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Recently I inhaled the Ivory Carver trilogy by Sue Harrison. For me they were quite the page-turners. And I am not that easily amused. This author researched the subject and invented a credible version of the type of culture that may have once existed.

Why have these not been made into movies?

I read some of the Jean Auel books back in the day and thought they were contrived and had too much explicit sex. I tend to read authors and not genres so have no idea where to go from here, as far as fiction.

Otherwise, I have been reading some books on canine behavior, quite interesting for someone who has never had a dog.

Women Writers.

Here is a link to a blog post (by a woman scientist) called: "50 Great Women Writers — how many have you heard of?"

A great post. Sorry to say I have only read 7 of those books, although I have heard of 14 additional authors from the list, that is still only 21, so I think I need to get busy.

LJ is so much quieter now, actually the entire internet experience has changed after facebook et al took over everything.

And I grow old, (and wear my trousers rolled)...

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Right now, I am reading "The Year of the Flood" by Margaret Atwood. If not for this community I probably would not even know about her, having been fortunate enough to join up here back in 2005 when "The Handmaid's Tale" was the selection.

This book has some similarities as far as religious thematic elements. But what an extraordinary imagination she has.
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The Peach Keeper

I am finally catching up on my reading, and just finished this one by Sarah Addison Allen. It's definitely chick lit and light summer reading. But I don't mean to sound negative, I thought it was a keeper. It's a novel about women and the relationships they do or don't develop or maintain. It is set in the south (NC), and you know where they're going. But what you take away and remember is the story of true friendship and how important it is in life, not just childhood. I especially like what she says about this. Although we as women are very capable of understanding one another, we usually don't. Our own insecurities, jealousies, and experiences influence our perception of others, and instead of keeping room for friends, we are too busy with partners, families, jobs, etc. But at some point we will miss those friends, maybe even need them.
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I have three authors I just love to read. Well actually, I have more than three, but these three just happen to write books that I can't put down. They're relatively new writer and every book by each one just seems to be amazing.

The first one is Sarah Addison Allen. Part of the charm of her novels is that they're set in North Carolina, where I'm from. The other part of the charm is that when I read her books, I don't want them to end. I greedily want more about the characters. In fact, I loved that in her last book, she has the characters from the first novel play a small role in the story. So far, she's written Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon and The Peach Keeper.

The next one is Joshilyn Jackson. She only has a handful of books right now, but I feel like each one of them has been solid stuff. I randomly picked up one of her books, Between, Georgia at the library and it was just so riveting. Her last two books gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints are two sides of a story coin. I also really loved The Who at Stopped Swimming. Actually, I found that one to be really touching.

Joanne Harris is also an author that I've come to love. I've read most of her work and it's just so good. Her stories have mystery, magic and this old world charm.

Who are some of your favorite authors these days?