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Posted: 15-Jun-2004, 02:23 PM
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One author I like is Georgette Heyer. If I want to escape from the pressures of a bad day, these often do the trick. They are historical romances with witty conversations between characters. These are fluff stories, but if I have had a unsettling day, that is what I am looking for. smile.gif

Most of her books are out of print now (I believe), but the local library should have a few.


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Posted: 15-Jun-2004, 02:27 PM
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When I want to escape I tend to always indulge in Fantasy books. Any fantasy book with a whole different world that I can escape into. From Tolkien, to C.S Lewis, to any other author. If there are witches, wizards, elves, dragons, fairies in the books I'll most likely read them. There's something about fantasy books that gives me the complete escape from the worries of the world. Ya know the whole good verses evil and all that. They comfort me so much.

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O'siyo,
All books bring comfort, knowledge and usually a smile or two to my lips! I love to read..when in 'need' of some major comfort I can always find it in my Native American spirituality and shamanism books..brings back into focus the important things in life biggrin.gif
Every Tuesday I have O'ginalli's (friends) over for stimulating conversation and friendly 'debate'..While me and my O'ginalli's were munching on some Apple Snow, a SPLENDID recipe Catriona has posted in the Scotland forum, I reached for a book that I haven't read in a while..Spirit Healing: Native American Magic & Medicine by Mary Dean Atwood. It is a wonderful book if you enjoy this type of reading..not only does the book bring wonderful surprises but, tucked away inside the book was a 'Thank You So Much' notecard that was given to me with a message on it from Sister Monnig. I studied under her for 10 weeks while working on my clinicals in Psychology. I did a presentation in a 'Death & Dying' class she said impressed her. She is a spectacular and rare person with a talent not only in the 'Church' but, in life!
I was just wondering if any of you have ever picked up a 'forgotten' book and found something special tucked away in it? Did it bring back memories? Do you remember why you tucked it away in that particular book? What was that special something? book.gif
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Posted: 27-Jul-2004, 08:45 AM
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One book that always makes me laugh is The Education of Little Tree. I know the messages within the book are profound, but I can't help but laugh at the mental workings of a young boy's mind. And the same goes for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Also, I just love Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern books, and, sometimes, I just pick up either The White Dragon or All the Weyrs of Pern (those are my favorites) and escape to Pern and the comfort of Ruth.
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"The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. In "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" Lucy reads a spell for the refreshment of the spirt.
The tales of Narnia have always made me feel good, since Jack was telling another story through the Chronicles.


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i'm with Avalon on the Pern books, particularly the Harperhall trilogy and the White Dragon.

I can always fall back to David Eddings' Belgariad as well.


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O'siyo,
For the past few days I have been 'picking' up my books on Angels, Fairies and Spirit Guides...I find that when I am in need of 'cheering up' anything on these topics, especially Angels, get the 'job done' hug.gif I love to share passages with my O'ginalli's from my Angel and Fairy books for I find they share not only an excellent 'message' but, they never fail to make ones heart and soul feel better followed by a warm, sincere smile biggrin.gif
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**Doreen Virtue is an excellent author on Angels and Fairies should you wish to read something different** book.gif
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Posted: 07-Sep-2004, 12:41 PM
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As a humor writer, I should have a list of favorite "cheer me up" authors, but sadly I do not. I try to avoid published/professional humor writers in the same way high school trumpet players should never listen to Miles Davis -- they'll get discouraged that they'll never be that good, and quit.

Having said that, I will read Bruce Cameron's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," the original author of the email piece that has made the rounds for years, when I want to laugh hysterically.


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Posted: 23-Sep-2004, 07:57 PM
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I read about three books at a time, most very different from eachother. I would say that Henry David Thoreua's Walden is one of my faverite books. I read self help books like 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey, and You'll see it when you believe it by Wayne Dyer. Any book that helps me to understand myself or the other so many million nutjobs on this earth I enjoy. I also read anything to do with history, especialy the American Civil War. I have quite a library, so mant books in fact that many are stored away until I have shelf space.
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Hello,

I must agree with Elspith, I have read James Harriot over and over. I just picked up the new King Arthur book. The movie should be out soon.

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A book that cheers me up is currently on my nightstand: Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken.


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Posted: 24-Sep-2004, 09:53 AM
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"Pride and Prejudice" is the one for me. The opening line never fails to make me smile: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

And imagining the descriptions given of Pemberley.....and I just love the way she spells the word showed "shewed". i hope that never gets changed!



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Posted: 27-Sep-2004, 04:15 PM
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I agree . . . Pride and Prejudice is a great read. There is a trilogy in the works which tells Darcy's side of the story called The Chronicles of Pemberley, I believe, written by Pamela Aidan. Definitely a wonderful story so far and she does an excellent job of recapturing the period. They make me love Darcy even more. wub.gif


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Posted: 28-Sep-2004, 02:48 PM
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Where can you pick that up, Cailiosa? Are any of them in stores yet?
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Posted: 30-Sep-2004, 05:20 PM
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Susie, you can order them at Pamela Aidan's website or on Amazon UK and possibly Amazon US.
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