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As I mentioned in my last post, I've been on a real reading tear this month. I've finished nine books so far, and, thanks to [personal profile] cornerofmadness posting about it, I've decided to join the reading bingo challenge 2014. I've already filled in two squares (a book with non-human characters: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, and a book by a female author: Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark). I have several books ready to read for most of the other squares but I do need a book your friend loves, and since you guys share more of my book preferences (and actually, you know, read) than most of my real life friends do, rec me a book you love.

For Christmas, my sister-in-law (she does the shopping) bought me a Books-A-Million gift card, which while I appreciate the gesture irritated me no end because I don't shop at Books-A-Million. I'm an Amazon girl. I have FOUR freaking Kindles. I buy a lot of shit at Amazon. I talk about Amazon all the damned time. But... I got a BAM gift card. So I went online and bought some books to add to my ever teetering pile. /sigh I had to go online to spend the card because while we have a local BAM at the Highlands Shopping Center, it's a crap store and never has anything I want. Hence why I never shop there.

I'm off today for the MLK holiday. It's cold, overcast, and just plain dreary. Guess I'll toss a throw over my legs and read another book or two. :-)

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Jan. 20th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
It's really hard to narrow down the list of books I love, lol, but one of the first that comes to mind is Dumas Key, by Stephen King. It's long \o/ and I think it's one of his best books. My favorite is The Stand, but you've probably read that one if you read King :)

If you want sci fi, Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh is fantastic. And the Otherland series by Tad Williams are three of the best books I have ever read. They're all long too, though.

And Doomsday Book by Connie Willis is another favorite terrific book :)

I tend to only read really long books though, lol
Jan. 20th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
I actually own Doomsday Book, but haven't read it yet. And, oh yeah, I've read The Stand. The first version, and then I bought and read the expanded version because, you know, the first thousand or so pages wasn't enough. LOL

I've thought about reading Dumas Key, so I may check that one out. I've only just recently gotten back to reading King after about a decade long layoff. My cousin gave me Dr. Sleep, so I want to re-read The Shining (my own personal King favorite), and then Dr. Sleep.

Thanks for the recs!
Jan. 20th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
Anything by Rainbow Rowell is great. I loved Eleanor & Park especially. Anything by Robin McKinley I also love, especially Sunshine, which is a vampire book, although you've probably read it. And Kristin Cashore's trilogy (she only has the one) is AMAZING.
Jan. 20th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll check these out. I know I've read several McKinley books, but don't know if I've read Sunshine. I think I may have though. :-)
Jan. 20th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, I feel the similar irritation at all the Amazon cards I had to take because that's where my friends shop. I do books-a-million just to avoid Amazon. Hope you got something good regardless.

C.S. Harris's Sebastian St Cyr books are great. I love them (though she gets carried away with Sebastian's looks a little)

Brandon Sanderson's Alloy of Law or the Rithmatist were great.

The Flavia de Luce books are good (I'm looking forward to the new one).
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, too bad we couldn't exchange cards! LOL

Thanks for the recs. I loved the Falco book, Silver Pigs, but my stupid library doesn't carry any more of them or the Flavia books. I'll just keep an eye out to see if they ever go on sale because I think they're too expensive right now.

I haven't read any of the Mistborn books, but I'll put that on my list to read.
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
you know I thought the same thing. I mostly do amazon since they ask me to (and then after I build this huge list, they never use it... or at least haven't in the last 2 years)

Flavia is on book #6 so you might be able to find the first one, the sweetness at the bottom of the pie relatively cheap or at halfprice books

Honestly I'm reading the second in the original series which I was whining about not so long ago (i.e this weekend). Alloy of Law is centuries later and I didn't realize that I should read the first mistborn series. It's very different than Alloy and slower and OMG the trade paper back I got from the library is nearly 800 pages...
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
Good grief. I'm pretty sure I've seen the Mistborn books at the library, but I don't remember the book looking that long!

Unfortunately for me, I think the closest half-price book store is in South Hills, and I never go there. I hate shopping so much that driving for a couple hours just to buy something makes my head ache to even think about. LOL
Jan. 20th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
They are big. And the second one is feeling big too. I just crested page 500.

Yep you're right it is. WV has none. too bad. Yeah I'm not a shopper I only do it when I have to (unless it's food, I'm all about food) and I hate it on line even more, especially clothes (pay to ship it, pay to return it if it doesn't fit. blech)
Jan. 20th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, buying clothes online is a crap shoot. At least Kohl's generally has stuff I like.

Maybe when the weather starts getting nicer I'll take a few walks to the used book store and the thrift stores to see what they have, if anything.
Jan. 20th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
yeah for tops I'll go online, for everything else (especially shoes) I make the trek to the mall)

there you go. We have none here. Sigh. I have to go to COlumbus
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
The Paradox Bookstore that's made the rounds online a few times because of their 'take a book' sign is both a treasure trove and a death trap. You never know what gems you'll find there, but chances are you'll break a hip tripping over something in the middle of the aisle reaching for it. LOL
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
hahaha sounds like fun
Jan. 20th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
When Best Friend went on her annual trek into the Canadian wilderness I gave her The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and she adored it.
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Good deal on the Kindle so I bought it. :-)
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
The last few books I've put on my favorites list over on goodreads are Gone Girl, The Sisters Brothers, The Fault in Our Stars and State of Wonder.
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
I've heard conflicting reports about Gone Girl so I've never read it. I'll check out all your recs.

Man, I suck at Goodreads. I have an account but never remember to use it. Maybe that should be my New Year's resolution.
Jan. 20th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Gone Girl is certainly controversial, but I loved it. Goodreads is fun - I love organizing everything into lists and categories and seeing what everyone else is reading.
Jan. 20th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Since things have been so slow at work lately, that might be a great time waster. ;-)
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