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Jeaniegirl
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Default  Posted: 6:25 PM, December 24th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was recently having a discussion with a friend and the topic came up about BEST books. We decided to list our all-time favorites.

Here are mine. What are your favorites?

Grapes of Wrath
Roots
The Good Earth
Gone with the Wind
The Innocent Man



"Because I deserve better"

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Jeaniegirl
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Default  Posted: 7:45 PM, December 24th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Next book on my reading list is

PILGRIM'S WILDERNESS


"Because I deserve better"

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trumanshow
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Default  Posted: 9:41 PM, December 24th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Gone With The Wind

Roots

Minutes to Burn


Your ex wanting to be friends is like asking a kidnapper to stay in touch when they let you go.

The type of fierce loyalty that I possess made me incapable of comprehending the level of disloyalty that he possessed


Posts: 1752 | Registered: Sep 2009 | From: Charlotte, NC
really trying
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Default  Posted: 11:29 PM, December 24th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

water for elephants
a stone for danny fisher
the memory keepers daughter

not sure if I'm going to read PILGRIM'S WILDERNESS, still pondering that one so I'd love to hear how you like it.

[This message edited by really trying at 11:31 PM, December 24th (Tuesday)]


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


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Jeaniegirl
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Default  Posted: 10:02 AM, December 25th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ReallyTrying -- A Stone for Danny Fisher should have been on my list too! Love Harold Robbins books.

I haven't purchased Pilgrim's Wilderness yet but plan to.


"Because I deserve better"

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kmom2662
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Default  Posted: 9:05 PM, December 29th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Anything by Octavia Butler, especially Fledgling and Kindred.


Me-- WW, 49
Him-- BH, 53 (bobf)
Married 22 years
OEA, chat/email with multiple people over an 8 week period, 8/2013-10/4/2013
D-day 10/4/13
Working on reconciliation

Posts: 69 | Registered: Nov 2013 | From: United states
solus sto
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Default  Posted: 7:28 PM, December 31st (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

East of Eden by John Steinbeck and pretty much anything by Larry McMurtry

And, in nonfiction, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

I have millions more that I love, but these are the books I read and re-read.


BS-me, 52
WH (Trac-fone), 53, PD
2 kids-DD25, DS18
multiple d-days
DIVORCING
Alone, most strangely, I live on~Rupert Brooke

Posts: 8724 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: midwest
frigidfire86
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Default  Posted: 12:55 PM, January 1st (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Everything written by Terry Goodkind. End of list.


Me: 28
Him: 29
Married 8 years
Daughter, 7 yrs old
D-Day: 05/08/2011

Posts: 628 | Registered: May 2011 | From: Germany
looking forward
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Default  Posted: 7:33 PM, January 5th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

All books by Agatha Christie (I have a complete collection including original paperbacks from the 1920s and beyond)

Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd


Memory and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow.
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." (Joseph Campbell)

Posts: 2841 | Registered: Aug 2009 | From: Where a river runs through it
itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 12:10 PM, January 7th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This one isn't high literature or anything...but "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (James Patterson) is an all time favorite of mine. I need to read it with a box of tissues and I have read it over 50 times, easily.

[This message edited by itainteasy at 12:11 PM, January 7th (Tuesday)]


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 3:43 PM, January 7th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Books that I reach for over and over include:

Kane and Abel
The Prodigal Daughter
Roots
Queen
Gone with the Wind
The Good Earth
Pillars of the Earth
Harry Potter series
Outlander series
To Kill a Mockingbird
Clan of the Cave Bear
Sword of Shannara series
Born in Fire (Nora Roberts)
Born in Ice (Nora Roberts)
Born in Shame (Nora Roberts)
Philippa Gregory's Tudor series


Me - 40s
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 40s. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - ??

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

I edit often for clarity.


