Good Reads?

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  1. achie25 macrumors 6502

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    With Spring Break starting for me tomorrow I went to the library to pick up some books to read over break.

    I got the newest Vince Flynn Book ( Mitch Rapp series) and also The Black Echo which is Connely's first in the Harry Bosch series.

    I just finished The Camel Club by Balducci and I must say I was disappointed.

    I was curious as to fiction and nonfiction reccommendations that you all might have.
     
  2. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    well, what do you like? we could all recommend all sorts of stuff but who knows if you'd have any interest?

    i'd say animal farm is awesome, if you haven't read it.

    read fast food nation

    the soul of capitalism

    toxic deception

    a prayer for owen meany


    but you may not like any of those.
     
  3. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    I'm currently reading Neil Gaiman's newest novel, Anansi Boys, and enjoying it.
     
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    I am reading:

    Battle Royal

    A word without time

    Black bodies and quantum cats

    Basic writings on Existentialism




    Good reads indeed
     
  5. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

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    If your into magic realism I highly suggest 100 years of solitude by marquez.
     
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    Fight Club (the book)
    GOOD OMENS (written by Gaiman and Pratchett). This book is possibly the best book I've ever read.
     
  7. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    I'm reading Ringworld, which is a very good book (spawned a lot of ideas within science fiction)
     
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    I am almost done with The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's excellent, especially if you like historical fiction.
     
  10. Uma888 macrumors 6502

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    Add 1984 to that list :D
     
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    My Favourite Books, all highly recommended:
    (Just note that I've later read the last two of the original Dune Saga and those where utterly boring. The first 4 are good, though... ;))
     
  12. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    I'll second this - it's a wonderful book

    I haven't done much reading recently, but one book I have really enjoyed is 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' by Susanna Clark. It has a very unique style, and is a rewarding and funny book.
     
  13. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    I like non-fiction works myself. A few good ones....

    Mozart by Marcia Davenport
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
    The World As I See It by Albert Einstein
    Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    Night by Ellie Wiesel
    India: From Midnight to the Millennium by Shashi Tharoor (for those who like to read about Indian politics and development)

    Some good fiction:
    The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
    Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Silas Marner by George Elliott
    The Harry Potter series
    Most any book by Agatha Christie
    Dave Barry is NOT Making This Up by Dave Barry
     
  14. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    George R. R. Martin: A Game of Thrones, A Class of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows.

    The best fantasy series I've ever read. Much better than Tolkien.
     
  15. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I'm a non-fiction guy. Try Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers, William Langeweische's The Outlaw Sea, and Cristina Page's How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America.
     
  16. itcheroni macrumors 6502a

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    We might have very different tastes considering I wouldn't interested in any of the books you mentioned so far (no offense). But my highest recommendations are:

    The Corrections by Jonathon Franzen

    The Book of Good Love by Juan Ruiz, The Archpriest of Hita(It was written in the 1200s but it's very readable. And it's also one of the funniest books I've ever read. He basically starts the book by saying, seducing women is immoral, so you shouldn't do it, but if you want to know how, keep reading.)
     
  17. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I'm still reading two or three young adult novels per week for my Masters coursework.

    A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle (never read it before)
    Dicey's Song - Cynthia Voigt
    Words by Heart - Ouida Sebestyen
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred Taylor

    etc, etc

    Always recommended: the book in my signature...
     
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    I'm very fond of Magnus Mills at the moment. I'd particularly suggest 'The Restraint of Beasts' and 'The Scheme for Full Employment'
     
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  20. DrStrangelove macrumors 6502

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    Ditto.

    I read this book probably once a year and laugh my ass off every time. The story behind it (as I'm sure you know, Satty) is interesting as well.

    On the not-so-funny front a favorite read of mine (about 3 years ago) is The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinsky (also wrote Being There, another great read and wonderful film).

    The Painted Bird is one of the only novels I've ever read that gave me nightmares. Just a wonderful, wonderful work.
     
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  22. achie25 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well I read all sorts of different books. As far as fiction I am a big fan of James Patterson, Grisham, Deaver, Flynn and Balducci.
    I really like spy fiction and thrillers with police and CIA/FBI/Special Ops.

    As Non-fiction I read a lot of different things as well. I reccomend 1776 by McCullough.
     
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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

    (The God daughter of George Orwell)
     

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