OT - Favorite Books

I’ve noticed that some of you are including favorite books and/or books you are currently reading. I have started listening to books on tape/CD while I knit. I don’t have time to knit and read so this is my compromise. I love to read but I have not have much time in the last few years (especially since I do not have the willpower to put down a good read and do things like cook dinner :rollseyes: ). I need suggestions. I love mysteries, historical fiction (not of the romance variety) and just nice stories such as the Mitford series :smiley: . For the most part I only listen to books that my children can hear if they come into the room :oops: . I like Sue Grafton’s books and some of the language is a little salty but I just listen when the are in bed.

Thanks for you help

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Oh boy… I LOVE to read! I usually read in bed before I go to sleep. I’ll give you a list of my favorites and the best thing to do to see if you like them is to copy the author and/or title into amazon and read the summary about it and what reviewers say. That’s how I find a lot of books. Okay here goes…

My favorite authors are:
[ul]Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovich ( I LOVE THESE!! They are hilarious!)
Patricia Cornwell
Jan Burke
Robert Crais
Diane Mott Davidson [/ul]

A few books that are just random, but REALLY good:

[ul]My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
An Egg on Three Sticks by Jackie Moyer Fischer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Bamboo Chest by Frederick Graham
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon
The Secret Live of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay [/ul]

I second Jan’s recommendations of The Secret Lives of Bees and My Sister’s Keeper. I’ll have to take a look at the other ones that she listed too. I also enjoy books by Maeve Binchy and Anne Tyler. I love Elizabeth Goudge’s The Scent of Water, but I doubt it’s on tape/CD.


Here’s our Blog for Book Talkon the blog page - several pages of recommendations there :wink: Ps… re: salty language - headphones!!! Plus it blocks out most of the noise of children/husbands/various assorted housepets! :thumbsup:


These are historical mysteries you could listen to with kids in the room:

Anne Perry, the Thomas Pitt Series (set in Victorian England – good mysteries).

Fiona Buckley, Ursula Blanchard series (mysteries set in Elizabethan England).

I’m sure I can come up with a lot more. I love historical mysteries, too.

Hope this helps!

gardenia (I’m back!)

For good clean and funny mysteries, I have loved “The Cat Who…” series by Lilian Jackson Braun.

Or maybe you could look for the classics on CD/tape. Like Little Women or Treasure Island, or The Secret Garden. Something maybe the kids might want to listen to with you…if they promise to be quiet, that is… :rollseyes:

I’ve seen these, but never tried them. I’ve read everything by the authors I posted so I’m always looking for more. Thanks!

Or maybe you could look for the classics on CD/tape. Like Little Women or Treasure Island, or The Secret Garden. Something maybe the kids might want to listen to with you…if they promise to be quiet, that is… :rollseyes:

What a great idea to introduce them to the classics! They’d probably only take it in short bursts, but then you could listen to what YOU want when they split. :lol:

Okay Jan - I’m taking your advice. I just found a bunch of paperbacks on eBay by Jan Burke and Patricia Cornwell. I’m gonna give 'em a try!

I LOVE “The Cat Who…” books! I’ve been collecting the hardbacks now for about a year. So far, I have 16!

I LOVE “The Cat Who…” books! I’ve been collecting the hardbacks now for about a year. So far, I have 16![/quote]

I hope you like the books! I’ve never read “The Cat…” books. Have to try them sometime.

I also agree with Jan’s suggestions, especially Janet Evanovich (start with “One for the Money”). If you find them on tape, they are NOT NOT NOT for when the kids are around!!

I also like Linda Fairstein and David Baldacci for the mystery category. And for a truly unique historical fiction book, check out One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Happy reading/listening!


[color=blue]I love this site! :heart: It is so diverse! I love to read too, addicted you could say. We moved this weekend and I panicked because I could not find my current read amongst the boxes. DH suggested taking a ride right then to the local used book store… abandoning our unpacking lol - he is so understanding! :heart: Currently I am reading “The Magician’s Assistant” by ann patchet. It is very good… I read just about any genre’. Enjoy - mysteries, historical fiction, series–Diana Gabaldon :cheering: , James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Jonathan Kellerman… too many to list. Thanks for starting this Lindsey H!

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Oh I love to read… But knitting does interfere. A very good series- which if you chose to listen to on tape is appropriate for all ears is the the Number 1 Lady’s Detective agency. I think there are now 6 books in the series and they are by Alexancer McCall Smith. They are set in Botswana. The stories are simple yet touch on what is really important in life. They are quick enough reads that you might be able to make time to actually read them instead of listening.

I love the already mentioned Sue Grafton and Janet Evonovich. Carloyn Hart’s Death on Demand books are really good and is now quite an extensive series. I like April Henry as well. Her first mystery was Circles of Confusion. Followed by Square in the Face, Heart shaped box and Buried Diamonds—shape themed titles. She has some stand alone books as well.

If you really are addicted to reading I will suggest the following web site: www.bookcrossing.com Where there are loads of on line book discussions and you can find out where to find books in your commnity that have been released and are now “free”.

Happy reading

I love to read but I must confess that the ONLY books I’ve been buying and reading lately are books about knitting!! :XX: :XX:

My favorite author is/was Catherine Cookson. She’s was from England and I LOVE most all of her books and I have every single one of them.

I also enjoyed reading books by Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope. I admit they have been dead for over a hundred years but their books are victorian stories and really held my interest. I have almost every single one of both of their’s too. Need I say I need a library room. :oops:

I may have to look into “listening” to books now that I don’t seem to read any lately. Do you get them from the library or buy them?? I really have no idea about them. :??

You should also try reading Laurie R. King. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the first in that series. I :heart: her.

My local library has TONS of them - on tape or CD. There is really no way I could ever finish listening to all of them. It’s so nice to be able to check them out for free!

I loved the info about ‘One Thousand White Women’, and the author, Jim Fergus has written another one here. Happy reading!!

I also love Sue Grafton. I’m patiently (well, not really) waiting for my library to get the latest one in. If they don’t get it soon, I’ll have to buy it. Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and Faye Kellerman are some of my other favorites. Right now I’m reading all the JD Robb books - I love them. I haven’t tried the Janet Evanovitch books yet, mostly because I absolutely can not read series out of order and my library doesn’t have the first few books.

I love the books you just mentionned! I haven’t tried the JD Robb books yet but I’m going to request some from the library today. I LOVE the Janet Evanovich books! I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed so hard at a book before. I also like the Diane Mott Davidson series and also Earlene Fowler.

I haven’t had time to get through the entire thread here, but I had to throw in my favorites, too. :lol:

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Pope Joan by Donna Cross

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

A Wrinkle in Time (and the rest of this series) by Madeleine L’Engle

And I think that’s it for now. I loved the Mitford Series, btw!!