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Aug 19, 2011 03:01PM

28257 I've met some great people here, too, including Lee, Lisa, and Barbara!
28257 Christine, my step-mom and I both joke about how much we enjoy the Plum books. As for embarrassing titles, are you referring to "Finger-lickin' Fifteen" or "Sizzling Sixteen"? I think they're funny. In a similar vein for me are the Bubbles books by Sarah Strohmeyer, like Bubbles A Broad.

I think I am most uncomfortable to admit that I read Dean Koontz. They're violent and formulaic and I don't agree with his politics at all. But they can be a good diversion and they usually have a dog. I also get a tad embarrassed when someone asks what I'm reading and it's some pointless space opera which has frequently been the case. I know I shouldn't feel bad but I feel lesser somehow because I'm reading "trash." I know I need to get over this.

But it goes the other way, too. I was reading in my car one hot afternoon while waiting for my daughter and a drunk guy came up to me just making conversation. He started talking about cars and I had no idea what he was talking about. He then said it was because it was a Black thing (he was African American and I'm white). I said I thought it was just a guy thing. But then he asked what I was reading and it was Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I told him what it was about and it made him really happy that I was reading it. And he told me I was wonderful and he walked away.

I have no idea why it made any difference to him that a white woman was reading a book about Black experiences but I felt like I had Proven I Am Not A Racist which of course it didn't do, either. I could have been reading it for a class, or thinking all kinds of nasty thoughts. But at least it alleviated my white guilt for the day. (My daughter, who is of mixed race, made fun of me for the incident anyway.) Anyhow, now when I'm embarrassed by what I'm reading I can remember that at least once someone was impressed by what I was reading.
Jan 07, 2010 07:23AM

28257 Lisa wrote: "Kelly, which is the first book in the Tamar Myers series? It sounds as though it's one I will want to add. (I knew this group would be big trouble and would wreck havoc with my to-r..."

In her Pennsylvania Dutch series, the first one is Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth.

In her Den of Antiquity, the first one is Larceny and Old Lace. I like the Amish series better but both are funny.

I posted this in another discussion but I get series info about mysteries from which has everything in order plus readalikes and genre lists.

Lee, it sounds like you keep similar hours as I do.
Jan 07, 2010 07:13AM

28257 I really appreciated the old covers when I was young because I didn't like the movie and it made it seem like the series was unrelated. I pictured my grandmother in them (we have adorable pictures of her as a little girl looking much like Dorothy).
Jan 07, 2010 07:10AM

28257 BunWat wrote: "Kelly, Donna Andrews is borderline for me. I have to be in just the right mood or I find her just a little bit too silly and I can't get into it. But if I'm really tired or stressed and need something beach book light, then she can work for me."

Thanks, that's really helpful!
I like the Amelia Peabody series, too, and Stephanie Plum.

I've never read Dick Francis but I might like them as I really like ones that take place in the west or desert like Tony Hillerman and Nevada Barr.

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Jan 07, 2010 07:06AM

28257 It's in my Netflix queue. I've been to Botswana so I want to see it for several different reasons.
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Jan 05, 2010 12:36AM

28257 Hunger Games and Life as We Knew It are both on my list, I need to move them up and get to them since so many people I respect love them!

I remember reading I Never Promised You a Rose Garden but I can barely remember what it is about. I know I loved it, too.
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Jan 05, 2010 12:36AM

28257 Oh, I can't forget to mention The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.
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Jan 05, 2010 12:30AM

28257 There are so many, most involving dogs. You see, I'm a little obsessed...

I get my information from where they keep track of series order, who writes about who, who the main protagonist is, and all the other sundry details. Plus, they have genre lists and "if you like this author then you might like..." It's a great site.
Jan 05, 2010 12:28AM

28257 It is such a weird small coinkeedinky world. Just yesterday I read a review about Donna Andrews' first book. Most reviewers who liked the book loved it saying it was hilarious, laugh out loud funny, but the ones who hated it talked about how whiny and door-mousy the protagonist was, the selfish and caricatured characters and the lack of much mystery among all the wedding stuff. Now I see you like her, Lisa, and I trust your judgment. Also, I realize that I read the first two computer mysteries and was so horrified by inaccuracies in the computer knowledge I couldn't read another. But I don't think I had a problem with how she wrote. So now I'm confused! I love Tamar Myers, do you think I would like the birds series?
Jan 05, 2010 12:23AM

28257 H.M. Hoover, strong young adult feminist sf and Ellen Raskin were my two favorite authors growing up. I also loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler and the whole Bagthorpe Saga by Helen Cresswell which I still think is quite funny.
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Jan 05, 2010 12:20AM

28257 I highly agree. Great fun that keeps you interested. Plus some great female characters.
Jan 05, 2010 12:18AM

28257 Oh, I forgot my own comfort reads. Well I very rarely read a book more than once because there are SO many on my to-read list. When I was a kid I read A Wrinkle in Time many times as well as Are You There God It's Me, Margaret.

As an adult, my favorite books aren't generally comforting--they make me think too much. When I need a comfort read, I generally turn to one of the following: A cozy mystery featuring dogs prominently (generally in a series I know and trust like Patricia Guiver or Laurien Berenson); A space opera with a strong, intelligent heroine like Heris Sarano in the Once a Hero series by Elizabeth Moon or Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates by Stephen Goldin; or something funny in any genre like Tamar Myers Amish/Mennonite mystery series that is ridiculous but pretty funny, Terry Pratchett or Dave Barry (nonfiction only).
Jan 05, 2010 12:10AM

28257 Thank you so much for inviting me! What a great idea!

I was given the option to read To Kill a Mockingbird in school on a list of classics we could read. It sounded boring. Later it sounded too depressing. I finally read it last year and I am so sorry I waited. It's delightful, really a great book. It has sad moments but it's not depressing over all. It's an amazing book and so sad that Harper Lee never wrote anything else.

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