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Old 01-02-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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I love to read (when time permits.)
Got any good reads to share?

Here's some recent ones I really enjoyed:

Three Cups of Tea (by: Greg Mortenson) - do not miss this fascinating book, mountain climber's adventure building schools at the base of K2

Team of Rivals (Doris Goodwin) - one of the recent Presidential candidates recommended this book, and the Abe Lincoln strategy is indeed fascinating

Slash - for you rock-n-roll'rs, a rowdy autobiographical look at the life of the lead guitarist for Guns-n-Roses, reckless and often horrifying

Clapton - Eric's autobiography that came out last year, WOW

Franz Kafka - assorted works, of course his 'The Trial' is exceptional

got any others?
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I came very close to buying my wife a Christmas present of that new Amazon.com electronic book reader to use on extended trips in the coach. We both read a lot and it seemed like a good idea, but I was a little concerned about actually reading from it. Anybody have one?
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I am presently about 1/3 into a book by Mike Huckabee titled - Do The Right Thing. It is an excellent book IMHO.
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I read mainly fiction. I just finished these 4 books and really enjoyed them.

Separation of Power: by Vince Flynn
Book Three in Mitch Rapp series

Executive Power: by Vince Flynn
Book Four in Mitch Rapp series

Memorial Day: by Vince Flynn
Book Five in Mitch Rapp series

Consent to Kill: by Vince Flynn
Book Six in Mitch Rapp series

There are 8 books in the Mitch Rapp series.

Also just finished The Appeal by John Grisham.
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The two books I have just finished are:

This I Believe

Not Quite What I Was Expecting

Both are books you can read 5 minutes at a time and in whatever order you want to...
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One of my xmas presents was a gift card to Borders. I'm savoring what I can get. I have changed my mind 3 times so far.
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I would also love a Borders card.
But also there is just a treasure trove in old used book stores. There was one near me in Alpine that had a wealth of old books. I got one from them last year that was copyright 1946 titled Burma Surgeon Returns, an account of a surgeon operating a jungle hospital while under fire from the Japanese. The book is full of photos. It cost me $2. It is a real read.

wthomas1, I have heard good things about that Mitch Rapp series. Can i ask though, why you skipped books 1 and 2?

Lindsay, i looked at one of theose electronic readers, it was a Sony I think, and the print it displays looks just like a book's print NOT like a computer screen. Thats a good thing. BUT, i just don't know if they would have the sorts of book i like to read already scanned. I know they have thousands, but like i said earlier old used book stores are one of my haunts.
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I did not know I was skipping books 1 and 2. I found the 4 I bought at Costco and discovered the sequence after I started reading. I am looking for books 1 and 2 now.
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Hah. I was a bookseller for 20 years until Dec 2007. Every month I post a list of books I've read the previous month with a little comment. You can visit my blog to see the list (just posted the Dec. books). Mostly sf and mysteries and a few other things.

Have you tried Greg Iles? Suspense thrillers.
Michael McGarrity? murder mysteries set in New Mexico (series).

I once found an interesting book on the dollar table at Barnes & Noble about the golden age of pool players (1950s, 60s 70s), all about Willie Mosconi, Jersey Red, Minnesota Fats, et al.
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I will say... I had already visited your blog..and BOY...do you read!!!
We have read some Greg Iles...I have always been partial to Ludlum & Koontz...

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I will say... I had already visited your blog..and BOY...do you read!!!
We have read some Greg Iles...I have always been partial to Ludlum & Koontz...

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Hey MonacoMama,
I hope you enjoyed the visit to the blog. It's true it's true, I am a voracious reader -- why do think I became a bookseller? To feed my habit. And now reading material is becoming one of my biggest expenses. Could be worse, I suppose; could be booze or drugs, but they're not nearly as satisfying in the long run.
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Wayne,
If you like the Mitch Rapp series you might want to take a look at the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. These include Killing Floor, Die Trying, Tripwire, Running Blind, Echo Burning, Without Fail, The Enemy, One Shot & The Hard Way. You might also enjoy Last Man Standing, The Simple Truth, Total Control, & Saving Faith by David Baldacci. He is also the author of Absolute Power which was made in to a movie starring Clint Eastwood & Gene Hackman.

Mama,
Have you read the Brother Odd series by Koontz? Are you also a Stephen King fan? Ludlum's heirs have a lot of my money also. You might enjoy By Order of the President by W.E.B. Griffin.

Other authors I enjoy include Dan Brown ( Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and The Da Vinci Code) , Dale Brown (The Flight of Old Dog, Day of the Cheetah, Air Battle Force, Plan of Attack and others) & Clive Cussler (The Dirk Pitt series), W.E.B. Griffin's "Brotherhood of War" & "The Corp" series. I have also enjoy many in the older but still good Florida based "Travis McGee" series by John D. MacDonald.

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Are you familiar with Farley's Old and Rare Books here in Pensacola?
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I have read a couple of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. David Baldacci is an author I enjoy. I also read John Sanford, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, Sue Grafton and other in the same genre's. A friend just gave me 12 of the Stephen Hunter novels that I am going to start soon.
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Any ,Michal Crichton,there will be no more.If long reader Left Behind books(11 or12 in all
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