What was the last book you read?

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  1. Ms Southworth

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    Any book lovers on the Board?

    What was the last book you read?
    What was the author's name?
    And what did you think of the book?

    Note that it's okay to be critical about a book or an author, but please do it in a decent way!
     
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    "Heart of Tennessee" by Tommie Conrad

    Amazing romance novel! I love the details that the author put into the characters!

    A great read for a hot summer night! And I highly recommend this book!
     
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    I have not read a book in months now because I've been so busy (and tired when off work). But I believe it was a Bo Balderson novel, 1 of his series about "the Cabinet Minister".

    I am currently listening to Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg.

    Both are favorites of mine.
     
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    The History Of Last Of The Summer Wine by Andrew Vine.

    Swami
     
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    I love books. I wouldn't thank you for a kindle.

    I love true life books, crime etc and am currently reading 'Hunting Evil', the story of Ian Huntley and the Soham murders. Really disturbing.
     
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    "In the Still of the Night" by Ann Rule o_O
     
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    Five On Kirrin Island. It was brilliant. Big burly Julian saved the day and made Mr Goon look a right chump in the process. Dick found the treasure behind a secret panel and they all had heaps of tomatoes and ginger beer. It was a little bit sad at the end when Timmy The Dog got rabies and died a horrible death.
     
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    I love Ann Rule's true crime books. :spinning: She's a real legend in that book genre! ;)

    At the top of my head, I can recall reading her books:
    • "The Stranger Beside me" (about the serial killer, Ted Bundy)
    • "Small Sacrifices" (about Diane Downs, who shot her own three children); I also loved the movie with the same titel starring Farrah Fawsett
    • "The I-5 Killer" (about the serial killer Randall Woodfield)

    I just found out that Ann Rule passed away in 2015! :rip: Makes me cheerish her books even more! :hat:
     
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    ;)

    Yes, she was. I'd forgotten that she died a few years ago... :( She's on quite a few true crime documentaries, particularly if she'd written about the case.

    That's a good choice from her work that you've read, Ms. S. :)

    "Everything She Ever Wanted" is a good read.... also "Too Late to Say Goodbye" & "And Never Let Her Go" o_O
     
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    Oh I didn't know she had died :(
     
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    Gosh! That's a blast from the past. Now I have the urge to watch it again.

    Along with another cracking Farrah movie Extremities.






    Anyway, back to books....:rolleyes:
     
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    Ann Rule had an up and close relationship with none other than Ted Bundy. I love that movie The Stranger Beside Me and would like to read that book.
     
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    It was quite a freaky coincidence that Ann Rule ever became well acquainted with Ted Bundy in the first place! ;)

    On the first anniversary of Ted Bundy's execution, Ann Rule said in an interview:
    "I was writing true crime when I went to work at the crisis center in Seattle in 1971. And my partner was a very nice young college student named Theodore Bundy. At that time, the term serial murderer had yet to be coined. It would be another decade before it would be. But I'm probably the only crime writer who knew a serial killer before, during, and after his crime." :eek:

    When asked what her feelings were on that particular day (i.e. the first anniversary of Ted Bundy's execution), Ann Rule's response was:
    "This is a difficult day. Even though I know intellectually that he was a monster, I still remember the man who never was. The facade was so good that my mind remembers that man - he was manipulative; when I met him he had already killed. There is a sadness of what might have been; there's a relief that he's gone and at least a year's time has gone by. How many of us really know somebody who walks down a hall and gets into an electric chair? I wouldn't have stopped the electrocution on that day if I could have. I wouldn't today - because I believe he was one of the most dangerous human beings ever to live and that he would have connived and conned his way out of prison and into a hospital and he would have escaped." :eck:

    When Ann Rule first signed the book contract to write about the mysterious homicides of several young women in the Seattle area (in what later became one of her best books, "The Stranger beside me"), she did not know that Ted Bundy was the killer. ;)

    Supposedly, Ann Rule became increasingly suspicious about Ted Bundy's possible involvement during the initial investigation into the murders in the Seattle area. She provided the investigators with the tip that her associate might be the killer, yet still was relieved when the police didn't follow up on her lead. However, later on when Bundy's guilt was confirmed, she felt very betrayed.

    I love reading about true crime! ;) How can someone so charismatic and charming as Ted Bundy supposedly was, turn out to be serial killer??? :thinks:

    Anyway, back to books in general!!! :wink@
     
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    While I would be grateful for a Kindle (or other brand), I do feel that "real" paper books are much more lux! I have an e-book reader, but the only books I order to it are the more everyday ordinary books that I would only buy in cheap paperback if I would buy a physical copy.

    I also have audiobook streaming app Storytel. They have so much, and I love listening to audiobooks when going to bed. I fall asleep quite fast. Like a child listening to a fairytale. :)

    My bookshelves are filled, so I really really ought to stop buying paper books.
     
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    What? Nooo... are you kidding? Timmy didn't die?!
     
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    Poor Timmy.... :oops::(
     
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    Yes.... kinda creepy... :confused:

    "Life Means Life" by Nick Appleyard is a good True Crime book.... also, S.C. Lomax wrote an interesting narrative on "Jeremy Bamber" in the book of the same name as did Roger Wilkes in the book "Blood Relations". :)

    How about Autobiographies....?

    Anyone enjoy reading those ? o_O
     
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    Not sure if this book qualifies as an autobiography, since it was co-authored, ... ... :hiding: ... ...

    "Leadership" by Rudolph W. Giuliani (former mayor of New York City) :fantastic: :10: :fantastic:

    What a great read ... and it's still a cheerished part of my book collection! :)
     
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    :eek:

    Ooooo... I've read it too... it's here on my bookshelf.. ;)

    Great read. Really enjoyed it. :)

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    Also.....

    "Chief", "My Life in the LAPD" by Daryl F. Gates is very good... :)
     
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