and really liking that one as well.
Next up for me will be Night Road by Kristin Hannah and The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abates. Also have Love You More by Lisa Gardener and The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks - halfway thru that book on my ipod while I walk.. that ipod is giving me fits tho as i am not so technically savvy...
I love my kindle (I have the one before the fire, so I get the internet on it, but never use that- again, technically challenged) for some of the same reasons already posted here. Convenient to carry anywhere, so traveling is great. Lots and lots of free books plus the ability to borrow from the library. Also as I am a Prime Member on amazon, I get lots of new releases to borrow for free. which just means you send the book back like you do a library book.
Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer!
A nice warm welcome to two new posters, Oat123 and Conniek_WI. It's been a while since we have had any new readers join our group, so it is particularly nice to have you on board. I now have 201 members on my list. Whoopee.
And, welcome back to Jean_65. I do remember you from a while ago... and we still wish we knew more about Mary Kay.
Lots of good recommendations this week, some of whom I have added to my list of authors to explore.
Thank you, all of you, for your comments regarding e-readers. I have discovered that with my PC I will have to use Kindle if I intend to get library books. And, since I am a rather choosey (ok, very picky) reader, I don't want to depend on random freebies being my cup of tea. So, having solved that major part of the decision making process, I guess now I just need to look at the various versions, with the added gizmos to see if any of the features appeal to me. What about backlighting? Is internet access really a big deal? I don't need to take notes while I read, and I rarely come across a word I don't know (so I don't need a dictionary)... what do I need?
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Hello everyone, Just finished November 22, 1963 by Stephen King, awesome book, 800 pages but reads very fast. I also enjoyed WHAT DOESN"T KILL YOU . I also just read GUILTY WIVES, by James Patterson. His books are always very entertaining, however this one was very disturbing.
I hear what you are saying Oscaranna, I watch the Olympics and then read during the commercials or an event I don't particularly care for. (Water Polo)
I am reading the The World of Downton Abbey. One of the ladies who works at our vet is from England and her family lives about 10 miles frrom the castle that was used in the filming. As a child the toured it frentently.
Becky, 11/22/63 is on my TBR list. It is a big book so glad to know that it was also a good read!
Picked up a couple of "real" books at the library yesterday and am already well into Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Jennifer and Beth are co-workers at a newspaper who share their lives through their email conversations at work. Lincoln is the IT security guy whose job is to monitor employees' email. How can he let Beth know that he's falling for her from reading her email? It's sweet and funny -- I'm really enjoying it.
I have just finished a book 1157 pages long(not large print). It is HOUSE OF HOPE by Neta Jackson. There are three sections to it. I am now reading a follow-up book by the same author WHO IS MY SHELTER. These are Christian books. I have 5 library books on hand so I will get at them soon.
I am probably the only one who did not like 11/23/63. I gave up on it after 60 or 70 pages.
11/22/63 was the first book I read this year. It still stands out as one of my favorites. More like his earlier books. I loved it!
I read THE REPLACEMENT WIFE by Eileen Goudge. Thought I was getting it from the library for my Kindle, but apparently it's not available for Kindle so I had to download it to my computer as an Adobe Digital Edition. I could show two pages at a time on the screen, so it was easily readable. Not my preference to read from the screen, though. I'll be more careful about what I'm getting next time. However, the book was very good! Quite an emotional journey. Camille is a professional matchmaker who is very good at her job. She is married to a wonderful man and has two kids. When her cancer comes back and she is told she has less than a year to live, she decides to find a suitable woman to be her replacement when she dies. Her own mother died when she was 14 and her father never remarried, but instead basically abandoned her and her sister. She loves her family too much to let the same thing happen to them. Her husband is totally against it, but finally agrees to go along with the idea because that is what his wife wants. What an intriguing concept for a story!
I have a Kindle Keyboard because I just don't care for touch screens. Can't access the internet on it, but the screen is very easy to read, and the font size is easily adjustable. I love that I am never out of something to read. And it's so easy to carry. I have a leather cover for it, but no light. I'll never give up real books, but I'm glad I have my Kindle!
Our weather is supposed to cool off for the weekend. Sure hope we can get some rain! The entire state is "Severe Drought" or worse. Most of it is "Extreme Drought." It's depressing.
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