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I have recently re-discovered my love of Christopher Golden. He wrote the X-Men: Mutant Empire series, Codename: Wolverine, and several Buffy books as well. He can NAIL characterization better than any author I have ever seen.

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I have just discovered the Agatha Raison series by MC Beaton and I'm really enjoying it, easy reading and such good fun!

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That's my problem ( and most people who love to read)--not enough time to read all we want to. Oh well.... emoticon Chelsea

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I keep finding new authors the more I read.
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Hi everyone! Thanks for the welcome goodie and I ordered the book "City of God" from the library to read so I can start discussing it Jan. 1st. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.
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Hello all, I am new here and looking forward to the book club.

My favorite authors are Michael Connolly, Stephen King (Dark Tower Series), Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham... anything with a mystery to solve, a criminal to catch, a wrong to be righted, will generally appeal to me.

I also love to go to the library and I always try to pick on new author from my comfort zones, and one new author, genre or an unread classic.

So, it appears I need to get my hands on a copy of The Red Queen!

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BOMBCHELLE: You totally deserved that recognition. You have been motivating me for the past 16 months. ILY.

I'm brand new to this team (I found it on Bombchelle's page) and I am really thrilled to find a "book of the month" type of club. My fave's are . . .

*Karen Marie Moning - Fever Series
*Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunter Series
*Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson Series; Alpha & Omega Series
*Gena Showalter - Lords of the Underworld Series; and the Atlantis series
*Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson Series
*Amanda Stevens - The Graveyard Queen Series
*Tom Clancy - Op-Center Series
*Christopher Paolini - Eragon Series

As you can tell, I am partial to books that come in a series. However, I have, do, and will read single titles if the book catches my interest.

I Just read a wonderful book by Francine Rivers called Redeming Love. It's based on the Biblical book of Hosea, and set in 1850's California Gold Country. I highly recommend this book to any woman who's ever felt shame, unworthiness, and the need for hope.



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OMG Totally surprised but I was nominated as a positive attitude motivator, thank you if you voted for me. I can hardly believe it because at times I wonder if I truly help anyone else. I know that i love spark people though and will continue using it to track my healthy lifestyle and my attitude!

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* Arundhati Roy

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I am currently reading through books published by Ted Dekker - some fantasy, some dark - but very interesting. I also like John LesCroart - a bit like Law and Order in book form - depicts the investigation and prosecution/defense of various crimes. There are many more but these are the two most recent.

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Some of my favorites are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Karen Marie Moening, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs; and many, many others. emoticon

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Oh my! I have to decide??? Okay it's a toss up between Ted Bell & Clive Cussler for Spy type books... For Murder/Mystery I wait on baited breathe every time for a new Lisa Gardner or Lee Child Book. For non-fiction who could possibly be better than Chris Downie. And of course I love the older works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have two boys and I usually love the books we read right now we are reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, but we just finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series and I must say I was highly impressed by the story line and writing of Rick Riordan.

I think I multitask to much because I am usually reading at least three of these genres at once.

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5/22/11 3:11 P

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My eye caught the suffering is from our attachments.
Recently I did an experiment during the Lenten season and each day
I looked for something that I treasured and put it in a box and give it away.
It was anything from clothing to nick nacks - the first couple of days were easy there were things I was willing to part with but toward the 25th day finding something everyday to give away was difficult - but I did it and I can say I don't miss those items - I look at things and wonder just how attached I am to them --

Sorry I rambled

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5/17/11 10:59 P

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I believe my favorite living author is Barbara Kingsolver. You really feel like you are IN her stories rather than reading them.

Also love Charles Dickens.

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5/14/11 6:11 P

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I really like to read all kinds of authors. Not really looking forward to Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, only because I seem to remember it being a pretty heavy read. But maybe my memory is bad. We'll see.

