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Nadia (bagambo) Thomma is right Katie! Murakami is just an amazing writer! I've read the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle which is brilliant!! And I have read some of his short stories. Every time you read one of his books he takes you away on such a fascinating journey. And the way he presents Japan with the western influences leaves you with a feeling like you are in modern day Japan and you feel as if you have can walk down the street and stumble upon the place. He just has this way of ensnaring his readers' attention. You will definitely enjoy his work Katie.


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Thomma (thommalyn) | 17 comments Katie, I bet you'll like Murakami. His books are unlike anything I've read. He's a wonderful storyteller, and he has an endlessly fascinating outlook on people and how they are shaped by their present -- and past -- relationships.


Holli Katie--James Patterson is one of my fave authors. Try one of his and tell me what you think!


Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments Thomma wrote: "Lately, I've been into Haruki Murakami. I adore his writing, his storytelling, his sojourns into magical realism. I've already read three of his novels and plan on reading everythin..."

These sound really interesting! I just checked and my library has [i:]After Dark[/i:] and [i:]Norwegian Wood[/i:] on audio. May have to check those out soon!


Thomma (thommalyn) | 17 comments Hi, Nadia! I haven't read After Dark yet, but it sounds fascinating. So far, I've read Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, and South of the Border, West of the Sun, all of which I tremendously enjoyed. His work is so delightfully strange, richly-layered, and speaks to so many possibilities -- and like Murakami, I really dig both music and cats. :-D


Nadia (bagambo) Hiya Thomma! I love Murakami too! The last book of his I read was After Dark and it was weird because when I finished the book I wasn't that sure I had enjoyed it, but when I was talking about it with a friend I found myself discussing it so thoroughly that I realized how I much really liked it. His writing is so refreshing and I just love his work. What else have you read by him?


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Thomma (thommalyn) | 17 comments Lately, I've been into Haruki Murakami. I adore his writing, his storytelling, his sojourns into magical realism. I've already read three of his novels and plan on reading everything by Murakami that I can get my hand on. :)

I've loved each of his novels that I've read, but so far my favorite is Kafka on the Shore.


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Katie ~ I got the email too. I just love her!


Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments I just got an e-mail from Sophie Kinsella that her new book, Twenties Girl A Novel is being released on July 21st!

She's one of my favorite authors. I've either read or have to-read every book that she's written so I'm excited to see something new!


Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* Goodreads and this group def make your TBR list grow. I've discovered several authors that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise. Right now my two new favs are Kristin Hannah and Joanne Harris. LOVE them!


Sherry (sherryred) I have to say I've always been a huge fan of Dean Koontz. But, I've found a few good authors since I've been on GR. The best so far is Jennifer Crusie...Agnes and the Hitman was both funny and suspenseful.


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Shelby ~ You need a few boxes of tissues for Firefly Lane. True Colors made me cry too but Firefly Lane had me sobbing.


Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* I haven't got Firefly Lane yet but I read her True Colors. It's hard to make me cry but the buckets were brought out for that book. I think sometimes that a good cry makes you feel better.


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Everyone who has ever had a GIRLFRIEND needs to read FIREFLY LANE. No ands, ifs, or buts.....


ReneeB Wow, I'm really going to have to get Firefly lane. I can't believe all the positive reviews. Might have to request this from the library. So many books, so little time!


Brandie (brandiemichelle) I'm a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I love all of his books. Jen Lancaster, Emily Giffin, Stephenie Meyer. Those are all my favs at the moment.

I agree with everyone about Firefly Lane! AMAZING book! A must read!


Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments I really, really want to like Nicholas Sparks. It's just hard for me to get past the fact that the plots seem so formulaic. So far I've read Message in a Bottle, The Rescue and just finished True Believer.

I guess it's not so much that they're "bad." In my mind, they just don't quite live up to all the hype.


Jennifer D. (jenpen4) | 3 comments I've read everything that Jodi Picoult has written (except for Songs of a Humpback Whale, which is her first...just doesn't interest me). I think she is very hit and miss with her books. Some of her books are just so good that I can't rip myself away, and then others take me forever to get through.

And Renee B, I agree about Harlan Coben and Tami Hoag! I have read a few of each of their books and so far I'm impressed.

I've also read quite a few of Nicholas Sparks's books. I think so far, of the ones of his I've read, my favorite is definitely Dear John. I loved that book, although my friend hated it!


Jennifer W | 1393 comments Katie, yeah the number books are Patterson's Women's Murder Club. I loved 1-3, but 4 stunk in my oppinion. I enjoy reading him in general. I really liked his non-fiction book, Against Medical Advice.

I read Mystic Lake by Kristen Hannah, and enjoyed it. I wasn't blown away or anything. I started Firefly Lane, but had to return it to the library before I got very far (it's huge!).


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Thanks ReneeB! You should bump up Firefly Lane too!!


Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments Lizzi wrote: "I like James Patterson's Women Murder Club books. Does anyone else read them? I started the Alex Cross books but never got into the series that much. When I want humor I gobble up Janet Evanovic..."

Are the Women Murder Club books the numbered series? If so, I have the first few on my shelf and I've never read them. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever read anything by Patterson.



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KrisT, the only Nevil Shute book I have read is On the Beach, which I loved. Read it years and years ago. I think it was the book that got me hooked on reading post-apocolyptic novels.


Elizabeth (Alaska) KrisT wrote: "Elizabeth, what did you decide about that one. I read it earlier this year and I really liked the interconnected stories and the setting. I was a Hoffman fan before but that one I really liked."

