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message 1: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
This is for people who are having trouble deciding which book to read next...

Post the books you are trying to decide between, and let the other members help you choose!
Or...ask us to look at your TBR shelf, and we will tell you what we think!

I sometimes have trouble deciding between a few books, and it sometimes takes me a week to decide which one to read...this should help people who have similar issues...


message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 244 comments ohh this is a great idea


message 3: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Lauren wrote: "ohh this is a great idea "
LOL It drives me nuts when I am having trouble deciding which book to begin next.
I usually take out the top 10 books that I want to begin next.
Re-read the synopsis on the back to eliminate a few. Look at reviews/ratings on Goodreads to eliminate a few more.
I then read the first chapter of each book to eliminate more...It is a long process. It would be so much easier to just go on this tread, and let other people help me out! LOL



message 4: by new_user (new)

new_user Good idea, Joy! :D


message 5: by J.D. (last edited Jul 01, 2009 07:59PM) (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Okay, I am succumbing, and letting you all help me out. LOL I've been trying to decide between these books since the 28th...

Surrender to Me-Sophie Jordan- This is the only book of hers that I have left. I am hesistant to read it b/c the main character was a jerk in the previous book, and it is the only book of SJ that I have left to read.

Don't Bargain with the Devil- Sabrina Jeffries-Love the author and series, but the plot doesn't sound as interesting as her previous books.

Private Arrangements- Sherry Thomas-Never read this author, but I've heard she is good. I always have trouble forcing myself to try a new author. LOL

Raven- Allison Van Diepen-Love vamps, but I have never tried this author either...

Any help would be appreciated! LOL :)


message 6: by Melissa (last edited Jul 01, 2009 05:56PM) (new)

Melissa I'm going to rule out City of Glass for you. Definitely read it when you are in the mood for it. I just finished it two days ago and I wasn't really in the mood for it, but it was due back at the library and my kids read it first so I kind of had to read it when I did. I like it as much as the first two, but my feeling rushed and forced into it kind of tainted it for me.


message 7: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Okay, I am eliminating that one. LOL


message 8: by new_user (last edited Jul 02, 2009 06:48PM) (new)

new_user Okay, here's a question to eliminate another one. Do you need your romance to be uplifting/cheerful? Private Arrangements was excellent, but it's definitely not light and cheerful. It's good mostly because the characters are so realistic and honest and flawed. It's not a typical HR; she's got a more modern style. Kind of like watching Atonement except there's an HEA and the plot's different, LOL.


message 9: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
No, my romances don't need to be cheerful. Some of my favs are filled with tortured souls...:)


message 10: by new_user (new)

new_user Well, then, read that one! LOL.


message 11: by J.D. (last edited Jul 03, 2009 05:26AM) (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
new_user wrote: "Well, then, read that one! LOL. "
LOL I might begin it tomorrow, since I am going to have an hour long drive, to and from for the 4th! :)

Anyone else need help choosing their next book to read...?




message 12: by Jo (new)

Jo I need some help i have loads of books to read but dont know where to start. I have:
The Strain
Lullaby
Vampire Beach
Apathy and other small victories
The Host
Virgin Suicides
The Road
....i cant remember the rest


message 13: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
LOL I haven't read any of those, but I would personally go with
The Vampire Beach series-Alex Duval
or
I noticed that you had The Lovely Bones in your to-read list.
I would go with one of those!
On another note...
"The Host" doesn't interest me personally, but my husband read it, and said that it was strange but REALLY good...


message 14: by Jo (new)

Jo I think it might have to be the host or vampire beach. The host is a really big book and i dont get too much tiome to read so it would take me weeks so im leaning towards Vampire Beach even tho its a series. My sister recommended Lovely Bones to me


message 15: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
I am huge vampire fan, so I say go ahead with Vampire Beach. :)


message 16: by Jo (new)

Jo Me too :) I think i will. Thanks for the help lol


message 17: by Jackie M (new)

Jackie M | 452 comments The Host is a good book ,but I'll warn you it is a little slow but picks up around the 7th chapter.


message 18: by Jo (new)

Jo I was wondering why it was so big. I wasnt expecting it to be that big when it came in the post


message 19: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Jo wrote: "I was wondering why it was so big. I wasnt expecting it to be that big when it came in the post"

I wasn't aware of how big it is. My husband listened to the audiobook, instead of reading the book itself. The audiobook is supposed to be good...



message 20: by Jo (new)

Jo Oh right. Well it is quite big. Ive never listened to an audiobook before. My mum feel asleep listening to a cassette book years ago with headphones on and she woke up with tinitus


message 21: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Jo wrote: "Oh right. Well it is quite big. Ive never listened to an audiobook before. My mum feel asleep listening to a cassette book years ago with headphones on and she woke up with tinitus "

It's better when you get the audiobook from the library, load it onto your computer, and that way you can listen to it on your MP3 player. Thats what my hubby always does.



message 22: by Jo (new)