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1/31/11 1:34 P

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Probably not many folks would recognize. I like to read a lot of history.
John Meecham
Dee Brown
Stephen Ambrose
Allen Eckert
Dayton Duncan
Terry Johnston

When I read fiction I enjoy
Koontz
Deaver
Agatha Christie
JRR Tolkein



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Probably not many folks would recognize. I like to read a lot of history.
John Meecham
Dee Brown
Stephen Ambrose
Allen Eckert
Dayton Duncan
Terry Johnston

When I read fiction I enjoy
Koontz
Deaver
Agatha Christie
JRR Tolkein



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I love most 19th century authors. My favorite contemporary author, however, would probably be Don DeLilo. Although I still have many books by him to read.

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Weeeeeellllll then, you should read Watchers by Koontz! Very eerie and awesome!

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Ooooo, Koontz. The first book I read of his was "The Husband." I think I was hooked from there. He seems to lack in emotional content, but his attention to detail and symbolism just floors me. I've never read anyone that can make a flower seem more in your face real by describing it...or for that matter someone that can write from the perspective of a dog and make you really BELIEVE that you're reading from the perspective of a dog!



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Okay, here we go:
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
James Rollins
Eric Flint
Diana Gabaldon
Dan Brown
Raymond Khoury
James Patterson
John Saul
Michael Connelly
John Connolly

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Wow, where to begin on this one.

I think my main favorite is Sherrilyn Kenyon, particularly her Dark Hunter series. I'm falling in love with her writing partner Diana as well in their BAD series; they partner so well with each other.

Terry Brooks and Robert Sheffield wrote my two favorite books of all time: "The Elfstones of Shinara" and "Love Is A Mix Tape."

JR Ward, Shiloh Walker, Barbara Johnson, and I'm getting interested in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price. She writes in first person which I normally don't like, but for some reason this series appealed to me. :)


"Nobody important? Blimey, that's amazing...in 900 years of time and space I have never met anyone who wasn't important before."
-Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor, "A Christmas Carol."


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11/22/10 9:08 A

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My all time favorite author is Jane austen. Love everything she wrote with the exception of northanger abbey.

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I even read cereal boxes, anything sitting on the table...so I can't remember everything I've read but the memorable one's at the moment...

God, the Psalms and Proverbs (any time)
Tolstoy, War and Peace (need the right frame of mind)
Hemingway, The old man and the sea
Tolkien, Everything!
Rowling, I like her Harry Potter books more than the movies
Harris, Thomas; The Hannibal Lector books
Cook,Robin; Sci fi medical is fascinating
Grisham, haven't read any recently
Atwood, Oryx and Crake very interesting
Lawrence, Margaret; Stone angel - amazing
Follet, 2nd time through for Pillars of the Earth.

Barker sounds interesting

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James Patterson, Lee Child, Michael Connelley, David Baldacci, James Grippando, etc. So many good authors. I just finished the trilogy of books by Steig Larsson. I have severe dry eye so have a problem reading the written page. Therefore, I listen......I have my MP3 player working all day....LOL!. Can't stop an avid reader......

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11/9/10 1:01 P

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I read what matches my mood. Like right now i'm reading Son of a Witch by gregory maguire. Fantasy/adventurous. Sometimes i would be in a humorous mood and read some janet evanovich. If i feel on the dark side some twilight series by stephenie meyers. Pretty soon i would love to read Tom Sawyer which i never read. So it all depends.

I have to admit i wasn't really much of a reader until i started reading Jk Rowling's Harry Potter series. Those are the books that got me to become an avid reader.

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H.P.Lovecraft, Leo Buscaglia, Ian Fleming, Charlaine Harris, Nathan Aldyne, John Irving,Agatha Christie, Shirley Jackson, Arthur Clark, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Evelyn Waugh,HArlan Coben, Jeff Lindsay, E.F. Benson, Neil Gaiman, Arthur Coan Doyle, Stephen King, Charles Dickens more on my shelfari page

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My favorite authors are: Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, James Patterson, Tami Hoag, Iris Johanson. I always like to pick up a new author for a change of pace.

