Which is the best Book you have read recently?

India
January 25, 2007 5:44am CST
The habit of reading books is dying.Still there are voracious readers among us. The subject may be anything right from ,self improvement to Travelogue . If you have read anything twice ,It would be marvellous to share the reasons? please ,I am impatient.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Well, I have just finshed Fahrenhiet 451 and I have read it about 4 or 5 times. I read it about maybe 3 or 4 times in the summer, beacause it was summer reading for a Advanced Placement class in High School. But, when I went back to school, they said that I wasn't able to get into it because, then class was to large. So, I just finished reading it in regular English. It was a great book though! I have also just finished a book ny Laurie Halse Anderson. She is such a great writer. I read Fever, 1793 and it was a great book. I read it only once...but I read the beginning twice. Because it had been a long time since I started it. So...I have read Fahrenhiet 451 and Fever, 1793 recently and they were great books!! :)
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I have read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. That was a really good book! There have been a couple that I have wanted to read by her, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Fahrenheit 451 was a good book too! I hear the movie is a bust though...the movie mises up the scenes in different orders of the book and the characters names are different. I prefer the book.
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• India
27 Jan 07
I am glad to receive such marvellous responses though a little jealous of having hijacked my post by a few of You.
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
I used to be a bookworm. Recently however, with my failing eyes, it is limited to the Bible. The one thing that keeps me reading the Bible is the way it keeps me wanting to read again what I have already read days ago. It feels like I never get enough satisfaction after having read it cover to cover. So I read back again. At most times, I just open the book from any page and read from there. Still, I hunger for more. The Bible is one Book I can never say I will be able to learn bit by bit no matter how many times I go through it time and again. Have you ever tried studying the Bible? Take it to heart.
• India
25 Jan 07
That was from your heart. Though I am a free religion man , I like the essence of Bible. Love and comapssion are the two eternal feelings that keeps the world going! Thank you for your matured response.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I am currently reading the Dark Series by Christine Feehan. Which, so far is really great! But I am waiting for the 7th book to come in before I can continue. I am currently reading Say No to Joe? Which is the fourth book to the Winston Brother by Lori Foster. It is a women's book that is a very good read! LOL But I have re-read the Immortal Witch series by Maggie Shayne. It starts out with the book called Immortality. With a total of four books to the series...it is still my favorite. And even though I have read them twice each now...I am sure I will read them again because I love them so much. And if you knew me...I am not one to re-read a book because I have a great memory for details. But re-read a book is like visiting an old friend or watching a movie that you love over and over again. This is one of the series that I would love to see become a movie!
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• United States
26 Jan 07
7th book? Are you waiting for them to come into a library or something? Definitely a great series! My all time favorite! I have every book she has written so far in the Dark Series!!!! See the list below... They are in reading order... Dark Prince Dark Desire Dark Gold Dark Magic Dark Challenge Dark Fire Dark Dream (found in the anthology After Twilight or Dark Dreamers) Dark Legend Dark Gaurdian Dark Symphony Dark Descent (found in the anthology The Only One) Dark Melody Dark Destiny Dark Hunger (in the anthology Hot Blooded) Dark Secret Dark Demon Dark Celebration Dark Possession (release in Feb. of 2007)
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Yup! I am trying to get the After Twilight book. The one that is an anthology. But no one seems to have it. I know I can just oder it from Amazon...but I was trying to find it locally. I don't want to get it from the library. I love these books so much, that when my daughters are ready to read them, I want to be able to have the entire series. :)
• India
27 Jan 07
Oh! I am surprised. so many voracious readers and you own them. that is really great. It is a pleasure to treasur the books we love. My only problem is the movement .I had to carry them along since my job demands it. the dark series are alien to me. Now i will try to pick up. we get the new books late here in libraries.
@freak369 (4702)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I go for a lot of vampire based books. Surprisingly, there were a lot of good ones in the teen fiction section at the library. You are right though, reading seems to be something that people just don't have the time for.
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• India
5 Feb 07
Glad that you agree with my observation. Let us hope that books will have a second coming.
