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Please tell me what's the last book you read that you LOVED.  For me, that book is The Rose Variations.  Sadly, I read it in June.   

Now that M's sleeping a bit more, I find myself wanting to read again, and it's not fanfic that's calling to me, for the most part.

Answer even if you lurk here; this isn't a locked post!  And tell me as much or as little about the book(s) as you want. :)

With thanks,
Your fellow lover of words

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Beloved is beautiful and, as you said, haunting; I read it several years back.

As for Outlander, I read a couple of the books some time ago. Ah, Jamie. *g* Maybe it's worth reading from wherever I left off.

Thank you for the recs! :)

I haven't read anything outstanding lately so I will rec an old standby: Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg. One of the funniest, engaging, entertaining and heartfelt novels I've ever read. Definitely good if you want something light and fun.

Haven't read that that, but it sounds like a fun book. :) Thank you for the rec.

The Palace of Illusions. It's a retelling of one of India's great religious epics through the eyes of a central woman. I loved it so much. :)

Oh! My mother-in-law read this recently. She thought it was just wonderful -- and told from a very interesting perspective. I'm Indian, but I admit I'm not well-versed in the Mahabharata.

Thanks for the rec.

Yes! I just finished reading Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs and I was in need of a new book. This post will be very useful indeed!

The last book I read that I loved is The Siege" by Helen Dunmore.

Agree with you about The Siege, it made a deep impression on me. Still think about it although it was years since I read it.

Hm, I don't know what you like or dislike but I'm currently re-reading the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. Absolutely fantastic. The characters are wonderful and the writing is lovely.

If you'd prefer non-fiction and you don't mind crying, I'd like to rec Final Salute by Jim Sheeler (I'm pretty sure that's his name). I cried all the way through (and I don't usually cry at books) but refused to stop reading.

I enjoyed Daylight, which is a very odd sort of vampire novel, very modern, very...off-beat.

Right now, I'm reading Generation Kill, and am enjoying it quite a bit.

I just finished Generation Kill myself, and it was excellent. Now if only I could get my hands on the DVDs ....

Nate Fick's autobiography is a good companion piece to GK, as well.

Last booked I LOVED was Shame the Devil, last book in the Washington quartet by George P. Pelecanos, who I think I recommended before??

I think you'd love - he's one of the writer's on The Wire as you probably know. This quartet is like a history lesson and crime thriller all in one, about what it means to be an immigrant and a man and is just awesome. The books in the quartet are The Big Blowdown (which I read last - doh!), King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever and then Shame The Devil.

Dead cheap on Amazon *g*

I would send you our copies but dh has two to read and we kind of want to keep them ;)

FAB :)

well, honestly i don't read a whole lot aside from fanfic (novel-length casefics of bloodwrites drive me batty with their awesomeness) and, offline, currently on my bedside table is "the inmates are running the asylum: why high-tech products drive us crazy and how to restore the sanity," which may or may not be your cup of tea. :)

but i am super stoked for the new kathy reichs book coming out tomorrow!

The Thirteenth Tale. This book was like falling into a magical world, full of recognizable people and stories. It was wonderful and I'd like everyone to read it.

I also have to recommend Atchafalaya Houseboat for the sheer Louisiana-ness of it. After I finished it, I wanted to run away, build a houseboat and live on it in the swamp for the rest of my life.

I'll be checking out your rec soon.

D., I read The Thirteenth Tale when it came out. I enjoyed it very much. It's fun knowing that you did, too.

I also have to recommend Atchafalaya Houseboat for the sheer Louisiana-ness of it. After I finished it, I wanted to run away, build a houseboat and live on it in the swamp for the rest of my life.

Ha! After that wonderful rec, how can I NOT want to read it? :)

I hope you like The Rose Variations, if you wind up reading it. For me, I got a kick out of the writing itself, as well as the way the story deftly defied expectation and avoided cliched twists. Not only that, I thought the characters were incredibly unique and specific; they weren't caricatures or weak stereotypes.

I finished The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers a few days ago and loved it. I prefer novels to short stories, but she's such a great writer I read anything by her.

Making my way through American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld now, first two parts are good, but it loses pace in the third, about to start the fourth part.

I'm a teenager, so sorry if I don't really know anything you'd like. *grin*

I really enjoyed I Am the Messenger and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I'm also reading The Once and Future King by T.H. White, which I like.

I'll be back if I think of any more

I have thought long and hard about this and I have a read at least a dozen books lately that I simply did not love. Maybe liked?

The last book my book club did that I really enjoyed was 'Eat. Pray. Love.' but I think I was in the minority there.

And I have 'Rhett Butler's People' on the nightstand, because it was highly recommended.

If you want something on the lighter side, Nora Roberts' new hardback, 'Black Hills' was actually very good. It was as much mystery as romance, and both really pulled me in.

PS - I'm enjoying everyone's recs so much! I love getting good ideas for new books!

Have you read House of Sand and Fog? I'm in the middle of it, and while it isn't my normal cup of tea...holy crap the writing is INCREDIBLE and INTENSE. I never watched the movie, and I'm glad of that. The book really puts you into the minds of the characters and paints incredible images that you just know is forming a train wreck of an ending. For me, because my in-laws are immigrants, I am really having my eyes opened by the way that the Persian protagonist thinks of Americans. Brilliant - if not depressing.

Anything by Sally Vickers - beautiful, lyrical books.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy - hard, bitter, and compelling.
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenburger
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

I read The Road with my book club, horrific but good. Gaudy Night I stayed up all night reading when I was 14 and the Time Traveller's Wife is a book I want to read, which means I would probably like Sally Vickers too, as I like the rest on your list.

I've just finished (literally) The Lovely Bones again.

I recommend however, Good Omens (Gaimem & Pratchett), War of the Oaks (Emma Bull) or A Madness of Angels (Kate Griffin). They are all in my top ten and all can be found in the fantasy section of your friendly local bookstore. I'm going to stop there as the list could go on forever.

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