Jo thats a good idea although im not a memeber of any library but i think i would listen to one on my mp3 player


message 23: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Jo wrote: "thats a good idea although im not a memeber of any library but i think i would listen to one on my mp3 player"
You can download audiobooks on certain sites, and it is cheaper than buying them in store...But I don't know the sites off the top of my head. My husband is the audiobook junkie, I'll ask him when he gets home! :)




message 24: by Jo (new)

Jo ok thanks :)


message 25: by BK (last edited Jul 04, 2009 12:15PM) (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Somebody please help me choose a few from this list! lol I cannot decide. I basically have 3 different categories here which I will simply state as serious, horror, and humor. So if you want to choose one of each, that is fine (but you don't have to). :D


Serious Business o_o

The Alienist
The Shadow of the Wind
The Thirteenth Tale


Horror D:

Heart-Shaped Box A Novel
The Exorcist
Let the Right One In

Humor XD

Bonk The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
something by Christopher Moore


message 26: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Jo wrote: "I need some help i have loads of books to read but dont know where to start. I have:
The Strain
Lullaby
Vampire Beach
Apathy and other small victories
The Host
Virgin Suicides
The Road
......"


Are you talking about this Lullaby? For me, it was okay. I think Invisible Monsters and Choke just spoiled everything else for me.

I am also interested in The Strain. So if you do read it, will you let me know how it is? :)


message 27: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
I chose one from each section for you! :)

"The Thirteenth Tale"
"Let the right one in"
"Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch"

Are the three that sound the most interesting to me...


message 28: by Jackie M (new)

Jackie M | 452 comments I choose one from each section for you too.

The Thirteen Tale
Let the Right One In (sounds really good)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


message 29: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Thanks! Well I have seen the movie for Let the Right One In and I didn't even know at the time that it was from a book. The movie was very good though. If you don't mind subtitles I definitely recommend it! Still, I am worried about it messing with my head while I read the book.

Guess I will choose between the 2 humor choices when I get to the store, lol. I will just have to remind myself I can always come back later.


message 30: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
BonFire wrote: "Thanks! Well I have seen the movie for Let the Right One In and I didn't even know at the time that it was from a book. The movie was very good though. If you don't mind subtitles I definitely reco..."
At least you had two of us that agreed on horror, and serious. That at least made your choosing easier. :) Have fun at the bookstore. Don't get too lost! LOL




message 31: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Well I am back from the bookstore. It was so hard. I was distracted right away by a bargain priced aisle where they had classics like Jane Austen novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes Vol.1 and 2, etc. Sherlock Holmes especially distracted me. But I made myself concentrate and go looking for the novels I came there to get.

They didn't have The Thirteenth Tale or Let the Right One In. lol So instead I got The Shadow of the Wind and Brimstone. I realize that last one wasn't even on the list, but that's because it's part of a series that I am behind in and I had forgotten about it. I didn't even get a third one. I decided to get out of there while I still could before I went into a book frenzy. Once I've calmed down I am going to go to the thrift store, that way I can buy a bunch of books and not even feel guilty about it. lol


message 32: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) BonFire wrote: "Well I am back from the bookstore. It was so hard. I was distracted right away by a bargain priced aisle where they had classics like Jane Austen novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Portrait of ..."

What I forgot to say was thanks again for the recommendations and sorry I couldn't get them. I was especially looking forward to Let The Right One In. :( Oh well.


message 33: by Jo (new)

Jo BonFire wrote: "Jo wrote: "I need some help i have loads of books to read but dont know where to start. I have:
The Strain
Lullaby
Vampire Beach
Apathy and other small victories
The Host
Virgin Suicides
The Road
..."



Yeah that lullaby. Have you read it?



message 34: by Jo (new)

Jo BonFire wrote: "Somebody please help me choose a few from this list! lol I cannot decide. I basically have 3 different categories here which I will simply state as serious, horror, and humor. So if you want to cho..."

Let the right one in. Its a good book, a little long but if you have the time you should read it


message 35: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 244 comments ok I have no idea where to ask this so here looks good. I have been browsing the Harlequin romance books and some have numbers at the end like 902 or 1600. I know that some are series but do u have to read them in order? and how do u figure out the reading order. thanks ladies


message 36: by Julianna (last edited Jul 15, 2009 04:41PM) (new)

Julianna (AuthorJuliannaD) | 653 comments I would have to say that depends, Lauren. Certainly you don't have to read the entire Harlequin series in order. That would be a nightmare.:-) There are smaller groups of books within the Harlequin brand that are series. Some are written by a single author and others are written by multiple authors. In some cases it's just a theme series, such as the Harlequin SuperRomance series 9 Months later. All the stories involve a pregnancy. In other cases, it can be a series of books that have inter-connected characters and plots just like any other romance series.