• India
5 Feb 07
Glad that you agree with my observation. Let us hope that books will have a second coming.
@nowment (1758)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Actually if I enjoy a book I keep it and re read it more than once, most people read to fall asleep, when I read I get energized and wake up. So if I am sluggish in the morning starting a new book isn't good because I will keep reading and not get anything done, so re-reading something I have read before wakes me up and I can put it down to finish later because I do know what happens next. Best book is hard to say so many are the best, Have to say the first 2 books in the White Indian Series by Donald Clayton Porter [I am currently re-reading this series from the 80's] It is a great historical read, kind of like some of the old epic western sagas. It is also important that his books can cause you to see the scenes, he is gifted with words. The Prince of Twilight by Maggie Shayne, the lastest in her Twilight series, her characters are great, they can be people you want to meet, or know, or talk to. She can make a character come alive. and re-read of Peter David's Frontier series [star trek series] When you laugh out loud and several of his books can make you do that it is a good read. When you can visualize and even imagine the sounds of the characters, and yet he is never wordy, long winded, he is quick, light, yet it doesn't feel like a light read, face paced with out skimping on needed details, I often wonder how it is he can put so much into his stories and yet, they read so fast. Messenger's of Light by Terry Lynn Taylor I had heard about this book at a time when things were not going great for me, and it odd circumstances the book showed up at my home within two days of my hearing about it, shortly thereafter things were getting better, coincidence? power of prayer? I don't know, but there is a nice style here, a hope with out being preachy, or dogmatic. Interestingly enough back in 2000 when I first learned of the book it was a thurs, and the book arrived on a Saturday. Something occured last thurs to remind me of the book so I ordered a copy as a gift for someone, despite that it was mailed bulk mail, and so should have taken more than a week to arrive the dang book arrived on a Sat. history repeating itself? I began reading it again now, I it was to coincidental for me to not read it again. I tend to read more than one book at a time, in different genres, so I usually have 2 or 4 in my purse at a time. And while I haven't read it recently one of the funniest books I have ever read was how much for just the planet by John M Ford. Though thinking about it i likely will. I trie to read it every couple of years it is great to get the laugh.
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• India
7 Feb 07
Nice to get introduced to such a nice and voracious reader who tends to become slightly nostalgic of the earlier days. In fact as you have rightly put it , a book that we liked would be read more than once. some books are paintings in words and you need to take time to read comprehend and enjoy. I can never afford to have more than one book on my hand and i pick up a second one when i finish and return the first one. My concentration would ditch me if i lay my hands on more than one book.
• United States
4 Feb 07
Hmmm. Seems to me that there is a thematic difference between your discussion headline and the body of the discussion itself. Nevertheless, I'll go by what the headline says and mention the two books I'm currently reading now. First up is Rick Atkinson's An Army At Dawn, which is the first book in his Liberation Trilogy, which deals with the American Army's participation in the Allied struggle against Germany and Italy from November 1942 to May 1945. The first book deals with the North African campaign, and so far it's been pretty interesting. I'm also reading the recently-published novel Allegiance by Timothy Zahn. This is a Star Wars novel set a few months after the events depicted in the original 1977 movie. It, too, is pretty good so far.
• India
5 Feb 07
Nice to know the details. In fact i have mentioned about the number of readings to stress on the "best book". If you are referring tomy statement of " reading a dying habit" yes it is true there is no direct connection though that makes the question more relevant I hope. still any communication Gap? feel free to ask.
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I love reading!!!!! Right now im trying to finish this book by Jostein Gaardner entitled "Sohpie's World". Its a nice one because what it contains is the history of Philisophy. What the author did is to condense 3,000 years of thought into 400 pages to simplify some extremely complicated arguments without trivialising them..
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• India
3 Feb 07
Nice to hear from you. I have to make a try for the book since philosophy is my favorite ,the problem here is many books are not available.
@bethmj (12)
• United States
27 Jan 07
the historian by elizabeth kostova. if you are into the vampire or occult this is a differnt spin on dracula told purely through a historical perspective. was walking out of the bookstore and caught my eye, the book was fabulous, did not put it down for three days. wish that she wrote more, i can't wait for her next book.
