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post #1 of 47
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This is an offshoot of the desert island post.

I just wondered what everyone was reading these days, or maybe if people have a recomendation as to what to possibly read next. So, tell me what you're reading, or what you HAVE to read over and over. Tell me your favorite books, or something that came highly recommended and you thought kinda stunk. If you could try to tell what genre it is, ie: Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Sci-fi...if that is too granular, then Fiction and non-fiction will do. Let's discuss books .
post #2 of 47
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Since I started the thread, I thought it best I tell you about my favorite book/books.

I abosolutely LOVE The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

It is a fantasy series. If you love The Lord of the Rings, then you will adore this series. It is chock full of details and characters that make you wish the series would never end. Great series, I highly recomend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy read.

The Eye of The World is the first in the series. GREAT! There are 9 so far with the 10th due out in January.

Just one thing to note, RJ is very detailed. A friend of mine likes to say it takes him two paragraphes to describe a blade of grass. So, if you can't take detail, this might not be for you, but if you want to whole story, Jordan is a great weaver of tales .
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Oh don't get me started!!!!! First of all the Author: Susan Howatch.... sencond of all "THE BOOKS" (ready??) Right here we go, Penmarric, Cashelmara, The Wheel of Fortune, Glittering Images, Glamerous Powers, Scandalous Risks, Absolute Truths, Ultimate Prizes, Mystical Paths, A Question of Integrity, The High Flyer and soooo many more!!!! I HIGHLY recommend ANY of these book or any of her others, they are sooo engrossing you just CANNOT put them down!!! I can't put them into a genre becasue they have some of everything!!
They aren't really modern books, but they are amazing, with lots of modern themes.... I can honestly say, they are THE best books I've ever read!!
Another Author I really like is Diane Pearson, I recommend Summer of the Barshinskys, and Voices of Summer, oh and Csarders
post #4 of 47
Oh yeah, and I'm a BIIIG fan of the classics... (Especially The Brontes) and if you have never read "Wuthering Heights"... DO IT!!!! Its wonderful!!! (I am so passionate about this story I payed "good money" for one of the original publications of it, with cloth cover and gold egding... ahhh.... devine!! It even SMELLS good!! :laughing: )
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I'm a big non-fiction reader. I love learning new things, so since I'm not in school anymore, I have to get my learning from books. My latest obsession for non-fiction (for about 4 years? now) is true crime, forensics and criminal psychology.

I'm currently reading A History of Murder which covers how the motivations and acts of murder have changed through time, from the Romans to modern times.

If you are interested in criminal profiling at all, I would very, very highly recommend anything by John Douglas. He was one of the founders of the FBI profiling unit and I think is one of the best in the business. His books are interesting and engaging, and he doesn't just cover the major cases that you have already heard of.
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Jane Austen is my all time favourite author - I can re-read any of her books at the drop of a hat.

I've enjoyed the Kathy Reichs thrillers (Death du jour, Deja dead etc). She knocks the socks off Patricia Cornwell, who has become very samey.

One British author that has me and a few friends gagging for her new books is Phillippa Gregory - she mainly writes historical novels. The most recent one was called "The Other Boleyn Girl" about Anne Boleyn's elder sister, who was also a mistress of Henry VIII. A cracking read, and also good historical detail.

Rhea - I absolutely HATE Weathuring Heights - I prefer some of the other Bronte's books - Villette, Shirley etc - I think they were by Anne Bronte
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OhOH!!!! how can you!?!?!!? :laughing: Villette and Shirley were by Charlotte Bronte...(Anne Bronte wrote "The Tennant of Wildfell Hall", and "Agnes Grey" ) I like them both too... I studied Wuthering Heights at school and just fell in love with it!! THere is soo much to read into.... I do love pretty much ALL the Brontes work though And yes, Jane Austen.....amazing...
post #8 of 47
I think Weathuring Heights is just too emotional for me. I'll give it another go, though, as I haven't read it for years. My apologies for the Anne / Charlotte mix up, I always get confused with all the Bronte's and who wrote what. And I must confess, I only live about 20 miles from the Parsonage and museum and I've never been.....

Ooh! Ooh! Another book that had me completely enthralled was Tin Drum by Gunter Grass - strange but so good - the recurring themes all the way through it are so clever.
post #9 of 47
Right now, I am re-reading "Black House" by Stephen King and Peter Straub. It's a sequel to "The Talisman". Fast-paced adventure/horror.

My faves-Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (I could read them again and again and again and again....), Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton, Imajica and Weaveworld by Clive Barker, any book by John Bellairs (ooh, I hope the name is right-the man who wrote "The House With A Clock In It's Walls", a great juvenile horror book and what RL Stine wishes he could be).
post #10 of 47
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My faves-Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (I could read them again and again and again and again....)
I soooooo agree. I am currently in the middle of The Firey Cross. She just gets better with each book, but I still think the first one is my favorite.

