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I'm reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I'm on book four. Still so many to go.

Lionheart by Sharon Kaye Penman

Sharon Kaye Penman is one of my favourite authors, she writes historical fiction and her "era of choice" is the Plantagenet era of the English Monarchy (Henry II to Richard III) so there is over 400 years of material for her to work with.

@ Heather - I love the Sookie books,

I just started a new series- urban/paranormal- by Faith Hunter. So far ,so good. A very different spin on things that go bump in the night.

Jacinta, I like the Sharon Penman Plantagenet series - have the 2nd one on my shelf waiting to be read.

Not read the Sookie books though I love the TV series. They're on my wish list but it is a long list LOL

@ Dawn - many years ago I picked up "The Sunne in Spendour" on a whim. I so enjoyed that book that I went back to the beginning and read all of the series from beginning to end. Thus began my love affair with the Plantagenet family - the worlds most dysfunctional family. smiley

I read really random stuff...just for the record! LOL! Currently, I have "The Effective Praise and Worship Leader" by Ron Kenoly (I am a song worship leader for our contemporary praise service at church) and "Manology" by Rev Run and Tyrese Gibson and "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" by Steve Harvey active in my Kindle app. I said RANDOM! smiley I recently finished reading "Heaven is For Real" by Tod Burpo, too. And I have lined up some Celia Rivenbark books, as well!

Jancita - have you read Katherine by Anya Seton? It was one of my book club books earlier in the year - she was mistress and later wife of John Of Gaunt.

Hi Tina - not familiar with your choices but I'd give them a go! smiley

Yes I have read Anya Seton's Katherine and loved it. Katherine Swynford is a very important historical figure but not for what she did in her day but for who her descendants became.

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I've been reading, off and on, for years the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and just finished the last book of it last week. I've read Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and have read all of those and just finished ... oh, what is it..ah.. yes, Wicked Appetites. Just finished Time and Again by Nora Roberts last night. That was kinda cool.

Remember when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out? Hubby said he bet the books were really good if the movie was that good. We neither one had read them. I did read the Hobbit and did not like it. So, I got hubby the 4 book set of The Hobbit and the three Lord of the Rings. He has yet to read any of them. Me? I've read them 3 times now. LOL Not the Hobbit, I still don't like reading that, but I did like the movie.

Cindy, in my experience The Hobbit has a strangely limited audience. I find that adults who read it for the first time as an adult don't much care for it. But if you read it as a kid or early teen, you LOVE it. All the adults I know who proclaim to love it read it for the first time in their childhood. Of course, this is all anecdotal evidence, but so far it's held up. (*waits patiently for someone to debunk*)

I just got Stephanie Plum #19 on audio from the library. I am getting a little tired of the formula, but I have to admit I keep coming back to the series. Even if they are a little same old, same old, it's nice to come back to characters who have become old friends.

I've been reading a lot of frivolous romance novels. I'm waiting for Tiffany Reisz to publish the next installment in the Original Sinners series!!!

Well, I am a HUGE Tolkendili (aka, fan of JRR Tolkien); the nickname who is like my name now, Lórien, is because of the LoTR forest.

And I prefer to read The Hobbit than Lord of the Rings, lol. But to tell the truth, none of them is my favorite Tolkien book. I like better The Silmarillion, and the first part of Unfinished tales, both about the First Age. The story of Feanor and his relatives and the revenge against the first dark lord, plus the tragic story of the Hurin´s family, the epic story of his brother´s family and the absolutely fantastic love story of Beren and Luthien are, in my opinion, better than the third age stories like LoTR and The hobbit. On the other hand, when you know the first age´s stories, the Lord of the Rings become even more interesting...

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian - I'm not up to speed on all the sailing lingo, but it's a fascinating world nonetheless.

The Silmarillion, I will have to try that one. yes yes...

Master and commander, I have that one but have not read it yet. We did watch the movie of it and loved it.

I read the Hobbit when I was about 12 and enjoyed it. At that point I also tried to read the Lord of the Rings, but couldn't get going. I've been waiting for the right time to try again. That's interesting hypothesis about the age difference for the books, because there's definitely something going on.

Using the summer to catch up- reading Gone Girl. So good!

OK...so I added another book yesterday, called "Kindness for Weakness" by Shawn Goodman. I have NO CLUE what it's about but it was the first one I saw after I figured out how to check out a book from our city library via the Kindle app! LOL!

i recently started reading Life after Art (after winning it from a blog friend).
it's quite interesting! Matt Appling, the author, says, "the art room’s most enduring and timeless lessons are not for kids learning to paint or draw, but for adults who finally want discover how to live the lives they were created for." You can even read the first chapter here.

I am reading a mindless mystery--great for summer

@Peggy: That art books interesting. I hope to check it out!

Very slowly reading it. I'm suppose to be writing my thesis, so that takes up a lot of my reading time.

Pixelscrapper Book Club?

I read a lot.. I love reading. At the moment I'm reading "In Europe. Travels through the twentieth century" from Geert Mak. It's 900 pages about the 20th century in Europe. Geert Mak travels chronologically to important cities and places and writes about the historical happenings there and how people in 1999 live with this history.

I'm very interested in history and I know a lot about the 20th century, for me this book is awesome. But I think you don't need to know lot about history for reading this book..

I'm about to start a book called Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It's a dystopian YA novel about a girl who falls in love in a society where love is a disease. I think it sounds really cool and can't wait to start it later today. It's even set in Portland, Maine which I think is really cool since I'm a New England girl. smiley

@Heather: enjoy all the Sookie books! They're some of the best books I've read and unfortunately I have no more left to read! smiley

@Rani: OMG, this book seems fantastic!

In a few short days I will be reading the latest in Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I'm hoping this one will be more action and less sex. This series went in a weird direction but I'm still totally addicted!

For a little cheesy light reading...


I haven't gotten too far into this yet, but it is great so far.

Cindy, Lady Phillippa, Laurien - love all the Tolkein but my favourite is Lord of the Rings. Yes I did read the Hobbit first as a child so the theory is still holding. I believe it was written for children but I shall have to pole my friends now and see if the theory holds for them. It's ages since I read The Silmarillion!

Jacinta - I added you on Goodreads.

Rani, Laurien - I agree - In Europe looks most interesting and would make a great present for hubby so thanks for that!

@Dawn it would appear we have some reading tastes in common! Glad we can compare lists now. I have already added The Amazing Maurice to my To Read list.

I read Tolkien as an adult and loved LOTR but struggled with The Hobbit. The theory that reading The Hobbit as a child holds more enjoyment makes sense to me as certainly the language between the two is very different despite being the same author.

Brandi, go onto Goodreads and look up "Anita Blake Drinking Game." It's hysterical. Sadly, I don't see Hamilton getting any better any time soon.

One of the big complaints about the new Hobbit Movie is that it wasn't as "deep" as the LoTR trilogy. Well no. Jackson got it right. It's sillier and more childish. Tolkien stated in his letters that LoTR was a decidedly Catholic book. He was a philologist, a medievalist, an amateur theologian. While the Hobbit was written for children, LoTR gave him a chance to philosophize.