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25350 Let's try Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Sorry about the error--I must have the Mayans calendar on my mind!
25350 Just saw the thread myself. The best two books I read this year that were written in 2012 are Beautiful Ruins and Bring Up The Dead.
25350 I have both a Kindle and an iPad. I like the Kindle's portability, but I find myself reading on the iPad more often because of the lighted screen.
Dec 19, 2012 01:16PM

25350 I'm reading Team Of Rivals. Excellent biography!
Jul 27, 2012 09:18PM

25350 Of course, the classics that everyone has mentioned: Holmes, Marple, Poirot...

Also, I really enjoy Inspector Thomas Lynley from the Elizabeth George series and private investigator Jackson Brodie from Kate Atkinson's series.
Jun 01, 2012 10:52AM

25350 I'm reading Wolf Hall in honor of the Queen's Jubilee. :) I'm loving this book, although I appreciate the comment that some reviewers have made that the pronoun use is somewhat confusing--especially in the beginning. I'm only about a fourth of the way through the novel, but I like how Mantel has crafted Thomas Cromwell, who appears as a villain in most fictionalized accounts of Henry VIII's life but who is smart, witty, and interesting in this version.
25350 All my prayers to you and your family.
Jan 15, 2012 03:04PM

25350 I have accepted--and I'm aiming for 55. I like the idea of setting aside cash for each book so you build up a nice book budget!
Nov 18, 2011 08:42PM

25350 Glenda wrote: "I had heard raves for years about the Outlander series. I finally downloaded it to my Kindle, gave it about 200 pages and I was so bored with it I just quit. This is something I rarely do. I did..."

Glenda--I agree about The Road. So hard to get through.
25350 Scarlett O'Hara and Sherlock Holmes are definite winners, and I have to agree with the posters who cite Owen Meaney as their most memorable character. Personal favorites include Jane Eyre, Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo, Victor Frankenstein, and Sethe from Beloved.
Jul 06, 2011 07:35PM

25350 I love so many of the authors listed here, and I want to thank everybody for introducing me to a few new ones for my list. I thought that I would add Richard Russo and Wally Lamb. I think books like Russo's Empire Falls and Lamb's I Know This Much is True are some of the best written in the past few years.
Jun 27, 2011 06:14PM

25350 I decided to read Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad because several groups were featuring it this month and I wanted to see what others thought about the novel. I'm enjoying it so far.
Mar 14, 2011 05:12PM

25350 Lindz wrote: "Only Gregory could play Atticus Finch, like Viviane Lee was the only person who could have play Scarlett O'Hara. Both 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Gone With the Wind' are both up there for me. Ad..."

I agree, Lindz. To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, and the 1995 Pride and Prejudice are all on my "top" list as well. P&P with Colin Firth is pitch-perfect.
Mar 13, 2011 09:57PM

25350 John Irving
Richard Russo
Wally Lamb
Jonathan Franzen
Margaret Atwood
Mar 12, 2011 02:31PM

25350 Rick wrote: "Michelle wrote: "William wrote: "I can't argue with some of the choices my fellow readers have made; The Lord of the Rings and To Kill a Mockingbird are both great film adapta..."

You have a point--someone like Daniel Craig might be a better fit. I don't mind looking at Matt Damon, however, given that the films are escapist anyway. :)
Mar 11, 2011 08:20PM

25350 William wrote: "I can't argue with some of the choices my fellow readers have made; The Lord of the Rings and To Kill a Mockingbird are both great film adaptations from equally great novels. ..."

Oh, I'm not to argue with this at all! I think the Bourne thrillers have made excellent movies. Fun books, fun movies.
Mar 11, 2011 08:17PM

25350 My favorite novels of 2010 are:
1. Matterhorn
2. Freedom
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. The Help
5. The Passage
Mar 09, 2011 06:00PM

25350 @Rick and Martha: I agree completely. I do believe that we have to "sell" the classics to new generations of readers--I'm a high school English teacher and I work hard to introduce good literature to kids who find reading difficult or boring. However, the Brontes have managed to stand quite nicely on their own for almost 200 years without the need for bad television comparisons.
Mar 09, 2011 05:49PM

25350 Is anybody interested in the new Jane Eyre that is opening tomorrow? I read an interview with the director in The New York Times and he compared Jane Austen to Gossip Girls and the Bronte sisters to Goth twins. I cringed.
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