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erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 10:03 AM

YOUR GENERAL BOOK RECCOMENDATIONS

These may not be the "Book of the Month", but please share!
Please include title, author, and genre.

Ex.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude", Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fiction (historical/epic)
"Tess of the D'Urbervilles", Thomas Hardy, Fiction (classic)
"America (the book)", John Stewart (and others), Reference and Humor
"Collapse", Jared Diamond, Non-Fiction



fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 2:42 PM

Just joined today!

Here are some I've enjoyed recently:

The Pricess Bride by William Goldman (comedy) even funnier than the movie
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (adventure)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (contemporary fiction)
The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (horror/thriller)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (contemporary fiction)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historical fiction)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (historical fiction)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (fiction)

Yeah, I've been reading a lot lately....

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 5:51 PM

Read the Kite Runner. Bought "Life of Pi" but I can't find it so I may have to check it out.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 11:08 PM

Judy: I'll second the Jonathan Safran-Foer book and add Everything's Illuminated by the same guy. He's incredibly talented.

Other recommendations:

Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett
Pam, by Bettina Von Hutten. Read online here: http://tinyurl.com/43qnph
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. Read online here: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/125
Old Murders Never Die by Natalie Carlson (my grandma; I'm a little biased!)



rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 11:15 PM

Shoot! I didn't put Genre:

The Ken Follett books are historical fiction
Pam is a Victorian Novel...reminiscent of House of Mirth
A Girl of the Limberlost is American Environmental fiction
And my grandma's book is a murder mystery, of course

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 10:21 PM

I love mysteries! I just read Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and loved it. In some ways, it was one of the best I've ever read because of the surprise ending. I am going to find your grandma's book. How neat is that!! Do you write, too?

I found a new mystery writer that I like - Joanne Fluke. Ok, the mysteries are easy to solve, but the main character is a baker and all the books contain the recipes of the desserts she mentions! I found one for Cappuccino Royales, a cookie that is like mocha cappuccino - heavenly!

Funny about the Safran book - when I was Googling the book name to make sure I got the author's name right, I saw some links to unfavorable reviews. Apparently there are a lot of people who didn't like the style. They thought it was a jumbled mess of styles. I agree that it doesn't follow a set pattern of expectations, but it did so in a wonderful way. If a book is going to follow your expectations, why read it? Don't you already know how it will end? I like a little something unexpected.

For years, mysteries and thrillers, with the occasional sci-fi, were all I really read - got it from my dad. My daughter has really opened my eyes to a new way of reading. She read "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. The main character, Charlie, says that if you don't think about things differently after reading something than you did before, what was the point? So I started reading books Carrie (my girl) liked. I didn't like all of them (I was so disgusted by "Running with Scissors" that I couldn't finish it), but I really liked a lot of them and I find now that I find a moral or a deeper meaning in even my mysteries and thrillers. Even in Stephen King's "Lisey's Story" which made me appreciate every day with my wonderful husband so much - not everyone is as lucky as we are.

Ok, I'll get off my soap box now

jenpsmith
Jenpsmith  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 64)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 5:15 AM

Hello all,

I'm new and don't have much luck with book clubs usually because my tastes are a bit old fashioned and "low-brow" for many people's liking (most of my friends included). I thought I'd post a few ideas anyway. I've listed a number of books I have on my shelf that I read so long ago that I'd like to re-read again soon, or books I've bought recently and haven't yet read:

Piccadilly Jim (1917) by P.G. Wodehouse (and anything else by that author)
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1947) by John Buchan (anything by that author)
Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier
Persuasion (1818) by Jane Austen (a favourite)
Our Man in Havana (1958) by Graham Greene
The Razor's Edge (1944) by W. Somerset Maugham
Surfeit of Lampreys (1941) by Ngaio Marsh (anything by that author)
The Europeans (1870s?) by Henry James
Travels with my Aunt (1969) by Graham Greene
Carpe Jugulum (1998) by Terry Pratchett (anything by that author)
The Secret Adversary (1922) by Agatha Christie (anything by that author)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974) by John le Carré (anything by that author)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Oscar Wilde
The Woman in White (1860) by Wilkie Collins
The Man who was Thursday (1908) by G.K. Chesterton
Paradise Postponed (1985) by John Mortimer (or anything by that author)
Decline and Fall (1930) by Evelyn Waugh
Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy (another favourite, but too long for a book club?)

I won't be at all offended if nobody likes these suggestions, but I thought there was no harm in sharing them. I'm happy to try modern authors and most genres (once, at least) if I can pick the books up in the library.