In case anyone wonders, this is a historical/romance/fantasy type book. It kind of defies current genre catagories
post #11 of 47
If you want a good thriller type book that you CANNOT put down....try "Intensity" by Dean Koontz!!!!! Hissy recommended this to me awhile back, and I LOVED it! I am going to have to buy some more of his books...I hear they are all pretty good!!

I love Stephen King's books too...especially the Dark Tower series...I wonder if there will be a next one, since I heard he was giving up writing for awhile. His older stuff is definitely better than the newer ones, IMO.
post #12 of 47
Oh I forgot...there is a book called "Ride The Wind" by Lucia St. Clair Robson that is simply one of the best books I have ever read!!! It is older, published in 1985 I believe, it is based on a true story of a white woman (Cynthia Anne Parker) captured by Comanche Indians in 1836 when she was only 9 years old. She grew up with them and even married one of them. It tells the whole story and it is amazing!!! I highly recommend it! I'm not sure if the ywould have it in the bookstores, it might be hard to find, my copy was all dog eared and worn out, so I did a search on a book website and found a used copy for sale in excellent condition.
post #13 of 47
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Dean Koontz is a good author. When I was in high school I was addicted to his books. I know Phantoms scared the life out of me, and I really liked Whispers. Both are kind of freaky. Then there is one about a smart dog. Gosh I can't remember what the title is. Oh! It's called Watchers. There was a movie made out of it at one point, but compared to the book, well, it sucked. *grin* If you liked that one, you will like others by him.

Anyone like John Saul? A lot of his books freaked me out too.
post #14 of 47
Thanks!! I wrote those books down!!! I will have to buy one when I have a little extra money! Thanks!
post #15 of 47
Mostly I read fantasy with some sci-fi and romance thrown in for a change. I will read anything by Anne McCaffrey (fav of hers is the Pern series) and anything by Mercedes Lackey. Lackey is my all time fav author. i also Enjoy Tad Williams, George R Martin and Elizabeth Moon.
post #16 of 47
Books?? What are those????????? Don't have time for such a luxury w/ kids, daycare, and a house!! :LOL:
post #17 of 47
Right now I am currently reading The Lovely Bones by ALice Sebold. I am only in chapter 6, but I can't seem to put it down. (Thanks to Sockie's mom for mentioning this book in another thread). I also love to read anything by V.C. Andrews. I've read a few of her series and they always amaze me at how they turn out.
post #18 of 47
Next on my list to read is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons.
post #19 of 47
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dtolle - I'm sorry, but it sounds like your life is pretty darn full without books . If you need quickie recs, try something by Nicholas Sparks. He is a quick read, and very uplifting most of the time. They are the type of books that are spiritual without being preachy. *grin*

Spooky - I hear ya about V.C. Andrews. I prefer the stuff that she actually wrote, not as much stuff that they wrote in her name after she died. So, I like the Heaven series, Cutler Series and the Flowers in the Attic series (Soooooooo much better than the movie). But, you're right, they never end where you think they will. Great stuff. Thanks for the reminder, I haven't read her in a while. I should go dig out some of those again .

Dear god, I love books.
post #20 of 47
I also loved the old VC Andrews books...Flowers in the Attic (the whole series) and Audrey Rose were some of my favorites. There was another one of hers I loved, just a single book, not a series, but I can't remember the name. The Heaven series was really good too!!! I only read the first two of the Cutler series, but they weren't bad.
post #21 of 47
Yes, AdyM!!! Anne McCaffrey is wonderful for science fiction that is "accessible" to your normal reader. My fav of the Pern series is "The White Dragon".

Can you guess that I read a lot of books, as I reply to lots of posts on this thread. My excuse is that I have no children and I used to commute an hour and a half each way to work on public transport. Plus the local library is very very good.
post #22 of 47
Ooh, where to start? I love mysteries, especially historical mysteries. I love, love, love Anne Perry's novels, the Monk series are my favorites, but I love the Pitt Mysteries, too. Peter Tremayne writes brilliant mysteries set in Ireland in the 600s. Excellent books and the main character, Sister Fidelma, is amazing.

I also love Robert Jordan. He is very descriptive, and characters reappear, and you think, who is this person? the books are worth it, though.

I am rereading Anne Rice's Vampire chronicles. I don't know how many times I have read them, they draw me in. She has such imagination, and is able to create another world.

I also read James Herriot's books many times over. I think I am on my 2nd or 3rd set of paperbacks. I can't think of too many other books which made me cry, but some of those did. And he had such a great sense of humor. I love his description, it makes everything so real.

Jan Karon's Mitford series is great for the spiritual side of things. Nice books about nice people who try to help each other.

There is a series by Phillip Pullman, aimed at adolescents, but really good fantasy for all. The books are The Golden compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

One of my all time favorites is To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie is also great, with Gregory Peck a phenomenal Atticus.
post #23 of 47
I have to say, Anne Rice is definitely my favorite fiction author. Both the Vampire Chronicles and The Witching Hour are amazing. She got a bit too out there for me with the 2nd two in the Mayfair Witches books. Taltos was just strange. Some of her newer vampire books seem like she's rushing, but I still love her, and rush to get the new ones.

