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RememberHowToSmile
05-14-2008, 08:45 PM
I was wondering if anyone was reading any good books? I have free time this summer and want to read some books (I will have airport and car time to read which will be a good time to read). I know I could post this in the general chatter but I wanted to post here because looking for people around my age.


Mom2QJandT
05-14-2008, 08:51 PM
I'm not your age, but I always recommend the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Start with the first one (One for the Money) and they go in order by the numbers. They are a good light, funny read. I also like Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic books.

sotypical
05-14-2008, 08:55 PM
I always like Harry Potter :o

And Stephan King... but his older stuff.... what kinda of books do you like?

I haven't ride a book for a while... if only I could work out and read at the same time....


SunshineRunner
05-14-2008, 09:13 PM
I love the Janet Evanovich series - I also just finished up a Candace Bushnell (author of Sex & the city) book - "Trading Up" it was a good fun read...also, Cecelia Ahern has some good love stories out there for our generation...plus, she is irish, so much of them have irish characters that give me, at least, a great fantasy of a fab man with a sweet accent!

Joyce carol oates - "We were the mulvaneys"
Dean Koontz - good, reliable thrillers
Dave Pelzer - a three part series - A Child called It, (then two others and I can't recall the names) but they are based on his life as an abused child.
Malika Oufkir - Stolen Lives - 20 years in a desert jail - true story - great read.

I also highly recommend signing up for www.paperbackswap.com - I use it to trade books through the mail and it's a cheap and easy way to get books. I love the service - and its free!

RememberHowToSmile
05-14-2008, 09:17 PM
I love the harry potter books ... I'm almost finished with the last one ... so don't feel like dork :)

Mom2JandT - really anyone is welcome to comment ... the plum books look good ... I think I'm going to go look at the used book store for them on Friday :)

Apple Cheeks
05-14-2008, 09:25 PM
I like reading books that have been made into movies. Most of the time the books are much better (but not always!). Some good ones:

* Memoirs of a Geisha
* Pride & Prejudice
* The Devil Wears Prada
* Dune (there's a whole series, but a few of them get a little, er, odd)
* All of the Harry Potter books
* The DaVinci Code (of course)
* Jane Eyre
* The Lord of the Rings trilogy


I also like reading up on the "classics" like "Moby Dick" or "Oliver Twist." That way I don't feel ignorant because I haven't read them!

MonteCristo
05-14-2008, 09:29 PM
These aren't new books (I generally prefer the classics), but they are well worth reading.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - absolutely fantastic, my absolute favorite book of all time

Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini - another awesome book, probably my second favorite book

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - If at all possible get the audio book read by Stephen Fry. He totally makes the book.

Anything by P.G. Wodehouse is great, especially if you like British humour.

The Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes is another great book, but it is difficult for many people to read, so you may be better off to just watch the movie with Peter O'Toole (which is amazingly good for a book to movie adaptation, in general I'm not too pleased with them).

I hope you enjoy your free time!

graciegoose13
05-14-2008, 09:45 PM
oh man, i second pride and prejudice--awesome book! like a lot of people have said, harry potter is definitely worth your time. if you're looking for a light girly read that isn't completely stupid i'd recommend basically anything by meg cabot, especially the size 12 is not fat series!

Mom2QJandT
05-14-2008, 10:21 PM
I agree, I love Meg Cabot!

Thousandsunny
05-14-2008, 10:27 PM
Hmm.. I would recommend a few books! Some of the ones I have taught are amazing reads for any age though I do admit, most of my casual reading is young adult literature because I'm either researching books for my units or the fact that they are fun, easy and usually great reads.

I love Edith Wharton and I would recommend Custom of the Country and The House of Mirth. They're not the happiest of books... but they're amazing in their complexity and ability to make you think.

I just finished a series by Scott Westerfeld after three students did book reports on it. Book one is called "Pretties," book two "Uglies," book three "Specials" and book four "Extras." It is an amazing series; yes written for young adults but it's awesome. It's all about a society in the future where people on their 16th birthdays are forced into having drastic plastic surgery to make them beautiful; the theory being that beautiful people have nothing to argue about, start wars about or generally care about at all but what if you don't want to be pretty? It's a really great series, I highly recommend it.

I'll chime in with Harry Potter too! I think book 7 jumped the shark, so to say and kind of insulted readers but I love the series too much to snark it much. Along those same lines, the Artemis Fowl series is pretty good too, it's kind of an Anti-Hero Harry Potter series and I like that a lot about it.

For the classics besides Wharton, I love Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis and T. S. Elliot... But I might just like abbreviations ;) .

Anyway, I have typed longer than I bet you want to read! Sorry for going off, I just love books. Kind of have to in my line of work, lol. Hope you find something you want to read!

Feral
05-14-2008, 11:22 PM
If you're into metaphysics I can give you a BUNCH of different titles to check out. If you are let me know, otherwise I'm not gonna post them. :)

Happy reading! I wish I had more time to!

SephyFowl
05-15-2008, 12:04 AM
If you're into metaphysics I can give you a BUNCH of different titles to check out. If you are let me know, otherwise I'm not gonna post them. :)

Happy reading! I wish I had more time to!

I'm interested!

