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  1. jenblacksheep profile image69
    jenblacksheepposted 13 years ago

    I'm always on the look out for something new to read, and I'm making a list of books that I want to read and then ordering a few at a time.

    Just wanted some suggestions of what books you think are worth reading. At the moment I'm reading a lot of books that were made into films. But you can pick anything you like, old, new, watever and say why you like it.

    If someone else recommends a book that you've read then say whether you liked it or not!

    1. nigelking profile image60
      nigelkingposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Please read mine! ( Nigel A Damaged Boy ) Download it free from

    2. mrcoopr2010 profile image59
      mrcoopr2010posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Become a Better You by Joel Osteen
      Do You by Russell Simmons
      The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
      Revelations: There's a Light after the Lime by Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha with Karen Hunter
      Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz
      48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
      The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
      Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
      Autobiography of a Yogi
      The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
      Conversations with God, Book 1 be Neale Donald Walsch
      The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
      Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles and David Ritz

    3. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Glass Bead Game- Hermann Hesse
      The Book Of Mirdad- Mikhael Naimvy
      Patanjalis Yoga Sutras- Patanjali
      Buddha Sutras
      Kural - Tiruvalluvar
      Bhagwat Gita
      The Book Of Five Rings- Miyamotu Musashi
      All books by Neale Donald Walsh.
      I like the knowledge imparted.

      To many great writers these are just a few.

    4. profile image50
      curioxatposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Book Theif - fantastic story around a german family hiding a jew - very moving and not at all morbid despite being narrated by 'death'.

    5. Diskobolos profile image57
      Diskobolosposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Brothers Karamazov

    6. warchild75 profile image53
      warchild75posted 13 years agoin reply to this
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      Deborah Sextonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I highly recommend:
      Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule. (Ann Rule writes only True Crime books)

      This is the true story about two doctors living in Kansas. They meet, fall in love and have children. They are the perfect family until one becomes so jealous they do anything in their power to punish the other one.

    8. tobey100 profile image59
      tobey100posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Don't know if you're into politics but one I read recently that was actually fun and easy to read was GAME CHANGE.

    9. double_frick profile image59
      double_frickposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'm reading a book called "the essence of reality" by thomas daniel nehrer.
      its non-fiction. just as it sounds, it is the authors "clear view" of reality. its very enlightening and entertaining!
      if you have an open minded i recommend reading it.

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      loriamooreposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My most favorite recent read is "The Noticer" by Andy Andrews. It's very thought-provoking with an interesting main character.

      If your likes go toward Christian Non-Fiction, I am a brand new author with two recent releases that you can find on Amazon.

      From Zero to Christian in Just 35 Years
      Missing Andy:  The Journey from Grief to Joy (March 2010)

    11. brandiechester profile image59
      brandiechesterposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Travler series by John Twelve Hawks
      any thing by Janet Evanovich she's hilarious
      Fever series by Karen Moning
      Scott Westerfields Peep, Uglies series

  2. StefanMDP profile image78
    StefanMDPposted 13 years ago

    I like the stories where the characters are real people with real problems,
    something difficult to find nowadays where almost everything is magic, demons and transformers.

    I have favorite authors, instead of favorite books.

    I have special predilection for Graham Greene, I like anything that he has written.
    Many of his novels have been adapted for movies:
    - The Third Man
    - The Quiet American
    - Travels with My Aunt
    - The Honorary Consul
    - The Human Factor
    among others.

    Another author that I like is Umberto Eco, his Foucault's Pendulum it is a very interesting story.

    For stories or short stories, authors of my country: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar.

    1. jenblacksheep profile image69
      jenblacksheepposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Quiet American! I think my mum has that. I've seen the film but not read the book. Maybe she still has it. Not heard of any of his other books though.

      Foucault's Pendulum sounds familiar, as does the author, but i don't know why. I think I've also heard of Jorge Luis Borges but again don't know where I've heard him from. What has he written?

      1. StefanMDP profile image78
        StefanMDPposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Umberto Eco is the author of "The Name of the Rose", a book that was adapted for movie (protagonized  by Sean Connery and a very young Christian Slater)

        Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer, essayist and poet.

        Coincidentally, in "The Name of the Rose" Eco makes a homage to Borges represented by the blind monk and librarian Jorge of Burgos.

        Borges had a passion for the time and the infinite, as it is reflected in his stories "The Aleph" and "The Library of Babel" to say only some.

