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I loved Rita's book too! Highly recommend it.


I'm reading Shattered Dreams by an ex-polygamist wife. If you think your kids are too much, your husband too selfish, your budget stretched too thin, check out her story.


I can recommend The Light Between Oceans, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Defending Jacob.


Carmen, I was also a dedicated Stephen King fan in my younger years. I read The Shining and Pet Cemetary when I was in college, the last few days in a winter semester, when almost everybody else had checked out and left for home. SCARY, but so well written! I have also enjoyed Misery, It, and The Stand (although not as much as other readers). Then came The Tommyknockers and a couple of others that I did not like. I put down Stephen King for more than a decade, but began reading his works again a few years ago. I re-read The Talisman, which was a collaboration with Peter Straub, the Long Walk, one of his earlier works,and encouraged my daughter to read The Eyes of the Dragon. Needless to say, I have fallen in love with his work all over again!

I believe his most recent stories are some of his best. That being said, I strongly encourage you to read Duma Key, if you haven't done so already. More so than any other of King's novels, I could actually visualize the story as it played out. After reading the book,I even listened to all 23 hours of the unabridged version on CD during a long road trip with my husband. He loved it, too!


If you're going to devote some of the summer to Stephen King, I'd recommend November 22, 1963, his best in many years. Now I remember that day vividly, so the book may have resonated with me more than it would with someone younger, but if you know anything at all about the assassination of President Kennedy, it's a gripping read.

Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith

I am reading the Poldark series by Winston Graham

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