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What are you reading right now?

Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at 2:52 PM

I work in a library, and my husband is a public library director. We both love to read. Our two-year-old loves books as well. As a result, my life seems to revolve around books. This is a good thing!

My favorites are horror and thrillers, but sadly I feel that so many of them are cheesy or predictable, usually both. I love it when I find one that both scares me and challenges me. I also love a good fantasy or science fiction novel. But honestly, I've read books of nearly all genres. My favorite books of all time are Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, and The Shining by Stephen King. My recent reads have been the Ender series by Orson Scott Card, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, House of Reckoning by John Saul, Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker, and a recent re-read of theTwilight series. My current read is Under the Dome, the newest Stephen King novel.

What are you reading right now? Who are your favorite authors?


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My favorite authors are JR Ward, James Patterson, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I'm reading the Odyssey by Homer, Julie of the Wolves, and whatever I feel like grabbing at the time. I can't read just one book at a time. My boyfriends telling me I have to read "From the Corner of his Eye" by Dean Koontz next though. I have a couple earlier blogs on here about some of my favorite/ recommended books too so that's a better list.

-- Posted by _Samantha_ on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 4:50 PM

I really enjoyed From the Corner of his Eye. I read all of Koontz's books. His Odd Thomas series is one of my favorites as well. I would also recommend One Door Away from Heaven and The Darkest Evening of the Year. Those two are particularly enjoyable if you love dogs.

-- Posted by stafinois on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 7:55 PM

Did you see that one he wrote about his dog? He wrote it after his dog passed. I really wanna read it but can't remember what it's called.

-- Posted by _Samantha_ on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 8:11 PM

I prefer the classics, myself. Right now I'm in the middle of Hemingways collection of short stories, very interesting, but somewhat rambling at times, still worth a read. When I'm not reading that, I am in the middle of the Melville classic Mobey Dick. Dry, rambling (especially the 9 page diatribe on the color white and the evil meaning behind it) and otherwise fairly dull, but when I am done with it, at least I can say I read it, which some English proffesors cannot say.

Score one for the fat guy!

-- Posted by ftguy on Thu, Nov 19, 2009, at 2:24 AM

The classics are often excellent, too. I've been thinking about picking up Paradise Lost, but have yet to do it. I've also been curious about Moby Dick, but your review doesn't make it sound like a page turner!

-- Posted by stafinois on Thu, Nov 19, 2009, at 8:27 AM

I am reading Frank Lloyd Wright by Jan Adkins. He was an architectural genius. This controversial man revolutionized building and construction in residences, schools, and businesses when he broke from traditional and classic styles and promoted more natural designs known to us as the prairie style.

I am also reading Paul Theroux's Ghost Train to Eastern Star, a travel narrative. It is historically compelling.

I will soon embark on I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. He writes mysteries.

Three genres provide challenge and diversity.

-- Posted by Judy1904 on Thu, Nov 19, 2009, at 1:01 PM

If your favorites are thrillers, you should try Frank Peretti's "Piercing the Darkness", and "This Present Darkness". Don't shun him if you normally don't read "Christian" authors. These two books are great reading!

-- Posted by read me on Fri, Nov 20, 2009, at 7:29 AM

I have never been a fan of the "classics" and have never seen the purpose of reading them. I was always very bored by them. I still see no useful purpose in requiring them for HS curriculum. I have never once referred back to Shakespeare or Hemingway for life guidance. However, I do appreciate Og Mandino, Napolean Hill, Robert Schuller etc. Like movies, I love to read for entertainment so I have read all of the Harry Potter and Twilight books several times.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Fri, Nov 20, 2009, at 9:18 AM

Well, I happen to like the classics. I'm currently reading "Life on the Mississippi" by Mark Twain. I've read quite a bit of his writing and find it thoroughly entertaining. Charles Bukowski is another favorite of mine.

-- Posted by Damon on Fri, Nov 20, 2009, at 11:21 AM

read me - I agree on Frank Peretti's books. He is an excellent author and can really make you think while you read his fiction. "Prophet" was another book of Peretti's I found to be quite enjoyable.

I have to say, my favorite book of all time, which I can read time and time again - is "The Stand" by Stephen King.

-- Posted by Chunky_Monkey on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 7:38 PM

Chunky_Monkey, you would probably enjoy his new one! Under the Dome reminds me of a cross between The Stand and Lord of the Flies.

-- Posted by stafinois on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 7:57 PM

My favorite author is Jen Lancaster. Until she has another book out, I tend to stick to memoir type of books. I am currently reading Ivanka Trump's "Playing the Trump Card". I was hesitant to pick it up, but did so and have been surprised by the contents. Not bad reading.

-- Posted by aworkingmom on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 8:23 AM

I'm currently reading Sarah Palin's book! I love her!

-- Posted by formerRaider on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 4:25 PM


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Aimee graduated from Spencer High School in 1994, and then moved to a large city on the west coast. She returned to Spencer in 2007. Aimee spent more than a decade in veterinary medicine and dog training, and now works in a public library. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
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