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Have You Read a Good Book Lately?

Posted March 30, 2007

Have you read a good book lately? Do you think I would like it? I'm getting ready to go on vacation and I'm ready to plunge into a great new book. What would you recommend?

We have a nice group of contributers to this blog and I think we value each other's opinion. We have common interests, likes and dislikes. So I am sure we can assemble a solid list of books that will be fun and interesting to read.

I am up for about anything this vacation - a thriller, a heart warmer, a riveting adventure, a historical novel or an inspirational biography.

By the way, I will announce the winner of the anti-litter slogan contest after I return from vacation. We have received some excellent entries.

As for the Best Burger contest it looks like Char Grill is the local winner.

Now let's find a great book!


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  • Iris Apr 6, 2007

    Author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D.Robb, is one of my all time favorites. She has just released her 24th novel featuring her futuristic suspense heroine, Eve Dallas. The worst part of reading this series is having to wait for the next book. Enjoy your vacation!

  • Riverracer Apr 2, 2007

    Hope it's not too late to make a suggestion - Saints at the River by Ron Rash. It will really make you think, and it's very appropriate for a visit to the mountains.

  • Ashen-Shugar Apr 1, 2007

    How about some Fantasy? I would recommend The Riftwar saga by Raymond E. Feist. Has a great style of writing and sometimes its good to get away from reality if only for a short while. Easy to pick up, hard to put down. It's where my screen name came from. Have fun!

  • ahuber99 Apr 1, 2007

    Any book by James Michener are my favorites. Hawaii, Poland, Alaska, Centennial, Chesapeake, Carribean, etc. You not only are going to be reading a fantastic book by an eloquent author, but you are also going to learn a great deal of history. I have been hooked on Michener for about 6 years. I highly recommend him.

  • fishnett5977 Apr 1, 2007

    Anything by Nicholas Sparks - have read EVERY SINGLE ONE of his books up to and including "True Believers" and "Dear John" - but if you start with his first few, get "The Notebook" and make sure you make time soon afterwards to read the sequel to it"The Wedding". I've seen Mr.Sparks speak several times in our area and he is a WONDERFUL speaker! And he gives insight to how he does his writing and where is inspiration comes from. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!!! And I do hope you do have time to read at least one book!!!lol............. Annette from Meadow

  • NCSU84 Apr 1, 2007

    A travel book for next vacation?

  • jchalmersnc Apr 1, 2007

    I have three that I have read the last few weeks that would be good vacation fare.

    The Lost:A Search for Six of Six Million by Danieal Mendelsohn.
    A solemn tale of a man's search for a great uncle's family murders during the holocaust. The search covers almostt every continent and takes over five years.

    Something That Will Surprise the World, edited by Susan Dunn.
    The essential writings of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison. It's 456 pages will thrill you with the optimism for the furure of the Founding Fathers.

    Three Weeks With My Brother by N. Sparks.
    I bought it for $3.99 on a discount table. The best 4 bucks I have spent in years.

    Any book by the British vet James Herriot. The stories WILL breathe life into a soul looking for rest.

  • jdlewis76 Apr 1, 2007

    A great thriller is "The Butcher's Theatre" by Johnathan Kellerman. It's the story of an Israeli detective tracking a serial killer through Jerusalem. A fascinating biography is "If You Like Us, Talk About Us: The Life and Times of Robert H. Porterfield," the founder of Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.

  • drsickles Mar 31, 2007

    I always keep a book budget for vacations so I can stock up on three or four good reads. Two of my all time favorites are ANYTHING CONSIDERED by Peter Mayle and TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben. Then there's always Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series that are all hysterical.

  • stefyef Mar 31, 2007

    Hi Bill! Two of my favorites - though not pertaining to hiking at all - are "On Writing" (Stephen King) and "If Chins Could Kill:Confessions of a 'B' Actor" (Bruce Campbell). Hope you can fit them in some day - they're worth the time. See you at the Gym when you get back.
    - Steff (@ the Front Desk)




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