John Jakes is also one of my favs, even though I haven't read him for a very, very long time. He wrote the North and South series which was made into a miniseries with Patrick Swayze in the late 1980s (I think that's the right time frame). He writes in early American history periods, and incorporates a lot of the historical figures and events into his novels.
post #24 of 47
I am an avid book reader. I read constantly.. in the bath, smoke breaks, anytime. Even at work, I listen to audiobooks (burned onto MP3 CD's so I can fit 2-3 books on a cd). My favorite authors are Robert Heinlein, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, and Piers Anthony.

I've liked almost all of the Robert Heinlein books I've read. My favorite are the Lazarus Long tales. I'm currently reading "The Number of the Beast" again on breaks, and listening to "Stranger in a Strange Land" during work!
Robert Jordan is very good, he has a lot of detail, and uses little symbolisms that connect his world to the real one. Almost makes you believe that it's real, occuring in a millenium or so (maybe long after WW3?) I've been particularly dissapointed in his last two books though. Hope #9 is better!.
Anne McCaffrey is awesome. I like the Pern series, but I think my favorite series is the Rowan books. Also, "Dinosaur Planet" and the rest of that series is good (co-authored with Jodie Lynn Nye)

Piers Anthony's Xanth novels are great when I'm in a bad mood, or just want a quick read (takes maybe 2 hrs/book, and his incarnations books are great.

Whew! That was a long post!(for me, anyway) It's pretty obvious that books are one of my favorite subjects, isn't it
post #25 of 47
Heidi, I loved the Anne Rice book "The Witching Hour" and I really enjoyed "Lasher" but never was able to get into "Taltos" although I own it, it has never been read past the 4th or 5th chapter.
post #26 of 47
All I read is historical books. I am in my last semester of school and my major is history. Right now I am reading anything I can get my hands on about the American Revolution. I am doing my Senior Theses on it.
post #27 of 47
where the heart is..... you've seen the movies but the book is sooo much better. i read the book befor i seen the movie. i have actually read the book twice and own the movie. i fell in love with all the characters. books are always better than movies. read this book!

Novalee Nation has always been unlucky with sevens. She's seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight -- and now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7. 77 in change. An hour ago, she was on her way from Tennessee to a new life in Bakersfield, California. Suddenly, with all those sevens staring her in the face, she is forced to accept the scary truth: her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams.

But Novalee is about to discover treasures hidden in Sequoyah -- a group of disparate and deeply caring people, among them blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband, who hands out advice and photocopied books of the Bible...

Moses Whitecotton, the wise, soft-spoken, elderly black photographer eager to teach Novalee all he knows...

and Forney Hull, the eccentric town librarian who hides his secrets -- and his feelings -- behind his world of books.

Novalee may be homeless and jobless, living secretly in a Wal-Mart, but she's beginning to believe she may have a future. Through all the touching and surprising adventures that lie ahead, she's going in the right direction.

Where the Heart Is puts a human face on the look-alike trailer parks and malls of America's small towns. It will make you believe in the strength of friendship, the goodness of down-to-earth people, and the healing power of love. And it will make you laugh and cry...every step of the way.

Where The Heart Is
post #28 of 47

Authors: David Eddings defintely rates highly! I've read all his books and his fantasy novels are what he's good at. Terry Goodkind...I like his Sword of Truth series...though I've only gotten up to the third book as it's getting bit too out there and I feel that the some twists are only placed just to keep it going....6 books in total..I'll finish it one day.
The Power of One and Tandia by Bryce Courtenay
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
To Kill a Mocking Bird
The Crucible
Wuthering Heights
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist
Organic Chemistry - Morrison and Boyd, it's a textbook but I love it.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams
Pillars of the Community - Henrik Ibsen
Medea - Euripedes
The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Anderson, the original, not Disney
The Grimms Brothers Fairytales
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
The Magic Pudding
There's more but I can't remember them all right now.
post #29 of 47
Bren.1 Nooooooooo!!!!!! :laughing: I DETEST "To Kill a Mockingbird"!!! :laughing2: We studied it at school and it kinda took all the fun outta it!! I know all about the story though.... it was drummed into me for an exam!!
I have to say, I love "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by good ol' Shakespeare, now I know not many people like this one as its kinda confusing, but (yet again) we had to do it in school, and I just loved it, once it was all explained and understood, its a wonderful story (Lots of fairies and magic)

Another book I also LOVE is "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy... fantastic (just beware though - this book IS depressing!!)
post #30 of 47
Flimflam - I really like White Dragon as well, but I have to say I like the ones about the Harper Hall the best

Myste - Piers Anthony is excellent - did you read his Fate series (On A Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass etc)?

Mag - I agree that the Sword of Truth Series gets a little tedious.

I have to say - one of my fav series is Tad Williams Sorrow, Memory and Thorn series with Green Angel Tower in it.
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