I NEED suggestion (about books)

@yanstill (1491)
China
May 16, 2007 3:38am CST
honestly,i've never read a whole book written in english,recently,i decide to read a book from the first page to the last. so the problem is i don't know which book to choose to read first,there are millions of books... i need you to recommend some books to me,your lovest books,your recently-read books or books you think are worth reading.i appreciate it if you have some details on your favorite books. i will collect these information and read them one by one if avaiable.(one of my friends' recommendation:Tuesdays with Morrie,by Mitch Alborn)
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16 responses
@bluewings (3857)
16 May 07
If you are romantic then you should read Eric seagull's love story.All girls love it and boys too.It's a pity that I didn't read it till date.Perhaps that's because my friend narrated the story better than a book would,lol.One of the best I ever read was Mario Puzo's Godfather,but I don't know if girls would like it.You might want to read 'If Tomorrow Comes' by Sidney Sheldon.I can assure you that if you get started with the last one,you won't leave it halfway.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
16 May 07
i was planning to reply your comment when my friend called,so i went out for a while.:) love story?lol,i love that. the last one you are sured about,it has a attractive name,i'll love it. i'll tell you when i finish my reading.:)
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@bluewings (3857)
16 May 07
eah,it was so loved that the writer was forced to write a sequel to it.I can't tell you why he had to write a sequel otherwise,the whole thrill will be lost,lol.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
lol,okay,then i will find it myself and you gave me a curiosity to read this book.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
Few years ago I read a classical English book ‘Little Women” written by Louisa M. Alcott (1832-1888). It’s the delightful story about four young girls and their approach towards womanhood. In my place this is one of the literature books recommended for middle school students lol. This touching story is worth reading and hope this will help you in collecting required information.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
right!i've heard about 'little women' but haven't seen it yet.i should have read it years before lol,since you both strongly recommend this good book,definitely i will read it as soon as possible.i'll search it first in the library of my school.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
17 May 07
I do like the second boyish daughter, Jo very much. I like her forthright and unconstrained behavior. I’m sure you do possess such lovely and pleasant character too lol.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
17 May 07
valyushah, the above is for you. yanstill, well done! great to have such an obedient gal lol. Hope that you could get the book and enjoy reading it :)
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@angelicEmu (1311)
24 May 07
I'd have to recommend the English translation of "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It's quite a short book, written in simple, clear language, but is very deep too. It's a book which both adults and children can enjoy and get a lot out of on many different levels. And it's also a lovely story, and very moving. I love this book, and I'm sure you will too.
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25 May 07
The Little Prince - A beautiful book with very sweet illustrations too.
You're welcome, and I hope you enjoy reading it! The illustrations are very cute as well - here's one of the most famous. All the best, and happy reading :-)
@yanstill (1491)
• China
26 May 07
oh,lol,i like books with illustrations,really cute.thanks :)
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• United States
19 May 07
I def. recommend Matthew Riellys, Contest. I finished this book in 2 days, I could not put it down! It is a real page turner and I don't think you will get bored of it anytime soon. I predict I will read it again sometime. Another book I liked a lot (but didnt finish in two days =P)Was Riptide by Catherine Coulter. It was really good too. I lent it to my friend, and she said that she almosted stopped reading it because she was bored with the beginning. But right before she stopped something happened that made her keep reading, and she finished it. So you might have to powerthrough the beginning (even though I wasnt bored with it) but it is a great book.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
19 May 07
'Contest' and 'riptide':) i'll keep it into my notebook. i think i will read the first book you recommended,thank you for your recommendation.any details?
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• United States
19 May 07
Well Contest is about a guy who gets sent to his citys lareg library. And he is unvoluntarily entered in a contest, where other contestants have been brought to the library. The contestants must kill eachother, and the last one standing is the winner and has a chance to escape. this book has a HUGE plot twist that you know almost right away before the contest even starts, so I hope you enjoy it!
@yanstill (1491)
• China
20 May 07
:) thank you.lol,Contest is a name,i will read it as soon as possible.thank you again.
@ElicBxn (60833)
• United States
17 May 07
I see someone else asked what kinds of books you like in your own language. I personally like science fiction, but I well know that many don't care for the genre. There are lots of good mysteries out there, Janet Evonovich writes both funny mysteries & amusing romances that are both easy to read. Her Stephanie Plum books are her mysteries. She doesn't do too much dialect, which is a problem with the classics that have been recommended to you. There have been many good books suggested, but not what I would start as my first book - too long, too difficult, too much dialect. You might do well with the first Harry Potter book, Chamber of Secrets (or Philosopher's Stone in Britian.) Its fun, its pretty fast & its not too complicated in language - just the made up ones that she uses sometimes - like "Muggles" for non-magic users. The spells she puts in are in Latin, so don't worry about understanding them, unless you are coming from a Romance Language background. Get back to us with what kinds of books you like & maybe we can suggest more.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
:) thank you in advance. yes,i like books about romance and love.and since english is my second language,and it's my first time to decide to read book written in english,i hope i can start with books not too difficult in words. and,i've seen the film,Harry Potter-philosopher's stone,i love that film,and i think the book will be good to read.about the made-up words,she explained it well,lol,i think i could understand.
