I realised last night that I'm not currently reading anything, which is probably the first time that has happened since I learned to read. I finished my last book probably a month ago and just haven't been able to get into anything since. I have plenty of unread books lying around, but none of them are taking my fancy right now.
So, because I am intrinsically lazy, I want you to recommend some good books for me to read. Okay, not just me...recommend them to everyone. I know this is probably quite similar to the favourite books thread, but just because you recommend a book to someone, doesn't mean it's one of your faves - just means that you enjoyed it.
Have you finished reading all the current Harry Potters yet?
I haven't read the most recent one...I'm waiting for it to come out in paperback
Hmmm. it depends on what kind of stuff you like to read!!
Well, that's a good question. Mostly I read horror...mostly about Vampires It's research! But, having said that, most of my fave books are not in that genre. I like stories that are a bit thought provoking or different. Tragic too...not light and fluffy, but darker...like real life.
One of my best reads in recent years was The Stand by Stephen King. It is his true masterpiece, every sentance in it blew me away.
if you like epic struggles between good and real evil, mixed in with a bit of the supernatural I'd go for it! It's long but it's worth it!! ;D
Ooh, thanks - I'm going to keep my eye out for this one...I've only read a few Stephen King books, but I've never been disappointed by them.
I must read The Stand myself one day, because I adored the mini - series (developed a bit of a crush on Gary Sinise in the process..).
Some of my faves - and I'll put in amazon links in case you want to read reviews.
I've had a rave in the Wonder Boys thread about Michael Chabon's fantastic novel 'The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay', but I'll mention it again here because it really is a great read. It covers so many themes, and it's both full of emotional investment in the characters, and epic ripping yarn. Truly amazing.
My fave autobiography of all time is Stephen Fry's Moab Is My Washpot. He is 100% open about his troubled teenage years, his time in prison, and the impact depression has had on his life. I wept when I read about his suicide attempt. How poorer the world would be without this lovely, funny, compassionate man!
I have a great book of short stories about love by Barbara Gowdy called "We So Seldom Look On Love" - they are all love stories with a twist. One is about a female necrophile, it was made into a sensitive film called "Kissed". (no amazon link)
A book I read in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down (and I was on a long flight at the time) is Augusten Burrough's "Running With Scissors". It's the ultimate memoir of a dysfunctional family, and despite this it's one of the most hilarious things I've read! How this guy got through what he did, and came out of it with such a brilliant sense of humour is a triumph!
I haven't read anything of his since A Prayer For Owen Meany, but I keep meaning to catch up.
I loved his "The World According To Garp", and "The Hotel New Hampshire":.
All the books I want to read! I started on the Patrick O'Brien Maturin/Aubrey series when I was into the whole Age of Sail thing, thanks to Hornblower, but got stuck on the third novel. And there's another 17 in the series...