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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    I'm up to six books from the cheapie bin.
    This is one of the reasons I was reluctant to buy an e-reader. It's just so temping to instantly buy a book. I've had my Kindle just a few weeks and already have over 50 books. Some of them were regular priced and a lot of them are free classics, but a lot of them are the various Kindle deals. I've lost track of the number of times I've said "It's only $1.99" and made that one click. And I've got stacks of physical books I haven't read yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Have you read Sister Carrie before? You will have to let me know what you think. One of my favorite professors was a Dreiser scholar, so I read a lot of Dreiser in college. Most people can't stand Dreiser.
    I tried it and abandoned it. I tend to side with Dorothy Parker on Dreiser.

    (One of my college professors was batty about Faulkner, so we had to wade through As I Lay Dying. Ergh. Even Dreiser would have been better.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    (One of my college professors was batty about Faulkner, so we had to wade through As I Lay Dying.
    after i read the annotated version, i thought it was amazing. i guess i needed an assist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    after i read the annotated version, i thought it was amazing. i guess i needed an assist.
    An annotated version would have been handy! I think our version had a few notes, but not nearly enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    (One of my college professors was batty about Faulkner, so we had to wade through As I Lay Dying. Ergh. Even Dreiser would have been better.)
    Just the name Faulkner is enough to make me cringe. One of my professors was also crazy about him, and I can't tell you how much I despised The Sound and the Fury. It drove me batty and I have never been so thrilled to be done with a book...and before that never had I actually been dependent on Cliff Notes.

    Leaving that behind... I upended my reading schedule I had planned out and am rereading A Clash of Kings (second A Song of Ice and Fire book) because the show made me realize how many details I'd forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    I freaking LOVED McTeague!
    Why am I not surprised that you are a fan of Naturalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    (One of my college professors was batty about Faulkner, so we had to wade through As I Lay Dying. Ergh. Even Dreiser would have been better.)
    My Dreiser professor hated Faulkner with the fiery intensity of 10000 suns and bitched about him all the time. I swear he made us read The Sound and The Fury and As I Lay Dying for Modern American Lit just so he could bitch even more and with company.

    As he always loved to tell us (at least twice per semester), in an anonymous survey of college literature professors, Faulkner was named the most overrated American author.

    Quote Originally Posted by Allskate View Post
    This is one of the reasons I was reluctant to buy an e-reader. It's just so temping to instantly buy a book. I've had my Kindle just a few weeks and already have over 50 books. Some of them were regular priced and a lot of them are free classics, but a lot of them are the various Kindle deals. I've lost track of the number of times I've said "It's only $1.99" and made that one click. And I've got stacks of physical books I haven't read yet!
    I have something like 1200 books in my Nook account. And all I do is buy them and check more books out the library. Every now and then, I will see a book I've been wanting to read forever on sale and I will try to buy it, only to find that I already own it. And I will tell myself I'm going to read it just as soon as.......

    When I got my first Nook, I bought so many 99 cent books that my husband started complaining about the bill. I thought, well, how much can it be? And then I looked . It's amazing how those dollars add up.

    I have the summer off and I intend to read a lot. And not buy anything else. Yeah.
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    I also love Faulkner and think that Fitzgerald is the most overrated American author.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    Since the beginning of the year, I've read Grace Burrowes, Georgette Heyer, Ashley Gardner (Jennifer Ashley), Josephine Tey, Prue Batten, Bernard Cornwell, Lorraine Heath, and Sharon Kay Penman among others. Maybe there is a name there you haven't tried.
    Thanks - I've read some of these but will look into the others

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    I have I have had my Kindle Fire HD for about a year and a half. I have a grand total of 34 books on it, 18 audio books and 37 games. Oh, and the alarm clock app.

    For Historical Romance, I don't think there's much better now than Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. Sharan Newman does medieval well. Ruth Downie's Roman Britain mysteries have a touch of romance in them sometimes, but if you haven't read Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries, they're defintely a treat. And Elizabeth Peters' (RIP) Amelia Peabody series is fun - at least the earlier ones; I lost interest once her son grew up and took over the adventuring. Teresa/Tracy Grant is my newest discover. I just finished "The Paris Affair" on the Kindle.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    I also love Faulkner and think that Fitzgerald is the most overrated American author.
    Agree completely on Fitzgerald; I just do not get the love. Am neutral on Faulkner; I really enjoyed his shorts stories that I had to read in high school and I loved The Reivers, but I have never delved into his harder works. Where should I start?

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    i am pretty sure i've read every faulkner, i went through a big phase at one time. my favorite it light in august.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    I have I have had my Kindle Fire HD for about a year and a half. I have a grand total of 34 books on it, 18 audio books and 37 games. Oh, and the alarm clock app.

    For Historical Romance, I don't think there's much better now than Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. Sharan Newman does medieval well. Ruth Downie's Roman Britain mysteries have a touch of romance in them sometimes, but if you haven't read Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries, they're defintely a treat. And Elizabeth Peters' (RIP) Amelia Peabody series is fun - at least the earlier ones; I lost interest once her son grew up and took over the adventuring. Teresa/Tracy Grant is my newest discover. I just finished "The Paris Affair" on the Kindle.
    I love Tracy Grant - she and her mother used to write regency romances under the name "Anthea Malcolm" ... wonderful stuff with lots of political intrigue. Unfortunately they haven't yet been re-released as an ebook, but the old paperbacks are worth hunting down on abebooks or ebay.