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Dickens, Trollope, Roald Dahl, The Brontes, Kate DiMillo, Neil Gaiman, A.A. Milne.

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I feel like such a baby after reading so many author's names that I had never heard of! My favorite author is Patricia Cornwell. When i first started reading her books I was living in the area that most of her books take place in Virginia. They would scare me to death, but I couldn't put the book down!

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I look at the book first, and then the subject. The author is not very important to me. I believe if a book is well written then it will not matter who wrote it. In my humble opinion.

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Too many books and too little time
Among my current favorite authors are Michael Jecks who writes mysteries that take place in the medieval times, Harlan Coben whose mysteries has as main character a sports agent, Marcia Willett, Ann Tyler, Karen White, Fannie Flagg. From my school days loved Ernest Hemingway. My 2 favorite all time books are To Kill a Mockingbird and Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society emoticon
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My favorite author is John Irving. Hands down. I read a Prayer for Owen Meany in high school and it's still one of my favorites. I also enjoy Alice Hoffman, and Diana Gabaldon (sp?).

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Hi, I'm new, I'm a book addict, and I thought I'd just go ahead and jump in:

Favorite author of all - Margaret Atwood. I read The Handmaid's Tale once a year. I've had to replace my copy 4 times.

I also love: Christopher Moore, Jennifer Crusie, Jennifer Weiner, Jim Butcher, John Irving, Dean Koontz, Jane Green, Douglas Coupland...I'm not really picky about genre, I'll read almost anything. Including several dead Russian authors just to have something to discuss with my husband.

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Im gonna have to say, i love my canadian classics!

Margaret Atwood - love her style! "oryx and Crake"

But also,

Barbara Gowdy - "Helpless" amazing story!
Jodi Picoult - Likes her ending of "My sister's keeper"


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Harlan Coben
Wally Lamb
John Grisham
Nicholas Sparks
Claire Cook
Elizabeth Berg
Tiffany Baker

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i love many authors, but my absolute favorite is laurell K. hamilton. I love both of her series and can't wait until the next book comes out. Of course that is next June but I'll just find some other authors until then.

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This question actually gave me pause. Like many of you, I read voraciously, so picking a favourite auther is tough. I have recently enjoyed Rawi Hage's novels. I love Testament by Nino Ricci, although The Origin of Species, his latest novel, is a real dud. Douglas Coupland is hillarious. jPod, if you haven't read it, cracked me up. However the reviewers have not been kind to him. I also enjoyed Don Delillo's White noise, but boy did I have to think in order to read that book.

Other favourites:
Emily Dickinson
H.D. Thoreau
Vonnegut
Wayne Johnstone
Barbara Kingsolver
Neil Gaiman
and a whole bunch of others whose names escape me right now.


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I have alot of faves. :) Some of them include: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich, Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Jodi Picoult, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Greg Iles. I'm probably leaving out quite a few LOL I read alot.

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Favorite authors, that I'll read anything of: Margaret Atwood, Chris Bohjalian, Ayn Rand, Wally Lamb, to name a few!

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I love James Lee Burke. Love him more when his settings are in Texas and Louisiana. He just created characters with so many 'ghosts,' that moving them seems to not make sense, even if he moved.
I also love
Also Haruki Murakami. I keep waiting for him to win a Nobel Prize, and Kafka on the Beach is a book I could keep rereading.
Lee Smith, and her wonderful evocations of modern (ish) Southern Life.
And M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth, just because you have to have some fun in your reading somewhere.

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Hi all. Hm, favourite authors - hard to pick, but I currently love William Boyd and Sebastian Faulks. Also the Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker - fantastic, re-read them recently and enjoyed even more than the first time. They are set in the First World War and feature the war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owens, and also portray the beginnings of modern psychiatry and psychology. Well worth a read, and as a Scot living abroad, the setting of Craiglockhart war hospital in Edinburgh brings back memories.

