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Book recommendations?

Has anyone come across any good books theyliked enough to share with a friend?! 

I Would also love what is your favorite book of all time.

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW!!

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I mainly own manga and politic books. As far as novels go I have quite a few of the Trinity Blood series. I watched the anime and was sad that it ended without explaining everything so I began reading the books. Sadly the author died and I haven't gotten through all the books yet but I don't know if I want to continue unless there will be an ending. It was one of the few series I could get my mom to watch with me, the others being Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note. 

 

The background is in the distant future after the destruction brought about by Armageddon. The war between the vampires and the humans continue to persist. In order to protect the humans from the vampires, Vatican has to rely on other allies to counter the situation. The protagonist, a priest called Peter Abel Nightroad, travels through the countries as a representative for the Vaticans. However, he is also part of "Ax", a special operations group controlled by the Cardinal Catherina. His encounter with a young girl called Esther will determine the struggle and survival between the human race and the vampires.

 

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Fun topic!

My favorite book of all time is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  I own multiple copies of it (including a signed first edition!  I take my obsessions seriously Smiley Happy) and reread it every year or so.  So much love for that novel.

 

The best book I've read recently is Stephen King's Joyland.  I have a love-hate relationship with King, but this book was not only beautifully written (there's a number of sentences and phrases that I reread a few times just because I loved the sound and feel of the moment they created), but the story and characters themselves were well-crafted.  No dues ex machina cop outs in this King novel!  Such a fun summer read.

 

Next I'm moving on to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.  She's one of my favorite writers (if you want a truly creepy read, check out The Haunting of Hill House), so I'm excited to delve into this one.

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Ahhhhh, I am madly jealous of your copy of American Gods! I hope I can get my first edition Anansi Boys signed one day, it can sit next to the signed Ocean at the End of the Lane, haha.

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I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year and I was a little underwhelmed honestly.  I did like it but I think I was expecting some real twists and turns which I didn't think it delivered... and I thought the big plot twist was a little obvious.  That said I've had my eyes on the Haunting of Hill house for ages!

 

I love Agatha Christie for a fun, light read, but for something more substantial I'd recommend Brett Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero or American Psycho.

 

I also personally loved Jonothan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated and his wife Nicole Krauss' works Great House, and to a greater extent The History of Love. 

 

Chuck Palhanuik's fun as well, I'd recommend his earlier works (minus Lullaby, and steer clear of Haunted, Tell All, Pygmy and Snuff), but Rant is one of my all time favorite books.

 

I know it's a bit of a genera change but I really love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters' works.  Especially Anne Bronte, I think she deserves A LOT more credit for the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

 

I love book recommendations!  It's like giving someone a little piece of your soul ha ha.

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I love reading!  Right now, I'll be reading various stories, novels, plays, and poems for my classes.  So, the only thing I can provide at the moment is textbook recommendations lol.  

 

However, one of my fav books that I believe would make an awesome movie is The Devouring!  I love suspenseful, scary books!  I read so much R.L. Stine as a kid that it corrupted my mind lol.

 

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Coming Clean by  Kimberly Rae Miller  a memoir about growing up  with parents who hoard. i wouldn't say its the best book of all time but , its interesting.

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Favorite books of all time:

The Little Prince

The Last Unicorn

The Old Man and the Sea

The Once and Future King

1984

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Cat's Cradle

Slaughterhouse Five

The Eyes of the Dragon

The Dead Zone

Our Town

 

Fave Authors in General:

Stephen King

Kurt Vonnegut

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Edgar Allan Poe

William Shakespeare

Agatha Christie

 

I could discuss literature and movies all day!

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Gone With the Wind is my hands-down favorite book.  I first read it when I was 15 and have read it almost annually since.

 I just passed the Anne of Green Gables series on to my oldest daughter.  Still a good read even way out of grade school!

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My favorite book of all time is Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. If I had to choose another favorite, it would be The Book of The Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.  It is such a beautiful, sad and powerful book.

 

My friends think I'm a bit odd because I love books about the apocalypse; how the world might end and what it might be like.

