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message 1: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Lori, might be that it goes under another folder, but they didn't seem to match...
Fiona brought me on this idea.
Since being part of TNBBC I have books in my head that I want to read that probably before I wouldn't even have known they exist. There are some books that are mentioned more in posts than others and I was wondering which books you all put on your lsit to have to read as fast as possible because of the posts you read here. I don't mean the huge amount of books we put on our TBR pile, mountain but those couple that put their head out because of the amount of posts that mention them.

For me it are for instance:

The Thirteenth Tale A Novel

The Book Thief

The Pillars of the Earth


message 2: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Oooh! Good one.
The Thirteenth Tale (I just purchased the audio)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (I loved it!)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (I HATE it!)
The Memory Keepers Daughter (okay)
The Lovely Bones (not impressed)

There are many more, but I will have to think.


Allison (The Allure of Books) (inconceivably) Outlander (LOVED LOVED LOVED, currently reading #4 in the series)

Twilight (obviously I had heard of it, but wasn't planning on reading it until I read reviews-LOVED the whole series)

Sookie Stackhouse (really enjoyed the whole series so far)

basically, I just never thought of myself as a big fantasy fan-but based on other people's reviews I decided to give all these a try, and they are now all some of my favorites!


message 4: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Allison, you just remined me of another one. I absolutely don't have a clue what the Sookie serie is about but every time I read posts from Lori about it i feel like getting the books and read them!!!


message 5: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Oh yeah! I read Twilight (the whole series) because of this site. Sookie too. I LOVE those. I would never have picked up the Sookie's because of the cover art, but everyone on here raved, so I flung aside my cover snobbery, and... fell in love! (Eric, Eric, Eric)


Allison (The Allure of Books) (inconceivably) Ahhh Kandice, I love Eric too!

Yeah, I was very wary of Sookie, but once I read Twilight and loved all those vampire characters, I figured I might as well just jump on the vampire bandwagon...now I'm foaming at the mouth waiting for the next Sookie book to come out in May! haha.


message 7: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I used to read Anne Rice, but was never a real Vampire fiend. Now though, I am looking for more! I have noticed most of the books in that genre are book candy, which I don't mind at all, but I would feel guilty if that's all I read. There's a vampire hunter series I noticed on reviews here, and I think I'll check that out next.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 1736 comments The Anita Blake series? Starts good, goes downhill (my opinion).


message 9: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Susanna wrote: "The Anita Blake series? Starts good, goes downhill (my opinion)."

Thanks! That's the one. Is it worth starting and then stopping when they get bad? At what point do you think it drops off? I was interested because here seem to be a lot of them.




message 10: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Hm, well let's see...

The Loop - Nicholas Evans (Jeane)
The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans (Atishay mainly, and Jeane)

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett though what intrigues me is that I hadn't noticed any talk of him until I bought the sequel to Pillars - and the all I kept hearing about on here was The Pillars of the Bloody Earth! (Various people on here rave about this flaming book.)

The Thirteenth Tale A Novel - got that for Mum's C'mas pressie. (Many people here raving)

And the ones I've read already thanks to certain pushers on here...

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - by Mary Anne Schaffer (Laura)

Prodigal Summer A Novel - Barbara Kingsolver (Laura)

The Divide - Nicholas Evans (Atishay and Jeane)


message 11: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9634 comments Mod
So this a "if it wasnt for goodreads, I would never have considered reading these" kinda thread????

Well, for me, Charlaine Harris's Sookie novels. They just looked totally cheesy and horribly chick litty on the bookshelves, but then everyone started raving about them and I had to get in on the action. Kick ass urban vamp series!! I love it, its perfect brain candy!

Foers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. If this wasnt chosen as a group read, I would never have touched it. It turned out to be one of the best reads for me this year.




Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 1736 comments Thanks! That's the one. Is it worth starting and then stopping when they get bad? At what point do you think it..."


I liked through about the first ten, when she started abandoning actual plot for light porn.


message 13: by Vicki (new)

Vicki I can attribute a lot of my recent reading/purchases to TNBBC. To name a few, The Stolen Child, The Book Thief, The Thirteenth Tale, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

I have also bought, but have to read, The Horse Whisper, Blindness, Guernsey, Shadow of the Wind, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrel and The Book of Lost Things.

Many of these books I wouldn't have come across if not for this site, and it definitely has broadened my horizons as a reader.


message 14: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Oh yeah - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is another for me, I definitely wouldn't have read it had it not been for that.

I have a to-get pile as well which I never used to have. As Jeane said here or somewhere - going in the library now is like a mission. Usually I might see a book in a shop think that maybe I'd get that later on, forget about it and never buy it.

