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User Topic: Train Trip
Harriet
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Default  Posted: 11:34 PM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm taking the train across the states - I have had this on my bucket list, and I'm going alone. I'm very excited! I would like a great read...a vacation read that I can get lost in. Can anyone recommend a favorite? Thank you!


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Default  Posted: 7:30 AM, March 30th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Harriet, give me an idea what you like to read and I'll be happy to make some suggestions.

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Harriet
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Default  Posted: 10:05 PM, March 30th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Favorite Book: The Game of Kings (not Thrones!) by Dorothy Dunnett. I enjoy historical fiction.

I recently read The Book Thief and really liked it.

I like almost all genres if they're well written: Enders Game (science fiction), mysteries, Bill Bryson.

I heard The Goldfinch was good, but I'm wondering if it's heavy or sad.


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Default  Posted: 8:19 AM, March 31st (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Well, I'm not familiar with the "Game of Thrones," but I did love "The Goldfinch" and wouldn't call it sad. Sad things happen, but I don't think it was a sad book.

Of course if you like mysteries, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is really a good read, as well as the two that follow it.

One of my recent favorites is "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson. It has a very interesting twist to it.

Some light reads I would offer are Aelxander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective Agency books.

I'm envious of your journey--wish I could make the time and energy.


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Harriet
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Default  Posted: 9:31 AM, March 31st (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I will check out The Goldfinch and Life After Life. I've read the Ladies Detective Agancy and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and liked them both, so we must have similar taste!

Thank you!


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Default  Posted: 3:14 PM, April 1st (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I haven't read it though I want to, but Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is supposed to be great historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell.

If you like YA, maybe try any of the books by John Green or Andrew Smith?


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Default  Posted: 5:11 PM, April 1st (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Since you liked Stieg Larsson, the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo are great.


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Default  Posted: 2:06 PM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My favourite Historical Fiction authors:

Steve Berry
Raymond Khoury
Edward Rutherfurd

Check out the Fantastic Fiction site for information on the authors & their books that all of us have suggested. It also provides links below each page (as in...if you like this author try....)

Enjoy your trip!

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/


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Harriet
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Default  Posted: 10:18 PM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thank you!!!! I'll look these up.


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Default  Posted: 8:36 AM, April 12th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Not a get lost in book, but perfect for your trip - The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. It's a book about his several month train journey across Europe and Asia and back on the Trans Siberian Railway.

He's a really amazing writer.

Have a great time!


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Default  Posted: 11:17 PM, April 16th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished the Book Thief and loved it too.

Here are some of my favourites.

This Much I Know is True. - Wally Lamb

The Poisonwood Bible. - Barbara Kingsolver

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry. (You have to like westerns)

And for something lighter, but so enjoyable..........

The Outlander. - Diane Gabaldon. (Steamy historical/time -travelling fiction)

Enjoy!


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Default  Posted: 1:28 PM, April 24th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What a great opportunity! If I were ever so fortunate to take a trip like that, I think I'd like a book on each state I was passing through -- the history of the area, etc. Enjoy!


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Default  Posted: 2:53 PM, April 24th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

FightingBack---I liked Outlander by Gabaldon also, and all the rest of the series that came after. Jamie.....


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Default  Posted: 10:57 PM, April 25th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It was a great trip!!!! Better than I imagined!!!

I took The Goldfinch. Great book!

FightingBack: I loved Poisonwood Bible,and Lonesome Dove has been alongtime favorite! So based on that, I am defineitly chiecking out The Outlander and This Much I Know is True

Thanks!!!


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Default  Posted: 10:58 PM, April 25th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It was a great trip!!!! Better than I imagined!!!

I took The Goldfinch. Great book!

FightingBack: I loved Poisonwood Bible,and Lonesome Dove has been alongtime favorite! So based on that, I am defineitly chiecking out The Outlander and This Much I Know is True

Thanks!!!


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Default  Posted: 9:50 AM, April 26th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So glad the trip and the book were successes.

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Default  Posted: 12:55 PM, April 27th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Definitely check out the Outlander series! Love it. And for all Outlander fans you should try The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons.

PS after I chose my screen name, I was really wishing I'd chosen Sassenach instead lol.

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