What is your favorite, fun, feel good novel? Right now I feel most fondly about Frangipani by Celestine Vaite. Her simple prose and heart warming stories about Tahiti just hit the spot. Highly recommend Vaite's books to anyone who loves stories about Tahiti, and I think I will be rereading her stories this week!
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis Des Berniers. I'm not sure what you mean by feel-good novel, but that's the first one that came to mind that's got humor and lightness to it. Or Richard Van Camp's Angel Wing Splash Pattern.
If you mean stripped down, try Marguerite Duras' The Lover or Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
What I mean by feel good novel is something you enjoy reading versus something your feel compelled to finish. Some books I feel like I have to finish just because I have already started, but others I can read in one sitting.
The last novel I read in a single sitting and found myself absorbed completely was Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping.
I rarely read anything just to finish it anymore. I've a decent sense of what I like and the Strand is always wonderful for discovering great new books. Speaking of Tahiti, I remember liking Mario Vargas Llosa's The Way to Paradise, which dealt with Paul Gauguin mostly.
I will check out that book then. Even though I usually know if I will like a book after the first chapter, I still feel I must give a book a fair shake by finishing it. A few times books actually got better towards the end.
I was recently highly absorbed in 'The Shack', forget who wrote it. Insightful and unique.
Otherwise, I'm a book whore. Especially since I came to live in Portugal, due to the fact that it's tough to find a good book. Usually, the stores stock Bronte novels, Shakespeare et al. Some of which I've read but they're not the kind of thing I want to read when I want my disbelief suspending.
I think that the store managers, when faced with a corner to fill with english language books, get all historical and patriotic on our behalf. It's cute
I think my favourite classics were Thomas Hardy's far from the Madding crowd. Just loved the scene in the ferns where the Sergeant was showing off his swordplay. Also, E. M. Forster's A Room with a View. Now, most novels I read are my favourite while I'm reading it. I do like Jodi Picqualt and recently have wolfed down PJ Tracy. Currently, I'm struggling through, We need to talk about Kevin. The story is good, but I'm finding the writing very heavy going. The author is using a lot of unnecessary imagery, almost overdoing it and big words that really make it heavy going and do nothing for a good story.
My all time favorite novel is "The Harvester," by Gene Straton-Porter. Actually, I have enjoyed every book by her that I have read. Next, I love to read the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
An excellent book. I remember reading it while in at the Drs. office in Germany and crying. All the people in the waiting room were wondering what was wrong with the crazy Ami with the book in her hand!
It is hard for me to say what my favorite novel is, because I have so many that I enjoy. Right now, I am rereading the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. This is in anticipation of the newest addition, which has had its release pushed back
It is an excellent and truly epic fantasy series...
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I've read a lot of great books and have a handful of favorites. However, this will always be my favorite. After being introduced to this book by my 6th grade teacher, I went to the library and read everything I could find that Buck wrote - it was a lot more than I'd anticipated.
The one I've read time and time again is "Neuromancer" by William Gibson. Such a visionary. Came out in 1984 and he predicted what 2004 would be like to some degree...the book only becomes more relevant with time.
It caught my eye on the first lines...
"The sky above the seaport was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
When I want a feel good book I get out my Jane Austen collected works. I have read those novels over and over since I was a young teen and I still enjoy the travails and romance of Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and all the rest. I also like my collection of Grimm's Fairytales.
I agree I love whatever book I'm reading at the moment, which happens to be an advanced reader coppy of Secret of the Seventh Son. Glenn Cooper's first novel. I think we're combining a serial killer with Area 51. I might just have to right a hub about it.
"To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis. Witty, laugh-out-loud, charming science fiction time travel with a hundred twists and very likeable characters. You don't need to be a fan of science fiction to like it. Hours and hours of pure feel-good entertainment...and very re-readable.
'A Prayer for Owen Meany' by John Irving is my favorite book. Someone mentioned Wally Lamb and I'd forgotten how much Iove his writing.
Lorrie Moore wrote a book of short stories called, 'Self Help'. I was house sitting for a friend in New Orleans the summer of Chernobyl - I remember because he was riding a bicycle - to get back to the point. People are so wonderfully strange in New Orleans that no one stands out. I was reading Moore's book in a laundromat and was crying with laughter. I couldn't control myself. People were actually staring at me.
I have to go back to a science fiction classic. Ringworld by Larry Niven was a wonderfully imaginative story. Ringworld Engineers was and excellent sequel. The characters were well done. The story included Niven's class Kizin. These were catlike aliens that Star Trek's Klingons were based on. When Star Trek was in development Niven was asked if they could use the Kizins but Niven refused; a big mistake on his part.
My fav book? You mean besides mine? Well, I love the classics. I actually have three. 1. The hounds of Baskerville, by Sir Arthur Con Doyle, 2. Ten Little Indians (aka And Then There Were None), Agatha Christie, 3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Annie Proulx's short stories -- Heartsongs -- are gorgeous. I know -- not a novel -- but it's the only time I've ever read a volume of short stories all the way through, then gone right back to the beginning and read them all again.
Teresa! Her Shipping News is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Made me want to actually write to her and beg to be her apprentice or something....just everything is there. But! I do hear she's kind of private and mean-ish, lol...
Thanks for posting a note about her short stories--I could use some...I don't read novels like I used to because of schedules and the inability to allow myself to get lost in them. That's why short stories are so good--mini immersions.