Any books you are reading/have read/ or plan to read?

Canada
July 23, 2009 6:16pm CST
I'm a HUGE book nerd. I've made it a goal of mine to finish 100 books by the end of this summer. I've completed 74 books thus far and I'm still going strong :P. As you all could imagine, picking out 100 GOOD books has been quite a task in and of itself. I've found some goodies, some not-so-goodies... Some of my favourites so far have been: The Kite Runner, A Fine Balance, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Life of Pi.... So my question to you is: anything you would recommend? What are your personal favourites?
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@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
23 Jul 09
If you enjoy historical romances that involve past lives and reincarnation, I recommend "Green Darkness" by Anya Seton, "A Moment In Time" by Bertrice Small, and "Bledding Sorrow," by Marilyn Harris. A word of caution on "Bledding Sorrow," though...you'll be yelling angrily at the book once you get past the halfway point of it. "Gone With the Wind" is another favorite of mine. I normally don't read books all the way through more than once, but this one I've read several times. "The Lords of Discipline" by Pat Conroy is a good one (though if you're squeamish about cursing and graphic scenes, you might want to stay away from it). Of course, the "Harry Potter" series is an excellent read, as is anything from Tom Clancy and Stephen King. I could go on and on, but I'd better stop here.
• United States
24 Jul 09
Have you ever read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or Great Expectations? Those are good books, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have a love story line in them, Great Expectations too but it's a bit different.
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
25 Jul 09
One of these days I'm going to get around to reading the classics. lol Thanks for the best response! :D
• United States
24 Jul 09
When I was younger I would just go to the libraries teen section and get tons of books. I would just try them out, you can usually tell if you are interested in a book after a chapter or two. Try finding a series that has all the books out already like Animorphs, Everworld, Stephen King's Dark Tower. I realize the first two are young teen books but they were still interesting series. I also like Remnants, and all of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books, and all of Lia Francesca Block's books, they are fantasy. I love Augusten Burroughs who write biographies, and wow he has some stories to tell! And Chuck Palahniuk writes great and very weird stuff. Of course Stephen King, he also has some books that are just filled with short stories. I like the book I Am Legend by Richard Matheson which is actually full of short stories, I Am Legend is a short story too. You can get a book of Edgar Allen Poe stories, James Patterson, John Grisham, those are two good authors as well. There's probably over 50 books right there between all the authors I listed. Good luck!
• United States
25 Jul 09
I am so excited to see someone promoting Amelia Atwater-Rhodes! I think her writing really is amazing for her age but I didn't really get into her shapeshifter series and have unfortunately lost track of her since then but I loved the Den of Shadows series (that began with her first book, In the Forest of the Night). They were amazingly quick reads (I think I read Demon in my View in like three hours), because of their length and because they are YA novels but also possibly because they are so engrossing.
• United States
26 Jul 09
I have a similar reading goal, but it is for the whole year instead of just for the summer. Here are some of the books from my list: Sorceress by Lisa Jackson Grendel by James Gardner When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs The Better to Hold You and Moonburn by Alisa Sheckley The Moon series (currently 8 books) by Rebecca York (if you are into paranormal romance) After Midnight by Richard Laymon In Silent Graves by Gary A. Braunbeck The Whipping Boy by Beth Holmes Welcome to the N.H.K. by Tatsukiko Takimoto The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
• United States
25 Jul 09
Currently, I'm working on the first book of the Codex Alera, The Furies of Calderon. It's getting better, I'm a little more than halfway through, but it suffers the same plight of all fantasy series. The better part of the first book is spent setting up the story, getting readers familiar with the world in which the story happens, explaining the different "races" in that world.... It's been a little tedious but like I said, it's getting better. Usually when I start a series like this, I like to read all of the books together, at least all of the ones that are available, but I stopped reading Harry Potter at the sixth book because I have issues with hard cover books and the paperback of the seventh book just came out two weeks ago. So I'll probably go to that one next. I mostly read fantasy or horror so that's kind of what I have to pick from for recommendations but here's what I can offer: The Forever King trilogy by Molly Cochran - If you like fantasy or King Arthur (or both) this trilogy is fantastic. The biggest problem is going to be scouring libraries and used book stores because the second book is out of print (why just the second, I'm not sure but I bought the first and third then it took me three years to find the second one). It's about a young boy, named Arthur Blessing, in NYC who finds the Holy Grail and through a random series of events, he finds out that he is King Arthur returned to complete his destiny. Carrie by Stephen King - I've read a lot of King's work and I still think his first was his greatest. I also really enjoyed Firestarter, Delores Claiborne and the Everything's Eventual and Different Seasons collections. Everything's Eventual has 1408 and Riding the Bullet and the stories in Different Seasons were made into three different movies - The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil and Stand By Me. Any Toni Morrison book. I read all of her books (five years ago, right before Love was released) for my Senior Seminar class my last semester in college and they were all terrific books. My favorite, cliche' as it may be, was Beloved (naturally, I would enjoy the one with the ghost ), but Sula was a close second. Happy reading and good luck!
@defcon505 (921)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I just finished Who Took My Money? by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I'm at page 107 of How to Invest in Real Estate with Little or No Money Down by Robert Irwin. Happy MyLotting!
• United States
24 Jul 09
I've never counted the books I read. I could read a book a day if I skipped all of my housework and mylotting and blogging! I have to admit that my favorites are romances and mysteries, lame I know, but not too heavy when real life is.... But I also write books, not published yet, so I like to mix it up and do a little of both everyday. happy reading! steph