I decided at the beginning of this year that I would read more but I do believe that, like wine, life is too short to read bad books!
I have recently purchased the kindle app on my iphone and am keen to purchase but I can't see the wood for the trees!
Probably Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, but it really is hard to choose! I read constantly and have several favourites.
"A Pirate looks at 40" J. Buffett
had fun reading it.
hi everybody i miss the opprtunity to share this new subject with you here . i am really interested in literature and i love reading books especially literature novels , magazines, journat, news , media , reading about scientific researches, and about foot-ball teams . but i am so unhuppy with the time passing and feel worry about the day's death before being known worldwidely .i come up one day with a bad thinking . as i become older and have now 23 years old woops. do not laugh i may discover what you think about this middle age , you probably say it's the age when you florich ok maybe for you but for me it's quite different and i have lost 20 whitout reading anything . god!! that's the real problem america children hve startd with adsense before us !!! they have access to internet when they are 10 years .................
This is odd but I do not have a long enouph attention span to read a book....I have actually never finished one...
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. It may not change your life but it may just change your thinking.
I prefer to listening than reading. There re cd's and tapes i listen
That's a real tough one Sarah!
Mmmm let me think ... I would suggest 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach. It's a great little read which you can easily read in one short sitting and leaves you with an indelible and poignant message for life.
Ken follets "Jackdaws" ultimately the best ever war story book ever written
With you attention span you don't want it. It's about a dozen times a regular book size
I think I made it half way.. I do want to finish it at some point. the language is so rich and detailed.
what kind of books do you like? you know with your Kindle, you can order some of the classics free, there is no cost for most of jane Austen books if you like her style, Pride and Prejudice, etc.
Stay away from ALL Russian authors. If you're not suicidal already you will be after reading them.
Thanks - I'm not sure whether i'm put off or more intrigued now
"Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier remains one of my favorites.
Some folks earlier suggested "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. If you think you may have a taste for her philosophy -I'm betting you won't - maybe read "Anthem" first. Same author, same point but less time invested reading it.
Cold Mountain is a beautiful piece of American literature at its finest. and it's not hard to read.
The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
I enjoyed Anna Karenina (another long Russian novel)
I'll think of more. there's one I'm thinking of and can't remember the title!
Actually, I'd say the most readable of Ayn Rand's novels is We The Living. It covers the same ground as Orwell's Animal Farm, but is even more chilling than Animal Farm because it's set in the Soviet Union of the 1920s and is written very, very well by someone who had actually experienced what it was like in the Soviet Union at that time. If anyone thinks that Communism is a good thing, We The Living is the perfect reality check.
I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged but I did find the fanaticism a tad off-putting in the end. The Fountainhead is better, IMO.
It's weird but Ayn Rand is almost unknown in my home country (Britain). Her black-and-white views don't sit very well with the English way of looking at things but I still think she's well worth reading.
I still didn't find any of those as bad as Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I was depressed for weeks after reading that one.
There are so many. But my all time favorite would definitely be Alexandre Dumas' "the Count of Monte Cristo".
I was really lucky because with my favorite book I didn't have to hurry to read it before my batteries went flat
I don't know if you know it because it wasn't a very fast seller... it was : The Hare and the Tortoise.
I read this one loads of years ago, but I remember so vividly how I enjoyed reading it.
It's If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon
Story: Harry Potter Series (All books)
Spiritual: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
Usually the book I'm reading is my current favorite. If you want an all-out page turner, go for the Laurell Hamilton Anita Blake vampire hunter series. Guilty Pleasures is the first in the series.
If you want an beautifully written and crafted, incredible family saga, placed in the American mid-west, that involves secrets and a murder, try Nancy Pickard's "Scent of Rain and Lighting." She's my current favorite writer. It's one of the best plotted books I've ever read.
Quirky and totally creepy relationship book, brilliantly written, "A Reliable Wife."
Oh and if you haven't read "The Help" by Stocket, you simply have to.
What sort of books do you enjoy. Its so hard to narrow this down!
For easy reading, w/ a bit of romance rolled in try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Its a historic, romance, science fiction, fantasy series. (I know, weird, right?) The story is totally fictional with a fantasy twist (involves time travel) but Gabaldon does some amazing research and keeps the settings and historical data accurate.
I love the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jane Auel. Although, I'm still waiting for what is meant to be the final book in the series... I have a feeling I might be waiting a long time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the twisted fairytale novels of Gregory Maguire: Wicked (which is TOTALLY diff't from the musical), and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. (He has more, I haven't read them all yet.)
As for classics, (modern classics) - I found On the Road by Kerouac very impactful. Its the only book I've ever taken notes on while reading for enjoyment (I scribbled in all my margins just b/c I had so much to think about.)
I love reading any and all of Shakespeare's plays, but I'm a quirky little theatre geek - reading plays is not for everyone.
I just finished I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, and, honestly, I still haven't totally decided if I loved it or hated it. Its so bizarre. I wish someone else would read it and tell me what they thought! lol.
Gosh... So many more. I think I'll stop before I spend my whole lunch break doing this!
I just read your review of that one. Sounds really odd. I might see if I can find it. I'll let you know how I get on
I'm glad you are back, ThoughtfulSpot. I missed your thoughtful spots.
I've missed you too.
I'm only a little back. On a quarter break, but studying for some additional exams.
Probably no time to get any hubs done (too much thought involved for my current energy level) but I may be able to pop in the forums now and then!
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson is easily the best book i have ever read.
My favorite book(s): The Parade's End tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford
For me, there isn't a more perfect book than Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. There is a very good reason she didn't feel the need to write anything else!
I'm using a similar strategy. I'm going to write my one novel at 85 years of age and receive the Pulitzer posthumously.
'To Kill a Mockingbird'; is there a movie of the book? I think av seen somtin like that and it was wonderful. Just not sure if the title was exactly this
I can't name THE best one ever. I can say, though, that I've recently read José Luis Peixoto's "The Implacable Order Of Things" and I was really impressed by its very sad beauty. José Saramago's "Blindness" is also among my favorites. I need to read more from both.
Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy (1979–1981)
The Universe Next Door
The Trick Top Hat
The Homing Pigeons
By Robert Anton Wilson
If you want your brain to hurt.
Wow lots of suggestions coming through now - thanks everyone!
Agree with To Kill A Mockingbird and the Southern novel about love, war -- Gone with the Wind
"Rain of Gold"--Victor Villasenor. I read the last word of that nearly 600 page book, opened back to the first page and started reading it again. It's phenomenal.
Fiction--I really liked Alice Walker's "Meridian." At work most of us are reading the "Hunger Games" trilogy and it is disturbing and wonderful. Really happy some of the classics made it to the top for the people posting.
John Steinbeck's classic, 'The Grapes of Wrath' is one of the most memorable books i have ever read. It was chosen on a TV book review program recently and the panel pointed out that each chapter was written in a different style, something to be honest, that i had not really picked up. Oddly though the panel didn't mention the one thing that to me that set it above all other books that i have ever read. Simply the best ending ever. Cheers
Let the Hurricane Roar! by Rose Wilder Lane. (The hurricane that she is referring to is weather on the plains as they live in their dugout. ) I think you will like it. Written in the 30s and still in print!
She was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her book is about when Charles and Caroline were newlyweds (I think if I remember right...)I still love Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.
Kindle don't have To Kill a Mocking Bird! In fact there is much that Kindle doesn't have
Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I love you
Cecelia Ahern - Where Rainbows End (titled Rosie Dunne or Love, Rosie in the U.S.A)
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