Kris, I liked Blackbird House. I found the format to my liking. I'm getting quite an author list, so don't know that I will be reading much more of Alice Hoffman, but then I may surprise myself, too.


KrisT | 553 comments Nevil Shute fans??? I know there are a few from the intro thread. I too read A town like Alice because it was on a list and Loved it! Then I read the Beach and
Trustee from the toolroom. All good. I need to check out some of his others.


KrisT | 553 comments ReneeB wrote: "Hi Mandy Sue, I haven't read Firefly Lane. It's been on my TBR list for some time, but it's good taht you also recommend it.

I've read: Between Sisters, Angel Falls, The Things we do for Love, ..."

Renee, we will have to get after each other to read Firefly lane it is on my pile. (along with about 200 others...sigh) :)



KrisT | 553 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Has anyone read Alice Hoffman? I'm currently reading Blackbird House A Novel, which the book flap describes as "a rare and gorgeous departure". I think the departure is that it is re..."
Elizabeth, what did you decide about that one. I read it earlier this year and I really liked the interconnected stories and the setting. I was a Hoffman fan before but that one I really liked.



ReneeB Hi Mandy Sue, I haven't read Firefly Lane. It's been on my TBR list for some time, but it's good taht you also recommend it.

I've read: Between Sisters, Angel Falls, The Things we do for Love, Summer Island and Distant Shores. They're all good.


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments ReneeB ~ What books have you read? I read Firefly Lane first and I was afraid to read another one because I loved that book so much I was afraid of being disappointed but True Colors was a great book too. I just don't want to lose my love of her yet. It's too soon. =) So I need to know what to pick up next.




ReneeB Mandy, I'm really enjoying Kristin Hannah as well. She's quickly becoming a fave of mine. I haven't been disappointed yet.


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Holli I just finished My Sister's Keeper Justine so I know what you mean about Picoult and I feel the same way. The two I read before this one didn't get to me the way My Sister's Keeper did that's for sure.....


Justine (paperbackheart) My number one is definitely Laurie Notaro. She is the funniest woman in the universe (I enjoy Jen Lancaster for similar reasons but HATE Stephanie Klein). Continuing down the list are Neil Gaiman, Tom Robbins, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood.
I discovered Jodi Picoult this year and have been burning through all of her books. My favorite ones are the ones that make me completely break down sobbing, the others I don't like as much.


Jennifer W | 1393 comments With Erdrich I tried reading The Painted Drum and couldn't get into it. A few months later I read Miracles at Little No Horse not realizing it was the same author! I enjoyed Miracles, so I will probably give her another shot.


Cyndi (chillmiller) Yeah, I got a few of her books signed! I was so excited!!!


Elizabeth (Alaska) Nadia, I became aware of Erdrich through her The Master Butchers Singing Club. I am now reading Love Medicine A Novel. Eventually, I will read everything, but she is too good to just read them back to back.


Holli That's really neat, I'm glad you got to do that. Did you get her autograph?


Cyndi (chillmiller) Yep! She was at the Borders in San Francisco last night! She is just as funny in person!


Holli You did Cyndi??!! That's so cool!!!


Nadia (bagambo) Elizabeth wrote: "From another thread you know I'm becoming such a big Louise Erdrich fan. Anyone else?"

Hiya Elizabeth! The only Erdrich book I have read is, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. It was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it. I haven't read anything else by Erdrich. Which book of hers have you read or are reading?




Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Magic Hour is on my TBR list. I might have to go pick it up.


Cyndi (chillmiller) Favorite author is Jen Lancaster! I got to meet her last night and I am still reeling!!!!!


Elizabeth (Alaska) From another thread you know I'm becoming such a big Louise Erdrich fan. Anyone else?


Holli I will love True Colors then! Magic Hour was really good...I liked it.


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments True Colors was very good. It spans 30 years like Firefly Lane. It was hard for me to part with the characters when the book was over.

I have another one of her books "Between Sisters" that I want to read too. I haven't read Magic Hour yet either. I definitely want to read more of hers.


Holli I just read that one Mandy and LOVED it. Great book!! So True Colors was just as good? I read another one by her and really liked it too....Magic Hour i think it was called?


Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments My favorite author of the moment has to be Kristin Hannah. I fell in love with her writing after reading Firefly Lane (my new favorite book) and then recently read True Colors and loved her even more.

Every girl should read Firefly Lane!!


Renee (ElenaRenee) | 115 comments I adore both Poicult and Hoffman. They are both must buy authors for me. Practicle Magic is one of my all time favorites. I do admit Nicole Kidmans awful portrayal of one of the chars started a no go to her movies for a bit but Nicole has won me back




Holli My mom likes them Renee and she says I should try them, maybe I should now since you both recommend them!


ReneeB The JD Robb books are pretty good. They take place in the future. I didn't think I'd like that, but I've gotten used to it. There are over 20 books now. Another series I got sucked into!


Lisa I used to consume authors but there are so many great books out there and I find I enjoy authors more if I don't read their books back to back. Stephanie Plum books are just way more amusing if I intersperse them between other books.


Lisa Elizabeth wrote: "Has anyone read Alice Hoffman? I'm currently reading Blackbird House A Novel, which the book flap describes as "a rare and gorgeous departure". I think the departure is that it is re..."


I have "The Third Angel" in my TBR pile but I can't seem to get to it. Must stop going to the library--you don't get to choose what you want to read then, you have to read what's due next.



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