Recommend a Book

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Shaun.P, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    I am going on holiday in a couple of months for two weeks. I'm planning on doing the usual relaxation, but I would like to read a couple of books. Firstly, let me emphasize - I don't read. I dislike reading books, but occasionally I take notions when I have some spare time.

    The books I have read: Animal Farm, 1984, Lord of the Flies, The Da Vinci Code.

    As you can see, not an exhaustive list! I would prefer to read literary classics, something that it would be shameful to go through life without ever reading.

    To Kill a Mocking Bird, Catch 22, and Fahrenheit 451 are books I've heard of and probably the first off the top of my head that I'd be more inclined to buy first. I don't have a clue what these books are about though.

    If you could recommend me one book, just one, out of every book you've ever read, what would it be?

    Please don't recommend something like Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter. I do not have the patience to read something thicker than my wrist!

    P.S. I've dabbled recently with audiobooks - and I don't know if it is just my short attention span, but I find it too difficult to focus and process what is being said to me and I end up tuning out and thinking about other things! Audiobooks I have bought: "How to Win Friends and Influence People", "How To Argue And Win Every Time", "The Power of Now", "The Hobbit", "The God Delusion, and "Twilight".
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I really enjoyed "Prey" by Michael Crichton. It's a good science-techno "thriller". :)
  3. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    the harry potter books are not as bad as they look. if you have seen the first 3 movies at the theatre or otherwise to get to know the characters the books read really fast. its like you have an image instilled already in your mind what each character looks like and it plays back in your head like a movie.

    there are so many classics you are better off reading anyway, i just wanted to point out not to necessarily turn down a book because of its size. especially if its good they you are happy its nice and long. you dont want it to end.

    the true time a book is long is when its bad. then it can be 200 pages and seem like 3000
  4. barr08 macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I'm in the middle of How To Win Friends And Influence People. Great stuff!

    If you're into classics, try Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
  5. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. Amazing book. It makes you love life, and hold on to it like never before.
  6. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
  7. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    MacBook or iBook both very good books.


    This one was one of my favorites-

  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    oh dear Lord
  9. mav814 macrumors member


    Mar 26, 2009
  10. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I second the Harry Potter books- I am not a reader (despite being an elementary school teacher) and always chose to do something active as a young boy and my habits followed me. but when I need to relax I choose a Harry Potter to help me relax...again, I am not a reader but can sit down with Harry potter and read for a very long time(long considering I suffer from pretty severe ADHD.
  11. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    Title: Gangs: My encounters with the some of the most dangerous men in the world

    Author: Ross Kemp
  12. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
  13. MiroMac macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2009
  14. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It fits those criteria. :D
  15. Burnsey macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    I would recommend Michael Crichton's Timeline, it's a little heavy on the science stuff at the start (I found it fascinating) but once it got into the plot it was non-stop reading, and terrifying at parts. A must read IMO.
  16. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i'll third them. they are very easy to read, and who doesn't like an adventure.

    if you don't want to try them, i would recommend Eragon
  17. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I loved that book too! The movie was awful though... Michael Crichton was brilliant.
  18. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Thumbs down to "To Kill a Mocking Bird". Reading that for English class. Not a very interesting book.
  19. knuckleball macrumors newbie


    Mar 24, 2009
    Halifax, NS
    "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides is a recent classic. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and is a very engaging read.

    The novel itself tells the coming-of-age story of Calliope Stephanides, a person born with 5-alpha-reductase deficiency (hermaphroditism). It's a genuinely great novel and I give it the highest recommendation.
  20. darklyt macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, then the rest of the series (including the Bean storyline).

    Foundation by Isaac Asimov and the rest of its series is right up there too. This series is amazing because he wrote it over the entirety of his career and tied almost all of his major works together in it (Robot Series, Empire Series, and Foundation Series), 15 in all. I read 10 of them over this past Summer and am working on the 11th.

    Ender's Game can be read by itself, as can Foundation, but they work really well in the context of a part of a series.
  21. The art of poor macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009
  22. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I recommend The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The novel is made up with short sentences; but it is a great story.
  23. HSTRIP macrumors member


    May 9, 2007
    I'm a slow reader and have a short attention span too, I often start books then stop reading for so long i cant get back into them. If you want a short book try Jack London's 'Call Of The Wild'. In my opinion its a classic, pretty simple story but its really good. Doubt it will keep even a slow reader going for two weeks though so you'll need something else.

    BTW I once tried to read Crime And Punishment, lol, I got about half way through it then left it for too long. Well half of it was very good, dunno about the other half though....

    If I can get my hands on some Ritalin, I'll give it another go :)

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