I like Something Borrowed and Something Blue - Emily Griffin. They are kind of a girly read along with Sweet Ruin - Cathi Hanauer. I like the Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice.. I have always wanted my own Mr. Darcy. I do really like James Patterson also!

net knee
05-15-2008, 02:48 AM
I love True Crime books. I have a few titles that I couldn't put down. (I was a CJA major, not a serial killer in training). I love books about crime dramas and crime mysteries. I just recenlty finished The surgeon by Tess Gerritsen-- and Heartstopper by Joy Fielding. I also like 'Dark Dreams' and 'The Evil that men do' written by Roy Hazelwood, retired FBI Profiler who I actually met and sat in on one of his seminars. he is a Facinating Man for sure, if only i could pick his brain, lol.
One of my favorite classes in College was "Violent Criminal Behavior" only because I'm facinated by what makes these people snap and what leads up to it ect... blah blah... anywho-- good luck finding some great books!

freedomreins
05-15-2008, 07:06 AM
I absolutely looove Clive Cussler novels. Did you ever see the movie Sahara with Matthew McConaghuey (if I spelled that right...) and Penelope Cruz? That's based on one of his novels, and my favourite series, his Dirk Pitt ones. They are action/adventure/suspense, somewhat far-fetched but written very convincingly. They also involve lots of subs, high speed boat chases, crazed dictators, sunken treasure, etc. I love that sort of stuff, the type of action that keeps you turning the pages, and I highly recommend his novels if you do as well :)

I also vote for Jane Eyre. Not only is it a classic, but it is an excellent read. I studied it in my first year of university.

If you are looking for something funny, the Darwin Awards books are absolutely hilarious (in a sort of weird, how-can-you-be-so-stupid way). I am often on really long flights and if there is a new one out, I make a point of getting it before I get on the plane. It keeps me amused for hours!

reddahlia
05-15-2008, 07:14 AM
I'm reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith right now...interesting so far. I LOVE Marley and Me. I cried like a baby. I like Michael Connelly for crime/easy reading type books.

griffogrubb
05-15-2008, 10:12 AM
I really enjoyed Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien is also really good.

mrsaugie
05-15-2008, 06:10 PM
i will second Clive Cussler (Sahara as it is my favorite as well but any of them are good) and the Harry Poter series. i also enjoy Tom Clancy and Jonathan Kellerman.

toesocklover
05-15-2008, 10:01 PM
I'm currently in LOVE with Mary Higgins Clark books! They're more of a suspense book, and really good! I've never read suspense/thriller/mystery type of books before hers. I definitely recommend. =] Enjoy!!

Gryph
05-15-2008, 11:25 PM
Well, some of you probably knew this was coming--but I would DEFINITELY suggest the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I've been hooked for about a year now--never have I been able to read through a series so quickly. They are so deliciously addicting. I'm reading through them a second time now (I'd have read them more if I wasn't on such a busy schedule! x-X)

brat_61886
05-16-2008, 01:32 PM
if you like girly/romance/murder and just funny try jennifer crusie- welcome to temptation. Also i LOVE the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer (highschool and vampires but so so so so so sweet)...ok i'm a sucker for romance lol.

Taylor86
05-16-2008, 01:44 PM
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbret

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Snow falling on cedar

just keep swimming
05-16-2008, 07:54 PM
Griff, The Things They Carried is one of my all-time favorite books.

For light reading (my favorite kind), I recommend the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison. They're intended for like 12 year olds I think, but I LOVE them. They're super funny. You can read one in a couple hours, and I've read them all like 8 times.

I'm currently reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (I've seriously been reading this book for like 6 months because I never have time to read for pleasure at school). It's great if you're a science nerd like me. :)

shrinkinglizzy
05-16-2008, 09:53 PM
I wonder if getting so many recommendations becomes kind of counterproductive....well, who cares, i needed to weigh in!

I've been looking for new authors to love, because I've gotten a little burned out on my faves: John Irving (esp The World According to Garp) is AWESOME. I used to have love for Tom Robbins, too, but kind of got over it...and I just read Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen and it was pretty good. These are all kind of kooky books that are humorous in a dark-ish kind of way. Oh, and Jonathan Safran Foer, that's another good one...

xGurlyGrlx
05-17-2008, 02:01 AM
I'm a little late...but here is my list. I mostly read fluffy chick lit because they are fun and take me away.

Something Borrowed & Something Blue - Emily Giffin
Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster - Hilarious!!
Queen of the Babble- Meg Cabot
Every Boy's got one - Meg Cabot
Shopaholic series - Sophie Kinsella
The B***h Posse - Martha O'Connor - not chick lit - kind of dark about teens but really good!
Little Lady Agency & Little Lady Big Apple - Hester Browne
Jemima J - Jane Greene - Really good about an ugly duckling loosing weight
Everyone Worth Knowing - Laura Weisberger

Those are all the ones I really like that I have read these past few months. I really like Emily Giffin and think she might be my fav! Let us know what you decided to get and if it is good!

Mommywannabe
05-18-2008, 01:42 PM
Right now I'm reading Sphere by Michael Crichton.. normally I'm not into science fiction but I'm really getting into it!

OolongFormosa
05-18-2008, 02:40 PM
if you're into fantasy, Guy Gavriel Kay is your man ;)