Cheers

Jen

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 9:35 PM

Jen,
What you call old-fashioned, many would call classics! Rebecca is one of my 18 year-old's favorite books of all time. I'm always open to reading "new" things, even if they aren't new.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Mon, 7th Jul '08 8:52 PM

Jen: Judging by your choices, I suspect you'd like Pam and The Limberlost series, too!
Judy: I write, but I'm more of a "feature" writer than a story writer. I wish I had the literary stamina to write something longer than a quick observation!

I'm not usually a "frivolous" book reader, but I have a few recommendations for summer reading. Anything by Jen Lancaster(Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such a Pretty Fat) Emily Giffin (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Babyproof) I've just torn through several of their books in the past few months and they were just fast, delicious reading.

Right now, I am working my way through Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo. I love it, but I'm 7/8 of the way through and there really hasn't been a 'climax' yet!

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 8th Jul '08 12:39 AM

Robin,
My library doesn't have "Old Murders Never Die" so I'll put in an order for ILL, but we do have "The Family Under the Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson. Is that your grandma's too? I notice the pictures for this were done by Garth Williams and if I remember correctly, he did the pics for the Little House series. Pretty neat.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 8th Jul '08 8:50 AM

Judy: Natalie Savage Carlson was a contemporary, but I think she was younger than my grandmother, who was Natalie E. Carlson. Old Murders Never Die is a definite antique, written in 1960, but it might be available in some library somewhere since it's about a murder in a library!



fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:36 PM

Robin: I put in an ILL request today for Old Murders. I can't wait to read it.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 9:03 AM

Okay, I found my "LIfe of Pi" and have read the first few chapters. I am enjoying it so far and am anxious to finish it. Judy, I want to thank you for encouraging me to branch out in my reading. I was stuck with Grafton and Koontz and never considered other genres. Thanks sis.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:28 AM

You really should thank Carrie because she's the one that got me to branch out, but you're welcome.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 7:35 PM

I just started The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and it is really good. I almost can't put it down once I pick it up. I hope it has a good ending.......

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 2:11 PM

The Secret Life of Bees I highly recommend! Not only is the story a really sweet story of a girl's attempt at coming to terms with the absence of her mother, but the chapter intros about bees are not only interesting, but also are relevant to the chapter. Very cleverly done.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 12:07 AM

I finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger last night and it was really good. I thought the title was a metaphor when my daughter recommended it, but it's not. Very good story.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 10:50 PM

I really loved that book, Judy. I was so confused when I started it but when it started to click into place I really got caught up in it. The 'spoiler' inherent in the book really caused me so much anxiety toward the end...I'll just leave it at that. I sort of wish that they had fleshed out Claire's character a bit more, but I realized that you got to see so many facets of Henry's character in his travels that they really couldn't do much more with her.

I was just looking at the forum about the book and they were talking about who will play them in the movie. Eric Bana is playing Henry and Rachel McAdams is playing Claire. Right off the bat, someone mentioned that they had pictured Adrian Brody in the part and that is exactly who I had envisioned myself! I don't see Rachel McAdams as enigmatic enough to play Claire; honestly, I more pictured Cate Blanchett or maybe even Naomi Watts.

This makes me think of an idea for a game. I'll start another thread.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 3:40 PM

I loved Everything is Illuminated (mentioned above) and recommended it to a book-loving nephew. But he said he never could get "into it" because it was too confusing. I realized then that I had not READ it, I had listened to an audio book -- and I think that the foreign accent of one of the characters made his misuse of words more understandable. You could figure out what he MEANT to say. He was writing letters to an American, and he was obviously using a thesaurus to use "fancier" words without realizing that he was choosing words that had slightly (sometimes greatly) different connotations.

I also loved The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is one of my all-time favorites. But some folks I've mentioned it to, did not care for it.

I love classics, too: Jane Eyre, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Pride and Prejudice, The Master and Margarita, To Kill a Mockingbird -- and others too numerous to mention.

I read all the "Little House" books aloud to my children. My favorite was "The Long Winter."

I had to read The Scarlet Letter in high school and a couple of times in college -- and I did not appreciate it. I thought it was boring. Then I met a young Arab woman who was having a secret "romance" (mostly by telephone) with a man her father would not have approved of. We were in Saudi Arabia at the time, and her father could literally murder her if he felt she had dishonored the family. Honor killings are still happening in some parts of the world. Whenever a young woman dies of a "sudden illness," one may wonder what really happened. Anyway, I was this girl's tutor, so I read whatever she had to read. She adored The Scarlet Letter. She had never read a book that she could relate to so closely. She was living in a state of religious domination and intolerance. She had a love that she could not express or show in any way. Her enjoyment of the book made me read it with new eyes. When I read it from my student's point of view, the story was fresh and exciting in a way that I would not have thought possible.


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