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• India
28 Jan 07
Nice to know about the new authour and her thriller. I have of late shifted to a bit serious reading but still such books make us addicted.
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I just finished reading a book called "Torn Between Two Worlds" about a woman in Iraq.
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• India
27 Jan 07
sounds great. should be intriguing. A very timely topic.
25 Jan 07
Not been reading much lately, when I had a long commute I used to read a lot. Now that I have a 20 minute walk to work I don't get as much time. The book that I did start reading for the second time was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I don't know if you are aware of her works, I will briefly describe my reason for starting the second time. The characters and the whole idea of the book revolves around Socialism and a capitalistic society and there is much to learn from the characters and thus I wanted to read it for the second time as the first time around I was concentrating on finding out the whole story. Second time around I could concentrate on the detail of the dialogues and the characters.
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• India
26 Jan 07
The success of the author is revealed here. If at anytime you feel that one book has to be read once again, it means that you want to have a closer look at things and there is something more than peripheral to the subject and characters. Thanks ,will try to read.
@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
I currently finished angels and demons by Dan Brown and it is a two thumbs up. It is about a secret society who uses ambigrams. They killed the pope and try to bombed the whole vatican with the antimatter. An explosive international thriller ignite the battle between science and religions.
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• India
25 Jan 07
kindly elucidate. I could not follow this ambigrams.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
25 Jan 07
We read alot of books, however we read fantasy, horror, mythical, sci fi. So am sorry that this response does not fit your subject desires. We did wish to tell you that we absolutely love books and have too many if you know what we mean. lol. Thanks for starting this discussion!!!
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• India
25 Jan 07
I can understand. When you are a voracious reader it is a bit difficult to choose one. But still in your heart of heart there need to be one book!
• United States
4 Feb 07
Love reading.. Try to read every chance i get. Have to say that there are only a hand full that I will read more than once and I own them except two. Currently my Favorite is a series by Jacquline Carey. Readers of Christine Feehan I believe you Will like these.I am a fan of her books also and I love these books. Kushiel's Dart Kushiel's Chosen Kushiel's Avatar Kushiel's Scion and Kushiel's Justice which come out in june. I can't wait I want to read it now! I'm hooked cant you tell :) Before theese however I think My favorite was Atlas Shrugged. And two completely different genres too.
• India
5 Feb 07
I feel people read fictions more than once. Normally non fiction belong to this category.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I just finished Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. It was a creepy futuristic view of the world that was fascinating and strange.
• India
26 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing the experience.
@Jasmijn (145)
• Belgium
8 Feb 07
I've been reading the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett lately, and they keep improving with every one I start. Nowadays I don't really have the time to reread books, but when I was a child I usually reread the ones I really loved (Roald Dahl, Charlotte's Web, Annie MG Schmidt, children's bible) at least twice. I've also read all the Harry Potter books twice at least, although the last ones were only because I read them to my little sisters out loud.
• United States
8 Feb 07
Recently the best books that I have read are: The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton (Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies) A Home At The End of the World by Michael Cunningham Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs The Time Traveler's Wife by AUdrey Neffegger The Secret Life of Bees by SUe Monk Kidd Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
@charlazio (215)
• Italy
8 Feb 07
i've read East of Eden by John Steinbeck twice and also The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand twice. the reasons are that these particular books deserve more than one read through. there is a lot that you miss and it really makes the second reading better. i'll probably read them both again!
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
8 Feb 07
well I just read Forever Odd by Dean Koontz. It is about a cook named Odd that sees ghosts. It's a really interesting book.
@jerinm (220)
• India
8 Feb 07
The best book that i read recently would be silent Honour by Danielle Steel..
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I love to read. Recently I just finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, it was excellent, also working on Thud by Terry Pratchett and loving it so far. My all time favorite though is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, I read it pretty much yearly, and everytime I find something I either never noticed before or forgot about. They are excellent books and will problably continually reread them, I have read four different versions so much that they fell appart, on my fifth one now and it seems to be holding out, I think its time to get a quality hardcover version so it lasts longer LOL.