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A friend of mine suggested we both come up with 10-15 books each that we would like to read, combine them in a list and read them together. I absolutely love the idea, but it has been forever since I have been able to drop everything and read :/ Yesterday I received "The Virgin Suicides" from another PBS friend and absolutely loved it. I finished it last night :) Here are a few books that I really enjoyed... Please make some more suggestions for me...
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - One of the few books I will re-read
Harry Potter :) (of course)
The Lovely Bones
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
Catcher in the Rye
She's Come Undone
The Other Boleyn Girl (whole series of books)
Thanks in advance for the help :)
The Color Purple
Wrecker (Summer Wood)
I Know This Much Is True
The Earth Abides
The Fifth Sacred Thing
Mariette in Ecstasy
The Left Hand of Darkness
Seven Years in Tibet
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March by Geraldine Brooks
Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan
Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
The Street by Ann Petry
Their Eyes Were Watching God or Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
anything by Isabel Allende
My criteria: exemplifies at least one of the directions contemporary fiction is taking/has taken over the last twenty or thirty years. All serious stuff.
White Teeth --- Zadie Smith second only to McCarthy, very young, with speed to burn
Parable of The Sower/Parable of The Talents ----Octavia Butler best examples of dystopian fiction set after some world-wide cataclysm
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse --- Louise Erdrich Best Native America writer working
I Know This Much Is True --- Wally Lamb ---- of a popular sub-genre where absoloutely all of the characters are totally dysfunctional, this is the worst
Merry Men --- Carolyn Chute --- of another popular sub-genre wherein the characters are a menagerie of grotesques and semi-grotesques, maybe the best
The Border Trilogy --- Cormac McCarthy ---- America's best contemporary writer, as he saw the human condition twenty years ago
Good Scent From A Strange Mountain --- Robert Olen Butler About the Vietnamese Boat People, from their point of view
Stalin's Ghost --- Martin Cruz Smith watch him as he transcends the spy/mystery genre and explores the dark side of the psyche a la Conrad.
Margaret George ---- watch her through Lynley/Havers as she takes the mystery genre as far as it can go and tries to figure out what next
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc. J. Henry Waugh, Prop. --- Robert Coover post modern/absurdist fiction about a man whose dream started dreaming him
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: It's difficult to tell someone else why you really like a book. I didn't just like this one, I loved it. The story is novel, the hero is wonderfully complex and intelligent and the fantasy is so appealing that nearly every chapter is interesting. Only once did I feel as if the author might have been getting tired and wrote too much about insignificant issues. This is not true with many other books I have read and my only disappointment was the ending which did leave me hanging so I would go on to the sequel which I will without a doubt in spite of its over 1,000 pages. Kvothe, the read-haired hero, tells the story in his own way. At first, this bothered me, that is, until I became caught up in his tale. If you like fantasy, don't just plan to read this novel, do so as soon as you can.
It's good to make lists. You have to start someplace and suggestions are great, so here is my contribution.
Totally agree with Life of Pi, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and everything by Isabelle Allende.
I want to add a few Classics; East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
All of my recommendations are authors that write numerous books, all rich in story, character development and pure enjoyment.
Yes, lists are great - well I like other people's lists because I'm always looking for names/titles to add to my lists, which are numerous and endless because they branch like trees to encompass all genres, many authors, areas of interest or heck "I just found this book at the thrift shop and it looked interesting" LOL.
I have found that when I have finished something I really, really liked, with people I got to know and care about that it's hard to get into a new book, I feel like I've lost friends - so here are a few of the things I've felt that way about. They may not be great literature, but they were cracking good tales:
The Lions of Al Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
Creek Mary's Blood - Dee Brown
Lonesome Dove (yes)- Larry McMurty
The Troy Trilogy - David Gemmell
Dark Tower Series- Stephen King
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Warriors Series (yes it's YA)- Erin Hunter
Almost any of Maeve Binchy's early books, the big stories.
Gone with the Wind
and so many more, too many to list or even to remember - age takes it's toll hahaha.
I'm adding to my to-read lists also, god help me,
Some friends and I formed a book club based on the same kind of idea, no required reading, but just to gather and talk about what we recently read and, what we felt was “not to be missed”.
These are some contemporary literature ones I would suggest for you based on your list above:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Moloka'I by Alan Brennert
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer - Annie Barrows
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (I liked this better than “March”)
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
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