Posts: 6456 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
Coachdig10
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Default  Posted: 7:48 PM, January 17th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Game of Thrones
Name of the Wind


BS- 42
WS- 36
Married 16
Kids- 3
DDay 1/17/13

Posts: 52 | Registered: Dec 2013 | From: California
MissMouseMo
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Default  Posted: 1:40 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Journeyer, by Gary Jennings

Horrible first chapter and an ending that just sort of dribbled off, and even a pretty horrifying torture scene I had to skip over entirely...

Sounds awful, doesn't it? It still lives in my mind. It came to life...


It is the gut-wrenching, down-to-your-soul honesty that helps so much. ~paraphrased from CancunCrushed
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Posts: 305 | Registered: Feb 2013
phmh
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Default  Posted: 4:19 PM, January 19th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My very favorite is "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. I reread it every few years.


Me: BW, divorced, now fabulous and happy!

Married: 11 years, no kids

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. -Michelangelo


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sisoon
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Default  Posted: 3:54 PM, January 21st (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Brainstorming, not in order of preference or quality

John Barry, Rising Tide
Dorothy Sayers - Peter Wimsey series
Paul Scott, Jewel in The Crown set of novels
O'Brian - Aubrey-Maturin series
Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe novels
Will Cuppy, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
unknown author The Devil's Data Processing Dictionary
H. P. Lovecraft - most collections (I dislike Dreams and Fancies, which is the only one I own)
C. P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers novels
Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth
Joseph Kanon, esp. The Good German
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Reischauer & Fairbank, East Asia: The Great Tradition
Roger Butterfield, The American Past

[This message edited by sisoon at 3:56 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)]


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DDay - 12/2010
Recovered, not yet fully R'ed
I share my own experience because it's the only experience I know, not because I'm a good model.

Posts: 10162 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: Chicago area
really trying
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Default  Posted: 6:10 PM, January 22nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I ordered a Fannie Flagg book, A Redbird Christmas, I've heard it's a great book and people seem to like anything by her. ?

I'm asking.

Looked into reading the Monuments Men vs seeing the movie but on this one, I think I'll see the movie.


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


Posts: 10397 | Registered: Sep 2004 | From: California
Alex CR
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Default  Posted: 6:46 PM, January 29th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So many good books....have been a reader since I was a child under the covers using a flashlight to read my Nancy Drew books, but after Dday I couldn't read at all. I really missed my reading.

After a few years I found I could focus and read again. I've been eating books ever since....these are some of my favorites.

Five Smooth Stones - Ann Fairbairn
Bridge of San Luis Rey – Steinbeck
1Q84 - Hiroki Murakami
Unbroken – Hillebrand
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
On Writing – Stephen King
The Gunslinger Series – Stephen King
The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin (the whole series)



BS Me 61
WS Him 62
Married 33
Together 40
DD 11/16/09
The future looks good....

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silverhopes
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Default  Posted: 11:34 PM, January 29th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Shabanu, and the sequel Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples
His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass or The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) by Phillip Pullman
Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You by Dorothy Bryant
Cat & Mouse (sequel to Along Came a Spider) by James Patterson
The Silence of the Lambs, and the sequel Hannibal (the other two are OK too, but I like those the best) by Thomas Harris
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Pirates! and Witch Child, both by Celia Rees
The Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike
The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
probably a lot more...

We're supposed to narrow it down?
And that's not even counting comics!

[This message edited by silverhopes at 11:34 PM, January 29th (Wednesday)]


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Infidelities are like icebergs - they may take many different shapes and sizes, but they all damage your ship.

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lost_in_toronto
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Default  Posted: 8:15 AM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Loved this book growing up! I reread it recently and it was still a wonderful read.


Me: BS/39
Him: WS/37
DDay: August 23, 2009
Together 14 years.
Reconciled.

Posts: 1669 | Registered: Sep 2009 | From: not toronto anymore
gardenparty
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Default  Posted: 8:44 PM, February 25th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just finished "The Demonologist" by Andrew Pyper and absolutely loved his writing.

Huge Stephen King fan....I know it is not really literature but it sure is entertaining.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Cod, can't remember who wrote this one but it is a great read.


divorced!

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