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Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 10:23 pm
ellacoe wrote:
Amor Towles' books are very well written. A bit long but worth it.


Gentleman in Moscow was amazing!!
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hellokitty




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 10:33 pm
momallhours wrote:
Just went through a couple and they look just on the mark, thank you!

Which book would you recommend I read first?


Big Little Lies, they made a tv show after, so it is pretty easy/inexpensive to procure that particular book (mass market paperback, etc) to see how you like her writing. (I don't think I ever watched the show, so I can't compare)

I just finished Three Wishes, so that's on my mind. The Hypnotist's Love Story sticks out as one I liked.
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momallhours




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 10:36 pm
Thank you this is the best post here! đź’•
I'm getting my glass of tea and chocolate ready and will be wrapped in a blanket...
Aaaaaaaahhh my dream, just please no-one wake up now...
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singleagain




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 10:51 pm
essie14 wrote:
My Sister's Keepr by Jodi Picoult


Warning... This is my go to cry book. And I have several bookmarks for specific places to help me. I think op said not sad, so I just wanted to let you know. This is sad
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allthingsblue




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 10:52 pm
fmt4 wrote:
Gentleman in Moscow was amazing!!


Oh yes that book was so fabulous
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shaqued_almond




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Dec 27 2021, 11:21 pm
Janette rallisons books, particularly my unfair godmother and the other side of magic
Gail Carson Levine
Suzanne Collins
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dessara




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 12:34 am
What Alice Forgot is my absolute favorite book by Liane Moriarty. I reread it a few times and I usually don’t like rereading books. It is funny and insightful and poignant. Start with this one!! She is an excellent writer. I love how she makes each character seem so real but I don’t like the plots in all of her books. I actually really disliked The Husbands Secret.
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Roots




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 3:07 am
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared BY Jonas Jonasson was a very fun read.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
really a great book with 2 sequels alsogreat

harlan coben has great drama in his books
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mochamix18




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 3:28 am
So many of my favorites already mentioned (Jodi Picoult, Kristen Hannah, Mitch Albom and Sophie Kinsella) but I’ll add a few more:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (you will end reading this one two times in a row, trust me)
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
The Nightingale By Kristen Hannah
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momallhours




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 10:18 am
Thank you all, keep them coming! I can't wait to read them all.

Can we keep this as a master book club thread, everyone can recommend and review books!
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singleagain




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 10:23 am
momallhours wrote:
Thank you all, keep them coming! I can't wait to read them all.

Can we keep this as a master book club thread, everyone can recommend and review books!


This is an awesome book that I bought bc I judged the cover

Your Perfect Year: A Novel https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542.....share


When a man finds a handwritten journal on his bike designed to give him a perfect year he takes the instructions as a given and it changes his life

I was a few chapters in before I realized it was translated from Hungarian.
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amother




Oak
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 10:42 am
I just read my first book by Susan wiggs and I loved it, called between me and you. Will definitely be getting more of her books.
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amother




Firebrick
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 11:17 am
Defending Britta Stein by Ronald Balson. Its part of a series with a totally bizarre premise -- a non-Jewish attorney in Chicago, and her non-Jewish investigator / husband, keep winding up working Holocaust-related cases. Bizarre premise, but it was a very good read.

I just finished The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, translated from Hebrew, which was very good. The Others, also an Israeli book, not so great.

I love anything at all by Chris Bohjalian, especially The Buffalo Soldiers.

Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid's Tale isn't even one of her best books.

In the adventure area, David Baldacci.

Harlan Coben is not "quality," but a fast fun read by a secular Jew who makes sure his most lovable, endearing characters are secular Jews.

Chris Whitaker's We Begin at the End.

I wasn't all that thrilled with The Paper Palace. There were parts that were good. But too much gratuitous child abuse and urination.

The Book of Lost Friends and The Midnight Library are both phenomenal.
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amother




Mintgreen
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 1:30 pm
Heather Gudenkauf, all her books-similar to Liane Moriarty and Jodi Piccoult.
Diane Chamberlain-loved The Courage Tree and tbh almost all her books.
Also Heather Prowse and Rowan Coleman.
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Sparkle




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 1:49 pm
I just sent this list of books to my mother - they're books I've read over the last few months and really liked. Many are historical fiction.
Secrets of a Charmed Life - Susan Meissner
What the Wind Knows - Amy Harmon
Her Last Flight - Beatriz Williams
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
The Crimson Rooms - Kathrine McMahon
Be Frank With Me - Julia Claiborne Johnson
A Sound Among the Trees - Susan Meissner
Where the Lost Wonder - Amy Harmon
The Truth in Our Lies, by Eliza Graham
The Things We Cannot Say, by Kelly Rimmer
The Huntress, by Kate Quinn
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
Our Woman in Moscow, by Beatriz Williams
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the world's best mom




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 4:23 pm
A Man Called Ove and Britt Marie was Here, both by Fredrik Backman.
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amother




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Post Tue, Dec 28 2021, 4:32 pm
Sparkle wrote:
I just sent this list of books to my mother - they're books I've read over the last few months and really liked. Many are historical fiction.
Secrets of a Charmed Life - Susan Meissner
What the Wind Knows - Amy Harmon
Her Last Flight - Beatriz Williams
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
The Crimson Rooms - Kathrine McMahon
Be Frank With Me - Julia Claiborne Johnson
A Sound Among the Trees - Susan Meissner
Where the Lost Wonder - Amy Harmon
The Truth in Our Lies, by Eliza Graham
The Things We Cannot Say, by Kelly Rimmer
The Huntress, by Kate Quinn
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
Our Woman in Moscow, by Beatriz Williams


I love Susan Meissner! I’ve read and liked some of the other books on your list as well. I’m going to look up the ones I haven’t read yet.
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amother




Burgundy
 

Post Sat, Jan 01 2022, 7:33 pm
I just read an excellent book

The Family Upstairs
Book by Lisa Jewell
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North Star




 
 
 
 

Post Sat, Jan 01 2022, 8:38 pm
dessara wrote:
What Alice Forgot is my absolute favorite book by Liane Moriarty. I reread it a few times and I usually don’t like rereading books. It is funny and insightful and poignant. Start with this one!! She is an excellent writer. I love how she makes each character seem so real but I don’t like the plots in all of her books. I actually really disliked The Husbands Secret.

Oh yes I loved What Alice Forgot, that’s one of my favorites as well.

I like different books/authors depending on my mood.

Any books by Sophie Kinsella are great for fun and light reading. She makes me laugh out loud.

The Silent Patient for a good psychological thriller with a twist. Also The Wife Between Us had a great twist. Another with a twist is Then She was Gone, and also Behind The Red Door.

The Storyteller’s Secret was heartrending and sad but sucked me in so well and had me thinking about it for days after finishing it.
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amother




Tan
 

Post Sat, Jan 01 2022, 9:49 pm
essie14 wrote:
My Sister's Keepr by Jodi Picoult
THE art of racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Help
Wonder
Marley and Me
The namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Love Walked In by Marisa de Los Santos
Belong to Me by Marisa de Los Santos
The Rosie Project


The Help is excellent! I've read it over and over...funny, poignant, well written, excellent characters
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