The first six books are from Sarah and Jan, a mixture of our favorites and popular books from the group. :o) The rest are up to you...
Here are a few more suggestions that were put in my box at work by one of our members...In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz"Jayne is always a good read."Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier."Another literary choice, but I enjoyed it. It's the same author of Girl With a Pearl Earring."Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro"Le Comte de Saint Germain is a 4,000 year old vampire who remains a vital force carrying us through historical periods with sensuality, wit and passion and is often the most humane among the characters. In this book he is in mid-18th century Paris. There are many St. Germain books. I think this is the first on Yarbrow wrote but she doesn't follow a linear progression through time. Also, I do hope we decide to read some Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse books one month."
I was just researching Hotel Transylvania and cannot believe there's a classic vampire series that I haven't read! I found this following overview of the book from Barnes and Noble..."Since 1978, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has produced about two dozen novels and numerous short stories detailing the life of a character first introduced to the reading world as Le Comte de Saint-Germain. We first meet him in Paris during the reign of Louis XV when he is, apparently, a wealthy, worldly, charismatic aristocrat, envied and desired by many but fully known to none. In fact, he is a vampire, born in the Carpathian Mountains in 2119 BC, turned in his late-thirties in 2080 BC and destined to roam the world forever, watching and participating in history and, through the author, giving us an amazing perspective on the time-tapestry of human civilization.In Hôtel Transylvania Saint-Germain makes his first appearance in a story that blends history and fiction as Saint-Germain is pitted against Satanists to preserve Madelaine de Montalia from ruin."
I just finished The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, and it was as good as I was hoping it was. A classic ghost story. Off the book jacket, "...both a brilliant exercise in atmosphere and controlled horror and a delicious spine-tingler - proof positive that this neglected genre, the ghost story, isn't dead afterall." Enjoy! Lori
Thanks Lori! I will add The Woman In Black to the vote. I haven't read a ghost story in so long. I think it would be a fun change of pace.Jan
How about:The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood - a bit of a complex story with a few fantasy elements, a grand mystery, and a love story of sorts thrown in.I've also been looking to read The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's gotten good reviews: "The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world"I'd like to throw out Bel Canto too. I'm only a few pages into it, but it is already a riveting read!
Awesome additions! Thanks. I will add those to the mix.Jan
I have been reading quite a few mysteries lately, along with nonfiction, some of them a little too somber. I am ready for a change. I would like to add a fun selection to the list. I have always wanted to try Kresley Cole's Immortal series. I think A Hunger Like No Other is the first book. It's NOT literary by any means! It has vampires and fairies I do believe, and I suspect a few chili peppers as well, but doesn't that sound like fun as winter approaches?
Hi Catherine, I haven't read anything by Kresley Cole but I've heard a lot of good things about her Immortals After Dark series. A Hunger Like No Other is the first book. It won a Rita award for best Paranormal Romance. I believe she's up to twelve books now in the series. Maybe I'll download the sample tonight and give it a try.Jan
Has anyone read any of Sarah Allen's other books? Garden Spells was so good I would be willing to try something else from this author.
I just read the first page of The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen and am hooked already. I just love this author's writing style.Jan
You will notice that I have added a few more favorite titles from Sarah, Sue, and I to even out the book vote. World War Z (This one was mention by Sue), Touch the Dark and Need.If all goes well I will post the vote today!Jan
Hi, enjoyed the meeting last night! Good discussion about A Certain Slant of Light. It was interesting to hear how differently we saw the characters and felt about the book. Seeing things from different perspectives and personal experiences can only add to the layers of a book. Thank you for all that contributed. See you next month! Lori
I love it when we all don't agree on a book; it makes a much more interesting discussion! Also, I think we have a great group of ladies who make it more fun and interesting... thank you all for coming!I promise to read the Hunger Games and post a review soon so we all can comment.Jan