@ElicBxn (60833)
• United States
17 May 07
Janet has many wonderful romances - and they are very funny - here is her web site: http://www.evanovich.com/
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
thanks.i'll check it out.:)
@kiiizu (1901)
• Estonia
16 May 07
'Tuesdays with Morrie' is a great book but if it will be the first book you'll read in English it probably would be too difficult. As a former philologist and language teacher I would suggest something easier. I saw, there were "3 men in a boat" by J. K. Jerome and Burnett's "The Secret Garden" suggested. Why not. Or try some mysteries by Agatha Christie. You can return to "Tuesdays with Morrie" after you've read 10 or more books in English, then it's sure yu can really enjoy it.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
16 May 07
thank you for your advice.:)yes,i think i need to start with a book that is easy to read,then improve my english step by step.you must be a good teacher.
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@kiiizu (1901)
• Estonia
16 May 07
I was a horrible teacher LOL! What I did, I TRIED to teach German... But now I'm a quite good librarian.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
yeah,i am planning to be a teacher after graduation.lol,that would be great.
@baolihua (114)
• China
20 May 07
i like to read 'Aesop's Fables' and 'a farewell to arms'. 'pride and prejudice' is nice too.i can't read them all by myself,i will use a dictionary when reading,i know that is not good for reading,but i can't help doing that,i think i should change my bad habit of looking up the dictionary while reading,what do you say?
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
20 May 07
thanks.what you mentioned are all famous books,lol,i hope i can read them at one time.
@baolihua (114)
• China
26 May 07
read them one by one lol.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
25 May 07
it really depends on what your interest is in, and what your level of english proficiency is. for advanced reading, my favourite book of all time is Possession. It was made into a movie starring gywenth paltrow. For simple, very readable prose, I recommend "sing to the dawn" by Minfong Ho. For epic saga reading (a very long book), I liked A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. For a book with poetic meter, The Golden Gate by V. Seth is wholly in sonnet form, but very very readable. Not shakespearean at all. For something close to the hearts of modern chinese, I recommend "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. For something classically british, I recommend "Great Expectations" by charles dickens. Hope this interests you!
@yanstill (1491)
• China
25 May 07
:) i have never seen 'starring gywenth paltrow' before,is that this film's name?i think before i see the book 'Possession',i would like to watch that film first. thank your for all your books bringing to me.
@brand4less (1061)
• Indonesia
19 May 07
my most recent fav book that i've read is The Alchemist,by Paolo Coelho.it's about following your heart and pursuing your dream.the other is The Kite Runner.i have read 100 some pages and already can tell this book will stay in my heart forever.happy reading!!
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
20 May 07
thank you Brand4less,for your good book,it sounds a great book,following your heart and pursuing your dream,i think this book is about doing thing that i want to do. thank you,Valyushah,:) you are sweet,thank you for caring about my topic.
• Turkey
18 May 07
I would recommend "The Glass Palace" by Amitav Ghosh. It's a bit long, over 500 pages, but I don't think the English gets too complicated. My daughter gave it to me and at first I thought it was something that I wouldn't be interested in, but once I started I couldn't put it down. It's an epic of "love, war and family" that spans three generations in Burma, Malaya and India. Have fun!
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
18 May 07
love,war and family,those are all good topics.:)thanks.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
17 May 07
I intended to post a topic like this, The replies here are really informative to me. I don't have more to suggest but I like books of detective type like Sherlock Holmes, mainly the books of Arthur Conan Doyle.Also I liked The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Happy readings!!
@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
thanks,yes,Sherlock Holmes,i like reading suspensive stories like that.hope not too bloody.
@fredgame (1261)
• China
17 May 07
wow! we have different categiries of books, love novels, adventurous, historic, bibilical and so on. so where your interest is, you choose a novel from that book. for me i often read the summary, (i forgot the term for that) at the back of the book and you have a gist about how the story goes. actually, i love to read adventurous and love novels, a book like "MARA"
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
thank you.reading the summary first is really a good way to pick books you like.and about 'MARA',it's about adventures,right?
@RookRocks (384)
• Philippines
17 May 07
Hmm... it's difficult to recommend a book without knowing your preference. Believe me some books that others love may be way too boring for others. If you're the teenage romance girl type, why not go for Meg Cabot, JK Rowling and other women authors who writes for kids? I can recommend Cabot's Mediator series if you're into the romance-fantasy types. Or Harry Potter if adventure-fantasy one. Agatha Christie is good. But you might find the dialogue difficult since they use high-english words and stuff. Try searching the bestsellers too. You can just go to your favorite bookstore and start browsing. If you can share the genre you think you will love, then maybe I can suggest more.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
yes,different people have different taste. i like books written in words not too difficult,maybe later i can read books with high-english words,when i improve my english a lot. and i like romance and amusing stories,suspense stories are my favorite too.and books that can touch me with words and other small things. thank you for your suggestion.
@racheld (840)
• United States
16 May 07
I could recommend a lot of books that I have read over the years, but they might not be what you are looking for. It all depends what kind of plots you are looking for. For me, I love to read almost any kind of book. I especially love mystery, suspense and romance. If you are more for the suspense books,I suggest any book written by James Patterson. He has a few romance ones in there, but they are also excellent, fast reads. Some of my favorites are 1st to Die, Violets are Blue, Along Came a Spider and so many more! If you prefer romance I'd say you can't go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks book. He is an excellent author and so far I haven't been disappointed by him yet. My recommendations for his books are A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Wedding. Excellent books! Good luck with choosing which to start with!
@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
thanks.you gave me a catalog,and i see you have read a lot of books,various.i'll choose books about love and romance,i like suspense books too.
• Philippines
26 May 07
well i must suggest the book of raymund e.feist thats all.........just try it..ok?
@yanstill (1491)
• China
26 May 07
okay,thanks for your recommendation.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
16 May 07
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
@yanstill (1491)
• China
17 May 07
:) thank you for your recommendation.i love the film 'gone with the wind' too.