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  1. Your most recommended books -list

    Vimes, you are right about that. The Abagnale book was non-fiction but it reads like fiction! I listened to it on audio and remember walking down the street chuckling out lout. An amazing tale!
  2. Your most recommended books -list

    Here is a list I just compiled. The ones with a star are a little more outstanding than the other favorites. Many of these are audiobooks I have listened to. Favorite Fiction Books: *The Martian by Andy Weir *The Dog Stars by Peter Heller *The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards (audio a must!) *The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak *Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audio a must!) *My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell *Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson *Paranoia by Joseph Finder *The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell *Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann *The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson *The History of Love by Nicole Krauss *The Help by Kathryn Stockett * Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall *City of Thieves by David Benioff Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (YA) The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card Dancing at the Rascal Faire byIvan Doig The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The Winds of War & War and Rembrance by Herman Wouk (audio outstanding) Non-Fiction The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel (audio a must, narrated by author) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain The Hot Zone by Richard Preston The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir and R. C. Bray was a fantastic book I recently read on my Kindle. I liked is so much I immediately read it a second time. Also on Kindle, I really enjoyed The Rho Agenda trilogy starting with The Second Ship, by Richard Phillips. All three were equally good but need to be read in order.
  4. Markus Zusak

    I finished The Book Thief one day when I was home from work and sick. I sat on the couch reading and when I finished, I was crying. I couldn't bear to be finished, so I too reread it again immediately. I also read the I Am The Messenger book by Zusak. Very nice, too, but without the impact I had from the first one.
  5. How many books do you read at once?

    I have two books going at any time. One is an audiobook and the other is on my Kindle. Lately, I have been finishing them around the same time. I get to pick two new ones to read--fun!
  6. To read again?

    I only re-read the books that I loved so much I can't get them out of my mind or I can't stand to say goodbye to the characters. It is just a few a year, not many. Books that I have loved and reread immediately are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (audio best), The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G. B. Edwards (must be audio, the narration is awesome), and The Martian by Andy Weir (on my Kindle). I am planning on re-listening to The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard.
  7. I loved The Fault in Our Stars. Another book that affected me similarly is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Don't be put off by the fact that the narrator is Death. It also had funny, pleasant parts along with sadness. It's another book that I finished, could not bear for it to be over, and immediately restarted it (once I stopped crying and dried my eyes). It is listed as YA but I really don't think it should be. It is amazing!
  8. Dystopian novels

    My all time favorite is one I recently listened to as an audiobook. If at all possible, it should be listened to. It is The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. I loved it so much I listened to it twice in a row.