      2. David Ventura profile image61
        David Venturaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Borges is one of my favorite authors, I think that I read almost all his short stories (in Spanish) and I loved them, but be aware that the topics he wrote about are mostly intellectual ones. I don’t think that any of his stories will be made a blockbuster movie any time soon. I like to add “Ficciones” to the two suggested above.

        “One hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is also highly recommended.

  3. Snarky profile image58
    Snarkyposted 13 years ago

    My two faves are The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey and  Pillars of the Earth, a novel by Ken Follett.

    I have read each, a couple of times...

  4. rmcrayne profile image92
    rmcrayneposted 13 years ago

    These were all mini series, though quite a while back.  I read and can vouch for all of these books.

    Winds of War by Herman Wouk.  Also War and Remembrance. 
    Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
    North and South trilogy

  5. Wonder_Woman profile image60
    Wonder_Womanposted 13 years ago

    *The Glass Castle
    A Memoir
    by Jeannette Walls

    *Eat, Pray, Love
    by Elizabeth Gilbert.
    A Best Seller. One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.

    The Giver
    by Lois Lowry
    was still my childhood favorite

    1. ambieca profile image59
      ambiecaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, The Glass Castle is a good one!

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    LEWJposted 13 years ago

    FRAMES OF MIND, by Howard Gardner;  an insightful investigation of the theory of multiple intelligences, what they are, how they operate, how they're manifest, and how they're demonstrated in case examples which include famous names in science and art.

    A HERITAGE OF STONE, by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison;  one of the clearest and most readable presentations on the assassination of JFK.    It's also one of the most credible books on that subject, plainly identifying the political and social influence on America that the assassination of JFK created.  It also identifies the most likely sources of the assassination.

    LIGHT MY FIRE, by Ray Manzarek of THE DOORS; excellent source of details about the group, about Jim Morrison, his impact on fans, and his relationship with the group. The group's intro to the music industry was a bit surprising to me when I read it; they had a hard time gettin' in.   But boy oh boy, once they DID get in....        I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes 60s Rock.  The movie by Oliver Stone is very enjoyable as well.   It's called  'THE DOORS.'

  7. drkankles profile image58
    drkanklesposted 13 years ago

    "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card.

    It's an interesting read focusing on young kids who are chosen to train to be General's in a future war.  Very intelligent reading.

    1. theageofcake profile image59
      theageofcakeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      ^^Awesome Awesome Awesome book.  I don't agree with Card's personal politics but this was a wonderfully written, deeply poignant book about the dehumanizing process of harnessing greatness.  Undoubtedly my favorite example of adolescent fiction.

      jenblacksheep -- if you have any sort of sci fi leanings, I recommend - along with Ender's Game - Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, which is about an advanced alien race that guides humanity into an age of peace.  If there was one book that I would choose as my all time favorite - that's it.

      1. David Ventura profile image61
        David Venturaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I like "Ender's Game" a lot too.

  8. TINA V profile image68
    TINA Vposted 13 years ago

    You might want to try reading the following books:
    1. Egonomics by David Marcum & Steven Smith
    2. The 8th Habit from Effectiveness to Greatness
       by Stephen R. Covey
    3. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker


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    LEWJposted 13 years ago

    CORRECTION:  The book by Jim Garrison called A Heritage Of Stone identifies SOME of the most probable participants in the JFK assassination and conspiracy.

  10. tommen profile image81
    tommenposted 13 years ago

    What kind of books are you interested in? If you are into social media there is a excellent ebook called The Authority Black Book that I highly recommend.You can download it at:

    1. jenblacksheep profile image69
      jenblacksheepposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I don't really have a favourite kind of book. I read all kinds of things. I feel like I should read some proper 'classics' but I just can't get motivated to! My mum buys hundreds of books so usually I just work my way through those. I have some philosophy books that I feel I should read, like Plato's Republic which I studied at uni but never read all the way through.

      I've just ordered:
      I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
      Inkspell - Cornelia Funke (which is a kids book, but i dont care big_smile)

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    bloodnlatexposted 13 years ago

    Circus of the Scars  By Jan T. Gregor

    If you ever wondered what happened to the original Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, then you will definitely want to read this book!  Jim Rose stated in the press that he is quitting the sideshow biz. This may be the end of Jim Rose but -- this is the ONLY book that tells how it all began!

  12. hoodieweather profile image60
    hoodieweatherposted 13 years ago

    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

  13. Bard of Ely profile image81
    Bard of Elyposted 13 years ago

    Watership Down by Richard Adams. If you have seen the film now read the book! I love it!

  14. Bovine Currency profile image59
    Bovine Currencyposted 13 years ago

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon.

