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!
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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
The Glass Bead Game- Hermann Hesse
The Book Of Mirdad- Mikhael Naimvy
Patanjalis Yoga Sutras- Patanjali
Kural - Tiruvalluvar
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.
The Book Theif - fantastic story around a german family hiding a jew - very moving and not at all morbid despite being narrated by 'death'.
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.
Don't know if you're into politics but one I read recently that was actually fun and easy to read was GAME CHANGE.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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
*The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
*Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert.
A Best Seller. One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.
by Lois Lowry
was still my childhood favorite
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.'
"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.
^^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.
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
CORRECTION: The book by Jim Garrison called A Heritage Of Stone identifies SOME of the most probable participants in the JFK assassination and conspiracy.
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: http://www.authorityblackbook.com
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 )
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!
Watership Down by Richard Adams. If you have seen the film now read the book! I love it!
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.
I recommend a book about the Beatles for music fans on my latest hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/SHIT-Some-Hip-I … -Things-17
Hell's Angels, written by the premier "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson, from Woody Creek, Colorado..
RIP, dear Hunter, RIP
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.
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.
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!
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
mrcoopr2010 recommended these two also excellent.
Autobiography of a Yogi
The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
The Book Thief
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept
The Bell Jar
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.
Angels Among Us (Separating Fact from Fiction) by Ron Rhodes.
good one! I think I only read it once....
It had a good plot, but wasn't written very eloquently. ha
That's good to read too. It's in every state.
The Time Traveler's Wife - probably my favourite book ever and so much better than the film!
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!
you got good taste
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.'...in which Humpty Dumpty falls from a wall and the story is told from the detective working the subsequent murder case...comedy GOLD :p
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.
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 Also any books by Gene Stratton Porter- especially if you love classics.
Lee Childs has some good books if you're into adventures with a lone wolf military guy
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
Are you There Vodka, Its me Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
Liberty and Tyrann-A Conservative Manifesto - Mark Levin
Stephen King's The Stand.
People can say what they want about his actual "abilities" and "writing skill" but the man can TELL STORIES
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. I second the Stand and Dreamcatcher!
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.
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!
"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.
Chesapeake is about 1,000 pages, but when you get into it, you never want it to end!
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.
A life of gestures, by ? chang.
Its so thought provoking and amazing!
Cry, the beloved country by Alan Patton. It will make you sleepless for some nights
At the moment I'm reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Authur Golden, just brilliant.
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.
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
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