I read a lot of John Irving in the 90s but haven't enjoyed later ones so much. Love some Dickens, but tbh I have only re-read Great Expectations since school. I've read a few Jodi Picoult too and agree that they are somewhat formulaic - she picks a controversial topic and squashes that into a plot, as if to show how much research she has done. But good to read on a long plane journey - doesn't take too much brain power!

BTW, is anyone familiar with the poet Philip Larkin? He wrote a great poem about reading:

A Study of Reading Habits

When getting my nose in a book
Cured most things short of school,
It was worth ruining my eyes
To know I could still keep cool,
And deal out the old right hook
To dirty dogs twice my size.

Later, with inch-thick specs,
Evil was just my lark:
Me and my coat and fangs
Had ripping times in the dark.
The women I clubbed with sex!
I broke them up like meringues.

Don't read much now: the dude
Who lets the girl down before
The hero arrives, the chap
Who's yellow and keeps the store
Seem far too familiar. Get stewed:
Books are a load of crap.

http://www.poetryconnection.net/poets/Ph
ilip_Larkin/4759

I will be quiet now! Look forward to joining in with next month's book, and getting to know you all.

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Hi everyone! Some of my favorite authors are as follows, in no particular order: Jane Austen, Phillipa Gregory, Sarah Addison Allen, Charlaine Harris, and honestly, there are soooo many more to name I could do this all day!! emoticon

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OOO this is a good one. I love Harlan Coben, Stephen King, VC Andrews, Dean Koontz, Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyer, Kathy Reichs, Anne Rice. Those are a few. lol. I have broadened my spectrum...use to only be King and Andrews.

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Arthur Miller, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, and Ayn Rand

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Alice Hoffman
Khaled Hosseini
Arundhati Roy
Jhumpa Lahiri
Pearl Buck
John Steinbeck
Michael Connelly



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Hi~new to this group too, some of my faves off the top of my head at the moment are
William Boyd
Helen Dunmore
Kathy Reichs
Richard Yates
Anita Shreve
Zoe Heller
The last book I read was Disgrace by JM Coetzee which I loved so I will be reading more by him soon.


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Hi Everyone! I'm Laura from Orlando, FL and I'm brand new to the group. Trying to name a favorite author is like trying to name my favorite child - can't do it! Some of my faves are: Diana Gabaldon (currently on Book 2 of her Outlander series - I am hooked!), Lisa See (I am a big fan of Asian-themed literature), John Irving, anything Jane Austen, Kathryn Stockett (I don't know if she's written anything else besides The Help, but that was hands-down my favorite book of last summer), for fluff I like Jane Green and Kristin Harmel, Phillip Gregory and Alison Weir (I love anything about Henry VIII), I've read all of Jodi Piccoult's books but agree they are way too predictable, some other favorite books are: Five Smooth Stones, The Power of One, Pillars of the Earth, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I could go on and on!

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I'm a bestsellers type of girl:

Love Stephen King, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs, Elizabeth Haydon.

Very favorite ever, Diana Gabaldon.

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Hmmmmm.... I don't really have a favorite author... I'll read just about anything. Some fav. books are:
When Rabbit Howls, The Dark Half, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven. The Hunger Games/Catching Fire was pretty good too. I just finished Before I Die by Jenny Downham; very touching book. Haven't really found anything recently that I've "fallen in love with".

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Anne Rice (i love her writting style)
Edgar allen poe (generally quirky)
Kaori Yuki (a manga artist who wrote a series called Godchild which i absolutely adore)
Charles Dickens

Generally anything quirky or beautifully written, am a bit of a manga geek, read anything if its suggested though!

Philip Pullman, the only writer whos made me cry!

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Nora Roberts, Mary Robinson, Nicolas Sparks, and so many more. I usually grab a book by the title more than by the author.

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I also like quirky characters and have enjoyed reading John Irving and Anne Tyler.

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Amy Tan is probably my favorite. The Kitchen God's Wife was my first experience with her writing and I loved. I think I have read everything she's written.