It doesn't have to be zombies LOL! But I just find some of the stories fascinating. I would put Stephen King's The Stand in this category, also Robert McCammon's Swan Song, one of the best I've read!

 

 

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Thats good because i am sure you know how to survive now right? Lol i am somewhat interested in that genre too! Lol

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I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman too, but I'd have to say that my favorite author is Terry Pratchett of Discworld fame.  He writes satires and parodies on everything from Hollywood and rock 'n roll to universities and Australia.  Everything is just so funny and well thought out, but I will admit that the first Discworld novel isn't a good one to start with; it's different enough in tone to sound like it was written by a different person.

 

I also love Meg Cabot.  She's the only author I know who could write a good book entirely out of email exchanges.

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I have to say I really enjoyed seeing the way their writing interacted in Good Omens, You can tell sometimes which sentence was written by Neil or by Terry, but it's not jarring in the least. I should reread it, it was a fun book.

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Me too!  I had to reread Good Omens pretty much the minutes I finished it, so I could work out who wrote what.  What's your favorite character group by Terry?  I'm a huge Granny Weatherwax fan myself.

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I love books and am constantly reading- I just checked out a few more at the library and found some on my "to read" list as well but have to make a second trip as my arms were already full Smiley Happy

 

I love books by Joyce Carol Oates (really terror driven psychological thrillers) as well as Meg Cabot, Curtis Sittenfeld  (both much more positive and fun) and especially Jodi Picoult. Picoult's books can be a bit lengthy but always have a crazy plot twist you were NOT expecting. 

 

 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Love, love, love Terry Pratchett.  I owned every book he wrote and then my house got flooded and I lost them all Smiley Sad  Then I got a kindle and got them all back Smiley Happy.  Not the same as having them in paperback and with the first edition artwork but at least I got to enjoy them for the time I had them.   Totally agree with you on the first book, I was lucky and had a good friend introduce me to the series so she told me to start at the second book.  

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What a great topic!!  I've been looking for a new book to read. 

 

My favorite author is Jennifer Donnelly.  She has a wide range of books she has written a childrens book, a couple teenaged book, and a few adult aimed books.  I love her series that starts with The Tea Rose.  I have read that book at least once a year since I first read it back in 2009.  It's amazing and so captivating.  It takes place in England around the time Jack the Ripper was active.  If you like historical drama/romance books than this would be a great read.  It follows a young girl Fiona.  The two follow up books also have Fiona as a main character and show hre growing up more.  the second book is the The Winter Rose, and the third book is The Wild Rose.   

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The best one I've read recently is The Cuckoo's Calling by JK Rowling aka Robert Galbraith.

 

Other  standout favorites include The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle,  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell By Susanna Clarke, and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

 

I also love everything by Agatha Christie and R. Austin Freeman.

 

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I LOVE The Last Unicorn! One of my favorites.

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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I dont really know if I can narrow down a favorite book of all time... but I have some books I've read recently and liked:

 

1. Night Circus

2. Divergent 

3. Insurgent

4. When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

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I need new books in my life so I will be paying close attention to this thread. I have a few on my nook that I've purchased, but haven't gotten around to reading yet. I prefer series and will sometimes re-read them. 

What kind of books do you like? What was the last "I can't put it down until I'm finished" book? 

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I've recommended Tina Fey's Bossypants to all my friends - especially the audiobook.  I had a long drive (10 hours roundtrip) and this kept me both awake and attentive the whole way.  I did get some funny looks from people who saw me cracking up in the car.

 

Other fave books:

  • The Fountainhead --> It's a long one, but I just love how she writes.  Can't even count how many times I've reread it
  • Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales - These are not your G-rated tales..much more macabre and interesting
  • Sherlock Homes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) - the latest TV shows (namely the BBC One) have been great, but you can't beat the original

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I *just* picked up Bossypants on audiobook and am waiting for a decent stretch of time where I can listen to it.  I'm glad someone else loves it.

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we should start a book club Smiley Very Happy

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YES!!  Would love that.

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