    I also really like Putney and Balogh (although the former has written some clunkers) - have you read any Carla Kelly? A lot ofher backlist is now only 2.99 on Nook/Kindle. My favorite new historical writer is Courtney Milan; I like Meredith Duran as well; Joanna Bourne would be another if you like Tracy Grant.

    And this I guess is more of a historical/paranormal/young adult, but I really enjoyed Libba Bray's "The Diviners" (and the early 20th century setting).

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    Light in August is tremendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    Today I bought Sister Carrie, Brave New World and Venus In Furs from the El Cheapo bin.

    THAT'S IT, I'M DONE I REALLY REALLY MEAN IT THIS TIME.
    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    There, there, Southie. It will be all right.

    Have you read Sister Carrie before? You will have to let me know what you think. One of my favorite professors was a Dreiser scholar, so I read a lot of Dreiser in college. Most people can't stand Dreiser.
    I read Jennie Gerhardt and Sister Carrie when I was in high school and college and I loved them both. I loved his style. I found it to be gritty and realistic, which I loved, especially at that age. I haven't read any Fitzgerald or Faulkner though. Maybe I should get to that copy of The Great Gatsby that's been sitting on my e-reader forever.

    Right now, I'm reading And the Mountains Echoed. I think I've finally found a book to keep my attention. I gave up on the previous two, including Gone Girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    For Historical Romance, I don't think there's much better now than Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. Sharan Newman does medieval well. Ruth Downie's Roman Britain mysteries have a touch of romance in them sometimes, but if you haven't read Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries, they're defintely a treat. And Elizabeth Peters' (RIP) Amelia Peabody series is fun - at least the earlier ones; I lost interest once her son grew up and took over the adventuring. Teresa/Tracy Grant is my newest discover. I just finished "The Paris Affair" on the Kindle.
    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    I love Tracy Grant - she and her mother used to write regency romances under the name "Anthea Malcolm" ... wonderful stuff with lots of political intrigue. Unfortunately they haven't yet been re-released as an ebook, but the old paperbacks are worth hunting down on abebooks or ebay.

    I also really like Putney and Balogh (although the former has written some clunkers) - have you read any Carla Kelly? A lot ofher backlist is now only 2.99 on Nook/Kindle. My favorite new historical writer is Courtney Milan; I like Meredith Duran as well; Joanna Bourne would be another if you like Tracy Grant.
    I've read a lot of Balogh and Putney. My favorite Balogh novels are Beyond the Sunrise, The Secret Pearl, and One Night for Love. I tend to prefer her standalone novels to her series, and these days, like everyone else, she writes series. Putney's books are usually decent but forgettable reads for me. I agree that Tracy Grant's Daughter of the Game a.k.a. Secrets of a Lady (I liked the original title better) is pretty incredible, but her other books haven't really interested me. I also don't understand why her publisher made her change the characters' names. Carla Kelly once started a thread on a reader forum to bitch about someone who left her a stupid bad review on Amazon - she called the reader spiteful and allergic to change. I don't want to read anything by an author who behaves like that.

    Of the newer authors, my favorite is Sherry Thomas; I admire what Courtney Milan is doing, but sometimes I feel like she's checking off social issues and character issues to deal with (still, Unveiled and The Countess Conspiracy are awesome). Duran's prose is wonderful but her books can sometimes read soooooo slooooowww. Joanna Bourne is wonderful. I wish she could write faster, but the quality would probably suffer.

    I'm really picky

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    Have you tried Antoinette Stockinburg? I have the first of her "By the Sea" trilogy "Tess" on my Kindle; it's Golden Age Newport seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant serving girl. I enjoyed Stockinburg's earlier novels but I haven't run across anything by her in a long time. This one started a little slow but I think it's picking up and I am curious as to what happens to Tess.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    Joanna Bourne is wonderful. I wish she could write faster, but the quality would probably suffer.
    I'm reading my first Bourne book now, The Black Hawk, and really like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    Have you tried Antoinette Stockinburg? I have the first of her "By the Sea" trilogy "Tess" on my Kindle; it's Golden Age Newport seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant serving girl. I enjoyed Stockinburg's earlier novels but I haven't run across anything by her in a long time. This one started a little slow but I think it's picking up and I am curious as to what happens to Tess.
    I picked up a couple of her books at the UBS years ago and also got Tess because it was free. I wasn't blown away by any of it...

    I'm just having a meh reading year so far. I use an excel file to track what I read and there's almost nothing there for 2014 that's above the pleasant-but-forgettable range.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    I'm reading my first Bourne book now, The Black Hawk, and really like it.
    That's a good sign, because I'd think that would be the hardest of her books to read as a standalone - so much of Justine's and especially Adrian's backstory happens in earlier books. My favorite of hers is The Forbidden Rose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    That's a good sign, because I'd think that would be the hardest of her books to read as a standalone - so much of Justine's and especially Adrian's backstory happens in earlier books. My favorite of hers is The Forbidden Rose.
    I had no idea this was part of a larger series. Grace Burrowes named The Black Hawk as one of her favorites on her Facebook page and since I enjoy that author's work, I thought it would be a good idea to read something she valued.
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    Have you tried Danelle Harmon? She used to live near me and I see that she has a new book coming out - and that her older ones are being ressued. I find them to be pretty much the stereotypical Pirate Romances but they can be fun, if you're in that mood.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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