  15. alaskacbmf profile image61
    alaskacbmfposted 13 years ago

    Highly recommend "BANDIT Big Black Dog Who Stole My Heart" by Carol Bradshaw.  A unique feature of the book is that each chapter is written by the author, but midway through you see a pawprint, and the font changes, and Bandit, the big black dog, talks and gives his viewpoint on the events of the chapter.  Also, in addition to being an entertaining book, it has a message about The Big Black Dog Syndrome.  This is a phenomenon that is rampant in shelters nationwide, and large breed, dark colored dogs are not getting adopted, and have huge euthanasia rates.  Sad losses!  The book is available at most on line book stores.  Hope you enjoy it.

  16. wsp2469 profile image60
    wsp2469posted 13 years ago

    I recommend a book about the Beatles for music fans on my latest hub: … -Things-17

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 13 years ago

    Hell's Angels, written by the premier "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson, from Woody Creek, Colorado..
    RIP, dear Hunter, RIP

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    LEWJposted 13 years ago


  19. Raicreations profile image59
    Raicreationsposted 13 years ago


    A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini is an excellent book to read, it's his second book the first one was The Kite Runner.

    Happy reading!

  20. eyeofh profile image60
    eyeofhposted 13 years ago

    Mister B. Gone by Clive of my favorites!

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    collegecareerlifeposted 13 years ago

    Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir is one of my favorite books.  It's a true story of a Moroccan family's 20-year imprisonment in a desert jail.

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a very entertaining book. I read it in one night.

  22. believeinhim profile image60
    believeinhimposted 13 years ago

    I just started reading a book entitled,"Thanks, But This Isn't For Us," by Jessica Page Morrell. Interesting start. It looks worth reading; if you want to improve your mss for publication!

    Happy reading,

  23. Arthur Fontes profile image77
    Arthur Fontesposted 13 years ago

    Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

    mrcoopr2010 recommended these two also excellent.

    Autobiography of a Yogi

    The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

  24. thekidandblue profile image61
    thekidandblueposted 13 years ago

    The Book Thief
    By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept
    The Bell Jar
    Prozac Nation

  25. marcel285 profile image64
    marcel285posted 13 years ago

    I just finished reading a book called 'every breath you take', by Ann Rule. I found it very hard to put this book down! It's very sad though, i balled my eyes out from start to finish.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 13 years ago

    Angels Among Us (Separating Fact from Fiction) by Ron Rhodes.

  27. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 13 years ago

    drivers license handbook. Read it 6 times.

    1. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      good one!  I think I only read it once....

      It had a good plot, but wasn't written very eloquently.  ha

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        lyricsingrayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        ha lol lol

    2. mrcoopr2010 profile image59
      mrcoopr2010posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's good to read too. It's in every state.

  28. CrystalStarWoman profile image60
    CrystalStarWomanposted 13 years ago

    The Time Traveler's Wife - probably my favourite book ever and so much better than the film!

  29. DogSiDaed profile image60
    DogSiDaedposted 13 years ago

    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Awesome combo, incredibly funny but well written book. I was lucky enough to find a signed copy at a second hand book store!

    1. Happyontheinside profile image73
      Happyontheinsideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      you got good taste big_smile

      If you like things a bit more serious though I would recommend 'The Trick is to Keep Breathing' by Janice Galloway - the inside out view of a woman suffering sever mental illness.
      If you have a strong stomache and a hunger for the grotesque pick up Ian Banks's 'Wasp Factory' - I'm glad I read it but oh my goodness! Once was enough...
      If you want to be inspired to do some writing of your own I always find Stephen King adds a bit of drive to my motivation...try 'Bag of Bones' or even 'Misery' (though again with the gruesome.)
      If you want an original horror check out 'once' by James Herbert and if you are more of a romanticist anything by Anne rice is good - especially the tales of the Mayfair witches; the first of which I think is 'Lasher' (though I may be wrong.)
      Finally on this madly epic list I'm a die hard Bernard Cromwell fan...He uses similar structures in all of his work (young man does good and pulls the pretty girl) but his attention to the accuracy of historical data fascinates me.

      oh and dogsidead; if you haven't already and you like Terry Pratchett check out Jasper FForde's 'The Big over easy.' which Humpty Dumpty falls from a wall and the story is told from the detective working the subsequent murder case...comedy GOLD :p

  30. Pamela N Red profile image86
    Pamela N Redposted 13 years ago

    I just finished reading Shelter Me, by Juliette Fay. It's excellent. I couldn't put it down and found myself staying up late telling myself I'll just read one more chapter.

