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leesag
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I thought I'd start this topic so we can share the great books we read for fun. While these can include cancer books, it's also a place to talk about books we read to "escape" for a while.

Some of my favorites:

The "fever" series by Karen Moning
DarkFever, BloodFever, FaeFever and DreamFever. Fantasy series.

Along the same kind of lines, but more of an epic romance: CL Wilson Novels of the Fading lands:
Lord of the Fading Lands, Lady of Light and Shadows, King of Sword and Sky, Queen of Song and Soul.

I can lose myself in any of these books and have read them multiple times!

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I read mostly non-fiction. (I'm glad I had already read The Last Lecture before I was diagnosed.)

I like Jen Lancaster's lighthearted, funny, chick memoirs....Bitter is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big ***; Pretty in Plaid, etc. I recently read Accidentally on Purpose and found it surprisingly good.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the true story of a woman who died of cervical cancer and whose harvested cells became a cornerstone of modern medicine. "HeLa" cells, as they became known, were instrumental in the development of tomaxiphin and other chemotherapy drugs.

Carlene

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I am currently reading "Your Body Believes Every Word You Say" by Barbara Hoberman Levine.
It is about the language of the Body/Mind Connection. I think there is truth in it.
I also love James Patterson mystery novels.
~Joan

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I love my books and especially audiobooks! My MP3 player goes everywhere with me and helps me sleep. Thrillers are my favorites..... just read Nowhere to Run by C.J. Box and James Patterson's Private. I download audios and ebooks from my library's website.
(((HUGS))) Maria

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I do the eBooks thing, too. I treated myself to a Sony eReader right after my diagnosis (everyone who is diagnosed with Cancer deserves to break the budget, right?). I "borrow" books for free from a variety of libraries, almost all of which I've never set foot in, and some are across the country from where I live. It's terrific.

Just an FYI...if you are looking into one of these handy little gadgets, know that the Kindle does not support the format available from libraries. You will have to buy your books from Amazon if you go with the Kindle. The Nook, however, does allow you to borrow and download library books.

Carlene

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leesag
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Carlene,

I recently purchased a Nook because a) I could "borrow" ebooks and b) it is upgradeable (unlike the Kindle) When they update it, they send through a firmware upgrade because it operates on the Android OS.

I LOVE my nook!

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Thanks. Great info on the e-books, esp. the Nook. My son-in-law just received an e-book to take with him when he deploys but not sure what kind. I was looking into a Kindle, but would much rather borrow from the library. I actually miss those days of a card catalogue and the 'book-smell' of a quiet library on a cold or rainy afternoon! (just sometimes) One of my favorite series of books I read this past year has been the Mitford books by Jan Karon (fiction). It's like a continuing Our Town with many uplifting spiritual overtones through-out. It starts out with At Home in Mitford and continues with 8 novels following- an easy read. Love all the suggestions posted here.

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I love to read: I am reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. It has great reviews but I am finding it a bit slow. Please standby for MY review! I read the Twilight Series and LOVED all four books. They are the Dark Shadows of this decade. Does any one else remember Dark Shadows? I enjoyed the fun, light, quick reads. They are teen books so don't expect adult material.
Looking for something deep and meaningful: Jodi Picoult is an awesome writer of current social issues. I recommend My Sisters Keeper, The Pact.
I have the HeLa book in the queue.
Of course my three books that everyone should read in their life: Gone With The Wind, Thorn Birds and Little Women. Gone With The Wind book has very interesting differences than the movie. It gives more insight to Scarlett...she is the best character in the world....just saying!
Mary

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I just read this very easy to read book..."Brown Babies, Pink Parents"

It's a wonderful book written by two Jewish partners here in Austin, Texas ; who have adopted 3 black babies.

It's so riveting to read of they're fear they began to have with caring for the girls, i.e., am I exposing them to enough of their culture, OMG how do we do the hair! The hair was very challenging for them.

All in all, it was very light-hearted reading and interesting to see what lengths they took to insure the girls grew up in a well-balanced setting.

Now my next book will be Minions.

Thanks Leesa for allowing us to express our reading interests.

Love you and take care

Sharon

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msfanciful
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I just read this very easy to read book..."Brown Babies, Pink Parents"

It's a wonderful book written by two Jewish partners here in Austin, Texas ; who have adopted 3 black babies.

It's so riveting to read of they're fear they began to have with caring for the girls, i.e., am I exposing them to enough of their culture, OMG how do we do the hair! The hair was very challenging for them.

All in all, it was very light-hearted reading and interesting to see what lengths they took to insure the girls grew up in a well-balanced setting.

Now my next book will be Minions.

Thanks Leesa for allowing us to express our reading interests.

Love you and take care

Sharon

Cmonkey
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Hi,
I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins. They all were fabulous.

Carolyn

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Tina Brown
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I can't settle to reading at the moment, however I ususally love family saga and novels set in the war. I actually spend my leisure time doing code words. It is something I can just do without having to concentrate too much

Tina

groundeffect
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I usually read non-fiction, also-but just finished reading The Golden Compass. Not really a kid's book, and I found it very entertaining! I did see the movie a few years ago.

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