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26 May 2019
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Authors you never get tired of reading
Diana Gabaldon, Harlan Coben, Bill
Bryson, John Steinbeck
Since most of the books I read these
days are on the Kindle, I rarely see book covers any more.
The nice thing about Gabaldon books is that when you have a well-written book over 1000 pages, it's bound to make you laugh, cry, and make you depressed. I would say "Outlander" did all three things, as did "Voyager" and probably all of the Outlander series.
Any well written dog book will do
that to me too, like "Where the Red Fern Grows" or "The Further Adventures
of Lad" (my favorite of the Lad books)
"Stories I only tell my friends." I like Hollywood biographies but I'm not sure why I read this one since I was never a Rob Lowe fan, except maybe I saw Lowe interviewed somewhere about the book and I was curious. I was amazed at what a well written, enjoyable book it was.
Another was "Forever Restless," an autobiography by Joseph O'Looney, CSP, who was a Paulist priest I met when I was about 8 years old and my mother was taking instructions from him to become a Catholic. He became part of our family from then until his death several years ago.
He loved my younger sister, but he and I were always oil and water. I had such bad feelings about him, I refused to read his book, even though my mother typed it. But in our Big Book clean out, I picked it up and started reading it. He had a fascinating life from Irish kid in San Francisco, to priest, to Navy chaplain, to university chaplain where he began a mission to central and south American countries, starting an organization which is still active these many years after his death.
He was a good writer and I'm glad
that I finally read the book (but glad he's dead an I don't have to admit
that to him!!)
Oh Lord. "Fifty Shades of Grey," which I read out of curiosity because
of all the hoopla I read the first book of the three and had zero
interest in reading the rest. What a waste of time, what
Well the hero of the Black Stallion
books was Alec Ramsey and I sure liked the Black better! In fact, in any
animal book, the animal was my favorite.
"How to survive the loss of a love"
by Peter McWilliams. After my friend Gilbert died I was working at a
new job and didn't really know my co-workers well, but I was terribly
depressed by his death and one day one of the women went out to lunch and
came back to hand me this little book. I don't know how many times I
read it but my gauge of how far through grief I was was how far into the
book I could get before crying. The gift was a godsend.
Eric Weiner's "The Geography of Bliss" taught me that I never want to
visit Moldova. I always learn interesting things from Bill Bryson's
books. And Sally Henderson's "Silent Footsteps" was a fascinating
(though I'm not sure how "valuable" it was) look at elephant societies.
Believe it or not, the Outlander
series. It took several years before I became a fan. It also
took me three or four tries before I finally got past the beginning and into
the main story of "Gone with the Wind."
Myron Bolitar, the hero of Harlan Coben's books, or Kay Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell's heroine....but only the Scarpetta from the earlier books. I don't like how she evolved.
I would also love to spend
time chatting with Jo March from "Little Women."
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