  31. josie hermit profile image61
    josie hermitposted 13 years ago

    A Wrinkle in Time is my all time favorite book! I also love Ruined, Song of the Sparrow (a couple of these might be a little young but you never get to old for children's/teens books!), The Secret Life of Bees is a great one and it's a movie too smile Also any books by Gene Stratton Porter- especially if you love classics.

  32. alexandriaruthk profile image64
    alexandriaruthkposted 13 years ago

    to kill a mockingbird, wuthering heights

  33. Madison22 profile image60
    Madison22posted 13 years ago

    The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

  34. sunflowerbucky profile image60
    sunflowerbuckyposted 13 years ago

    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  35. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 13 years ago

    Lee Childs has some good books if you're into adventures with a lone wolf military guy big_smile

  36. Chloe Comfort profile image60
    Chloe Comfortposted 13 years ago

    Any of the books from the Stephanie Plum series written by Janet Evanovich. Very amusing books. I highly recommend them. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face smile

  37. Bail Up ! profile image61
    Bail Up !posted 13 years ago

    Are you There Vodka, Its me Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
    Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
    Liberty and Tyrann-A Conservative Manifesto - Mark Levin

  38. jellydonut25 profile image59
    jellydonut25posted 13 years ago

    Stephen King's The Stand.

    People can say what they want about his actual "abilities" and "writing skill" but the man can TELL STORIES

    1. drej2522 profile image67
      drej2522posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! Honestly, I don't know why he gets such a bad rep. I like him because he is simple. It makes it easier to relate to his characters. Who wants to read a boring intellectual novel that you must read over and over in order to fully understand it?

      Sorry, ranting. smile I second the Stand and Dreamcatcher!

  39. lovebuglena profile image85
    lovebuglenaposted 13 years ago

    Here are some books you will hopefully love. I sure did.

    The 4 books in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn)

    The 3 books in the Wideacre Series by Philipa Gregory (Wideacre, The Favored Child, Meridon)

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

    Any book by Luanne Rice (my favorite author)

    Hope this helps.


  40. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    Chesapeake, by James Michener. Best book ever! If you love the ocean, the tides, and the marshes, you'll read this book more than once!

  41. earnestshub profile image83
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    "Gifts of unknown things." Can't recall the authors name, but a nice little book about life. A lovely read, it is only a small book. smile

  42. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    Chesapeake is about 1,000 pages, but when you get into it, you never want it to end!

  43. receptionist profile image61
    receptionistposted 13 years ago

    I dunno if it has been mentioned, and if it has, it bears repeating...

    Angela's Ashes by Frank Mc Court. You know when people say which author would you think is great to get coffee or grab a drink with? That's how good a story teller Mc Court was.

    RIP, Frank.

  44. yenajeon profile image73
    yenajeonposted 13 years ago

    A life of gestures, by ? chang.
    Its so thought provoking and amazing!

  45. profile image52
    gemahigposted 13 years ago

    In the Woods by Tana French

    Super book, had me gripped.

  46. thirdmillenium profile image61
    thirdmilleniumposted 13 years ago

    Cry, the beloved country by Alan Patton. It will make you sleepless for some nights

  47. wrenfrost56 profile image56
    wrenfrost56posted 13 years ago

    At the moment I'm reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Authur Golden, just brilliant. smile

  48. profile image0
    Deborah Sextonposted 13 years ago

    Other true crime books by Ann Rule. Some I read several years ago but would reread them, if I hadn't given them away.
    These were turned into made for TV movies. The movies didn't do them justice and are nothing like the books.

    "Everything she ever wanted" (made into a TV movie) A cruel woman who medically treats her patients..but not the way they should be treated and not for the right reasons.

    "The Stranger Beside Me" (made into two TV movies) The true story about Ted Bundy who worked along side Ann Rule at a suicide hotline crisis center.

    "Small Sacrifices" (made into a TV movie) A woman who felt she was so in love with a married man,she would sacrifice anything to have him.

  49. profile image0
    Deborah Sextonposted 13 years ago

    Other true crime books by Ann Rule:

    "If You Really Loved Me" About a millionaire computer genius who masterminded the murder of his wife by his 14-year-old daughter.

    "A Rose For Her Grave" The true story of a faithless, scheming bridegroom who made his fortune over the bodies of the women who loved and trusted him.

    "In The Name Of Love" The true story of a much-beloved millionaire near San Francisco who virtually vanished into thin air, and his wife's fight to find him

  50. Sab Oh profile image55
    Sab Ohposted 13 years ago

    I highly recommend:

    Ireland: A Novel


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