Now I find myself browsing people's profiles, or when I see a book mentioned I look it up on GR and I trust the reviews here more then those imbeciles on Amazon who write reviews, and also I can see if my friends have read it or whatever... and so I add it to my to-get pile.

Oh... and Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is another book I read because of this place. I think it was only mentioned in passing and I was quite surprised in myself when I got it from the library and really enjoyed it. That was just mentioned somewhere and I saw it in the library a couple of days later and read it.

That would never have happened had it not been for GR and this place.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 1736 comments For me - definitely Guernsey. I also gave it to my mother, who also loved it.


message 16: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Lol. The effects of GR is quite far reaching if it is also spreading to our relations.


message 17: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Fiona wrote: "Hm, well let's see...

The Loop - Nicholas Evans (Jeane)
[b:The Horse Whisperer|479415|The Horse Whis..."


fiona, you took long to put it!!! I thought you would ahve come immediately and put certain books that I adore...


message 18: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Lori wrote: "So this a "if it wasnt for goodreads, I would never have considered reading these" kinda thread????

Well, for me, Charlaine Harris's Sookie novels. They just looked totally cheesy and horribly c..."


That's right Lori. Youa ctually explained it better than I did and much shorter!!!
And you see, you will in the end having me read the Sookie ones!!!!


message 19: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Vicki wrote: "I can attribute a lot of my recent reading/purchases to TNBBC. To name a few, The Stolen Child, The Book Thief, The Thirteenth Tale, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

I have also bought, bu..."


Great Vicky. let me know what you think about the horse whisperer. There is also a group about it!

Shadow of the wind is great too!


message 20: by Carrie (new)

Carrie (missfryer) | 454 comments I would have never known about the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Now those are my faves.


message 21: by Angela (new)

Angela | 1934 comments Gemma Doyle Trilogy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Book Thief
I know there are plenty more, but cannot think of them right now.


message 23: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 69 comments Like many of you -

The Book Thief
Guernsey
Outlander
Sookie series

I hadn't heard of any of these before GR!


message 24: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 224 comments If it weren't for this site I would never have read:
Book Thief
Book of Lost Things
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Dracula
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

probably many more but can't think of them. Not to mention the line of books waiting in the wings to be read thanks to this site. :)


message 25: by Melody (new)

Melody | 564 comments I have read the following books since September (when I found GR) and hadn't heard of them before then but was attracted to them through GR:

Atonement
Life of Pi
The Book Thief
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Peony in Love
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Thirteenth Tale
Eat Pray Love
The first 3 Stephanie Plum books

and I have Twilight and PS I Love You

to be read next.




Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews (SilversReviews) | 154 comments Kandice wrote: "Oooh! Good one.
The Thirteenth Tale (I just purchased the audio)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (I loved it!)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (I HATE it!)
The Memory Keepers Daughter (okay)
T..."


I loved the Thirteenth Tale and SnowFlower and the Secret Fan....haven't read any of the others....thanks for the ratings, though.





message 27: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9634 comments Mod
Jeane, the Sookie books are sooo good... You really need to pick them up!


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments Books that I am waiting to read that I wouldn't even have considered if it weren't for TNBBC:

The Thirteenth Tale
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Sookie Stackhouse series
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Blindness
A Dirty Job

I'm sure there's more but that's all I can come up with right now.



Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews (SilversReviews) | 154 comments Shadow of the Wind is an awesome read and the Book Thief is as well.

ENJOY!!


message 30: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Lori wrote: "Jeane, the Sookie books are sooo good... You really need to pick them up!"

If you keep going on I suddenly will! :-)))


message 31: by Katie (new)

Katie I never would have considered reading The Book Thief or Atonement before this group. But because of all the praise they're at the top of my list for my next book.


message 32: by Linda (new)

Linda | 887 comments Looks like you people have said it all. For me, there are so many, but Shadow of the Wind would not have been a blip on my radar if not for this group. Extremely Loud and Incredibly close, ditto. I know there are many more, but those are my hot button ones.


message 33: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 510 comments Ones that I've been influenced to read are

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Divide
The Loop
The Monsters of Templeton --just starting


message 34: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 510 comments Jeane wrote: "Allison, you just remined me of another one. I absolutely don't have a clue what the Sookie serie is about but every time I read posts from Lori about it i feel like getting the books and read them!!!"

OK, Jeane, I have become a huge fan of Nicholas Evans and read The Divide and The Loop because you and Atishay converted me. Now, you must listen to me and read the Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. I loved them, and I won't take no for an answer from you. Get started, girl.




message 35: by Jamie (last edited Jan 20, 2009 03:36PM) (new)

Jamie Under TNBBC's influence, I've read Guernsey & A Great and Terrible Beauty.

