I'm not too fussy about what I read, perhaps not so much in the classic books mood for now though.
Adult books, please
I'm a fan of thrillers and mysteries (like Linwood Barclay, but don't like Harlan Coben), but can also enjoy light hearted or romance novels (surprised myself by enjoying…
Memoirs of a Geisha was pretty good. It’s one of the few realistic books I’ve read. I usually need something with magic for me to stay interested. If you’re interested in realism then I’d recommend it.
I’ve been on the hunt for good Fantasies myself. Sadly, almost all of them either sound awkward, are too wordy, have too much jargon, and almost all of them (I find) are world-based stories, instead of character-based.
The only one that I’ve found so far and loved is the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. Sadly, it’s a four book series, and only two of them are out. It’s easily understandable, very well written, not a lot of jargon, and is a high fantasy that is solely character based. I’m dying for the next book.
Jefferson Bass The Body Farm Novels
Sir Author Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes
Pearl S. Buck
Mercedes Lackey Valdemar Novels
Amy Thomson The Color of Distance
Jack London Call of the Wild and White Fang
Eric Flint 1632 series
Mike Moscoe aka Mike Shepherd
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Robert A. Heinlein
ive read memoirs of a geisha. LOVED IT. better than the movie. i actually read it before i watched the movie so the movie was a total let down. i think the best thing about it is the insight into the japanese culture and the geisha industry.
if you liked that too, id suggest A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, again, its a total different culture (Afghanistan) and its a love story kinda, war theme, struggle, pain, friendship and its just an amazing book. it will make you cry though. The Kite Runners a good book too.
also, Paulo Coelho books are amazing. hes really deep, spiritual, elements of magic, love, journeys etc.
for fantasy id suggest The Hunger Games. brilliant trilogy.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
if you like thrillers and mysteries Robert Ludlum’s a good author for those kinda books, and Stephen King.
for poetry, it depends how deep you like your poetry but here are a few of my favourite poets:
Edgar Allan Poe
Carol Ann Duffy
x Enjoy =)
A Certain Slant of Light – Laura Whitcomb A Kiss In Time, Beastly, Cloaked – Alex Finn Anna Dressed in Blood – Blake Blood and Chocolate – Annette Klause Carrier of the Mark – Fallon Dark Lover – Ward Falling Under – Gwen Hayes Grave Mercy – LaFevers Haven – Kristi Cook Sea Witch – Kantra Sookie Stackhouse Series – Charlaine Harris Vampire Academy – Mead
Some sweet, interesting books with a substance:
– The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
– Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
– The N° 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith.
I am currently reading all three, so I can’t give you a full summary yet. But they’re GOOD!
Two words: Ray. Bradbury. Anything by him. Start with Fahrenheit 451, or The Martian Chronicles. The first one is about a future society in which the government is God and censorship the Gospel, firemen start fires instead of putting them out, and books are considered the Greatest Evil to Afflict Humankind. Really good. The second is about a different version of the Space Race: everybody wants to leave Earth to live in Mars. The first expeditions suffer a creepy end, but eventually Mars is colonized and a New Era begins. Also really, really good.
And my current favorite:
– The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary-Ann Shaffer.
A lady writer in post-war-London is contacted by a man in the Channel Islands. He is a reader, loves one of her favorite writers, and starts telling her stories from a “literary” society in the islands during the German occupation. She falls in love with the stories and decides to write a book on them. It really is more interesting than it sounds in my words. =D Good stuff there: funny and moving. Un-put-down-able.
Bon appetit! =)
***EDITED TO ADD SUMMARIES.
I know that a ton of people loved it but i thought “the time traveler’s wife” was hugely overrated.
A fantastic book that i read recently was “Written on the Body” by Jeanette Winterson which was about love but not sloppy or cliched and philosophical without being irritating
I suggest you try the Discworld books. I’m just about to finish the Light Fantastic and I absolutely love Terry Pratchett.
Memiors of a geisha was an okay book. I enjoy James Patterson or Sue Graphton. Both murder mysteries.
Any book by Jodi Picoult