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Go2Goal, you and I have a lot of the same favorite authors. Also, I have enjoyed Jill Ciment, Mary Doria Russell, Ann Hood, Ann Patchette, Tommy Hays, Sonny Brewer, Nancy E. Turner, Jeannette Walls, Anita Diamant.

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I read a few of Picoult's but did not like how predictable they were. Also some of the main characters were not that likable... i mean i just didn't care what happened to them, I didn't feel a big connection. I think i read three of hers and moved on to another author.

I have read a few Cornwell's also but had to give her a break. To much of the same feel to them. I may read a few more of hers since i did buy those at a library sale, and I did enjoy the ones I read, they were the Kay Scarpetta ones.

The only Nora Roberts book i read... please don't throw things... i hated ... i was actually bored with it....so i gave it a way unfinished... so unlike me to start a book and not finish it. I don't remember the name of that one, morgans cross maybe... but it had a vampire in it, normally i like vamp novels but i didn't like hers.


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I really like Jodi Picoult. They are somewhat predictable if you read several of her books in a row, so I mix them in with others. Robert L Sawyer is good if I am in the mood for Science fiction and Stephen Lawhead if I have time (most of his are longer) My guilty pleasure is Nora Roberts

Patricia Cormwell is one that i used to like, but the last one I read was so bad I don't think that I will read anymore of heres



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I can relate to most of these authors mentioned on this thread. Have you ever loved an author only to find their later works leave you feeling what happened???? Stephen King comes to mind as one who has changed his writing from his earlier works. However, I hear "Under the Dome" is much like his earlier books. I am reading (tackling actually!) that now.
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Patricia Briggs
Jim Butcher
David Baldacci
Michael Connelly
Lisa Scottoline
Kelley Armstrong
Robert Crais


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I can't begin to list all my favorites but, off the top of my head, a few I can always depend on are: John Irving - incredible writing, quirky characters, outrageous situations. Anne Tyler - quirky characters again and situations and characters so heartbreakingly real that they feel like they could walk right off the page. Carol Shields - I was so saddened when she died because I knew I'd never have the pleasure of reading another of her books. Jhumpa Lahiri - Exquisite writing earned her a rare Pulitzer for her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies and her novel was equally wonderful. Chris Bohjalian - the man knows how to tell a good story and he writes women really well. I can always depend on Alice Hoffman, too. When I'm in the mood for a lighter, comforting read, I turn to Maeve Binchy. Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning Olive Kitteridge blew my doors off. Others I enjoy are: Manette Ansay, Jane Hamilton, Ivan Doig, Anna Quindlen....to name a few more. I've blabbed long enough; I'll let others take their turn.

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I have so many, where to start. I may add more later.

George R.R. Martin ( A Game of Thrones / series)

Jacqueline Carey ( Kushiel's Dart)

(even though I have only read one book by her so far. She makes the list. Actually I am still reading it, but it is VERY good and long)

epic fantasy type books are a fav of mine

also

Lois McMaster Bujold
Curse of Chalion I liked alot (epic fantasy type book)
and also Cordelia's Honor

As well as...

Scott Westerfeld, I have read many of his, a few I just loved so he makes my list. I liked his Uglies series. He is a YA author, only read one of his that i thought was mediocre, the others were very good.

I have many more but that is a good start.


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James Patterson for his quick reads. Joy Fielding for her "life" topics. Bentley Little for the gore and suspense (like Stephen King). Phillip Gulley for the wonderful hometown humor told from a Quaker Pastor's viewpoint. I have many more.....here's a start. Looking forward to hearing your favorites!

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So who are some of your favorite authors ?

Feel free to list why they are your favorites and what books you read that struck you as memorable.

No limit, you can list one or however many you want.

This is a fun way to learn what genres we all like as well as hear of some interesting authors and books to add to our lists... like mine needs to be longer. Yeah. :O)

Kim

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