There are two groups here on GR that you might find helpful in determining if the books are series:
Romance Series Lists
Harlequin/Silhouette Series Romances

I also use fictiondb.com all the time. They aren't 100% accurate, but they are a great resource that is pretty good about having all the books that are part of a series listed in order.


message 37: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 244 comments Thanks so much Julie. i was actually looking at the harlequin web site i was getting so over whelmed by it. i never really noticed how many there were. i had a couple of the Blaze ones that I got but that was years ago.


message 38: by Julianna (new)

Julianna (AuthorJuliannaD) | 653 comments You're welcome, Lauren.:-)


Michelle (In Libris Veritas) (Shadowrose) Well I'm stuck because I can't decide what I'm in the mood for. All I know is I want to read, I prefer something some what short but if the story is intriguing I can read something longer.

Here is what I have (but you can recommend anything you think would be a attention catching book):
The Phantom of the Opera The Original Novel- Gaston Leroux
The Cat Who Wasn't There - Lilian Jackson Braun
Lasher- Anne Rice
Treasure Island
When You Believe- Jessica Inclan


message 40: by new_user (last edited Jul 20, 2009 10:03PM) (new)

new_user I think Inclan's books are more spiritual. I'm not sure whether that's your cuppa or not, but that might affect your decision. Also, Treasure Island is not worth reading, LOL.

Out of that list, Phantom of the Opera sounds the best. If it's anything like the film or play -and let's hope it is- it's well worth reading. :) (Unless you don't care for romance at all, LOL.)


message 41: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Michelle wrote: "Well I'm stuck because I can't decide what I'm in the mood for. All I know is I want to read, I prefer something some what short but if the story is intriguing I can read something longer.

Here..."

I second "Phantom of the Opera"!!! Sounds the best of of your list, and it is a great story! I'm actually going to see it on Stage next month in WI. :)




message 42: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Jo wrote: "BonFire wrote: "Somebody please help me choose a few from this list! lol I cannot decide. I basically have 3 different categories here which I will simply state as serious, horror, and humor. So if..."

Sorry Jo, I missed your post. :( You might have already read it by now, lol.

I see you have read Invisible Monsters (AWESOME BOOK) so you're familiar with how he writes. In my opinion, Lullaby is good but it's not as good as Invisible Monsters or Choke. But since you already have it and aren't buying it or anything, I'd say check it out. Chuck Palahniuk fans all differ on their favorite books, so you might like it more than I did. :)


message 43: by BK (last edited Jul 20, 2009 08:25PM) (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) Can I have some help again? lol These are books that I already own but haven't read yet. I am trying to plan ahead for when I finish Brimstone.

Weaveworld
An Instance of the Fingerpost A Novel
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy( I have read about halfway through the series but never finished it. I would have to start again at the beginning.)
Interview With the Vampire
Crafty Cat Crimes 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries
Midwives


message 44: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
BonFire wrote: "Can I have some help again? lol These are books that I already own but haven't read yet. I am trying to plan ahead for when I finish Brimstone.

Weaveworld
[book:An Instance of the Fi..."



I haven't read them, but I would go with Weaveworld or Interview with the Vampire. I know Interview with the Vampire was one of my hubby's favs! Weaveworld sounds really interesting...! :)



Michelle (In Libris Veritas) (Shadowrose) Thank you both I was thinking the along the same lines.


message 46: by new_user (last edited Jul 20, 2009 10:11PM) (new)

new_user Np, Michelle. :)

BonFire, sine you didn't finish Hitchhiker, I would say Weaveworld or An Instance of the Fingerpost sound the most interesting, particularly if you like meatier reads or in the case of Weaveworld maybe I should say a classic read. I always thought Anne Rice droned on too much, LOL. (And that's coming from a PNR fan.)


message 47: by BK (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) The only other book I have read by Anne Rice is The Mummy. I enjoyed it but I did have to skip through some pages because she doesn't know when to quit with the details, lol.

It's looking like Weaveworld should be next, then. Like Hitchhiker, I began reading it years ago, but had to stop due to real life distractions. Don't you hate it when that happens? With Hitchhiker, I just needed a break. lol


message 48: by Jo (new)

Jo BonFire wrote: "Jo wrote: "BonFire wrote: "Somebody please help me choose a few from this list! lol I cannot decide. I basically have 3 different categories here which I will simply state as serious, horror, and h..."

Yeah someone else told me that Lullaby isnt his best and i should read Choke but at the min im trying to get through all my unread books before i read anymore so im gonna read lullaby first


message 49: by Jo (new)

Jo BonFire wrote: "Can I have some help again? lol These are books that I already own but haven't read yet. I am trying to plan ahead for when I finish Brimstone.

Weaveworld
[book:An Instance of the Fi..."



I havent read any of them but i have seen the movie to Hitchhiker.. and Interview with a vampire and they were pretty good films so id read one of them lol


message 50: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 617 comments I've read Interview With the Vampire and it wasn't my favorites. But I think in truth I'm just never going to be a huge Anne Rice fan. It was an interesting read though.

Personally I'd go with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I saw the movie, haven't read the book, and it was pretty good. It just seemed so interesting and quirky that it made me want to read the books.


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