What is the best book you've read lately?
October 19, 2009 8:42am CST
I read about 1-2 books every month. I am about to finish the one I'm reading now, and I haven't really seen anything that I'd like to read next. I usually read mystery, and espionage type books. I also like to read non-fiction books too, such as biography's, as long as they are about a person that interests me. I will read the occasional "chick" story like the books of Nicolas Sparks, but I find his writing very simplistic. I've read many books by Hunter S. Thompson and have enjoyed them all. Any advice on a good read to go after? Thanks for reading.
19 Oct 09
I've recently read Ken Follett's Jackdaws. It was a hard-to-put-down novel. What makes it stand out among other espionage books is that he made the lead character a lady (a spy during WWII). I also like Sparks' books for occasional reading. More than that would drain me of tears, I'm afraid :p Oh, and another great book I finished a couple of weeks ago is Anna Quindlen's "Loud and Clear," a collection of some of her best columns that came out in Newsweek magazine. There are soooo many quotable quotes there, my copy has lots of highlighted parts :)
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19 Oct 09
Thanks for the input writermom8. I will check out Jackdaws and see that it's all about. I also enjoy history, so a spy book set in WWII might be right up my ally. The "Loud and Clear" book sounds interesting as well. I'll give it a look. Thanks,
22 Oct 09
I am currently reading John Irving's new novel: "Last Night in Twisted River" which I love so far - although I may be biased as he is my favourite author. It has just been released in the UK. I also recently loved: Justine Picardie - Daphne. A book which is a mixture of fact and fiction, based on the life of Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca) and Branwell Bronte, the lesser known of the Bronte siblings. So this has some biographical elements to it and would definitely recommend this if you like any of the writers mentioned. A popular book in the UK at the moment is "The Senator's Wife" Sue Miller.
• United States
20 Oct 09
I've not really gotten into the spy books too much so I can't help you much there but here's what I have to offer. I'm working on Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. I'm about halfway through the third book and he's got six of them finished so far. As with most fantasy stories the better part of the first book is a thick wet sand bar of background and set up details but once you trudge through that it's pretty exciting. There are definitely characters who are easier to get attached to than others (depending on your own personality and what kind of people you empathize with). I don't like the Codex as well as Butcher's other series, the Dresden Files, which is also a fantasy but a modern urban fantasy (set in Chicago) so the background and fantasy set up is littered throughout rather than piled in the front of the first book. Dresden is a wizard ("Chicago's only professional wizard") who consults for the police department and usually ends up over his eyeballs in trouble.