These have gone on my TBR list, and I plan on reading them soon:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Book Thief
Stargirl
The Thirteenth Tale
The Count of Monte Cristo

These, I believe, were put on my list due to all the raves from people in another GR group:
Ella Minnow Pea
An Abundance of Katherines
The Code of the Woosters





message 36: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Kathy wrote: "Jeane wrote: "Allison, you just remined me of another one. I absolutely don't have a clue what the Sookie serie is about but every time I read posts from Lori about it i feel like getting the books..."

Hahaha, kathy...you are teaming with Lori and so many others!!!!

Another book I wouldn't have watched it it wasn't for seeing it in posts is Jonathan strange& MR Norrel. Might be starting it tomorrow.


message 37: by Ann from S.C. (last edited Jan 21, 2009 08:31PM) (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments BLINDNESS
THE BOOK THEIF
SOOKIE SACKHOUSE
and
any Charlene Harris book (GRAVE SITE)
A DIRTY JOB
EL&IC
MIDDLESEX
THE ROAD
and many more...........


message 38: by Esther (last edited Jan 22, 2009 01:26AM) (new)

Esther (eshchory) | 546 comments For me the whole of Goodreads is a way to hear about what is new and popular.
It helps me a librarian because I have a good grounding in the pro and cons of popular fiction without having to read every single book,( if only I had the time and budget!)

The greatest 'surprise' is that I will probably read Twilight even though I hve doubts about the writing style. But I will have to wait for awhile after the film as I doubt I will manage to get hold of them before!

Although I always intended to read The Book Thief and Outlander GR has definitely bumped them to the top of my list.



message 39: by silvia (new)

silvia  | 282 comments extremely lound and incredibly close,
the christmas books,
heart shaped box
- these to are the ones I actually read.

the books I got and have on my tbr shelf because of TNBBC:
rebecca
across the nighingale floor
the stand
everythig is iluminated
flowers for algernon

books I have on my whislist bcause of tnbbc:
outlander (actually wainting for a book via bookmooch)
a great and terrible beuty
gurnsey
house of leaves
oscar mao
etc



message 40: by Robin (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:46AM) (new)

Robin (RobinSullivan) | 1002 comments For me it would be:

Gursney (Pleae don't make me type the whole thing ---- again)
Book Thief
Pillars of the Earth
Water for Elephants

-- Wife of GR author Michael J. Sullivan: The Crown Conspiracy (10/08) | Avempartha (04/09)


message 41: by Meghanly (new)

Meghanly | 218 comments Jamie wrote: "If it weren't for this site..and this group..i would have never found some AMAZING books:

[b:The Thirteenth Tale A Novel|40440|The Thirteenth Tale A Novel|Diane Setterfield|http://photo.goodread..."


Love is a Mix tape - I have never heard of this before, Jamie - it looks so good, I have already reserved a copy at the library! Oooo, someone nominate this for our love book for February! (or has this group already read it- forgive me, I'm new!)


message 42: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2396 comments Without GR I wouldn't have remember A Great and Terrible Beauty...and then....

well...life would suck.


message 43: by Mary (new)

Mary | 45 comments These are a few of the books I am sure I wouldn't have known about if not for TNBBC. Now my TBR pile is getting even more out of control:

I capture the castle- Dodie Smith
Carter beats the Devil-Glen David Gold
The Magic of Ordinary Days-Ann Howard Creel
The Things they Carried-Tim O'Brien
the Outlander Series---these have been mentioned so many times I must check it out.

I also looked at Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; but a couple of reviews say it is explicit and hard core. Is that true?


message 44: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Today I seem to ahve two books in my head thanks to the posts...Outlander and Sookie.....


message 45: by Fiona (last edited Jan 23, 2009 09:28AM) (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Woohoo for Outlander!

And woohoo Mary for having the excellent I Capture the Castle my favourite, you know.


message 46: by Mary (new)

Mary | 45 comments Oops, made a mistake about "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"; the book I'd really like an opinion about is "The Book of Lost Things". Did anyone find it explicit and/or gory? Sometimes it is just what kind or how much of explicit and gory there is.


message 47: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9634 comments Mod
Book of Lost Things wasnt gory, but depending on your tastes I guess it could be..... Are you much of a horror fan? If you are, then it will seem tame. I reread it with my oldest son and he was ok with it.

I really really liked that book too, by the way!


message 48: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2396 comments Angela, Carrie, Melody, I'm pleased that you have TGDT on your lists! :D


message 49: by Eric (new)

Eric | 382 comments I really liked The Book of Lost Things too. As far as gore goes...it seemed a little gory at times but I think John Connolly was just trying to keep the story close to the original fairy tales that the book is based on.


message 50: by Marisa (new)

Marisa (psyko_kittie12) | 114 comments The Thirteenth Tale


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